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Deb Barnard

QuestionWhat inspires you?

AnswerThe phrase ‘It doesn’t need to be like this’.

QuestionHow do you relax?

AnswerIn my garden, watching movies, surfing the internet, reading books, doing the Guardian crossword, mending things, playing Ladies Poker with friends or scrabble.

QuestionWhat single thing would improve the quality of your work-life?

AnswerA virtual assistant who looks after all those time munching bits around work – booking trains and planes, arranging meets, responding to emails, doing the accounts, filing things.

QuestionWhat is your greatest fear?

AnswerI met it when my niece died at the age of four.

QuestionWhat is your guiltiest pleasure?

AnswerI don’t think I feel guilty about any of my ‘pleasures’ in life.

QuestionWhat words or phases do you most overuse?

Answer‘OK’ or ‘top banana’.

QuestionWhat has been your most challenging situation as a leader?

AnswerTaking a dancer who had torn her calf muscle, to a hospital in Guangzhou, China and trying to negotiate treatment.

QuestionWhat did you learn from that experience?

AnswerIt confirmed the Albert Mehrabian principle that communication is 7% words, 38% tone and 55% body language.

QuestionWhat is your idea of perfect happiness?

AnswerThinking on a beach.

QuestionWhich book(s) are you reading at the moment?

AnswerClean Language: Metaphors & Open Minds – Wendy Sullivan & Judy Rees. Staring at the Sun – Irvin D Yalom.

QuestionWhich 'leader' from the past or present day do you most admire and why?

AnswerMary Parker Follett. She wrote in the late 1800’s; a relatively unknown pioneer of modern management theory with an emphasis on relational dynamics over structure and systems. Her first paper was published in 1896 (not a typo). She argued that the prevailing strongly hierarchical forms of leadership engendered neither cohesion nor responsibility and authored the phrases “power with” and “power over”. She preceded and influenced many of the early (and recognised) thinkers in the behaviourist movement e.g. Maslow, Kurt Lewin etc and many of her principles form the basis of conflict-resolution theory.

QuestionWhere would you like to live?

AnswerAt the moment – where I am. I have an office room with a small walk out balcony. The view is panoramic over Lancaster to the lake district

QuestionWhat is your favourite smell?

AnswerSweet wood smoke.

QuestionIf you were a super hero, what would your power be?

AnswerTime travel. More curiosity and practical (to get from A to B) than Dr. Who.

QuestionFor what cause would you die?


QuestionWhat do you consider to be your greatest (professional or personal) achievement?

AnswerGrowing my own vegetables – for the first time this year.

QuestionWhat has been your most embarrassing moment?

Answer‘Freezing’, after only a few bounces in a trampoline competition when I was little.

QuestionIf you were stranded on a desert island what 5 things would you want with you?

AnswerMy house and garden (to include contents) Internet Access My time travellers port hole


Deb Barnard

Name: Deb Barnard
Title: Director
Organisation: Relational Dynamics 1st
Location: North West

Coaching, training (coaching skills for leadership) and facilitation