21
Sep

Training That Makes A Difference

I was delighted to hear that a recent delegate on our  12 month Management Development Programme had sent out a testimonial to her network, talking about 10 takeaways from the training. We don’t often blow our own trumpet at Namasté , we tend to focus on helping others rather than helping ourselves, however, this is …

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28
Apr

Spotting Mental Health Problems in Others:

Prince Harry’s recent revelation that after many years suffering, he sought help for the grief of his mother’s death has left many of us wondering how we would spot others in emotional stress. After all, most people saw the Prince as a tough, capable soldier who let his hair down when off duty – what’s …

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25
Apr

Mindful Management: guru or gimmick?

Mindfulness is gaining momentum among scientists, psychologists and business leaders as a model of mind training to help us lead a meaningful life. Some believe it’s the latest fad that will pass with time. Others maintain that it offers the wisdom and compassion so greatly lacking in many models of leadership training. Mindfulness – An …

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20
Jan

All Change Please. Understanding The Psychology Of Change And Managing Change Using Positive Psychology

Why Do We Need To Change? Change is fundamental for life. From an evolutionary, Darwinian perspective, change means survival. The behaviours or traits of individuals that are most beneficial persist to help the species adapt to a changing environment. In business, a similar evolution is essential for growth, as Richard Branson, who not only embraces, …

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18
Oct

Five Ways to Improve Your Day-to-Day Interactions at Work

Soft skills do matter A recent article in the CIPD bulletin on the “Best thinking in HR” reports how psychological wellbeing at work is affected by the quality of our interactions with our colleagues. These interactions are often formalised by businesses, for example, setting up mentoring programmes to develop new talent. However the CIPD suggests …

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5
Jul

Vive La Difference

Change of Perspective: Over the last few weeks we have looked at the mental health risks for men and women and how each gender’s experience of stress is different. We suggested that our unique experience of the world and the workplace is not limited to gender but rather is defined by the complex interplay of …

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17
Mar

Top Tips for Engagement Through a Healthy Work-life Balance

Top Tips for Engagement Through a Healthy Work-life Balance Last week we talked about sustaining engagement at work by using the HSE Management Standards for reducing stress and promoting healthy working. Below are our top tips based around 3 of the standards: Job demand (workload patterns and environment), Control (an individual’s influence over their work), Support (encouragement …

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11
Mar

Engagement or Burnout: Getting Work Life Balance Right In Your Workplace.

Engagement or Burnout:  Getting Work Life Balance Right In Your Workplace. Work-life balance (WLB) is an ancient truth, embedded in our social history – how many times have you heard the phrase (first recorded in 1659) “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”? Today our definition is often linked with long working …

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10
Nov

Let’s Talk About It…

The CIPD’s Autumn 2015 Employee Outlook Research reports that employee ratings around their relationship to their managers have worsened, particularly around respect, confidence and trust. It also identifies the importance of matching skill sets to job role and the detrimental impact on employee motivation when there is a mismatch.   The research suggests that one way …

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