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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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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19
Dec

Resolution Revolution

  Will You Be Making New Year Resolutions? We’re about to be bombarded with well-intentioned suggestions as to how we might make 2O17 a happier, healthy experience. So, I thought I’d get in there first, by sharing the wisdom of wellbeing experts, aka psychologists, and inviting you to reflect on what will make a positive …

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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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22
Sep

Eat The Frog: Getting Through The To-Do List

Why Would I Want to Eat a Frog? Have you heard this expression? I hadn’t until last week’s management development session, when a trainee shared the pithy analogy of doing what seems most repugnant, to eat the frog looking up at you from your weighty to-do list. The original expression, “If you eat a frog first …

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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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1
Jun

52% Don’t Leave The Office At Lunchtime!

What Do You Do at Lunchtime? People Management recently reported that only 30% of UK workers take proper lunch breaks, with nearly a quarter of people working through their typical lunch break and a further 46% spending it on the internet. Reasons for Working Through Lunch A survey of 2,000 UK adults found that office workers are reluctant to take a …

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4
May

Boosting Resources: 3 Steps to Managing Mental Health/Wellbeing at Work

Investing in Mental Health at Work The recent £1 Billion investment from the Government has provided a valuable resource to help people struggling with mental health issues to return to work and stay in work. But what can Businesses do to manage mental health at work and maintain employee wellbeing? To have a sense of …

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22
Mar

Overstretched, Overworked & Overwhelmed?

Overstretched, Overworked & Overwhelmed?   The “Busyness” Culture According to research, we have more leisure time than in the past, and yet we claim to be busier than ever. The renowned Psychologist, Oliver Burkeman, has reported that of thousands of adults in 28 countries, most don’t believe how busy others claim to be, and frequently …

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