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Role modelling for real change

 When my daughter Martha was little, like most pre-school kids, she was terrible at sharing. The tantrums at play dates were becoming a problem and I knew it was serious when we weren’t getting invited out as much as we used to. I needed my Mum mates. So for my sanity at least, things had…

Making Learning Stick through Attention Density.

Do you ever find yourself saying things like ‘I have no confidence when it comes to public speaking,’ or ‘I’m really terrible at Maths,’ or even the dreaded ‘I’m not good enough.’ If you’re running negative internal dialogue, you’ll become your own self-fulfilling prophecy. Telling yourself day after day that you have no confidence, guarantees…

Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton. Mindful leaders?

Ok, ok. Go wipe the coffee from your laptop screen, take a deep breath and hear me out. Donald Trump has said some pretty controversial things. His comments are considered unacceptable to many. But we all know this. And there will be a million blogs out there telling us what we already know. What interests…

Resilience V Endurance.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been working hard lately. I mean, really hard. Since Easter, I’ve had the tantalising taste of summer in my mouth (gin cocktails anyone?) and a to-do list as long as my arm. So, every day I’ve woken up and given myself a pep talk. ‘You’re nearly there…’ and…

The importance of connection in the workplace

You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family…or your work colleagues. Thrown together through luck and circumstance, we spend at least half of our lives working alongside people, we otherwise might not have met. Every workplace is a rich tapestry of individuals with different ideas, views and morals. So, like every dysfunctional…

Use Story Telling to Support Connection and Build Trust….

As well as bringing concepts and models to life, story-telling supports connection and builds trust. When we disclose something about ourselves it makes us more real and accessible. We have always believed in the power of self-disclosure through story-telling, and the work that we are doing with schools has further reinforced this belief. During our…

Ten things to consider when building relationship resilience at work

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With the ever increasing problem of both absenteeism and presenteeism, relationship resilience in the workplace is more important than ever. Here are our top ten areas to consider: Work-related Stress. ‘Not getting along with people’ is consistently cited as a reason for work-related stress. Building relationship resilience is critical in the work environment to alleviate…

How To Motivate Your Team

We regularly work with teams to support their development, as well as deliver learning around the subject of leadership. You will find a multitude of information around how to motivate and engage as a leader, and in our experience focusing on these 10 areas will do this pretty damn well! 1. Help them get what…
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