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Category Archives: Emotional Intelligence

Is a fear of failure damaging your career? How to move through this mental block towards success…

I’ve written a couple of blogs on building confidence, and it’s quite often at the root of clients’ problems. When someone comes to a standstill in their career, it can often be a self-imposed plateau. Sub-consciously, we can be so afraid of failing that we remove the impetus to even try. Instead, we tell ourselves …

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Mindfulness: a popular, often bandied-about word. But what does it mean?

There are a few interpretations or ways to describe mindfulness, but one is: ‘being in the moment’. If that still seems too vague, it’s an appreciation and awareness of everything you’re doing…right now. It means not longing for what you don’t have, or constantly chasing your tail to achieve one deadline after another without stopping …

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Are you a willow, who bends and flexes against all life throws at you? Or a fragile bloom, who crumbles under pressure?

Resilience: the dictionary definition is: “the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties”. Or, as Liggy Webb, founder of The Learning Architect, describes it, resilience is: “how to cope, when everything around you keeps changing”. The one constant about life is that it changes. Whereas some people sail through change as an avenue towards new opportunities, …

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Do we always notice someone in need? Homelessness: a Big Issue

I made a discovery recently that my maternal great-grandmother had been homeless at some point in her life, walking from Doncaster to Leeds or Halifax, accompanied by my grandmother, selling her wares to make enough money to eat and stopping at workhouses en route. When I was chatting to Mum about it, she was dismayed …

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Managers/Executives: Are you confusing your staff with your body language?

Statistics have shown that 50% of what we say to people isn’t communicated through our speech but through our body language. That means, without understanding how your posture, non-verbal gestures, eye contact, etc. influence those you’re speaking to, you’re at risk of them only comprehending you half of the time. What is non-verbal communication?   …

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Employers’ bereavement policies: A step in the right direction, or the wrong approach?

It can be devastating when an employee suffers loss: devastating to them as a person, and to the part they play in the company. Lack of focus can prove hazardous in some roles; at the very worst, it can lower productivity and it can even have an affect on colleagues in the same workplace.   …

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From Sex and the Workplace to….Ex and the Workplace

Last week saw Valentine’s Day arrive, and Cupid’s bow was no doubt in overdrive. Love was in the air and whilst most relationships find a way to keep the fuzzy, heady days of passion alight, for some couples, it’s just a fact of life that they don’t work out quite so well. Last week, I …

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What is it about the word ‘change’ that has most of us quaking in our boots?

We’ve just rung in the New Year and many people will have made resolutions they have every intention of sticking to. Common goals are health-related, such as eating more healthily given our the indulgence over Christmas, or to give up smoking and not be at risk from related diseases later in life. Come February, the …

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We all have it, but do we all use it wisely? It’s often said that time is money; you wouldn’t waste your hard-earned, so why waste your time?

It doesn’t matter if you work for yourself or for someone else – time management is crucial for success. Poor time management means days run into each other but not much gets done; having a good grasp of the virtues of organisation, of processes and planning and your productivity can rocket. You won’t gain more …

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Executives: Does your approach to delegation mirror the mule’s?

Managing staff, responsibilities and endless work tasks can prove heavy loads to carry. Shoulder everything like a mule – the beast of burden – and you risk procrastination and obstacles that affect you and your staff. Delegation is a necessary element of management and team building – implemented correctly and your job will be infinitely …

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