I had the ‘privilege’ of watching a sad and uninspiring talk yesterday. Despite my best intentions to watch and learn, my inner critic took over half way through the first PowerPoint slide. Committing all the usual sins of overloading the slides with illegible (from the back of the room) detail, reading the slides instead of addressing […]
“As levels of wealth increase, feelings of compassion and empathy go down, and their feelings of self-interest and the ideology of entitlement increases.” In this entertaining but sobering talk, social psychologist Paul Piff shares his research into how people behave when they feel wealthy. (Hint: badly.) But while the problem of inequality is a complex […]
If you’ve ever worked in an unhappy office you’ll know what a downer it can be. In my work I have often spoken about organisational responsibility for a healthy workplace culture, but though some well intentioned individuals are committed to it, most organisations do very little about actively fostering a positive culture. They do even less about […]
Appreciation is an even better motivator than money, but it’s still rare to find gratitude around the workplace.
If your mission in life is self-discovery then you are going to be regaled and delighted; if you are turned on by new ideas and ways of applying them then look no further.
If you couldn’t give a fig for your inner life and self-improvement, we have thought of you too so come along and see.
People who fake working hard can actually be as productive as those nose-to-the-grindwheel types. But it’s an art.
The thing is, keeping up appearances at work, as long as you still get the job done, works. It is an effective strategy that allows people to ‘manage’ themselves, and though they might neglect some of their workload appearance can count more than output (so the researchers say).
Read this article by Oliver Burkeman.
I often hear complaints from people with demanding jobs that they are inundated with email it can become unmanageable. Thats because they don’t manage it, the problem is not email, it is that we allow it to assume such importance.
Employers are often to blame, but we are complicit in many of our habits.
Studies increasingly show the benefits of integrating simple mindfulness ideas into working routines, but people are still unclear about how that can be done. This study has also shown that being in a happy and welcoming atmosphere is the most important aspect in peoples’ lives, with 40% of them saying that their work environment is more significant than financial benefits such as pay and a pensions.
26th March 19:00 hrs GMT Conflict is a regular part of life.`In fact it’s so common, and such a cause of strife, stress and sleeplessness that you’d think that defusing and managing conflict would be on every school curriculum. Join me for my online Masterclass But it isn’t, and for the want of a few […]
Many people say that they have the ambition of working for themselves. So-called lifestyle businesses are on the increase, and the relative instability of many jobs makes self-employment a realistic and sometimes necessary alternative.
But are you ready? Before making the leap check the advice of an expert. I’ve worked for myself off-and on all my working life. It’s great! But not for the faint-hearted.