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Looking good, feeling fine!

When we promote our well-being and that of our colleagues, we help to build our resilience – our ability to bounce back from adversity and challenges. Today’s rapidly changing work arenas present plenty of both adversity and challenge.

What do you really want in 2016?

It’s been quite instructive to note how often people either don’t know or have not articulated to themselves what they truly want in any given situation. We don’t promise that we can always get what our clients want (and sometime it might not be good for anyone if we could!) but we do think it is worth getting clarity on what you want and why. At least from that position you can think rationally about the outcomes you want to achieve, whether these make sense overall and the steps to get there. If we know what we want, then we can be clear and specific in going after it.

Christmas Cracker or Party Pooper?

It’s that time of year again – the first snow in the north of the country, tinny ‘70’s hits on every radio station, sequins everywhere and yes, that invitation to the office Christmas party. We are hearing from our clients and suppliers that people are really in the...

Let’s Make A Noise About Bullying

This week is National Anti-Bullying Week and we are turning our thoughts to this important topic. Bullying can be defined as behaviour that is intended to hurt someone emotionally or physically and is carried out repeatedly. It can take many different forms and the line between bullying and harassment can be difficult to define.

Why don’t the best individuals always make the best team?

Have you ever noticed that a group composed of highly intelligent or talented individuals doesn’t always produce the high results you might expect of such a team?

Think about it: Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger individually gave us such immortal cinematic icons as Rocky, Conan the Barbarian, Rambo and John McClane, and some massive films such as Armageddon, The Terminator, The Sixth Sense, Predator, Cliffhanger and True Lies. Yet, collectively they gave us The Expendables. “The what?” we hear you asking. Exactly!

Do we train mission controllers? No, but we know about Apollo syndrome!

Well we can cover most topics with one of our Learning Lunches, but we will probably draw the line at training people for space missions!

Goonhilly Earth Station in Cornwall has announced that it is hosting a training course for future space mission controllers so we will leave them to it! However, whilst we won’t be training mission controllers, we can tell you about Apollo Syndrome.

This term, coined by Dr Meredith Belbin, is used to describe a team of highly able individuals who collectively perform at less than optimum levels. Whilst these individuals might have high levels of competence and ability, something happens when they form a team.

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