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Are you fast or slow thinking?

My article How to spot your unconscious bias raised a number of questions for some people which I intend to try and address here.   Even after emphasising the unconscious nature of much of our bias I have still had a number of people adamant they are not prejudice. In itself this unfortunately shows a […]

How to spot your unconscious biases

Most people would say they are not prejudice, yet research has clearly shown that biased thinking affects just about all of us.   See http://depts.washington.edu/iat/ to test yours out.   This is not just an American phenomenon. Indeed, our very own UK base ACAS states “Everyone has unconscious biases. The brain receives information all the […]

How to drive culture change

Cultivating positive cultures is not about making people all alike, but about coexisting without wanting everyone to be alike. This is at the heart of truly valuing diversity and social inclusion.   The press is only too full of examples of a lack of understanding of the above point across the world. This is a […]

How can your CPD cycle be truly strategic and sustainable?

When you are in the thick of things it is often difficult to take the time out for self-development and growth.   Yet this is exactly when it is often most needed if you wish to be well placed for that next step in your journey.   The most strategic of planning is often around […]

How can students articulate what Prevent means to them?

“Prevent is a challenging and complex area that requires national and local organisations to work together.” http://www.nypartnerships.org.uk/prevent   For those in the education and skills sector you will be well aware that the Common Inspection Framework places significant emphasis on ensuring equality and diversity and fundamental British values, in line with the Equalities Act 2010 […]

Why setting goals is not as effective as we think it should be

If you don’t have a goal you have nothing to work to.   It’s self evident. Yes! No!   First, let’s ask ourselves why we are setting goals.   Is it because; This is something we really want to achieve and see goal setting as an effective motivator? It is something we think we should […]

The importance of social networks for a healthy identity

There has been much in the papers recently around the issues of diversity and inclusion, what with LGBT Pride upon us. Indeed, we seem to have moved beyond LGBT and LGBTQ to LGBT+ in recognition of the trans and non-binary communities.   This reminded me of an article I had previously written The 5 benefits […]

The 4 steps to managing a midlife crisis

A midlife crisis is defines as:   “a transition of identity and self-confidence that can occur in middle aged individuals. It is a psychological and behavioral observation that commonly occurs with individuals between the ages 45–64.”   Who is ever going to admit to that?   Men in particular seem to have made a rod […]

Are you curious enough to take small steps towards your self-development journey?

Steve Salerno, in his book Sham: How the Self-Help Movement Made America Helpless says that the self-help movement is ineffective in supporting people out of victimisation and into empowerment.   Self-help as a ‘movement’ has many detractors and many supporters.   But self development as a range of personal activities that raise your self awareness […]

How to manage emotional states for more productive teams

I wrote in my articles DISCover the key to understanding motivation “Purposeful cultures need to be highly people focused, and help to empower your people to think for themselves.”   I could have written instead “Purposeful cultures need to be highly people focused, and help to empower your people to manage their thoughts for themselves.” […]