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How to grow in confidence

I have just been reading The Art of Happiness, by HH The Dalai Lama and Howard C Cutler, and came across one of the Dalai Lama’s quotes on ‘I don’t know’. It reminded me that I’d used this very statement in one of the chapters in my own book DISCover the Power of You.   […]

How to sustain the energy flow in your business

It is becoming more widely recognised that leaders need to spend more time getting to grips with their own personality (the old adage, know thyself, is paramount) and the personality of the organisation (that is, the culture).   This way leaders can better direct the energy flow and relationship networks, that is, the “accumulation of […]

Who are you?

There has been lots in the news recently about identity and intersectional identities, either as a means to inflame rivalries (a not so subtle nod to hate crimes) or as a means to bridge the gap between supposedly divergent peoples.   Tim Cooke, CEO of Apple long ago stated “People are much more willing to […]

How our fears unglue the bonds of trust.

Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day in the West.   Superstition surrounding this day seems to have arisen from the Middle Ages and is connected to stories around the ‘last supper’ and the ‘crucifixion’.   But what relevance or impact does this have on the real world of business?   Well, did you […]

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 […]