Flourishing at work? Free tool

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How safe do you feel at work? A trio of happenings has prompted me to ask, one of which was a thoughtful chap (who looked disconcertingly like Derren Brown) thanking me for creating a ‘very safe learning environment’ last week. Although we were 16 storeys up in a room with floor to ceiling glass overlooking the City, he was of course talking about psychological safety.... Read More

The science of optimism

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In this post I’m exploring optimism – the benefits and how to get them. My daughter reeled off a string of things that have gone well for her recently and it got me thinking about the genetic and learned aspects of optimism. The work of psychologist Martin Seligman and others have shown an optimistic thinking style can be learned, although it requires long-term sustained effort.... Read More

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Gratitude

** This post first appeared as a ‘Flourishing Female’ column in January 2008. I’ve pulled it out of the archive following a conversation with a coachee about gratitude.** Had the women at the 4am opening of the Next sale not had enough of queuing, crammed car parks and overheating credit cards last month? Or had they simply not got round to making their ‘doing... Read More

January Revolutions v. Gradual Change

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Did you, like me, wake up to stupendous sunshine and blue sky on new year’s day and fleetingly entertain the idea of new year’s revolutions? That bold, life-giving copper coin has a way of filling us with hope, optimism, possibility and on January 1st has the extra power of instilling in us the belief we can make radical changes to our behaviour with ease. In this post I’m... Read More

Change Fest’ – Doing Something Different

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It’s January and if you’re looking to make a change, this insight from the world of psychology will be a help. This was first written and published as a ‘Here’s a Thought’ column in January 2009. What’s your take on new year’s resolutions? Have you got some? I didn’t make any; just like I didn’t make any last year or the year before. (I do a sort of annual... Read More

Change Fest’ – Comparisons

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It’s January and if you’re looking to make a change, this insight from the world of psychology will be a help. This was first written and published as a ‘Here’s a Thought’ column in January 2006. On New Year’s Day after achieving a Sudoku personal best and scrutinising the technique of the winning jockey in the 1.35 at Cheltenham my mind was triggered into thinking... Read More

Change Fest’ – Spotting Opportunities

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It’s January and if you’re looking to make a change, this insight from the world of psychology will be a help. This was first written and published as a ‘Flourishing Female’ column in January 2012. Do you know how amazing your mind is? How awesome you are?  Yes, you are astonishing.  How about that as a welcome to January?  (But no, this isn’t a celebration of how well... Read More

Change Fest’ – Ditch the Diet

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It’s January and if you’re looking to make a change, this insight from the world of psychology will be a help. This was first written and published as a ‘Here’s a Thought’ column in February 2008. “The drugs don’t work, they just make you worse…” so The Verve sang and the same is true of most ‘diets’ out there. It may be the time of year or just a coincidence... Read More

Expose Yourself

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I was going to call this post “Put Yourself About” and then decided such slutty overtones would never do here. So Expose Yourself it is, although actually I’m writing on a day I’ve been rain-whipped day and the last thing I feel like doing is exposing anything to anyone. But of course you know I’m not here for bare-bottom cheek; it’s your mind, your intellect that... Read More

Failing Better

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I got a call a couple of weeks ago from a young journalist (who is now probably put off motherhood for life given what was going on in the background and my seeming inability to string a sentence together – why oh why didn’t I let the answering service kick in?) seeking my views on the psychology of young women and failure. She told me about a brilliant teacher at an all girls... Read More