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Remote working and the issue of loneliness

The changes to working life brought about by the COVID pandemic has taught us a lot about the importance of social connection and social capital at work. To put it bluntly we need work friendships.  Friends who look out for us, friends who we socialise with during and outside of working hours and friends who […]

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Listening to Carers

5 million people in the UK are juggling work with caring responsibilities.  As part of Carers Week we are providing open access to some of our videos to highlight the everyday challenges carers face. This video is based on a recent complaint from a carer. Names have been changed. ‘Carol’ is the primary carer for […]

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Supporting Carers at Work

We are celebrating Carers Week by making two of our videos free to use this week. Supporting Carers at Work is a video resource we created in collaboration with The Carers Support Network at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, to create a video resource about carers in the workforce, exploring the important roles of […]

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Carers Week June 7th-13th 2021

Next week is Carers Week. 13.6 million people caring through the pandemic AND 5 million people in the UK juggling caring responsibilities with work – that’s 1 in 7 of the workforce. (Carers UK). Supporting Carers at Work Over the past few weeks we have been working with The Carers Support Network at Norfolk and […]

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Leaving a Team

Welcome to the Jungle, a multichannel media company that aims to inspire every individual to thrive in their professional lives, interviewed me recently for an article on their site. They were keen to learn about my experience when I was Head of Workforce Development in an NHS Trust. The interview focused on managing and ultimately […]

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WEDNESDAY 28TH APRIL VIRTUAL FORUM THEATRE EVENT

We are running a forum theatre workshop on 28th April focused on performance management conversations for our Academy members. During the session we will run a live scene in which the ever popular Maxine takes on the task of performance managing one of her staff and attempts to get to the bottom of an issue […]

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Questions Leaders Can Ask

Today’s question that leaders can ask is: Who else needs to be part of this discussion? It’s an important question because leaders must invite diverse experiences and opinions to ensure the best decisions are reached and group think is avoided. Inclusion doesn’t just happen. Inclusive behaviours need role modelling. Who else needs to be part […]

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Questions Leaders Can Ask

The first question in this ‘Questions Leaders Can Ask’ series is: What matters most to you and your team? It’s a brilliant question for the following reasons: 1. It shows you care 2. It hones in on what is most important to front line staff 3. It provides vital information about barriers to productivity and […]

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Have you got some old pyracantha in your courses?

Recently I spent some time cutting down an old pyracantha bush. And the next step will be to dig the roots out and replace it with something that is right for the garden today. It reminded me of some work I did last week, reviewing some old online materials. They included a couple of models […]

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Animal Strategies – Zebra & their responses to threats

Business leaders have been responding to the COVID threat over the past year. The zebra, according to Stephen Berry, in his book Strategies of the Serengeti, has six key responses to threat: Fight, Flight, Flock, Freeze, Fragment and Frolic. For businesses to be able to fight their way back from the crisis they will need […]

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