Lunchtime Career Reflection

Lunchtime Career Reflection

December 27, 2017

“Find a job that you love and you will never work another day in your life.” – Confucius

Members of PWN Nice,(Professional Women’s Network) Cote D’Azur  attended a learning lunch in Nice, presented by Vanessa Jarrett, Career Coach and Leadership Trainer. Read More

Happiness at Work is Big Business

Happiness at Work is Big Business

June 1, 2017

Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being which can be defined by, among others, positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. (Wikipedia)

According to The Mail on Sunday, 28 May, Lord Price – former Waitrose boss – is launching a global survey on workplace happiness in a boost to bid productivity in British firms and to understand rising public discontent with business and capitalism. Read More

What emotion would you like to control most?

What emotion would you like to control most?

May 13, 2017

This was a question which came up at an EI (Emotional Intelligence) workshop I ran last week. Surprisingly, most people voted for controlling anger, frustration, annoyance and irritation with team members and managers in the workplace.

What is it that triggers these feelings and emotions? Read More

Square Peg, Round Hole?

Square Peg, Round Hole?

May 2, 2017

Have you ever had that feeling that you really do not fit within the culture of your organisation?

Working within a culture that is not right for you, reduces your ‘power’, which can be defined as ‘the possible sources of individual power that give one the ability to influence others’ (Handy, C. Read More

Confidence in Me!

Confidence in Me!

April 3, 2017

I have spent the last few weeks working with many truly inspiring and talented people, yet I hear the same word time and time again ‘confidence’ – in the context of – lack of it!

I can’t deliver a presentation as I don’t have the confidence …. Read More

Mirror, Mirror – Developing our Reflective Activity

Mirror, Mirror – Developing our Reflective Activity

March 22, 2017

Most of us are familiar with the famous quote from ‘Snow White’ where the evil queen studies her reflection and ask the mirror: ‘Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all’. An example of reflective activity perhaps!

Reflective practise dates back to BC – Confucious (551-479 BC) who suggested there are three methods we learn wisdom:

  1. Reflection
  2. Imitation
  3. Experience

Reflective practise is routed in theory since 18th century. Read More

Why the way that pre-school children learn really matters

March 9, 2017

With more and more emphasis on maths and reading tests, we are forgetting the things that are really important in raising humans.

It’s not just what pre-school children learn, but how they learn.  Kids get more out of playing when teachers guide or ‘scaffold’ imaginative activities, enriching story lines or adding math concepts. Read More

Is your career growing or shrinking?

Is your career growing or shrinking?

February 20, 2017

“First, however, she waited for a few minutes to see if she was going to shrink any further: she felt a little nervous about this; ‘for it might end, you know,’ said Alice to herself; ‘in my going out altogether, like a candle”

(quote from Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland)

Like Alice many find their careers shrinking instead of growing. Read More

CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) is helping anxious children and adolescents

January 31, 2017

According to the publication Psychiatry Advisor, an increasing number of children and adolescents are currently being treated for developmental, emotional or behavioural problems. It is anticipated that the number is likely to increase with their exposure to social media and its effect on their identity, self-confidence and relationships. Read More

New Year – Time To Reflect On Your Career

New Year – Time To Reflect On Your Career

January 4, 2017

So have you set your goals for 2017 and your New Year resolutions? How about your career? When life is busy, time for strategic career management thinking is almost always not set as a priority, both in organisations and as individuals. Even where there are interventions in place at work and it is part of the organisation’s values to ensure individuals are developed to the level required, it is often viewed as another pressure on top of the already heavy workload and becomes a demotivator. Read More

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