January 2018

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The Appraisal Interview – The Achilles’ Heel

By |January 18th, 2018|Categories: Advice|

An article in 1983 stated “the appraisal interview is the Achilles’ heel in the entire [appraisal] process” [Public Personnel Management, Winter, 1983] and not a lot has changed. I do empathise with line managers who may have been promoted from a more technical role into a

September 2017

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Maximising Effective Communication

By |September 25th, 2017|Categories: Advice|

In the animal world communication allows members of the herd or pack to stay safe, share mood, move together and feed or hunt effectively. Elephants use touch, vibration, smell and have a wide repertoire of sounds from trumpeting to growls, rumbles and squeals. For us humans,

May 2017

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Adaptability & Neuroscience in The Workplace

By |May 16th, 2017|Categories: Advice|

By now you may have noticed I have a passion for neuroscience and to date I have really only looked at it in relation to stress and how we can take control of our physiology and moderate our brain chemistry to feel better. However, as a

April 2017

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Managing Redundancy Related Stress…

By |April 12th, 2017|Categories: Advice|

It’s been said that redundancy is more stressful than divorce and moving house and in my own opinion, having been through all three in less than 12 months, they’re all on a par! That said, the insidious and corrosive nature of being under the threat of

March 2017

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Resilience In The Classroom

By |March 6th, 2017|Categories: Advice|Tags: , |

The mental health of students has featured in the press recently and with the exam season approaching many students are feeling the pressure to perform well…not only for their ongoing studies, university entrance requirements and other future prospects but also to live up to their parents’

February 2017

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Resilience after Redundancy…

By |February 4th, 2017|Categories: Advice|

“Oh no! Poor you! That’s such a shame, what are you going to do? And you’ve just bought a house, that won’t be easy, will it? What are your plans?” Anyone who has gone through redundancy, like me, will likely have been met with such sentiment