What is having a purpose?

Victor Frankl, via his book Man’s Search for Meaning, wrote about how important it is in living a good life to have a purpose. When we have a purpose we can weather any storm and look back over our life and know our life mattered. It helps answer the question: why are we here? Purpose … Continued

Don’t bother with outcomes

If you’re struggling to stick at that exercise regime, then maybe, just maybe, you are setting the wrong type of goal. An academic research study (Wilson & Brookfield, 2009) utilised a goal setting intervention to examine the impact on motivation and adherance to a 6 week exercise programme. Process goals versus outcome goals Sixty recreational … Continued

Measure emotions to understand engagement

There is quite alot of discussion about the importance or otherwise of employee engagement to productivity and performance of individuals at work. There is correlational data which suggests organisations with high levels of engagement (however that is defined and measured) have higher levels of productivity, discretionary effort or job satisfaction. There is much less data … Continued

Some of the best stress techniques

Despite us spending on average 25% less time at work compared with 50 years ago, two thirds of us feel overwhelmed. Something’s obviously going wrong and why is it we feel so very stressed as a result? Is it because we are catastrophising daily events into highly stressful situations (very possibly).  Or is it because … Continued

To coach or not to coach

Coaching, be it personal, life, executive or transformational, seems to be the panacea to cure all ills. According to the 2016 ICF Global Coaching Study undertaken by PWC the annual revenue worldwide of the coaching industry now amounts to over $2.3 bn annually.  This, of course, does not take into account the amount of time … Continued

International positive education network – first conference

I attended the Ultimate Wellbeing and Mental Health in Education Conference in London May 5 2017. It was organised by the IPEN network (www.ipen-network.com) and chaired by its’ President, Sir Anthony Seldon. The speaker line up included such luminaries as the founder of Positive Psychology, Dr Martin Seligman, Prof Lord Richard Layard, David Halpern, Chief … Continued

Let’s not pursue happiness at work as the end goal

An article in the Guardian today questions the often monumental efforts modern day businesses put into making their employees happy and that despite this effort work is still the place where we feel most miserable. The only place we feel worse is being sick in bed – and after a weekend holed up on the … Continued

4 ways bad recruitment destroys employer branding

Providing a bad experience to job applicants during the recruitment process can irreparably damage your employer brand. But good practice can be gleaned from these four mistakes typically made by employing organisations:   Mistake Number One: Employers don’t explain the reason for assessment Psychometric tests are increasingly used to sift and select candidates. However, recruiters … Continued

How leaders kill meaning at work

A multiyear research project reported in a book by Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer, The Progress Principle, found that of all the events that can deeply engage people in their jobs, the single most important element is making progress in meaningful work. Even incremental steps forward—small wins—boost what they call “inner work life”: the constant … Continued

Appreciation – because they’re worth it

You would imagine that, with all that has been said and written about appreciation and saying ‘thank you’, there would be an abundance of it around. So are you getting too much appreciation? Do you find that you have to filter out emails with “Thank You” in the title? Are you so fed up of … Continued