Articles & Thoughts

Mindsets

What a pleasure to reconnect with the idea of growth mindsets at a lecture by Carol Dweck. Her work heavily influenced the material we use in understanding and building resilient behaviours.

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“... thinking you're perfect doesn't help you to grow”

The Exclusives

It's so exciting when clients' big dreams come true! Julian Linley's idea for a TV programme has been taken up by ITV2 and will be on air in the next few months.

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“... trainees get coached in the art of journalism”

The divided brain

In this TED talk, psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist sheds new light on the roles of the right and left parts of the human brain. The common perception that the left side of the brain does reason and the right side emotion is not true - they are both profoundly involved in both.

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“...perception that the left side of the brain does reason and the right side emotion is not true”

New beliefs for CEO's

In this new economic environment where distrust of corporations is high, CEO's need a new set of beliefs

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“...CEO's need a new set of beliefs”

Learned optimism

A couple of years ago Idid a Positive Psychology course in the US .. about understanding psychological 'wellness' and what it takes to have a fulfilling life. Working in a job where you play to your strengths is important for fulfillment and success.

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“Optimism is an important skill and can be learned”

It's good to talk

At the School of Life's evening course - "How to have better conversations", the prevailing view was that great quality conversations are more to do with attitude than technique.

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“The top three characteristics of a skilled and interesting conversationalist? Empathy, courage and curiosity”

How work changed in the noughties

I love all the newspaper articles at the end of a year reviewing the past 12 months .. and in 2010 of course, reviewing the past decade.

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“We are working fewer hours, we earn more, but are we happier?”

Working in China

It seems that all the world's eyes are on China .. it has just failed to overtake Japan as the world's second largest economy, but grew at an astonishing 8% last year.

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“It seems that all the world's eyes are on China...”

Back to school: Teaching resilience

One of my new activities this year has been working on the UK Resilience Programme, a government educational initiative to train teachers of 12 year-olds to teach resilience - an inoculation against the rising rates of teenage depression.

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“...the UK Resilience Programme - an inoculation against the rising rates of teenage depression.”