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Life lessons from life’s resources

2020-07-08T21:13:03+01:00

Tucked at the side of every training room running the Springboard Women’s Development Programme is a treasure trove. This is the ‘resource table’. My experience of training rooms has often meant this table is somewhat worn, perhaps a mismatch with the other furniture and on one memorable occasion was actually just a window ledge. No matter, thanks to a very handy length of sari material, I can transform any format flat surface into a showcase for wonders. Trainers are full of trick like that! The treasures brought by participants (typically up to 30 women) are objects that they wish to [...]

Life lessons from life’s resources2020-07-08T21:13:03+01:00

The Growth Mindset: How our beliefs can sabotage or encourage our success! By Guest Blogger Camille Lamouille, Elveor

2020-07-08T21:13:04+01:00

« I did not fail. I just found 10,000 solutions that do not work. » – Thomas Edison – During a recent spring cleanup with my family, we ran into my sister’s primary report cards in a closet. If they were actually quite good, I was strongly challenged by the comments of his teachers – she salutes by the way! These emphasized only the lack, the failure, the gaps. The positive comments were constantly followed by a “but Margaux has the ability to do better”. Thus, only the intellectual abilities were valued, not the efforts made. If I tell you [...]

The Growth Mindset: How our beliefs can sabotage or encourage our success! By Guest Blogger Camille Lamouille, Elveor2020-07-08T21:13:04+01:00

How long is your ‘now’? by guest blogger Dr Sarah Robins-Hobden

2020-07-08T21:13:04+01:00

Anxiety is a focus on the future, and rumination is a focus on the past. That means the only time we can meaningfully exist is the now – the present time. But what is the scope of the ‘now’, and what are its limits? Today? This minute, this second? I think we can choose, I think it is however long we want it to be. If you slice and dice your ‘now’ into micro-thin wafers of time, then you shorten your present, and sacrifice the every-decreasing offcuts by allocating them either to the past or the future. This creates an [...]

How long is your ‘now’? by guest blogger Dr Sarah Robins-Hobden2020-07-08T21:13:04+01:00

How are you managing your time budget? By Guest Blogger Dr Sarah Robins-Hobden

2020-07-08T21:13:05+01:00

‘Time is money’, so the saying goes. Except I don’t think it is. Time might be like money in some ways, but it is also different to money in others. You can spend time, but you can’t buy it. You can invest time, but your investment won’t attract more time in interest payments. You can share time with other people or even give it away, without having less of it yourself. You can’t borrow it from other people, and you can’t store it or save it for later. And if you don’t do anything with your time, you still end [...]

How are you managing your time budget? By Guest Blogger Dr Sarah Robins-Hobden2020-07-08T21:13:05+01:00

‘Better the balance, better the world’

2020-07-08T21:13:06+01:00

Over 20 years ago I was fortunate enough to take part in the Springboard Women’s Personal Development Programme. At that time I was an engineer working for BT, one of the first users of the Springboard programme. I became part of a cohort of 80 women supported to undertake this award-winning programme that has been running for nearly 30 years and is now delivered in more than 47 countries globally. The programme provided a platform for my development, an opportunity to learn, insights from female leaders and provided a network of fellow ‘Springboarders’ to enable and challenge. Fast forward to [...]

‘Better the balance, better the world’2020-07-08T21:13:06+01:00

Your go-to space-maker – the most assertive thing you can do? By Guest Blogger Dr Sarah Robins-Hobden

2020-07-08T21:13:07+01:00

Taking the time and headspace to make a more considered response is one of the most assertive things you can do. Be kind to your future self, and try this. Maybe you’ve read a lot about assertiveness techniques, practiced some assertive conversation starters. You’ve spent time working out your desired outcome, and how you’ll handle it if you don’t get what you want (and if you do!). You are getting better at choosing assertive behaviours when it matters to you. Then something happens that you weren’t expecting: someone puts you on the spot, or you are asked a question you [...]

Your go-to space-maker – the most assertive thing you can do? By Guest Blogger Dr Sarah Robins-Hobden2020-07-08T21:13:07+01:00

What if you don’t hit ‘snooze’? By guest blogger Sarah Robins-Hobden

2020-07-08T21:13:07+01:00

The morning alarm. Sometimes when my alarm goes off, I just don’t feel like it. I hit snooze. Perhaps I’m tired. Maybe I’m postponing something I don’t want to do. Sometimes, when the alarm goes off again, I’ll hit snooze. Again. Honestly, there have been occasions when I’ve hit snooze several times. The idea alarm. Sometimes I have an idea. Maybe for a workshop, maybe a solution to a problem, or a new home project. It seems a good one. I dare to be excited by the prospect. I hit ‘snooze’ on it. Sometimes, when the idea comes back later, [...]

What if you don’t hit ‘snooze’? By guest blogger Sarah Robins-Hobden2020-07-08T21:13:07+01:00

Keeping the Focus and Enthusiasm by Guest Blogger Julia Ffoulkes

2020-07-08T21:13:08+01:00

As I returned to work from the Christmas/New Year break I found trying to muster the energy up to get back into work and perform at a high level somewhat difficult.  I think and reminisce of mince pies and over-drinking, and basically eating everything in sight had left me feeling depressed and unenthusiastic about anything. Working for Royal Mail your period of rest and relaxation over Christmas is limited to a very small window as you can imagine, and living with a Mail Centre Manager from the business whom lives and breathes Christmas 24/7 during the period of November to [...]

Keeping the Focus and Enthusiasm by Guest Blogger Julia Ffoulkes2020-07-08T21:13:08+01:00

Leadership development for women – By Dave Gunner co-editor of Ruby, the Virgin Atlantic Blog

2020-07-08T21:13:10+01:00

Training – it might sound dry, but it’s one of the most exciting, important things we do here at Virgin Atlantic. It’s about developing our people into the best they can be, whatever their role at the airline. Giving them the tools to do a great job, to look after our customers and each other, and to work towards our goal of being the UK’s most loved travel company. One of the training courses we’ve started to offer is called Springboard. It’s a personal and professional development programme, designed and delivered by women for women. It gives women at Virgin Atlantic the skills [...]

Leadership development for women – By Dave Gunner co-editor of Ruby, the Virgin Atlantic Blog2020-07-08T21:13:10+01:00

String of Words by Guest Blogger Helen Ivory

2020-07-08T21:13:10+01:00

“Thanks to the poetry group I have become the biggest fan of poetry and I write every week. Good luck with the group, I really enjoyed it.” MA Art History Student and Sprint 2018 participant. Listening to the group presentations on the final day of a Sprint course that I delivered last year at the University of Essex, I was struck by how creative and passionate the participants were about their experiences during the week, and felt enormously proud to have played a small part in facilitating their transformation. Most of the students on the course were not studying creative [...]

String of Words by Guest Blogger Helen Ivory2020-07-08T21:13:10+01:00