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When the going gets tough, the tough get going’ or do they?

2020-07-08T21:11:40+01:00 Leaders around the world, in business and government, have been facing enormous challenges at this time. Amid so much uncertainty about Covid-19, how can leaders inspire their teams and colleagues through this time of heightened anxiety? History can certainly serve as a guide. Some of the very best leaders understood how to provide stability, a steady hand, and hope, even when they themselves were uncertain about the road ahead. They did this through their honesty and humanity. They celebrated small victories, even when the losses seemed large. So what does this mean for us today? Leadership is as it [...]

When the going gets tough, the tough get going’ or do they?2020-07-08T21:11:40+01:00

‘We’ll meet again’ 75 years on!


As we approach the 75 th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) we should have been enjoying big celebrations on a bank holiday weekend to pay tribute to the many millions at home and abroad that gave so much to ensure we all enjoy and share the freedom we have today. But the surreal times that we find ourselves in mean we need to act together as a nation again, but this time to stop the invisible enemy - COVID 19. We can only mark this anniversary from our homes and raise a toast at 3pm ‘to those [...]

‘We’ll meet again’ 75 years on!2020-07-08T21:11:41+01:00

Dream or Reality?


Life is confusing at the best of times but Covid-19 has thrown a real curve ball. Or has it? For those of us furloughed, home working or worse, it might have given us the time and space to review our lives, goals and aspirations for the future. Has this pandemic changed any of your priorities for the future? It certainly has made me think twice. When we start talking about setting achievable goals it often seems like a mammoth task and quite unnerving, however if we want that inner peace and contentment from life it is a great place to [...]

Dream or Reality?2020-07-08T21:11:42+01:00

Do you want to break free?


Is it a ‘Manic Monday’ and do you ‘Want to break free’ Well it’s the beginning of week 5 in the UK of lockdown and my mind turned to reports of how family life has changed, if at all, now that more of us are at home. Our essential workers are going out to work, but for the rest of us, it means staying at home. But have traditional roles and responsibilities changed? I started thinking about equality in the home which is a common area for discussion, tension and debate and certainly has probably been exacerbated during [...]

Do you want to break free?2020-07-08T21:11:43+01:00

What a difference a day makes!


As we think about the enormity of what is happening to the world at the moment, it is easy to forget that the Easter Bank holiday is rapidly approaching for us here in the UK. This holiday usually results in a mass exodus as many of us have been planning, then preparing to pack and travel on short breaks maybe overseas or to the coast, the hills or meeting friends and family. For others it will be a time for prayer and reflection, whilst for the younger generation it is generally Easter egg hunts, egg painting and a massive overdose [...]

What a difference a day makes!2020-07-08T21:11:47+01:00

Chaos and the calm


James Bay ‘s Album ‘Chaos and the Calm’ was playing today and it made me reflect on how so many of us are feeling at the moment in our ‘new uncertain world’. With social distancing and having to stay at home, no face to face contact other than with those you are living with, with the global nature of Covid-19 affecting everyone irrespective of where you live, there is a real sense of chaos in the world order and this creates feelings of a lack of control and conflicting emotions. However, we have also seen a strange kind of the [...]

Chaos and the calm2020-07-08T21:11:48+01:00

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


« 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


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

‘Better the balance, better the world’


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


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