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Make conscious choices

01 Nov

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      head-and-question-mark200x233It’s two years since I left the comfort of my corporate role and moved into the unknown world of ‘self-employment’.

      And looking back, I realise how lucky I was that my ex-boss was there giving me outplacement support.

      When my first consulting assignment landed almost immediately – scuppering my plans to take out a few months to figure things out first – I was able to fall, panicking, into his care.

      Ask yourself why

      Malcolm offered me lots of practical tips – how to find the accountant, what the website needed to contain and how to develop a proposal. But the best piece of advice he gave me was this: Make conscious choices. Read the rest of this entry »

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      WorkplaceStress200x233Work-related stress is defined as a harmful reaction people have to undue pressures and demands place on them at work. A report by the Health and Safety Executive for 2011/12 says that 40% of reported work-related illnesses are caused by stress.

      Of course, some stress can be good for people. It takes us out of our comfort zones and into our stretch zones – a place of personal and professional growth.

      And while not all types of stress are negative, it’s useful to focus on something positive we can do to combat it.

      Be positive to be resilient

      Obviously – and this sounds simplistic – positive emotions drive wellbeing. But there’s a catch: For every negative emotion we must have three positive ones. Read the rest of this entry »

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      I’ve been thinking about thinking. Most of this thinking has been done while engaged in the solitary activity of painting, a hobby which I do every now and then. It takes me to a completely difference place; I put on some music and I’m absorbed in the task of trying to create something from nothing, often for hours. In this physically creative space, I often find my mind pondering different challenges and ideas. Sometimes, I have one of those moments when I think: ‘That’s it! That’s the answer to that thing I have been trying to solve’.

      While thinking today, I reflected on a few books I’ve read recently: Time to Think by Nancy Kline, Quiet by Susan Caitlin and Business Reimagined by Dave Coplin. Coplin’s book appeals to me because it captures the very essence of what I believe to be true: that despite all the technological advancements that makes a complete revolution possible, we are effectively working in the same way we always have. Coplin says our way of working bears a strong resemblance to Victorian working patterns, and the more I watch Mad Men, the more I realise work hasn’t changed much from the 1960s, let alone since I joined the workforce in the late 1980s.

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