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Mental Health and Wellness at Work: It’s time to grow

Meeting increasing demand for mental health and wellness at work

Part of any success strategy is knowing when you need to increase the resources to meet demand. And that’s where A-HEAD for Success is at the moment. Mental health and wellness at work are becoming increasingly recognised as a high priority for businesses. Not just because it’s just sound business sense (you want your most important asset to be functioning at its best, whether that’s you or people who work for you) but also to meet legal obligations.

Mental health and wellness are essential components of the A-HEAD for Success 5D Coaching Model: Clarity, Skillset, Mindset, Stress Resilience and Health/Energy.

When your team are firing on all cylinders,  your business can grow too.  Each decision or non-decision is sowing the seeds for the future of your business.

In business there is often a critical decision point: whether to be proactive and deal with problems before they start, or wait until it becomes urgent. By then negative consequences have already started to embed and it is more difficult to harness the change in a positive way, or it consumes one of your precious resources so that other things which need attention may be ignored as the emergency is dealt with.

This can have the added consequence of putting extra pressure on the team. And we have all heard of the straw and the camel. It is alarming to know that it can take a year or more to recover from a nervous breakdown or burnout. Can your business withstand that?

So, instead of fire-fighting, consider the following:

  • What decision are you delaying?
  • What are the potential consequences of delay?
  • What are the potential benefits of action?
  • Whether your business is growing or downsizing or going through some other significant change, how are you making sure that your best resource - your people - are ready for the challenge?
  • And what about you?
2018.03.19 - MEET THE TEAM

In order that we can serve increasing demand the team is expanding. We have two new coaches: Ian Crocker and Julia Philpott. Both excellent coaches who are undergoing my A-HEAD for Success 5D Coaching program to take their coaching to new levels – reaching the parts other coaching does not reach. Also Emma Saccomani who is our Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Instructor. MHFA is an important component for Mental Health at Work.

If you want support to make sure you are all at your best, so you can thrive, do call us on 0345 130 0854 for a no-obligation chat.

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5 Reasons You’re Not Reaching Your Goals

5 Reasons you are not achieving your goalsBy now, your year is well under construction whether through conscious effort or not.  Not deciding on a direction is still a decision and still a direction.  Most people, though, have goals, whether in their business lives or personal.  But actually achieving them is less common.  Whatever goals you have under construction, if you feel blocked, these are five of the main but surprising reasons why: 

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If Coaching Saves Lives, What Could it Do For You?

Blue Monday CoachingIn a world of such complexity, competitiveness and relentless change, it can be tough just staying where you are.  Blue Monday is said to be the most depressing date of the year.  As well as the factors I have already mentioned, the cold weather, post-Christmas debt and failure to stick to New Year Resolutions can all lead to a significant drop in motivation and mood.  The wish for things to be different are matched only by a lack of energy or ability to make it happen.

I recently watched a TED Talk which was about coaching called ‘Want to Get Good at Something?  Get a Coach’.  The speaker talks about how it was used to save lives in the third world and it got me thinking about all the ways that coaching can help people like you.

What difference has it made?

If it can:  

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Have you had enough yet?

Have you had enough yet? Avoid burnout and breakdown.Are you the kind of person who just gets on with it?  You think you can do no more but, here you are, doing more?

You know you need to make changes, but it never seems to be the right time.  And you don’t have time to make it happen anyway, what with everything else that’s going on.

Well, you may not know it, but you are a member of The Keep Going and Ignore the Risks Club.


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Time: Spend, Invest or Fritter?

Time ManagementWe all have 1440 minutes every day.  Yet some people seem to achieve so much and others barely make a dent on their good intentions.  And yet others seem to be incredibly busy achieving absolutely nothing, least of all a sense of achievement or fulfilment.  There are many reasons this could be true and one way to think about it is to consider how you use your time according to how much you do of each of the following:

Spend Time

Spending time is doing things which are either nurturing to the soul or maintaining.  They are necessary for balance and to keep you on track.

Examples include

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Why is Feedback so Stressful?

It is Ken Blanchard who said that feedback is the breakfast of champions.  But it always seems so stressful.  Whether you’re giving it or receiving it, few people are comfortable around it.  It has got to the point where organisations are questioning the validity of appraisals and one company, GE, are calling feedback Insights so people feel less antsy about it.  Why?

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Stress and Managing Others

Managing PeopleManaging your own stress, your performance and productivity is one thing.  Managing these factors in others is something else.  Trying to achieve results through others brings its own stresses to add to your already burgeoning collection.  But we don’t need more stress, we need less.

Most people rely on others to a certain degree to get things done.  Whether you manage a team who work directly for you, or outsource some of your work to others, they can all bring their challenges as well as their rewards.

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The Problem with Black and White Thinking (2 minutes to read)

Black and white thinkingBlack and white thinking (also known as all or nothing thinking) can be really useful when you need a quick decision which has an absolute answer:  something is right or wrong, good or bad.  A decimal point in the wrong place can have a huge impact, even though the mistake itself is small.  “I nearly got it right” won’t hack it with the bank manager.  Someone coming at you with a knife?  Bad, and a clear signal to cut and run – no time to wonder at their intentions.  So, black and white thinking can be helpful.

But not often.  What it doesn’t allow for are the shades of grey in between.  It polarises thinking and is often a factor in

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