How good are you really at managing your self?

All entries, Effective working, Handling stress
Struggling to find time? Maybe it’s time to look in detail at what’s going on. We all love a quick self-assessment. Developed for one of my workshops, it takes no more than 5 minutes and allows you to score your strength in time management, and will help to raise your awareness of where things may not be quite as you would like and to take action. How good are you at managing your self? Click the image to find out
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Minds turned to ash: looking at the roots of burnout

All entries, Handling stress
On World Mental Health day, Monday 10 October, together with the Institute of Pscyhoanalysis, and in association with the APPC and the PRCA, I'll be launching a fund to provide high quality initial mental health support to young people in our industry. We hope that it will also be an opportunity to raise awareness of how mental health can affect those in our industry, just as it can affect anyone, anywhere, and to identify that there are things we can do to help move things forward. I'm particularly delighted that we'll be joined by psychoanalyst Professor Josh Cohen. You may have seen his recent article for the Economist on the subject of burnout, and from earlier this summer. Whilst mental health issues will vary, his comments on burnout seemed particularly appropriate for the…
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Did you get 8hrs last night? The Prime Minister didn’t

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This morning we woke to the news that the European Council negotiations went through the night, finally finishing at 5.30am Brussels time. The ‘all-nighter’ is a staple of international politics, but is it really a great way to decide matters of major importance? Here's a look at the impact of sleep deprivation on politicians and some handy tips , if you have to engage with them, on how to do so effectively taking into account lack of sleep. Worship of the sleep-deprived powerful There is a machismo in politics and in business around always being available, not taking holiday and working long hours. Lists abound of chief executives who survive on little sleep while the UK Sleep Council found politicians to be among the most sleep-deprived members of society, averaging 5.2hrs a night.…
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Hectic week? Should you be saying no more?

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One of the key skills for any professional is the ability to say “no” and to do so in a way that supports good working relationships. This can be a challenge particularly for those starting out in the industry. They are anxious that “no” will be interpreted negatively: that they will be seen as unhelpful, or even obstructive; that they will be making life harder for their line manager; that they will be seen as unable to cope with the workload or inefficient. Yet the reality is that managers really need their team to be honest about what they can take on. It’s no good saying “yes”, taking on the project, knowing it’s going to have ramifications down the line, and storing up that problem for yourself and them. We…
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