Whenever I think of Leadership, images of power, single mindedness, determination come to mind. We seem to judge our leaders, political, business, military and otherwise by these standards when in fact effective leadership is so much more. Wikipedia describes leadership as ‘a research area and a practical skill encompassing the ability of an individual or … Continue reading Leadership is like Bambi on Ice!
To be successful in business, you need to be mentally resilient, a trait that is often overlooked. Business leaders and entrepreneurs are bombarded with guidance on managing finances, building teams or making the most of their marketing and social media, but precious little time is devoted to looking after mental health and well-being. Yet, without … Continue reading Top tips for strong mental health at work
The Press is full of talk about the need for businesses to become more sustainable, but it's often hard to know where to start. Here are some top tips you can adopt. If you want to go further, give me a call or drop me an email for some more suggestions. Feel free to add … Continue reading Top tips to make your business sustainable
This is Mental Health Awareness week which many workplaces across the country will be marking in some way. There has been huge progress in the subject of mental health in recent years, enabling sufferers of anxiety, depression, stress and other debilitating conditions to be more open and receive adequate support. However, stigma relating to mental … Continue reading Top Tips for Mental Health Awareness Week
It’s not every day that you hear stories of outstanding customer service, so I was really impressed to hear a friend’s account of her interaction with sofa retailer DFS. Severe allergies mean buying new furniture can be a minefield, so my friend felt reassured when DFS worked with her to identify what would be suitable … Continue reading Shout about your achievements!
Change can be a difficult process to navigate, but it is essential for organisations in order to grow and adapt. As Sustainability Consultant I help organisations adopt new ways of working that protect resources, be that energy, materials, space or people. The easiest part is identifying issues, drawing up strategy and agreeing the desired outcomes. … Continue reading Change should be bottom up AND top down
For many people, it is only in adversity that they realise the value of ‘community’. In recent weeks, we have seen the strength of local communities, coming together to look after each other during the snows and subsequent floods, and associated problems such as lack of water following burst pipes. On the news, we saw … Continue reading How valuing the community can benefit your business
As a Sustainability Consultant, I am frequently contacted to discuss waste or energy and water use, as though managing these issues will tick the box for being sustainable. Perhaps a better title for the services I offer would be Resilience Consultant, as sustainability covers so much more than energy, waste and water. A robust Sustainability … Continue reading What does Sustainability Consultant do?
No, I am not taking you on a journey to explore strange new worlds. Instead, I am asking you to reflect on how you use your space – your offices, workshops, showrooms and storage areas. On average, our workspace is occupied for approximately 21% of the available time based on an average 8 hour working … Continue reading Space – the final frontier
Next week is National Volunteering Week, so I thought it a good time to reflect on the positive reasons for having a workplace volunteering scheme. I have been a volunteer in many different organisations in a variety of roles, and I can vouch for the positive benefits – a sense of contribution, meeting lovely people, … Continue reading Is Workplace Volunteering a benefit or a bind?