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Emma Ogilvie

Building resilience in schools

Taking a whole school approach means we can introduce a core set of skills to proactively manage mental health and reduce the social and emotional barriers to learning, together. There is so much power in introducing a common language in which our school community are better able to talk about their challenges and their emotions without feeling vulnerable. So many young people today have low aspirations and opinions of their learning capacity and motivation and resilience is reaching chronic levels.

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Leadership
Jon Watkins

The language of leadership – are we getting it wrong?

We are constantly being defined by what good leadership is in the eyes of those who have come before us. The reality of any given situation or organisation is that leadership and what is required to make a good leader is different everywhere. Defining it by a single word or sentence is difficult and often inaccurate.

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Culture
Jon Watkins

Is your recruitment process building resilience?

Special Forces has a gruelling recruitment process designed to focus on more than technical skills and capability. Here’s what organisations and leaders can learn from that in terms of employer brand. Written by someone who knows.

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resilience
David Ogilvie

Are the imaginary lids in your life holding you and your resilience back?

Self-limiting beliefs are assumptions and perceptions that you hold about yourself and/or about the way the world works.These assumptions become self-limiting because they keep you back from achieving what you are capable of, and you may not even recognise it. It’s more common than you might think, and it can undermine your resilience, confidence and success.

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Organisational culture is like a sausage machine
Culture
David Ogilvie

Organisational culture is important because it’s like a sausage machine

Ask any leader “why is organisational culture important?” and they will probably tell you that it’s because it’s the total of beliefs, principles and values. They’ll let you know that the culture of any workplace guides the way employees behave and interact with clients and customers. They will tell you culture is one of the most important building blocks for success and performance. So why is it like a sausage machine?

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Mental health
Louise Scambler

Everyone cried in our office when we read this, you will too

Too many of us coast through life either ignoring our worries or waiting until the pressure gets too much and only to find ourselves breaking down and not functioning at all. Learning the skills behind being resilient gave me the gift of making the short time I had left with my mum count. It allowed me to step up to the plate and do what was needed without totally burning myself out. In so many ways it acted as a protective buffer against the extreme situation I found myself in.

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Culture
David Ogilvie

The HERO Approach To Building Resilience In Teams

Leaders can develop HERO powers in their people, but they’ve got to be looking out for them. Unlike Superman, they are not going to be wearing their underpants on the outside, so you’ve got to really pay attention.

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Developing resilience in an organisation strategically
Culture
Jon Watkins

Live Blog: CIPD 2017 #Think Conference – Final Thoughts

What I’ve seen today is that work is simply not working. I leave the last words to myself – Just because everyone else is doing it, just because its been done like this for 10 years or ever since you joined the company it does not make it right. Listen to the facts, listen to science, the numbers are not wrong, things need to change its time to focus on the wellbeing of people and the culture of your organisation and the benefits are huge and necessary!

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