“Men must never show emotion” and “failure is a sign of weakness”. These types of unhelpful beliefs can get in the way of our relationships and taking action when it comes to our health. It can cause us to take a few more risks with our health that in hindsight may seem unwise!
In today’s ever-changing world where we are expected to do more with less and be everything to everyone, we need to put proactive measures in place to prevent poor mental health and promote wellbeing by giving people the skills and resources to better manage their own mental health and thrive.
Sometimes it’s not about the goal, it’s about everything that makes them happen. Being solely focused on goals means we ignore the hidden costs associated with progress towards them, which in turn means that our goals don’t get the full support they deserve and our resilience is undermined.
If you don’t have self-awareness, if you can’t have empathy and effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far. Sounds obvious we know but what if you are setting boundaries at work that undermine your resilience? And are you aware of them?
Thinking differently is the fastest way to gain a productivity leap. A step change in productivity is often driven by changing the way the team thinks, rather than the tools they use. In particular, empowering people to shift their own mind-set and skill set to tackle failure and setbacks head on has a big impact. When teams and individuals have this, barriers take on a different meaning.
I can see now that he was managing his career with those above him and it was all about painting a great picture of both him and what he could deliver. Some people would respect that and see that as a healthy part of leadership and career development. A reality of life in organisations the world over. I certainly didn’t see it that way. Working for that guy was difficult and demotivating
It’s hard for anyone to give 100% if you are spending some of your energy trying to be something you are not. Unfortunately, many of us are trying to fit into a view of what we should be at work. Read how to cultivate an environment of respect and psychological safety so people can be themselves.
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.