Silvertop Surfing: Ageing, the Midlife Crisis and Individuation

Take Away Line Jung gave insights into the psychological processes that take place in the second half of life. Work organisations need wisdom of this nature better to make judgements about their futures. But few seem to understand or support the maturing process towards individuation and focus instead on the apparently mad impulses of mid-life…

Organisations, Doctor: a suitable case for treatment? Or, when a board is wrong, it can oddly also be right.

Take Away Line It’s generally well worth looking below the surface when faced with a consultancy assignment. What’s asked for can be odd, appear wrong, but beneath the surface, there may be a more than valid request for help, but expressed in a way that masks the deeper challenge.  Framing this challenge in medical language,…

Happiness at Work: The Spirituality of Success

Take Away Line Much of the literature on happiness seems to emphasise the importance of removing barriers to happiness, since happiness is more or less a natural state.  Removing barriers has been a theme of all these articles.  But there is also the question of our relationship with our core, our inner lives, the very…

Happiness at Work: Managing Well-being

Take Away Line Whether it’s to survive the tough times we live in or to perform in the Olympics, we have to keep well.  Keeping well is the baseline for job satisfaction and happiness generally.  But wellness is not just a narrow concept akin to fitness or diet; it encompasses taking a holistic view across…

Happiness at Work: where Challenge stops and Satisfaction begins

Take Away Line While the word challenge frequently came to mind during the Olympics and Paralympics, the word boredom did not.  Yet, all jobs have a mixture of challenge and repetition.  What’s our stance in relation to work challenge?  How do we bore through boredom, if it’s a feature, or become a champion of challenge? …

Happiness at Work: Our work as our Calling

Take Away Line We might feel that a calling is something that only the few have.  And there is some empirical evidence to support this idea.  Few of us feel we can alter our work or other circumstances.  But with care and attention we can alter our perspective on things and in so doing maximise…

Happiness at Work: Getting into the ‘Zone’

Take Away Line The zone is one of the fairly rare moments that all athletes know and treasure.  Indeed, most of us experience flow at one point or another.  But like all physical states, it’s temporary and while we may derive satisfaction that comes in the wake of such as state hyper-effectiveness, it’s a fickle…

A Post-Olympic Legacy: Happiness

Take Away Line After a successful Olympics, what’s your personal legacy from the games?  Since they were a happy games, what about happiness?  Now, there’s a stretch goal!  When we look at it, as the articles in this series attempt to do, we can see that reflection, self-understanding and time for both really make a…

All you need is work: the day job and identity

Take Away Line Confusing your work ‘mask’ with your true self can sow seeds of later personal difficulty. But having a healthy approach to personal growth is not only a self-evidently good thing, it is also something that a good employers need to pay attention to. Thinking beyond employees being a mere ‘resource’ necessarily involves…

Into the deep: the unconscious at work

Take Away Line Developing the ability to reflect on the impact others have on us and how we impact on others takes us inevitably into the zone of those things we do ‘automatically’, perhaps to good effect, perhaps to ill effect. Automatic behaviour is unconscious behaviour, driven by unconscious impulses. That’s ok when that behaviour…