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…

Knowing me, knowing you: personality profiling

Take Away Line Few people know that Jung provided the basis for many of the personality profiling tools that virtually all organisations use in selection assessments and use in team and organisational development.  Drawing on Jungian theory, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator allows us to understand our basic personal preferences and understand better how others in…

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…

Great Minds: What organisational thinking owes to CG Jung

Take-Away Line Jung’s influence on the way we think about work and our lives at work and, quite indirectly, about how we develop organisations was immense.  Yet, this was never his purpose.  His influence can be felt in how we understand the impact of the unconscious at work, in personality profiling, in how our personal…

Consultant/client relations – where does power lie?

Take-Away Line Whether as a member of a board or as a consultant to a board, groups find ways of limiting individual power in ways that can be surprising and uncomfortable, even apparently irrational.  There is a strange symbiotic relationship between a consultant and a client board (in the case of governance), each having power…

Leadership and culture: Lions led by donkeys

Take Away Line Leaders of organisations can live in a work culture that oppresses them and builds in failure.  Yet, even as the leaders of their organisations, they can feel they have no choice.  They are stuck.  The example of the turnaround of the car industry in the UK, no longer British owned, shows how…