Seeing you, seeing me

Board diversity from a psychological perspective Take-Away Line Revisions to governance codes and supporting advice to boards have taken to heart the notion of ‘behavioural governance’, to support boards offer the independence of mind and rigour that effective organisational leadership needs. But they have so far failed to address questions of psychological diversity, the range…

Burning bright, not burning out: Leadership in tough times and the art of managing Stress, Well-being and Centeredness

Take Away Line As high stress levels seem to be endemic in professional life, attention turns to understanding how to cope and, better still, to lead oneself and ones team through the stress.  The process of moving from being subject to stress to a position of having the personal wellbeing and skills to support others…

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: 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…

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…