Building Resilience: Suggestions on more helpful ways of ‘Thinking’ (Series 3)

Focussing on changing our mind-set can make a real difference. This can be achieved by becoming much more aware of what we think and how we respond to different situations and taking active steps to change this. Ways to do this have been introduced in very different settings – the Penn Resiliency Programme in schools … Continue reading Building Resilience: Suggestions on more helpful ways of ‘Thinking’ (Series 3)

What is resilience and what does it really mean? (Series 3)

The word ‘resilience’ comes from the Latin meaning to jump (salire) back (re).  These days it is often talked about in relation to stress management but there is a subtle difference between the two. Resilience is the more proactive focusing on building personal defences against setbacks experienced professionally or personally.  These defences enable us to … Continue reading What is resilience and what does it really mean? (Series 3)

Resilience-Building: the What, Why and How (Series 3)

Resilience – it’s fast becoming another one of those buzz words being used by HR and managers, to ensure employees are better equipped to deal with the demands of the 21st century workplace. But what exactly is resilience? Isn't it something innate we either happen to have or not have? And if that’s not the … Continue reading Resilience-Building: the What, Why and How (Series 3)

The benefits of a more confident workforce (Series 2)

Confidence is the key ingredient in optimising performance, alongside skill and will. To engender step-change and achieve real success, risks need to be taken. But without confidence no one would dare try. Confidence breeds greater efficiencies. There is more independent thinking, with less need for reassurance. Decision making becomes quicker and more decisive. Building confidence … Continue reading The benefits of a more confident workforce (Series 2)

Possible threats to confidence? (Series 2)

As we have already seen confidence is elastic. Even the most self-assured can suffer crises of confidence, resulting in a crushing downward spiral. This can be recognised through a number of difference behaviours: prevarication and the continued need for reassurance in decision making; increased anxiety and over-confidence. It is useful then for both individuals and … Continue reading Possible threats to confidence? (Series 2)

How can we build greater confidence in the workplace? (Series 2)

One of the most robust ways to gain confidence is through achievement, from being able to master activities. The more you do something well, the more confident you become as a result.  However twinned to success lies the possibility of failure, so even making that first attempt requires confidence. The phrase chicken and egg comes … Continue reading How can we build greater confidence in the workplace? (Series 2)