Touched by suicide? You are not alone

Mental health is still far too often seen as a taboo subject. Suicide is, it could be argued, the biggest taboo under the wider umbrella of mental health. Suicide is the single biggest killer of men and women in the UK under the age of 35. Papyrus, an organisation dedicated to suicide prevention among young people,… Continue reading Touched by suicide? You are not alone

CIPD Manchester branch event: ‘Lived perspectives on mental health and wellbeing’

One in four people suffer from mental health problems at any one time in the UK.  There is a growing recognition of the stigma that is attached to mental health issues through campaigns like #timetochange and the Talking Heads charity, which has received prominent media coverage thanks to the support of Princes William, Harry and… Continue reading CIPD Manchester branch event: ‘Lived perspectives on mental health and wellbeing’

Authenticity carries greatest weight

Why do you want this job? My pre-planned, pre-rehearsed answer was suddenly nowhere to be heard. Worn out by lack of sleep brought about by the arrival of my wonderful baby daughter my mind went blank. My mouth was dry, palms sweaty and, worst of all, my mind had gone blank. Instead of the confident… Continue reading Authenticity carries greatest weight

Four valuable lessons from uniform leadership cultural failure

There was a time my life when I longed to make a difference. I still do but, with the passing of time, I have tempered my approach. As a young twenty-one year old full of optimism I embarked on a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) at Leeds University. My overt enthusiasm foundered on the… Continue reading Four valuable lessons from uniform leadership cultural failure

It’s not just what you do that counts…

Self-help and motivational literature often rightly accentuates the positives; the things people do well and which have led them to succeed in one field or another in the past. It is my supposition that, in many instances, we are as often defined by what we do not do, as what we actually do. This can… Continue reading It’s not just what you do that counts…

Soft Skills Matter Most

“Social interpersonal skills key. Having socially skilled line managers is key.” Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE made an inspiring appeal for organizations to take more care of their employees’ wellbeing work in an entertaining and insightful opening address at this year’s CIPD Conference in Manchester on Wednesday, November 4th, 2015.  The talk was entitled ‘Mental… Continue reading Soft Skills Matter Most