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Emotions in the workplace

We are all human, and that means emotions in the workplace. Emotions in the workplace can be positive, negative, frustrating, energising – whatever they are, they  are contagious. Have you noticed, a few moaners and the energy is low; lots of enthusiasm and the energy is high. To have an engaging and productive workplace we need to understand our emotional strengths and be able to work with emotions positively.  STOP for a moment –

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Playing to your strengths

At the recent Brand Yorkshire Conference I spoke about the importance of playing to your strengths – now you too can see this talk!

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You too can be a winner

At the recent Brand Yorkshire Conference we gave three prizes. Here you can find out the winners and  have the opportunity to be a winner too!

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What made you smile today?

What made you smile today?’ Take 2 minutes to think what has made you smile today? Was it something on your drive in to work? Something one of the kids said? A colleague? A patient? It could be one of many things…..

How did it make you feel? Happy? Valued? Positive?

Those feelings generate positivity in you and can help in your personal resilience.

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Brand Yorkshire

As I was born and brought up in Yorkshire and it is where I now live, I guess I can describe myself as ‘brand’ Yorkshire. Thus, we are proud to be associated with the 6th business-2-business Brand Yorkshire conference, by having a stand and speaking.

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To make good decisions in the workplace, which we have to do with great frequency, we need to be able to call upon our thinking strengths. Yet, do we know what they are? Do we stretch our ability to think and challenge ourselves to think differently? We need to think about how we think.

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Coaching – frequently asked questions

 Here are some simple answers to those frequently asked questions about coaching. Who is it for? What is coaching? How will I benefit? Plus some guidance on finding a coach and getting started.

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Teamwork brings success

Teamwork brings success – just look at many sports. Once more this week, the English cricket team will take to the field, safe in the knowledge that the Ashes have been won thanks to their great teamwork. They are a fine example of teamwork based upon playing to their strengths. How can great teamwork be achieved in the workplace?

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How to improve team working and boost sales in an SME

The Managing Director (MD) of a long-established SME approached us as she knew where she wished to take the business and yet success was elusive and goals were not being achieved. Sales needed a boost and the customer-base needed broadening. How could she achieve the shift she believed was possible to improve team working and boost sales?

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Resilience raises the game

Resilience raises the game – Resilient individuals are effective team members; effective teams generate positive results; positive results are the foundation of a strong business.

Resilience raises the game and helps businesses to build on strong foundations. Many businesses face the challenge of achieving challenging results with constrained resources. Here is the story of how one such business, a small NHS CCG, decided that to serve its large population well, it needed to be resilient. It is addressing resilience at three levels; thus far the employee feedback and results are positive. For just over 12 months now it has been actively working with seven core behaviours; here is a description of the work and the outcomes so far.

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