Vulnerability pays off, Paul McGregor

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When Paul McGregor was 18, his father took his own life. He had been treated for depression and sectioned for a while after a previous attempt, but Paul and his family were still totally unprepared. From his father’s first trip to the doctor to his death was only six months. “My dad was very good […]

Bringing our authentic selves to work, Asif Sadiq

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Asif Sadiq has had a long career working in business to make companies more diverse and inclusive. After a year of remote working, he believes that companies which have embraced change are more ready to adapt to new challenges. Asif says he’s learnt more about colleagues’ lives during the past year, and thinks this process […]

Master your meaning, Jon Duschinsky

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“What is purpose?” asks social innovator Jon Duschinsky. It’s not only the thing that “lights us up”; it’s also the determination to do something about it. We have got really good at believing things have to be a certain way, but when you strip all those assumptions away, it’s scary. “But that’s the journey we […]

Former Head of Happiness at Coca-Cola, Silvia Garcia

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How much of our happiness comes from genetics and how much from circumstance? Silvia Garcia, former president of Coca-Cola’s Happiness Institute, says research tells us it’s around 50% from our genetics, 30-40% from things that we do, and around 10% from things that happen to us (and the happiness from the 10% is more temporary). […]

Questions to ponder in 2021

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Anna Percy-Davis New Year’s day has come and gone in a particular blur this year and so too have many of my potential New Year’s Resolutions. What is it about New Year’s resolutions anyway? They seem to be a really clever (or perhaps not so clever) way of setting ourselves up to fail. Besides, looking […]

Mindful Leadership Expert, Pandit Dasa

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Pandit Dasa, the child of Indian immigrants, grew up in America. He joined a monastery in 1999, hoping to find clarity and purpose in a simpler life. He spent 15 years living as a monk in New York, before deciding he wanted to leave the monastic order to take his teachings into the corporate world […]

Respectful interventions at work

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Kindness at work also means kindness to ourselves right now, says wellbeing consultant Catrin Donnelly. She says we don’t do enough to ask our colleagues how they’re doing, if we think they are working too hard, or not taking enough breaks, or look like they could be struggling. “Have a proper conversation. Look […]

Chairman of Barclays UK, Sir Ian Cheshire

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Leading businessman Sir Ian Cheshire says the pandemic has completely changed the background to talking about mental health at work. He became interested in the issues because of family experiences and has since worked with charities to promote good practices in the office. The fact that so many of us are working from home poses […]

It’s time to challenge our thinking, Hayley Barnard

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Hayley Barnard is passionate about diversity and inclusion. Her world view when she was growing up was formed by her adopted family, with a sibling who was gay and one who was disabled, and now through her children, who are both non-neurotypical. We need to think about our thinking – see if we could be […]

Channel this anger towards making real change, Linda Mbagwu

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News coverage of racial tensions recently has led to an outpouring of anger and frustration – and affected many people’s mental health. We spoke to coach and consultant Linda Mbagwu about how individuals and communities can begin to heal. This isn’t a new situation, Linda says, but the wider reaction could partly be because of […]

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