Light at the end of the tunnel: Leading with hope through Covid-19

By Dr Amal Ahmadi A frog started to climb a tree with the goal to reach the top. Other frogs repeatedly jumped and shouted, “it’s impossible, it’s impossible, you will fall”. Yet the frog successfully reached the top of the tree despite the negative noise. How? It was deaf, and instead, thought that the other…

Coping in a crisis: routine, routine, routine

By Dr Rebecca Jones I have always been a big fan of routine. I generally find that having a routine helps me to form healthy habits and to get things done, therefore making me as efficient as I can be. Having a routine around things like exercise makes it easier to consistently achieve my goals…

An introduction to eco-coaching

Standing on the Ridgeway near West Kennet, Wiltshire a dark bank of clouds rolled towards us. The temperature plummeted and snow started to fall. We shivered, wrapped our jackets closer and adopted a slightly brisker pace as we walked back towards our parked cars; our coaching session nearly at its conclusion for the day. Suddenly…

Ambition vs Gratitude

Dr Rebecca J Jones I have been thinking a lot recently about ambition. More specifically, where and how ambition can fit in with gratitude. In my younger years, I would say that perhaps my most defining characteristic was my ambition. I was hungry for success and had a laser sharp focus on achieving this. The…

5 things I learned at the World of Work Conference

The World of Work Conference: Reimagined was recently held by Henley Business School, where influential people from some of the World’s top companies came together to explore the future of the workforce. Companies like Microsoft and Siemens spoke and ran workshops to help delegates understand how the workforce could be impacted by flexibility and technology….

The Leadership Temperament: Is Bullying ever OK?

Is there ever a time when a leader can behave as a bully and get away with it, be forgiven for it, and even be praised for it?  There are some obvious candidates for this in world politics; Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un for example.  However, what about in more modest walks of…

Let’s talk about ageism

Dr Tatiana Rowson, Henley Business School I am just returning from a conference on ageing at work where we discussed work and retirement issues. Among many areas of interest, ageism had not received a lot of attention. As the workforce gets older and more diverse, we cannot shy away from discussing ageism.  Ageism can be…

The illusion of the power of positive self-talk

I’ve recently been watching SAS: Who Dares Wins for Stand Up To Cancer, where a group of celebrities are put through gruelling SAS type training. A key theme with this training is that it pushes the celebrities to not only their physical limits but also tests their mental resilience. What I find fascinating as an…

Why not me? Reflections on Workplace Envy

By Dr Amal Ahmadi “Who’s living the best life” I was watching an episode of “Friends from College”, where a close-knit group of friends reconnects twenty years after graduation. The episode unravels how excitement over the reunion quickly turns into envy and distress as the friends begin to brag and talk over each other to…