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4 toxic practices that dramatically affect mental well being...

Recent data suggests we are losing 70 million days a year to mental health associated well being issues. That costs the economy something like £100 billion. Not small change. So what are we doing about it?

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HR strategic disasters have this 1 link in common...

In fact, the secret of success is linked to the quality and depth of the analysis and thorough understanding of the organisation, the HR function and the 'mood' of the stakeholders (both internal and external) as well as the organsiational macro position. These are just some of the areas for deep analysis that cause catastrophic problems.

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Steven Spielberg - Is the secret to Engagement an Emotional Trigger?

Is it all about the heart strings?

In this great video by Stephen Spielberg he talks about your inspiration being a whisper. The inspiration for what you love to do in life and it got me thinking, is Engagement really an emotional trigger that comes from what you love to do, people you enjoy being with, heading towards a great purpose, in an supportive and development and creative environment where the boundaries and goals are clear and you know where you stand?

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Are you wasting your time? Transactional vs Transformational HR

Have you ever thought your wasting your time? Many of us have, when we've hit our heads repeatedly against some seemingly impenetrable brick wall.

Despite desperate attempts and a great intention...we sometimes don't see where the most valuable projects lay. We get fascinated with HR initiatives because of the challenge or our experience. However these change and it's keeping up with solving organisational problems and dealing with the external challenge of people floating into that causes us all these headaches.

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Do you consider yourself a Strategic thinker?

Strategic thinking is a key attribute of HR or L&D practitioners throughout the world, but are you truly informed in all the areas you should have a deep knowledge of?

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Email crazy? With 132 billion each day by 2017 has technology really swallowed us up?

In this artcile by this australian media group has banned internal emailing. Now that maybe a rather extreme reaction to an everyday problem but it makes us ask.. has technology swallowed us up? Can we tame the dragon?

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The 7 rich streams of a 'smart' training strategy

Are you digging for gold or coming up with only coal dust?

It seems everywhere you go...everyone can write a strategy.

That may be so, but it is a good, intelligent one, borne out of business connection that drives quality not quantity. Are you all things to all staff?

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Has HR become so arrogant and self absorbed they've stopped caring?

In a recent YouGov and CIPD survey 48% of staff said they hadn't talked to their HR department in the last year.

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Money or Ego - which is the real root of all evil?

Previous mentions of mindfulness and the power of now are going to be abundant in these blog posts because they have become such a major focus of the real problems in human performance and productivity. Also our personal satisfaction and happiness.

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Is this an excuse to have a nap?

In this CIPD journal article, we see this business psychologist talk about time spent reflecting, meditating etc as a tool to become more effective, rather than looking busy. My question is, does it work, when is it relevant or is it an excuse to have a nap?

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Is our thinking literally killing us? What can we do to stop it?

Or at least making us very sick?

If you have ever read any of the well crafted work of Eckhart Tolle (the Power of Now) it might give you some insight into his rather radical views on thinking (or maybe not so far off what we are beginning to realise) and he certainly would agree with my headline.

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HR is invaluable! HR makes a difference (says Lord Coe)

We often take the self critical route and think we aren't doing enough or the right things but then someone comes along and reminds us, we can do some great things.

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Do you really understand training (and learning)? 3 ways to create real change ...

Are our training efforts sinking like a ship? Have we lost the passion for training because we failing to create real change?

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The very dangerous impact of 'pressure cooker' work environments...