‘The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven’
Neuroscience is revealing more about the brain, and how simple techniques can help you to dampen down your brain’s threat response and re-wire your brain.
When we learn how to manage our brain and our mood, this has a profound impact on how we behave, communicate and perform. Leading to happier, more positive, creative and fulfilled people and lives.
There are simple techniques that individuals, teams and managers can learn to help them to manage their brain and mood to be in the best state possible at work.
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Resilience is about thriving in life. Resilience is about our ability to keep going in the face of obstacles, to bounce back after setbacks and mistakes. Every life, workplace and business venture has many highs and lows. Resilience is also about thriving, and not merely surviving, challenge. It is essential for our physical and mental wellbeing, as well as performance.
Our mindset has a profound impact on how we see the world and our level of resilience. It effects how we learn and grow, and how we react to obstacles and mistakes.
Individual, group coaching for teams and managers can assist them in developing resilience and a growth mindset.
Carol Dweck has conducted research both in education and business showing the impact of having a Growth or Fixed Mindset on our performance.
Check out her TED talk -
'The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives.'
There is a difference between pressure and stress. Stress happens when the pressures and demands in and out of work overwhelm us. While the right amount of pressure is energising, motivating, and exciting. It stretches us, but does not strain us.
Working effectively under pressure is about getting into the ‘Zone of Optimal Performance’, where there is the right amount of pressure for us, and then taking action to stay in the Zone.
This might involve:
- Individual coaching to explore your own personal needs and challenges.
- Training or team coaching to explore how as a team you can support each other to be in the Zone.
- Consultancy to identify the organizational issues which are impacting on individuals and team’s ability to work effectively under pressure.
- Training for managers as to how they can support and coach their staff.
‘Learn to distinguish between straining and stretching yourself - the former leads to injury, the latter to development’
Anne Dickson – A Book of Your Own
Emotional Intelligence is now recognized as a key component in people’s ability to operate effectively in today’s business climate. It covers a host of competencies which can be grouped under these four headings:
- Self awareness
- Self management: your mood, mind, and behaviour
- Empathy and social awareness
- Interpersonal skills
Many individuals, managers and leaders struggle with Emotional Intelligence, as without effective role models either in or out of work, it can be hard to know how to develop it. The great thing is that, whatever your age, Emotional Intelligence can be developed with on-going 121 or group coaching and training programmes.
'Leadership's First Commandment: Know Thyself '
Harvard Business Review
People talk about ‘work life’ balance, when it is actually ‘work home’ balance that can be out of synch. Our life involves both work and home, however, it is often home, family, social and personal life which comes under threat.
When there is an imbalance, it becomes a vicious circle. The longer we work, the more we check emails late at night, the less we sleep, the less productive we are in our work, and the spiral goes downward.
Frequently it is our beliefs about ourselves, our workplace, how others will view us, that stops us taking positive action to achieve work home balance.
On-going coaching and training programmes can support you in making the necessary changes within you to then take action to achieve work home balance.
'Any idiot can face a crisis - it’s this day to day living that wears you out.'
Over recent years more and more private clients are coming to me for coaching asking: ‘Where next?’. They fall into different groups:
- Women who have reached a certain age, had the corporate career, perhaps had a break to nurse dying parents, and are now saying ‘What next for the next 10-15 years?
- Young men have suddenly found me! They have often had corporate roles for a time, but are going ‘This is not the life I want to be living’.
- Both men and women who for one reason or the other are finding that they need or want to change careers, perhaps realizing that the path there are on, is not the one they want to pursue.
I’m not a traditional career coach, I use creative ways to help you to explore your future. But more importantly we explore what is happening within you that might be stopping you from having the kind of life that you want – your thoughts and beliefs, and transforming them so that you can go towards the life of your dreams.
"I approached Melanie for guidance about a complete change of career following a change in my personal circumstances. I appreciated her calm, reassuring approach. She is an excellent listener and I was always impressed by the notes she produced after our discussions. Scheduling time to talk and to do some helpful exercises (which Melanie suggested) really helped me in my decision-making process." EW Self-employed Consultant, Buckinghamshire
‘Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.’