Workplace Mindfulness: Does the Science Stack Up Yet?

Jutta Tobias | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jutta Tobias

Mindfulness training programmes are en vogue in forward-looking workplaces. Advocates often refer sceptics to the impressive evidence base around mindfulness: literally thousands of scientific papers have been published on mindfulness. However, there are three problems with this...

Seven Survival Steps for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) NHS Staff : Step 6 - Influence your leaders

Claudia Tomlinson | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK
Claudia Tomlinson

This series of articles will appear weekly and present Seven Survival Steps for black and ethnic minority staff working in the NHS, but may have pr...

Digital Stress and Opening Up for a Discussion About It

Sofie Sandell | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Tech
Sofie Sandell

The discussion I learnt the most about digital stress from last week was with a leadership coach who told me that by avoiding talking about the problem of digital stress we are only making it bigger. Many managers never take the time to talk about what makes us feel stressed at work. If you never point out the weaknesses it's hard to do anything about them.

How to Shake Off That Critical Voice

Anniki Sommerville | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anniki Sommerville

Recently the actress, Natalie Portman, made a speech at Harvard admitting to feeling like an imposter. It was interesting to hear that someone so successful suffered the self-same anxieties as many other women.

The Most Important Thing I Have Written in 36 Years of Hard Labour: Vote Yvette

Duncan Enright | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK Politics
Duncan Enright

Yvette is best placed to counter the Tory government. It is well known that David Cameron has a "woman problem", and his replacement is likely to be another old Etonian like Boris who will be rattled by Yvette's forensic style.

What Is the Connection Between Leadership and Digital Stress?

Sofie Sandell | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Tech
Sofie Sandell

When we carry our digital devices with us it means that we bring our work with us everywhere we go. It's right there in our pocket or on the table next to us. Our brain and body are never really disconnected from our work life.

Seven Survival Steps for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) NHS Staff - Step 3

Claudia Tomlinson | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK
Claudia Tomlinson

It is now well known that BME NHS staff are twice as likely to face disciplinary procedures, and one study found that more than 60% of the midwives in London subject to disciplinary procedures were black, and all ten that were eventually dismissed were from a BME background.

The 7 Modern Deadly Sins of Digital Leadership

Sofie Sandell | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK
Sofie Sandell

I've adapted these modern deadly sins and applied them to my digital leadership philosophy - which in this case can also be seen as leadership based on modern values.

Conservatives Should Welcome Jeremy Corbyn as Labour Leader - Sincerely

Alex Larman | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Politics
Alex Larman

Yet what can be confidently expected from a Cameron vs Corbyn Parliament is not the drab old 'business as usual'. Corbyn's politics might be as passé as his dress sense, a romantic ideal that bears no relation to the real world, and entirely incapable of winning a General Election in 2020.

Why the Future of Labour Has to Be About More Than Comfort Food

Richard Burden | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

So the deadline has now passed for people to register as Labour supporters to have a vote in the Labour Leadership election. Amid stories of malign infiltration by some Tories and others, Labour is right to check the genuineness of applications before ballot papers are issued.

Women in Retail - A Land of Opportunity

Tanya Lawler | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK
Tanya Lawler

From new digital start-ups to our high street stalwarts, it's time we levelled the playing field to ensure that women are encouraged and empowered to establish, own and run successful retail businesses.

Leadership, Micro-management and Lack of Trust

Sofie Sandell | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK
Sofie Sandell

Modern management styles often focus on tolerance, empowerment, acceptance and collaboration. A collaborative business requires a different kind of leader: a leader who builds up a good team based on trust and less micro-managing.

No, Jon Cruddas Does Not (and Cannot) Know the Cause of Labour's Election Defeat

Florian Foos | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK Politics
Florian Foos

One should have thought that Jon Cruddas, who is known as an intellectual within the Labour Party, and the people working in the associated think tanks that support this report, know that their case is built on sand. While I usually applaud the use of data instead of political commentary, in this case it appears that existing patterns in the data have simply been (mis-)used to make a political point.

How Corbyn Could Win... In 2020

Florian Foos | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK Politics
Florian Foos

Most likely Labour will not win the next General Election. Electing Jeremy Corbyn would be a high-risk strategy that would, in my opinion, increase the probability of an extreme outcome: A big win or a bad loss. However, the assumption that the party would be more likely to win outright if it was lead by Burnham, Cooper, or Kendall, is really not as straight forward as it appears at first sight.

Could Tim Farron Have Answered 'That' Question About Gay Rights Any Better?

Tony Koutsoumbos | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Politics
Tony Koutsoumbos

I am a big fan of Tim Farron. I have been since long before he became party president, let alone party leader. I hope he heeds the wisdom of his one-time rival and gives us the answer we really need to hear.

The Importance of the Mentoring Match

Janvi Patel | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK
Janvi Patel

The importance of "mentoring" within the corporate world is widely discussed these days: by leadership and HR teams to assist with talent retention, t...

Labour Leadership: Drop All-Women Shortlists

James Walker | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Walker

It's high time for Labour to trash their prejudiced shortlists, and favour a meritocracy where women are allowed to achieve without the nature of their success being questioned. They can move equality in politics forward, or they can carry on setting it back indefinitely. I'm sure the leadership will settle for the latter.

We Need to Rewire the Economy

Polly Courtice | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK
Polly Courtice

Economic success is generally measured in terms of growth rather than positive outcomes for people and places. Although the key metric of growth, 'Gross Domestic Product' (GDP), is increasingly recognised as a poor proxy for human progress, it continues to drive fundamental decisions about the way we manage and grow our economies.

Design to Grow: Balancing the Best of Both Worlds

Colin Hunter | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Tech
Colin Hunter

It's a paradox that all companies face. From startups to multinationals, the ability to reach new markets depends on being big enough to access resources, yet small enough to adapt. It's a difficult balance to strike.

We Are The Millennial Generation

Neil Gibb | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK
Neil Gibb

I am currently proud to be working with a company that is allowing us to implement millennial thinking using millennial thinking. It is not about making change, it is about accepting that the world has already changed. That diversity, inclusion, colloboration, and giving a damn are not nice to haves. They are how it works now.

Women Leaders: Are You Showing Too Much Shadow?

Neela Bettridge | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Neela Bettridge

Unconscious bias is often (rightly) blamed for its part in holding women back at work. But what about our own blind spots? Evidence suggests that people are often poor judges of themselves. Most of us like to strive for authenticity in what we do. But are we really being 'real'?

Entrepreneur vs Business Owner - Which One Are You?

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

Everyone likes to call themselves an entrepreneur, but is there really truth in it? There's a big difference between someone who shows entrepreneurial skills such as innovation, creativity and competitive acumen and the guy who runs a successful car dealership franchise. Both are working for themselves, both want to call themselves entrepreneurs, but are they? Here's how to spot the difference.

Ageism at Work Is Widening the Leadership Skills Gap

Charles Elvin | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK
Charles Elvin

The benefit of diverse teams is that it encourages innovation through different skills sets, and people working longer contribute to the success of the economy. Essentially over 50s are still the leaders of tomorrow.

Spirituality and Transformative Leadership

Caroline Watson | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Caroline Watson

In my own leadership journey, spirituality has been foundational. I was raised as a Christian Scientist and my upbringing in Asia and continuing travels around the world gave me a deep interest in, and appreciation for, the spiritual principles found in all religions.

Jeremy Corbyn Is the Most Electable Labour Leadership Candidate

Sam Harrison | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics
Sam Harrison

The moment I heard Jeremy Corbyn had made it on to the ballot paper, I whooped with sheer joy. Apparently, however, not everyone in the Labour Party w...