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NPW Self Curious: Hard Cheese

It’s an important lesson we teach kids: you don’t always get what you want. Hard cheese, as we said for one hyperactive summer of high school. (Tough sh*t, as we later graduated to.) For huge swathes of our time, in fact, it feels like you can never have what you want. You can see why we continue to hand down this bombshell. Strict rules and softer “ways of working” (basically: rules) are there to make things fair for everyone and...
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NPW Self Curious: Winter Is Coming

First up, I won’t apologise for writing this blog in early November. Proper planning prevents p…oor performance, and all that. By the time you read this it is likely you will have crossed the annual point of no return: someone, or – most likely – something – something shaped like an advert or a sandwich in a red packet – will have tried to influence you that it is time to care about Christmas. It’s like coming into contact with...
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NPW Self Curious: How You Doin’?

Do you take time at work to check in? A weekly get together where each person takes it in turns to describe how they’re feeling in a safe and supportive environment can be a brilliant thing. When you’ve established a good trusting relationship with your team it’s a place where you can share the state of your mixing desk: what’s on the up, what’s bringing you down, what’s on your mind. The best check ins aren’t limited to work –...
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NPW Self Curious: Come out and play!

We all have a favourite season. Right now it’s mine. The beauty of the autumn morning light for me is one of life’s extraordinary experiences. Whether it’s the misty sunrise from my morning train into the city or being wrapped up for a walk or jog through crunchy leaves while breathing in cool air, I just love it. It makes me feel alive in a matter of moments. (Almost quicker than a sip of black coffee!) I am lucky to...
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NPW Self Curious: Calling in sick is good for you

In the space of the last week I’ve had a cold and food poisoning. Annoying? Yes. But it does mean I’ve had a chance to practice a few of the mantras we hear and dish out when it comes to wellness and work. This is a short post because, at the time of writing, I’m 20 hours out from waving goodbye to my dinner in the middle of the night. Here is my very complicated method of how to know...
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NPW Self Curious: You are what you eat

In our crazy world of information overload, it’s not just our favourite box sets that we’re bingeing on. There’s Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Medium, and that’s before you open your inbox to a daily serving of news, business, politics or retail briefings. (Yes, I just called ASOS’s spam “retail briefings” to make them sound relevant and important. You’re welcome.) My relationship with information is very similar to my relationship with sugar. Like sugar, information can be both a delicious escape...
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NPW Self Curious: Rebel with a cause

Quick quiz: You’re in the Quiet Coach on the train and someone is on the phone. Do you: A) Give a quick eye-roll and move on. Orange is the New Black isn’t going to watch itself. B) Spend the duration of that call brooding about how you would go and tell the lucky caller exactly what you think of their laissez-faire attitude to Quiet Coach etiquette. C) Rip the phone from out of their hand, thrown it out into the...
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NPW Self Curious: TINY STEPS, BIG CHANGES

There are lots of clichés about the difficulty of breaking old habits and forming new ones. You’re stuck in a rut. Old habits die hard. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Annoyingly, when it comes to changing habits the catchphrase dictionary is stacked against us. When you want to kick something that doesn’t serve you into the long grass, we can describe the frustration of being weighed down by a bad habit, but not the attitudes and methods...
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NPW Self Curious: Dancing with your (work/life) self

I like new year resolutions. The beginning of the school year often feels even more like a fresh start than 1st January. What’s your resolution for the (unofficial) new year? A lot of the conversations I have in my work life centre on this, and a repetitive theme is time. “More time for myself.” “More time for development.” “More time with other people.” “Keeping within my hours.” “Maintaining a good balance on my flexitime so I get good quality time...
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Annie MBako: What Northern Power Futures means to me…

Since the early 90s when my family moved to the UK, the North has been a place of sanctuary and reconnecting with our kin. My parents settled in Wrexham, which at that time was just a small town on the Welsh side of the border. As pleasant as this was, we still ventured to Liverpool and Manchester to do our hair and buy West African food. When the time came to pick which university I wanted to go to, is...
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