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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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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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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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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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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