Supermoon or Super Moan

I hope you have been lucky enough to catch sight of the Supermoon that has graced our night skies this week. Social media has been awash with images both real and fake of this once in every seven decade phenomena. What caught my eye as I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed though, was the number of people seeing a link between the Super Moon and a feeling of malaise and discontentment with their lot in life – in short there are a lot of super moaners out there!

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Once Upon A Time…..

We all love a good story, don’t we? Whether it is in the form of a movie, TV programme, book, poem or even a Facebook post; stories are a central part of how we communicate and make sense of our world.

Stories have been in existence long before recorded history. In 1940, a group of French children discovered a series of cave paintings in the Lascaux Caves in the Pyrenees Mountains, dating back to sometime between 15,000 and 13,000 B.C. which depict a variety of animals and one image of a human being along with rituals and hunting practices. Quite simply the paintings tell a story.

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Does the corporate dress code still count for anything?

Having recently helped facilitate an induction programme for over fifty Apprentices for one of our clients, I was struck by how well turned out these young people were.  Were they given a specific dress code for the event or did they intuitively know that smart would be better than casual?  I wasn’t sure … but not one of them was wearing denim.  The business itself does not lay down the law when it comes to what to wear to work; having said that there is an expectation that employees will dress appropriately for their work.

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Working from home – is it remotely possible?

Sitting by the pool on holiday recently, I couldn’t help but eavesdrop on a conversation two mums were having about how difficult it had been returning to work in London after having their children and fantasising over how great it would be if they could work from home and not commute.  Amongst other things, they discussed about having more time at the end of each day to work and not travel, being able to exercise more, spend more time with the kids, concentrate better with no one to distract them, getting rid of the dog walker, lower nursery fees etc. etc.  Having left the corporate world a long time ago and spending a fair bit of time working out of a ‘home office’, I did have a bit of a chuckle over perception versus reality on this.  Yet would I return to the world of commuting five days per week?  Never!!  According to the Office of National Statistics,  “Commuters have lower life satisfaction, a lower sense that their daily activities are worthwhile, lower levels of happiness and higher anxiety on average than non-commuters”.  Enough said.

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Learning to Fail: Turning mistakes into success

It’s that time of year again – where anticipation runs high and dreams are either realised or shattered. What am I talking about – the Olympic Games in Rio? Winning medals or crashing out? Quite literally in the case of the cycling events! No I am talking about something much, much closer to home – the impending A-level results.

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