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  • Happiness : White Water Group
    of 10 Even amongst people experiencing big problems 57 enjoyed yesterday So happiness is our natural state It is good for our well being and worth cultivating Chronic unhappiness harms us and has a corrosive effect At White Water we are seeing higher rates of anxiety depression and fatigue at work People need resilience to get through and happiness is a key component so is worth cultivating Here s what you can do to increase your happiness or subjective well being as psychologists and the Office of National Statistics call it 1 Experience positive emotions focus on what is going right In some cultures this is regarded with suspicion and negativity and cynicism are regarded as more intellectually worthy Go against the tide Work at finding the most positive emotions in what you do what you have and all that is around you 2 Engage many people are disengaged from their jobs sleep walking to work Start by recognising what strengths you have what you enjoy doing and find a way of using this knowledge at work to make each day more enjoyable and worthwhile 3 Build a strong network of friends or relations They immunise you against the vagaries of life It is all too easy to work hard feel knackered and not get around to phoning or seeing friends or family and then being too embarrassed to call No one died of embarrassment so just do it It will feel like an effort but will pay off in the end 4 Find meaning in what you do ask yourself what mark however small are you making on the world Being part of something bigger than yourself is great for your happiness Make a difference to the economy in your job to a colleague at work that you encourage

    Original URL path: http://whitewatergroup.eu/leaders_blog_post/happiness-4/ (2015-11-08)
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  • Leadership Blog - White Water Group - Executive Coaching | White Water Group - Part 5
    08 11 2010 Categories Blog Great reads links Opinions Tags Generation Y Leadership A couple of weeks ago BBC Radio reported a conference trying to understand how to manage Generation Y workers Findings were interesting yet not easy Read more Book Review Leadership Coaching ed by J Passmore By François Posted on 20 09 2010 Categories Blog Book Reviews Great reads links Opinions Tags Coaching Leadership Psychology We promised you some book reviews so here is the first one Feel free to contribute your own or to point us towards other good Read more Champagne By François Posted on 14 09 2010 Categories Blog Great reads links News Women Tags Career and Employment Coaching Coaching Women to Lead Resilience Transformation Women On Thursday we received a couple of plain looking boxes without any content indication A few minutes later screams all round our latest book had finally Read more Blackberries or Crème de Mure iPhone or iSpy By Averil Posted on 02 08 2010 Categories Blog Great reads links Leaders in action Tags Choices Holiday Resilience It is the holiday season and the debate continues Should you or should you not check your e mails while you are on holiday Aren t you Read more Transforming People By Averil Posted on 22 07 2010 Categories Blog Great reads links Tags Choices Psychology Transformation When I am asked what I do as a Leadership Psychologist I often say I transform people Regularly people in a variety of social situations Read more This is a man s world this is a man s world But it wouldn t be nothing nothing without a woman or a girl James Brown and Betty Jean Newsome By François Posted on 28 06 2010 Categories Blog Great reads links Opinions Women Tags Suffragettes Women Are our

    Original URL path: http://whitewatergroup.eu/leadership-blog/page/5/ (2015-11-08)
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  • Surviving Christmas – Week 1 : White Water Group
    3rd Dec Start now to anticipate the best We know Optimism leads to success so choose what you are looking forward to e g the taste of mulled wine the switching on of the Christmas lights in Trafalgar Square today or spending time with the people you love Expect the best Focus on the real delights and ignore the weather crowds and global economy at least for a moment 4th Dec In my family we are exhorted each year to put items like books and CDs on an online Wish List My suggestion is that you develop your own Amazing Wish Lists for everyone at Christmas What would people really want that you can give them your time your attention Rather than giving stuff give experiences that can be shared and treasured I have more fun taking my nieces and nephews to the Pantomime than I do giving them the next fashionable plastic thing It might take more time and even more money but the research would tell us that it will contribute hugely to the well being and happiness of all 5th Dec When coaching I ask people to list everything they HAVE to do in a working day cue endless list and lots of pressure I then check have to or want to Before Christmas we are often driven by similar lists in our head Make choices about what is important Decide whether you have to or want to You may want to make your own mincemeat but shops sell stuff just as good or have to clear your desk before the holiday but do you have to That chore may be a positive choice and the choice is yours 6th Dec Take time to breathe in Christmas through the sense the smell of pine needles cinnamon frankincense

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  • Leadership and unemployment: Part 1 – The mystery of the pretend worker : White Water Group
    surviving colleagues This short series will look at how you as a leader can make a positive impact We start with the person at the centre of the issue The Full Monty Pretend workers may be doing something right In the film The Full Monty Gerald has been unemployed for over six months but still leaves home for work every morning and keeps up the appearances for his wife This is actually a fairly frequent scenario although most unemployed drop the mask after a few days or when the money runs out Every now and then however a news story comes out of a long term pretend worker who has used enormous skills and resources to conceal their fate Why do they do it According to Austrian social psychologist Marie Jahoda author of Employment and Unemployment having a regular work life is essential to retaining sanity at times of high personal stress Maintaining social contact and a shared purpose is essential to mental balance She argues that work provides this balance for five reasons It requires activity It imposes a time structure which in turns makes leisure time valuable It forces us to experience relationships beyond family and immediate neighbourhood It clarifies social status and identity It provides meaning through activities and achievements None of these reasons require paid work or employment In our economy employment is equated with work This helps explain why the unemployed often lose their social identity their sense of purpose and their enjoyment of their free time on top of losing income This is turns explains the deep shame and loss of face that many of us experience when facing the dole queue It doesn t need to be so voluntary work a challenging training or degree or developing a new venture from scratch are

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  • Carrying men : White Water Group
    in 2007 found that only 14 of homes had a sole female breadwinner but predicted that the number would double by 2030 Women working is nothing new On a recent trip to the north east of Scotland I was told stories about the fishing industry The wives traditionally dealt with all the finances from fish prices to deck hands pay while the men fished The women were even strong enough to carry the men on their backs to the boats so they started out their trip dry It was a strongly matriarchal society with clearly defined roles and responsibilities and everyone worked Then probably as a result of post war 1950s thinking a man s success was redefined by his capacity to keep a woman This belief may make it difficult for both men and women to accept a change in perceived breadwinner The other risk is that women continue to try and do it all taking primary responsibility for the home and dependents while also going out to work The best outcome could be a re evaluation of roles where both men and women have an opportunity to engage with their children find work they love and share domestic

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  • What the papers say : White Water Group
    described the fact that women interviewed about sexism in the city were unwilling to speak openly about the unfair and unpleasant behaviour that was standard practice another spoke of women s lack of self belief and the third described the best economic model for prostitution if you have to know raise your prices reduce your number of clients and above all get off the streets In the words of Vivienne in the film Pretty Woman That s just geography The 25 successful women we interviewed talked openly and with humour about how different it was for women to succeed than for men Key issues were how work was designed the way that women themselves functioned and the reality of responsibilities for family Organisations were designed for and by men of a bygone era whose wives functioned as their executive assistants with a team of servants in support As a result women traditionally either became men or got out and did something else Confidence is a big issue with women They are more prone to self doubt often because their qualities have not been regarded highly in the past So from this glance at the papers women seem to have two

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  • Halloween Special… What is it about scary women? : White Water Group
    pictures of wasps were projected on the studio walls The interviewer s first question concerned Queen Bees to describe how lone senior woman allegedly behaved How many different ways are there of describing male leaders And how many terms are used for women ball breakers drama queens earth mother girlies etc In our recent research women explained that they had very few role models to identify with as most of the more senior women they had encountered had been really scary Several of these women were quite scary themselves at first meeting Whether they realised or not one aspect shared by many of them was a mismatch or disconnect between the internal person and the external persona Women by adopting a more male mask at work may succeed but they irritate a lot of people Other women can t identify with them and men are plain scared or dismissive So how did I answer my interviewer once I managed to ignore the stinging insects all round me Many more women at senior levels starting with a third and working up until the situation normalises in line with society customer bases and graduate intake Good leadership development for both sexes so

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  • Leadership Blog - White Water Group - Executive Coaching | White Water Group - Part 6
    Tags People Resilience Volcanos Aren t people amazing Faced with the unprecedented situation of volcanic ash filling the skies but invisible to our eyes during the traditional Easter holidays chaos Read more We Need Your Vote By Averil Posted on 07 04 2010 Categories Blog Great reads links Leaders in action Tags Leadership UK Election 2010 Vote I am writing this on the day that the election was finally announced for the 6th May Well that was hardly a big surprise was Read more Don t step on my Blue Suede Shoes but don t mind if I step on yours By François Posted on 29 03 2010 Categories Blog Great reads links Leaders in action Tags Bullying Career and Employment Leadership What do Wynonie Harris Arthur Crudup and Willie Mae Big Mama Thornton have in common They all did the hard work but Elvis got the credit and the Read more Taking it from the top By Averil Posted on 24 03 2010 Categories Blog Great reads links Women Tags RBS Women We have talked before about a shift in the zeitgeist this year which has put women high on corporate agendas It will be interesting to Read more Peter Graves the death of the Perfect Plan By François Posted on 15 03 2010 Categories Blog Great reads links Leaders in action Tags Leadership News just in Peter Graves the team leader in the original Mission Impossible 1966 1973 has passed away last night aged 83 Forget the diluted Tom Cruise remakes Read more Bullying at the highest levels Call in the soft experts By Averil Posted on 08 03 2010 Categories Blog Great reads links Opinions Tags Bullying Leadership Alleged bullying at a high level has been much in the news in the last week or so We

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