The four sources of self-efficacy you draw on every day

In this blog post, executive coach and author Julie Hickton, looks in more depth at Bandura, self efficacy, and the four sources from which we draw it. If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning. Mahatma Gandhi When Gandhi talked about the power of his own self-belief, it wasn’t just an inspirational soundbite, it was good psychology too. We all know that self-confidence is crucial in life, but what…

The Happy Planet Index: A new measure of national progression

The Happy Planet Index Nic Marks explains his new measure of national progression... When you think of every major blockbusting film predicting what the world will be like in decades, and even centuries, to come, chances are your vision is based more on dystopia than utopia. That’s partly because Hollywood has been peddling a nightmarish vision of the future since the mid-50s: think Fahrenheit 451, Logan’s Run, Nineteen Eighty-Four, A Clockwork Orange, Planet of the Apes, Mad Max, Blade…

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Can a £50k salary buy emotional wellbeing?

Can a £50k salary buy emotional wellbeing? Meet the boss who intends to find out... Money can’t buy happiness. It’s a phrase we’ve all heard time and time again over the years; but how much truth is in that old adage and what, on average, is the level of income we need to reach our optimum level of emotional wellbeing? That is the question posed by Daniel Kahneman and Angus Deaton in their 2010 research project for Princeton University, in which they also decipher the differences…

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Mindfulness: The art of standing back

Mindfulness: The art of standing back By Suryacitta Malcolm Smith, author of Happiness and How It Happens A few weeks ago I was leading a weekend mindfulness retreat at our place in Leicestershire. As usual, my wife, was arranging some flowers for the meditation room, and I was sitting watching her drinking a nice cup of Yorkshire tea. What she did was fiddle with the flowers, then stand back. She would again fiddle with the flowers and again stand back. She did this four or five times…

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Seven Steps to Leading a Gender Balanced Business: Build Support at the Top

Seven Steps to Leading a Gender Balanced Business: Build support at the top By Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, introduction by Debra Zuckerman   Why does gender balance matter for business? Avivah Wittenberg-Cox makes a dynamic case, reframes the debate and lays out practical steps to realistic change. At the UK launch of e-book Seven Steps to Leading a Gender Balanced Business, she described the 21st century as a transition phase, requiring new leadership styles. In the Harvard Business…

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Mental health provision is not a one size fits all solution

Mental health provision is not a one size fits all solution by Ileana Welte, Big White Wall While policy makers have typically only paid attention to the massive cost of mental ill health, it’s now making its belated rise to the top of the political agenda. Ileana Welte, chief marketing officer at Big White Wall, explains why one size does fit all when it comes to mental health care.   Given that it was World Mental Health Day this month, I was relieved to hear deputy…

Managing the modern psychological contract

Managing the modern psychological contract – creating wellbeing and resilience

Managing the modern psychological contract   Watch the webinar and find out how to create resilience and wellbeing in the workplace The psychological contract is a concept which has grown and grown in prominence since it was coined in academia in the 1960s. Yes, we (should) all have a legal contract of employment but in reality it isn't that which determines the vast majority of our experience at work. So, what about the unwritten rules that exist between employer and employee?…

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#Heyareyouok? Asking a simple question can make all the difference

#Heyareyouok? Asking a simple question can make all the difference By Gill Green, CEO of STORM®   “Hey, are you OK?” It’s a simple question, and it can make all the difference. You only need to listen to those who have contemplated suicide or, to those who would probably have attempted had it not been for the intervention of a kind stranger. For some, it quite literally saved their life. It’s a question that can be both easy and difficult to ask depending on the…

The creativity of Disney

What can Mickey Mouse teach us about creativity?

What can Mickey Mouse teach us about creativity? By Jonathan Goldsmith   Creativity is a major part of what makes for 'good work'; is your creativity encouraged, stifled, valued? We've all had experiences of those team meetings where blue sky thinking leads to the darker skies of criticism, so are we good enough at protecting our innate ability to dream?  Good Day at Work® spoke to Jonathan Goldsmith (pictured), a Psychotherapist, Creativity Coach and NLP…

Fairtrasa: Patrick Struebi’s mission to connect South American fruit farmers with the rest of the world

Fairtrasa: Patrick Struebi's mission to connect South American fruit farmers with the rest of the world Entrepreneurial spirit is often lumped alongside the drivers of greed and money-making; however, what it really boils down to is a person’s inclination to take risks. Social enterprise is forged on risk-taking, just like any other business; however, it chances uncertainty for the benefit of all stakeholders in the business process. In this sense, entrepreneurial spirit is the necessary…