Source: "Thriving at Work" Oct 2017
Continuous improvement is probably a familiar theme for your organisation where you are looking for ways to improve processes and practices to achieve outcomes. In the private sector this might be increasing your productivity and profitability; and in the public or third sector this might be reducing costs and enhancing service delivery. However, in my experience, the key to any kind of organisational change lies, to a large degree, in supporting and enabling sustainable change in individual employees.
The ever present challenge in this is to balance the needs of your organisation with your duty of care to your staff and creating the conditions to motivate and support them to be at their best so that collectively you fulfil the organisation’s mission. There can, however, be a sizeable gap between the operational aims and objectives and what employees (and, indeed, the leadership!) actually say and do. If you are not paying sufficient attention, everyone’s unwritten rules - “the way we do things round here” - can unintentionally end up hijacking your aims and objectives and negatively impact your organisation’s success.
If this is something that resonates with you then I can help. My expertise and interest lie in the areas of embodied personal change, wellbeing and mental health, including safeguarding as a route to organisations being at their best. My unique approach has been developed over the last 15 years from a wide range of academic research, practical experience and proven strategies from the fields of neuroscience, psychology and somatics.
My aim is to balance investing attention at the individual level to maximise engagement and contribution at the systems, or organisation, level. The heart of my work is about conversations, relationships and engagement. It is rooted in the fact that feeling safe physically, emotionally and physiologically is essential for sustainable change. This is because it is only when we feel safe that our brain is able to focus our attention, take in new information or process and asses what is going on. It is only when we feel safe that we can fully be at our best. For me, the key is all about making use of the growing body of scientific research and evidence that:
- Explains the interconnection between body and mind.
- Helps us recognise and rectify any unintentional mismatch between what we want and what we get.
- is unequivocal about increased wellbeing improving employee engagement, performance and organisational success.
So if are asking yourself what changes could you or your staff make so that you are working at your best more of the time, then please get in touch with me for a free, no obligation conversation about how I can help you and your organisation be at its best. In supporting you to think about both the parts as well as the whole system within which you are operating it becomes possible for you to:
- Identify how your feeling and thinking patterns, beliefs and values influence your behaviour and the outcomes you get
- Distinguish between the parts of that system you can control from those that you cannot
- Understand and take ownership of what needs to be done to ensure that the desired change becomes sustainable over time.
I offer a range of services including:
- Off-the-Shelf Programmes – see below for further information
- Bespoke Programmes – these are tailored to your organisational needs and can be either just training or a combination of training and coaching
- Coaching which can be delivered either 1:1 or with small groups
- I also deliver a range of programmes with or on behalf of Wirral Mind – see separate box on the left.
My programmes vary in length and most of the standard times shown in the section below can be adapted to suit your specific needs.
I would love to work with you and I want to be sure I deliver what you need so please contact me using the form below if you'd like a free no obligation exploratory conversation, a quotation for a bespoke programme or to book me to deliver an off-the-shelf programme. I typically charge by the day, half-day or the hour for preparation, delivery and follow-up work. Additional expenses such as travel, refreshments, room hire etc are charged at cost.
A powerful process that provides a common language and a set of principles that create shared meaning and clarity to support both team working or multi-agency working. This process focusses on building both personal and collective resilience in staff that translates into increased organisational effectiveness. The foundation programme is 2 days.
A powerful process that is about day-to-day life skills to improve both individual and organisational safeguarding. By promoting resilience in people of all ages through empowerment strategies and clear communication Protective Behaviours supports us to keep ourselves feeling safe as well as developing a protective culture & environment that ensures others feel safe with us. The foundation programme is 2 days.
You can find more information here: https://www.protectivebehaviours.org/
A trauma-informed psycho-educational programme that
- Informs and educates participants about the physical and emotional impact of childhood adversity and trauma
- Enables participants to increase self-esteem and develop greater resilience.
The programme runs for two-hours per week over 10 weeks.
A two hour workshop based on the Brain Architecture Game that builds an understanding of the powerful role of experiences on early brain development - what promotes it, what derails it, & with what consequences for both individuals & society.
You can find more information here: https://dev.thebrainarchitecturegame.com/
An evidence-based psycho-educational programme designed to promote self-management, improve public mental health & prevent poor mental health. By enabling frontline workers to have more skilful conversations around about mental health and wellbeing it helps people manage stress & distress and increase resilience and mental wellbeing through positive change.
Due to Covid 19 Connect 5 training has been adapted for online delivery via interactive live sessions over Zoom. There are three modules, each lasting 3 hours. Each builds on the previous one and you choose how far you work through the programme depending on whether you have one-off, longer or ongoing wellbeing conversations. You will find full details of the programme here.
The face-to-face programme is 2.5 days in total for the three sessions, but is not being offered at the moment.
You can find more information here: https://www.rsph.org.uk/about-us/news/promising-start-as-connect-5-training-targets-mental-wellbeing-taboo.html
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