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What ... empathy in Development Reviews?

Some of us use a communication App called WhatsApp, it’s a cool tool because you can set up friendship groups for swapping comments / messages. In our family, which is dispersed across the planet, we have a few of these groups going. One for recipes for Indian cooking, one for photos of family events etc. One of the groups we entitled ‘Bizarre Stuff’. It started out as a group to share amazing things we find out, such as discoveries by the Hubble telescope, developments in medicine etc. Over the last year most comments in that group have been about Donald Trump.

Most people I know, and me personally, abhor what he seems to stand for. But I’d like to tap briefly into what he seems to be good at.

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Work life balance - is there such a thing?

“An estimated 137 million working days were lost due to sickness or injury in the UK in 2016, according to a new report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). This was equivalent to 4.3 days per worker, the lowest recorded rate since the series began in 1993, when the number was 7.2 days per worker.”

Commenting on the findings of the report, ONS statistician Brendan Freeman said: 

“Since 2003, there has been a fairly steady decline in the number of working days lost to sickness, especially during the economic downturn. In recent years, there has been a small rise in the number of days lost, but due to an increasing number of people entering the workforce, the rate per worker and overall sickness absence rate have stayed largely flat.”

The story we are familiar with is of an increasingly tense workplace which demands more of us. It is a good thing to question assumptions sometimes, and the above quote is fascinatingly challenging, and suggests it is possible that things are getting better not worse.  

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Making L&D count

Have you been here as well?

I'm sure you have heard of the saying 'If you carry on doing what you are doing, you will keep on getting what you are getting'.

Behind the scenes, L&D folk are masking the resistance, working miracles with slashed budgets, doing more and more internal delivery and covering the cracks of inconsistent internal messages from senior leaders delivered to the grass root business levels.
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Reflection skills to improve our performance

Our minds are incredibly clever things. But if your mind is like mine, it needs directing from time to time.

 In Hardwiring Happiness 2013 Dr Rick Hanson outlines how the most basic primitive brain at the top of our spinal cord, is the driver of much of our behaviour. Evolution has built onto this brain stem of course, the latest addition being the cerebral cortex and all its logical capacity. Wouldn't it be good if we could apply this logical capacity first, but we are simply not wired that way. Logic enters our thinking only after emotion and reaction has run its course and had its way.


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