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What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness, as an approach to improving our quality and enjoyment of our lives, is enjoying a renaissance currently. I use the word “renaissance” because mindfulness as a philosophy and practice has been around for a very long time, and is derived from the Buddhist tradition.  As individuals and organisations wake up to the benefits that mindfulness can offer, the purpose of this series of posts is to begin an exploration of what mindful leadership is and how it can support you as an individual leader, in all aspects of your life, but particularly facing the unprecedented challenges and opportunities that
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Finding Balance in the midst of overwhelm

As a passionate advocate of achieving a balanced and enjoyable life, I am constantly amazed by people’s resilience, especially in challenging times. In recent times, my sister, Hilary has died of cancer, at the age of 56,  my daughter has been diagnosed with celiac disease and is now recovering after a very tricky emergency appendicitis operation. Compared to other people’s situations,  it far from the worst set of circumstances.  I do know, however that my own resilience has been tested over recent months. Reflecting back, I can identify what behaviours and approaches I adopted which helped me deal with these
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Measuring Resilience

In previous posts, we considered what mental resilience and also ways in which individuals can improve their overall resilience. I now want to address an important component in building workforce resilience within organsations, and that is to effectively measure it.  Being able to measure resilience across a range of core attributes, is an invaluable starting point in any well planned resilience programme.  The generated report gives both the individual and the coach supporting the feedback process, indepth information about their levels in each of the core  4 C’s of resilience, Confidence, Control, Commitment and Challenge.  From this, the coach working with the individual  can build an effective development
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Improving Mental Resilience

Elaine Akester. Director and Principle Coach, emintell Ltd. In the last post we talked about what resilience is and the impact of low levels of resilience on employee engagement and absenteeism. Now, it is time to consider ways in which you can begin to re-build individual resilience within organisations. There are many different approaches and techniques, but in this article, we going to focus on just three important techniques. Modify thinking patterns This is easier said than done, but at the root of good resilience is a strong and positive mindset; it is an attitude of mind.   A person with
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Why is Resilience important?

Before addressing this question, we first need to define it. A good academic definition is: If we consider the Chinese translation (Tai Sing), it is made up of four key symbols which are Elasticity, Resistance, Springiness and adaptability. From the above, we can see that the ability to flex and adapt to different circumstances, especially adverse ones is central to having a resilient mindset. In-depth research in this area has identified the four core traits that comprise resilience. These are; Confidence, Adaptability, Purposefulness and Social Support. If you want to find out ways to build these core building blocks look
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