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It’s lonely at the top

Do you ever get to the end of a week at work and feel as if you’ve just sailed single-handedly across a vast ocean? You’ve managed a dozen mini crises. Had a multitude of conversations. Made some easy and some difficult decisions and steered the organisation, as successfully as you know how, through the ebbs […]

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Loneliness at work – what you can do

A while ago I worked for a large UK charity where I shared space with four colleagues in a bright, well-equipped office. There were dozens of others working on my floor. The organisation employed hundreds of people around the country. And yet, I was thoroughly lonely. On paper, the job was perfect, but sharing an office with heads-down introverts where […]

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The Twelve Ways Of Christmas

On the First Day Of Christmas my client said to me… “How about a blog on how to survive Christmas when you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed by work?” What a great idea, I thought. So here are my Twelve Ways of Christmas to help you be calm, happy and fully festive over the holidays. Enjoy! On the first […]

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Eleven creative ways to avoid burnout

  Things can get super stressful when you work for a charity, can’t they?  On the whole, there is too much to do, in not quite enough time, with not quite enough people and not quite enough money. Also, third sector people tend to go that extra mile to launch an event or run a programme, and […]

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New year resolutions – five reasons why they won’t work

I’m guessing you made some new year resolutions..? Even if you didn’t actually write anything down, you just can’t resist that need to push the ‘refresh’ button which comes along every January. It’s fun and it makes the dark days feel more promising and meaningful. So, how are they going? Making progress? I’m glad to […]

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Blue Monday – how to avoid it

It’s Blue Monday today, apparently the most depressing day of the year. I’m not sure I really believe in in – it must be different for everyone, surely…? but here are ten ways to make sure that it’s not blue for you and your third sector colleagues. Some take just twenty seconds but could change […]

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How to be happy

Happiness Expert Dan Gilbert says it all in this inspirational and funny talk from the TED* archives. Originally recorded in 2004, it still has plenty to say about how we can think ourselves happy. Happy Christmas!   *www.TED.com is a not-for-profit organisation devoted to spreading Great Ideas.

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