There’s something about London. The vibe is completely different and unique to anywhere else for me.

When out of the City, I don’t appreciate how lucky I am to have the flexibility of working in such a diverse, creative environment.

Of course, some might say ‘that’s rose coloured glasses’ but isn’t everything about the way we look at it?

Walking towards the offices today, I noticed the melting pot of diverse buildings, intricately carved ornate old buildings – still standing 100+ years after being built – without power tools! – standing proudly amongst the glass array of newer office structures built with the climate in mind.

IThe diversity of the people who have walked these streets over past generations and those who will in the generations ahead hit me. What would they make of the way we live now? The lessons #Covid have taught us, or not?

The overwhelming thought I was left with was how brilliant us humans can be. Of course I won’t dwell on the disrespectful few on the train into London this morning who just had to be first off!

I’ll focus on the view instead! The atmospheric Tower Bridge with the glass structure of City Hall in contrast.

Wherever you are, whatever you are doing – focus on the positive.

Happy Tuesday!

Employers – seek new talent a better way…

With a seven year track record of success, Growing Talent has nurtured hundreds of unemployed people into permanent jobs.

Employment is the core tool for social mobility. Education enhances the journey and outcome.

Growing Talent works with unemployed people from all backgrounds who have a hunger to work but not the confidence and self-empowerment to secure work in the traditional way.

CVs, job descriptions, formal interviews are not allowed on Growing Talent. Instead employers select via informal events based on their vision of an individual’s potential to fit with their role.

Confidence, self-empowerment start to flourish on the combined orientation and holistic week when workshops, projects and presentations are focused on communication, conflict management, team work, solution finder, basic financial management, nutrition on a budget, art, wellbeing accredited mental health and wellbeing training.

Commaraderie naturally spreads building strong network connections before empowered, confident people go on site for a period of in role training with their employer and team. An audit trail enables self evaluation and progression.

This process enables both parties to evaluate each other, confidentially seeing the potential in each. On completion, each is confident the match is right.

Flexible and adaptable, Growing Talent can run virtually as well as in-person. Diverse roles filled include reception, welcome hosts, hospitality, administration, recruitment, document management, reprographics, junior HR and accountancy roles amongst others.

Cost to employers is zero. What’s not to like?

If you have a permanent vacancy you are looking to fill, why not consider Growing Talent?

Talking toolkits…

Most of us have a toolkit at home for fixing loose screws, hanging pictures, fixing leaks with an array of tools appropriate for each job.

Those car owners amongst us will also have a car maintenance toolkit – spare bulbs, cleaning materials, screen wash etc.

But how many of us have a wellbeing toolkit for looking after ourselves?

Why do we think looking after ourselves is a luxury/selfish?

If we don’t look after ourselves, how can we support work colleagues, family, friends, community groups etc?

So, if you haven’t got a Wellbeing Toolkit, consider starting one and using it regularly every day. Short windows of 10minutes or so focusing on us builds resilience.

Keeping to the same times each day to practice our self-care will build an automatic habit after three weeks.

We will be stronger in mind and body.

Why not check this video out and consider what you would put in/add to your Wellbeing Toolkit…

Pressure on?

Work, family, friends, community, Government, politics, world events – there are multiple, never ending sources of pressure, which if we are not careful to recognise, face and deal with, can turn into a much worse situation for us, our family and friends.

The stress investigation bucket is a tool I’ve been teaching for many years. It remains as effective today as it was back then.

Watch the film to find out more…….

….. and let me know what you think!