Awesome feedback………

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All participants of Growing Talent undergo this training to empower their mind health and resilience as part of their orientation journey with Growing Talent delivering a solid pre-onboarding with their potential new employer.

We have a relaunch event in January. If you are an employer based in the London area with permanent jobs and a will to recruit more diversely, why not contact me for more information.

#raisingretention #buildconnections #belongingatwork

The power of ‘just starting’…..

Inspiring to learn today a hybrid version of @Growing_Talent ran during the height of #Covid in Sept 2020 was so successful.

Chloe, Courtney, Shelley, Sophia, Ryan and Vanessa are still onboard 2 years later!

They took a chance on Growing Talent with great results for them and their London employer – a global financial services firm.

Being unemployed is tough. Getting employers to see you for your skills, abilities and attributes rather than your label ‘single parent’, ‘unemployed’ etc seems impossible.

Growing Talent makes it possible!

London based and interested?

#financialservices#talent#London#hiddentalent#juststart

Collaboration delivers results….. do you agree?

Exciting meeting with @DavidSteeds & @Maddiemum @JCPinSthLondon yesterday planning @Growing_Talent 2023.  Four programmes will run throughout the year enabling forward planning for all involved. Targeting London based employers and unemployed people looking for a different journey into work.

In these challenging times, now more than ever this unique collaboration is needed to deliver positive results to all.

Thanks to all involved over 9yrs Growing Talent has run changing lives by delivering real social mobility 

What will the next year hold for Growing Talent?????

Who knows! One thing is for sure, we’re ready to roll that bowling ball!

Tell them…..

In these economically critical times, investment in the right training is crucial. Selecting a training programme that meets your employees needs’ to maintain their optimum wellbeing levels is clearly a ‘no brainer both for them and your business’.

But how do you know the training you’ve invested in meets the desired goals?

Well, first you have got to ask your delegates to give their robust and anonymous evaluations, but as delegates, we have got to tell our employers and instructors what we thought – even when we aren’t asked . It’s the only way, training will be effective.

Next time you are on a training course, don’t wait to be asked your thoughts on the content, tools and instructor……

tell them!

This is the best workplace mental health and wellbeing course I deliver….

I have delivered multiple mental health and wellbeing licences courses for clients keen to empower their teams in this critical area.

The introduction of ISO45003 – psychological safety in the workplace – in September 2021, coupled with the legacy of Covid left on many has seen an increase of interest in this area.

But how many organisations continue to keep engaging non-accredited, reactive, non-global uniformed programmes because:

  • It’s the product they’ve always used – (without exploring if it worked maybe?)
  • The product has ‘First Aider’ in the title (without evaluating if the resulting knowledge makes someone capable of being a ‘First Aider’)

I-act training is, by comparison, head and shoulders above the competition in this field, in my opinion. It delivers so much more, including:

  • Global delivery virtually – delivering uniform knowledge with local support resources
  • Accredited by the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Carried CPD points
  • Training in over 50 tools for proactive self care that can be used reactively on someone experiencing emotional pain
  • Robust manual for onward learning
  • Access to resources, news, films as well as international news in this field for the entire 3 years accreditation
  • Bespoke course for managers – which includes legal responsibilities
  • Bespoke course for non-managers

The feature picture above shows a recent group of newly accredited Practitioners from a leading UK University. An additional consideration for their commissioning organisation was the fact this accredited course would give them the ‘edge’ in their career search as a key differentiator. A great session sharing & learning together critical, accredited life skills for the workplace and beyond!

Learning proactive mind muscle building techniques ensures we are better able to look after ourselves as well as those around us.

What’s not to like?

Why would employers choose anything less for their most valuable asset?

If you are interested to learn what difference this training could make to your employees, why not contact me direct to find out more….?

It’s always employing to know when you’re on the right track!

Presenting at Military Coworking Network’s webinar yesterday to introduce our new programme aimed at partners and adult children of serving military personnel felt a little pressurised. 

Yes, even I feel the pressure sometimes! But as I tell everyone I work with – pressure just shows how much we want something. As Will Smith the actor once said “success lies on the other side of fear”.

Whilst I’ve worn and been pre-judged by many labels in my dark and distant past, I have never experienced life as a partner or child of a military family. Whilst I don’t know about the constraints of living on a military base or in a military community, I can empathise with the invisibility many feel.

So logging on to the webinar thoughts for me amplified around:

Was I on the right track?

Would the content of the workshops devised meet their purpose?

At the end of an interactive 45 minute session, I was sure everything planned was spot on. Even more important, from the questions and interaction, I know the collaboration on Military Reboot will evolve still further for future programmes.

Knowing the gap I thought was there, really is there energises me no end. Receiving an email this morning from one of the delegates, Vikki, shows the very real need for Military Reboot. Having just completed her Masters on Applied Positive Psychology within the Military Family setting, her thoughts have inspired me even more!

Roll on January!

A huge thank you to Carolyn and Linzi for their help and support to get knowledge of Military Reboot to their membership.

If you are currently a partner or adult child of a serving Military Family and want to take part, contact me for more details or check out Military Coworking Network – their membership is free.

https://www.militarycoworking.uk

Applications to this free, empowering week close on 2 January 2023

Thanks Linzi & Carolyn….

An amazing, energised webinar this morning arranged and hosted by Linzi and Carolyn of Military Coworking Network to introduce Military Reboot.

This awesome organisation set-up for and run by partners of serving armed forces personnel to empower them to have independent professional lives alongside their military life.

Military Reboot aligns well with this mission. Collaborating together on a week long journey of workshops including finance, wellbeing, nutrition, communication, assertiveness, and the accredited, global @ Iact_training course. Coupled with robust manuals for onward learning, Military Reboot’s goal is to empower, reveal and release that hidden, sometimes invisible talent all partners have..

Lots of interaction from the audience, especially Lucy and Vikki.

Our inaugural programme commences 16 January 2023.

Deadline for applications is 2.1.2023. If you are a partner of someone serving in our Armed Forces – why not take up this free opportunity?

The pressure is on………..

…..for many of us ……..

The start of another week in the cold winter month of November. December is just around the corner and the run-up to Christmas will be ramped up. Dark mornings and darker evenings – aren’t always cosy for all.

Along with all the advertising for Christmas on tv, radio, social media, in the shops etc, ramping up will be the pressure we put on ourselves to be responsible for the happiness of everyone around us.

Are we really responsible for the happiness of others? Does their happiness really depend on the biggest or most costly present we get them? Have we failed if we don’t host the most awesome Christmas celebration with mountains of food we wouldn’t buy any other time of the year?

Or is this our mind overthinking again?

We all know the greatest gift we can give anyone is our time, kindness, encouragement and empathy – none of which cost any money at all but the value to those we choose to give them too is huge and will stay with them.

Building mind muscle to challenge pressures and negative thoughts when they hit, is something I’ve long lived by and share in all of my workshops.

We have to train our minds like puppy dogs to challenge the negative thoughts it will always jump to.

Take the pressure off……

…… Start with kindness to yourself.

Emotional Intelligence – what does it mean?

Literally it’s understanding our emotions, recognise when they are triggered and the impact on those around us if we don’t.

In addition to bespoke workshops I deliver to clients on building better connections within teams, utilising emotional intelligence thinking in communications, I deliver the Genos International suite of Emotional Intelligence assessment and coaching tools which illustrate how we think we are ‘showing up’ compared with the reality of others.

Exploring the gaps and developing tools to close them.

A logical science when you think about it. Those around us are rarely mind readers. They have no awareness of what our intention was when we spoke/interacted with them. They naturally make assumptions based on how we made them feel.

Maya Angelou said it best:

“People will forget what you said. They will forget what you did. But they will never forget how you made them feel.”

With Emotional Intelligence training, we will be more successful in making them feel how we intended.

What do you think?

Run-up to Growing Talent’s Relaunch – January 2023!

Fantastic meeting today re-connecting with employers who recruited prolifically in the early years of Growing Talent with many of the then hidden talent they brought into their businesses, still flourishing there years later!

New recruitment gurus – Ed looking after Baxter Storey’s talent and Laura, leading Portico and Searcy’s recruitment, we explored the ethos of Growing Talent and it’s alignment with the integrity, nurturing and social mobility core of Ed and Laura’s respective companies.




Looking forward to the relaunch event on 16 January 2023. If you are an employer, based in London, contact us to find out more.