Working well

Working well…  covers the broad theme of health and wellbeing for organisations and the people who work in them.  It’s about people, process, good practice and … knowing how to relax.

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November 2014

Leadership and management

The role of warmth in leadership http://bit.ly/1xtN6th

How to manage effectively http://bit.ly/1z9NWww

Understanding workplace personalities http://bit.ly/1uKD2yp

How to manage your boss http://bit.ly/1Er5dnM

Personal development

Achieve by having systems not goals http://bit.ly/1pAM2ES

10 quotes to sustain you through the entrepreneurship marathon http://entm.ag/ObOKOP

101 Ways to be more intelligent http://bit.ly/1uMvL1E

29 ways to boost your creativity http://muse.cm/1uKDhJS

Networking tips http://bit.ly/1pAT6l8

8 ways to improve your e-mailing http://bit.ly/18Bpcix

Make & Mend is a new free monthly e-bulletin to share developments at The Repair Shed (https://enterpriseessentials.wordpress.com/the-repair-shed) as we get going. The first edition is out in December – to subscribe simple send an e-mail to leeinroyston@aol.com with ‘Subscribe Make & Mend’ in the subject box.

October 2014

Winter draws on – time to increase your productivity and communication skills

Productivity tips from successful business people http://read.bi/1rRO54T

Productivity advice from Nicholas Bate http://bit.ly/1s335iW

How to become a stress-free productivity super-hero http://bit.ly/1vJ7mIs

10 myths about productivity http://bit.ly/1rROEvI

Make your staff workspace more productive  http://bit.ly/1xW2nXe

A productivity technique that works for me – ‘pomodoro’

Named by the Italian inventor of the technique  – he used a kitchen timer in the shape of a tomato (which in Italian is ‘pomodoro’) It works for me when I have a deadline to meet and can willingly be distracted by any other more interesting items on my ‘to-do’ list.

Set your timer to 25 minutes and get on with the task in hand until it rings, bleeps, whatever. At that moment, stop what you’re doing (even in mid-sentence) and do something different for exactly 5 minutes. This could be a cup of coffee, a very short walk, or some tweeting. Return for three further 25-minute timed stints with 5 minute breaks in between. After two hours of this routine, take a proper break.

You can vary the time periods, but the idea is to keep each period short enough for you not to lose momentum, concentration, or the thread of what you’re working on. More at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomodoro_Technique

Communicating more effectively….

Improve your Powerpoint  http://bit.ly/1rdhZwM

Cheat sheet for public speaking http://instapitch.us/data/infographic

Developing brand ambassadors  http://bit.ly/1usAN12

September 2014 

Bring a bit of sunshine into your office – the Danish way http://bit.ly/YbV7rp

The PALM approach to better meetings http://bit.ly/1qyDw6g

Project management tips – what not to do http://bit.ly/1qoNx7c

Time management tips http://bit.ly/1u0YNrA

The benefits of taking a break at lunchtime http://bit.ly/1ttV6vH

Changing your habits to change the world http://bit.ly/WbIOJI

Authenticity: about being yourself http://bit.ly/1nXfkqu

August 2014

When quality time is sitting down and thinking  http://bit.ly/1sbscjp

Is this summer the time to reflect on how you measure success? http://bit.ly/V17CUd

Time to review time-wasters http://bit.ly/1set5En

Time to work less and get more done http://bit.ly/1nrElcd

Time to turn your office green http://bit.ly/1tVTWJn

Make time for digital de-cluttering http://bit.ly/1nrEAUD

Making your most important work a project http://bit.ly/1suXn7K

Time to get control of your life http://bit.ly/1oeIyoQ

And finally…

Silly season? http://bzfd.it/X17wOb

July 2014

Take time out… to re-imagine work http://bit.ly/VBZPNS

Recreation – it’s about boosting your energy levels http://bit.ly/1mPViRT

Time to think about being busy…. http://bit.ly/1rbbL5Q

 Ways to beat those summer time distractions http://bit.ly/1m51Z1D

 Making more time for life http://bit.ly/1m52cBV

Do you and your organisation a favour – take a break http://bit.ly/1rSR1xc

 A bit of holiday reading (for small charities)  http://bit.ly/1k9v487

17 hidden costs that could dampen your holiday spirits http://bit.ly/1mEiUEc

 June 2014

Have your manager and captain got what it takes?  http://bit.ly/1l0wTI6

How to win the cup http://bit.ly/1m5A4e4

You’ll be a winner if you follow these 101 tips from top coach Nicholas Bate  http://bit.ly/1l8LBwv

Winning is about marginal gains http://bit.ly/1iLouUA

Risking a long shot could be your best move yet  http://bit.ly/1l0w55V

3 questions to ask your players http://bit.ly/1nHFWkz

Improve your half-time team talks http://bit.ly/1onayns

And finally…  If all else fails, consider a transfer http://bit.ly/1l0ws09

 May 2014

Make it simply better http://bit.ly/1fRcZz7

Stop being busy http://bit.ly/1m19Xsb

Put a spring in your step http://bit.ly/1l0SRK0

Fun ways to maintain staff productivity http://bit.ly/1hzhtpi

Some tips on problem-solving http://bit.ly/QhlnvE

15 ways to stay positive at work http://bit.ly/QhlV4y

Any finally, a little assessment exercise….

Are you focusing on what’s important in your life?  http://bit.ly/1nqYwd8

April 2014

Abandon busy-ness http://bit.ly/1s8hDeW  embrace effectiveness  http://bit.ly/1pRnNMK 

50 simple things to do to increase your productivity (at work and home) http://bit.ly/1mzcGrK

Measures to assess your organisational health http://bit.ly/Pjh7eM   

All about lists http://bit.ly/1iieUJk

Prioritisation – how to find what is really important http://bit.ly/1hPoVQb

And finally…

Don’t forget to balance online communication with real relationships http://bit.ly/1pRo8z1   

March 2014

Spring is for planting and growing

Climate change (at work) http://huff.to/1mYTg3p

Slow down to nature’s pace http://bit.ly/1hPqpd6

When it comes to innovation – are you a gardener or an architect?  http://bit.ly/1otZQKz

Creating a growing environment (in your office) http://bit.ly/1g2TX6v

Seeds to plant and nurture (in your team) http://bit.ly/1fL7ACG

Make space to breath (in your day) http://bit.ly/1ccYqUF

Create a fallow period (in your week) http://bit.ly/1dvAPwP

Tools to help your enterprise grow http://bit.ly/1e5NSlD

And finally…

Go wild: Just before Christmas I discovered this amazing social and environmental business. www.seedball.co.uk I can recommend their ‘make your own kits’ – therapy and productivity in tiny balls!  Great gifts for nature lovers.

February 2014

More healthy habits

10 lessons I’d teach my younger self  http://bit.ly/1bk5iKe

9 ‘time-wasters’ that are actually productive http://bit.ly/1esY9vp

Sleep your way to success http://bit.ly/1bk5sBe

Could a wellbeing diary be good for you? http://bit.ly/1dmrEdS

The benefits of Mindfulness at work http://bit.ly/1cNyuxj

Hate exercise? Read on http://bit.ly/1esYq1m

Peak Health 7  http://bit.ly/MqjKKg

A simple idea to make space in a busy week http://bit.ly/1bnunXL

Healthy habits to save money http://bit.ly/1ak01an

And finally …

We all know that laughter is good for you, so sit back and enjoy this short clip. http://bit.ly/1bk6sp8 If you’ve ever been involved in a conference call, you’ll know how true this is!

January 2014

 Suggestions for a happy and healthy year

Kickstart the year by being green… if you’re still surrounded by Christmas debris and unwanted items here are a few waste-conscious ways to make space bit.ly/1cYAhPr

Toolkit for a professional/ personal makeover: What better time to take stock with this free resource  bit.ly/1aHeKXw 

Four quick tips to avoid stress bit.ly/1dvS7WJ

3 books:

If you have a long commute to work or you simply want to make time to read more books…

You only better bit.ly/1kqzb4R

The Antedote  bit.ly/1aHhW5q

The power of doing less  bit.ly/1dkNYL6

If you order online through the Hive network, you get the books cheaper and you support local bookshops!

Wise words for the new year bit.ly/1hvrVTc and on productivity bit.ly/1fd7k5H

 And finally…

 A creative idea to inspire you in 2014 http://vimeo.com/43038579 do watch it to the end – it’s only 3.5 minutes of your time

 

December 2013

A way with a manger – making space for productivity and creativity

Change where you sit to increase your productivity: Where you sit in an office has a lot to do with your productivity. Simple moves and adjustments where you are in the room, in which room you are and to which direction you are faced in your room have surprisingly huge meaning.  http://bit.ly/18buYwf

Redefining workspace: Businesses should think about how their workspace affects productivity, staff morale and image. The perfect match in terms of budget and facilities may have the wrong vibe or address for staff and customers.  http://bit.ly/193qiqV

Growing productivity: Desk plants may spruce up a place, but whether they have psychological powers in addition to visual charm is another matter…  http://bit.ly/1iD9oFs 

Which workspaces help the famously creative?  From tiny writing desks to giant painting studios, the only thing all of these creative studios have in common is that they inspired their successful inhabitants to create greatness. http://bit.ly/1hAl9Ly

Christmas is coming

A poster with a story: Some timely advice as we speed towards the hysteria that is Christmas, all in aid of a good cause  http://bit.ly/1gHlucn

The gift or learning: As Ghandi said “Live like you’re going to die tomorrow, learn like you’re going to live forever.” Something for all ages…   http://bit.ly/1cZDAU5

Inspirational stationery and books: to inspire simple and effective actions to change the world  http://bit.ly/1cd5VVn

#Unplug: How to Work Hard and Still Have a Life: The title of this e-book pretty much says what it’s about  http://bit.ly/1bj4gjx

Buy Social this Christmas: ‘Buy Social’ is a 2-year campaign to encourage people to buy from social enterprise and promote inter-trading between social enterprise and the public, private and voluntary sectors. What better time to chose social businesses than for your seasonal gifts, but remember, buying social is not just for Christmas…       http://bit.ly/1gHmFsm  and http://bit.ly/1bj4Lde

Beyond the office – something for the festive break

Office and family – avoiding conflict; for peace and goodwill throughout the festive season, learn some skills from everyday situations    http://bit.ly/1jqiUtJ

50 ways to lead a more fulfilling life: lots of lovely ideas – many easily achievable   http://bit.ly/1bKhA3c

How to be more intelligent: more wise words about practical ways to smarten up   http://bit.ly/18byruG

November 2013

Management tips: 11 tips for survival in the world of management from Joe Saxton, founder of www.nfpsynergy.net including ‘Listen first, talk second’ and ‘Forget strategy,  think priorities’. More at  http://bit.ly/18r5l4a

Better ways of working

Think big, act small: “If you don’t have actions. Nothing will happen. If you don’t set your goal and set your mind to specific results, you will do a lot, but never reach what you want.” says Rami Rantala Find out what else he has to say at http://bit.ly/1aN2rIB

On productivity

Something for the weekend: Sometimes time-management skills and practices are best developed away from the office – when you have an opportunity to think outside (no box required). Get tips from productivity guru Graham Allcott at http://bit.ly/1apVJJT

Overcoming your perfectionism: If perfectionism is the enemy of completion for you, at least some of the time, this advice is for you http://bit.ly/1imiu48

Internet productivity tools: We’re all guilty of spending too much time screen-watching. These 15 websites will help make that time online more productive  http://bit.ly/18r6atL

Creativity and innovation

Brainstorming doesn’t work:  It is not very good at providing you with creative ideas. It is even worse if you want a highly creative idea to implement. I have criticised brainstorming in the past, but I have yet to compile my anti-brainstorming thoughts into a single article. Until now!” Read more from Jeffrey Baumgartner at  http://bit.ly/1gStta4

How Anti Conventional Thinking works: So if brainstorming is unhelpful – what is? ‘anticonventional thinking’ (ACT) is one suggestion. Find out the 4 steps to ACT here  http://bit.ly/17RLgVj

Healthy habits

6 rules for coping with stress Short and sensible advice – including ‘be honest’ and ‘stay in the moment’. Take a look at for all 6  http://bit.ly/1axqEWv

 Beyond your office…

Why work doesn’t happen at work: We all know the best ideas don’t come at your desk (but often in bed, at the bar, on the bog, or in the bath). Watch this 20 minute talk to find out about obstacles to work and ways around them  http://bit.ly/1hkzI4c

 And finally…

The Scarecrow:  A schmaltzy or sweet (depending on your mood!) 3 minute film about unnatural food production from the ‘marketing men’ at a Mexican grill restaurant chain. Can over 7M viewers on YouTube be wrong? You decide  http://bit.ly/1gStZVv

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