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Work-related stress #Stress management #Green Key

According to research nearly half a million people in the UK have work-related stress that is making them ill, resulting in sick leave and absenteeism.  It is estimated that 12 million working days are lost each year in the UK due to stress-related illness. (


What is stress?



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Respect - A Leadership Quality

The sad news last week of the passing of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul and Kofi Annan the statesman who spent his life dedicated to a fairer and more peaceful world, leaves two huge empty pairs of shoes for someone to step into. Their contributions to this world, their ability to touch the minds, hearts and souls of so many is true inspiration, and phenomenal leadership.

Annan set up the Kofi Annan Foundation in 2007 after stepping down from the role of Secretary-General of the United Nations (1997-2006), to build a “Road to Peace” with the premise that “No long term peace is possible without development and no sustainable development is possible without peace.  No society can remain prosperous without the rule of law and respect for human rights”.


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Gluten effects on the brain and performance

It is easy to get on a soap-box and start to spout about eating habits and following a healthy food regime, to be self-righteous and ignore the challenges of day to day life, our dietary inheritance and most of all the quickening life pace that most of us are forced to succumb to.


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Positive self leadership

Singer/songwriter Rick Astley announced that he will be releasing his eighth studio album this year which is entitled 'Beautiful Life'.  I was listening to the conversation between Rick Astley and a well-known Radio 2 DJ about the album.  More importantly about why Rick wrote a song called “Beautiful Life” and named the album with the same name.

Rick said something very pertinent in answer to the question “Why Beautiful Life?  In his answer he explained that in fact he has had a beautiful life, with the exception of a few curveballs.  Most importantly, he continued with words to the effect that  it is all about how you look at life and how you regard things that are thrown at you and things that happen to you, and I might add things you do to yourself.


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Work related stress - Green Key Health

Working with individuals on work-life balance, as well as with groups, I am seeing more and more people with adrenal stress, very often caused by stress from work.  Reasons for the stress vary, however these can be self inflicted, such as wanting to be a perfectionist, the inability to say “no”, poor time management, inability to delegate as well as procrastination by putting things off.  As for external factors that might cause stress, the first one springing to mind is living in a blame culture, thus creating an environment of fear.  Inappropriate leadership styles and habits such as a boss who doesn’t listen, a manipulative leader who can only influence by using manipulation techniques, a boss who lives in crisis due to poor planning and time management or a boss who is unable to com


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#Effective leadership

I recently had the displeasure of being subjected to the pre flight security at Terminal 5.  On the best occasions this is not fun, but a necessity.  On average I travel through an airport approximately every six weeks.  Not a lot some might say?  Irrelevant of how you perceive the frequency, this last experience got me thinking about the role of personnel responsible for pre flight security screening.


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Female Leadership

On the 8th March to celebrate International Women’s day perhaps it is appropriate give credit to the many female Heads of State, CEO’s, Owners and Mothers.   How interesting that the world has a strong representation of female leaders, 22 countries in total including  Denmark, Poland, Bangladesh, Lithuania, Brazil and Norway.   This is quite a sizeable representation of women in top leadership positions, some in countries that are culturally showing more masculine than feminine qualities.


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Female Leaders

Sports and leadership have so much in common, as do leadership and sports?

Kirsti Yamaguchi could not have put the point across more succinctly.  To be successful in any sports, whether on ice, on snow, in water, on a track or field, focus is required to keep your goal in mind, and in vision at all times.  Sport is a passion as is effective leadership.  The “why” in Why I do this?

Setting clear and measurable goals is essential for individual sports men and women as well as for teams.  Is this different for any leader?  He or she needs to know and be passionate about the goal and be able to inspire others to share that same passion.


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Leadership - The Laws of Persuasion

In Robert Cialdini’s Influence: Science and Practice (2009), he describes the powerful rule of reciprocity as one of “the most influential dynamics of human behaviour, the reciprocation rule essentially states that if someone gives something to us, we feel obligated to repay that debt.”

Reciprocation, “the quality or state of being reciprocal: mutual dependence, action, or influence.” (Merriam-Webster dictionary)  “To be reciprocal it is something that is given, felt, or done in return, (of an agreement or obligation) bearing on or binding each of the two parties equally.” (Collins English Dictionary)


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The importance of inner balance in effective leadership

At this time of year many of us try to be the archetypal model of a swan, gracefully gliding over the surface whilst paddling like fury under the water line trying to get everything done both in the work environment and at home!  I can relate to this, especially with so many events that come one after another.