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Mindfulness & Art

/ˈmʌɪn(d)f(ʊ)lnəs/ & /ɑːt/   Can we use Art to get out of own head?   Last week I made my way to a lecture in a tranquil corner of the UCL campus in London.  Running late along busy corridors, I was immediately struck by the calm that filled the gallery of antique art...

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The gender pay gap debate is a Red Herring

I’m sorry, but as a trainer in people development, I have to call it out. The gender pay gap debate is a Red Herring The gender pay gap is high on the agenda in the media, in the boardroom and on the shop floor.  But is it just hiding the real issue?  Is it taking our...

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Philosophy vs Psychology, who wins?

How we understand our brain has come full circle ...  but must go round again   Before Psychology, Philosophy held all the power over the mind and what it was up to.  The likes of Nietzsche and Kant ruled the brain waves.  In 1879, thanks to Wilhelm Wundt - the...

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Our biases are in our genes!

  Another lecture in London Your biases are embedded in your genes!   At least that is the theory of Dr Lee De-Wit, teaching fellow in Psychology at University College London.  His work is topical.  Take Brexit for example.  Those who want to Remain are just different...

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Can I share a secret?

  In 2014 The TeamWorks joined a unique Leadership development group based in Europe and giving us global coverage.  I haven’t told you before because I wanted to test the system to make sure you can trust it.  You certainly can, and you can access a very...

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Sleep School – Part 2

A Lecture by Professor Richard Wiseman   So we are learning how to sleep! We really do need to because so many of us are sleep deprived; 39% in 2013 rising sharply to 66% in 2014, with the advent of the smart phone and iPads.  And sleep deprivation increases your...

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Sleep School – Part 1

A lecture by Professor Richard Wiseman   Does this sound daft to you too?  We really need to learn how to sleep. We really do, because sleep deprivation is increasing your likelihood of obesity by 15%, heart disease by 45% and the big ‘C’ by 60%.  These outcomes are...

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2017 Clickmas Catalogue of Worst Gifts

  Thank you so much for your responses to my Clickmas request for questionable Christmas gifts you have received.  As a result of your responses, The TeamWorks has donated £300 to each of our chosen charities Crohn's & Colitis UK and The Butterfly Tree. We had a good...

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How does our Reward Centre work?

In this panel debate we dropped in on a few rewards: cash, self-harm (the reward being in the relief and not the trophy scars I suspect) and the abundance of food. Last Thursday I returned to the Royal Institute, the home of Science in Great Britain, to listen to...

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Is confirmation bias killing fair decisions?

Even the most altruistic and generous hearted can be seen lining their own pockets. Selection committees nominate familiar faces.  Peers gain favour by promoting Peers.  Conservative politicians are never brave enough to really close the economic gap between rich and...

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The new Dr Who; a giant leap for womankind

I am currently the only man on the delivery team of an international Female Leadership training programme.  The client is one of the biggest corporates.  The delegates are all female.  After 4 months in the role I am beginning to crystalise in my mind what female...

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Resilience….does it start in Mind or Body?

Learning & Development people are enthralled by Resilience right now.  Having attended a couple of lectures and a taster event it would appear that a definition is a slippery thing, let alone trying to develop Resilience.  So I decided to conduct my own experiment...

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Don’t be so dramatic, but add more drama

Not so long ago we were prey as well as predator.  It was at this time that our Amygdala, deep in both hemispheres of the brain, developed super sensitivity to sudden changes in circumstance; a loud bang, a menacing growl or a piercing scream.  We learned to trust our...

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Time to be brave & push the boundaries

Time to be brave & push the boundaries OK, we hear this all the time but I want to give strength to your bow.  By pushing the boundaries we drove sales up by 19% for one client.  19%!   We are all always under pressure to stand out, make an impact and be memorable....

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Influence Skills to die for

People with power and influence usually win.  And they seem to have something in common.  Is it confidence or cunning?  The ones with confidence seem to stumble towards success.  The ones with cunning make success happen.  They seem to be manufacturing success.  How...

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Personality Profiling training can help you read minds

Following our Personality Profiling training course I can read your mind Actually I can’t.  What I can do – and so can you – is make considered and intelligent assumptions about the way you are probably thinking based on my assessment of your preferred way of...

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Keep Mixing It Up transformational tips for trainers

Transformational tips for trainers #6 My job at The TeamWorks is to understand the brain for your commercial gain.  I scour studies in Psychology and Neuroscience to seek out snippets of information that will help us all improve communication, negotiation and...

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