Positive news to pass on
Wonderful young people – young people get such a bad press nowadays that it is easy to think they are all obsessed with celebrity or themselves, or delinquent. Even though I don't have children myself, I am fortunate to come into contact with a lot of young people through both my voluntary work in schools and now doing some paid work with students.
On a new workshop that I am running for sixth formers on Developing Students' Confidence I met a wonderful group of students, all very different personalities who were a delight to work with. During a warm up exercise where they said what their favourite thing was or their pet hate, I was surprised how their pet hates were far more serious that when I do this exercise with adults. They said they hated bullying, prejudice, people blaming the current economic problems on minorities, etc.
We need to remember that the press only publishes bad news about young people and rarely publishes stories about how great they are.
Wonderful schools and teachers - And the same is true of schools and teachers. Through my voluntary and paid work with schools, I've seen them trying to meet targets and jump through hoops while attempting to give students a varied and rich learning environment. Having run some programmes for a number of years I have seen the improvement in students' confidence, team working and presentation skills as different cohorts go through the same programme year after year. Schools are attempting to give them varied opportunities within the constraints of the curriculum, timetables and targets.
Do you know of schools that are undertaking interesting programmes or activities? If so, let me know.
Investing in people – the MD of one of my client organisations has decided that if they experience a downturn in sales, they will use their spare capacity to spend time on education and training. They want to tackle issues that they never have time to do when they are busy. Their aim is that when the upturn happens they will be well trained and ready to seize the moment and provide their clients with good quality products and service.
Do you know of organisations that are being creative during these challenging times? If so let me know.
Managing Challenging Interactions workshop - Wednesday 17th June, Kidlington, Oxon
- Do you find communicating with some people particularly challenging? They might be colleagues, staff, clients or suppliers.
- Do you want to learn practical ways of helping you to manage these interactions in a constructive way?
- Do you want to be able to manage your own reactions to these challenging interactions and minimise the impact that it has on you?
This interactive one day workshop provides practical ideas and techniques to help you to manage these interactions. You will receive two personalised coaching emails to follow up the workshop and encourage you to put the ideas into practice. The usual price is: £100 plus VAT but the early booking rate for bookings made before Monday 11th May is £80 plus VAT. Click here to email for details and a booking form.
Past participants have said:
- ‘It has been an enlightening and useful day. Easy, simple, clear steps to improving my future interactions with people.'
- ‘Clear, focussed day with opportunities to discuss personal issues.'
- ‘Helped me to realise where I was going wrong. It put other people's reactions into perspective and made me feel positive about future interactions.'
- ‘Content: excellent, easily understood, adapted to our needs.'
- ‘I would recommend this course to my colleagues.'
To order a copy of my book Master Your Inner Critic, Release Your Inner Wisdom, click here to email me for an order form. £8.99 plus £1.00 UK P&P.
For more details about the work that Grovelands Associates carries out in organisations visit the website by clicking here.
‘If you can give your son or daughter only one gift, let it be enthusiasm.' Bruce Barton
‘The soul is healed by being with children.' Fyodor Dostoevsky ‘In the final analysis it is not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.' Ann Landers
‘Level with your child by being honest. Nobody spots a phoney quicker than a child.' Mary MacCracken