Tuesday, 25 January 2022

Day 34: Authenticity and Integrity

To lead well, act with authenticity and integrity.  Humans are clever and will spot a fraud quickly; it’s hard keeping the mask on for prolonged periods; be yourself.

To act with integrity means using emotional intelligence to tune into your and others’ emotions.  Make the right agreements to serve you, them, and your organisation best.  Take responsibility for your own experiences and inspire others to do the same.

You control your actions, but you can’t control the outcomes.  Communicate well; listen actively speaking with authority about what you know but understand that others will have their version of the truth.

Monday, 24 January 2022

Day 33: Reflection

Time reflecting today and thinking about how we shift culture.  This included considering how we deal with the anxiety of those things we can and can’t control. 

This made me think that we do waste a huge amount of emotional energy and can feel immense anxiety about things we have absolutely no control over.  We need to become more comfortable with the discomfort of the things we can’t control and to focus on those things that we do have at least some control over.

This can only happen with practise and support from colleagues around us in a learning environment.

Friday, 21 January 2022

Day 32: Are You Enough?

How often do you catastrophise, assume the worst, or lack belief and confidence in yourself?  When this happens, flip it; tell yourself you can, you are capable; and the best-case scenario will happen.  How does this feel?

Is this self-doubt, imposter syndrome or a fear of the unknown.  Be careful in assuming it is one of these three; Ruchika Tulshyan and Jodi-Ann Burey write that we should stop telling women and people of colour that they have imposter syndrome, as it could be systematic bias.  I also witness women apologising for having ideas or thoughts in meetings.  You are enough!

Thursday, 20 January 2022

Day 31: Where is ‘work’ and where is ‘home’?

Whether you regularly worked from home prior to the Covid pandemic or not, there’s always a challenge in taking time away from work to recharge your batteries when your workplace and home are the same!

‘Work-life balance’ was the buzz-phrase of the early 2010s; in the later 2010s we moved onto ‘workplace wellbeing’ and now need to shift to ‘personal wellbeing’.  Staying physically and mentally well shouldn’t be a balancing act nor should it be just about being well at work.

With lines between home and work ever blurring we all need to find how to be happy in both.

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Day 30: Make Mistakes Positively

When you make mistakes, fail fast, fail forward and, face the future.  Use your mistakes and those of others around you as learning opportunities, not ‘failures’. 

When I make a mistake, I can beat myself up about it; I sometimes struggle to respond positively to my emotional response. This can reduce my ability to learn properly from it.

In organisations providing health and social care services, as leaders we need to create the climate and culture for people to make mistakes, but in a safe environment.  Great leaders create space and provide resources for people to ‘try dangerous things carefully’. 

Tuesday, 18 January 2022

Day 29: Life Skills and Housing

A significant determinant of health is where you live.  This includes the quality of housing you live in and sense of belonging and being part of a community.  The fabric of building being poor can lead to or worsen physical illnesses; and not feeling part of a community can lead to loneliness and social isolation, which itself impacts physical health.

I had a virtual service visit to our Beacon Lodge Service in Nottingham; over just 8-weeks, they do a fantastic job in in rehabilitating people who’ve been in acute mental health units to become capable of greater independence, including housing.

Monday, 17 January 2022


Departing from the normal 100-words today to share a Blog that I have written about How To Cope With The Winter Blues.

Please let me know what you think and of anything particular that helps you cope with this time of year.