When close relationships need to change

Human beings are social animals for a reason. In evolutionary terms, close relationships were vital for our survival and in modern society, our mental and physical health and wellbeing depend on them. Positive relationships are associated with numerous benefits, such as higher levels of happiness and resilience. There is even some evidence that our life expectancy is influenced by whether we have a solid network of support around us. Consequently, close relationships need our constant care and attention. When, as happens for all of us, they suffer, we need to know the signs to do something about it, which is the subject of my latest blog: six signs your close relationships need to change.

How to transform setbacks into successes

Have you ever felt like giving someone a piece of your mind when they tell you that setbacks are a part of life – immediately after you have experienced one? I know I have, but despite the often abysmal timing of such advice, the uncomfortable truth is that setbacks are inevitable. It is how we perceive and respond to them that matters. The good news is that there are many practical and crucially learnable ways to ensure setbacks do not define us but are moments from which we can learn and grow. In my blog, How to transform setbacks into successes, I share six highly effective approaches to make the difference you are after.

Effective leadership and mental health

If covid has demonstrated anything, it is the critical role mental health and wellbeing plays in leadership. A leader in name only is a leader who is more stressed than a manager seeking solutions from them or who is burnt-out as they attempt to address organisational challenges. Positive MH&W creates the necessary spare capacity that leaders need to manage the competing demands of their many functions. And for every £1 spent by employers on mental health interventions, returning ‘£5 back in reduced absence, presenteeism and staff turnover’, the business case for investing in MH&W is indisputable. In my blog, Effective leadership: investing in mental health and wellbeing, I offer six ways leaders can think about and approach their MH&W.