The best ideas are often so……well, so simple. Cat’s eyes, Velcro, sticking plasters, post-it notes….
In a quiet moment this evening I was surfing the net and came across a great story:
Buffalo City, USA. Bus driver spots young girl standing on a motorway bridge contemplating jumping. He stops his bus, speaks to her, gets out of his vehicle, approaches and … well see for yourself: Continue reading
Younger workers (those born between 1980 and 1995) have different values to their older colleagues, according to a recent study by PwC. The results suggest that they would choose workplace flexibility, work/life balance and the opportunity for overseas assignments over financial rewards.
LPP Consulting recently sponsored the PPF (Professional Players Federation) 2013 conference, on ‘Life After Sport’ at the Belfry. The conference was attended by several key sports player associations* and focused on understanding the challenges facing professional sportspeople upon their retirement and what more can be done to help them adjust to life out of the spotlight. Continue reading
A recent Radio 4 Today programme highlighted a new treatment for patients with schizophrenia, pioneered by Professor Julian Leff at University College London . The preliminary findings from his research group suggest that there may be therapeutic potential from future treatments employing computer and communications based technology. Continue reading
Some people’s jobs are ‘killing them’ – in 007’s case, literally.
In 2012, I had the privilege of being an ‘extra’ in the 23rd James Bond film Skyfall, directed by Sam Mendes . Although termed ‘background artist’, I got more than I bargained for when playing a commuter on a busy London underground train as one of about 200 extras. In a scene filmed over 4 days, ‘Bond’ played by Daniel Craig, races through the tube carriage and shoves me and others out of the way to tackle the villain ‘Silva’ played by Javier Bardem. Sadly for me…in the final edited film my ‘close up’ ended up on the cutting room floor, a tragic loss to global cinema.
When watching Skyfall months later I was struck by how Bond’s character in the film experiences a ‘crisis of confidence’ about his abilities at work, despite being a key employee. Continue reading
A recent study by Dr Zachary Kaminsky, from John Hopkins University in Baltimore, identified the TTC9B and HP1BP3 genes which, when present in certain chemical alterations in pregnancy, may identify pregnant women who are at risk of developing post-natal depression. Blood tests on 52 expectant mothers predicted the onset of post-natal depression with an accuracy rate of 85 per cent. This study that was recently published in Journal of Molecular Psychiatry suggests a biological vulnerability to developing post-natal depression. Continue reading
The Royal College of General Practitioners has recently recommended that a register of the UK’s 7 million carers be created and that a “carers’ champion” be present in each General Practice in light of evidence that up to 40% experienced depression or psychological problems. Continue reading
“A strong body makes the mind strong” Thomas Jefferson
It is well known that mind and body are not separate and that stress and distress can affect our bodies in various ways. We commonly try to treat mental health problems by targeting the mind by using medication or talking therapy. Whereas medication alters neurotransmitters in the brain to help people to feel less anxious and low, talking therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy help people to change unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaviour. However, can physical practices like yoga lead to changes in mental health and wellbeing? The answer, according to Amy Weintraub, author of ‘Yoga for Depression’ is yes: “The yoga mat is a good place to turn when talk therapy and antidepressants are not enough”. (1) Continue reading
Most of us will experience conflict within our families at one time or another but it is less common for family conflict to be played out in the public domain as has happened with the Huhnes. A recent article in the Sunday Times (10 February 2013) described the implosion of the Huhnes relationship in the context of a series of escalating events that were not possible to resolve outside the legal arena. Is forgiveness between the couple the primary factor that will, in time, contribute to a more peaceful resolution? Continue reading
“Culture eats strategy for breakfast” is a remark attributed to Peter Drucker and popularised in 2006 by Mark Fields, president of the Ford Motor Company. It resonates now in the wake of the publication of the Mid Staffs Inquiry Report as we try and understand how a comprehensive system of regulation and governance was undermined by a culture of targets and financial outcomes. And a culture of compassion, caring and consideration, to which all health-care staff surely aspire, was replaced by one of callous disregard, fear and disinterest. For how otherwise could individuals tolerate what was going on in front of them? Continue reading