Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Manage your Wellbeing at Work

Do you often find yourself blaming work for your lack of well being, whether that be stress or maybe a lack of control on aspects of your life such as your weight?

This can leave you feeling that life is a constant fight or battle that you are reacting to.

The most authoritative review of scientific research about wellbeing tells us that we will experience greater wellbeing if we do 5 actions: connect, give, learn, move and notice.

We also know from research that we are better able to maintain changes if we make those changes in baby steps.

Today, what about focusing on one small action of connecting, giving, learning, moving or noticing, whilst at work?

For example, you might decide to notice using your senses whenever you think of this during your day and respond intuitively to what comes up such as letting go of your breath or stretching your neck.

Perhaps you can focus on one small action from each of the five actions for one working week.

What do you notice at the end of the week? Mentally? Physically? Any small shifts worth building on?

If stress and/or lack of control is something that you would like to address with help please get in touch via enquiries@westofenglandcoachingandcounselling.co.uk

Friday, 12 December 2014

Independent Small Business Self-Coaching Approach

Are you an independent small business owner or partner?

Has your business growth plateaued or declined?

We work with you and your team to achieve sales growth whatever the economic situation.

You can start the process off  yourself by considering the following questions. You can then either take action on your own or, if you feel that you would benefit from expert support, commission us to work with you. One area that clients find particularly useful is developing leadership behaviours.

1. What is the direction and focus of my/our business?

2. What strategic actions do I/we need to take to achieve the direction and focus of the business?

3. What is the best environment for this business?

4. What behaviours and skills need to be acquired to grow this business?

5. What values and beliefs do we share for this business?

One tip is to ask your staff for their views on what's good, what needs work and what ideas they have for growing the business.

If this proves a useful exercise let us know. If you would like to meet to see if we can help grow your small business please get in touch via enquiries@westofenglandcoachingandcounselling.co.uk

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Do you have ambitious growth plans for your small business?

If you do have ambitious growth plans for your small business then please read on.

The likelihood is that critical success factor to achieve your financial targets is your people. Individual motivation and capability along with team harmony will make or break your ambitions.

Do you know if each individual within your small business is operating at 100% motivation and 100% capability?

Do you know you staff?

Do you know what motivates individuals and what would send their motivation souring up to 100%

Do staff know specifically what you expect from them behaviourally and in terms of results?

Do you know what is stopping your staff from being 100% capable to deliver your expectations?

Do you have plans in place to send staff motivation and capability souring to 100%

Answering these questions will help you to move towards achieving your ambitious growth plans.

We are working with small businesses like yours to assist as independent experts.

The return on investment you can expect to achieve through people development interventions is many times over.

If you would like help to achieve your goals and targets, please get in touch via enquiries@westofenglandcoachingandcounselling.co.uk

Friday, 28 November 2014

Tips to get past any bad mental habits

Bad mental habits can negatively affect our performance and results during the day - is this you?

We could be forgiven for bad mental habits when we consider the amount of negative messages that hit our brain daily.

Our day might start by listening to 'more bad news on the radio' as the song lyric goes, then opening the bills, then listening to work colleagues complain about some work related matter.

That doesn't mean it's helpful or necessary.

As you become aware of your negative internal dialogue and what you say to the people around you, you will notice your own negativity and how it makes you feel.

We get into sticky situations, as one client put it recently, when we have negative thoughts about something. Ask yourself 'is this thought helpful?' and if it is a no, avoid the temptation of following the thought ie analysing it.

Instead do your own meditation exercise at your desk just focusing on your in and out breaths for a few minutes to centre yourself.

Or do something instead that you want to do rather than focusing on your thoughts and feelings - 'what can I do right now that means something to me?'

This is particularly useful if you find yourself thinking negatively about the past or future. It helps you to focus on your now. If you can focus on something right now that is connected to your values you will feel calm and focused. You are using your own internal wisdom to just enjoy right now.

If you would like help with any changes you want to make please contact us on 01761 237400 or e mail enquiries@westofenglandcoachingandcounselling.co.uk