Q. How many people are working in your organisation? A. About half of them (if you’re lucky!)

20th Jan, 2014

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Presenteeism, or lack of productive engagement at work is prevalent at huge cost to both the public and private sectors. Research shows how well-being and resilience interventions can support sustained employee engagement resulting in increased productivity and organisational success.

Think for a moment about how engaged we really are at work – you look around your workplace and you see everyone, but is anybody really…

Strengths & Sails – Learning About and Living with Your Signature Strengths!

15th Jan, 2014

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I am grateful which isn’t too hard for me as gratitude consistently ranks as one of my VIA (Values in Action) Signature Strengths, which I try very hard to practice and not to take for granted.

I am grateful because my work as an organisational coach, with an emphasis building on well-being, resilience and engagement, affords me the most amazing opportunities to work across the business,…

The World Positive Psychology Congress – the evidence you can’t afford to ignore!

8th Aug, 2013

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What have Google, Apple, the South Australian Government, Bristol City Council, Knox Grammar School and Harvard University got in common?

They have all understood that the research and real world application of positive psychology can significantly enhance the capacity of individuals, organisations and communities to flourish and be their best. That best may include:

  • Increased mental health and physical well-being;
  • Increased resilience and capacity to embrace challenge and change;
  • Increased productivity or academic performance;
  • Increased engagement and career development;
  • Increased…

Kick Starting 2013 in Shanghai – Empowered, Energised & Engaged!

6th Feb, 2013

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Kick Starting 2013 – Empowered, Energised & Engaged!

Are your at your absolute best? Are you feeling good, working to your strengths, highly engaged with a real sense of meaning and purpose in your life? Are you able to navigate change and face life’s inevitable challenges by maintaining perspective and harnessing the support of the people…

Valuing Vulnerability

31st Oct, 2012

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It’s Halloween the scariest night of the year – so what are you afraid of? I don’t mean ghosts, witches or spiders – I mean what is it that deep inside you sometimes holds you back from being the best you can be? I have realised what still scares me.

Over the last few weeks I have been truly inspired by some amazing people such as Brene Brown the leading vulnerability researcher and best-selling author…

Creating flourishing young people – What might really work?

3rd Oct, 2012

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Have you got kids? Nephews or nieces? Or do you work with young people? Just close your eyes right now and take a minute to think about the young people in your life and what you want for them in the world….

Now, did anyone think of anxiety, isolation, inferiority, disadvantage, failure, boredom, unemployment, a life of crime, substance abuse, fear or violence? No, of course not.

I am sure that you all thought of words…

Where There’s Hope There’s Flourishing Young People

31st Aug, 2012

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Just last week, Kate Ellis, Minister for youth, hinted at the some early findings of the upcoming “The State of Australia’s Young People Report” indicating that up to 1 in 4 young people suffer from problems relating to mental health. In theUKearlier this year the Prince’s Trust published a report also highlighting that 1 in 4 young people are unhappy, I in 10 feel that life is not worth living and that life has…

Why not give a ‘gift of time’ this Christmas?!

21st Dec, 2009

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So what’s on the kid’s Christmas wish list this year? The latest Wii, Ipod, mobile phone, notebook, bike or top designer gear? Or maybe they have all those already and it’s a struggle to find something different or special?

As parents, godparents, aunts, uncles or family friends, it might be useful for us all to reflect on what is known about what really makes people happy. Martin Seligman, considered the founder of positive psychology, talks…

Resilient & Resourceful Young People – An Australian National Youth Strategy?

5th Oct, 2009

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There is increasing global awareness of the need to improve life chances for all young people. Life chances relate to having autonomy, engaging in positive social and community networks, accessing education and employment opportunities, being economically stable, experiencing health and well-being and living in a safe environment.

Over the last ten years the UK government’s social inclusion agenda, informed by well-being and positive psychology research, has brought about a more proactive approach to addressing the…

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