Financial Wellbeing in Uncertain Times

We all worry about different things, but in times of uncertainty like the current COVID-19 crisis, many of us worry about our Finances most of all. Some of us may be worrying about our jobs, our salary or whether we can pay our bills. So I’d like to share 5 steps to help you improve your Finances and your relationship with money. Determine your Financial Mindset What words come to mind when you think about…

Remote Working – the New Normal?

Remote working – surviving the new normal. The recent COVID-19 crisis has forced many of us to work from home and enjoy both the joys and difficulties that brings. To help us through this change we’ve seen a wide range of articles, blogs, hints and tips to make the whole experience as productive and efficient as possible. Whether you’re a team member, team leader or CEO, the transition to working from home has thrown up…

3 Helpful Steps for Getting through the COVID Days

Crisis after crisis: From an economic recession; to the Covid19 Pandemic; to a new and spiralling global crisis! The mere mention of those terms can send a “fight or flight” signal to the brain. How do you prepare for such a crisis? By definition, crises are mostly unpredictable by nature. Not only that, but some come consecutively in pairs and threes – similar to what we are experiencing globally these days. Just recently in the…

Working Your Way Up The Trust Pyramid

Working Your Way Up The Trust Pyramid

Back in August 2017 in our “Building Trust – The Formula” post, we explored the Meister Trust Equation taken from the book, The Trusted Advisor.  This gives us a handy formula to help identify the various elements in building trust and how to maximize them. Building trust is fundamental in any relationship, whether at work or in your personal life, so let’s take time to look at another model to help you understand to build…

Theory X or Theory Y?

Theory X or Theory Y?

One of the common areas we work on with clients is employee motivation and engagement.  Getting the best out of your staff, all of them, can make the difference between a good company and a great one.  So what’s the secret?  How can you motivate and engage your staff? There are many motivational theories and models, but one of my favourites was developed by Douglas McGregor at the MIT Sloan School of Management way back…

What Are Your Triggers?

What Are Your Triggers?

We all have triggers – the little things that drive our reactions and behaviours, both good and bad.  However, do you know what your triggers are?  Can you recognize them before your auto-pilot reactions kick in?  Especially the more negative ones?  Understanding your own triggers can help make the difference between a successful interaction and a disastrous one, or a winning negotiation and a failed one. So how do you identify your triggers in the…

Happy International Day of Happiness!

Happy International Day of Happiness!

International Day of Happiness was established by Jayme Illien (philanthropist, activist and United National special adviser) back in 2011. In 2012 he successfully gained United Nations support and endorsement and he chose 20 March as this special day.  He chose this day for its significance as the March equinox (when the Northern Hemisphere starts to tilt toward the sun, which means longer, sunnier days).  The first International Day of Happiness was celebrated on 20 March…

Creating Calm, Confident Kids

Creating Calm, Confident Kids

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce a new member to our Switchseven team. Welcome Fiona. She is a qualified Relax Kids Coach and is also experienced in Mindfulness. What is Relax Kids? Relax Kids aims to give children access to a variety of simple, yet effective techniques for relaxation, mindfulness and stress management that are developed in a fun and creative way. It gives children and young people the tools they need…

New Year – Time for a Change!

New Year – Time for a Change!

First of all let me wish you all a very Happy New Year.  I hope 2018 brings you all the very best. At this time of year we often start to think of New Years’ resolutions, things we’d like to achieve or change in the coming 12 months.  It’s a great opportunity to set some short-term targets for things we’ve maybe been putting off for a while. For me, I’d like to de-clutter a bit,…

“I’ve just been to a fantastic meeting” – Part 2

“I’ve just been to a fantastic meeting” – Part 2

Last week we gave you 5 tips to ensure your meetings at work are a success – every time.  Hopefully you’ve managed to put a few of these tips into practice and started reaping the benefits.  Wasting time in unproductive meetings is not something any of us enjoys. This week we’ve got 5 top tips to help you discuss topics constructively, reach agreement and close out effectively.  Most meetings will typically have a number of…