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Newsletter: November 2010

Overload: More than a question of time.

Everyone seems to feel under pressure these days - talking overload, of work-life balance out of sync, of feeling stressed. We can all find evidence in our own lives and we'll give you some of the emerging evidence and implications below.

There's little doubt that the pace of life is faster: there's more to do and more information to deal with, we even sleep less than we did 50 years ago.

Managing the pace and finding time for ourselves are becoming serious concerns, with evidence that time pressure is bad for health and family life. It's important that we consider our own situation, and look for opportunities for changing the way we think and the way we operate. The pace can be overwhelming or it can be exhiliarating, depending on your persective.

Nonetheless, when you're under pressure it's often difficult to see the wood for the trees. Sometimes you just need help to see that different perspective. Does this scenario sound familiar to you?

"We’ve got an open-plan office and I can’t get anything much done at work, with interruptions all around me. So I have to work at weekends to get things done. I’m thinking I should try to work from home a day a week, but I don’t think my boss will agree."

The speaker was a middle-level manager, trying to understand why he was finding it so difficult to be effective, and why his job then encroached so much into his family life.

This problem is often raised; the causes usually far more complex than the physical layout of the office. And there are many different solutions, although dividing up the office into work pods with walls and doors is not necessarily one of them.

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Evidence of Overload

Try this self-assessment of your own situation. See if it gives you a different perspective.

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Coaching Skills for Workplace Leaders

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Coaching skills provide fundamental communication skills for working effectively with your staff: skills for clarifying direction, negotiating responsibilities, establishing goals and timeframes, giving feedback – all within a framework that clearly establishes accountability.

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Building Interpersonal Skills

Interpersonal skills, Emotional Intelligence (EQ or EI), can be defined as the ability to understand, manage, and effectively express one's own feelings, as well as engage and navigate successfully with those of others can be learned.

Contact us to discuss how emotional intelligence assessment and coaching might be able to improve communication and relationships in your workplace.


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The purpose of this Newsletter

Positive Change Consulting shows people how to build great leadership, manage change, improve teamwork for business productivity – and restore balance to your life.

In this newsletter we aim to alert you to the latest research into leadership, report people-related workplace news, suggest ways for encouraging staff involvement to improve your business and alert you to the things we are doing and the services we can offer you.

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