Carol Barwick  D.HYP, IEMT, TFT, MAPHP ACC, CHNC
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  1. World Cup Teamwork for Your Workplace

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    England score against Columbia in the World Cup

    England displayed all the components of winning teamwork against Colombia last night. Well done lads!

    If you watched Germany’s defeat against South Korea this World Cup, you’ll understand the importance of teamwork, or in this case, lack of it. Throughout the match the German team competed for power and authority by publicly arguing among themselves. They displayed poor leadership in a match marred by individual hot-headedness; especially when goalkeeper Manuel Neuer lost patience and ran into the opponents’ half, losing possession and giving a goal to the Koreans in a moment of rashness he’ll long be remembered for.

    Tackling essentials

    Teamwork is the collaborative effort of a group of people to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way. Teamwork training and teambuilding are just as important in the workplace as they are in sports. Most of us have memories of being forced to ‘get on with each other’ in the classroom or at work; perhaps on an outward-bound course wearing school uniform or company sweatshirts, crossing streams on ropes in hard hats or building a raft out of paper, wood and sticky back plastic!  Certainly, within management and organisational training, teamwork has many visual clichés, but that doesn’t lessen its importance.

    On the football pitch or in the office team-development is key to improving performance with team training activities vital. There are four main ingredients:

    1. Setting goals

    Creating clear objectives for both individual and team goals by defining success and failure helps to motivate people and create a sense of ownership. The boss or coach must identify specific outcomes for success with clear timelines to help a colleague or the team measure progress. This is called building a positive team culture.

    1. Role clarification

    Ensuring team members understand their own and others’ roles and duties reduces uncertainty and provides a structure for actions. Knowing what is expected of you confirms individual accountability, the importance of interdependence and the part you play in the team’s success. Using the football analogy and citing a manufacturing company as an example, some are responsible for attack (sales and marketing), others defending (product or service quality control) and others stand in goal (customer service / complaints).

    1. Problem solving

    Problems can be better tackled by people putting their heads together to find solutions rather than by independent personal action alone (as the German goal keeper demonstrated).

    1. Interpersonal relations

    Communicating openly, sharing knowledge and supporting one another makes a team strong. Mutual trust is developed when team members are happy working efficiently and effectively together. Teams that trust each other can help improve business performance through measured risk-taking and shared responsibility.

    In my role as a business coach I have helped many organisations develop interpersonal skills and build effective project teams with a sense of shared destiny. This has also involved conflict resolution and building a problem solving system:

    My 6 tips for building a successful team whether in sport or the office are:

    1. Familiarisation: Get to really know your fellow team members and help them get to know each other personally and professionally

    2. Communication: Encourage honest and effective discussion to share knowledge, ideas and workload. People enjoy problem-solving activities and team members should feel comfortable when they voice an opinion by saying what’s on their mind. This is a continuous process, in which team members must courteously communicate any thoughts or feelings to avoid conflicts

    3. Awareness Raising: Check for understanding of roles between people. Effective coordination avoids confusion and overstepping boundaries. Team members feel accomplished and motivated if they know what they are meant to do and how they fit in with the overall operation

    4. Cooperation: Check for agreement. Giving feedback to each other and making any changes to improve the process of collaborating helps focus the team which improves productivity

    5. Resolution: Settle conflicts quickly and constructively. Healthy conflict resolution comes with open communication

    6. Involvement: Accept and support one another during and outside work. Think of your team as your ‘work family’ as you build high levels of trust and cooperation with each other in and out of work.

    Team training workshops

    My Teambuilding and Performance Workshops will help you build a team from scratch or boost the effectiveness of an existing team through specific training and developmental exercises, targeting the individual members and adjusting the team environment as a whole.

    Work with me to figure out your organisation’s teamwork needs, and the best ways to improve collaboration and communication including managing conflict, boosting interdependence and cohesiveness.

    Techniques, tools and tips for a better team

    Step up to the challenge of solving team related problems at work and at home by facing up to issues and dealing with them. The Building Resilience component of my Teambuilding courses directly addresses individuals within the team and provides them with the skills to overcome negative or stressful situations which can weaken team structure and hold the team back.

    Develop essential self-motivation techniques

    Stressful days and challenges are inevitable and we all need some extra motivation from time to time. It’s why my Motivational Workshops are an important component of teamwork designed to inspire you and your staff to overcome failure and flip negative situations into positive ones. You will learn motivational thought processes to promote and sustain energy, build engaging and positive workplace environments and improve team collaboration at every level.

    What is covered?

    Informative, entertaining and full of useful tips and techniques for teams, my workshops bring motivation alive for delegates with lots of participation, exercises, discussions and regular feedback sessions including:

    • The key elements of self-motivation
    • How to build and maintain positive team energy
    • The importance of good health and wellbeing
    • How to overcome failure
    • How to deal with criticism (internal and external)
    • The significance of creating a motivational environment
    • Delivering behavioural shifts to transform customer and colleague communication
    • How to flip a negative experience into a positive outcome

    Bespoke courses addressing additional issues such as training, coaching and managing conflict through mediation can also be arranged on request.

    If you want to learn how to build or strengthen your team, it’s time to talk and discover sustainable and measurable results for your business.

    Here’s what previous workshop attendees have said:

    Excellent. Loved all of it!  More please!

    Great strategies for coping with life in general.

    I know these techniques will help me when I am feeling stressed/anxious.

    Excellent facilitator – shame it was only a half day.

    A hands on approach, very helpful both personally and professionally.

    A fantastic insight into tools for dealing with stress.

    Fantastic session – Carol was amazing and quite inspirational.

    Why choose CB Learning & Development?

    Carol Barwick Learning & Development is an established training provider with over two decades of experience providing training solutions for private and public sector including manufacturing, retail, the NHS, Fire & Rescue Service, transport, housing, prisons and the probation service. Here’s what they say about us.

    Contact me to find out how my workshops can work for your business, positively improving your team’s mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing.

    Visit my new website and discover a full range of inspiring courses tailored for personal and group training needs.

     

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  2. Eat Your Lunch Outdoors for 5 Amazing Benefits

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    National Picnic Week image of woman eating in park

    Develop a new habit of eating your lunch outdoors for outstanding benefits to body and mind

    This week, 15-24 June 2018 is National Picnic Week. Perhaps it passed your notice because you’ve been too busy and stressed at work?

    I think it’s fantastic to remember such a great British tradition by highlighting this in the calendar and not just because I love picnics and healthy eating, but because the benefits of enjoying outdoors time are incrrr-‘edible’.

    Probably though, like me, you’re stuck in the office this week, so I thought I’d recommend my own slant on the occasion called ‘Eat Your Lunch Outdoors Week’ and you can save the family picnic part until the weekend.

    Why Eat Outdoors?

    The eating part isn’t nearly as important as making time to extricate yourself from your office environment, especially if you are someone who isn’t compelled to break for an hour, which may mean you’re self-employed or working from a home office.

    Most self-employed I know often feel guilty when they move away from their workstation for any longer than it takes to go to the loo or make a cuppa, but if you don’t take a regular lunch break your mental health and physical health will be affected and your body will tell you. So here are 5 reasons why you should go outdoors more, especially when it’s time to grab lunch.

    1.     Renew your focus (literally and metaphorically): A change of scene helps refresh you. Your brain and eyes become tired when working within a set focal range for too long especially if you work in a fluorescent windowless office or cubicle. You improve concentration and make fewer mistakes when you give your eyes and brain a rest by going outdoors.

    2.     Mood enhancing: Anxiety and depression are both connected strongly with urban living, noisy streets and harsh concrete environments, but fresh air and sunshine rejuvenates you physically and mentally. Boost lung function with a brisk walk in the park or to a quiet patch of woodland and de-stress your mind by appreciating the natural world around you. If you live in the North East of England like me the coast is fantastic. Did you know that Tynemouth has the best quality air in the country? We are lucky in this area: Lovely beaches, beautiful parks, gorgeous countryside and rolling hills. Visit www.northumberlandtourism.org.uk

    3.     Stress relieving: Natural greenery, flora and fauna allow peaceful contemplation and refresh the mind. When we are under pressure we forget to make quality time but outdoors away from noisy roads is a great stress reliever. Even if you work in an industrial estate you won’t be far from a park or a green space where you can sit down and enjoy the trees, the buzz of insects and birdsong, appreciating life and living in the moment. And don’t get stressed about taking time out because you’ll be more productive when you get back to work. Eating lunch in the office may seem like the easiest move, especially during a busy workday, but a quick break, especially outdoors does wonders for improving concentration, reducing stress levels, and boosting energy.

    4.     Social benefits – meet new people: The social aspect of getting out and about including simply chatting to the lady in the sandwich shop or the man in the park walking his dog can have immense benefit. You may even meet that really special someone who will change the direction of your life!

    5.     Lower chronic disease risk: Time outdoors lowers your heart rate and blood pressure, decreases stress hormones (cortisol levels), and eases muscle tension. Immune system problems, insomnia, and poor digestive function will all improve through quality time outdoors which means never ‘eating on the go’, especially when rushing around. The bowel is the second brain of the body and eating when moving about i.e. not eating consciously causes bowel and elimination problems. The act of sitting down and eating connects your digestive system harmoniously with brain and endocrine function to optimise digestion and nutritional absorption, so sit down and chew properly like your mum told you.

    Get going

    Eating a healthy lunch is important too, so don’t just grab a kebab or chips at lunchtime, but rather pack your own favourite sandwiches or salads and a healthy drink too like kefir from Waitrose. A favourite outdoor lunch of mine is a roast chicken and rice combo mixed with peppers, roasted nuts and raisins. Easily prepared the night before. And so colourful, healthy and delicious!

    Share your favourite outdoor lunch tips in the comments section! Be sure to also sign-up for my weekly health and wellbeing blog for great health and wellbeing tips and advice.

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  3. 5 Self-Motivation and Engagement Tips for Your Workplace

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    Self-motivation is a skill to be learned

    Self-motivation is a skill to be learned for all aspects of your life, including the workplace.

    In the engine of your body, demotivation feels like grinding rusty cogs through treacle. As you slump around, yawning, eyes barely open, your lethargy reaches a point where you’re nearly flat-lining as you shuffle paper from one tray to another on your desk. Fear adds to demoralisation as your predicament dawns on you causing stress and anxiety for good measure.

    Yep, we’ve all had a job where a toilet break feels like an escape from Colditz.

    Is it possible to break free?

    There are some awful jobs out there. A friend of mine once spent day after day being dropped off by his boss at various drab industrial estates to sell photocopiers unannounced to businesses which had ‘no cold-callers’ sternly pasted on their doors. Amazingly, he had such a positive attitude he succeeded.

    Engaging positivity and maintaining motivation are essential elements of living well, achieving goals and thriving in all aspects of your life, including the workplace.

    The mind, body and spirit are intrinsically linked. If one part of the triangle is weak, the others lose support and the whole comes crashing down causing symptoms of stress, depression and even suicidal inclinations.

    How to build motivation, engagement and resilience at work

    Absenteeism and frequent employee turnover are the most common symptoms of a demotivated workforce. Bosses and managers can galvanise their leadership by supporting and valuing staff, giving them a positive vision for their future with good development opportunities. Lighting the fire within people rather than under them.

    People are your passport to growth

    Motivation comes from both within ourselves and from the encouragement of others. It is a state of mind you choose to adopt and will garner results you never dreamed of.

    Knowing how to motivate yourself and your team is crucial to maintain balance, sustain energy and build resilience whatever the working day brings.

    It is vital that managers shape roles that individuals can really make their own, so they can engage at a level where they gain maximum satisfaction from their contribution. If a job is satisfying physically or intellectually (or preferably both), staff will be more productive and their work will reflect their enthusiasm with direct benefits to the individual, team and bottom line.

    Because of the pace of life today, we sometimes find our energy, positivity and performance is drained. Finding ways to promote motivation is very important.

    Here are my top 5 tips for staying motivated

    1. Goal setting: Set short, medium and long-term goals for yourself at work and personally. They should be realistic and achievable objectives with a deadline when you intend to achieve them.

    2. Hang out with positive people: Regardless of your situation, people with a ‘can-do’ attitude will uplift your state of mind even when you feel low and beaten. It’s good to chat to people like this if you need a boost from negative thoughts by meeting up or calling them on the phone. Don’t linger with moaners and complainers.

    3. Remember your achievements: Think of all the positive stuff you’ve done in the past and reflect on the great experiences you’ve had. Recall the times you sailed through adverse situations unharmed.

    4. Use mistakes as experiences: Fail forward and learn from past mistakes without dwelling on them. The mistakes we make as we go through life hold vital lessons and are a foundation for our future success.

    5. Use stress to your advantage: Stress can be negative or positive. It’s how you manage it that matters: Positive stress arises when you step up to the challenge of solving work related or domestic problems by facing up to issues and dealing with them. It’s called Building Resilience and involves some effort, but using your strength to overcome a negative and stressful situation will leave you satisfied and happy once the issue is resolved.

    Stressful days and challenges in life are inevitable. To stay motivated we all need some help from time to time. It’s why my Motivational Workshops are so popular.

    Learn key techniques, tools and tips for making the best of every day

    With years of experience in business and having had plenty of knockbacks myself, my interactive Motivational Workshops for the Workplace are designed to help you and your staff develop essential self-motivation techniques.

    My inspirational programmes help you overcome failure and build resilience so you can flip negative situations into positive ones. You and your team will learn motivational thought processes to promote and sustain energy, build engaging and positive workplace environments and improve team collaboration at every level.

    What is covered?

    Informative, entertaining and full of useful tips and techniques, my workshops bring motivation alive for delegates with lots of participation, exercises, discussions and regular feedback sessions including

    1. The key elements of self-motivation

    2. How to build and maintain a positive energy

    3. The importance of good health and wellbeing

    4. How to overcome failure

    5. How to deal with criticism (internal and external)

    6. The significance of creating a motivational environment

    7. Delivering behavioural shifts to transform customer and colleague communication

    8. How to flip a negative experience into a positive outcome

    Bespoke courses addressing additional issues such as training, coaching and managing conflict through mediation can also be arranged on request.

    If you want to learn how to build energy and personal power to optimise balance at work and personally, it’s time to talk and discover sustainable and measurable results for your business.

    Here’s what previous workshop attendees have said:

    Excellent. Loved all of it! More please!

    Great strategies for coping with life in general.

    I know these techniques will help me when I am feeling stressed/anxious.

    Excellent facilitator – shame it was only a half day.

    A hands on approach, very helpful both personally and professionally.

    A fantastic insight into tools for dealing with stress.

    Fantastic session – Carol was amazing and quite inspirational.

    Why choose CB Learning & Development?

    Carol Barwick Learning & Development is an established training provider with over two decades of experience providing training solutions for private and public sector including manufacturing, retail, the NHS, Fire & Rescue Service, transport, housing, prisons and the probation service. Here’s what they say about us.

    Contact me to find out how my workshops can work for your business, positively improving your team’s mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing.

    Visit my new website and discover a full range of inspiring courses tailored for personal and group training needs.

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  4. How to Spot a Mental Health Crisis in Your Workplace

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    Depressed young businessman in office.

    Can you spot the signs of mental illness in your workplace?

    With Mental Health Awareness Week starting on Monday 14th May, it’s great news that mental health issues are no longer viewed as extraordinary, as business leaders acknowledge the importance of good mental health in the workplace.

    It’s astonishing how many classifications of mental illness there are and even more surprising is how widespread the problem is. People we bump into every day can be managing a distressing mental health issue and most of us wouldn’t know it; such has been the stigma of mental illness for countless generations it has been swept under the rug as a source of shame for many sufferers.

    ‘Madness’ out in the open

    So how refreshing it is to hear people like Prince Harry, Adele, Catherine Zeta Jones, Ellie Goulding and countless others, talk so candidly about their mental health battles. Such openness from people who we assume have it all and have their lives ‘so together’ paves the way for the rest of us open up too. It also shows how mental health doesn’t discriminate – anyone can be affected by it.

    Do you have a mental health issue or does a colleague?

    If you manage or supervise staff or have responsibility for workplace wellbeing it is essential for you to be aware of mental health issues, and that means recognising your own problems as well as those within your team.

    Seen as a ‘slow-growing epidemic’ the number of people dealing with mental health concerns has increased by 10 per cent in the last 10 years and poor mental health is now the number one reason for staff absence; often related to worries about job security, finances and general uncertainty. In the UK between 2016/17, 12.5 million working days were lost due to work related stress, anxiety and depression.

    The top 10 workplace symptoms which may indicate a mental health issue in yourself or a colleague are:

    • 1. Stress and anxiety
    • 2. Anger and hostility towards customers and colleagues
    • 3. Physical and emotional exhaustion
    • 4. Difficulty being organised
    • 5. Depression and tiredness
    • 6. Low self-esteem and confidence
    • 7. Drug and alcohol addiction issues
    • 8. Sleep problems
    • 9. Increased absences
    • 10. Social withdrawal

    Such symptoms can also be indicators of high level mental illness including:

    • – Mania and bipolar disorders
    • – Body image issues including anorexia and bulimia
    • – Self-harming (e.g. cutting and burning)
    • – OCD and debilitating phobias
    • – Depressive psychosis (high level depression) and schizophrenia
    • – Suicide ideation (related to dealing with any of the above)

    Anyone with these serious mental health concerns should immediately be encouraged to see their GP for evaluation, counselling and support.

    Emotional Intelligence and Training to Build Resilience

    It is not right or even possible for an office manager or a member of Human Resources to act in a psychiatric capacity. However, there are proven and effective ways to mitigate mental health problems and to promote general mental wellbeing in your business and at home founded on best practice and good workplace values.

    My aim is to help you recognise mental health issues in your workplace and provide you with a range of effective resources for dealing with stress and anxiety, the two major components of all mental illness, and provide a template to help you create and sustain a positive learning and growth culture to promote wellbeing at work.

    I understand that Building Resilience is foundational to a healthy work environment, encouraging a happier and more productive workforce and team as well as dealing with conflicts through effective mediation.

    My courses provide expert training sessions with advice and guidance on managing stress and worry, using my unique Resilience Building Toolkit of resources that can be accessed and applied both at work and at home.

    Here’s a taster of what you will learn in my Building Resilience Masterclass

    • The psychology of stress and how to manage it
    • Triggers that activate unhelpful feelings
    • Building greater emotional awareness
    • A master toolkit of techniques, tools and tips for managing stress and building resilience
    • Strategies for staying calm in difficult situations
    • Bespoke case studies
    • Live demonstrations to show how to regain control
    • Personal action plan

    **SPECIAL FEATURE**

    A group relaxation is available to close the session (Recorded on individual mobiles for future benefit).

    6 benefits of good mental health at work

    Because it’s a legal requirement for businesses to encourage mental health wellbeing in the workplace, it is important employers are involved with supporting employees with mental health problems.

    Providing mental health support at work has measurable benefits including:

    • 1. Meeting your duty of care and legal obligations as an employer
    • 2. Lowers absenteeism by building resilience to stress
    • 3. Reduces staff turnover and the cost of lost production and recruitment
    • 4. Nurtures open and honest communication with your team
    • 5. Creates a strong and positive workplace environment
    • 6. Increases business productivity and improves sales

    My half-day workplace wellbeing courses are designed to equip your managers with the tools to help staff throughout the business especially those with a latent or active mental health condition, as well as managing return to work.

    Contact me to find out how my workshops can work for your business, positively improving your team’s mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing

    Here’s what previous course attendees have said:

    Excellent. Loved all of it!  More please!

    Great strategies for coping with life in general.

    I know these techniques will help me when I am feeling stressed/anxious.

    Excellent facilitator – shame it was only a half day.

    A hands on approach, very helpful both personally and professionally.

    A fantastic insight into tools for dealing with stress.

    Fantastic session – Carol was amazing and quite inspirational.

    Brilliant session. The live demonstrations were powerful.

    CB Learning & Development has also won an excellent reputation from some of the best UK companies and here’s what they say about us.

    Visit my new website and discover a full range of inspiring courses tailored for personal and group training needs.

     

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  5. Lack of trust in your workplace? Spot these 7 signs.

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    Suspicion and mistrust in the workplace

    Can you trust your colleagues and are you a trusted member of your team? Building trust in the workplace transforms how people work together, improving teamwork, staff retention and profitability.

    A lack of trust is one of the most difficult situations a manager has to deal with in an organisation. Broken trust can drastically affect a company’s operations, adversely affecting the bottom line.

    So how do you recognise it?

    7 Symptoms of Damaged Trust:

    1. Internal teams continually at odds with each other i.e. Sales and Customer Service teams arguing

    2. Individuals not getting along; people separating out into cliques and factions

    3. An atmosphere of suspicion and tension, whispering by the coffee machine and furtive chats in corridors

    4. Leadership team hiding inside offices with doors closed and blinds down (Ivory Tower syndrome)

    5. Bosses failing to openly share their thoughts and concerns

    6. Staff treading on eggshells with racing thoughts of suspicion or anxiety about colleagues

    7. Top performers overwhelmed with work, too fearful to delegate in case work isn’t done correctly.

    Commonly, behaviours like these can be nailed to a breakdown in trust and a fear someone will fail to perform or is unable or unwilling to express honest views and concerns.

    Mistrust is a reasonable reaction to feeling betrayed or abandoned in the workplace, resulting in self-doubt, anger and anxiety. It can happen at any level in an organisation, from shop floor to boardroom, and prevents otherwise productive teams working harmoniously, culminating in poor morale, lower productivity, increased staff turnover, and a toxic work environment.

     

    The benefits of creating trust in the workplace

    We all know what trust feels like, but do you know what trust looks like? One of my most popular workshops is how to gain, sustain and maintain Trust in the Workplace.

    You will see the visible results of applying tried and tested strategies to create trust throughout your business and to help you achieve the following outcomes

    1. Higher levels of collaboration between individuals and departments

    2. Effective execution of business strategy

    3. Increased commitment and loyalty, lower staff turnover

    4. Higher performing teams who are more creative

    5. More adventurous attitudes inclined towards greater participation and innovation

    6. An atmosphere where cooperation and loyalty is engendered

    When people trust each other they make important evaluations at a subconscious level:

    You believe in each other’s sincerity. Honesty in communication comes across in what people say and how they act upon it, giving their words credibility. Can people ‘trust’ what you say?

    You view each other as reliable. Dedication to meeting commitments in a timely manner is proof of reliability. Doing what you say you’ll do builds confidence.

    You are seen as competent. As confidence builds so competence is established as you prove you can do what you say you will do using your skill, knowledge, and resources.

    My workshops help individuals and teams who feel hurt or injured to rebuild trust through developing a culture founded on sincerity, reliability, and competence.

     

    8 Strategies include:

    1. Diagnosing and repairing trust in yourself and others.

    2. Building Resilience to stress and uncertainty

    3. Helping you becoming self-aware of behaviours that cause mistrust and destroy other people’s confidence in you.

    4. Earning and giving trust. Develop a pattern of consistent and desired behaviours and attitudes in yourself and others.

    5. Recognising and overcoming bureaucratic methods of control which undermine trust and kill inspiration

    6. Adopting a pattern of honesty and openness in your language

    7. Relinquishing micro-management and effective delegation methods to truly inspire your team.

    8. Creating mutual flows of trust between leadership and staff, earning trust and giving trust.

    If you feel your office environment has an atmosphere of distrust, fear and suspicion, it’s time to talk.

    Book now and get the best from your team

     

    Is your team happy and engaged? Do you want motivated staff with improved morale and increased productivity? Contact me to find out how my Trust Building workshops can positively transform your whole team and improve the productivity and atmosphere of your workplace.

    Or visit my new website and discover a wide range of inspiring courses tailored to your business and personal development needs.

    CB Learning & Development has won an excellent reputation from some of the best UK companies and here’s what they say about us.

     

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  6. The Best Teachers Build Resilience into their Own Curriculum

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    Teachers need to build resilience to stress

    Teachers are having to handle unprecedented levels of stress professionally and personally. Building Resilience is key to managing stress effectively.

    Teaching. It has to be one of the toughest and most stressful jobs out there; on a par with working in social services or the police force.

    The confrontations police officers fear most often involve unruly children, particularly teenagers who can react impulsively and irrationally; escalating a minor quarrel into a perfect storm of hot-headed trouble.

    But imagine having to deal with a classroom full of noisy young children or hormonal teens, five days a week. For teachers, managing difficult students is just one component of a broad range of responsibilities and pressures unique to education.

    The workload on teachers is colossal, as well as constant performance scrutiny – the list below highlights just 12 stresses teachers deal with; it makes the role of chief executive of your average plc look like child’s play.

    • 1. Lesson planning
    • 2. Monitoring and managing changes in curriculum
    • 3. Classroom management and discipline
    • 4. Dealing with difficult students / difficult classes
    • 5. Teacher’s evaluation and performance
    • 6. Ofsted inspections and new appraisal systems
    • 7. Supervising trainees
    • 8. Organising extracurricular activity and insurances
    • 9. Taking work home and homework marking
    • 10. Pressure from parents and school governors
    • 11. Job uncertainty
    • 12. Lack of administrative support etc. etc.

    Considering all of the above, as well as dealing with pupils from challenging environments where addiction, violence, poverty, divorce, lack of discipline and low aspirations are rife; means many teachers are barely coping.

    Building Resilience in the classroom is as important it is in the boardroom

    To operate effectively, teachers must be composed, healthy and motivated. Since 1993 I have worked with educators and teachers and senior managers to help them achieve this through a range of bespoke training and Resilience Building Courses in Newcastle, Sunderland, Northumberland and County Durham.

    The courses have been developed to help teachers regain confidence to think and teach at their best, improving them professionally and personally; reducing anxiety and insomnia, helping their preparation and delivery, with enhanced class dynamics, better relationships with staff and pupils as well as helping them manage work and home life.

    If you’re a teacher with three or more of these 10 classic stress symptoms we need to talk:

     

    • 1. Physical, then emotional, exhaustion
    • 2. Short fuses—impatience, irritability, and anger—with students and colleagues
    • 3. Repression of feelings
    • 4. Depression and lethargy
    • 5. General lack of resilience
    • 6. More frequent absences
    • 7. No sense of humour
    • 8. Difficulty being organised
    • 9. No time to listen to anyone
    • 10. Frequent illness

    Sound familiar?

    A BBC survey in 2015 polled 3,500 members of the NASUWT teaching union where almost half reported they’d seen a doctor because of work-related mental or physical health problems. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-31921457)

    Teachers hate to let people down, will often go into work when they are sick and typically won’t admit they’re struggling with workload or a class. They also often push personal and family problems to the back of their mind and ignore their own needs as the internal pressures build. It’s why so many teachers get sick during the holidays.

    Practical strategies, tools and coping mechanisms for educators

    Stress generates emotional reactions, causing turmoil which results in performance ‘blocks’. My courses help you learn how to build internal strength by changing your mental, physical and emotional responses to stressful situations, remaining calm and more positive. After all, you can’t hope to manage pupils properly if you can’t effectively look after yourself.

    I have designed a unique Resilience Toolkit to help you generate positive energy and helpful responses to daily challenges, altering the physiological impact of stress. It enables you to adapt to adversity with tools to power performance and personal growth. Regular use of these tools will not only help manage stress: they will help change the whole school environment for the better.

    Here’s a taster of what you will learn in my Building Resilience Masterclass

     

    • The psychology of stress and how to manage it
    • Triggers that activate unhelpful feelings
    • Building greater emotional awareness
    • A master toolkit of techniques, tools and tips for managing stress and building resilience
    • Strategies for staying calm in difficult situations
    • Bespoke case studies
    • Demonstrations to show how to regain control
    • Personal action plan

    **SPECIAL FEATURE**

     A group relaxation is available to close the session (Recorded on individual mobiles for future benefit).

    Here’s what previous course attendees have said:

    Excellent. Loved all of it!  More please!

    I know these techniques will help me when I am feeling stressed/anxious.

    Excellent facilitator – shame it was only a half day.

    A hands on approach, very helpful both personally and professionally.

    A fantastic insight into tools for dealing with stress.

    Fantastic session – Carol was amazing and quite inspirational.

    Great strategies for coping with life in general.

    Brilliant session. The demonstrations were powerful.

    I wish all of my trainers were as organised and effective as those from CB Learning & Development.  It makes my job so much easier knowing we can trust you’ll deliver on all aspects of the programme so professionally.

    Book now to help your teaching staff and your pupils

    If you’re a Head Teacher, Principal or Deputy Head who understands the benefits of staff welfare, you must tackle stress through prevention rather than management. Teachers and Support Staff will benefit from this motivational course to improve morale, reduce anxiety and increase confidence.

    Contact me to find out how Resilience Training can work for your school, positively improving your team’s mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing, as well as transforming the learning environment for pupils.

    Visit my new website and discover a full range of inspiring courses tailored for personal and group training needs.

    CB Learning & Development has also won an excellent reputation from some of the best UK companies and here’s what they say about us.

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  7. Resilience Building. What’s in it for your business?

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    Building Resilience is key to handling waves of stress and dealing with difficult life events at work and at home.

     

    To operate effectively, people must be happy, healthy and motivated in their job. I work with businesses to achieve this.

    In recent weeks I’ve had the privilege of meeting remarkable people of all ages and job descriptions attending my unique Building Resilience Corporate Courses throughout Newcastle, Northumberland and County Durham.

    Groups included council employees and Private Sector businesses, from apprentices just entering the world of work to people approaching retirement; very distinct profiles with different experiences and expectations.

    Noticeably a ‘common denominator’ of stress was present throughout all age groups and genders, indiscriminately affecting everyone to some degree, with confidence issues, anxiety, insomnia, irritability, physical and mental exhaustion and absenteeism symptomatic.

    The positive feedback from the courses was overwhelming. People thanked me personally for providing the tools and support they needed to transform their mental and physical health both at work and at home.

    What’s your stress-busting strategy?

    There are many ways to manage stress effectively, but often our automatic responses are the worst ways to cope, such as the emotional bandages of drinking and smoking, over-eating (or not eating at all), and ignoring exercise; all compounding the negative health impacts of stress.

    Resilience is key, and it’s not how much you have it’s how you build resilience that matters. It’s a set of skills you can work on throughout your life, preparing them in advance and applying them when needed.

    You build resilience over time by changing how you process negative events. You learn to find appreciation in the negative and change it to a positive, recognising the huge learning potential of difficulties and counting your blessings; expressing gratitude for health, home, friends and family, food on the table and so on.

    Seven big ideas in my toolkit

    My Resilience Toolkit is designed to help individuals approach challenges by thinking differently. It will help your team apply new ways of thinking to make them engaged, fulfilled, less stressed and more productive. It helps personally too with a philosophy that extends throughout all areas of life.

    Seven key themes include:

    1 Embracing change – Instead of running from a difficult situation or challenge, grasping it as an opportunity for adapting, learning and self-development.

    2 Taking action – Action is the enemy of stress. Working on solutions to challenges to put you in control, rather than letting situations control you.

    3 Being positive about abilities – Reminding yourself about your strengths and achievements to power you through the current challenge, viewing setbacks as temporary and overcome-able.

    4 Setting orderly goals – Brainstorming solutions, and breaking them down into manageable steps.

    5 Developing a strong social network – Sharing feelings with colleagues, friends and family to provide vital support, team-inspired ideas and solutions.

    6 Minding your language – Rephrasing negative statements with positive speech, developing dialogue that motivates and inspires.

    7 Killing self-defeating thoughts – Developing positive thinking; not ignoring reality in favour of happy thoughts, but taking a proactive approach to life, finding effective ways to resolve conflict and explore creative solutions to problems.

    Book now and get the best from your team

    Is your team happy and engaged? Do you want motivated staff with improved morale and increased productivity? Contact me to find out how Resilience Training can work for you, positively transforming your whole team’s mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing, and improving the productivity and atmosphere of your workplace for the better.

    Visit my new website and discover a range of inspiring courses which will be tailored to your needs.

    CB Learning & Development has won an excellent reputation from some of the best UK companies and here’s what they say about us.

     

     

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  8. Employee Appraisals: Five Questions Every Manager Should Ask

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    Professionally executed Performance Reviews help your business save thousands of pounds and help retain great staff loyal to your organisation

    1. Do you know how much Staff Appraisals cost your organisation?

    There is always a cost to effective management of the workforce but do you know that it’s estimated that Performance Reviews cost £180 per person (based on an average rate of £40 for a manager and £20 per employee for 3 hours each of the manager’s and employee’s time). That’s a whopping £27000 for a business with two hundred staff, not to mention software/IT costs and HR resources to orchestrate the process.

    Appraisals are designed to improve your business, but it’s rare for bosses to know how to measure their impact let alone analyse the cost-benefits. Most managers will measure participation, adherence to guidelines, and completion of documentation and think, “Job done!”

    2. Are shoddy appraisals demoralising my staff?

    Infamously known as the “rank and yank” system, appraisals have been used by some managers to rank employees, then sack the bottom 10% of under-performers. This is not something that I would recommend and not how appraisals should be used – as such the process is feared, especially when the appraisal is conducted using a set of random and subjective measures, rather than giving constructive feedback and encouragement. 

    3. Am I doing the process right?

    Performance reviews should be a process focused on employee goals in line with the organisation’s strategy, rather than their grades. Indeed, reviewing managers’ performance in how appraisals are undertaken is becoming a worry for managers themselves. Why is this? Because the ability to retain critical talent is just as important as attracting talent to an organisation in the first place, and ineffective appraisals reflect badly on a manager’s ability to do this. So if you’re responsible, watch out.

    4. How do I motivate a non performing staff member?

     It’s more expensive and time consuming to employ a new member of staff than to improve the performance of an existing one, so knowing how to turn poor performance around is key.

    When managers approach appraisals from a negative stance they erode morale, so being a coach to your team rather than just a critic and focusing on the future rather than the past is crucial for motivating the team. For every negative, there should be three or four positives. Appraisals must be a platform to give praise and say well done where it’s merited.

    5. How Can ‘Emotional Intelligence’ benefit my appraisals process?

    Emotional Intelligence or EI is the ability to make positive choices based on pinpointing, understanding and managing your own feelings and those of your team. It’s the best way to get the most from your staff.

    Manage Conflict

    It’s my opinion which is based on experience that if an organisation wants to lift itself from averagely successful to excellent it needs to address how well the people in the business work together. This is the value of Emotional Intelligence.

    Some great teams can be destroyed because a conflict isn’t addressed. It’s why effective and timely Mediation is vital.

    Listen Constructively

    Appraisals are an opportunity for staff to speak and for you to listen.

    Is that conflict resolved? Has someone got worries about gaps in abilities and training? Does someone feel challenged and need support? Is a team member demotivated through lack of development or organisational change?

    You must drill down to recognise performance issues as well as reward talent and nurture further success. Appraisals are your opportunity to set targets and provide realistic individual goals, laying the right framework to measure their success in the next review or one-to-one.

    The Ninja Approach to EI

    There is an art to bringing out great individual competencies and creating high achieving, happy staff. My Ninja approach focuses on Emotional Intelligence for developing individuals and teams and fuels motivation with a methodology of helping people self-improve for a motivated and dedicated workforce.

    If you’re in need of an innovative solution to Performance Management it’s time we talked.

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  9. Dynamic NEW Corporate Courses (with added Ninja)

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    Ninja Woman

    Is your Corporate Training packing punch? CBLD Ltd delivers a rare Ninja element that must be experienced.

    Remember that rare School Assembly when someone really interesting visited, transforming yawns to smiles, with everyone engaged and animated, as pupils and teachers hung on every inspirational word and you could feel the buzz in the room? Rare indeed.

    The adult version of School Assembly is Corporate Training: Everyone’s expected to attend to hear important messages and to take an occasional certificate home.

    Like your average School Assembly, many corporate training courses are uninspiring; a ‘need to do’ item on a tick-list, rather than a ‘want to do’ item on a bucket list.

    There’s some solid courses out there, but do you know the best from the rest?

    My corporate training programmes in 2018/19* available through Carol Barwick Learning and Development (CBLD) deliver a surprisingly different approach to training with a unique Ninja element. I have been described as a Ninja mind coach for good reason!

    I am passionate about blending behaviours with the topic, making training a martial art form with programmes designed to help you and your team upskill personally as well as deliver excellent results for your business.

    Toolkit for life

    I work nationally with companies and individuals to give them the right tools and techniques to identify, manage and control the issues unique to them. My Resilience Toolkit, for example inspires positive action and transforms the way you live and work.  It’s this integration with regular training that makes the delivery distinctive:

    Don’t just take my word for it – here’s what our customers say:

    “Life changing, thank you!”

    “Can’t believe what I witnessed during the demonstrations. To get results like that in minutes. WOW!!”

    “Loved your sense of humour and examples”

    “A very different approach”

    “Would definitely recommend this training to others”

    “Best course I’ve been on”

    “Brilliant – Can we have Carol back for a longer session please?”

    Refreshing and Original

    Visit my new website and discover a range of inspiring courses which will be tailored to your needs.

    CBLD Ltd has won an excellent reputation from some of the best UK companies and here’s what they say about us.

    It’s your time to be surprised

    Remember, it doesn’t cost any more to get a great Corporate Training Course over a mediocre one, but it will make all the difference to you.

    Isn’t it time you experienced the Ninja element for yourself?

    Get in touch to find out more.

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  10. New Year’s Resolution

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    January is a great time to reflect and begin new habits such as reducing the alcohol we drink or increasing the healthy food we eat. We should be improving our mental wellbeing, too.

    It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much. Paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – can improve your mental wellbeing.

    according to research there are five things we can do that will really help to boost our mental wellbeing, they are:

    Connect – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships. Learn more in Connect for mental wellbeing.

    Be active – you don’t have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life. Learn more in Get active for mental wellbeing.

    Keep learning – learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument, or figure out how to fix your bike? Find out more in Learn for mental wellbeing.

    Give to others – even the smallest act can count whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community centre, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks. Learn more in Give for mental wellbeing.

    Be mindful – be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges. Learn more in Mindfulness for mental wellbeing.

    Why not give these five things a go and see what a difference they can make to your everyday life. If you’d like to find out more about the work I do to help people improve their quality of life visit my website www.carolbarwick.com

    Information shared from NHS Choices.

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