A way out of the woods webinar

Our co-founder Ajit Menon hosted a webinar with Dr. Allen Zimbler entitled ‘A way out of the woods.’ Allen told three excellent stories about organisations recovering from crisis. He also gave us pointers on what leaders and organisations need to consider as we start to come out of the Covid 19 situation.   You can…

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Leading Remotely: Ideas to create a more connected team

We hosted a webinar facilitated by Andy Lyon with inputs from Trevor Hough and Jack Pijl (MSc Psych). They spoke about creating an environment where teams can connect with each. They also spoke about how leaders can provide a ‘safe’ space for their colleagues whilst taking care of themselves.   You can watch a recording…

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The Tarantula

We devote our lives to avoiding having to face the unknown. Our compass, our maps, our psychological ‘Sat Navs” are all set up to equip us with predictability, direction, meaning, and momentum. Mostly, we must know where we are; where we should be; and how we must act. Many of us are conforming creatures of the familiar that crave the rules of…

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When helping does not help

Last week was a real test; of resilience, strength, patience and multi-tasking. As the parent of a school going child, like many others around the country and the world for that matter, juggling home working and home schooling was a struggle. I am used to multi-tasking and working on multiple projects at the same time,…

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Don’t be a hostage

We have been taken hostage not just by an infectious little spec, but by the considerable power it wields to inflict fear, pain and loss into our lives. For the first time in the lives of many of us we have a gun to our heads, and we are under threat both physically and psychologically.…

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Boundaries

Captain Blackadder: This is a crisis. A large crisis. In fact, if you got a moment, it’s a twelve-storey crisis with a magnificent entrance hall, carpeting throughout, 24-hour portage, and an enormous sign on the roof, saying ‘This Is a Large Crisis’. A large crisis requires a large plan! And yes, Captain Blackadder, we are in crisis. COVID-19 is one of those Black Swan…

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Insights from our Executive Roundtable

What is culture and what is its impact on organisations? This was the discussion theme for Blacklight’s Round-table Dinner held recently. Our guests included senior leaders from a host of notable businesses and distinguished representatives from academia. The backdrop was a stunning view of the sparkling Thames bordered by the historic white walls of Shakespeare’s…

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Storms

In the midst of the hot weather engulfing the UK this summer we are becoming accustomed to a new volatile weather phenomenon particularly characteristic at night: the electric storm. Formerly, a feature of evenings in balmy climes, we now have our own domestic version of this tempest fit with rain, thunder, lightning and strong winds.…

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Mental health awareness week 2019

The theme of mental health awareness week 2019 is body image. Poor image affects mental wellbeing and this, in turn, can impact people’s ability to perform at work. The big question is, what can employers do to raise awareness and engage with mental health issues? And not just this week but every week and day…

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What does the future want right now?

Unquestionably spring has arrived. Look at the parks and gardens: blossom, buds, weeds and all evidence of life as the sunshine triggers growth. As a response, we sow seeds, plant bulbs, prune, cut grass, add fertiliser, clean ponds: the garden centres get inundated. We are hopeful our efforts and designs will pay dividends as the…

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The Unconscious at Work

Ajit Menon contributed to the second edition of The Unconscious at Work. His chapter is entitled Beyond the individual; reframing blame and responsibility for ‘rogue’ behaviour in the financial services industry. The chapter explores the influences of behaviour for those in the industry from an individual, organisational and societal level. It also outlines implications for…

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