Earlier this year one of my colleagues honoured me for “not giving a f*ck about the business” after I took 5 days off for annual leave. I was shocked he thought I shouldn’t have completely disconnected from work during holiday/vacation time. Having brought myself back from the brink of burnout with another holiday last week I decided to dig into how time away from work actually bolsters work performance.
Back when I turned 40 I took a last minute trip to Menorca and loved the island. This Unesco declared Biosphere Reserve is quieter and more traditional than many parts of the larger, better known, neighbouring island of Mallorca and it captured my heart. I loved the rugged coastline, the pine woods and the animals I encountered when I went out for impromptu hikes. I decided I’d return to walk the Camí de Cavills and I recently did just that.
Have you ever thought of feminine qualities as weak and masculine qualities as strong? Have you ever judged someone for expressing their feminine side at work or cringed on their behalf believing they wouldn’t be taken seriously? Hands up if you’re a woman who has deliberately suppressed your innate feminine qualities to get ahead (or just survive) in the workplace. Maybe you’d never dream of admitting to feeling horrendous once a month or give that as the honest reason for taking time off when the pain is overwhelming?
Although Glastonbury Festival has never been something I’ve been excited about, in recent months I’ve repeatedly heard how much of a spiritual centre the town itself is. I’ve had several nudges from books I’ve been reading or conversations I’ve had and usually when you notice the signs, it’s time to take note.
Group culture is a powerful force. According to a Harvard study of over 200 companies a strong culture increases net income by 765 percent over a 10-year period (Kotter and Heskett, 1992). “When properly aligned with personal values, drives, and needs, culture can unleash tremendous amounts of energy toward a shared purpose and foster an […]