• BLOG | WHY IS COMPASSION SO IMPORTANT? 6.1 REASONS WHY BEING KIND IS GOOD FOR YOU

    Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness - Seneca We humans are herd animals! Since the beginning of time we have been living and growing in communities. Our brains are biologically wired to connect socially and to connect to personal pain. In fact, the pain we all feel from isolation, rejection and loss is real pain! (Lieberman, 2013). We thrive and prosper among other people and kindness and compassion are fundamental elements of any happy relationship. Evidence illustrates how in fact we actually need social interaction more than even food and shelter (Sato, [...]

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    BLOG | THE BEAUTIFUL BENEFITS OF BEDTIME STORIES

    New York isn’t the only city that never sleeps! In the US 70 million people are reported to have some kind of sleeping disorder, including insomnia, sleep apnoea and sleep deprivation (American Sleep Association, 2019), Bad sleep affects a startling 1 in 3 people in the US (ASA, 2019). In the UK, 74% of the population sleep less than 7 hours per night, while again, roughly 1 in 3 people suffer a sleep disorder (Sleep Council, 2017). Things don’t look much brighter in the rest of the world: globally over 60% of adults suffer from insomnia or other sleeping issues (Harris Poll, [...]

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    BLOG | WHY IS A LACK OF SLEEP BAD FOR BUSINESS?

    Sleep is of the brain, by the brain and for the brain! Consider last month. How many times did you work through the night to deliver a project on time or please your boss with that important presentation? But how many times did you reboot your computer or phone to make it work more effectively? If you’re willing to be gentle with your electronic devices, why aren’t you doing the same for your brain?! For a decade I worked in an investment bank, where the culture of sleeping deprivation is tolerated – when not encouraged – as in many other kinds of global businesses [...]

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    BLOG | KILLING ME SOFTLY - THE MORTAL DANGERS OF SLEEP DEPRIVATION

    Sleep is the most under rated basic need in modern society. We need sleep as we need food and water, but somehow we think we can manage to have a healthy life on only 5 hours sleep a night. Sleep deprivation is as harmful as malnutrition, but its consequences are slow, subtle and devious, and before we realise it, we are putting our lives in mortal danger. Don’t let your FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) mess up your sleep cycles! I’d like to share what the clever scientists tell us about the mortal risks of insufficient sleep.1. Increased Cancer Risk BOOM. Chronic sleeping disorders are [...]

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    BLOG | THE 7 HABITS OF SUCCESSFUL SLEEP

    When was the last time you woke up, fully rested, after a FABULOUS night’s sleep? If you can’t remember, look no further! Sleeping, eating and shelter are our essential needs that we must satisfy in order to be functional human beings. And while it’s true that diabetes, obesity, depression and stress can have huge negative effects on our sleep patterns, sometimes our most simple habits and routines are making things worse and reducing our ability to get some decent shut eye! Want to become a sleeping rock star? Here are my my favourite habits for successful sleep. [...]

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    BLOG | MICHELLE OBAMA’S WORK-LIFE BALANCE SECRETS

    We think happiness just happens and it can, but you’ve got to work in some happiness too – Michelle Obama Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1964, Michelle Obama is known for being the former first lady, the first Afro-American first lady, married to the 44th President of the USA. But she’s much more than that. Graduating from both Princeton and Harvard Law Schools, Michelle is a successful lawyer, wife, mother and influencer. How has she learned to juggle such a portfolio of extraordinary achievements and keep them all in balance? Let’s look at Michelle’s ‘3 [...]

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    BLOG | HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY MIX WORK WITH PLEASURE

    The evidence around employee well-being and individual and organisational performance is astounding! I believe that satisfied employees are the most important thing a business can aspire for. In fact, happiness makes people around 12% more productive (Sgroi, 2015). Work-life balance is easier when the workforce doesn’t feel the pressure of sitting at the desk every day. Whether you’re a manager who wants to enhance the power of your group or you’ve just joined a new team and want to make your onboarding process flow more easily, here are some ideas to help you successfully [...]

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    BLOG | 4 SIMPLE STEPS TO GENUINE WORK LIFE BALANCE

    Who is happy? He who has a healthy body, a resourceful mind and a docile nature – Thales of Miletus. Work life balance is hard, elusive and fragile. Achieving the perfect balance between our personal and professional lives is one of the biggest 21st century challenges we face. Often this concept involves so many different aspects, people, even our subconscious and unconscious minds, that can we can be left feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, understandably upset.  Tired of juggling duties and pleasures? Can’t remember the last time you find proper time for yourself? Look no [...]

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    BLOG | 5 CLEAR REASONS TO PURSUE PERFECT WORK-LIFE BALANCE

    By definition, work-life balance is essential in creating both a fulfilling personal life and a successful professional life. One American survey shows that during work hours 42% of employees take care of personal and family needs, and 60% respond to personal communications. On the other hand, 48% respond to work-related communications during their personal time at home and 25% work during vacations (American Psychological Association, 2015). Needless to say that if we dealt exclusively with work matters in the office and personal matters at home life would be easier. But that’s simply [...]

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    BLOG | CHAMPAGNE SUCCESS STORIES

    Today I’d like to share with you two stories of some of my dearest clients. Their names have been changed to protect their privacy, but read their stories and see whether they resonate with you.Banking Burnout The first story is about Steve, Managing Director of Sales in the Sydney office of a global investment bank. Late 40s, 2 kids, over 15 years married to his college sweetheart, and a quite brilliant banking career covering 3 continents, Steven was struggling with stress so much that he was experiencing anxiety attacks, both at the home and in the office. During the weekend he [...]

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