Snippets

A bitesize email to help you stay connected, inspire reflection and create action in areas that are important for your development

Snippet – No.18: Perseverance

Snippet – No.18: Perseverance

I’ve been known to get distracted, often because I’m drawn to what’s new and interesting, and I feel restlessly creative. Recently, in the middle of a team meeting a colleague had to pull me up as I tried to explore some new data and “find an answer” then and there,...

Snippet – No.17: Self-regulation

Snippet – No.17: Self-regulation

I live on a small-holding in West Wales and lock-down has been carefully observed amongst our locals. With restrictions on our lives finally easing, I find that on the occasions I go out these days I am mostly left feeling angry, enraged even!My anger is not at the...

Snippet – No.16: Curiosity

Snippet – No.16: Curiosity

Regular readers will know that our original snippet curator, Angus, is off risk-taking and I'm taking over the snippet series. I’d love to hear from you, so please get in touch and let me know how you're finding these snippets - your feedback helps keep them going in...

Snippet – No.15: Risk-taking

Snippet – No.15: Risk-taking

Six snippets ago I talked about lock-down without my phone. It meant I noticed things I would otherwise have missed – the sounds, smells, sites of my hometown.The ‘Fix’ suggested that week was to delete an app that you use on a daily basis and notice what you feel,...

Snippet – No.14: Appetite

Snippet – No.14: Appetite

I have been trying to support some of Useful and Kind Unlimited’s cohort of young people (18-25) through these times of enormous uncertainty, challenge and frustration, and so in the last few weeks I have asked myself the same question I always ask my clients,...

Snippet – No.13: Prudence

Snippet – No.13: Prudence

I cycled 203km a few days ago as a way of marking the Summer solstice, the furthest I’ve ever cycled. Days had been merging into one and I wanted something to look back on in future years, a kind of ‘before the ride’ and ‘after the ride’, a way of getting some...

Snippet – No.12: Resilience

Snippet – No.12: Resilience

“Nana korobi ya oki 七転び八起き”Fall seven times, rise eight” - Japanese Proverb I was exhausted this weekend. People commenting that I looked pale and I really did feel tired. I’ve been wondering ‘why?’Lockdown has been a long slog – a mentally and physically...

Snippet – No.11: Open-minded

Snippet – No.11: Open-minded

As an habitual optimist, I am drawn to all the new and exciting possibilities in any situation, so when lockdown began my thoughts were “there is so much potential to harness here.”But my temporary openness and its accompanying high has so often come crashing down...

Snippet – No.10: Optimism

Snippet – No.10: Optimism

When I think back to March, when our worlds changed completely, I remember feeling a huge sense of worry, dread and fear – there were so many sleepless nights! I felt anxious about all the people who would become ill or lose loved ones, those on the front...

Snippet – No.9: Other awareness

Snippet – No.9: Other awareness

What I learned from 5 days off in lockdown with a broken phone! Could I really keep sane without all the distractions I’m used to: 9am check-ins, 2x weekly Zoom pub quizzes and an endless stream of WhatsApp video suggestions, all out of access for the foreseeable...

Snippet – No.8: Resilience

Snippet – No.8: Resilience

When I think about my next development goal, I am torn between choosing ‘Resilience’ (my anxieties are not about death, but rather about job losses and poverty – my family after all were Jewish war refugees) and ‘Influential’ (can I use this time to find my influencer...

Snippet – No.7: Perspective

Snippet – No.7: Perspective

When I’m feeling the strain, I usually take a task in front of me and focus it down, throwing all my attention and effort at it until it’s done. But, as a consequence, I lose track of everything else that is going on around me. I lose track of the context behind why...

Snippet – No.6: Thinks ahead

Snippet – No.6: Thinks ahead

I've always wanted to be better at 'Thinks ahead'. Working in a finance role, and constantly involved in cashflow and P&L forecasts, my peers assume I would be great at this. In fact, I am very executional: brilliant at getting things done, but I struggle with...

Snippet – No.5: Bravery

Snippet – No.5: Bravery

Bravery is the thing I have been focusing on for the last few weeks. For me, bravery is not about leaving the house or facing my fears about all the news, its been about the opportunity to take a different approach to my work - being braver about my innovation and...

Snippet – No.4: Fairness

Snippet – No.4: Fairness

Growing up with 6 siblings has contributed to fairness being really important to me! But it’s not always easy to balance my own needs with the needs of others.I give so much energy to everyone else: work, children, family, friends – that the intensity of attempting to...

Snippet – No.3: Perseverance

Snippet – No.3: Perseverance

I didn’t have whatever skills and behaviours I needed for working from home, and I needed to learn fast. Having struggled with English at school, communicating online was always a struggle, and it’s something I avoided. Lockdown has forced me to accept my...

Snippet – No.2: Grip

Snippet – No.2: Grip

I am head of Consulting for CharacterScope, and in these unprecedented times I am struck by the difference between clients who are ‘too busy’ to have coaching sessions, and those who are desperate for time to reflect, make sense and plan how to help their teams to...

Snippet – No.1: Connects

Snippet – No.1: Connects

We all have our own strengths and gaps - aspects of our character that either shine brightly (even when we're not trying!), or that really don't come naturally to us. For me, a real gap is staying connected with others.I love to focus on solving challenges, building,...