Speaking up: power and perception

At the General Medical Council (GMC) conference in April 2019, Supporting a profession under pressure in delivering good care, speaking up and organisational culture was discussed within the context of patient safety, quality and care. It is often the case in organisations such as the NHS that poor behaviour is validated and replicated due to... Continue Reading →

Powerlessness, health & choice: a theory

Studies continue to show that a sense of powerlessness (perceived/actual) has a lasting negative impact on health. It is a risk factor for disease. Some research suggests that rapid restructuring (utilising the plasticity of the brain) of ingrained thinking patterns is the way forward. If I were to tell you that you aren’t going to progress... Continue Reading →

Crew Resource Management: communication tool

Crew resource management (CRM) or cockpit resource management are training procedures used in environments where human error can have substantial negative effects. It is commonly used for improving air safety and focuses on interpersonal communication, leadership, situational awareness and decision making in the cockpit of an airliner. The principle behind CRM is good communication and... Continue Reading →

Bullying & strategic incompetence: an exploration

Bullying behaviour almost always flourishes and becomes embedded in organisations that repeatedly validate and reward strategic incompetence (various definitions at end of article). The reason for this is because most people who bully in workplaces do so because they feel under threat (insecurity, jealously, envy etc) from other colleagues. This isn't about being rude when... Continue Reading →

Why do we undertake Equality Impact Assessments?

Public sector organisations in the UK are expected to pay due regard to their Public Sector Equality Duties. These are to: foster good relations between those who share a protected characteristic and those who do not; promote equality of opportunity between those who share a protected characteristic and those who do not; eliminate discrimination, harassment... Continue Reading →

Character strengths – workplace & beyond

Leaders are often able to identify character strengths in others quickly and decisively, which enables them to deploy the right individuals to tasks they are likely to complete successfully. Leaders learn this through experience and knowing their own core virtues - it makes them able to deploy a mix of people who are likely to... Continue Reading →

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