Vital Minds Blog

Don’t Look Back in Anger, I Heard Them Say…

Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle told us that ‘it’s easy to be wise after the event’, and he’s right. Sometimes known as the ‘knew-it-all-along phenomenon’ or ‘creeping determinism’, what most of us know as hindsight is a...

Personal Growth – How To Do It

Personal growth or self-development, call it whatever you like. It’s a funny one because we grow and develop every day. We learn and see things today that we didn’t know or hadn’t seen yesterday but it’s a little more nuanced than that. It’s...

How To Motivate Yourself in 2019 (with the B Word looming….)

‘I was thinking one day and I realised that if I just had somebody behind me all the way to motivate me I could make a big difference. Nobody came along like that so I just became that person for myself.’ No-one knows who said that but someone did...

The Wealthy Fisherman – A Parable

The following story is re-versioned from an original co-authored by Chris Brady and Orin Woodward and it’s called The Wealthy Fisherman. Once upon a time, there was a young lad who worked in a sports shop. He was in his second year of university and...

How To Be Happy At Work

We’ve blogged about how to avoid burnout. We’ve blogged about how to deal with difficult colleagues, how to deal with stress in the workplace and how to stop being angry and we hope they’ve been useful to you, but to round off this ‘How To…’...

How To Stop Being Angry At Work

Say ‘yes’ out loud if any of these scenarios have ever played out at work – You didn’t get the promotion you so richly deserved, instead it went to the boot-licking halfwit A client jumps up and down on your work even though you pulled an all-nighter...

How To Deal With Workplace Stress

Stress at work is normal isn’t it? Every job has it’s stressful elements doesn’t it? Don’t we just have to accept it as a part and parcel of everyday life and like the incredibly tired cliché tells us to do, we should all probably just ‘keep...

How To Deal With Difficult Colleagues

Like the cello, being able to delete your browsing history and changing a tyre, being able to deal with difficult, irksome, annoying colleagues is an artform worth spending time perfecting. If you’ve ever worked in an office-based environment, you know...

How To Cope With Employee Burnout

Broadly explained by dictionary.com as ‘fatigue, frustration, or apathy resulting from prolonged stress, overwork, or intense activity’, the word ‘burnout’ was coined in 1974 by German-American psychologist Herbert Freudenberger. While it isn’t...

How To Balance Corporate Leadership & Responsibility In An Increasingly Corporate World

Today more than ever, business leaders have a dual role. Both in the UK and the US, the geopolitical issues have had (and continue to have) far-reaching consequences and it has forced them to confront highly-charged views. Brexit, Scottish independence,...