Vital Minds Blog

How To Manage Your Mental Health During Lockdown

First, a question. What do all of these have in common: Little pigs, musketeers, blind mice, Stooges and ice hockey games? Correct, they all come in threes, just like this blog post. The first part is a few interesting numbers about our life under lockdown,...

How To Stay Well And Working During Lockdown

Here’s a story about Nicholas Bloom. For those of you who don’t know, Nicholas Bloom is a senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. Nicholas Bloom is, like most of the rest of us for the foreseeable future, working from...

How To Create Psychological Safety At Work

First, a question. What makes a great team? Ask a thousand people and you’ll get a thousand answers and the truth is that because every team is made up of such unique dynamics, there’s no single answer that everyone can be happy with. But one interesting...

No Trust, No Team…

Trust in the workplace is non-negotiable but it’s not a given. To paraphrase Canadian self-development author Brian Tracy, trust is the glue that binds all relationships together, especially that between the leader and the led. In every workplace environment,...

The Clock Is Ticking…

As you’ll know by now, we like to start our articles with a story… A very close friend was a teacher (now a headteacher) and one of his responsibilities every few weeks was morning gate detail, seeing the kids in through the school gates and monitoring...

Workplace Culture – What Does It Really Mean?

Where business is concerned, there are very few simple answers to what appear to be obvious questions. One such question is – what do we really mean by workplace culture?Not only do you need to know what it is, you need to know why it matters and perhaps...

How to Make Positive Changes

Be honest now, how many times have you vowed to start making changes in your life but never followed it through? How many excuses have you made to yourself not to do something rather than finding the ways to do it? Real life getting in the way? Busy week...

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...