Vital Minds Blog

He, She, Him, Her, They, Them, Zim, Xey? Gender Pronouns and Why They’re Important at Work

For those of us who dismissed ‘pronoun day’ in English class all those years ago as ‘like trigonometry, I’m never going to need to know this in real life’, that day is coming back to bite you. Now, you need to know what pronouns are and more...

The Incredible Women Who Have Changed The World

To commemorate the end of Women’s History Month, here’s our list of the women who did nothing short of literally changing the course of history. You’ll have heard of some but not all and we won’t go into too much depth but suffice to say, these...

How Can More Women Get To The Top?

‘I don’t think women fit comfortably in the board environment.’ ‘There aren’t that many women with the right credentials and depth of experience to sit on the board – the issues covered are extremely complex.’ ‘Most women don’t want...

Kamala Harris & Other Amazing Women You May Not Have Heard Of A Few Years Ago

Florence Nightingale, Emmeline Pankhurst, Marie Curie and Amelia Earhart come rightly close to the top of most ‘who are the most influential women in history’ lists, but who are the women that our great-great grandchildren will talk about a century...

Microaggressions At Work – What Are They And How To Respond To Them

It’s happening. And not before time. We are finally engaging in real conversations about how to combat racism, antisemitism, injustice, inclusion, diversity and equality, not just in the workplace but in society as a whole.  Hopefully, in time,...

What Type of Leader Are You – A Chess Master or a Gardener?

As always, we’ll start with a story. This one is about Stanley Allen McChrystal, a retired US Army four-star General. He fought with distinction in the Iraq War, Operation Desert Shield, the War in Afghanistan and the Gulf War. He served as Commander,...

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,...