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Welcome to Space to Think - Feb 2016 Edition

Resilience comes from the Latin word ‘resalire’, which means springing back and there have been inspiring examples of resilience in our local communities during recent floods. It is a reminder of the need to cultivate a culture of resilience in organisations, both in terms of forward planning but perhaps, more importantly, in terms of fostering attitudes and behaviours that enable an organisation to weather unexpected setbacks. It is an area that we are actively engaging in at Brathay, both through research and in supporting organisations to examine their own ability to spring back.

Engaging in change

The cartoon, courtesy of Engage for Success, neatly illustrates the relationship and the tension between wellbeing and engagement. This balance is easily tipped to the detriment of performance, especially during a period of change. We will be running an open day at Brathay on 20th May to help organisations explore how we engage people in change more successfully.   READ MORE

Collaborative Overload

Collaborative working is held up as a preferred way of working that will help us to meet some of the business challenges we face.  However, a lack of clear understanding of the attitudes and behaviours it requires can lead to perhaps unforeseen consequences.


The Best of the Best

As well as learning the tools of the trade, apprentices need to learn the wider skills of working with others on complex tasks. The Brathay Apprentice Challenge provides opportunities for apprentices to develop abilities and confidence in areas such as teambuilding, leadership, logistical and communications. The recent National Apprenticeship Awards in London celebrated the two winning teamsREAD MORE

Superman or Monty Don

A recent BBC Radio 4 programme on The Future of Leadership outlines some of the existing challenges facing organisations. The key message is that the future has become impossible to predict and that therefore organisations need to be more innovative and responsive. They need people to notice what is happening, and to be prepared to act. This can be difficult in an organisation burdened by hierarchies and bureaucracies. How does leadership need to develop in response to this need?


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