Stress is often unacknowledged by individuals, managers and organisations – ideal conditions for the negative consequences of stress to fester and grow. However, by understanding the stress process and the influence of personal and environmental factors, it is possible not only mitigate these negative effects, but also transform people’s experience of pressure and challenge into something positive.
Dealing Positively with Change
Change happens all the time – and while we do not always have control over the changes that affect us, we can decide how we deal with these changes.
Innovation is essential in business and yet it is sometimes difficult to encourage. Organisations often have a narrow view of what innovation is and restrict those who can be involved. Innovation is frequently only seen as the generation of ideas, but this fails to recognise, and therefore include, people with different personalities who can contribute to the process of innovation. People are often labelled as ‘creative’ or ‘not creative’, which misses the fact that, in the right circumstances, everyone can be creative and that a range of talents are needed in order to innovate effectively.
Motivated teams perform better. However, for teams to be motivated a number of factors need to be in place.