If we really want to lead, and do it authentically, we have to get our wellbeing nailed.read more
It’s been busy at Fresh Air Fridays HQ and so – keen not to waste the journey time – I took my trusty laptop for a longish train journey.read more
You have a highly effective leadership team. You have skilled teams and individuals working in many different areas. They are all producing results.read more
That is what someone said to me the day after I ran the London Marathon a decade ago. At which point I burst into tears and left the room.read more
As it’s the United Nations’ International Day of Friendship on Monday 30 July, it got me thinking about the concept and the people.read more
I can’t believe I’ve been grumpy about the weather…!read more
The Festival of Learning has been running through June, with Lifelong Learning Week taking place in Wales this week, encouraging all of us to have a go at something new.read more
The theme of ‘Your Big Dream’ can often be translated in organisations as ‘goal setting’ but it’s so much more than that…read more
Our theme for June is the Big Dream. Here Ruth explores where the idea came from and, even if you’re not sure what yours is, why having a dream is important.read more
In the last couple of months we’ve been out and about at events talking about the magic that is gratitude. We shared our gratitude rocks and started many fantastic conversations. It got us thinking…read more
‘Time to Talk’ really resonates with me because of my first (identified) experience of depression… I’m in the doctor’s and he’s given me the prescription for what I’ve come in for. As I get ready to leave he says, “is there anything else, because you look like you’re about to burst into tears?”read more
It’s Mental Health Awareness Week and this year’s theme is ‘Stress’. We believe that having the Space, Support and Skills you need, when you need them, is absolutely crucial to mental and emotional wellbeing…read more
You know that feeling? The one where your body feels tense and your brain goes foggy? Those are classic signs of stress.read more
Martin Collinson, leadership expert, contributes an article on how the mindset of the senior leaders he coaches enables them to flourish. Some great takeaways here during #stressawarenessmonthread more
Our breath is an amazing tool! It is pretty handy in keeping us alive, but it has so much more potential than our subconscious life support machine.read more
Creating Win-Win solutions and why they’re key to strong working relationshipsread more
Recently, I jokingly referenced the film ‘Jerry McGuire’ in a post on Facebook, saying that my husband – the lovely Martin – ‘completes’ me.read more
Mindfulness – it’s everywhere isn’t it?!
Every other article on LinkedIn, in the Sunday papers and popping up in your Twitter feed talks about how mindfulness is the route to happiness and can change your life forever.
But what does it really mean and how can it help in the workplace?read more
If I am honest, my interest in mindfulness journey started because of my inner bully! For a dozen years, I had that bullying voice telling me I had to do and be my best. I hadn’t really recognised it as a bully, I saw it as inspiring, it created my drive.read more
At Fresh Air Fridays whenever we run courses for individuals or organisations, we talk about all sorts of outcomes that people might experience. Sometimes I want to simplify the whole thing and say “you will be happier”.read more
Do you take a regular lunch break?
How many business leaders do you know who take a regular break during the day?read more
No, not loser or lemons. But LOVE.
I have a confession. I’m a bit uncomfortable with the L-word, especially when it’s joined by two others to make the ultimate three-word sentence — I LOVE YOU.read more
I love the fact that at Fresh Air Fridays we explore Space and Celebration in December. Whilst many people can see the celebration side, quite often the ‘space’ bit seems completely unrealistic, “nice in theory for those people that have time, but they don’t have the stuff I have to deal with!”read more
How I turned a love/hate relationship with planning around…read more
“The correct way to view mental health is that we all have it and we fluctuate between thriving, struggling and being ill…” Stevenson and Farmerread more