Imagine this: You’ve been subject to bullying for weeks, months, maybe even years. You’ve grappled with continual jibes and anxiety about your performance. Over and over again you’ve doubted whether the insidious remarks and micro-acts of undermining you are experiencing are real. Perhaps you teeter on the brink of thinking maybe you are paranoid. YouContinue reading “Institutional betrayal – looking in the mirror”
Author Archives: Alison Maitland
You’re crazy – gaslighting at work
You’re crazy. Don’t be so sensitive. You’re overreacting. Don’t be paranoid. I was just joking! It doesn’t mean anything. You got that completely wrong. That didn’t happen. You are imagining things. I am worried; I think you are not well. You raise an issue at work. You challenge someone else in what they are sayingContinue reading “You’re crazy – gaslighting at work”
Bullying and harassment at work – some resources
If you have been affected by bullying and harassment at work we’ve collated a few helpful resources, following our “Not just a victim” event with Speak Out Revolution. Recovery is about a journey of discovery. Inner change can be hard, but we cannot move forward until we take that journey. Rose – National Bullying HelplineContinue reading “Bullying and harassment at work – some resources”
Shadow work: asking for business
It’s hard to ask for business when you start a new company. I’ve spent a whole life believing I am the person who keeps to the rules and responds politely; in addition I’m always the one being practical and realistic; in addition I can think things through fifteen times for fear of making a mistake,Continue reading “Shadow work: asking for business”
The “us vs them” of unconscious bias training?
We can only change ourselves. The truth is we can only change ourselves, not other people. Despite what we might wish for as HR and L&D professionals, the evidence shows that in general, short-term educational interventions do not change people. And this is certainly true in the world of diversity and inclusion, such as unconsciousContinue reading “The “us vs them” of unconscious bias training?”
Drop anchor when the storms of life come along
Every boat needs an anchor. Dropping the anchor is a way of stabilising the boat, and of preventing it from drifting in the winds and currents of the sea. But have you ever thought about how you, too, can drop anchor? Why is this important? You don’t have to look very far in the currentContinue reading “Drop anchor when the storms of life come along”
Inspiring women leaders – Halima Aden
Halima Aden joins our list of inspiring women leaders. She is the first hijab-wearing model to walk international runway shows. “Being your authentic self can break stereotypes.” Halima Aden Her story is powerful and inspiring. Her family fled the war in Somalia and Halima was born in a refugee camp in Kenya, finally moving toContinue reading “Inspiring women leaders – Halima Aden”
Why is love an inclusive leadership skill?
If everyone faces hardship, hurt and setbacks, why do leadership programmes not teach the inclusive leadership skill of love or compassion?
Transition – The Long Goodbye
Transitions are in vogue. Even if your job is not at risk as a result of the COVID crisis, you will know someone close to you whose job is threatened or has already gone. The headline news recently proclaimed that UK payrolls shrank by 649,000 between March and June this year. And as the governmentContinue reading “Transition – The Long Goodbye”
How to value yourself
Bibiana Steinhaus is a trailblazer. She is the first woman to referee German top-flight football. The pioneering 40-year-old now takes regular charge of the top-tier men’s matches in Europe. She is a model of pushing the boundary of what has been thought acceptable, since taking charge of her first match at the age of 16.Continue reading “How to value yourself”