Reflections
Reflections on my time as a Civil Servant

Reflections on my time as a Civil Servant

Today I say goodbye to my amazing, supportive and clever colleagues at the Department of Health and Social Care. Its been a great experience and I’ve grown a lot. Here are my reflections and some things I’ve learnt… The language is different. The Civil Service (CS)...

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Strengths and values for career planning

Strengths and values for career planning

I’ve been talking to a few people about their career plans and thoughts about where they go next, and I realised, I might not have told you about an exercise I did last year that really opened my eyes and switched on a lightbulb. I worked with the brilliant Mike...

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Work Life Balance: remember to get excited!

Work Life Balance: remember to get excited!

Tomorrow we are off to the Goodwood Festival of Speed. If you’ve ever been or you’re a petrol head like me, you’ll know just how exciting this is! Except I’m not excited. I’d forgotten all about it. My husband had to remind me three times last week that ‘no you can’t...

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Home and Away

Home and Away

On the train heading home for the weekend. I’ve listened to the Welsh accents that I didn’t notice for 40 something years and thought how foreign they now sound. I’ve listened to the conversations of the people coming and going and thought about how different life is...

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Be the Helper

Be the Helper

A lady fell down the steps. Right next to me. I think she was absent mindedly walking down the steps whilst looking at her phone I rushed over to check her out and gave her my hand to help her get up. She was ok, but I suspect her knees are going to hurt tomorrow...

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Life of Pie

Work is what we do. Work is not who we are. I went to my first proper yoga class in two years yesterday, and it reminded me of the need to keep our horizons broad and our experiences nourishing. All of the things we do beyond work contribute to keeping us physically...

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BOOK REVIEW: Think Again, Adam Grant

BOOK REVIEW: Think Again, Adam Grant

I’d heard Adam Grant talking on his podcast and liked what he had to say, so I picked up the book with excitement. The simple tenet of the book is that rethinking our plans, answers and decisions is a good thing and a fixed mindset closes us to opportunities and...

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Challenging People

Challenging People

My husband and I had been chewing the cud about people we’ve worked with over the years and, as is so often the case, the difficult and challenging people came to mind more readily than the great people and the kind people. We’ve both worked with people who have made...

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BOOK REVIEW: Rebel Ideas, Matthew Syed

BOOK REVIEW: Rebel Ideas, Matthew Syed

I’ve spent nearly 10 hours on a train and had some lazy morning and early nights over the weekend, which have allowed me to consume Rebel Ideas. This book is excellent and sits right up there on the top of my list of lightbulb generating, sense making and thought...

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Work, Post-Covid

Work, Post-Covid

In 2019BC (before covid) we had mastered the fine art of organising meetings, giving ourselves (just) enough time to travel between meetings and attend them whilst sitting next to and across the table from our colleagues Between 2019DC (during covid) and 2022DC, we...

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