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Stephanie has developed Laughology into the nation's most talked about training and development provider and has gained an unsurpassed reputation for creating happy organisations. So it's not just a happy coincidence that these blog posts contain an occasional rant, a few pearls of wisdom and bucket loads of undeniable truths, so make yourself...

Stephanie has developed Laughology into the nation's most talked about training and development provider and has gained an unsurpassed reputation for creating happy organisations. So it's not just a happy coincidence that these blog posts contain an occasional rant, a few pearls of wisdom and bucket loads of undeniable truths, so make yourself a cuppa and read on.

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MAR
11

Is it time to reset the education system?

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I’ve seen them all week, between 8am and 9am. Congregating in groups. Groping their way through conversations because many have forgotten how to converse with other adults. Slightly bewildered and unsure what to do with themselves. Drunk on freedom, like lifers unexpectedly acquitted.  For parents, this week has been a dizzying deliverance from the shackles of homeschooling. It has been the...
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FEB
19

What is burnout and how can we combat it?

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Burnout is back and, without intervention, it will become a mental health crisis for employers. What was once a badge of honour for eighties’ yuppies is currently on course to create an epidemic of workplace stress-related challenges.  Over the past months we have been increasingly hearing stories of people struggling to cope. It’s hardly surprising. In the year since Lockdown 1.0,...
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FEB
12

Nicholas Hewlett coming out to his pupils and discussing his sexuality was a brave and inspiring thing to do

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Last Monday (Feb 1st), Nicholas Hewlett, headmaster at St Dunstan’s College in London, made headlines by coming out to his pupils and discussing his sexuality in a virtual school assembly. He wanted ‘to stand up and be frank’ about his sexuality. In this Laughology opinion piece Stephanie Davies asks if 'sometimes it can appear that we haven’t come too far in...
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FEB
05

Ways to stay motivated 

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“As we approach the anniversary of the first lockdown, the novelty of working from home has well and truly rubbed off for most. Many people are pulling their hair out, particularly those faced with the double whammy of working from home and home-schooling. It is a challenge to stay sane, but there are ways to create a happy, healthy and productive...
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JAN
22

Is 78 too old to lead?

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With a new US president now in situ, Head of Happiness, Stephanie Davies , asks whether age should define anyone’s leadership ability. Is age just a number? At 77, my dad is still a business titan, striding across his territory, selling Everest home improvement products, breaking targets and leading a team of double-glazing disciples. His weekly rousing team-building emails are legendary,...
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DEC
11

Christmas bubble policies: how to get on with friends and colleagues

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A collaborative blog by Ian Gilbert of Independent Thinking and Laughology’s Founder Stephanie Davies.   This blog was written in a safe, socially distanced way and is ready to help you get on with those in your Christmas bubble. Christmas bubble policies They say you can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family. And generally, that’s true. Except this...
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NOV
12

Wingey Winston & Donald Trump - your fixed-mindset game is up!

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Years before Carol Dweck became a professor at Stanford University and first uttered the words ‘growth mindset’, I went to school with a boy called George. He was in my class from year four all the way up to sixth form. His nickname was Wingey Winston, so called because he would cry at the slightest thing and because his last name...
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AUG
03

Using Growth Mindset principles to grow your organisation

Using Growth Mindset principles to grow your organisation

Targets, targets, targets! We've all heard the mantra - sales targets, performance targets, monthly targets. But what does it mean when those targets are met? Is it a sign of success - or could you have achieved more?

For some organisations and businesses, measuring success or failure in such a binary manner could be encouraging a fixed mindset amongst the workforce. It couls also be having a negative effect on growth.

Growth mindset techniques can help your organisation to grow and improve by measuring results based on the amount of improvement your workforce has made.

In this article, we discuss the differences between fixed and growth mindset and look at how using praise and feedback correctly will help your organisation improve its performance, and thereby encouraging a happier workplace.

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AUG
03

What is the difference between unconscious bias and diversity?

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Unconscious bias is a psychological process that happens automatically when our brains make quick judgments and assessments of people and situations, influenced by our background and personal experiences.  It creates a tendency to view certain people, statistics, facts and situations more favourably or not, depending on whether we find similarities to our own life. Biologically, we are hard-wired to prefer people...
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