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There Is No Right or Wrong Way to Grieve

It’s been six months since my mother died, aged 80, in a care home, suffering with dementia. Locked inside to protect her and fellow residents from contracting coronavirus. Over those months, I have frequently wondered if how I grieve is the right way, always looking around me for clues. How often should I cry? How much should I rest? What’s...

You Are What You Consume! – #MTtalk Roundup

My mother’s motto was, “You are what you eat.” Actually, it was gospel rather than a motto. I think she just about stopped short of painting it on the kitchen wall! When I was a child, I hated eating avocado. The green slipperiness of it made me want to hide in the bathroom. When it was the last food left on my plate, my mother would sing...

Will I Be Happy in the New Normal? – Mind Tools Expert Voices

Remember water coolers and casual chats with colleagues? How about away days, team-building events, and office parties? Sitting near other people? Even just leaving the house for the day? Remember any of that? The pandemic has affected people’s working lives very differently. Some of us have carried on with our jobs throughout, or have been...

How to Turn Negative Thoughts Into Positive Actions

We’ve been through the wringer this past year and it’s fair to assume that we’ve all had some dark moments. As an introvert, I have a running monolog in my head all day, constantly analyzing situations and other people’s words and actions. I have to manage the floodgates, to stop negative thoughts ruling my day. Some days, it’s exhausting....

Baby Steps to Innovation: My Expert Interview With Josh Linkner

Inspiration was elusive today. So I decided to use a trick that author Josh Linkner told me about. I watched a short video of an eagle soaring over mountains. The sun was setting behind the majestic, snow-capped peaks. The eagle’s wings spread wide and strong as it rode the currents, focused, alert, and master of all it surveyed. ...

What Pride Means to Us

Today marks the end of Pride month in several countries, including the U.K., the U.S. and Australia. And, while the past few weeks have been a chance to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, they’ve also been a time to reflect and acknowledge that more needs to be done to stamp out inequality and discrimination against LGBTQ+ people across the world. ...

Leaning Into Who You Are – #MTtalk Roundup

There are many things in life that we define by marking their progress. I’ve had the “pleasure” of listening to countless “mom-versations” that centered on the single topic of progress markers. “Johnny was fully potty-trained by 25 months,” or “Lily started saying full sentences before she turned three,” and “Peter can already tie his own...

5 Ways to Support Your LGBTQ+ Colleagues

A number of countries are celebrating Pride this month, including the U.K., U.S. and Australia. And yet, despite progress and increased public support for LGBTQ+ equality in recent times, many people who belong to the community are still discriminated against, in the workplace and outside of it. In fact, according to data collected by the...

Three Reasons Answers Are More Important Than Questions

In grade school, you learned about the six “WH” questions (why, what, when, where, who, how). You did not learn about a parallel list of answer types. I’ve picked out three quotes for this piece that I consider to be representative of society’s thought leaders. These luminaries, too, are focused upon questions, not answers: “Judge a man...

Building Community – #MTtalk Roundup

Six years ago, I started participating in various Twitter chats and fell in love with the idea of being virtually connected to like-minded people across the globe. I suggested to Mind Tools that we should also host a regular Twitter chat. Little did I know that we would go on to build such a fantastic online community. One of our regular...

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