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What’s Stephen got to offer then! Seminars – Workshops – Training – Mentoring

Mentoring

Stephen provides mentoring to explore productivity and workflow to individuals and groups. These mentoring sessions can be used to look at big picture problems in task management or the management of specific tasks.

Individual mentoring £20 per hour

Groups of up to 4 people £30 per hour

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The ‘Focus on…’ Collection

(All 1-hour programmes delivered on Teams (or similar) £80)

Focus on…. Managing and getting the most out of emails

Emails – the greatest thing that happened to the modern workplace or the greatest scourge. Like them or loath them they appear to be here to stay. Emails have become the cornerstone of office communication, yet we often treat them as the thing that we just fit in between all the other things we do rather than have a strategic approach to managing them. This leads to overflowing Inboxes and a feeling of overwhelm. When will we ever get ‘in’ to ‘empty’ – because that should be our goal… every day. Stephen will explore strategies to achieve good email management through the implementation of a trusted system and will consider how to ‘mine’ the information in emails before removing them from your Inbox.

Focus on…. Right Gear at the Right Time for the Right Task

Having a balanced life is absolutely crucial for our well-being. When at home we should be ‘at home’ physically and psychology and when at work, the same. Managing the transitions through effective planning helps us leave behind the demands of one place to get on with what needs to be done in the other place. This is particularly important now when the place we work and the place we live may be the same space. Drawing on (and slightly adjusting!) Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram’s 5 Gears metaphor Stephen explores how being in the right gear at the right time for the right task, and in the right place, is crucial to productivity and well-being. And how it’s important to hit the same gear as those around you so we don’t get in the way of each other when we need to be in a particular gear.

Focus on…. Working from Home

Working from home can both liberating and problematic. How do we get the best out of the spaces that we are asked to operate in? How can you maintain separation at home when it has become your place of work and when is it helpful to meet up at the office? In this session Stephen explores how to start your day effectively and how to end it safely when you are working from home so you can psychologically transition between the two ‘spaces’ while in the same physical space.

Focus on…. Habits and building better routines

It seems so easy to create habits when they are bad ones! How do we create good habits? What is a good habit building strategy? In this session Stephen explore how we can do these things and explores Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to give us a starting point regarding what habits to build. Doing this explores the importance of visualisation, having a plan, self-care, being proactive, and thinking win-win.

Focus on… What makes a good leader?

Leaders are powerful forces withing organisations. The literature on stress in the workplace, while always pointing to a range of concerns, tends to mention poor leadership as an influential facet. What is harder to pin down is – what constitutes a good leader? In this session Stephen, drawing on his own experience of managing a team of social workers, explores leadership style, leadership problems, communication, and how teams operate so that leaders can spot how to get the best out of them.

Focus on…. Flow

What is this magical state of Flow? In his landmark book ‘Flow’ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi describes the state as the best moments of people’s lives when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limit in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult or worthwhile. It is a state where time seems to disappear and you become absorbed, mindfully, in what you are doing to the exclusion of everything else. People who can achieve a state of flow are more productive and often happier consequently. ‘Flow’ links to Deci and Ryan’s Self Determination Theory which says that the more in control we feel the happier we are. These states rely on Mastery (mastery of self, task and environment), autonomy (being in control as far as you can be) and purpose (an intrinsic connectedness to the task that needs to be completed). In this session Stephen explores these concepts and how they support our well-being and productivity.

Focus on… meetings

Meetings… the practical alternative to work….. Alongside emails, meetings dominate the modern work environment. In this session Stephen explores what makes a good meeting, how do you set approach goals rather than avoidance goals, how do you get the best out of the people who are there? How do you lead, contribute, and prepare for meetings? If we are going to spend our time in them we need to get the best out of them.

The ‘How to Thrive’ Collection

How to Thrive – the big picture: Self Care and Being Organised to fuel Productivity and Well-being
Half Day (3 hours with a 20-minute break) – Delivered on Teams (or similar) £150

This seminar/training explores how we can build resilience in our Physical and Practical Pillars of resilience and how these in turn enhance our Emotional Resilience Pillar helping us to be better ‘pilots of our lives’. Stephen outlines the problem of stress in the modern world and workplace and then explores how rest, sleep, exercise, and nutrition can help us manage that stress and have the energy we need available to get on with life. He then considers planning and workflow strategies to enhance productivity both in the workplace and at home. This session is well established and has been very well received and offers a comprehensive overview of how resilience is established and maintained.

How to Thrive: The Physical Pillar of Resilience
One and a half Hours – Delivered on Teams (or similar) £120
(Also available as a one-hour session £80)

This seminar/training takes the Physical Pillar of Stephen’s Three Pillars of Resilience Model and explores how rest, sleep, exercise, and nutrition can all enhance our physical preparedness and resilience for the work and life that we lead. There are plenty of ‘take-aways’ to enhance building good habits that in turn enhance our well-being.

How to Thrive: The Practical Pillar of Resilience
One and a half Hours – Delivered on Teams (or similar) £120
(Also available as a one-hour session £80)

This seminar/training takes the Practical Pillar of Stephen’s Three Pillars of Resilience Model and explores how sometimes the way we work actually gets in the way of effective productivity. Stephen will work through a range of tried and tested productivity ‘hacks’, supported by science and research, that make us more effective and efficient at getting the job done. His emphasis is on planning and routine in order to promote effective workflow.

How to Thrive: The Emotional Pillar of Resilience
One and a half Hours – Delivered on Teams (or similar) £120
(Also available as a one-hour session £80)

This seminar/training takes the Emotional Pillar of Stephen’s Three Pillars of Resilience Model and explores how emotions manifest and what their purpose is. Stephen then takes the group through a range of exercises to help them explore their emotions and how they transition from one to the other. What causes you to go from ‘happy’ to ‘angry’ and how do you get back to ‘happy’. This is a reflective session where the answer lies in the person!

Developing Resilience in Others

This session has been delivered in the past to managers, exploring how they support staff, and to Social Work Practice Educators looking at how they support students.

Half Day (3 hours with a 20-minute break) – Delivered on Teams (or similar) £150
(Also available as a 2-hour session £120)

The content is largely the same as How to Thrive – the big picture: Self Care and Being Organised to fuel Productivity and Well-beingbut directed towards the task of supporting others (however, attendees’ comment that it is helpful for them to explore their own self-care and productivity while thinking about those they support)

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Make a plan, engage with your plan, live your life, be productive.

— Stephen J. Mordue “How To Thrive at Work: Mindfulness, Motivation and Productivity”

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