European Union evaluation guidelines for AI

Supranational organisations such as the European Union (EU) have been rushing to develop guidelines on ethical AI. The EU only set up its independent expert group last year. Some industry observers see this as an afterthought - policy makers have been caught out by the pace of developments in AI, with many organisations already involved... Continue Reading →

Speaking up: power and perception

At the General Medical Council (GMC) conference in April 2019, Supporting a profession under pressure in delivering good care, speaking up and organisational culture was discussed within the context of patient safety, quality and care. It is often the case in organisations such as the NHS that poor behaviour is validated and replicated due to... Continue Reading →

Daily discrimination: impact on health

The impact of discrimination on the health outcomes of people of colour has long been known. Just last year NHS figures showed that Black and Asian women were seven times more likely to die in childbirth compared to White women who use NHS midwifery services. We also know that the prevalence of mental health issues... Continue Reading →

Controlling worry: changing mental habits

  Do you spend a lot of mental energy worrying about things you ultimately cannot control? You are not alone. Society is replete with conditioning which overtly and covertly causes worry. Research has found that the more negative, defeatist and pessimistic you are, the more likely you are to hide behind insignificant, non-progressive activity such as... Continue Reading →

Powerlessness, health & choice: a theory

Studies continue to show that a sense of powerlessness (perceived/actual) has a lasting negative impact on health. It is a risk factor for disease. Some research suggests that rapid restructuring (utilising the plasticity of the brain) of ingrained thinking patterns is the way forward. If I were to tell you that you aren’t going to progress... Continue Reading →

Inconsistency: children & contradictions

Our ability to recognise inconsistency is sharp and attuned at a very early age. Once we reach adulthood we are more dismissive of it as by then we start to try and find reasons for ourselves as to why someone is being inconsistent. In other words, we don’t walk away and turn away from the... Continue Reading →

Cyber bullying: taking action

What is cyber bullying? Any form of bullying, harassment or victimisation that makes use of technology to deliberately upset, threaten, degrade or humiliate a person.  It can be conducted by a single person or a group of people, and can cause significant distress. This is because online bullying confers a high degree of anonymity which... Continue Reading →

Crew Resource Management: communication tool

Crew resource management (CRM) or cockpit resource management are training procedures used in environments where human error can have substantial negative effects. It is commonly used for improving air safety and focuses on interpersonal communication, leadership, situational awareness and decision making in the cockpit of an airliner. The principle behind CRM is good communication and... Continue Reading →

Bullying & strategic incompetence: an exploration

Bullying behaviour almost always flourishes and becomes embedded in organisations that repeatedly validate and reward strategic incompetence (various definitions at end of article). The reason for this is because most people who bully in workplaces do so because they feel under threat (insecurity, jealously, envy etc) from other colleagues. This isn't about being rude when... Continue Reading →

Mental health: the growing problem

When you speak to large groups of people about wellbeing, health or self-prescribing, it is always good to test the level of understanding of mental health by asking the question 'how many of you would be able to talk to your family or employer if you were having a mental health concern?'. That always gives... Continue Reading →

Character strengths – workplace & beyond

Leaders are often able to identify character strengths in others quickly and decisively, which enables them to deploy the right individuals to tasks they are likely to complete successfully. Leaders learn this through experience and knowing their own core virtues - it makes them able to deploy a mix of people who are likely to... Continue Reading →

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