Exploring the Meaningfulness of Work at Seymour House Day Nursery Schools

Seymour House is based in Essex and runs 10 nurseries, which have all received an ‘Outstanding’ classification from Ofsted for their early years provision. Pippa Drew, the company’s Group HR Director, asked us to run a workshop for the company’s Future Leaders group, all of whom are based in the nurseries working directly with theContinue reading “Exploring the Meaningfulness of Work at Seymour House Day Nursery Schools”

“I’m not mopping the floors, I’m putting a man on the moon”: How NASA leaders enhanced the meaningfulness of work by changing the meaning of work, by Andrew Carton

What can leaders do to help employees see the connection between their daily work, which for many of us, let’s be honest, can often be a tad mundane, and the organisation’s Big Picture? This is the interesting question that Andrew Carton set out to answer in his recent article.

Workshops on meaningful work create space for purpose and values at Man Bites Dog

Award-winning B2B marketing communications consultancy Man Bites Dog works with leading business brands on complex global projects. While the business has an award-winning culture, winning PR Week’s Best Place To Work an unprecedented five times, the management team wanted to ensure that, as well as the perks of working for a creative agency, the teamContinue reading “Workshops on meaningful work create space for purpose and values at Man Bites Dog”

Purposeful leadership: what is it, what causes it, and does it matter?

‘Purposeful leadership: what is it, what causes it, and does it matter?’ by Catherine Bailey (University of Sussex), Amanda Shantz (University of Greenwich), Patrick Brione (IPA), Ramya Yarlagadda (CIPD and formerly IPA) and Dr Ksenia Zheltoukhova (CIPD) is published on the CIPD website on Wednesday 14 June 2017. Our research looked at purposeful and ethicalContinue reading “Purposeful leadership: what is it, what causes it, and does it matter?”

Good work, meaningful work: what’s the difference?

There is significant interest at the moment in the idea of ‘good work’ as we move towards a general election here in the UK. The CIPD for example have recently launched their Manifesto for Work 2017. In the manifesto, the CIPD argue that people must be put ‘much more at the heart of business thinking andContinue reading “Good work, meaningful work: what’s the difference?”

Book Review: So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love, by Cal Newport (Piatkus, 2016)

This book is not strictly speaking about meaningful work, but I found that much of what Cal Newport has to say about how to maximize your chances of being successful in pursuing your ideal job resonates strongly with the ideals of meaningfulness. Cal begins by debunking the myth that giving up everything to blindly followContinue reading “Book Review: So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love, by Cal Newport (Piatkus, 2016)”