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About thesocialenterprise

The Social Enterprise was established in 2007 by David Russell to develop creative and innovative approaches for individuals and organisations that seek to deliver social value. We work with charities and businesses, and our starting point on any project is to determine how we will generate a return on investment in our services – whether through a more effective working approach or delivering greater social impact.

Dreaming of a better future?

As the summer break approaches for many of us, you may be giving consideration as to what to read. If like me you find that you do not have enough time to read except when on a break, then the … Continue reading

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Wastes of Time

Kristin Wong in Lifehacker writes on The Biggest Wastes Of Time We Regret When We Get Older. The four areas she flags up are: Not asking for help; Trying to make bad relationships work; Dwelling on your mistakes and shortcomings; … Continue reading

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You Only Live Once (YOLO)

As many of us consider our future careers in light of the lockdowns of the past year, some are considering a radical departure to do something different, driven by the realisation that “You Only Live Once” (YOLO). In this article, … Continue reading

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Quiet Ego

Scott Barry Kaufman, academic and author and humanistic psychologist, writes in The Pressing Need for Everyone to Quiet their Egos on the benefits of the “Quiet Ego” as a means of balancing and integrating the interests of the self and … Continue reading

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The Vocation Myth

You may be aware of the great learning available through The School of Life, but you may not be aware of The Book of Life which the institution continues to collate from its contributors and teachings on “the most substantial … Continue reading

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Brain fog

Further to my post last week on languishing, this week I note a related concept of “brain fog” which was featured in this article by Moya Sarner (who has also written on the power of listening, a focus of another … Continue reading

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Languishing

Adam Grant of late seems to appear everywhere. From features on his new book, Think Again, his ongoing podcast series, WorkLife, and most recently in his article in the New York Times on languishing. “Languishing is a sense of stagnation … Continue reading

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Listen here

A fundamental skill for coaching is the ability to listen. Not just to hear what is being said to you, but also to feel it too – as emotions which are shared, and evoked, are such an important insight into … Continue reading

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The Quest for Perfection

There is beauty in perfection, but striving for it can often come at an expense. In this remarkably well crafted story of one man’s quest for perfection, in ten-pin bowling, there is a great moment of learning: that even at … Continue reading

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Your Unlived Life

I have referenced previously Donald Winnicot, in relation to the Good-Enough Job, but he also wrote about the distinction between the “true self” and “false self” which we develop in infancy, and often carry with us into adulthood. In this … Continue reading

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