After over a decade of delivering high quality, innovative and often unique adventurous charity events JP simply burnt out… What followed wasn’t a period of recovery in the conventional sense rather a mission to answer the questions - Why do we do what we do? Why don’t we do what we’re supposed to, even though we can and know we should? This led to the creation of the Professional Edge Project which allows JP to share knowledge, tactics and strategies to help those suffering the negative affects of working hard to make a positive impact, as well as those wishing to achieve Professional Excellence through enhanced Personal Effectiveness.
Your level of Professionalism is determined by your Personal Effectiveness -
Calm, composure, confidence, capacity, capability, competence and mental resilience - Are all trainable.
Is this familiar?
Heavy workloads, tight deadlines and limited resources all leading to increased pressure and ‘stress’ in its many forms.
As a result patience runs thin, tempers a short adding to friction within the team.
Attention becomes focused on problems not solutions with decisions being dictated by emotion with little objective regulation by logic or fact.
All of which takes up more time (and a lot of precious mental energy).
Negativity feeds anxiety and erodes productivity whilst increasing overwhelm deepens and quickens the downward spiral. We focus on surviving till the weekend, the end of the day, lunch time even where we can gain a moments respite before returning to more of the same.
But when we do go home….how many then take this with us? Offloading onto family/friends and in some cases even affecting the ability to get decent sleep? Unable to switch off and recharge we head into the next day still tired, with less patience, more stress, reduced confidence and so it continues….
If it goes on long enough it becomes a habit, the norm;
“It’s just the way it is here” or “it’s the nature of the job”.
What I’ve just described is common across many organisations and is an example of the compound or aggregate effect. Of how even small things can slowly build and add up over time with the net result of ever decreasing mental resilience and declining professional effectiveness which reduces what I like to define as our ‘Capacity’.
As our Capacity decreases we become less able to deal with challenges, new information, change and even to the point where the everyday and simple things trigger negative emotions and reactions. Those tasks and situations once handled with ease now a source of concern, procrastination and overwhelm.
Just because it’s common or has become the norm doesn’t mean it cant be changed.
One of the most efficient ways to progress is through 1:1 coaching.
If you’d like to find out more then why not arrange a ‘test drive’ and have an initial free 30min call (phone/Skype/Facetime).
Text or email to arrange. 07889 888915 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshops - Exclusive & open
Powerful - Engaging - Adaptable - Effective
Choose one of our open workshops or arrange an exclusive one for your organisation created around your needs and aims.
Email me to discuss costs and special discounts for the Charity sector/Not for Profit organisations.
Previous Workshops include:
Monkeys Sometimes fall out of trees -
Why mistakes happen and what we can do about it.
(Previous Clients include Vertex Instructor Training and the Calvert Trust)
Pro Workshop -
How to build and protect professionalism.
(Outward Bound Trust - Loch Eil)
The Normalisation of Deviance -
How good practice can become eroded into bad practice to the extent that it becomes common practice.
(Go Ape managers and senior staff)
Reducing Overwhelm & Increasing Productivity for those in the charity sector
(Open Workshops in Bristol and Exeter)
Protecting our professionalism from the effects of stress
(The Royal Academy of Music - Advancement Team)
Professional Effectiveness and resilience Workshop
(South West Water)
How to reduce stress & develop calm, confidence and composure to benefit our professional lives by improving our understanding of ourselves and others.
(Mendip Outdoor Pursuits).
Professional Effectiveness Workshop
(Great Notley Country Park)
online training & coaching programs
Online training and coaching programs are an effective and convenient way of accessing the the knowledge, support and guidance that will allow you to reach your personal and professional goals. The blend of 1:1 coaching, group training, accountability and association make for an empowering environment for change and progression.
Previous courses include:
Put yourself in a position to be lucky - The assessment preparation course.
Put yourself in a position to be lucky - How to increase calm, confidence and composure.
Coming soon - 6 Month Coaching Programme;
‘The Effectiveness Academy’
European Ropes Course Association - ‘Power of our commonalities and how our interdependence benefits humans on ropes courses.’
British Activity Providers Association - ‘Why we’re all capable of making mistakes and what we can do about it.’
Institute of Outdoor Learning - ‘How to increase policy and procedural adherence without the need for more policy and procedure.’
Activities Industry Mutual - Members conference - ‘Mindset or Skillset Issue?
Institute of Fundraising South West Conference - ‘The Imposter Within’.
Cornwall Fundraisers Group - ‘Turning Procrastination into Productivity.’
Bath Fundraisers Group - ‘The Imposter Within’.
Increasing the understanding of ourselves & others so that we can better develop ourselves & others.