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Like many, I’ve been enjoying the return to the physical world. Despite learning that I’m more introverted than I previously thought over the various lockdowns, I’ve still missed human interaction, both in my personal and professional lives. But as Alicia — my fellow co-founder at The Future Kind Collective — and I reflected on our recent uptick in IRL interactions, including our first face-to-face workshop in almost TWO YEARS (!), we realised that we’re also feeling cautious about what this return means. The idea of “going back to normal” conjures up lots of positives — collaboration, commection, creativity, inspiration —…

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Perfectionism is defined as the need to be — or appear to be — perfect at all times. Growing up, I believed that being a perfectionist was a good thing, even a strength of mine.

But, I was wrong.

What I’ve learnt as I’ve grown up is that perfectionism is actually rooted in fear and insecurity. It’s anything but a strength and it’s more likely to hold us back than to move us forward.

Even so, it’s still applauded as something for us all to strive towards. People describe themselves as perfectionists in job interviews and we see it in…

On July 19th, all covid restrictions will be lifted in the England. No more masks, social distancing and lockdowns (hopefully).

While there are many people who welcome this shift towards normality with open arms and beers at the ready, there are just as many people who are feeling uncertain, anxious and wary. This is especially true in the debate around the return to the office — some are chomping at the bit to get back and to be around other humans beings, while others are more than happy sticking with their home setup.

This is a hell of a lot…

In 2020, we saw a spike in activity around Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) and a renewed focus on the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. In June of that year, after the horrific murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmed Arbery, we saw floods of diversity statements on company websites, black squares appeared all over Instagram and inclusivity organisations were bombarded with requests. It was reassuring to see this level of enthusiasm for something that is one of the most crucial world problems to solve. …

Burnout isn’t a new phenomenon. It’s been a threat for some time. But in 2020, burnout became pervasive. It spread throughout our homes and workplaces, just as quickly as the virus which turned our lives upside down. The difference is that, for the virus, the global medical community sprung into action to protect our communities and find a vaccine. However, for the burnout pandemic, there has been little change in terms of targeted action. …

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2020 was a year like no other. Uncertain. Unprecedented. Unbelievable. I’m sure that I’m not the only one sitting here thinking, “Was it even real?” And yet, here we are.

But while it’s true that 2020 has been marred by constant disappointment, heartache and fear, it has also been a year of reflection and renewal. Almost everything we once thought was certain has been challenged. How we work. How we socialise. How we date. And, more recently, how we do Christmas. Many of us, myself included, have gotten more in touch with who we are and what’s important to us…

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Let’s start with a few questions:

  • Do you constantly feel exhausted no matter how much sleep you get?
  • Do you have a sense that nothing you do will make things any better?
  • Do you find that you care less about things that are usually important to you?

If your answer is yes to one or more of these questions then you might be suffering from burnout.

It wouldn’t be surprising either. A study published last year found that 90% of participants reported feeling stressed “most of the time”. This was the case before the pandemic which we know is having…

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So here we all are, it’s 2020 and we’ve all been thrust into a digital transformation whether we like it or not. We’ve all had to rethink how we work, live and play in a world where physicality is strictly limited. For many of us, this has meant changing the way we collaborate, such as shifting from physical workshops that were primarily face-to-face to fully digital ones.

I’m not going to lie, this freaked me out. I have long been a dedicated advocate that workshops MUST be in person and I’d loathe the question, “is there going to be a…

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I have no idea how to start a blog like this. I guess I’ll just get straight to the point.

This week, I sent an email to my team regarding the large and appropriate response to the murder of Black Americans by police officers, which has taken place over the last several days. I realised that I’d been sharing and taking action on my personal social channels, but had been silent in the workplace, except for a few one-on-one conversations. This had to change.

The purpose of the email was to respond with a stance on the current situation and…

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Last week, I was fortunate enough to join Tech Circus on one of their Design Leadership panels, where the topic of conversation was leading through a crisis. If you’d asked me whether I’d be comfortable speaking about this a few months back then I’d have probably said, “errr nah, thanks”, but fast forward to now and it’s something I’m actually desperate to talk more about.

Why? Well, I strongly believe that now more than ever, and during a crisis in particular, a different type of leadership is needed from what we’ve been taught in the past. It’s a strong “see…

Natalie Pearce

〰️ Co-founder: The Future Kind Collective 〰️ We help companies to define their purpose, design their culture and grow their impact

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