Save baby elephants…

Elephants performing tricks in a show or carrying people have suffered a form of ‘the crush’ at a very young age – a training process designed to break their wild spirit through physical & psychological pain. This training method brutally separates baby elephants from their mothers. They’re isolated, starved, beaten & chained in small enclosures. Baby elephants are being tortured every day, in the name of tourism, illegal trade & entertainment.

Save Baby Elephants – World Animal Protection

It doesn’t have to be this way. We can end this exploitation & cruelty. £11 raises awareness of elephant-friendly tourism. £24 supports vital campaigning work to protect baby elephants from ‘the crush’. £33 transforms tourist venues into natural welfare camps where elephants live better lives.

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Culture renovation…

Business leaders understand the power of a dynamic, positive culture. Rather than attempt to transform a culture, leaders instead spearhead a culture renovation. It’s all about keeping what works, changing what needs to be changed, ensuring proper maintenance like refurbishing a beautiful historic home to improve it’s overall value.

In Culture Renovation, Kevin Oakes (Head of HR, Institute for Corporate Productivity) provides tangible, tactical insights drawn from robust data sets, informed by CEOs & HR leaders at top companies. Motivating ideas on how to re-build a corporate culture.

  • 3 phases & detailed action steps for architecting the change we want to see
  • Practical insights from Microsoft, 3M etc
  • Traits of a healthy, happy corporate culture
  • Proven talent practices for a new culture

Oakes identifies 18 proven leadership actions for turning any culture into an agile, resilient & innovative high-performance organisation. Tips on how to develop a co-creation mindset, identify influencers, monitor & report progress, implement strategies to sustain the renovation to drive profits, growth, creativity & business sustainability. Inspiring.

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The book of hope…

Jane Goodall, the most famous living naturalist & Douglas Abrams, co-author of The Book of Joy, explore through intimate, thought-provoking dialogue one of the most sought after & least understood elements of human nature – hope. The Book of Hope focuses on 4 reasons for hopeThe Amazing Human Intellect, The Resilience Of Nature, The Power Of Young People, The Indomitable Human Spirit.

Drawing on decades of incredible work to help expand our understanding of what it means to be human & what we need to do to help build a better world, The Book of Hope touches on vital questions like how do we stay hopeful when everything seems hopeless? What is the relationship between hope & action? Filled with inspirational stories & photographs from Jane’s remarkable career, The Book of Hope is beautiful & creative.

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Stress in kids…

Email: Think my child is experiencing stress. What can be done? (India)

Empathetic. Any change that causes physical, emotional & psychological strain is called stress. Adults often experience stress, express it in words. Similarly, a child also experiences stress but may not be able to express it in words. They may show sudden changes in behaviour like emotional withdrawal, crying, clinginess, nail biting, inability to sleep, nervousness, stomach aches, temper tantrums etc. Kids & teens can easily fall into the trap of negative thinking.

Stress in kids gets triggered due to many reasons like a new sibling, moving house, starting school or childcare, family illness or death, divorce, adolescence, over involvement of parents, learning difficulties, academic pressures etc. Kids have their own methods to cope, handle their reactions differently. Some have a natural ability to cope with stress, others need guidance.

Parents play a key role in preventing stressful situations & managing stress. We can share with our child if we notice something is bothering them. Helps them open up about challenges. Giving a compassionate ear helps them feel understood, accepted to vent out what they feel without judgement. Journaling or art therapies help.

We can also help our child label their feelings. Many can’t use words for emotions. Kids need an emotional vocabulary. Improves their communication skills, develops emotional awareness, builds confidence. Stressful situations like incomplete homework, last-minute preparations can be improved with organisational skills. Patience is key.

Rest & relaxation is essential for physical & emotional well-being. Physical activity is a great way to relieve stress. Promoting healthy screen usage prevents exposure to cyber-bullying, peer pressures, questionable content. We can compassionately, positively frame things to build resilience to stress. Ultimately, professional counselling works.

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