Nurturing Trust, Empathy & Kindness in Your Team


Leadership at the time of the Corona Crisis: Linkedin Pulse article – Who do they need me to be?

Emotional Intelligence: article – The 10 Qualities of an Emotionally Intelligent Person

Science of Kindness: Dr. David Hamilton article – The 5 Side Effects of Kindness

What drives employee engagement?: Gallup Management Journal article on Gallup’s Q12 Survey findings

Project Aristotle: New York Times article – What Google Learned from its Quest to Build the Perfect Team

Organisational Culture: Harvard Business Review article – The Neuroscience of Trust

Talking and Listening: Scientific American article – The Neuroscience of Everybody’s Favourite Topic

Courage and Vulnerability: Arena Consulting article – Courage at work. Lessons from Brené Brown

Team building and Vulnerability: Ideas.Ted.Com article – How Showing Vulnerability Helps Build a Stronger Team

The Power of Self-Compassion: Harvard Business Review article – Give yourself a break

The 5 Myths of Self-Compassion: Psychotherapy Networker article – What keeps us from being kinder to ourselves?


How to Build (and Re-Build) Trust: TED talk by Francis Frei, Harvard Business School Professor

Power of Listening: TED Talk by William Ury, Negotiation Expert

How to Lead Tough Conversations: TED Talk by Adar Cohen

The Gift and Power of Emotional Courage: TED Talk by Susan David, Psychologist

The Difference Between Empathy and Sympathy: RSA Shorts Film – Brené Brown on Empathy


Active Listening Exercise: Greater Good Science Center Practice

Thinking and Feeling: Shane Snow on Intellectual Humility


The Neuroscience of Trust – Setting Leaders Up for Success: HBR Webinar



Fuel Your Workday Brain & Body Workshop


Nutrition fact-checking: – Science-based nutrition and supplement information

Scientific Studies:

Effect of Trans Fat on Cognitive Health: PLOS One 2015 Study


Nutrition myths: article – The Top 20 Nutrition Myths of 2020

Brain Food: article – Eating for a Healthy Mind-Gut Relationship

Gut Health: article – Magical Microbes – How to Feed your Gut

Health benefits of eggs: healthline article

Benefits of eating cold potato salad: article

The Downside of Smoothies: New York Times Article


Work Fuel – The Productivity Ninja Guide to Nutrition by Graham Allcott and Colette Heneghan

Gut Health – Gut by Giulia Enders


Caffeine – Ted-Ed Video – How does caffeine keep you awake?

How food powers your brain – Ted-Ed Video 

How the food you eat affects your gut – Ted-Ed Video

A Brain Food Prescription from the Farmacy – TEDx Talk by Drew Ramsay

Benefits of Sourdough bread – Authority Nutrition Video

10 Sources of Healthy Fats – ActiveBeat Video

Staying Focused Workshop


Boredom tolerance: Guardian Article on how people prefer electric shocks to being alone with their thoughts

Exercise & the brain: Guardian Article on how exercise increases focus and attention span

Procrastination: BBC WorkLife Article on the emotional roots of procrastination

Procrastination: BBC WorkLife Article The Smart Guide to Procrastination

Self-control: BBC WorkLife Article on mental hacks that aid self-control at work

The cost of task-switching: Fast Company Article on the impact of interruption

Dealing with overwhelm: Harvard Business Review Article

How Busyness Leads to Bad Decisions: Article from BBC Worklife

Impact of multi-tasking: Psychology Today Article – The True Cost of Multi-Tasking

Notifications from Phones: Guardian Article – One Ping After Another

Tech Distraction: Harvard Business Review Article: Stop Letting Push Notifications Ruin Your Productivity

Attention Management: New York Times Article: Productivity isn’t about time management


Distraction – Indistractable by Nir Eyal


Scientific Studies:

The Cost of Interrupted Work – University of California Study – link to distraction and stress

Physical activity improving attention span – Journal of Science, Medicine & Sport



How to Distraction-Proof Your Mind – BBC Ideas Video – with Nir Eyal

The Science of Multi-Tasking – BBC Ideas Video – Is it possible to multi-task effectively?

How Screen-use Effects our Lives – Talk – by Psychologist Adam Alter

How to Train Your Monkey Mind – Huffington Post Video – Interview with Mingyur Rinpoche (Tibetan Buddhist Master)



Hacking your phone to avoid distraction: PDF Worksheet

Life balance – wheel exercise: PDF Worksheet



Meditation training – Headspace

Distraction avoidance timer – Forest




Physical Vitality Workshop


Posture Rhyme: Lucy demonstrating the postural check rhyme

Power Postures and Body Language : Amy Cuddy’s Ted Talk (see also below * and ** – Cuddy refutes later criticism of findings): Your Body Language Can Shape Who You Are 

Brain-body link: Neuroscientists Richard Davidson and Amishi Jha and clinical mindfulness expert Jon Kabat-Zinn discuss the science behind the mind-body connection.


Physical Intelligence by Claire Dale and Patricia Peyton


Benefits of Walking Meetings: Inc. Article on how walking meetings can promote creative thinking

Sitting and Exercise: New York Times Article on how sitting for too long sabotages exercise benefits

Moving to Reduce Health Risks: New York Times Article on how short and low intensity activity can help improve health

*Defence of Cuddy’s Power Posture Findings (Article in

Scientific Research:

How walking can improve creative thinking: 2014 Study – American Psychological Association

**Power Posing Effects: 2018 Study – Association for Psychological Science

Research linking slumped postures to negative perception – University of Hildesheim/Ruhr University Bochum Germany

Seated posture and Confidence: 2009 Study by Ohio State University


Injecting Movement into your Workday


Creating Sustainable Healthy Habits Workshop


Psychology of Habit: New Yorker Article by Jerome Groopman Can Brain Science Help us Break Bad Habits?

Avoiding Distraction: Harvard Business Review Article: Stop Letting Push Notifications Ruin Your Productivity


Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Atomic Habits by James Clear


Simple habit change techniques: BJ Fogg’s Tiny Habits 

Accountability for Change: website (commitment contract)



Reboot Your Workday Brain Workshop


Tune in to your body: Lucy demonstrating a brain & body desk reboot

Why Boredom is Important: BBC Reel short video


Distraction – Indistractable by Nir Eyal

Sleep – Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

Free Sleep Booklet to download: Your Guide to Healthy Sleep

Sleep Tips


How Busyness Leads to Bad Decisions: Article from BBC Worklife

Balancing Breath Technique: Article from The Chopra Centre

Breaks, Rest and Naps during Work Day (in Dutch):

Healthy study tips: How to Rest Effectively: Ivy Panda


Energy depletion exercise: PDF Worksheet


Harness Positive Stress, Control Negative Stress Workshop


Brain Behaviour –  Professor Robert Sopalsky explains how the three parts of our brain interact to produce and reduce a stress response

Breathing and Health: Ted Talk by Joe DiStefano

Breathing and Stress: Ted Talk by Psychologist Dr. Belisa Vranich

The role of the Vagus Nerve in Calming the Stress Response: New York Article by Edith Zimmerman

Negativity Bias – Ted Talk by Social Psychologist Alison Ledgerwood

Positive Aspect of Stress – Ted Talk by Health Psychologist Kelly McGonigal

Eustress / ‘Finding the Flow’ – Ted Talk by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi 


Understanding the Stress Response – Harvard Medical School Article

Stress Control using Breathing Techniques – Harvard Medical School Article

‘Positive’ and ‘Negative’ Stress  – What is Eustress? Article from

Harnessing the Upsides of Stress – Article from Harvard Medical School

Physical impact of Chronic Stress – Article from American Psychological Association

Stress and Control – Article from

Guarding Mental Health during the COVID-19 Crisis: Article by Rehab4Addiction

Scientific Study

How Perception Affects Our Risk From Stress – 2011 University of Wisconsin Study