From #winningteams

Art works: how art in the office boosts staff productivity

Kirstin on Fullback and Friends | What type of work culture/environment do you work in, and what is your preferred environment to produce the best results for you, your team, and your business? I am a visual person, colour, textiles and images are really important to me on a personal and work related level. For me, I like to see beauty and creativity on a daily basis, and finding inspiration in day-to-day objects as well as the flamboyant and fabulous.

For me personally, a lean work environment does not inspire me, although I totally understand, that we are all different, and many will say ‘lean’ gets results for their business. Personalising work spaces, showcasing artwork, inspiring employees with colour and personality, for me are not a work distraction, and I hope my work environment will always be able to support this need to be inspired and creative.

http://www.theguardian.com/careers/2016/jan/21/art-works-how-art-in-the-office-boosts-staff-productivity

19 Daily Habits Of Artists That Can Help Unlock Your Creativity

Kirstin on Fullback and Friends | All of us at some stage have moments when we feel we have hit a barrier or ideas/problem solving/creativity is not forthcoming, when we are working on a work project. This can be when we are working independently or collaboratively. Sometimes all it takes is to remove ourselves from the problem/creative block and before we know it we are approaching the task in a different way, or by having a coversation with a colleague or fellow creative we have a light bulb moment. Sounds familiar? On a daily basis we run themed daily topics to support our art school and Humanities students and Tuesdays is all about #CreativeTuesdays this article is very appropriate to support #CreativeTuesdays and I hope it will inspire and get your creativity flowing.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/15/creative-block_n_4943997.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000027

12 Ways Successful People Stand Out From the Pack on a Regular Basis

Kirstin on Fullback and Friends | I believe that we are all capable of being successful in our careers, and personal life. Now I know that is a huge statement, but with a little bit of self reflection on what you have achieved to date, and what I personally feel helps, is building a strong networking team/mentors that will help you identify your successes, and also help you see all of your experiences from a different perspective.

Attitude has a big part to play when it comes to success, and being driven does not mean that you will be successful. Success requires us to go on a rollercoaster of a journey, we have good days, bad days, we have light bulb moments, and we hit brick walls. By finding positive ways to approach our work, how we work with others, and how we plan will enable us all to consistently be successful.

So go on, feed that inner superstar, and try these 12 top tips to being successful.

Keep workers with the four steps to happiness

Kirstin on Fullback and Friends | Do you work for a company who supports ’employee happiness’ or are you a business owner who is pro ’employee happiness’. Having a positive and successful career and workplace is so simple, and the key ingredients for most of us is job/team satisfaction, and to have supportive senior management.
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/keep-workers-with-the-four-steps-to-happiness-20150529-ghcj1k

Design Council | Design Methods Step 1: Discover

Kirstin on Fullback and Friends It is now Day 2 of the Summer Term at university, which is a term of so many mixed emotions for our creative final year graduates. Dissertations, end of year shows, networking, portfolio careers, freelancing, becoming fully fledged designers, graduation oh, the list goes on and on. For graduates, and creatives looking at setting up a business, or reviewing their current work model this article is just perfect. http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/news-opinion/design-methods-step-1-discover

New chapter for children’s books in hospitals Partnership has brought hundreds of books to poorly kids

Kirstin on Fullback and Friends | One of the things I love about my job, is about being surrounded by such creative and inspirational students, colleagues and clients.  Through the collaborative work I am involved in, and the individuals I engage with through my service delivery, I get to be inspired by amazing stories like this.  My colleagues, Kaye Tew, Rachel Bruce and Lisa Bach create and deliver amazing extra-curricular activities for our Manchester Metropolitan University, Humanities, Languages and Social Science under-graduates, and here is just one example of their fantastic work.  http://www.mmu.ac.uk/news/news-items/3124/ and for more information about the Manchester Children’s Book Festival http://www.mcbf.org.uk/  #mmumakeadiff

10 Job Skills You’ll Need in 2020

Kirstin on Fullback and Friends:  2020 is 5 years away and here are the top 10 skills that we might start hearing more of over the next couple of years.  A little bit of forward planning will do no harm at all.  Plus the skill terms may sound new to us, but for many of us we are already developing these skills within our current roles/sectors. https://www.themuse.com/advice/10-job-skills-youll-need-in-2020

Communicate your creativity

Kirstin on Fullback and Friends:  Within the world of work all of us will support teams which may also involve, working with clients.  This will involve working with individuals that will have different approaches to work, and skill sets.  Understanding that we all work differently helps individuals identify ways to make positive communication adjustments when involved in collaborative work.  Then sit back and see how successfull your outcomes can be, for you and your team.  http://ccskills.org.uk/careers/advice/article/communicate-your-creativity?utm_source=newsletter%20201&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Communicate%20your%20creativity&utm_campaign=newsletter

10 Things Only Exceptional Bosses Give Employees

Kirstin on Fullback and Friends:  Good managers have the ability to bring out the best in their team’s, which includes motivating, inspiring them and making sure they can plan and reach goals that will help a team/service produce great results and successfully meet or in some cases over achieve targets, and help develop the team’s individual careers.  http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140630120036-20017018-10-things-only-exceptional-bosses-give-employees?trk=tod-posts-post1-ptlt

6 Types of Emails You Should Be Writing

Kirstin on Fullback and Friends:  A large proportion of our work days are spent responding to or, corresponding by email.  This article has little something for everyone, and helps us all to understand how important email etiquette is and how useful it can be in our jobs when working collaboratively, with colleagues and clients.  It also shows how important it can be to keep team morale on a high, and all it may take is sending an email which will bring a smile to the recipients face.  (But, let’s not forget, face-to-face thank you’s, team discussions, apologies are really important to.)  https://www.themuse.com/advice/6-types-of-emails-you-should-be-writing