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In our world there’s no such word as "can’t"

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April 2024

How a swimming lesson showed me that an “old dog can be taught new tricks”!*

Ella Jaczynska
Today, I had my first advanced adult swimming lesson. Swimming was one of my sports as a teenager, but I haven’t had a lesson since then. My body, fitness, and capability have changed a lot over the years, and what used to come easily has been becoming harder and harder. Recently, a friend mentioned she was getting swimming lessons, and
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March 2024

International Women’s (Every)Day!

Ella Jaczynska
I got asked quite a few times this week what I was doing for International Women’s Day. I reflected on this a lot and realised what I wanted to do was just accentuate what I hope I do every day in support of women. Happy Vamped Up Every Day to all the awesome women out there.I celebrate you all! Photo
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February 2024

How a haircut taught me “old” can actually be “new”

Ella Jaczynska
Recently I wanted to make a change to my haircut. The old style wasn’t working for me. I looked at new options and kept on coming back to a Bob hairstyle I had had many times in the past.I had it cut, love it and feel so much better. And then I reflected and laughed. My mind immediately thought ‘new’
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January 2024

New Year’s Day Tradition

Ella Jaczynska
I have a New Year’s Day tradition of cleaning all my shoes – it may sound strange, but it is a great way for me to start the year. Here is why: More than shoe cleaning! I can then step forward into the New Year with not only clean, rejuvenated footwear but with a spring in my step, eagerness, readiness
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October 2023

What would you say if I told you that overworking doesn’t equal a productive worker?

Ella Jaczynska
This may sound a little controversial and provocative, but so many of us (including me in the past) work longer and longer hours, and so we feel we must be “hard workers”. It was quite a wake-up for me a few years ago when I learnt that productive work is when we work Smarter, NOT Longer and Harder. Longer and longer hours of hard work
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October 2022

Why should we manage Wellbeing – this year’s No1 HR focus area

Ella Jaczynska
Managing our emotional, mental and physical wellbeing is no longer a nice to have. There are numerous reasons why this makes business sense.
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May 2022

Employees can own their engagement

Ella Jaczynska
Podcast with the Mind Shift Group on how employees can learn to own their own engagement. And to realise how linked it is to living their Personal Brand.
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May 2022

Addressing Loneliness that we, our colleagues and friends may be feeling.

Ella Jaczynska
9th-15th May 2022 is Mental Wellbeing Awareness week – there are simple, powerful ways we can help address this year’s theme of Loneliness. There are some fantastic resources out there for organisations and individuals to use to help in this area. One I find very powerful is WRAW (Workplace Wellbeing and Resilience) and how their quick snapshot report is affordable and accessible to all.
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April 2022

This article on mature, whole leadership never ages for me (Head, Heart and Guts).

Ella Jaczynska
Modern leadership requires knowledge and conviction (using our heads), compassion and humanness (using our hearts), courage and instinct (using our guts).