After Iftar

Key steps to psychological safety at the workplace

You will never know the capability of your team until it operates at its best psychological safety levels. But what exactly does psychological safety entail? Psychological safety relates to employees’ wellbeing and is achieved when employees do not run the risk of being mentally harmed out of negligence, recklessness or …

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Who protects the music artist? – Often hidden, seamless, and prevalent

A few months ago, a Street Music Festival was held in Kuwait that featured a great line up of musicians. I got caught up working on a soundscape installation and couldn’t make it to the event. However, reading the flyer of the event was fascinating as I realized that the organisers …

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A piece of England forever Kuwait

Names can be deceptive. When I first heard Violet Dickson’s name mentioned in conversation, I envisaged someone small and slight. Nothing, however, could have been further from the truth. She was built on formidable lines and had a personality to match. Her husband, Harold, had been the British Agent in …

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Kuwait then and now … a Paris of the Gulf again

Equipped with a mechanical engineering degree and a few years of work experience in India, I arrived in Kuwait over 41 years ago. Today, I feel an integral part of the country having witnessed Kuwait’s growth and progress. In the mid-1970s Kuwait was developing at a fast pace due to …

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The 4L’s of marriage … parts of a final masterpiece

This Holy Month I feel grateful for many things, but particularly to have a good man around who has put up with me for three decades. Actually, he’s not always good – just a while ago he said, “We’ve been married for almost 32 years but it seems just like …

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THE ART OF SCIENCE

Science, by definition, is a very methodical discipline. You come up with a theory, devise an experiment to test it, record your findings and then draw some conclusions. If you are lucky, this results in a publication or two, maybe even a patent, whereupon you briefly bask in the glory …

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Attitude of gratitude

Twenty years ago, my cousin-in-law Joelyn gave me The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude by Sarah Ban Breathnach. I smiled, said ‘thank you’ and stuck it in a drawer. When I moved to Cyprus, everything in that drawer moved with me because it was easier than doing a cull. There …

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Family prime time

One of my colleagues once asked me whether I enjoyed my time more with my children or grandchildren. I paused for a moment to think and said … grandchildren. She then asked me “why.” To answer this question, I had to scan my life. I realized that when I had …

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‘No better time than now’ – get fit … have fun

The importance of physical fitness cannot be emphasized enough. In today’s society we tend to live a more sedentary lifestyle. Therefore, there is a desperate need to increase daily activity to keep fit. Regular exercise will maintain the performance of your lungs and heart, keep your weight under control, improve …

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Good stress, bad stress? … Attitude key

The way in which the word ‘stress’ is used today usually carries negative connotations. In 1975, the endocrinologist Hans Selye coined the word ‘eustress’ (the Greek eu means ‘well’ or ‘good’ – thus ‘good stress’) when he published a model dividing stress into two categories: ‘eustress’ and ‘distress’. Persistent stress …

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