None of us have to cast our minds around very far to alight upon an area of our lives that is currently in a state of flux. Change, we learn, is the new normal, and I – in common with many others – have made a career of helping people and organisations figure out how to adapt accordingly. You’d think that we would all be used to it by now. And yet, all of us repeatedly try to resist change. Now there are good neurological and social reasons for that. We are hardwired to perceive the unknown as a threat – it’s a jungle out there. Our brains make no real distinction between social threats and physical ones – challenges to our status, or autonomy, or our sense of fairness, are every bit as stressful as being chased by a tiger. The extent of our ambition is to emerge from any change process as soon as possible, and relatively unscathed. We accept a paradigm which says that, when faced with change, the thing to do is to resist, minimise the impact, write … [Read more...] about We are hardwired to see the unknown as a threat, so how can you stop resisting change?
Why people resist changes
Vladislav Surkov, an aide to President Vladimir Putin, is known for his ability to formulate the concepts that drive the thinking of the Russian leader’s inner circle. Now, as the regime appears stuck without new ideas or much political space for bold action, he’s done it again.In an article published in the daily Nezavisimaya Gazeta, the Kremlin ideologue who once invented the term “sovereign democracy” to describe the Putin regime, argues that the system of government Putin has built for Russia will outlast its creator the way Gaullism outlived Charles de Gaulle in France or the U.S. democracy survived the death of its founding fathers. The reason, according to Surkov, is that Putin’s state understands and works for the “deep people” — a concept that is antithetical to the “deep state” of Western democracies.Surkov’s idea goes like this: Unlike Western nations, Russia doesn’t have a … [Read more...] about Putin Ally’s ‘Deep State’ Twist Is Deep Russian People
0 Have your say “Nothing has changed” has been the cynical, ironic refrain for the months, if not years of our Brexit purgatory. Well, something is changing. You can tell from the fact Nicola Sturgeon was in Downing Street on Wednesday night. Remember that not long ago, the UK Government was happy to let it be known the First Minister of Scotland was barred from meeting the Prime Minister. Months could pass without high level meetings between the Scottish and UK Governments.Until the end of last year, Downing Street wasn’t keen on having Sturgeon around because with Brexit in chaos, all it did was give the SNP leader a chance to trash Theresa May in front of the cameras outside Number 10’s door, unanswered.This week, the UK Government issued the First Minister a special invitation. Devolved administrations were offered an “enhanced role” in Brexit talks and a seat on a key Cabinet sub-committee that will lead preparations for … [Read more...] about Why ban on Nicola Sturgeon meeting Theresa May has lifted – Paris Gourtsoyannis
As the redevelopment of Sheffield continues, we ask those in the know how important 2019 will be for the city centre. Richard Wright, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce director of policy and representation Like it or not, Sheffield is the heart of our region and its success is critical if we are going to prosper and compete in this international economy.A successful economy is much more than just business. It's about our universities attracting the right research monies and students here, it's about visitors coming here to spend time and money, and it's about the existing population investing their own resources here because they have decided they want to live here and raise families and educate their children here.Getting the Heart of the City development right and maintaining its build momentum through the uncertainties of 2019 is critical.City centres set the tone of a city and they need to be relevant to the next 50/100 years, not a legacy of the last 50/100. Sheffield is fortunate … [Read more...] about This is why 2019 is important to the regeneration of Sheffield city centre
One in two British people give up their health kick because they find healthy food “boring”, a new survey claims. The study of people’s dieting habits, commissioned by food brand Tilda, found three in 10 believe just the thought of healthy food stops them from eating as well as they could. It also emerged the average diet lasts less than three months before dieters revert back to their old ways, and three in 10 become bored of eating healthily within the first month. Join Independent Minds For exclusive articles, events and an advertising-free read for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial Get the best of The Independent With an Independent Minds subscription for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial Get the best of The Independent Without the ads – for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial Although two thirds of the dieters surveyed said they … [Read more...] about This is why half of British people give up their health kick