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14 May

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Hope you have had a lovely week. Mine has been a mix of forced rest and hectic work! I had a minor injury and took two days off work. Surprisigly, though I was officialy off work, my mind wasnt. There was just too much to do. That state of mind is not good. I have decided to take a week off in July for a proper break from work. I may take a few days in June too. Our minds need rest and believe me, I know its hard. I struggle with it too. However, progress is what matters and I will get there and so will you! Quote for the week: "Image is what people think we are. Integrity is what we really are." — John C. Maxwell Integrity has always mattered to me. I think it should matter to everyone, but unfortunately it doesnt. I have very strong memories of being taunted and called selfish in school and college because I wouldnt let others copy from me during tests. I remember people telling me to falsify my research. I was surrounded by incidences where I could have easily swayed but I didnt. Integrity is the one thing that matters to me most. I will not compromise on that. I occasionally wonder why the lack of integrity isnt a problem to many and I get responses like "life isn't fair". "that was the easy way", "there was no other option" or the worst and the most common one I have heard is "What's the big deal?". As a lecturer, when I mark essays (am I am doing that now), I am often faced with situations like contract writing. It is frustrating and I wonder what led the student to pay someone to do their work? Students pay thousands of pounds for a UK education and then contract all their work out. Why? What about you? Does integrity matter to you? If it doesnt, I am very interested to know why. What I'm currently reading: ISO 26000 Standards I'm working with an international team on a series of corporate guidebooks based on the SDG's. The books are underpinned by the ISO 26000 standards. I'm currently reading through the excerpts to gain a deeper understanding of the standards. I initially thought it would be boring but it has definitely struck a chord in me. I see myself thinking a lot more about sustainable business practices. Video recommendation: The Power of Honesty, Humility & Humor by Steve Shenbaum. Steve explains how honesty, humility, and humor allow us to be the best we can be in life. Steve is considered one of the industry's leading experts in character development, team-building, and communication training. Watch the video here. Healthcare in the UK: We've seen the challenges that the health system faced due to Covid. But what about what's in store for us in the future? The waiting lists, the pending surgeries and so mych more. Alison Moore has written a short piece based on a panel discussion of experts on how greater use of IT can help the NHS meet the challenges ahead. Read the article here. That's all for today. Hope you have an energising and restful weekend! See you next Friday! Anjali

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