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Durham University

Organisation Development


As a result of the impact of Covid-19, Durham University, like many organisations has been forced to move to a largely remote working model. This new way of working creates challenges for all and requires new and different approaches. A range of webinars are recommended as a form of support during these uncertain times.

Leading teams through uncertain times with David Algeo and Craig Smith

This webinar covers the following:

  • The importance of creating psychological safety during these challenging times
  • How to navigate continuum of being "Robust" and "Supportive" with team members
  • The four elements of successfully managing and supporting teams working differently:
    • Building trust when working at a distance (setting boundaries, empowering individuals)
    • Being an effective coach and facilitator
    • Supporting the wellbeing of your team members and yourself
    • Identifying and helping team members who are struggling or experiencing difficulties

Duration of webinar: approx. 55 minutes.

To access please click here.

A trancript of the webinar is availabe here.

Mind Gym: How Coronavirus is Transforming Work & What You Can Do About It

A webinar which covers the stages of change we will likely go through in relation to the consequences of Covid-19 and how to manage through these stages. It also has some useful content and tips regarding remote working.

Duration of webinar: approx. 25 minutes.

To access please click here.

RobertsonCooper: Staying well in uncertain times and finding the route back to Good Days at Work

An insight into the science of wellbeing in the context of the current Covid-19 crisis and the challenges this presents to our wellbeing.

Duration of webinar: approx. 25 minutes.

To access please click here.

The Growth Mindset with Sam Patterson

“The Growth Mindset: how to put positive thinking into practice” with the external coach and trainer Sam Patterson and her associate Christina Gates.

The term “growth mindset” was developed by psychologist Carol Dweck who first published Mindset: The New Psychology of Success in 2006, her definition of growth mindset is: “In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work - brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.” She talks about the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset: “Individuals who believe their talents can be developed (through hard work, good strategies, and input from others) have a growth mindset. They tend to achieve more than those with a more fixed mindset (those who believe their talents are innate gifts).” Carol Dweck

The development of a growth mindset can provide a range of positive benefits that include: coping better with transitions, higher levels of resilience, well-being and self-esteem and a reduction in helplessness, stress and aggression. In the webinar Sam introduces the concept of a growth mindset and facilitates a discussion on how to develop this.

Duration of webinar: approx. 54 minutes.

To access please click here and enter the password: s3D2Qn?9