How to ensure Health and Wellbeing is a strategic priority in business

In this conversation Suki Thompson, Founder Let's Reset discusses with Geoff McDonald, mental health and cultural change advocate, the consultancy approach that Let's Reset offers clients to help business reset in this new Covid-19 world.

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Today is World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD), organised every year by the International Association for Suicide Prevention IASP. It is an opportunity for people across the globe to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention.

In this interview Geoff talks openly of his own mental health struggle and the impact that the suicide of one of his close friends had on him. 

Suki and Geoff explore the challenges of mental health in the work place.  Geoff talks openly about his massive panic attack, which was a sign of anxiety induced depression.  He shares why the catalyst of the suicide of one of his best friends urged  him to create a new leadership programme as Head of People at Unilever,  challenging  the stigma of mental ill health. We also learn how he subsequently became an activist and campaigner in this space.  

Suki and Geoff discuss the need for business to now reset, to focus on cultural change, and how important it is for companies to measure the energy of their people. The energy of people as a driver of performance to increase commercial outcomes. 

They talk about the three key barriers to change   1. Why health is important and needs to be a strategic priority 2. What organisations need to do to help keep people healthy 3. The role of business v the personal accountability to enhance people's health 

They discuss the D&I agenda and how enabling, enhancing and empowering the performance of organisations needs to be led by the CEO, not just the HR team. 

The great pause needs to be the great recalibration. -  Reset your thinking through  listening to this conversation and challenge your own views about how you can enhance people's lives in the workplace. 

 

Suki Thompson

Founder CEO , Let's Reset

Suki Thompson is well-known in the media and communications industry as a serial entrepreneur; co-founder of the award winning Oystercatchers, marketing consultancy, Haystack and Bunker Gin and now Founder of Let’s Reset, the cultural change transformation company. She is also Executive Director Xeim/Centaur Media and NED Gateley Plc. As a transformational business leader with a passion for promoting business cultures founded on commercial effectiveness, wellbeing and resilience, Suki is regularly named as one of the most powerful people in advertising by industry bible Campaign, was a previous Chair of The Marketing Society, a member of WACL, received an Honorary Doctorate from Coventry University for Marketing & Entrepreneurship and in 2018 landed Entrepreneur of the Year by WinTrade. She has advised some of the most powerful brands globally including, McDonald’s, Samsung, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Barclay’s and Landmark and worked with the top agency groups including WPP, Omnicom, Havas, Publicis and Interpublic. Suki was a Trustee of Macmillan Cancer Support for eight years, following her first of four cancer diagnoses in 2008. Since then she has discovered she holds the BRCA gene. This has led her to think carefully about her own wellbeing and contributed to her enormous resilience which led her to writing the book, Let’s Reset. Suki has two children Jaz, who heads up Let’s Reset Education and Sam, both of whom appear in her book, Let's Reset with Rankin.
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