What makes a good team great? What makes one team gel and another continually end up in conflict? When pondering the dynamics of high performing teams, it can help to look at our brains and from the earliest possible perspective together with the latest findings in social science and neuroscience.
When our core needs are not met we go into aversive or negative stress, when we go into stress we cannot think clearly, make rational decisions, deal well with setbacks, let alone thrive. Our mental health and that of those closest to us, suffers.
Gratitude underpins resilience and our life satisfaction levels (happiness). When we are faced with setbacks and disappointments, a focus on what’s going well in other parts of our work and life and being able to connect with a feeling of being thankful for that, helps get us back on an upward trajectory.
How high does curiosity rank in your business or personal values? How do you develop the traits and attributes of curiosity in your people? Without curiosity in our organisational culture, we risk staying in our comfort zones, sticking to the status quo and potentially resisting change. Curiosity has become a key leadership requirement.
Much research has been done on happiness and meaning at work by Barbara Fredrickson of the University of North California. She and her team discovered that whilst people reported high levels of happiness at work, fewer reported high levels of meaningfulness yet this is where sustainable improvement and success can be found for productivity, engagement and performance. Employees with meaning report 1.7 times greater job satisfaction and 1.4 times more engagement than those without a sense of meaning.
A Message for Learning and Development Professionals The Changing Face of Developing Leaders Over the last few decades, leadership development programmes were often the privilege of a select few, offered to assist people in organisations to improve the skills thought to be necessary in order to be an effective leader of others. These programmes were […]
When we arrived in the UK in March, the first thing we noticed was that the sky wasn’t dark at night. In Australia it was pitch black where we lived and we never really thought much of it….until we got here and couldn’t sleep. Just before leaving Australia I was fortunate enough to go on […]
I’ve just finished listening to a great podcast with Dr Jonathan Schooler from the University of California Santa Barbara. He shared three experiments on intuition versus analysis and explained what he has termed ‘verbal overshadowing’. Experiment Number 1 Two groups tasted a number of jams, one group was asked to taste then rank and a […]
Picture this; it’s the end of your working day and on the whole it’s been a great day. You started with a friendly catch-up with colleagues and managed to cover off everything that was on your ‘to do’ list. A team meeting that you weren’t sure about went really well and you actually got to have a proper […]
Habits habits everywhere, some good, some bad, all well engrained. From the time the alarm goes off or little people start invading your bedroom, to getting up, getting showered, getting dressed, getting breakfast – all of these daily practices can be considered habit.