There has never been a time greater than now to prioritise some self-care and take a few practical steps to refresh and reset. So, pause and think about how are you looking after yourself at this time.
We’re starting to hear conversations about ‘getting back to normal’ and ‘returning to the old ways’. This is a normal response to change. Our brains want the certainty of returning to what we know, but we need to reset our expectations. Some things will be different, some will stay the same. One thing that we can guarantee is that we will all be adjusting to the new ‘normal’ and this itself will keep evolving.
Our willpower is being tested to the hilt whilst we’re in ‘lockdown’ resulting in the temptation to raid the fridge and wine cellar (if you have one!) a little too often. Learn how to change habits and eat for resilience in this blog.
One of the critical skills of resilience lies between our ears, learning how to calm our instinctual emotional reactions and turn them into considered responses.
As Australia does what it needs to do to contain this pandemic, we are being told to self-isolate. A friend posted yesterday that self-isolating does NOT mean self-isolation and she couldn’t have said a truer word.
As we move towards the end of another busy year with all the excitement and challenges of ‘the silly season’, it’s a good time to look to how we can manage our thinking and emotions to show up at work and home as the best version of ourselves. Being able to take a Growth rather […]
“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.” Dr. Seuss We know that Christmas can be a chaotic and sometimes stressful time of year and one of nature’s best antidotes to bring us back to balance is the ability to look for and find laughter, humour and joy. 1 Fact – Laughter […]
The 21st century leader is you and I, is anyone who belongs to an organisation and has a deep seated desire to be a part of its success. The 21st century leader is a Neuroleader, one who wants to understand why she does what she does, what’s happening in the brain to create this and, moreover, what strategies exist to change what’s not working for them.
Our brain is like Velcro for bad news and Teflon for good. From evolution, we are programmed to default to the negative and we need to be mindful of this tendency and choose to balance the mix. We can do so by consciously savouring positive experiences and seeking out feelgood stories and films which help us to produce dopamine and serotonin, our happy hormones.
From a work perspective, a ‘psychologically safe’ workplace is defined as ‘a climate of interpersonal trust and mutual respect in which people feel comfortable being themselves to make mistakes or take risks in their work’. These are essential conditions for creativity and innovation to thrive, for people to learn and grow (develop a Growth Mindset) and to feel comfortable working fully to their strengths.
When we are asked by someone if we would like feedback, our brains default to the negative and assume it’s going to be critical (the real translation of ‘constructive’). Our defence mechanisms kick into action and our limbic emotional brain presumes the worst leaving us in no position to objectively evaluate and process what is being said.
This is an article I wrote for www.thecreativepenn.com Every day we hear of new strategies for writing faster or book marketing, we learn of a new tool that could help our author business, or we listen to a podcast that gives us more ideas. The To Do list doesn’t ever get shorter, and the world […]
When we listen to stories we are transported, not just because we are in a different state of brainwave, but because we are using a different brain network called the default narrative network which takes us into mind wandering, imagination and possibility. We each interpret the story in our own unique way and therefore own it and its message.
Our ability to maintain focus and attention relies on our ability to manage our thinking and look after our brain. It’s time to move from working harder to working smarter and pay attention or pay for a lack of it.
Often when I speak or run development programmes I’m asked what books I might recommend – therein lies many a possibility! Reading professional development books is my most important strategy to keep up to date and this is especially true of the field of neuroscience which is constantly updating and evolving. Below is a selection […]
We often think about engagement as something organisations need to do to retain staff and encourage discretionary effort, but what happens when the individual is already at maximum contribution yet is not feeling satisfied with work? Is this individual disengaged or just too tired to care? In many of the organisations we are working with, […]
I was introduced to Mark last year via my partnership with the About My Brain Institute and when he sent his most recent blog it really resonated with me so I asked Mark if I could post this as our first guest blog. Mark’s website is http://uk.thoughtleadersglobal.com/ – enjoy. I arrived at the end of 2015 on […]
It’s Friday, many people in the workplace might feel like they’ve been swimming through treacle since returning back after Christmas and they are having an extra-large dose of that TGIF (or stronger!) feeling. It’s all too easy when we are busy to rush through the day in the hope that we’ll get somewhere near the […]
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.
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.