Are you noticing yourself getting more distracted? Working from home, you might be aware that you are making more trips to the fridge, spending more time on social media or staring aimlessly out of the window. You are not alone! Our brains are distraction finding machines and that’s one of the reasons why sitting for hours in a zoom call can be so hard – we are trying to focus our attention and even more importantly maybe, appear as if we are focusing intently. It also means we are working against our biology as our brains are designed to wander (the mind wandering part of our brain is called the default network).
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.
Having a diverse team isn’t enough, we need to actively focus on inclusion
Welcome to part 2 of 3 in our series on self-care. If you missed part 1 on quality sleep, it’s just below this blog. This blog focuses on brain-friendly nutrition and eating habits. Self-care forms an intrinsic part of self-leadership, resilience and ultimately, high performance. Just like the oxygen mask analogy on a plane, we can’t […]
We’re all aware of the need for regular exercise and good nutrition to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but possibly the most important leg of this three-legged stool is quality sleep, and sadly, it’s the one most often neglected. In this first of a three-part series on self-care, we want to share with you some of the […]
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.
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, […]
Our aim with this article is to share with you our experience combined with the latest findings from neuroscience about what we can predict about behavioural responses to change and how we can plan to minimise the perceived threat to people. Whilst we aim to keep it brief we also want it to be of […]
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.
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.
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.