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How to use mindfulness to stay ninja focused

In culture, Development, Effectiveness, Inspire, Learning, Personal Branding, Philosophy, Positive Thinking on November 4, 2016 at 4:56 am

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The words busy, dynamic and stress are so rampant in our vocabulary that we forget to stop and focus on the core elements that contribute to each day.

What if there was a way to choose how we describe our perspective simply by using other words or a different thought process? How would that assist us in making the most of our potential skills and talents without exhausting ourselves? Here’s where we could consider practicing mindfulness.

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Design Thinking: The future of thinking

In Collaboration, Content, Creative, Design, Development, Effectiveness, Inspire, Instructional Design, Leadership, Learning, Philosophy, Strategy on March 8, 2016 at 11:15 am

Did you know that HR organizations are incorporating Design Thinking into their approach to managing, supporting, and training people? Instead of building ‘programs’ and ‘processes’, they are studying people to aid in the development of interventions, apps, and tools to help make employees less stressed and more productive. This was as reported in Deloitte’s Human Capital Trends 2016.

According to the report, it was also stated that HR needs to upgrade its skills to include design thinking, people analytics, and behavioral economics.

Design Thinking is not a new concept. Giants such as Lego and Google have been practicing this for years. But why are we suddenly sitting up to join the club?

Because when the client or customer can literally take or leave at the touch of a button, loyalty has never been so coveted. And user experience has become gospel truth.

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Three simple steps to state management

In Communication, Development, Effectiveness, Inspire, Leadership, Philosophy, Positive Thinking on February 9, 2015 at 10:54 am

How many times have we been in a situation where we lose our sense of state?

Ruffled feathers. Passionate heart. Blood boiling. Or just plain fear in a state of crisis. Just some of the ways to describe a state of flurry. These are merely euphemisms. Of course.

And we respond based on our emotional reactions. We freeze. Or we prepare to go for the jugular. Both not very constructive courses of action.

In his 1996 bestseller Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman calls this the amygdala hijack, where one responds inappropriately due to a hijack of the amygdala, a part of the brain that regulates fight or flight responses.

But in a situation where this can occur, it’s a very fine balance that one needs to strike. Pardon the pun.

So let’s look at three very simple steps.

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Waste not want not: The art of lean thinking

In Branding, Development, Effectiveness, Inspire, Leadership, Learning, Performance Management, Personal Branding, Philosophy, Positive Thinking on October 13, 2014 at 2:51 am

Ever heard the phrase a messy desk is a messy mind? Or ever heard a colleague utter the dreaded words: now where is that file? I had it right here. (Rustle rustle) Ahh there it is! Found it!

And surely you’ve noticed how much longer it takes you to find things in a cluttered environment?

It starts with space. Your space defines who you are.

Some view this as a tangible showcase of where you call home. Or perhaps where you work.

The realists. The rationalists. They speak in quantifiable amounts of things you can tick off on a checklist. The house. The garden. The extra room. The office. The desk. These are extensions to their existence. It becomes an external factor.

The dreamers, the free spirits, however, have a slightly different take on this. In their eyes, your space is right where you are at that given moment in time. It is an internal factor. A different philosophy.

Neither is right or wrong.

But no matter what school of thought you live by, lean thinking applies to both when progress and performance is at stake.

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Three simple elements to stay focused

In Branding, Change Management, Communication, Development, Inspire, Leadership, Learning, Personal Branding, Philosophy, Positive Thinking on August 10, 2014 at 10:51 pm

I was on a plane once traveling from point A to point B, as you do. In the last brief moments of the flight, a mini-documentary came on the screen to while away the last few moments of the flight.

It had been a long flight and the last thing anyone wanted to do was watch a documentary. Documentaries usually mean a dedicated cognitive presence and invested focus. You can’t simply tune out because you would miss the gist of the topic.

But this one caught my attention. A group of children were the focus of a study. Each child was placed alone in a room with nothing but a small plate on a table in front of them. On the plate was a marshmallow.

The kids were told that they could have the marshmallow. However, they were also told that if they resisted, waiting a mere fifteen minutes, they would get another one and could then have both.

I watched in fascination at the sometimes comical reactions of the children. Fifteen minutes to a child is but a lifetime. Some squirmed. Others contemplated. And others still negotiated within and with themselves.

And then there were those who persevered and doubled their takings.

This study, conducted in the late 1960s was known as the Stanford marshmallow experiment and focused on the concept of delayed gratification.

Years later, researchers found that the kids who resisted gobbling the marshmallow grew up into individuals who coped and performed better in school, the workplace, and life in general, asserting the same willpower that they had demonstrated as younglings. So it seems, delayed gratification has its perks. More importantly, it builds our willpower.

So in the face of adversity, change and tough times, how important is it to have the will to persevere? Very. Without it, we would all simply give up.

And why is it that some people seem to have more focus to willpower than others? And can this be nurtured?

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The art of mindfulness

In Branding, Creative, Development, Inspire, Leadership, Learning, Personal Branding, Philosophy, Positive Thinking on July 21, 2014 at 10:50 pm

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I was watching an episode of ‘An Idiot Abroad’ the other night. And the protagonist, Karl Pilkington, was in Petra, Jordan.

In this particular episode, he had spent countless hours on a camel, then overnight in a camp with others and having dinner eating parts of an animal he didn’t care for, then finally had had enough and insisted they drive the rest of the next day’s journey to their destination.

By the time Karl Pilkington got to Petra, one of the wonders of the world, and one of my most revered dream destinations, he was beside himself.

I watched with amusement at how distracted he was. Despite standing in the presence of one of the world’s most magnificent wonders, the carved ancient city that stood in front of him was furthest from his mind.

I wondered how I would react given being in the same situation. I found myself empathizing with the man. It was humbling.

Then I started wondering how, if I could whenever I want to, tap into the resources I have within me, to bring myself back to the present moment to simply be.

Is it all easier said than done?

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Change readiness in a constantly dynamic world

In Change Management, Inspire, Leadership, Learning, Personal Branding, Philosophy, Positive Thinking on June 22, 2014 at 10:50 pm

When I was younger I believed that people don’t change. As an adult, I realize this is incorrect. People do change; we learn, we evolve, we grow.

In fact, change is the only constant. We’ve all heard it before. This is true. Look around you. Change is everywhere.

And change is good. If we don’t change, we’re stagnant. Change pushes our boundaries. Takes us out of our comfort zone. And inspires us.

The person you are today is not the person you were yesterday. I certainly am not. I needed to change to adapt to the constant shifts around me. We all do.

So instead of fighting change; it’s about embracing change.

The art of embracing change is therefore to be change ready.

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Get bulletproof

In Branding, Inspire, Leadership, Personal Branding on May 29, 2014 at 10:56 pm

I’ve been told I have an amazing positive philosophy on life.

So when I was allocated a project at work to create a coaching program on resilience in the workplace, it was only fitting.

I’m not going to talk about that program. Instead I’m simply going to share what I believe it takes to build emotional strength. To get bulletproof.

I’d like to think I’m emotionally strong. I’d also like to think I have the humility enough to admit I may not always have been at the peak of this emotional strength.

But that’s the thing about emotional strength. It’s an internal thing that you build, nourish, and maintain. And continue to build, nourish, and maintain. Every single day.

And being only human, some days you need to get the hits in order to make you stronger.

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Intent versus reality

In Branding, Communication, Development, Inspire, Leadership, Learning, Personal Branding on April 14, 2014 at 12:02 pm

A valuable lesson was reinforced to me this past month. It inspired me to write this blog.

How many times have you heard someone say, “But that was not my intent”?

And here’s the challenge. How many times have you caught yourself thinking it?

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