What’s with the worship of busyness?

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Reading Time: 6 minutes As I wrote the title to this article, I wondered how many people would read it and think that I had mis-spelled “business” as “busyness”. After all, a number of problems that we face in society today can be attributed to worshipping business as though it is the only legitimate human pursuit, and the only … Read more

Why do we struggle to have great ideas?

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Reading Time: 4 minutes As leaders and managers, we’re often expected to have the great ideas, brilliant insights and action plans that will help our people and organisations turn over a new leaf. But in the midst of all the busy-ness of business, it’s easy to get stuck in a “same old, same old” thinking rut. Why we struggle … Read more

Mindset: how to transform your life

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Reading Time: 7 minutes

Over the course of our lives, we develop and adopt beliefs about ourselves and how the world works. The word “mindset” is the collective name for these beliefs.

Our mindset guides our choices, behaviours, decisions, and how we view the world. If you’ve ever walked away from a conversation thinking “How on earth could they think that?!”, chances are you were talking to someone who is operating from a completely different mindset to you.

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Experiencing coronavirus fatigue? You’re not alone. What can you do about it?

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Reading Time: 10 minutes

In these coronavirus-impacted times, fatigue seems to be a near-universal experience. Many people are wondering why they feel so tired when they’ve just had weeks of reduced activities and travel. But coronavirus fatigue is real. And the good news is that you can take charge of your energy and wellbeing! Read on to find out more.

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What you need to know about our autonomic nervous system and stress

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Reading Time: 4 minutes

Human beings have an autonomic nervous system (ANS), which controls a great deal of how our body works. The word “autonomic” means that the system can function without our conscious control. We don’t have to tell our lungs to breathe, our heart to beat, or our stomachs to start or finish the digestive process. They just do what they are supposed to do.

The autonomic nervous system has two streams operating in tandem. They are the sympathetic and the parasympathetic, and they fulfil different functions. For me, understanding how they operate and how to support them has helped me manage the stress created by complexity and increase my wellbeing. In this article, I share some insights into how stress can affect our ANS, and a simple but remarkably effective tip for changing your experience of stress.

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Seven steps to turn your “to-do” list into an “achieved” list

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Reading Time: 7 minutes It starts with that familiar sinking feeling, as we scurry around trying to do the million things on our mental “to-do” list, and instantly think of another twenty tasks to add. Or we stare at a blank page, too stressed to know where to start writing a list of everything we have to do. Either … Read more