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Harnessing the power of stress to improve your work and well-being

How can you harness the power of stress to improve performance AND wellbeing?

Listen to my discussion on Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) this working life with Lisa Leong and the incredible health psychologist and mindset research at Stanford University Kari Leibowitz, PhD for fresh perspectives and practical tips.

Listen to the Podcast here 

 

 

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The rise of Leader Fatigue as we all ‘hang in there’, yet again

leadership resilience Jan 25, 2022

If you're someone who has been leading an organisation, a team or a family through the last 2-years it probably feels like you're the driver on a long road trip, that nobody wanted to go on, constantly fielding the question, 'are we there yet?'.

 The signposts are constantly changing and just when we think we’re getting closer, the destination moves. We need to rethink the roadmap, grab emergency supplies, and try to keep everyone happy when patience is running thin. Each person on...

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How To Stay Stress Positive

 

When we're constantly bombarded with messages around the pandemic and its resulting stress & uncertainty, it can be easy to get caught up in it, experience negative emotions and feel pretty lousy overall. I made this video to help people through this time with some reminders and provide a fresh perspective. 

Remember, we're all in it together, so before you go down the rabbit hole of automatic negative thoughts, watch this video for some tips and strategies that...

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Lockdown Life Coach

I love the Wave FM brekky show – Jade, Straney and Damien are so REAL and always make me laugh. I was certainly keeping it real when I had the pleasure of talking with them about overcoming Covid lockdown challenges from my car. My specific lockdown challenge was when the tradies showed up to fix our internet and a couple of other things that weren’t working after we moved into our new home and STARTED DRILLING. Haha… I had to jump into the car and do my...

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Resilience Fatigue: The surprising truth about EMPATHY

empathy mindset resilience Aug 30, 2021

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, it shook the world. We were confronted with unprecedented levels of uncertainty, threat and disruption to life as we know it. It's not surprising that 77% of Australian and New Zealand workers experienced burnout in 2020.

Communities, organisations, families and individuals were forced to adapt, and resilience became an essential skill to survive the pandemic and thrive. I have been so impressed by the way organisations invested in resilience to support their...

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How Smiling Helps You, Even if it's Fake

Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People is the classic on getting along well with others. Carnegie listed six ways to make people like you. Number two on the list is to smile.

Research supports Carnegie’s “smiling principle”. Smiling makes you appear more attractive to others and by smiling we influence others to smile too. People judge things more positively while smiling, so our own smile can set off a chain reaction causing more positive encounters.

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Are we asking the right questions about change?

Today, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten delivered their final election pitches to Australians and “change” is the uniting theme.  While Scott Morrison aims to convince us that now is not the time for change, Bill Shorten’s message is the exact opposite claiming, “It’s time”. 
 
We all have our own opinions and, while it is not the intention of this blog is to take a side, all this talk about change has...

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Why changing how you think about stress could help you be less affected by it

This is a quick blog to share a helpful article on stress, rather than the typical fear-mongering approach we typically see in the media.  

Medical reporter of ABC Life, Sophie Scott, interviewed me about some of the work I'm doing to transform the experience of stress.  She has also included the ground-breaking work of Kellie McGonigal, who wrote the book The Upside of Stress: Why stress is good for you and how to get good at it.  

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The “Super” Emotion: Gratitude

We’ve all heard of superfoods but what about super emotions?  It turns out that gratitude might just be that emotion… and the best bit, it’s incredibly easy to cultivate.
 
Gratitude is about expressing appreciation for what one has, as opposed to what one wants. Here are just a few of the scientifically proven benefits of gratitude:

What better time to put it into practice than the end of the year in the form of a gratitude letter.  Writing a letter...

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Since when is just “managing” an aspirational goal?

I’ve been working with a lot of people and companies to transform their experience of stress – from surviving to thriving – and have found a troubling theme.  
 
Everyone agrees that “surviving” stress is not a good place to be, and most can also agree that “coping” is a dangerous place to be as it can so easily tip into “surviving”, or worse. But what’s surprised me, is how conditioned we’ve all become to accept...

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