Susan spent twenty five years as ‘the property’ of a motorcycle gang in both Canada and USA, and by the end of it all her boyfriend was on the FBI’s most wanted list. From age 16 to 31 she lived with, hung out with drug addicts, murderers and abusers of every kind. She was, inevitably, a drug addict and alcoholic herself.
In September of 2009 Paul Hembery stood by the side of the the race track in Singapore and had a thought that was to change the face of Formula 1. He called his CEO at Pirelli and simply said “We should be here”. At this point, Pirelli hadn’t been involved in Formula 1 for 21 years: they had no tyres, no factory and no team. But 7 months after that phone call, in March 2010, Hembery signed the contract with Bernie Ecclestone to become the sole tyre supplier to Formula 1. They had just 9 months to pull together a team, and factory, that could design, prototype, manufacture, supply and be on the track to test in November 2010.
Companies are twisting themselves into knots getting anxious about the sad state of engagement of their employees. And rightly so, given the value they’re losing. High engagement can be defined as having a strong connection with one’s work and colleagues, feeling like a real contributor, and enjoying ample chances to learn consistently, which leads to positive outcomes for everyone. The rewards include higher productivity, better-quality products, and increased profitability.
How many times have you decided to lose weight, give up smoking, stop drinking during the week, double your daily sales calls, or go to gym every day?
You are committed to your cause and you start with all the best intentions. It goes well…for a short while…and then you relapse back into your old ways. Sound familiar?
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Public speaking. It is the stuff of nightmares. Standing in front of your peers, colleagues, managers and bosses, words that you’ve prepped for weeks rendered to a mere whisper.
VUCA is a popular acronym to describe today’s business environment, so it’s useful to know what it means. VUCA stands for : Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous. It is characterised by, or subject to, rapid or unexpected change; indefinite – not reliable – not constant – unpredictable. A situation that is doubtful or uncertain – capable of being understood in two or more possible senses or ways.
Individuals and organisations have become increasingly aware of the concept of Mental Toughness and its value, but is it the same as Resilience?
Whether it’s weight you want to lose, a deal you want to land, or a marathon you want to run…. or pretty much anything you have your heart set on, then there here are some tips on getting where you want to be.
What type of team are you leading? How is your team performing – Are you Failing, Surviving, Performing or Winning? And what are you going to do about it?
You know that you need a fabulous female keynote speaker who will take to your stage, deliver an incredible story, aligned to all of your goals and objectives, entertain and provoke thought, and leave the audience with a clear purpose of what they need to do next.
Mental Toughness is not about being macho in any sense. It is entirely about our ability to be “the best that we can be”. This is, of course, central to development activity for virtually everyone on the planet.
These two phrases are often used interchangeably, especially in the press but also by people development professionals. However, we tend to be careful about how we describe Mental Toughness for a couple of important reasons.
Stressed? Anxious? Exhausted? Drained?
Many people feel this was feel this way about work, due to stressors and pressures. Longer work hours, more frequent hassles, the need to do more with fewer resources all add to the pressure Such work stress has been shown to induce anxiety and anger, unethical behaviour, poor decision making, and chronic exhaustion and burnout, all of which impair personal and organisational performance.
When I was competing as a Rally Driver, my co-driver and I would finish a stage and drive back to the service area to get the car checked and ready for the next stage. There we’d be shoved a results sheet through the window.
I remember how I would sit and stare at the stage results – scanning for clues. I needed to know – How did they get that time – what did they do – how can I do what they do? I wanted – needed – to find the edge and beat them all.
We spend half of our day at work, and for some of us it’s closer to half our lives. Both your mindset and the mindset of those around you will have a significant impact on your life, especially the mindset of your boss.
Fixed-mindset leaders, like fixed-mindset people in general, live in a world where some people are superior and some are inferior. They must repeatedly affirm that they are superior, and the company is simply a platform for this.