Category Positive Psychology

Legacy trees and Melbourne flu

I was having a ho hum week. Nothing terrible but I was recovering from losing my voice and a bout of Melbourne flu – which is challenging when you run lots of workshops. Plus I was approaching a milestone birthday and that always prompts a fair amount of introspection. So I had to drag myself […]

Less TALK more ACTION

I am putting it out there that in 2018 I am writing a book. Yes that’s right. Well, actually I have already written and rewritten 20,000 words in 2017. I didn’t announce it before due to the dressing down I got from my youngest daughter. Apparently I used to ‘always’ go around saying that I […]

Nursing Teamwork

Late last year serendipity arrived in my inbox. Michael Pether, amateur WW11 historian, contacted me as a result of the blog I had written on resilience called “Lessons from my Grandma”, in which I had briefly mentioned my great aunt Dorothy Gwendolyn Howard Elmes.  “Bud” was one of the 22 Australian army nurses lined up […]

What’s up in 2017?

From the Brave New World of employee monitoring, big data and Robotic Process Automation, to more micro trends such as: business coaches and solopreneurs, plus some evolving trends in leadership. Employee monitoring – a dystopian idea – Use it for good not evil Human resources media wrote recently about the “wearable technology that can spy on […]

Is good enough for Google good enough for us?

Google recently studied over 100 of its teams to find the stand out factors that made some teams highly successful and some not so. Project Aristotle was the lofty title and they analysed huge amounts of data in their quest to put this under the microscope. Team Composition The first thing they looked at was […]

Lessons from my Grandma

I’ve been reading a looooooot of textbooks lately on resilience and associated topics….. On GRIT as I have previously blogged about – passion and persistence towards long term goals. On Mental Toughness, which is a ‘short hand’ way of explaining why some people cope well under pressure and others seem to falter. On Resilience, particularly […]

A Utopian Ideal?

A Utopian Ideal? Russell Howcroft of ABC2 & Gruen Transfer fame spoke recently at a VECCI lunch for business leaders on nurturing creativity. Russell suggested business leaders need to get away from cynical and adversarial thinking. He recommended writing ‘assume good intent’ on a whiteboard in your office. I have often wished to do the same, […]