What is true resilience? Unpacking resilience and debunking wrong notions

By 2016 TEC Speaker of the Year, Ashton Bishop, CEO at Step Change

It’s 5:30 p.m., and you’re just about to leave the office — but are you actually leaving?

Let’s unpack this.

Work is technically over, but has your mind stopped thinking about it? Are you still coming up with solutions to your work problems as you’re commuting home?

This kind of ‘grit’ is what a lot of people equate to ‘resilience’. But is this what resilience is? Is this what we should all strive for? Continue reading

Stress. Is it due to your fears?

By Harvey Martin, TEC Chair – I was reflecting on Andrew Dick’s article a few weeks ago regarding stress—how he talked about being self-aware of stress and the impact it was has on you. ‘The only way to get something done right, is to do it myself!’ One of the most common reasons for stress, is the fear that ‘Unless I do the job. It won’t be done correctly.’ […] more

Are you addressing your blind spots?

By Andrew Dick, TEC Chair For every leader, there will be those things they know, that they can do well, and those things that they simply can’t see. It is in this second category that blind spots dwell, and it’s here where serious challenges to a business’s continuity will arise.[…] more

Stressed? The answer lies in building resilience

By Andrew Dick, TEC Chair Just last week, I sat down to a fascinating presentation from Lynn Leahy on the topic of stress among senior business leaders. As I looked around the room at the attendants, it was clear that many were experiencing that same stress and could benefit from building their resilience towards it.[…] more

Workplace Wellbeing: Tip Number 10 – Start your own choir

A bit like Yoga, being involved in a choir is very popular at present. There are choirs out there that you can join for all different types of people and groups, especially community ones.

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Workplace Wellbeing Tip Number 9 – Do yoga or meditation classes

It’s really important that we start the day on an “emotional high”. If we are emotionally high, we perceive the world to be a better place and work more productively as a result. It’s all targeted towards positive psychology that leads to better outcomes. If we Feel Good, then we Think Good, and then we Do Good. At a business level if we improve morale, and have a positive attitude, then productivity increases. Continue reading

Workplace Wellbeing: Tip Number 8 – Scatter your workload

One of the major wellbeing issues that have emerged recently is sedentary behavior. This has been identified by VicHealth as the number two issue that negatively impacts workplace wellbeing. Stress is still number one. Sedentary behavior is quite simply when we sit for too long. The solution is easy. Move. Continue reading

Workplace Wellbeing: Tip Number 7 – Show more appreciation and gratitude

Appreciation and gratitude are often lacking in many workplaces. This is really confusing to me because they are free. So why are they missing and what is the problem that we have with this very simple concept? Continue reading

Workplace Wellbeing: Tip Number 6 – Walk to a park and have your meeting there

Meetings can be the bane of our working life. Never before has there been more time spent on “meaningless meetings” than at present.
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Workplace Wellbeing: Tip Number 5 – Have a standing/moving/walking meeting

How many times have you gone to a meeting and walked away saying “Well that was a waste of time.” There are three reasons why this may have been the case. The first is that you weren’t really required to be there in the first place. Continue reading

Workplace Wellbeing: Tip Number 3 – Have a “no internal emails day”

Let me start by telling you a fact about emails that you may have missed while checking your Inbox today. Emails are an ineffective form of communication. Don’t get me wrong here. They are a GRRREAT way of sending information and data, instantly, to as many people as you want, for free. Continue reading