Thursday, February 24, 2011

What About Coaching? Is it for me?

Elements of coaching:
  • Provides a confidential & objective time for self-reflection
  • Challenges your thinking
  • Helps with problem solving
  • Develops leadership abilities
  • Enhances communication
  • Aligns with the power structure
  • Creates alliances
  • Clarifies work expectations
Perhaps it is time for you to do a Role Behavioral Analysis of your work strengths, weaknesses, profile type and management style. We can do the DiSC Profile to help you find your way in your career. For more detail about the DiSC, take a look at:

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Using Burnout as a Trigger for Personal Growth

Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed and unable to meet constant demands. As the stress continues, you begin to lose the interest or motivation that led you to take on a certain role in the first place.
Burnout reduces your productivity and saps your energy, leaving you feeling increasingly helpless, hopeless, cynical, and resentful. Eventually, you may feel like you have nothing more to give.
Most of us have days when we feel bored, overloaded, or unappreciated; when the dozen balls we keep in the air aren’t noticed, let alone rewarded; when dragging ourselves out of bed requires the determination of Hercules. If you feel like this most of the time, however, you may be flirting with burnout.

You may be on the road to burnout if:
           Every day is a bad day.
           Caring about your work or home life seems like a total waste of energy.
           You’re exhausted all the time.
           The majority of your day is spent on tasks you find either mind-numbingly dull or overwhelming.
           You feel like nothing you do makes a difference or is appreciated.

The negative effects of burnout spill over into every area of life – including your home and social life. Burnout can also cause long-term changes to your body that make you vulnerable to illnesses like colds and flu. Because of its many consequences, it’s important to deal with burnout right away.

Dealing with Burnout: The "Three R" Approach
  Recognize – Watch for the warning signs of burnout
  Reverse – Undo the damage by managing stress and seeking support
  Resilience – Build your resilience to stress by taking care of your physical and emotional health

Life, work, personality, attitude and stress all affect you. Life balance develops resilience. Be sure to pay attention to the signs and then take action.

Mind Medicine--Positive Psychology and Health Talk

If you are interested, I will be giving a webinar on March 1st from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The flyer and information in is this graphic. Feel free to call for additional information.

The link to sign up is below. Please pass on the word to anyone you think might be interested.
Link to register.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Mind-Body Medicine

If you have a medical problem, the is help with mind/body techniques. Reducing pain, stress, inflammation, headaches, problems with sleep, it may be time to learn to relax and manage your health from the inside out. 

Mind-Body Medicine  Mind-body medicine typically focuses on intervention strategies that are thought to promote health, such as relaxation, hypnosis, visual imagery, meditation, yoga, biofeedback, tai chi, qi gong, cognitive-behavioral therapies, group support, autogenic training and spirituality.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors, not external issues, such as people or events. The advantage of this idea is that you can alter the way you think so that you feel or act better even if circumstances do not change. According to the National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists, CBT is a joint effort between therapist and client. Cognitive-behavioral therapists help clients learn what they want out of life and then help their clients achieve those goals. A therapist will listen, teach, and encourage, while the client expresses concerns, learns, and then implements what they have learned.

In meditation, a person learns to focus their attention and suspend the stream of thoughts that normally occupy the mind. This practice is believed to result in a state of greater physical relaxation, mental calmness, and psychological balance. Practicing meditation can change how a person relates to the flow of emotions and thoughts in their mind.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The U-Bend of Life

In the December issue of The Economist Magazine, there is an article about age and happiness. It states that traditionally countries typically measure GDP or Gross National Product The country of Bhutan measures "Gross National Happiness".

The U-Bend basically states, people get happier as they get older.  

These ideas have penetrated the policy arena, starting in Bhutan, where the concept of Gross National Happiness shapes the planning process. All new policies have to have a GNH assessment, similar to the environmental-impact assessment common in other countries. In 2008 France’s president, Nicolas Sarkozy, asked two Nobel-prize-winning economists, Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz, to come up with a broader measure of national contentedness than GDP. Then last month, in a touchy-feely gesture not typical of Britain, David Cameron announced that the British government would start collecting figures on well-being.

There are already a lot of data on the subject collected by, for instance, America’s General Social Survey, Eurobarometer and Gallup. Surveys ask two main sorts of question. One concerns people’s assessment of their lives, and the other how they feel at any particular time. The first goes along the lines of: thinking about your life as a whole, how do you feel? The second is something like: yesterday, did you feel happy/contented/angry/anxious? The first sort of question is said to measure global well-being, and the second hedonic or emotional well-being. They do not always elicit the same response: having children, for instance, tends to make people feel better about their life as a whole, but also increases the chance that they felt angry or anxious yesterday.

Whatever the causes of the U-bend, it has consequences beyond the emotional. Happiness doesn’t just make people happy—it also makes them healthier. John Weinman, professor of psychiatry at King’s College London, monitored the stress levels of a group of volunteers and then inflicted small wounds on them. The wounds of the least stressed healed twice as fast as those of the most stressed.

At Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Sheldon Cohen infected people with cold and flu viruses. He found that happier types were less likely to catch the virus, and showed fewer symptoms of illness when they did. So although old people tend to be less healthy than younger ones, their cheerfulness may help counteract their crumbliness.
Happier people are more productive, too. Mr Oswald and two colleagues, Eugenio Proto and Daniel Sgroi, cheered up a bunch of volunteers by showing them a funny film, then set them mental tests and compared their performance to groups that had seen a neutral film, or no film at all. The ones who had seen the funny film performed 12% better.

The data is in. After reviewing employment status, money, children, circumstances, happiness that follows middle aged misery must be the result NOT of external circumstances, but of internal changes.

Take a moment to review this article and then ask yourself, "what internal changes are needed for me to be happy?"

From the article, "this leads to two conclusions. First, if you are going to volunteer for a study, choose the economists’ experiment rather than the psychologists’ or psychiatrists’. Second, the cheerfulness of the old should help counteract their loss of productivity through declining cognitive skills—a point worth remembering as the world works out how to deal with an ageing workforce."

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