insium's newsletter on leadership: March, 2016

Written by Thursday, 10 March 2016 00:00
Published in Newsletter

There are a number of apps that are readily available that will support you in building and maintaining your well-being; these apps focus on:

  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness
  • Brain training
  • Breathing
  • Tracking moods
  • Yoga
  • Mindset
  • Positive practices
  • Physical fitness and more 

When choosing an app to support your well-being, consider its fit*; that is:

  1. Fit with your key well-being goal(s)
  2. Fit with your strengths and motivations
  3. Fit with your lifestyle
  4. Fit with what seems natural to you
  5. Fit with having some fun

Apps that we use regularly, which fit for us, include:

Buddhify 2 – a targeted mindfulness app which provides suggested exercises based on asking you “What are you doing?”; www.buddhify.com

Lumosity – designed to provide your brain with a workout; it’s a lot of fun and can get somewhat competitive in our household!; www.lumosity.com

Mood Meter – helps to identify emotions, thereby building emotional vocabulary which in turn helps in emotional self management/self regulation; www.moodmeterapp.com

Run Keeper – designed to track your physical activities; www.runkeeper.com

 

If you’d like to see a list of apps that we recommend, please click here

 

* Adapted from Sonja Lyubomirsky, 2010.  “The How of Happiness,” Piatkus, London.

 

P.S.  Does your team/organisation need assistance to build or maintain well-being?  If yes, let’s discuss my Melbourne University Master of Applied Positive Psychology Capstone project.  I may be able to help!

 

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Simon Sinek:Start with Why

Thursday, 03 March 2016 00:00
Published in Blog

Originally filmed in 2009, I cannot begin to tell you just how relevant “Starting with Why” still is today, and how many conversations I have with leaders, marketers and sales people about the impact of starting with why.

This reminds me of a story told by Stephen Covey in his book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People". He tells the story of a NASA employee who is asked by a visitor what his job is.  His reply, “I help send man to the moon.”  His job: janitor.  Now’s there’s a clear and inspiring example of why.  

A few questions that you might like to consider as you watch Simon’s talk:

§  What is your purpose?  Why do you get out of bed in the morning?  What is your why?

§  What impact does knowing your why have on your well-being?

§  What is the impact of you operating from the inside?

My why is to open doors.  I invite you to step through these doorways with me and soak up the other side.

 

The 5 minute, edited version of Simon’s talk can be found here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPYeCltXpxw

Simon Senek's full TedTalk of around 18 minutes entitled "How Great Leaders Inspire Action" can be found here: 

https://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action?language=en   

Shawn Achor on happiness

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 00:00
Published in Blog

Shawn Achor defines happiness as “the joy you feel moving towards your potential.”  It is not pleasure which is short-lived; joy invests more deeply.  In fact, you may feel joy even in those moments that are not pleasurable.  For example, have you felt joy at the conclusion of a tough, nail-biting team sport?  Whether you were watching or playing?  Have you felt joy at the end of robust workplace conversations that have resulted in growth, development and other positive outcomes for the parties involved?

A couple of reflection questions for you:

  • How do you define happiness?
  • What moments have you experienced that were not pleasurable but have brought you joy?

If you’d like to see Shawn’s talk, you can find it here; it runs for less than 1.5 minutes:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/big-myth-about-joy_us_56743dd9e4b0b958f65667d4?utm_content=27400667&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook