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Not My President

Sunday, 13 November 2016 00:00

#notmypresident – a hashtag that is trending at the moment.  No doubt you’ll have seen or heard news about the many protests in the USA, in response to Donald Trump becoming President-Elect.

Regardless of your opinion regarding the outcome, as a leader, how would you lead in this situation?  How would you support an unpopular outcome?  How would you maintain energy and positive mood for yourself and your associates?  

You may have seen footage of Hilary Clinton’s concession speech and/or President Barack Obama’s response to the outcome.  What would your advice be to those who do not support the result?  To those who do?  How would you call upon everyone to remain united?  What connections would you make with others?  Encourage others to make?

Raising the bat - 50 insium newsletters!

 

insium was formed in 2005 and in 2006 insium dispatched its first e-newsletter. Now in 2016 we've brought up our 50 - and have no intention of declaring our innings closed yet!

Our first newsletter covered the results of our annual client survey, as well as articles on the following topics:

  • Insights From Some Truly Inspirational People
  • Empower Your Direct Reports by Asking Better Questions
  • Making Business Change Sustainable

Many of our newsletters have focused on the topic of "Leadership", and we've often been asked for copies of previous newsletters on this topic that people would like to refer to.  With this in mind, we've decided to collate some of these and put them into e-book form.  If you'd like to obtain a copy, please get in touch with us.

Be Active!

Monday, 24 October 2016 00:00

I'm a moderately active person.  I play netball once a week; I like to go for a run 2-3 times a week; and with Geoff, I walk the dogs every day.  Playing a number of different sports throughout my life, I've had my share of injuries which is not surprising.  But I never thought I'd get injured from sitting down for too long.

The importance of getting up from my desk and stretching regularly has been made very apparent to me.  I have scaled back work quite considerably over the past 4 weeks so that I can focus on my University Capstone project.  This has meant considerably more time sitting at my desk, which has resulted in an injury to my neck and shoulder with headaches where I could not think ... all because I was sitting for too long.  Headaches have gone, neck and shoulder on the mend with still limited movement, which has also meant no running and netball.

Learning resources on the internet

Monday, 10 October 2016 00:00

There are some great short videos freely available for use in learning.  Some of my favourites are listed below, along with a few ideas for using these.  

Would love to hear of your favourites and also, how you might use these videos.  Enjoy!

Billy Joel & Friends at the Gershwin:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8F4MYJIC1sU

  • To highlight characteristics of high performing teams
  • To celebrate diversity of strengths
  • To encourage empowering another while potentially taking a risk
  • To consider impact of contagion of emotion
  • To discuss slowing down and the impact of noticing … the video goes for approximately 6.5 minutes!

insium's newsletter on leadership: September, 2016

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 00:00

Organisational Courage

Courage is a pattern of constructive opposition, in which an individual stands against social forces in order to remedy duress in the organisation.

Monica Worline, 2012

The VIA strengths of courage are bravery, perseverance, honesty and zest; practising these strengths have resulted in the following organisational benefits:

  • Improved accountability and responsibility
  • More effective working relationships
  • Increased self-efficacy and self-confidence
  • Broadened perception of what is possible and improved resourcefulness
  • Increased goal achievement
  • Increased ability to learn from mistakes
  • Increased positive energy, positive mood, empathy and conscientiousness
  • Increased prosocial orientation
  • Inspired others to act courageously 

Adapted from the works of Haidt (2002); Herman (1971); Hitz & Driscol (1989), Huhnke (1984); McQuaid& Lawn (2014); Peterson & Seligman (2004); Ryan & Deci (2000); Shepela, Cook, Horlitz, Leal, Luciano & Lufty (1997)

How do you build courage in your organisation?  A few ideas for your consideration that can be easily implemented include:

Up!

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 00:00

I recently tweeted about the following clip and thought I would write a very short piece about how you might like to consider using this clip in a strengths and/or wellbeing workshop.

This short clip (less than 5 minutes) from the animated movie, “Up!”, can be found here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTDP-A--BhE

 

Courage:

The willingness to act towards a moral or worthwhile goal despite the presence of risk, uncertainty and fear

Robert Biswas-Diener, 2012

The VIA strengths of courage are bravery, perseverance, honesty and zest.  The benefits of these strengths include:

  • Healthy positive relationships
  • Taking personal responsibility for one’s actions
  • Increased tolerance for ambiguity
  • Increased resilience, personal growth and achievement
  • Increased trust
  • Increased happiness and wellbeing
  • Increased inclusiveness
  • Fuller expression of abilities, skills and talents
  • Increased resourcefulness
  • Increased self-confidence 

Adapted from Peterson & Seligman (2004)

 

While the following short clip depicts the courage of Buzz Lightyear:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czgmiqhgMCQ

courage is not purely the domain of the heroes in the world - ordinary people have courage too. (Lopez, Rasmussen, Skorupski, Koetting, Petersen, & Yang, 2010).  And yet, being courageous … requires courage.

Think the concepts of mindfulness and resilience are new?  Think again!  Stoicism, which dates back to Greco-Roman times, is "the branch of ancient western philosophy that focuses on mindfulness, resilience, creativity and more, all of which allow us to flourish".  "It requires being mindful, awareness and control, rather than being lost to emotion and random thought processes. Stoic exercises such as “practicing” misfortune and poverty help teach us that the worst case scenario is not in fact, the worst. And it’s great for business.  Stoic principles can build the resilience and state of mind required to rebound from knock-backs, so important in our new world of innovation and entrepreneurship".

Sound interesting?  Think it might have some applicability in your life?  Then for more information, follow this link to a recent article on "The Conversation" website.

"In politics and in life, ignorance is not a virtue"

"Qualities like kindness, compassion, honesty and hard work, they often matter more than technical skills and know-how. But when our leaders express a disdain for facts; when they're not held accountable for repeating falsehoods and just making stuff up, while actual experts are dismissed as elitist, then we've got a problem"

Food for thought.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjGUUGw0pQ8

Trail Dog

Monday, 02 May 2016 00:00

A story of:

  • Adventure & play
  • Connectedness & relationships
  • Connectedness and mindfulness
  • Perspective
  • Optimism
  • Beauty
  • Being your best … all of the time
  • Happiness and gratitude

"Like so many dogs, they have it figured out. 
Happiness is so much simpler than you might think.”

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05sUhlxFBk0    

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