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Mindfulness

Thursday, 15 October 2015 00:00
“Rest is prior to motion and stillness prior to action"
Taoist philosophy

Ariana Huffington is best known for her news website, Huffington Post. Her recently released book, "Thrive," explores wellbeing, wisdom, wonder and giving, dedicating a significant portion of her writing to the beneficial impact of mindfulness on wellbeing. Why mindfulness and wellbeing?

“There is a need to disconnect from our always-connected lives and reconnect with ourselves.”
Ariana Huffington

Coaching and Mindset

Wednesday, 07 October 2015 00:00

Mindset is enormously powerful and affects motivation, aspiration and achievement. A coachee’s mindset will impact the success of a coaching conversation; a coach’s mindset will also impact the success of a coaching conversation.

Some people see talents, skills and ability as fixed assets; things they were largely born with and which are mostly fixed in their extent. That is, you either have it or you don’t. This is known as a fixed mindset.

People with a fixed mindset may view themselves as entitled or superior. They tend to see failure as an indicator of lacking ability or talent; as meaning they are no longer clever, creative, talented, etc. Hence they will be less likely to take on challenges and risks. People with a fixed mindset tend to underperform. (Carol Dweck, 2008)

Our third newsletter about the recent World Congress of Positive Psychology focuses on a number of key messages shared by a variety of speakers. With each of these key messages, questions are posed for you to consider. We suggest that you might ponder one key message [with the associated question(s)] at a time, and at a pace that is beneficial for you:

“The average describes, while the best prescribes. Studying the best makes excellence accessible to all of us.” Tal Ben-Shahar

  • How do you make excellence accessible for yourself and for those you lead and interact with?

“Human systems move in the direction of the questions asked.” David Cooperrider
  • What questions are you asking?

On Monday, 14th September 2015 insium participated in the fourth veski “inspiring women” professional development and networking event. insium director and founder Dina Pozzo was joined on the stage of the Spring Street Conference Centre by Natalie Collard (Corporate Affairs Manager, Victoria/Tasmania, Telstra), Dr David Farmer (Postdoctoral Research Officer, Neurophysiology Division, Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health), Michelle Gallaher (Co-Founder/Creative Director, The Social Science), Dr Suzanne Miller (ARC Future Fellow, Senior Scientist, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Monash University) and Jack Walden (CEO, the c word). The panel was MC’d by Madeleine McManus (Director Industry Engagement, Monash University).

The focus of this month's newsletter is my learning from the WCPP2015 The Power and Possibilities of High Quality Connections at Work workshop facilitated by Jane Dutton, Co-founder of Centre for Positive Organizations, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.

Jane posed 2 key questions at the beginning of the workshop:
* Why do people flourish in some organisations and not others?
* Why do you flourish in some organisations and not others?
based on the core claim that more high quality connections (HQCs) between people during the day foster individual, team and collective flourishing.

HQCs are energising; they are mutual and each person holds the other in positive regard. The value of HQCs at work include1:
- Increased well-being
- Enhanced physiological resources
- Greater cognitive functioning
- Increased trust
- Increased learning
- Increase resilience
- Increased commitment and engagement
- Increased creativity
- Increased shared knowledge and goals, resulting in increased quality and performance

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