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Presilience - remaining calm in the face of chaos

Presilience - remaining calm in the face of chaos

August 16, 2018

If you ask anyone how they feel about things right now they will tell you they feel like they are on a permanent roller coaster ride and experiencing life at the rate of several WTF’s per minute.

This feeling is not a figment of our imaginations.

The pace of modern business and the related stress that comes from facing constant change and disruption is turning many into the worst version of themselves –overwhelmed, distracted and unable to cope with pressures of life as we know it.

But there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and it’s called presilience. Defined as “an optimal state of knowing, seeing and being which enables us to thrive and evolve in times of seismic paradigm change” developing presilience enables us to regain control of our emotions and stay calm in the face of these challenges is critical to maintaining a happy life and it goes beyond your garden variety resilience.

What’s the difference? Resilience is the skill of controlling your emotions in bad or negative situations. Presilience is about teaching your brain to control your reactions before stressful events occur. It’s how top bomb experts are already in calm down mode during the act of diffusing the bomb and it’s a technique that’s been around for centuries.

How does this work? Presilient brains act like smart thermostats – even before the emotional heat arrives they cool down hot emotions and reinterpret events in a confident, positive and future-oriented light so that you can handle whatever adversity comes your way.

 Developing your presilience comes from practice. Much like a musician preparing for an upcoming concert or a CEO preparing for a stressful board meeting it’s about about re-creating the pressurised situation over and over again to teach your brain to calm itself at the right moment. Some of the other training rules include a no stopping rule – there’s no exit door until you complete the experience no matter how uncomfortable. You must see it through and finally Repeat. Repeat Again. This will help you to learn to endure and control spikes of intense emotion- time and repetition are your best friends.

Rampant Rudeness at Work is a Public Health Issue in Australia

Rampant Rudeness at Work is a Public Health Issue in Australia

August 3, 2018

Rampant rudeness at work is taking a toll on Australian employees


Let’s face it, when we are stressed at work it’s tempting to let manners slip. Problem is, rude behaviour is contagious, it spreads like wildfire and becomes the norm to the point that we don’t even know we are doing it or recognise the catastrophic effect it is having on people around us and it’s costing us more that you think.


According to the latest research, Australian employees are experiencing a dramatic rise of rudeness at work to the point of it being viewed as a public health issue. It’s so bad it is taking a real toll on people ‘s long term psychological and physical health and well-being both in and outside of work. Not only that it’s causing major disruption, decreasing productivity and creating hostile working environments. Current figures show the cost of rudeness equates to around $14,000 per employee due to lost productivity.


The most commonly reported examples rudeness are people being ignored, people walking away from conversations, answering calls in the middle of meetings, publicly mock and belittling people, or taking credit for wins while pointing fingers when things go sour.


To combat this rudeness pandemic, Australian employers have acknowledged they can’t afford to ignore it and are investing mega bucks into civility training to create workplaces where kindness is the norm and relationships thrive. Some of the techniques include getting people to share resources, saying thank you, giving positive feedback and, knowing that your efforts are contributing to the greater good.


Learn how to Play the Game and Accelerate Your Climb

Learn how to Play the Game and Accelerate Your Climb

April 30, 2018

There’s no avoiding office politics, and women who want to move up the career ladder must learn how to play the game if they want to get ahead and stay there. Recent research suggests that one of the biggest differentiators of women who make it to the top is their well-developed political skills. But all political tactics are not created equal and men and women differ in which tactics they choose. In the arena of the more highly politicised decisions around pay and promotion, men and women tend to use different influence tactics which dictates who trumps and who doesn’t. And it’s not just a matter of speaking up to get on the fast-track list since it’s often only men who get credit for doing so. Women behaving like men is not the answer either, but there are some highly effective techniques that could pave the way for an accelerated climb up that steep ladder.


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