Is Your ‘Persona’ Built on Actions or Words?

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I am often asked for my opinion regarding how an athlete’s ‘persona’ will affect his or her performance. Your persona is your reputation, how others perceive you — not necessarily your true character or personality. It may be a source of pride or (thanks to some recent lapses in judgement) it may currently be hanging like an albatross around your neck. Continue reading “Is Your ‘Persona’ Built on Actions or Words?” »

Why are we so scared of STRESS?

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10 REASONS WHY PEOPLE MAY BE SCARED OF STRESS

History’s greatest breakthroughs, victories and triumphs all have one thing in common. The end result obtained by the person or group of people was made possible because of the presence of STRESS.  Stress has pushed them, motivated them and caused them to reconsider. It has required individuals to look deeper inside and ask themselves the tough questions as well as having the courage to seek out the answers. Continue reading “Why are we so scared of STRESS?” »

Rhett Morris does a radio interview with Clive Robertson from 2UE

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I was recently interviewed by Clive Robertson on radio 2UE in Sydney about the comments I made in an article in the Sydney Morning Herald.

 

The conversation had some interesting highlights about how to combat whinging in the workplace.  Here’s a link to the recording if you are interested in having a listen.

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Why awareness programs are an essential prelude to the successful introduction of drug and alcohol policies

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Few topics will polarise staff opinion like ‘Alcohol and other Drugs’.  Even those who don’t count themselves as abusers of a substance may still see the introduction of a policy around substances (that are effectively consumed in private) as an imposition on their rights and a direct attack on their private lives.

You will find that although substance abuse is actually only being done by such a small amount of people, it will arouse the angst of most of your staff. Why? Because without the correct rollout they will see this as an invasion of their privacy and a direct hit on their rights as workers. Continue reading “Why awareness programs are an essential prelude to the successful introduction of drug and alcohol policies” »

The Triple Threat of Productivity – Resilience, Fatigue Management & Conflict Management Training

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Imagine a workforce …

1. That bounces back every time from times of change or challenge.

2. Whose personal interactions are in complete harmony with each other.

3. Who powers through the day delivering high productivity – every minute of every hour. Continue reading “The Triple Threat of Productivity – Resilience, Fatigue Management & Conflict Management Training” »

The Price of Incivility

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“Incivility is expensive. Office rudeness hurts productivity, and sales person rudeness alienates customers” Harvard Business review 2013

Periods of change or challenge in the workplace and/or a person’s home life often put people under pressure. This pressure can manifest in a variety of ways and potentially the most obvious being how we interact with other people.

There is an old saying that says, “hurting people, hurt people” and throughout the day there may be a variety of different occasions that lead people to lash out, be rude, bully and/or disrespect other people’s space, views and/or work quality. Continue reading “The Price of Incivility” »

How a positive message can sometimes be received cynically…

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At the beginning of our workshops we like to set the tone early by asking the attendees to express ‘what their expectations are for the session’ and ‘what they hope to gain from the training’?

For some there is no expectation, whereas others may come ready to wrestle with the concept and content and/or learn from the new information.

In a recent session I was confronted by an interesting take on ‘Resilience Training’.  When asked about their expectation of the workshop, an employee quite openly expressed that they felt the training was targeted at specifically ‘toughening up the employees’ and commented that,  “management will use the opportunity to only increase the workload and stress of the staff as they would now be trained in how to be more resilient”.

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