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Is There a Place for Happiness at Work?

Posted by on May 17, 2018 | 2 comments

If you had asked me when I was a medical student whether there was a place for happiness at work, I would have laughed in your face! Back then I subscribed to the notion that happiness is a reward gained only through years of blood, sweat and tears. This notion is not uncommon, especially in the medical profession. There is a prevailing culture of overwork, success-chasing, and little regard for self-care. You earn your stripes by enduring the onslaught of medical practice. I remember one doctor even saying to me: “If you’re not depressed, you’re not doing it right.” It’s not hard to see that this perspective is not...

3 Unexpected Ways for Busy Professionals to Recharge

Posted by on April 25, 2018 | 1 comment

By now many of us are aware of the importance of self-care for both our performance and well-being. However, we also know that self-care is often easier said than done! Time is a precious resource; much of our daily allocation of it is devoted to the many demands that are placed on us at work and at home. How, then, are we supposed to find the time to relax and recharge? I have good news for you. You don’t have to conjure up extra hours from thin air (if only we could!). You already have time to recharge. It’s all a matter of the way you use the hours...

The Power of Reflection in Leadership

Posted by on April 20, 2018 | 1 comment

I’m a great believer in the power of reflection. I teach the principles and practicalities of self-reflection in the leadership development programmes I facilitate, as well as in one-on-one coaching sessions with clients. It’s not always easy to convince high-performers and leaders of the power of spending a few minutes in reflection. They are so used to being in action that reflection can seem like nothing more than glorified navel-gazing. It isn’t. Reflection is a valuable leadership practice. Those precious moments spent reflecting on your actions will help you to up your game and be even more effective in what you do. Here is a practical application of self-reflection...

The Real Reason You’re Burnt Out

Posted by on February 14, 2018 | 1 comment

Burnout has reached pandemic proportions in the world of work. Record numbers of employees, business owners and professionals are succumbing to feelings of exhaustion, anxiety and disillusionment, and countless hours of productivity are lost each year due to illnesses related to burnout. What’s going on? Why has all the progress we’ve made in the way we live and work not translated into less stress and greater well-being? Extensive research has been done into the field of burnout, most notably by Prof Christina Maslach who developed the widely used Maslach Burnout Inventory. The causes, indicators and ameliorators of burnout have been widely studied. Yet, despite all that we know, we...

5 Fun Ways to Start Playing Big

Posted by on February 2, 2018 | 3 comments

You’re destined for greatness. You can feel it! But, instead of playing big, all too often you hold yourself back and hide. What’s it going to take for you to start playing big? The experts will tell you that the best way to get good at something is to practise. So, if you want to “get good” at playing big and stepping into your greatness, your best bet is to start practising! The trouble is: where to start? Many people get themselves in a pickle because they try practising when it counts. For example, they’ll psych themselves up for the important company presentation, or puff themselves up before a...

The Power of Changing Your Mind

Posted by on January 18, 2018 | 0 comments

Prof. Tim Noakes has been a leading light in the field of sports science in South Africa and internationally for decades. His work has earned him numerous awards and accolades in the discipline of exercise physiology. Many have turned to his expertise in their efforts to enhance their athletic performance. It therefore came as a shock to many people – including those in the scientific community – when he did an about turn on his earlier views regarding carbo-loading and the value of carbohydrates in health and performance. The knives came out. “Irresponsible”. “Disgrace”. “Charlatan”. Some even accused him of quackery and pseudoscience. All because he changed his mind....