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Power of the Pivot

Posted by on October 18, 2019 | 0 comments

On 12th October 2019 the world celebrated the remarkable achievement made by Eliud Kipchoge in Vienna, Austria. The Kenyan marathon runner became the first personĀ everĀ to run a marathon in under 2 hours. Like many people, I was in awe of this historic achievement and I combed the web to find out more about this remarkable man and his achievements. One thing stood out for me above all else: the power of the pivot. Kipchoge began his running career as a track athlete. His most distinguished achievements included winning the 5000 meter bronze and silver medals at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, respectively. Then he hit an obstacle: he...

What If Fear Isn’t Something to “Overcome”?

Posted by on October 17, 2019 | 0 comments

We’ve all been there. The moment arises when we need to pick up the phone to make an important call/ stand up in front of our peers to deliver a presentation/ pitch an idea to key decision makers… and we freeze. Fear has come to pay us a visit! The logical reaction is to try to do something to overcome the fear so that it goes away. After all, who wants to wallow in the discomfort that comes with fear? Here’s the thing: if you try to push it down, ignore it or “overcome” it in some way, you’ll be spending an enormous amount of energy which could be...

What It Really Means to Thrive

Posted by on August 29, 2018 | 2 comments

We all have an intuitive sense of what it means to thrive. But what does it actually mean? For some people it’s about feeling happy and content; for others it means living up to their potential and succeeding at the goals they set themselves. What does it really mean to thrive? Is there a way of defining it so that we have a clear, common understanding of the concept? How do we implement strategies for thriving in work and life if it means different things to different people? Fortunately for us, researchers from the University of Portsmouth in the UK, lead by Dr Daniel Brown, have come up with...

Is Your Workplace Burning You Out?

Posted by on June 21, 2018 | 2 comments

It is no secret that workplace burnout has reached epidemic proportions. Many hard-working professionals experience at least one of the three dimensions of burnout as described by the leading burnout expert, Dr Christina Maslach: Emotional exhaustion. “I can’t do this anymore.” Depersonalisation. “I can’t be bothered.” Decreased sense of personal accomplishment. “What difference do I make anyway?” The result is not only poor performance on the job, but there is also a cost to the organisation through absenteeism, low morale and high staff turnover. However, focusing on employee burnout is only part of the picture. Burnout doesn’t happen in a vacuum; it happens in workplaces that predispose people to...

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...