Want to be happy? Be grateful

A powerful and inspiring “gift” much-needed at a time when we are pausing to give thanks.

Indulge in this opportunity to stop, listen, reflect and act.. And ponder how the gentle act of gratefulness can influence your happiness in life.

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3 Principals Crucial For The Human Mind To Flourish

Don’t miss Sir Ken Robinson’s TED Talk “How To Escape Educations’ Death Valley”, a poignant reminder of the importance of curiosity in leadership.  While his focus is on education and teachers, we feel this is relevant for leaders of any kind (formal and informal).

 In his talk, Sir Ken Robinson outlines the 3 principals crucial for the human mind to flourish:

  1. People are naturally different and diverse, no two people are the same.  He offers a great reminder for leaders, how are you leading – with diversity or conformity?
  2.  CURIOSITY, it is “ the engine of achievement”.
  3.  People are inherently creative.  We have the ability to recreate who we are.

As he discussed the 3 principals crucial for the human mind to flourish he also reminds us that the success of great leaders lies in their ability to engage diversity, curiosity and creativity in others.  We couldn’t agree more!  And have learned that while most leaders understand that, they don’t know HOW to do it.

ALL people want to be seen, heard and understood.  It is how we understand and support their difference and diversity; it is how we nourish and stimulate their curiosity, and it is how we nurture and engage their creativity.  And we are going to share with you exactly how to do it.

We all know that the culture of any workplace is essential for productivity and success.  As Sir Ken Robinson tenderly reminds us, many cultures can lie dormant – not flourishing as well as they could.  “However, right beneath the surface are these seeds of possibility waiting for the right conditions.  In organic systems, if the conditions are right, life is inevitable.  It happens all the time.”   For those leaders who believe that leadership is command and control, Sir Ken Robinson offers a different perspective where the “real role of leadership is climate control.  Praising a climate of possibility.  If you do that people will rise to it and achieve things you completely did not anticipate and could not have expected.”

This is a culture and climate where people are seen, heard and understood.  We know this is how cultures organically thrive and next week we are going to share with you the steps HOW to do it.

For today, check out Sir Ken Robinson’s talk.  We are curious to know what you think.  Then stop by next week so we can share with you exactly HOW to do it.

Leaders: are you an introvert or extrovert and how is that affecting your team?

We hear from a lot of people who feel they aren’t being heard at work by their leaders, as well as their peers.   Based on our experience, more often than not, their leader truly isn’t listening to them (with no awareness around this) and/or their leader isn’t curious and asking questions to gain a clearer understanding of their perspective.  One thing that we didn’t take into consideration was the idea that some leaders are introverts and others extroverts, and how that affects their leadership and those around them.

In Susan Cain’s TED “The Power of Introverts” she delves into the importance of introverts and how they are often overlooked in leadership roles, even though introvert leaders often deliver better outcomes.   According to Susan, when introvert leaders are managing pro-active employees they are more likely to let those employees run with their ideas.  Where extrovert leaders can unwittingly get so excited with ideas that they “put their own stamp on things and then often don’t let other ideas bubble up to the surface”.

Susan defines introversion by how one responds to stimulation, including social stimulation.  Extroverts crave large amounts of stimulation where as introverts “feel their most alive, switched on, and their most capable when they are in quieter more low-key environments”.   She goes on to say that the key is to maximize our talents is to put ourselves in the zone of stimulation that is right for us.

Looking at today’s open plan workplaces and the constant need for big group discussions in order to achieve collaboration and innovation, now taking into consideration the notion that one-third to one half of our population are introverts, it begs the question – how effectively are we seeing, hearing and understanding those in our organizations?   How are we accommodating the one-third to one half of the people who thrive in more low-key environments?

We believe that collaboration is key in any successful organization, and its success is often a reflection of the leadership.   Like Susan Cain, we don’t see collaboration resulting from just throwing people together in a room to discuss ideas.  Collaboration streams from the ability to truly listen to others without bias, ask question to gain each person’s perspective, and test assumptions to push boundaries of what is possible.  These leadership skills are available to all of us whether we are an introvert or an extrovert.

We invite you to bring awareness to when you feel you’re most alive?  How quiet or loud do you like your environment to be?  When you feel your most creative and successful, what’s going on around you?  Knowing this about yourself, what can you do to ensure that your needs are being met so you can maximize your success in your workplace while still contributing to your team in the way your leader is asking of you?

Leaders, we invite you to think about your leadership style and how being an introvert or an extrovert influences that.    When you get excited about a new idea, how open are you to others’ perspectives and suggestions?  When looking at your team, when are they most alive and maximizing their talent?  How can you support that?

Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, all people want is to be seen, heard, and understood.  Listening, asking questions, seeking to understand the perspectives of others, and testing assumptions are all leadership skills that support collaboration and lead to innovation.  It doesn’t matter what type of leader you are, what matters is how you show up as that leader, how you honor yourself and those around you, and how you see, hear, and understand your team in order to maximize their success.   Whether it is quiet or loud, having awareness around your leadership style and how it affects others is a powerful and a key first step in your success.



How what you listen to is affecting your health and productivity

We know that how we listen can affect how we communicate, how we build our relationships, how we make our decisions, and ultimately how we listen can affect our happiness in life.  At Coaching Culture, we believe that true listening is the foundation to health and happiness in life.   We are not alone.

Julian Treasure in his (less than 10 mins) TED talk “Why architects need to use their ears” explains how what we listen to at work, office sound and noise levels, can make employees “less helpful, less enjoy their teamwork, and less enjoy their work”.

Think about your work environment, what sounds do you hear?  How at ease do you feel throughout the day?  How well are you able to hear others?  What we hear throughout the day affects our mood, our health, and our relationships.  When we hear a constant barrage of noise it raises our heart rate, decreases our happiness, compromises our health, clouds our heads, frays our tempers without even knowing it.   Julian Treasure shows how it creates environments and cultures that are unproductive.

Think about your home environment, what sounds do you hear?  How often is the TV on, the radio, loud music, toy noises in constant rotation, vacuums etc?  How is it affecting how you build your relationships with your family, your child’s productivity for school, and anyone’s ability to RELAX and wind down at the end of the day?

Coaching Cultures TM are ones where everyone feels seen, heard, and understood and the place where it all begins is listening.  Julian Treasure believes that like listening, sound “improves quality of life, health and well-being, social behavior, and productivity”.

How is your sound affecting how you listen and your quality of life?  What kind of awareness do you have around it?