Unplug? If the mere suggestion of being tech free fills you with horror this blog is for you. A rather conservative piece of research from Microsoft suggests we check our emails on average 274 times a day and that doesn’t include those social media notifications that are constantly distracting you. We take a look at the benefits of unplugging from technology and entering a digital diet.
We’re working in New York at the moment delivering positive psychology sessions with Spotify and other companies in the States so it was a happy coincidence when we were contacted by the US based IAAPA ‘Funworld’ magazine. After hearing about our ‘Meditation in the Museum’ sessions with the V&A they wanted to know if we’d like to write a piece about practicing mindfulness in museums . Did we need any persuasion to head over to the Guggenheim and get our zen on? We think not. Take 5 and grab a cup of hot stuff, here’s what happened when we practiced mindfulness in the Guggenheim along with our guide to mindfulness in museums. Here are our top tips for how to practice mindfulness in museums.
We were super excited when Lancaster University asked us to work with graduates of the prestigious Bonington Leadership Programme. It’s not every day that you get to make one of the world’s most awesome commutes winding through the Lake District, alongside Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwent Water, Thirlmere and Rydal Water. But that’s exactly what happened when we were invited to work with Lancaster University. We couldn’t believe how lucky we were to be driving through such amazing scenery en route to the exceedingly grand Belsfield Hotel overlooking the eastern shore of Lake Windermere. We even got to talk about one of our favourite subjects….
We had a great time meeting the academic staff from the university, talking about mindfulness and how it can be applied to all aspects of leadership to optimise performance, build resilience and decrease stress. We loved every moment that we spent working with a roomful of exceptional academic leaders in such an amazing setting. And the perfect end to such a fabulous day? A mindful moment by the lake and snow capped fells before jumping on the train to London to do it all again the next day. We really do love what we do at PCG!
Here’s what Lancaster University had to say about the day.
“Gill and Viv ran a Mindful Leadership Workshop with a group of Professional Services and Academic leaders undertaking the University’s Bonington Leadership Programme. The session was a valuable introduction to this topic, providing some practical steps for managing oneself and for managing others using mindful techniques. As well as covering the theory, Gill and Viv encouraged an interactive session and a safe space for us to practice techniques. This was enhanced by incorporating our lovely rural setting and carryout parts of the workshop outside.
The team were good to deal with in setting up the workshop. Available to answer questions and design a bespoke experience for our group, professional throughout, arriving punctually and well prepared for the session.” Larissa Morrish, Head of Procurement, Lancaster University.
If you want to know more about how mindful leadership training could transform your team drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org we’d love to hear from you.
What is cognitive reserve? It’s one of the key factors in brain resilience and the concept of cognitive reserve, or CR, is pivotal to the health of your brain. We take a deep dive into what it is and how you ca create more of it. Join us for a foray into cognitive fitness.
Personality type and stress, we’re all different and here at PCG we say that’s a good thing, it’s what makes life interesting. It’s also what can make life complicated at work and at home when we’re stressed. Examining your personality and type and stress offers an opportunity to take a look at what might jam your inner gears. What results in stress for you may not be the same for others, we all have different triggers and respond in incredibly different ways to stress. So how do you work it all out? A good place to start is with yourself. Take our free personality test here http://positivechangeguru.com/discover-your-personality-type/ and read on.
Need a January Pick Me Up? A winter boost? It’s that time of year again. The days are short and the nights are long and you wonder if you’ll ever see the sun again. Fear not. We have a whole host of free stuff to build your resilience, improve your wellbeing and make you feel warm inside as you toast yourself by the fire. Go on. Treat yourself. It’s time to grab a mug of hot stuff, take time out and give yourself lashings of self care. We’ve got your back this winter gorgeous!
Need a January Pick Me Up 1:
Check out our fab podcast. We’ll take you through a whole host of topics ranging from positive psychology, resilience, mindfulness, self care and tons more.
Need a January Pick Me Up 2:
Dive into our extensive library of blogs. We’ve got hundreds of blogs, just for you. They’re right there at your fingertips – go on treat yourself.
Need a January Pick Me Up 3:
Sprinkle on our huge range of free resources. You can try everything from psychometrics to emotional intelligence tests. Whether it’s for your own personal development, to use with loved ones (and yes, we include your furry friends in that) or to use at work with your team, there’s something for everybody. Feel free to share ’em.
When Positive Change Guru delivers mindfulness at work programmes were sometimes asked “Isn’t this just another way to screw more out of us?”. Fair Question. Not one to dodge a difficult conversation, here’s our response based on our latest research, ‘Bullet Proof 9 to 5 – ers’ into Mindfulness and Leadership.
Personal Brand? Isn’t that for politicians, wannabes and the likes of the glitterati you say? Not so. Take a look around you. Personal branding is everywhere. It’s the reason you get your morning cappuccino from one cafe rather than another, the explanation for why you prefer one bar over the next one, why you don’t shop at that shop and why sometimes you are inexplicably drawn to a person, place or that random item you never intended to purchase when you’re out shopping. And if it has that kind of impact, shouldn’t you be taking a look at yours?
Are you under attack from emotional vampires?
No matter how positive you are, sometimes you’re in a situation where those around you have lost their mojo and radiate negativity. Unknowingly these emotional vampires suck the positivity out of everyone around them with their doom and gloom approach to life. It can happen to any of us and we’re all entitled to an off day but on a regular basis it can be exhausting and completely drain your energy levels. If you frequently find yourself in a situation where you’re surrounded by negativity, in the office, with friends or even at home, here’s our quick survival guide to managing emotional vampires. [Read more…]
Profit? Loss? Return on investment? How about compassionate leadership as an organisational metric? We give you the skinny on why it might not be as counterintuitive as it sounds and how to become a compassionate leader with our 5 key steps.