I have recently observed and heard a number of senior leaders (and senior OD and HR professionals) seeking only positive emotions in the workplace from their employees. Furthermore, these same organisations have a view that the experience of negative emotion is ‘bad’ and should be avoided. I am deeply concerned by this growing trend and share below not only the compelling evidence and research but also explain why negative emotions are necessary for success.
Total Leader and Coach Solutions Australia Blog
What is the most important skill to teach your child?
No doubt if you are reading this right now you are also a parent. Like me, you probably ask yourself how you could be better preparing your child for life.
Let’s be frank about mental health – A letter to up and coming elite athletes (and retiring athletes)
You think you are immune. You think that because you have natural physical talent that you are immune to depression and mental illness. Let’s be frank – you are not. In fact, you are probably most at risk. Let me share my story and views with you.
Unintentional Disabling: A trap for parents and leaders
As a parent of two beautiful girls I understand the desire to protect and nurture. I also know that every parent has the best intentions for the way they parent and provide the caring and nurturing environment that our children need. As a leader I also know that I have a similar genuine intention to develop my people and generate a high performing team.
Being ‘Bullet-Proof’ is a Flawed Definition of Resilience
Recently we have been delivering Mental Well-Being and Resilience programs to leaders for one of our clients, and it has become apparent that there is a flawed definition of Resilience that results in not only less effective leadership but lowered resilience.
The 3 Most Critical Conversations Leaders Need to Implement
Rather than investing significant amount of resources on ineffective interventions, perhaps we need to consider equipping our leaders simply with the ability to have effective conversations. I believe there are just THREE conversations that every leader needs to know how to implement.
THREE REASONS TO LEVERAGE THE POWER OF A MISTAKE
How important are mistakes? This question has been playing through my mind over the last few weeks while working on a conference presentation on ‘Disruptive Thinking’ and the work with a number of our clients on cultivating a ‘Culture of Accountability’. In addition, as a father of two young girls I have been considering the role of mistakes in my daughter’s development and our response as parents to their mistakes. I believe we need to re-evaluate how we respond to mistakes, as both parents and leaders, and consider if we need to re-think how best to harness the power of a mistake.