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01/7-15 at 09.16 Louise Metcalf
Our lives are becoming increasingly challenging. This is partly due to the snowballing pace of new technologies, but also due to the incredible amounts of information we need to absorb in our daily lives, and the amount of multi-tasking we get up to. All of these things are a challenge for your brain, which is essentially an organ that was formed to help you make decisions, move and survive. It was built for a slower, less complex ...
07/5-15 at 04.08 Louise Metcalf
This article is a bit of fun really. But someone did ask me to describe the worst way to lead recently and this is what I came up with! Here are the styles to avoid if you want to be a good leader!   1. The Tyrant This is probably the most obvious one. We’ve all met/ had experience with this kind of leader. They just like to control ...
07/5-15 at 03.58 Louise Metcalf
When push comes to shove in the workplace, do you dig your heels in simply to be stubborn? Or do you keep your eyes on what matters to you? Your purpose! We know that one of these is better for keeping you feeling resilient in difficult times... Of course it’s having a purpose. Having a purpose means that you are deeply connected to something bigger than yourself. This something gives you meaning when life seems to have none. When chaos comes around, having a purpose in ...
07/5-15 at 03.54 Louise Metcalf
Introducing our new product, the PAX Portal! Let’s face it, for many organisations, it’s simply not safe to say why you are unhappy and leaving, or why you are stressed in your day to day work. It’s seen as either weak or treacherous. However, when employees leave, or experience severe stress, they are acting like canaries in the proverbial coal mine for your organisation. A real leader wants to know you why and they want the truth. We recently ...
07/5-15 at 03.18 Louise Metcalf
In April 2013 (2 years ago), Work Safe Australia told us that stress was costing Australia at least $10bn a year in lost productivity and absence, some estimates go as high as $25bn. $10 billion! Just think about that. Every time you meet a bad boss… this is what they really cost us all. $10bn. A YEAR. So why do people promote them in to positions of power over others? Simple – we confuse the aggressive takers of power, ...
26/2-15 at 03.26 Louise Metcalf
Resilience is hard to define. Even psychologists have trouble doing that. Largely we notice it when it’s not there, when people fall apart. But resilience does not eliminate stress, nor does it mean ignoring stress, it just means ‘bouncing back’ from it. Or at least that’s what most of the psychological literature tends to define it as. For PAX… resilience is something more than merely bouncing back. It’s bouncing back higher and further than you were when you fell. Its incredible thriving, despite the adversity you ...
26/2-15 at 03.19 Louise Metcalf
We have a page on facebook that we use to get the word out about our new resilience coaching, and it’s very popular, growing at a rate of hundreds of new FB people a month. Love that! Here it is, if you are also a facebook person: https://www.facebook.com/resiliencecoach101 The way people engage with the page is really interesting. Including what they find most fascinating, and, you guessed it, this was what they loved last month! Hence why I ...
26/2-15 at 03.12 Louise Metcalf
There are estimates that up to 80% of change processes fail. Whether you believe this statistic or not, if you’ve experienced major workplace change like I have, you know that it is incredibly disruptive to actually getting stuff done. Mostly, people react to this by trying to halt or slow down the change so that they can actually ‘get stuff done’ on time. Or they entertain it with lip service, while they continue to use old work processes. I once knew ...
26/2-15 at 01.59 Louise Metcalf
To understand what your brain is doing as you are being resilient, we first need to look at what happens on the flip side. What happens to the brain when resiliency slides? The best way to do that is to go straight to the chronic pain research. If you’ve ever done your back in, or had an injury, or migraines for days, or a chronic health condition, you know how tiring it is. These are moments when ...
02/11-14 at 05.10 Louise Metcalf
Do you know your strengths? Do you celebrate your wins? Quite often we’re told where we go wrong, but few people sit down with us to tell us where we go right. Nor are we encouraged to remember our wins. However knowing where you go right helps you the most. Basically, it’s the old 80/20 rule, you get 80% of your outcomes from 20% of the things that you do, so focusing on refining those strengths is going to deliver more of the outcomes you want. Even ...