Author of the book 'The Brain-Based Boss', people engagement expert (and humorist) Terry Williams talks workplace cultures and leadership. Provocative thinking about the past, present and future of work. Tools, tips and techniques on what makes people tick (and stick.)
Episode 38: Challenging Assumptions
Pattern recognition, recency and familiarity biases can impact our perceptions and responses. If you're hiring a librarian and the applicant doesn't look like your preconceived notion of what a librarian looks like, does that impact your assessment of them? If your high school bully was named Toby, does that affect your impressions of other Tobys you meet later? On average it does. Don't be average.
Episode 37: Change and Overcoming Passive Aggressive Avoidance
The odds are very high that any people you’re leading, and from whom you’re trying to get buy-in for change, have had leaders like you try it with them before. On average, it’s likely that those previous efforts and results have not been great. Overt and obvious opposition is easy to spot and you're compelled to actively deal with it but how do you spot and proactively manage those that don't actively oppose change but 'drag the chain'?
Episode 36: Bad Use Of Feet, Forks, And Fingers
Our longevity, health, quality of life and personal productivity are due 30% to luck and 70% to our choices and behaviours. What are 10 choices we can make, any one of which would actually diminish our odds of decline or disaster? How wrong are we when it comes to estimating where our problems will occur?
Episode 35: Prolonging Personal Productivity
What are the habits of those who do live longer and remain happy and meaningfully productive for longer? What are the signs to watch out for that maybe now is the time to start taking control rather than continue to rely on your body's and mind's good luck? What clues are there that the fad you're reading about is snake-oil quackery?
Episode 34: Addressing Poor Sleep
Though researchers don’t know the exact mechanism, it seems that chronic lack of sleep causes inflammation, elevates blood pressure and heart rate, and affects glucose levels, leading to a much higher stroke risk in the sleep-deprived. Sleep increases the ability of the four main healthy lifestyle habits (a healthy diet, exercise, moderate alcohol consumption and not smoking) to protect the body against cardiovascular disease.
So, what can we do...?
Episode 33: Impact Of Poor Sleep
Poor sleep can increase your risk of a stroke by 400%. Ineffective sleep makes you less productive immediately, not at 3pm the next day. If you pour red bull into your laptop, it doesn't work as well. The same goes for your body and brain.