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I’m thrilled that you joined me here for this AdvantEdge Joy@Work podcast as I guide you in the art and behavioural neuroscience of expert hybrid leadership so that you can have joy@work and your team has purposeful unity of trust and collaboration.

AdvantEdge Joy@Work Podcast‪:‬ Dr John Kenworthy

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I’m thrilled that you joined me here for this AdvantEdge Joy@Work podcast as I guide you in the art and behavioural neuroscience of expert hybrid leadership so that you can have joy@work and your team has purposeful unity of trust and collaboration.

    In Control or Controlling? Part 3: The Antidote to Controlling, Stress and Performance Anxiety

    In Control or Controlling? Part 3: The Antidote to Controlling, Stress and Performance Anxiety

    This is Part 3 of a four part series asking the question: "Are you In Control" or "Controlling"?
    In this edition os the AdvantEdge Joy@Work Podcast, we're learning how wee can break free from the "Controlling" cycle and get "In Control".
    Stress, worry, and perfromance anxiety can be crippling your life. It's not always easy to break free of the spiral of anxiety but there is a simple solution for most people that does not involve medication or therapy.
    It's so shockingly simple that many people scoff at the idea. But the thing is, it works. It's how your brain works and this is a simple technique that you can employ immediately to break your brain out of the Controlling cycle and give your Frontal Lobes a chance to oput the breaks on and stop your stinkin' thinkin. 
    When you understand what is happening in your brain you'll see why it works, and, I absolutely guarantee, you can do this. This is not like getting your body fit by going to the gym 6 times a week or training to run a marathon. It's even easier than going to the toilet and takes about the same amount of time. In fact, you can even do this whilst doing your toilet business. In fact, that's a particularly excellent time to practice.

    • 16 min
    Are you In Control or Controlling? Part 2: Digging the Roots of Controlling, Stress and Performance Anxiety

    Are you In Control or Controlling? Part 2: Digging the Roots of Controlling, Stress and Performance Anxiety

    This is Part 2 of a four part series asking the question: Are you In Control or Controlling?
    In this guide, we are digging into the roots and what is happening in our brain when we enter the Controlling Cycle.
    We'll learn what happens inside our brain when we face a challenge and how your unconscious mind immediately reacts to this challenge as a threat - triggering your freeze, flight or fight response.
    We'll learn how our brain then shifts the challenge into worrying and anxiety UNLESS your frontal lobes put the brakes on and you choose to be In Control rather than attempt to fruitlessly control others or the outside world.
    We'll learn that EVERYONE on the planet faces the same choices every single day and we'll learn how worrying gives us the illusion of control making us feel good about worrying - as if it ever did us any good.
    We'll learn why the Pre Frontal Cortex struggles to intervene and shout down the worrying cycle.
    See the previous episode for Part 1 if you have yet to do so. And remember to subscribe on your preferred platfrom and please rate this episode, it helps others find it and learn too.

    • 14 min
    Are you In Control or Controlling? Part 1 - Finding the Roots of Everyday Stress and Performance Anxiety

    Are you In Control or Controlling? Part 1 - Finding the Roots of Everyday Stress and Performance Anxiety

    This is the first of a four part series asking the question: Are you In Control or Controlling? Listen or watch or read now to understand what triggers your stress and anxiety so that you can then learn how to be In Control and a master of your emotions.
    Everyone experiences stress and performance anxiety. Nobody likes it, and some people suffer terribly from it. Some stress is necessary for our survival. As cave dwellers, stress and anxiety caused by external threats were excellent drivers of survival behaviours. The trouble is, in the modern world, from your brain's perspective, there are many more perceived threats and the pace of life doesn't allow sufficient downtime between "threats" to recover perspective and get yourself back to a place of choice: whether you are going to remain in control, or be controlling of people or things in the world outside.
    In this four part guide we're discussing that fundamental question: Are you In Control or Controlling?
    This First Part we are finding the roots of everyday stress and performance anxiety according to behavioural Neuroscience. We begin with an important understanding of Locus of Control and its implications for your brain. We'll discuss why choosing to be In Control or Controlling is critical and how you respond to the many and varied challenges and obstacles you face every day

    • 16 min
    How to Enjoy a Happy and Successful Year Ahead

    How to Enjoy a Happy and Successful Year Ahead

    Double Blessings to you this new year.
    Ask what they want from the coming new year and most people are seeking to be happy and successful in the year ahead. We see the new year as a fresh start where we can put the past behind us and move ahead.
    Sadly, most people never achieve happiness or success and, in large part, that’s down to the way we set goals and commit to new year’s “resolutions”.
    The problem is a lack of motivation and a lack of balanced prioritisation.
    Resolutions tend to be negative shifts of behaviour that we “should” do for our own good. Things like: get fit, lose weight, quit smoking, quit drinking, be kind to everyone, stop complaining. All things that our flesh just screams to keep on doing because we don’t like change - or at least our brain does not like change - and your brain was getting something it liked from the “bad habits” of last year. Your brain would rather “do nothing” than “do something, anything, taxing”.
    And those new goals, we try but they tend to throw us even more off balance than we were already. What we need is to re-consider goals across all key aspects of our life. And those goals need to have an embedded, motivational purpose - our reason for achieving them, our “why” I should put in all this effort. Without which, our brain quickly defaults back to its preference of “do nothing”!
    We need a crystal clear, compelling picture of our future and what success looks like in each of the key areas of life. What is called a “Command Intent” and we need one or more for each of our five key life engines.
    Listen, watch or read the podcast now - it’s in a new format which we hope you like. It’ll be 15 minutes very well spent.
    I hope that you enjoyed a joyful festive season and you are ready for the excellent challenges that 2022 may bring.
    Be blessed - and remember - let us know what you think of the new podcast format.

    • 15 min
    Hope and Mirrors

    Hope and Mirrors

    Welcome to the AdvantEdge Joy@Work podcast with me, Dr. John Kenworthy. In this guide to developing your five essential qualities of expert hybrid leadership: we're learning why your attitude to hope and how you communicate it, determines how your days and those for your team will unfold. Welcome to Hope and Mirrors.  
    In this episode of the AdvantEdge Joy@Work podcast, we're looking forward to a future in hope and expectation of something new and exciting in the days ahead. And how you can choose to be the leader who inspires hope for yourself, and for others.
    Full episode and show transcript here: https://joyatwork.coach/hope-and-mirrors
    The choice is yours. I stick to my favorite verse to start every day from Psalm 118, Verse 24, in the New King James Version.  This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.  
    All the faces in the world are mirrors. What kind of reflections do you see in the faces of the people you meet? What kind of reflections do you want to see?  
    To learn more about AdvantEdge Coaching so that you can have Joy@Work and your team becomes United in Trust and Collaboration. Contact us through the link on the show notes and arrange a complimentary, confidential, no obligation Discovery Session. https://joyatwork.coach/apply

    • 14 min
    How to Undermine Engagement, Destroy Trust and Wreck Collaboration Before it Can Even Dare Take Root

    How to Undermine Engagement, Destroy Trust and Wreck Collaboration Before it Can Even Dare Take Root

    Collaboration is when an effective team harnesses the best out of individuals working together and appears to be disarmingly simple:
    “to work with another person or group in order to achieve or do something”
    But everyone in the team comes with their own personality, their culture and way of doing things and their own competitiveness, their fears, their concerns and their needs. For successful and fruitful collaboration, the leader needs to help the team be actively engaged in what they are doing, and that they trust one another by setting the groundwork to build a solid foundation and then maintaining it rigorously.
    Many thousands of leaders have failed to create team unity, trust and engagement through team building courses and enforced jollity of casual Friday or a virtual happy hour. But the buzz from that ropes course wears thin after a few days when your brain recognises that what it wants and needs is still missing.
    How do we fix that? Well, before we get to that let’s check in on what your brain really wants and needs:
    What Your Brain Wants and Needs:
    Fortunately, we know that every human being shares a fundamental need for three things in life:
    The need to feel safe
    The need to belong to a group or tribe, and
    The need to believe that they and what they do, matters
    Getting a team to be actively engaged, to trust each other and collaborate takes plenty of leadership time and effort - so why would you destroy it before it has a chance?
    Purpose
    In this guide we’ll understand how to build and maintain the critical foundation's of Safety, Belonging and Mattering by Listening Deeply so that the team can trust each other and, with clarity of their own purpose and direction, be actively engaged and collaborate to achieve the desired results.
    Process
    We'll look Pat Lencioni's famous work on the five dysfunctions of a team and see how further research shows that Safety, Belonging and Mattering are crucial to your brain and thus to your ability to trust and collaborate. We'll then look at how listening deeply is the ONE missing ingredient that all leaders can do and use to help build the foundations and hence, ultimately, get the results they desire.
    Payoff
    When you start to listen deeply you will begin to dismantle any climate of fear or the lack of safety felt in too many organisations. Team members will learn that they can speak up and help the leader build and maintain the edifying climate to guide themselves and other team members towards effective trust and collaboration.

    • 21 min

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