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Win @ Work & Life with Nikki Bush is the podcast where you and I explore what it means to win at both work and life.Today, you get to choose how to create a life of meaning and self-expression that includes both your work and life outside the office with your family.

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Win @ Work & Life with Nikki Bush is the podcast where you and I explore what it means to win at both work and life.Today, you get to choose how to create a life of meaning and self-expression that includes both your work and life outside the office with your family.

    Ep 32. Use your brain‘s neuroplasticity to cope with stress with Dr John Molidor

    Ep 32. Use your brain‘s neuroplasticity to cope with stress with Dr John Molidor

    Nikki Bush discusses the nuts and bolts of neuroplasticity to decrease stress and increase performance with Dr John Molidor, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine. He holds the Certified Speaking Professional accreditation from the National Speakers Association (NSA) in the US one of just over 700 speakers in the world who have it, is past president of the NSA and was President of the Global Speakers Federation 2020-2021. Earlier this year he was the recipient of the very covetted, Cavett Award which celebrates and honours those members whose speaking careers demonstrate the spirit of sharing, guiding and inspiring other professional speakers. You will hear his generous spirit in this podcast.

    This conversation covers:

    - How we can help our brains to operate optimally.
    - What neuroplasticity actually is and how it helps us to learn, unlearn and relearn anything at all at any stage of our lives
    - The five step process we go through to learn anything or get anything done
    - The importance of sleep in the learning cycle and to increase mental capacity – it’s not what you think and no, it’s not about having to get eight hours of sleep a night
    - Tricks and hacks to help you to drop off to sleep when your mind is overactive
    - Consistency as an ingredient in the performance of anything
    - Different rhythms in our lives – the circadian rhythm and the ultradian rhythm and how they connect with peak performance and getting deep work done
    - The need to ‘agitate’ the brain for growth and learning to take place
    - The brain-body connection – they are not separate at all
    - Using breathing to manage stress levels
    - The power of consciously directing your brain

    • 53 min
    Ep 31. Why we need to be part of our children’s digital safety early on

    Ep 31. Why we need to be part of our children’s digital safety early on

    Nikki Bush discussing why we need to be part of our children’s digital safety early on, with Josh Ramsey from Be In Touch, an organisation that‘s all about family digital wellness; helping parents to educate, connect and protect children. Josh is a speaker (with a TEDx talk to his name too), educator and coach who watches trends in the digital space and translates them into everyday speak. He speaks from experience having suffered from digital addiction in his teens and 20s. Having completed a degree in psychology, philosophy and coaching, Josh spent his youth travelling the world working as a model, actor, and later as a stuntman. He has seen first-hand the illusion of the entertainment engine, and decided to pursue purpose over profit. These experiences combined with being an entrepreneur who has worked in organisational development, training, education and wellness give him a unique perspective into the emerging field of digital wellness. For more information visit www.beintouch.org



    This conversation covers:

    - Research statistics from a learner survey about their devices, connectivity and exposure
    - The importance of helping school communities to figure out their biggest digital challenges from a list of many
    - The world of blackmail, extortion, click-jacking, revenge porn and more that kids are exposed to
    - The importance of drawing up an agreement/contract with your child BEFORE you give them their first smart phone
    - Accountability, responsibility and consequences in the digital world
    - Understanding brain development and the danger gap with devices
    - Why kids need ‘fairy wheels’ when they first set out on the digital superhighway
    - Why kids should not be sleeping with their phones in terms of their mental health
    - How you can gain insight into your child’s digital life
    - The case for parental control software as an extra set of senses, pair of eyes or AI side kick
    - Why kids don’t tell you what’s going on in their digital lives
    - Why digital safety starts at the beginning of your child’s digital journey – in primary school so that you can avoid a war in high school

    • 44 min
    Ep 30. Put people first and results will follow: rethinking high-performance teamwork

    Ep 30. Put people first and results will follow: rethinking high-performance teamwork

    Nikki Bush in conversation about high performance team work with Caspar Craven, a leading international authority in achieving big bold goals using a very human approach to building teams. Caspar is an accomplished entrepreneur who has built and sold businesses and worked in the corporate world as a chartered accountant, investment banker and CFO. He has sailed twice around the world – the first time was as the youngest crew member in the world’s toughest yacht race, The BT Global Challenge and the second time he circumnavigated the world with his wife and three young children all under 10 years of age. While sailing the Pacific Ocean he sold one of his businesses for a 7-figure sum. Caspar is a motivational and keynote speaker who uses his unique mix of experiences to inspire his audiences. His latest book, Be More Human: rethinking the rules of high-performance teamwork, was published in 2020. Visit www.casparcraven.com for more information.

    This conversation covers:

    -Putting people first instead of only running business by the numbers
    -Put people first, results will follow
    -The keys to effective teamwork
    -The importance of listening and helping team members find themselves in your story
    -How to balance the need for relentless action and caring for your team
    -Self-reflection and being prepared to hear honest feedback about yourself
    -Parallels between work and home life
    -How you do anything is how you do everything
    -What we see is all there is – how to keep top of mind awareness
    -Where focus goes energy flows
    -If you are running a team you are in the business of growing people

    • 37 min
    Ep 29. Lie-Hide-Repress-Deny: The cycle of gender-based violence

    Ep 29. Lie-Hide-Repress-Deny: The cycle of gender-based violence

    Nikki Bush discusses gender based violence with Ingrid Lotze who believes the world won’t change until we stop the lie, hide, repress, deny cycle that both victims and bystanders are trapped in. She draws on hard-learned lessons from being married to an abusive alcoholic; her work as volunteer in women’s empowerment; as well as her 25 years of business ownership. Ingrid is a two-time TEDx Speaker & TEDx panelist, a Diversity Equality & Inclusion advocate and gender equality champion. She co-founded and runs three businesses including Hers&His, a diversity and inclusion consultancy. For more information visit www.hers&his.co.za  




    This conversation covers:

    -The conspiracy of silence
    -How victims support the cycle
    -How bystanders support the cycle
    -Cycle of violence from generation to generation
    -The problem with “not my business, not my problem”
    -Ingrid’s 3-step solution
    -Cultivating community and connection
    -How to speak up early and often
    -Eliciting support and building allies – what to put in play and in place
    -GBV awareness in the business environment – how to create a safe space
    -Rethinking norms that are hard wired
    -The importance of curiosity to create shift
    -How lie, hide, repress and deny plays out in gender-based violence, racism, diversity and inclusion

    • 40 min
    Ep. 28 Shining slivers of light on mental health awareness

    Ep. 28 Shining slivers of light on mental health awareness

    Nikki Bush in conversation with teen author and poet, Jess Robus, who shares her insights on teen mental health and talks about her about her first book, Slivers of Light. Published this year (2021), Slivers of Light contains poignant poetry that will move you as will this very honest 15 year old who will blow you away with her eloquence and insights. Jess is the youngest guest to ever appear on the Win @ Work and Life podcast.

    This conversation covers:

    - Jess’s interest and experience with mental health issues such as depression and anxiety
    - Insights into some of the issues that are impacting on the mental health of teens
    The barriers to young people being open and honest about what they are going through
    - Advice for anyone who finds themselves depressed or mentally challenged right now – teens or adults
    - The realities of living with mental health issues
    - How to make yourself more supportable
    - Why you need to know yourself well and understand your condition and what can trigger it
    - The importance of finding an outlet for self-expression
    - Why Jess wrote the book, Slivers of Light

    You can order your copy of Slivers of Light from www.jessrobus.com and you can also connect with her there about speaking to your group.

    • 41 min
    Ep 27. What video games can teach us about the game of life

    Ep 27. What video games can teach us about the game of life

    Nikki Bush in conversation with Gareth Woods, a leading expert in the esports and gaming industry who sheds an interesting light on video gaming. He is also the author of a new book, Go Play Inside – what video games can teach us about the game of life. He is also a fascinating case study in how to build a meaningful portfolio of experiences in a world where career security and job security are increasingly becoming a thing of the past.

    For more information visit:
    www.nikkibush.com or www.thegarethwoods.com

    • 56 min

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