At one time, I was at the top of one of Stockholm’s hottest companies. On the verge of going public, and with an executive marketing title and sizable salary, I somehow felt empty. After some soul searching, I realized that I couldn’t
- 06 Dec 16 8.37 amRead more
The Focus School: The Leader’s Triple Focus
You ever felt that strange feeling: This just feels right? It’s your gut feeling speaking to you through subcortical systems that operate outside our conscious awareness–systems that gather decisions that guide us through life, and manifests through sensations and feelings. These sensations set our direction before we can put that decision into words.
The subcortical circuits include the amygdala and the insula. Studies show that using these feelings as guides are actually (as might surprise some) a sensible judgmental strategy.
Why? The decision is based on a vast amount of rules that the mind has already gathered and stored, albeit unconsciously.
The Sweet Spot
”The sweet spot” for smart decisions come from high self-awareness. If you know yourself as well as your business, you will be able to make better, and more accurate, decision rules, while guarding yourself against inner distortions that can lead you astray Life doesn’t arrange itself through pros and cons, hence rationalizing every decision might not always be the best choice. Our bottom-up mind stores crucial information that our top-down brain can’t access directly, let alone put into action.
Leadership requires that must first know our own values. This takes self-awareness: inspiring leadership demands attuning both to an inner emotional reality and to that of those we seek to inspire. The most successful entrepreneurs realize that self-awareness and gut feelings are crucial when it comes to take smart decisions. They have realized that gut feelings are data too.
- 29 Nov 16 6.19 amRead more
The Stress-free Guide: 4 Tips To Stay Less Stressed at Work
We get it: it’s hard to remain totally stress-free in today’s workplace. That’s why we came up with four tips to help you get started on managing that stress, and focusing on getting the job done:
Get Work Energy Efficient
Of course, by being more energy efficient with your brain’s controlled processes, you can avoid being frazzled and suffering brain overload. For your brain to be more energy efficient, you need to know what it is that drains energy. Reflect on the causes of interruptions when you work and do something about it. Is it co-workers, your phone, or emails?
When someone feels they don’t get anything done and then becomes stressed, a common reaction is to try to do a lot of things all at the same time. This takes a lot of energy; as a result performance can suffer by up to forty percent. Our brains have developed to do one thing at a time.
Figure out when you work best!
This is, of course, a very individual matter, but most people concentrate best in the morning because they are well rested and the brain is recovered. This is why it is often a good idea to undertake major tasks in the morning. In the afternoon, it is common for people to get tired, as the brain has been active for a long period of time. This can be the time to do more routine tasks, such as reply to emails and have meetings, etc. The afternoon is often also a good time to do more creative tasks, because the brain is in a more relaxed state.
Give the brain a break
Most importantly, let the brain have a little break, preferably every hour. Just let it idle for a short period. Additionally, ensure that weekends are work-free, so that the brain is more relaxed going into the next working week. A good night’s sleep is also important. If you work more than fifty-five hours per week, you run a three times greater risk of developing a sleeping disorder than those people who work only forty hours a week. For a more complete recovery, it is important to take at least three weeks continuous holiday each year – the brain only starts to rest and recover after two weeks’ break.
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