HOW WELL-BEING BUILDS LEADERSHIP

Well-being builds your leadership. Being self-aware, you take more notice of your behaviour and how this shows up in how you lead your life.

We demonstrate five ways that we help people put their well-being centre of attention and how this will show up in leading a more effective (and happy) life.

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Are You Happy?

This morning I was stopped in my tracks ( I'm currently walking at a pace of nine minutes per km - so that's awkward.) There in a window was a large modern attractive wooden sign ... 

Happiness is not a destination it's a way of life. 

 

I was really struck at how it triggered me to think and immediately questions myself ... 'Am  I happy?'

And then I starting wondering, how many people stop and ask themselves this same question.

In your life, how many people do you know who you would classify as 'happy'? Consider your work colleagues, your team, your manager, your friends, your partner and your neighbours?

I know of people who say that they are busy, frantic, hot, cold, out of control yet I can't recall when I last heard someone stop and say that they were happy. Maybe I haven't been listening or they've used other emotional language.

There are those who plan to be happy. Generally they launch their comments with the word 'when' - 'when I find my dream job', when the kids leave home, when I retire, when I finish studying etc. Are we not content or do we not realise when we're in a state of happiness?

So, here's an EXPERIENCE for Friday evening or your weekend thinking  point:

What have been the most recent happy moments you can recall? List 10 in your Happy Moments Register.

Kids deliriously happy in the beach.

Kids deliriously happy in the beach.

For example, last night my kids played in the beach for an hour; they were screaming, splashing and I just sat there, taking photos capturing how deliriously happy they were and feeling no need to check on devices or look at my watch. And today I received a signed proposal for a piece of work - I was grinning all the way to the car.

When work-shopping with clients I generally ask, What makes you happy? I don't need to hear their responses, I watch their faces as they  immediately  connect with what is important in their life. We want people, no matter where they are or what they are doing to feel this way.

When you know what makes you happy, the next exercise is to test yourself with considering what makes your team members happy. Good Luck!

 

 

 

Values, Vision & Visa

I promise not to mention 'resolutions' in this blog - OK, only this once! 

 

Given we are counting down the hours to a new year, we have a natural tendency to think of "Next year, I'm going to ...... whether that is stop, start, do more of, change, reduce or even try again! With this mindset and topical conversation piece in the air, you may as well practise articulating your message and answers. 

If you need help, try the 3V model. It's simple to use for yourself or guide conversations with others.  

 

The model is three categories of questions to build a framework of thoughts and communication: 

 

VALUES - What are your values? What's important to you? Why do you get up and go and do what you do in the time you are awake? 

 

VISION - What do you wish for? What do you want? What do you need? If you close your eyes and see yourself in 2020, what are doing, what do you look like and where are you?  

 

VISA - Is it currency or access or both? If you had unlimited access to funds and places in the world, what would you do and where would go and be? What do you dream about? 

 

Now it's time to draw, write, talk or simply get caught up in your thoughts. And where do you start?

I find this 3V model (values, vision & visa) should at least help you activate a sence of importance or urgency to think about your chosen activity in 2015 and how these choices will impact and influence your achievement of the answers to these questions.

Most people struggle to commit to any change - it takes courage, tenacity and a good support crew. However, you've got to start, and if you haven't, now is the time!

 

If you're interested to focus on this further - here are some addition ideas & resources:

www.values.com - this is a great site with a list of values to help you identify your values.

Happiness is the icing on your cake (Melinda Pile) - a small ebook resource of resources  

PINTEREST - it's a great site /app to view other people's vision, creations, businesses - great if you're visual

Driving Your Life Program - connect with me to understand how our program can work for you. We coach individuals, run public workshops, and speak about how to take control of your 'steering wheel'.

 

EXAMPLES:

Values: Family, Friendship, Fitness & Volunteering

Vision: Completing Marathon, Increased Business Referrals, Family Dinners & Holidays, Building local women's business network, Local community transport group

Visa: Buy car for husband, Travel for six weeks around Europe in 2016 with family & friends