Your Brain Can Only Focus So Much

Everything has a rhythm in life. There’s the cycle of seasons, there’s day and night, there’s high and low tide. Our lungs and heart work to a rhythm, and our digestion moves in waves. So how could our brain be always “on”? Well, it can’t. 

Neuroscientists tell us that our brain needs periods of activity and inactivity, focus and un-focus. During a working day, try a rhythm of 60-70 minutes concentrated effort and 10-15 minutes of letting the mind wander and relax – and you are sure to be more productive than trying to stay 100% focused all the time. 

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The Power of Positivity

Yes, in this period of being totally fed up with the restrictions of the “new normal” it may sound cringeworthy to advocate positivity – but when you realize the beneficial effects of positivity on both your physical and mental health, it’s worth giving it a try.

Positive thinking doesn’t mean ignoring problems or denying that the current situation is difficult – it just means highlighting that there are also positives. 

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Your Life Balance

We don’t really like the term “work-life balance” – somehow it seems to imply that “work” is something else than “life” – and that “life” is somehow more desirable. Not true! Being passionate about your job is an important part of life and even a key element of your well-being. 

Instead of separating your “work self” from your “life self”, create a balanced life where you consciously spend and recharge your energy in your unique mix of work, play, family and what else gives you meaning.

Here are five tips – sometimes small but important steps – towards a personal life balance:

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How to Sleep Better in Stressful Times

Do you fall asleep at night, exhausted – just to wake up at 3:30am unable to fall back into sleep?
Or toss and turn, unable to fall asleep in the evening?
Do you truly feel rested and refreshed in the morning?

No? You’re not alone!
Sleeping disorders are common, and I’m sure they are getting worse with the increased screen time of the Covid home-office period. 

Would you like your whole team to get inspired to improve their sleep in this stressful period? Organize a series of Happy Hours with us! 

Here are some thoughts on how you can set yourself up for a good night’s sleep:

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Nutrition & Healthy Eating for Home Office

Are you working even more hours now that you’re at home?
Some surveys indicate that working hours have increased by 25% since the lockdowns started!

Are you finding it hard to eat proper meals – not to mention thinking about healthy recipes or conscious shopping ?

Would you like your whole team to get inspired, to incorporate nutritious food into their home-working habits? Organize a series of Happy Hours with us! 

Here are a few tips to eat healthy in this period:

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Hit Pause: Well-being at Your Desk

With Covid-19 everyone’s working from home, often in poor ergonomic conditions leading to physical tensions. Many find it difficult to “switch off”, and stay on their computers at all hours

Would you like your whole team to get inspired, to incorporate well-being moments to their home-working habits? Organize a series of Happy Hours with us!

Here are some tips to prevent tension and tiredness and energize your body and mind at your home office:

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How coaching changed me

It is amazing what you can achieve with the help of some good coaching.   Not that you need coaching because there is something wrong with you – as many people I encounter in business still think – but because you want to become your best self.
Have you ever seen a top athlete or top performer without a coach? 

Of course, you have to find a coach that is right for you.  
Here’s what worked for me and what I’m practicing as a coach.

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Lappenranta University of Technology

Tomorrow’s Leaders and Leadership

We’re excited to announce our cooperation with Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland, to deliver a program on leadership as part of the Continued Education and e-MBA program at the university

The program runs between March and June, 2021 in Helsinki and virtual. We’ll look at emerging organisation models, discuss what Leadership is and go in-depth in various aspects of Leading Self, Leading Others, Leading Teams. It will be an interesting mix with examples from different companies, discovery of new concepts, self-development and peer discussion.
For more information visit LUT University.

Humanocracy, not Bureaucracy

09 November 2020

Last week I read this most inspiring and entertaining book. It also describes the kind of the effort I was involved in, to implement an organisation of autonomous, self-steering teams in a business unit at Saint-Gobain.
The main question addressed in the book: Why is it that in many larger organizations there is amazing talent, passion and knowledge to do better and still, the organisation itself is performing mediocre at best ?

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