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Creating Conditions for Success

Educating both parties about the purpose and process involved in the use of a new skill or practice will increase the likelihood of its success. The leader who is using the new skill will have more confidence through knowing that their team members understand what they are looking to do, and are clear on their role in the process and therefore less likely to resist its introduction.

Sustainable 180 by 365

One of the Altris values is Sustainability. A question we are asked about that is ‘what does this mean in reality?’ Like all organizations, the trick with company values is to put them into action. In this blog we want to share a few things that we’ve found out already about being sustainable in everything we do, all year round (180 degrees by 365 days)

Thoughts on Mindfulness

Mindfulness seems to have been one of the favourite flavours of the past year. Jon Kabat-Zinn is a key proponent of mindfulness. Through his efforts and others, it is moving towards becoming a respected approach for business people to experience increased head space, in an ever-demanding world of 24/7 availability.
There’s mindfulness in walking, picture drawing, washing yourself, juggling …. and the list goes on. Mindfulness to me is doing whatever you’re doing with awareness and appreciation, however difficult and unpleasant doing that thing is. Through it, we endeavour to gain access directly to the experience itself, whether that is a breath, a thought, a perception, a judgment….and all without judgment, which then gives us true wisdom and perspective. But mindfulness is not a panacea. Like any tool and philosophy, its use needs to be thoughtfully applied. I recommend the very readable book, ‘Wherever you go, there you are’ by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Don’t sweat it, just focus!

It dawned on me working in Christchurch recently that something like the Christchurch earthquakes not only has a huge impact at the time of the event but a ripple effect thereafter.  When the event becomes a series of events over a long period of time, the impact is deeper and lasts much longer that you… Read more

Making Time to Coach

It takes effort to make time for coaching. However the benefits more than justify the investment in time and energy. Here is a reminder of what you gain as a leader if you make time to coach your people and encourage them to come up with their own solutions.