Watching Team New Zealand in action over the last few days has got us thinking about how they have turned their practice time into high performance. One of the team wondered if they were an example of some of the best practice we have seen so it seemed like a good time to re-visit this blog about what people’s actual definition of high performance is.
Over the years I have read articles and heard people talk about looking after yourself first before you look after others. In fact on flights, that is what the safety video insists you do; (the oxygen mask theory) put the mask on yourself first before helping others to fit theirs. On one hand it makes… Read more
We are in The Knowledge Economy, requiring flat, networked-based crews with decentralised decision-making. This ‘flat’ collegial way of working, requires an attendance to mindset rather than skillset. By mindset we mean focusing on our underlying assumptions, how these shape our ‘reality,’ and the possibilities for the future.
A vehicle for accessing our assumptions is through the practice of mindfulness. Mindfulness is about creating in ourselves a state of active open attention on the present, on purpose and non-judgmentally. Calling on an integrated three-part approach to becoming mindful, from Shapiro et al 2006, that Intention, Attitude and Attention (IAA), can really pay off. By increasing our awareness of the importance of mindset in our leadership, we become more able to shape our ‘reality’ and the possibilities for the future, including our adaptation to ever changing circumstances.
Unless thought has been given to what individuals or teams are there to achieve as an outcome (not the same as what they are there to ‘do’ ) a lot of time and energy can be wasted either doing things that are duplicating what someone else is (or should be) doing, or things take much longer than they need to. As a result what is delivered can often be unnecessarily complicated / over-engineered or just plain wrong as a means to deliver the intended outcome/purpose of the team or individual.
I have recently been seeing the positive benefits from women sharing success stories and lessons learnt from their experiences. As working mothers we can sometimes get stuck in a rut and end up feeling like that hamster on a wheel, running like mad and going nowhere. So here are few lessons learnt that have helped… Read more