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Do you have a quality of life at work?

Alexandria Joy - Sunday, November 22, 2015

Have you ever stopped and thought about the quality of life you have? 

Have you ever thought about the fact that the country in which you were born could have a major influence on what you get to experience in your lifetime? 

In today's episode of UQTV I talk about an infographic that got me thinking about our quality of life and what our quality of work looks like too. Check it out for yourself. 


If you'd like to know more about improving your company culture then hop on over to the link below, we’d love to come and support you! http://www.uqpower.com.au/workplace-culture-pulse-checks

To your peace of mind and quality of life
Cheers
Heidi Alexandra 

Lessons from Necker Island with Sir Richard Branson

Alexandria Joy - Monday, November 02, 2015
At the start of the year I compiled a list of 50 leaders that I wanted to meet, interview and bring to you to share their insight, wisdom and energy.

Of course being an entrepreneur myself the #1 person on my list was none other than Sir Richard Branson. In early 2015 I was delighted to discover myself and my great friend Melissa Histon, Founder of The Sista Code, had been successful in being accepted to attend a Virgin Unite Leadership Gathering called "When bold minds and big thinkers come together" hosted by Business Chicks on Sir Richard's private island Necker. 

Virgin Unite is the entrepreneurial foundation of the Virgin Group, uniting people and ideas to create opportunities for a better world to shine a spotlight on unacceptable issues; to incubate disruptive collaborations and to empower entrepreneurs to change business by giving access to skills, support and capital.

Headed up by the super smart Emma Isaacs, Business Chicks was created to bring like-minded souls together – to give us a chance to swap ideas, share stories, and spark inspiration. They're a tribe of explorers and a band of big thinkers and I couldn't think of a better group of people to travel to a leadership conference in the British Virgin Isles with!

From the moment I arrived on Necker until today I have felt a definite surge in energy, an expanded reality about what's possible and a new way to view workplace environments. In the spirit of service and sharing I bring you my learnings and insights from meeting and talking to none other than Sir Richard Branson. 



Who inspires you? Who would you like to most meet? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Be bold, think big, serve the world

Love 

Heidi Alexandra Joy

How to create a happy virus at work

Alexandria Joy - Monday, May 11, 2015
When it comes to the positivity or negativity of relationships at work, at home and at school, multiple studies have shown that mood is literally contagious. It’s not simply that happy people gravitate to each other and unhappy people congregate in the corner —the people adjacent to you can actually move your mood up or down.

This makes managing morale and protecting a positive company culture extremely important because one unhappy person can infect an entire team. On the flip side, a few satisfied, engaged, high-performance people placed strategically throughout an organization can spread happiness and produce even better results. As a leader or manager, investing in the architecture of your team or businesses social, communication and functional networks is critical to ensure optimum happiness and effectiveness.

Scott Crabtree understands this only too well. After spending 24 years climbing the ladder in the gaming and software industries, eventually leading a team at Intel, Scott observed that the happiest people were also the most productive. The difference was so striking to him that he retired and rebooted his career, founding Happy Brain Science to surface and share the scientific underpinnings of what makes people happy and how that makes them more effective at their jobs and in their lives.

"Happier people are more successful, more creative, energetic, resilient," says Crabtree. "They work better together. They absorb more information. They have more tools in their tool belt to help them handle whatever life throws them. They are healthier, they live longer—and they show up at work more often."

What science has proven and we also see played out time after time through our work at UQ Power is that happiness is not part of a person's genetic makeup, nor a product of circumstance. It’s a choice. We believe business is 100% a people game and that your experience of work begins with you.

Want to overcome adversity, change how you feel about going to work and create a happy virus in your workplace? Then watch this week's video to find out how.


Share the happiness, tweet this: At work today. Choose fun! #startwithU
Now I’d love to hear from you. Have you ever started a happy virus? What one simple did you do to change your world? Share your story in the
comments below.
Remember to #startwithU

Big smile
Heidi Alexandra

Make Your Vocation Your Vacation

Alexandria Joy - Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Regardless of the level you are at in at your workplace or business I bet you find yourself sometimes becoming easily consumed by work and overwhelmed?

Joel Peterson wrote that many people, "despite being at a pinnacle of career or financial success, have expressed profound loneliness and despair."

Why? Because for many of us we often respond to success by working even more, hiding ourselves away from our support network, stopping our health and fitness regimes and burning the candle at both ends as well as the middle.

So what do you do when, this is you?

A simple way to #StartwithU is to begin by as Mark Twain suggested and make your vocation your vacationOn today’s episode of UQTV, learn how to learn to love your work. Here’s 3 simple tips to get you started

In this video you'll hear more about how you can:

2:46 - Tip #1 Stop more

3.46 - Tip #2: Play more

4.29 - TIP #3: Serve more

Tweet this: I am the master of my fate. I can make my vocation my vacation via @UQPower 

You always have the power to lead yourself to your highest creative potential. Ultimately, it’s not your circumstances, friends, age, background, education or any other factor that determines your ultimate destiny and how much you enjoy what you do. The choice is yours. 

Now, I’d love to hear from you. Have you ever had a job you hated, or worked in a challenging work environment and were able to turn it around? What did you do to #startwithU? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

P.S. If you want more on this topic, you might enjoy http://www.uqpower.com.au/_blog/uqtv/post/could-reverse-psychology-be-the-key-to-your-success/ 

Thank you, as always, for reading, watching, and adding your perspective to the conversation!

Until next time, love your work!

Heidi Alexandra

From Necker to Newcastle - An Interview with Lisa Messenger

Alexandria Joy - Sunday, February 15, 2015
Like anything she's done in life - the way Lisa Messenger tackles books is counter-intuitive to the status quo. 

From a girl who confesses she did "veggie English" at school, the Founder and Editor of the magazine Renegade Collective (launched in March 2013), has now released two new books within six months - both heading to best seller lists, both on very different topics and both featuring her signature UQ (Uniqueness Quotient) contrarian approach. 

Late last year I had the opportunity to bring Lisa to Newcastle and interview her for a second time right after releasing one of those books Daring and Disruptive and following her trip to Sir Richard Branson's private Island Necker where she sketched the chapters and outline for her next book released this week Life and Love.

Just as she was in our first interview, Lisa was cool, casual and candid, open to sharing her ideas, insights and spill all the goss on what it was like spending time hanging out with Sir Richard in his lounge room in board shorts. 


This interview From Necker to Newcastle is the first in a series of interviews I will be conducting in 2015 with the 50 renegade and inspiring leaders I most want to interview. You can check out my top 50 list here. 


As part of our new series of 50 Leaders I want to interview 

Now, Lisa and I would love to hear from you. Where are you thinking small in your business or life when you could back yourself and go big? 

Be as specific as possible in your comment, so others watching from around the world who come here to connect and be inspired can glean ideas from you too.

Thank you for reading, watching, and sharing in the comments below.
To your success, on your terms!
Heidi Alexandra 
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Episode 26 - Is it time to kick your perfectionism habit

Alexandria Joy - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I have a dream.

I imagine a world where everyone has an opportunity to love their work and do their best work using their unique strengths every day.

Sadly many modern workplaces with their rigid policies, procedures, measures, position descriptions and obsessive overwork cultures are doing little to encourage individuals to embrace their uniqueness and quirky ways. 

We all know the old saying that people join a company but leave their manager and through my work I speak to lots of leaders, supervisors and line managers and they all say they want to build a great team culture - but the don't always know how or where to start.

One of the first steps I recommend in creating a great workplace culture and becoming a great leader is to stop beating yourself and your people up for not being perfect. Watch this week's episode of UQTV to find out how to kick your perfectionism habit to the curb.

 


We spent the festive break refocusing and planning and we’ve got a brand new, bold mission to see one million people inspired to volunteer their best work using their unique strengths every day. We want to tilt the world to more expander leaders who #startwithU. And nothing would mean more to me and our team, to have your support for making this change in workplaces around the world. All you need to do is #startwithU.

One last thing...
This episode also signifies UQTV's 1st birthday - how quickly time flies! This is a huge milestone for our team, our clients and community, our film crew and for me personally. So I want to take a moment to say "thank you" and ask that if you believe our messages could help someone else start making a change in their workplace that you click forward and share it with them.

To celebrate our first birthday we are launching a very special series of UQTV called “Love your work”. Our “Love your work” series is all about helping you put the love back in your work so you can create a workplace environment that you can’t wait to go to every day!

Let's do this and together make our workplaces safer, happier and healthier.

Heidi Alexandra


Four Steps To Leading During A Downturn

Alexandria Joy - Monday, December 08, 2014

At UQ Power we imagine a world where people wake up every day inspired to go to work and return home at the end of the day feeling fulfilled and as though they have had an opportunity to use their unique strengths. 

Sadly this is often not the case. During turbulent times and economic challenges, many organisations and their leaders hunker down and resort to container style management - restriction, rigid policies and procedures, cost cutting and endless accountability trails. 

I recently wrote an article about the ill effects of poor leadership that struck a nerve receiving around 55,000 views and 500 comments about how the quality of your manager is more important to your health than the quality of your doctor. In fact studies from Europe and the US are showing that when people say “my boss is killing me”, quite literally this could be the case. 

The challenge during these tough economic times, particularly here in Australia where businesses who are heavily reliant on the mining, manufacturing and industrial sector are feeling the pinch, is not to fall into this trap and instead continue to inspire and engage people to create a healthy, productive workforce.

So what is the opportunity inherent in the current crushing economic climate and mining downturn? One thing we are discovering through our work at UQ Power is more and more people committed to finding new ways to clarify what matters most, to respect people and their individuality and to experiment with new ways to do things. This change in focus creates what we call a four way win: improved performance at work, at home, in the community and for the self. 

Could the current downturn make it easier to experiment with new attitudes and serve as a catalyst for your own reinvention as a leader? Watch this week's episode of UQTV for four ways you can continue to lead during a downturn. 

 


Now it’s your turn. What opportunities or silver linings have you found during your toughest economic times? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


WHAT MAKES A GOOD LEADER?

Alexandria Joy - Sunday, October 12, 2014

I truly believe there is a big difference between effectively managing and effectively leading. 

We've all had a manager that doesn't do a very good job of getting people excited about coming to work in fact, you wonder how they ended up managing people in the first place. Perhaps they were a great individual operator or a technical whiz and through a series of promotions, ended up managing people. Managing (or being a people manager) often has many tactical components. Setting goals, monitoring productivity, ensuring the right people are doing the right things. 

And then there is the leader. Here's few things I believe to be true when it comes to extraordinary leaders:

  • THEY HAVE PASSION - We all have desire within us to be, and do, something great, and when you find someone that is passionate, its easy to follow them.

  • ITS NOT ABOUT THE TITLE - A true leader stands out well before they have been called for leadership duty. Put them in any situation, and they will step up and lead without ever being asked, regardless of their title.

  • THEY ARE RESPECTED - Being respected and being popular are two totally different things. Being a leader is about making tough decisions and doing whats right. Leaders are role models to many and this comes with responsibilities. 
These are just a few of the qualities I've noticed in the leaders I admire. Beneath these are two critical foundations required to form rock solid relationships Watch this episode of UQTV to see how you can develop yourself in these two areas.



Now I’d love to hear from you. 
What characteristics or personal traits do you look for and admire in a leader? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Remember keep on building a life, business or career that plays to your unique strengths – the best thing you can do to change the world and become a great leader worth following is to #startwithU.

Heidi Alexandra 
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THE POWER OF EYE CONTACT

Alexandria Joy - Sunday, September 14, 2014

Look inside your kitchen cabinet and odds are you have a collection of old friends gazing back at you — the Rice Bubbles cartoon characters, the Frosted Flakes tiger, the Honey Puffs bee, the Milo boy, the Sultana Bran sunshine face, you get the idea. The real reason they are there has more do with your subconscious craving for eye contact than the taste of the products.

A recent study published in the journal Environment and Behavior, researchers at Cornell University manipulated the gaze of the cartoon rabbit on Trix cereal boxes and found that adult subjects were more likely to choose Trix over competing brands if the rabbit was looking at them rather than away. The researchers also found that the eyes of characters on boxes of cereal marketed to kids were directed downward, to meet the upward gaze of children in grocery store aisles. (Yes check it out next time you walk through a supermarket - subliminal trickery).

“Making eye contact even with a character on a cereal box inspires powerful feelings of connection,” said one of the study's authors Professor Brian Wansink.

In other studies, researchers have also found that children and adults who avoid or are denied eye contact are more likely to suffer from depression and feelings of isolation as well as exhibit antisocial traits such as callousness. Rather than cause and effect, the hypothesis is that the relationship between less eye contact and psychological problems is circular and reinforcing. This is alarming in a society where people increasingly spend more time looking at their mobile devices than at one another.

In short eye contact makes us more socially aware and empathetic. It allows us to make sense of our relationships and social orientation. Moreover, research from as far back as the 1980s indicates that people who make eye contact are perceived as more likable and trustworthy. 

Still not convinced about how much your peepers mean to you sales, marketing and business relationships? Then check out this episode of UQTV where I will share two more reasons why eye contact adds impact.

Amazeballs right!

But wait - researchers at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine last year also found that patients of doctors who made more eye contact had better health, adhered more to medical advice and were more likely to seek treatment for future problems. Not surprisingly, doctors who brought laptops into the examining room made less eye contact.

“Eye contact is a really good surrogate for where attention is and the level of accord building in a relationship,” said Enid Montague, a professor of engineering and medicine at Northwestern, who used video recordings of 100 patient visits to a primary care clinic for her analysis. “We found eye contact leads to significantly better patient outcomes.”

So eye contact with your doc can make you healthier too!

Tweet this: Eye contact increases your EQ

Tweet this: Patients of doctors who made eye contact are healthier

Now it’s your turn. What are some of your tips for building rapport and trust in relationships? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Until next time keep on building a life, business or career that plays to your unique strengths – the best thing you can do to change the world is to #startwithu.

Thanks for watching

Heidi Alexandra 
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Four Types Of Toxic People Successful People Avoid

Alexandria Joy - Sunday, August 31, 2014
We love nothing more than working on the human side of business by helping ambitious leaders and business owners to manage their most important resource – their people. But what do you do when the people around you are energy vampires sucking the joy out of your worklife? 

How you manage your energy and environment is your responsibility, so what can you do if you want to avoid getting sucked down into a toxic sickly workplace circle? First you must be able to identify the key types of toxic people you are best to avoid. Click on the video below to find out who these four types are. 

If you’ve ever struggled to get out of bed and drag yourself to work due to the toxic environment at work then this episode of UQTV was created especially for you. 



Now it’s your turn. What kind of toxic people or environments have you encountered and how did you manage them? Share your thoughts with our community in the comments below.

#StartwithU
Heidi Alexandra 
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