Each year I take time out during this break to reflect on the year that was and to pen my Annual Gratitude Letter - in my 2015 letter I wrote how on New Year's Even 2014 I read Oprah Winfrey's book What I know for sure that had been loaned to me by a dear friend Tracy. The book truly set the tone for me for the coming year and little did I know at the time that I would round off 2015 with a bus trip to see Oprah live in Sydney on 12 December 2015 with 10 of my Leading Ladies clients and friends organised by the very same friend Tracy.
What an exquisite way to top and tail the year!
The middle of 2015 was also a peak or highlight for me as I had the amazing experience of travelling with my great friend Mel to Sir Richard Branson's private island Necker. While there we were joined by none other than spiritual teacher of our time - Marianne Williamson.
My experience of and interactions with Marianne had a surprising and profound impact on me personally as well as on the way we now operate at UQ Power. In this week's episode of UQTV I will share some of the wonderful insights I gained from time with this amazing leader. I hope you find her wisdom to provide you with some tasty food for thought at this time of the year as well.
PS - If you want to get a glimpse of the power of this woman then check out this video of her speaking recently on women and religion at the Parliament of World's Religions in Salt Lake City Utah - I have some footage I took of her speaking on Necker however the Caribbean breeze and 100 flamingos in the background make for challenging audio, plus I wanted to experience her in person not through an iPhone ;-)
I look forward to being of service and sharing more with you all on the other side in 2016!
Happiness is an elusive goal; everyone seems to want it, but by all the "shelf help" books out there my guess is that we are still searching for it.
Sure it’s not easy to be happy most of the time and many of the solutions suggested in popular culture take a fair bit of effort and TIME, the one thing we all seem to be short of in modern society.
For example a commonly cited one is to do more exercise. A study cited in the book: “The Happiness Advantage” also confirmed the importance of exercise on our happiness level. Basically, this study looks into three groups of depressed patients found that exercise had the biggest effect in reducing depression.
Others suggest all you need to do is get more sleep. True we spend roughly one third of our lives sleeping, so you cannot underestimate the importance of sleep, in particular nanna naps. An interesting study in 2011 from BPS Research Digest showed how sleep affected our happiness, in particular that people who take an afternoon nap are desensitized to negative emotions and more responsive to positive ones. But who has time for a nanna nap and unless you work at Google is that acceptable behaviour in your workplace?
So what can you do if you're feeling a bit blue and you're time poor? Well you could ask Siri on your iPhone to tell you a knock knock joke (go on try it). Or you could just watch this 4 min video for my two happiness hacks that will have you faking it until you make it and get happy again in an instant:
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 vacation. On today’s episode of UQTV, learn how to learn to love your work. Here’s 3 simple tips to get you started
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.
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.
I 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 you’re an employee and your boss is driving you nuts with their micro managing and tight leash and they don’t seem to ever let up and just let you get on with the job? If you’re suffering under a container manager then I have good news for you. Today’s how to episode was created especially for you.
At UQ Power we believe it all starts with U, so how you negotiate, provide feedback and manage upwards is your responsibility. If you're at a loss and you just want to sack your boss then you'll love today's video where I share three ways to tell them that they suck...
I bear no responsibility should you choose to use the letter and it doesn’t go as hoped but perhaps just reading it will help you gain clarity on what it is they are doing that gets you fired up so much.
Now it’s your turn. What kind of managers that you have worked for drive you nuts? What are the things they do that frustrate you and leave you uninspired and demotivated? Share your thoughts with our community in the comments below.
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.
When it comes to productivity, everyone it seems has their own rituals or habits that work for them. If you really want to supercharge your day then why not take a leaf out of the book of those who have mastered the art of the morning ritual.
I’ve been an avid student of getting stuff done productively for years, aside from throwing away my television 10 years ago and following Brian Tracy's advice and "eating my frog" every day, I've checked out the key strategies millionaires implement to stay focused and get going each day.
What I discovered is that there are four millionaire morning rituals that’ll help you no matter what business you are in.
Heidi Alexandra has been the source of much information strategy and innovation that has seen me push the boundaries on social media internally and improved my local and national profile and that of my firm tremendously. Jeremy Kennedy, Director, Australian Business Lawyers and Associates
I would recommend UQ Power to anyone that is seeking support, guidance and growth in their business. Catherine Miller, Human Resources Manager, Allightsykes