High Performance may be what many organisations value and strive for, but it’s what makes people BE high performers versus what may push them beyond optimal performance that is often overlooked. This fine line is very much a fine line, and it’s going to be different for every individual, everyone has their ‘just right’ where they are at their best, their smartest, most engaged and creative yet organisations tend not to prioritise creating a working environment which supports this. Instead businesses choose to focus primarily on growing profits and their client base, while as their growth accelerates employees tend to experience more stress, overwhelm and burnout. In times of fast […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on The fine line between High Performance and Burnout
Here’s the thing, if you don’t know you’re in a toxic environment you can keep going for an impressively long time and you may never actually get out of it. Once you’re aware however that there is another way, and what toxic means, I can assure you its not an environment you want to put up with for very long. I mean why would you knowingly want to do harm to yourself? And yet we do. We put up with work cultures and work environments which don’t nourish us, inspire us or help us grow. Some environments do the opposite, they corrode our self-esteem and confidence, they stifle our creativity, we can […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on How long can you survive in a toxic environment?
I used to stare out the window wondering why am I sitting at a desk, in front of a computer (for far more hours than I know to be good for me), doing something which really doesn’t matter in the world, doesn’t feed or grow me, when I have so much I really want to be doing, seeing and experiencing? I love being active, creative, dancing, working with people, exploring, being outdoors and in nature and yet I’d spend so many hours in a stuffy office doing none of that, hardly moving, except for my typing and getting up to make myself tea every few hours. My body would ache, my energy would be […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Autobiography in Five Short Chapters
Have you ever walked into an organisation and instantly felt good? There’s an energy about that you can’t quite put your finger on. People are smiling, making eye contact and generally just seem happy. They even acknowledge you, just by you standing there. That feels good. Yeah these offices are cool, you think, and you start noticing the pictures and posters on the wall. The mission statement, you read it. What an awesome space, I could work here. There’s a buzz in the atmosphere, you can literally see the ideas flying about. There’s a pace, a movement. Hey it’s just a great vibe in here, you start to feel energized. Wow, […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on What does a Healthy Work Environment look like?