Wellbeing insights

Leading for wellbeing through COVID-19: Part 3

Leading for wellbeing through COVID-19: Part 3

While COVID-19 is a tragedy of unknown proportions, the enforced power-down has some silver linings for many of us: seeing more of our families, our days are less of a mad race against the clock, we’ve got more manageable workloads and the risk of burnout is lower. ...

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Leading for wellbeing through Covid-19: Part 2

Leading for wellbeing through Covid-19: Part 2

Seems like part one of our ‘SOS guide’ hit the spot, so without further ado – here’s the next instalment in the series. Our focus this week is on helping leaders and their teams to build and maintain their Resilience & Equanimity, with a strong emphasis on...

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Leading for wellbeing through Covid-19: Part 1

Leading for wellbeing through Covid-19: Part 1

The Covid-19 pandemic has left many wellbeing professionals not knowing how or where (or even whether) to step in and help. But we think it’s an important time to be making a difference, and for leaders, it’s a chance to demonstrate exceptional leadership. We’ve tried...

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How has workplace wellbeing evolved?

How has workplace wellbeing evolved?

A big question, and one we sought to answer when we invited you, our GLWS wellbeing community, to share your observations with us when we instigated a piece of field research at the end of last year. (We’ve rolled your responses into our findings, The State of...

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Highlights from the 2019 Wellbeing @ Work Event

Highlights from the 2019 Wellbeing @ Work Event

I was privileged to be part of the Future of Work Insights' recent Wellbeing @ Work Event in Sydney on 26 September. I introduced the leader’s panel, interviewing: Luke Baylis, CEO of SumoSalad, Michael Ferguson, CFO of Downer Group, And Berkeley Cox, Chief Executive...

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Wellbeing from the wheelchair

Wellbeing from the wheelchair

How would your wellbeing be affected if you lived in a wheelchair and were reliant on others for absolutely everything – even down to scratching your nose when it’s itchy? Hard to imagine, isn’t it? It’s hard to consider having ‘wellbeing’ with this level of physical...

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Addiction at work: how should organisations respond?

Addiction at work: how should organisations respond?

When I speak to business leaders there is often a reluctance to recognise or discuss the possibility that there are ‘high-functioning addicts’ in their business. A ‘high-functioning addict’ is characterised by someone who appears to be ‘normal’ from the outside - they...

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How might we be with an extra day up our sleeve each week?

How might we be with an extra day up our sleeve each week?

Remember the headlines last year about the company in NZ operating on a 4-day week with record productivity? It seems to have really got people talking.HR folks, bosses and line managers alike have had their imaginations captured - and conversations are bubbling away...

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Dropped the ball recently? Good!

Dropped the ball recently? Good!

Work and life are all-consuming. Or, they can be if we don’t watch out. Many of us are doing complex and demanding jobs, running businesses with demanding shareholders, customers and employees - whilst also juggling our family and personal lives. There’s never enough...

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Why I wanted to run away… and what stopped me

Why I wanted to run away… and what stopped me

What I’m about to say might shock you.People can be poisonous. Or at least say and do poisonous things. People we like - even love - can be a source of disappointment and distress and have a poisonous effect on those around them.Sometimes, I wish everyone would just...

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Why fasting should be on your menu

Why fasting should be on your menu

Back in the day… In a world without electric light, humans were governed by the cycles of light and dark in everything we did, including finding, preparing and consuming food. We would acquire food when it was available, consume it, use that energy for immediate...

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Do we choose busy, or does busy choose us?

Do we choose busy, or does busy choose us?

That leaders work long hours is one thing, but whether this is by necessity or choice is another. Overly full schedules during conventional business hours combined with the home-based ‘second shift’ in the evening is the norm for many. But is this level of effort...

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Can we tackle obesity and poverty at the same time?

Can we tackle obesity and poverty at the same time?

How does one conference veer from business solutions for world poverty and disadvantage to the best means of tackling obesity?Earlier this week, I attended the two-day Workplace Wellness Summit held at the International Convention Centre here in Sydney. It was a...

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Laying down the law on wellbeing

Laying down the law on wellbeing

The legal profession is a popular and lucrative career pathway, but it’s become famous for many of the wrong reasons. Reputable studies have long reported depression, anxiety and stress-related disorders in law firm employees running at rates of between 1 in 3 to 1 in...

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Digital detox: What’s the big deal?

Digital detox: What’s the big deal?

There is a new market sector in the wellbeing world that has sprung up over the past few years – digital detoxing. There are: Books & articles (including the ubiquitous ‘Seven Steps…’) Apps to assist (ironically) by limiting overall screen time or social media use...

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Do you know Christine?

Do you know Christine?

Christine* didn’t know if she wanted to do this anymore. ‘This’ being her senior executive role. Her long climb to the top had been a mixture of thrilling achievements, hard work and personal sacrifice. Now she had reached the summit (or so it appeared). She had the...

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10 relaxation techniques for a busy world

10 relaxation techniques for a busy world

There is a lot going on in the world at present… And you aren’t alone if you are feeling a little stressed, disheartened, demoralised or melancholy in response to the daily news (never mind what might be going on in your own personal life). Between the New Zealand...

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Hygge, Coorie, Ikigai… Are they the real deal?

Hygge, Coorie, Ikigai… Are they the real deal?

At this year’s World Government Summit (WGS) Global Conversation on Happiness & Wellbeing, I attended a talk from a very cool guy called Ken Mogi. (By the way, if you missed my four-part series reporting from the WGS, you can catch up here.) Ken is a...

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GLWS at the WGS: Part four

GLWS at the WGS: Part four

We’re bringing you part four of our series from the World Government Summit (WGS) in Dubai – a global gathering of world leaders from public, private and global organisations from over 150 countries. Today, our detailed breakdown of a fascinating talk from Simon Sinek...

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Which is better for you – Order or Chaos?

Which is better for you – Order or Chaos?

Ha! Trick question. We need both. Like Yang needs Yin. So that’s it for this week’s blog! (Or, if you would like the longer answer, please read on.) This one's a bit personal and perhaps a little self-indulgent, but it’s true and resonant for me as I write.   The...

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GLWS at the WGS: Part three

GLWS at the WGS: Part three

If you’ve seen any of our last few Wellbeing Insights articles you’ll know we’ve been reporting from the World Government Summit (WGS) in Dubai – a global gathering of world leaders from public, private and global organisations from over 150 countries. Today we’re...

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The virtuous cycle of innovation and wellbeing

The virtuous cycle of innovation and wellbeing

How creative were you yesterday? Pause for a moment, and really think about this... Did you engage in any creative activity, come up with an innovative idea or solution... contribute to something completely new and different? Maybe you thought about an innovation to a...

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GLWS at the WGS: Part two

GLWS at the WGS: Part two

In last week’s edition of Wellbeing Insights, we shared the context for the World Government Summit (WGS)'s focus on wellbeing and happiness. In today's article, we’ll bring you the best bits from two keynote presentations and share the implications for leaders and...

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GLWS at the WGS: Part one

GLWS at the WGS: Part one

We were honoured to be invited guests at this year’s annual gathering of the World Government Summit (WGS) held last week in Dubai. There were over 4000 participants, comprising world leaders from public, private and global organisations from over 150 countries. (Not...

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Complexity: a simple issue for wellbeing

Complexity: a simple issue for wellbeing

This one's a little heavier... but then we’re not all lightness and roses. ? Complexity. Complexity. Complexity. It’s everywhere, all around us. And if you are like most people, there will be days when you are yearning for simpler times from days gone by. But we can’t...

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The wellbeing secrets of happy high-achievers

The wellbeing secrets of happy high-achievers

There is no universal unconditionally optimal formula that will deliver wellbeing.Sure, we have lots of knowledge guiding us about how we should eat, drink, sleep, exercise, rest, play, relate and self-actualize, but the range and variety of what each of us needs is...

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8 of our personal wellbeing tips for managing change

8 of our personal wellbeing tips for managing change

In early 2018 we found ourselves managing our way through a major change – the rebranding of our leadership wellbeing survey to GLWS. It was a change 12 months in the making and one that taught us a lot about managing our own wellbeing through challenging phases. As...

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Breaking news: we might all die by the chair…

Breaking news: we might all die by the chair…

Actually, it's not really the chairs that are killing us, it's the act of sitting on them for extended periods each day. And it's not really 'breaking news' either - the phrase 'sitting is the new smoking' has been around for a while. Yet it seems many of us aren't...

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How to survive pre-Christmas stress

How to survive pre-Christmas stress

Welcome to the silly season! If you’re anything like us, this time of year can leave you feeling just a tad unhinged – there’s so much on your to-do list before Santa comes barrelling down the chimney and you take a well-earned break.

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The last stop on the journey

The last stop on the journey

One of the defining elements of ‘wellbeing’ as it is generally considered today is the focus on thriving, flourishing and living life to its fullest. 

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A different way of giving this Christmas?

A different way of giving this Christmas?

In the run up to the festive season, it seems timely to focus on the positive wellbeing benefits that come from ‘giving back,’ or volunteering and contributing to something greater than our own self-interest.

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Gender and wellbeing

Gender and wellbeing

What are we learning about gender differences in leaders’ wellbeing? This week, we’re sharing some of our research findings and considering the implications for leaders and those designing workplace programs.

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The Wellbeing Contagion Effect

The Wellbeing Contagion Effect

Don’t worry… we aren’t going to be discussing germs, infections or rashes! Instead, our topic this week is exploring the role of behavioural and emotionalcontagion, and how these conditions stand to significantly impact the ROI from wellbeing investment in organisations.

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Why being grumpy can be good for you

Why being grumpy can be good for you

There’s never more pressure to be happy than leading into the silly season. But with less than 3 months to go, you may actually find yourself feeling tenser and more irritable than usual. In my case, after a few days of providing uncharacteristically direct (okay…

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Breaking News: Self-Doubt Is Good For You!

Breaking News: Self-Doubt Is Good For You!

Imposter syndrome, self-doubt, my inner critic, the ‘lizard on my shoulder’... Just a few of the ways that our coaching clients refer to their perception of not being ‘good enough’ or ‘as good as others’. Does this resonate with you? I’m expecting about 60% of you to...

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How 10 minutes of exercise will make you 30% healthier

How 10 minutes of exercise will make you 30% healthier

Don’t wait for 1 Jan to kick-start your new year exercise and wellness regime. Get a jump ahead of the wellbeing game this weekend with our ultimate ‘cheat’s’ guide to exercise. Our EEK & SENSE research suggests 57% of MEWS respondents aren’t regularly getting the...

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How to make sure wellbeing gets a seat at the table

How to make sure wellbeing gets a seat at the table

“Do you think wellbeing is a fad?” I was asked this recently and my instinctive response was “I hope not!”. Not given how much positive change I have seen come about through the recent focus on wellbeing. But, thinking more about it, it’s a fair question....

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Calm your mind and body in 8 minutes

Calm your mind and body in 8 minutes

Are you: Having trouble switching off? Feeling uptight and on edge? Finding it hard to go to sleep? Experiencing restless sleep? Don’t panic! We’ve got the perfect answer to help you wind down – Spotify your life! Stress comes in all shapes and sizes these days. But...

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On your mark… Get set…

On your mark… Get set…

Are you one of the 40% of leaders who report that their workdays always or often feel like a race against the clock?Do you start every morning like the runners above?This question in our Global Leadership Wellbeing Survey is consistently endorsed as one of the biggest...

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3 reasons why lack of sleep will damage your team culture

3 reasons why lack of sleep will damage your team culture

We’re hearing a lot these days about how important sleep is as the foundation for wellbeing and long-term health. But have you heard about the links between sleep deprivation, unethical behaviour, hostility and workplace deviance? If not, you might find the following...

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What’s your hump?

What’s your hump?

Have you ever heard “It’s genetic” or “It runs in the family” when discussing a physical, mental or personality characteristic that you have (or one that might be coming your way)?You know the sort of thing...“Everyone gets bad knees in this family”…“That bunion is...

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Nightmare leaders… and their dark wellbeing shadow

Nightmare leaders… and their dark wellbeing shadow

As anyone who’s ever worked for a ‘dark’ leader will testify, their behaviour can have a devastating impact on the wellbeing and performance of those around them. The negative consequence is amplified if you add high extraversion and low emotional intelligence into...

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Do a stocktake of your work relationships today

Do a stocktake of your work relationships today

Are your work relationships working? If you were to conduct a straw poll about what causes the most stress at work, odds are most of your colleagues would point to gripes with their boss, staff, colleagues, clients, or other senior stakeholders. Relationships have a...

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Celebrating success. It’s good for you AND your team

Celebrating success. It’s good for you AND your team

According to our research, more than 50% of leaders don’t regularly reflect on what’s going well for them at work. That’s an awful lot of people not taking the time to stop and ‘smell the roses.’ I wonder what it’s like working for one of these leaders? Given the...

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Make friends with your telomeres

Make friends with your telomeres

If you’re like me, you prefer a bit of science behind the recommendations on diet, exercise and other wellness activities that abound in the popular press. Certainly, if you’re going to try one (or a few) you want to know that it’s going to deliver the claimed...

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Is resilience all it’s cracked up to be?

Is resilience all it’s cracked up to be?

Lately, it seems resilience is being heralded as the answer to just about everything. But is it the secret to work and life success? Or a bandaid for dealing with toxic environments?   What is resilience? Having the capacity to recover from or adjust easily to...

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Letting go of needing things to be a certain way

Letting go of needing things to be a certain way

I had a scary moment recently. I tripped over backwards and found myself on the ground in the path of a big horse who was, at that moment, a little out of sorts and out of control. Luckily, he was calmed down and I quickly got back on my feet, escaping with nothing...

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Are You a Closet Zookeeper?

Are You a Closet Zookeeper?

Do you need to check in on your meaning and purpose?   It’s important to have a future that is inspiring and appealing. There have to be reasons why you get up in the morning and why you want to live. Think about what inspires you and what you can love about the...

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Having a good fight

Having a good fight

Whether you’re struggling with workplace politics or want more harmony in your personal relationships, it’s time to shed light on: How your mind works when you feel under siege What’s helpful to know about conflict, and Strategies and tools for resolving disputes....

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Reflective practice or navel gazing? How much is too much?

Reflective practice or navel gazing? How much is too much?

Socrates famously said, “the unexamined life is not worth living”. He was encouraging us to spend time in deep reflection about how we live our lives. We see this following through in modern life in many contexts: In schools, children are encouraged to reflect on...

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Why self-control and passion are the twin engines for success

Why self-control and passion are the twin engines for success

Why is it so hard to change our behaviour even when our motivation to do so is genuine? Regardless of whether our goals are work related (‘delegate more’ ‘give more feedback’ ‘prioritise better’) - or personal (’stay calm’ ‘leave work by 6’ ‘go to bed earlier’...

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Wellbeing @ facebook

Wellbeing @ facebook

Stephen Scheeler Former CEO Facebook, Australia and New Zealand posed important questions at the opening of last week’s Corporate Health and Wellbeing Summit in Sydney around how to build a sustainable business for the future and to how to respond to the shift in...

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What are you taking for granted?

What are you taking for granted?

It’s the big ‘dry’ in Sydney after no significant rain for months. Vegetation is drooping, the sports fields are like concrete and everything is tinged brown. Nothing new for the farmers ‘out west’ for whom these conditions can be annual rituals, but maybe a bit new...

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Stress levels rising….wellbeing sinking?

Stress levels rising….wellbeing sinking?

New figures released this month show the stress levels of the nation have risen over the past five years, with 35 per cent of Australians reporting a significant level of distress, and anxiety symptoms peaking this year. Conducted by the Australian Psychological...

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10 Measures for Mastering Mayhem

10 Measures for Mastering Mayhem

Distinguish between your outer and inner worlds. Just because your outer world is mayhem - a crazy relentless pace with competing priorities and conflicting demands - it doesn't automatically have to mean a similarly crazy inner world. Take control. Get in the driving...

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What goes around comes around…especially compassion

What goes around comes around…especially compassion

Loved this piece from this week's SMH 'Health & Science' section!! So true...kindness begets kindness. Quick story for you - I flew back from Melbourne the other week on the usual '6.30pm tired and grumpy execs' flights. Everyone buried in their phones with a...

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Impact of devices on human wellbeing: user beware!

Impact of devices on human wellbeing: user beware!

Can you go 3 hours without checking a screen? Device usage in our lives is unprecedented – 4 out of 5 of us are checking our smartphones within the first 15 minutes of opening our eyes and for 62% of us it’s the absolute first thing we do on regaining consciousness...

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