Wellbeing insights

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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