“Distringit librorum multitudo – The abundance of books is a distraction”. This is how Seneca the Elder, famed Roman rhetorician and father of the infamous stoic philosopher of the same name, expressed the inconvenience of what we nowadays call ‘Information Overload.’
Information overload is recognised as the No. 1 problem in organisations. (Williams, 2012)
Studies show that in 2010 information overload cost the US economy approximatelyUS$ 1trillion (Spira, 2011)
From the minute we leave the safety of our mother’s womb we become overexposed to all [...]
“Spend more time doing things that make you forget about the time.” ― Charlotte Eriksson
Ever been so absorbed in a particular task that you didn’t notice the phone ringing, the emails piling up or the dog whining for dinner? Or been so immersed in reading a great book that, despite being ravenous, you totally forgot to eat for 8 hours?
What activities suck you into this state of complete involvement and concentration that you lose contact with space and time?
The Concept of Flow
Flow was discovered by a Hungarian psychologist with an unpronounceable name who studied[...]
We all know the scientific benefits of setting objectives. (If not - I’ve written before about the profound benefits of setting objectives here.) And most of us have come a long way in using goal setting in our personal or professional lives to significantly improve our productivity and performance. Yet how often do I hear from my clients that their goal has failed or their New Year’s Resolution isn’t going to plan?
The reason why our goals and resolutions almost always fail isn’t because we lack commitment or motivation.
Quite the opposite! We’re often super [...]
As Lao Tzu famously claimed: ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.’
A great place to start any element of change is by clearly setting objectives. Prioritising our well-being and keeping on top of our stress levels are essential to any goal setting process.
Goals and objectives provide a sense of meaning and purpose. They point us in the direction we want to go and keep us on track. It’s a very strong, grounding exercise simply to ask:
‘where do I want to be in one month, one year, ten years? What are the steps I can take to make my dreams [...]
21st century survival will largely be a function of an organisations ability to place the well-being of all stakeholders at the heart of its strategic objectives – Andrew Stead
Due to the critical importance of our work in many areas of life, not least for governments, the scientific understanding of how it relates to our happiness is extensive. The economic argument for happiness and workplace well-being in organisations is robust.
It's my belief that corporations who are unable to suitably promote the engagement and well-being of their employees will be unable to hire or retain [...]
It’s the most romantic day of the year! That annual opportunity to show our deep adoration, kindness and love for our nearest and dearest.
But for many of us Valentines Day has lost its sparkle. Maybe we’re not surrounded by any nearest and dearest. Perhaps it’s a time of difficulty, stress or deep sadness. Or it’s just that we view Valentines as merely another opportunity to pump up consumerism by spending foolish sums of money on dozens of red roses at 3 times the regular price.
Even if we’re not sold on the idea we might still use [...]