Inspire your work

We all know we should back up our devices – laptops, tablets, phones. But…I’m guessing most of us have had an experience of looking at a blank screen realizing we don’t have a recent backup.

It can seem as if it should be obvious or straightforward to figure out what is within our control or influence, or beyond it, but as explained in the previous newsletter it’s not necessarily plain and simple.

And even once we’ve figured it out, we may not get the outcomes we expect. Sometimes we can b...

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Have you ever started work or study in a large building or campus? It can take a while to find your way around – to your workspace or lecture rooms, to the coffee machine. It can take even longer to figure out when it’s a good time to go to the coffee machine!

In unpacking the aviation frame so far, we’ve covered the importance of accepting that things can go wrong, and ways to strengthen our preparation for challenges and responses to them.

The final element – understanding what is within...

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We’ve all been there, or at least worried about being there … that heart-stopping moment of our mind going blank while we’re speaking in public. Eventually – or perhaps fairly quickly – we take a deep breath, refer to our notes, collect our thoughts and get back on track. Sometimes we may even be able to manage it with humour.

As discussed in the previous newsletters, a noticeable change in circumstances, whether sudden or slow onset, can cause us to react with startle, surprise or both.

I...

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Have you ever watched a TED talk or read a book that flipped your perspective on something? I mean – radically – flipped your perspective? Maybe even blew your mind?

What was it like? What changed for you? How relevant is the changed perspective to you now?

As explained in the previous newsletter, we hold mental models (called frames) in our long-term memory that help us explain and make sense of our experiences. We use the frames, blending as necessary, mostly subconsciously … until the...

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Have you ever had one of ‘those’ days where a seemingly endless succession of small things went wrong? How did your reactions change over the course of the day?

We all have them… We can often deal with or manage around most of the problems without too much effort. We may find them frustrating, or maybe we are able to eventually ‘surrender’ to our ‘fate’ for the day and laugh the events off, or at least let them wash over us.

Most of the time things don’t go wrong – they go smoothly, or smoot...

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