I spent the first decade of my adult career terrified of speaking & presenting to groups. Believe it or not, during that decade I was on and off stage, and in front of cameras as an actress, in addition to teaching and lecturing Psychology to classes of up to 80 people in various Universities, and working with groups as large as 300 people in a range of organisations.  My fears were not for lack of actually getting in front of groups!!!

I am now happy to say that one of my greatest joys is speaking with groups and sharing what I have learned and experienced. The opportunity to inspire others to create habits in their lives that serve their personal and professional lives makes some of the challenges I have been through worthwhile.

Needless to say I have overcome my fears!

Some of the topics I currently speak on:

The Thinking Leader

Why our Productivity at Work Depends on Happiness and Love

The Thinking Leader

Most people have not been taught to notice how their beliefs (garnered at least in part from their parents, teachers and society in addition to their genes) has impacted the way they think, and how that impacts on their outward facing behaviour (e.g. decision-making, communication and collaboration etc).  Most people have not been taught to understand how their brain works and the connection between mind and body.

In spite of great strategy, ingenious products and services, if leaders fail to have awareness of how they think, and how they manage their mental and emotional states, then great potential is untapped and the whole business is and will continue to significantly under-perform compared to what might be possible.

It is becoming more common knowledge, that much of what it takes to be a success and a great leader, involves understanding how our underlying ‘thoughts’ and ‘emotions’ rule our behaviour.  It is not enough to take externally solution-focused approaches to really improve an individual’s problem-solving, decision-making, relationships and ultimately performance (and that of others).

“You can’t get out of a problem with the same thinking that got you into it” Wakefield (2006)

Increasing leaders’ flexibility in terms of interpretations and behaviours is a key part in increasing leadership performance (Good, Yageneh & Yageneh, 2010).

“In order to be the master of your life, you must first recognize that you are the rightful master of your brain, its owner and operator.” 
Ilchi Lee

This is an active participation talk/ workshop that will give participants some real tools to walk away with and take into their daily lives.

Why our Productivity at Work Depends on Happiness and Love

Research continues to shows a causal link between well-being and human performance. A recent study of 713 individuals over a number of years has found an increase of 12% greater productivity in parallel with increased happiness, and a systematic association between lower happiness and lower productivity.  Positive affective well-being is related to enhanced managerial performance, and is especially the case when performing higher level roles and responsibilities involving complex decisions. On the other hand, poor affective well-being is related to reduced performance. In a state of happiness people are more optimistic, confident, and are willing to navigate untested terrains to achieve goals and build sound institutions. Their work is inspiring and serves to stimulate others to engage in economic activities and have faith in their ability to contribute positively to economic and technological progress. Happy people are generous, willing to help others, and display a long term-perspective.

If happiness in the workplace carries with it a return in productivity, this is very relevant for business, owners, managers and human resources specialists and has consequences for an organisations promotion policies.

Happiness is an inside job.

Having gathered and practiced 52 main techniques for boosting my own happiness/ positive affect/ well-being, I now share these with my own clients. I will reveal to you how adopting 1 technique per week over the course of a year, can change how you manage yourself and others forever.

For the workplace, I discuss how ‘Spirit of Work’,  ‘Companionate Love’ and  a particular approach to ‘Inspiring leadership’ can make all the difference to well-being and productivity.