‘Know yourself’ as an aphorism came from the Ancient Greeks and they kicked off a pattern of knowledge that heavily favours what can be thought, intellectualised and categorised by the head. This creates a dual approach that often dismisses the body as a mere holder for our brains.
Imagine spending thousands of pounds to build a beautiful boat and then mooring it in a harbour and never taking it out into open water. Pointless right? Now imagine the investment of time, effort and achievement that has gone into making you the person that you are today. Are you maximising that? Are you setting sail into open water? Or are you dwelling in the safety of your comfort zone?
Who are we? How much do we know about ourselves? How do we find out more?
Our company, 110%, exists to help people answer these questions. Our Personal Accelerators are Emotional Intelligence experts who act like mirrors, reflecting people back on themselves and helping them see themselves in new lights. We empower people to grow and change through the application of this new knowledge into every aspect of their lives. Learning about people is our bread and butter; but we aren’t alone in this.
This is an article for those, which is most of us at one time or other (however secretly), who have experienced that unkindly companion; questioning your achievements and decisions, criticising your face, your hair, that joke you told last night at dinner, that meeting where you didn't speak up enough, not fitting in exercise before work...
The hardest part? No one can hear what’s going on and say, ‘hold on, that’s not fair, you did a great job today.’
Many of us find it hard to make decisions, have we made the right one? Are we wasting our potential? So, with all the choices we have to make today; can we find a way to make better ones? Is there a sweet spot between having no choice, having some choice, and having too much? Is there a reason I chose to write about choice? Let's find out...
Care is starting to be delivered using targeted treatment strategies rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. This is the era of Precision Medicine, where medicine is predictive, preventive, personalized and participatory. The idea is, when diagnosing an individual, is to focus on wellness and not just disease. The driving force behind this is Artificial Intelligence, or AI.
Think back when you were a junior staffer and you worked on a presentation, project or proposal only to have it dismissed out of hand or subtly ignored. If this has ever happened to you, you’ll know it’s a real motivation killer. Good leaders know the importance of valuing contributions and how it can create a culture of achievement and motivation in the people we manage
Artificial intelligence is starting to get personal. AI based assistants such as Google Now, Siri, Alexa, Cortana are part of our daily lives through online services and a range of apps. Putting productivity and technical considerations aside, it is worth focusing on what this development in AI will mean for us personally, what is our long-term relationship with this new virtual world and is it a good thing?
In 2017, up steps AI as the next great breakthrough that will impact every aspect of our lives. There is a plethora of reports on the explosive potential and growth of AI. One such prediction from Accenture predicts that AI could double annual economic growth rates in 2035 by changing the nature of work and creating a new relationship between man and machine.
It is not uncommon for us to bottle up our emotions at work, however, we can’t keep our emotions in forever. There are advantages and disadvantages to venting. Assuming it’s purpose is to relieve pressure, then I am a fan. If, however, venting becomes a constant state, then it’s not likely to be creating a constructive dynamic.