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A day in the life of an HR professional is a roller coaster ride, it can be stressful, hugely demanding and at the same time incredibly rewarding. One thing
you can guarantee is that no one day is the same. One minute you can be dealing with a stressful dismissal and then suddenly you have to think strategically and make a decision that will deeply affect the business. In response to this pressure some HR professionals thrive, while others fall dramatically short.

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The only universal characteristic that successful people share is having a mindset that struggle equals development. Superficial traits like charm and charisma are nothing compared to believing that if you are struggling with something you are getting better. In today’s society where everyone thinks it should be easy, what will make you stand out is persisting in the face of setback.

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You only get one chance to make a first impression! This has been the catchy cry of many a self help book for, ..... well for ever. Some even get very technical and give you clear metrics to adhere to, "People make their minds up about you in 1/10 of a second so mae that time count". But psychology shows us that their is a simple and more powerful formula to winning people over.

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GRIT Program Report

- Tue Nov 4 2014

A marketing department within a Univeristy were experiencing significant problems with engagement and culture within their teams. They had gone through significant amount of change and were finding it difficult to get the central team and the facility teams to work together. They engaged Dr Adam Fraser to design and run a program to improve the cohesiveness of the culture and improve the performance of the team.

 

Here is the full report.

 

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Live Well is Network Seven’s new health and wellbeing series going to air May 2014.  Live Well will be the TV you turn to for an honest and open discussion about health and wellbeing, inspiring people to a more positive outcome. Engaging, informative and entertaining, this  10 x one hour series will champion and celebrate good health …  helping people stay active, live better and reach their lifestyle goals. 

One of the topics Live Well is keen to look at is winter happiness. Do you find it difficult to motivate during the winter months? Are you always working, but never playing? Do you find yourself feeling flat most of the time? Do you just want a little push to get that extra edge of happiness in your life?

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We are looking for an individual who feels they could be happier, with more motivation and energy to enjoy their life. We are seeking an individual who is stuck in a bit of a rut, and wants to do something about it.   

 

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Live Well is Network Seven’s new health and wellbeing series going to air May 2014.  Live Well will be the TV you turn to for an honest and open discussion about health and wellbeing, inspiring people to a more positive outcome. Engaging, informative and entertaining, this  10 x one hour series will champion and celebrate good health …  helping people stay active, live better and reach their lifestyle goals. 

GET INVOLVED WITH THE SHOW.

One of the topics Live Well is keen to look at is screen addiction. Is your family addicted to screen devices ? Is technology always on in your house, robbing your  family of time together …. do your children become, irritable and frustrated when deprived of their iPads or laptops ?  Do you stay online longer than originally intended ?

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Welcome to the September edition of the newsletter. 

Last couple of months has seen me single handedly prop up Qantas share price, launch a new research project with Deakin University around understanding the psychology of transitions within HR professionals (detail on this later in the research section of the newsletter) and battle sleep deprivation with a new born baby in the house. Add to this I have become an ambassador for the White Ribbon foundation and we are progressing on the research looking at how the Third Space can be used to reduce the incidence of violence against women.

One of the most exciting things of late has been presenting at the Happiness and It’s Causes conference in Melbourne with the Dali Lama. After spending 3 days with the leading researchers from all over the globe here is what I learnt about happiness. 

 

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You only get one chance to make a first impression! This has been the catch cry of many a self help book for, .... well for forever. Some even get very technical and give you clear metrics to adhere to, “People make their minds up about you in 1/10 of a second so make that time count”. But psychology shows us that there is a simple and more powerful formula to winning people over?

 

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One of the biggest killers of productivity is not a lack of innovation, productive systems or visionary thinking, its politics. UK studies show that the average manager wastes one and a half days a week on dealing with politics. When people focus on internal petty issues it is incredibly distracting and they spend less time executing and getting work done. Also politics results in a tremendous amount of negative emotion in the organisation leading to poorer performance.

 

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One of the biggest killers of productivity is not a lack of innovation, productive systems or visionary thinking, its politics. UK studies show that the average manager wastes one and a half days a week on dealing with politics. When people focus on internal petty issues it is incredibly distracting and they spend less time executing and getting work done. Also politics results in a tremendous amount of negative emotion in the organisation leading to poorer performance.

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Innovation Pessimism

- Wed Jan 23 2013

Just read an interesting article in The Economosit and thought you might find it interesting. It is built around a paper by Tyler Cowen (an economist from George Mason University) where he claims that innovation and great ideas are slowing down and not driving growth. The Economists article presents arguments on both sides of the fence. There are some fascinating points made, in particular about how effective is R&D is today compared to 60 years ago and have really big ideas that change the way we live come to an end.

Hope you enjoy it.

 

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