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Jenny Brockis
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Trust is the very bedrock of engagement and all relationships. So why do we pay such little heed to ensuring we maintain our trust and are seen as trustworthy by others?

Trust can be lost in the blink of an eye. That Lance Armstrong moment hits us hard in the guts and we feel angry, sad or bewildered that it has happened.

Luckily the new brain science has revealed how we can keep our trust safe by being aware of those triggers that threaten it and using the TRAICE® model. 

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Thank you to Gihan Perera for this insightful conversation about being Fit for the Future.

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Should we cancel Christmas?

We are all so very busy. So when Christmas pops up again we sometimes think Oh No! because it gets in the way of our perpetual busyness, we resent the slow down, and all the other stuff we have to do. 

We forget what Christmas is all about – lost in the myriad of cards, presents and preparation that social connection matters. Spending time with family matters 
It restores our humanity – because we are human beings not doings.

Our social intelligence bonds us to others, denying ourselves time out to spend with family and friends is akin to denying that any relationship matters at all.

We need down time to reflect, imagine and wonder.
Success comes not from hard work alone, but from the support and love of others.

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Let's face it working with other people can be a challenge. Not everyone shares the same skill set, work ethic, level of interest or commitment to any given task. Add in some petty jealousies, personal rivalries and personality clashes and you have toxic brew ready to go off!

But could this actually a good thing?
Well maybe not all the negative office politics stuff but having a different point of view, challenging “that’s the way we do things” is  a good way to keep us on our toes,  improve performance and ultimately bring people closer together.

People skills are what matters and this has to be the most important role for an manager or team leader – like the umpire of a wrestling match allowing those in the ring to have a bit of a spat and bump to keep everyone out of the status quo.
The skill lies in managing emotions so the discussions and debates are moderated to be effective

High performance isn’t about avoiding all friction it’s about channeling it to enable individuals to deliver their best

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How do we decide?

We make around 30,000 decisions every day; some big, some small, some great, some not so great.
But how do we decide? It’s easy to think its our logical analytical and reasoning brain making the decision.

But actually it’s not.
While we like to think we have free will when it comes to making our choices, they are actually dependent on our emotions.
If we lose that connection between our emotions and our thinking brain we lose the ability to choose altogether.

Not only that, our subconscious has made up its mind up to 7 seconds before that final decision is lodged in our consciousness

Next time you’re wondering to go Chinese or have an Indian takeaway – remember who is making that choice for you.

Dr Jenny Brockis is a Media Stable expert who specialises in brain health and high performance thinking. She is a medical practitioner, speaker and author Her new book Future Brain (Wiley) is available online and at all good bookstores. 0408092078

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October madness

Have you noticed how frenetic life and work gets in the last quarter of each year? End of year preparations , plans for 2016 and Year 12 Exams It’s enough to drive us all potty.
Taking time out to consider how to manage this crazy period is essential to us, our families and our colleagues and there a number of simple things we cab do.

Take time out
Get enough shut eye
Enjoy the new black of mono tasking
Keep things in perspective
Live life to its fullest

Creating better brain health helps us work rest and play.

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The real solution to the burden of mental illness

While Mental health Week and World Mental Health Day draw our attention to the very pressing and urgent need to address the spiralling levels of mental illness, especially in the workplace, little appears to be being done to address WHY this is happening

The answer is obvious and hidden from view because it is our “norm” or how we choose to live.

Over worked, overcommitted, overstretched – it’s a recipe for disaster UNLESS we recognise when to press the pause button and take a step back to reassess what’s going on

Too often we ignore the warning signs and carry on , venturing into what is termed the “brownout zone” the stage before burnout where we lose our mojo, our passion for what we do, our creativity and empathy.

The solution?

Press Pause

It’s all about building better brain health for increased happiness and resilience.

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Mental as Anything: Welcome to Mental Health Week

The annual cost to business of mental health issues now runs close to $11 billion every year – far higher than the cost of workplace injury
Anxiety, depression, PTSD are all increasing exponentially but the one thing that could be making a difference to curtail this isn’t being put in place; an adequate and effective program using the brain science to boost mental strength and wellbeing.

It’s about being human.
Malcolm Turnbull spoke about it being unaustralian to disrespect women
Isn’t it inhumane to fail to create a mentally safe workplace for everyone?

Bullying is rife our society. It is in our schools our tertiary institutions and our work-place
But because we choose to pay lip service to anti bullying behaviours we are condoning its place and unwittingly adding to the burden of mental illness that we cannot afford to deal with on an individual, business or societal level.

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Are you Future Ready?

Keeping up with all our new technologies, massive to-do lists and staying sane can feel like a harder task sometimes.
If knowing how to achieve this matters to you, then having the awareness and the framework to implement is crucial.

In my new book Future Brain (Wiley), find out how to create, operate and integrate all those brain functions that allow us to perform to our best.
The 12 keys are outlined in an easy to read format and jam packed with lots of practical ideas for the individual, the manager and the organisation to use
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