The Creative Process of Invention: Filmmaking Short

The Creative Process of Invention: Filmmaking Short

What are the results of going through a WholeBe toolkit? A creative process to goal attainment and setting the tone to do, be, and become one with a sustainable, healthy lifestyle. These results provide an ongoing engagement of creating thinking in nuance to complex tasks. The Creative Process of Invention: Filmmaking Short is an example we're excited to share with you! Tracy Chapel is the author of this assessment and a WholeBe alum. The inspiration she experienced with WholeBe is tangible in her paper, a class assignment. This is what she shared when we asked her to expand on this paper: "My assignment was to use one of the teaching standards and explain what I would do to teach it. My content is media arts so every one makes a short film and checks in on what the do when they create something. The activity is based on a tree and the wood block and sand paper is used to awaken their senses while brainstorming...
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When Teen Dating Adds Stress to Work and Home Life

When Teen Dating Adds Stress to Work and Home Life

Blending parenthood and work roles is often challenging. A culture of support helps when teen dating adds stress to work and home life. Many of today's employers recognize this. An annual list of the top 100 best companies is available for executive mothers seeking employers that support the blend of work and parent roles. Businesses that recognize parenthood is a non-gender role, as well as an 18+ year job offer support programs, peer coaches, and a platform of resources. Stress is reduced when the workplace culture embraces how we are all responsible for guiding and protecting our youth from any type of violence. We all have a direct and indirect influence on parents, mentors and educators working to reduce teen dating violence. Organizations with a mission to reduce violence and abuse recognize this. Kids are consistently at risk of becoming a partner in an unhealthy relationship that leads to abuse. Combined effort in work and home cultures will reduce teen dating abuse. 1 in 3 adolescents...
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The Solution: Sit or Stand

The Solution: Sit or Stand

It's recognized that the solution to share with those who sit for a long time isn't to tell them to stand or get more exercise. In fact, standing too long has more health consequences then sitting too long. People working in sales roles are at the greatest risk. There are numerous health risks for both standing and sitting over prolonged periods of time. Therefore, moderation and altering between both throughout the day is best. The sedentary or hyposenstivite personalities are those who most often do one activity excessively. But they aren't the only people at risk. Ergonomists, psychologists, scientists, and health professionals encourage everyone to engage daily in a variety of movement, tasks, and spaces. These are identified as a 'state of work' and together they broadly empower health and productivity.   How to improve one's ability to change their state of work One study proposed the state of personality influences the state of wellbeing. The study measured 5 states of personality: extraversion, agreeableness, consciousness, neuroticism (prone to...
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How to Improve Poor Workplace Social Skills

How to Improve Poor Workplace Social Skills

There's a work proverb that may hit a tender spot and it goes like this: "anytime means no time". It lowers workplace social skills with an easy out to reply 'anytime' rather than committing a task to a specific day or time. Another is "tell me and I'll forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I'll understand." The later is most often heard in the workplace today, yet both are equally true and universally applicable. Social determinants of health are a root to performance, that is according to organizations including the University of Michigan, Michigan Primary Care Association, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention. Work, live, learn, and play environments effect numerous health risks and outcomes. How might businesses create social determinants that lead to best performance outcomes? Global Human Capital Trends is an annual Deloitte report. In 2017 they challenged report readers to improve survey results with better organized, managed, developed, and united people at work. A...
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How to Motivate Work Days as Endless Meaningful Activities

How to Motivate Work Days as Endless Meaningful Activities

Last week over 50% of attendees bailed on a workshop. The subject was meeting and managing stress. Employees didn't have the time due to reported demanding deadlines. Additional reports were feelings of stress. So, how do we motivate a stressed-out work force into meaningful work activities through reduced stress and improved performance? There are numerous industries in our country's work force offering an array of roles and tasks to fit diverse desires of job-seekers. The act of work becomes a big problem when it exchanges the initial outcome-oriented fulfillment for daily boredom or unmanageable stress. Research offers directive, evidence-based strategies to be satisfied with and at work. One result of research is The Self-Determination Theory. It exposes satisfaction of our psychological needs and the relationship between what we do and how happy we are. The paper how trait and state personality predict daily wellbeing shared research on the ability to control being extraverted, agreeable, conscientious, emotionally stable, and with an openness to experiences. Participants were partially mediating...
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Three Performance Factors Used to Resolve Big Problems

Three Performance Factors Used to Resolve Big Problems

While scrolling through LinkedIn, I came across Simon Sinek's post of a quote from Body Shop Founder Anita Roddick. An image of a mosquito was paired with the quote: "If you think you are too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito." Can the literal size of the mosquito compared to a human be similar to the figurative idea of how small things can become big problems? Let's use the mosquito in the bedroom metaphorically to sizably destructive things occurring within principally necessary circumstances. Recently, someone mentioned an ongoing issue of teeth-grinding while sleeping. A specialist recommended a mouth guard but they continuously wear down while costly replacements, joint pain, and dental care rises. The underlying issue is that the grinding persists. Another person shared a perceived victory over the recent onset of disabling hand pain. Unfortunately, it came back the day after peeling and dicing vegetables. It crippled the ability to do all computer-related work. That same day...
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How To Thrive When You Are Hypersensitive to Environments

How To Thrive When You Are Hypersensitive to Environments

Often simply thinking about being in a certain place at a certain time is exhausting. When this is most often the case then it there may be a hypersensitive tendency. Awareness of sensory needs simplifies solving the connect between design factors and excelling performance. When a person is hypersensitive to an environment the most noticeable response will be avoidance. Interior design factors effecting the hypersensitive, including furnishing placement and object purposes, often may be modified. Also, there are tactics to mentally or physically prepare for these circumstances. Our hypersensitive community can reduce their anxiety and thrive once they understand how to manage their sensitivities. This feasibility study is specific to children's reaction to a dentist office. It builds the foundational understanding an environment contributes to what seems like an uncontrollable behavior. Wired.com shared dentist offices also have very similar issues for adults. Specific commonalities include anxiety and dreaded behaviors, lighting, plus sounds. Evidence-based practice identifies the integrity of design's effect on performance to move towards best solution. This is fairly...
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Why Inhaling Lavender or Coffee Effects Work

Why Inhaling Lavender or Coffee Effects Work

Inhaling scents directly effects moodiness. A scent like coffee may become a game changer in the workplace. Yet, which scents are truly helping or hindering work? Unity, health, and confidence may be produced by just one scent. We may create a common place by using external factors because they effect each of our internal factors. This second annual bean report in celebration of Easter reveals inhaled effects from the scents of lavender and coffee. A bean and a bud captures the essence of Easter in a variety of ways. The emphasis here is the need to do: plant it to produce. Did you know 'GIG' is the acronym for 'Good Is Ground'? Similar to beans and buds, when the terrain is fitting the crop produces. Scent aids in changing behaviors. A drafted scent can produce improved performance. Within your office are scents producing something in each person. Exactly what? Find out with a workplace study. Use half ounce or larger glass jars and fill one with coffee beans and...
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Three Talent Management Strategies Developing Multi-generational Workforce

Three Talent Management Strategies Developing Multi-generational Workforce

Across generations, creating meaning at work is key to being. We use Being here to capture identity, self-awareness, and tolerance. Talent management practices that engage a multi-generational workforce are informed by an understanding of the influences and values of each generation.  Incorporating trends such as: Baby Boomers crave contributing. Generation Xers seek clear logic for their work tasks. Millennials want to make a tangible difference. Optimal talent management transforms work into being meaningful.  Employees sharpen talent as they value being their whole-being. So, this includes use of their time, talent, and relationships. Also, they feel safe and supported in both relationships and surroundings. Reverse-mentoring, the corporate break place, and role-sharing are three strategies to support a strong multi-generational workforce. Established support network Mentoring is increasingly becoming structured and strategic, as organizations are noting its essential role in all aspects of talent management. A natural relationship exists between Baby Boomers, who value teamwork and want respect from their younger coworkers, and Millennials who value training and mentorship. Moreover, both generations value teamwork...
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How To Recognize Which Skills Make Life Harder

How To Recognize Which Skills Make Life Harder

Every day we are naturally a part of stories revealing the best or worst skills. Activities, including storytelling, share which skill sharpened in lieu of another. Do you know which skills make life harder for you? When we experience unhappiness, frequent illness or other life hardening conditions we are likely sharpening the culprits.  cer] When in doubt, probably a quick measure could be Google or peer opinions. Google's loyalties are your search history. Ask a peer? Might be a white lie! More so, what if they are...WRONG? Christine Porath studied nearly 20,000 employees and 54% said they don't get regular respect from their leaders. Which pipeline do you believe is the most genuine resource here: the leader, the employees, or the researcher? Pick a skill that's not your healthiest. On a scale from 1 (least) to 10 (most) where does it rank in terms of a healthy resource? Something that betters the health of yourself and others is a health resource. Every culture endorses resources by modeled habits and routines. One health resource is our daily...
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These Benchmarking Tools Unify Employees

These Benchmarking Tools Unify Employees

When the weather is hot then work attire naturally accommodates. There are other factors that change, too, when weather changes. Climate influences behaviors including the type of outdoor activities and also moodiness. Much as everyone benefits from being prepared for weather adversities, businesses are learning the climate of the workplace is somewhat similar. Benchmarking tools unify a preparedness for what is to come. Employee's also become more aware when engaged in benchmarking. It is a tool to become the vision, protect quality of work, and support healthy behaviors. Benchmarking is similar to becoming prepared for weather conditions. Fahrenheit, barometer, humidity, wind velocity are evidence-based measurements. Consequently, the reward is clarity. As a result, behaviors change or reward the becoming phase. Another is asset protection because humans, buildings, and land are valuable. Evidence-based measurements of being and doing prepare employees to becoming productive assets. In conclusion, benchmarking is one process to becoming transformative and tolerant of adverse behaviors. Becoming Assessments, questionnaires, and surveys are three forms used to measure employee...
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How To Be An Effective Multigenerational Workforce

How To Be An Effective Multigenerational Workforce

Managing an effective multigenerational workforce requires tolerance and transformative thinking. Our generation membership is a contextual factor that affects our communication and work styles, and also our values and perceptions. The Doing, Being, Becoming Model from occupational therapy offers an effective managerial approach. This model establishes a collaborative work environment that harnesses the strengths of each generation. Doing is observable. The act of doing includes a person's work ethic, work style, habits and routines. An especially relevant 'doing' action is communication. Baby Boomers tend to prefer face-to-face and telephone chatter, Generation Xers generally favor email and texting, and Millennials trend towards texts and instant messaging. When we observe others doing we have the opportunity to learn as well as judge our colleagues. So, at its best, understanding the doing of others can: strengthen team-based performance, and improve company-wide inclusivity and diversity. While, at its worst, misunderstanding the doing of others is a vehicle for discrimination. Being happens when we consciously exist as our...
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Workforces Creating Value Do Habits

Workforces Creating Value Do Habits

Gallup reported 68% of United States employees in 2015 were not engaged. As a result employees are not doing their work. Workforces creating value do strengthening activities. So, their work ethic, work style, habits and routines are naturally creating organizational values. Observing others doing brings opportunities to understand their values. Therefore, it strengthens team-based performance, and also company-wide inclusivity and diversity. Thakor’s Competing Values Model describes four strategies for creating value: control, compete, create, and collaborate. These are all active processes; and, described respectively as doing things right, doing things fast, doing things first, and doing things together. As much as possible, do with an upstream focus. “Upstream” is a concept from public health. It means starting at the source. Getting things right from the start and preventing problems from arising later, downstream. On-site Health Clinics and mono tasking are two strategies ripe for Doing Upstream. On-site Health Clinics “We’ll keep you well, and, by the way, if you get sick we’ll take care...
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How An Organization Changes Employee Behaviors

How An Organization Changes Employee Behaviors

A multi-generational workplace is naturally diverse with good and maybe not-so-good behaviors. Organizations that unify the people, environment, and brand with their mission and vision provide behavioral direction. Where clarity exists there's also a notion of rewarding conditions. Consequently, constancy of circumstances lead affective working conditions. Jocelyn Goldfein along with her executive team became haunted by experiencing this fact. They learned the valuable elements of how to be an effective multigenerational workforce. Furthermore, they united to become consistent in communication and surroundings because they desire rewarding work conditions. A determinant of how successful business will be is how successful each employee is. Following quarterly polls of 90,000 Americans, researchers conclude multi-generations want the same things: interesting work, opportunities to be rewarded and excel. The resulted feelings are the change agents, hence what motivates people in meaningful, new directions. People either show up to work or don't because they desire to feel and be a success. Each individualistic feeling is unique and situational. Unite those feelings with clear and constant elements...
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Why Design Sensibility Is a Design-Thinking Process

Why Design Sensibility Is a Design-Thinking Process

There's a distinct difference between a performance program and a performance process. Programs is defined as a planned series of future events, items, or performances. Alternatively, 'process' is a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end. Programs follow detailed proposals or action steps. Processes follow a series or number of things related or unrelated that derive into a sequence. Design thinking is a process used to problem-solve by following sequenced details that evolve through creativity and exploration. Programs provide less freedom of creative exploration. WholeBeSM provides a design-thinking process with a design sensibility method. Design Sensibility is design-thinking for transforming performance behaviors. John P. Kotter used findings from a ten-year study to summarize an effective transformation process. Michael E. Porter argues strategy is a choice on what effectively works within systems of activities, rather than imitating techniques. Behavior transformation results from a series of performance observation within task and environment activities. This process is systematic, building upon performance findings. Performance...
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Three Effective Steps to Manage Millennials In The Workplace

Three Effective Steps to Manage Millennials In The Workplace

For the past several years I've been listening to managers complain about millennials in the workplace. They say "they're a problem to the workplace and peers. They act as if they are entitled." Millennials are different. Simon Sinek explains four characteristics to why milennials are who they are: parenting (style), impatience, technology, and environment. Sinek stated that most millennials in the workplace have difficulty reaching job satisfaction and meaningful relationships. The corporate environment holds a responsibility. In 2016 I met with professionals to address employee engagement services. Ninety-five percent stated wellness interests were nutrition, exercise, and stress. Millennials in the workplace require a broader wellbeing focus. Services using behavior modification change complex behaviors from poor health choices to optimal. This will improve multi-generational wellness needs within their relationships to health, stress, activities, and people. Sinek identified three of four characteristics that are relevant to workplace performance: impatience, technology, and the environment. Corporations that address these characteristics build confidence, creativity, and social skills. Performance successes need steady, consistent, interdependent and...
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Eighteen Tips to Be Resilient for Healthier Holidays

Eighteen Tips to Be Resilient for Healthier Holidays

Holiday's are here! To support the cause of avoiding ditching healthy me-time, play-time, and we-time we're dishing eighteen tips to be remarkably resilient. RAINY DAYS MAKES WAY FOR INDOOR PLAY Who said it has to be sunny to move and shake over the holiday? Holidays aren't an every day thing so be inventive. Turn up the music, look at your furniture with beginners mind, and let the laughter begin! If being indoors makes you want to eat more check this out to undo that mode of operation. WORK MAY BE FAMILY TIME Maybe its siblings or perhaps a foe but seeing that person an opportunity to put on your bravest coat of grace. Put on their shoes for a moment to empathize they have relationship demons just like everyone else. Check out these six ways to come out as the survivor.   FLYING SOLO IS OPPORTUNITY FOR GROWTH We get it. Not everyone has a party or people to share the holiday with. See this as an ultimate reward...
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18 Diet Resources Empowering Disease and Injury Prevention

18 Diet Resources Empowering Disease and Injury Prevention

Eating habits may often lead to being bloated or feeling depleted of energy. Doctor Norman Boeve has witnessed the strain obesity contributes to a person's skeletal system and overall health. "Everything you put in your mouth works toward either health or disease. Think 'Is this bad for me'?" Doctor Boeve is a retired orthopedic surgeon who now publishes and presents the importance of choosing to perform for the prevention of disease and injury. Below are 18 diet books and websites Boeve recommends.   The best "Starter Book"   How Not to Die (Prematurely) by Michael Gregor Excellent General Book    Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman MD For those seeking information regarding significant heart disease Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell Esselstyn MD Dangers of fructose and added sugars   Fat Chance by Robert Lustig MD A huge epidemiological study, this is research results on the incidence, distribution, and control of disease in the Chinese...
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How Stress Spreads and Methods To Avoid It

How Stress Spreads and Methods To Avoid It

Two employees walk into the office one regularly-scheduled work day morning. They respectfully go their separate desks, set down their belongings but cling to the unnerving chaos experienced moments before work. Mental disorders from unmanaged stress are climbing far above heart conditions, cancer, and diabetes. Everyone experiences stress.  Shared similar interests creates a community. Current points of tension to managing stress include: how people manage stress; just who is responsible to managing it; and, health knowledge about why it's valuable to manage stress   Below are two cases of three people. Each reveal how stress is contagious and methods to stop it from spreading. Sensations to Stress Alan's brain interprets the sound and sight of Joe eating tortilla chips as an annoyance. Sally isn't phased by Joe's eating habits. When Alan is sitting one desk over from tortilla-eating Joe his annoyance with Joe becomes inwardly hostile. The morning Sally caused a scene that disrupted the department was in rage over Joe...
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Wellbeing Knowledge-sharing Improves Employee Engagement

Wellbeing Knowledge-sharing Improves Employee Engagement

Shaming peers squander their ability to thrive. Fear is a common feeling that is shamed. A workplace culture supporting feelings like fear embrace employee wellbeing . This action endorses the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Americans with Disabilities Act. Addressing how employee's problem-solve at work initiates an improvement to how they solve performance behavior issues. According to existing research a culture that invests in health and wellbeing knowledge-sharing improves employee engagement. Professionals trained in employee performance expedites performance outcomes. Workplace environment factors are also factors to performance according to the Well Living Lab. Fear exists due to internal and external factors. Professionals that apply person, task, and environment services address all factors to debilitating feelings that risk mental health. Todd Kashdan identifies emotional variables are also linked to surroundings in Why We Need More Science and Less Speculation on Fear, Sadness, and Happiness.  Our performance and design coaching packages are tailored for individuals and groups who are ready to improve performance outcomes with evidence-based strategies. Schedule a package today. // ...
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Work Performance Satisfaction Directly Correlates with Sensitivities

Work Performance Satisfaction Directly Correlates with Sensitivities

It's difficult to convey an important message or inquiry with someone who doesn't speak the same language, as James McAvoy demonstrates. Sensations are similar to languages. Sight, sound, odor, body movement, taste, body exertion, touch, and instinct each speak and respond to specific details within surroundings. Sensation communicates then body responds. When laying with a book sleepiness occurs. The aroma of coffee activates saliva glands. Steady running to breathing rhythm encourages confidence. Each body has a unique inner-dialogue. Sense and perception interdependently create body responses. In the foreign language example one scenario will provide different sensations and perceptions because of bias in interpretation. People conclude knowledge on the basis of their sensory interpretation. Some become averse to certain 'normal' sensations because there is a sensation barrier as the mind processes it. Those with sensory processing barriers have difficulty identifying why there's adversity. Yet, cultural norms identify there is an issue. Fidgeting fingers through team-building...
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Variable Employee Performance Resources Overcome Top 5 Workplace Issues

Variable Employee Performance Resources Overcome Top 5 Workplace Issues

Typically when someone experiences the novel verses the norm of every day life it is articulated as something everyone needs to try. This might be a fresh approach to organizing or the empowerment from an app. Yet, swapping something new for something old isn't a guarantee of the same gratification for everyone. Resources undoubtedly vary in cause and effect. This recent report of 487 employers and over 5,000 employee responses identified their top health and productivity concerns. Employers pointed at technology and organizational issues, yet employees disagreed. Their concerns were of personal work experiences. EMPLOYEES TOP 5 Inadequate Staffing Low Pay Corporate Culture Unclear/Conflicting Job Expectations Excessive Amount of Organizational Changes EMPLOYERS TOP 5 Lack of Work/Life Balance (excessive workloads and/or long hours) Inadequate Staffing Technologies that Expand Availability During Non-working Hours Excessive Amount of Organizational Change ...
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The High Cost Of Work Burdening The Basic Need For Sleep

The High Cost Of Work Burdening The Basic Need For Sleep

Imagine what your lifestyle will be like when you are ninety years old. Older adults ability to feel satisfied and participate in meaningful activities or engage in social activities are protected by poor sleep. Their daytime inactivity, and poor health are contributors to poor sleep. Habits protect the basic need for sleep. Physical and mental responses differ with little sleep. Adhering to sleep basics within younger years sets a foundation to the aging progression. Actively listening to the body's call for sleep will rear habits that reduce the need for large doses of stimulants or shifting blame.  Mindfulness, physical activity, and establishing routines enhances sleep. The sleeping environment is a necessary factor to gaining healthy and. Performance habits that cost sleep.  Michael Hyatt redundantly addresses sleep as a resource to high performance. Arianna Huffington is on a crusade and sharing her rude awakening to the value of sleep within her roles. Mark Bertolini is paying his employees to sleep. Scientists and health professionals are challenging that the 40+ hour work...
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Employee, Task, Environment Satisfaction For Best Performance

Employee, Task, Environment Satisfaction For Best Performance

The fabric of performance outcomes is interdependent on employee, task, and environment. Quality performance is the result of an environment supporting employees engaged in roles that are meaningful to them through work tasks that satisfy both their and the employer mission. PERSON There are two overarching roles in the workplace: the leader and the employee. Gallup's How Millenials Want To Work And Live shared the "Big Six" changes workplace leadership needs to make. The adjustment is from an 'old will' culture to one with a 'new will'.   The 'new will' or future culture is one that meets contextual factors, including customs, beliefs, activity patterns, and behavior standards. Additionally, expectations is a factor that involves being accepted by the culture, so workplace or society. Personal context thrives with design thinking. In 2008 this study estimated that 15% of college students were hypersensitive. These students are under workplace leaders today. Those leaders who encourage a beginner mind provide a 'new will' culture that meets the needs of hypersensitive individuals. Beginner mind initiates...
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Why I Look To The Trees For Design and Health Continuity

Why I Look To The Trees For Design and Health Continuity

Today there is an absorbent amount of information readily available for whatever issue is at hand. People are becoming more specialized and willingly ready or already sharing what they know. Since childhood, I look to the trees for continuity. Last year I heard Ed Catmul say "art is about seeing," as he explained how he created a culture without a power structure to eliminate barriers to truth. "You have to go (through failure) to get something you don't know." Trees communicate design intelligence. We see their uniqueness, alive or rotted, and hear them when it's windy. They morph into numerous shapes that range from solid to thin forms. Trees give and support my ability to be creative. Often their waste is the expense for my ideas to become tangible. Trees resemble their health. They endure seasons while stretching upward and outward. Trees withstand beastly spiders or engraved sentiments. A tree may quit producing fruit but continue to live or be cut while it's healthy for a...
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Three Themes of Spirituality Effect Performance As Revealed In Research

Three Themes of Spirituality Effect Performance As Revealed In Research

Performance is effected by the unavoidable and planned major life events. A two year study of 2,106 people identified the birth of a first child caused the most significant impact on wellbeing. The events following included divorce, unemployment, and death of a spouse. Chronic stress is reported to effect the immune system and ultimately a person's quality of life. Major life events challenge the ability to be resilient, grounded, and self-aware. Suicide is so common amongst Japanese and Korean employees that it's listed as a work-related condition for compensation. Spirituality is a performance behavior because it intersects life meaning and the ability to engage in activities. Researchers who searched the term and methodology of spirituality revealed three themes: avenues, experience, and meaning.   AVENUES TO AND THROUGH SPIRITUALITY This theme includes coping through action, mechanism, and activities. Spiritual-based rituals and routines, fostering emotional and physical release, and connecting with others fulfill a spiritual quest. Relief from uncertainty, anxiety, and poor grounding through hardship were three symptoms that improved under...
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What to Do To Prevent or Address Pain or Numbness From Work Tasks

What to Do To Prevent or Address Pain or Numbness From Work Tasks

Severe future health issues may occur if there pain or numbness is presently ignored in the hand, arm, leg or foot. Temporary pain remedies may cause transference of the core issue. Listed below are three safe remedies to stop persisting pain. Seek multiple opinions with an interdisciplinary team. A variety of specialized professionals provide alternative perspectives that may be missed with one. The value of a team approach reduces error. A team may include a chiropractor, occupational therapist, ergonomist, physical therapist, doctor, and massage therapist. Seek referrals and weigh out opinions with a trusted source. Personally log daily activities and behaviors over a 3 to 6 weeks.  Record keeping assists to manage budget and time. Awareness of body responses through attention to cause and effect may reduce costly appointments, medications, and products used to treat or reduce pain symptoms. Refrain from impulsive or persuasive purchasing before understanding the core issue. Clarity improves consumerism and reduces waste, money, and time. Confirm what sensations are fueling the pain.  Awareness of potential...
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Performance Behaviors and Strategies For Pain and Stress from Trauma

Performance Behaviors and Strategies For Pain and Stress from Trauma

It is often suggested to avoid discussions about spirituality, yet this behavior offers numerous performance resources. Medical professionals openly ask questions about spiritual behaviors to energize performance outcomes. Pain, stress, and trauma effect mental and physical health.  Jay Mahler is the founder of The California Mental Health and Spirituality Initiative. His purview of spiritual performance is "the experience of 'madness' can include a profound experience of connection and spirituality; oneness with nature; and the meaning and purpose of life," A few of the most common questions that revolve around spiritual behaviors include: "Why me?" "Have I done something wrong to cause this to happen to me?" "Can I still rely on myself?" "What will the future hold for me?" Fear's most common outcomes are withdrawal and ignorance. The University of Cambridge argue spiritual behaviors are "an important role in self-regulation" and proceed to report that shame causes a negative effect on self-motivation. Motivation requires attention...
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Six Case Studies Where Sensations Became Mind Fuel

Six Case Studies Where Sensations Became Mind Fuel

Behavior results from being distracted and distressed have been researched since the 1960's. Science's primary focus is on the central nervous system's response to sensations. Results identify that performance behaviors failing to modify sensory intake sufficiently create perceptual instability. Performance abilities reducing or eliminating distractions and distress are demonstrated by employees with a healthy mind and body. According to 2012 Aflac Workforces Report of 6,100 United States workers, those receiving health and wellbeing services report higher level of job satisfaction, feel happier with their employer, and are more satisfied with their overall benefits. 55% of millennials believe a healthy mind leads to a healthy body. Sensations are mind fuel. Stimuli enters the body as information. The processed result is behavior. Hypersensitivity, hyposensitivity or magnasensitivity are 'disturbances of sensory modulation and/or information processing'. An intervention model for sensory modulation was proposed in 1979 by occupational therapist Jean Ayers. Its nearly a design-thinking process facilitating the improvement of knowledge, design, and creative application of sensory stimuli in one domain to...
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These Three Fuels Improve Performance Abilities

These Three Fuels Improve Performance Abilities

It's the start of one of those Monday's that requires concerted effort to do things. There's the smell of coffee lingering mixed with the aroma of fresh bagels beside the buffet of several cream cheeses. Noise levels heighten as peers huddle to collaborate. The smartphone chimes with each email and text message. Recently we did an experiment with octane types used to fuel an SUV. Every vehicle manufacturer identifies what octane is optimal for vehicle performance. The SUV's manufacturer recommended 91 octane. With 89 Octane the fuel burned faster then what 93 provided. The recommended premium octane proved to save in gas efficiency at four more miles per gallon. Certain body fuels have greater performance efficiency. Our body fuels on fiber, protein, fat, physical activity, and sleep but it also desires alternatives. Choosing fuel for the body is energy delegated towards hormone, neuron, and cell production. Different blood types, DNA, and genes require fuel knowledge for which products energize and maintain body performance. PHYSICAL MOVEMENT There...
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Three Ways to Identify Performance Literacy

Three Ways to Identify Performance Literacy

Those creeping internal sensations of doing too much of something begs for occupational literacy. Occupational therapist Elizabeth Townsend defines it as "a source of language and skills for persons at any age to adapt to diverse contexts and purposes." Internal sensations may be difficult to identify with words. Feelings are often confused with a need. For example, suppression by activity consumption including shopping, food or alcohol intake. Silencing truth is another example by way of gossiping, lying, or holding unrealistic perspectives. This Globis 2013 survey identified how 200 leaders lacked language and skills by avoiding necessary conversations by an alarming 97%. Leaders believed they might cause employee stress. 80% believed angry behaviors were a necessary part of their role with "difficult conversations." Occupational justice commits rights, responsibilities, and liberties for quality performance and health. Three sub-categories identify the justice of occupied time: OCCUPATIONAL IMBALANCE This happens when feeling overwhelmed OR underwhelmed with occupations (activities that occupy your time). What work tasks do you feel like...
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How to Listen and Respond With Awareness to State of Health

How to Listen and Respond With Awareness to State of Health

One common source of stress is not being heard. This takes form in many ways with similar outcomes including a blow to morale. Below are performance strategies following the biological breakdown of how to respond when it appears no one is listening. The Iceberg Effect is a metaphor to the state of health. There is typically a slight view to one's perceived state of health.The motivational level is secluded to peers who dwell or are invited to be a part of that health aspect.The meaning realm is the soul. It's the most intimate interpersonal relationship between health, body, and mind. Active listening is a learned skill. State of health improves with active listening. Behavior responses resolve the degree of difficulty to becoming an active listener. Responses when no one is listening reveals state of health. WORDS BUILD RELATIONSHIPS. Work on active responses improves awareness to listening habits. Responses may build trust, honor, and respect in relationships. “Good listeners overcome their natural inclination to fix the other’s problems and...
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Three Elements Directly Effecting Absenteeism and Presenteeism

Three Elements Directly Effecting Absenteeism and Presenteeism

Each workplace has cultural norms including expectations and commonalities. One example is in certain seasons or holidays productivity slows. Managers might reduce work expectations because they anticipate employee's performance to change. Productive employees anticipate performance changes because they are skilled managers of their behaviors. Performance is interdependent on six behaviors: physical, occupational, intellectual, spiritual, social, and emotional aspects. When behavior management is performance outcomes weaken through presenteeism and absenteeism. Presenteeism The result of an employee showing up to work despite a condition like illness, injury, or anxiety is loss in productivity, workplace epidemics, poor health management, and exhaustion. A cultural norm of open and frequent manager-employee dialogue will reduce presenteeism's effect on productivity. In 2003 the total cost of presenteeism in the US was $150 billion per year. Pain and depression are two conditions raising costs above that of employee absences. Self-advocacy is a skill categorized as an emotional behavior. Body knowledge advances one's ability to apply and advocate health needs which significantly reduces the severity of illness....
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Performance Improves By Sound, Taste, and Visual Responses

Performance Improves By Sound, Taste, and Visual Responses

Science has been slowly revealing how to retrain the brain. Day-to-day there are moments when something isn't so pleasant. Consistent moodiness may trigger with an overly optimistic peer. Frequent disruptions are common with high-traffic noise in the walkway. A foggy brain after lunch disengages attention to detail. Cognitive science is linking biological responses like those listed above with cultural experiences. Performance improves by changing daily experiences. Sound, taste, and visual responses are three biological initiatives for retraining the brain. Here Is What You Hear A new part of the brain was revealed through auditory testing. Scientists confirms the brain has neuroplasticity. This means the brain is capable to change patterns with thinking, feeling, and behaving. According to most recent research frequency-following responses is one way to improve  audible sensitivities and functioning. Auditory processing really is improves active listening functionality including comprehension and problem solving. It also sifts through noisy environments to engage listening to a singular voice or instrument. Questions to Ask: ...
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What Resources Act Like If They Were Your Employee

What Resources Act Like If They Were Your Employee

The short stories in Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki instantly empowers. Kiyosaki continuously reminds readers to "mind your own business" with the metaphor that dollar bills are an employee. They work for performance outcome. This helped me to appreciate that all the personal resources we choose are literally our employees. The form and function of furnishings we use work for us to accomplish sleeping, sitting, and eating. Every object we own provides an outcome including ease of usability, longevity of wear-and-tear, storability, and ownership advantages. Words are our employees. Thoughts expressed are resources providing returns we hope to anticipate. Destructive words have outcomes. Supportive words have outcomes. Expressed words are employees investing in value-creation while thoughts are like employees looking for work. Communities we use become employees accomplishing or hindering goals. Classrooms, work-spaces, restaurants, bars, hospitals...each service and collaborate on our investments. Behaviors are also employees. Behaviors are responses that effect surroundings. Littering as an employee invests in contrary outcomes to ecology. Anger responses resource hostility. To 'mind...
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What Few Know About Their Ravenous Behaviors

What Few Know About Their Ravenous Behaviors

Do you have an insatiable drive for enhancing experiences? Magnasensitive individuals desire the excitable - blinking lights, rollercoasters, or a lifestyle like being an entrepreneur or overextended work loads. Adversely, there's also the need to continuously be engaged. This magical central nervous system response may also bring distress. For sanity sake a body needs rest! The superior advantage of the central nervous system is it triggers behaviors that appear as natural cravings. An example of a craving is body exertion through movement. Pushing, pulling, jumping...these joint and muscle forces apply pressure on the nerve endings for the return of nervous relief. The body craves rest to. Leisure activities slow thinking and moving exertion which benefits heart, mental and joint health. Forced exertion examples within a task include over-applied pressure when writing or walking. Even crunchy foods relieve central nervous system cravings through exerted, repetitive jaw-joint movement. There's a long list of magnasensitive behaviors. It's one of three nervous system responses to stimuli (sensations like noise, odors, lighting, etc). Children through adults...
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Workplace Abuse and The Most Effective Way To Explode It

Workplace Abuse and The Most Effective Way To Explode It

The workplace seeks to build and fulfill marketplace relationships. It secures revenue. Workplace cultures resemble the character of the founder. A leader with courage, vision, discipline, and endurance breath cultural standards into the employees of a business. Oh, and one more trait…love. Love may appear taboo as a leadership trait. When considering the characteristic of love it repeatedly sets a cultural tone. Loving relationships extend and reciprocate support. In a corporate culture it drives out adversity between employee, customer, and workplace mission. Unfavorable scandalous leadership behaviors provoke tragedies that are costly. Employee's disrespect deadlines, quit, and   become victims to customers. Over time these behaviors become cultural norms all employees follow. We follow leaders. Norms define stability in the quest for revenue security. A study reported abuse was present in 79% of small business and 71% in big companies. Data was collected with abuse defined as “ongoing and consistent management behaviors” including: Sabotaging work performance making success impossible ...
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Agonizing Meetings Could Be Due to Presence Disparity

Agonizing Meetings Could Be Due to Presence Disparity

Finished projects bring moments of exhilaration for all involved. Those involved that were engaged empowered the productivity of the project. When all employees on a team are present by actively listening, creating, and collaborating there is consistently powerful, innovative outcomes that increase revenue. The alternative is a phenomenon identified as presence disparity, which compromises innovative workflow and timely productivity. Presence disparity is when telecommuters physically experience a compromising difference when virtually collaborating. Missing verbal and visual content due to background noises or poor quality live stream video strains the body. This mentally, physically, and emotionally taxing effect loses productive opportunities. Collaborative moments lose empowered creativity and revenue-building strategies. Full engagement requires all senses prepared to mentally interpret content. Presence Disparity is a macro-sensory productivity issue. High-quality video is one solution to improving engagement in virtual collaboration. There’s no universal 5-step fix because every body is unique, therefore may prepare through different strategies. Also, environments are unique. One example of this is virtually plugging-in on the fly. Environments are...
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Vanilla Is The New Superfood

Vanilla Is The New Superfood

Some of us at GIG have nixed sugar in support of improving performance. Seeking ways to get that 'sweet' something took a turn. It's not out of craving but joy. Jelly Belly's and licorice jelly beans are ultimate favorites. It's nearly impossible to push these past loves out of memory. Grocery stores stock end caps with every brand, flavor, and comic character. Matters get worse Easter season. Then...we rediscovered the vanilla bean. Immediately we dug into research about this saving sweet bean. Vanilla contains chemicals called vanilloids. They reduce inflammation. Stress causes inflammation which reduces mental performance. When stressed the body naturally releases an inflammatory protein (cytokine) to signal systemic inflammation behavior to other cells. Inflammation reduces brain function. The compounds in vanilla reduce stress when in its most natural state – pods or powder. Consuming vanilla in its natural state boosts mental performance.  Buy a pod for the slow scrape of its inner-powder. Add flavor and brain-boost to coffee, yogurt...get creative! Heck, you don't need to add it...
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A Seamstress Exhibiting Stress In The Workplace

A Seamstress Exhibiting Stress In The Workplace

GIG Design's team discussed observations of a seamstress exhibiting stress in the workplace. Observations of the work environment included details of the lighting, noise, temperature, and peer engagement. The work space is an open area of approximately thirty seamstresses, all sitting at a sewing station actively engaging in production of a product. Observations of the seamstress were noted to be signs of distress as exhibited by facial expressions, frequent posturing with head tilted into hand through elbow support, uncharacteristic pauses of production. Following a lifestyle profile and sensory assessment she identified as under-responsive to sensations. Hyposensitivities This form of regulating the nervous system is categorized by muted, delayed responses, and low sensory registration. This individual passively regulates their nervous system, has a high threshold to sensory stimuli, and passively reacts to sensations. They may appear uninterested, apathetic, or self-absorbed but it's likely their nervous system isn't picking up on tactile, posture, audible, and pressure sensations. Generally this person misses cues and directions. A hyposensitive nervous system is under-responsive. A...
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Is Your Employer Providing Sick Care or Health Care?

Is Your Employer Providing Sick Care or Health Care?

There is a jolting difference in cultural motivation on 'sick care' and 'health care'. Sick care is reactionary, providing individuals support with onset of an injury, health or mental conditions. Sick care recipients pay for medical bills instead of luxuries. Their employers pay for loss of production or new hire training. Health care recipients pay for health resources that reduce the onset of uncommunicable diseases, depression, injury. Their employers pay out bonuses and employee rewards due to improved profit. Is your employer providing sick care or health care? Move health care awareness from knowledge to action. Sharing stories on health movement builds the belief its possible. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shared several stories of national communities that acted on health care. It's understood raw data in percentages or dollar signs build belief in health care. RWJF rewarded some communities for the qualitative data. Behavior follows belief. Raw data happens over an extended period time. Seeking the value of outcome impacts purpose. RWJF believe people are the...
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20 Questions For Sleep Awareness

20 Questions For Sleep Awareness

In response to the statement "employers can educate shift workers about how to improve sleep" in the NBC Health's reveal we aren't getting enough sleep, here are 20 questions to get started. Answers are provided at the end. How many hours of sleep per night do you suspect the average American gets during the week? How do you think this ranked with the other countries: Japan, UK, Germany, Canada, Mexico? How about on the weekend: U.S., Japan, U.K., Germany, Canada, Mexico? Questionnaire respondents were asked: How much sleep do you need to function best? What do you suspect they answered: U.S., Japan, U.K., Germany, Canada, Mexico? What do you think differences existed amongst different countries? How does culture effect sleep? How many hours of sleep are recommended for adults ages 18-64? How about older adults ages 65+? In discussion about sleep,...
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30 Details On Health Costs

30 Details On Health Costs

Health Benefits manager Lisa Mrozinski at Robert W. Baird & Company said, “You may think you’re really healthy, but until you go through the process we can provide, you may not be aware that you’re pre-diabetic or have high cholesterol.” This quote was cited in the book The Grassroots Health Care Revolution by John Torinus Jr. Is there a process in place to learning the genuine health of your company? Here are 30 details on health costs John shared through his book to remind us of the integrity of providing health improvement services: United States of America health costs are 2x per capita of anywhere else in the world. Increased national health care costs then reduced money spent for education, research & development, public safety, environmental improvement, defense, personal finances, and wage increases. Health costs are the leading cause of bankruptcy in the United States of America. Pre-existing conditions are highly...
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Five Steps To Engage In A Healthy Lifestyle

Five Steps To Engage In A Healthy Lifestyle

How do your thoughts articulate each moment you experience? “I'm confidently griping the handle of this heavy meeting-room door, stepping into this meeting that will shape and sharpen feelings of fulfillment in my life.” Thoughts vividly characterize the body's experience. Our body senses every tiny thing before describing it with words. This phenomenon directs behaviors. The brain encodes then decodes sensory stimuli then informs the nervous system how to respond. It then links to our subjective frame of mind. Since we're creatures of habit everything we currently avoid was first formulated through an unpleasant past experience. Behaviors demonstrate how the body stores then processes sensations into action. Awareness of your unique sensory response, understanding metaphors, your internal dialogue, and an abstract representation of your self mediates behavior response. How do you discover your unique sensory response? Step One: Be intimately involved with your body.  Awareness of the level of sensitivity you have is significant to understanding your behaviors. For example, you can’t stand tags on your shirts....
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Practice B.E.I.N.G. to Achieve Workplace Prosperity and Safety

Practice B.E.I.N.G. to Achieve Workplace Prosperity and Safety

Prosperity and safety in the workplace are necessary for best performance outcomes. Prosperity breathes comfort that survival is possible for driving competitive advantages and teamwork capabilities. It reduces presenteeism. Safe practices reduce absences and turnover. Productivity results from workplaces filled with attitudes of prosperity and safety. Employees instinctually seek feeling safe but stretching outside of comfortable practices may compromise quality of life. Experiences of prosperity through novel practices offers the ability to be vulnerable towards what appears as ambiguous. The anonymous quote, "If you're comfortable in life then you're not maturing," is true. Maturing performance standards results in employee discomfort. A workplace may reduce discomfort with B.E.I.N.G strategies resulting in employee's boldly existing in necessary growth. B.E.I.N.G. Boldly Existing in Necessary Growth is an acronym to set up the ability to successfully manage the potential stress of improving performance. Boldly Occupational Justice is the rights, responsibilities, and liberties that enable us to commit to occupations (activities) for health and quality of life needs. When overwhelmed, underwhelmed,...
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Bedtime Strategies for 3 Different Sleep Issues

Bedtime Strategies for 3 Different Sleep Issues

Sleep hygiene a significant contributor to performance behaviors. Achieving optimal hygiene requires effort and perseverance. To illustrate how one might achieve sleep below are three stories about three different characters struggling with sleep: C. Want, C. Fear, and C. Loathe. “I want to sleep more.”  C. Want follows trends. Routines include variations of: caffeine to wake or to keep aroused, sugar for quick surges of energy, social media avenues to distract feelings, and typically saying ‘yes’ to everything. The body works naturally by following a biological clock that organizes by daylight patterns. Want an energetic rhythm. Set up necessary sleep hygiene for daytime napping and body-inspired bedtime cues. “I fear over-sleeping.” C. Fear delays going to bed. Routines include variations of: denying fatigue during evening hours, working more after dinner, laying in bed with the laptop or smartphone, and falls asleep on the...
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Work Has Fragile Elements

Work Has Fragile Elements

Wellbeing is something I learned late in life. It was easier to avoid adversity by following desires for comfort. When I was a child I climbed a tree to escape. Avoidance behaviors kept me from becoming who I was meant to be. Here and now I'm profoundly thankful. Especially with reflection of people and experiences life brought. Awareness of each moment slowly drew me away from avoidance through comfort-seeking to becoming more aware of purpose-seeking. Wellbeing began with accepting I fall short. It taught me compassion, forgiveness, and to creatively self-express within all my life roles. Often I reflect on my ancestors and family influences. My grandfathers humbly invented or crafted objects. My grandmothers breathed a lineage of faith and morals into each of us. Dad was an engineer and academic while Mom's discipline included freedom to act. Siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins share my history, celebrating our shortcomings with forgiveness and faith. Home is less of one place but more of being surrounded by...
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How To Improve Confidence by Estimating Time Accurately

How To Improve Confidence by Estimating Time Accurately

With setting goals a timeline and deadline is created. Estimating time accurately is a skill that begins with childhood activities including board games and getting ready for school. It may improve or weaken depending on the practice how frequently it's practiced. Skills improve with practice. The ability to make accurate estimates is closely tied to the ability to understand and solve problems. Learning to approximate activity lengths prepares for future goal setting. Poor time estimation weakens confidence because short and long-term goals are repeatedly missed. The mind processes stories with better recall then it does with time estimation. Estimating measurements is most often a mathematical skill, which improves with practice. Illusions often stand in the way. Stories may offer an illusion of time that exaggerates the effect of changing circumstances on future performance. Illusions, or the suggestiveness of imagination, has risks. The skill of intuitiveness is different because it uses a different part of the brain to measure risk. Still, it in't an exact science. "Nothing in life is as...
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What to Do With That Busy Mind That Disrupts Performance

What to Do With That Busy Mind That Disrupts Performance

Awareness determines how time is spent. Behaviors are a reflection of brain activity. Psychologist Daniel Kahneman researched this phenomenon and summarized that  "even in the absence of time pressure, maintaining a coherent train of thought requires discipline." How does the brain get disciplined? Changing a busy brain with rampant, scattered thoughts towards attending to immediate surroundings, internal cues, and relational patterns is effortful work. Awareness improves intellectual behaviors. In his book Thinking Fast and Slow, Kahneman continues, "People who are cognitively busy are also more likely to make selfish choices, use sexist language, and make superficial judgments in social situations." Each of these indicate an inner-dialogue that excludes a mature sense of automatic behaviors and the act of regulating them. Awareness of natural and built environment factors, as well as body capacities within are additional sense factors suppressed by cognitive busyness. "Memorizing and repeating digits loosens the hold of System 2 (awareness) on behavior, but of course cognitive load is not the only cause of weakened...
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Why Alone Time May Improve Performance Outcomes

Why Alone Time May Improve Performance Outcomes

The word "alone" can mean different things. For instance, the single business, self-employed person may work alone. Going through a morning routine, doing a crossword puzzle, or cleaning the house are all activities that may be done during alone time. Often employees would be ecstatic to have alone time in place of work time around numerous or sometimes one person. However, there are other moments when being alone can be uncomfortable or down right scary. Being alone triggers spirit-based behaviors. Performance relies on the spirit of an individual. At GIG Design spiritual behavior is one part of design sensibility. It establishes actionable behaviors within purpose-seeking and existence. Examples of spiritual behaviors are hope, resiliency, and value-based support for discovering and acting on ways to thrive. Spirituality empowers meaningfulness within performance. Alone time is a health resource. We all experience it. What is done within that time may trigger growth and success. Questions to Ask: What is one role that has a clear direction...
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