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December 2015

Welcome to the final edition of the Discovery in Action monthly leadership tips for 2015!

This month, we share :
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Wishing you all the best for a fabulous festive season, and a fun, fulfilling and prosperous New Year!

Paul and Melanie Eyres

Ok, so mindfulness is good for me...but how can I make it part of my day?

Mindfulness is all the go at the moment! Many of us might even have a mindfulness adult colouring book on the Christmas list. But why should we pay attention to this new 'hot topic'? What is it - and why is it good for us?

As Dr Travis Bradberry wrote in a recent LinkedIn blog, 'mindfulness meditation is the rare, research-proven technique that boosts your performance by physically altering your brain'. He shared that 'researchers from the University of British Columbia recently pooled data from more than 20 studies to understand how practicing mindfulness affects the brain.'

What they found out was compelling! The simple act of practicing mindfulness had a significant impact on 8 regions in the brain, with 2 regions of particular importance - one was the area responsible for self control - and another, the area responsible for resilience.

Ok - the science proves it is good for me - so what exactly is mindfulness? And are there easy ways to make it part of my day that don't just involve meditation?

Check out our info-graphic :

Do any of those ideas resonate? Pick one that does and make a small amount of time each day to give it a go.  For example, today - each time you walk to a meeting, focus soley on the walking process. Don't think about your intended key arguments or contributions. Make time for that before you leave. Instead after you leave your desk, take a few minutes to notice each step, observe and feel your feet lift and hit the ground. Notice your arms swing as you walk. Observe your breathing. Observe the people you pass on your way. Then, when you arrive, focus on the task at hand.

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Got a meeting? Take a walk!

In this fascinating 3 minute TED talk by Nilofer Merchant, we learn that ‘sitting has become the smoking of our generation’!

On average, we sit for more hours a day (9.3hrs) than we sleep (7.7hrs)!

With sitting being so prevalent, we don’t even question how much we are doing it – and because everyone else is sitting, it doesn’t even occur to us that it is not OK – or that there is an alternative. Recent research has shown us that inactivity is closely linked to many of today’s health problems.

So ... next time you need to organise a meeting, rather than meeting in the usual room – or even outside at a coffee shop, why not invite someone to go for a walking meeting? As Nilofer explains, it is amazing how fresh air can drive fresh thinking – for you and your colleagues…

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Above or below the line - where are you?

There is an interesting concept about the way we think and behave called ‘Above and Below’ the line. It is used often in organisations trying to embed the values into the way people work, and can be used in a coaching sense when helping to unpack someone’s thinking.

We came across this short video recently, that gave a good overview of the concept – and posed an interesting question.

How are you being with what is going on at work right now?

Are you above the line – taking personal responsibility?above below examples

Or are you below the line – finding it easier to deny, blame or excuse?

We have made an info graphic visual that can act as a prompt when you oscillate between being above and below the line.

How can you evolve your thinking or behaviours to move to a state of curiosity, learning, problem solving or action?

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17 ways great leaders motivate their people

A simple but powerful post by Kevin Daum provides a useful checklist of leadership behaviours and actions that help create a positive, motivating environment for their teams.


Print out our info graphic and pin it to your wall as a reminder!


Before you go home each day, ask yourself – have I made a conscious, deliberate effort to do as many of these things as I can?

What do I need to be more mindful of tomorrow?

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Some recent assignments

  • ran a 'skills to support a feedback rich culture' workshop for an unit within a larger organisaton
  • ran a Board Planning day for a philanthropic trust
  • helped a coaching client prepare for an interview
Click here to access the Eyres & Associates website to find out what else we do!

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