Monday, 16 June 2014

Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are

Remote Area First Aid

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Popular vs Quality

Seths Blog: The problem with hit radio

Seth Godin makes a great point in a recent blog post about popular content in books and web being "served up" to people and consumed, precisely because it is popular. The same can happen in the decision making processes we often employ in business. If we listen only to the voices we "like", we end up with skewed perspective. There's a world of value in finding a contrary view and seeking to understand it.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

5 Great tips for leaders

These are simple, easy to apply and also easily overlooked

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

I was asked today how I keep healthly...

Health is critical to everything. I maintain fitness by using "fast exercise" strategies. Walk 5km most days with every second day having 30 sec sprints alternate with 60 sec walking recovery. I do between 4 and 10 repeats. Every other day my walk includes a muscle focus. 30 seconds each of push ups, step ups, squats, 3 types of plank, crunches, tricep dips and bridges. The thing I like about this routine is that when I am travelling, I can cut these down to 4 - 10 minutes of highly effective daily exercise involving no equipment and very little time. For mental/emotional/spiritual health I spend a few minutes every day in mindfulness. Breathing deeply and consciously. Sometimes I add contemplation of my intention for the day. I try to do this just before I speak or deliver as well, just to ensure I am fully present in the moment. I also book out 2 x 3 day chunks in my diary as a personal retreat each year. They are timed for times of the year I am more likely to be feeling pressured and overwhelmed. Relationship wise, my wife and I book time we will spend together at the beginning of the year also. Weekends away, time at home doing nothing - these are not negotiable in the calendar. the full discussion is here

Tuesday, 1 April 2014



Some great insights about Thriving and Adapting in a world characterised by rapid change. 
I often say that the problem with organisations is that they like to be organised. The trap is that it creates myopic thinking and a massive blind spot about "the way things are done around here".

Mark Parker has some great insights into how to stay fluid.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Focus. Daniel Goleman interviewed by Jason Marsh | DailyGood

Daniel Goleman, famous for Emotional Intelligence has turned his attention to our ability to focus in a world full of distractions. The interview has some great points about how to manage our attention and focus.

Check out the interview transcript here Q&A with Daniel Goleman, by Jason Marsh | DailyGood

Hugh Herr: The new bionics that let us run, climb and dance

This is a great example of the kinds of changes that are currently possible and will become possible.

It's an amazing collection of stories, and has some interesting insights into disability and limitation.

Some of these kinds of technologies will completely redefine how we see ourselves physically. It will change work roles, social roles, recreation and many other aspects of life. Potentially there will be varying levels of access subject to where we live and our access to wealth and resources.

In turn that will create an imperative for us individually and collectively to consider how we define ourselves and the roles we inhabit. Is there a line where augmentation of our physical selves should stop? Where would it be and why?

It is an exciting time to be alive!

Monday, 24 March 2014

Finding Balance in the 24/7 always on world

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Gihan Perera. He's well known for his expertise in helping thought leaders leverage their social media presence. In fact, Forbes Magazine listed him as the 5th most influential person, world wide in social media publishing.

In the full interview (70 min), we discussed many issues for business leaders including loyalty, making tech decisions, building connections and relationships. One of the highlights of the interview was our discussion about finding balance in the always on world.

He gives some great tips about managing the balance in "Your Life, Your Rules".

Friday, 21 March 2014

Shane Koyczan: "To This Day" ... for the bullied and beautiful (+playlist)

Today is the national day of action against Bullying and Violence in Australia. This is a great talk on the impact of bullying. Heartfelt and artful.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Multiplied by Apathy

Apathy: a lack of passion, interest and concern. 

We are built to Thrive and Adapt. Despite the fact that change is challenging, we are good at it. Our human desire to continuously improve our condition, leads us to think, solve problems and create. Creating more of something, making it better, or easier have been drivers of change throughout human history. 
When we can see the vision for change and we have a sense of choice and control over it, it motivates and excites us. High quality change is actually one of the ultimate engagement strategies.
People need to feel a sense of progress with change. If it is taking too long, is unclear or is not generating something more, better or easier - then change is just wearing. Change fatigue sets in. Resistance too. Apathy soon follows.
Apathy replaces resistance. People eventually don’t care enough to resist. Fatigue is multiplied by Apathy.
The more Apathy there is, the harder it will be to make future changes. You will have to create enough momentum to overcome the inertia of built up an entrenched Apathy.
Here’s some questions that will help create engagement about change.
Why are we changing this? Get really clear about the why. Does it sound interesting and compelling. If not it’s unlikely that it will get anywhere. Would it get you out of bed in the morning? Can you explain it to others in a way that makes sense to them?
Will it create more, make life easier somehow, or be better than what we have now? 
What are some quick “wins” that will give you and your people a sense of progress and control over the change?
When people are apathetic, they often get the blame. Blame is easy and takes the pressure and focus off the person doing the blaming. What if we asked ourselves,

“How can I make this situation more meaningful, engaging and important to and for the people involved?”

Here’s to Change and the wonders we create! 

Monday, 17 March 2014

Expectations Part II

Expectations alter Reality

In Expectations Part I we explored how expectations kill people.

But expectations have another, perhaps more powerful function.They bend reality to meet us.

Research and anecdotal evidence shows that many people in survival situations stay alive against incredible odds, sometimes even defying medical science. It would be reasonable to think that they are people who are physically tough, or better trained for the situation that they face. The reality is far more interesting – the one thing they have in common is that they expect to survive.

Here’s an example from “Unbroken”, Laura Hillenbrand’s recent biography of Louie Zamparini. quote describes Louie's experience lost at sea on a life raft for 47days with 2 crew mates in 1943, after being shot down over the Pacific.

“Though all three men faced the same hardship, their differing perceptions of it appeared to be shaping their fates. Louie and Phil's hope displaced their fear and inspired them to work toward their survival, and each success renewed their physical and emotional vigour. Mac's resignation seemed to paralyse him and the less he participated in their efforts to survive, the more he slipped. Though he did the least, as the days passed, it was he who faded the most. Louie and Phil's optimism, and Mac's hopelessness, were becoming self-fulfilling.”

Mac passed away, while the other two survived their ordeal.

What does this link between expectation and survival mean to us in the modern world? Check out the diagram below…

Zamparini intended to survivive. He expected events to unfold to support his intention. He gave his attention to the evidence that suggested he was right, and to the actions that supported his intention.

You and I have intentions and expectations everyday, in every area of our lives, whether we are aware of them or not. They giude and focus our attention. For the greatest liklihood of success, all three factors need to be concious and work in harmony with each other.

Asking yourself these questions will assist in bringing them into your concious mind:

What is my intention? (check yourself for clarity and alignment)
What are my expectations in this situation?

Now give your attention to the actions and mindsets that serve you best in this moment, and watch as reality begins to take shape around you according to your expectations.

Saturday, 15 March 2014


Great video about how our stress levels are impacted negatively by noise and positively by silence.

Finding a quiet space and simply breathing does wonders fro your stress levels, clarity, focus and well being. It's a simple, practical practice to Thrive and Adapt in today's world.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Why this Blog

Despite the challenges of change, we have all met people who seem to Thrive and Adapt, regardless of what is happening around them. They are able to tap into vast resources of energy, they spread calm in the face of uncertainty, and they are joyful and enthusiastic and create opportunities for themselves and those around them. We see them in business and personal life, surmounting seeming insurmountable challenges and positively radiating through the experience. Some of that is a result of personal disposition, however a lot of it comes down to skills that can be learned and practiced.

I'm passionate about creating people, leaders, organisations and communities that thrive and adapt. 

Thrive and Adapt shares my own thinking as well as considered and quality information from other sources. I'm glad you can join me on that journey.

Expectations - Part 1

Expectations kill people!
In every survival situation I can think of it’s the expectations that did it.

The pilot expected to make it through lowering cloud… and flew into a mountain.

The prospector expected to find his way back to his vehicle… and was lost for days.

The lost man expected to find water… and perished from dehydration.

Reality! - No one in their right mind would continue into a situation they expect will kill them.

In a survival situation the feedback is rapid. When you make a mistake the consequences are quickly experienced, sometimes in a matter of hours.

In our fast paced modern life, consequences may take days, or even years to arrive, but they are just as inevitable:

They expected the boom to go on and on...

He expected his staff to care as much about his business as he did…

So how could their expectations lead them so far astray?
The fact is that our amazing brain treats memories of actual events and expectations of the future in exactly the same way.

“[Expectations] are stored in memory just as past events are. To the brain the future is as real as the past.”
L. Gonzales in ‘Deep Survival’ (2003).

The impact of this is that we tend to become fixated on our expectations, and then continue to blunder forward with a kind of blind optimism that believes the expectation will come to pass. That serves us well until there is a conflict – either between our expectations and those of another; or when reality begins to diverge from what we expect. At that point we have the choice of reformulating our expectations. If we don’t we are destined to encounter disappointment, conflict and problems.

The biggest challenge is being aware of what your expectations actually are. Most of us form them without any conscious thought.

I use a couple of great questions to clarify my own expectations:
What do I expect in this situation?
What is the impact on myself and others if this expectation is not met?

Once you are clear about your own expectations, one of the greatest gifts you can give to others is to clearly communicate your expectations with them, and seek to understand theirs.