Digital Detox – What Being Unplugged Can Mean

  While I did some investigations for my Digital Detox presentation at the wellness@work conference in Sydney in April this year, I came across an article in the magazine NewPhilosopher (issue #11) that informed about an experiment that – so I believe – needs to be shared with others as much as possible. What The Data Says I had already collected enough data to confirm what I expected: Today’s electronic…

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How To Survive The Christmas Holidays

It’s already December again – can you believe how time flies? Only a few more sleeps and the holiday season is upon us. But until then it can still be a tough time, and I am not even sure if most of us experience the holidays as something relaxing. So how to best survive the Christmas Holidays this year? Why Are We Stressing Out Anyway? Right now most of us…

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Corporate Mindfulness

Let’s start with what busy people often like to know first in order not to waste time: What’s in it for me or my business? Can you prove it? Mindfulness exercises act as health prevention by reducing stress, lowering blood pressure and cortisone levels, and by improving the immune system. Further results are: Improved communication as well as increased self-awareness and creativity levels. Since science took notice of this Buddhist…

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What Everyone Is Saying About Happiness

The quest for happiness is at least as old as the ancient world. Former president Thomas Jefferson saw the need to have the right of pursuit of happiness written into the US declaration. It seems not to have worked as the USA is ranked only 17th in the 2013 world happiness report. Australia is placed 10th at least. In most societies people have more than ever before. They are healthier…

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Different Leadership – The Synaptic Circle

Louise:  What is the Synaptic Circle? miamo:  This is a management model. Amy Brann, a British international trainer and coach, uses latest neuroscience for her work. She explains her neuro-leadership model in parts in her book “Make your brain work”. What I find most useful are the seven C’s: Confidence, certainty, culture, celebration, control, connection and contribution.   Louise:  What are these? Skills, values, corner stones? miamo:  All of the…

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Can We Really Multitask?

Have you ever tried to mulltitask to get through your busy schedule? We definitely have. But are you really multitasking? Or is it a myth?   Louis: Where does the term multitasking come from? miamo: I am not sure but think it originates from the computer industry. It describes how microprocessors seem to be able to process several tasks simultaneously. But it only seems like it, as a single core…

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Is Burnout An Illness Or A Phenomenon

You probably have heard about Burnout before. In today’s interview we hear more about it.   Louis: Burnout is an often used phrase. Some say it is caused by an achievement-oriented society. Medical practitioners and clinics have specialized in this area. So what is burnout actually? miamo: Burnout is not an official term or diagnosis in the field of mental illness. It is a term that first was used to…

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Different Leadership Styles Make Better Leaders

This is a short “virtual” interview between Louise, an interested corporate guy and the miamo retreat hosts.   Louise: What is meant by new leadership style? miamo: I am careful with the term “new”. Looking at what some of the great philosophers said thousands of years ago, I am not so sure whether we really have so much new thinking to offer. So I prefer to use the word “different”.…

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Happiness vs Work

Do you think Happiness and Work go together? Or are they opposites?   Louis: There is so much talk about happiness these days. Guides to happiness are everywhere. How about happiness in the world of business and work? What is exactly is happiness and what is it that makes us happy? miamo: It might sound inconvenient but happiness is not a goal of evolution. Survival is; happiness is not. We…

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Meaning Is The New Requirement

Today’s interview is all about Meaning in Work.   Louis: You recently mentioned that meaning is the new goal. What do you mean by that? Aren’t people just wanting to make enough money? Miamo: I see 3 main developments that lead to the search for meaning: To stay on top the Western Nations must focus on innovation, research and development, high tech solutions. This needs well and highly educated, motivated…

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