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40 minutes | 5 days ago
#017 - Listener Q&A and the "Why" Behind PERMA-V in 2020
Today we switch things up a little bit and wanted to take a quick pause and discuss why we are spending so much time on the Flourish and PERMA-V model. 2020 has been one of the most hectic, stressful, and uncertain years we have ever experienced. It's bad enough when there's a crisis going on but to be stuck in your house with nowhere to go just magnifies the stress factor. Add the weight of homeschooling young kids, worrying about the health and safety of your family, being separated from loved ones, and experiencing the constant drag and friction associated with working remotely and no wonder people are really hating 2020 right now.That's why we're spending so much time on PERMA-V. We wholeheartedly believe that when times are tough and uncertain, improving positive emotions, becoming more engaged at work, leveling up your relationships, plugging into a greater meaning, checking items off of your todo list, and making sure you get enough sleep and are eating well can make a material positive impact on your life. The future is bright, we just need to hang on long enough to get there.We also cover a listener question about how to break into a leadership position from an individual contributor role.Thanks for joining us today and don't forget to hit the subscribe button or reach out at email@example.com.
37 minutes | 12 days ago
#016 - PERMA-V: Engagement Through Character Strengths And Weaknesses
In today's episode, Robert, Igor, and Charles continue our discussion on Engagement through the lens of Signature Strengths and weaknesses.We cover how to interpret behavioral and strengths-based assessments and what to do about the results. Our personal perspective is that these assessments are best viewed through an optimistic lens - focusing on the benefits articulated versus getting hung up on the downside.Thanks for joining us today and don't forget to subscribe and drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
31 minutes | a month ago
#014 - PERMA-V: Engagement and the Flow State
Welcome to the Wanna Grab Coffee? Podcast. In today's episode, Robert, Igor, and Charles continue our series diving into the PERMA-V model of well-being by talking about E - Engagement. Engagement, is about flow, the flow state. We've all heard of elite athletes, world class musicians, and even experienced for ourselves losing a sense of self and losing track of time. Not a mindless way, but in a very focus and engaged way. That's Engagement. We discuss flow, the conditions required for flow, and how character strengths can lead to a more engaged life . Links Discussed:How to enter the flow state more oftenFlow at work (Positive Psychology)Overview of FlowPositive Psychology - Flow (Wikipedia)VIA Institute on CharacterMihaly CsikszentmihalyiThanks for joining us today and don't forget to subscribe and drop us a line at email@example.com.
32 minutes | a month ago
#013 - Design Thinking for Non-Designers
Igor and Robert discuss the core concepts behind Design Thinking and how you can apply them in a non-designer career.Components of Design ThinkingHuman Centered – having empathy for the people you are designing products and services forIntegrative – looking at situations in a different way, thinking through the consequences of those decisions, and ultimately coming up with new solutions that go way beyond just improving the existing alternativesAction Oriented - Design Thinking is much less about thinking and more about discussing and working through problems. The most optimal way to do this is through prototyping and testingIterative - the road to a successful solution is definitely not a straight line and requires rework, feedback, and rethinking throughout the processWe also discuss several resources during the discussionIDEO Design ThinkingWhy Design Thinking Works - HBRNatasha Jen: Design Thinking Is Bullsh*tGeorge Makes a Stand / Curious George Sees the LightAs always, don't forget to hit the subscribe button on your podcast player of choice. And feel free to drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @wannagrabcoffee.
41 minutes | a month ago
#012 - PERMA-V: Positive Emotions and Savoring the Best Parts of Life
In today's episode Robert, Igor, and Charles dive deeper into the PERMA-V model of well-being by exploring "P" for Positive Emotions. We've talked about Gratitude on the podcast already which is a simple but powerful practice that increase positive emotions. Today we'll be focusing on the concept of Savoring as a way to amplify and enhance positive emotions that already exist in our lives.The Positive Psychology definition of Savoring is the use of thoughts and actions, to increase the intensity, duration, and appreciation of positive experiences and emotions. We do things intentionally to amplify and enhance our emotions.There are six components of Savoring that can help you enhance your Positive Emotions.Duration – Making sure you have enough time to Savor the experienceReducing Stress – Mitigating general stressors while you are experiencing the positive emotionComplexity – Engaging all of your sensesAttentional Focus – Being aware of what’s happening around youBalanced Self-Monitoring – Recognizing components that will take away from the ability to SavorSocial Connection – Increasing Savoring by sharing the experience with othersIn our discussion we also discuss a variety of resources that can help you learn more about Positive Psychology and the art of Savoring:Savoring DefinitionThe Science of SavoringSavoring Academic Paper (International Journal of Wellbeing)As always, don't forget to hit the subscribe button on your podcast player of choice. And feel free to drop us a line at email@example.com or on Twitter @wannagrabcoffee.
37 minutes | 2 months ago
#011 - Focus on Developing Your Strengths, Not Your Weaknesses
In today's episode we discuss why investing in your strengths is way better than focusing on your weaknesses for long term career success, and the one instance where that approach breaks down.As always, don't forget to hit the subscribe button on your podcast player of choice. And feel free to drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @wannagrabcoffee.
19 minutes | 2 months ago
#010 - Off Topic Thursday: Apple Keynote Event Reflections
Igor and Robert nerd out on the recent Apple Keynote Event from October 13th 2020 and share their reflections about exceptional production value, new products, and Apple’s evolution as an organization.
28 minutes | 2 months ago
#009 - PERMA-V: How to Flourish in Work and Life
Today, we discuss what it takes to flourish in work and life, drawing upon the vast research and practice from the world of Positive Psychology. Positive Psychology focuses on the aspects of life that make it worth living and can help us increase our individual wellbeing, as well as the wellbeing of any organization or society in general.In his book Flourish, Martin Seligman discusses his theory of Well-Being and the five elements of Well-Being that make up the PERMA framework. P – Positive EmotionE – EngagementR – RelationshipsM – MeaningA – AccomplishmentsV – for Vitality is often added to this model to cover the fact that if you're physically or mentally sick or ill, it's hard to flourish.If you are interested in the concept of Positive Psychology and want to learn more about how you can flourish, be sure to check out the following resources:Flourish, by Martin SeligmanCoursera Positive Psychology CourseAs always, don't forget to hit the subscribe button in your podcast player of choice and feel free to drop us a line at email@example.com for on Twitter @wannagrabcoffee.
26 minutes | 2 months ago
#008 - Becoming the Ideal Team Player
Today's episode is a recording of a presentation Robert gave on Becoming an Ideal Team Player at our recent new hire onboarding week. The Ideal Team Player concept was developed by Patrick Lencioni and is critical to long-term career success. In this discussion, I show how exceptional teams change the world, how exceptional teams are made up of Ideal Team Players, and the behaviors required to become an effective Ideal Team Player. Finally, we cover some practical tips and tools that can help anyone level-up their team-centered behaviors.We reference several materials in this discussion to help level-up your skillset, regardless of your career or experience level:You can find the presentation Slides from my talk hereThe Ideal Team Player by Patrick LencioniExtreme Ownership by Jocko WillinkRadical Candor by Kim ScottThe Trust Equation from The Trusted Advisor by David MaisterManager Tools and Career Tools - free resources that provide practical career-centric advice for any situation "There's a cast for that"I also took live polls from the virtual audience to help increase engagement using PollEverywhereAs always, don't forget to hit the subscribe button in your podcast player of choice and feel free to drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @wannagrabcoffee.
42 minutes | 2 months ago
#007 - Voluntary Discomfort and Well-Being
This episode is a recording of a presentation Charles gave on his career journey at our recent new-hire onboarding week. Charles uses his journey to talk about the importance of thinking about a career as part of a life-long journey of growth, the need for a mental model to better facilitate work-life balance and well-being, and imposter syndrome as a roadblock to growth. Finally, Charles talks about the practice of voluntary discomfort as a way to inoculate us against fear and the underrated leadership skill of vulnerability. Charles references several books and people in this presentation: Flourish by Martin Seligman"High-achievers focus a great deal on becoming the person they want to be at work—and far too little on the person they want to be at home ... What this leads us to is over-investing in our careers and under-investing in one of the most important parts of our life." ― Clayton M. Christensen, How Will You Measure Your Life?"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do."― Eleanor Roosevelt"We suffer more from imagination than reality"― SenecaDaring Greatly by Brene BrownAs always, don't forget to hit the subscribe button in your podcast player of choice and feel free to drop us a line at email@example.com for on Twitter @wannagrabcoffee.
37 minutes | 2 months ago
#006 - Gratitude: An Essential Leadership and Life Skill
In today's episode, Robert, Igor, and Charles discuss Gratitude as a key life and leadership skill that can accelerate your growth and enhance your wellbeing. We talk about the role Gratitude plays in our personal and professional lives, and discuss ways that gratitude can simultaneously improve your personal well being, the effectiveness of your team, and the broader environment around you. We referenced the following resources during our discussion, be sure to check them out if they piqued your interest: Role of Gratitude in Crisis LeadershipA Simple Gratitude PracticeGratitude as a Predictor of Well-Being Thanks for joining us today and don't forget to subscribe and drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org to continue the discussion.
12 minutes | 3 months ago
#005 - 3 Practical Tips to Level Up Your Virtual Onboarding Experience
Today we give three quick and practical tips for how to level-up your onboarding experience when starting a new job in a virtual world. Whether you are a new college graduate starting your first job, an experienced hire joining a new organization, or a leader looking to help onboard your team more effectively - this cast is for you.Our three practical tips at-a-glance:Level up your spaceLevel up your virtual relationshipsLevel up your 100-day planIf you are in the process of transitioning to a new organization and need some support reach out and we'll do everything we can to help: email@example.com.
40 minutes | 3 months ago
#004 - Accelerate Your Career with the Talent Stack
Igor, Charles, and Robert discuss the concept of the Talent Stack and how you can use it as a guide for long-term career growth. This is definitely a concept we wish we knew early on in our careers.Whether you are trying to get unstuck in your career and don't know where to go next, aiming towards that next big promotion, or looking to add a little flavor to your personal and professional life - the talent stack can keep you focused on your long term goals while providing clarity on what to focus on today.We referenced the following resources during our discussion, be sure to check them out if they piqued your interest:The Talent Stack - coined by Dilbert's Scott AdamsCoursera - Effective Business Communication Course - focused on business writingStorytelling Overview - a course on general storytelling conceptsIkigai Book - combining passion, happiness, and competenceIkigai Article - a nice overview of the conceptThe Hero's Journey as a way to frame up compelling business writingThanks for joining us today and don't forget to subscribe and drop us a line if you enjoyed the episode.
10 minutes | 3 months ago
#003 - Take a Break! Time Off and the Trip Report
Charles, Igor, and Robert continue the discussion on taking intentional downtime to increase our physical, mental, and relationship wellbeing during times of crisis.We also discuss the idea of creating a Trip Report to share with our team when we return.The Trip Report was made famous by Bill Campbell, in the Trillion Dollar Coach when he suggested the Management Team at Google share details of their travels in order to build trust across the team. Thanks for joining us today and we'd love to hear from you so please drop us a comment on your social media platform of choice.You can also view the live recording of this episode here.
31 minutes | 3 months ago
#002 - Take a Break! The Importance of Intentional Downtime
In our first ever episode recorded as a group, Charles, Igor, and I discuss the importance of taking a break. We talk about the tricks our brain plays on us as we think what we are doing in this moment is too important to put down and some of the motivations behind such thinking. We also cover some of the physical, emotional, and relational health impacts around deferring intentional downtime. And, finally, we share some practical tips for leaders and individual contributors around how to take a break, even on a busy schedule.Special shout out to Tara Haelle who wrote a great piece on Medium about surge capacity and emotional wellbeing in a crisis.
10 minutes | 4 months ago
#001 - Leading in a Crisis: Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
Super excited to talk to Charles about leading in times of uncertainty. We discuss Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, how the framework applies to everyday leadership situations, and practical ways to adapt your style during a crisis.
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