Chris Hadfield An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth #1

This new book by astronaut Chris Hadfield is really worth a read for anyone who wants to achieve work success and really enjoy the journey.  He is the living embodiment of ‘Positive Leadership. Peak Performance’ in a setting where sweating the small stuff is the difference between life and death.

He’s a great example of how to balance a positive and realistic outlook with managing critical risks.  He also provides great insights on how to build a constant improvement culture and teamwork in a highly competitive environment and how to bounce back when things go wrong.

“A funny thing happened on the way to space: I learned how to live better and more happily here on Earth.  Over time, I learned how to anticipate problems in order to prevent them, and how to respond effectively in critical situations.  I learned how to neutralize fear, how to stay focused and how to succeed…..Astronauts have these qualities not because we’re smarter than everyone else.  It’s because we are taught to view the world – and ourselves – differently.  It’s mostly about changing perspective.”  Chris Hadfield.

Pithy Quote From The Book #1

“The secret to his success – and survival – is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst and enjoy every moment of it”

Hard evidence shows that using positive leadership practices to lead yourself and others delivers higher sales, more internal engagement and better productivity.  KineticFuture’s positive leadership course is a practical methodology our clients use to engage teams with change, build trust and transparency and encourage sales teams to ask for the business.  If you would be interested in how it can help you, please do get in touch.

Quieten Your ‘Fizzy Brain’

Do you find yourself lying in the bath or in bed with thoughts about work still whizzing through your brain?  It can be exhausting and is not productive.

Mindfulness, or some call it attention training, is one technique which seems to make a huge difference to many of our clients.  We recommend www.headspace.com.  You can download the app and have ten sessions free.

It works by teaching you to focus.  The focus then quietens the brain.  All you need is ten minutes a day, a chair and a quiet space.  After just 8 weeks it’s possible to see changes in the brain through an fMRI scanner.

Athletes use mindfulness training pre, during and post big matches to help them stay in a ‘flow’ state so they can play their best game.  It helps all of us make better decisions by being able to calm our emotions and reduce stress.  There have been many clinical studies proving its value.  Have a look at the Health Enhancement Program (HEP) at Monash University to see how they use it to prevent medical students from burning out during exam time.

You can find out how to use mindfulness and other positive leadership practices to improve your performance and well being on our Positive Leadership. Peak Performance courseContact us to find out more.