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Amazing Humans

Amazing Humans is BBC Three’s series of profiles dedicated to inspirational individuals across the globe who are making changes in their community, big and small.  From acts of kindness and generosity to defying the odds in all shapes and forms.

Click here to go to BBC Three and choose what interests you.

These are some of our personal favourites:

  • The Falkirk student bringing joy to care home residents (image above)
  • The woman who gives free sanitary products to the homeless
  • The biker who sings to people with dementia
  • The lady who creates henna crown tattoos
  • The British doctors who turn drainpipes into prosthetic limbs

The videos are just 2-3 minutes long but beware, you may want to watch them all!

KineticFuture runs fantastic resilience courses which help your team tackle their own resilience and mental game challenges. We’ve worked successfully with sales teams to CEOs.  Our approach is evidence based, 90% practice and pragmatic.  Do give us a call if you’d like to chat through your situation.

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Recommended Reading: Black Box Thinking

‘Black Box Thinking’ is an incredibly thought provoking book by bestselling author, columnist (and former Olympic table tennis player) Matthew Syed.

In an occasionally far from easy read, he looks at the secrets of high performers and how they deal with mistakes and weaknesses.

The approach in sport of looking for marginal gains and developing a supportive, learning culture can be applied to business and life in general.

Buy the book from Amazon.

Find out more in this BBC article ‘Viewpoint: Should we all be looking for marginal gains?’

And read some reviews on the book below:

“An extraordinary, inspirational book which reveals how great performers and teams are driven by an insatiable curiosity for marginal gains, together with the intellectual courage to challenge their most cherished assumptions” (Dave Brailsford, General Manager, Team Sky)

“Creative breakthroughs always begin with multiple failures. This brilliant book shows how true invention lies in the understanding and overcoming of these failures, which we must learn to embrace” (James Dyson, Designer, Inventor & Entrepreneur)

‘Black Box Thinking’ will forever change the way you think about screwing up’ (Daniel Pink, Author)

KineticFuture runs fantastic resilience courses which help your team tackle their own resilience and mental game challenges. We’ve worked successfully with sales teams to CEOs.  Our approach is evidence based, 90% practice and pragmatic.  Do give us a call if you’d like to chat through your situation.

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Resilience Rocks Playlist – Summer 2017

Remember last week we asked for contributions to our Resilience Rocks Playlist? We were looking for songs that make you feel strong and ready to tackle the world.

We received lots of replies and it’s been great fun putting together a YouTube playlist, so thank you if you replied. We’re certainly feeling energised in the KineticFuture office!

It’s a real mix of music, from a funky song by Busted, to a crazy video by Mika, opera from Franco Corelli and heavy metal from Hatebreed. It takes all sorts to get you going!

Just go to our YouTube channel to play our Resilience Rocks Playlist Summer 2017.

Here’s the playlist (in order of popularity on YouTube, most played first):

1. Katy Perry – Firework
2. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling
3. Muse – Feeling Good
4. Mika – Relax, Take it Easy
5. Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Big Sean – Feels
6. The Jam – Town Called Malice
7. Rita Ora – Your Song
8. Arcade Fire – Everything Now
9. Passenger – Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea
10. Luis Fonsi ft. Justin Bieber – Despacito
11. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now
12. Busted – On What You’re On
13. Penguin Cafe Orchestra – Perpetuum Mobile
14. Pond – Sweep Me Off My Feet
15. Franco Corelli – Di Quella Pira
16. Hatebreed – Live For This

Feel free to send in your suggestions if you haven’t yet, we love hearing from you!

KineticFuture specialises in coaching the communications aspects of leader development. We are lucky enough to coach CEOs to graduate trainees, engineers to creatives in some of the best companies in the world.  Call us if you have a communications challenge you’d like to brainstorm.

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We’re Putting Together a Resilience Rocks Playlist

Do you have a particular song that makes you feel strong and ready to tackle the world?

Here at KineticFuture we’re putting together a playlist for summer 2017 and it would be great to have your input if you have a minute.

Just email us with your favourite song and artist – we’ll share the results with you next week via a YouTube playlist that you can access whenever you need a boost.

We look forward to hearing from you, thank you for helping!

P.S. Click here to watch the playlist so far – featuring our favourite summer 2017 hits, Calvin Harris (Feel), Rita Ora (Your Song) and Luis Fonsi (Despacito).

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Happy Reading!

We thought we’d share with you our recommended reading list from the area of positive leadership and resilience; combining neuroscience, positivity and communications skills. Let us know if you have any favourites of your own to add.

Karen ReivichThe Resilience Factor
Martin Seligman
Authentic Happiness
Shawn Achor
The Happiness Advantage
David Rock – Your Brain At Work
Sonja
Lyubomirsky
The How of Happiness
Nancy Kline – Time to Think
Sarah Lewis – Positive Psychology at Work
Ben Hunt-Davis – Does it Make the Boat Go Faster?
Richard Davidson – The Emotional Life of your Brain
Daniel
Kahneman
Thinking Fast and Slow
Romilla Ready & Kate Burton – Neuro-linguistic Programming for Dummies

If you would like to know how to ignite people around your own purpose we can help. We coach leadership teams to be exceptional communicators. Contact us to find out more about our bespoke inspirational courses.

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Litter Picking Fun App

This app makes it fun to pick up litter. Who would have thought it?

Jeff Kirschner’s 6 minute Ted talk scores on so many levels. It’s a great example of how to ignite people around your purpose – in his idea and in the way he communicates it.

  1. It’s a presentation about rubbish but it had me interested from the word go – fantastic idea, great data
  2. The story he tells in his presentation is personal, amusing, highly visual, surprising and edgy, with clearly presented data slides. All devices that gain your attention and keep it. His physicality oozes confidence and presence.
  3. His app is tapping in to people’s existing desire to keep doing what they love, taking artistic pictures and sharing them. And the human desire to be included in a bigger community with a real meaningful purpose. Both make it easier for them to act and boost personal happiness.

If you would like to know how to ignite people around your own purpose we can help. We coach leadership teams to be exceptional communicators. Contact us to find out more about our bespoke inspirational courses.

Watch Jeff Kirschner’s talk below.

Visit Litterati to find out more and download the app (for iPhone).

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Get Over Yourself #3

Sometimes, it is realistic to think that the big meeting or conversation is going to be a bit of a ‘mare’ and it would be naive not to prepare. However, it always helps to go in with an open mind and a dose of optimism, whatever your past experience.

Often our fearful thinking is just plain wrong or way out of proportion. We’re making all sorts of assumptions without any evidence at all. To break the cycle and get into a positive, useful place, ask yourself these 5 ‘self coaching’ questions:

  1. What evidence do I have for this belief?
  2. What else could be happening?
  3. How could I see the situation differently? Are there opportunities or an upside?
  4. If that is the case, on a scale of 1-10 how worried should I be? But on a scale of 1-10 how am I currently reacting? (Is your reaction out of proportion?)
  5. What’s the very worst that can happen? How likely is that? What is more likely?

Have a go and see what happens.

You can build the confidence and the skills to make your communications more effective and certainly more enjoyable. Have a look at our courses to see how we coach teams to do this or get in touch to book a course today.

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Get Over Yourself #2

I bet you know how you would like to communicate at work. With confidence, credibility and connection you say. You know what it looks like. You may even have learned to fake it, but your nagging doubts still undermine your ability to be your very best you.

This week’s self coaching tip helps you ‘unstick’ your thinking about yourself and opens up a whole world of possibilities.

Find a quiet place, take your time and ask yourself these questions, make notes as you go. Don’t filter your answers; just write what comes to mind.

  1. What is your goal? E.g. “To talk to important customers with confidence”.
  2. What assumptions are you making that stop you “talking to customers with confidence”? E.g. “I’m not clever enough” (write them all down and choose one to work on). Ask yourself the question 3 times and see what else emerges.
  3. What would be your positive opposite of “I’m not clever enough”? E.g. “I’m really knowledgeable about this problem” (write it down carefully).
  4. Now reframe the question using these precise words and link it to your goal. E.g. “If you knew you were really knowledgeable about this problem what would you do to talk to important customers with confidence?” (keep writing).
  5. What could be a first next step? (write it down).

We coach leaders to change how they communicate to deliver your organisation’s purpose. Self confidence and belief is central to great two way communication. It lies at the heart of our methodology.
To find out more about our bespoke courses click here.

Have a look at the book ‘Time to Think’ by Nancy Kline for more ideas on unblocking your thinking.

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The Good Psychopath’s Guide to Success

If you are fired up to achieve your goals or even if your mojo is a bit squashed, this book is worth a look. It’s called “The Good Psychopath’s Guide to Success.  How to use your inner psychopath to get the most out of life”.

Dr Kevin Dutton, psychologist from the University of Oxford has joined forces with SAS forces author Andy McNab to give you hilarious stories, a good dose of scientific backup and practical tips that really work to:

  • Stop worrying and get on with living
  • Avoid procrastination to achieve your goals
  • Become a persuasion black belt

It’s built on the premise that many professions from sportspeople to neurosurgeons need to be able to take a calm, focused approach to what they are doing. In other words being a good psychopath is an asset.  It’s useful in business and in your private life.

Buy the book on Amazon.

KineticFuture specialises in coaching the communications aspects of leader development. We are lucky enough to coach CEOs to graduate trainees, engineers to creatives in some of the best companies in the world.  Call us if you have a communications challenge you’d like to brainstorm.   You will find a way forward.

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Crappe Diem

Never ones to take ourselves too seriously, we loved this Perpetual Disappointments Diary by Nick Asbury as a great Christmas present idea.  Perfect for the super cheerful and positive!

It includes de-motivational proverbs, with personal favourites such as:

“A friend is just a stranger you haven’t fallen out with yet”

“Time is a great healer but you don’t have much of it left”

“Crappe diem”

“When the going gets tough. Tough”

It’s the complete antithesis to any positive psychology or resilience strategies you may acquire on our courses but great fun. London Metro called this “Best Diary Ever” and the Guardian said “cheerfully depressing”.

My other favourites were the personal SWOT analysis with 4 spaces for strengths and 50 for weaknesses (this is a joke!), notable deaths and negative phrases translated into four languages.

Have a fantastic Christmas. See you back here early January.

PS If you’ve just had your PD review and want coaching to help you hit your objectives, we may be able to help.  We can work with you on gravitas, warm authority, presentations and positive leadership strategies, one to one and in groups.  Just drop us a line if you’d like to talk. Check out our courses here.