Millennial Magic

I live with two ‘generation Y’ males – often known as the Me generation or Millennials’. They are just entering the world of work and I have to say I’m impressed. They seem to have tremendous perspective on what’s important and what’s not. They are incredibly savvy. They see the work habits of previous generations as really quite barking mad. Personally, I have a sneaking feeling they are right.

Yet we also know that many ‘gen Y’ers, born in the 80s and 90s, are still the source of huge consternation and angst in the world of work. Their slightly older managers bewail their desire to take responsibility or to do their ‘time’ before promotion and worry about how quickly they move on to other jobs.

I hate to generalise and much has been written about how to inspire them. But in my view not enough consideration is given to their lack of inner confidence (despite appearances), nor their dependence on external factors for success rather than their own internal strength.

These few tips will help you have conversations designed to develop greater genuine confidence so they can grow at work:

  • Help them create an exciting vision and personal objectives – they need to draw it or write it down
  • Talk about their strengths today
  • Be clear about their future potential
  • Anticipate a struggle with work’s realities and create a support structure
  • Provide clarity and firmness around work, behaviour and experience required for them to get their promotion
  • Provide short-term milestones they can meet easily

If you or your team would like to learn practical approaches to ignite millennials around your purpose, do give us a ring. We develop bespoke coaching and training programmes around your own situation.

Today Is A Disaster Zone

I had a really rotten day at work this week. Or so I thought. A few calamities at the end of the day had made me forget the good parts. I’d forgotten yesterday entirely.

Yet when I sat down to write my WWW diary (What Went Well) I came up with a list of 25 things which had gone well; ranging from having a great brainstorm with colleagues in the morning to seeing a double rainbow on my way home. (OK the rainbow might seem cheesy but I am a real nature nut!) It put the bad stuff in perspective and made me appreciate the whole day. I was now in the mood to bounce back and take on the next challenge. And I’m sure my husband was grateful the gloom had gone.

WWW is a technique recommended by Professor Neil Frude, consultant clinical psychologist. He also suggests writing a TLFThings to Look Forward to. We see this same idea appear again and again in research. These techniques are a great way of boosting your resilience for work and home. The Science of Happiness Study also suggests that thinking about just one positive thing that happened the day before provides an additional 15% in happiness ratio.

Why not give it a go. Write a WWW each day. But to be accurate and for maximum impact, it’s best to write it every three days and also reread past pages.

KineticFuture coaches people on how to use evidence-based resilience strategies as part of our Energising Leadership course. You can use them to lead yourself and lead others more effectively. If you’d like to receive more quick tips on this subject do get in touch and we’ll send you some useful links.

Inoculate Against Anxiety Early

The United States Army has put thousands through its Master Resilience Training Program – soldiers, family members of soldiers, and Department of the Army civilians – since 2009.

It gives people practical tools to stave off anxiety and potential mental health problems. Surely this prevention strategy is a better route to go than just waiting until people have a mental health issue and treating it.

It’s terrific that the Time To Change Campaign has just been given £20m to encourage companies to end discrimination around mental health. But surely this is ‘after the horse has bolted’.  You also need a routine ‘inoculation’ programme.

Companies can help a great deal by giving training on simple strategies that help leaders and their employees deal with stresses at work. The kind of up-beat strategies used by Olympic athletes.  We even have strong evidence demonstrating that these techniques create stronger performance, collaboration, enjoyment and engagement.

Kinetic Future’s Energising Leadership Courses show business teams what these techniques are and bring them to life by getting people to apply them to practical business problems. Our team also does pro bono work for Action For Happiness – where individuals can learn many of the skills and pay for themselves.  So this could be another route to go.

Our Kinetic clients tell us their top 3 tools from everything they learn on our courses are:

  1. Learning how to find perspective and challenging negative thoughts
  2. Finding the upside in tough situations
  3. Increasing their positive to negative ratio.

Clearly if you are ill, it’s not going to replace clinical intervention but these tools can help inoculate you against anxiety so you not just survive but thrive. And have some fun while being coached.

If you’d like to have a copy of our recommended resources list, see the evidence on what really works or find out more about our courses please do contact us in confidence or check out our Energising Leadership Courses.  You can also find Action For Happiness courses on www.actionforhappiness.org.