Welcome to P.E.P Talk! A podcast from Professional Edge Project. Building Professional excellence, strengthening mental resilience and enhancing personal effectiveness. This project is all about increasing understanding and awareness of what we do and why we do it and explores ways in which we can improve ourselves. It’s about developing a ‘Professional Edge’, about staying sharp....on point. By taking care of ourselves we can better serve others.
We can’t always control what happens during the day but we can control, more often than not, how we start and finish the day. By doing so we can put ourselves in a much better position to be able to deal with what comes our way in between.
In this episode I share lessons from David Halperns book: Inside the Nudge Unit and Matthew Syeds: Black Box Thinking on hassle/friction. I talk briefly about how it can be affecting procedural adherence and how to use/remove it to benefit ourselves and our organisations.
Asking the right questions at the right time can help apply objective reasoning to a situation, providing clarity and confidence to move forward or make a decision. This episode looks at a pair of questions that can do just that.
Being resilient doesn’t mean that you can then tolerate inappropriate behaviour. As I see it there are 2 purposes for increased resilience in such situations and that’s what I talk about about in this episode.
“A word does not start as a word – it is an end product which begins as an impulse, stimulated by attitude and behaviour which dictates the need for expression.”
Peter Brook, The Empty Space: A Book About the Theatre:
A reading of a piece that I wrote for no reason other than to express and capture how I was feeling as I repaired my personal and professional lives after hitting my lowest point. Just thought I’d share it...
Our capacity and effectiveness relies heavily on our energy levels both mental and physical. We’ll often say how we don’t have the energy (or capacity) for something or other but how much energy are we actually leaking needlessly?
As regular listeners and followers of mine will know our language is a powerful element in how we behave. Today’s episode is another example of that - this time I look at whether it’s really a ‘sacrifice’ or ‘giving up’ of something or is it really an exchange??
Analogy time! The tools, techniques and exercises we use to repair our ‘vehicles’ are the same that we use to maintain or improve. When we demand more of our ‘vehicles’ why is it that maintenance is the 1st thing to get dropped?
The language we use has a powerful affect on us and those around us and I’m not talking about f’ing and jeffing here but more subtle and common words we use that can perpetuate the way we think and feel about a situation.
You know the usual time travel movie plot. Hero goes back in time, changes something that has or could have huge consequences in the future then spends the rest of the movie trying to fix it? Small things can have a big affect. Today is YOUR future past - take care of the small things...
Having clarity on a situation is essential for making sound decisions. In this episode I share an approach or a lens through which you can view any situation or person (including ourselves) that has or does cause you frustration, annoyance, disappointment, regret or guilt.