We all have biases in life. We are born with some and we develop others as we grow. They often enable us to navigate busy schedules efficiently. They have an evolutionary basis; they keep us on guard from danger and sometimes drive us to achieve amazing outcomes.
They can also stifle activity and prevent us from achieving our full potential.
In our courses we explore the science behind our in-built negativity bias. We also explore our tendency for naive optimism and how this affects our decision-making.
Through understanding both of these evolutionary biases we are well placed to make decisions based upon fact rather than out of fear and we are also guarded against the dangers of irrational exuberance and naive optimism. Through awareness of our biases we can truly begin to listen to our intuition and develop resilience to life’s inevitable ups and downs.
We tailor our courses for your team however we often focus on the following areas:
· Understanding the science behind our biases- Examine the science behind our in built negativity bias
· The neuroscience of thriving at work- Explore the building blocks of mental fitness; explore which are the activities in life help us overcome our in built negativity bias and which activities help us thrive
· Building a strengths based culture at work- Learn practical techniques from strengths-based coaching; identifying, celebrating and using strengths enables us to overcome the inevitable challenges of life. It builds resilience, tenacity, optimism and positive regard for one another
· The building blocks of engagement at work - Understand what drives people to be engaged at work and we learn techniques which foster autonomy, competence and relatedness
· Applying practical techniques at work and home and in the space between- Learn practical techniques to help observe, understand, regulate and express our emotions coherently
Courses can range from lunch time learning sessions through to longer courses.
The benefits of resilience training for organisations
· Increased self-awareness and personal empowerment:
· Employees learn to self-manage their physical, psychological and emotional health
· Reduced absenteeism and increased workplace engagement
· Enhanced productivity through increased vitality, motivation and concentration skills
· Team building through interactive, group-based learning and a unified approach to managing stress, challenge and change
· Minimisation of risks associated with work-related stress
Resilience training will assist you and your team
· Better manage difficult people and situations
· Improve ability to give and receive empowering negative feedback
· Better able to handle the inevitable ups and downs in any work place
· Recognise, use and celebrate their team mates strengths and their own
· Keep their minds on the job and perform well under pressure
· Manage competing demands and information overload
· Let go of their day and leave work at work
Your next steps
To find out how we can tailor resilience programs for your organisation contact Andy Roberts firstname.lastname@example.org
Some of our clients and case studies
We have introduced resilience training and strengths coaching at Amerada Hess in the UK, The House of Commons and in Australia we work with HAYS Recruitment, Queensland Health , the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences, James Cook University and many others.
3 Month leadership resilience training with HAYS Recruitment
“Rarely has an external consultancy successfully married both the technical/scientific expertise with the practical implementation that Andy achieved. Breathe-Australia’s tailored 12 week strengths based Leadership Programme – consisting of workshops & 1-on-1 mentoring - was delivered in a manner that was accessible; easily absorbed into internal leadership modules and, importantly reflected, the challenges faced by the modern leader (notably managing millennials and the impact of digital disruption in the workplace). “ Ged Welsh, North Queensland Director HAYS Recruitment
4-week attention training course with staff at James Cook University
In our 4-week course we focussed upon:
- Practical stress management techniques – focusing on techniques to reduce amygdala activation and handle emotional triggers
- Techniques to develop greater attention and focus improving cut off between tasks and ability to aim and sustain attention
- Self-awareness training – techniques to observe physical tension and let go of tension
- Self-compassion training using strengths coaching techniques
In feedback on this course, from 64 staff members, we asked participants to self-rate whether they disagreed (1) or strongly agreed (10) with the following statements:
- I have learnt new resilience techniques
- I use these techniques regularly at work
- I would recommend this course to my colleagues
The average response to all these question was over 9.3 out of 10
Self care and resilience in medicine program over the last three years
James Cook University research on the efficacy of our self-care in medicine program with year one dentistry, pharmacy and medicine students indicated a doubling in knowledge of and application of resilience techniques and a reduction in stigma associated with mental health . Over 400 students have been involved in the program. The research findings will be published mid 2019
Strengths based resiliemce training with Amerada Hess (Oil exploration)
“For me as a leader, I often think the struggle can be more important than the immediate outcome. I wanted my team to rise above tasks and list management and think about what is really required to be successful as a client facing team. Andy provided a bridge between results and individual and collective "wellbeing" and helped us see the balance between "doing" and" being”.Eric Walker HR Director Hess Corporation, Exploration and Production