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We hope you sign up for the Mooski Blog because something in the training has piqued your particular interest. Or maybe lots of things!

Our Mooski Blog posts will extend the Mooski experience by providing you with ideas, book reviews, podcast links and short essays related to the key topics covered in the training:

Mindfulness

Practicing mindfulness will increase your calm appreciation of the things that really matter. This will help you to observe yourself and know yourself. In the context of work, this will help you move beyond your immediate emotional reactions and have real conversations, real impact and effect real change. You will see issues and people more clearly, your view unclouded by emotion and petty hang-ups from the past. As a result, you will be better able to collaborate, cooperate and innovate because you will be noticing more carefully the contributions of your colleagues. You will be more present for them.

Here are some gurus from the Mindfulness field. We encourage you to look them up, read their books, be inspired by them:

Download free Apps for your smartphone that teach you more about mindfulness and meditation. ‘Smiling Mind’ and ‘HeadSpace’ are both available for Android and Apple devices, through your App stores.

Watch the Get Some Headspace video on YouTube

Work: How to find joy and meaning in each hour of the day by Thich Nhat Hanh (2017) – A practical and realistic guide to being mindful every day, even when you are under pressure.

The Happiness Track by Emma Sappälä (2016) – Latest research and advice on thriving in your profession and staying true to yourself, including focusing on the present and finding calm.

The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions by Christopher Germer (2009) – Learn to be kind to yourself!

Autonomy

We want to help you embrace your autonomous power to influence the culture of your team. Even for jobs where it seems there is little scope to exercise autonomy about how your work is conducted, you retain absolute ownership of your mindset. Voltaire said, “The most important decision you will make is to be in a good mood.” You don’t have to be an enlightenment philosopher to apply some of that wisdom to your outlook at work and to exert a positive influence on the people around you.  You don’t need approval from anyone but yourself!

Here’s some valuable material to inspire you:

Why We Do What We Do: Understanding Self Motivation  by Edward Deci and Richard Flaste (1996)

Fish!  A Proven Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results by Stephen Lundin, Harry Paul and John Christensen (rev. ed. 2014) – Imagine a workplace where everyone chooses to bring energy, passion and a positive attitude to the job every day.

Mindset by Carol Dweck (2017) – It’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success, but whether we approach them with a fixed mindset or a growth mindset.

Communication

All of us build our working relationships one conversation at a time. As we all know, the best conversations are the ones that are open and honest and where all participants get a chance to be heard. Real communication is not saccharine: there is heat and colour, contradictions and clarifications in the best human exchanges.  There are great personal and workplace benefits in healthy, respectful disagreement. It takes practice and it takes courage to keep communication real. The fear of causing offence often overrides our impulse to speak the truth as we see it. But there are many ways to reduce the risk of offence and still be direct in our communications.

We all need to keep reminding ourselves how to communicate well. Here are some worthwhile resources:

Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott (2017)

Crucial Conversations: Tools for talking when stakes are high by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler (2nd ed., 2011).

Visit VitalSmarts website for free resources and tools.

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith (2007)

Purpose and values

Do you know the purpose, goals and values of the business you are part of? We all want to spend our time meaningfully. How is it possible to do this if we have a restricted understanding of how our job contributes to our employer’s overall goals and values?  It is worthwhile to challenge those restrictions where they exist and assert your need to know. Your personal values matter, at work as much as in your private life. Can you articulate all the values you hold dear? Do you know how they motivate your attitudes and actions? If you are able to articulate your own values as well as the values espoused by your business, you are in a better position to provide constructive workplace criticism and participate in improvements.

Here’s some great reading to take you further:

Article: Harry M Jansen Kraemer Jr ‘The only true leadership is values-based leadership’ Forbes (2011)

Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (rev. ed. 2002) – A classic book on how to achieve happiness, and those special moments when the challenge we face is perfectly matched to our capabilities.

Sometimes we feel despair that our own efforts are too small to have an impact. We worry that we can’t help our families, our teams or our world enough. Watch this video by Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan environmental activist and Nobel laureate, who reminds us of the importance of every small effort.

Drive by Daniel Pink (2011) – The surprising truth about what motivates and satisfies us. Watch his 2009 TED talk

How To Find Fulfilling Work by Roman Krznaric (2012) – There is soul and meaning in work, and we can find it.

Deloitte research (2015) Driving corporate growth through social impact by John Mennel and Nate Wong.

Happiness!

Just as with our on-line team building program, the content of our Mooski Blog is authoritative and research-based but our delivery is light-hearted and smart.

We want to stimulate your curiosity and link you to the best material  currently being produced.

More than anything, we want to contribute to workplace happiness.  Let’s make the experience of working as good as it can be!