Former Microsoft Employee Talks About Work Life Balance

Posted on April 19, 2016

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This former employee from Microsoft gives some sobering yet essential advice on “when you know  it’s time to walk away” from a demanding job.  Read this Huffington Post article on how he found the importance of — being dedicated to your professional growth, without sacrificing your personal growth.

A Simple Breathing Meditation

Posted on April 11, 2016

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Taking time in the midst of a busy work day to breath deeply has been shown to increase awareness, decrease stress and anxiety as well as enhance work performance.  To learn more read this brief “how to” article complete with a 5 minute breathing meditation instruction.

How to Be More Confident? Learn Self Compassion

Posted on April 11, 2016

how-to-be-more-confidentThis tweet from internet Hippo offers a sad but true insight: we are often tougher on ourselves than others are on us.  Kristen Neff is a professor at the University of Texas at Austin and has written a book on Self-Compassion or,  learning how to treat oneself with kindness. By this she means the same kindness and care we would give to a good friend.  This article reviews Dr. Neff’s research on self-compassion. Why self-compassion for leaders in business?  The volatile, complex and uncertain global business environment of the 21st century requires wise leaders who can lead with their heart and mind. After all a leader has to develop high quality connections with employees to actively engage teams and develop thriving cultures.

An Evening Ritual That Will Make You Happier

Posted on February 14, 2016

good night ipadThe world as we know it today is complicated, busy, stimulating and filled with “breaking news.”  How to calm the brain and body and get a good nights rest?  After all, we are learning through mind/body research how important a good nights sleep is to our days of fulfilling work.  Good news: social scientists have discovered some ways to train our brains to power down at night and look forward to the new day tomorrow.  This article gives great insights and specific activities as to how to end our day celebrating what was and – start the new day with the anticipation of fun and contribution.

What Great Executives Know and Do

Posted on January 27, 2016

hole in fenceThis Harvard Business Review article closely studied the executives who succeed in top jobs and what distinguishing features set them apart and defined their success. Read about what separated the “best of the best” from everyone else and how they displayed mastery across four highly correlated dimensions. These skills are learnable and provide high impact to executive performance and to the organization.

Mindfulness: Simple Methods to Begin

Posted on January 18, 2016

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The current research on leadership describes the importance of Leaders learning mindfulness methods,e.g, deep breathing, visualization, meditation, etc. – basically ways to calm your brain and open up space for thinking.  But how does one begin to do this?  This article reviews some simple ways of learning mindfulness methods to make your brain calmer and happier.  Those you lead will notice the difference…and so will you.

Using Evidence Based Positive Psychology Methods to Grow Your Business

Posted on January 10, 2016

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Social Scientists at the turn of the 21st century decided to study what makes people thrive, flourish and lead successful lives.  The results of these studies have given us some rich data to apply to our lives, especially our work lives where we are spending more and more of our time. Applying these resources to the work place costs minimal amounts.  The rewards on this investment yield: increased employee engagement, greater employee productivity and higher job satisfaction to name a few.  This brief article article gives a review of the benefits of applying positive psychology in the work place and how your business can thrive as a result. Many of the workshops and trainings that I do focus on more engaged employees and increased profitability applying Positive Psychology methods in the work place. Contact me if you would like more information: Rosemarie@Perlagroup.com.

Improve your life? That is easy!

Posted on November 20, 2015

improving your life, wellness in life, being happier, Rosemarie Perla leadership coachI published this post several years ago and realized that it is a great one to “remind and review” on how easy it is to improve your life!

Training Our Brains to Better Manage and Express Emotions and Thinking

Posted on July 28, 2015

meditation for calming self, exercise for managing selfRichard Davidson is probably the foremost researcher on the effect of meditation on the brain. He has studied Tibetan monks by using EEG’s to watch their brains during meditation. He was invited to study the monks by the Dalai Lama – a spiritual leader most interested in science.  Why meditation for those of us in Business?  We are learning through this research that mindfulness practices help leaders to calm, become better able to respond in stressful situations and, more focused in daily decision-making activities.  This article about mindfulness uses delightful examples from the Pixar movie INSIDE/OUT to describe research on emotions and the brain.

How to Find Happiness…3 Secrets From Research

Posted on July 1, 2015

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Every wondered “What is the best version of myself?”  The answer to this is embedded in this article which outline recent research on ways to make your life happier – or ways to infuse more positive emotion into your life…and enjoy it.  Caveat: like much of life, this involves attention, monitoring and practicing new ways of doing things.