How to be more tenacious: tenacity tips

How tenacious are you? Do you set goals and stick with them? The missing ingredient in the toolbox of many an athlete is psychological: the desire to win. Sometimes will to win beats skill to win. Here, we showcase five tips on how to be more tenacious.

Read at the Adrenalist..

Bizarre business phobias

Pounding heartbeat, dry mouth, trembling hands: if you have a phobia, you know about it.
And you might well have an intense, irrational fear because, according to psychologist Tony Gunn, the author of Fix Your Phobia in 90 Minutes, at least one in 10 Australians does. And undiagnosed phobia cases may push the figure to one in four.

Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald.

The 9-to-5 happy hour

Don’t let morale go the way of the economy, adopt these spirit-lifting strategies.

The assumption that happiness and productivity go together appears hard to contest. Common sense suggests that psychologically healthy, as opposed to complacent, workers with a smile outshine grouches.
Support for that view comes from a raft of research including a Kansas State University study that surfaced earlier this year, which found that staff with high wellbeing make better decisions, show superior interpersonal skills and are less inclined to quit.

According to Harvard Business School research, workers in a good mood on any given day are more likely to have creative ideas that day and the next. A positive cognitive process sets in, sparking “flexible, fluent and original thinking”. Read more at The Sydney Morning Herald….

16 May 2009

Enjoy life in the slow lane

Want to chill out? Here are some professions to consider, writes David Wilson.

Suppose workplace stress is getting too much or you are “between jobs” and keen to avoid CBD sweatshop slavery. Suppose you want to wake on Monday morning keen to work and coast along untroubled by jolts of tension while the money rolls in.

Aside from that long-gone Great Barrier Reef tourism ambassador role, plenty of “nice-work-if-you-can-get-it” opportunities exist. All about lifestyle, low-stress jobs are short on pressure to sink sales or climb a corporate ladder. Instead, typically, they feature routine, a twist of creativity and independence. “The less stressful jobs provide the most control over workflow and effort,” says work psychologist Tom Crvenkovic.
They may also generate less salary than their up-tempo drone-zone counterparts but that is the price. A team of insiders sheds light on a range of relaxed roles. Read more at The Sydney Morning Herald…

How to deal with workplace stress

Anxiety levels are increasing as economic pressures mount, writes David Wilson.

Has the recent financial crisis got you worried about your job?

You’re not alone.

Psychologists say the number of people feeling anxious about their jobs has surged as a downturn in financial markets forces redundancies in many workplaces and belt tightening in others.

University of Newcastle academic and registered psychologist Dr Melissa Monfries says since the credit crunch began she has seen a 10 per cent increase in patients complaining of job anxiety and it’s not restricted to any one profession.

Sydney work psychologist Tom Crvenkovic says one indicator of the increased incidence is clients making appointments before or after work .

Crvenkovic says fears about job loss can trigger disturbed sleep and depression. Other common symptoms of anxiety are a racing heart and accelerated breathing. Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald…


November 20, 2008 – 11:52AM