Like our immune system, resilience is built up over time. Every challenge we overcome has the potential to better prepare us for the next. But, unlike our immune system, this doesn't happen automatically.
Tremaine du Preez
Author, executive coach, lecturer in critical thinking
Tremaine is a behavioural economist, author and speaker based in London. She works with students, leaders and governments to help them make better decisions and think critically. Thoughts-on-Thinking Blog.
What happens when setting processes isn't enough, when your dreams are bigger and riskier than losing weight or learning interpretative dance? Here are some inside tips that us executive coaches use when conventional goal getting isn't working as advertised for our clients.
07/01/2016 16:39 GMT
If you're a parent of enquiring minds you've had to face the terrorism question. If you're lucky it was only, <em>What is a terrorist?</em>. If you're less lucky you had to satisfy, <em>What is ISIS?</em> and if you're downright unlucky, your offspring demanded an explanation for, <em>Why does someone kill for ISIS?</em> Honestly, I'd rather have the S.E.X talk than this one.
20/11/2015 15:44 GMT
As a coach I often work with loss and change and the tremendous stress that these two partners impose. I knew how to work through this with a client but I had no will to do so with myself. Instead I withdrew into a small, solitary routine where I could be heartbroken without being judged.
16/10/2015 10:12 BST
I'm guilty of pursuing those quick jobs that I can easily tick off my list. At least then I can look back at my day and say, "I got so much done - all the admin, all the chores, dry cleaning, emails, expenses. Boy I'm busy.
15/07/2015 16:58 BST
The traditional CV is a relic of the pre-electronic age, it seems to be going the way of big hair and platform shoes as it retreats into the ever lengthening shadows of the digital world. You can no longer afford to be a subject matter expert and nothing more. You are a business and your career is the product of how you position yourself across different platforms as well as the risks that you take. Your CV should reflect this in a way that is as unique as you are.
27/05/2015 10:53 BST
When our brain senses that we are being threatened by a word, a gesture or even a micro expression on someone's face, something incredible happens that is completely outside of your control. Activity in the frontal parts of the brain where rational thought occurs is suppressed.
11/03/2015 10:23 GMT
Self awareness is the first and most influential aspect of EI: the few who are gifted with true self awareness have a realistic understanding of how what they feel affects what they do. They also understand which situations trigger certain emotional responses in themselves and others.
05/02/2015 12:33 GMT
There's no new page, no clean sweep over an old chapter that we can leave behind at the stroke of midnight on the 31st of December. We bring everything with us into this new year. Everything. Old happiness and love, old hurts, regrets, judgements, opinions and pain.
08/01/2015 11:23 GMT
Are you one of the millions of people around the globe who wants to lose weight in 2015? Get in shape, take a course, get organised, save money or spend more time with your kids? In my coaching practice we no longer help clients to set goals. Why?
04/12/2014 18:30 GMT
27/11/2014 14:57 GMT
By the Law of Large Numbers, most children will grow up to be average in height, weight, intelligence and in their life achievements. Wonderfully, blissfully, unassumingly average. No matter which way we look at it, our children have a better chance of being average than exceptional.
18/11/2014 13:38 GMT
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