Be a Wild Haired Chick at Work for 2018!

From Courageous Success Inspiration

70% of survey respondents admit to forgetting what they had been taught within 24 hours of learning.
(Bridge survey of 1,000 U.S. employees measuring employee retention and forgetfulness from training).

The web and social media are full of ‘trends’ for 2018, ‘Social Learning’, ‘AI’, ‘Generation Z’.
In our experience the huge majority of us remain reliant on external knowledge and ‘trends’ to follow, beat or keep up with, to appear ‘with it’ and either ahead or part of the competent crowd. 
So, if subject matter experts are the ‘new rainmakers’ (Forbes – really?!), then here are the Courageous Success top tips for you in 2018, to set your own personal trends for success.  Use these tips to create your own learning and maybe you won’t forget it!

1. Embrace who you are, know that you are different and embrace your uniqueness.

2. Be the same person at work and at home.  
The benefits of authenticity at work, reported by HBR, is significantly higher job satisfaction and engagement, greater happiness at work, stronger sense of community, more inspiration and lower job stress.  We gravitate to, and tend to like people who are authentic. 

3. Care about others and see the best in them.
US brain neuroimaging research, quoted in Psychology Today (The Neurobiology of Giving Versus Receiving Support), found that giving ultimately had greater brain benefits than receiving – that our brains are wired to feel rewarded more for magnanimity and selflessness than for meanness and selfishness.  It’s also good for business, perfecting customer experience, according to research by McKinsey, can grow business revenue by 5 – 10% and cost 15 – 20% less, over a span of 3 years.

4. Explore out of your comfort zone.
Avoid the trap of being stuck on a treadmill of transactional doing. Switch off the autopilot! Stir things up.  Take a new route to work.  Regularly speak to people you wouldn’t normally.  Draw ideas on a blank piece of paper. Embrace challenge!
Taking on new opportunities will give you the chance to learn and grow. Learning helps the brain evolve new pathways which will literally change your mind. Set yourself a daily or weekly challenge to inspire.

5. Enjoy being you, work on you being one of the best people that you know.
 Be yourself, not who you think you should be, be the real you, humanising the workplace. As a leader or manager – connect regularly with your team, and show your human side; admit mistakes and show vulnerability.  Live your iAM Values at work. Smile, enjoy what you are doing, and do it in a way that reflects the very best of what you are good at, and truly reflects you at heart.

6. Believe in yourself, aim to achieve what you set your mind to.
Promote your skills and what you are capable of.  Many of us are worried that putting ourselves forward could be seen as arrogant, so much so that we simply don’t do it.  As a result, we restrict our skills and selves. Think about how you can help people, drive more performance, make a difference in your business.

7. Don’t get affected by the mood of others.
Keep your power, don’t let other people affect your mood or equilibrium. Avoid negativity and negative people.

8. Be persistent in your options and courageousness, don’t give up.
It took over 5000 attempts before James Dyson perfected his revolutionary bagless vacuum cleaner, and famously JK Rowling’s first Harry Potter book was famously rejected 12 times and she was told ‘not to quit her day job’ before it was published.  Make the choice – decide not to give up. The simple act of making a pact with yourself, a promise, is simply a choice – but a powerful one. Create a plan and talk about it. Once you verbalise and personalise a goal, persistence becomes the fuel of creativity.

9. Stop moulding and adapting, don’t conform to be liked.
We often think of work as having to be professional and formal. None of us have ‘professional’ written on our hearts!  Be informal and normal – be you.

10. Build a strong relationship with yourself.
Create a positive dialogue with yourself and use your positive beliefs. Researchers estimate that much of happiness is “under personal control.’’  Our clients report an improvement of 88% in their positivity and happiness when working with us. This isn’t a magic happiness pill that we hand out at induction – it’s about creating a mind-set that we can all experience.  One of the reasons we have such an impact is that we put your power back in your hands, influencing the relationship you have with yourself and the world around you. Creating happiness from the inside and not relying or hoping about what happens outside.  Creating a strong relationship with yourself is part of an inside out happiness plan.  

For 2018 take responsibility for your mood and experience so that you can deliver and live at your optimum.


Living Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Work in 2018

Business From Courageous Success Inspiration

It would be fantastic if 2018 was the year that there was a major shift upwards in the statistics for equality, diversity and inclusion at work.

We can all do something to bring about change.

According to research it takes just seconds to judge people on their appearance. We all make quick judgements and thin-slice all of the data we take in (with non-verbal taking up a big percentage) and filter it through our values and belief system.  Familiar and similar ‘fits’ more quickly.  However this filtering, that we all do unconsciously, has a huge role in how we view and interact with those different to ourselves.  The implications are enormous to our own growth, the growth of those around us, especially if we are a manager of people, how we recruit (often in our own image) and business growth – ”racially diverse companies outperform industry norms by 35%” (Forbes).
Equality and diversity is under the spotlight for 2018. In the UK April, is the deadline for qualifying companies to make public their gender pay gap data.  Although, as reported in HR Magazine, 1/10 firms may not make the deadline, a survey of managers within middle-market businesses found that ”’78% said that the reporting obligations would help reduce the size of the gender pay gap.”  
And it’s not just pay that needs addressing, last year Fortune reported that the number of female CEO’s of the Fortune 500 companies had fallen to 4.2%.  It has been reported in the past by the New York Times that ”Fewer large companies are run by women than by men named John…’’.  We often see similar statistics for racial diversity in the workplace too.
Forbes has previously reported a SHRM report that 41% of managers are “too busy” to implement diversity initiatives, BUT we can all make this change by collectively being more conscious of our own judgements and bias about others.

Make 2018 the year of being fully open minded and

really living diversity, equality, and inclusion.



We can all choose to include people, encourage contribution, be kind and make others feel special;

  • Assume positive intent of others – all of us are good at heart.
  • Value others and value kindness at work.
  • Be conscious of your thoughts when interacting with others, silence your judgement and listen.
  • Encourage ideas, debate and questions to allow full contribution and creativity.
  • When with others switch off your inner critic (we all have one) and switch on your insightful awareness and openness.
  • Ask questions, to really get to know others.
  • Ask yourself what you sense about another person when you interact with them rather than what you think about them.
  • Don’t get drawn into office gossip and conversations that are at the expense of others – be positive about others.

Bring the best you to work every day and positively encourage others to do the same.

Put You at the heart of your success.
Talk to us about iAM – discovering you and your team’s heart based values.  iAM crosses cultures and is loved by users as giving powerful self- awareness, rated at 90% impact.

The Price of Just Being in it For The Money!

Business From Courageous Success Inspiration

Only 21% of employees are driven by their career!!
A recent finding, reported in HR Magazine this week, of a survey of 2000 employees.

What is this all about?  In the same report only 11% of respondents over 40 said they were passionate about their job and 72% of us only go to work to pay the bills.
Are we all just mindlessly going through our working days and life – and therefore missing out on really living and enjoying it?
How many times at work do you find the day went quickly in a blur and at the end of it, wondering what you have actually accomplished?  Busy doing lots of things, but not feeling like you’ve actually achieved what you needed to?
An article earlier this year in the Harvard Business Review shared that ‘…. mindlessly performing tasks ….is a recipe for inefficiency, disengagement, and even poor health.’  The article goes on to talk about how finding ‘a clear sense of purpose’ in day to day tasks can have massive benefits to efficiency, productivity and even health.  In a study of Japanese workers at a large IT company ”….a higher sense of purpose as well as a sense of interdependence with co-workers was correlated with lower inflammation as well as a higher viral resistance in the bodies of the workers.’’
Research has also shown a connection between a sense of purpose in our personal lives, and good health such as reduced risk of stroke and Alzheimer’s disease, and even increased longevity.


What stops us being our most productive,
connected selves? 



Letting ourselves be distracted, allowing ourselves to be dragged into meetings we may not need to be at, being on autopilot, spending too much time bouncing emails – bouncing the work around without it actually moving forward, robotically ticking off tasks and not being truly engaged.

Having a purpose stops us being as distracted- but it does more than that, it galvanises our energy, it unlocks our courageousness.
Questions for you;
Do you know what your purpose is in your working life?
How would you score yourself, out of 10, against it at this moment in time?

Hints & Tips on Finding Your Working Purpose

  • Create your purpose, what fuels you, is it changing the world or enjoying something?
  • Identify and list your mission purpose, e.g. being a force for good, changing the world, tangible success, money, helping others, beating the competition?
  • Identify your mainstream purpose e.g. financial security, enjoyment through activity, learning, feeling useful.
  • Choose your main primary purposes and begin to integrate them into your daily consciousness.  Use them when you are creating your daily goals and reflecting on what a difference you have made.
  • Ask yourself, what is meaningful in what you do? Focus on this more.
  • Identify what difference you really want to make in your role, in the company.  Make this happen.  Regularly review how you’re doing to get that positive feedback loop.
  • Create a purpose of being. How do I want to be as a co-worker, team member, leader?
  • Are you making enough effort to make a difference?
  • Choose to make the most of everyday, wherever you are, not just for yourself but for others too.
  • Choose not to coast.

Unlock your courageousness instead.

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