I’ve had to dig deep into my own resources of courage, positivity, and resilience to ensure a successful start. That has required daily effort and focus. With all change, there are some unexpected setbacks, but there are also moments of great celebration. A key lesson has been that successful change comes through maintaining a positive and resilient mindset.
What’s one thing you’d like other AIM members to know about you or your business?
The one thing I’d like to share about myself and Thought Ratio is that every thought entering our minds has an impact on our performance and wellbeing. Habitual unhelpful thinking styles, cognitive biases, and negative behavioural patterns can be detected, challenged, and modified. Believing you can directly influence your experiences means you are capitalising on what’s possible. Combining this with positivity and confidence will broaden the scope of your thinking into new ideas, and build on your knowledge and skills.
At Thought Ratio, we have brought together our years of practical experience in business and senior leadership, with the science supporting resilience. It's a powerful fusion that we love bringing to life in our programs.
Do you have a ‘most disliked’ piece of leadership jargon?
My answer to this question digs a bit deeper than a simple yes or no. Because I believe that language is a mirror into our thoughts and beliefs, my “most disliked” leadership language is that which is not mindful. It’s a leader’s responsibility to notice, question, and analyse information they receive, and then respond thoughtfully. If their language doesn’t reflect this process, then they’re likely to be relying mostly on their beliefs and past experiences which may have limitations.
There’s a lot of jargon out there. I hear “bandwidth” used a lot and of course it’s used in the negative. “We don’t have the bandwidth right now.” Whilst that may be true, have the options been considered or has habitual “black and white” thinking taken place?
I’m all for honesty in our language that is mindful, respects all parties, and is open for discussion. This language will develop trust, open up opportunities, and move the organisation closer to becoming a thriving and high-performing organisation.
What is the business advice you most often share with others?
Take responsibility for your own thoughts and behaviours. Know your strengths and what makes you excited when you’re in a state of flow.
Ensure that every day you’re open to new ideas and learning. Education, in whatever form it takes, is critical for individuals, whether you’re a leader or not. Connections and meaningful relationships are also foundations for success that you need to maintain. And finally, move your body. Exercise is vital for a healthy brain, and a healthy brain will make better decisions.