High performance without burnout

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Working harder does not necessarily equal high performance and may actually be contributing to burnout says Next Evolution Performance CEO, Vanessa Bennett. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently described burnout as an ‘occupational phenomenon’ and updated its definition to, ‘a syndrome conceptualised as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed’. “Many

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Mental Health: Prevention is better than cure

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The intersection of psychology and neuroscience demonstrates there is a lot that people can do to prevent mental health problems, according to Vanessa Bennett, CEO of Next Evolution Performance. “Around half of all Australians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime,” Ms Bennett says. “However, in the same way that you don’t usually go

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Coping with change in the wake of the Banking Royal Commission

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The Banking Royal Commission has brought down a set of recommendations, most of which look likely to be adopted by the Government, regardless of who wins the next federal election. If adopted, these recommendations may force many financial services companies to introduce significant changes to their business models, within challenging time frames and this is

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AFA rising star finalists announced 

The Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) and ANZ Wealth have announced the six finalists in the 2018 AFA Rising Star of the Year Award (the Award). Now in its 14th year, the Award recognises emerging talent in the financial advice industry who provide quality advice, excellence in client experience, contribute to the financial literacy of

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Give your team control to maximise their performance

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Following on from my our last discussion of self-responsibility – the more control people think they have in any situation, the more engaged and positive they will be. This has been shown to lead to a greater mind-set for high performance. Because let’s face it, there is at least a little control freak in most

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Are you promoting a culture of self-responsibility to increase your team’s performance?

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It makes sense conceptually that a business will be far more productive if staff are taking responsibility for as much as possible, and going above and beyond the call of duty, rather than pointing the finger with an attitude of “that’s not my job” or “it wasn’t my fault……”. And obviously there are many points

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Are you and your team thinking like high performers?

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In 2014 we explored the foundations of high performance. We highlighted that in order to maximise your performance you need to maximise your energy. And your energy comes from three broad categories – Body, Brain and Belief. This year we are going to focus on the “belief” aspect. We will look at practical tips to

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Are you and your team operating at maximum performance?

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Earlier this year we had a series of blogs all based around the foundations of high performance: What’s really holding you back from maximum productivity? How to plan your days and weeks for maximum output with less effort Have you planned for productivity (output) or hard work (input)? So before we go onto some of

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What’s really holding you back from maximum productivity?

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When people think of trying to maximise their productivity, the conversation generally tends towards things you can do differently in the workplace.  And admittedly, most of my recent articles have focused on the work aspect. There is actually a lot more to your productivity than focusing just on what happens during the day at work.

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How to plan your days and weeks for maximum output with less effort

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Following on from my last blog around, we are going to further explore some ways to structure your days during the week to maximise your output while decreasing your effort. Again, let’s think about the way the athletes train over the week.  They typically mix up their training according to heavy, medium and light training

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