With high profile scandals popping up every day in the news, data privacy is a very hot topic these days. At Herrmann, we’ve always taken a strong stance on data privacy, as we believe transparency on these important topics is vital to maintaining trust. However, with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect next week, we wanted to take the opportunity to remind you what we at Herrmann do to protect your data, and let you know about our most recent efforts to strengthen our protections for GDPR.
The other day, a friend shared her weekly laundry routine with me: She and her husband gather the dirty clothes together. She loads the washing machine. He switches the clean clothes over to the dryer. She takes them out and folds them. He waits until she’s done and then refolds.
Mindfulness and thinking agility are more closely connected than you might think. Where do these two concepts connect? In essence, mindfulness clears the path for more agile thinking. Let’s explore in more detail and outline some helpful beginner tips for being more mindful in your day-to-day life.
You might think you’re a creative, you might think you’re not. However, just because you box yourself into one of these categories doesn’t mean you can’t break out of the mould. How can you uncover hidden creative thinking on your team? It’s easier than you might think, read on to find out more!
How much money do you spend each year on business efficiency? Chances are it’s a considerable piece of your budget.
Here at Herrmann, we believe diversity is more than just a buzzword. In fact, we know it’s a core driver of business success. Gender equality and racial inclusion in your workforce is not only the right thing to do morally, it’s the smart thing to do strategically.
The new year should be a fresh slate, right?
Of course! Yet some of us are still carrying over the clutter and chaos of the previous year (or decade).
While certain people do work best with mess, it's not just untidiness we're talking about here. Even if you work primarily in a creative role, you need to have some structure and organisation to make sure nothing falls through the cracks.
Sometimes it seems like the key to becoming more productive is creating a detailed to-do-list – especially when the number of ‘to-dos’ seems to keep growing. But what if we told you the key to productivity has less to do with addition and more to do with subtraction?
When we feel our best, we perform our best. It's genuinely that simple. Focusing on our own well-being as well as the well-being of those around us, is a key part of setting the stage for success.
At our recent Auckland Whole Brain Thinking & Wellness Breakfast Seminar, we explored the different ways to view well-being and how we can better support ourselves and one another.
It was 1979. I was off to a conference in Pittsburgh. This was before the days of non–stop flights to the US. I had to go from Sydney to Auckland, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Chicago, Cleveland and finally to Pittsburgh. I arrived at my hotel at 2am after 32 hours of travelling. Not feeling much like sleep I went to the bar. I exchanged greetings with the few that were there, downed a ‘Bud’ and headed off to bed for the few hours that were left.
HR is in the midst of a reinvention. Again.
It’s time to reconnect with our bodies, minds, and spirits with yoga!
While you’re practicing your yoga poses why not use it as an opportunity to develop your thinking agility, too?
“How about we all go bungee jumping after today’s session?”
Ever had one of those days? Solid meetings from dawn till dusk!
And while you are at all these meetings, your inbox is filling, the phone is ringing, and work is piling up. The pressure’s building.
Last week I was lucky enough to be the main speaker at the International Leadership Seminar – held in Bali.
Here’s an experiment. Read the following paragraph once:
With hocked gems financing him, our hero bravely defied all scornful laughter that tried to prevent his scheme. “Your eyes deceive,” he had said. “An egg, not a table, correctly typifies this unexplored planet.” Now three sturdy sisters sought proof. Forging along, sometimes through calm vastness, yet more often very turbulent peaks and valleys, days became weeks as many doubters spread fearful rumors about the edge. At last from nowhere welcome winged creatures appeared, signifying momentous success.
In this always on, always connected world, learning actually never stops. It happens automatically whenever you open your favorite apps, browse YouTube or play games.
Agile Thinking is the ability to consciously shift your thinking when and how the situation requires it.
The Whole Brain Model provides a powerful framework to ensure you do make that shift.
Gaming is typically a sedentary activity. You sit somewhere and become completely engaged with what’s happening on the screen. What if the game got people off the couch instead of on the couch? What if the game forced people to go out and move around and get a little physical exercise?
One of my favorite books is called “I never metaphor I didn’t like.”
I have a friend who is always right. Well, that’s what they think.
Almost regardless of the topic or situation, they have an opinion, and it’s the right opinion.
A lot of the work I do is with teams. I work with leadership teams, project teams, virtual teams, teams that are thrown together at the last minute and teams that have been together for a long time.
Have you ever sat in your office wondering how on earth you can cope with it all? Most of us have felt buried by work at some time or another. There is so much going on, so much information coming at us and so much to do, that is it often hard to know where to start.
Thinking Agility is like physical agility. The more often you try it the easier it gets.
Here are some things you can do every day to become more agile in your thinking.
Today’s Millennial workforce. We hear that often that they’re entitled, lazy, self-centred and lacking a strong work ethic.
In just 23 days, the Olympic cauldron will be lit, signalling the beginning of the Rio 2016 Games. And just like in past years, the torch carrying that flame will have made quite a journey to get there.
75% of cross-functional teams are dysfunctional.
Recently Herrmann International Asia exhibited at EduTECH – the largest education and training event in the Southern Hemisphere.
Here are five things you should think about when it comes to employee engagement:
Control Alt Delete.
Over the weekend, I went through my overfull inbox and hit the delete button, and it’s all gone! How wonderful.
I know I have said ‘“What about me!” more than a few times in my life.
My guess is we all have.
Two months ago we ran a webinar on Diversity and Inclusion. We were blown away by the response.
I’m very excited to announce that Herrmann International Asia will be presenting at the VIVID Ideas Festival at the MCA in partnership with Gemini3 and their curated event The End of Nine to Five.
At the end of April, Herrmann International Asia treated HBDI® Practitioners and their guests to Networking Breakfasts in both Sydney and Melbourne.
I recently ran a workshop where everyone one turned up with their device. Hardly surprising in today’s world. What did give me a bit of a shock was when I had the grandkids over for a sleepover and they both brought their own devices.
I recently worked with the board of a not for profit organisation, servicing the health sector. The board was made up of 9 volunteers, all successful business people in their right. And each one of them had strong and different opinions on every topic on the agenda.
“If one more person talks to me about my amygdala, I’ll scream!”
We have all experienced it. You bring a group of highly talented people together in a team and nothing happens. Well, nothing productive anyway.
Whether you’re working in-house with internal employees or at a consulting firm with external clients, employee assessments—of one kind or another—are probably part of your toolkit.
From neuro-leadership and neuro-marketing to brain games and mindfulness training, there’s a lot of talk about the brain, both in its business and personal applications.
Some companies make a point of hiring for diversity. And that is a great place to start. However, it doesn’t do any good if they won’t stay. The inclusion side of the equation has to be just as strong if you want to retain, grow and get the benefits of that diversity.
Being an Agile Thinker is just like developing any other muscle. You have to work at it.
Here is a quick, easy and Whole Brain way to develop your mental Agility.
Few people enjoy conflict. Most of the time people actually try to avoid it. This is especially true when working in a team. It’s much smoother when everyone gets along and goes along. When everyone is coming at an issue from the same angle, it’s much easier to sidestep conflict.
“What’s the best HBDI profile for a Leader?”
This is one of the most common questions I get asked about HBDI and Leadership. We all want to know what the best profile is? We all want to know if our own profile is the best?
Teams need talented individuals. Talented individuals who are also team players. And winning teams are always looking for ways to attract and recruit talented people.