As I highlighted in a previous post, change is hard. By January 7, 2014, 25% of people had given up on their 2014 New Year’s Resolution, and by December 30 – 92% of us have given up.
In an astonishing study at Johns Hopkins University, patients with severe heart disease who required bypass surgery, were followed up to see if they made the lifestyle changes necessary to improve their health. They were told if you don’t change, you will die. Dr Edward Miller, the dean of the medical school said After 2 years, 90% of them have not changed their lifestyle.
Change is hard. With that background, is it possible to improve your resilience, well-being, and performance, or are you stuck with what you were born with? I believe we can grow.
Review of the Thriving Self Thriving Tribe Workshop on February 27
Last week ICMI WHS Solutions and I hosted 22 executives from banks, insurers, hospitality, pharmaceutical, dotcom, and consulting industries for a 3 hour workshop to help attendees discover their whYcode™ – which we believe is the key to resilience, wellbeing, and performance. Your whYcode™ is made up of your:
- Purpose – your direction
- Passions – your fuel
- Positive strengths – your tools
We believe that every program should evaluated and continually improved. In an anonymous online follow-up survey of attendees:
- 100% agreed (60% strongly) “the content was relevant to me”
- 100% agreed (80% strongly) “Graeme has inspired me to take action on something important”
- 100% agreed (50% strongly) “The workshop will help me build my resilience, well-being, and performance”
- 100% agreed (40% strongly) “I believe other employees in our organisation would experience productivity benefits by attending this workshop”
What was the ONE most important thing (if any) you got out of the workshop? (Selected responses)
“The positive strengths section and how we can actively apply these to our 1 goal.”
“The importance of having PURPOSE.”
“To focus on oneself before others, is paramount.”
“Identify my one thing and commit to putting it into practice as my default setting daily.”
“I must focus on a few things that I am really good at and love to do, to be very productive.”
“Working on strengths rather than shortcomings/weaknesses.”
“Have the right priorities in the right order.”
“Being proactive about wellbeing, knowing your triggers, and to focus on your strengths for yourself and for your tribe/ team.”
What is one thing we could do to improve the impact of the workshop?
“Possibly include a section on how people with different strengths in a team could best work together.”
“Longer session so can get more into thriving tribe.”
“More time for individual action planning.”
“Perhaps spend 5 minutes longer on the 4 different categories of strengths essential to all organisations.”
“Loved it – would have been nice for it to be a bit longer so that we could have gone into the content in more detail.”
“Provide a list of books referred to through the session on to one page in the workbook for easy reference.”
“Have a video in the presentation of special speakers who have been touched by Graeme’s work.”
“A full day!”
Success is a journey and not a destination, and I’m the first to admit that a survey one day after the event does not prove long term behaviour change. It is however a promising start, for people to realize what is really important to them, and to make those things a priority.