This Week in PCM: People Not PCs Drive Change

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We are in the middle over a Big Data movement. Everything numeric is being converted into data and then mined for profits. Everything from your gym member to your cell phone is part of a Big Data campaign. Some of these simulations are great helping companies create specific products for our needs. However, sometimes companies can become over reliant on data. This change management article highlights the importance of putting people over personal computers. In it, the authors decipher why humans not computer drive change management.  Read it here:

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Positive Change Radio : Mindfulness at Work

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On Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 6pm EST, hostess Carla R Jenkins will discuss 5 ways to practice mindfulness at work. They are:

  1. Take time to be conscious
  2. Be mindful of eating breakfast
  3. Use mindfulness to respond versus react
  4. Apply mindfulness during your breaks
  5. Practice mindfulness at the end of the work day

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This Week in PCM : 5 Ways to Practice Mindfulness at Work

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Mindfulness seems to be the new buzzword today. Everyone discusses it but few people actually know what mindfulness really is. Here is a definition. Mindfulness is a ‘mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings thoughts and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.’ Awareness is the cornerstone of mindfulness. Are you aware of your surroundings? Are you aware of the attitude you bring the office? Here are my 5 ways to practice mindfulness at work.

  1. Take time to be conscious


Yes, work is a routine. Oftentimes, you may do the same thing, but, remember that there’s a difference between Monday versus Tuesday versus Wednesday et cetera. Take time to take in a new day. View this mindfulness activity as a restart button. Being conscious that this particular day is different from yesterday helps you get off on the right path.


  1. Be mindful of eating breakfast


Most people want to skip breakfast and go straight to work but doing this has dire mental and dietary health consequences. From a mindfulness perspective, skipping breakfast means bypassing a daily time to process your thoughts. Breakfast can serve as an opportunity to be mindful and reflect on how you’re feeling before work starts. This meal serves as a buffer providing with you a chance to be still before the workday gets started.


  1. Use mindfulness to respond versus react


Things happen in the workplace. People get sick on presentation day. You get placed on a project without any knowledge on how to contribute. Life happens. Instead of automatically reacting, take time to process what’s happening and your feelings about it. This mindfulness activity lets you remove the raw feelings and knee-jerk reactions. Furthermore, this gives you the chance to be mindful of the long-term consequences from a short-term reaction.


  1. Apply mindfulness during your breaks


This is a great opportunity to practice mindfulness. Breaks give you a chance to recalibrate your thinking which you’ll need throughout the day. You can take 15 minutes to shift your thinking and use unorthodox problem-solving approaches. Some of my best breakthroughs have come during my morning and afternoon breaks.


  1. Practice mindfulness at the end of the work day


Has the day ended the way you wanted? If not, use your evening commute to apply mindfulness. Rewind the day and see where you could have responded better. Look for areas of improvement. Do you need to pack a healthier lunch? Does your workbag need more organization? If so, use this commute time to reclaim the rest of your day. In addition, you can still apply mindfulness at dinner, with your family and before bed. This evening gives you with the chance to think about a more meaningful future; because tomorrow is the future.


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This Week in PCM : Three Steps for Planning for Interruptions

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Life happens. Interruptions occur and we must deal with them while still delivering our work on time, on topic and under budget! Even though we want to always experience positive change, negative things happen. We must adequately prepare ourselves because the work still must get done! Here are my top three things to complete your work even with interruptions.

Add some cushion

Don’t schedule so tight. There will always be some interruptions. I allocate 10% buffer just in case of emergencies. You need a time cushion just in case you have to be the backup representative at a meeting you’re not even supposed to be in because your other colleague is unavailable. Time cushions enable you enough lead time to get back on track and complete your work.

Develop contingency plans

A contingency plan is a backup plan. You need at least one contingency plan in place just in case your original plan doesn’t go according to plan. There are always changes in budgets, priorities, and time so you have to adjust to ensure that the work still gets done. For instance, your operating budget is $1 million but due to the recession, it has been cut to $500,000. Your contingency plan should have been developed just in case one of the triple constraints (scope, cost and time) is cut. Your project scope will have to be cut too. No one cares that the budget is cut. They still want the work done.

I recommend having more than one contingency plan. I have experienced too much change and turbulence in the workplace that I have been forced to create multiple contingency plans. Therefore, have not only plan B but C, D and E if necessary!

Learn to reprioritize

Sometimes after interruptions, your work task priorities shift. Some things are more important than others. When there are quarterly or end-of-the-year deadlines, time—sensitive projects are higher priorities. Quarterly time-sensitive matters and urgent deadlines are interruptions because they only occur every three to four times a year. If your other work shares the same deadline as the high-priority work, management may let you delay submitting it until after the quarter.

Adding cushion, developing contingency plans and learning to reprioritize enable you to bounce back from workplace interruptions and finish your work on time.

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Positivity in the News: Positive Work Cultures Are More Productive

In today’s Harvard Business Review, there is an article about how positive work cultures are more productive than their less positive counterparts. This news should not come as a surprise: nobody produces in a toxic environment.