You are perfect the way you are, but isn’t it great that there’s always room for improvement? In this collection we have gathered courses that have helped our users take daily actions to improve themselves.
Courses in this collection:
When being responsible turns dysfunctional
Do you feel like you are always the project manager, the one who takes on more responsibility than others at home, at work and in your free time? Are you constantly frustrated that no one sees the work you put in to get things done and help out others? Are you often stressed and tired?
If so, your ability to take on responsibility may have become a problem – you suffer from what we in this course will call “responsibility syndrome”, or a dysfunctional and exaggerated sense of responsibility. Over the upcoming 15 lessons, we will have a closer look at why you so often become “the responsible one”. You will receive suggestions about how to break out of destructive behavioral patterns and some help and encouragement to dare to change.
This course is aimed at anyone who has had enough of their own tendency to be overly responsible and feels that they need to get better at letting go.
Welcome to freedom, and welcome to irresponsibility!
One important aspect of responsibility syndrome is that you may belong to a group that has been assigned more responsibility by your surroundings and existing social structures. Thus, talking about “responsibility syndrome” can be a bit misleading, since we then blame the individual. The question of how to deal with social structures that, for example, provide men and women with different opportunities in life is much too large for the scope of this course. If you still feel like you have some room to maneuver, this course will work anyway.
What Secure People Know
The guide to self-compassion and being friends with yourself
Do you know someone who always seems to land on their feet no matter what happens? Someone who seems calm and secure even when facing love problems, rejection or stressful times at work?
Perhaps this person enjoys a high-level of self-compassion.
Self-compassion is about treating yourself with kindness and understanding through small and big setbacks in life. Psychologically speaking, it’s about creating a safe space within, so that you can comfort yourself when faced with failure.
We are often better at comforting and supporting others than we are at taking care of ourselves. That's why the inner dialogue of a person with high ambitions can be quite critical, even when what we could really use is support and a pat on the back.
So, what does your own inner voice sound like when you’re dealing with hardships? Is it kind and encouraging, or is it more like a high school bully?
If you know that you are too hard on yourself, take this course and learn how to take better care of yourself while increasing your own resilience. You also will learn about why you might have a tendency to deal with setbacks by criticizing yourself (and how you can learn to comfort yourself instead).
Lastly, you will learn about the four behavioral systems that evolved in prehistoric times and still govern how we feel and behave.
Chances are you will become more aware of how you treat yourself starting from the very first lesson. After 15 days, we hope that you will have learned what you need to do in order to become a more secure person.
This course is designed for those who have always been a little too self-critical. Perhaps others view you as a positive and considerate person – just not when it comes to yourself.
Said about the course:
"I enjoyed Brené Browns talk on self-compassion but I find this course to be so much more applicable. I can honestly say that each lesson is an eye-opener and I must admit that some lessons made me shed a tear or two"
The Coaching Habit
Say less, ask more and change the way you lead forever
Research in 2006 from leadership development firm BlessingWhite suggested that 73 percent of managers had some form of coaching training.
So far so good.
However, it seems it wasn’t very good coaching training. Only 23 percent of people being coached—yes, fewer than one in four—thought that the coaching had a significant impact on their performance or job satisfaction. Ten percent even suggested that the coaching they were getting was having a negative effect. (Can you imagine what it would be like going into those meetings? “I look forward to being more confused and less motivated after my coaching session with you.”)
Let’s face it - you’re probably not getting very effective coaching; and you’re probably not delivering very effective coaching either.
My guess is that there are at least three reasons why your first go at developing a coaching habit didn’t stick.
The first reason is that the coaching training you got was probably overly theoretical, too complicated, a little boring and divorced from the reality of your busy work life.
Even if the training was engaging—here’s reason number two—you likely didn’t spend much time figuring out how to translate the new insights into action so you’d do things differently. When you got back to the office, the status quo flexed its impressive muscles, got you in a headlock and soon had you doing things exactly the way you’d done them before.
The third reason is that the seemingly simple behavior change of giving a little less advice and asking a few more questions is surprisingly difficult. You’ve spent years delivering advice and getting promoted and praised for it. You’re seen to be “adding value” and you’ve the added bonus of staying in control of the situation
That’s no surprise, of course. When you take the premium that your organization places on answers and certainty, then blend in the increased sense of overwhelm and uncertainty and anxiety that many of us feel as our jobs and lives become more complex, and then realize that our brains are wired to have a strong preference for clarity and certainty,
The only problem is, it’s not working for you as well as you’d like. In fact, you’re probably stuck in one (or more) of these vicious circles: an overdependent team; a sense of overwhelm; and a disconnect from the work that really matters.
So let us help.
In this 10-bit course, we’re not trying to turn you into a coach. However, we do want you to be more coach-like so that you can work less hard and have more impact.
You will learn that there is life beyond the “here is what you should do” modus operandi.
You will learn how to tame the advice monster.
And you will discover four questions that will change the way you lead forever...
Enter your email and let’s get started. You’ll find the first lesson in your inbox right away, and you’ll learn more about those three vicious circles I mentioned above.
Said about the course:
"I felt that Micheal provided a missing piece in my role as team leader. I'm more confident and know more about how to make people on my team grow"
Everyday Ways to Stress Less
Simple methods to reduce stress and live better
A goal of nearly all my clients is to be less stressed. Do you fall into that group? Do you feel if you were just less stressed, you’d be able to reach your goals - personally and professionally? Would you be a better you with less stress?
While a little stress can help us self-motivate and achieve things we aim for, the chronic stress we face in the world today is both draining and unhealthy. But knowing we need to be less stressed isn’t what you need. You need to know how to be less stressed.
This course breaks down 8 things you can do each day to lower your stress, along with actionable steps to get started today and start living your ideal life!
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How to Beat Procrastination
Insights and tools from psychology that will help you get things done
Having a hard time getting started with work that needs to get done? Do you wait until the last moment before you start working? Procrastination, or consciously postponing what should be done today, is less about personal traits than it is about behavior. In the same way that you once learned to always deal with tasks at the last moment, you can learn to act differently. With the help of psychological insights about motivation, rewards, and distractions you can increase the probability of completing your tasks - on time.
In this course, you will receive practical tips on how to change your approach to learned behavioral patterns, as well as how to achieve your goals through a better structure, time management and problem-solving. Getting things done on time doesn’t have to be exhausting - things like coffee breaks, encouragement and friends are some pleasant ways of making your tasks easier to deal with.
This course is based on scientific studies by leading researchers in the fields of motivation, goal setting, and procrastination. You will be provided with exercises and principles of treatment from cognitive behavioral therapy within areas such as stress management and procrastination.
The creator of this course, Alexander Rozental, is a licensed psychologist and a researcher at University College London.
Said about the course:
"The only thing you need to read about procrastination. So many insights, so many useable tools, such a great package!"
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