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27 January 2014

Behaviours Mentally Strong People Avoid

Many of us work in challenging environments. These challenges can come from the physical environment itself, technical and operational aspects, and, of course, those from our interactions with others. It takes a certain mental strength, or “grit”, to thrive and lead amongst these challenges – or at least to be someone who can get the job done whilst maintaining a positive example for those around us. Read More >>

9 December 2013

Can an apology, even when you're not responsible, have positive effects?

There are some people who will go to great lengths to avoid taking responsibility for something that has not worked out the way it was supposed to, whilst there are some who will apologise instantly, even if they weren’t wholly responsible, to minimise any friction. Read More >>

28 October 2013

Why our IQ's are Getting Higher (TED)

This week we revisit the psychological candy store that is “TED” with a presentation from “moral philosopher” James Flynn. He discusses why the average IQ has significantly increased over the past 100 years because, although technology has increased exponentially, we have also developed new habits of mind. Fortunately, most has been positive although we have come up short on one or two areas. Read More >>

14 October 2013

Ten Ways to a Happier Life

We all want to lead a happy life. Some philosophical articles will argue that this is not sustainable and one must aim for contentment as opposed to happiness – but for the purposes of this blog, we will keep it simple and go with “happiness”. Read More >>

30 September 2013

Are Men or Women Better at Gauging Risk?

Another website journal followed by some of the Beyond the Break (BTB) team is the “Scientific American”. It covers a broad spectrum of scientific research and, as you might suspect, there is always the occasional behavioural related article that is of interest. A recent article looked at risk and how males and females differ on their strategies for assessing it. Read More >>

16 September 2013

Get Over the Ego - and Go See the Doc!

Men have been historically, and notoriously some might say, less inclined to seek out a Doctor should they have some sort of issue – or, heaven forbid, want a check-up. Apparently, we are getting better over the last decade or so but the male species is still lagging way behind the fairer sex. So why is this happening and what are the repercussions for us blokes? Read More >>

2 September 2013

Try Not to Sweat the Small Stuff

The following came across our desk recently. It is quite self-explanatory and, with many of us being so busy these days, it’s important to be reminded every now and again to not lose focus on what’s important. Read More >>

19 August 2013

What is the Point of a Hazard Hunt?

BTB Safety Coach, Peter “Tommo” Tomlin, has been working in Angola for some time now to help build and maintain safety culture on board the Celtic Sea, a semi-submersible drilling platform partnership between ExxonMobil and Transocean. He forwarded some of his thoughts about Hazard Hunts. Read More >>

5 August 2013

How to Really Understand Someone Else's Point of View

The Harvard Business Review (HBR) had a very interesting article recently that discussed how important genuine buy in is when it comes to leadership and being influential. Many successful manager’s and leaders know this but it is often more easily said than done. What was useful however is that it outlines some direct strategies to help get to that place of genuine understanding and, ultimately, commitment. Read More >>

29 July 2013

Stay Safe at Work and at Play - a Tribute

Some unfortunate news. Dan Krause, a cyclist who died on 22 July in Adelaide after coming off his bicycle whilst training for the “Ride to Cure Cancer” charity event was a father of two and also a family relation of BTB’s Steve Thomas. This week’s blog is a tribute and another reminder to stay safe out there – no matter what the activity. Read More >>