In this recent article at Forbes.com, author Rob Asghar writes about the science of workplace morale — A Happy Office is a Serious Business.
From the article: “Relationships are the medium through which the best work gets done,” says John Gaspari, a licensed clinical worker in Los Angeles who advises large organizations about employee morale and workplace issues.
Gaspari cites the work of neuroscience pioneers such as Daniel Siegel, who has observed that the brain is a “social organ,” for which happy relationships aren’t simply a luxury but “an essential nutrient for our survival.”
“Work is a fundamental organizing element in people’s lives,” Gaspari says. “It provides not just extrinsic rewards like a paycheck or benefits, … Read More
“Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind.”
A recent post from Bleacher Report shows the importance of Coach Pete Carroll and how he relates to players. Nevermind his age (the second oldest head coach in the NFL), “Carroll’s youthful approach to coaching has buoyed him at a stage in life when many of his contemporaries are too tired just to tread water.”
How does he do it?
“I always think something good is about to happen,” Carroll said. “It’s a general way of looking at the world. I’ve never looked at games and challenges like it’s going to go bad, it’s not going to work out. I don’t see it that way. I think … Read More
In this article from the Harvard Magazine, psychologist Ellen Langer has learned of the art of mindfulness and the impact it can have on people’s lives. Below are some of the most powerful quotes found in the article that show the true importance of what mindfulness is:
“Wherever you put the mind, the body will follow.”
“It is not our physical state that limits us; it is our mindset about our own limits, our perceptions, that draws the lines in the sand.”
“Mindfulness is the process of actively noticing new things, relinquishing preconceived mindsets, and then acting on the new observations.”
“Men who changed their perspective changed their bodies.”
“The more we adhere to labels and categories, the less … Read More
Just over four years ago, Coach Pete Carroll took over the reins in Seattle. Throughout the years, his WinForever / Always Compete messaging has always stayed the same.
“I know the vision for the program starts at the top,” Carroll said in his introductory press conference. “To me, that fits exactly with the way I think.”
Carroll and General Manager John Schneider have made plenty of roster changes in the past several years to make the Seahawks into the Super Bowl champion team they are … Read More
As you may know, Coach Pete Carroll spoke to USC students last week on the Win Forever / Always Compete philosophy. The above video is his closing message to the students, filled with great quote bites. Below are some of the inspiring quotes from Coach Carroll that can relate to each and everyone of you–with the sole purpose of maximizing your potential.
“If you’re coaching and teaching, you got to keep coming back to the things that are really important.”
“Nobody controls what’s going to happen for you. You have the power to absolutely control where you’re going and what you’re doing. If I can get that across to you, you’ll be able to become all what you’re capable of … Read More
Fresh off spending time in Indianopolis for the NFL Combine, Pete Carroll stopped by USC to discuss the Win Forever philosophy to all sold-out Bovard Auditorium of over 1,000 students.
Oh–and, of course, Will Ferrell made a special guest appearance.… Read More
The USC Marshall School of Business and the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies present a great event on Wednesday night.
Super Bowl champion head coach Pete Carroll will speak about Win Forever and what it takes to Always Compete. Pete Carroll’s day-to-day thinking is driven by one thought: to do things better than they have ever been done before. Students will learn how his ‘Win Forever, Always Compete’ philosophy and approach created success at USC, the Seahawks and in the streets of LA and Seattle.
Admission is free, but the space is already full. You can sign up for the wait list here.
We ran across this interesting article via Wisdom 2.0, where Dr. Michael Gervais presented at the Wisdom 2.0 conference. Below are some unique quotes from Dr. Gervais that explain how he prepares his athletes to succeed in all areas.
“You need a culture of people being able to be mindful and explore.”
“We start with ‘What is possible?’” He emphasized this question is difficult for many athletes, since they don’t want to under-reach or overreach. “We have that conversation, then we try to calibrate on, ‘Great, so that’s what’s possible. From there, what are the strategies we can create — physical, mental, nutritional — for you to achieve that?’”
“We don’t talk about winning, or being in the zone: … Read More
Below are a couple articles that validate the importance of having a philosophy and sticking to it.
In this NBCSports.com article, Troy Aikman said he was impressed with that the Seahawks developed a plan and stuck to it–the reason they are now Super Bowl champions.
“I think with winning organizations there are processes that are in place and there is a way to do things, a philosophy, a belief that you have and everything is built around that,” Aikman said.
On the other hand, Aikman said, his former team, the Dallas Cowboys, lack that uniform belief. “The Cowboys tend to change their beliefs each year on what it is they need or what they’re about. I find that to … Read More
William Hansen reached out to WinForever, after attending a WinForever workshop a couple years back. He works with wounded Veterans in the Sacramento area. He works as a coach, helping Veterans get ready to do the Tough Mudder, and getting them off the couch and back into life.
Big Sarge’s life was forever changed when his convoy was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED) while patrolling in Iraq. Despite the severity of the incident, Big Sarge was soon back at work diffusing IEDs. It wasn’t until he was discharged months later that doctors diagnosed him with fractured vertebrae and a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The powerful painkillers prescribed by his doctors left him sedentary, depressed, and triggered nearly 100 … Read More
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