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Venn diagram showing the elements of ikigai as they merge into a wheel

Use Ikigai to improve your outlook on life and job satisfaction.

 

Many people work at jobs just so they can afford to live, eat and survive. The majority of us also experience some sort of feeling of dread in the hours of Sunday evening all the way through to the start of your work day on the Monday. The Japanese theory of Ikigai suggests that you are only dreading going to work because you haven’t got enough balance in your life. If you were to align all of the elements of Ikigai, then it wouldn’t be such a problem to go into work on Monday morning.

Craftsmen, teachers and farmers seem to have found their Ikigai. They are pursuing a career in the thing they enjoy and are passionate about creatively. Also, a lot of people have become successful in other jobs without ever finding their ikigai.

 

Let’s get started on finding your ikigai. You must first ask yourself these four questions:

  1. What do I love? (Passion)
  2. What am I good at? (Profession)
  3. What can I be paid for? (Vocation)
  4. What does the world need? (Mission)

Here is a visual representation of the concept of Ikigai and how you can fit your own answers into a balanced and happy life for yourself:Venn diagram showing the elements of ikigai as they merge into a wheel

In the book “Ikigai the Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life” by Hector Garcia and Fransesc Miralles, they state the 10 rules to follow when in search for your own Ikigai.

  1. Stay active and don’t retire
  2. Leave urgency behind and adopt a slower pace of life
  3. Only eat until you are 80% fill
  4. Surround yourself with good friends
  5. Get in shape through daily, gentle exercise
  6. Smile and acknowledge people around you
  7. Reconnect with nature
  8. Give thanks to anything that brightens our day and makes us feel alive
  9. Live in the moment
  10. Follow your ikigai

 

Many people feel that Ikigai is the secret to living for longer. This is because whilst japan has their fair share of natural disasters, their life expectancy is among some of the best in the world. Due to this it has become clear that whilst eating healthily and exercising regularly are important factors of living a long life, so it having a clear sense of purpose.

Take Jiro Ono as an example of this. At the age of 92, he is currently the oldest Michelin chef in the world. He has had the passion to create the best sushi for most of his life and each day he seeks to improve on the day before. He believes that he still hasn’t mastered it.

 

Leadership

Be A Multiplier, Don’t Diminish Your Team.

Leadership

In most businesses, smart leaders are put in jobs to support other smart individuals. Sometimes it is clear that your own intelligence is being put down and potentially drained by a leader, Liz Wiseman in her book ‘Multipliers’ calls these people ‘Diminishers’. In other instances leaders bring out the intelligence and capabilities of their team, Wiseman calls these ‘Multipliers’.

Diminishers will often generate less effective teams, whereas the effect of a Multiplier can be significantly great.

Liz Wiseman explains that the differentiating traits between diminishers and multipliers aren’t all that many, but they are incredibly important. She explains that there are specific actions you may not even realise you do that are effecting the effectiveness of your team.

1. Environment

Multipliers create an environment that allows for flexibility. Your employees have different flexibility and creative needs and they need to be offered the opportunity to express this in order to fulfil their full intelligence.
Diminishers will create a work environment which is highly controlled and limits resources and creativity, therefore suppressing the intelligence of their employees. They limit the flexibility and encourage order because they believe success will come from them, not from creating an environment in which each individual employee can flourish.

2. Challenges

Diminishers will believe they are the driving success for their team and will push their teams in the direction they want to go in.
Multipliers will get to know their employees and their specific skills and tailor challenges to their teams that will challenge them to improve as an individual and as a team. They also provide as many opportunities for their staff as possible, believing in constant improvement and development.

3. Decisions

The way you make decisions around the office can determine whether you are a multiplier or a dimimisher.
A multiplier would include the whole group in discussions around decisions that need to be made, whereas a diminisher will make decisions solely, with little debate or input from others, dimishing team insight.

 

There are many other insights that Liz Wiseman explains in her books, and you can get much more details from reading those, but take a moment to reflect on your practices and asses where you think you fall. Most people lie somewhere in between the two, the hard part is assessing where you stand objectively and then making the changes to become more of a ‘multiplier’.

 

 

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Being The Boss: What Does It Really Take?

Up until now it has been assumed that an intelligent leader is a good leader. But new research into IQ and leadership suggests that being too intelligent in relation to your employees could have negative effects on how they perceive you.

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Firing an employee

Should They Stay Or Should They Go?

Most managers face a number of tricky situations in the workplace on a daily basis – one of the toughest is having to decide whether to fire an under-performing team member or not.

Firing an employee

Firing an employee

If you’re faced with this task, here are 5 considerations to ease the decision:

1.       Does good past performance justify a weak future performance?

Just because team members were once strong, it may not necessarily mean they will be as strong in the future. Weak team members may reflect badly on other staff, suggesting that under-performance is okay. Continue reading

Children can teach leadership through building a sandcastle.

3 Lessons Our Children Can Teach Us About Leadership

When thinking about leadership in the workplace we often concentrate on lessons learned from our bosses. But our children could be teaching us more about leadership than we actually realise.

If we pay attention to our children we can learn these 3 lessons from them, and apply this to leadership in the office:

Children can teach leadership through building a sandcastle.

Children can teach leadership through building a sandcastle.

Wonder and Curiosity. Children have an avid thirst for learning new things, sometimes too much, but to them, everything is exciting and new which creates a sense of wonder. Children also have an impressive ability to let their minds wander, allowing them to tackle each new activity with great enthusiasm. If you can replicate this behaviour and apply it to a task or project that you are working on you may be able to become more productive than before. Continue reading

Think Smarter

5 Unusual Ways To Work Smarter, Not Harder

Working in a busy city like London can be physically draining and putting in extra hours might seem like the only thing to do, but working smarter instead of harder could be a better use of your time.

Think Smarter

Think smarter, not harder.

1.       Take Naps

At Google, those employees that put in additional hours can enjoy a nap in one of their high-tech sleep pods to help recharge. There has been research that shows taking naps can lead to an improvement in cognitive function, creative thinking and memory performance. Continue reading

8 Tips For Using Humour In The Workplace

Work, for many, is serious business where we need to meet targets, meet project deadlines and to ensure we do our job correctly.

fun at workA lot of managers argue that humour can distract their team from the job in hand, but a quote we at Team Building London are reminded of is, “Just because the work you do is serious, it doesn’t mean you have to be serious about the way you go about your work.”

Laughter is natural, and using humour in the workplace has its benefits. These include:

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5 Ways To Boost Productivity In The Workplace

A heavy workload, coupled with stress, is a challenge for many people in the workplace. Time is short and can run out, whereas energy can be rejuvenated and extended.

productivityHere are 5 ways Team Building London suggest you use to increase your energy levels:

1. Drink a lot of water. Water hydrates our brains, ensures we stay cool and can prevent illnesses like excruciating kidney stones. Coffee and sugary drinks may taste better but they do have the reverse effect of making us tired when their burst of energy wears off. Continue reading