Stir the Melting Pot: Reduce your Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

As the world gets smaller and more interconnected, diversity and inclusion have become an extremely important topic in the workplace. Especially with the news lately of some big companies coming under fire for discriminatory practices. Clearly, something needs to change. One of the main reasons for the lack of workplace diversity and inclusion is known … Continue reading Stir the Melting Pot: Reduce your Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

Lessons Learnt From 27,000 Miles of Perseverance and Mindfulness

Imagine selling each one of your belongings and setting off on a two-year journey across every single country in a continent. Can you picture it? Well, you don’t have to, because Ron Rutland did just that and sat down with Whil’s own Keith Jamtaas to talk all about it. Prior to his expedition, Ron was … Continue reading Lessons Learnt From 27,000 Miles of Perseverance and Mindfulness

Developing Emotional Intelligence Skills for High Performance Cultures

Here’s a bold statement right out the gate: EQ is more important than IQ for business. What’s EQ, you ask? Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is “the ability to monitor one’s own and others’ feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them and to use this information to guide one’s thinking and actions.” Sounds fluffy, but it’s never … Continue reading Developing Emotional Intelligence Skills for High Performance Cultures

Even Your Synapses Need A Good Night’s Rest

Neuroplasticity! Brain training! Mental fitness training! Habit formation! Use it or lose it! Harder, better, faster, stronger! Man, we sure do put a lot of pressure on our brains to be better at their jobs. To the point where some students think playing their class notes on audio while they sleep will help them absorb … Continue reading Even Your Synapses Need A Good Night’s Rest

Feel Like You’re In Danger? Take a Deep Breath In

Wait, what? You want me to stop to take a breath before running for my life? Yup, you heard that right. Researchers at Northwestern Medicine have recently discovered that rhythmic breathing enhances emotional judgments and memory recall in the human brain. When participants were shown “fearful” faces, they reacted faster and recognized them better later- … Continue reading Feel Like You’re In Danger? Take a Deep Breath In

How Stress Affects Your Body – A TED-Ed Video

You’ve already seen what chronic stress does to your brain. But what about the rest of your body? TED-Ed produced another fantastic video to explain the deleterious impact long-term stress has on our physical form, including: Digestive issues Hypertension Cellular aging Muscle tension Fatigue Difficulty concentration And lots more… It’s an oldie but a goldie. … Continue reading How Stress Affects Your Body – A TED-Ed Video

The Blue Sky Effect: Why Employees Get Injured All the Time

Whil met up with the Director of Safety, Electric Transmission and Distribution at PG&E recently. Rudy Wolf is responsible for helping the leadership of 10,000 employees and contractors with safety. In other words, he ensures that their bosses take responsibility for their teams’ safety. Sounds pretty hectic. It turns out that despite all the precautionary signage … Continue reading The Blue Sky Effect: Why Employees Get Injured All the Time

Meditation – Better than a Vacation for You?

A recent study published in Nature assessed the biological impact of meditation, as compared to vacation, on biomarkers that impact aging and health generally. The researchers hailed from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the University of California, San Francisco and Harvard Medical School. 64 out of 94 participants were not regular meditators. They … Continue reading Meditation – Better than a Vacation for You?