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Thriving in a High Demand Work-Life

con•sci•en•tious: A person wishing to do what is right, esp. to do one’s work or duty well and thoroughly.

Thrive at work

After my first interview, I already knew that the attendees of the Michigan Townships Association convention would turn out to be a pretty conscientious bunch.

And like so many who serve, and who also have very demanding schedules, township officials can easily fall victim to the More With Less Paradox, in which the positive attributes of drive and responsibility, combined with a demanding schedule, trigger people to live in a way that sabotages their ability to reach their goals.

Does this sound like a day you might have?

•    The morning alarm blares. Snooze button. Snooze button. Snooze button.

Two important facts and a lesson: One, nothing sabotages a day faster than starting it off with a little procrastination. Two, there is no form of real, actual torture that will break your mind and body faster than multiple sleep interruptions.  The lesson? The snooze button is secretly plotting to destroy you.

•    With a grunt of frustration and physical aches, you get up, “Ugh, I’ve got so much to do . . .”

Snoozing yourself into being behind schedule creates a rushing energy, which in turn leads you to think first of stimulation (“Coffee, I need coffee!”) instead of connecting with why you are working so hard.  The speed and busyness of your day can fuel a lack of focus and a sense of disconnection with what is important. You may end up thinking of yourself as  “struggling” rather than as “thriving.”

•    “Breakfast? I’ll just grab some caffeine and get something to eat on my way to or at work.”

Caffeine can be very effective for productivity and health, but too much caffeine, on an empty stomach, creates the perfect biochemical storm for a monumental 3:00 p.m. crash.

•    You land at work, and it goes well . . . until around 9:30 a.m., when the first energy lull hits. Time for a little cubicle trick-or-treating or a break-room doughnut.

The first three hours of work are the most productive time in your entire day. You will never be in a better state to be productive, patient, persuasive . . . or any other P word that means you get a lot accomplished. This routine sabotages your peak work time, resulting in more work tomorrow, or even worse, work to take home.

•    Lunch. Open the menu and the debate begins. Heart-healthy option or a burger?  Living inside the More With Less Paradox, it is too easy to think, “You know, it has been a stressful day. I deserve that cheeseburger.”

BOOM, the post-lunch lull hits you head on.

This day continues, but its tone has been set. Your available energy reserves are low, but the need to keep going causes you to switch to an emergency stress-based fuel—cortisol. This might keep you going, but at a high cost. Cortisol is not a clean energy. It builds up and increases crankiness, reduces our ability to innovate, and increases our chances of dying from the top four killers of men and women.

You make it to the end of the work day, but often with lingering guilt at how long your to-do list still is. Unfortunately, that frustration bleeds into your downtime, and you find yourself thinking, “Why am I so cranky? Why can’t I be more organized? Why do I have so little patience? Why am I so wiped out?”

•    In a flash, it’s time for bed. “I’m exhausted, but why is it so hard to get to sleep or stay asleep?”

As soon as sleep starts to deepen . . . the alarm blares into action and it is time to start another day.

As an expert in stress, motivation and wellbeing, I’ve been researching adults in high demand jobs for 23 years. I’ve seen the More With Less Paradox sabotage good people from Penang to Port Lawrence.  Each time I immerse myself into a new field, such as township management, I find two categories:

Strivers – Those who work hard and often meet their goals at work, but who also struggle with high levels of stress and fluctuating levels of motivation.

Thrivers – Those who work hard, consistently meet their goals at work, and thrive professionally and personally.

Have you ever wondered, “Why do some hard working adults thrive, while others struggle?” I am obsessed with that question and, as a result, I’ve found a Core Truth.  Thrivers are rarely smarter than strivers, and they don’t care more about their work.  They just think and live better. The bottom line is that thrivers are better at:

• Mentally approaching their work, especially under pressure

• Keeping their energy up

• Having a clear understanding of why they are working so hard

• Designing the flow of their day

This article and my presentations at MTA on January 29th, 2014 will help you to build a day that fuels the Core Four elements of thriving in a high demand world.

As an example of the Core Four in action, consider a 2011 research study from the University of Michigan and Portland State University on what actually energizes us at work.

First, think about what you do when you are running out of energy at work.  Most people take a break of some kind, grab more caffeine, go for a walk, get a snack, switch tasks, etc.  But what works?  What fuels us best? Could you be accidentally tripping yourself while thinking that you are moving full steam ahead?

If you are like the majority of the 214 knowledge workers who were surveyed, you would:

1.   Check email.

2.   Switch to another task.

3.   Make a to-do list.

4.   Offer help to someone at work.

5.   Talk to a coworker/supervisor.

Of these most common breaks, which ones were shown to increase energy and vitality?  None.

What breaks were positively related to vitality? What steps can you take to help yourself thrive more at work?  What ideas can you pass on to your teams that will energize them at work?  Here are six evidence-based ideas that fuel the Core Four:

a.   More Goal-Setting, Less Reorganizing:  Setting a new goal and chasing it down, even if it is a small goal, will energize you more than reorganizing your to-do list.

b.   More Learning, Less Worry: Under stress, people thrive more by focusing on learning something new, not by worrying about failing, about what they might miss, or even by winning.

c.   More Feedback, Less Venting: Everyone needs to vent, but don’t do it at work. Venting in the workplace is one of the few double jeopardy work breaks, meaning that it is connected to both low vitality and high fatigue. Having high energy at work comes from seeking and giving quality feedback.

d.   Help More, Offer Less:  Human beings are at their best when they help others, give to others and show concern for others. Those who struggle with fatigue will, with open hearts, offer help to others.  Those who rated high in vitality more often actually do something to help others.

e.   More Meaning, Less Distraction: Reflecting on what gives you joy and meaning at work will energize you even more than taking a break.

To thrive in today’s busy world, change your day so that it includes more of these elements, and the Core Four will fuel your leadership for the greater good of your communities.

I look forward to meeting you January 29th, 2014!

If you would like to download Andy’s complete infographic on the Suprising Truth About What Energizes Us At Work, go here:  www.andycore.com/more-energy-at-work

 2013 MTA Conference Keynoter Andy Core is the author of the upcoming book, Change Your Day, Not Your Life.  He is an award-winning thought leader on increasing employee engagement, productivity, and wellness motivation; his talent lies in helping hard-working, conscientious adults thrive at work and in their personal lives.  www.andycore.com 800.605.8480

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Leadership Speakers: Five Ways to Become a Better Public Speaker

Leadership speakers advise leaving your audience wanting more

Leadership speakers advise leaving your audience wanting more.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance

Leadership speakers remind us that public speaking is a fundamental part of many jobs. Whether you need to engage your employees, persuade a committee to fund you, to sell your product or to educate, the fundamental things that make you a good public speaker will be the same.

1. Believe in Yourself

Self-belief will make you more confident and therefore people will be more willing listen to and trust what you say. After all, the first step to getting others to believe in you is to believe in yourself.

2. Do your Research

Make sure you know your topic inside out. Yes, it may be time-consuming and hard work initially, but “winging it” is not an option. If you are unprepared, you are far more likely to stumble or lose your place and consequently your confidence and authority – best to avoid!

3. Inject Some Humor!

Everybody likes to laugh and this will relax and settle both you and your audience. However, be warned, too many jokes may take away some of the validity of your talk – use in moderation! Leadership speakers remind you not to mistake yourself for a stand-up comedian.

4. Accept that Everybody Makes Mistakes

It’s true. We’re all only human and that’s okay. Chances are, your audience won’t even notice if it’s just a slight change of word or phrase. However, if you feel it was a very obvious or important mistake, acknowledge it, correct yourself and move on.

5. Keep it Short and Sweet!

Leadership speakers tell you that it is much better to leave your audience wanting more rather than send them to sleep!

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Leadership Speakers: Avoid this Mistake When Planning Corporate Wellness

Leadership speakers practice good communication when planning corporate wellness.

Leadership speakers practice good communication when planning corporate wellness.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance.

You can have the best corporate wellness plan in the world, but if you don’t avoid one key mistake that leadership speakers have seen in the past, it’ll all be for nothing. Andy Core, a professional keynote speaker, tells you how to avoid this pitfall by going about it the right away.

Failure to Communicate

Once you’ve made a plan of what corporate wellness will entail at your business, it’s your responsibility to communicate that loudly and clearly. Tell your leaders and supervisors what you expect of them, listen to their feedback, and do this on an on-going basis. Communication isn’t a one-time deal: it’s something that you do all the time to keep getting better at it.

Keep Emotions at a Manageable Level

There are plenty of arenas in which to raise your voice – work is not one of them. Keep a cool head when discussing your plan and remember that not everybody is going to share the same opinion that you do. Leadership speakers say that you should keep in mind that corporate wellness is a team effort and that all successfully managed companies are a democracy, not a dictatorship.

By avoiding this key mistake that manifests itself in two ways, leadership speakers like Andy Core will tell you that you’re a step above the competition when it comes time to plan corporate wellness in your workplace.

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Tips on Preparing For an Interview from a Leadership Speaker

A leadership speaker says that you need to stand out from the crowd in an interview. Research the company and impress them with your knowledge.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being, and Peak Human Performance.

A leadership speaker will tell you that a job interview is a platform to sell yourself to an organization. It is a way of displaying your skills and how valuable you can be to an organization. As a result, you will find that it is very important to be well prepared to ensure that you present yourself in the best way possible. It is your job to bring out the uniqueness in you and get an edge over the rest of the candidates.


Nothing pleases the management of a company more than hiring someone who knows a lot about their company. Make sure you look into their future goals and know what they want to achieve as an organization. The leadership speaker says that this will sell you as a good long-term investment. Be ready talk in depth about the industry, as well as the role of the position you are applying for.

Aim to be Better

Learn about the employees of the organization and how they work. Especially for the position you are applying for, ensure that you know what is expected and aim to get higher than that. Being knowledgeable about the company will always give you an edge over those who haven’t done their research. Take advantage of the press, highlights in history that the company has made and mention a few in the interview. A leadership speaker notes that this is a sure way to make a positive impression on your interviewers.

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A Leadership Speaker on Being Persistant in Pursuing Your Dreams

Be persistent in whatever you do. As leadership speakers say, it is the key to achieving your goals.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being, and Peak Human Performance.

Leadership speakers know that we have all had a problem with motivation. Most of us have at least been through a time where we had a very important task to do but somehow, we are not motivated to do it. Sometimes we know exactly what we have to do, but we just find ourselves procrastinating and choosing to do other things first. This will often further hurt the levels of motivation in achieving anything. Procrastination is one of the major limitations in pursuing a goal.

Dealing with Low Motivation Levels

However, leadership speakers tell us that in dealing with lower levels of motivation and reaching goals, persistence is often a skill that comes in handy from time to time. It allows you to keep pushing yourself to your limit and achieve more than you normally can. This means that as an individual you will be able to grow because of persistence.

Nothing Comes Easy

When you have something you want to achieve, you have to understand that it won’t come easy. In fact, nothing comes easy in this world. Once you realize this, you will be in a position to appreciate the work and effort you have to put in. Failure will come, but because you have failed once doesn’t mean you are now classified as a failure. Be a person who learns from their failures. Leadership speakers advise us to take them as lessons, learn from them and pick yourself from that point.

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