Learn, Share, Grow – “Productivity”

The Blue Courage team is dedicated to continual learning and growth.  We have adopted a concept from Simon Sinek’s Start With Why team called “Learn, Share, Grow”.  We are constantly finding great articles, videos, and readings that have so much learning.  As we learn new and great things, this new knowledge should be shared for everyone to then grow from.

Below is an article from fastcompany.com on productivity and what companies can do to help maximize their team’s productivity.  Also below is results of an experiment that one of our team members did to help maximize their productivity.

https://www.fastcompany.com/40440992/employers-your-employees-lack-of-productivity-might-be-all-on-you

 

Blue Courage Learning:

On Friday, I found myself a bit overwhelmed by my “to-do” list and everything that kept getting added to it – yet I’ve been feeling like nothing is getting crossed off of my list. Based off of the article I read, I decided that I needed to set aside some time every day to start crossing off items from my list, without any interruptions – turn off email, silence my phone, etc. We aren’t nearly as productive if we are constantly being distracted, and often the top 2 distractions are emails and ourselves – starting too many things at one time without finishing the first thing first. My teammate coined this time that I plan to set aside as the “GSD” hour – “Get Stuff Done”, which I really liked, so I started calling it my GSD Hour (though sometimes it is longer than an hour.)

On Monday, the overwhelming feeling was even greater. I decided that I need to see just how impactful implementing this GSD hour into my daily routine is. I alternated the days between 3 different plans: 1) no GSD hour at all, 2) implementing the GSD hour, and 3) implementing the GSD hour starting with a guided meditation from davidji.

I found that the day that I didn’t implement my GSD hour felt like a wasted day and wasted energy – I was exhausted at the end of the day, knew I worked, but felt like I accomplished barely anything.

The days that I did just the GSD hour, within that time frame, I felt more productive and felt like I did cross a few things off of my to-do list, though not everything. I also found, however, that I was still getting a little distracted, and still bounced around a bit between 2-3 projects (though better than my 5-10 like a normal day).

However, when I started my GSD hour with a guided meditation first, I found myself more focused, motivated to prioritize the things I had to get done, started with the top of my list, got one thing done at a time, and actually lost track of time and ended up spending an hour and half knocking a few things off my list. I felt a better sense of accomplishment within that hour and a half than I did any other day, even though I know I didn’t cross everything off my list yet.

I have since set up alerts to keep myself on schedule, to include a GSD hour daily!

Michael Nila, founder of Blue Courage, added that when you are focused and uninterrupted, you have the potential to get into “flow”; time flies, you are creative and energized – productive. A good rule for productivity – the 2 Minute rule. If you can do something in two minutes or less, then do it right away. It will take you longer than that to think about it, remind yourself later, get refocused and do it. So if you get a to-do item and can do it in 2 minutes or less, then do it right away.

 


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BLUE COURAGE® BRINGS INSPIRATION AND TRUE LEADERSHIP TO PUBLIC SERVICE

Partnering with Start With Why to Provide Purpose and Mission Enhancement Opportunities for Individuals and Organizations in Public Service

Aurora, Illinois October 20, 2017 – Blue Courage, LLC is proud and excited to announce their partnership with Start With Why, the organization founded by renowned leadership expert and author Simon Sinek.

Blue Courage® is an education and consulting firm dedicated to enhancing the public service professional’s capacity to serve by providing quality, cutting-edge, and relevant educational services on areas critical to organizational effectiveness. Both Blue Courage® and Start With Why are committed to serving those who serve the public, creating a ripple effect that encourages greater community relationships, sense of nobility in our profession, empathy, compassion, respect, resilience, and courage.

Both organizations are dedicated to a world in which the vast majority of people wake up inspired to go to work, feel safe when they are there, and return home fulfilled by the work they do; the Blue Courage® and Start With Why partnership strengthens this commitment, making a larger impact, together.

As explained by Michael Nila, founder and master trainer for Blue Courage®, “Police and public service, like all helping professions, have long suffered from an erosion of purpose and commitment. This loss of commitment to purpose often leads to severe levels of cynicism, apathy and disengagement.  While Blue Courage® is an effective process for reigniting commitment and passion for the nobility of public service, Start With Why has proven to break through the emotional walls that our members build for self-protection, replacing them with a deep sense of contribution and impact on those we serve. To discover our WHY is to discover the best of who we are, our unique contribution to our calling, and the potential impact that living our WHY will have on others and even ourselves!”

Start With Why educates and helps leaders and organizations to discover and live their WHY — their purpose, cause or belief.  All of Blue Courage’s master trainers have been certified in the Start With Why Process to help agencies and public service professionals articulate and bring their WHY to life.

The Why Discovery Process is available for both tribes (teams and organizations) and individuals to discover their WHY, or purpose for doing what they do, and inspires action to integrate their WHY into their day to day activities.  Our WHY spotlights who we are when we are at our natural best.

As Simon Sinek states, “Very few people or companies can clearly articulate WHY they do WHAT they do. By WHY I mean your purpose, cause or belief – WHY does your organization exist? WHY do you get out of bed every morning? And WHY should anyone care?” Purpose helps teams and individuals put our talents to work for the right reasons, resulting in a greater sense of fulfillment. It drives passion and engagement to give our best to our noble calling and validates the importance of our efforts.

To learn more about the Why Discovery Process for tribes and individuals, contact Blue Courage® at the above contact information.

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Learn, Share, Grow – “Inside Shark Tank”

The Blue Courage team is dedicated to continual learning and growth.  We have adopted a concept from Simon Sinek’s Start With Why team called “Learn, Share, Grow”.  We are constantly finding great articles, videos, and readings that have so much learning.  As we learn new and great things, this new knowledge should be shared for everyone to then grow from.

Below is an article and video from onwardnation.com where Stephen Woessner shares the 5 lessons of success from Kevin Harringtonof Shark Tank.

http://onwardnation.com/inside-shark-tank/?inf_contact_key=d840738110b8c4558998d86059611fdd0b1ab7e36ac4e9cc7571d8ad3d508641

Blue Courage’s Key Learnings:

ABC’s Shark tank has become the most successful business reality show. Shark Tank’s Kevin Harrington has been successful at turning an idea into a huge success several times over. As he’s stated, “If it doesn’t challenge you – it won’t change you.” Entrepreneurship requires swimming against the norm; upstream; against the rapids; confidently swim towards white water. In doing so, there needs to be great anticipation for the unknown – the challenge. Here are his 5 lessons that we should begin practicing immediately.

Lesson 1 – Seek out the Challenge
SHARKS set out to map their own course – they don’t let anyone tell them it can’t be done or that there’s an easier way. They don’t need approval from his/her peers – no validation. They don’t forget their gifts and talents; they don’t try to be something they are not.

Lesson 2 – Seek out Opportunity
SHARKS seek out opportunity from the front-end and back-end; seeing things completely through from start to finish, and capitalize on that opportunity – without being afraid of the challenges that it represents.

Lesson 3 – Be Relentless
SHARKS never stop swimming towards their goal – or they will suffocate and die. They have a strong will to win – a will to be driven and thrive, regardless of the battle scars they might collect along the way. The scars only represent experience.

Lesson 4 – Never Stop Learning
SHARKS are excellent problem solvers because they never stop learning, pivot when necessary, and therefore are on the front-end of the disruption. They are early adapters to new technology in order to continue their position of market leadership and being on top. They help set the new trends, are excellent teachers. Their relentless nature demands that they continually learn and grow in order to perfect his/her craft.

Lesson 5 – Be Decisive
SHARKS are decisive about an opportunity – when they see one, they move. There’s no room for living in fear or not knowing if and what to do. You are either IN or OUT.

Final thoughts: Success has to start somewhere, and that somewhere is at the bottom – and hard work to conquer many intimidating moments along the way leads to success. There’s no such thing as an overnight success – it takes grit, persistence, and tenacity to turn dreams into reality.


Learn, Share, Grow – “Mindful Policing: The Future of Force”

The Blue Courage team is dedicated to continual learning and growth.  We have adopted a concept from Simon Sinek’s Start With Why team called “Learn, Share, Grow”.  We are constantly finding great articles, videos, and readings that have so much learning.  As we learn new and great things, this new knowledge should be shared for everyone to then grow from.

Below is an article from mindful.org on mindfulness in law enforcement.

Mindful Policing: The Future of Force

Blue Courage’s Key Learnings:

  • Researchers have linked policing careers to high rates of depression, PTSD, substance abuse, physical ailments (sleeplessness, diabetes, cardiac death)
  • Officers are more prone to attempt suicide than general population and are more likely to kill themselves than get killed on duty
  • Police culture values stoicism – causing officers to often become reluctant to seek out help
  • Life expectancy for officers are 22 years shorter than civilian counterparts – may be due to stress, trauma, obesity, shift work and exposure to toxic chemicals
  • When officers suffer from debilitating stress, they are more likely to have problems at work including uncontrolled anger towards suspects
  • 963 people were shot dead by police in the US in 2016, 991 in 2015
  • At the end of an 8 week mindfulness program (Mindfulness-based Resilience Training) researchers found significant improvement in health outcomes (stress, fatigue, sleep quality), less frequent alcohol consumption, less feelings of burn out, fewer aggressive feelings and behaviors
  • Fatigue and sleep disturbance are predicators for dysregulated mood, particularly anger – anger is a big predicator of negative outcomes
  • Emeryville, CA Chief’s story has great examples of how it has helped, as well as improved her department
  • Study in Canada did a training on visualization, focused attention, and controlled breathing, then threw them into tense, lifelike situations – found the trained officers made better use-of-force decisions than the untrained control group, had a slower maximum heart rate and quicker recovery. A fast beating heart can cause irrational behavior

Learn, Share, Grow – “No Way Out”

The Blue Courage team is dedicated to continual learning and growth.  We have adopted a concept from Simon Sinek’s Start With Why team called “Learn, Share, Grow”.  We are constantly finding great articles, videos, and readings that have so much learning.  As we learn new and great things, this new knowledge should be shared for everyone to then grow from.

Below is from Seth’s Godin’s blog. It derives from Blue Courage founder, Michael Nila’s favorite metaphor – “burn the boats” from Cortez invading Mexico. It’s a great reminder to never give up and fight through till the end; you will come out better.
sethgodin.com

No way out

That’s why we burn the boats when we land on the beach.

Because the only way out is through.

It’s pretty easy to bail out of a course (especially a free online course that no one even knows you signed up for). Easy to quit your job, fire a client or give up on a relationship.

In the moment, walking out is precisely the best short-term strategy. Sometimes this place is too hard, too unpleasant, too much…

The thing is, though, that the long-term strategy might be the opposite. The best long-term approach might be to learn something, to tough it out, to engage with the challenge. Because once you get through this, you’ll be different. Better.

We always have a choice, but often, it’s a good idea to act as if we don’t.

 

Blue Courage’s Key Learnings:
“The only way out is through…”  Such a powerful thought that when we are confronting a challenge, an obstacle, a fear —  the only way out is through it. So we burn the boats leaving us no escape, no retreat; we must follow-through and “cross the rubicon!” One of my favorite metaphors is “burn the boats” — Cortez set out to conquer Mexico but the Aztecs had not been conquered for hundreds of years. As his warriors set sail from Cuba, a short distance from Mexico, he could feel their fear and hesitation. Where once they were confident, as Mexico drew closer, the doubts and fears were palpable. Upon landing on the shores of Mexico, Cortez’s first order was: “Burn the boats!” Adding: “We will either die here or sail home on their ships.”  Wow — no option but to find a way through. To not look for a way out, but a way through. Love that!

How easy it is to quit, to believe we can’t do it, it’s too hard, I am not strong enough….but if we fight through, we will learn, grow and get better!

Think of the 300 Spartans facing the overwhelming odds against the Persians. When the Persians told the Spartans they were outnumbered and to drop their weapons the reply was “come and get them.” The Spartan wives last directive to their husbands as they sent them off to battle was: “Come back with your shield or on it!”

There is no way out but through!


Learn, Share, Grow – “Why Most People Will Never Be Successful”

The Blue Courage team is dedicated to continual learning and growth.  We have adopted a concept from Simon Sinek’s Start With Why team called “Learn, Share, Grow”.  We are constantly finding great articles, videos, and readings that have so much learning.  As we learn new and great things, this new knowledge should be shared for everyone to then grow from.

In this article on inc.com, Benjamin Hardy discusses what makes a person successful.

https://www.inc.com/benjamin-p-hardy/why-most-people-will-never-be-successful.html?cid=email

Key Learnings:

  1. If you focus on the low-quality things in life- you will have low to mediocre outcomes. When you focus on the positive, high quality things in life- the less you can justify the low quality, and you begin to evolve expecting only the higher quality in your choices and outcomes. It’s important to understand all bad habits are difficult to give up, but is necessary to have that healthy life you desire. As we grow and evolve we realize what is really important to us.

  2. How you do things affect everything else in your life. You must remove everything you hate in your life, so that your daily life can be filled only with things you highly value.

  3. When focusing on core essentials that mean the world to you- and succeeding- you will dominate in all areas of your life. You will be living intentionally & congruently, have momentum & balance, and be who you truly want to be. Sometimes to better ourselves can mean in a spiritual, physical and relational way.

  4. Don’t “major in minor things”. If we continue to focus on little things in life, we can never grow. When you begin to evolve and progress, living on a daily basis with your values and ideals- you feel happier, more present, pursue bigger dreams with bigger ambitions, more resilient, and you will live at a higher frequency.

Major take away:

Success comes down to focusing what is important and of high value to your heart and soul- when you can identify those few things and focus on your energies to them, all else begins to fall into place, and you become successful in all areas of your life and space. It means balancing your life in a healthy manner because when we do that we become successful.


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Article: Changes in Policing Take Hold in One of the Nation’s Most Dangerous Cities (NY Times)

Changes in Policing Take Hold in One of the Nation’s Most Dangerous Cities

It’s a sort of Hippocratic ethos: Minimize harm, and try to save lives. And in Camden, N.J., residents are noticing the results.

By JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN
APRIL 2, 2017
CAMDEN, N.J. — Every few months, the police chief here asks which officers wrote the most tickets.

Elsewhere, this might lead to praise, but in Camden — where 40 percent of residents live below the poverty line, the murder rate compares to that of El Salvador and one of the most interesting experiments in American policing is underway — Chief J. Scott Thomson sees aggressive ticket writing as a sign that his officers don’t get the new program.

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https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/04/02/nyregion/camden-nj-police-shootings.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0&referer=https://t.co/4aI2PtQ8fe


Article: Kansas City Police Department’s PAL program is changing lives (The Kansas City Star)

http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article72246727.html

Kansas City Police Department’s PAL program is changing lives

KCPD Chief Darryl Forté will be recognized Monday for his dedication to the Police Athletic League

KCPD’s ‘PAL’ is a model for the rest of the nation and has lent its help to areas such as St. Louis County

The organization that benefits children depends on the dedicated work of police and community donations

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article72246727.html#storylink=cpy


Article: Six Easy Ways to Incorporate Mindfulness into Your Workday, From Start to Finish (Huffington Post)

Six Easy Ways to Incorporate Mindfulness into Your Workday, From Start to Finish

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/six-east-ways-to-incorporate-mindfulness-into-your_us_58a4914ae4b0e172783aa352

Six Easy Ways to Incorporate Mindfulness into Your Workday, From Start to Finish

02/15/2017 12:49 pm ET | Updated 3 days ago

Mindfulness. More than a buzzword? Absolutely. With giants like Google, Target and General Mills investing in mindfulness, it’s time for all organizations to take a closer look.

What is Mindfulness?

So what is mindfulness? The first thing to realize is that the concept of mindfulness is not new. It’s an ancient mental methodology that enables you to control your attention, enhance your awareness and see things more clearly. In everyday terms, it’s a way to get out of “autopilot,” a mode that we easily fall into in our day-to-day lives. Instead, it’s a practice of consciously and deliberately directing our attention to the present moment, and experiencing it in a non-judgmental way.

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