ID-10088165When’s the best time to implement change?

Before you need to do so.

In a world of accelerating product and technology developments, the way you handle your job today is far different from when you first started out. Business in the 21st century is continuously reinvented and innovated. If you resist change, thriving and surviving may prove elusive.

Companies that focus on innovation not only keep pace, but drive change. Think beyond adaptation; look toward making significant contributions that shape the future.

If you and your organization fail to innovate, you’re on the path to stagnation and obsolescence. Today’s competitive advantages will not be tomorrow’s.

Can you identify fresh trends and walk away from outdated core competencies, when necessary? Are you actively preparing new products and services?

Organizations adapt only if their people do. This means that everyone — leaders, managers and staff — must acquire an innovation mindset to improve today’s job performance and prepare for future demands.

Whenever start-ups clobber big companies, the writing was almost always on the wall. Everything looked fine — until the day it didn’t. Will your business be ready before that day comes?

This article examines the paradox of innovation, explores the four phase process, and suggests ways to acquire innovative qualities. 

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  • Enemies of Innovation
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    1. Innovation Starts with the Customer
    2. From Idea to Plan
    3. Assessing and Testing Ideas
    4. Putting Plans to Work
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Exercize-by-StuartMilesAs modern brain scientists study human behavior, they find that we operate more unconsciously than previously assumed.

It’s not that we’re automatons without free will or that we lack rationality and refined decision-making skills. Our brains (specifically, the frontal cortex) simply drive us to act in ways that frequently bypass civilized thought processes—and much more often than we’d like to admit.

How else do you explain the increase in overweight, diseased, stressed-out and addicted people each decade, despite our vast knowledge of health, nutrition and fitness?

6 Daily Health Habits

World Health Organization statistics reveal there are now more overweight than undernourished people worldwide. Only one in 20 U.S. adults engages in all top six health behaviors according to David Berrigan in a 2003 article in Preventive Medicine, “Patterns of health behavior in US adults”:

  1. Regular exercise
  2. Healthful fat intake
  3. Consumption of 5 servings of fruit and vegetables daily
  4. Limited drinking (alcohol) and drug use
  5. Nonsmoking
  6. Maintaining a healthy weight

Some governments are now measuring the health and wellness of their citizens because they believe that such factors are as essential to life satisfaction as much as economics and education. Psychologist Martin Seligman’s research on optimism and happiness proposes five elements of well-being:

  1. Positive emotion: what we feel (pleasure, rapture, ecstasy, warmth, comfort)
  2. Engagement: thoughts and energy flow; immersion in a desired activity
  3. Relationships: essential social connections
  4. Meaning and purpose: our interpretations of what really matters
  5. Accomplishment: our desire for achievement and task completion

As a broad term, wellness describes overall health and well-being in terms of optimal functioning of the body, mind and spirit. Our daily choices—what we do, how we eat, the battles we fight, who we love—help determine our wellness level. Increasingly, people are working with wellness coaches to bridge the gap between knowing what’s healthy and doing what’s needed.

This article explores the factors that contribute to well-being and how working with a wellness coach can increase life satisfaction.

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  • Wellness Defined
  • The Paradox of Choice
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