Our library of recommend reads continues to grow! May's are in and are presented by Principal Consultant, Carolyn Mitchell (Personal Development)
This month's Tank Talk recommendations focus on how we pay attention, whats steeling focus and trends we are currently seeing as we rejoin the workplace. All books are available for purchase where all legendary books and audio books are sold.
The People of People Tank:
Who: Hello, I am Carolyn Mitchell
Position: Principal Consultant, Personal Development
Current Project: Mindfulness in May
Supporting people's wellbeing and performance through mindfulness with workshops, tools and activities. It's such a joyful time for me to be working with people to understand the science of mindfulness and how practicing mindfulness, formally and informally, touches every aspect of our lives.
What do you love about what you do?
I am powered by a passion to help people discover themselves, unlock their potential, and fuel their performance. I love helping people get from the passenger seat into the drivers seat. Leading ourselves and others in an impactful and sustainable way is critical for our success across all areas of our lives. Leadership is from the inside out, it's the ripples we send out into the world and love helping people create the kind of ripples that make a meaningful difference.
Stand out facilitating moment or memory?
One of the highlights of my career showed me that mindfulness might not be for everyone but it is for anyone. I facilitated monthly mindfulness workshops over the course of a year to an almost all male Operations team at a regional Council. They reported feeling less stressed, improved relationships with their friends and partner, feeling like a better father, and more confident to manage their thoughts and feelings. Wholeheartedly supporting people changes lives.
Foundation you support?
One of the most profound experiences of my life was working with Project Gen Z and Sunrise Cambodia, facilitating workshops inspiring young people to dare to dream. Business owners from Australia fundraise and travel to Cambodia for a couple of weeks to work with vulnerable young people to build the belief, awareness and skills to chase down their dreams and even start their own businesses. I wrote a brief article about my experience which you can read above.
I am a huge advocate for mental health and wellbeing in workplaces and opening up conversations that really matter. RUOK? Day, Movember, Mental Health Awareness Month are all awareness organisations I am passionate about and work with each year in workplaces.
Let's get a little more personal:
What am I watching? The Staircase staring Colin Firth and Toni Collette - mysteries appeal to my insatiable curiosity. I like to think I'm an unqualified detective and profiler and get a little competitive in movies and a series with my partner who actually is a Detective!
What am I listening to? I love books and I've come to love audio books too. I'm currently listening to Brene Brown's Atlas of the Heart - mapping meaningful connection and the language of human experience. Like her other books, I am absolutely hooked!
Laughed until you cried moment: I am so good at laughing at myself and bringing others into my stories about
awkward social situations, wardrobe malfunctions, minor accidents and my perpetual clumsiness. The laughter I love most is those moments you're laughing with someone else and your whole body is involved, there's tears and then you realise you no longer even know why you're laughing - you're simply caught in a joyful moment for no reason except you're happy.
Describe yourself in three words: Wholehearted. Quirky. Committed.
Favourite quote: "I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." – Maya Angelou.
Carolyn and partner Simon
In part one of this conversation New York Times best-selling author, professor and social scientist Brené Brown reveals the inspiration behind her latest book, Atlas of the Heart. She explains why expanding the language with which we communicate our emotions can lead us to deeper, more meaningful connections. Enjoy!
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