'Get Bendy' Issue #4

The Four Pillars of Flexibility


For many of us, work is still a place we 'go' and the thinking hasn't shifted in terms of it being simply something that we 'do'. The reality is that the good old fashioned paradigm of 9-5pm is just not fit for purpose anymore → Access a FREE Flex Assessment here to learn how to evolve your mindset and adapt for a new way of working. 

Future Thinking

The Neuroscience and Design of Compassion, Trust, and Connection.

Juggle Strategies had the pleasure of hearing Dr Kyra Bobinet, CEO of EngagedIN and Consulting Faculty Stanford School of Medicine, deliver an engaging talk on The Neuroscience and Design of Compassion, Trust, and Connection, at the Habit Summit 2018 in San Francisco last week.

In her work in behaviour change, she asks "What is the brain doing?”— in every sensation, motivation, emotion or action. This is the deepest layer of design… and the only way to change behaviour'. 

She finished off with her rule of thumb when designing for compassion: 'Oxytocin binds. Compassion Heals. Trust protects'. Read our key take outs from the session here

Ponder This

After watching this, your brain will not be the same

In a classic research-based TEDx Talk, Dr. Lara Boyd describes how neuroplasticity gives you the power to shape the brain you want. Dr. Boyd discusses three contributing aspects of neuroplastic change — chemical, structural and functional changes. She also delves into our individual uniqueness. Watch this fascinating TED Talk


Let My People Go Surfing - Yvon Chouinard and Naomi Klein

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This book was intended to be a philosophical manual for employees at Patagonia. It has been influential in schools, large corporations and Harvard University has used as a company case study. What interests us is that it highlights an experiment in doing business in unconventional ways and the sustainable success that has come of it. 

In their chapter on Human Resource philosophy, Yvon Chouinard - Founder and Owner, Patagonia, Inc. candidly declares, 'We run a flexible workplace....a serious surfer doesn't plan to to go surfing next Tuesday at 2pm. You go surfing when there are waves and the tide and wind are right. This led to our 'Let My People Go Surfing' flextime policy. Employees take advantage of this policy to catch a good swell, or go bouldering for an afternoon, pursue an education, or get home in to time to greet the kids when they climb down from the school bus.This flexibility allows us to keep valuable employees who love their freedom and sports too much to settle for the constraints of a more regimented work environment'. 

A truly satisfying read of "business unusual". Happy listening

‘A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both’ - L. P. Jacks

Case Study: OMD

Habit Summit 2018: Behavioural Design