By: Luisa Wing | September 24, 2019

All of us have experience with goal setting. Some only with the ubiquitous “New year’s Resolution” but many of us use goal-setting processes effectively throughout the year, to try to focus efforts and increase personal performance. Naturally, businesses use strategic goals and KPI’s to propel their mission or profits forward.

Even so, the reality is that many feel frustrated around setting goals, feeling vaguely like they should be setting them but not really knowing how to make them work for them. Chances are many allow their manager or supervisor to set goals for them. This can be wasteful if they don’t connect with the goal or see it as meaningful for them. I particularly see this type of goal setting occur in many change projects, where...

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By: Luisa Wing | August 16, 2019

In 2014, I decided to start running. I’m not talking just 2Km jogging down the street. I’m talking marathons. How hard could it be? I just needed to get fit, run a little longer each week, and there you go, right? To clarify, I had NEVER run anywhere in my adult life. What I soon learned was that alongside my physical fitness, I was going to need a mindset that kept me going as the training got tougher. Without a doubt, our minds are one of the most powerful things on Earth. Your body will keep going far longer than you think it can. Your mind tells you when to quit.
Not only that, the things that you grow up telling yourself will likely end up forming your personality in the long term. Are you someone who loves challenges and who doesn’t s...

By: Luisa Wing | July 17, 2018

Over the last 18 months of building Vermelho, I have talked about managing change and building resilience in teams a lot! I have interviewed and coached countless team members and their leaders and have read fascinating philosophical and psychological works by Jordan Peterson, Carl Jung, Angela Duckworth, and Ichiro Kishimni and Fumitake Koga. 

I also revisited more well-known works (and old favourites) by Simon Sinek, Patrick Lencioni and Brene Brown (A list of those books is at the end of this post).  This has all been to understand what builds trust in teams so that they engage in change, stay motivated and have resilience through the more challenging times. 

Of course, there are numerous things that I could share with you. ...

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By: Luisa Wing | February 26, 2018

It is true in life that some days bad things happen. Most people, after a period of adjustment, bounce back to their previous level of happiness no matter what happens to them. But some people have a lower level of resilience than others.

This is also true in the workplace, except there is an added complexity. Change and challenges form part of the everyday fabric. And as a leader, not only are you expected to bounce back, but you are expected to bounce forward as you navigate personalities, changing business landscapes, budgets and stay ahead of competitive pressures.

Just think about a leader you have known that doesn’t navigate challenges well. How did they way they behave impact you and your ability to function? 

I’d like to share a...

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By: Luisa Wing | January 10, 2018

 Happy New Year! With an exciting year ahead for Vermelho, I have been reflecting on what topics would be useful for those who follow my posts.  I will therefore be posting a series or two of themed blogs this year. I am extremely passionate about what makes a team more resilient during periods of change, and one key factor is that they have resilient role models. So the first series I will be focusing on is Leadership Resilience. 

With the start of 2018 well underway and the challenges and opportunities of the year in front of us, a topic I have pondered has been discomfort and the impact it has on the decisions leaders make and on their performance.

 It is natural for most people to avoid discomfort. A sim...

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