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EFT as stress reducing method is gaining momentum now

Kaiser Permanente recommends EFT for PTSD

 

Kaiser Permanente, one of the largest health insurance providers and hospital systems in the USA, came out this summer with recommendations for using Emotional Freedom Techniques on PTSD.

The Kaiser Permanente Journal suggests that 5 sessions be used for those at risk for PTSD and 10 sessions for those that have full blown PTSD.

This is another sign that the mainstream mental health community is taking EFT seriously!
Read more here 

 

U.S. Veterans Administration Approves EFT for Treatment

“Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) has been approved as a “generally safe” therapy by the U.S. Veterans Administration (VA). After reviewing the extensive evidence for the safety and efficacy of EFT, a group of experts in the VA’s Integrative Health Coordinating Center published a statement approving EFT and several other complementary and integrative health (CIH) practices.
The approval means that VA therapists will be able to use EFT with their clients suffering from PTSD, depression, anxiety, pain and other conditions…”

Yes, our course Team Gamification – Orangino Work goes international !

Yes, our course Team Gamification – Orangino Work goes international !

The last workshop that Ulla Osterman and I held at Informator in Stockholm with their sales team was held in full speed with lots of team dialogue, fun and respect. See the vivid photos here attached. 😉

Yesterday we agreed with Tieturi to bring this course also to their Finnish operations late spring this year. In English. Stay tuned!

As you may be aware of Informator is now part of the Informator Tieturi Group, consisting of Informator, Tieturi and Management Institute of Finland and deliver training globally to more than 67,000 students per year.

You may read more on below link about this course, which makes you become a certified Team Coach in Orangino Work and you get a practical toolkit to develop effective and fun team work. There are a few spots open on next occasion the 30:th of March.
https://informator.se/utbildningar/agila-metoder/agilt-ledarskap/teamwork-gamification-framgangsbeteende-med-orangino-work

 

We are all one – the 50 dollar bill and the other shoe

This wonderful video I received from a dear new arrival friend.
https://www.facebook.com/habibshah.rezai.9?fref=hovercard

The video made me think of my daughter on a high school year in the US. Last month she was wondering about a kind of clothing she needed for an extracurricular activity, for 52 USD. Then 2 weeks ago she found a 50 dollar bill on the school ground.
First thought was: How handy, just when I needed it!
Second thought: What if it had been me loosing this 50 dollar bill.
 
So she went to the school office and turned it in.
 
They made big round eyes and wondered what kind of teenager material she was made of. Since she was so honest they said, she could come and get it in a week, had noone claimed it before that.
 
Yes, she could collect the 50 bill al right. 🙂
 
Hot desire increases your probability to get what you really want, when you are prepared to work for it. Stepping on other people to get it does not. Treat others as you wish to be treated.

I did not commit Karoshi in Asia…

Reading this article on Karoshi in Japan, I come to think of one episode when working on a project in Asia. Even though I did not commit Karoshi, I surely did fit the bill of work hours. (A suicide qualifies as karoshi if the person worked more than 160 hours of overtime the last month of life.)

I was in Asia in a contract negotiation around 2004, working as a consultant at the time. It was the first time we negotiated a contract with this operator together with a new national telecom vendor. I got there in the third negotiation week, just to “finish off some add on services”, that had been thrown in more or less as a give away to sweeten the deal.

While in Germany, preparing for the negotiation, I realized a new technical condition that prevented us from using the 7 off the shelf products. We would have to build completely new software, and get nothing extra for it. I was told to hang on there in the negotiation, not give anything extra away and just clarify the customer needs.

We hade excruciatingly long negotiation days during those three weeks. Days during which the highest Asian managers appeared sleeping with their heads in hands! Remarkably enough, they noticed as soon as something needed correction, they where immediately attentive, rattling away in Japanese to the subordinates.

In the evening, I got back to our local office, and worked until far into the night with our Swedish technicians to design and calculate costs.

Getting home to the hotel in the middle of the night (or rather very early morning), I felt completely safe. The only Japanese persons out on the streets where friendly or as me, sleepily/sleeping on the way home or to work. The subway had more sleeping persons than awake ones.

Business people shaking hands, finishing up a meeting

After three weeks, we where all exhausted when the negotiations where over. We had calculated our design, test and production costs to between 15 and 20 000 man hours. The main projekt owner made my hair blow backwards as he screamed at me on the phone:

  • Are you completely insane? It is definitely impossible! 

I calmly asked him:

  • Have you calculated how much you need on the enabling exchange side? How much do you need for your customer adaptions? which rendered him speechless.

To make a long story short, they later figured out they needed way beyond 100 000 man hours to complete the specification agreed.

It was an awkward celebration dinner with the customer that night after the top managers had shaken hands on the deal agreed upon. The customer sat on a long row on one side of the table. The CEO in the middle. Us on the other side, knowing that the development costs where too high and still climbing. Our local manager in the middle and I as the only woman next to him. Toward the end of the dinner, the lights where dimmed. Three waiters entered with the delicious special extraordinary course: Three big steaming balls… It took me some time to realize it was tuna fish eyes, still more or less boiling and staring towards the ceiling! At that time, I had not yet learnt the phrase:

  • – Excuse me, my religion prohibits me from eating this. (It works wonders in every country, I promise!)

And I was sitting across from the expecting CEO, and could not make him loose face in front of a foreign woman. So I had to take something, with the eating sticks and put it into my mouth. I took some from the outside of the steaming ball, while others dove right into it. Yuccie… Wonderful culture clash. Next time I might invite them up north in Sweden and serve sour herring (surströmming)…

I have seldom worked so many hours a day for so many negotiation weeks. Still I felt that the Japanese where working even harder. And they continued to do so, day in and day out, even though they did not have a major contract negotiation.

Well, we did complete the project eventually, many manhours later, with a satisfied customer.

And no burnouts or Karoshi in the meantime.

Ending well, all is well.

My reflection on this episode in conjunction with Karoshi is the following:
When you are overworked to that degree, your logical function degrades. Your capability to estimate times, workload, risk etc. diminishes more rapidly than you are aware of.

That is why I suggest all people to learn some personal strategies to reduce stress so that you can keep your logic and creativity at best possible. And you may also see earlier need for escalation, or be able to choose other assignments or employers unless conditions change.

And for you next to the person who is working themselves clearly towards burnout or Karoshi, I repeat Martin Luther Kings words:

  • You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.
    Martin Luther King Jr. – 1929-1968, Minister and Civil Rights Leader

Perhaps the person is not ready to listen to your advice. That is perfectly understandable. But you can use I-messages to tell them what you see as consequence and how it affects yourself. For example:

  • When I notice you don´t take time to help the less experienced in the team asking for it, I am afraid the we will not be able to meet the quality goal of our total team delivery.

And you can tell them that you know of an efficient method to reduce stress (EFT) that can be used by anyone almost anywhere, even for the most hectic schedules, to take down the personal stress levels.

Have a nice weekend!

// Sara Bern

Now officially educator for Informator

I am soo happy. Just signed an agreement with the renowned education firm Informator to offer 3 of my courses this spring:


 

 

 

 

 

“Highly relevant courses and just in time!”, as Tobias Strandh, their chief of education, remarked.

All courses are to be held in Swedish, delivered in Stockholm to begin with. Other locations on request.
You will find them in their spring catalog under Leadership specialized as well as Agile Leadership.

One of my references in the Agile Emotional Regulation: 
  • “For years I have engaged Sara for services in both Agile Coaching as well as Agile Emotional Control (EFT) for my personal working with Agile IT Development. This both Scrum Masters, agile team members as the line manager level.” // Kit Gullbrandson, Business Unit Director, Cybercom  

Fun working with Orangino Work internationally

It is so fun and rewarding to work with the tool Orangino Work. Of course it is always better to have all people in the same room when working with group development. However, there are teams that simply are distributed over the world.

I have now run several workshops using the  Orangino Work tool online with parties on several locations, achieving excellent results, so I think I have earned the certification mark as External Methodology Coach.

One manager said:
“Orangino Work is a prepared package!
Light weight preparation for leader/facilitator,
with a tremendous value on the resulting output!”

How to improve communication climate? Collaboration?

WELCOME TO OUR SWEDISH MEETUP – Feb 16th

Are you a leader wrestling with issues like:

  • How to improve communication climate?
  • How to improve collaboration?
  • How to secure progress towards high-performance teams?

Come join our Meetup February the 16th, organized by my partner Orangino and Agile People and learn about the dialogoue method Orangino Work! The venue is hosted by Cybercom centrally placed in Stockholm on Sveavägen.

agilepeoplesweden WebLogo3Cybercomorangino logo

 

 

Orangino Work can help you with these challenges! It is a dialogue method in a game format comprising various exercises and a very flexible toolbox to improve teamwork and increase engagement. The dialogues make the team more dynamic and develop the success behaviours and thereby contributes to even better results.

We use to say that Orangino Work speeds up the groups way towards a high performing team. As one of our participants said after playing Orangino Work:

  • “Prepared package! Light weight preparation for the leader/facilitator, with a tremendous value on the resulting output!”

orangino work boxA recent study at the University of Lund, demonstrates its effects. The Orangino tool has revitalized many organizations, increased job satisfaction and improved performance.

You will at this meetup get an opportunity to try the Orangino Work tool and team dialogue method, and learn about the benefits for other organizations from the horse´s mouth.

  • Ulla Osterman founder of Orangino AB, willl guide you to understand how you can benefit from Orangino Work in your own organization.
  • Sara Bern, Agile coach at Cybercom, will tell about how it is presently used at Cybercom to support the development of Agile Development to High Performance autonomous teams.

You may of course bring some colleagues!

Sign up: Agile People manages the applications via Meetup, click here.
Price: FREE of charge, thanks to the generous hosting by Cybercom.
When: Tuesday, Februari 16:th,  2016
Where: Cybercom, Sveavägen 20, Stockholm (Subway: T-Centralen)
Agenda:

  • 17.30 – 18:00 Something light to eat. (Think wraps, or similar)
  • 18.00 – 18.30  Introduction Cybercom and Orangino Work
  • 18.30 – 19.30  We will try the tool together in a fun and insppiring way.
  • 19.30 – 20.00  How is Orangino Work used today in agile environments and how can it benefit your work with team development?

Welcome!

Orangino, Agile People and Cybercom in collaboration
Ulla Osterman, Pia-Maria Thorén, Kit Gullbrandson och Sara Bern

The super efficient 1%-er and other handy tools in my podcasts…

Long time no see, dear blog reader!

Even though it was some time since I posted here, the  Golden Opportunity podcasts have continued to come out regularly.

The December podcasts are found by clicking here, or go to the podcast site:

And the not before mentioned November podcasts are listed here below:

 

 

Podcasts on Persistence and Imagination

Hello, you find my 2 last podcasts on the topics below on iTunes or on my vlog:

Enjoy your development!

Best regards, Sara

[GO] 40: Achieve Your Goals Through Imagineering and Visualization

I just added a new podcast on achieving goals through so calle dimagineering and visualization.

Have a look at it at itunes or directly at my vlog: [GO] 40: Achieve Your Goals Through Imagineering and Visualization

You know, sometime this piece is the missing link to getting there. You are doing all things right to get to your goal, but something prevents you. Usually then, something in your subconscious is holding you back. You need to reprogram yourself.

Ever since I started my own company I have had a financial goal sometime to have the same income as previously paid employee (as a manager in an international company iwth 35 subordinates), but working only half of the time as entrepreneur, with all the freedom it brings. It has been the most difficult goal to reach for me.

So last summer, as I got a stomach flue and then an infection in india, was doomed to stay in the hotel room as my family toured the country we were visiting, I really made up my mind to use my tools and energy to remove the block and imagineer my living this goal intensively.

Thereafter it took me only a couple of months and then I reached my goal. Imagineering and visualization did the trick for me.

Oh, and I combined the Imagineering with Lifeflow to intensify the effect. More on that in another podcast. Stay tuned!

Have a really nice weekend! // Sara