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Change. Is it really as good as a holiday?

The age-old saying “Change is as good as a holiday” is one of those quotes you hear often and it can be applied to different contexts. As management consultants, we see the opportunity change can offer and believe there are many positives that can be achieved from embracing new opportunities and embracing something different from your normal routine. The simple of art of making a change has been proven to increase your wellbeing and make you genuinely happy which is the main reason why we all love holidays. Inspired by one of our Change2020 team members holidays to the Grand Canyon we explore paradigm of this saying and we just couldn’t resist using this fantastic shot of this mule to do it!

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Winter can be a tough time for many. It can be hard to leave that cosy warm bed to face a dark, cold morning. It’s also peak time for cold and flus to strike, affecting productivity and workplace morale.

Up to 59% of Australians cite winter as their least favourite season with more than 1 in 3 reporting that they feel the blues during the cooler months. Unlike the majority, I love winter. The clear crisp days and early evenings are perfect for enjoying delicious hot chocolate and spicy curries. Sometimes I even yearn for just a little snow! It’s a welcome contrast to summer with its relentless heat, steamy afternoon showers and long, long days that leave me feeling uncomfortable and tired.

Studies conducted in 2016 by a team of Belgian researchers indicates that our brains work differently across the seasons. According to their data, our brains become less efficient during winter, requiring a greater level of resources to complete tasks. In terms of brain activity, it’s more “costly” for your brain to perform tasks, making it seemingly more difficult to carry them out in winter than any other time of the year.

Previous research has also shown that moods, metabolism and immunity are impacted by the seasons, but this recent study shows that attention and memory may also have a seasonal impact.

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As the end of financial year looms, the air is frantic as leaders scramble to cross a multitude of tasks off their checklist before 30 June.  There are budgets to close off; employee performance reviews to complete; EOFY sales to arrange; progress planning to finalise for the year ahead; lessons from training sessions to incorporate; proposals to draft, and Board Members and Shareholders to communicate with.

Is it any wonder time is short and business leaders feel under the pump as the financial year draws to a close? While many leaders rise to the occasion, the additional pressure at this time of the year seems to trigger ill-informed decisions and poor choices from others.

According to Deloitte Insights article Does Scarcity Make You Dumb?, lack of time and resources can have very real and detrimental effects upon decision-making ability. The authors discuss the science behind the “scarcity-mind set”, and with time always in short supply at this time of the year, this is certainly something that could be affecting many leaders and negatively impacting their performance and decision making.

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