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SHARP & CARTER DOES MOVEMBER

Five strapping young men from our Sharp & Carter team decided to take part in the Movember cause this year to raise funds and spread awareness around some of the biggest health issues faced by men; prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

MOVEMBER THIS YEAR

The Movember Foundation is the leading global organisation committed to changing the face of men's health. Movember has been operating since 2003 and every year focuses on a different men’s health issue; prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health issues such as depression.

This year was particularly important to us as the focus was on mental health in men.

 

Some facts on mental health in men:

- On average, 1 in 8 men will have depression and 1 in 5 men will experience anxiety at some stage of their lives.

- While women are more likely to experience depression and anxiety, men are less likely to talk about it. This increases the risk of their depression or anxiety going unrecognised and untreated.

- Depression is a high risk factor for suicide and in Australia, there are approximately 2,500 suicides each year. 75% are by men, with an average of 6 men taking their lives every single day. Suicide is the leading cause of death for men under the age of 54, significantly exceeding the national road toll.

- It’s important to remember that depression and anxiety are conditions, not weaknesses, and effective treatments are available.
 

MOVEMBER AND SHARP & CARTER

This year our MoBro’s set a target of $2,000. To help reach this target they decided to host a fund raising dinner extravaganza! The incredible Koko Black www.kokoblack.com  & Frank Body www.frankbody.com kindly donated hampers for our raffle draw. With a crowd of 38 people, the boys put up a 3 course dinner and managed to raise over $650 on the night!

The Sharp & Carter MoBro’s total funds raised to date stands at $1,620.

Stop men dying too young, join the movement for men’s health.

 

To donate to this fantastic cause follow this link
https://au.movember.com/mospace/team/2241535

MENTAL HEALTH IN THE WORKPLACE, A TOPIC THAT MATTERS TO SHARP & CARTER

Interview with Gregory J Kentish

CEO of Acacia Connection, the employee assistance program implemented at Sharp & Carter.

Sharp & Carter has now implemented an Employee Assistance Program offering counselling to help employees dealing with life’s challenges, outside or inside the workplace. Because we believe that we can and should, care for people in our business. We believe in treating others as we would like to be treated and this is why supporting our employees to be the best they can is one of our core missions.

To understand better the need for companies to offer Psychological support to their staff, we interviewed Greg Kentish, CEO of Acacia, the Employee Assistance Program we offer at Sharp & Carter.


CAN YOU PLEASE GIVE US SOME FACTS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH IN THE WORKPLACE?

Here are some interesting facts given by the Australian government:

Mental ill health touches everyone:

- Mental ill-health is more prevalent than people realise.

- Australia is ranked amongst the lowest of all OECD countries for rate of workforce participation by people with disability, including those with mental illness.

-  The typical of onset for mental ill health is late teens to early 20s. They will spend their working lives managing their mental health.

-  1 out of 5 people have experienced a mental health disorder in the last 12 months.

- 3 million Australians are living with depression anxiety, which is about 13% of our population.

Mental health in the workplace:

-   Mental ill health affects how a person feels, thinks, behaves and interacts with others.

-    It is likely that as a manager you will supervise a worker experiencing mental illness.

- Approximately 7% of workers in any organisation will develop clinically significant depressive symptoms in any one year.

WHAT AS A COMPANY, CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?

Being a mentally supportive workplace – conservative stats say 45% of the population will experience a mental health disorder across their lifetime, this will affect employees in the workplace and therefore having support in place is valuable.

Implementing an employee assistance program, counselling service available for any employee in need of support.

Encouraging employees to use the EAP by informing them of the benefits of such support and promoting the confidentiality of the service which is crucial to a successful program.

Encourage men at work to access support. We know from experience that mostly females access counselling, men experience the same difficulties but don’t reach out as much.

Educating managers in managing mental health.

Talking openly about mental health to reduce the stigma around it.

Encouraging managers to use the manager hotline when they are unsure about how to support employees.  

WHAT IS THE AIM OF COUNSELLING/SESSIONS THROUGH EAP

- To improve employee functioning inside and outside of work.

- To help employees have better home and family lives as nearly 50% of all the counselling we do is relationship or family/children related difficulties. This in turn will create better functioning communities overall.

- To give employees positive strategies to overcome various challenges that life throws at us.

WHY EMPLOYEES SHOULDN’T BE AFRAID OF TAKING ON COUNSELLING

It’s completely confidential. Employees shouldn’t be afraid to make contact, call our call centre or text us, we are really friendly and helpful, you can even call just to ask us a question or ask how the service works. EAP has 4 ways to connect with Psychologists that can suit the employee and their situation – Phone, Face to face, Text/Chat or Video.

 

 

SHARP & CARTER & ACACIA

We are both committed to helping others and together Sharp & Carter and Acacia are committed to ensuring we provide you with the highest quality support no matter what the issue may be.

Acacia donates $2 from every EAP counselling session to support those in need who may not be able to afford support – if you know anyone in need please lodge a wish on our website as caring about others and giving back is very important to us.

INSIDER TIPS - HOW TO CREATE THE BEST LINKEDIN PROFILE

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INTERVIEW WITH RICK PALAIA

Senior Enterprise Relationship Manager at Linkedin

Linkedin is quite intuitive and will take you through the basic steps you need to take to build your profile. However how do you make the most of your profile? How do you stand out from other profiles similar to yours? We interviewed Rick Palaia, Senior Enterprise Relationship Manager at Linkedin and got a few handy tips for you.

 

RUN A COUPLE OF QUICK TESTS

Once your profile is built, check it. Try to have an objective eye or ask a colleague / a friend to check it for you:

         1/ The first digital impression:

What is the first impression you get when you land on your Linkedin profile. Is this picture the best reflection of who you are? Is your tag line punchy and informative enough?

Your tag line must show how you want to add value and to whom? ‘Accountant seeking new opportunities’ doesn’t say much about you.

       2/ Test to see how much people can get from your profile on a personal level:

Input some of your personality! This will be the difference you are going to make vs other profiles with similar experiences. This is too often neglected.

Include your interests and what gets you excited outside of work. Showing your personality helps you stand out when an employer judges the cultural fit of one profile vs another with the same set of skills.

To build the personal aspect of your profile, fill in the interest section but also be careful in the way you structure your profile, the style you use. You want to get across the way you are. You want to attract the right cultural fit.

Ask yourself this question ‘Why me’. Outside of your skills, what makes you different from anyone else. You can ask a family member / a friend to help you. It should read quite obviously.

Don’t use bullet points or use a resume style, this is not your resume! Make it a bit more conversational.

       3/ Mobile test:

57% of the LinkedIn traffic comes from mobile. Go on the mobile version of your profile and in about 15 sec (average time spent on a page) challenge yourself to find as much info as you can. You can also ask a friend / colleague to do it for you and check if the info they gathered reflects you the right way. If not telling much, then your profile might not be optimal.

AVOID THESE COMMON MISTAKES:

       1/ People with not enough information.

You need to explain what you’ve done.

       2/ People with too much information.

THIS IS NOT YOUR RESUME, it complements a resume.

Tricky hey?! You need to find the right balance. Ask yourself these questions:

-       What is my unique value prop? How can you help out someone else?

-       What am I looking at when building my profile? What is my goal building this profile?

GO BEYOND YOUR PROFILE

Make sure you have fully completed your profile and go beyond.

You can add some attachments. It brings your profile to life. To tell more of a visual story you can add pictures, power point presentations...Let’s be honest, just text isn’t really exciting.

Use the tests to make sure you represent yourself the right way. Think about who your audience is, what are they looking for?

Today, your LinkedIn profile could get you the interview you want, resume's aren’t what they used to be and if your LinkedIn profile is well-built some employers might by-pass the resume all together.

 

Remember humans recruit humans, you are more than a set of skills!

 

                                                                                                                    

What the brain of a guy who climbs massive cliffs without ropes can teach us about fear and why you need to know about 'Mental Rehearsal'

It’s hard for most of us to process what Alex Honnold does.

A 30-year-old climber, Honnold is known as the master of a discipline known as free solo climbing, which involves scaling vertical walls without the help of ropes, harnesses, or anything that might break a fall.

The penalty for failure on those climbs is death.

Most of us would be overcome by fear long before we hauled ourselves ropeless up the first 100 feet of the 2,500 foot El Sendero Luminoso limestone cliff in Mexico, which Honnold scaled in 2014. Yet somehow he remains calm, no matter what — to the point that he’s known as Alex “No Big Deal” Honnold.

People always him if he’s fearless, to the point that he’s said he gets tired of answering the same questions. But it’s a fair question — is there something different about Honnold’s brain? Is he truly fearless?

The climber has always insisted that HE DOES FEEL FEAR, HE JUST PREPARES TO THE POINT THAT HE KNOWS HE'LL BE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH HIS GOAL BY MENTALLY REHEARSING EVERYTHING THAT COULD HAPPEN. Yet some of his climbs, including at least one recent one up a route he’d never ascended before, make you wonder if he really understands what it’s like to be afraid.

To get to the bottom of that, journalist J.B. MacKinnon, writing for Nautilus, asked Honnold if he’d be willing to get a brain scan with an MRI.

Honnold said yes.

The brain scan

Cognitive neuroscientist Jane Joseph of the Medical University of South Carolina agreed to do the scan. Mainly, she was looking to answer two questions: First, if he had a healthy amygdala — the part of the brain that responds to threatening or scary stimuli (and controls many of our reactions to other phenomena) — what was happening there? And second, what drives him to do this? Is it a pursuit of some rewarding feeling, some hit of dopamine?

The full Nautilus story is worth a read, but basically, Joseph and others who reviewed the MRI found nothing wrong with Honnold’s brain. His amygdala was there and didn’t seem damaged. However, there was no activity there even when the research team showed him a series of images designed to get that region firing — disturbing and shocking things. Another climber whose brain was used a control lit up just as expected, but Honnold’s remained silent.

It seems that despite the normal physiology, there was nothing that looked like a normal fear response.

The reward response showed interesting results as well. Things that would normally trigger a surge just didn’t. Basically, Honnold was an extremely high sensation seeker, according to Joseph. Basic “reward tasks” weren’t interesting enough. He sought out what most people consider insanely thrilling or dangerous sensations in order to feel satisfied, and for him (perhaps especially due to his fear response), that meant free solo climbing.

Unlearning fear

But that still leaves the question of why Honnold’s brain works the way it does when confronted with frightening stimuli. To understand that, we have to go back to the explanations Honnold has always given — he understands that some moments are scary, but is able to mentally work past them.

On a recent episode of The Tim Ferris Show podcast, Ferris asked Honnold how he handles the mental preparation for a climb that he knows will be particularly challenging.

“When I’m planning on doing something challenging, I spend the time sort of visualising what the experience will feel like and what the individual sections of it will [feel like],” said Honnold.
“Particularly if it’s a free solo, I’m climbing ropeless, then I’ll think through what it will feel like to be in certain positions, because some kinds of movements are insecure and so they’re kind of scarier than other types of moves, and so it’s important to me think through how that will feel when I’m up there, so that when I’m doing it I don’t suddenly be like ‘Oh my God, this is really scary!’ I know that it’s supposed to be scary, I know that’s going to be the move, I know what it will feel like, and I just do it.”

Honnold’s mental prep sounds like a psychological technique known as “mental rehearsal,” which is used to get ready for anything difficult. Research has shown it can help doctors perform better. Astronauts like Chris Hadfield say it’s an essential part of their preparation for spaceflight.

If you’ve already thought through how everything could feel, even when it goes wrong, you’re prepared if things actually do go south.

MENTAL REHEARSAL IS THE KEY

Rehearsing the way that certain scary moments will feel means that those moments feel “right” when they happen, instead of feeling surprising. In Honnold’s case, we can’t know exactly why his brain didn’t perceive the stimuli as worthy of amygdala activation. Perhaps his probably already naturally hard-to-trigger fear response has been essentially trained out of him through his own mental exercises. Joseph thinks you could probably still trigger it, it would just take something a whole lot more intense.

And while mental rehearsal (along with climbing ability, strength, and what sounds like a natural way to approach climbing without fear) helps Honnold perform at his best, it’s a technique that can be incorporated into anyone’s day-to-day life.

CHECK HOW TO INCLUDE MENTAL REHEARSAL IN YOUR LIFE HERE.

Whilst you might not be climbing a mountain without a rope anytime soon this can help you prepare for a job interview, a difficult conversation, or a marathon. In Honnold’s case, it’s enough to get him ready to dangle thousands of feet above the rocky ground.

Source: Business Insider Australia

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