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1 Habits…Kryptonite or Superpowers? LGMA Future Leaders Forum Clare Edwards

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8 “Habits are the choices that all of us deliberately make at some point and then stop thinking about but continue doing, often every day” Charles Duhigg, author of ‘The Power of Habit’

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11 “Whatfirestogether,wirestogether” Hebb’s Law 66

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13 Basal Ganglia Amygdala

14 As each rat learned how to navigate the maze, its mental activity decreased Within a week, the brain structures related to memory had quietened, voila – a habit is born

15 The Habit Loop

16 CRAVING From the Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

17 From the Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

18 The Habit Loop From the Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

19 Work-based Habits ?

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22 B.S.O.S.

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24 Curiosity? Distraction? Relief from complexity

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26 Carry on working Realise I’m late Meeting reminder Get more done? Flexibility, Freedom? Being ‘in the moment’

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28 Pre Frontal Cortex (PFC) The CEO!

29 Strategies to change existing Habits

30 “To change an old habit, we must address an old craving, keep the old cue, deliver the old reward but feed the craving by inserting a new routine”

31 Time Location Company Previous action Emotion Craving? Substitute Work? Yes – great No – try another reward Triggered by the old cue Delivers same reward Set an implementation intention

32 KEEP THE SAME CUE PROVIDE THE SAME REWARD INSERT A NEW ROUTINE

33 Curiosity? NOVELTY, CHANGE, DISTRACTION DOPAMINE HIT? Choice?

34 > Address an old craving > Keep the old cue > Deliver the old reward > Insert a new routine

35 Creating New Habits The Magic Ingredients

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38 Set Implementation Intentions “If I’m asked to do a task and I’m busy then I shall ask what level of priority it takes because it will help me with my productivity” “When my ‘take a break’ alarm sounds, I will allow myself one minute before committing to taking my break because I know it will improve my energy and attention” “After I leave the team meeting I will transfer notes to my to do list because otherwise it’ll never get done and I’ll be back to square one” 2.

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41 Make it easier to do the hard thing And harder to do the easy thing And harder to do the easy thing 5.

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44 Bb M The Language of Habit

45 Bb M The Language of Habit

46 Bb M The Language of Habit

47 Bb M The Language of Habit

48 Bb M CHANGE your Language!

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51 Value aligned goal – “to be the best leader I can be, effective and efficient” SIMPLE cue – turn on the laptop Prioritise productivity routines CLEAR reward – e.g. music on the way home, a beer, sense of completion? Craving a sense of accomplishment Improved leadership capabilities?

52 Productivity routines - from working harder to working smarter 1.Schedule activities according to your personal energy 2.Prioritise prioritising 3.Simplify through chunking 4.STOP multitasking! 5.Aim to work in sprints

53 Productivity routines - from working harder to working smarter 6. TAKE breaks 7. Remove or minimise distractions 8. Delegate where possible 9. Avoid thinking when you don’t have to 10. Reflect, review, refresh

54 Consequences of no change? Impact of planned change?

55 Creating Successful HABITS H ave a clear plan A lign actions with goals & values B elieve that change is possible I dentify the cue, routine, reward T ry different rewards, then change the routine S how others how it’s done!

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57 “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit” Aristotle, 384 – 322 BCE


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