Mindset & Optimism: How do we stay positive when life throws the unexpected?

Mindset & Optimism: How do we stay positive when life throws the unexpected?

How do we stay positive when life throws the unexpected? It's something many of us, including Good Things Guy Brent Lindeque, have been grappling with this past year. In this latest JacPod podcast, Brent is very candid about his recent slump, where he felt as if he'd lost his spark.

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Brent Lindeque talks to Clive Vanderwagen-Julicher about Mental Wellness and why our mindsets matter so much, especially right now!

Clive is trained in Transactional Analysis (TA) and is also a member of the South African Transactional Analysis Association. TA is like an operating system for how humans interact, and this is used powerfully in his training sessions.

“I draw on a broad range of industry experience – I've seen it all. I train using practical examples that are relevant to the company I'm working with for effective behaviour change. I teach people to consciously respond, rather than to react, to the situations they face, whether it be with customers or internal stakeholders,” he says.

Listen to the show below.

Meanwhile, for the past 50 years, the primary role of business in society has been to maximise shareholder return, a consequence of Milton Friedman's seminal article in the New York Times in 1970 in which he stated that "any other use of shareholders money was irresponsible".

Given the current state of the world, the pandemic, with climate change, global warming, depletion of our natural resources, over population, catastrophic pollution and growing inequality to name a few, it feels like the idea of business being a force for good, and playing a bigger role in society beyond financial maximisation, is the obvious thing to do.

Unfortunately, many business leaders don’t see it this way.

The world of business is about making money and “purpose” is often seen as getting in the way of making money. It’s perceived to be a “feel good” distraction that takes the eye off the ball, costs money, and erodes the carefully crafted and sought-after profit number. This number is the sole purpose many businesses exist, and it is the most significant factor that business leaders are judged on.

So, when business leaders see the word “purpose”, their immediate assumption is that it is going to cost them money, making their profit number that much more difficult to achieve.

Mike Middleton,  Founder and CEO of Marty McFly - and Andrew Ross, CEO of Chaos Theory - joined Good Things Guy Brent Lindeque to chat about where business is going in our 'new normal'.

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