Episode 18 – Graeme Cowan

In this episode we discuss how to support a colleague in distress, the foundational things to do to encourage an R U OK culture in the workplace, why having good relationships with others is one of the key aspects to happiness and how improving your sleep is one of the fastest ways to improve your life.

Graeme Cowan helps leaders and their tribes to create an environment, culture and conversations that change people’s lives. His purpose is to help teams become more caring, resilient and growth oriented.
 
 
 
Graeme helped Gavin Larkin and a small team launch the R U OK? movement in 2000 – the powerful question that has given permission for open conversation with mental illness and general life struggles. He is a regular media commenter, speaker and author of three books. Motivated due to his own mental breakdown in 2000, he has discovered simple rituals that can increase wellbeing and effectiveness and has created a career around sharing these with others.
 
 
 
In this episode we discuss how to support a colleague in distress, the foundational things to do to encourage an R U OK culture in the workplace, why having good relationships with others is one of the key aspects to happiness and how improving your sleep is one of the fastest ways to improve your life.
 
 
 
Key highlights include:
  • Most people are happy to ask R U OK? but are not sure what to do if they say no. So to support a colleague in distress, utilise ICARE – Identify, Compassion, Access experts, Revitalise and Exercise.
  • If leaders practice their own self-care and sustainability, it flows on to what others do around them. If you’re not in good shape yourself, how can you support your team?
  • The three cups of self care that we need to fill are Vitality (physical energy, exercise, sleep, nutrition), Intimacy (having positive and fulfilling relationships with others) and Prosperity (our contribution – whether it’s work, community focused, legacy, etc).
 
You can find out more about Graeme and his work here or connect with him on LinkedIn.

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