Self Knowledge

The foundation stone of staying sane, and therefore a useful place for us to start, is with some exploration of who you are.

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How to develop a ‘Growth Mindset’ and embrace failure

In this delightful video Carol Dweck explains why it is so important to have a so-called ‘Growth Mindset’ and how to develop one (hint: embracing failure is a good first step).

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The Science of Productivity

This nicely animated video explains the science behind productivity, why we might run out of willpower and interesting techniques to overcome periods of low motivation.

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The Happy Secret to Better Work

Happiness might be the key to productivity. In this very funny TED talk psychologist Shawn Achor explains why.

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Inside The Mind Of A Master Procrastinator

Tim Urban’s funny talk on procrastination explains the mind of a procrastinator and makes insightful observations on why the consequences could be worse than just missing a deadline.

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The Science of Character

This interesting 8 minute short film documents the science of character and the benefits of building on character strengths.

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What makes us feel good about our work?

Behavioural economist Dan Ariely presents two eye-opening experiments that reveal what motivates us at work. (Hint: it is not just money!)

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Where do good ideas come from?

We love this – not least for the wonderful cartoon graphics!  For us, there is also something in here about unconscious processing. Why not consider the messages alongside Richard Nisbett’s book – Mindware?  

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Two brains?

You may have heard that the model of “left brain” and “right brain” is a bit of a simplification, but don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater as there is some some truth in the idea of lateralisation of brain function.  This wonderful, animated film tells you more ….

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Allow Yourself to be Brilliant!

Short, pithy 5 minute talk that teaches a couple of easy ways in which to give yourself permission to embrace and unleash your own brilliance!

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The Power of Vulnerability

In a poignant, funny talk, Brené Brown shares insights from her research on human connection – our ability to empathise, belong and love – that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. 

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Playing to Your Strengths

Inspiring talk by Marcus Buckingham on the importance of honouring, owning and playing to your strengths, rather than trying to fix your weaknesses.

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Look beyond the surface …

When you consider your skills, or those of others, consider that some talents might not be immediately apparent.

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The Puzzle of Motivation

The entertaining views of Daniel Pink.

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Creativity in Problem Solving

Stephen Shapiro, the creator of the Personality Poker cards, talks to a conference of NASA rocket scientists about the power of lateral thinking to open us up to new creative possibilities.

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The Power of believing that you can improve

Carol Dweck’s short but thought-provoking TED talk, based on extensive scientific research, demonstrating the ability of the brain to improve its performance when we focus on process rather than outcome.

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Personal Branding & Change

Indian speaker, Anand Pillai, talks entertainingly about creating your own personal brand, the importance of self-development and being prepared to move from your comfort zone to your courage zone.

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Personal Branding

The refreshingly upfront and succinct Australian business woman, Amanda Rose gives 5 easy steps to help you identify your own personal brand, and be empowered to change it.

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Understanding Your Personal Qualities

A simple and neat model that talks about core qualities and overdone strengths.

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Freud’s Theory of Personality

A good introduction to why we aren’t all that we seem to be on the surface!

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Kolb’s Learning Cycle

A simple intro to reflective learning, written from a teaching perspective.

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The Power of Introverts

In an organisational world that is dominated by a preference for extroverted styles, it’s good to see a balancing argument!

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The Science Of Personality

A modern take on personality theory from a major publisher.

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This site is maintained by two individuals who wear more than one hat – be it consultant, psychologist or psychotherapist – so you should expect to find a wide range of materials that are all about how people learn, perform and grow. Chris and Jackie founded Sixth Sense Consulting Ltd in 2010. We provide assessment, leadership development, team building, career transition, psychotherapy, and wellbeing services to individuals and organisations. Our aim is to share materials and resources we use in our day to day work with others in a digestible and practical format.

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