Practical Insights PauseFest 2019

Over three days I had the opportunity to listen to experts from Atlassian, GoDaddy, Google and Airbnb at PauseFest 2019. This article contains some of the highlights from the conference condensed into one helpful post to help us take action on what was shared.

  • New designers focus on designing new behaviours while a participatory design approach helps to use what we already know — Adam Morris, Today
  • It needs to be participatory, not democratic — Adam Morris, Today
  • The Human Centered Design (HCD) system doesn’t guarantee wellbeing outcomes. However, we can use insights generated from HCD to make wellbeing decisions — Laura Ryan, Mentally Friendly
  • Move forward even in times of uncertainty —Laura Ryan, Mentally Friendly
  • 15% of all employees surveyed worldwide are engaged in their work. Additionally, 14% of all employees surveyed in Australia are engaged by their work. What about the other people? (Gallup, 2017) — Steven Aldrich, GoDaddy
  • Ask yourself, what catalyst can spark our actions? — Steven Aldrich, GoDaddy
  • We all have an infinite capacity to get better — Carrol Dweck, Stanford
  • Start before you are ready — Steven Aldrich, GoDaddy
  • Helpful hints on giving and receiving feedback — Sadie Said, Happiness Concierge
  • Sometimes you need to look inward before you can move outward — Rachael O’Meara, Google
  • Pausing = any intentional shift in behaviour — Rachael O’Meara, Google
  • It’s okay to pause and do nothing, it’s a strength — Rachael O’Meara, Google
  • Learning to label your feelings can improve your wellbeing. According to research conducted by Paul Ekman, there are seven emotional expressions universal to people all over the world: happiness, sadness, surprise, fear, anger, disgust, and contempt.
  • The blockchain is a slow database for people who don’t trust each other. It’s good to help people do things like vote and buy — Andrew Hyde, Glider
  • The crypto camps that currently exist: no border anarchists, technologists, currency traders, decentralisers and security researchers — Andrew Hyde, Glider
  • If every 8 year old was taught meditation we would eliminate violence in one generation — Dalai Lama
  • Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment with openness, curiosity and without judgement — Dr. Addie Wootten, Smiling Mind
  • We have a built-in negative bias which means we tend to remember the negative things that happen to us easier than the positive. It’s about making an effort to recall the positives — Dr. Addie Wootten, Smiling Mind
  • A human mind is a wandering mind and a wandering mind is an unhappy mind — Harvard Research 2010
  • When living with the same people (in confined spaces) it was found that an avoidant strategy to conflict resolution can be more helpful than trying to solve it through talking — Jocelyn Dunn, NASA
  • You can be purposeful, productive and profitable — BCorp
  • Helpful hints on constructive conversations — Sadie Said, Happiness Concierge
  • Find a way to be one you, not work you and home you otherwise it’s tiring — Dom Price, Atlassian
  • Disruption has always been there, it’s not new but maybe just a little faster — Dom Price, Atlassian
  • We need to think of working with other organisations as being in partnership, not a contract — Dom Price, Atlassian
  • Efficiency thinking is what is left over from the industrial era. For people to collaborate effectively in organisations they must think in terms of effectiveness — Dom Price, Atlassian
  • Focus on outcomes delivered not time spent working. Outcomes happen 3–6 months after the fact so it takes a leader who is not scared of failure to focus on outcomes — Dom Price, Atlassian
  • Read this book — Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World
  • Here is free access to Atlassian Team Playbook - Team Building Activities that Work
  • Ask yourself are you a passenger or a pilot? The passenger just goes along for the ride while the pilot guides the plane — Dom Price, Atlassian
  • We are suffering from knowledge obesity. Consuming information and doing nothing about it — Dom Price, Atlassian
  • Connection builds trust — Julia Khusainova, Airbnb
  • We are borrowing someone from their lives for 8 hours a day. How do we ensure that we give them back better than when they started? — Dom Price, Atlassian
  • When having a converstion about wellbeing it’s important to ask what’s the null option? That is what happens if you take no action in this circumstance — Chloe Hamman, Culture Amp
  • Nothing memorable is seamless, efficient and smooth. Yet this is what clients ask for — Soren Luckins, Buro North
  • Frustration happens in the negative gap between expectation and reality. While delight happens in the positive gap between expectation and reality — Soren Luckins, Buro North
  • 45% of all Australians will experience a mental health disorder — Gabrielle Evans, Headspace
  • Wellbeing future focus areas include — the gut-mind connection, natures role as physician and parent training — Gabrielle Evans, Headspace
  • Isolation is the biggest cause of addiction in our community — Mark Brand, CEO MB Inc
  • When things get darkest. We must be our brightest. We must love our hardest — Mark Brand, CEO MB Inc
  • Lastly, don’t ever forget…
Thanks, Happiness Concierge

Pause Fest is the worlds leading creativity infused business event held in Melbourne Australia.