May 19, 2020

Working in the Dog Days of Summer?

Ashley Davis Bush
Bizclik Editor
5 min
Working in the Dog Days of Summer?

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<b>Written By: Ashley Davis Bush, <span data-scayt_word="LCSW" data-scaytid="4">LCSW</span></b></p>
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Has your vacation come and gone? &nbsp;Does working 9-5 cramp your summer style? No worries. &nbsp;Sitting by the pool isn&rsquo;t the only way to chill in the summer. &nbsp;These easy well-being exercises are linked to ordinary workday activities. &nbsp;They&rsquo;re simple to implement &ndash; and so effective in improving your mood, redirecting your thoughts, and reducing your stress &ndash; that you&rsquo;ll be feeling better in no time and be on your way to a productive workday!</p>
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<b>1. Freeze Frame</b><br />
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Trigger: When you drink your coffee or tea in the morning<br />
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Tool: As you take your first sip, stop for a moment, take a deep breath, freeze the frame (make a mental or audible camera click sound), and think, Life is good. As you take your first sip of any drink, morning through evening, create the habit of stopping to take a mental snapshot. Feel the liquid going down your throat. Notice, breathe, absorb, and savor the tastes as well as the moment. Imprint on your mind the happiness habit of noting to yourself, Ah, this is a good moment.<br />
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Purpose: This tool helps train your mind to focus on a moment of simple pleasure. It identifies a happy moment and holds it in your consciousness, creating an imprint of positive experience. It cultivates gratitude, a quality highly correlated with peacefulness. Finally, it creates a &ldquo;pause&rdquo; which momentarily stops the physical and emotional spiral of the day.<br />
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<b>2. Outstanding</b><br />
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Trigger: When a colleague asks, &ldquo;How are you?&rdquo;<br />
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Tool: Most people expect the standard answer of &ldquo;Fine&rdquo;. &nbsp;Instead, try answering with a &ldquo;Fantastic,&rdquo; &ldquo;Outstanding,&rdquo; &ldquo;Superb,&rdquo; or <span data-scayt_word=""Awesome."" data-scaytid="1">&ldquo;Awesome.&rdquo;</span> It doesn&rsquo;t matter if these superlatives don&rsquo;t actually match your current mood. Focus on simple basics in your life that you can truly appreciate&mdash;like good health, a sunny day, safe children, living in a non-war-torn country. Answer the question with a descriptive stronger than &ldquo;Fine&rdquo; and notice how you affect the entire mood of the office. &nbsp;<br />
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Purpose: When you find small ways to be grateful, you train your mind to focus on life as a daily gift and you spread that awareness to others. Using these turbo-charged &ldquo;happy&rdquo; words creates an opening in your life for more optimism and gratitude. &nbsp;<br />
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<b>3. Glad Game</b><br />
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Trigger: Whenever you find yourself complaining at work<br />
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Tool: Think of three things that you&rsquo;re actually glad about at work and say it out loud. (You love your coworkers, you like your corner office, you&rsquo;re glad you landed a new account). &nbsp;If that feels like a stretch, then say something that you&rsquo;re glad you&rsquo;re&nbsp;<i>not,&nbsp;</i>such as &lsquo;I&rsquo;m not getting a pink slip today&rsquo;, &lsquo;I don&rsquo;t have a hangover&rsquo; or &lsquo;I&rsquo;m not having a performance review <span data-scayt_word="today.'" data-scaytid="2">today.&rsquo;</span> &nbsp;Focus your attention on things that you&rsquo;re glad about in your situation, even if there are plenty of things that aren&rsquo;t so great. &nbsp;Feel the gladness; look for humor; let yourself smile.<br />
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Purpose: When we focus on the positive (even if something negative exists), we learn to redirect our thoughts and stop wallowing in misery. Gratitude and perspective are direct routes to inner peace.<br />
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<b>4. Take 5</b><br />
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Trigger: Before you check your <a href="http://www.canada.businesschief.com/technology/apps/canadian-customers-… at work<br />
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Tool: Breathe in through your nose to the count of five. Feel the air as it comes through your nose and expands into your lungs. Hold your breath to the count of five. Exhale through your mouth to the count of at least five (longer is even better). Upon exhaling, purse your lips as if blowing through a straw. Repeat several times.<br />
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Purpose: Breath work is universally considered grounding and relaxing. Deep exhalations stimulate calming mechanisms in your body. When you redirect your mind to an awareness of our breath, you create a moment of calm in which inner peace can bloom.<br />
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<b>5. Stop, Drop, and Roll</b><br />
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Trigger: When stopped at a red light, on your commute<br />
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Tool: &ldquo;Stop,&rdquo; &ldquo;drop&rdquo; down into your heart, and &ldquo;roll&rdquo; out a little goodwill to your fellow travelers. Look at the people in other cars in front of you, behind you, passing around you, and recognize that each one of them is just like you: They want happiness and they want to be free from stress. To each person you focus on say or think something like:<br />
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May you know happiness.<br />
May you be free from stress.<br />
Peace be with you.<br />
I hope you have a nice day.<br />
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Purpose: This tool &ldquo;quenches the fire&rdquo; of road rage by getting you out of your own little world. Commuting for many people can be the most stressful time in their days. Actively using this Shortcut gives you another way to be in the car. &nbsp;Opening your heart with compassion, you experience a deeper sense of inner peace.<br />
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<b>6. Shakedown</b><br />
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Trigger: When coming home at the end of the workday, before you enter the sanctuary of home<br />
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Tool: Before you walk through the door, spend a moment &ldquo;shaking down&rdquo; your body, as if you are shaking off water. Shake your right leg and foot, then your left leg and foot. Shake your right arm and hand; shake your left arm and hand. Gently shake your head and let your shoulders relax. Finish with a little twist of your torso to shake off any remaining tension. Finally, take a deep breath and heave a long hearty sigh (a prolonged exhalation).<br />
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Purpose: Relaxing your limbs sends a ripple effect of calm through your body. When you clear or shake off energy from a hectic outing, you restore yourself to a place of calm so that you can be present as you transition to home.<br />
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Using these simple shortcuts will make your workday feel brighter. &nbsp;You don&rsquo;t need to wait until Friday to calm your mind and lighten your mood. Weave these easy habits through your workday and feel better now!<br />
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<i>Ashley Davis Bush, <span data-scayt_word="LCSW" data-scaytid="5">LCSW</span> is a psychotherapist in southern New Hampshire and a self-help author. &nbsp;Her most recent book is Shortcuts to Inner Peace: &nbsp;70 Simple Paths to Everyday Serenity&nbsp;</i>(Berkley Books)<i>. &nbsp;For more resources, visit her website at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ashleydavisbush.com/&quot; style="color: rgb(0, 0, 204); " target="_blank"><span data-scayt_word="//www.AshleyDavisBush.com&quot; data-scaytid="3">www.AshleyDavisBush.com</span></a>.</i></p&gt;
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Jun 13, 2021

Marketing matters: from IBM to Kyndryl

CMO
Kyndryl
IBM
Leadership
Kate Birch
5 min
Former CMO for IBM Americas Maria Bartolome Winans was recently named CMO for Kyndryl. Maria talks about her new role and her leadership style

Former Chief Marketing Officer for IBM Americas, and an IBM veteran of more than 25 years, Maria Bartolome Winans was recently named CMO for Kyndryl.

Prior to joining Kyndryl as Chief Marketing Officer, Maria had a 25-year career at IBM, most recently as the tech giant’s CMO where she oversaw all marketing professionals and activities across North America, Canada and Latin America. She has held senior global marketing positions in a variety of disciplines and business units across IBM, most notably strategic initiatives in Smarter Cities and Watson Customer Engagement, as well as leading teams in services, business analytics, and mobile and industry solutions. She is known for her work with teams to leverage data, analytics and cloud technologies to build deeper engagements with customers and partners.

With a passion for marketing, business and people, and a recognized expert in data-driven marketing and brand engagement, Maria talks to Business Chief about her new role, her leadership style and what success means to her.

You've recently moved from IBM to Kyndryl, joining as CMO. Tell us about this exciting new role?

I’m Chief Marketing Officer for Kyndryl, the independent company that will be created following the separation from IBM of its Managed Infrastructure Services business, expected to occur by the end of 2021. My role is to plan, develop, and execute Kyndryl's marketing and advertising initiatives. This includes building a company culture and brand identity on which we base our marketing and advertising strategy.

We have an amazing opportunity ahead at Kyndryl to create a company brand that will stand apart in the market by leading with our people first. Once we are an independent company, each Kyndryl employee will advance the vital systems that power human progress. Our people are devoted, restless, empathetic, and anticipatory – key qualities needed as we build on existing customer relationships and cultivate new ones. Our people are at the heart of this business and I am deeply hopeful and excited for our future.

What experiences have helped prepare you for this new opportunity?

I’ve had a very rich and diverse career history at IBM that has lasted 25+ years. I started out in sales but landed explored opportunities at IBM in different roles, business units, geographies, and functions. Marketing and business are my passions and I landed on Marketing because it allowed me to utilize both my left and right brain, bringing together art and science. In college, I was no tonly a business major, but an art major. I love marketing because I can leverage my extensive knowledge of business, while also being able to think openly and creatively.

The opportunities I was given during my time at IBM and my natural curiosity have led me to the path I’m on now and there’s no better next career step than a once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity to help launch a company. The core of my role at Kyndryl is to create a culture centered on our people and growing up in my career at IBM has allowed me to see first-hand how to prioritize people and ensure they are at the heart of progress in everything Kyndryl will do.

How would you describe your leadership style?

I believe that people aren't your greatest assets, they are your only assets. My platform and background for leadership has always been grounded in authenticity to who I am and centered on diversity and inclusion. I immigrated to the US from Chile when I was 10 years old and so I know the power and beauty that comes from leaning into what makes you different from other people, and that's what I want every person in my marketing organization to feel – the value in bringing their most authentic self to work every day. The way our employees feel when they show up for themselves authentically is how they will also show up for our customers, and strong relationships drive growth.

I think this is especially true in light of a world forever changed by the pandemic. Living through such an unprecedented time has reinforced that we are all humans. We can't lead or care for one another without empathy and I think leaders everywhere have been reminded of this.

What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?

When I was growing up as an immigrant in North Carolina, I often wanted to be just like everyone else. But my mother always told me: Be unique, be memorable – you have an authentic view and experience of the world that no one else will ever have, so don't try to be anyone else but you.

What does success look like to you?

I think the concept of success is multi-faceted. From a career perspective, being in a job where you're respected and appreciated, and where you can see how your contributions are providing value by motivating your teams to be better – that's success! From a personal perspective, there is no greater accomplishment than investing in the next generation. I love mentoring younger professionals – they are the future. I want my legacy as a leader to include providing value in work culture, but also in leaving a personal impact on the lives of professionals who will carry the workforce forward. Finding a position in life with a job and company that offers me a chance at all of that is what success looks like to me.

What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?

I've always been a naturally curious person and it's easy for me to over-commit to projects that pique my interest. I've learned over years of practice how to manage that, so to my younger self I’d say… prioritize the things that are most important, and then become amazing at those things.

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