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The Elephant and the Rider

The Elephant and the Rider

Psychologist Jonathan Haidt introduced a useful analogy for thinking about behaviour change. Haidt argues that we have two sides: an emotional side (the Elephant), and an analytical, rational side (its Rider). Haidt’s analogy has it that the Rider is rational and can therefore see a path ahead while underneath him, the Elephant provides the power for the journey. However the Elephant is irrational and driven by emotion and instinct.

What should we do to keep in control of the Elephant? As the rational Rider we might know where we want to go, but we need to motivate the Elephant by tapping into emotion.

How long does it take to change a habit?

How long does it take to change a habit?

We all know the saying ‘Old habits die hard’. It’s true, to a certain extent, but with a bit of willpower, planning and time, habits can be changed and changed for the better. That goes for workplace habits, as well as personal ones such as giving up smoking or exercising more. But how long does it take, and what’s the best approach?

Creative habits for 2015

Creative habits for 2015

How is your 2015 going so far? Are you well into your groove, or are you running out of steam already? For those of you who made new year’s resolutions, this might be the time things start coming loose…