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Mindful : October 2018
An Australian man who has a rare antibody in his blood has donated plasma 1,100 times in his life, saving 2.4 million babies. Bermuda native Rodney Smith, while at university in the US, founded Raising Men Lawn Care Service, a nonprofit that helps youngsters volunteer in their communities by mowing lawns for those in need. An off-duty Hous- ton cop paid to replace groceries stolen from an ill man who had collapsed in the store’s parking lot. EXTRA ORDINARY ACTS OF KINDNESS A+WOULDRECOMMEND WHO recognizes the risks of gaming The World Health Organiza- tion has added a new illness to its International Classifi- cation of Diseases: gaming disorder, which is marked by “a pattern of gaming behaviour [of ] such a nature and intensity that it results in marked distress or signifi- cant impairment in personal, family, social, educational or occupational functioning.” Medical professionals have said the addictiveness of gaming is “substantially similar” to that of cocaine and gambling. While many people game in moderation, acknowledging the addictive quality of video games could make it easier for therapists and medical experts to understand and treat people who do not. Countering trauma two ways Researchers at Rutgers University recently examined whether a program that combines meditation and aerobic exercise might ease trauma-related symptoms and depression better than meditation or exercise alone. In a pilot study, 32 women who had experienced sexual violence received either the MAP (Mental and Physical) Training My Brain program, meditation alone, exercise alone, or no instruction. At the end of six weeks, women who’d had MAP training reported significantly fewer traumatic thoughts and less rumination, as well as greater feelings of self-worth. MAP training is unusual in that it activates both branches of the nervous system—one responsible for rest and repair, and one governing our “fight, flight, or freeze” response. Learning to intentionally engage and disengage these systems may be effective for those seeking to heal from trauma. MINDFUL AT WORK WITH MICHAEL CARROLL QA junior member of staff has asked for mentoring. What does this really mean? What does a good mentor do? A Mentoring is a private relationship between a mature, trusted leader and a talented, motivated protégé. The relationship requires periodic face time, so each par ty needs to be willing to be available to the other. It’s best if the person being mentored can articulate up front—in writing—what they would like to learn. Mentees should take an active interest from the very start in cultivating the relationship, rather than expecting their mentor always to lead. Mentors should expect to offer guidance and encour- agement on: Culture: What does the enterprise value most? What are the unspoken rules that one should be aware of? Politics: Who holds influence in the enterprise? How best can an aspiring leader contribute, inspire, and succeed? Social intelligence: What is expected of suc- cessful leaders and how should they behave? Above all, mentoring rela- tionships are about mutual learning; it’s not a one-way street. It’s a collegial rela- tionship bound by shared trust and respect. MICHAEL CARROLL IS THE AUTHOR OF FEARLESS AT WORK. October 2018 mindful 11 what’s new PHOTOGRAPHBYRAWPIXEL,QIYE/PIXABAY