Episode 4

Published on:

28th Apr 2020

Reframing Your Mind

Leading Through Crisis: Part III

Reframing Your Mind

Traditional psychology has demonstrated through multiple research studies that people tend to

·        focus on negative events rather than positive ones

·        learn more from negative outcomes and experiences

·        have a stronger motivation to avoid pain than to seek pleasure

·        make decisions based on negative information rather than positive data

·        remember negative experiences over positive experiences

It is not easy to choose to take a positive stance; to change our focus

·        When we hear bad news, it takes 3-4 seconds for it to go into our long-term memory.

·        When we hear good news, it takes 12 seconds before it drops into our long-term memory. If we get distracted before the 12 seconds is up, it doesn’t go in at all.


This idea of reframing our minds does not take us toward an inability to be aware of reality; or leave us irrelevant in a crisis. Rather this this idea of reframing our minds and choosing the positive moves our mental stance to a place where we can advance our effectiveness in times of crisis and change.

Consider one question to reframe your mind: “What am I committed to during this crisis?”

Reframing your thinking by adding in the balance of realism with optimism is a key – in the moment – to avoid heading down the path of negativity. 

Offering grace has the potential to be a significant differentiator not only in your life but in the lives of those with whom you live and work.

Responding to the question of what you are committed to and then, adding in the willingness to be gracious to those around you moment by moment will help you discover the path to reframing your mind.

This month the Mastermind experience I am facilitating is called “leading through crisis: staying the course”. Are you leading a group that you would like to offer a mastermind growth experience to? If so, head to my website at www.healthyleadership.online/home schedule a complementary call. I’d love to learn more about how I can support you and your team during these challenging days.


Bechtle, M (2016).  Why Negative is Stronger than Positive. Blog. Retrieved on 4.26.2020 from http://www.mikebechtle.com/why-negative-is-stronger-than-positive/

Reid, K. (2018). 1980’s Ethiopia famine: Facts, FAQ’s and how to help. Retrieved on 4.26.2020 from https://www.worldvision.org/disaster-relief-news-stories/1980s-ethiopia-famine-facts#cause

St John, B. (2017). Minor Shifts for Major Boosts in Focus, Drive, and Energy. Hachette, UK.

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The Art of Leadership focuses on soft skills... some of the hardest skills a leader will ever learn.
The Art of Leadership with Dr. Niña Ellison focuses on the soft skills of leadership, their value and the power of their influence. As a leader, if you are interested in moving from success to significance then balancing both hard and soft skills is essential!

Hard skills are demonstrated through technical expertise that results in clearly measured goals being reached. They are vital to the success of any initiative or program. On the other hand, soft skills emphasize the transformation of people. They highlight behavioral changes and making a difference in people’s lives.

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In 2019, after years of leading teams varying from international disaster relief and healthcare to the US Corporate world, Niña founded Healthy Leadership to focus on her passion for partnering with leaders in their growth and sustainability. Her own journey into soft skill development has convinced her that while her technical skills helped her get her foot in the door, her soft skills moved the influence of her leadership from success to significance.

As a soft skill specialist Niña takes monthly deep dives in her podcast series, The Art of Leadership, to explore the underlying dimensions of soft skills. She knows that soft skill development is not so much about WHAT but HOW a leader leads.
• From a 10,000 foot view a leader pursuing soft skills asks, “How do I problem solve; How do I manage time and energy?”
• From a 1,000-foot view that same leader, as they dig deeper into soft skills, begins asking questions like, “How do I listen; or How do gain self-control?”
• From Ground Zero the leader recognizes that there are underlying dimensions of soft skills as they ask, “How do I model respect for all; How do I sustain hope; How do I demonstrate appropriate love in the workplace; How do I maintain the right attitude?” How do I lead by serving?

Nina believes that behind every wildly effective and sustainable system and process are leaders and teams who have interwoven soft skills into every phase of their work.