Useful thinking is a pragmatic philosophy for dealing with circumstances one cannot change through the conscious adoption of a productive mindset, coined by professional speaker and author Chris Helder.
On this episode of Defence Connect Podcast, Helder joins host Phil Tarrant to explain how a tragic loss triggered the foundation of his book Useful Belief, why this way of thinking has become so valuable to the Australian Defence Force, and how it can be applied to all aspects of life.
He also provides his insights into why ruminating on the negative can lead to worse outcomes, how the useful belief concept can be harnessed to improve leadership, and why journaling can be a useful tool.
Enjoy the podcast,
The Defence Connect team
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Episode 198: Next generation tactical watercraft – Darren Schuback and Ryan Carmichael, The Whiskey Project
Episode 197: INSIGHT: Australia’s relationship with China – Andrew Hastie MP
Episode 196: PODCAST: The art of effective negotiation – Simon Kelland, Scotwork
Episode 195: PODCAST: ‘Until we have a reasonable parity, it’s not business as usual’ – Jennifer Wittwer
Episode 194: INSIGHT: National resilience – John Blackburn AO, Institute for Integrated Economic Research – Australia
Episode 192: PODCAST: Transitioning from uniform into corporate life – Matthew Williams, Babcock Australia & New Zealand
Episode 191: PODCAST: Supporting Australian export strategies – Roland Stephens, Australian Trade and Investment Commission
Episode 190: PODCAST: Operating a growing defence SME – Warren Levin, Sydney City Marine
Episode 189: PODCAST: Year in review – Steve Kuper, Defence Connect