Get to know the accomplished individuals who will present at the annual TEDxGreenville conference on April 8th! In this new series of blog posts, writer Jennifer Oladipo asks some compelling questions.
Speaker Jez Rose is a renowned behaviorist, speaker, author, and media personality from the UK.
What was the last idea, big or small, that you thought was an idea worth sharing?
When I work with organizations I run an experiment in time management where I have them check their email just once a day. The world still rotated and the human race still advanced before the invention of email. Not being a slave to email entirely changes how you manage your time and productivity and the best part is there is more time ‘found’ for tea and cake — and everyone loves tea and cake in England!
Tea and cake time forces down time and the opportunity to shut off for just a moment; to properly rest our brains. Many studies have proven how moments of rest increase our senses of well-being, productivity and efficiency, too. So that’s my (not so) big idea: to have regular short rest breaks. The really big idea incorporates nature, but when changing behavior, you often need to start small and work up to larger change.
I first worked in Greenville a year ago and fell in love with the town. It is so beautiful, its people are so proud and friendly, and it has a rich culture. I’m proud to support TEDx projects and believe in the platform it gives for ideas that are worth sharing. Greenville has so much to offer and TEDxGreenville is so well supported that I am very excited to be a part of it.
How does your work or art affect the way you see yourself?
I am hyper critical of what I produce both academically and artistically and my line of work as a behaviorist does mean by default that I am constantly measuring behavior, attempting to select the most appropriate responses.
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration all around me, especially in nature while walking my dogs. (Walking dogs is amazing for thinking time; ask anyone with a dog, they all say the same thing. I encourage you to borrow a dog and see for yourself – but ask the owner first. I don’t know how it works in the USA but they get a bit funny about just taking them in England.) I also find it in people I meet, and in the great potential of humanity. In TED talks and in reading. I’ve a library of more than 3,000 books, and they all provide great inspiration.
What is the most important thing we should know about behavior?
That all behavior happens for a reason. Often we focus on the behavior itself, however, it is often much more efficacious to focus on why the behavior happens: what causes it and what we can do about preventing it, or encouraging it to happen more often. It’s a myth that we don’t have the ability to choose our behavior, in the same way that we can choose our mindset. While it’s all relatively simple in principle, it’s often not easy.
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