The THINK WORK SMART initiative has been developed over the past 30 years by Professor Michael E. Bernard with support from colleagues. Its’ purpose is to communicate in clear and concise ways what has been learnt about: 1. the ways in which people’s thinking about their work, themselves and others influences for better and worse their wellbeing, stress as well as effectiveness and productivity, and 2. how to improve and change their thinking from extreme, irrational and negative ways of thinking to clearer and more rational ways to think. Learning how to recognise and change one’s thinking has a very powerful influence over how people feel and behave at work.
MICHAEL’S PASSION IS IN HELPING PEOPLE TO STAY SANE AND HAPPY IN THE INCREASINGLY IRRATIONAL WORLD OF WORK WE ARE NOW EXPERIENCING.
Select Books by Michael E Bernard
- Bernard, M.E. (2023). Program Achieve. A social-emotional learning curriculum, 5th Edition. East Melbourne: The Bernard Group.
- Bernard, M.E. (2021). The High Performance Mindset at Work, Home and Life. Melbourne: Wilkinson Publishers.
- Bernard, M.E. (2020). The Successful Mind in Study, Work and Life. East Melbourne, VIC: The Bernard Group.
- Bernard, M.E., & Dryden, W. (Eds.). (2019). Advances in REBT. Theory, Practice, Research, Measurement, Prevention and Promotion. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature Switzerland AG, pp. 391.
- Dryden, W., & Bernard, M.E. (Eds.). (2019). REBT with Diverse Problems and Populations. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature Switzerland AG, pp. 429.
- Bernard, M.E., & David, O. (Eds.) (2018). Coaching for Rational Living. New York: Springer Press.
- Bernard, M.E. (2018). Stress Management for Teachers and School Principals. A Professional Development Program. East Melbourne: The Bernard Group.
- Bernard, M.E. (Ed.), (2013). The Strength of Self-Acceptance. New York: Springer.
Since the early 1970s, a group of psychologists have focussed on the central role of people’s thinking in understanding and improving work performance, lessening work stress and improving job morale and wellbeing. These forward-thinking innovators include but are not limited to: Albert Ellis, Dom DiMattia, Daniel Goleman, Martin Seligman, Carol Dweck, Fred Luthans and Angela Duckworth.
As a result of this ongoing work, we are now in a position to share what we have learnt about the very important relationship of the way people think about their work and both under-performance and peak performance as well as wellbeing of those working at all levels of an organisation including those who run small businesses.
Helping individuals not to upset themselves with events at work they cannot change immediately, has been a major goal. Increasing productivity by reducing the amount of time that people at all levels spend engaging in self-defeating reactions to frustrating circumstances is an allied goal.
This approach has been successfully implemented to help people at all levels of an organisation and small business.
Recently, Michael Bernard has had published The High Performance Mindset at Work, Home, and Life, that presents how people can think smart about their work and home life.
In the book, Michael discusses what has been learnt from international research about the architecture of the High Performance Mindset that has revealed the central importance of three core commitments to Success, Others and Self. In his book, he brings considerable expertise in helping people become aware of and change internal blockers to work success and satisfaction including anxiety, feeling down, anger and procrastination.
Michael’s passion is in helping people to stay sane and happy in this increasingly irrational world we live in. He devotes himself in his coaching, professional training and development workshops to helping people to learn how they can become smart thinkers about their work, very effective problem solvers and to face life on the front foot.