Moira Somers

Topics

Advice Ignored: Why people don't follow your great advice

The plan is logical; the advice is sound; the client is in full agreement. And yet – NOTHING is happening! Is the client stuck, resistant, or just plain ornery? How you choose to frame this inaction can affect everything that follows in your work together.

Dr. Somers has long studied what happens in this moment of a relationship, and how to affect more positive outcomes. Join in as she describes how people go about deciding to change and what differentiates successful from unsuccessful changers and change agents. Learn how to create a working alliance that is stronger than ever.

How to Be Happier at Work

Work can be stressful, boring and unappealing. Work can be exciting, meaningful and satisfying. So is it the job itself that makes the difference, or is it the person doing the work? More importantly, what can be done to make work better and to do better work? In this informative presentation Dr. Somers will show audiences how to:

Understand the links between profitability, productivity, and happiness.
Identify the key job characteristics that make employees happier.
Cultivate your own personal potential for happiness.

Singing' the Money Blues: Financial Stress in the Workplace

The research is in, and the results are crystal clear: Money is the leading source of stress identified by the majority of North Americans. What does this finding mean for employers? What are the particular implications for human resources personnel? Join executive coach and financial recovery expert Dr. Moira Somers for this examination of the direct and indirect costs of financial stress.

The Limits of Willpower

Or, “Why It All Goes to Hell at the End of the Day.” Have you ever wished that you had more willpower? Groaned about how hard it is to resist temptation? If so, you’re in good company! Just think of what you could accomplish – at work AND in your personal life – if you had greater reserves of self‐discipline. But the fact is that we often seem to run out of willpower at critical moments. In this engaging talk, learn from the science of positive psychology how you can:

Use better strategies that will preserve your willpower for when it’s really needed.
Increase your self‐discipline.
Reach your goals (and help your team or clients reach theirs) with fewer setbacks along the way.

The Bad Habits of Highly Annoying Leaders

Effective leadership is often less about the To-Do list than it is about the To-Don’t list. Yet strong leaders are often blind to their own foibles and may keep practicing the very habits that limit the growth and effectiveness of those around them. In this interactive session, Dr. Somers will teach:
How leaders can get accurate feedback on the habits they need to change.
How to cultivate the skills of non-defensiveness and receptivity to change.
Effective means of follow-through to ensure lasting behaviour change.

 

Dr. Moira Somers

Neuropsychologist | Executive Coach

Need a change? Need to change? Dr. Moira Somers is a Neuropsychologist and Executive Coach whose expertise lies in helping people make lasting behavioral change. Funny and accessible, her keynote addresses and workshops combine the latest neuroscience research with practical, easy-to-implement advice.

Dr. Somers is a professor in the University of Manitoba’s Clinical Health Psychology department. She is the Director of the Business Practice portfolio of the Manitoba Psychological Society, and a faculty member at the Sudden Money Institute in Florida. She has delivered talks to organizations such as the National Football League Players’ Association, the Financial Planning Association, Young President’s Organization, and Bob Veres Insider’s Forum. Her work on client non-adherence and the psychological impact of major life transitions is of interest to health care and business audiences alike.

Dr. Somers has a particular interest in the factors that influence financial wellbeing, focusing on the pillars of money, mind and meaning. She is the author of the forthcoming book, The Advisor Who Gets in the Way.

Background

PhD, Psychology, University of Waterloo.
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology, University of Manitoba.
Certified Financial Recovery Counsellor, Financial Recovery Institute.

Topics

Advice Ignored: Why people don't follow your great advice

The plan is logical; the advice is sound; the client is in full agreement. And yet – NOTHING is happening! Is the client stuck, resistant, or just plain ornery? How you choose to frame this inaction can affect everything that follows in your work together.

Dr. Somers has long studied what happens in this moment of a relationship, and how to affect more positive outcomes. Join in as she describes how people go about deciding to change and what differentiates successful from unsuccessful changers and change agents. Learn how to create a working alliance that is stronger than ever.

How to Be Happier at Work

Work can be stressful, boring and unappealing. Work can be exciting, meaningful and satisfying. So is it the job itself that makes the difference, or is it the person doing the work? More importantly, what can be done to make work better and to do better work? In this informative presentation Dr. Somers will show audiences how to:

Understand the links between profitability, productivity, and happiness.
Identify the key job characteristics that make employees happier.
Cultivate your own personal potential for happiness.

Singing' the Money Blues: Financial Stress in the Workplace

The research is in, and the results are crystal clear: Money is the leading source of stress identified by the majority of North Americans. What does this finding mean for employers? What are the particular implications for human resources personnel? Join executive coach and financial recovery expert Dr. Moira Somers for this examination of the direct and indirect costs of financial stress.

The Limits of Willpower

Or, “Why It All Goes to Hell at the End of the Day.” Have you ever wished that you had more willpower? Groaned about how hard it is to resist temptation? If so, you’re in good company! Just think of what you could accomplish – at work AND in your personal life – if you had greater reserves of self‐discipline. But the fact is that we often seem to run out of willpower at critical moments. In this engaging talk, learn from the science of positive psychology how you can:

Use better strategies that will preserve your willpower for when it’s really needed.
Increase your self‐discipline.
Reach your goals (and help your team or clients reach theirs) with fewer setbacks along the way.

The Bad Habits of Highly Annoying Leaders

Effective leadership is often less about the To-Do list than it is about the To-Don’t list. Yet strong leaders are often blind to their own foibles and may keep practicing the very habits that limit the growth and effectiveness of those around them. In this interactive session, Dr. Somers will teach:
How leaders can get accurate feedback on the habits they need to change.
How to cultivate the skills of non-defensiveness and receptivity to change.
Effective means of follow-through to ensure lasting behaviour change.

 

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Testimonial

Moira Somers really went the extra mile to make her presentation not only fit our theme but be relevant to our audience. She presented at the end of a long, intense day at the conference, and not only held our attendees’ attention, but really made them think about how they work with their clients. She was a delight to work with, and I highly recommend her.

— Mary Corbin, the Financial Planning Association

Links

Money & Stress: Take this to the bank in Hope to Cope

Caught in the parent trap in the Winnipeg Free Press

Automate Your Savings on More from Investors Group