Graeme Cowan's "Moodometer"

Mood management is one of the cornerstones of Graeme Cowan's work on resilience, and this tool was developed for that purpose.

Business management expert Graeme Cowan has always had a pre-disposition to depression, which worsened to a chronic state between 2000 and 2005.

With his psychiatrist, he started learning how to master his moods, as a means of improving his symptoms.

The result was the “moodometer,” which Cowan says is “a simple sliding scale that compels users to think about their mood and act where appropriate”.

Cowan talks about the moodometer – and its three traffic light coloured zones – a lot in relation to leadership resilience, which he says is the “number one key” to positive mental health at the workplace.

“I often say to leaders that the first priority is to keep yourself in the green zone,” he shares. “The second priority is keeping their teams in the green zone and the third one is to help those in the red zone move out of it.”

This tool has become one of the cornerstones of his work on employee and leadership resilience.

“I work a lot with leaders and I think it's important to work with them because they set the mood and the environment in a company,” says Cowan.

Up close with Graeme Cowan, Leadership resilience speaker and author, and Managing Director of Thrive Central

Based in: Sydney, Australia

Academic background: Bachelor of Commerce

Mantra:  “Go to the Green Zone”

What does that mean?  It means doing the right things that will help to lift your mood on a regular basis. Have I done enough?  Have I meditated enough? Am I exercising regularly? Am I using my strengths? Have I seen my “great zone tribe” recently?

What advice would you give to your younger self? I think it would be to be much more self-compassionate. When I was really struggling, I was also beating myself up more than anyone. So be kind to yourself; be kind to others.

Social media of choice: I am very active on LinkedIn.

What are your other passions in life? I like to go bush-walking and trekking on trails all over the world, like the Himalayas, the Andes, and many places in Australia and New Zealand. That’s a big passion. I also really like wine and music.

Your presentation is complete. You’re fully rested – and you’ve got 24 hours left in Singapore – what’s on the agenda? I plan to check out some of the beautiful, fresh food, and also go to the Botanical Gardens – I’ve heard great things about it. Those are probably two of my priorities.


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