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This Too Shall Pass - The Blessing And The Curse Of Impermanence

A true story, a mythical story and lessons learned...

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What Mindsets Do CIOs Need to Change?

According to Stanford University professor Carol Dweck, people and organizations tend to have one of two mindsets. And these mindsets — fixed or growth — determine whether organizations embrace or avoid challenges like COVID-19 and work-from-home.

The problem for CIOs is figuring out how to move their people and organizational culture to a growth mindset that is ready for change. Otherwise, their organization will experience a “Kodak movement” and market irrelevance.

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Living In A Participatory Universe

Does science support the idea that we are living in a participatory universe?

What conclusions can we draw about living in a participatory universe - and in practical terms, what does this mean?

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Growth After Trauma

What good can come of this? In times of stress, crisis, or trauma, people often ask that question. This year we’ve been hit by a pandemic that has caused hundreds of thousands of deaths, unprecedented unemployment, and a global economic downturn.

In the face of such a tragedy—personal and collective—it might appear that the answer is “Nothing.”

Almost certainly those outcomes will include some good along with the bad. Over the past 25 years psychologists like me have been studying this phenomenon. We refer to it as posttraumatic growth.

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Secret Of Success - Identify Your Core Desire

If you want to achieve success in any area of your life then there is one very basic and powerful way to do this. It is easy to understand and is fundamental to your nature.

This is the way that people in all walks of life have achieved success from the beginning of time.

It is the building block upon which all success is the built and the rocket fuel that powers it...

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Why businesses must slay the sacred cow of ‘proof of concept’ to adopt digital transformation

If the Coronavirus outbreak has taught business leaders across industries anything so far, it’s that embracing technology should be a huge part of any business’ plans.

Faced with a plethora of different technologies and possible strategic paths, however, executives could be forgiven for being overwhelmed by the abundance of commoditized solutions from an exponentially expanding list of vendors.

This article outlines a number of key best practices for businesses to overcome this so-called ‘analysis paralysis’ and implement strategies to bring about effective and sustainable digital transformation.

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The Power Of Framing And Why It Matters

How we mentally characterize a situation has a profound impact on how we respond to it emotionally.

There is a direct causal link between how we think about a situation, the words we use to articulate those thoughts, the energetic state associated with those words, and the results we create.

Here's how to change your language to change your results.

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Seven Principles From Romanticism For Leadership And Coaching In An Uncertain World

With the exponentially complex and unpredictable world we are living in, businesses and individuals find themselves forced into a period resembling dystopia.

The times we are living in have been called "unprecedented" so much that we've become numb to the word. We have seen through the annals of human history that when challenges surmount, it is a test of leadership, and it takes leaders to shine the path forward into hope.

The question that plagues leaders today is, "What will the future be like?"

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Lost In Transition - How To Cope With Hard Times

At the time of writing, with the world slowly emerging from Covid-19 lockdown, with our economies strangled, business failures and unemployment rising and our national governments flailing around like drowning men clutching at straws I think it is fair to say that many of us are currently experiencing hard times as a direct result of imposed change!

The purpose of this article is to set out a framework for understanding what is happening to you and to go beyond the circumstantial changes and to address the inner psychological and emotional impacts and how you can deal with those as well.

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Lost In Transition - Hanging In There For The Long Haul

This is the second part of this two part series that commenced with:
Lost In Transition - How To Cope With Hard Times where we established that change is what happens to you (and often is imposed upon you), whereas transition is the internal process that you have to go through as you make your readjustment and realignment to the new realities.

In this article I want to take a closer look at what happens in the neutral zone of the transition and how we can successfully emerge from it into the new beginning.

Here are 9 key pointers:

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Pandemic Accentuates Two Problems With Change Management: One Is Change, The Other Is Management

With the global pandemic forcing most institutions and individuals to change much of what they do, and how they do it, I’m reluctant to state the obvious: Things haven’t always gone well.

But the same can be said for most pre-Covid changes.

Why is change, even when your back isn’t up against the wall, so difficult?

3 of the biggest reasons are the following:

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How To Change The World With Astronaut Leland Melvin

Amanda N. Nguyen (Social entrepreneur, civil rights activist, and the CEO and founder of Rise, a non-governmental civil rights organization) interviews NASA Astronaut Leland Melvin as part of her Accelerating Change series profiling the world’s top change makers.

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Leadership Research: 3 Biases That Shaped CEOs’ Pandemic Response

The Covid-19 pandemic has required leaders to make decisions under considerable pressure.

We wanted to understand which decision-making biases they were bringing to the table and how those have impacted their decision-making.

Our research revealed three pairs of opposing biases. In what follows, we explain the managerial implications and offer ways for leaders to combat each.

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Working Through a Personal Crisis - 4 Effective Tactics

One day amid a flourishing career, you might find your personal life in crisis and threatening to upend your professional life. If so, you’re not alone.

Here are 4 effective tactics we can employ to juggle work, a crisis, our families, and ourselves:

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Do Your Employees Know Why You Believe in Racial Equity?

Too often in my work helping organizations strategize on diversity, inclusion and equity goals I hear from people who tell me they would love to hire, advance, or invest in more companies founded by underrepresented people, but they are worried about reducing standards and outcomes.

I worry that companies are approaching inclusion and equity with this flawed narrative.

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What Is Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction?

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), was originally developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and colleagues. It has gained popularity in recent years and has been found to be a rather effective means of stress relief.

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The US Is More Alone Than Ever, Just At The Moment The World Needs Its Leadership

The United States is in uncharted territory, on an exponential path to becoming a Covid-19 pariah and an unreliable ally to its friends. America's fall in global esteem is turning into an international horror show as the world watches the superpower struggle to match the efforts of many poorer nations to get the coronavirus pandemic under control.

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Effective Stress Management Techniques

Many of us are in need of effective stress management techniques. We are living in tough times and daily life can be stressful.

Let's not get bogged down with semantics about what constitutes "good" stress and "bad" stress - you know and I know what type of stress we are talking about it here...

Here are some proven practical tips for dealing with imposed change and anticipated change:

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How To Think Effectively In A Post Pandemic Environment

As the world slowly emerges from post Covid-19 lockdown and starts to come to terms with the societal, economic and financial consequences, I want to introduce you to a useful resource: https://www.zen-tools.net

The theme of this site is how to think effectively, and this also means learning how to stop thinking.

The purpose of this site is to show you how to cope in tough times, and to provide you with the tools to do this successfully.

Everything I share on this site is all based on real-life practical experience from my own personal journey.

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Preparing Your Business for a Post-Pandemic World

Along with the severe health and humanitarian crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, executives around the world face enormous business challenges.

Ad hoc responses won’t work; organizations must lay the groundwork for their recoveries now...

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"Body n Mind" - Emotions Are Your Body's Reaction To Your Mind

There is a very powerful connection between "body n mind". Our minds are the repositories of all of our pre-programmed reactions and response patterns. Our bodies are the vehicles through which our emotional reactions arise and are expressed. Emotion is your body's reaction to your mind.

Here's how to manage your "body n mind" responses:

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What Good Leadership Looks Like During This Pandemic

The speed and scope of the coronavirus crisis poses extraordinary challenges for leaders in today’s vital institutions. It is easy to understand why so many have missed opportunities for decisive action and honest communication.

But it is a mistake to think that failures of leadership are all we can expect in these grim times.

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The Lost Art of Thinking for Yourself

Our systems of higher education and employment have increasingly evolved towards valuing a deeply focused specialization of knowledge and ability.

But trend analyst Vikram Mansharamani discusses the costs of relying on expert advice to make complex decisions.

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Powers Of The Mind - Finding Their True Source

The world of "self help" often makes reference to the powers of the mind, and what that normally means is the power of the sub-conscious mind.

It is of course perfectly correct that the subconscious is powerful, but only as an operating system. But, just like Windows our subconscious operating system has flaws and causes failures and "system crashes".

Find out how to access the true source of the powers of the mind.

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What M&A Looks Like During the Pandemic

Is the coronavirus pandemic and corresponding economic downturn a time to halt acquisitions or pursue them? There are high profile examples of each.

To understand how companies are thinking about acquisitions right now, the M&A Leadership Council queried 50 C-level executives and senior corporate development leaders about their plans.

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5 Questions About China That Boards Should Be Asking Right Now

Because many U.S. companies give their China operations a large measure of autonomy, top management and boards often do not have a good grasp of the risks they face.

To understand their China risks, U.S. executives and boards need to start a discussion. As we see it, the agenda should include the following five questions:

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How Can I Change My Mind And Change The Way I Think?

So how can I change my mind? A good start point is with mindfulness practise. With increased practise you will become more aware of what is going on inside of you most of the time.

You will soon discover that you are almost continuously in varying degrees of resistance to something and wanting things to be different to how they are.

Here's how to deal with that:

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Is Your Company Actually Fighting Racism, or Just Talking About It?

The wave of uprisings across the nation have made it clear that police brutality disproportionately impacting Black Americans is out of hand. Many businesses have sought to distance themselves from such violence with statements and pledges.

But the same racialized violence that many are waking up to as unfair, unjust, and unacceptable, is happening within the walls of our businesses. The key difference between “police brutality” and “corporate brutality” is the means.

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Tools Of The Mind For Coping With Tough Times

I want to introduce you to several powerful tools of the mind. On this site we're not delving into the world of therapy or theory, our focus is practical and pragmatic.

We are sharing and exploring tools of the mind, tools that work on the mind that can help you deal with tough times.

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The Power Of Positive Thinking Is Knowing HOW To Think

Ever since the publication of "The Power Of Positive Thinking" by Norman Vincent Peale, the practise of positive thinking is one of the first things that many people think of when it comes to most questions related to how to change your life.

So what are the basics of the power of positive thinking? Here is my list of some of the fundamentals that underpin the power of positive thinking and that form the basis of what is involved in consciously selecting what you choose to focus on:

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Will COVID-19 drastically change the way we work?

COVID-19 is “definitely” a long overdue accelerator for organisational transformation, said Amit Singh, Head of HR for Asia & Japan at AXA Investment Managers.

“Things won’t be the same moving forward,” Singh said. “[But] I think COVID 19 is not the change maker.”

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Self Motivation Tips - How To Motivate Yourself In Tough Times

Ok I want to be very clear that the self motivation we are going to be talking about in this article is NOT about all the usual self motivation material.

Our focus here is going to be on the heavy duty / big picture level motivation that you need to get you through tough times often involving imposed change that have large and perhaps dramatic impacts on your life.

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Why monuments must fall and names change

Confederate and racist monuments are coming down. Slowly. In defiance of law and tradition and a resistance to change that has spanned generations.

It is remarkable, really. A rare moment of action. But more must fall. More names need to fall...

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Businesses are playing it safe in bringing employees back to the office

From Los Angeles to Miami, most U.S. cities are pushing ahead with reopening their economies, meaning businesses can begin to bring employees back to their offices, as long as local and state rules are followed.

Yet even with the green light, many companies are being cautious with the daunting task of the return and a desire to get it right with employees, says Anthea Hoyle, EVP at United Minds, Weber Shandwick’s management consulting group. United Minds launched a workforce re-entry practice last month.

“Re-entry will be one of the biggest change management moments we’ve ever experienced,” she says.

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Self Improvement And Motivation - "How To Change Your Life?"

There is an "elephant in the room"!

The internet is awash with "self-help" materials - articles, books and courses on "how to motivate yourself". Endless advice, tips, tricks and lists of "self motivation tips".

However in my view, and based on my own direct lived and observed experience, much of this completely misses the point.

If you can identify and deal with whatever it is that's stopping you then you will never again need help and tips on self motivation.

Here's the hard core way to change the way you think to achieve self improvement and motivation:

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Confronting Racism at Work: A Reading List

Companies must confront racism at a systemic level — addressing everything from the structural and social mechanics of their own organizations to the role they play in the economy at large. We know that diversity programs have historically failed, but there are proven ways to improve hiring programs, interrupt bias at the team level, interrogate supposedly “color-blind” analytics, and support employees of color — especially Black employees.

We hope that this collection of articles provides a starting place for companies and business leaders to take on this work together.

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Managing Personal Change

Managing personal change is inherently tricky. We usually make the flawed assumption that it is skills based, in other words that we can read about it, go to seminars, watch videos and be taught to change.

Whilst it is true that we can be taught, generally we won't change.

Here's why and what you can do about it:

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Your Relationship With Failure

Your relationship with failure is critical to your success.

Some years ago I was being mentored by a man who had achieved considerable business and financial success in the oil business - he had closed 9 major fuel contracts and made millions.

I recall once having a conversation one day when I asked him what he thought was the key to his success. He told me something that has stayed with me through every failure I have experienced since then. He said:

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Thich Nhat Hanh - Free PDF Book Downloads

Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the best known and most respected Zen masters in the world today, prolific author, poet, and peace and human rights activist.

His mindfulness teachings and practices have very wide appeal to people from various backgrounds and are widely used in business and corporate life.

You can download PDF free versions of several of his key books here:

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Lost For Words - Actions Speaks Louder And Presence Speaks Deepest

Words have power because of the energy they invoke and because of the results they create in our life experiences.

However, our educated obsession with words ensures we confuse being informed about with having experience of.

Here’s how to understand the limitations of language and become more self-aware.

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Social Contagion - You Become The Company You Keep

During the Covid-19 lockdown we have all gone to great lengths to avoid this highly contagious virus and have experienced varying levels of state enforced social distancing.

With the phased lifting of the lockdown, and the resumption of social contact we are now increasingly exposed to another threat, another form of contagion...social contagion, and here's how to deal with it.

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The Attrition Factor - Hanging In There For The Long Haul

In this article I want to take a closer look at what happens in the neutral zone of the transition and how we can successfully emerge from it into the new beginning.

Let me illustrate this by telling you a story...then some tips on the way out of transition and into new beginnings.

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“Lucky” People Have Higher Expectations

A significant component of the power of any success strategy lies in the expectation that you will achieve your goal or objective.

Whatever you expect - of yourself, your career, your relationships, your life - sets the limit of what is possible for you. Henry Ford once said: "If you believe that you can do a thing, or if you believe you cannot, in either case, you are right."

We invariably rise to the limits of our own unconscious expectations in life.

Here's how to change that:

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Dropping The “How?”

Conventional wisdom tells us we have to have a plan and take action, massive action.

Whilst all of this it true it overlooks an important dimension...

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Happiness Is A State Of Mind - Choose Joy

Happiness really is a choice. Here are some practical tips on how to make that choice.

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The Truth About Action - “Doing Without Doing”

The issue that we all face is that we are obsessed with doing, and that inevitably involves some form of struggle. Those of us from a western influenced background are culturally conditioned to an action orientation, and thus we automatically place a great value on activity. Unfortunately, what we don't understand is that we are creating in a “reverse” fashion.

Here's how to correct that:

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Identify Your Core Desire - The Source of All Success

"If you knew you were going to die tonight and you were given a few minutes to reflect before that happened, what would you say was the meaning of your life?"

Here are 3 key steps to help you answer that question:

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Your Point Of Focus

You can either focus on what you want and what you want to move toward, or you can focus on what you don't want, what you want to avoid, what you are afraid of, what you are worried about, and what you want to move away from.

The big problem is that many of us are not conscious of what we are focusing on.

Here are 6 key pointers to help you:

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