Do you question your purpose? Feel like you’ve lost touch with the ‘real’ you? Are you asking ‘is this it?’ as you drift through another 10 hour work day? If you crave clarity on what your highest values are and what really defines you, look no further! The answer is right at your fingertips. Literally. And it’s free! No need for expensive seminars. Forget hours of counselling. All you really need is a personal Twitter account! Consider this. With Twitter we're forced to present ourself to the planet in 160 characters or less. This necessary condensing can't help but reveal [...]
"When we felt safe amongst our own, the natural reaction was trust and cooperation." In this Ted talk, Simon Sinek reveals what inspires people to get behind their leader to give then everything and the ancient precedent for building this kind of trust. In a word: safety. Safety is fundamental to trust and trust is essential to inspire others to act. If the aim is simply hitting short-term goals then coercion and authority will suffice. Yet most leaders, whether deserving of the title or not, yearn to be inspirational. For Sinek, making your people feel safe is paramount to trust [...]
I've watched a lot of panel discussions, live and online, on leadership, on management, on inspiring others and on how to grow a 'successful' business. They look, at first glance, like this one. Well educated, Caucasian men sharing a stage with expensive-looking water. This. Is. Different. Evan Williams, co-founder of Twitter, talks in this interview about starting Obvious Corporation. The title of the discussion, 'Mindfully Building a Company From the Ground Up' merited my click. So, what do they do? We bring experience, capital, and focus to startups combining profit and purpose for a smarter, healthier, and more sustainable world. [...]
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to [...]
As the division between work and life blurs and collective stress levels reach an all-time high, it’s hardly surprising that a couple of cheeky drinks are called upon to unwind, connect with colleagues and put office politics back into perspective. Plenty valuable networking is oiled with alcohol and, when the company is paying, there’s even more reason to drink up! The morning after, though, can take on a different tone. Queasy, exhausted, fear that we might have finally told the boss what we really think (I swear he's mad at me this morning) and a general sense of ill-being envelops [...]
"My heart is at ease knowing that what was meant for me will never miss me, and that that misses me was never meant for me." Imam Ash-Shafi'i
A short, simple routine that's great as a warm up before getting in the water, or to stretch the muscles out after a session. Focus the attention inwards, becoming aware of how each movement and transition feels in the body. Slow, steady breathing aids relaxation and body awareness, helping you be ready for whatever the waves present! Let me know what you think!
Strength and awareness beat force and rigidity for collaborative and exemplary decision making. As children, handstands were an expression of our carefree and fearless selves. They were spontaneous, energising and fun. As adults, regardless of yoga experience, they can feel forced, exhausting and intimidating. What changed? In this inverted, unsupported place, we must feel confident in our ability to stay easy in the face of uncertainty, connect with our centre, challenge our comfort level and approach it all with an attitude of fun, no matter how it ends. Perhaps a lifetime of socialisation and self-set expectations can dampen this inherent [...]