Creating Effective People

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Nov, 2014

Is Spiritual Leadership The Way To Go?

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The world’s super power leader was at it again last week, winning fans with his charm and wit during a speech at the University of Queensland during the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane. Despite detractors who say he is all talk and no action back home, everyone was of the opinion that Barack Obama is a true statesman and superb orator. Unfortunately for Australia’s Prime Minister, the comments were not so generous when it came to him. It reminded me of the leaders of the past who had winning mindsets, […]

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Nov, 2014

Are Your Thoughts Doing You Any Favors?

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It was Norman Vincent Peale who said “Change your thoughts and you change your world” There’s no shortage of advice on how to change your thoughts, mind-set, perception or even the way your brain is wired; on the internet, in books, seminars, courses and workshops. This is all fine and good. But whether they work or not hinges on the fact that change must come from within and anything otherwise is considered coercion. Our thoughts are the result of a constant ebb and flow between the conscious and unconscious mind. […]

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Nov, 2014

Does Fitness = Health?

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There seems to be a great deal of emphasis these days about attaining the perfect abs, sculpted upper arms, toned calves and getting rid of every ounce of fat. Magazines, reality shows, advertisements, and celebrities all tout the perfect physique; at what price? Working out at a gym, jogging, doing Pilates, Yoga or any form of vigorous activity to maintain physical health is fine when done on an appropriate scale. It is now an accepted fact that our mind and body are connected. We also know that moderate exercise does […]

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Nov, 2014

Do You Make Decisions While You Sleep?

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A while back I watched a movie called “Remember Sunday” where the hero suffers short-term memory loss due to a brain aneurism. Waking up every morning his mind was a total blank about the previous day. So he had to record himself daily to remind himself of important things he had to do that day. Doctors told him that his hippocampus was damaged. This is the part of the brain, which creates and consolidates memory. The process of retaining new information in the form of memory occurs when we sleep […]

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Oct, 2014

What’s Your Operating System?

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Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, the man who defied all odds and shattered his physical limitations, was recently sentenced to five years imprisonment for culpable homicide. He was tried for the murder of his girlfriend, South African model Reeva Steenkemp in a widely publicised case. As the case went on and his life was laid bare, a striking paradox surfaced from this man’s public persona. It appeared that for all his superhuman feats, he is also a very vulnerable and insecure man. The sad thing is many people commented on his […]

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Oct, 2014

Skiing the Slopes of Leadership

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It was Boss’s Day on the 16th October. I was listening to the radio as I drove out to do a keynote address to heads of private banks. My mind was systematically going through the points I had to raise during my talk but it was a difficult task as the DJ was getting callers to share how they planned to celebrate the day with their bosses. The talk back radio show was popular most mornings. A string of callers responded, some who liked their bosses and others dreading the […]

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Oct, 2014

Do You Feel You Are Lucky?

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A study on luck in the 1990s by Richard Wiseman, a psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire, who later published a book on the topic, discovered that lucky people practised four basic principles. He said lucky people are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities; make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition; create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations and adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good. If you think about it carefully practicing these skills require awareness and consciousness. We need to be alert to our […]

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Oct, 2014

The Ultimate Winners

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Sharon Osborne once said on the Oprah Winfrey show that she preferred to be a beautiful face alighting from an old car rather than a wrinkled woman in a posh one. The US and UK television personality and wife of rock star Ozzy Osborne was talking about society’s obsession with physical looks. She could not, and neither could Oprah, understand people’s willingness to do anything to maintain their looks and physique, often times at the expense of their mental health. In other words they were saying it was more important […]

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Sep, 2014

Ecology Is Not Just About Biology

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The ecology aspect is often overlooked in the pursuit of goals or achievements. Unless people have a heightened state of awareness they are generally oblivious to questions such as what happens after they achieve their goal; how does it affect them, their family, financial situation, health and overall future. They fail to ask if the desired change is in line with their values or even the most basic question of all – “Is this what I really want?” Sometimes once the goal is achieved, people realise that it is not […]

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Sep, 2014

Modeling not on the Catwalk

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We were having friends over for dinner again. The lovely aroma of food and sound of the wok clanging was like a cacophony of sounds I was used to. Mum was the ultimate entertainer. She loved to cook and did it effortlessly. It was very usual for our family to have friends and family over for meals. As a child I looked forward to hearing that my favourite cousins were invited for a sleepover. It was our little reward that Dad afforded us. The deal was that we had to […]

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