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Category: Motivation

November 23 2015

For an old misanthrope such as yours truly, books on positive psychology are equally a challenge and a good idea. With “The Happiness Advantage“ Harvard graduate and fellow consultant Shawn Acor did a wonderful job of making an elegant, simple, extensive[…]

October 27 2015

What a fantastic ride into the dark corners of the mind it was. Subtle, touching, hilarious, enlightening – I was deeply impressed by the nine-day SAT retreat that I recently attended together with 41 others at the ZIST institute. The SAT (Seekers[…]

April 30 2015

This is my final gala speech, after the 6 months public speaking development journey with http://www.gingertraining.co.uk. I’m very grateful to have had this opportunity and to share this amazing experience with a group of outstanding, wonderful and inspiring individuals. It has enriched[…]

January 27 2015

In my Karate days, I represented Aston University at a national competition in Glasgow. I was in the men’s 80+ kg group. While waiting for my first fight I watched various other fights, and one gentleman in particular stood out. He was[…]

October 14 2014

Resembling the repetitiveness of sectarian incantations, the business world’s obsession with authenticity points to a sad truth – it hasn’t got all that much of it. Just like someone reassuring us over and over again indicates, that what we’re being[…]

August 18 2014

Do you worry a lot? Chances are you do. In our business world there are a multitude of threats, pressures and uncertainties. Leaders and managers have to act within an economic VUCA environment, a web of stakeholders, strategies, performance targets[…]

July 9 2014

We all know that critical self-talk can harm our well-being and performance. But surprising research from the University of Illinois* suggests that even self-motivation is not an ideal choice either. According to scientists Senay, Albarracin and Noguchi we’re better off[…]

December 19 2013

It’s almost Christmas and here in the UK the nation is busy getting yet another drink in at yet another do. Last Saturday I committed myself to this cultural and social chore wholeheartedly. A good friend has established a tradition[…]

April 15 2010

Recently, I was struck by a flash of insight when listening to Bill Moyers interview with the great mythologist Joseph Campebell. Campbell has been a source of inspiration for me since I had to struggle through his somewhat complex book[…]