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Growth

I have held wooden sticks before. A stick to aerate the soil, a stick to pierce pieces of meat, a stick to stabilize my footing on uneven terrain. Now I am learning to hold sticks for a different purpose...

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Immersion

A day in Mumbai is like a week anywhere else. It’s a Leadership Development professional’s nirvana – an oasis of constant and immersive learning. Life happens on the street with a vibrancy that is unparalleled and taking executives out of the classroom to learn is a sure bet! We spent a day in market with one of our favorite healthcare clients. We departed in smaller teams of about six to seven participants for a day that took each team for a healthcare experience, a retail safari and an invigorating exchange with a local business leader...

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Leadership

There were 10 of us. More than half were healthcare professionals, and rest of us were business leaders and consultants. All of us came together to the Spring Green Dojo, located in a beautiful wooded valley in Southwestern Wisconsin for a Zen leadership program led by Dr. Ginny Whitelaw. I was excited to meet the other participants – kindred souls going on similar journeys to understand ourselves better as leaders, as members of a hopeful community. There was a path ahead of us – a path of being transported from the dark of early cold mornings to the fading light of evenings, a path of the daily stretching of the mind, body and heart, a path of learning how to focus and balance our energies...

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Global Observations

A visit to Bucharest takes us to some rather exceptional NGO’s – Romanian Angel Appeal and Hope for Health. We remembered images of terrified children, severely institutionalized with chronic illness, found in Romanian orphanages after the revolution. Incentivized to have children as a means to increase the population and too impoverished to care for their kids, thousands ended up in institutions in conditions too horrible to imagine. Devastated by the images, Olivia Harrison founded the Romanian Angel Appeal to assist orphanages in the country. With this act, George Harrison’s wife mobilized the international artistic community and volunteers and funds poured in and the rest is, as they say, history....

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Global Observations

Ten days later and I am still trying to digest the five-day recce to Yangon. It is a rare pleasure to find oneself in a place where you stick out like a sore thumb and nobody cares. Granted it’s not high season – with temperatures in the high thirties making for sticky days and an extreme challenge being outdoors … but still the experience of walking through busy streets, and crowded and colorful markets without being hassled or hustled is quite rare. Au contraire everyone is going about their business with a certain peacefulness and ease that I certainly have not experienced in any other city with close to 5 million people...

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Leadership

Greetings to everyone out there who is looking for a very high impact personal development program! For anyone who wants to accelerate their development to create a better world for themselves and those around them, we highly recommend joining the Zen Institute for Leadership program...

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Global Observations

“Even a minority of a significantly large market can be a really big thing,” according to Duncan Stewart, Deloitte Canada’s head of Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) research. We heard many such sage one-liners at the global launch of his TMT Predictions 2014 report last week. And when Deloitte predicts tech trends, people listen. In this case, Stewart was referring to his concept of the ‘mass niche’ – the idea that smaller markets last year (like wearable devices and phablets) are quickly becoming large enough to drive significant revenue for tech firms...

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Global Observations

“Give me ten thousand Filipino soldiers and I will conquer the world,” said General Douglas MacArthur, Commander of US Army Forces in the Far East during the Second World War. Today, over 70 years later, the Filipino people are not at war; they’re in the aftermath of Yolanda, the worst typhoon ever to hit their country. But spend a few days in the Philippines witnessing the resilience of these people, and you begin to see what MacArthur meant. This was the backdrop for our In-Market Action Learning® program in December, and it changed participants’ thinking in the most profound way...

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