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Embracing Transitions

Embracing Transitions

I have been back in Sydney for 2.5 weeks and at work for two weeks. The adjustment period went quite smoothly and I am glad to be back. I have also observed how I have managed to consolidate what I have learned over the past year and my perspectives on a number of things have definitely changed. I have read four books since I returned and one of these is about transitions written by William Bridges. The book notes that ...

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The Joys of Focusing on the Moment

The Joys of Focusing on the Moment

I set myself a personal challenge in my recent trip to the USA and it is to learn to focus on the moment more. This has been something I am working on over the past few years and there is no better way to apply it than when one travels for a much needed rest and recreation. It required a conscious effort on my part to significantly lessen my need to plan for everything and brought so many benefits.

It gave ...

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On being present to have presence

On being present to have presence

I just completed a short course on influencing run by the Wharton School and the Australian Graduate School of Management. My employer sponsored it and I had a fantastic experience because the course had a good mix of facilitators from both institutions and a professional actor (who taught us all about presence). We were given enough opportunity to practice what we learned and all of us had to leave our egos at the door.

One of my key takeaways from the ...

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Conscious Reinvention

Conscious Reinvention

Personal and career reinvention has become critical in the lives of people these days. The constant change and restructuring in industries and companies (including the not for profit sector and the arts) leave people with no choice but to adapt or be considered irrelevant. I feel confused sometimes because people often say how important it is for them to reinvent themselves but when asked how much time they invest to do so, they always come up with excuses on why ...

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Rejection, Acceptance and Reinvention

Rejection, Acceptance and Reinvention

It has been three weeks since I returned to work from my fantastic break and the insights continue to guide my daily journey. I have had the great privilege to speak to some family and friends who work in creative lines of work. One of them works locally in Australia and another one lives overseas but had some performance engagements in Australia. I am amazed at how resilient they are and realised how people who work in the corporate world ...

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