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The Self-Mastered Leader — The Key to Intelligent Leadership

While Leadership has been described as a science, an art form and a talent, there is one skill which is central to leadership in any form: self-mastery. While the topic of self-mastery has spanned philosophy, psychology and religion, it has never more been more important than the present time since the character and quality of leaders [...]

By |March 14th, 2019|

Lead Yourself to Where You Want to Go — The Skill of Self Leadership

Often when we hear the terms “leader and leadership,” images of a commanding person leading an organization or a country comes to mind. While that is one of the possibilities, let us expand that notion to include anyone who is charged with any kind of responsibility and delivering results. In this case, we all become [...]

By |January 9th, 2019|

The Divided Mind — How Cognitive Dissonance Hinders Us, and what to Do About it

Cognitive Dissonance introduced in 1957 by Dr. Leon Festinger is one of the most influential phenomena in the history of psychology. It occurs when we hold two or more contradictory ideas or beliefs at the same time, or when new information does not fit with our existing beliefs. It can occur in many areas of [...]

By |October 16th, 2018|

Beyond Positive or Negative Thinking

Positive thinking is a philosophy that’s been popular for decades by purveyors of positivism such a Dale Carnegie, Napoleon Hill, and the Christian priest and Vincent Peale who championed the idea that we all have, at our  conscious disposal, the means to transform ourselves into walking, breathing success machines. Those seduced into the promise of [...]

By |August 23rd, 2018|

How to Bypass Brain’s Natural Resistance to Change

Is changing – doing away with old beliefs, putting the past behind us, improving our behavior and the like as easy as might seem from the outside? What does the brain say about that? Let’s explore the brain’s response when it faces change. The brain’s every activity is aimed at protecting our safety, which takes [...]

By |March 18th, 2018|

Stress, Pressure or Failure

Knowing the differences between stress and pressure is key to optimum performance. However,we often use stress and pressure interchangeably, and since both of them are viewed as undesirable feelings, we naturally resist them. Let's look at how the brain relates to stress and pressure. Resistance pushes the brain into a fight or flight mode; the [...]

By |January 12th, 2018|

The Magic of Taking a Leap — Leave Your Comfort Zones Behind and Grow

Supported by our brains, we are instinctually comfort-seeking creatures and don’t care much for uncertainty and risk. This is why our brains will fight anything risky or new. Comfort is experienced in the absence of stress; when we feel calm and in a state of balance or homeostasis. These feelings which are stimulated by our [...]

By |December 3rd, 2017|

Let’s Be Mindful of Mindfulness Promises!

The idea of mindfulness has found its way from the ancient contemplation practice into Western culture and popularized as a fast and low-cost tool for dissolving our daily challenges. In essence, a tool to effectively manage our thoughts, emotions, relationships and circumstances; a tool to increase focus, work longer hours with more energy and ultimately [...]

By |August 10th, 2017|

Bring Your Ego Along!

There is much demonizing of the ego, in both modern psychology and ancient teachings, as the elusive evil behind many of the bad things we do, and how it ultimately blocks our happiness, progress and enlightenment. Accordingly, much advice is given about denying, ignoring, disowning or outright killing of the ego as the most worthwhile [...]

By |June 25th, 2017|