Understanding Change: The Feminine Rising
Note: The Fulcrum writings have two main aims: The first, to assist emerging leaders in developing leadership awareness. The second, to provide uncommon, actionable developmental tools and insights to assist the reader in his or her personal growth journey. This Fulcrum primarily focuses on the former. It is quite a...
The Other Cause Of Dementia
‘Parental Guidance’ note: This Fulcrum writing contains a vital, yet probably an inconvenient truth. Please be prepared…
It’s a terrible, terrifying disease, on a steep rise in recent years all over the world and its name is dementia. It is said to now affect one in three people in old age....
The Triad Of Growth: Time, Space and Opportunity
There are two kinds of growth in human affairs: Carnal and Spiritual. The former is fixed to established boundaries. The latter has no known limits.
Growth cannot happen without its building blocks. Bricks and mortar are required in order to build a house. But they don't build a home. Powers and...
The Power Of Belief
Being the author of remarkable breakthroughs and turnarounds throughout history, belief is a high-octane, self-generated catalyst of making things happen.
Belief is a mystery play, of awakening innate potentialities without knowing how. Because the signal of belief is compelling upon hidden powers that lie in waiting, in and outside the person.
The World Stage: The Males And Females Versus The Gentlemen and Ladies
Note: 'Male' and 'female' are referred to in this Fulcrum in the context of arrested development. By themselves, the male and female aspects of a human being are obviously an essential part of the natural human makeup.
There are times and occasions in life that call for taking positions. As an example,...
Leadership Dynamics: The Non-Linear Way Of Creating Breakthroughs
Leaders are made in the crucibles of destiny, passion, and experience. No human alive can 'make leaders'. A purpose and its needs make leaders - leaders make themselves by their exposure to and desire to serve a constructive purpose. Only the few, however, elect to develop self-leadership in a way that sets them free...
Leadership And The Study Of Causes
Sound-bites and pixels do not make leaders. Neither do compulsive Twitter accounts followed by millions of people. Modern-day social media enables people and organizations to flood the human mind with megabytes; where truth spinning and distortion has become an art-form.
The confusion of leadership
Leadership is a confused subject. If someone can manoeuvre themselves to a...
The world is rapidly changing and so is the nature of leadership.
Leadership’s core business is change and there are two kinds of change dynamics affecting humanity:
Change that is imposed
Change that is chosen
An obvious example of imposed change is the alternation of night and day. Every day, every...
Leadership Dynamics: Purpose And Impartiality
This little offering is distilled from notes for recent client engagements that highlighted the subjects of purpose and impartiality in their leadership context.
There are certain developmental propositions that live at the heart of leadership development. Amongst the leaders of the pack are purpose perception and developing impartiality. There is a...
Very best wishes to you and yours for a happy, prosperous and fulfilling New Year.
May the coming year draw out the best of you and for the best of you help others be their best in these times of rapid change and incredible new opportunities to create new futures, develop and...
Personal Evolution: A Journey Into The Undiscovered Self
One of the most rewarding personal development practices is developing a quality that, to put it simply, one is not good at.
If you are a daring person, there is little point going into overdrive to develop your daring capacity. However, if you are beset by impatience and patience is called for,...
Leadership Know-How Series: Dealing With The Objectives Vagueness Syndrome
Note:This issue of the Fulcrum is a first in a new Know-How series. It's purpose is to provide emerging leaders with simple, practical, must-have leadership know-how insights.
A confluence of factors cause many people these days to have the attention span of a fruit fly. As a leader, you must develop the...
The Other Kind Of Intelligence
Limited and conditioned by the 21st century attitude to life, the evaluation and definition of intelligence are deeply bound up with the computational powers of the human brain.
The self-awareness gap
There is a massive, gaping ‘awareness abyss’ present in this way of approaching the evaluation of intelligence, giving birth to bizarre ideas,...
Feedback Dynamics: The Most Yielding Method That Hardly Anyone Uses
One of the most important metrics in the context of wealth preservation is the yield curve: The real-world return on investment if you were to invest your money in a financial vehicle.
The worlds of human development have their own yield curves. What kind of investment from oneself in one’s personal...
Am I A Natural Born Leader?
By birth-right potential, every human being is a natural born leader – of oneself. You and I are born to lead ourselves and leading ourselves is where leadership starts and ends in this life.
There are those rare few throughout history, charged already before birth with the destiny to lead others. But even...
Why Leaders Need Coaches
The 21st century is an unforgiving ecology. In a shape-shifting marketplace, one person's mistake is another's opportunity. It's an uncompromising playground, where the nature of the game keeps changing with no warning, thereby defining the leadership qualities that are needed in order to survive and thrive.
This comes in five parts:
The Concise Anatomy Of Trust in Its Interpersonal Context
Dictionary definition: “firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something.”
In the course of my consulting work, helping leaders navigate the untold complexities of human behaviour, the trust challenge keeps rearing its head: “How can I create an atmosphere of trust within the team?” “How do I...
The Missing Blue
The difference between fate and destiny is that fate decides for you while the idea of destiny propositions an individual with self-elected choice.
This issue of the Fulcrum forays into the challenging worlds of ethics, posing the question: Why is the subject of ethics such a sore point in human behaviour?
Being At One’s Peak As Against Being At One’s Best
“When I compete for gold, I am focusing on giving my best, not on the medal. Because I know that if I focus on the medal I may not win it”
An Olympic champion’s mind-set
In the course of three decades of working with high performers, I witness the impact of the...
The Signature Of The Mind: What Do You Sign In And Out With?
A properly functioning mind is a person’s gate to the future. Everything we utter carries the signature of the presence or absence of our mind.
The universe ceaselessly searches for human minds that are compatible with the nature and currency of its high energy flows. By analogy, it’s a bit like...
The Voice Of Leadership
Living in a different dimension to the screeching sounds of the daily grind are the mute cries of the things that long to be heard, looking for people that possess the ability to faithfully and without bias be the voice of their message.
A high form of service
Being a voice for...
The Three Pillars And The Way Of Universal Leadership
There are many forms of leadership: Family, tribal, business, the military, the church, statesmanship, science, civil service… Living at the heart of it all is universal leadership, the crucible that gives leadership its core descriptions, motives and meanings: What is its nature? How does it work?
The Three Pillars
1. New Knowledge
The Three C’s Of Leading Breakthroughs
All meaningful breakthroughs – from science to the humanities to technology – are born in the minds of individuals. Whether these breakthroughs translate into useful applications depend on the three C’s: Communication; Conversation and Concentration.
Let’s cut straight to the chase.
When you communicate, what you utter comes out of a gradient...
The Intelligence Of Integrated Awareness
“As above, so below – If you want to study man, study the universe. If you want to study the universe, study man”. Both approaches, however, begin and end with self-awareness.
Whether one seeks to study oneself or the universe, self-awareness is the only media that allows for an intimate feeling...
The One And Only Guiding Principle You Ever Need For Time-Management
Value awareness shapes how we think about our mental and material resources. There are two values living in the ‘most precious’ category: How we relate to time and opportunity.
When it’s time for an energy snack, it presents an energising opportunity. That is, if it’s the right snack, as some don’t live up to...
The Triadic Impulse Of Strategic Innovation
The future of a company lives in its ability to renew and innovate. The spirit of strategic innovation is powered by three core elements:
Rapid response capabilities
Consider the Tesla phenomenon: In the space of a few years, through intelligent deployment of modern technology and networking,...
The Only Way To Effectively Contain Stress: New Self-Discovery
This Fulcrum articulates, in compounded coded language, the exact developmental formulae to contain stress by exercising the human option of self-discovery. It is recommended to read and re-read, as this issue is language-wise engineered to serve as a ‘soaking insight’.
Stress is on the rise. It is now understood that many...
How To ‘Switch On’ And Stay That Way: Self-Ignition Starter
It was a preparatory meeting with key players of a culture-change process that I was facilitating. One of the interview questions was “what is your current greatest challenge?”
The person’s answer was: “I feel like I am on auto-pilot. It sometimes feels like I am sleep-walking through the day because of...
Men and Women in Leadership: Changing Balances
This Fulcrum is a reply to the following letter from a long-standing Fulcrum reader, which I thought may be of interest to others as well.
I have been following the Fulcrum for several years and love its thought provoking perspectives. I am currently facilitating a corporate forum into ‘Men and...
Read this before habits consume your opportunity
Merriam Webster’s dictionary definition for ‘Habit’: a usual way of behaving: something that a person does often in a regular way.
Part one: A few facts
Part two: The dreaded dead-end
Part three: Escaping the robot
Part One: A few facts
1. One of the human body’s breath-taking capabilities is to replicate and...
Very best wishes for a peaceful holiday time and a New Year of happiness and prosperity.
Wishing you success in giving yourself the freedom and having the courage to be the unique you; stand for what you believe in; meet the future by helping the process of its creation; give others...
The Challenge Of World Leaders In Dealing With Belief Systems
How to handle belief systems that cannot be reasoned with?
This Fulcrum is written from a steeper gradient than previous issues regarding leadership, for those interested in the senior end of developing leadership mind-sets. On this occasion, it is aimed at promoting a deeper awareness to the difference between belief systems...
Dealing with Bullies: It’s All About Location, Location, Location
Bullies and bullying have been part of the world stage throughout history. There is no human alive who has not experienced being at either side of the bully equation. The anguish suffered by people of all ages, from the young to the elderly, is one of the never-ending tragic consequences...
The Gap That Won’t Go Away
Do you carry with you wherever you go the nagging perception of a gap that no matter what you do, won’t go away? Such as the gaps between what you think is happening and what is really happening; what you are aware of and what you seek to be aware...
Why World Leaders Miss The Point Regarding Leadership
Note: This Fulcrum addresses a fundamental, pivotal element regarding the purpose of leadership. To help make the point, it is dressed with the mantle of world leadership. It is as relevant to human dynamics at all levels and practices, down to the individual.
Never confront people with a demand to make...
The 101 Most Influential Person
‘Time’ magazine recently published its list of who – to the perception of its authors – are the 100 most influential individuals in world affairs in 2014. A mix of anything from the well intending to one or two who are, to all intents and purposes, accomplished executioners; thereby magnifying...
Self-Leadership And The Shrink Factor
The Human Miracle
One of life’s great wonders is the inverse relationship between the shear minuteness of our size and the greatness of our gifted capabilities. Such a tiny little spec of a thing is able to assimilate perceptions from the mundane to the incredible; engage in potently meaningful processes and...
Obama’s Stance On Syria: Weak Or Wise..?
Without getting into the rights, wrongs, should, shouldn’t, truths and deceptions that belong to the situation in the Middle East – and there is obviously a very great deal of deeply disturbing, tragic wrong in innocent people going through untold suffering and dying horrible deaths – Obama’s move to put...
The Nature of Human Transformation
This Fulcrum features three players:
The 21st century
Connect for a moment to the feeling of watching the universe in a clear night and the sense of awe, depth and stillness, evoked by the glorious sight of the twinkling brilliance of countless stars and galaxies mixed...
Five Human Development Trends That Are Changing The World
This Fulcrum comes in two parts. The first may – at least to some extent – state the obvious for the keen observers of human development trends. The challenge, however, lies in the second part which poses a pivotal question that ought to occupy the minds of emerging leaders and managers.
The Atmospherics and Energetics of Personal Development
“Those who are not part of the spirit of the times can only be part of its misery”
21st century humans love grids and frameworks: “48 Steps To The Ultimate Power”; “10 Steps To Riches”; “Seven Ways To Get People’s Full Attention”… Our brains and minds are imbued with so...
Change And Resistance: Evolution’s Dance Partners
The amazing human design. While it is made to be a change media, it is also made to resist change. While made to handle an astonishingly wide spectrum of the practical and the tangible, it is equally made to handle the intangible and deeply mystical. While dealing with the material...
Giving and Receiving Feedback
How do I come across? What can I do to improve? What am I unaware of?
These questions often cross our minds, and can send us seeking for that essential data called ‘feedback’.
Giving and receiving feedback happens at both the conscious and semi-conscious levels. Any meeting of people presents an opportunity...
The Vital Insight of ‘Hard and Soft’
Diamonds are rated 10 out of 10 on the hardness scale. And yet, a five-year old wielding a hammer can crack a diamond in two with a well aimed blow.
One of the most overlooked core insights regarding human affairs is the balance of Hard and Soft. Those who master it...
Understanding and Managing Stress: the Wick and the Candle
In the year 2000 the World Health Organization – WHO – declared stress to be one of the three most lethal diseases of the 21st century. Heart diseases and cancer occupied the top spots. In recent years it is widely perceived that some 50% of these two diseases are stress-related....
Conversational Dynamics: The Five Accents
Human engagement is as good as its conversational dynamics. The ability to conduct intelligent conversations is one of the most potent learning, awareness and (self) leadership tools. What is people's experience when they converse with you the family man; you the friend; you the colleague; you the leader..?
The Five Lives
An astonishing feat of engineering, the five...