The Fulcrum

Core insights for emerging leaders


Every Forum Needs A Dreamer

There are two kinds of dreams: Those that we dream when we are asleep and those that we dream when we are awake. There are also two kinds of awake-time dreams: Useless day-dreams and creative dreams. (more…)
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The Monday Brief

Being a leader, you are likely aware of the objectives vagueness syndrome. Some two thirds of the team members of most teams seem to forever not get their objectives and priorities properly sorted on any given week. (more…)
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Thinking Skills – You Become What You Think About

Originally written in 2012, now revised in response to continuing interest and for the many new subscribers. (more…)
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The 51% Rule

There are two ways to want something: 1. To want it in a way that achieves it. 2. To want it in a way that does not achieve it. (more…)
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Windows of Opportunity

Definition of window of opportunity: A space in time that suddenly appears, like magic, making things possible that were not previously possible; thereby presenting precious opportunity for something new to happen. (more…)
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Self-Awareness Revisited: A Little Snippet On The Move

You are likely familiar with the experience of trying to offer feedback to a person who has little interest in developing self-awareness, realising that it’s a waste of time and energy and can even back-lash in punishing ways. Fortunately, there are other ways to handle such situations. (more…)
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Understanding Change: The Feminine Rising

Dramatic changes throughout history are often preceded by a sudden ‘left field’ occurrence that serves as a powerful trigger catalyst for a destiny-shaping event. You have no doubt took notice of events regarding women coming forward and taking a firm, vociferous stand against sexual harassment and the bigger issue of gender...
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Personal Breakthrough Dynamics: Creating One’s Philosopher’s Stone

Dear reader, this issue of the Fulcrum is a New Year’s gift to the Fulcrum subscribers from around the world. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a New Year of resilient well-being, fulfillment, and prosperity. *             *             * Being the...
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The Other Cause Of Dementia

Prenote: It is a statistical fact that if not for the money, most employees would rather be doing something else than being at their workplace. Imagine the impact of this scenario on world economy. This fact has a deep connection to the subject of 21st century stress. It’s a terrible, terrifying...
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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...
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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. When...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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Evolutionary Leadership

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   Imposed change An obvious example of imposed change is the alternation of night and day. Every day, every...
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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...
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Best Wishes

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...
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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. Example 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,...
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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,...
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Inter-Personal Communication: Mastering The Three-Stage Communication Rocket

This Fulcrum was written in response to a client's request for a writeup of the content of a recent coaching session into the subject of self-leadership and communication. Offered here in case it may be useful to others. Being a leader of people, your communication skills are one of your most...
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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...
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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...
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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: Part...
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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...
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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? The...
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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...
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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.  Universal ‘mind-hunting’ 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...
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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...
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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 You...
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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. Communication When you communicate, what you utter comes out of a gradient...
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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...
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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...
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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: Free thinking Design thinking Rapid response capabilities Free thinking Consider the Tesla phenomenon: In the space of a few years, through intelligent deployment of modern technology and networking,...
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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...
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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...
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Vital Leadership Case-Study Revisited: Why The European Union Is In A State Of Disarray

Note: This Fulcrum communicates a hard message with no attempt to soften or moderate it… the reason being that by design, high principles do not allow for elastic translation lest they lose meaning in the highly elastic worlds of convenience and comfortability.  A window of opportunity  For hundreds of years, there wasn’t...
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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. Dear David, 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...
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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...
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Best Wishes

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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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The Nature of Human Transformation

This Fulcrum features three players:  The universe  The 21st century  The human The Universe 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...
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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. Part...
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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” Voltair Beyond Dogma 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...
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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...
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