The Fulcrum Insights

Uncommon Insights For The Searchers Amongst Us


The Essence of Culture Change

A well-executed corporate culture change process is a complex operation that requires the launching of several well-synchronized parallel processes with clearly defined time frames and objectives. (more…)
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Stress and Natural Alignment

Work-related stress has now been officially recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) through a revision of the International Classification of Diseases, a handbook for doctors and health insurers. (more…)
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The Intelligence of Stillness

An evolving ecology or process cannot exist in a state of equilibrium. It’s either building or slowing momentum; expanding or contracting; growing or diminishing. (more…)
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The Human and The Future

When the future meets a human being that is a captive of someone else’s dogma, it meets a dead-end. When the future meets a human being that is intent on setting oneself free and being one’s own person, it meets its future – the future of the future. The future is...
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Leadership Dynamics: The Unifying Principle

The task of leadership is to unify people in a purpose that they can see, feel and want to be a part of. (more…)
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The Task of Listening

When a person speaks, we hear that which is spoken. Yet, the unspoken quite often screams louder than words through a person’s radiation and body language. (more…)
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The Myth of Self-Steering Teams

To illustrate the first key point in this Fulcrum episode let’s pop over to Japan. (more…)
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Setting Yourself Free

I greatly enjoyed my conversation with Aviv Shahar on the Create New Futures podcast! Our interview is now live: http://www.avivconsulting.com/cnf39.
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Thinking Skills – You Become What You Think About

Originally written in 2012, now updated in response to continuing interest, and for the many new subscribers. (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 in the matters of gender inequality. With all its profound...
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The Other Cause Of Dementia

Pre-note: It is a statistical fact that if not for the money, most employees would rather be doing something else than being at their workplace. 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...
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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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Leadership Dynamics: Purpose And Impartiality

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 deep connection between the two that is important to understand. Purpose – dictionary definition: the reason for which something is done or created...
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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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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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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 a 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...
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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 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 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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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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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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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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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...
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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...
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The Greatest Bull Market of All Time

Join the greatest bull market of all time. No, it’s not any world stock exchange, emerging market or known commodity. It’s the bull market of human possibility and your possibility therein. Human awareness is undergoing a dramatic upgrade. So is the evolution of our mental and spiritual capabilities. New technologies such as the...
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The Rise of Decency

Decency: “Behavior that conforms to accepted standards of morality or respectability”. Example: When making a promise or agreement that one is not able to fulfill; to have the decency to let the other party know without delay. Every day we are made aware of yet another incomprehensively massive financial fraud; horrific...
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Harvesting New Intelligence

Human beings exist in two worlds at the same time: The seen, material worlds and unseen energy worlds. This is why we can feel the heat of summer and within it, the coolness of someone’s attitude. The leaf The leaf is one of the great wonders of the natural worlds – a...
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Self-Awareness – Our Inner Guide

When used correcly, our self is our greatest teacher. To what degree is its voice muted by the constant bombardment of the loud noises and persuasions of the 21st century? Busy World, Crowded Minds We live in a busy world. It is all too easy to become full of today’s flavor, crisis, deadline...
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The Inner Theatres of Decision-Making

This somewhat extended Fulcrum was originally prompted by events within the European union, where the quality – or lack of – decision-making processes is being acutely magnified. Decision-making is a make-it-or-break-it leadership capability and as such it is vital to be aware of the inner formations that drive our decision-making processes,...
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Cultural Intelligence

A little case-study of East versus West: The outwardly reactive versus the inwardly reflective There are as many variants of intelligence as there are humans alive. Each one of us with his/her unique blend of mental capabilities that determine how we bring to conscious usage what we are aware of and...
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The First Commandment of Leadership

The first commandment of leadership is: Let the purpose lead. Leadership is a service industry to facilitate progress, change and evolution. With as little ego as possible, where it is never about who is leading but what is leading. The primary inner focus of a leader is not on leading people but...
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The Cradle Of Self-Leadership

The best way to approach the subject of self-leadership is through personal experience. Standing your ground Remember the last time you stood your ground? Where by your grit, wit and intelligence, you managed to advance through a challenge that threatened to derail you from your path? And how you connected to the...
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