The Fulcrum

Core insights for emerging leaders


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

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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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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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....
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Core Leadership Practices: The Power of Knowing and the Even Greater Power of Not Knowing

This Fulcrum may come across as somewhat philosophical, but it somehow seems to fit this time of year. The higher end of leadership is constantly challenged with the balance between the tangible and the intangible; the known and the unknown; the profound and the mundane. The ability to handle both...
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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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Why Obama Won The Presidency And What It Says About The Future Of Leadership

Part One: The Two Lives and The Third Way There are two fundamental evaluations concerning any one of us: 1. How we are professionally or capability-wise. 2. How we are humanly. History is littered with the story of people who possessed outstanding capabilities to create and innovate while not having a matching personal development. Computer hackers...
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Augmented Reality versus the Real Reality; Smart Phones versus Smart Minds

It’s one of the hottest and potentially highly lucrative, rapidly developing search technologies: Point your Smartphone at whatever you are looking at and provided it’s been mapped into Google’s data base the screen throws back everything there is to know about it. Or, rather, everything someone thinks you should know about...
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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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Seven Pathways to Developing Leadership Self-Awareness

By its very nature, the journey of personal and leadership development does not lend itself to be presented through rigid formulas. It is helpful, however, to framework processes in a way that helps with defining prime challenges and possibilities, which is the context of this Fulcrum offering. 1. Learning what it means to be correct. Before...
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Developing Will-Power: Are You In The Driving Seat?

Often, the last 10% of a journey demand 90% of the effort. Will-power is a quiet quality. You get to learn about its presence by the impact of the results it gets. People with exceptional will-power are often amongst the quietest, shyest, least assuming and blessed with deep humility; a rare...
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Leadership Effectiveness: Five Key Practices

How do you use choice? The setting of life is such that any one situation can be responded to in many different ways. To what degree do your habits narrow down the possible outplays of the wide spectrum of your qualities and natural talents? If, by analogy, you are well capable...
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Leading Interdisciplinary Teams

To access the subject let’s use the mobile phones industry case study. No device in modern history has had the impact on world economy in such a short span of time like the Smartphone.  Many manufacturers of compact cameras, video cameras, tape-recorders, GPS navigators, compasses, fitness and health monitoring systems, music-players, watches,...
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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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Personal Evolution: Space, the Ever-Expanding Frontier

As we approach the New Year, here is a little ‘projection catalyst’ We exist in an ever-expanding universe, where space is being constantly created seemingly out of nothing. And space is not empty: It accommodates what science refers to as the mysterious ‘dark matter’ or energy that may hold the solution...
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Personal Development and Europe’s Leadership Crisis

Leadership and Statesmanship The nature of personal development that belongs with civil servants gravitates around one word: Service. True Service, Not Self-Serving Serving profound causes that live beyond self-serving interests; beyond the capricious needs of ego-centered personalities; beyond personal needs; beyond power games; beyond vested interests; beyond the idea that misaligned individuals may...
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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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Leadership Dynamics: Handling Your Max Q

In aerospace engineering, the maximum dynamic pressure, often referred to as max Q, is the point at which aerodynamic stress on a vehicle in atmospheric flight is maximized.  It is an important factor in the structural and mission design of rockets, missiles, and other aerospace vehicles which travel through an atmosphere; the...
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Personal Development: What Is Your Struggle?

Personal development is the enabler of self-leadership. “Those who lead themselves can lead a multitude”. What is your struggle? Life in these times is an arena of a crisis a minute; together with thrills, excitements, surprises, disappointments and challenges, often in ‘special packages’ and unknowns that are hard to predict. Learn To...
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The Power of Ideas

Dictionary definition of idea (Webster’s Collegiate): “a transcendent entity that is a real pattern of which existing things are imperfect representations.”; “a visible representation of a conception” Ideas drive humanity - and your business. Some ideas carry an immortal value and thus, driving power. Value, mission, vision and strategy are the pillars...
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21st Century Leadership – A Little Tribute To the Promise of German Leadership

The German parliament recently passed an intractable vote to completely phase out nuclear energy by 2022. This courageous step may mark the most outstanding act of government level leadership in the 21st century, opening the door to unprecedented, as yet unimagined worlds of new discoveries in both the human and technological dimensions. Beyond...
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Leadership Insights Series: Quantum Development and The Dynamics Of Influence

Quantum physics, with all of its great mysteries, directly applies to personal development and to how we live our life. However, the only way to perceive how it translates into human process is to learn how to experience it. This Fulcrum ventures into one of several experiential dimensions of personal and leadership development. They...
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