The Fulcrum

Core insights for emerging leaders


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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The Leap Factor

"I have a better idea, said the visionary executive. Why not focus more on small, efficient cars that cater for what more and more people will be looking for, instead of this obsessive focus on gas guzzlers?" A few years later Ford is now leading the pack - it was a simple...
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Signs Of The Times: Why ‘Being Prepared’ Is Taking On New Meanings

The corporate world is driven by business. What is good for business is ‘in’; what is not good for business is ‘out’. But this way of thinking is now changing, caused by emerging new realities that create head-spinning arguments; that what was once ‘bad’ for business is fast becoming indispensable; what was ‘good’...
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Signs Of The Times: Being Prepared To Handle The Unpredictable

The two opposing realities and one vital leadership focus From human-caused ultra-stress to the capriciousness of nature; the world is being severely tested. The facts highlight a cold reality: On many fronts, our world is unprepared to be able to handle much of the expected and the unexpected from within the framework...
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The Power Of Human Imagination

Unless trained otherwise, the thinking processes use references sourced from what we already know. The challenge in facing the unknown is to be able to think in such a way so as to not impose irrelevant references on an event that may be originating from the unknown and the not experienced. Fetching...
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A Little Snippet For Leaders And Managers: Just In Case You Forgot…

Part One of Two Here is a question for you: When those whom you lead or those whom you are about  to lead or manage look you in the eye, what is the most important feeling that ought to be present in them before all else? Take a moment to think about your...
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Listening

In every human gathering, there are the many that wait for their turn to speak and the few who listen When is the last time that you really felt being listened to? When is the last time that someone else felt being listened to by you? Listening is quite a demanding...
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Thriving In Uncertainty By Being Your Own Person

We love and need certainty, don’t we? To know what to expect in returning home and walking through the front door. To know that the shelves in the super-market will continue to display an abundance of food. To know that drinkable water will flow through the tap. Much of our...
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Governing Mindsets: Always Go To What Works

Sometimes great things can be accomplished by making tiny changes and adjustments. One of those little changes concerns how we think and the mindsets that get born in us as a result of our way of life. The mind accommodates many different mindsets that become activated by the nature of activity...
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Short And Long-Wave Thinking

“You become what you think about” is an aphorism of an unknown origin and one of my favourite sayings. Whoever discovered it pin-pointed a profound truth about human possibility. In fact, coming across it many years ago stopped me in my tracks – it was such a powerful realisation. Consider...
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Alignment To Purpose: Do You Have One..?

The Inner Orchestra - How Many Different Tunes Is Your Life Dancing To? If you put a pizza in a freezer all that happens is the fixed, cool protective environment will keeps it fresh for a while. A freezer is designed in such a way that nothing else will happen to...
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Leadership Consciousness And Time

Consciousness is a defining trait of humanity. Leadership consciousness lives in the cutting edge of it and has a crucial task: Contribute to the evolution of human consciousness by making frequent excursions into the unchartered waters of the future; to go where no man has gone before – in small...
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The Two Stories: Your Inner and Outer Worlds

Of all the subjects that I have been researching over the years, I find the study of the unseen worlds to be, by far, the most fascinating, demanding and challenging. The term ‘unseen worlds’ is used to broadly relate to the worlds of energies and powers. So while the ‘seen worlds’...
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Tell a Story

Develop your story-telling arts to become a vastly more effective individual Imagine life without stories to tell. Yes, that’s true – we can’t. Story-telling lives at the heart of humanity. The ability to think and communicate in narratives reflects the quality of our consciousness and connection to what is happening in...
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The Right and Left Brains and The One Mind

The AI debate Will Artificial Intelligence and advanced robots one day rule humanity? Let’s introduce some spiritual sanity into this insane idea. While the brain-level, computation-based perspective that is making this prediction is understood, there is a whole other world that human beings are made to be able to deal with –...
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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 and unique blend of wit and intelligence, you managed to advance through a challenge that threatened to derail you from your path? And how...
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Transformational Leadership

The driver of transformational leadership is the ability to perceive reality and opportunity. As a first principle it is not about people but rather about a purpose and a mission. It is then all about the people, because it is the leaders and the people together that put form, life...
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Perception: A Leader’s Bridge To Reality

Language is a magical tool – imagine life without it. Speaking or just thinking certain words can have an awakening quality. One such word is ‘perception’. You can try it right now – think ‘perception’ and say it to yourself in your own mind a few times, in different ways....
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