Facing Codependence, by Pia Mellody

facing codependencePia Mellody is an authority in the fields of relationships and addictions; she is a Senior Clinical Advisor for The Meadows, a multi-disorder facility specializing in the treatment of trauma andaddictions. Her book Facing Codependence: What It Is, Where It Comes from, How It Sabotages Our Lives is a very insightful work on human psychology that will surely help you learn something new about yourself or those around you. Read more ⇉

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How To Keep Up Your Energy Levels?

the power of full engagementThis article is in continuation to The Power of Full Engagement, related to the book of the same name authored by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz, in which we discussed how to expand our physical and mental capacities using athletic principles. Here, we’ll talk about the importance of physical energy and how it is often overlooked, given our sedentary lifestyles. Read more ⇉

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The Power Of Full Engagement, by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

the power of full engagement“Energy, not time, is the fundamental currency of high performance.”

In The Power of Full Engagement, authors Jim Loehr (world-renowned performance psychologist, co-founder of the Human Performance Institute), and Tony Schwartz (journalist, founder of The Energy Project) defend the thesis that “Energy, not time, is the fundamental currency of high performance.” Read more ⇉

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The art of asking, by Amanda Palmer

the art of askingAmanda Palmer is a popular American singer-songwriter. In her book The Art of Asking she shares some of her life experiences and lessons learned. Amanda became popular after raising nearly $1.2 million via Kickstarter in one of the most successful comparable crowdfunding campaigns. Her story is inspirational because for her, success, fame and social recognition came only after years of being a street performer and acting for tiny audiences in hidden bars. Read more ⇉

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Inspirational Messages from Will Smith

In this approximately 10 minute video, celebrated Hollywood actor Will Smith shares his perspectives on how each one of us should think and live. The video is a compilation of motivational statements he has made in various interviews after the success of his movie – The pursuit for Happiness. Smith begins with the idea of how greatness is an innate quality that resides in each one of us, and it is unveiled only by believing in oneself, and by focusing strongly on the goal by attacking one’s own fears. Believing in oneself, he explains, makes a positive difference in the world that ought to be an inspiration for the others. Smith explains how one should stop letting circumstances govern one’s thoughts, and that one must aim to in an unrealistically passionate manner to achieve one’s goal. He states that there are no shortcuts for success, and that the key to success lies in ‘laying one brick at a time and, doing it with absolute perfection’.

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Learning From Rejection, by Robert De Niro

In this 15 minute video, celebrated Hollywood actor Robert De Niro delivers an exemplary speech to the graduating students of Tisch School of Arts, at New York University.

De Niro candidly jokes about how, unlike domains like accounting and medicine that are driven by reason, logic and common sense, the field of movies is more passion and creativity driven albeit its uncertain and dismal degree of employment, success and stability. He subtly points out how in this creative industry, a director’s assessment of a recruit is always a gain for the recruit, even if he is rejected. He elucidates about the perspective gained from a rejection, and how it can help the recruit to open up to new ideas, in the process making him fearless of risks and failures. He also hints at how treasuring workplace relationships, the experiences and friendships formed during struggling times go a long way for an aspiring newbie.

 

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Commencement Address at Pepperdine University, by Elizabeth Holmes

In this 18 minute video Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of Theranos – a blood test company – and one of the world’s youngest self made female billionaires, delivers a commendable commencement address to the Seaver College graduates who graduated on May 2015 from Pepperdine University at the Malibu campus. Holmes begins by quoting Nelson Mandela’s excerpt on how greatness and success is hidden within each one of us. She shares her own failures and how they taught her that rejections and failures are not omens, but the propelling factors that lead one to success only when the determination to pursue one’s goal supersedes the urge to give up. As per Holmes, setbacks are merely inflection points that allow one to comprehend how far one has come and, how the verve to realize one’s dream unleashes the unquenched passion to succeed. She calls this verve ‘the calling’.

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Traits Of Effective Leadership, by Herminia Ibarra

INSEAD Professor of Organizational Behavior, Herminia Ibarra, who was shortlisted for the Thinkers50 2013 “Leadership Award”, explains some of the traits of effective leadership in this 5 minute video.

Some of her tips on how to become an effective leader include:

• Rethink your job from operational, routine-work to something much more strategic. Invest less time solving problems and more time figuring out the type of problems you should be solving.

• Expand your network of relationships outside your organization, well beyond your existing network of contacts.

• Handle a wide range of leadership styles (from “command and control” to “collaborative”) and learn when to apply the right one depending on the context and situation.

 

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Strategies For Career Transition

Jody Greenstone Miller, founder & CEO of Business Talent group, gives profound insights on career pivoting in this 22 minute interview. A lawyer by profession, she has dabbled as an investment banker, special council in the White House, COO of Americast and as a venture partner of Maveron Venture Capital. Hence, her career graph has interesting and successful transitions, based on which she shares her five point strategy for surviving a career pivot.

  1. Knowing what you want. She stresses the importance of matching career objectives with changing lifestyles.
  2. Building your knowledge base. This potentially includes internship, pro bono work and undertaking freelancing assignments that aid in knowledge expansion and exploration of skills.
  3. Leveraging your strengths. If a person with functional skills works with a person with replicable skills like initiating a start up, they can effectively put their core skills to  use.
  4. Marketing your skills smartly. It is her core advice is on putting an employer’s doubts about hiring you to rest.
  5. Avoiding common mistakes. She refers to this as the apprehensions in taking calculated risks of stepping into an untried venture. Embrace the serendipity is what she advises.

Greenstone highlights the importance of being realistic, nimble and receptive in a phase where managing change effectively is imperative.

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Emotional Intelligence, by Daniel Goleman

In this 5 minutes video on Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman, one of the internationally renowned psychologists (also known as the father of Emotional Intelligence), answers a few interesting questions on the topic.

Goleman describes emotional intelligence as a package of self-awareness guided by intuition, self-management in handling distressing emotions healthily, empathy and, a skilled relationship that incorporates all the mentioned qualities. As per him, it is imperative to include the honing of these basic skills in school where children can learn the art of handling their emotions healthily and channeling their energies into actions guided by their passions. When it comes to men and women, Goleman further explains that women are more emotionally intelligent when it pertains to exhibiting social skills and empathy, whereas men are better on accounts of self-confidence and managing distressing emotions. However, he also points out that when both genders become leaders in due course of time, they eventually imbibe the qualities they lack and attain all the four ingredients of emotional intelligence.

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