I feel an urge to get up and dance after I meditate. To embrace the most simplistic things life has to offer, as they don't require much, therefore they can be experienced anytime, anywhere.
I can choose to focus on the things that are working in my life instead of the things that are lacking.
Returning to my work in IT it strikes me how easy it is to slip into business as usual, to succumb to 'that's how we've always done things'. Therefore I'd like to share our experience, tools and methods used in our community problem-solvingP events, which I organize together with Lea Mentlikova and Radek Dobrovolny back home in the Czech Republic. We bring together projects and people who at times do not know each other and we are working on the problems projects are struggling with. It's a non-confrontational approach to the problem solving, which uses knowledge and experience of the group and at the same time helps to build relationships. So why not to try this in your organization?
Week after the Education Hackathon I've also lead a workshop in my former high school from which I graduated 15 years ago. About 15 students from the Student parliament between age 12 to 18 and I. We've spent 5 hours discussing what do they like and don't like about their school and what changes would they suggest. To our mutual surprise, none of the students said "Let's close the school down".
But all of them said "Let's have more fun. We want to learn, but please, make it interesting". And also "Help us to choose our future profession, we don't really know now what we want to do."
When I was writing up my notes after the event, it dawn on me that all along, we ask our children the wrong question. Instead of simplifying "What job do you want to do" we should start asking "What type of person do you want to become and how do you want to live your life".
About two years ago, I chose to explore more deeply the amazing realm of meditation and energy healing. Although I had experienced different kinds of meditation throughout my life, I’ve never made it a constant practice until I become a second degree Reiki Practitioner in April 2013.
Reiki (*) specifically, promotes relaxation, reduces anxiety and help us to connect with our inner-self.
Through meditation (and energy healing) we can increase self-awareness, self-love and feel more empowered to create a transformation that is going to allow us to have a more fulfilling life.
We are constantly faced with challenges – in our professional and personal lives – and some of these challenges can be exciting, others can be so draining that they suck the life out of us, creating frustration and discontentment.
The truth is, challenges will always exist, but we can learn how to better deal with them without compromising the balance that we seek in our daily lives.
Many people reach a point where they wonder if there is more to life than what they had experienced so far – whether that is an unhealthy life style, unhealthy relationships, working in a job that they despise or feel miserable, constant anxiety, fear of not being good enough, disconnection from their environment, etc.
That feeling of wonder is the initial stage of becoming aware of what needs to be changed.
Reading has always been my favourite activity. On highschool I've discovered Gabriel Garcia Marquez and his One hundred years of solitude still belongs to my favourites. Later on I fell in love with Isabel Allende's book Ines of my soul which unfolds story of Spanish conquistadora who helped to build the nation of Chile. Strong, magical stories which shaped my perception of the real world.
Stories help us to deepen our understanding of who we are and connect us to each other. They are powerful tool we can use to communicate and motivate.
From its nature, social entreprises have access to all sorts of compelling stories. People who fight their fate and win, people who lose. So why not to use storytelling to engage your audience?
Good elevator pitch is the first impression of your company and a way of how to get a meeting with investors. It shouldn't be longer than several seconds and as any good advertisment it should follow these rules:
Practical course which covers key steps social entrepreneurs need to tackle during the first months of establishing a new venture:
Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence
Leadership is not only about command - great leaders create deep emotional connections with other people, called resonance. They lead through mindfulness, hope, compassion, and playfulness.
The course examines ways of how to develop "resonant leadership" capability and emotional intelligence, using the latest research in neuroscience and psychology.
It focuses on questions as what is great leadership, renewal and antidote of chronic stress, emotional, social, and cognitive intelligence competencies. You will be encouraged to think about people and relationships that inspired you, discuss how to coach with compassion and peer coaching, how to inspire change through hope and vision, develop shared vision for teams and organisation and at last what is The Real self versus Faux self.
And a few hand-picked article on a leadership:
The Emotional Adventure of Leadership
"What the Heck Is Wrong With My Leadership?"
More useful articles in the post.
An Introduction to Corporate Finance
This course introduces corporate financial management and investments, providing students with concepts and tools for analyzing financial decisions.
The topics discusses objective function for corporations, calculating present values, comparison of investment criteria including practical aspects of the NPV rule, valuation of values and bonds, measuring risk, statistics review, theory of asset pricing, capital budgeting and capital asset pricing models.