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The celestial emporium

In Chinese traditional culture there is the belief that success requires three conditions: Tian Shi 天时 (right time), Di Li 地利 (right place) and Ren He 人和 (right people). All three of these things, more specifically, the will of heaven (Tian Shi), material resources (Di Li) and the harmony of people (Ren He) must be present and aligned. While it may sound like an ancient way of perceiving the world, most of us make the same assumptions about what is possible, based on what is available. As I teach in my personal leadership workshops, success is about enjoying the process of actualizing a self-owned vision. Instead of waiting for the right time, place and people, there is a formulaic process that each of us can apply to purposefully manifest our desires, rather than adhere to the dreary cliche that success comes only to those who work hard, or worse, the lucky. Continue reading

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Acting as If

Here’s a puzzle: how do you become something if you’ve never been something? For example, how do I become a leader if I’ve never been a leader? The conventional answer is to study how to be a leader and then gradually learn as you go along. I teach leadership at the executive level, so I have a pretty good understanding of how this process works. The problem is, it doesn’t really work. Continue reading

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Visioneering 101

I’ve always been interested in what makes people successful. What leads some people to achieve while others fail? I knew it couldn’t only be about raw intelligence or access to resources (though those things certainly do help). Being in the right place at the right time also seemed to be a factor, though not a consistent one. So about six years ago while co-facilitating a leadership course in Thailand, my colleague introduced a video in class called The Power of Vision. This training video from the early 90’s is narrated by futurist Joel Barker, and illustrates the importance of vision in the success of individuals, organizations and nations. It’s really a compelling presentation, as it examines the role of vision, from the rise of ancient Greece, to a group of students from an underfunded school in Harlem who, against the odds, all go on to college.
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