Category: Change Management

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Where is the path leading us to?

This path has a gate at the end. A gate to heaven? A gate to pastures new? To new opportunities? Will the gate be open when we get there? What will the path be like? Curiosity will lead us down the path. Uncertainty will keep us going. Be confident. Be bold. Don’t look down to test the path, focus on the gate at the end. Make it your goal. You will get there. Don’t worry. Picture: Butcher’s Wood, Hassocks

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You and the Universe

Rhonda Byrne in the Secret Newsletter the other day wrote the following: Your job is you and only you. When you are working in harmony with the law, no-one can come between you and the Universe. However if you think another person can get in the way of what you want, then you have done a flip to the negative. Focus on creating what you want. You are the centre of divine operation in your life, and your partner is the Universe. No one can get in the way of your creation. I liked that quote for several reasons. The Law of Attraction means whatever you do in life comes back, a bit like Karma. It is also about you attracting the same things until you break a pattern. That makes me reflect on the problems I had with the car, all the illnesses (colds) I had at the same time, annoying customer service from both the car people and my online shopping provider. I get wound up by it and I seem to go from one case to another until I break the cycle and MY attitude. Instead of focusing your energy on what you don’t want, you need

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Buddhism – being busy

I get a daily newsletter with Buddhist quotes. Hence I like to collect the most inspiring ones and put them in my blog. Similar to what I did with Balamadana back in the days. Most quotes have been in my draft folder for a few months, if not years. So here we go with one: How very happily we live, free from busyness among those who are busy. Among busy people, free from busyness we dwell. – Dhammapada, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Now I recently couldn’t travel due to the sickness of my children. However, as I had holidays booked, I just ended up with two and a half days without any plans whatsoever but helping my wife and spending time (!) with my kids. Time. Free time is almost unheard of. We all work a lot, normally 9 to 5.30, often to 6.30 and most often much longer. We are people that enjoy working (and I speak about people like myself), and we should probably or most certainly take a day off. Or compensate for over time. Not because we don’t value time at work or because it might be our right to do so. No, we should take

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Human Needs

This week I continued to listen to the mp3 of Anthony Robbins, and the six basic human needs: 1. Certainty/Comfort. 2. Variety. 3. Significance. 4. Connection/Love. 5. Growth. 6. Contribution. Having worked with my coach for a few week, and had another coaching session this week, I realise that these basic six needs are very important. Let’s assume you are in a relationship, in a job, play chess in a club, or anything that is important to you, and none or only one or two of these needs are met. How long would you stay in that situation and not change it? And why? For argument sake, you are in a relationship but your partner doesn’t give you security because s/he is going off to gamble the hard earned money. Then s/he doesn’t’ show any love or connection to you and your kids, and you feel like you cannot grow or contribute to the situation at home. As Anthony would put it, the blueprint of your life of what you want to achieve and life itself are not equal. You are very unhappy. Then this is the time for change! Change to either solve the situation if you can or

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Nudge

In this weekend’s FT I read about Richard Thaler who wrote a book called “Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth and Happiness“. Of course I ordered it straight away. Since I did not know who Richard Thaler was, I had a look. He is the Ralph and Dorothy Keller Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioural Science and Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Wow, what a title. He was advisor to Obama in his presidential campaign. His book “Nudge” discusses how organizations can help to make better choices. The term “choice architect” was defined as someone who displays choice in a way for other people to chose, e.g. he uses the example of someone who writes out a school menu and depending on whether the healthy or unhealthy option is first, that “architect” influences the decision for lunch. Below is a video I found of his presentation given at the RSA, the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, in London. Enjoy and please let me know what you think. I cannot wait to read his book!

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cb consulting London

I have been asked over the last few days, what cb consulting really is? What am I doing as a marketing and management consultant? It is both a playing field for SEO and web design but also my first own company. I founded it not short of 2 years ago to start selling some of my services, e.g. performance coaching, life coaching, career coaching, trainings and seminars, to some friends and corporates. However, at that time and even now, I am still working full time to earn my living that way. And, I do not really want to change that or give up the security of my day job. cb consulting really is a good way of showing off my skills and offering them to the greater world. I have excelled in helping people achieving their dreams, dream jobs and personal goals. Also, I am about to start my first online marketing consulting project – keep your fingers crossed. Combining the right tools to reach the objectives. Coaching is not always the easiest thing to do. You don’t really want to tell people what to do but be there for guidance and helping them to identify their own goals. Only

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Managing Stress (2)

I want to complete the story about managing stress which I started on Wednesday. How do we cope and manage stress so it does not affect our health nor our life style? I guess one thing is the perception and your internal attitude towards things. E.g. researchers still speak about negative and positive stress and some say that the latter should actually help us, similar to exercise. But the majority of articles say that it does not matter how you perceive stress, as in general it cannot be good for you. However, if you think positive, you will be able to generate less stress. E.g. you cramp up less and you have less physical tension. That will help you to think clearly and get less wound up. Exercise and hobbies – you remember in my last post I was writing about them. Yes, you need this all important time for yourself. You need that time and ideally combine it with a relaxing hobby, e.g. walking the dog or exercising. The latter combination would be best as e.g. exercising reduces your blood pressure combating heart diseases and if it helps you to reduce stress, it is a powerful healthy combination. Wow,

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Managing Stress (1)

You might have guessed. I keep talking about stressful days, times at work and my love for work for a while. On the other hand I am talking about how much I love it. Contradiction? NO! I love what I am doing and how much I am doing of it but I often get carried away and forget all about work life balance. But, I noticed that some days stress can get to me. Some days more than others and I thought, what is missing in my life that has been there before? – exercise – hobbies Overall, it comes down to my hobbies being what I love most: work at my main job and cb consulting, working on my blogs and websites. Excercis: yes, I have neglected it too long and have to get back to a routine. And, I will! Not only did I start Tai Chi, but I also started going back to the gym. First once a week and I want to increase it to twice a week. As they say, the ant cannot eat the elephant in a day, it needs to have a bite at a time. Be patient Volker! My friend at Balamadana

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Career Coaching in a Recession

I was speaking to a friend earlier today. Really, I was helping him to get his CV updated and to tidy up his cover letter. Unfortunately, that was more work than I thought it was. He has been with his company for a few years, has been in a few jobs, however the recession makes him fear he might lose his job soon. So he asked me to look into that and since I run my own consulting and coaching business I was more than happy to do that. He was pleased with the fresh input I gave him for his CV, the way he can sell himself much better now. And, he also is much more confident to apply for jobs and do his cover letters too. I said, no problem, anytime. He answered that he would like to pay me but instead suggested to pay 2% of his new job’s salary to me. With his position, that could be a nice promise if he keeps it. Maybe I should offer that to everyone – if you run your CV by me and cover letter, I help you to identify your goals, aims and objectives to where you want

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