I couldn't sleep and I am up at 4:30 am on a Sunday morning listening to Nigel Marsh : How to make work-life balance work on TED talk. Ironic. He is brutally honest and insightful and does this with such compelling humour,that it is difficult to ignore the reality of what he says. The way we have defined this 'balance' as a goal it self is quite interesting. Work Life Balance. Almost as if work isn't life. It implies that working in someway takes away your life. I like to be more
“Measuring our progress as a country not just by how our economy is growing, but by how our lives are improving . . . not just by our standard of living, but by our quality of life.” David Cameron. In November, UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced that, to help guide national policy, the British government would begin to measure the subjective well-being of its citizens. The announcement was the latest evidence of a growing awareness among governments and economists that Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and other traditional metrics of economic
I spent an enjoyable weekend with a lovely group of people from Citi Bank Sri Lanka last weekend conducting a self and leadership development program. The objective of the program was to enable participants to reflect on their own development, strengths and areas for improvement in the way they manage their work, career and personal life, and in how they communicate effectively. As is usual when I am conducting a program, I check in with the participants every half day and ask them to tell me what more they want from the
What a decade it has been!!! In June 2000 when Corporate Druids first began it’s work, I must admit that we didn't have a very clear path nor very ambitious goals. However I had some very strong intentions that I unwaveringly held on to on the kind of influence Corporate Druids wanted to have in the world we lived in. I could not have imagined the kind of journey that brought Corporate Druids here, nor this wonderful place that we are at. Standing here, stepping in to 2011, I reflect on the last
I had an 'aha' moment this morning about my own patterns of habits when I was reflecting on an incident when I felt let down by someone close to me. I have always been secretly pleased (and smug) with myself about the fact that I can eventually learn to let go of the expectations I have of people close to me. I can over time learn to let them be free from my neediness and therefore have a more freer relationship. I learn to accept them for what they are willing
Sometimes it can be frustrating to watch the progress of your own dreams. One of the funniest quotes I came across recently on twitter is "I'm sick of following my dreams I'm just going to ask them where they're going and hook up with them later... " by @MrTommyLand. I thought that summed up the frustration of following your dreams. And good advice in dealing with the frustration. What frustrates me personally about following my dreams? There are many, but today these were the ones I came up with.
We want to be able to look back on our past actions with honour. But, if we feel regret, guilt, remorse on our past actions there in lies our greatest teacher showing us exactly the difference between actions that bring honour and actions that brings regret, guilt and remorse. An attachment to the regret, guilt and remorse stops you from acting today. An awareness of the rise of those emotions empowers us to break the habits and patterns that repeat such actions.
Take a deep breath if you are feeling powerless. If you think you are only a drop in the ocean, without the ability to influence change in the larger world, that your will and action will be diluted. Breathe. Know that as you breathe in, you are breathing the air that connects you to others, the environment and all living things.
It' February 14th, Valentines day and I am browsing the net, going from one link to the other, without a particular destination, enjoying tidbits from the cyber world. I happen to come across an interesting TED talk http://on.ted.com/88Xq. Its about a school in India (Riverside School) that starts a program called I Can, where children aged 8 - 14, in small groups are empowered and inspired to become change agents. It’s a simple concept. The children are asked to pick an issue that bothers them, that they want to change, and then they are given a week to make the change. The impact and results are amazing. From cleaning up garbage, to making cities child friendly, to stopping child marriages, to teaching their parents to read and write, no issue was too big or too small. Kiran Sethi, the lady spearheading this project sees the potential of the project and starts taking the idea to other schools in the state and then across India. It gathers momentum and start spreading all over … Pakistan, England, Canada, Bhutan. Check how its spreading at http://www.designforchangecontest.com/.
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Goals worth pursuing cannot be defined too rigidly, for example like happiness or peace or intimate relationships. It is the journey itself that lets us discover the nature and form of the goal, as each step brings us closer to it, it also changes and evolves. The moment you frame it too rigidly and give it an end point its not worth pursuing. It limits the creativity, the possibilities, the opportunities and the wonder of the journey in discovering. Even company goals are like this. Profit goals are stagnant and limiting.