“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
Barry Schwartz talks about how we are constantly torn between doing what we think is right vs. doing what is expected of us. If people are not doing the right thing, we implement rules and incentives - like what we did with the financial industry. But we know through experience that people will find ways to circumvent rules. If we give incentives to do something right, we hen focus on the reward and stop caring about doing the right thing. But what we need to is virtue, good character, people who
"All gardening is personal. Don’t try gardening the whole organization. Tend to people and situations one at a time and spend time meeting them where they are. They are part of the ecosystem you need to understand." "Gardening should feel like flow. If it feels like you’re pushing a boulder in a swamp, then you’re trying to do Nature’s role. If it feels like work – stop, breathe out, give up on the result and go back to Sensing. It takes a lot of trust to give up, but your role
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
Brene Brown is a "researcher storylteller" who studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. She says the the wholehearted have courage, compassion and connection.
The United Nations Communications Group, which is a representation of all the Communication focal points of all the UN agencies met in November 2010 to review the progress of their plans in 2010 and plan for 2010. Some of the participants at the workshop.
This is what one group came up with as being essential to be a good team, during a group exercise at the annual retreat of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) when over 220 people got together to get to know each other better and to review their past years progress and plan for the coming year, in April 2010.
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