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Newsletter 129: Is being positive overrated?


It is current wisdom to display a positive front, attitude, thinking – certainly in the workplace. This Either/ Or thinking has relegated negative thinking to the realm of loser, pessimist, energy – drainer. Has positivity been wrongly understood? Is there room for a balanced approach? Positivity is a good topic for the first newsletter of 2019.

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It is current wisdom to display a positive front, attitude, thinking – certainly in the workplace. This Either/ Or thinking has relegated negative thinking to the realm of loser, pessimist, energy – drainer. Has positivity been wrongly understood? Is there room for a balanced approach? Positivity is a good topic early on in the year.



NEWS
THICH NHAT HANH is now in his 90s and confined to a wheel chair following a stroke 2 years ago. Nominated by Martin Luther King for the Nobel Peace Prize, wisdom author, founder of Plum Villages – the sort of leader we most need today

CULTURESCAN.BIZ We have embarked on a revamp of the conversations-lead-change web site to clarify and update content. Now 25 hot topics are covered. Visit culturescan.biz

SACAP (The South African College of Applied Psychology) have once again invited me to be part of a select group of coaches (Coaching Twitter Talk) on Wednesday, 20th February from 12pm to 1pm. The topic is “The way in which coaching can help you become a people-person”. Check out: sacap.edu.za

CULTURE UNIVERSITY has published its top 10 - posts that garnered the highest traffic in 2018. An article I wrote with Eva Cooper was included.
See post
They said of our Framework for a New Leadership Culture, “This comprehensive post covers a framework for a new leadership culture that’s necessary to support an important shift in the operating model of organizations”. To read the article click here

LIVING A SPIRITUAL LIFESTYLE. This new article in our Halo and Noose Member’s article archive is on LinkedIn
The article is long but can be read in stand-alone chunks. I’ve tried to stay practical, avoiding tiring academic treatment of morality, values, virtues, ethics ….

UCT MBA STUDENTS. During March and May I’ve been asked to deliver lectures to this group covering values-led leadership






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QUOTEABLE QUOTES
WONDER: “This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before” - Maya Angelou

We are in the universe and the universe is in us - Ilia Delio

BEING IN THE PRESENT MOMENT: “I felt once more how simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. Nothing else”, and “I’ve stopped remembering bygones, stopped seeking future prospects. What matters to me is whatever is happening right now, at this very moment. I ask myself, ‘What are you doing now, Zorba?’ ‘I’m sleeping.’ ‘All right, sleep well!’ ‘What are you doing now, Zorba?’ ‘I’m working.’ ‘All right, work well!’ ‘What are you doing now, Zorba?’ ‘I’m embracing a woman.’ ‘All right, embrace her well!’ Forget all the rest” – Nikos Kazantzakis (Zorba the Greek)

STORIES: “Stories are the secret reservoirs of values: change the stories individuals and nations live by and tell themselves and you change the individuals and nations. Nations and peoples are largely the stories they tell themselves” -Ben Okri

SERVING: "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others" - Mahatma Gandhi

PURPOSE: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” - Mary Oliver

BEING POSITIVE: We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope- Martin Luther King, Jr.


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