Blog & News

Month: May 2017

Fix Your Course to a Star

From the book ‘How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci’ – by Michael J Gelb ‘The most carefully crafted strategies rarely work out exactly according to plan. But the best improvisers do not just “wing it” they start with a well-made plan and then adapt gracefully to changing circumstances.  You are the captain of your own ship, but you can’t control the weather. Sometimes life brings us smooth sailing; other times we get squalls, hurricanes, and tsunamis.  Leonardo counselled, “He who fixes course to a start changes not.” Fix your course to a star, and be ready to navigate through storms and around uncharted icebergs.’  

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Thinking Outside the Box

Why is it that when organizations ask its employees to think outside the box, they continue to confine them in a box? Organisations who are demanding creativity, innovation and new thinking need to focus on the environment and condition they create for thinking outside the box.  Both in physical and organizational structures.  Look around you and take notice of what is important to you.   Your values, do they align with the organisational practiced values? Do you like your working environment and culture?   Does your environment lead to thinking out the box and learning?

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Wake up and smell the roses!

Wake up and smell the roses, a phrase that’s is often used for one to awaken up to life and take time to notice this world or wake up to the reality of life or a situation.  Michael J Gelb in his book ‘How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci’ writes about the use of our given senses that we often ignore. I would like quote from his book. Aromatic Awareness All day every day we are confronted with a smorgasbord of smells. Our five million olfactory cells can sniff out one molecule of odour-causing substance in one part per trillion of air. And we take about 23,000 breaths per day processing about 400 cubic feet of scent-laden air.  But most people have a very limited vocabulary for describing aromatic experience: “It stinks” or “that smells good” are the most common references. Aim to increase your discrimination of and appreciate for smell by expanding your olfactory vocabulary. Perfumers categorise smells as floral (roses), minty (peppermint), musty (musk) ethereal (pears), resinous (camphor), foul(rotten eggs) and acrid (vinegar). Use these terms and make up your own descriptions as you explore the following exercise. What do you smell rights now?  – Describe it a vividly as you can…… Make “smells” a theme of a day – Record what you smell how it affects you through the course of your day. Olfactory Cornucopia – Assemble arrange of items with distinctive aromas,.. use a blind fold and ask your friends to describe what they smell and their reactions. Make your own perfume–  check out pure essential oils and find out what you like best –  (I would suggest only the best – Young Living Essential Oils)   Study Aromatherapy – Aromas of plants and herbs were used for healing by ancient Egyptians, Hebrews, and Chinese. Popular in classical times and in Leonardo’s day, the therapeutic application of natural herbs and scents is enjoying a rebirth So why not, wake up and smell the roses in your world!

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Final Edits and Ready to Publish

Sometimes you have to talk to a seven year old so you can gain an understanding of life again! The Savvy Child Within You  Become successful in your life and business using the forgotten childhood wisdom. Why is that when we enter the world of business we lose the inner wisdom of the child within us. The laughter, curiosity, honesty and the willingness to play together. Learn how to find that child and continue always to seek its wisdom and truth to use it in your life and business world.

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