Just Do It : The I-Conic Approach to Lifestyle Coaching

hugh anthony, certified lifestyle speaker · author · lifestyle coach


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The process of becoming your best self is guided by you; harnessing your experiences through learning, training and coaching along with some measure of creativity and imagination.”

– Hugh Anthony

It was Winter 1992 with bated breath that I anticipated the annual swimsuit issue of the now world famous magazine. There was a mystery about which supermodel would grace the cover of this coveted issue of the popular glossy magazine!! Yes, this magazine had record sales of over one million, not only because it was the most anticipated issue, it was every man’s dream and every woman’s envy. The supermodel that made the cover of that issue of the magazine Dina Specter expressed:

“…. should excite tons of readers who giddily await the glossy’s once-a-year release featuring page after page of barely-dressed models on beaches.”

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The magazine under the direction of its first editor, Jule Campbell former fashion writer and reporter, transformed the publication from a provocative glossy featuring a few bikini-clad women into a commercial behemoth and the first magazine with circulation over one million to win the National Magazine Award for General Excellence twice. Its swimsuit issue, which has been published since 1964, is now an annual publishing event that generates its own television shows, videos and calendars… You have figured it now….it is Sports Illustrated (SI) Swimsuit edition.

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You might be asking – What does SI have to do with the title of this article or how it relates to you? Well, that is where I first read the powerful and iconic Nike advertisement – JUST DO IT. With its powerful narrative, the ad espoused the authentic character of Nike’s brand values and purpose. It radiated a vibe, an energy and an iconic feel as that was so symbolic….as captured in the following quotation

“…it must evoke transcendent qualities of human soulfulness. And to do that it has to express deep insight into its unique purpose in the world.”

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That issue of the SI magazine with its powerful and iconic ad, with its strategic narrative from Nike – Just DO IT is a special kind of story. It espoused Nike’s essence as a company and provided a pathway for me to ask who am I as an individual? Where you’ve been, where you are, and where you are going? How I believe value is created and what I valued in relationships. That iconic ad provoked candor and thought -it challenged and explained why I existed and what made me unique. It challenged me to get uncomfortable and do extraordinary things – it beckoned me to JUST DO IT. Nike’s mission is “to bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world.” What makes this a shared purpose is that Nike actively encourages people to inspire each other. Nike’s “Just Do It” slogan is a key part of its narrative and the very influence on my being and what I do for my clients the world over.


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Albeit, two decades later, I have the ad still and it has inspired me to do great things, the great inspiration by being the Co-Founder of Consulate | Milieu® a boutique lifestyle firm based in Toronto, Canada, an outlet through which we offer our I-Conic Approach Lifestyle Coaching™ program that builds on the powerful circles of influence that is your lifestyle which we explore and help you curate.

Melding the SI Swimsuit edition and that powerful Nike ad, I am excited to remind you that – your life is your gift, how you share it in a meaningful, positive and rewarding way with others in an authentic manner through inspired living is your lifestyle the essence of our I-Conic Approach Lifestyle Coaching™ program.

Your life experiences all contribute to the mosaic that creates a soul stretching, empowering and transformative way of being that provides a blueprint for inspired and focused living. The I-Conic Approach Lifestyle Coaching™ program is designed to engage you to expect, in an agile, concise and purely conversational tones capturing the voices gleaned with intentionality, which will create the quilt that becomes the premise upon which you strengthen the values that hold you as an individual together, celebrate your abilities, the essence of your existence, and provide a resounding affirmation of being self-aware, deeply connected, emotionally attuned, emotionally wired, and authentically understood.

The I-Conic Approach Lifestyle Coaching™ program is built on a deep value proposition and strategic narrative that intersects three core aspects of your life and their influences:

  • Exploration of Unresolved Expectations – The understanding of self and the unmet expectations and/or needs that create social tensions which are psycho-emotional that requires ownership to resolve.
  • Standing in the Truth of Who You Are – What are the things that bring meaning and truth that fuels your reasons for living versus existing?
  • The Narrative Circle – A collaborative approach to creating narratives in a holistic manner that encapsulates and connect specific desires, goals and unmet need in a way that creates pathways to authentically address the essence of your ideal lifestyle.

The cornerstone the I-Conic Approach Lifestyle Coaching™ program will assist you with curating your lifestyle – as a purposeful narrative – from your collective experiences. This purposeful narrative is the outcome meaningful reflections, understanding and engaging conversations that you will share with others. The outcome will be powerful; it creates your lifestyle value proposition about what you have to share with the world. Or even more interestingly, your carpe diem – your mission about now and what you will do for the world. This now becomes the journey for your life’s work that inspires you to be transformative and engaging throughout your encounters. The I-Conic Approach Lifestyle Coaching™ program fosters a shared sense of purpose that is focused on the strategic and meaningful relationships that augment your energies on being a collaborator to a co-creator.
Your role as a collaborator and co-creator emerges from your awareness of your responsibility to learn how to live an inspired, focused, empowered, strategic, transformative, youthful, lifestyle that is exuberant with mindfulness, to ensure that you connect with your authentic self at all times.

We are hosting the I-Conic Approach Lifestyle Coaching™ Workshop in a number of global cities. This workshop is designed to show you exactly how to create your lifestyle value proposition – what you want to do for the world, by having an understanding of the journey that you are on. Furthermore, how you can connect your clientele by having a shared purpose and a value-proposition that enhances the relationship from consumer to co-creator in your business and creative endeavour.

For this workshop space is limited. The workshop is designed only for creative and transitioning professionals – entrepreneurs, technopreneur, authors, coaches, consultants and creatives – who already have their own business but are struggling to get the desired clientele to offer value and experience lifestyle they deserve. If this sounds like something you want to do, you can find out how to get access by clicking here:


This workshop is designed as a live training experience. Building on your expectations and move you from success to significance.

First of all, we don’t give you ‘theory’. We teach you the exact methods to successfully create value, attract not just more clients, but the right ones, so you can be sure to create and offer value to your clientele both as a lifestyle and a profession.



Hugh Anthony is a certified lifestyle speaker, author and lifestyle coach, with interests in the creative industries, tourism and hospitality, and not-for-profit sector. He is the Co-Founder | Consulting Lifestyle Director of Consulate | Milieu® a boutique lifestyle consultancy firm in Toronto, Canada that specializes in creative, avid and exciting art-based and lifestyle projects for its diverse clientele – corporate, creative and transitioning professionals. Hugh Anthony is currently a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Waterloo, Canada where he is undertaking research on the Film Festival Industry, with his current focus being on The Role of Programming in the Film Festival Experience: Curating the Cinematic Muse.

Hugh Anthony is an enthusiastic and consummate thought leader who loves to write and is the author of the forthcoming book The Ultimate Guide to Public Speaking: 7 Steps to Professional Mastery to be published Summer 2016.


The Land of My Birth..

hugh anthony, certified lifestyle speaker · author · lifestyle coach


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The recently held elections in the “Land of my Birth” have left an indelible mark on my consciousness. The gleanings from the commentaries over the last few days have been nothing short of “let’s get the business of the nation going” for many well thinking and well-meaning citizens.


However, there are factions that have been expressing criticisms, egos parading, tribalism, ‘pork-barrel’ politics (reared its ugly head), lack of respect for a plural democratic system, disrespect for individuals who have offered themselves in service to the nation, the sense of entitlement; to what I wonder!! and where the Vox Populi (the voice of the people, is the voice of God) is misinterpreted and misunderstood.

The national voter % turnout was 46%, and a close margin for the two major political parties. There are no winners or losers, we have a new normal – one term governance. Because what parades as the ‘status quo’ – the recycled and entrenched mediocrity is no longer acceptable. The results are an indicator that a new narrative for governance and stewardship is needed for the new Jamaica that has emerged. The 54% of the electorate that did not exercise their franchise to vote indicates a failure of a system that is devoid of solutions to create a just, fair, accountable, anti-oppressive framework and equitable society for all citizens.

Our national pledge should guide all our political candidates and fellow citizens:

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“Before God and all mankind, I pledge the love and loyalty of my heart, the wisdom and courage of my mind, the strength and vigour of my body in the service of my fellow citizens; I promise to stand up for Justice, Brotherhood and Peace, to work diligently and creatively, to think generously and honestly, so that Jamaica may, under God, increase in beauty, fellowship and prosperity, and play her part in advancing the welfare of the whole human race.”

The founders, the liberators and the freedom fighters of our nation, requires of us to remember the Nation above self. Their contributions and sacrifices should never be in vain, but for us to create a society that for generations to come will teach us true respect for all no matter an election result. Citizens are stirred to respond to duty’s call of the Nation, to strengthen us the weak to cherish by volunteering, be selfless and unselfish in loving thy neighbour as thyself. To seek God’s guidance, so we have a vision of a new Jamaica, to do otherwise evil will beset us and we’ll perish as a nation.

The power is in our collective existence (not our individual), it is also in our plural democracy where we ought to have the truth be ours forever, respect for the institutions and the laws of the land. Where there is perennial hope for land we love, and no matter where we are from, we embody the National Motto:

“Out of Many, One People”

It is Jamaica land we love, where diligence to duty conquer hardships. Where hope replaces despair, where we sow generational seeds because the land is green and the sun shineth and we will reap a stronger and better Jamaica. A Jamaica where there is spiritual, economic, cultural, social, emotional and societal well-being for all. Where the sounds of cheerful laughter replaces the frigid grimace of untold pain, the birth of new life symbolize hope and not despair, where lives are cherished and not perishing. Where songs of hope, drowns into oblivion the ricochet of bullets and the capacity to be and do good strengthens the community.


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This new narrative beckons us all to collectively overcome our differences and embrace our deference. In so doing, we take on the ‘Challenge of Change’ to create pathways to a renewal of nationhood, where the colour of our skin or the stripe we choose doesn’t matter in a negating manner. But represents the strength, creativity and collective consciousness of our people to foster a Jamaica, where we are seen as the overcomers, against all odds.

With that emergence, we will all be singing the words of Robert Nesta Marley, Global Icon | Legend & International Reggae Superstar’s song – Three Little Birds’

“Don’t worry about a thing.
Cause every little thing gonna be all right.”

Encouraging a new way for our people to share collective experiences that are pure and true. This will aid in fostering a renewed Jamaica that is a bastion of hope for all, with a narrative of inclusivity, respect, equity, truth, honesty, justice, love and humility be it on the local or global stage. Let us all foster creating a legacy that makes Jamaica not just being successful, but to become significant to humanity.

I am resonating the rising of the new Jamaica that beckons.

Will you help Jamaica, Land we love?

So she can play her part play in advancing the welfare of the whole human race.

I remain.


© Hugh Anthony 2016



Hugh Anthony is a certified lifestyle speaker, author and lifestyle coach for executives, creative and transitioning professionals.  He is committed to helping individuals transform their passions into possibilities to enhance value creation by harnessing their lifestyle and experience to be more meaningful, profitable and purposeful.

Hugh Anthony is the Co-Founder | Consulting  Lifestyle Director of Consulate| Milieu®, a boutique lifestyle consultancy firm based in Toronto, Canada that specializes in coaching, live and virtual events, training workshops an avid lifestyle projects for its diverse clientele.  He is an authority on public speaking and presents on topics relating to speaking and presentation, leadership and value creation.  His forthcoming book The Ultimate Guide to Public Speaking: 7 Steps to Professional Mastery  will be published Summer 2016.

30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself

30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself

by Marc and Angel Hack Life | Practical Tips for Productive Living

Stop Do These Things


When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you.

As Maria Robinson once said, “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Nothing could be closer to the truth. But before you can begin this process of transformation you have to stop doing the things that have been holding you back.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

1. Stop spending time with the wrong people. – Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you. If someone wants you in their life, they’ll make room for you. You shouldn’t have to fight for a spot. Never, ever insist yourself to someone who continuously overlooks your worth. And remember, it’s not the people that stand by your side when you’re at your best, but the ones who stand beside you when you’re at your worst that are your true friends.

2. Stop running from your problems. – Face them head on. No, it won’t be easy. There is no person in the world capable of flawlessly handling every punch thrown at them. We aren’t supposed to be able to instantly solve problems. That’s not how we’re made. In fact, we’re made to get upset, sad, hurt, stumble and fall. Because that’s the whole purpose of living – to face problems, learn, adapt, and solve them over the course of time. This is what ultimately molds us into the person we become.

3. Stop lying to yourself. – You can lie to anyone else in the world, but you can’t lie to yourself. Our lives improve only when we take chances, and the first and most difficult chance we can take is to be honest with ourselves.

4. Stop putting your own needs on the back burner. – The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too. Yes, help others; but help yourself too. If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now.

5. Stop trying to be someone you’re not. – One of the greatest challenges in life is being yourself in a world that’s trying to make you likeeveryone else. Someone will always be prettier, someone will always be smarter, someone will always be younger, but they will never be you. Don’t change so people will like you. Be yourself and the right people will love the real you.

6. Stop trying to hold onto the past. – You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading your last one.

7. Stop being scared to make a mistake. – Doing something and getting it wrong is at least ten times more productive than doing nothing. Every success has a trail of failures behind it, and every failure is leading towards success. You end up regretting the things you did NOT do far more than the things you did.

8. Stop berating yourself for old mistakes. – We may love the wrong person and cry about the wrong things, but no matter how things go wrong, one thing is for sure, mistakes help us find the person and things that are right for us. We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future. Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come.

9. Stop trying to buy happiness. – Many of the things we desire are expensive. But the truth is, the things that really satisfy us are totally free – love, laughter and working on our passions.

10. Stop exclusively looking to others for happiness. – If you’re not happy with who you are on the inside, you won’t be happy in a long-term relationship with anyone else either. You have to create stability in your own life first before you can share it with someone else.

11. Stop being idle. – Don’t think too much or you’ll create a problem that wasn’t even there in the first place. Evaluate situations and take decisive action. You cannot change what you refuse to confront. Making progress involves risk. Period! You can’t make it to second base with your foot on first.

12. Stop thinking you’re not ready. – Nobody ever feels 100% ready when an opportunity arises. Because most great opportunities in life force us to grow beyond our comfort zones, which means we won’t feel totally comfortable at first.

13. Stop getting involved in relationships for the wrong reasons. – Relationships must be chosen wisely. It’s better to be alone than to be in bad company. There’s no need to rush. If something is meant to be, it will happen – in the right time, with the right person, and for the best reason. Fall in love when you’re ready, not when you’re lonely.

14. Stop rejecting new relationships just because old ones didn’t work. – In life you’ll realize that there is a purpose for everyone you meet. Some will test you, some will use you and some will teach you. But most importantly, some will bring out the best in you.

15. Stop trying to compete against everyone else. – Don’t worry about what others doing better than you. Concentrate on beating your own records every day. Success is a battle between YOU and YOURSELF only.

16. Stop being jealous of others. – Jealousy is the art of counting someone else’s blessings instead of your own. Ask yourself this: “What’s something I have that everyone wants?”

17. Stop complaining and feeling sorry for yourself. – Life’s curveballs are thrown for a reason – to shift your path in a direction that is meant for you. You may not see or understand everything the moment it happens, and it may be tough. But reflect back on those negative curveballs thrown at you in the past. You’ll often see that eventually they led you to a better place, person, state of mind, or situation. So smile! Let everyone know that today you are a lot stronger than you were yesterday, and you will be.

18. Stop holding grudges. – Don’t live your life with hate in your heart. You will end up hurting yourself more than the people you hate. Forgiveness is not saying, “What you did to me is okay.” It is saying, “I’m not going to let what you did to me ruin my happiness forever.” Forgiveness is the answer. let go, find peace, liberate yourself! And remember, forgiveness is not just for other people, it’s for you too. If you must, forgive yourself, move on and try to do better next time.

19. Stop letting others bring you down to their level. – Refuse to lower your standards to accommodate those who refuse to raise theirs.

20. Stop wasting time explaining yourself to others. – Your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe it anyway. Just do what you know in your heart is right.

21. Stop doing the same things over and over without taking a break. – The time to take a deep breath is when you don’t have time for it. If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting. Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly.

22. Stop overlooking the beauty of small moments. – Enjoy the little things, because one day you may look back and discover they were the big things. The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.

23. Stop trying to make things perfect. – The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists, it rewards people who get things done.

24. Stop following the path of least resistance. – Life is not easy, especially when you plan on achieving something worthwhile. Don’t take the easy way out. Do something extraordinary.

25. Stop acting like everything is fine if it isn’t. – It’s okay to fall apart for a little while. You don’t always have to pretend to be strong, and there is no need to constantly prove that everything is going well. You shouldn’t be concerned with what other people are thinking either – cry if you need to – it’s healthy to shed your tears. The sooner you do, the sooner you will be able to smile again.

26. Stop blaming others for your troubles. – The extent to which you can achieve your dreams depends on the extent to which you take responsibility for your life. When you blame others for what you’re going through, you deny responsibility – you give others power over that part of your life.

27. Stop trying to be everything to everyone. – Doing so is impossible, and trying will only burn you out. But making one person smile CAN change the world. Maybe not the whole world, but their world. So narrow your focus.

28. Stop worrying so much. – Worry will not strip tomorrow of its burdens, it will strip today of its joy. One way to check if something is worth mulling over is to ask yourself this question: “Will this matter in one year’s time? Three years? Five years?” If not, then it’s not worth worrying about.

29. Stop focusing on what you don’t want to happen. – Focus on what you do want to happen. Positive thinking is at the forefront of every great success story. If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, and you pay close attention, you’ll often find that you’re right.

30. Stop being ungrateful. – No matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for your life. Someone somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs. Instead of thinking about what you’re missing, try thinking about what you have that everyone else is missing.



#46664 – The Long Walk to Freedom Continues for Humanity – Tribute to Nelson ‘Madiba’ Mandela

Nelson ‘Madiba’ Mandela  1918-2013

 Global Icon | Protester | Activist | Prisoner  #46664 | Philanthropist | Peacemaker | President |  Revolutionary | World Statesman | Liberator | Nobel Laureate | Extraordinary Human Being | Father of the Nation | Legendary Elder

hugh anthony, certified lifestyle speaker · author · lifestyle coach

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“What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves. Our nation has lost its greatest son.”  Jacob Zuma, President, Republic of South Africa

“In the end, Nelson Mandela showed us how to love rather than hate, not because he had never surrendered to rage or violence, but because he learnt that love would do a better job. Mandela played with the highest stakes. He put his family, his country, his time, his life on the line, and he won most of these contests. Stubborn til the end for all the right reasons, it felt like he very nearly outstared his maker. Today, finally, he blinked. And some of us cry, knowing our eyes were opened to so much because of him.”  Bono, U2

“Today he has gone home and we have lost one of the most inspirational, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this Earth.”   Barack Obama, US President

“It’s a really sad day for us, and you know we’re going to miss him enormously. But he’s left a hell of a legacy. … He’s really a master lesson in nonviolent struggle. He came from a violent struggle because he didn’t see any alternative. But if you follow where he led, follow his example, then you know, you look at any place like the Middle East for instance, and you dream of a leader with that type of courage and big heart.”   Peter Gabriel, musician and humanitarian activist

“His passion for freedom and justice created new hope for generations of oppressed people worldwide, and because of him, South Africa is today one of the world’s leading democracies.”  Jimmy Carter, Former US President

“One of the great honors of my life was to be invited to Nelson Mandela’s home, spend private time and get to know him. He was everything you’ve ever heard and more – humble and unscathed by bitterness. And he always loved to tell a good joke. Being in his presence was like sitting with grace and majesty at the same time. He will always be my hero. His life was a gift to us all.”     Oprah Winfrey

We were just reminded of what an extraordinary and inspiring man Nelson Mandela was and my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family right now.”   Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

What an honor it was to step into the shoes of Nelson Mandela and portray a man who defied odds, broke down barriers, and championed human rights before the eyes of the world. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”   Idris Elba, who plays Nelson Mandela in new biopic ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’

“Nelson Mandela is physically separated from us, but his soul and spirit will never die. He belongs to the whole world because he is an icon of equality, freedom and love, the values we need all the time everywhere. His long, long struggle is a great demonstration of humanity. I have learned so much from Nelson Mandela, and he has been my leader. He is a perpetual inspiration for me and millions of others around the world.”   Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani Education Activist

“Today the world lost one of the true giants of the past century. Nelson Mandela was a man of incomparable honor, unconquerable strength, and unyielding resolve – a saint to many, a hero to all who treasure liberty, freedom and the dignity of humankind. As we remember his triumphs, let us, in his memory, not just reflect on how far we’ve come, but on how far we have to go. Mandela may no longer be with us, but his journey continues on with me and with all of us.”  Morgan Freeman, Actor (Invictus)

“He made us realize, we are our brother’s keeper and that our brothers come in all colors. What I will remember most about Mr. Mandela is that he was a man whose heart, soul and spirit could not be contained or restrained by racial and economic injustices, metal bars or the burden of hate and revenge.”  Muhammad Ali, Boxing Legend

“Mandela is not only the father of democracy in South Africa, but is also a symbol of democracy and like any symbol, he is not dead. He is present in all of us and guides us by his lifestyle, his courage and faith in the true struggle for equality.”  Michel Martelly, President, Republic of Haiti

“He spent much of his life standing against the injustice of apartheid. When that fight was won, he inspired us again by his capacity to forgive and reconcile his country. While the world may never see another Nelson Mandela, he has inspired countless men and women throughout the world to live more courageous and honest lives.”  Tony Abbott, Australian Prime Minister

“Through his dignity, grace and the quality of his forgiveness, he made racism everywhere not just immoral but stupid; something not only to be disagreed with, but to be despised. In its place he put the inalienable right of all humankind to be free and to be equal.”  Tony Blair, Former British Prime Minister

“A great light has been extinguished. The boy from the Transkei has finished his long walk. His journey transformed not just South Africa, but humanity itself.”  Enda Kenny, Irish Taoiseach

“Nelson Mandela’s biggest legacy was his commitment to reconciliation, was his remarkable lack of bitterness and the way in which he did not only talk about reconciliation but he made reconciliation happen in South Africa. He was a remarkable man. … There was an immediate, I would say, a spark between the two of us and notwithstanding the many spats we had later, I always respected him and I always liked him as a person.

“He was a magnanimous person, he was a compassionate person; he was not only a man of vision, he was not only a great leader, but he was also a very human, human man.”  Former South African President F.W. de Klerk

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 Quotations from Nelson Mandela

“During my lifetime I have dedicated my life to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal for which I hope to live for and to see realized. But, My Lord, if it needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”  Nelson ‘Madiba’ Mandela

“Out of the experience of an extraordinary human disaster that lasted too long, must be born a society of which all humanity will be proud.”  Inaugural address in Pretoria, South Africa May 10, 1994.

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 “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”   Long Walk to Freedom (1994).

 “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” Nelson MandelaNelson Mandela - Iconic 5

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“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.”  Nelson Mandela

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“When a man has done what he considers to be is duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.”- Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela’s Life Story – Youtube Video   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgQBoXsxr8w



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Speed Mentoring – Creative Tool to Engage, Elicit and Empower

hugh anthony, certified lifestyle speaker · author · lifestyle coach
“If you had ten minutes of focused interaction with a top industry professional, what would you ask?”

Speed mentoring brings together industry experts and career aspirants or professionals that enable exchange of industry relevant information. This emerges, whilst networking with a métissage of professionals with varied industry interests and experience.   Based on a speed dating model, this event offers a tremendous opportunity for networking and shared learning in an interesting and fast-paced manner.

Speed mentclockoring is an innovative, interactive, insightful, fun and creative approach to mentoring. It is a platform for connecting professionals who want to share, learn and have an opportunity to help other professionals (mentees).  It opens your eyes to the world of work (industry-specific or occupation-specific) within a given glocality through education, awareness and empowerment.  Interactively, mentors and mentees meet in a time efficient manner for focused conversations; and are timely rotated to bolster the experience.

‘Speed mentoring fosters focused, one-on-one interactions with multiple mentors that benefit both mentee and mentor.’

University of Miami

It is a light hearted interactive approach which affords professionals the opportunity to glean knowledge from a cross-sector persSM  2pective. Tips, information and insights on career choices and making decision about the future, which is now, are some of the key benefits.

Speed mentoring is a creative recruitment strategy for businesses and professionals seeking opportunities, no matter which industry or sector you work in.  Maybe you’re thinking about changing careers, or trying out a new field.  Speed mentoring affords the opportunity and time to ask the questions you, wouldn’t ask of your coworkers.  Speed mentoring events will connect you with top industry professionals, so you get the edge you need as an aspiring professional or future leader in any industry.

Benefits of Speed Mentoring

  • Preparation and Professionalismare essential to the experience. To optimize the experience mentees must be prepared with their ‘elevator pitch’ and mentors challenge is to elicit the right questions.  Your character, approach, enthusiasm, charisSM - 1ma and confidence are relevant in the exchanges.
  • Sharing and Learning – knowledge and information exchange on how to gain valuable tips to advance your career in a fun manner.
  • Focused Interaction and Engagement – one-on-one interactions with the best talent and years of relevant experience in an energetic and enjoyable setting.  Through the associated activities it is an excellent opportunity to establish and maintain a relationship.
  • Active Listening and Feedbacka tool to find out what employers are looking for; and glean professional synergies and techniques needed for success.
  • Culture – affords the participants insights on workplace culture and expectations.
  • Connectedness – Building a valuable network through social and traditional media. Participants can continue to communicate with important industry connection for guidance, insight and inspiration.

Speed mentoring builds on the skills, confidence and capabilities of the participants to create open, but focused dialogue.  It is a demonstrable experience of opportunity and willingness to learn, share and give invaluable insights and bring meaningfulness to talented professionals.

You may want to check out a related blog I wrote in March 2012 on Speed Networking; Connecting Talent, Creativity and Capital.  https://creativemagezine.wordpress.com/2012/03/31/speed-networking-connecting-talent-creativity-and-capital/



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The Leader Who Had No Title: The New Way to Win in Business and in Life

by Robin Sharma

“People who have achieved great success are not necessarily more skillful or intelligent than others. What separates them is their burning desire and thirst for knowledge. The more one knows, the more one achieves.”
Robin Sharma

The old way of leading is dead. Many of our best known organizations have fallen and some of our most revered leaders have lost face. The global economy has now transfored and with all the new media ranging from Twitter to YouTube, everyone can now build a following and lead in their field.

We have just entered what I call “The Decade of Leadership”. Leadership has become democratized. I’m not at all suggesting that we don’t need titles and people at the top of organizations to set the vision, manage the team and take overall responsibility for the ship. What I am offering is that we now work and live in a world where leadership isn’t just something executives do. It’s something everyone needs to do – for their organizations to survive, in this period of dramatic change.

Here are nine smart moves you can make today to start changing the game and creating exceptional results:

1. Remember that you need no title to be a leader. Leadership has less to do with the size of your title than the depth of your commitment. I’ve seen front-line employees, taxi drivers and carpet installers doing their work like Picasso painted. Leadership isn’t really about authority. It’s about a choice you can make to do your best work each and every day, regardless of where you are planted.

2. Shift from Victimhood to Leadership. No great career, business or life was ever created on a platform of excuses. Too many people play victim at work. They blame the boss or the economy or the competition or the weather for their less than mediocre results. Leaders Without A Title are different. They get that they have power. It may not be the power granted through a title like CEO or SVP. But they have power. And that’s the power to see opportunity amid crises. That’s the power to drive positive change.
That’s the power to encourage everyone on your team, and it’s the power to step into the person you’ve always longed to be.

For the past 15 years, I’ve had a simple mission that has become my obsession: to help people in organizations lead without a title-and play at their best in all that they do. This mission has taken me into client companies like Nike, FedEx, GE, Panasonic and Unilever where I’ve not only helped their best people grow even better but learned what world-class teams and enterprises do to create wow. This mission has allowed me to serve as the private leadership advisor to many billionaires and celebrity entrepreneurs. And this calling has caused me to meet people from every walk of life in every industry and learn what keeps them from stepping up to their leadership best when that’s exactly who they are built to be.

3. Innovate or Stagnate. To Lead Without A Title is to leave everything you touch better than you found it. Mediocrity happens when people refuse to change and improve all that they do. Look what happened to some of the big car companies because the slowed down their devotion to innovation. The competition ate them for breakfast. And put some out of business. The best leaders and the best enterprises have a hunger to improve. It’s such a deep part of their culture they know of no other way to be. And that’s the edge that makes them great.

4. Become a Value Creator versus a Clock Watcher. Success comes from the value you add rather than from the busyness you show. What’s the point of being really busy around the wrong things? Leadership is a game of focus. Focusing on fewer but smarter activities, the ones that create real value for your teammates, customers and the world at large.

5. Put People First. “The business of business is people” said Southwest Airlines founder Herb Kelleher. We have a ton of technology yet less and less humanity. Yet let’s remember that people do business with people they like, trust and respect. One of the clients we’ve done leadership development work with is RIM. Yes, they are a fast and innovative technology company. But they also get that excellent results come from people playing at excellence. So build your team. Meet your customers. Deepen human connections. Treat others with respect. And put people first.

6. Remember that Tough Times Build Strong Leaders. Look at any exceptional leader and you’ll find that they stepped into their leadership best during a period of crises versus calmness. To Lead Without A Title is to hunt for opportunity amid every adversity. Every setback has the seeds of an opportunity. Companies like Apple, Google and Amazon were built because their people leveraged disruptive times into brilliant wins, and because their people refused to give up when faced with difficulty.

7. Go to Your Limits. The more you play out on the edges of your limits and take intelligent risks, the wider your limits will expand. The more you leave your comfort zone, the bigger your comfort zone will grow. Each day at work, do the things you know you must do but are scared to do. That’s how you grow, build your leadership capability and access more of the leader within you. There’s zero safety in staying within what I call “The Safe Harbor of The Known”. That’s just an illusion that bankrupts too many businesses and breaks too many human beings.

8. Lead Yourself First. “The Leader Who Had No Title” isn’t just a book showing you how to create exceptional business success and win at work; it’s also a handbook for personal leadership. Because how can you lead other people if you haven’t first done what it takes to lead yourself? Get to know your values. Think through what you want your life to stand for. Become physically, mentally and emotionally strong. And have a remarkably good relationship with your family. What’s the point of becoming super-successful yet being alone?

9. Give Back a Legacy. Success is good. Significance is even better. Sure profit and peer recognition and doing great work is mission-critical. But even more important than that is what you give – and all you leave behind. As I write in the book, “even the longest life is pretty short. And all that matters when you get to your last day is the difference you’ve made and the people you’ve helped.” So as you Lead Without A Title and step into your leadership best, stay focused on adding value, and making an extraordinary contribution.

The Leader Who Had No Title: A Modern Fable on Real Success in Business and in Life
Robin Sharma’s Little Black Book for Success – http://www.robinsharma.com
Motivated Magazine http://www.motivatedonline.com

Robin Sharma is one of the world’s most highly respected and trusted leadership advisors. Robin is the founder of Sharma Leadership International Inc. (SLI), a global consultancy with a single focus: to help organizations develop employees Lead Without a Title. SLI’s clients include many of the best companies on the planet such as Starbucks + GE + Nike + The Coca-Cola Company + IBM + FedEx + RIM + Microsoft + GlaxoSmithKline + Ritz-Carlton Hotels + Turk Telekom + Panasonic + Dorchester Collection + The Royal Bank of Scotland + Yale University.

What about Leadership for the Future – Which is Now?

hugh anthony, certified lifestyle speaker · author · lifestyle coach

“The world economy demands an alternative way of doing business and workers demand a different style of leadership.” — Dr. Tony Baron, The Art of Servant Leadership

In reflecting on the issue of leadership in organizations, be it those I have had the privilege of being a team member, professionally or voluntarily; or the ones I happen to read about from a magazine, blog or other sources, the core value that breed success is that of selflessness.

As with the open quote for this blog, I often wondered; if our leaders have taken the time to reflect on their own leadership or the style of leadership they bring, share or impose on others (or moreso, the people they should be serving).  In a more light-hearted questioning manner – Do organizations understand the type of leadership needed to respond to future, which is now?

We live in an era of unrelenting change, as individuals, citizens, customers, entrepreneurs and leaders the challenge is how we respond, to bring meaningfulness not just to our organizations, but even to our own lives.  Can we bring meaningfulness, if we don’t understand what is expected?   In researching themes on leadership, the suggestions are that the leader’s task is to align, empower, serve and collaborate.  In leadership for business, there should be adaptability, self-awareness and selflessness as we contend and engage in more complex, dynamic and creative work processes; and encounter a more diverse workforce than ever before.

Businesses do exist to meet a need, albeit, businesses are also driven by need for profits, however they should not be camouflaged as corporate motifs masked as greed, exploitation and to serve a select few.  Or be led by egotists or demagogues whose selfishness impairs their ability to lead authentically both professionally and personally.   The 21st-century leadership requires a shift in outlook, direction and strategy, if leaders are to be successful in empowering people (internal and external customers) bring value-driven philosophy and sustain superior performance, while contending with complexity in the world of business. How will this be achieved?

Bill B. Flint, Jr. in his recent book The Journey to Competitive Advantage through Servant Leadership proffered a thesis that will help leaders build a company every person dreams of working and every president has a vision of leading.   Bill referred to the term servant leadership developed by Robert K. Greenleaf, and its context is a leadership philosophy that values people, work and community; and focuses on helping people discover and reach their potential.

Bill defines servant leadership as a “… style of leadership that helps companies develop and nurture the unique and collective skills, abilities, and talents of the people within their company.” The servant leader brings purpose, passion and character,  and collaborate with the people they serve, by looking for ways to help everyone feel good about their efforts.

Servant leadership empowers the leader to understand that to lead is to serve. Encouraging and articulating a participative approach to leadership, with the outcome being the greatest possible performance and high levels of employee satisfaction.

The characteristic of the servant leadership as highlighted by Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership and others:

  • Self-Awareness: Each of us is the instrument through which we lead. If we want to be effective servant-leaders, we need to be aware of who we are and how we impact others. The servant leader  has the ability to view situations from a more integrated, holistic position. As a result, the servant leader gets a better understanding about ethics and values.
  • Listening: Servant-leaders use emphatic listening as they seek first to understand and then to be understood. Servant Leaders listen actively in as many ways as possible and motivate team members to share and support them in decision identification.
  •  Empowering and developing people: giving people in the workplace responsibility for their own actions. Through empowerment, the servant leader acknowledges the talents and strengths of employees. Underlying empowerment is the acknowledgment that employees are not merely subordinates, but that each is an individual in their own right.
  • Humility: this is an attitude and acknowledgment by the servant leader that they are neither omniscient nor omnipotent, and that employees may have more knowledge and experience. For servant leaders in organisations dependent on knowledge workers, this is especially important as it is highly probable that employees do indeed know more about their specialisation than anyone else inside the company. By acknowledging fallibility and the limits of one’s own knowledge, the servant leader helps to facilitate a learning environment: one in which employees can learn and develop through their own experimentation and by learning from others. This potential for self-determination has a powerful and positive influence on the workplace and further aids the long-term fostering of a learning culture.
  • Authenticity: is a significant factor as it enables the servant leader to show very clearly to employees that not only can they be themselves, but also that the work environment genuinely encourages and welcomes this. To show authenticity the servant leader must act with integrity: they must do as they have promised; show consistency in actions and morality; and be true to themselves and the spirit of the leadership principles they preach. The benefit of authenticity is that ultimately it supports and reinforces the values of the servant leader.
  • Interpersonal acceptance: the ability to understand and experience the feelings and motivations of others is essential in a servant leadership culture. Empathy and forgiveness must go hand-in-hand. The latter is particularly important if a culture in which it is accepted that people can and do make mistakes is to be developed with authenticity. By accepting employees as individuals, the servant leader shows understanding and appreciation of their unique perspectives and allows people to feel that they matter.
  • Providing direction: knowing what the servant leader expects of them is beneficial for employees and the organisation. To provide direction the servant leader must make work dynamic and have it tailored to the abilities and needs of employees.
  • Stewardship: is the willingness to take responsibility for the larger institution and to focus on service instead of control and self-interest. Leaders should act not only as caretakers but also as role models for others. By setting the right  example, leaders can stimulate others to act in the common interest. Closely related to stewardship is social  responsibility, loyalty and teamwork
  • Foresight is the ability to foresee the likely outcome of a situation. It enables the servant leader to learn about the past and to achieve a better understanding about the current reality. It also enables the servant leader to identify consequences about the future.

The fact is that leadership is not a position, it’s about character, and as John Maxwell highlights, “the measure of a leader is not the number of people who serve the leader, but the number of people served by the leader.”  How  companies inspire individuals to give their best and translate into superior strategy for businesses, translate in having leaders whose essence of character is helping others being their best.


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