Articles of Faith: Leadership, Legacy and Grasping the Wind | Linked 2 Leadership

 

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Proverbs 4:23, NLT

A month ago I finally began to appreciate this proverb. A month ago, I died and was rudely shocked back to the operating table by a wonderful team of well-meaning surgeons. How were they to know that I was thoroughly enjoying the total peace and joy of having truly let go?

Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. But this, too, is meaningless–like chasing the wind. NIV Ecclesiastes 4:4

It took a heart attack and an all too brief visit to heaven for me to accept that anything I have been doing on this earth is no more than a striving after the wind.

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It is my honour and privilege to have been asked by Tom Schulte at Linked 2 Leadership to write a piece for the Sunday Articles of Faith series.

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What’s Better Today? How to Grow and Learn into the Leader You Can Be

What’s Better Today? How to Grow and Learn into the Leader You Can Be. (Singapore: Corporate Edge Asia Pte Ltd, 2013)

Leadership Coaching is an essential tool for anyone who wants to learn and grow as a leader, improve their business leadership coaching skills or to learn to coach. Written by a top leadership coach trainer, “What's Better Today? How to Grow and Learn into the Leader You Can Be” is filled with practical coaching tools and template exercises that bring professional coaching techniques within your grasp.

This book helps and guides you in getting the most our of your own coach and coaching because, for most people, being coached is a new experience.

  • In Part One, “Starting Out” – you will learn if you are ready to be coached and establishing your coaching objectives, and if so, what coaching style will work best for you right now and thus how you can go about choosing a coach to work with.
  • In Part Two, “Grow and Learn” – you’ll learn how to get the very most you can out of your coaching program. Including a structured growth framework with easy to use templates that you can use to both shortcut your coaching and get the results you want as quickly as you want.
  • Part Three, is about “Wrapping Up” your coaching effectively so that you, and your coach, continue to learn from the experience.

Leadership coaching is a great introduction to a powerful way of helping others grow.

I was directed to this book by a friend who knew I had had a less than satisfactory experience with a coach. This book clearly and concisely gave me all the information I wish I had had earlier. I would recommend this book for anyone thinking about taking on the commitment required to have a coach – and for coaches to see what is really expected of them!Neil Davidson

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The Economist Guide to Financial Management

The Economist Guide to Financial Management (2nd Ed): Principles and practice (Economist Books) (London: The Economist, 2014)

The most straightforward and easily understood book on finance.

John Tennent clearly explains the underlying foundations of managing finance, simply. With plenty of examples to help you grasp the concept and mini case studies of how to read the accounts of listed companies.

Thi book will help you demystify finance and be able to red a balance sheet, income statement and truly understand the critical importance of cash.

Stress and Anxiety hold us back from achieving all that we can – to win this war, we need to understand just what is happening inside our brains and then we can go beyond coping and choose to lead our lives towards good success.

your brain on stress and anxiety infographic

Stress and Anxiety in your – inforgraphic. Click to get the full image to download

Stress is the way our bodies and minds react to something which upsets our normal balance in life. Stress is how we feel and how our bodies react when we are fearful or anxious. Some level of stress has some upside to mind and body function to enable us to react in a positive way. Too much stress though, is both harmful to the body and our performance. How much is too much? Well, that depends… on you and how you respond.

It is essential to know how our brain responds to the stimuli which trigger an anxiety response so that you are equipped to deal appropriately with anxiety.

Let me highlight the key areas of your brain that are involved, and then I will explain what happens inside the brain.

The Thalamus is the central hub for sights and sounds. The thalamus breaks down incoming visual cues by size, shape and colour, and auditory cues by volume and dissonance, and then signals the cortex.

The cortex then gives raw sights and sounds meaning enabling you to be conscious of what you are seeing and hearing. And I'll mention here that the prefrontal cortex is vital to turning off the anxiety response once the threat has passed.

The amygdala is the emotional core of the brain whose primary role is to trigger the fear response. Information passing through the amygdala is associated with an emotional significance.

The bed nucleus of the stria terminals is particularly interesting when we discuss anxiety. While the amygdala sets off an immediate burst of fear whilst the BNST perpetuates the fear response, causing longer term unease typical of anxiety.

The locus ceruleus receives signals from the amygdala and initiates the classic anxiety response: rapid heartbeat, increased blood pressure, sweating and pupil dilation.

The hippocampus is your memory centre storing raw information from the senses, along with emotional baggage attached to the data by the amygdala.

Now we know these key parts, what happens when we are anxious, stressed or fearful?

Anxiety, stress and, of course, fear are triggered primarily through your senses:

Sight and sound are first processed by the thalamus, filtering incoming cues and sent directly to the amygdala or the cortex.

Smells and touch go directly to the amygdala, bypassing the thalamus altogether. (This is why smells often evoke powerful memories or feelings).

Any cues from your incoming senses that are associated with a threat in the amygdala (real or not, current or not) are immediately processed to trigger the fear response. This is the expressway. It happens before you consciously feel the fear.

The hippothalmus and pituitary gland cause the adrenal glands to pump out high levels of the stress hormone coritsol. Too much short circuits the cells of the hippocampus making it difficult to organize the memory of a trauma or stressful experience. Memories lose context and become fragmented.

The body's sympathetic nervous system shifts into overdrive causing the heart to beat faster, blood pressure to rise and the lungs hyperventilate. Perspiration increases and the skin's nerve endings tingle, causing goosebumps.

Your senses become hyper-alert, freezing you momentarily as you drink in every detail. Adrenaline floods to the muscles preparing you to fight or run away.

The brain shifts focus away from digestion to focus on potential dangers. Sometimes causing evacuation of the digestive tract thorough urination, defecation or vomiting. Heck, if you are about to be eaten as someone else's dinner why bother digesting your own?

Only after the fear response has been activated does the conscious mind kick in. Some sensory information, takes a more thoughtful route from the thalamus to the cortex. The cortex decides whether the sensory information warrants a fear response. If the fear is a genuine threat in space and time, the cortex signals the amygdala to continue being on alert.

Fear is a good, useful response essential to survival. However, anxiety is a fear of something that cannot be located in space and time.

Most often it is that indefinable something triggered initially by something real that you sense, that in itself is not threatening but it is associated with a fearful memory. And the bed nucleus of the stria terminals perpetuate the fear response. Anxiety is a real fear response for the individual feeling anxious. Anxiety can be debilitating for the sufferer.

Now that you know how anxiety happens in your brain, we can pay attention to how we can deliberately use our pre-frontal cortex to turn off an inappropriate anxiety response once a threat has passed.

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