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What is the role of leadership in the face of world hunger?

We live in countries where, for most of us, finding food is not a problem. After all, when was the last time we had to worry about a war, climatic conditions or a political/economic situation before searching for food? For us, it is ordinary to eat and be safe every day. It is easy to forget that somewhere in the world people like us, living with their family and children, are hungry. So, what is the role of leadership in relation to world hunger? How leaders connect with this reality and what can we, as individuals, do to help eradicate this problem?

What are our emotions trying to tell us?

We all have many different needs such as wanting security, love, a sense of belonging or approval from others. When these needs are satisfied, our response is positive, but when they are not, we often react in a negative way. However, what is it that makes us respond inadequately? Why do we frequently blame others for our situation?

I will do it or I will try to do it?

We've all made resolutions to change something in our lives, but how do we ensure our dreams succeed and not fail? What is it that makes things happen and how do our thoughts affect the outcome? In this blog we explore the mindset required to ensure success.

Inspiring others with our inner strength

When facing a traumatic situation, the shock is often horrifying. We become disorientated and it is hard to know where to turn or what to do. However, with the help of those closest to us, we can discover the inner strength to emerge into new, brighter territory.

Can inner strength help combat the economic crisis?

In times of economic recession, an automatic reaction for many of us to stay in our comfort zone and shy away from new adventures. However, a crisis often brings new opportunities and it is down to us to assess these possibilities to affect the changes we want.

"The biggest gift you can give to anyone is your time" (Neil Armstrong)

On July 20, 1969, Armstrong made his way down the ladder from the Lunar Lander and, upon reaching the bottom declared “I’m going to step off the LEM now”. As his left boot made contact with the surface he then spoke the most famous words of the 20th century “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”.

Should we or should we not explain to our children what is going on in our world?

We live in turbulent times and face serious issues. The bad news seems to never end with protests in many countries against ruling regimes, monetary crises across the world and world hunger to name but a few of today's problems. How do we face up to these issues and what is our modus operandi in tackling discussions with the most important part of society - our children?

Learning/Growing from making decisions

Every day we make hundreds of decisions that shape every facet of our lives. Each time we act, it is with the belief that we are doing the right thing based on the facts available to us. However, if the outcome is not what we expect, often we get angry and blame ourselves for making a mistake.

The second essential ingredient for personal change

We continue our exploration to understand why people have difficulty with change and how to encourage them to embrace it. Last time we discovered why it is crucial for leaders to explain why change needs to happen. Here we talk about the second area that triggers personal change - trust.

Listening is a gift

We all know communication is the key to human interaction. However, how often in conversation are we waiting for someone to finish talking so we can say what we want? And how much time do we spend listening to the spaces and silences between their statements? These pauses are far more telling than the words spoken as they can reveal a person's feelings and, more important, what they are thinking.

We are passionate about what we do

We all know the phrase "time flies when you're having fun". This concept applies just as much to our work as our personal lives. When people find their passion, they do not work; they live through their creativity, choice and energy in their daily activities.

Love work, love life

Many societies measure success through possession of material items and large bank accounts; but there is much more to life than owning property or having a high-flying career. A true sense of fulfilment and achievement is only reached if we discover our real passion and try to live it every day.

Putting passion into our lives

Without love in our life or work, it is difficult to achieve goals and motivate others. So how do we develop a passion within our lives, our beliefs and ourselves? And once they become part of our being and way of working, how do they inspire others?

My decisions today create my tomorrows

Many of us dream of changing our lives and doing something completely different. But the thought of giving up our creature comforts and rejecting the familiar, usually puts a halt to our aspirations. To make the transformation, we must adjust our mindset and accept we will have to make sacrifices to achieve our goals. Let us explore how we can change our future by making proactive decisions.

Why technology needs to balance with human needs

Improving productivity, planning and reporting is the goal of many organizations in today's cutthroat world. New IT implementations can greatly assist with these objectives, but one important factor that must not be overlooked is ensuring the project continues to support employee communications or inter-personal relationships.

Self-awareness is the key to successful team cooperation

Why is team cooperation so often difficult to achieve? Sometimes it is because people hide information when things are going wrong, or feel 'knowledge is power' and are reluctant to share it. In other instances individuals prefer to impose their own ideas rather than listening to someone else's opinion. However, the one of the main reasons cooperation fails is because team members, including the leader, focus on telling each other what to do rather than letting people find their own solutions.

Cooperation: the new way to success

As year go by, we seem to face problems that are more complex. Amongst other things, today we are confronted by the European Community economic crises, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the ongoing issues of climate change. The key point is that any person or group of people alone can solve none of these problems. Cooperation is the way to solve these issues by finding the answers as a team.

Letting go and moving on

Apart from sleeping, work is probably the most time-consuming thing we do.  The average people work around 90'000 hours in their lifetime. Therefore, why not enjoy our job, meeting colleagues whilst being creative and productive. Unfortunately, inter-office rivalries and misunderstanding can lead to huge divisions that disrupt personnel and reduce productivity. In this blog we explore what each of us can do to settle these issues and help everyone move on.

What goes around comes around

Many people find that the more we give, the more we receive in return. In fact, we often gain far more than was initially bestowed in the first place.

What dissonance have you felt when making decisions?

Have you ever been in a situation when you do not know which decision to take?  Or can it be difficult to see all the options when making a decision? What is the cause of this unease and why does it happen?  In this month’s blog we look at how our core beliefs are central to our decision making process and why, when we try to act against these beliefs, dissonance arises.

Is what we leave behind the most important thing we do?

Our life is a process of learning and achievement, which, for most of us, starts at home. As we grow older, we build on the values and beliefs first assimilated with our own discoveries and achievements. We never stop learning through our lives - it is one of the great joys of human life. For some, it will be easier to pick up than for others. Just like any learning process. 

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