Posts by Anna Harper

Shifting our Shadows, Shaping our Destiny

“Fate is a story that’s been written for you by somebody else. Destiny is a story that you write.” I was reading an article last weekend, and this caught my attention. It made me think – “What is the story I am writing for myself.?” And “What actions have shaped my story along my journey…

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The Elements of Greatness

As a tennis tragic I am currently in detox mode. The investment of time over January was, however, of great value. It provided the opportunity to be an observer of individuals defining or even redefining the elements of greatness. Furthermore, it provided some insightful clues, not only in how to find the elements of one’s…

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Buoyancy Rather Than Burnout in 2018

How do you find and maintain your ‘edge’ state? It’s easy to despair at all the bad news and horrific pictures that come at us daily, which can, if we are not discerning, impact our sense of equilibrium. But Roshi Joan Halifax, a renowned zen abbot and medical anthropologist, says this is a form of…

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Women who want to change the world.

What if the word “leadership” didn’t conjure images of power and dominance, but instead was more representative of collaboration and caretaking? Now that would be a mindshift! That’s just one of the ambitious undertakings of the Omega Women’s Leadership Center (OWLC) based in Rhinebeck, New York’s Omega Institute. In 2012, the OWLC was created to help…

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Global Cosmopolitans

What a great shift in thinking! And what opportunities for this generation to help reshape’ perceived boundaries, with borderless thinking. The world is an oyster to a growing number of people who have lived, worked and travelled across the globe and across different cultures. “The technological revolution has made it not just possible, but even…

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Attachments

A wonderful teacher of mine, the late Angeles Arrien, had the most insightful way of encapsulating pearls of wisdom. One that has stayed with me and serves as a constant reminder is: ” be focused on outcome but not attached to outcome”.  In essence we cannot control the outcome, as many unknown variables may occur,…

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Invent, Reinvent, Thrive

You’ve heard it all before. The world is changing. Nothing stays the same. Change is the only constant. One thing does stay the same. Solving complex problems and creating fresh opportunities for growth in a changing world begins with thinking differently. Call it creative thinking, thinking innovatively or just looking at things from a different…

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Engagement

An example of increasing engagement, that I just loved when I read it, and know would certainly open up dialogue in many situations, both organisationally and personally. The Someone Once Told Me project aims to share those words that stay with us through black and white photography. Founded by BBC journalist Mario Cacciottolo in late 2006, the…

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Leadership Inside-Out: Compassionate Courage

Monica Sharma, M.D., an international expert and practitioner on leadership development for sustainable and equitable change, talks of the need for a conscious full-spectrum model which simultaneously solves problems, shifts systems and creates new patterns sourced from individual inner capacity and transformational leadership. She calls this compassionate courage. What seems to be apparent is that…

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Simplicity and Complexity

Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it. ~ Alan Perlis ~ How do we know when we are bumping up against edges of complexity? … Normally, when our old and trusted ways of doing things no longer work as well, or not at all. Most leaders admit that there is an uncomfortable, growing gap between…

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