1. The Power of Storytelling

    The Power of Storytelling

    While a Fellow at the East-West Center in Hawaii, USA, taking part in the Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP), I was introduced to the concept of ‘Talking Story’. This Hawaiian tradition involves sharing history and experiences via storytelling and is a strong element of their culture. At first I viewed...

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  2. Listening to Music While Working

    Listening to Music While Working

    I love listening to ambient music while working, writing, thinking and reading. Having some relaxing, lyric-free music ticking along in the background helps get me into a productive zone, isolates me from distractions and eliminates time from my mind. I quickly slip into a meditative-like state and typically become highly...

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  3. Staying Focused and on Task

    Staying Focused and on Task

    Most people at some point, if not semi-regularly, struggle to stay focused and on task with their work. Not just work directly associated with their paid, day-to-day profession, but also tasks, pursuits and personal work outside of the nine-to-five. There’s no magic bullet to staying focused and productive, but there...

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  4. The Importance of Customer Service

    The Importance of Customer Service

    I used to own and operate an up-market travel business that specialized in highly customized tours in SE Asia and Nepal. Our business was all about building relationships, creating dream trips, developing trust, promising big things and over delivering. These were our primary goals and most of the time we...

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  5. Effective Public Speaking

    Effective Public Speaking

    It’s natural to be unenthusiastic and uncomfortable doing things we’re not strong at. We tend to get others to do such tasks for us, put them off or avoid them entirely. But would we really rather be dead than face tasks we dislike most? Countless studies have shown a majority...

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  6. Transition

    Transition

    I’ve been in Nepal now for two-and-a-half weeks and the time has really flown by. Considering I haven’t headed off on any treks, big expeditions, or had any firm plans, it’s staggering how fast time can go by when you’re reading, writing, thinking, relaxing, biking and taking the days as...

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  7. 15 Things to Think About

    15 Things to Think About

    My wife, knowing what I’m doing in Nepal and over the next few months in other locales, sent me a link to a story about things to keep in mind to be happier. I don’t think she views me as unhappy, nor am I, rather they are some pretty good...

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