Success Through Marshall Goldsmith´s AIWATT

Q3P6NCT23EFor you to be successful in making a particular change, it´s important that you are both motivated to change and are confident about making that specific change.

“We are geniuses at coming up with reasons to avoid change. We make excuses. We rationalize. We harbor beliefs that trigger all manner of denial and resistance. As a result, we continually fail at becoming the person we want to be.”

The words are those of leadership guru and mentor Marshall Goldsmith. In the manifesto “AIWATT and the Empty Boat” he shares a simple technique for becoming the person you want to be. You can get the manifesto here, AIWATT

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The Executive Program: Leading the Enterprise

It’s different at the top. We know.

Leading the Enterprise is a powerful — and humbling — experience. Top leaders play an enormous role in the success of organizations. And, they need to excel in new ways.

The challenges of leading at the top are far-reaching, complex and essential to get right. Based on extensive research, leaders at the top take on:
Business operations – the heart of all other challenges.
Strategic issues – setting and realizing vision, direction and goals.
Managing change – both in the day-to-day and in the long-term.
Boundary spanning – leading across levels, silos, cultures, backgrounds and interests.
Talent management – ensuring the current and future talent pipeline.
Individual impact – understanding and adjusting leadership style in effective ways.

“We understand – and know -that leading the enterprise gives you a different view and different responsibilities than any other role.”

Regardless of industry and context, leadership at the top requires different perspectives and skills. This program allows top executives to reflect on their leadership style, dissect their effectiveness and examine how to proceed. The Executive Program: Leading The Enterprise is a once-in-a-career opportunity to maximize personal leadership power to accelerate organizational commitment, alignment and results.

Delivered by highly qualified coaches, the Leading the Enterprise experience is dedicated to helping executives in the C-suite or on the senior executive team address the unique challenges experienced by those at the top of the organization. This program is best suited for a senior executive-level individual who is at a career and/or life stage in which an intensive review would be beneficial. They include very senior-level executives: CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CIOs, chairmen, board members, officers and ascending senior executives.

*To ensure participants have the optimum background to benefit from the program, pre-assessment and qualification are required for participation.


Why Leading the Enterprise?

Leading the Enterprise is an experience that allows top executives to maximize their personal leadership power and accelerate organizational goals.

  • A rigorous application process ensures participants are appropriately challenged and in the company of their peers.
  • Content is relevant and research-based, including comparative data and current research findings.
  • Individual leader development is placed in the context of advancing the business.
  • The experience is deeply personalized through assessments, dedicated coaching relationships and tailored activities.
  • Managing energy, fitness and health are addressed as components of effective leadership.
  • Coaches have extensive experience working as and with senior executives.

The program is tailored to the specific needs of each participant. This process begins weeks in advance of the program.

This program includes:

  • An exclusive five days long leadership retreat.
  • Highly relevant, research-based content to expand knowledge and address essential challenges.
  • Experiential activities to add depth to feedback and key ideas.
  • Media interview to assess executive image and presence.
  • Health and fitness assessment and daily activities to connect energy management to leader effectiveness.
  • A half-day, personal session with a Gusto Life Group executive coach to integrate the experience and plan next steps.
  • Twelve one-hour coaching sessions with your executive coach.
  • Extensive networking opportunities to provide connections, ideas and support.
  • Digital access to all materials, resources and personal information for easy reference.


What will I learn?

Leading the Enterprise focuses on the whole leader to meet the challenges of the enterprise. The program takes an inside-out approach to help top leaders meet the demands of the role and accelerate organizational goals.

Executives in the program concentrate on key leadership competencies: validating and articulating a vision, leading outwardly, communication, influence, self-awareness and executive image. They delve into their high-level challenges. They explore how managing energy, fitness and health are related to effective leadership.

Through the Leading the Enterprise experience, top leaders gain a clear view of their impact on the organization and:

  • Develop clear action plans around organizational challenges and priorities.
  • Validate or recast organizational vision.
  • Clarify their leadership effectiveness, within the organization and in comparison to other senior executives.
  • Improve external influence skills with boards, shareholders, partners and critical stakeholders.
  • Enhance executive image and communication skills.
  • Learn to balance and sustain energy for the work of leadership.


How does it work?

Leading the Enterprise is a six months long coaching program, starting off with five intense days on location.

During these five days, participants are immersed in their personal data, experiential activities and skill-building exercises. Led by a senior-level coaching team, typically composed of a male and female coach, the Leading the Enterprise retreat is a safe – but challenging – environment for learning, practice, reflection and goal setting.

Our exclusive groups of participants are kept small and confidential to ensure the best setting for a deep learning and growth experience.

The week includes:

  • Experiential activities and hands-on exercises for practice and deeper learning.
  • A half-day, personal session with a coach to clarify thinking and plan next steps.
  • Multiple feedback and goal-setting sessions
  • Peer learning groups to provide insight, suggestions and support.

    “Senior leaders apply and sustain their learning with a package of resources.”

When the Leading the Enterprise retreat experience ends, participants apply and sustain their learning by using the included ongoing support:

  • 12 one-hour phone coaching sessions with your coach.
  • Assessment to measure skills and behavior progress, completed three months after the program.
  • Optional, fee-based fitness coaching or media and executive presence coaching.
  • Optional, fee-based learning and support, such as extended coaching engagements, additional eCourses and/or ePrograms-packages and custom initiatives to connect individual development to organizational needs.

Length of program

Six months

Locations

Abisko/Kiruna, SWEDEN
Bangkok, THAILAND
Dallas, USA
Dubai, UAE
Hong Kong, HK (China)
Rättvik/Tällberg, SWEDEN

Tuition

For more information, contact us at gustolifegroup@gmail.com.

15 Rules for Happy Living

couple-692708_1280When I woke up early this morning I was experiencing such intense gratitude and happiness for all that I have in my life, that I started laughing – I simply love when that happens.

It made me reflect on what easy-to-implement habits we can develop to make our lives easier and more joyful. Here’s 15 simple tips for a happy living:

  1. Count your BLESSINGS, not your troubles.
  2. Live ONE DAY at the TIME.
  3. Say “I love you” OFTEN.
  4. Be a GIVER, not a taker.
  5. Seek for GOOD in EVERYONE and EVERYTHING.
  6. Pray EVERYDAY.
  7. Do at least one GOOD DEED a day.
  8. Learn to count (keep PRIORITIES in line).
  9. Let NO little and/or imaginary things bother you.
  10. Practice a “DO IT NOW” habit.
  11. Fill your LIFE with GOOD.
  12. Learn to LAUGH and to CRY.
  13. SMILE and the world will smile with you.
  14. Fear NOTHING and no one.
  15. Let go and let GOD take over.

What are some of your favourite habits for a happy life? We’d love to hear all about them!
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Trusting what is – Patience

One of the  greatest thing I’ve had to work with, for myself, has been patience. I have always been a very impatient person – even when it did not serve me well.

Courageous individuals – leaders – trust. They trust that everything’s exactly as it is supposed to be – they let go. They do not try to control things, events or people. Nor do they force their own ways – swim upstream. They go with the flow – with trust – and find pleasure in it. Trust lies at the core of all our relationships – without, theres is no foundation for growth.

“It’s fine to want things to happen in a proper and timely way. But what if you need to hang in there for several months in your current job before you can move on to a better one.  Now what?

Patience means handling delay, difficulty, or discomfort without getting aggravated. Circumstances are what they are, but patience protects you from their impact like a shock absorber. In contrast, impatience interprets circumstances as you being hindered or mistreated, so you feel frustrated, let down, or annoyed. imagesO6B4MEWVThen insistence comes in: “This must change!” But by definition you can’t fulfill that commandment (otherwise, there’d be nothing to get impatient about). Impatience combines all three ingredients of toxic stress: unpleasant experiences, pressure or urgency, and lack of control.

Impatience with others contains implicit criticism and irritation – and people want to get away from both of these. Just recall how you feel when someone is impatient with you. Or consider how others react when you are impatient with them. Impatience is dissatisfaction; it is resistance to the way it is. Patience senses a fundamental alrightness, the doorway to contentment. Impatience is angry; patience is peaceful. Impatience narrows down onto what’s “wrong,” while patience keeps you wide open to the big picture.

Impatience can’t stand unpleasant feelings; patience helps you tolerate physical and emotional discomfort. Impatience wants rewards now; patience helps you tolerate delayed gratification, which fosters increased success and sense of worth. Patience may seem like a superficial virtue, but actually it embodies a deep insight into the nature of things: they’re intertwining, messy, imperfectible, and usually not about you. Patience also contains a wonderful teaching about desire: wish for something, sure, but be at peace when you can’t have it. Patience knows you can’t make the river flow any faster.

“When you are tempted to lose patience with someone, remember how patient God is with you – all the time.”

Saturday’s Wisdom: There’s no room for a queen on the team

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Saturday’s Wisdom: Swedish Communication

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Friday’s Wisdom: True Leadership

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Tuesday’s Wisdom: It’s Not About You

Leadership is not about You. Your special talents and gifts are not about You. Your Life is not about You nor is it for You. Your life and your purpose is to be serving other beings – sharing of all your talents – for a greater good. It’s all about service.

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Saturday’s Wisdom: Be True To Yourself

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I’ve come to realize that…

…there’s an tremendeous truth in the words of Viktor Frankl as he stated that “when we are faced with something we can not change, we are challenged to change ourselves.” There is absolutely no valid reason to struggle or fight against or for something as everything already exists within you and everything already is exactly as it is supposed to be – just being right, right now. It is a changequotechallenge to not struggle, to not try and control – force – things and to just let go without losing faith. It’s difficult to love and let this love go to where (s)he needs to in order to grow – yet it is the most profound gesture of love that one can show.

It’s heartbreaking to loose a loved one in any kind of way but somehow it’s also very comforting and beautiful to know that we are simply just spiritual beings currently living in a human (or other) skin and that we, by this, will soon cross paths again and again and again. There is no true separation – there is merely different roads that leads to the same end destination and although we choose to travel on these different roads, in the end, we will always end up being together. We are soulmates and that is why I so very well recognized my loved ones at once, why I did not need to spend time getting to know them – we’ve already met and been together many times before, in other shapes, forms and lifetimes – but simply just embraced the blessing of once again being given the wonderful opportunity to together grow spiritually. I don’t need time to get to know you my love – I already do because we’ve been together for so long and so many times! I just simply needed to find you again and …look, there you are baby!! As beautiful as always.

“A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we’re pretending to be. Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person we’re safe in our own paradise. Our soulmate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction. When we’re two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we’ve found the right person. Our soulmate is the one who makes life come to life.” – Richard Bach

I had a quantum moment some days ago. You know, one of those moments that comes through a sense of energy, an inner knowingness, an answer or in some other kind of ways when you simply feel, can identify oChange-Quoter “just know” that you’ve reached divine contact – this insight that suddenly has been imparted to you at the most perfect (often unexpected) time as an answer to a question you might not even be aware that you’ve asked. I simply love when this happens to me! Not only because these moments often completely change my view on something or about someone but also because they are very likely to be life-changing! I read once that “spiritual progress is not usually experienced as some event-changing shift but it is a gradual awakening composed of many shifts and realizations” and that’s exactly what these sudden moments of huge insight are – steps on the spiritual path. Quantum moments always reminds me of how amazing God’s grace works – things never are what they seem and the most unexpected always happens, as surprise (spiritual) gifts from God!

My mentioned quantum moment led me to a deep realisation that I had done a loved one wrong. This sudden insight of my own behaviour and actions made me feel ashamed and…not-so-good, mostly because I strongly believe that we should always and in all ways show the greatest compassion, deepest love and never-ending faith and loyalty towards our most loved ones and I felt that I had failed that – deeply. However, with nothing but loving thoughts in my mind and a great deal of faith in that “all is and always will be as it’s supposed to’”, I summoned up some courage and apologized to my loved one whom – as the most fascinating spiritual being he is – responded most gently with two simple words. Which, probably needless to say, makes me adore him even more! Anyway, in having my “moment” I reflected once again on how truly fantastic the divine, God or whoever/whatever definition you want to use, see to it that our past issues exist in order to support us on our spiritual path to a higher consciousness.

Everything we are or do in the Now is a result of the one we were or what we’ve done in the Past and it all gives us the opportunity to be or do better in our Tomorrow. There is a divine perfection in all and everything that ensures that we are given the chance to grow and fulfill the purpose for which we are intended. Nothing happens by accident and I find comfountitled changert in the knowledge that when we are faced with situations which we might have little or no control over, it is something which we ourselves should learn from it all. In other words, we are not powerless victims faced with an uncontrolled situation but powerful beings faced with yet another opportunity to take an honest look “inside”, learn and grow from our participation in and (re)action to/from the situation. Viktor Frankl called this “the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances“.

We are all divine beings and we all have all the qualities, the capabilities, the perfection as well as the imperfection to do and become everything that we are meant to – to share of our unique creation to the world – and at any given moment, in any given situation, we are blessed with the opportunity to do so. When you think of someone you love in this perspective – or all other spiritual beings for that matter, including yourself – how can you not feel love and only love for his/hers/its/yours entire being, with (im)perfections and all? …divine creations…just as God intended.