Wednesday, October 05, 2011

#WBF11 Blogging Live from World Business Forum

The day is starting off with "True Leadership & Purpose". Tough topic not to like.

First speakers are Bill George, Malcolm Gladwell and Tal Ben-Shahar. All authors that I like.

"We cannot build our own spirit without building that of others" Bill Clinton

"Learn from great people but do not emulate them. Be yourself. Be authentic." Bill George (author of Authentic Leadership)

From Malcom Gladwell, I learned that I am "profoundly happy". He spoke about entrepreneurs being "Profoundly happy, work harder and longer than most people and they take enormous social risk." "The do not care what people think of them" (JE but I still hope you like me). "We are hard wired to want to be liked." "Entrepreneurs tend to take no operational risks but huge social risks (not caring what people say about him". "Teen agers take large operational risks (do dangerous things) but take no social risks"

Tal Ben-Shahar spoke about the science of Well Being. Positive psychology suggest we focus on what is going well compared to much examination which focuses on what is going poorly.

The key is to ask the right questions. Traditional psychology asks "Why do people fail". Positive psychology suggests we should ask "What makes some people succeed despite unfavorable circumstances". This is because resilience is one of the great keys to success.

"Focus on your strengths for success". Focus on assets - not liabilities.

"Questions create reality." We see what we look for.

"People who write down 5 things you are grateful for each day, you are healthier and happier. When you appreciate the good, the good appreciates"

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