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Thriving rather then surviving


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I present this motivational (hopefully) presentation on lessons that life and good people gave me to learn. And it keeps on.

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Thriving rather then surviving

  1. 1. From Surviving to Thriving:Personal Attitudes and Professional Strategies for Success! Erwin Schwella
  2. 2. 2nd June 2010 Erwin Schwella2nd June 2012: Possible Scenario 2nd June 2012: Reality • Chair Elect of the Public Member Interest Group of the International Leadership Association • Professorial Fellow at the Leiden Leadership Centre of Leiden University, the Netherlands • Member of the Statutory Training and Development Board of the Namibian Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM) • Convenor of he SPL Public Leadership Forum cooperating with the Mayor of Cape Town to support urban renewal with knowledge • Member of the Board of the Stellenbosch University Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa (SIGLA@Stellenbosch) • Academic and community activism • Numerous international travels, presentations and publications on leadership and innovation • Spiritual, personal and professional growth • On the way to Norway via Amsterdam at 23:30 on official University business
  3. 3. First Things First: The Essentials• If you are going through hell, keep going!: Winston Churchill• Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will: Zig Ziglar• If you dont program your life, your life will program you!: Les Brown• It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome: William James
  4. 4. Never Give Up
  5. 5. Live Life to the Fullest: The Value of Happy Music
  6. 6. Live Life to the Fullest: The Value of Humour• Good humour is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment : Grenville Kleiser• A lesson: Do not Focus too Much on Yourself – Rather gaze at the stars than at your navel! – Viktor Frankl: Do you still have something significant left to do?
  7. 7. Live Life to the Fullest: Be and Become More“There are two big forces at work, external andinternal. We have very little control overexternal forces such as tornadoes, earthquakes,floods, disasters, illness and pain.What really matters is the internal force. How doI respond to those disasters?Over that I have complete control.”Leo Buscaglia
  8. 8. Live Life to the Fullest: Be and Become More• You have been given so much, are you making the most of it?• Only you can make a difference!• “There are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our encouragement, who will need our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give.”• ― Leo Buscaglia
  9. 9. Live Life to the Fullest: Never Stop Learning• Individual and Institutional Learning: – What happened? – Why? – What can I/We learn from this? • Empowerment – How can we build the learning back into the system? • Capacity building
  10. 10. Parables of Mice and (Wo)Men• The value of parables as collected and collective Wisdom• The challenge of parables: find the meaning and the motivation – Teaching children • Two- or maybe three stories about “inspection” – The Impact of attitude: • We create our own reality story • Yitzhak Perlman story: “- "You know, sometimes it is the artists task to find out how much music you can still make with what you have left." • A marble boy and sweet girl story • Throwing starfish in the sea story • Alfred’s legacy story • The Gambler story
  11. 11. Lessons About Strategy from a Gambler• Listen, Learn and Share
  12. 12. Advancing in Life Irrespective of Age: Stay GracefulA Prayer For Growing Old GracefullyLord,Thou knowest better than I myself that I am growing older and will someday be old. Keep me from the fatalhabit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion.Release me from craving to straighten out everybodys affairs. Make me thoughtful but not moody; helpfulbut not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it all; but Thou knowest, Lord, that Iwant a few friends at the end.Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point.Seal my lips on my aches and pains; they are increasing, and love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter asthe years go by. I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility and a lessening cock-sureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others.Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken. Keep me reasonably sweet, for a sour oldperson is one of the crowning works of the devil. Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected placesand talents in unexpected people; and give, O Lord, the grace to tell them so. Amen.Author Unknown
  13. 13. Go Out and Do it Now!