Category: Soft Power Skills

What is Your Brand? 12 Archetypes for Understanding Yourself and Your Image

Find your dominant archetype. Develop your personal brand based on your strengths and communicate them through your archetype to effectively reach your highest potential.

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Climbing Krabi

Krabi’s majestic limestone karsts stand as ever-vigilant sentinels looking over the verdant tropical landscape. To the adventuresome, the mountains call to be climbed. Climbing challenges us to overcome our fears, to patiently listen to our bodies, to move with planning and deliberation, and above all, to trust. Body and mind focus intently on feet and

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How to Improve Your Leadership Effectiveness Through Insight

A Review of Dr. Tasha Eurich’s Book Insight Is Introspection the Road to Self-Awareness? What do you picture in your mind when you think of someone practicing “introspection”? A Buddhist hermit perched on a rock in the mountains? Maybe a hippie gazing at his navel? Or maybe a high-powered tech executive practicing mindfulness to get

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Chimps, Children, & the Copycat Conundrum

In a surprising experiment, children tended to copy actions of an adult demonstrator, even irrelevant steps, to get a reward, whereas chimpanzees disregarded useless steps to get to the food. Do we do things just because “that’s the way we’ve always done it”?

Trust…in Clear Communications

When we have a fully-formed idea in our mind, and try to communicate that to other people, it’s easy to overlook details that seem obvious to us. That perfect picture in our mind is still a black screen in the minds of others, waiting to be filled in with what we communicate. It’s important to confirm

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Why You’re Wasting Time Arguing Politics on Social Media!

Whether in the US or Thailand, tribalism & heated debate over politics has reached an epidemic level. But as much as we’d like to believe that our logical arguments should persuade anyone with a little common sense, it doesn’t appear that our brains are built to change belief on presentation of facts that don’t fit

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Freedom Fighters in Backwater Krabi: The World War II Experience

It was a horrifying sight in a war filled with horrifying sights. But the other atrocities were just stories that 10-year-old Little Red had heard. This was real. A bloated corpse, barely recognizable as a Japanese sailor but for the anchor symbol on its sleeve and a scarf with Japanese characters pressing into its swollen

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Using Priming & Timing to Persuade

One early morning, I watched local fishermen tending their nets as the tide slowly retreated, following the setting moon. Fishermen understand the importance of timing. They take in many factors of nature to decide when to cast their nets.  In persuading & influencing, we benefit from learning the right timing too. In Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way

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A 2018 Reading Review

It’s that time of year for thoughtful reflection & self-assessment. I often wish I were a faster reader…I started 2018 with a longer & different list of books to read, but time & circumstances took me to unexpected paths. Overall, though, it’s been a fruitful year of discovering: • fascinating views of cultural differences in

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