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MARCH, 2017 Enjoy Life to the fullest! A warm welcome to this newsletter, which - I hope - finds you savoring your Life to the fullest… The next pages aim at adding further spice and inspiration to it We look at 15 healthy practices for your emotional well-being, at 10 easy activities to enhance your inner-peace and mindfulness and at ways to control 7 fears thwarting leadership. We also celebrate Women leaders, and ask you: “Are you leveraging both your feminine and masculine traits enough?” For further inspiration, I share a few snapshots of my travels this quarter, and hope you will also find time for the joy to meet new people along yours. Tools and resources complete this edition. Happy reading! Here’s to the Greatness in You! Jean-Francois Cousin Jean-Francois Cousin Speaker, Author and Master Certified Coach Director at the Global Board of International Coach Federation Chair of Program and Speakers Committee, APAC Coaching Game Changers at the Circus How Leaders can Unleash Greatness in their Organizations Greatness.Coach Share your thoughts and comments by dropping us an email at [email protected] AAA AAA AAA “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” Charles R. Swindoll

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  • MARCH, 2017

    Enjoy Life to the fullest!

    A warm welcome to this newsletter, which - I hope - finds you savoring your Life to the fullest… The next pages aim at adding

    further spice and inspiration to it  😃

    We look at 15 healthy practices for your emotional well-being, at 10 easy activities to enhance your inner-peace and mindfulness and at ways to control 7 fears thwarting leadership.

    We also celebrate Women leaders, and ask you: “Are you leveraging both your feminine and masculine traits enough?”

    For further inspiration, I share a few snapshots of my travels this quarter, and hope you will also find time for the joy to meet new people along yours.

    Tools and resources complete this edition. Happy reading!

    Here’s to the Greatness in You! Jean-Francois Cousin

    Jean-Francois Cousin

    Speaker, Author and Master Certified Coach

    Director at the Global Board of International Coach

    Federation

    Chair of Program and Speakers Committee,

    APAC Coaching

    Game Changers at the Circus

    How Leaders can Unleash Greatness in their Organizations

    Greatness.Coach

    Share your thoughts and comments by dropping us an

    email at [email protected]

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    “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” Charles R. Swindoll

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  • MARCH, 2017

    SPEAKING EVENTSKeys unlocking Asian leaders’ potential

    to become Global Leaders

    Fortune 500 companies’ CEOs (limited) diversity:

    • 10 Asian

    • 4 African-American

    • 10 Latinos

    • 25 Women

    With a vibrant group of Regional HR Leaders and a few CEOs in Singapore, we discussed

    • What value would Asian leaders bring?

    • What is holding them back?

    • Which steps should corporations take to facilitate their rise?

    • What can CEOs and HR executives practically do to help Asian leaders become Global Leaders?

    Drawing from my latest research and from my experience coaching over 700 leaders in Asia, I shared

    • Asian leaders’ strengths and common developmental areas vis-à-vis global leadership requirements in a VUCA world

    • Keys for Asian leaders to gain further confidence and influence, to empower and collaborate effectively across cultures, and to take a world-wise view of business

    • Simple, effective actions CEOs and HR executives can take to support Asian leaders’ rise

    Read More

    With a passionate small crowd of coaches and HR leaders gathered at ICF Bangkok Chapter’s invitation, we explored those 2 questions in depth. And also “what to do with ‘difficult’ or uncommitted colleagues/clients”.

    We discussed ‘victim’, ‘aggressor’ and ‘rescuer’ postures as well as ‘child’, ‘parent’ and ‘adult’ mindsets, and how to nurture and strengthen personal accountability.

    Everyone came up with a deeper understanding of their accountability mechanisms and formed goals for 2017 anchored in solid commitment.

    Read more

    Watch the video - ICF Peer-Coaching evening about ‘Managing Progress and Accountability’

    I invite you to join ICF Bangkok Chapter Activities when you are in town, as they are open to all, and fantastic boosters of personal and professional growth.

    You can keep up to date with them on the ICF Bangkok Chapter’s Facebook Page

    Asia weighs 40% of the world’s GDP… Why then so few Asian leaders operate at high

    levels in multinational companies?

    Asian CEOs / Senior Executives / Board Members in Fortune 500 companies

    Top 50 U.S.

    CEOs 2% 2%

    Senior Executives 5.4% 4.6%

    Board Members 4.8% 2.6%

    Enhancing People’s Accountability

    Who are you when you achieve your goals? Who are you when you don’t?

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  • MARCH, 2017

    POPULAR QUOTES

    Visit our Website Blog Page to check out

    Jean-Francois’ bi-weekly articles!

    Partner with others to combine and

    unleash all of your talents and you’ll

    shine together

    Start your day with gratitude for the best parts of you

    and your life!

    Authenticity and trust inspire reciprocity

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    POPULAR ARTICLES

    7 FEARS THWARTING LEADERSHIP and ways to control them!

    But the victors are rewarded with further clarity about who they truly are, as well as with higher self-esteem and level-headedness.

    Shall we lead the first assault - confront your major fears, consider what impact they may have on you, and find your way to control them?

    Read more

    15 HEALTHY PRACTICES FOR YOUR

    EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING

    Worthwhile as it is, ‘conquering yourself ’ is quite the battle! It involves controlling your insecurities (self-doubt & controlled vulnerability) and your fears.

    “It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles

    - then the victory is yours.”

    - Buddha -

    As is the case with everyone else, you may occasionally suffer from anxiety, a bad temper, irritability, anger or mood swings.

    We will review a number of ideas which can help you take better care of your emotional health, or - to put it simple - your ability to understand and appropriately express your emotions, and to nurture meaningful social interactions and connections.

    Read more

    10 EASY ACTIVITIES TO ENHANCE YOUR

    INNER-PEACE & MINDFULNESS

    Physical stamina will grow your resilience, intellectual vigor will help you think at your best, and emotional well-being will maintain your balance and security.

    Spiritual health will heighten your mindfulness, your presence to yourself and others, your peace of mind and your sense of self-worth.

    Feelings of emptiness, anxiety, hopelessness, apathy, hate or conflict may signal a lack of ‘spirituality’ in your life. The good news is you don’t have to be a ‘guru’ to enjoy benefits from spirituality. Simple practices normally suffice.

    Here are 10 of them – may I invite you to select a few amongst the following list?

    Read more

    You will be great only when you feel great.

    Physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.

    Real humility and sincere gratitude

    are the hallmark of great people

    Give your best Double-A Gift !

    Undivided Attention &

    Appreciation

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  • MARCH, 2017

    IN THE SPOTLIGHTInternational Women Day, March 8th

    Are you leveraging both your feminine and masculine traits enough?

    ‘International Women Day’ offered us all a chance to reflect about the

    importance of feminine traits in leadership. I

    thought of sharing a few ideas for men and

    women leaders alike to effectively leverage both

    their feminine and masculine traits - in a

    balanced way - for greater success in their roles.

    Before we get all serious about that, why not be

    light-hearted and watch these 2 recent short

    videos that went viral?

    The original video…

    and its parody…

    Now more seriously, the literature about typical gender-traits draws dichotomies similar to the table on the right →

    MASCULINE TRAITS FEMININE TRAITS

    Focus on own needsCompassionate care

    for others

    Competitive Collaborative

    Assertive Receptive, grateful

    Protect Nurture

    Goal-directed Relationship-directed

    Rational, linear and logical thinking Intuitive

    Independence Interdependence

    Mono-task Multi-task

    Bias for action Patience, forgiveness

    Spatial Temporal

    Daily life often reminds us of how real those difference can be. Read more here about -

    • How you can consciously integrate and leverage both your masculine and feminine traits in your leadership

    • How - no surprise - women fare well at the top…

    • How you can - and must - avoid any over-dominance of masculinity or femininity in your leadership style

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  • “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”

    Henry Miller

    MARCH, 2017

    Q1 SNAPSHOTS: TRAVELING AS AN INSPIRATION“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.”

    Aldous Huxley

    I travelled a lot in the first quarter of 2017 and - although it was for business - I was blessed to meet amazing people, in 3 continents.

    I was particularly inspired again by the warm hospitality of Pakistanis, the energy of Singaporeans, the dignity and courage of Venezuelans, the wisdom and politeness of Colombians, the passion of Argentineans, the ‘joie de vivre’ of Filipinos, the resilience of Malaysians, and the professionalism of Poles.

    Here are a few snapshots which - I hope - will inspire you to also…

    …stop along your trips and enjoy the beauty of people there!

    Enjoying the amazing ethnic diversity of Pakistan

    Who said there’s no place to breathe in

    Singapore?

    Much gratitude to a wonderful Client for offering a company plane to avoid the current risks of local airlines in Venezuela

    Strolling around the picturesque ‘Candelaria’ area with a body-guard turned great tourist guide

    Savoring Argentineans’ infectious passion for tango

    Enjoying the past in Manila and

    (hopefully) the future in Bonifacio

    Global City!The proud

    guardians of KLStrolling around beautiful Warsaw as a jet-lagged zombie…

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  • MARCH, 2017

    Reminder: Please kindly let us know if you would like to unsubscribe from this newsletter. Contact us at [email protected]

    RESOURCES

    Quick assessment of your organization…

    …along four leadership levels

    TOOLS & EXERCISES

    PRESS PUBLICATIONS

    Raise your game in a toxic workplace

    Interview on BFM radio, Malaysia

    EXTRAS

    “Thailand - Getting back on Track”

    Reviving Growth and Securing Prosperity for All

    World Bank Group (March ’17)

    Greatness Newsletter

    December, 2016

    Leadership and behavior: Mastering the mechanics of reason and emotion

    McKinsey

    APAC 2017 COACHING CONFERENCE

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    The largest Coaching Conference in APAC to date will gather leaders and coaches in

    Bangkok on May 25th-27th 2017. And offer special tracks for business leaders and HR

    leaders (a first!).

    As the Chair of the Conference Program and Speakers Committee, I am delighted to

    announce that 35 speakers from 5 continents will inspire participants – offering the

    greatest diversity ever in a Coaching Conference.

    Marshall Goldsmith will speak twice at length and Dr. Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu

    (from Stanford University) will also be a key-note speaker.

    The APAC2017 Coaching Conference

    is where coaches & leaders explore how

    coaching creates sustainable value

    within teams, corporations and

    society with “mindfulness and

    harmony”

    ‘Provocateurs’ from Africa, Latin America and Asia will offer thought-provoking Ted-style talks.

    You are most welcome to join, and take this opportunity to:

    • Strengthen your leadership with powerful team-coaching skills

    • Improve collaboration and agility in your teams and across your organization

    • Embed a coaching culture deeper in your company for greater staff engagement and profitability

    Join and embrace a deeply transformational experience!

    “Early-bird” fees until April 30th 2017!

    Discover more about the conference and book

    your seat at www.apac2017.com

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