La leadership e il lavoro su di sé

© Daniele Trevisani. Testo estratto dal libro Team leadership e comunicazione operativa. Principi e pratiche per il miglioramento continuo individuale e di team. Franco Angeli editore

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Chi aspira a sviluppare una professione con onore, come dirigere con vera leadership, o occuparsi di questioni importanti come la ricerca, le aziende, la medicina, la sicurezza, la scienza, le organizzazioni, le scuole, ovunque, prima deve fare i conti con la propria crescita personale, le proprie capacità e valori.

Bisogna prendere atto del fatto che il nostro carattere determina larga parte della nostra modalità comunicativa, lo stile di leadership, le decisioni.

Bisogna essere abbastanza umili per capire che il nostro carattere non è qualche cosa di inviolabile ma anzi lavorarvi è un atto sacro. È utile cercare di capire su quali tratti possiamo lavorare. È un atto sacro anche l’azione e il tentativo che mettiamo in atto per migliorarci, al di là che ci riusciamo o meno, o che ci riusciamo subito o dopo un periodo di tempo. Spesso il miglioramento richiede un percorso, e non un singolo atto.

Spesso il miglioramento richiede un percorso, e non un singolo atto. Chi affronta un percorso di miglioramento personale è sempre una persona coraggiosa. Ha il coraggio delle emozioni, ha deciso di guardarsi dentro, scoprire le alchimie della formula arcana in cui è inserito, capire come funziona il proprio ingranaggio interiore, e cambiarsi in meglio (Trevisani 2015).

Vogliamo migliorarci per essere sempre di più noi stessi nel nostro pieno potenziale e non persone che si nascondono dietro a scuse come “sono fatto così, che cosa vuoi farci?”.

Lavorare sul proprio carattere per migliorarsi significa ascoltare i propri valori senza rifiutarli, ma anche avere l’umiltà di pensare “posso sempre fare passi in avanti nel mio processo di miglioramento personale”. Chi non accetta questa visione potrebbe pensare di sé “sono il migliore, perché lo dico io”. Questa è sostanzialmente una forma di nevrosi.

Alexander Lowen (1982) ci mette in guardia chiaramente sui rischi che le nevrosi generano nelle persone. Prima di tutto, non saper imparare dal­l’esperienza.

Si dice che le persone imparino dal­l’esperienza, e in generale questo è vero: l’esperienza è il migliore e, forse, l’unico vero maestro.

Ma questa regola non sembra potersi applicare al campo della nevrosi. La persona non impara dal­l’esperienza ma ripete continuamente lo stesso comportamento distruttivo.

Aprirsi a capire prima di tutto “che cosa vorrei migliorare di me” è un grande processo di focusing[1], una focalizzazione consacrata, importante.

Fare focusing significa andare alla ricerca di chi siamo e come comunichiamo, che cosa sentiamo dentro di noi, e come questo si trasferisce al­l’esterno di noi.

Significa quindi andare alla ricerca di un manoscritto unico, un testo nascosto, che non è di facile accesso e si trova solo nel­l’esplorazione attenta e profonda. Questa esplorazione può essere appresa in appositi corsi, può essere potenziata quando guidata da professionisti esterni, ma al di là della tecnica richiede sempre e comunque una grande voglia di scoprire il massimo del proprio potenziale umano possibile.

Per lavorare sul carattere occorre un contributo esterno, che sia coaching, counseling o formazione esperienziale, pratica, confronto, feedback, motivazione alla voglia di migliorarsi.

Alexander Lowen (1982), sviluppatore della Bioenergetica, ci ricorda un fatto importante:

Il carattere determina il fato.

Per carattere si intende il modo di essere o di comportarsi tipico, abituale o “caratteristico” di una persona.

Definisce un insieme di risposte fisse, buone o cattive, indipendenti dai processi mentali coscienti.

Non possiamo cambiare il nostro carattere con un’azione cosciente, perché non è soggetto alla nostra volontà.

Di solito non siamo neppure coscienti del nostro carattere, perché diventa per noi come una “seconda natura”.

Avere voglia di capire i nostri limiti e opportunità, forze e debolezze, non ha niente a che fare con la ricerca di qualche forma di “patologia” mentale, non è un atto medico, conoscersi a fondo non è un percorso clinico ma anzi, diventerà operazione di scoperta quotidiana, operazione che ci porta alla scoperta della “cultura” che ci circola dentro, l’insieme di regole che usiamo inconsciamente nel nostro comportamento quotidiano.

Questo permette di tenere alla larga gli stati mentali negativi che rischiano di farci ammalare o di farci agire in modo automatico e senza il nostro consenso.

[1] Per la metodologia del focusing, vedi i testi di Gendlin (in particolare 2002); inoltre: Campbell e McMahon (2001); Elliot, Watson, Goldman e Greenberg (2007); Weiser Cornell (2007); Welwood (1994).

© Daniele Trevisani. Testo estratto dal libro Team leadership e comunicazione operativa. Principi e pratiche per il miglioramento continuo individuale e di team. Franco Angeli editore

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“Communication for Leadership: Coaching Leadership Skills”. New book from Daniele Trevisani, on Amazon, in English only

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Book page: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01H3S2UR2/

The Alchemist. Going beyond destiny: How Leaders can change their Mind, Body and Communication

People who practice disciplines as Martial Arts, Athletics, Yoga, Meditation, and several others, often have the perception that something is changing inside them. The system changes, attention increases, the mind and the body work differently.

The same holds true for practices that increase communication ability, such as Theatre and acting courses, public speaking training, communication training and leadership coaching, when the teaching becomes not just reading or listenging some speaker”, but gets to the level of action.

Real coaching requires action. An approach to communication skills coaching cannot be limited to theories. It becomes really effective when it reaches the level of “doing”, practicing, getting feedback, improving step by step.

The goal of good communicational coaching for leadership is an inner change, not just a change in external behaviors.

Inner change is a sensation that people start feeling after some “focusing” practice, an internal voice of change that is much deeper and subtle than a clear but external superficial sensation.

Improving communication skills for leadership is not a “5 minutes fast and easy recipe”, it is a deep inner evolution; it is a process that evolves, session after session. It requires trial and errors, courage, emotions. It affects both the external and observable communication patterns, but incredibly, also the body.

A real leader considers his/her body a sacred place, a tool for bringing his/her voice out of the brain and share it in teams and organizations, or listen to them, the foundation for action, and even the ground for personality.

Until now, the sensation of perceiving inner change, has remained a shadow-sensation relegated to some practicioners when confronted with their insights and self-reasoning. Our approach wishes to widen the scope of this “insight” and bring it to every leader.

Insight has to to do with “seeing”, seeing internally.

Any sight that is obscured by dirty lenses is useless, and can be even misleading and bring leaders to wrong judgements and distorted, low-power communication patterns.

Perception skills can be improved and amplified.

Dr. Daniele Trevisani http://www.danieletrevisani.com

 

 

Semiotics as a new form of Leadership Modeling

From the book:

Semiotics for Leaders. Symbols, Meanings, Power & Communication: The Quest for Deep Meanings, New Leadership Styles, Energies and Behaviors

by Dr. Daniele Trevisani

“People travel to wonder
at the height of the mountains,
at the huge waves of the seas,
at the long course of the rivers,
at the vast compass of the ocean,
at the circular motion of the stars,
and yet they pass by themselves
without wondering ”

St. Augustine of Hippo

Abstract
Semiotics, the science of meaning, codes and communication, is an extremely powerful tool that can help leaders to be ore effective by acquiring the most profound side of leadership: the building of sense, purpose, and vision, inspiration for the Self and for entire groups.

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In Semiotics, Leadership can be analyzed in two very different ways:

  1.  “Denotative Analysis” (or “Denotation”): examination of behaviors, communications, acts, relational styles, the external forms or “signs” used by leaders to build and convey their leadership, reinforce it, or simply “act” as leaders (clothing and dress codes, verbal style, non verbal style, the type of car, the painting on the wall, even the location chosen for a meeting, and literally anything that can become a “sign” of a personal way of interpreting leadership);
  2. “Connotative Analysis” (or “Connotation”): the personal interpretation of a sign, the internal representation of meaning, the “story” behind perceivable traits, the evaluation of behaviors as “good”/”bad”, of tasks as “easy”/”difficult”, of people as “active”/”passive”, and any other evaluation.

Denotative Analysis should be as much as possible “objective”, non-judgmental, descriptive, sensorial, refer to perceived signs without any attempt to judge it, while Connotation, on the contrary, is and must be the judgmental side, seeking to extract the “sense” of any sign, evaluate it, confront its essence with values, beliefs, and even personal norms.
The work I conducted during 30 years of research and practice identifies the 6 main “vectors” that leaders use in generating both their internal world-views and their external communication.
The Exa-Leadership models derives its name from the word Six (Exa) in Greek language. In this model, Leadership is a holistic spectrum that can arise from:

  1. higher levels of attribution of meaning to physical power, which produces external communication signs or “power display”, acts, behaviors, or symbols used to display power and control others, show force superiority, ability to generate fear, and seek group-member’s need for a powerful group protector or Alpha Leader (Primal Leadership),
  2. attribution of meaning connected to the display of superior mental energies, superior motivational forces, being energetic and smart, motivated and mentally tough, an attitude perceivable in communication and behaviors, such as lack of fear, display of courage, determination, resistance and resilience, lack of anxiety, drive to action (Psychoenergetic Leadership),
  3. higher meanings attributing to managing the overall picture, showing a high level of skills across very different areas and fields of knowledge (Macro-Leadership),
  4. higher meanings attributed to being extremely good in highly specialized tasks, without need to getting the whole picture (Micro-Leadership),
  5. higher meaning attributed to display power and ability in managing the perfect execution of a task (Project Leadership), and
  6. higher level of meanings attributed to values, wisdom, and spirituality (Spiritual Leadership).

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Any company places expectations and very often lots of money on shaping public opinion’s views about how it wishes to be perceived.
Perception Engineering is really the effort of shaping and manipulating perceptions by scientifically placing and choosing the right “Signs” that can convey the right “Perception” in a given target audience, or change it strategically.
Any Leader and any company derives its specific Leadership Style and Behaviors from a unique mix of one or more of the six factors.
The “Power Profile” that emerges shows graphically the type of Leadership style.

Primal Leadership has to to with our animal side, the most basic instincts of survival, sex, reproduction, food, defence and attack, which require strength and fighting.
The external signs of this leadership attitude are everywhere and depict a historic stage of humanity where the animal side of humans is still the grounding force of external communication acts, even in the business environment, despite any tie or effort to acquire a higher status as “enlighted” species.
This can be the seen clearly in how western sports (as Soccer or Football, Volley or Basket) still contain a very high dose of combat and aggressiveness. Even more, combat sports, as seen in western MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) adopt a “Primal Style” of Martial Arts: external signs are filled with strong bodies, tatoos, and muscularity, behaviors as confrontation, aggression, and visually, lots of blood. For those who adopt this view, if there is not enough blood, the fight has not been good enough. Instead of showing the deep respect of the adversary in the pre-match confrontation, athletes are expected to practice “trash talk”, offend each other, show disrespect, and “fire up” the atmosphere, very likely to enhance viewer’s smell for blood. Everything is loud, from the music to the public screaming and the level of aggressiveness.
This is a completely different way of interpreting the meaning of the word “Martial Art” if we confront it with oriental cultures and practices, such as in Karate, Judo, Aikido, Wushu, Taekwondo, and many others, where the “Signs” use are much more clean, minimal, there is no unneeded aggressiveness whatsoever except for the focused action, participants are expected to behave with great composure and respect, atmosphere is permeated by mystical forces, deep inner strength, search for spirituality, no need for excessive external strengths display. The enphasis is on the search for inner energy (the “Chi”, “Ki” “Qi”) that needs no external demonstration, even when Martial Arts (as for Samurai or Ninja warriors) became a matter of life and death.
The same distinction holds true for Leadership Style. We can have an “externally powerful” Rambo-like leadership style, based on show of power, aggressiveness, status symbols like huge cars, building, private airplanes, behaviors of “boldness” and power, or a “Chi-based” style of leadership emphasizing inner strengths, based on remaining humble and internally powerful without any need to “overshow”.
These two distinct styles can be analyzed deeply by means of Denotative Analysis (what external and perceivable signs and behaviors leaders use) and Connotation Analysis (what meaning are conveyd by specific signs and behaviors). So, the Tao symbol becomes not only a graphical display, but the symbol of an entire worldview of the search for harmony and inner energies. And on the contrary, a “Death Skull” symbol becomes the sign of bravery, the lack of fear and love for fight. A storm can be used to visually “suck” the meanings associated to rapidiy, flash action, power and devastating energies.

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The choice of any symbol will denote not only a graphical choice, but the appreciation or belonging of the individual to an entire world-view.
Semiotics is not just visual, it is poli-sensorial. The way you shake hands can convey meanings (gentle, strong, or agitated), what you eat and the way you eat it, even the way you walk and your posture.
The same holds true for the choice of a manger of a specific dress-code, the verbal and nonverbal signs used, the parfume he/she will use, the place where he/she will want to set the next meeting or the painting on the walls.
The Exa-leadership model attempts to grasp which variable is most active in a leadership style, and what generates strong leadership as opposed to weak leadership.

by Dr. Daniele Trevisani

 

Energy and Awareness: A new form of Inspirational Leadership

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Energy and Awareness: A new form of Insiprational Leadership

When you are inspired by someone, very probably you see a special energy shining from that person, and a form of awareness: the clear sign that the person is understanding “what is going on”.

This double presence is a highly valuebe form of Leadership, and when these two forces join, it becomes a Leadership masterpiece.

For any artistic masterpiece, a special energy and knowledge is needed.

As seen in this semantic map, energy is linked to vitally, to vigor, it can take form of physical states as muscularity, it can a scientific concept connected to the laws of thermodynamics (as free energy in a system) up to becoming a state of mind as “vitality”.

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Leadership regards inspiration. The artist needs inspiration, tools, know-how, the wish to express a thought, spread a message, or fulfill a dream. The ability to inspire people is of the uttermost importance in today’s societies, that seem so empty in spiritual values, up to the point that we see higher suicidal rates in richer countries than in very poor countries.

Firms without inspiration are like empty souls, walls and computers surrounded by nothing. Athletes without inspiration will find any training boring, and will soon give up. Leaders unable to inspire are not providing real energy.

From the following semantic map, we see a very interesting connection with the spiritual side of inspiration, something seen as almost a divine guidance, intangible skills as intuition, and tangible acts such as inhaling, breathing in, the intake of air. This is not a casual correlation, but a real strong connection between what inspiration is on the “material” side and the immaterial act of inspiring energies. To be inspired, we must (metaphorically) breathe, inhale values, good beliefs, hunger for justice, hunger for results.

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The same need for “fresh air” is true about the art of bringing Humans to shine at their full potential, or teams and organizations to work at their best.

Over 30 years of research combined with practical work on clients, brought the necessary knowledge and experience to highlight which are the six “main vectors”, the key-variables, or “core-cells” that contain the energy storage necessary for winning this challenge for life.

The Exa-Leadership model owes its name from the Greek word for “six” (Exa) and is also a tribute to the enormous heritage that Greek and Latin culture generated for western civilizations.

Leadership and self-leadership are like driving. Driving requires direction, a destination, but if you try to climb a steep path, you will also need a strong engine. Empowering our internal engine is our mission.

This freedom comes from knowledge of how your human system works, from the ability to recognize lies that have been told you on what your limitations are, how permanent they can be, what you cannot achieve, and start instead to become a researcher of truth and knowledge.

Semiotics is the science of coding and decoding, the search for meanings, the search for “truth” and definition of hypothesis.

We are the very first targets of our individual battle, the battle for decoding what values have been instilled in us by education and society, family and friends, and start seeing how we use those values in leading people and projects.

And when we see that some value is really a fake value, or simply is not more what we believe in, we must have the courage to throw it out of us.

VERITAS vows liberality

The truth shall make you free

This is true for the Self, and also for Organizations, since humans are the living engine of every organization.

As for any fuel-cell, our work aims at helping people to find the right fuel (input) before asking the machine to perform hard tasks (output).

For those who know what anxiety and depression is, how it makes you feel, how it blocks your future, and makes your present a nightmare, it is important to know that not only something, but a lot, can be done.

We need to fix a few things in our internal engine. By knowing how our human machine works, we will be able to set free its potential, we will be able to detect what stops a healthy “breathing” of the engine, to open the flow of air that is needed, and to restart our trip in even better shape.

For people who feel already well, and are looking for their best performances, the work on Human Potential is also essential. Before jumping into action we need to fine-tune the engine, and if you are going to race amongst giants probably you will have to do much more than a fine-tuning. You will have to fully empower your engine.

Fixing things is not enough. We look for the form of Art that can emerge from any human that achieves his/her potential, Art in a very broad sense, since a father or a mother can be Artists in their role, a teacher can be Artist in his/her role, Sports Athletes and even Managers can become Artists in the way they build a better future.

Perceivable human performances are just the external outcome. Optimal inner functioning and well-being is the real internal victory.

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.

Aristotle
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How many energies do we really have? Our Way towards “Powerfulness”

Semiotics for Leadership book cover thumb© Article by Daniele Trevisani, from the book “Semiotics for Leaders” (see in Amazon more details about the book)

Knowing how many energies we really have, opposed to an out-of-focus picture or distorted perception, is a precious piece of information.
To learn that, we have to acquire new special skills, the skills of “self-focusing”, installing a “mental radar” that scans our deepest “signs” of internal energies, and their flow.
Semiotics therefore is not only a science for external signs, but also a discipline for self-listening and self-improvement.
The “Psychophysiological Flow”, as Ikemi points out, is a concept created by Carl Rogers, founder of the Humanistic Psychology approach, to describe the ‘sensory and visceral experiences’, or the flow of internal sensations that the individual can perceive, experiences that are sometimes aware and sometimes denied from awareness.
We often do not see the signs of stress that our body is giving us. We do not see the level of energies in people around us. We do not perceive the active values in others, they mental maps, despite the many “signs” that we could learn to perceive and interpret.
One of these experiences, in our approach, is the ability to read our “potential energy” as opposed to “supposed energy”. Our perception is distorted by so many external messages on what we can do and we cannot do, that we stop listening to what our soul wishes for us.
Rogers stated that there is an ongoing flow of experiencing inside every human being and that the ability to connect with this flow (become aware of it) and to provide correct labels for the perceived sensations and emotions (process called by Eugene Gendlin “Referencing”) has a direct impact on emotional wellness. A person can turn to it and discover meaning from those experiences.
He also articulates the relationship between words and this flow of experiencing which can be used as a ‘referent’. Matching words and the referent ‘encourages a further flow of the experiencing’ .
As this semiotic map shows, the search for power is a search for potency, effectiveness and strength, but also an opposition to a miserable state of “powerlessness” that ruins so many lives and organizations when faced with really sever challenges.

For this analysis it is important to introduce a new concept: “powerfulness”, the deep sense of being and feeling powerful when confronting our hopes and lifes challenges, feeling a powerful to overcome obstacles, and training every single day to improve our own inner power.

powerfulness
The search for Human Performance has to be connected to higher values, a fight against impotence, powerlessness, conditions of poverty, misery, suffered. In this sense leadership achieves a strong and solid emotional meaning for those who engage in this search and strong ethical values.
The tasks we are able to perform in life, are really deeply linked to the energy level we are able to access and generate.
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The conceptual network of Human Power

Semiotics for Leadership book cover thumb© Article by Daniele Trevisani, from the book “Semiotics for Leaders” (see in Amazon more details about the book)

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The conceptual network of Human Power

Power is the capacity of reaching a goal or get something done.

Reaching a goal, heading towards a vision or fulfilling a task requires energy. One of the highest skills of leaders is that of activating people’s power and energies towards a goal. To activate means to put those energies into a flow, a flow that can build or destroy almost anything.

Power to act and to generate changes makes the difference between life and death. Think of how important leadership can be in managing a fire brigade team, or coordinate a rescue team, and you will find easily how leaders need not only external signs of leadership (e.g. uniforms) but really internal set of tools and values that make them special people.

Several “semantic maps” (a Semiotic tools) will be used to show the meaning connections among hot topics of leadership.

As this first semantic map shows, ability and power are closely connected to skills acquirement, to mental faculties, to knowledge, and leadership.

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This map shows connections among concept from WordNet® an official database from Princeton University[1].

Given this complexity a working model that deals with the ambition of helping humans in reaching their full potential in leadership should really be holistic and pragmatic.

  • Holistic (in this approach) has the sense of encompassing the large variety of disciplines that enter the field of real leadership, such as management science, biology, psychology, linguistics, communication, neuroscience, and several others.
  • Pragmatic” in our view, means “practical”, focused on “what works”, what can be useful, centered on the real-life possibilities of applications and the will of finding really working paths of improvement.

A holistic/pragmatic approach to Human Potential does not make a clear line between pathological conditions and “normal” condition, sick or fit, white or black, but considers instead any human as a “system” whose energies can vary along a continuum, a system whose possibilities can unfold given proper stimuli, starting from any condition and state.

The holistic/pragmatic approach therefore becomes useful both for counseling interventions and for coaching, for research purpose and for management of HR interventions, for sports athletes and for high performance teams in any field.

There is no limitations to what can be achieved by a good work on Human Factor, since wherever we have a Human Being, any form of improvement will be possible given the right will and the right knowledge.

Knowing how humans function enables almost everything.

Ipsa scientia potestas est

Knowledge itself is power.

The clinical area is not marginal. It also concern the psychosomatic improvement, the mental condition, or the advanced frontiers of human understanding.

A solid work on Human Potential, Performance and Leadership must comprise the Mental State in which humans work, as well as that mental state is the right one for the goal, and how to improve it. It must also include a strong foundation, teaching values and forcing them to be appliedby leaders into everyday behaviors and everyday decisions.

[1] George A. Miller (1995). WordNet: A Lexical Database for English. Communications of the ACM Vol. 38, No. 11: 39-41. Christiane Fellbaum (1998, ed.) WordNet: An Electronic Lexical Database. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
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Human Beings and Human Energies

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© Anticipation from the book “Human Potential”, by Dr. Daniele Trevisani http://www.danieletrevisani.com

The human being has its own global energy economy, a set of delicate balances from which he derives the degree of overall “power”, the ability to deal with cases, actions, challenges, problems, small or large, simple or complex, dominating them, or – otherwise – getting crushed.

The alchemy of the entire personal energy is tremendously complex. Even the local districts of the human system have their own local economy.

We examine not only the whole, but also specific parts. The energy economy covers both macro-regions (eg.: physical and mental) up, scale down, to touch very specific micro-economies.

There are local economies in the physical districts, like a shoulder, knee, stomach, and every other organ.

The same is true for the economies related to mental skills, such as concentration, situational awareness, sharp decision making.

The mind has its own global economies which leads it to work for better or worse, as well as economies in specific cognitive areas, eg., creativity in finding solutions decreases when we are overstressed, or under excessive emotional fatigue, while relaxation and mental training increases it.

Each district (both corporeal and cerebral) is also an open system, and is affected by the districts with which it interacts. The complex of individual energies is therefore articulate and it connects to the performance that the person may generate.

Each organ lives of exhaustible resources, has its capacity thresholds, specific levels of resistance to stress and breakage, which can not be ignored. When we ask too much to ourselves we break.

For example, rheumatologists and orthopedic doctors study the concept of “joint protection”, that is, the ” economy of the joint “: how much load it can hold, how much work it can absorbe, what can damage it, what activities can toughen it. But without a holistic approach, a doctor would not care of your joints economy. He would probably give you an anti-inflammatory and throw you out of the office, ignoring your need for stretching, integration, phisical activity, and the economics of your joint.

Each area of the body, such as a knee, has its local economy, and we can study how much a person can run without inflaming it, what are the physical activity that can strengthen it, or rather hurt it, what kind of nutrients are needed to keep the cartilage in good condition, and even the skills needed for lifting a heavy object without damaging it.

Asking people to give performance without studying (1) the state of the energies they have, and, (2) local economies most directly involved in the specific performance, is not our philosophy and not even an attitude of good leadership.

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© Anticipation from the book “Human Potential”, by Dr. Daniele Trevisani http://www.danieletrevisani.com

Fight against the giants

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© Article by Dr. Daniele Trevisani from the book The Soul Box. Ancient Wisdom meets Human Potential Research. Thoughts for Self-Expression, Inner Energy and Life

Aut vincere aut mori

Either to conquer or to die

Those who engage into Human Potential research are winners from the very start.

They are winner morally. But they have to take into account and incorporate the idea that failure will become a life companion, because the challenges are sometimes so large, huge, enormous… challenges against giants that seem so much bigger than us, and it seems useless to even try.

Well… some battles require us to adopt the Latin motto “Either to conquer or to die”, because there is really no sense in staying in the middle. Not for the battles that really matter.

  • Ridding the world of poverty, hunger and misery?
  • Making of every human being a happy creature?
  • Knowing the nature of man?
  • Understanding how the universe works?

Utopias, some say. Challenges, say others.

There is heroism around. There’s always been. It is found in anyone’s life will refuses make compromises with his/her values.

You find it everywhere. It appears in the eyes of someone who feels the spirit of research, the desire to understand, the desire to challenge ignorance, to change things for the better.

All these battles are worth fighting. If you are ready to lose, you can start. If you are interested in fighting, I’ll give you some good reason to fight. Coaching is about finding tools, training, and weapons, for your fight. We will fight this battle together.

 

“Yes, you’re right,”

Liu Kang said.

“We will all die, but not today, and not in this battle!”[1]

 

Pay attention here. I’m not talking necessarily of physical battles, fights or verbal arguments. There are enemies that deserve the clash but these are nothing compared to the mother of all battles: the battle for knowledge.

Searching a cure for a disease is a battle. Fighting injustice is a battle. The attempt to find clean energy for mankind is a battle. The desire to revolutionize transportation systems worldwide. When we will be able – thanks to “flying cars” or any really innovative transportation system – to live in a place and work in a place 2.000 km far, we will be really free, mankind will understand what freedom really is, it will be possible to revolutionize the concepts of jobs and living. Many call these ideas utopians: I like to call them “drivers”.

A battle is also the freedom to dream and fly with your mind.

Projects are nothing but fantasies put into practice.

We must give everyone the opportunity to study. We must feed people’s thirst for knowledge. An army of researchers with the common goal of exploring the depth of Human Potential is extremely powerful, it is an army that will defeat the darkness. We do not do it just for material satisfaction; we do it because it is right to do it.

 

Ab honesto virum bonum nihil deterret

Nothing deters a good man from the performance of his duties

Personal Energy is the key for many challenges. From daily tasks as growing kids into conscious adults, to the study the most distant phenomena of the universe, or the inner processes of the mind. All of these challenges require strength and energy.

Energy is what you need to be able to dare, to travel with your mind, to go beyond current limitations. To dare is already an act. Without daring, no action that goes beyond the “status quo” (the given condition) is even possible.

 

Audere est facere

To dare is to do.

 

The fight lacks no enemies: physical suffering, pain, hunger, or intellectual misery, wherever it is. The fight against ignorance, the fight against bullying, violence, arrogance, intimidation, mental prisons, regimes and religions of oppression, of mental control over “thinkers” that refuse to give up, refuse to obey to the rule that generates the “Spiral of Silence”, a place where you cannot speak, you cannot dare, you cannot look beyond, you cannot state a different opinion.

Humanity is a sewer but there are also flowers in that sewer and every human being can flourish if nourished phisicall and mentally with good ingredients. This is the view of Human Potential.

Those who say that there is nothing to do for that, have already lost, mentally.

These are all battles. And we are so small against these giants. But we will fight anyway, and we will be more and more. 300 heroes defeated the Persians, and the Spartan Spirit is everywhere. It’s also inside me and you.

 

[1] Dialogue from Mortal Kombat: Existence. Chapter 9. Published: 09-12-06 on website http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3150667/10/Mortal_Kombat_Existence

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Self-Honor vs. Fake Success, an alternative approach to Self-Evaluation

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Honor is too often confounded with something that comes from outside, career, certificates, awards, tangible successes, or an attribute that “significant others” give to you. This is fake.

Fast and easy money, popularity, luxury products, are advertised as honorable instead of being shown for what they are: fog for the soul.

Nothing that comes “fast and easy” will last. No single life has any value if it does not attempt to bring more to humanity than what it received. No great work has ever come from nothing.

Absque sudore et labore nullum opus perfectum est

“Without sweat and toil no work is made perfect”

 

To equal “fame” or “wealth” with real honor is false and fake. This is one of the worst concepts you could assimilate and intoxicate with. And the fastest you get rid of it, the better you will feel and the cleaner your life will become.

Your professional choices will also be deeply affected making your shine like a diamond in the middle of a dense fog where most of the world population lives, including managers.

Sometimes a hard choice leaves you with less material goods but with a higher sense of moral integrity and self-esteem. The alternative would drive you directly in the hospital or obituary. Every time our inner mind knows that some sacred rules have been broken, and we betrayed what we deeply are, we get emotional sickness, physical illness, and decreases of our purest energies.

Every time we do er even try something that honors our soul and our values we nourish our mind, our body, our self-esteem.

Self honor comes step by step, ir requires trials, failures, and attempts. We all should accept living with uncertainty, uncertainty about faith, about the future, about material issues, but be sure that we count on something that will always be with us: our values.

Any enormous field has been built on single seeds.

Parvis imbutus tentabis grandia tutus

“Once you have tried small things, you may attempt great ones safely”

This certainty is a shining diamond in a world where we are forced to live side by side with uncertainty and darkness. This diamond brings us much more energy and life than what it appears initially.

People who did things like stealing money from poorer people, dishonoring their values, and leaving the world in worse conditions, very often do not live enough to spend that money. Cancers are looking for those people as bees look for flowers. And very often, the internal endocrine and immune system of people who internally know to have a dirty soul, freaks out and does the rest, bringing them to die faster.

There is a kind of self-honor, to be reckoned with. Let me explain. It is an honor that lies completely inside you, an honor coming from within and that does not need any external recognition.

The mere fact that you know is enough. You know that you do enlist among those who seek, study, struggle to change the world or to improve themselves, and to help others. This generates Life-sense in itself. It’s important and that’s enough.

And… there’s more good news. Anyone who enlists has already won even before starting, because the simple fact of heading towards the light is winning.

It’s a win against apathy. It’s a win over the death of the soul. A victory against untold darkness that we carry within us starts from making some moral choices and decide to be a part of the light. This means to try to leave the world slightly a better place. If you succeed it’s ok, if not at least you tried.

Universal forces and your soul will be richer and healthier. You will die with honor and without the regret of having wasted your only life.

The struggles of life are much sweeter when we perceive fully our inner diamond made of honor and are filled with its light.

There will be no difficulty that is able to outshine it.

Per angusta ad augusta

“through difficulties to greatness”

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Finding Inner Energies

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Searching deeply inside Latin Culture, we see a culture that inspired apparently opposite phenomenon as the pioneering scientific discoveries of Leonardo da Vinci or Galileo, as well as the Gladiators fights for life in the Coliseum and the unmatched fighting abilities of the Roman Army.

Despite the differences, it is easy to find a deeply rooted acceptance of “challenge” as noble goal, the fearless search for the unknown and the impossible, and “training” for improving personal strength, getting ready for life fights.

Per aspera ad astra!

Through difficulties to the stars!

(Latin Motto)

 

This habit that found a high expression in D’Annunzio (Italian Poet and Warrior) and his motto “Memento Audere SemperRemember to Always Dare).

The capacity to fight can bring to the ability to fight in life for your values and requires an alchemical transformation. This is a great opportunity which is denied to many, by “labels” that consider any combat or martial training something “violent”, forgetting that peace requires people of goodwill and mental energies willing to engage to achieve it. Anything can become violent, even playing a guitar, depending on the spirit that is used by the players. We need therefore to focus on the “spirit” and the “emotional side” of the game of life and how a good training can help us in an alchemical transformation.

Mental Coaching can help to explore how to get rid of negative emotions and discover the secrets that a good Mental State combined with Physical State can generate. These inner attitudes can produce higher compassion, relaxation, deep consciousness, removal from unnecessary aggressiveness, and ability to focus in battle and under stress.

You can accept a challenge only if you are mentally prepared for it. Emotional challenges and physical challenges are so great, that either you decide to make your life a constant laboratory of self-improvement, and prepare for it, or you give up. We are not among those who give up.

 

Qui audet adipiscitur

S/he who dares wins

 

In this world we have the opportunity to do a good journey, and leave a positive mark at the end of your trip. And that’s not all. The ancient Latin culture helps us to understand that we can generate our own journey, we are not forced to “absorb” what the destiny or our culture of origin has prepared for us.

But for every stretch of road, you need some form of energy.

So, we need to focus on the mental energy you need to make this journey, examine and find some secrets that lie within the ancient Latin culture, and combine old Latin wisdom with modern science. A great challenge!

Energies are everywhere. How can you let them grow in you? How can you measure it, how to understand at which level you are in a given moment? We must find ancient secrets and merge them with modern science to find and how to prepare for the battles and to regenerate ourselves.

We must find a way to go ahead despite the difficulties, and to exploit the opportunities which sometimes appear in front of us.

It is a battle without limits and without end. The only purpose is to improve oneself and the world.

Working out combining physical and mental training, forces the brain to reconfigure itself[1]. In Martial Arts and Combat Sports, some mental dynamics and emotional dynamics of the combat rituals produce a unique quest of reconfiguration, working on both the intangible self-image and the real body structure.

The creation-removal of synaptic connections is accelerated and directed towards different configurations, a different “archetype” that can go towards the “warrior”, the “magician”, the “alchemist”, and reduce archetypes of victimization and helplessness.

Becoming more powerful, more resistant and resilient is not only a matter of pride, it is a matter of what you can do with the energies you earned on the ring, on a “tatami”, or in the gym, and bring them in the ring of life, on the tatami of a family difficult moment, in a company during a meeting, and also to face the highest challenges of life: growing a family, making new discoveries, try to improve humanity. The more energy you will have, the more you will able to contribute to others, and to fight against your inner daemons.

Working on this endless dream helps us to rediscover the pride and reason to exist. Start working out today on a balance of what you received from the world and what you would like to leave to this world. It will inspire you for the rest of your life.

[1] Foster PP, (2015), Role of physical and mental training in brain network configuration, in: Frontier in Aging Neuroscience. 2015 Jun 23;7:117

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