Greetings from the road less traveled
Hello, I’m John Cunningham. It took me a long time to be comfortable saying that. I used to just think of my name being a formal label that others could use to identify me.
Nowadays, I consider it a description of who I am and what I am about. While I express this every day in my work as a corporate trainer and executive coach. Medium has given me a new space to present the me that lies below the surface.
I am from the Silicon Valley and now reside in Tokyo. I have…
ILLUMINATION Book Chapters provides a place to whet your appetite for interesting books by insightful authors
If you haven’t heard of ILLUMINATION Book Chapters yet, it is a publication of book chapters and complete books serializations. Regardless of the type of books you like to read, you will find some interesting samples in this publication. Here are five authors’ works I am following.
Being a classic movie lover, I couldn’t help but browse Ulf Wolfs Garbo’s Face. What I found was an interesting story of a star’s decision to send her secret baby to India, where he is raised by…
Or any project for that matter. Why wait until the project is done to collect feedback? Once you understand agile project management, holding feedback until the project's completion seems absurd and a complete waste of resources.
It is not logical nor wise to take a wait and see attitude until the end of a massive digital venture project. There will always be many unknowns. Only with experimentation and constant trial and error in more …
Dr Mehmet Yildiz
Win the Day — Chapter 2
Mainstream media has created images of life that are difficult, if not impossible, for us to compete with: slim and muscular bodies, rich and carefree lifestyles, and ultra-compassionate characters who never get angry. This leaves most of us feeling inadequate. Adding to on those feelings of inadequacy are experiences like losing a job, ending a relationship, or struggling to gain a new talent. All these experiences can lead to feelings of disillusionment. To combat that negative self talk, you need to believe there is something special in you and about you. …
I don’t miss the way you wake me
with a song straight from your heart
The aroma from your kitchen
or your walls filled up with art
I don’t miss your jar of cookies
or a race around the house
Or the days spent at the theater
watching greatness from the house
I don’t miss those super dinners
offered up with pride and joy
and the walks around the block
or the tactics you employed
I don’t miss the games of Shanghai
winning ten cents every round
or the trips that we have taken
and the treasures that we found
The power of self-talk
My day sucked. The trains were late, and the 45 minutes I had planned to go over my presentation to the sales team had vanished into thin air. Poof! Needless to say, the pitch for a new service offering did not go as smoothly as planned. I felt like I was in a tailspin and needed someone or something to pull me out of it. Then I reached in my bag of tricks and pulled out a tool that saved the presentation. That tool was positive self-talk.
Your words have transformational powers. If you…
Yesterday, I was in my Japanese lesson being drilled on phrases like “I think the weather will be nice this weekend?” (週末は天気がいいと思いです) and “I might be late” (ちょと遅れるかもしれません). When suddenly my mind went blank. I could not remember the last Japanese expression I uttered or how to conjugate the verb. It was as if the language was passing me by, mocking me.
“Ha ha ha, you’ll never be able to speak Japanese.” was the thought running through my mind. I have lived in Japan for more than 20 years and the thought of only being able to communicate at a…
The power of DISC
Ever chosen a job you thought would be a good fit and later found that it wasn’t your cup of tea? Or maybe you are job hunting and looking for that position where you can continue to grow over the next 5–10 years. If you are looking for some insurance that you are applying for the right positions, you might want to use the DISC process to measure the opportunity and your fitness for that job?
DISC is a natural work style preferences assessment that groups workers into four categories: D — I — S —…
Every writer wants to be published and curated. We all want to receive recognition for our writing. To get there, you need to have a crucial element included in your writing process. This step is so important that using it could be the tipping point between the success and failure of any story you compose.
The key to better writing is using an editor. Editors help you to understand how the reader will perceive your material. They help to catch grammar, phrasing, and style errors that could lead to readers abandoning your story before getting to the end. The problem…