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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…


Win the Day — Chapter 29

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It’s easy to get absorbed in the day to day of your life. You get up, go to work, come home, do your evening routine, and then it’s time for bed. Do this over and over, and soon you’ll feel as if you’re just a cog in the machine. This is amplified when the view from your window is a concrete jungle, your commute is typified by trains packed to the breaking point or traffic jams that go on for hours. …


Win the Day — Chapter 14

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There are so many important things going on in our lives that we really need to share them in order to understand their purpose. Whether those things are good or bad, it helps to talk about them with the propellers in your life. Who in your inner circle gives you their undivided attention, even if it’s only for a few minutes? The dreams and difficulties you hold inside for fear that no one else could possibly understand you need to be shown the light of day. Use a trustworthy friend to test the waters of these situations, knowing that they…


ILLUMINATION Book Chapters provides a place to whet your appetite for interesting books by insightful authors

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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.


Win the Day — Chapter 2

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You can’t give what you don’t have

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. …


A poem

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

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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.

Magic Words

Your words have transformational powers. If you…

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