A Trophic Cascade is an ecological process starting at the top of the food chain which tumbles down to the very bottom. The leaders of the ecological system, the whales of the ocean in this case, affect the whole eco-system and even its very ability to thrive or survive.
Today is Thanksgiving in the USA, one of if not the biggest holiday on the American calendar each year. It originates from giving thanks for the harvest providing food for the coming winter.
There is so much to be grateful for in this world and the attitude of gratitude is a very good one to cultivate in this modern age. Our attention is constantly being bombarded from TV, Movies, Phones, Social media and advertising just to name a few. All influences our mindset and focus.
Recently in the period of 24 hours, I was deeply touched by several examples of people’s level of commitment to serve others.
It started with the 100-year remembrance on Sunday of the end of World War 1. I was in Gatwick Airport in the UK at 11:00 am, the exact time the guns fell silent 100 years before. The airport stopped, all activity, employees and passengers stood still for 1 minute of silence. It was as if time froze. That minute was a long time and in that time I reflected on all of the young men who gave up their lives to serve a higher purpose, Freedom! I was deeply touched.
One of the things I love to do is to work with the future leaders of our planet. Children and young adults now days are living in unprecedented times with overstimulation due to devices, social and social media pressures as well as increasing demands from schools and the system. They need all the help they can get to navigate through life and get off to a good start.
EVOLUTIONARY LEADERS are revolutionary by nature. They like to create paradigm shifts, challenge the status quo, and leave a legacy. These type of leaders as self- aware, emotionally intelligent, people orientated, top-end performers. They lead by example and are role models for those who lead. They are addicted to the process of getting better. They lead from a higher purpose and vision, fuelled by making a difference and developing better people, leader- ship, and results for all concerned.
On my way back to Nassau this week after 10 weeks in Europe I watched a 2-part documentary on the life of Muhammad Ali called What’s my Name Muhammad Ali produced by HBO. An incredible look into the life of one of the greatest leaders in the 20th and 21st century.
Emotional control is important. Athletes are a great example. If you look at some of the best athletes in the world, they are very good at controlling their emotions.
Learning how to control our emotions will give us the best performance. If we don’t, we’re out of control, which will not lead to great performance. Learning to master our emotions and channel them correctly will give us the freedom to be present. This is the place where all good things are created from.
In elite sport, pressure is part of daily life. We can learn a lot from elite athletes on how to perform and deal with the present demands when needed. Pressure is a mindset. It starts with our thinking and self-talk and then moves into our feelings, influencing our communication, behavior and then our results.