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Dealing with stress: Africa unplugged

Dealing with stress: Africa unplugged

by Moyra Mackie on September 1, 2014

In a few days’ time I will be sitting on that seat, by that fire.

In a few days’ time I will be back in Zimbabwe, the land of my birth.

As I listen to the traffic outside my office window, it’s almost impossible to imagine sitting round a campfire in a place that is only accessible by boat or plane.  A place where rush hour means the dawn and dusk ritual of animals coming down to the river to feed.

A place without the internet or a reliable mobile phone connection

I realise that this will be the first time for a very long time that  I will really and truly be unplugged.

In 1989 I spent six months backpacking through Africa, from Cairo to Cape Town.  No phone, no web, no social media.  There were weeks at a time when my family back home had no idea who I was travelling with or even which country I was in.

In 1989 I took that freedom for granted.  Now I worry about not being able to speak to my kids or check my email for a few days.

Which got me thinking about what being connected and available 24/7 does to me, does to us

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Moyra Mackie

Moyra Mackie

Moyra Mackie helps leaders and teams to work with courage, compassion and creativity. She is an executive coach and consultant and the founder of Mackie Consulting.

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Are you an accidental or intentional leader?

Are you an accidental or intentional leader?

by Guest contributor Sheri Spencer on August 16, 2013

We are all leaders

Leading is the way we motivate and move others and ourselves into action.

We all lead in every area of our lives, either intentionally with purpose and passion or by default, unaware of our influence and impact.

What kind of leader are you?

Every day there are endless opportunities for all of us to lead and to harness the powerful energy that exists within and around us.

This energy shows in our thoughts, emotions and actions. Individuals exhibit energy, but so do groups. These forces can be destructive or constructive.

The founder of the Institute for Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), Bruce D. Schneider, categorizes within Energy Leadership ™ the types as either:

  • catabolic (destructive) or
  • anabolic (constructive)

These energy categories are further divided into 7 Levels of Energy

Each level is characterized by a set of thoughts, emotions and actions.

The Individuals or groups that are primarily catabolic react to their circumstances with worry, fear, doubt, blame and anger.

Those that are primarily anabolic take responsibility for their thoughts, emotions and actions, look for and create opportunities that engage, enable and empower all, with an authentic ability to motivate, inspire themselves and others to be extraordinary.

An Energy Level is not good or bad; there are advantages and disadvantages at each level. It really depends on the situation and the desired outcome.

What can you do to engage, enable, and empower?

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Guest contributor Sheri Spencer

Sheri Spencer practices Energy Leadership Coaching. This partnership enables and empowers you to connect your inner purpose and passion with your outer goals to fulfill your aspirations and potential. As a coach, her only agenda is to help you achieve and sustain what you most deeply desire, so that you grow from good to great.

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