Strategic Ambiguity

Strategic Ambiguity

I believe that one of the valuable attributes of a good chess player is strategy; they are often wonderful strategists.   Strategy is a plan of action designed to achieve a long-term goal or aim.  In life, it can be a helpful thing to have strategies for the aims and goals we have, a kind of master plan of how to get what you want and to where you want.  Self-made guiding principles that are followed through, in charting a way forward through the choppy sea of life.  In doing so, nasty surprises may not be totally eliminated, but can be greatly reduced to negligible levels.

However, a word of caution is that in doing so, there has to be a healthy amount of strategic ambiguity.  Yes, strategic ambiguity in a world of competition in almost everything; from studies to work/business is a helpful tool.  I do not mean to be apocalyptic but, the realities of life seem to suggest that perhaps not everybody is charitable towards another.  This is where strategic ambiguity can be helpful in protecting you from uncharitable groups and individuals along the way to achieving your goals.  Reading and knowing situations and people at a given point in time and place can help to inform you if it is worth being clear or ambiguous.

You know your intentions well, but you may not know or be so sure of other people’s intentions.  Make god use of your social intelligence skills.  Just because you could be strategically ambiguous as and when necessary, you should maintain consistency regarding you/your organisation’s strategy. When you review situations and see where you have been, where you are at the moment and if your goal is within reach, is how you can tell whether you are making good or slow  or no progress.  Where re-calibration of particular aspects is necessary, do just that.  Additionally, your wellness matters and should be maintained.  Furthermore, where other professional expertise can be of help, mine inclusive; you can  make your wise choices at your convenience.

I wish you well.

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Fit for Purpose 

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Discomfort, spaciness, indecision, lethargy, therewithal are turbulent states that none of us would like to be trapped in.  Instinctively, one would seek to extricate him/ herself from repugnant states or situations.

One would prefer to walk gracefully in what some individuals perceive as the ‘battlefield of life’.  We are purposeful individuals and not strangers to the realism of angling for betterment of the self.  Wellness and vitality are armours that we cannot afford to willingly dispense of, due to the catastrophic resultant effects of not having those layers of protection.

Betterment of the self seems like a mantle that we inherited from our forebears, which must be passed on. It is therefore unlikely that posterity will be objectionable to this premise, in their attempts to avert adversity in the continuum of challenges.

I do not suggest that you assume some sort of grandiosity, no.  Advisedly, I would say that it is more helpful to have a sense of realism and optimism.  I think that in doing so, you will be in better stead to make decisions and take actions that are effective and transformative.  You will more ably sift facts from fictitious material, sieving through things that need delineation.

As a certified healer and herbalist, among other things, I could be that missing component that you could enlist to contribute to redemption from particular situations.  My work as a healer is not a denial of ‘reality’, but rather a broader sense of reality from a spiritual perspective.  A type of treatment that is helpful and beneficial.

Relief from adverse states often comes with a sense of renewal, that makes one feel that he/she is better equipped to go ahead to do the things that they want to do without hindrance.

I wish you well.

  Success through Abstract Thought

 

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How did they get so smart? Their intellectual powers were developed by a medium that fostered abstract thought”.   – Neil Postman

Abstract thought allows us to think of things that, if followed through and actualised, often result in innovations and actions that are beneficial to many.  Abstract thinking allows us to journey out of the present moment as in here and now.  Abstract thinking is like tapping into a repository of ideas that you can implement for your betterment.  A person thinks of doing or making something that is not present. A lot of innovations are products of abstract thinking.

On a corporate level, abstract thinking can give rise to prudent strategic planning, implementation and increased customer satisfaction of your products and services.  Abstract thinking can give to realities of value addition to your products and services.  Organisations and leaders often talk about their vision for the future. It is that abstract thinking that is translated into reality in due course, and when successful, the benefits are trans-boundary.  In such circumstances, it can therefore be said that the organisation’s or leader’s success is attributed to abstract thinking.

On an individual level, you can use abstract thinking to foster good business ideas and good leadership.  Let me make reference to a commonly used old saying: “You need speculate to accumulate”.  The speculation aspect is abstract thinking action.  Individuals who are experiencing stagnation and not making good progress in achieving their desired goals have a course of action that they could take.

Exploration of abstract thinking can bring about relief from such confining and repulsive situations.  I was once in a situation that did not foster progress; in fact it subverted developmental thoughts and ideas.  I now celebrate my new found freedom to put my skills and abilities to good use; for the benefit of myself and others.

One of the greetings often used in churches at the end of the service is: “May peace be with you”. The Islamic greeting: “Asalaam alaykum” has the same meaning: “Peace be with you”.  Indeed, this is a very true assertion; I believe that when you are at peace, you can be more innovative; be it in leadership or business.

I wish you well.

 Reflecting Holistically

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Reflecting on the week/month/year, whatever your vantage point, it is a helpful exercise with a multitude of benefits.   Business or whatever work necessitates good productivity and efficiency for good financial rewards to be realised.  However, reflecting on the work and well-being to date is a helpful tool in improving efficiency and output.  When reflecting, you know how you went about what you went about, and you need to know how you could manage a similar situation better, next time.  Reflecting and devising better strategies is a work in progress because situations are dynamic, changing over time and ever changing.

Additionally, that board meeting or business deal could have either diminished or boosted your self-esteem.  On reflection, you have learned what you have learned, know which areas need improvement.  Did events unfold according to your expectations?  When you look at expectations versus reality and there was a mismatch, this becomes an obvious trigger for better strategy and action next time.  Furthermore, realistic expectations rarely disappoint.  Preconceived ideas can be a two edged weapon, they can be of help or a hindrance to achieving desired outcomes.  Open-mindedness, the receptacle for all that comes is a good thing, coupled with an analytical and discerning mind to make the right decisions.

When reflecting, I exhort you to take a holistic approach, among other things, integrating your well-being as well.  Wellness should be pertinent to your future plans and aspirations, self neglect should not be an option to explore.  Taking a holistic approach to reflecting, by integrating your well-being can stave off: self neglect, low productivity, low returns, diminished confidence, avoidable morbidity and the adverse effects of some medicines.  As a certified healer and herbalist, I can be of help where situations necessitate and where my assistance is requested.

I wish you well in your endeavours.

Mindfulness

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In our daily lives we exhort our family, friends and colleagues to be mindful of particular things in order not to be ruinous or be disadvantaged in some way.  For example one may caution earnestly by saying: “Please be mindful of the small print in the contract.”  However, mindfulness is broader than that; the term also encapsulates several aspects of being.

There are slight variances of definitions of mindfulness; in this written piece I will use one of the simplistic versions.  Mindfulness is a mental state that is achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations[1].

Mindfulness is used as a therapeutic technique in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) in treating various disorders.  MBCT is said to have the potential to improve one’s well-being, mindfulness, emotional regulation, positive mood and spiritual[2] experience, while reducing stress anxiety and other problems.

However, from a proactive and not reactive approach to well-being, one can learn and practice mindfulness as per the definition in the second paragraph.  Mindfulness meditation is a specific technique that one can use to help develop the capacity for mindfulness[3].  Research shows that the physical health benefits of mindfulness include: an improved immune system, lower blood pressure, and better sleep.

The Mindfulness Meditation Institute informs us that you can also improve your self-esteem through mindfulness meditation[4].  One can practice and be proficient at mindfulness meditation from the comfort of his/her home, and the benefits are worthwhile.

[1]  https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=mindfullness&oq=mindfullness&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.7683j0j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

https://staroversky.com/blog/applying-mindfulness-based-cognitive-therapy-to-treatment-of-depression

https://www.psychiatry.org/news-room/apa-blogs/apa-blog/2016/06/mindfulness-practices-may-help-treat-many-mental-health-conditions

http://www.mindfulnessmeditationinstitute.org/

Is Energy Healing Religious syncretism?

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Energy healing entails facilitation of self-healing through energy expressed and guided spiritually; I work as a facilitator or channel for the energy flow to the recipient.  Energy healing is helpful in bringing about positive change emotionally, spiritually and physically: wellness and vitality.

I have been approached about and I have read questions such as: “is energy healing allowed in particular religious faiths”?  Well, energy healing is open to all regardless of religious affiliation or the lack of it.

Energy healing is not something outlandish nor another new age craze, no.  Energy healing has been used from time immemorial, by healers and prophets including Jesus Christ.   In Mathew 8:1-3 and Mathew 8:14-16 (Bible NIV) are some of the numerous examples.  The use of herbs for healing is also permitted by God; as stated in Genesis 1:29 (King James Version).

The inception of “dis-ease” in the energy body can start in the energy body, prior to manifestation in the physical body as disease.  An example of such a phenomenon is lower back pain which could be due to dysfunction or energy blockage in one of the lower energy centres.  Energy healing is helpful in dispelling energy blockages, hence alleviating pain and malfunction.

Similarly, emotional health can also be adversely be affected by a blockage/s in energy flow in the one or a combination of the energy centres in the body.

The empiricist approach to healing is not the only treatment protocol, far from it, energy healing exemplifies this rationale.

My life experience has allowed me to receive energy healing from others, which I have found to be helpful.