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Does that sound pie in the sky to you?  Does that make me sound like I don’t live in the real world of business?

Trust me I do, after 25 years of working for myself, this has become more and more clear to me.

Even as a therapist in private practice, it was a competitive world.  In the world of coaching competition takes on a whole new outlook.

If I really think about it most of my ‘competiveness’ comes from competing with myself.  Can I do better at this than I did before? How can I make this program better than the last?  How can I make more money than I did last year?


Living in fear of sounding intelligent can rob your friends of knowing the real you.

The universal need to be accepted by others can be a barrier that prevents us from being ourselves around them. When we fear that the people we encounter will perceive us as inept or unintelligent, we frequently try to flaunt our grasp of large words or clever witticisms or our professional expertise in an effort to convince them that we are smart and capable. The reasons for feeling this way can be many, and they can often stem from as far back as your childhood. Many women in particular have the fear that they may appear not smart. Yet overcompensating for this fear can have the opposite effect if others are driven away by what they see as an immodest attitude or sense that you are urgently trying to prove yourself. The simple desire to be judged smart by both new and old acquaintances can cause you to reject your true self and adopt an affected persona. But in trying so persistently to project an image of supreme intelligence or capability, you deny others the opportunity to become acquainted with the real and terrific individual you truly are. 


On the morning of 2nd May, some ten AWiB members gathered in the AWiB Resource Centre for a round table discussion, to explore what authenticity is, what it means in their lives, and how to practice it more. This recap will share highlights on the conversations held that day.

Why Authenticity?

The round table discussion took place because it is apparent that in the lives of us many, we are looking for ways to be more authentic, since it is so vital for our relationships our family and work. It’s perhaps time to move beyond being polite.

What is Authenticity?

The term ‘authenticity’ is connected to the words ‘original’ and ‘genuine’. It is connected to truthfulness, honesty and expressing candor in communications and interactions. Authenticity requires being vulnerable and reveal our weaknesses, fears, and all that makes us vulnerable. So it’s about humility, and needing to acknowledge something beyond ourselves. (It’s not about invading privacy. Intimacy should never put anyone under pressure to unveil the details of his or her personal life or desires.)


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Purposeful Living

Knowledge +Passion =Commitment

We were seeking for a simple formula to live purposefully.   About 14 AWiB members rounded the table eager to listen to the elements that constitutes a meaningful life. Frealem Shibabaw, a gem also called Fray, who is also mostly known for introducing the Ethiopian Meal Initiative Program, was the lead discussant who set the tone of what it felt like finding and living one’s purpose in life.  Fray came up with her formula and shared it with the round table discussants on April 18, 2015. 


In our world, there is always someone in need of our best efforts to rally a group of helpers and healers.

We humans have a knack for coming together and rising up to our potential in the face of a tragedy. Natural disasters and acts of violence bring us out of our small selves and into the world, ready to lend a hand to those in need. This experience is often life-changing for those who are willing to step into the position of helper. We feel as if we are finally doing something really important, and this leads us to feeling more self-actualized. We feel more connected to the people we are helping, as well as more connected to humanity in general. As we expand beyond the boundaries of our individualistic pursuit of happiness there can be a complete reality shift. We often find that it is much easier to be happy when we are motivated in an effort to make the world better in tangible ways, by coming to the rescue of those who are suffering.


We can all vow to make the world a better place one day at a time by being our true authentic selves.

Each of us is more than capable of helping the world, despite our fears and limitations and the uncertainty that holds us back. It is commonly accepted that it is impossible to make a difference without unlimited funding or free time, yet most healing, cleansing, and spreading of joy is accomplished in a matter of minutes. If we vow to make the world a better place one day at a time, the true significance of small good deeds reveals itself to us. We come to see that we can be of service without dedicating our lives to recognized charities or giving up the pleasures we enjoy. The warmth we feel when we help the world is only a tiny part of the affirmative transformations that take place when we make altruism a part of everyday existence.


Food metaphors are everywhere. When someone is busy, we say, “Her plate is full.” Our competitors are going to “Eat our lunch.” When we have to cut back, our boss says we have to, “Eat our peas.” If we spend too much we are told, “You have Champagne tastes.” If we complain about being passed over for a promotion, we hear, “That’s just sour grapes.” I suppose that truth lurks in metaphors and that these colorful phrases make ideas more memorable or “palatable.”


An Effective HR Department Delivers Systems that Retain Great Employees

What Is the Importance of Human Resources Management?Question: What Is the Importance of Human Resources Management?


Debates about the importance of Human Resources Management occur daily in workplaces. Some employees regard HR as the policing, traumatizing, systematizing arm of executive management. These employees see HR staff as gatekeepers, people who hold little interest in employee concerns.

They also see HR staff as supporting managers, not regular employees. They attribute nefarious goals and motives to HR staff and talk about why they hate HR.


Goodwill is an intangible asset for a company that comes in many forms such as: reputation, brand, domain names, commercial secrets, etc. It can be difficult to calculate, but there are two methods for doing so.

Halsbury's Laws of England, (4th edition, Vol. 35) states that:

“The goodwill of a business is the whole advantage of the reputation and connection with customers together with the circumstances whether of habit or otherwise, which tend to make that connection permanent. It represents in connection with any business or business product the value of the attraction to the customers which the name and reputation possesses.”


People have debated the concept of "life balance" for decades, and it means something different to everyone.

One person might think he's achieved balance when he can leave work early enough to eat dinner with his family. Someone else might view it as having a flexible schedule, so that she can study for a part-time graduate degree. Yet another person might feel fulfilled by spending her "free" time advancing her career.

In short, you achieve life balance when you have enough time to pursue both work and personal interests that you love. However, when you feel as if one side of your life is using up too much of your energy, you can become stressed, your productivity can fall, and your personal relationships can become strained.

In this article, we'll look at life balance, and how you can find one that works for you.


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