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The Mind Takeaway Podcast - Leadership, Psychology and Creativity

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In our quest to help create a world without inequality, poverty and war, we share insights gained through our work about leadership, psychology and creativity.You will also hear conversations with ordinary people who do extraordinary things due to their increased awareness, curiosity and intuition, … read more


#53: Why Coaching with Simon Alexander Ong

In this episode, we speak to the award-winning coach and keynote speaker, Simon Alexander Ong. Everything that Simon does is built to inspire people to see their world differently and ignite their imagination of what is truly possible so that they can live a better story. He has been interviewed on Sky News, BBC and Forbes, and has spoken at some of the planet's most successful organisations such as Virgin, Salesforce and Microsoft.

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02:10 The importance of human connection in the world of business and how telling our authentic stories is so powerful.

04:18 Simon explains the benefits of transformative coaching, and he often shares with sceptics one of his favourite TED Talks from Dr Atul Gawande.

09:27 How we silent have a companion in the form of innate wisdom and it's always there in the background guiding us.

11:26 The idea of slowing down to speed up is because we can listen and be more connected to that voice within, and that's where the worlds most significant ideas have come from in history.

11:42 When things get stressful, usually one of the first things that often gets sacrificed is rest and sleep. The less sleep we get, the less productive we are.

12:29 The innocent misunderstanding, when we get stress out it, looks like we need to do much to get where we want to be, but we need to see what we are doing wrong and stop doing that instead.

17:52 How having a routine is vital; designing your life begins with planning your days, and a productive day starts the night before.

19:48 Why coaching is so powerful, and the real art is making things simple to understand, simple to action and straightforward to follow.

20:59 Simon shares a powerful example of how accountability is critical to success and asks an important question.

22:49 One question we can all afford to spend more time dwelling on is: Are your current actions and choices currently reflective of what you are telling me is important?

26:10 How you can't have fundamental transformation quickly; success doesn't often happen overnight. It happens over time; it's the compound effect of taking action.

28:10 The paradox of goals, how we need goals or plans to give ourselves context of the actions we are going to take today, but you then have to forget and not focus on them.

28:52 As we get older and wiser (hopefully), we realize that the goal and the vision are not the most significant rewards; it's about the journey of who we must become in getting there.

32:17 When you come from a place of joy, happiness, and love, you want to show up and express the gifts you were born to share with the world.

33:01 The misconception of purpose and how it's more about the experience of going through a series of events and following your curiousity that leads you to what you want to do in life. What am I more curious about right now?

38:05 Simon reminds us that a super-power we often forget is we have the power to choose one thought over another.

42:45 We ask Simon about his new book, which will be published next year with Penguin Random House.

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