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I love the New Year

January 3, 2012

I love the New Year.

What makes this time of year so special?

First of all, the weather of course. The skies are crisp blue, the temperatures are perfect. We can finally live outdoors for a while, soak up the energy of the sun.

But what I like most of all around this time of year is looking back, and the thrill of a new beginning. 

What have we done the past year, how far have we come? What went well, what didn’t? This particular time of year gives us the opportunity to look back and celebrate. Yes, we’ve achieved so many things. And yes, from time to time things went wrong. Even that can be a reason to celebrate. Sometimes, we learn our lessons the hard way and we fail. And still, that’s where we learn the most, and what moves us fast-forward.

This is also the time to look ahead. Set intentions and goals for the year ahead of us .

What do I want to achieve?

What do I want to do better this year?

What did I learn of the past year that I want to improve now?

One of the items high on my list is improving the lives of employers and employees. Various studies show that employee satisfaction and loyalty in the Gulf is painfully low. The cost of this is very high: Just think of staff retention: having to train new people on the job all the time. And this won’t come as a surprise to anyone: If you can’t retain your staff, your staff won’t retain your customers. And, what’s worse, the impact on the health of all the people who aren’t happy at work. So, this is what I will do this year: offer more coaching and workshops, so that employers and employees get empowered to create a happy work environment.

Watch this space!

Also at this time of year, I indulge in giving and receiving all the best wishes to and from friends and family. We’re all in celebratory mood, and at our best behavior. It’s the time for forgiving and for acknowledging how wonderful it is to know each other. My resolution is to keep this going for a while longer. Why only appreciate others at New Year, their birthday or their funeral?

Life is too wonderful and most of all, too short to not celebrate the good things every day. And to me, having wonderful relationships, with my husband and kids, my relatives, my colleagues and clients, is what makes me happy. So, I’ll be acknowledging and appreciating them all, every day.

Habits sometimes take a while to get well established, so I’ll be writing it in my new diary just to remind myself of this promise.

Happy New Year everyone!


José de Heer

motivational quotes

November 9, 2011

A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle Kahlil Gibran

We have a strategic plan. It’s called doing things Herb Kelleher

Nothing is really over, until the moment you stop trying  Buddha

I will keep a smile on my face and in my heart even when it hurts today Og Mandino

Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are  Chinese Proverb

what is the meaning of life

We should not have to wait until we are sick to be well  Diane McLaren

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit  Aristotle

Our lives improve only when we take chances and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves   Walter Anderson

For every failure, there’s an alternative course of action.You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour  Mary Kay Ash

Change your thoughts and you change your world  Norman Vincent Peale

Things are beautif ul if you love them   Jean Anouilh

From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life  Arthur Ashe

Letus be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom  Marcel Proust

Believe in yourself and all that you are

Only those who dare to fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly   Robert F. Kennedy

The energy of the mind is the essence of life  Aristotle

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain  Maya Angelou

Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from what you can do  John Wooden

The value of an idea lies in the using of it  Thomas Edison

With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now  Ralph Waldo Emerson

One change always leaves the way open for the establishment of others  Niccolo Machiavelli

You are responsible for your life. You can’t keep blaming somebody else for your dysfunction. Life is really about moving on  Oprah Winfrey

Everyone has two choices. We’re either full of love… or full of fear  Albert Einstein

Life is about creating yourself

Do not dwell in the past; do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment  Buddha

How you think about a problem is more important than the problem itself. So always think positively  Norman Vincent Peale

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart. And try to love the questions themselves  Rainer Maria Rilke

By forgiving and choosing to move on, one takes the power back to morph it into positive energy  Eugenia Tripputi.

Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts  Albert Einstein

It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are  Roy Disney

Your beliefs become your Thoughts. Your Thoughts become your Words. Your Words become your Actions. Your Actions become your Habits. Your Habits become your Values. Your Values become your Destiny  Mahatma Gandi


The Authenticity team

why hire a coach?

November 1, 2011

To put it simply: coaching is a process that enables both individual and corporate clients to achieve their full potential. 

Life coaching is a powerful and practical process that is appropriate for anyone who wants to make a change. Life coaching helps you to achieve accelerated growth, fulfilment and success in your personal and professional life.

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Whilst most would benefit from a life coach, few people understand why. Here’s our quick look, top five reasons to hire a life coach.

  1. Freedom from your own limitations: start breaking through the hurdles and live a life aligned to your dreams.
  2. Set priorities: coaching helps you to decide what is important in your life to you. Imagine a life where you honoured your values?
  3. Improve your confidence: a coach will support you, help you become more self-aware and get in touch with your inner strengths so you can capitalize on them.
  4. Learn to set goals: a coach will help you to set goals that are challenging and aligned to your values. It’s been proven that the most successful people in the world work with a coach and continually set goals.
  5. Achieve your goals quicker: designing an alliance with your coach as to when you’re going to achieve your goals makes you more accountable.

Please add your other reasons below. Whether you’re a coach or have a coach yourself, we would love to hear from you.

The Authenticity team

corporate coaching to fly

October 9, 2011

Staying resourceful, purposeful and motivated is key to top performance. This means that on-going personal development in the corporate world is critical to business and team success.

Corporate coaching isn’t just for CEO and Chairman roles. It needs to target more than just senior managers and directors if you want your staff to start really making a difference to your bottom line.

  • Your individuals create excellence.
  • Your business is made up of individuals
  • Your business can be excellent

Corporate coaching, or executive coaching, is a proven tool to help both organizations and individuals significantly impact the bottom line.

Imagine a world where your leadership skills, decision-making, relationships, creativity, stress and time management, meeting management and team building were all improved.

Corporate coaching, like life coaching, encourages self-discovery and awareness of yourself as both a corporate professional and as a human being.

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Ask yourself

  • Do you want to increase your personal performance?
  • Do you want to increase your team’s performance?
  • Do you want to develop your leadership skills, confidence and awareness?
  • Are there specific goals you want to accomplish?
  • Do you want to improve your communication skills?


Old management techniques move to a coaching based culture

Hierarchy becomes support

Blame steps aside for an environment of constructive criticism and honest evaluation

External motivators become self-motivation

Change feared is ditched and change becomes welcomed

Corporate coaching helps your people and company to FLY.


The Authenticity team

recommended reading

August 31, 2011

We have read some amazing books and would love to share them with you. Take a look at our choices below. Keep checking back as we’ll update with latest reads!

Oh the places you'll go- Dr SeussOh, the Places You’ll Go!  Dr. Seuss

In this joyous ode to life, Dr. Seuss addresses graduates of all ages, from nursery school to medical school. He gives them the get-up-and-go to move mountains with the unrivaled exuberance and charm that have made Dr. Seuss’s books favorites for years.

Dr Seuss’s message to those starting out in the world is that although there may be loneliness, slumps and frights, if you have brains in your head and feet in your shoes you can go anywhere and do anything.

oh the places you'll go

In praise of slowness

In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed Carl Honoré

“A book that might change your life” Jawad Sajwani

We live in the age of speed. We strain to be more efficient, to cram more into each minute, each hour, each day. Since the Industrial Revolution shifted the world into high gear, the cult of speed has pushed us to a breaking point.

Consider these facts: Americans on average spend seventy-two minutes of every day behind the wheel of a car, a typical business executive now loses sixty-eight hours a year to being put on hold, and American adults currently devote on average a mere half hour per week to making love.

Good to Great

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t  Jim Collins

Based on an extensive five-year study conducted by Collins and a research team he affectionately refers to as “the Chimps,” Good to Great defines and analyzes the practices that allowed 11 companies to make the rare transition from solid to outstanding performance.

Chapters include:

Level 5 Leadership | First Who… Then What | Confront the Brutal Facts | The Hedgehog Concept | A Culture of Discipline| Technology Accelerators

Self leadership - the one minute manager

Self Leadership and the One Minute Manager  Ken Blanchard

The one minute manager explores situational leadership and the principles behind this leadership style.

It’s a real must for anyone who wants to lead with a situational manner.

A quick read, easy to absorb and implement.

Please feel free to add your own recommended reading in the comment box below too.

The Authenticity team

saying goodbye to your dream

August 1, 2011

When you are living a life many yearn for – you have a loving family and great relationship with your parents, wife, kids, siblings, friends, you are happy at work and everything is just fine – you can often become complacent and take things for granted.

Recently I have been wondering what gratitude actually means and from this decided to indulge in a dream. In fact no, I didn’t just indulge in a dream, I really went for it. I ignited this dream that in turn fuelled and stirred my passions.

And so the journey of the dream starts; I’m full of energy, enthusiasm and lots of scary thoughts, but I tame my gremlins and go for it.

I put in all the hard work, hours of hard work: writing, thinking, searching and paying attention to the smallest details. Right now nothing can stop my momentum. You become deaf to advice from loved ones and blind to any signs of doubt. The passion and the momentum are too great. You only see the summit that no one else seems to see.

And then as time has passed you start to doubt yourself and your dream. Maybe you should have listened to that advice. What was that voice in my head saying again?

Hmmm… is it too late?

Today. Today you realize the time has come to stop. Raise the white flag. Declare your loss. Admit the dream is over. The tears of sorrow do not come, but sadness does creep in.

Sadness yes. Defeated no. That’s not who I am.

I am happy, proud and determined to make my dreams a reality. My appetite is wild; the hunger for a new quest is on. Hit me with another one, another dream. I’m ready.

I’m not sorry that I was not able to active my dream for in the process I gained a lot: I gained myself, my confidence, my trust in myself and trust in my abilities.

I did it: I tried, I worked hard, I endured sleepless nights – talking and doing, doing and talking – I do not feel defeated.

I am not a loser. In a fact I’m a winner!

How many of us just say to hell with the whole world. I’m going ahead with my dream, yes my dream, not yours, not others’, but MY dream.

It’s too bad the world did not understand it. It’s too bad life did not play the game in my favor. But it’s your loss. You lost and I gained. My experiences cannot ever be taken from me. Not in this lifetime and not by anyone.

Today. Today I’m saying goodbye to my dream, and saying hello to another one. I’m congratulating myself and going to bed knowing that tomorrow is a new day for a new dream.

So, my dear dream, I’m saying goodbye and goodnight to you.

Jawad K Sajwani

toilet paper

July 1, 2011

Excuse my blunt situation, but I promise it will be worth reading about.

The other day I was in the men’s of my office and a CLEAN piece of napkin fell out of my hand. Obviously I did not bother to pick it as I knew the janitor will pick it up during his regular cleaning round.

And as we all do, the restroom is the heaven for our minds to ponder and get some idea, and this situation was not any different. This got me thinking. What would the janitor would think we would pick up the CLEAN piece of napkin, beside that there was a lazy person. he would think is this a clean piece of napkin, should he pick it up with his bare hands or use something else to do so even though the piece . since i, if i was a proactive person, would have picked it up with my clean hands and dropped it in the trash bin.

Authenticity coaching and consultancy - toilet paper


This incident got me to perspectives, how drastically our attitude changes with perspectives.

We as coaches are the janitors, we look at our clients as that piece of paper. we see them in the dirtiest of places and are willing to pick them anytime. we do not care if they are clean or dirty, and without hesitation would pick them up even from a DIRTY restroom floor. because we see them as gems, so it does not matter if the gem is clean or dirty, a gem is too precious to be not to be picked up from even a dirty restroom floor.

So the question is for all of us, how many times have we failed to pick up a gem from a dirty restroom  floor thinking that its a dirty piece of napkin.