Why executive coaching is imperative today

It is no surprise – with the ever-changing work context and the socioeconomic impacts on organisations – that executives need to prioritise their time effectively. Leisurely meetings have become obsolete and are replaced with short, punchy, results-oriented decisions, matching the fast-paced environments that dominate business nowadays. To the sceptic, a 90-minute chat, that the executive has to pay for, with someone sometimes younger or less experienced is something that drops to the bottom of the list of priorities, yet to the executive reaping the rewards of a high-impact coaching session, this is not so at all.
In his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey eloquently stated that creating a habit of taking time out to “sharpen the saw” goes a long way to becoming a more effective leader. What executive coaching does is create exactly this time for leaders to reflect, consider alternatives, and obtain a different perspective on challenging situations – thus providing a measure of intelligence which may otherwise have been overlooked. What is most interesting about the experience of coaching is that the shift in mindset is often exponential in relation to the 90 minutes spent per month.

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Chapter 1

‘Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago,’ WARREN BUFFETT (BORN 1930)

To say that the world is undergoing an exponential change would be an understatement. The last 25 years have seen remarkable changes in technology, healthcare, education and business, and this trend will continue at an even greater pace over the next 25 years and beyond.

Here are my thoughts, backed by a wide range of research and reinforced by interviews with business leaders, on what the future will look like. The future starts with people.

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Who is this book for?

Irrespective of which generation you belong to, the Mind Age™ starts now. If you or your children plan on being a part of the future business world, and are concerned about the changes that are expected in the world, then you should read this book; if you are not concerned about the changes expected in the world in the next few decades, then you must read this book!

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The book – an overview

Have you ever wondered about the future? How will you survive and thrive in a world that is changing exponentially? How will you live the life of your dreams on a planet whose population is increasing, whose landmass is decreasing, whose natural resources are almost depleted, and whose food and water supplies are becoming less than adequate?

How will you still succeed? How will you raise children who can make a diff erence? How will you lead organisations and inspire people to be the best versions of themselves? These are not the problems for business, governments and scientists to come up with solutions for: we each have a role to play.

Based on extensive research, personal and business experience, The Mind Age™: Mastering your Infinite Mind for Success reveals Leeann Naidoo’s personal story and provides

· Neuroscience principles from leading scientists and thought leaders on how to leverage the power of the brain
· Simple but effective techniques to create and harness a powerful mind-set, and
· A practical but impactful guide on how to master your infinite mind for success

Welcome to the Mind Age™

We have come through the Ice Age, the Stone Age, the Iron Age, the Atomic Age, the Space Age, and most recently the Information Age. For the exponential change the world will go through in the coming decades, we are well and truly in the ‘Mind Age’, in which it is entirely the mastery of the mind and heightened use of our brains that will enable us to be fully prepared for the 2040s – a date sufficiently far away but significantly close on the horizon.

The Mind Age™ is about creating momentum behind a movement that shifts mind-sets – it is about learning how to access, unleash then harness the power of your mind in a way that you may not have considered before – through the lens of what the world will look like by 2040.

The Mind Age™ is a journey of personal transformation and infinite success and fulfilment.

Its point of departure is the book The Mind Age™: Mastering your Infinite Mind for Success – for 2040 and beyond, which provides a wide range of extensively researched perspectives of what 2040 will look like. The book incorporates neuroscience principles from leading scientists and thought leaders on how to leverage the power of the brain. It also provides simple but effective techniques to create and harness a powerful mind-set, and provides a practical but impactful guide on how to master your infinite mind for success.

The book is followed by several developmental interventions – master classes, acceleration workshops, development programmes and self-mastery coaching, all of which draw on international best practices and neuroscience principles to ensure accelerated and sustainable results.

I hope the Mind Age™ inspires you to take charge of your life and redefine your destiny. I hope the book accelerates you to your ‘tipping point’, to make that decision that changes your life for the best. This is the one time when doing the same things or doing nothing are no longer options, which is why I am hoping the development interventions and coaching that I am offering helps you achieve unparalleled happiness and success in your life, starting today.
I am optimistic that this book will ignite that part of you which hungrily seeks to develop your mind, and does not entirely leave it to science and business to discover or dictate who or what we should be.

I personally do not want the future thrust upon me, nor do I want to race to catch up with the future. I don’t want to inherit my future. I want to be a part of shaping and influencing it. I want to know what’s coming. I want to know how much is enough to prepare for it. I want to know that I am doing the right things in the right order and the right quantities. I think you may want the same.

We are out of time.

Master your mind today!

A basic introduction

MBA qualified, with strong business acumen, Leeann is a Management Consultant – a specialist in Change – an Executive Coach, key note speaker, and lecturer, with 20-years of international experience, the last 15 of which have been with blue-chip consulting firms such as Deloitte, Capgemini, PricewaterhouseCoopers and EY. Her recent client engagement experience spans major banking institutions, public and private sector organisations in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and South Africa.