I am an eternal student and an avid reader. Ever since I was a young child, books and stories transported me to different places and times. I read tales, novels and biographies and was inspired by the adventures and trials of the characters. Later I discovered the value of non-fiction and read on topics that I was drawn to.
I found it a privilege to learn from people I could not meet in person and certain concepts have been truly life changing for me. Below is a selection of a few people I consider my influencers.
Founder of Nonviolent Communication
Dr. Marshall B. Rosenberg was the founder and director of educational services for The Center for Nonviolent Communication. Wanting to explore the causes of violence and what could be done to reduce violence, he chose to study clinical psychology.
Nonviolent Communication training evolved from Dr. Rosenberg’s quest to find a way of rapidly disseminating much needed peacemaking skills. Evaluations indicate that this training vastly strengthens the ability to connect compassionately with oneself and others, as well as to resolve differences peacefully.
Carl Gustav Jung
Founder of Analytical Psychology
Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology.
His work has been influential not only in psychiatry but also in anthropology, archaeology, literature, philosophy, and religious studies.
Among the central concepts of analytical psychology is individuation—the lifelong psychological process of differentiation of the self out of each individual's conscious and unconscious elements.
Jung considered it to be the main task of human development. He created some of the best known psychological concepts, including synchronicity, archetypal phenomena, the collective unconscious, the psychological complex, and extraversion and introversion.
Researcher of Shame & Vulnerability
Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past ten years studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame.
She spent the first five years of her decade-long study focusing on shame and empathy, and is now using that work to explore a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness.
You can find her viral video on vulnerability and some of her books such as The Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly.
Bessel van der Kolk
Clinician, Researcher, Trauma expert
Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s foremost experts on trauma, uses recent scientific advances to show in The Body Keeps the Score, how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust.
He explores innovative treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity.
Spiritual Teacher and Author
Eckhart Tolle is a spiritual teacher and author who was born in Germany and educated at the Universities of London and Cambridge. At the core of his teachings lies the transformation of consciousness, the separation process of thinking and awareness.
Tolle says that "the primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it. Happiness comes from a state of consciousness and a connection with being present to the wonder of life". The Power of Now has been translated in over 30 languages and takes you on a journey of the heart and the mind.
Spiritual Teacher and Author
Sally Kempton is a powerful teacher of applied spiritual wisdom, known for her capacity to kindle meditative states in others, and to help students work with meditative experience as a framework for practical life-change.
A former swami in a Vedic tradition, Sally's teachings combine deep knowledge of the texts of yoga and tantra with practical wisdom from contemporary psychology and integral thought.
Leading the Way
by Harvard Business Publishing
Harvard Business Publishing was founded in 1994 as a not-for-profit, wholly owned subsidiary of Harvard University.
Its mission is to improve the practice of management and its impact in a changing world.
This blog gives access to the voices and ideas from a variety of members of Harvard Business School’s faculty and Harvard Business Review’s accomplished authors.
Lolly Daskal is a one of the most sought-after executive leadership coaches in the world with extensive cross-cultural expertise.
Her perspectives on leadership are based on a mix of modern philosophy, science and nearly thirty years coaching top executives.
Her signature strategy is to lead with heart to foster success and inner strength.
MBTI® Practitioner and Author
Susan Storm is a blogger focusing on personality types as defined in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®). This assessment is based on the findings of Carl Jung and was designed to help people better understand what makes them tick, how they relate to others, and how they can benefit from this knowledge in everyday life.
The Myers-Briggs assessment gives you a framework for understanding yourself and appreciating differences in others. It is designed to help you identify your preferred way of doing things in four key areas: directing and receiving energy, taking in information, making decisions, and approaching the outside world. Your natural preferences in these four areas sort into one of 16 distinct patterns of behavior called personality types.