I Don’t Know What I Am Doing

How often do you stop to notice what you’re doing? Once a day? Once an hour? Are you always or never actually aware of what you’re doing?


Your brain is exposed through your senses to 11 million bits of information in every moment, and you can focus consciously on only around 7 bits. So obviously you are not very aware. I am not very aware. We are very selective in what we notice.

The limits to my awareness have been very relevant to me lately as I have been both busy and stressed. I am challenging myself with an entrepreneurial project, and it is putting me frequently quite outside my comfort zone. The more my mind is caught up with figuring out the puzzles of this challenge, the less I can see, and the more time I need for processing both the analytical and emotional aspects of the work.

Have you ever stopped to notice that when you are rushing through life you are missing what is actually happening?

I noticed the effects of this pressure on my decision-making process when I caught myself adding additional pressure unconsciously. I had used a standard assumption (A therefore B) which resulted in a very tight time line for my team and I. It was logical that I would have to work over the weekend to meet this schedule, and my team would have to drop everything to make it happen on time. Luckily I did insert some space for myself to reflect, I had a relaxing evening, a good sleep, and when I woke up in the morning I realized that A did not require B. A could be C instead and that would give us an extra week in the schedule.

What specifically allowed me to make that better decision? Definitely the space to reflect is one element, and by that space I don’t mean reading or watching TV. I mean the kind of mental space you experience when the mind can wander in a relaxed fashion: a bath, a walk without purpose, eating without talking or listening, staring at the moon.

Another element that allows me to make decisions that make my life easier, even under stress, is the firm belief that I can. It IS possible to be flourishing while working. We can be both successful and healthy. I am careful to surround myself with examples of people who do this so that it can seem normal to me, even living in a city like Hong Kong which abounds with examples of people who are out of touch with themselves.

When you take a break (at last) do you remember things? Sometimes very important things?

The busier I am, the more crucial it becomes to have regular breaks. Because my brain is taken up with so much information, if I expect to be effective, I need to process information before I can input more. And yet the flood of information is so enticing. It is our training to ‘be productive’, ‘always be learning’, ‘don’t miss anything’ that actually leads us to overwhelm ourselves with information and become increasingly ineffective: rushing in the wrong direction when we would be better off sitting still.

What do you need in order to make the smartest decisions? More information? Or more time to process what you already know?

Perspective is needed. Perspective comes from standing further away from your day-to-day thinking to get a different view of it. You don’t know what you don’t know. You don’t even know what you know! But when you pause and free the mind from the tyranny of trying to find answers, or trying to get things done, you can tap into a much more complete awareness. Perspective brings clarity.

Perspective is also gained through reflecting your thoughts with someone else. That person (perhaps a Coach) must have enough experience to relate to your situation while being open enough to allow your perspective to be heard and not simply compared or subjugated to their perspective. When you need perspective to work out an issue, being heard is very satisfying.

And if there’s no one available to hear you, reflecting on paper is also very effective, either by journalling or mind-mapping. It’s important to stay relaxed as you write, or draw. Your own self-judgment can easily act as another block. Perspective occurs when you let the thoughts out as they are, and then you can see them from outside your own head for a new perspective.

I don’t know what I am doing. Does it matter?

It’s not possible to know what we’re doing, in reality. It is too complicated. On the level of biology alone, we have no idea what our bodies are doing at any given time. The vast majority of our thinking is completely invisible to us.

And it’s also not possible to predict the future, although we imply that it is possible by the way we hesitate to make decisions, as if we could somehow know what will happen as a result of what we do.

But by paying attention more fully and more frequently to my present moment experience, I can make much more conscious (smarter) decisions and take more conscious (effective) actions. And paying attention to what I’m doing can be extremely satisfying. Present moment awareness, mindfulness, is the root of true happiness. What is life for anyway, if not for at least experiencing it in every moment?

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Angela’s New Business Initiatives

One of the great things about owning your own business is that it never has to stay the same. Having established my coaching business 14 years ago, I have been through several different phases and I sense myself emerging into yet a new one now.

The way I explain this next phase (to myself) is that I want to lead a sustainable commercial organization that adds value to society while providing fulfilling and rewarding work for me and my colleagues. My reason is as usual, personal improvement. It’s funny to recall that the first time I started working for myself, back in 1993, the goal of my work was #1 to support me financially and #2 to give me opportunities to learn. So, in a sense, nothing has changed.


Loving Your Work Coaches, May 2014

Through my years of leading in non-profit organizations, I have proven, at least to myself, my ability to lead groups that rely mostly on volunteer labour. Now I want to prove that I can also lead in a commercial organization where people work for money, as well as for love! Afterall, when we are paid for our work, it supports us more fully and we can commit fully to it. Some of my executive clients have remarked that leading volunteers is much harder than leading paid staff, but for me it is the opposite.  I’m not absolutely sure why it feels like a bigger challenge for me. It could be some kind of moral issue, some internal resistance to using money to influence others (my Canadian socialist background?) or maybe there are some other hidden blocks that I will have to go through in order to be successful (by my definition) at this. I’m aware that whatever my reasons for doing anything, in reality I have no idea why I do anything. (Sam Harris explains more.)

So, in 2015 I’ll be taking steps to serve more clients through more coaches and offering new kinds of services, still along the lines of helping people develop themselves to be freer, wiser and more compassionate. And I am confident because I am well supported. My favorite book of the year, gives many specific examples of the most advanced ways of leading organizations for me to learn from. And I am continually inspired and supported by my business coaching group.

And there is another internal drive affecting me. It saddens me when I meet people who are suffering in their working lives. There are so many examples of this. People work too hard and face too much pressure and stress in ways that compromise their lives and values. People are treated badly at work, they allow themselves to be treated badly and they treat others badly! People compromise in their family lives and hold back from expressing their creative talents and their highest skills. And worst of all, many people think this is normal, acceptable and unchangeable.

It is very rewarding to be able to help people thrive in their working lives in ways that support their whole lives. But our one-on-one services are quite expensive and certainly beyond the resources of many people who could benefit. So I am quite committed to finding new, more cost-effective ways to support more people with career coaching.

This next phase in my business is well on the way. I already have 6 coaches who work with me on a freelance basis. Their presence encourages me to find more coaching clients who we can help! And I am currently exploring new ways to reach more people, particularly through online group coaching and community building.  Here are our two newest initiatives:

Loving Your Work Website in Traditional Chinese

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The Loving Your Work career coaching website is now available in traditional Chinese. This addition is an experiment to see if we can reach out to Chinese-speaking clients in Hong Kong.  And here it is! We have three Cantonese-speaking career coaches in our team who are eager to help people create more rewarding working lives. Do you know anyone who could benefit from career coaching in their native tongue of Cantonese?

Career Freedom Incubator

This is my working title for a large group coaching program that I want to develop. I am modelling this program after other group coaching programs in the US and Canada which are able to support up to 80 people at a time with a small team of coaches, using online forums, teleconferencing systems and occasional group meetings. My goal is to be able to provide cost-effective longer term coaching support for people who are making big career change transitions, particularly moving towards free-lancing, part time work or solo-preneurship. At the moment, the best ways to find out more are to join the mailing list on this page, or become my friend on Facebook where I let the details come out bit by bit as soon as I know myself.

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Choosing Our Words for the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong today our passions are running high. The Umbrella Movement has captured our attention, whether by enraging us at the challenges to our way of life or by inspiring us to higher ideals of freedom and peace. Law and order, peace, prosperity and freedom: we want all that. And yet we disagree, fiercely at times, about how to achieve it. I see people who are calling for negotiations being themselves unwilling to give an inch in their position. I see people calling for a return to law and order condoning violence as a means.


Police and demonstrators face off in Hong Kong, October 15, 2014

I’ve been moved over the past few weeks to call forward our best thinking and communication skills for the sake of Hong Kong people’s future.  On my Facebook page I said:

What is our role as coaches in Hong Kong during the demonstrations for democracy? I say it is:

  1. to keep ourselves healthy, positive and uplifted,
  2. to practice an attitude of openness with non-judgmental listening,
  3. to support others to express their views clearly and completely,
  4. to express our own views in ways that provoke new insights and elicit creative and courageous actions.

We have a huge opportunity now to broaden our thinking, open our hearts to who we disagree with, accept the existence and validity of other perspectives, and thereby increase our ability to be a healthy democratic society.

Today I want to add something else to this call. I want to ask us to choose our words carefully. As I wrote in 2009, our words are not innocent; they are very powerful. Our words affect our perception of the world; what we see, hear, feel and experience. We can use our words to create the world we want, or just as easily to encourage the scenarios we most fear.

It’s time to speak up in support of what we INTEND for our future. The more I bring my attention to what I want, the more it appears before me. It’s not real magic, just the trick of how attention works.

I’ll start with an easy one: I like blue. And I see it all over the place.

Now a harder one: Hong Kong has some of the smartest, most experienced, highest integrity leaders in the world.

The words you say or write or think are like seeds that sow your ideas. So when you start thinking about the colour blue, it appears before you in places you didn’t notice before. It’s the same with something like kindness. When you start looking for it, you will see it all over the place, and that feels good. Try it!

The major disruptions and passionate calls we are experiencing now have evoked all kinds of emotions, including anger and fear. Reacting from those emotions we may express frustration and cynicism, and we tend to exaggerate the negative. It’s natural and good to feel emotions as a result of such turmoil and passion. But when we express them thoughtlessly, we can easily make the situation worse.

What we desperately need now is more trust between the demonstrators and the government. We can support the process of building trust by being accurate with our words without deleting the positive aspects that are there. They may be quite hidden, and that is all the more reason to seek them out and highlight them now.

The trick is to be both true to your perspective, and positively constructive. Here are some questions to start exercising your positive thinking.

  • Who are your favourite Hong Kong legislators? What do they do that makes you respect them?
  • What is one positive thing that has already come about due to the demonstrations?
  • What do you respect about the Hong Kong government?
  • What do you respect about the Chinese government?
  • What do you respect about the student protesters?
  • What do you respect about the Occupy Central leaders?
  • What do you respect about the Hong Kong police?

Take notice of how you feel as you are answering these questions. If it hurts, it simply means you are adjusting some deeply held beliefs, and you are broadening your worldview to let in a more satisfying world. Congratulate yourself, because what you’re doing is critical to our success. If this process is easy for you, make up some harder questions by considering where your thinking is most negative.

I’ve heard it said that Hong Kong will never be the same again after these demonstrations and I concur. Let’s make it better by stretching our abilities to see clearly and accept the complexity of life in a democratic society.

“It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness”. Mahatma Gandhi

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Are You Upgrading Your Beliefs?

carhoodWhen I coach someone through any kind of change, whether changing leadership style, changing careers or anything else, I start by looking under the hood. In coaching this means to look at the system of beliefs that is creating the current environment and can therefore be adjusted in order to create a new environment.

Robert Dilts‘ model of the Logical Levels describes how everything we experience can be viewed from a number of different levels. Changes made at higher levels in the model have an impact on the levels below. But higher levels are also harder to change. Most frequently, we change our world at the lower levels, by changing our environment directly,  by changing our behaviours and by building our capabilities and skills in order to do so.

Logical Levels of Change (from Elisabeth Goodman’s Blog)

If we can change our beliefs, we can overhaul any aspect of our lives.

Our beliefs define us, and they define our view of the world to such an extent that they are inseparable from the world we live in. Our beliefs are the sum total of all the words we use to describe our world, both consciously and unconsciously. And we also have beliefs that have never been put into words.

As an example, in an NLP Timeline Therapy session, I once discovered that I had a belief that working alone in the kitchen is dangerous, in certain circumstances. This was a very naive and exaggerated belief that I had made up when I was a very young girl based on just one quite ordinary incident of a family conflict in the kitchen. The belief had remained completely unconscious well into my adult life, and made me irrationally irritable about kitchen chores. It has been a great relief to change this belief and give myself back the freedom to work calmly and happily in the kitchen whenever I like!

Changing beliefs gives us a powerful new capacity to manage ourselves through change and challenge. And there are two main steps to changing beliefs: identifying and replacing.

Simply identifying hidden beliefs can be hugely powerful. If you can bring your attention to the stream of thoughts that runs in the background of your mind, probably almost unceasingly, then you can dip into the flow of beliefs that are driving you. Coaching can help in identifying unwanted beliefs by shining a light on thinking patterns that you had not noticed before and by acting as a mirror to reflect the beliefs that are expressed in the way you speak and the way you think.

And coaching can also help in replacing unhelpful beliefs with more effective ones. Metaphors and images can help with this process. As an example, a client of mine used the symbol of a backpack to help him create new ways of thinking about his career. He was heading for retirement and eager to take a step-by-step process to release work to his successor gradually while retaining the aspects of his work that most suited him in the later stages of his working life. He needed to replace his very disciplined thinking about getting work done, with a more flexible approach. He selected the specific things he wanted to keep and put them in his imaginary backpack, while leaving certain old ways of working behind.

As the award-winning cell biologist Dr. Bruce Lipton has explained, the vast majority of our beliefs are unconscious and they cannot be changed only within the conscious mind. We need to practice new beliefs, repeating them until they become habitual. This takes effort, but the good news is that it is possible. And we are only just beginning to understand the impact we can have on our abilities and lives through deliberate efforts to change our beliefs.

Are you upgrading your beliefs? If you’re considering overhauling your leadership style or career path, I would love to help you open the hood.

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Insights in Leadership Development

Angela Spaxman 2009I’ve been enjoying some intensive leadership development work over the past few months with a variety of clients and thought it would be useful to document some of the insights I have gleaned. Perhaps some of the questions I am posing could help you take your next leadership development step?

1) Development always requires us to become more aware of our thinking and behaviour. That’s because we must become less reactive –we must stop always following our conditioning, the thinking and behavioural patterns we learned in the past which through practice have become automatic and unconscious. While it is efficient to behave unconsciously –it takes much less mental effort– at higher levels of leadership where conditions are more complex, it is no longer effective.

How much of your working time is spent with awareness? How often are you acting without really choosing those actions?

2) Developing as a leader requires changing habits. Therefore it requires a longer term commitment –months and years, not days and weeks. The brain is plastic and will change over time, but it takes many repetitions.

What kind of leader do you want to be 2 years from now?

3) Different people have different perspectives and see the leader through their own lenses. The leader therefore needs to consider all relevant views and act accordingly to influence the full range of important stakeholders.

How do your sub-ordinates, your peers and your bosses see you?

4) Immature leadership at high levels inevitably has a compounding effect on lower levels. For example, an autocratic leader evokes passivity and compliance which can lead to poor decision-making which in turn can lead to blaming and covering up of mistakes and last-minute micro-managing. Angry outbursts borne of frustration lead to even more passivity and compliance.

What immature aspects of you are negatively affecting those around you?

5) No one is immune from reactive tendencies which limit our capacity for leadership. Those tendencies fall into three categories: controlling (perfectionistic, overly ambitious, overly driven or autocratic), protecting (arrogant, critical, distant) and complying (passive, overly focused on belonging or pleasing, or overly conservative).  The survey tool I’ve been using in this work is a highly effective way of identifying these patterns.

What are the ingrained self-defeating patterns that are limiting you?

6) Since leadership occurs in a system, change efforts are more effective when many different players in the system start changing simultaneously.

What difference would it make to you if all of your bosses and peers started to mend their reactive ways?

7) Is development possible without a trained conversational partner who can help the leader to reflect fully and deeply in a safe, supportive relationship (like a coach)? I don’t know. But I do know for sure that WITH that kind of support, we see uncommon strides in leadership development.

If you had a coach to support you in your leadership development, what difference would it make?

8) The bigger the challenges we are facing, the more we need to know how to relax. Many of the most dedicated leaders have never learned how to relax well, and without developing new skills in relaxation, they will hit a barrier in terms of how much they are able to accomplish. Effective and timely relaxation leads to greatly improved personal impact and influence through greater calm and confident presence. And it is also a necessary component in becoming less reactive (in other words making new behavioural choices) because a stressed person doesn’t have the resources to take a new, more conscious course of action in a high pressure situation.

If you were better at relaxing, what difference would it make to your leadership?

With this busy period of leadership coaching coming to an end, I am open to working with some new clients.

Would you like to set up a phone call with me to discuss how I might help you develop your leadership capability?

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Spring 2014 Activities

Here’s a quick run-down of my current business projects.

Coach Training for Emerson Electric

The major project in early 2014 has been delivering coach training to managers at the Emerson Asia Pacific group of companies. I’ve been so fortunate to enlist Carole Lewis to work with me to design and deliver three workshops and a 6-month teleconference series to support both Human Resources Managers and Line Managers to move towards a coaching approach. Carole keeps piquing my interest with her steady enquiry into how to support these managers as efficiently as possible, to successfully use coaching with both their peers and their subordinates. It is a very big shift in thinking and acting for many managers in Asia. And we are excited to see the enthusiasm for coaching in our most committed students.

Team Building

It was really fun to spend a day with the small team of a boutique property investment firm. They created a colourful and inspiring list of their shared values. And I have never seen such an amazing array of complimentary scores in one of their Harrison Assessments Team Paradox Graphs. Each individual in the team plays a role in letting them take risks, avoid risks and analyze the downside of those risks in perfect balance.

The Leadership Circle Profile

I am thrilled and honoured to be involved in a long term culture development project at VF Corp. using The Leadership Circle Profile as the model for developing senior leadership to a more creative style of leadership. In this project, I’m working with and supported by Acumen Global Partners and I feel very fortunate to be able to learn from them, work in a very accomplished team and learn through the coaching process from a diverse collection of clients.

Mindfulness Training with The Potential Project

The latest 8-week Mindfulness at Work program is coming to an end and the group dynamic has been better than ever. One of my executive coaching colleague referred a few of her clients to the program and here’s what she had to say:

“What a gift you and your partner are offering to the executives in the mindfulness training.  I noted such behavioural changes in the executives who are attending your class.  They have found the training most valuable.” —Angie Wong, Executive Coach

Loving Your Work Website Re-launch

Our career coaching website is finally re-launched with a new look and better technology. We really want to offer career coaching services more widely in Hong Kong. In these days of intense pressure inside corporations,   many people can use a relief valve to process their stresses and make better decisions for their careers and lives. If you know anyone who might like our help, please send them to our new site. Thank you.

Making Space

My musings in this quarter have been about the value of space, especially mental space in the current intensity of working life in Hong Kong. Are you valuing the space in your life? Read on here…


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New Year Message 2014

I feel so positive about 2014. I believe I learned a few lessons and made a few shifts in 2013 that will allow me (as implied by my message below) to live a little more boldly. I hope you are ready too, to move a little closer to living the life you most want.

And by the way, by ‘boldly’ I don’t necessarily mean we’ll go skydiving, or risk a lot of money in new ventures, or anything conventionally risky like that. I am pointing more to the subtle risks that can actually be much harder to face and that bring us deeper and more lasting happiness. Let me explain.

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Custom artwork by Phil Gray

1) Be Kinder to Yourself

True kindness sometimes means softness and sometimes means discipline. For example, allowing myself to sleep a little more could be the most loving thing I can do for myself, or getting up earlier to exercise or meditate might be even more nourishing.

Whether we need to be more tender or more fierce with ourselves, the words we use to set the change in motion are very important. We are human, far from perfect and no matter how we do or don’t live up to our own expectations, we can support ourselves best by speaking and thinking kindly and lovingly to ourselves. By speaking kindly to yourself, all your conscious choices become the healthiest ones.

Much of the cruelty we inflict upon ourselves is habitual and unconscious. So a good place to start is simply by paying closer attention to how you treat yourself.

It can be tricky to distinguish when we are being kind to ourselves versus when we are merely following what others want us to do. For example, should I attend late-night conference calls five times a week because that’s what my boss expects of me? Or is it in fact the best way to achieve my goals and get what I want? That’s when the second item becomes important.

2) Be Truer to Yourself

How fully do you express your greatest gifts in your work and in your relationships? How often do you feel pressured, stressed or bored? How frequently do you hold back from acting on what you believe is for the best? Of course we never arrive at 100% healthy engagement (except for temporary plateaus). So there is always a way we can develop to be more fully our best selves.

Being true to yourself requires first of all knowing yourself. Even this first step can take some boldness, since we fear to know the parts of ourselves of which we are ashamed. Kindness helps. We are human.

Our communication and relationships skills also often limit our ability to be true. Those who habitually speak too bluntly tend to either turn people off or else avoid speaking of things that will cause upset. Likewise those who are too soft-spoken or diplomatic have difficulty standing up for what they want. Developing your communication style to be more balanced and effective takes some boldness.

Making a shift to be truer to yourself may mean changes in your work or in your relationships, and that can feel risky. And the choices you make may not be the best ones. But the only way to find out is to actually do something about it. If you move boldly (and consciously) in the wrong direction, you will find out fairly quickly and be able to correct your course. But if you stay timid and do nothing, nothing changes and nothing is learned.

This year I’m calling for myself (and you) to move. Let’s stop staying stuck in at least some of the vast multitude of ways that we are dysfunctional (the banking system, environmental protection and consumerism, corrupt democracy to name a few!) and let’s make the changes where it counts most: with ourselves.

Be a Kinder and Truer Participant in the World

As you boldly become kinder and truer to yourself, you naturally and without any change or effort influence others around you to do the same. And since we all, at the core, want the best for the world (starting with ourselves, of course), being a stronger supporter of yourself is the best way to influence the whole. Your example is your most powerful tool for change.

Happy New Year!

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3 Tips for Thriving in Uncertainty and Rapid Change

In the past year I absorbed myself in learning about the state of humanity on earth. And it is pretty upsetting, to be honest.

Despite the huge amount of information that is now available to us at our fingertips, I feel ill-informed.

HKgreyskiesFor example, I experience rapidly rising food prices and I wonder why? Is it because of dying bees? –I’m noticing the price of nuts. Is it because of international currency fluctuations and the Hong Kong monetary system? Or is it because some company is getting better at making more money?

Like many of you, I read the news about the economy, the environment, the unprecedented changes in society related to globalization, information collection, aging population, wealth gap etc. While it is distressing, it is also the harbinger of change. And so I keep reminding myself that all is well, change is good and we are always doing the best we can. No matter what may be true in the news, I hang on to these basic beliefs that are neither true, nor untrue, but simply helpful.

Nonetheless, the news affects me and I am driven by it to make sure I’m doing the best I can. I don’t want to be the last person hanging on to a lifestyle that is unsustainable and therefore immoral. In fact I want to be one of the first bringing in our new ways of living. But that’s pretty hard to do when you don’t know what it is. (No one knows, although we have clues.) And I am just as imbedded in our current way of living as anyone else.

I found myself in a flurry of activity caused by my thinking that “I must do more…” It is guilt and fear driving this thinking, and therefore not surprising that it would set me off track. I like to be efficient, to use my time wisely, but if I try to push myself to ‘do more’, I seem to lose perspective and spend energy uselessly on the wrong things, adding stress and effort but not value. When we are faced with complexity and uncertainty, we need a little more empty space to reflect freely and find the best strategies.

Looking around, I think many people are in a similar state of being –trying to do more, for all kinds of different reasons: to make more money, to meet a budget, to help more people, to get more done, to solve a problem faster. Are you doing that? And how is it working for you?

What is the alternative? For myself I have a three-fold solution:

1)    Let go of the need to change, fix, contribute, excel etc. I’m not letting go of my desires. I am keeping them as forward movement: a pull. And I am letting go of any fearful emotions that push me.
2)    Make it a priority to have empty space in my day and my week. Space adds joy to life. Space is required for the best decisions to be found.

3)    Keep noticing the good that is unfolding all over the world.  It helps me build trust in humanity, that together we are smart enough to thrive in the world we have created.

How do you thrive in this dynamically changing world? Please contact me if you’d like my help to slow down and thrive.

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Intro to Mindfulness at Work on June 10

Would you like to be more efficient and effective at work so that you can go home on time? Would you like to feel less pressure and more enjoyment?

New scientific research shows that mindfulness is a practical way for business people to be more focused, more effective and make smarter decisions at work. Mindfulness is also a proven way to reduce stress, increase health and happiness.

In this fun, interactive workshop we will explain, demonstrate and practice scientifically-validated solutions to the problems of working in high pressure environments. We’ll also give you the tools to start a quick daily training routine that can help you be more productive, happier and healthier.

Monday, June 10, 2013
Time : 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Venue : The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, 1301 Kinwick Centre, 32 Hollywood Road, Central
Prices : HK$150 for Canadian Chamber members, HK$250 for non-members

To register:
Click here and follow the link at the bottom of the page.
Or contact the Canadian Chamber:
            Tel: (852) 2110 8700

The Benefits:

  • Be more calm, clear and focused
  • Have more creative ideas
  • Avoid emotional reactions
  • Sleep better
  • Feel happier

About the Trainer, Angela Spaxman

One of Hong Kong’s leading executive coaches and an inspiring group facilitator and corporate trainer. Angela has been working with international managers and leaders in the Asia Pacific region for the past 15 years. She has been involved in Mindfulness since 2000 and is passionate about its potential to change working lives and businesses.

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Coming Out Into a Quantum World

HKcarsCan you feel the change? The world is speeding up, not just because we’re getting older, but because of the pace of technological and social development in a globalized world. To thrive with this change, we can’t expect to do things as we’ve done them before.

So what can we do differently in order to avoid overwhelm and thrive in a speed-ed up world? First of all, we need to see the world differently.

Imagine how it felt a few hundred years ago when most people believed the world was flat. It would have been so obviously true that the world is flat. Everyone can see it and feel it with their own bodies. Anyone who spoke otherwise would have been derided as delusional. And yet it was not true. How did people change their thinking?

There must have been a tipping point that began with only a few esoteric scientists whose ideas were rejected even by other scientists. The institutions whose power would be threatened by those changes –notably the church, strongly rejected the new ideas. Gradually, or maybe suddenly, people realized a whole new way of looking at the world that created all kinds of clarity and new opportunities for living on this planet. With a huge expansion of new questions (Where is India? How do I stick to the ground?) a new age of exploration was born.

Almost a century ago,  a new set of brilliant scientists began developing another more accurate way of seeing the world through quantum mechanics. Their discoveries are mindbogglingly bizarre. While they have resulted in new technologies that we take for granted (lasers and transistors to name two), they challenge our most basic beliefs about reality. The pioneering scientists who are testing quantum affects in wider contexts such as health, human influence, relationships and spirituality are implying possibilities that challenge the principles behind our most powerful institutions.

As the world speeds up and we become more desperate for breakthrough solutions. How long can we keep ignoring reality? When will we begin seeing the world through quantum eyes? 

Here are some of quantum ways of seeing the world that I am talking about.


  • We are all connected by a field of energy.
  • Our thoughts have impacts at a distance.
  • Our thinking creates our reality.
  • Human minds have potential far beyond what we have imagined.

I don’t necessarily intend to convince you of these points. Perhaps these are already obvious and known to you. If you’re curious to know more, I recommend some excellent books on the subject at the end of this article.

What I am saying is that a new age of exploration is being born just at a time when we really need it. That’s because there’s another aspect of reality that we have a tendency to ignore –the fact that we are rapidly outgrowing all of our global systems: economic, political, social and environmental.

The quantum view opens the possibility of breakthrough technologies that can help us solve these highly complex and rapidly evolving problems. These are not electrical nor information technologies, but human technologies. Here are a few breakthrough solutions that we need.

Mindfulness Training

Workplace stress is at new highs due to the combination of  always-on technology, working across time zones and increasing global competition requiring us to continually make more money with less time and fewer resources. The stress on our health is increasing due to inactive lifestyles and contamination of the environment.  We need breakthrough technologies for handling this stress. Mindfulness training revamps ancient meditation technique for the modern age. It is quickly gaining acceptance as a most efficient and effective way to find equanimity and clarity.


Our global problems require global cooperation like never before, especially as resources such as oil and water may become scarce and climate change threatens our physical and food security. New levels of specialization and mutual support are necessary and can only be maintained through consistently higher levels of compassion.  Through greater compassion we can create much greater health and happiness for all beings.  And compassion can be trained. Compassion is sustainable way to find well-being and  happiness even in very challenging situations.


As speed and complexity increases, it is extremely difficult for large organizations to make decisions quickly and accurately enough to keep up with the pace of the world. Decisions made by one person at the top can be fast, but good decisions require consideration of many perspectives. Intuition is a way to tap into much wider sources of information at rapid speed. Although intuition is still currently mostly ignored as a decision-making tool in business, more research and practical proof will show how it has always been a factor in good decision-making and how we can train our minds to use it much more frequently and fruitfully.

These three breakthrough solutions: mindfulness training, compassion and intuition work together. And sometimes they create synchronicity, as if we are more aligned with the will of the universe; everything is easier.

In the quantum age, we can set aside conventional logic that says the world is made up of separate entities that are in competition with each other for limited space and resources. We can embrace the illogical but true facts of quantum mechanics and keep our minds open to the possibilities of their impact. Leaders in the quantum age can aspire to the ease of creating through synchronicity. And we can do that much more quickly and easily than seems logically possible by taking daily steps to build our mindfulness, compassion and intuition.


The Intention Experiment by Lynne McTaggart

The Bond by Lynne McTaggart

Do You Quantum Think by Dianne Collins

Frequency by Penney Peirce

The Translucent Revolution by Arjuna Ardagh

Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof that You Can Heal Yourself by Lissa Rankin MD

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