From June 18 to 19 in Suntec City, Singapore, business leaders from across Asia-Pacific will attend Wisdom 2.0 Asia: Leadership in Business & Society to explore innovative, mindful and inspiring leadership in the digital age.
Now why am I speaking about this on the MCI blog?
Because this is the story of my personal journey to ‘mindfulness’ – an inward looking journey of the last 8 years which now is beautifully looking outwards in my daily life: family, friends and of course work. All of the dots are beginning to connect….
Why one should pursue the road to mindfulness is a separate long discussion- one that may require several blog posts!
But how I see and have understood mindfulness in my personal journey is as the ‘work out for the mind’ which then opens the doors to wisdom (taking decisions wisely and not simply reacting) , courage (to act on that wisdom without doubts or fear) and compassion (becoming aware and sensitive to the world around us and feeling what others around you may be feeling).
Sounds easy enough? Well for me it required the seeking spirit, a good mentor and guide and lots of discipline.
While I was on this seeking expedition, I mystically encountered Wisdom 2.0 – a global conference which beautifully merged the world of mindfulness in the corporate context. It was fate: I had to learn more !
What followed was three years of chasing to bring ‘Wisdom 2.0’ to Asia. And now finally it is here with amazing friends and co chairs : Soren Gordhamer ( Founder of Wisdom 2.0) and Chade Meng Tan (Jolly Good fellow @ Google, Co-Chair of One Billion Acts of Peace, which has been nominated 7 times for the Nobel Peace Prize). Definitely mystical!
This event means so much to me not only because it’s the first event of its kind to take place in Asia , but because it represents a key milestone in my continuing journey to bring mindfulness into my own personal and professional life, and the lives of my family, friends and colleagues.
And of course, MCI is delivering the full event management!
The event effectively addresses the great challenge of our age: to not only live connected to one another through technology, but to do so in ways that are beneficial to our own well-being, effective in our work, and useful to the world.
An audience of over 500 will discover our great line up of speakers – some amazing pioneers and corporate leaders who have done some incredible work and research in this field. Clearly we are building our seeking tribe in Asia too!
I’m delighted that Wisdom 2.0 Asia has finally arrived, and that we’ve created a truly engaging and regionally-relevant programme.
I’m looking forward to welcoming a whole host of corporate leaders, executives, life coaches and even Singapore’s minister of education in a couple of weeks time – and to celebrating a great professional triumph and a key milestone in my personal journey towards mindful leadership.
The journey it seems has just begun……