Can your brain dance? How innovative ideas and powerful learning systems can transport your organisation from ideas to cash, prosperity to progress and vision to victory.
What’s your story?
Since age one, I have been travelling the world, whereby my education, classroom-to-boardroom, has encompassed a smorgasbord of exotic learning experiences that I could never have encountered in any other form of evolution. My life has literally evolved as a L.I.F.E. represented by the in-depth study and practice of Leadership, Innovation, Fellowship, and Entrepreneurship.
My learning has been through progressive chambers of awakenings, expressed in authoring nearly 30 vividly interactive books, a dozen unique seminars, and via my background in marine engineering and research into brain science, to serve as a breakthrough catalyst for institutions, organisations, and governments.
What excites you most about your industry?
In this Age of Innovation, ideas are the propellants of evolution. Using the world’s most powerful learning systems, I am excited to enable:
- Illiterate people chart out a forward trajectory via collaborative visual mapping, inspiring one village at a time;
- Students with seemingly lower intelligence, ace their academic journey through archaic school systems;
- Professional people with renewed vigour and rigour to create and design fulfilling futures;
- Mothers bonding with other mothers into becoming learning facilitators for their future leaders;
- Senior citizens, with awe and inspiration, to renew and revitalise the second cycle of their lives via cognitive fitness training.
What’s your connection to Asia?
I was born in India, where my ancestral links track back to two literary geniuses: Rabindranath Tagore, and Lakshminath Bezbarua. I have been based in Singapore for the last 23 years, but have been travelling extensively for work, research, and pleasure to various parts of Asia, as well as to other countries.
Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Singapore, the easiest place to set up a business, the best civil service in the world, and a culture based on ethics, integrity, and professionalism, animated by a happy blend of art, science, business and pleasure.
What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
From the Founder of Aikido, O Sensei (Morihei Ueshiba): “ As soon as you concern yourself with the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ of your fellows, you create an opening in your heart for maliciousness to enter. Testing, competing with, and criticising others weaken and defeat you. There are no contests in the Art of Peace. A true warrior is invincible because he or she contests with nothing. Defeat means to defeat the mind of contention that we harbour within.”
Who inspires you?
I stand on the shoulders of many great giants … but am most inspired by Leonardo da Vinci and O Sensei (Morihei Ueshiba). In both instances, I have realised through them; (1) the virtue of balance via a sense of selfness, (2) the connectivity and relevance between all things and all phenomena and (3) the value of pursuing one’s chosen path from beginner to mastery, via vision, discipline, passion, and conscience.
What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
The most profound, soul-awakening discovery I recently made and learnt from is that with a single session of visual mapping strategies that I conducted for a contingent of volunteers in rural India, they subsequently addressed the womenfolk of entire villages, most of them illiterate, to the extent that a flood of strategic, action-orientated, visual maps have emerged on a daily basis from these individuals who are closer to the Stone Age than to what we recognise as ‘modern civilisation’. Way to GO! Target: 1.4 million rural womenfolk immediately being made visually literate across several contexts towards self-efficacy!
If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
For certain I would learn to pay more attention especially to learning. I would make sure I mastered at least one musical instrument, became adept at dancing the jive and the tango, and painted with watercolours and oils in ways that make my soul sing.
How do you unwind?
I love immersing myself in creativity, for recreation and for re-creation. Thus, I indulge in my passion for writing, drawing, Aikido, stimulating conversation, and helping people resurrect their flagging spirits, through the wildness of FUN-atic learning experiences.
Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Japan: because it never fails to stimulate my senses via a panorama of sensory offerings that include the cuisine, the culture of martial arts, the unique blend of art and science, and its vibrant literature, especially the profundity of wisdom within Haiku. I love doing business with the Japanese because they have proven to be ethical, innovative, and convivial to be with.
Everyone in business should read this book:
The 2,500 year old Hindu scripture “The Bhagavad Gita”, within The Mahabharata, from the standpoint of present-day geopolitical contexts of leadership, business, the physics of space-time, and the metaphysics of philosophy and psychology, applied to all aspects of life, and most definitely, to marketspace dynamics. The lyrical stanzas exude indwelling wisdom that inform and illuminate paths to creating a balance between economic dynamism and societal harmony.
Shameless plug for your business:
For organisations facing unthinkable marketspace challenges, which are dissatisfied with their workforce status quo, and are starved for ideas, my product is a suite of plug-and-play innovative brain-skills for immediate application, one that provides instant and impactful returns on imagination. And unlike the high cost of confusion within numerous existing scenarios, my product is a panorama of stunning high-clarity solutions that transport you from ideas to cash, prosperity to progress, vision to victory. www.brain-dancing.com
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This interview was part of the Callum Connect’s column found on The Asian Entrepreneur:
Callum Laing invests and buys small businesses in a range of industries around Asia. He has previously started, built and sold half a dozen businesses and is the founder & owner of Fitness-Buffet a company delivering employee wellness solutions in 12 countries. He is a Director of, amongst others, Key Person of Influence. A 40 week training program for business owners and executives.
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