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Inspirational/Motivational

Sometimes your team needs to be reinvigorated and inspired to believe in themselves. Alex has designed a series of talks that will help the members of your organization to feel as though they can rise above the challenges in their personal and professional lives.

Stepping into the Future

Victor Frankl is famous for writing Man’s Search for Meaning. But did you know that this seminal book on psychology came very close to never being published? There was pivotal moment during his imprisonment when Frankl was on the brink of death. What gave him the ability to survive that moment was not a fellow inmate or inner strength, but a vision of the future.

We often speak about the idea that the past determines the present. Your genes, the environment in which you were raised, and your life choices all influence the person who you are now. But have you ever considered the possibility that the future can influence the present? Through the story of Victor Frankl, we discuss how visions of our future selves are powerful tools that allow us to transform our present reality.

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The Need for Failure

Humans are able to learn a lot from failure. Indeed, our failures are able to teach us more in life than our successes. Unfortunately, we now live in a society where failure is no longer seen as an asset. In sports, every child is given an award for participation. In education, students are allowed to take tests again and again until they get the grade they want.

 

Thomas Edison spoke about how many of his failures were seeds that gave him ideas for other inventions. It was because Edison was willing to fail that he ultimately became successful. Progress is the accumulation of failure until that failure produces something original. Our aversion to failure is a big reason why America is lagging in innovation. In this talk, we explore the ways businesses and companies can encourage creativity and failure while also looking out for the bottom line.

Moral Memory

Why do humans tell stories about their lives? The most common reason is to convey memories from our past. We tell these stories to entertain, instruct, and enlighten. Most of these stories will be forgotten with time, however, there are some stories that deserve to be told in perpetuity; passed down from one generation to the next and never forgotten.

These stories fall into the category of moral memory: A story so important that we have a moral obligation to never let it die. In this talk, we explore moral memories that have impacted human civilization and how to identify stories from our own lives that deserve to never be forgotten. A unique aspect of this talk is that Alex offers to come in ahead of time and film the members of your organization telling stories of their moral memories, which are then interspersed throughout the talk.

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