Assertive Humility: Emerging from the Ego Trap

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Monterey Press, 2013 - Brain - 172 pages
Stuart Taylor was living the life of his dreams. He had a highly challenging job at the sharp end of town, with a pay packet and benefits to match; a loving family who understood the need for travel and were grateful for what time they did have with him. Then he got sick. Very sick. Brain cancer sick. As it turns out, Stuart was one of the fortunate ones. He came out the other side after a protracted fight with his disease. And he emerged a different person - a better person - more compassionate, less self-centred, more grateful and much more conscious. Quite simply, he became a much happier person. Later Stuart started to wonder what would have happened if he hadn't got cancer. Would he have maintained the pace? Would he ever have found the level of happiness he has today? Were there others out there living fast-paced corporate lives who could also be happier and better people if they were more conscious of their lives? So Stuart decided to explore the change in himself and how others might benefit from what he'd learnt. This is not a cancer survival story, although it is in part. Nor is it a critique of the corporate lifestyle, though it is that too, in part. Mostly this book is a wake up call - an opportunity to reflect on where you are now, where you're going and whether you are happy with that trajectory. It raises some of the same questions Stuart faced - without the trauma - and provides a framework for exploring the journey ahead.

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About the author (2013)

Stuart Taylor is a director and board member of The Resilience Institute, a global organisation that works with organisations and people to liberate human performance sustainably. Closer to home, Stuart also leads The Resilience Institute in Australia. He is an experienced management consultant with a focus on resilience, performance and cognition. His diversity of qualifications in psychology, finance, IT and engineering bring a breadth of credibility and perspective to client situations. Stuart has worked extensively in government, professional services, the banking and finance sector, telecommunications and in the manufacturing sector. Prior to joining The Resilience Institute, Stuart was an associate director with KPMG Management Consulting and then worked as a senior leader in a global corporation. Stuart's clients include GE, BP, Jetstar Airways, KPMG, PwC, NAB, Citigroup, the Australian Government, CBA, Australia Post, Heinz and Port Phillip Prison. Stuart Taylor is an energetic, empathic and motivational speaker with an ability to quickly connect with his audience at an emotional level. He is often complimented for authentically sharing his own personal resilience journey in recovering from cancer. In 2002, while climbing the ladder to corporate executive, Stuart was diagnosed with brain cancer; prognosis 2.5 years. Far from accept the prognosis, Stuart embarked on a journey back to physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual health. Part of this journey included creating The Resilience Institute in Australia to share his experience and philosophy with Australian organisations. Stuart's road to full recovery has been one of enormous personal growth and he is going from strength to strength.

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