Image for post
Image for post

Since the internet-technology boom of the late 90s, Unicorns and tech-based companies have dramatically influenced and changed central human activities — how we shop and socialize, how we get our news and information, what jobs we value and how we spend our time. We’ve entered the Fourth Industrial Revolution and tech companies have become the cultural influencers of the 21st century with legal backing to become so through such regulations as the US JOBS ACT. …

Photo by Hal Gatewood on Unsplash

Traditionally, leaders go down in history for their impressive list of accomplishments and contributions to society. When analyzing the conditions that make leaders who they are, we talk about a leader’s specific upbringing, education and experiences. An even deeper analysis can also include a study of the psychology of leaders and their resilience in pursuing their goals. However, we often ignore the source of this resilience: neuroplasticity, in other words, the ability for the brain to change itself.

Neuroscience is the study of how the nervous system develops, its structure, and what it does. Neuroscience helps us understand the effect of the brain on our behaviour. In this context, applied neuroscience can help improve workplace performance. Neuroleadership is a term coined by David Rock in 2006, summarizing the concept of applying neuroscience to leadership development and management training. …

Photo by Andy Kelly on Unsplash

The narrative around brave leadership has typically been one of physical strength and stoicism, where leaders are held to the highest standards of intellectual intelligence and fortitude of character. However, this narrative as old as oral storytelling has neglected to reflect the importance of emotional intelligence (EQ) in distinguishing great leaders from the rest. Today, brave leaders are authentic leaders that express an acute mastery of EQ.

Peter Salovey and John D. Mayer first coined the term ‘Emotional Intelligence’ in 1990, describing it as “a form of social intelligence that involves the ability to monitor one’s own and others’ feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them, and to use this information to guide one’s thinking and action.” It wasn’t until 1995 that psychologist, Daniel Goleman popularized the concept with his same-titled book. And in 1998, he applied the concept to business with his publication “What Makes a Leader.”

Only one thing has intrinsic meaning: nature.

There is organization in the chaos of Mother Earth. She is self-regulating in her destruction and her rebirth.

Image for post
Image for post
Mother Earth in all her stark beauty. Torres del Paine, Patagonia. March 2018.

You can’t say the same about humanity. Humanity has very little self-awareness. Its self-destruction has no fruitful outcome. In fact, competitive behavior among its civilizations ironically prevent effective widespread survival.

There is no inherent meaning to our existence as humans. That’s why it’s desperately necessary that we define its meaning for ourselves, that we decide our purpose, that we shape our role in human organizations, that we ask ourselves the hard questions, that we continue to evolve intellectually and emotionally, that we become better humans to each other. …

Image for post
Image for post

I am fascinated by the preservation role that photography plays in our society. In a single sped movement of the shutter, combined with the perfect amount of light exposure, the camera captures a fleeting moment in reality. This moment is no longer transient or ephemeral, but possessed by fiber paper or pixels- thus evidence that photography is a process intrinsically superior to the human memory, constantly rewritten and reconstructed with time.

Still, if photography captures reality and preserves a certain essence of it, why is it that it can also manipulate and appropriate its subject, and therefore condition an entirely new meaning, stripped from its original context and significance? …

Image for post
Image for post

Since I’ve graduated university, I’ve been simultaneously exhilarated and overwhelmed the last couple years by the prospect that I now have the opportunity and privilege of making choices for my future career and contribution to society.

This quest to finding my purpose after leaving the bubble of university quickly became an obsession. …


Jessica Newfield

Organizational Culture & Community Strategist, obsessed with future-proofing everything.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store