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Faisal Hoque
Founder of SHADOKA and other companies. Shadoka Enables Entrepreneurship, Growth, and Social Impact. Formerly of GE and other global brands. Author of several books, including Everything Connects – How to Transform and Lead in the Age of Creativity, Innovation and Sustainability (McGraw Hill, Spring 2014) and Survive to Thrive - 27 Practices of Resilient Entrepreneurs, Innovators, And Leaders (Motivational Press, 2015).

Formerly with GE, and other global brands. Follow me @faisal_hoque.

Contributor to Fast Company, Business Insider, and the Huffington Post. I've also written for the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Forbes, and Leadership Excellence, among others.

I am a devoted student of life, entrepreneurship, and humanity. I left my birth-land Bangladesh at the age of 17. Since then I call America my home. More about me at

Entries by Faisal Hoque

Why Board Leadership Fails

(3) Comments | Posted September 7, 2015 | 6:29 PM

The headlines scream about leadership failure after failure at the world's leading companies, but not a peep is heard ahead of the disastrous events. As big business suffers blows to its already bruised image, the public loses trust and looks to blame someone for this mess.

Where is the...

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The One Thing Entrepreneurial People Never Do

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 11:58 AM

If we walked into a room full of entrepreneurially minded people and asked how many had suffered in their careers, I bet almost all would raise their hands.

It's a common phenomenon for those who are setting out without a safety net to build a business, write a book or...

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How to Master the Difficult Art of Letting Go

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 5:02 PM

Letting go is a difficult skill that requires deep self-awareness, willpower, and repeated practice.

The noted French author, François de La Rochefoucauld so appropriately said:

"The only thing constant in life is change."

Quite often we come to points in our lives that halt us -- where our career...

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Want to Lead? Enable Others to Flourish

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 3:59 PM

When people are intrinsically motivated, there is something inside of them that pushes them to work. However, if they are extrinsically motivated, something outside them brings them there.

  • Intrinsic motivations include the inborn needs for mastery, autonomy, and purpose.
  • Extrinsic motivations are often what's being suggested when managers talk about...
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Overcoming Self-Doubt -- What I Have Been Learning From Rumi

(1) Comments | Posted June 14, 2015 | 5:51 PM

Everyone is generally familiar with the adage, 'If you believe it, then you can achieve it.'

The great question to ask is whether or not we truly believe in the old adage.

The biggest enemies of success are negativity and self-doubt. Sometimes we set out to accomplish something...

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How Highly-Resilient People Survive to Thrive

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 11:35 PM

Creating your thoughts, following your own path, ignoring skeptics, and dusting yourself off every time you fall requires discipline over energy and drive. Often, that comes solely from within. How we cultivate that inner focus is by taking steps on our personal journey with resilience. This is the focus of...

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10 Mantras From Inspirational Movies That Could Change Your Life

(18) Comments | Posted April 18, 2015 | 12:24 PM

Inspiration can come from anywhere and anyone. Mine often comes from books and movies -- books and movies that combine life stories with a spiritual journey.

Here are my 10 inspirational mantras and movie quotes that may impact you the same way it does to me.


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Why You Should Build a Prosocial Emotional Brand Identity

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 6:20 PM

Whether deliberately designed or not, every organization has an identity, both tangibly -- that is, in the design and feel of the products and services it brings into the world -- and intangibly -- in the way people relate emotionally to the organization. This takes form in a number of...

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Want Happiness? Practice Minimalism

(2) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 9:24 AM

There I was, standing in front of a famous Japanese calligraphy. It was a quote by Toshogu himself. Tokugawa Ieyasu (January 31, 1543 - June 1, 1616) was the founder and first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan.

The quote says:

Life is like unto a long journey...
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Want to Be Inspired and Authentic? Start Writing More

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2015 | 12:54 PM

When I was a kid, I wanted to become an entrepreneur, engineer, and an inventor. And I have been passionately pursuing that dream since my teenage days. What I did not realize then is how much personal gratification I would get from writing.

I regularly write articles, blogs,...

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How Cooking Boosts Creativity, Mindfulness, and Mastery

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 7:23 AM

Like many, I was introduced to cooking when I started college at 17 -- to survive. Since then I have traveled many miles, experienced many cuisines, and cooked many meals.

Along the way I have learned a few things about food, the process of cooking, and the impact it makes...

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How to Claim Your Inner Creativity

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 3:57 PM

When I was a kid, I wanted to become an entrepreneur, engineer, and an inventor. And I have been passionately pursuing that dream since my teenage days. What I did not realize then is how much personal gratification I would get from writing.

I regularly write articles, blogs, and papers...

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Courting Life's Treasures Through Serendipity

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 5:20 PM

I keep seeing this meme below floating around on various social media:


Conversations about serendipity, synchronicity, and chance encounters are never ending and have been going on for hundreds of years.

That's because most treasures in life come in accidental occurrences....

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7 Ways to Practice Positivity and Optimism Every Day

(8) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 3:10 AM

By now the benefits of positive thinking are well established. Sages, psychologists, neuroscientists, researchers and doctors all have been espousing the benefits of positive thinking for hundreds of years.

Positive thinking helps us to be healthier, more productive and ultimately happier. Yet for most of us it...

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The Secret of Waking Up Early

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 11:31 AM

Early morning is the best time to do creative work, to exercise, to meditate and to get a head start on the proceedings of the day. You can get a lot done during those early hours because it's almost completely distraction-free time.

But still people don't make use of this...

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Why Connecting With Yourself Matters

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 8:28 AM

On a wintry New England day, I walked into a yoga studio in Stamford, Connecticut. I was part of a special meditation session led by Bhante Wimala, a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk. The studio smelled of incense and was well lit and intimate; it could hold no more than two...

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How to Increase the Odds of Success for Venture-Backed Companies

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 1:10 PM

In 2012, Kaufman Foundation's "WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY... AND HE IS US" reported:

Venture capital (VC) has delivered poor returns for more than a decade. Speculation among industry insiders is that the VC model is broken, despite occasional high-profile successes in recent years.

Conversation about less-than-expected performance...

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10 Essential Principles for Reaching Your Ultimate Potential

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 11:17 AM

James Allen famously wrote, "They themselves are makers of themselves."

Who was James Allen?

He was a British philosophical author known for his inspirational books and poetry -- a pioneer of the self-help movement.

Born in Leicester, England, into a working-class family, his mother could neither read nor write while...

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Leadership Involves Poetry As Well As Plumbing

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 12:32 PM

The headlines scream about leadership failure after failure around the globe every day -- at the world's biggest companies, in government agencies, non-profits, academia and at startups. So why does leadership fail?

Stanford University Professor Emeritus James G. March once said, "Leadership involves plumbing as well as poetry."...

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Rethinking Innovation With Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 9:54 AM

Apple is universally cited as an innovative company. But does anyone remember the Newton, Apple's failed personal digital assistant? Or does anyone recall that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who created the Apple I and Apple II computers, then left Apple to form his own company to make the first universal...

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