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Faisal Hoque
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Entrepreneur, Author. 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. Founder of SHADOKA and other companies. Shadoka’s portfolio of companies (R&D driven products, services, and thought leadership) accelerates individual and organizational sustainable growth. Author of several books, my newest book is Everything Connects - How to Transform and Lead in the Age of Creativity, Innovation and Sustainability (McGraw Hill, Spring 2014).

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

Contributor to Fast Company and the Huffington Post. I've also written for the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Forbes, and Leadership Excellence, among others. More about me at faisalhoque.com.

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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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To Exist Is to Change

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 11:09 AM

To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.

-- Henri Bergson

Tomorrow is today. If we or our organization are waiting for things to get better, we're missing the point: It's up to us to make...

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Bend, Not Break: 9 Powerful Traits of Resilient People

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 1:26 PM

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The noun resilience stems from the Latin resiliens "to rebound, recoil." As a character trait, resilience is a person's mental ability to recover quickly from misfortune, illness or depression.

For most, life eventually throws us a major curve ball. Like millions, I...

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Thriving With Mindful Visualization

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 8:00 AM

Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.

In his TED talk, "Exposing the Invisible," Nick Veasey inspires us to see beyond the surface by bringing art, science, and creativity together.

Like the X-ray technology he discusses, I believe our minds...

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What We Often Forget About Value Creation

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 12:14 PM

"Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear?" -- Lao Tzu

Value. The Economist, that staid British publication of wryness and polite charm, recently provided a history of this most crucial of buzzwords (and I do mean crucial --...

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Navigating the New Year With a Beginner's Mind

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 12:09 PM

Gerry Spence, the famous lawyer, and a noted poet and photographer from a small town in Wyoming once wrote:

Some claim amazement that any lawyer could achieve national prominence after spending his first seventeen years of practice in the sticks of Wyoming -- indeed, in Riverton, Wyoming,...
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Heathcare.Gov: How Disaster Could Have Been Averted

(3) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 6:17 PM

The recent NY Times article - From the Start, Signs of Trouble at Health Portal tells an all too familiar tale of governance and execution failure. It reports:

"For the past 12 days, a system costing more than $400 million and billed as a one-stop click-and-go hub for...
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Meditate to Connect, Create and Lead

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 10:42 AM

For me, to unplug is to give up craving, to live mindfully, to move toward nirvana (Sanskrit for "complete liberation").

Today, we suffer from a constant craving for information and the need to blast out whatever is on our minds to the rest of the world -- thanks to social...

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Manifesting Our Destiny With Imagination, Devotion and Courage

(1) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 12:03 PM

"Every moment I shape my destiny with a chisel -- I am the carpenter of my own soul." -- Rumi

We repeatedly find ourselves in stormy waters, strong tides, and facing fierce winds. But that elemental energy can be harnessed and converted into productive, sustainable, and positive relationships and outcomes....

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The Realization of Life

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 11:48 AM

"I have had my invitation to the world's festival, and thus my life has been blessed. My eyes have seen and my ears have heard. It was my part at this feast to play upon my instrument, and I have done all I could." -- Gitanjali, Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore

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Our Message Is Our Brand

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 5:04 PM

It doesn't matter if you're a political leader, an entrepreneur, or a corporate CEO. Regardless of title or industry, your message matters. All leaders must communicate the right message at all times.

From the start, corporate America's efforts to embrace social media have led to some embarrassing moments. Even one...

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Leadership Mandates for Business Transformation

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 1:09 PM

We are living in a transformative age, and no industry is immune to waves of change. The automotive and energy industries are racing to find the next stage of their evolution in a world that is -- if it hasn't already -- passing the tipping point, where there is less...

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Overcoming Emotions That Hold Us Back

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 11:25 AM

"If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars." -- Rabindranath Tagore

If you've ever been around someone who leaves you feeling exhausted and drained, you have probably encountered an emotional vampire. These people don't drain your blood,...

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Re-thinking the "Business" of Government

(3) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 9:58 PM

There's no denying that change comes late -- often too late -- in the overburdened public sector. Over the last five years, I have spent a fair amount of time at the offices of multiple key federal agencies in Washington, D.C. It has been my observation from talking to public...

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What Is "Entrepreneurship" in the 21st Century?

(1) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 5:28 PM

The buzz about entrepreneurship is everywhere nowadays -- from magazine covers to conferences, hotel lobbies to the White House, and of course, kitchen tables. The French word entrepreneur first appeared in the French dictionary in 1723 to describe a person who organizes and operates a business by taking a financial...

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