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What Is Wisdom?: A Collection of Practical Thoughts for Better Decisions in Life

Life is full of important decisions, and they all have consequences. Large or small, positive or negative, intended or unintended. Would you consider yourself wise when it comes to the choices you make?

With room to write down your own thoughts and ideas, What Is Wisdom? invites you to practice many ways of thinking developed by philosophers throughout history, helping you make better decisions in an uncertain world.

The ability to switch between these ways of thinking will lead you to clearer distinctions between what matters and what doesn’t and guide you toward regret-free decisions. It will give you the courage to take action when the opportunity arises, the prudence to pause when perspective is needed, and the diligence to follow through to get closer to where you want to be.

May you enjoy with each step the sense of mastery, freedom, and wonder that awaits you.

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What Is Water?: How Young Leaders Can Thrive in an Uncertain World

We live in a world that feels increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA). For young people, the sense of unease this world creates comes with serious difficulties. Many are asking: how can you lead, grow, and thrive in today’s world?

In What is Water?, Kayvan Kian shifts the focus away from this overwhelm and toward ways of thinking that will help you grow stronger through it all. Drawing on everything from ancient Stoic philosophy to contemporary examples, Kayvan delivers an approach for dealing with our VUCA world that is simple, pragmatic, and easily transferable to teams, families, and communities.

You are not alone in this struggle, and with this book, you’ll be empowered with a strong sense of choice in life, no matter what kind of situations come your way.

What Is Wonder?: A Timeless Workbook to Get to Know Yourself Better

How well do you know yourself? How well do you want to know yourself? Why?

Knowing yourself more fully can lead to better leadership, relationships, and decision-making. You can also pursue it for its own sake.

However, we don’t often get the chance to turn our attention inward, to notice aspects of ourselves that go unnoticed in a world full of demands, information overload, and distractions.

So why wait? Feel free to seize the opportunity, and immerse yourself in this workbook full of timeless questions with room for reflection.

With awareness, playfulness, and courage, What Is Wonder? can help you explore your inner life further to get to know yourself better.


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McKinsey & Company

  • Helping organizations across the private, public, and social sectors to create the change that matters most to them

  • Supporting leaders and their teams, from the C-suite to the front line, to work better together during challenging times

  • Developing and teaching learning programs for senior and junior consultants to improve their leadership skills
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  • Guiding team members to improve their collaboration with each other and the broader organization

  • Creating a better shared understanding of the organization, its challenges, and opportunities

  • Coaching of individual team members on specific leadership skills

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  • Supporting individuals to learn how to lead, grow and thrive in today’s world
  • Helping leaders make their ideas happen within complex organizations and society

  • Developing tailor-made approaches to make better decisions in uncertain times
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Featured Articles

How Bruce Lee Can Help Young Leaders Adapt And Overcome Obstacles

How Bruce Lee Can Help Young Leaders Adapt And Overcome Obstacles

“Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put it in a…

How To Identify The Skills That Energize You

How to identify the skills that energize you Today

On the importance of not letting fear keep you stuck doing only what you’re already good at, especially if it doesn’t give you energy.

Leadership and Life Coaching Articles - Kayvan Kian

How Young Leaders Can Develop Their Own Life Philosophies

Exposing yourself to different philosophies allows you to practice various tools and lenses to solve difficult problems…

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