Development Strategies

The Five-Lands Journey starts with understanding the new reality in which we all operate - the New Era of the Workplace.

Then, by navigating through the Five Lands and learning about each land's components, we can recognize those components that help us to succeed and those that we should develop in order to succeed in our new reality.

This page suggests simple development strategies to upskill ourselves


The Mindset Land


Nature or Nurture

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  • Remember that our brain changes with learning efforts,
    follow the research on brain plasticity.

  • Find opportunities to talk about your mindset.

  • Reflect upon one or two skills you did not have in the past and are now among your strengths. Try to think about the development process you went through, even if it took years to get there.

  • Demonstrate the willingness to learn and try new approaches.

  • Seek out and recognize on-the-job learning activities.

  • Learn one new thing every week.

  • Create opportunities to interact with and observe people that possess a deep belief regarding our ability to develop our talent and skills.

  • Find 10 quotes that provide a message that we can achieve our goals if we invest effort and keep going. 

  • Embrace the power of “NOT YET.”


Inner Compass

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  • Accept that mistakes happen and learn from them.

  • View failure in a different light – not as the opposite of
    successes but as a part of it.

  • Stop seeking approval from others.

  • Share your success stories and the “NOT YET" ones;
    emphasize the learning curve.

  • Value the journey over the end result.

  • Celebrate growth with others.

  • Find 5 quotes that provide the message that failure is part of the journey and think about the main messages a few minutes a day. For example:
    “You always pass failure on your way to success” (Mickey Rooney).

  • Give people around you the opportunity to “see you” –  The Real You.


Leaving the Comfort Zone

  • Expand your own expertise by seeking work out of the comfort zone.

  • Start with baby steps.

  • Make challenge your new best friend.

  • Don’t be afraid of new experiments.

  • Look for new areas for self growth.

  • Revisit your greatest accomplishments.

  • Identify your negative self talk and make a list of all your negative
    thoughts. Try to replace each negative self talk with a positive self talk.

  • Make changes to your daily routine.

  • Get out of your natural environment and try to meet people from different countries, cultures, backgrounds, and nationalities.

  • Face your fears and don’t let them stop you.

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Investing Effort

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  • Think about yourself as a student of life.

  • Put regular effort into your professional and personal development.

  • Start to perceive learning and development as an important part
    of your job.

  • Identify opportunities for self improvement

  • Expand your experience and capability by pursuing self development
    and opportunities to learn new things.

  • Seek and accept feedback about your performance in order to design
    and shape your personal development action plan.

  • Actively support others in learning and growing.

  • Proactively invest in personal development activities in order to stay ahead of the latest thinking.

  • Examine goals and aspirations regularly to determine ways to be better. Set  intermediary goals to facilitate reaching longer term goals.


The Artgineer Land

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The Right Hemisphere

  • Pay attention to your dreams.

  • Be Curious, ask more questions in general, and when coming across a new topic.

  • Challenge the status quo.

  • Hold regular brainstorming sessions.

  • Creatively think about 20 things we can do with objects such as a book, a paperclip, a cup, a pen.

  • Create a personal vision and talk with your team members about their personal vision.

  • Encourage creativity and innovation in your working environment.

  • Adopt a positive approach to experimentation.

  • Propose realistic, relevant solutions and improvements to current practices.

  • Identify opportunities for change that will deliver competitive advantage and value for your career.

  • Connect your team's goals to the Organizational Vision and Strategy.

  • Use acknowledgment to energize and inspire others.

  • Empower your team members and provide them with the resources they need to accomplish their goals.

  • Provide recognition for innovative ideas.

  • Turn new ideas into actions.

  • Challenge the way your staff works.

  • Listen to new ideas and build upon them.

  • Provide the time and resources to develop and implement creative ideas.

  • Find one element or process that you want to improve or upgrade and do it.

  • Go for long walks in nature and listen to your quiet voice of intuition.

  • Look at people you meet for the first time and put yourself in their shoes.

  • Promote innovation as an approach to adding value and increasing competitive advantage for your business.


The Left Hemisphere

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  • Look for the facts and details.

  • Emphasize data over beliefs.

  • Challenge assumptions and validate information by asking simple questions.

  • Put enough time for preparation before important meetings or presentations.

  • Take time to identify the situation or problem as well as the factors that may influence it.

  • Break complicated tasks into smaller milestones.

  • Organize and schedule own workload to ensure effective delivery of work/projects.

  • Ask open ended questions about the situation you are dealing with and invest the time to follow up on these questions.

  • Pinpoint key information from the data that you receive.

  • Consider information received with the appropriate professional skepticism.

  • Set up procedures to monitor work progress and quality.

  • Try to look for what others have missed.

  • Use the ‘Reverse Engineering’ technique.

  • Make sure you know how to prioritize.

  • Do various types of puzzles, solve Sudoku.

  • Practice writing a story, a blog, or an article.


The EQ Land


Emotional Self Awareness and Expression

  • Look for the facts and details.

  • Remember that your emotions are the most important Data.

  • Pay daily attention to your emotions and try to name them.

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  • Try to understand what triggers your different emotions.

  • Keep a journal of your feelings.

  • Think about how your values, beliefs, and assumptions influence your behavior and your interactions with others.

  • Share your feelings with people you trust.

  • Take inventory before you go to bed – feelings, thoughts, small achievements, and Next Jumps.

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the impact of your own behavior on others.


Self Regard

  • Reflect on your strengths.

  • Think about two things that make you feel proud of yourself.

  • Practice self-compassion and humility – be humble enough to know that no one is perfect, not even you.

  • Be kind to yourself.

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  • Identify your negative self-talk about yourself or your abilities and replace it with positive self-talk.

  • Make sure achievements are properly celebrated and rewarded.

  • Train to improve skills and increase self-regard by enhancing capabilities.

  • Set goals that are challenging yet readily obtainable.

  • Be aware of (but do not overfocus) on your Next Jumps.

  • Pinpoint areas of relative strength and try to capitalize fully on these areas.

  • Consider how past experiences and skills apply to new challenges.

  • Start your day with some positive affirmations.

  • At the end of the day, try to reflect upon all the things that went well during your day. Remember that our brain is wired to see what went wrong –  to see the positive aspects, we need to put in some extra effort.


Self-Regulation and Management

  • Take full responsibility for your feelings.

  • Practice Responding, rather than Reacting.

  • Know that you have the choice in how you react to situations: “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space lies our freedom to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom” (Viktor Frankl).

  • Document situations where impulse control was poor and plan specific strategies to improve behavior patterns in similar situations that may arise in the future.

  • Identify your negative self-talk and replace it with positive self-talk.

  • Formal documentation of the pros and cons of alternative actions will help avoid rash decisions.

  • Establish or enforce protocols that require methodical procedures prior to undertaking key actions

  • Share your feelings with others and ask for their point of view.

  • Practice Mindfulness.

  • Whenever you are struggling to get your emotions under control, practice the technique of Carol Vivyan to Manage Your Emotions – STOPP:

S  Stop

T  Take a Breath

O  Observe your Thoughts and Feelings

P  Pull Back – Put in Some Perspective (what is the bigger picture?)

P  Practice What Works – Proceed (what is the best thing to do right now?)

  • Find opportunities to have fun and enjoy yourself.

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Interpersonal Relationships

  • Take time to learn about other people and their experiences.

  • Actively acknowledge other peoples' efforts.

  • Make people feel meaningful and important.

  • Ask people open-ended questions about the things that are important to them.

  • Actively acknowledge other peoples' achievements and be happy for their success.

  • Provide support to other people before they even ask for it.

  • Actively build meaningful relationships with your colleagues in your organization and in other organizations.

  • Do something kind daily for someone else.

  • Demonstrate the willingness to have two-way conversations.

  • Proactively share knowledge with others.

  • React constructively to others’ suggestions and requests.

  • Initiate collaborative team working to improve relationships and effectiveness.

  • Provides support, encouragement, and commitment to team members.

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  • Put yourself in “other peoples' shoes” and react accordingly.

  • Show that you truly care about others' feelings and thoughts.

  • Cultivate curiosity about other peoples’ life.

  • Actively listen to others in order to address their views/concerns.

  • Pay attention to body language.

  • Take time to learn about other people and their experiences, and show empathy.

  • Openly value and respect the views of others even if they do not match your own. 

  • Anticipate when others need support and offer help.

  • Provide prompt and clear communication that addresses the needs of others.

  • Step back from situations to consider the different perspectives held by others.

  • Proactively seek out a diverse range of views and perspectives and recognize when your point of view is not the only one, or not necessarily the correct one.

  • Get out of your natural environment and try to meet people from different countries, cultures, backgrounds, and nationalities. 

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Reality Testing & Problem Solving

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  • Take time to understand the broader organizational and/or political context.

  • Identify and acknowledge your own limitations in experience or knowledge and, from time to time, seek advice if required.

  • At the end of an important meeting, ask people you trust and appreciate about their takeaways from the session.

  • Take time to understand the dynamics of social interactions within your organization and try to accurately assess your own behavior, as well as that of others.

  • Before starting an important project, make sure goals are concrete and attainable.

  • Break down work into clearly identified and measurable tasks.

  • Ask relevant questions to get clarity over key issues.

  • Gather the appropriate data, facts, and evidence in order to make decisions effectively.

  • Seek to understand and clarify the problem and its cause before identifying possible solutions.

  • Take the time to think about possible solutions and analyze the Pros and Cons before choosing the best solution.

  • After you chose the best solution for a problem, make sure you move forward with it.

  • Make sure you focus on the solution and not the problem.



  • Do your everyday things a bit differently:

    • Take a different road to and from work.

    • Go to various supermarkets or grocery stores.

    • Visit different restaurants and try new types of food.

    • Listen to diverse music (languages and style).

    • Read another kind of books.

    • Learn a second or a third language.

  • Demonstrate curiosity and open-mindedness to new ideas, approaches, and perspectives.

  • Demonstrate flexibility in your thinking and behavior.

  • Try to meet new people who are very different from the kind of people you are used to spending time with.

  • Try to be more spontaneous and think before you say "No."

  • Listen to others to understand the need for change and respond positively.

  • Help to drive forward change initiatives and projects.

  • Adapt to and embrace new technologies and systems.

  • Proactively seek the views and opinions of others.

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Stress and Uncertainty Management

  • Accept the fact that we live in complex and uncertain times and try to
    approach ambiguity and uncertainty with a positive and confident outlook.

  • Focus on the things you can control.

  • Emphasize your inner purpose – remind yourself WHY you are doing what you are doing.

  • Try to find meaning in the chaos.

  • Pay attention to your negative self-talk and switch it to a positive one.

  • Stop imagining a scary and unknown future.

  • Try to understand your stress triggers.

  • Improve time management skills.

  • Ask for help and support if you feel that you need it.

  • Ensure that activities/work are clearly and adequately prioritized.

  • Decrease demands/commitments.

  • Take good care of yourself – take appropriate breaks/vacations.

  • If possible, delegate, defer or get assistance.

  • Practice self-compassion and gratitude.

  • Practice Yoga.

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  • Remember your Goals – Why you really started your journey.

  • Find a wise mentor to consult with when you feel that you want to give-up.

  • When facing an obstacle, try to stay optimistic about your ability to overcome it.

  • Remind yourself that if it was easy, you were still within your comfort zone. 

  • Reflect upon your past accomplishments – think how challenging yourself with what you thought was impossible helped you become the best version of yourself today.

  • In any critical situation, think about the end result you wish to achieve, and then plan accordingly.

  • Try to express your feelings, needs, and thoughts in an open, transparent and honest way.

  • Learn to recognize when others are making unreasonable demands and learn how to say No.

  • While practicing assertiveness, pay attention to your voice, body language, and gestures.

  • Remember that time is everything, so choose the right time to maximize your influence.

  • To become assertive, preparation is needed: before an important meeting, set your goals and means to achieve them.

  • Make sure you take good care of yourself and your well-being.

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Passion & Influence

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  • Define what success and happiness mean to you.

  • Reflect upon your professional and personal blessings and share them with a friend.

  • Find out what are the things that come easy to you and what you enjoy the most doing at work and your personal life.

  • Find 5 reasons for being in your current position at work.

  • Spend quality time with people who share the same passion as yours.

  • Respond positively to demanding and stretching tasks.

  • Try to identify opportunities for improvement in your work

  • Commit yourself to achieve stretching goals

  • Whenever possible, try to present a positive, Can-Do Approach

  • Examine career/life plans and aspirations in terms of current position

  • Develop thought leadership ideas and materials.


The Sustainability Land


Higher Purpose

  • Think about the parts in your work that provide you with a sense of giving
    and try to find more opportunities to practice them.

  • Create goals to emphasize team/school performance.

  • Think about your small legacy – try to bring it to life in your interactions with others.

  • Increase opportunities for interactions with others to cultivate a feeling of community or togetherness.

  • Understand what motivates you and try to do more of it.

  • Purpose is often connected to our self-development and growth – make sure you find enough time and opportunities to continue learning and growing.

  • Choose to have faith in something bigger than yourself – we all want to leave the world, the school, our class, better than we found them.

  • Remember that even those people who known the pleasure of purposeful work can sometimes lose that feeling.

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Optimism and Positive Framing

  • Be solution-focused rather than problem-driven.

  • Try to remain both hopeful and alert about the future.

  • Practice positive thinking – view problems and setbacks as learning opportunities.

  • Take one obstacle and think about four ways you can turn it into an opportunity.

  • Train yourself actively not to focus on what happens to you but to focus on what is happening for you.

  • Practice gratitude – think about all the things that you’re thankful for in your life.

  • From time to time, stop and ask yourself, “Do I think positively?“

  • At the end of the day, go over all the things that went well during the day. Remember, our brain is wired to see the “bad stuff” – all the things that didn’t go well.

  • Look at pictures that you took from your vacations or other positive situations and practice gratitude.

  • Start your day with some powerful affirmations.

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Social Capital

  • Focus on relationship building.

  • Cultivate curiosity about other people and build your network. 

  • Do it  your way – it's vital to feel authentic while doing that.

  • Build a winning personal value proposition – people want to maintain close relationships with people they can gain from.

  • Help and support others whenever possible – networking is about Giving more than Taking or Receiving.

  • Make a list of people you know – friends, classmates, advisors, present and past colleagues, and family. Call them, ask to meet them, and consult with them about things you are curious about regarding your career or your future in general.

  • Identify networking opportunities and build positive, constructive relationships inside and outside of work.

  • Start with baby steps – with people that you know and feel more comfortable with.

  • Remember that networking takes time – look at it as an investment. Put time and effort to build your networking inside and outside of work.

  • Proactively share knowledge with other individuals, teams, functions, and professionals in different schools, cities, and countries.

  • Don’t miss opportunities to participate in conventions, conferences, workshops, and seminars in various fields. Try to meet as many people as possible.

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Proactive Career Management

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  • Make sure you hold a growth mindset attitude which is a prerequisite to
    career management in the new era of the workplace.

  • Stay current and agile in your era of expertise

  • Try to imagine how the "Best Version" of yourself will look like 3 years from now.

  • Create a map of your current value proposition. While doing so, try to refer to the skills of the 5 Lands model and those of the Whole Leader.

  • Create a map of your future value proposition. While doing so, try to refer to the skills of the 5 Lands model and those of the Whole Leader.

  • Ensure you learn and acquire new skills and knowledge that are crucial for your personal and organizational success regularly.

  • Find a mentor inside or outside your organization.

  • Look for opportunities to join different projects and processes at work.

  • Pay attention to your branding – the unique combination of skills, experience, and personality that you want the world to see you.



  • Make sure you sleep enough, eat healthily, and exercise – lead by example.

  • Initiate activities to take care of your well-being.

  • Demonstrate work-life integration.

  • Think about a period in your life where you experienced the greatest joy and see what led to this feeling.

  • Practice gratitude.

  • Try to be around people with positive energy.

  • Make sure achievements are properly celebrated and rewarded.

  • Find a mentor to consult with and share your thoughts and feelings.

  • Identify those things perceived as enjoyable and exciting; Set fixed times during the week (or month or year) to pursue these activities.

  • spend time with friends or relatives whose company you enjoy.

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