Dr. Srini Pillay –  Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School, Psychiatrist, brain-imaging researcher, author, friend and fellow artist – sent me exciting news about his NeuroBusiness Group (NBG) which has been nominated to Training Industry’s WatchList of the Top 20 Movers and Shakers in Leadership Development in the world. I send my congratulations to Srini Pillay and his team. I’m pleased to honour this great achievement with one of my recent artworks ( I know that Srini likes this picture I took from a waste-container in Amsterdam City center ). 

 Roberto Alborghetti Laceractions Amsterdam II (7)

Srini Pillay and his team wrote me: “We are delighted to share some fantastic news with you. After only 48 weeks as a start-up, NeuroBusiness Group (NBG) has been nominated to Training Industry’s WatchList of the Top 20 Movers and Shakers in Leadership Development in the world. We are very excited about this recognition – based on new and innovative service offerings, unique approach to leadership development solutions, commitment to thought leadership and quality of initial clients – as well as the quality of our company in this category which includes such notable firms as Miller Heiman, Inc. and Raytheon Professional Services, LLC.”

Srini Pillay and his NBG team say: “In the past year, we have developed more than 300 learning modules (of 1-6 hours in length each), filed three technology patents, developed four divisions of NBG and attracted a wide variety of diverse clientele worldwide. We are grateful to our clients for recognizing our commitment to excellence and cutting-edge approaches that integrate brain science, organizational psychology, and results-driven business research. We are also grateful to our partners who are such a vital part of our ongoing commitment to improving the quality of lives of all people within and outside of corporations. Our technology partners have been instrumental in allowing us to tie all of our learning to business impact – watch out for our new enterprise system coming to beta in April 2013. We look forward to keeping you in the loop with some very exciting new developments ahead… ”


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The Science Behind The Law Of Attraction/Srini Pillay interviewed by Roberto Alborghetti


SRINIVASAN PILLAY, M.D. CEO: NeuroBusiness Group; Assistant Clinical Professor: Harvard Medical School; Author: Life Unlocked: 7 Revolutionary Lessons to Overcome Fear (Rodale, 2010), Your Brain and Business: The Neuroscience of Great Leaders (FT Press, 2011); The Science Behind The Law of Attraction (NBG, 2011)


By Michelle LaBrosse, PMP®, Chief Cheetah and Founder of Cheetah Learning, and Kristen Medina, CAPM®, Co-Author


What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word   “change”? For many of us, words like “anxious”, “overwhelmed”, or    “unknown” pop into our head. Why is it that changes and transitions  bring on so much negative energy? One hypothesis is that we may be  wired to fear change. Imagine our ancestors in nomadic times as they  assessed their surroundings for any sign of change and possible  danger, as the two most often went hand-in-hand. Perhaps our DNA is  to blame for associating “same” with safety and “change” with  danger.

Change is a hot topic for PMs right now. Agile takes a different            look at change from traditional project management. Instead of   simply managing change, Agile aims to pursue and embrace change,  using change as a source of strength throughout the project     lifecycle. Another change element that is on the minds of PMs this             year is the changing of the PMP Exam (from the PMBOK Guide Fourth             Edition to the Fifth Edition), which starts on July 31. To thrive in business and in life, we must learn to not only embrace change, but to pursue it and learn to capitalize on it.  When we pursue change rather than running away from it, we can proactively stay engaged, habitually question the status quo, and ensure that we are staying on top of our game.  Here are the top five ways that you can use to help you to let go of your fears and pursue change with abandon:

  1. Love Uncertainties – I am a risk-taker, and some even consider me to be a daredevil (while driving around on my Harley, I sometimes feel like one).   And while I love uncertainty, I make sure I’m prepared for the risks that I may encounter.   For instance, before I bought my Harley 1200 CC Sportster, I gradually worked my way up to driving such a big machine, starting out with a small 200 CC scooter, then graduating to a 500 CC scooter. I also took a motorcycle safety class to help me make the transition from an automatic scooter to a manual clutch motorcycle.    When I got the Harley, I also bought the best gear so that I could protect myself in case I took a dive. This still didn’t protect me when my 600 pound Harley fell on me in a simple slide out as I was leaving a parking lot, but I learned and put engine guards on the bike so that it would not fall right on me again.   Every time I go out on my            Harley, it is an adventure. While I love what I encounter, I make             sure that I am as safe as I can be.  Life is filled with uncertainties. To fully embrace life, I love uncertainties; they test my metal when I get into situations where I have to figure out new, creative ways to maneuver through them to a successful outcome.  Time and time again, I discover, much to my delight, that the riskier the situation, the more uncertainties             there are, and the greater the rewards.

  1. Accept your Internal Strength to Weather Change. One of the biggest reasons why people fear change is because they think, “Maybe I can’t handle this new situation.”  The reality is that human beings are pretty darn adaptable. If you’ve ever jumped into a pool of really cold water, you probably felt a terrible shock at first, and thought, “This was a terrible idea – why did I just do that?” That is our physical reaction to change – your body was shocked from the cold water and, at first, rejected it.  Then, as you swam around, the temperature began to feel invigorating and it turned into a great experience – one that proved your internal strength. The pool water did not change – you became accustomed to the temperature. Instead of resisting these types of experiences, try to  find every “cold pool” (figuratively speaking) within your reach,  and dive in. These cold pools in our life come in many different forms: reorganized division at work, a move to a new town, or a new group of friends. While you may fear jumping in the cold pool that you are facing, know that you can handle it, and more than that, know that you will thrive and be glad that you jumped into it in the first place.

   3. Tackle Tiny Fears.   Our minds are pattern-seeking,           habit-forming, information-processing machines.   Whether we are    conscious of it or not, every day we are programming ourselves in        ways that can either empower or disempower.  If you have a strong change-fear connection, here is an easy way to  start to reprogram your mind for a different response pattern:  Each  day, do something small that frightens you just a bit.  Maybe talk  to your boss about that trip you want to take this summer, but are  afraid to bring up. Or present your change idea to your team of  colleagues that you have been too afraid to talk about due to fear of rejection. By tackling these small fears, you will realize that the thought of the action itself is more fearful and stressful than the actual action. This is how change is as well. When you can see your fear for what it is (oftentimes over-exaggerated), you can  better pursue change in a way that helps you grow personally and  professionally.

 4 – Communicate Through Change. We tend to fear what we don’t understand. If you are the one initiating a change, make sure to communicate the purpose of the change to all stakeholders, and get their buy-in. Conversely, if you don’t understand why something has to change, don’t be complacent; ask questions until you get the answer. When we have a clear understanding of why someone is pursuing change, we can better get behind the change effort.

5 – Stay positive. When considering whether or not to pursue  change and the subsequent unknown outcome, we are faced with a risk that this outcome might be bad. What we often overlook is that the            outcome may very well be an improved condition over the previous            state from before the change. Being positive will not only help ease             your fears, but will also help a positive outcome actually occur as  it will free you from “fear paralysis” and will help you to pursue positive change. Project Managers – pursue change in your life today! Whether it is in your personal or professional realm, you can make great waves when you are one of the few people that not only accepts change, but proactively pursues change to create better outcomes for everyone.  “Business as usual” has never produced greatness. Push the  boundaries of what is possible, and discover true greatness when you actively pursue change.


Michelle LaBrosse, PMP, is an entrepreneurial powerhouse with a penchant for making success easy, fun, and fast. She is the founder of Cheetah Learning, the author of the Cheetah Success Series, and a prolific blogger whose mission is to bring Project Management to the masses.

Cheetah Learning is a virtual company with 100 employees, contractors, and licensees worldwide. To date, more than 50,000 people have become “Cheetahs” using Cheetah Learning’s innovative Project Management and accelerated learning techniques.

Recently honored by the Project Management Institute (PMI®), Cheetah Learning was named Professional Development Provider of the Year at the 2008 PMI® Global Congress. A dynamic keynote speaker and industry thought leader, Michelle was previously recognized by PMI as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Project Management in the world.

Michelle’s articles have appeared in more than 100 publications and websites around the world. Her monthly column, the Know How Network, is carried by over 400 publications.

She is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Owner President Manager’s (OPM) program and also holds engineering degrees from Syracuse University and the University of Dayton.




Colors of winter, colors of nature. In this photogallery are displayed other beautiful textile designs created by Studio Bruno Boggia Disegni (Como, Italy) . They will be part of the upcoming collections and trends in fashion with the aim to react to current market situation which continues to be affected by the crisis. Bruno Boggia Studio’s proposals are focusing on bright and compelling colors.  

The dominant trends seem to follow the seasons changes, their colors and their moods – Lucia Boggia says-. So, for the next collections, we worked on warm colors for summer and nature’s colors for winter. We watched to what it happens in the natural environment, with an eye to woods background, to forests, fields and land.”

This pictures show some of Bruno Boggia ‘s textile designs which are mixing tradition and innovation, colors and emotions, the earth and the sky…   



On June 2012 alumni, journalists, faculty, staff and students participated in an inauguration ceremony celebrating the opening of a new academic building on the campus in Jouy-en-Josas. The ceremony was chaired by Pierre-Antoine Gailly – President of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Henri Proglio – President of the HEC Paris Board, Chairman and CEO of EDF and Bernard Ramanantsoa- Dean of HEC Paris, in the presence of Jean d’Arthuys – President of the HEC Alumni Association and Daniel Bernard – Chairman of the HEC Foundation.

The innovative design of the new HEC Paris building was crafted by David Chipperfield Architects. The buildings give a strong visual identity to HEC, creating a new entrance for the campus that is in harmony with the existing structures. A golden gleam of anodised aluminium ‘fins’ adds a rhythm to the façade, which stretches 126 metres long. This new, elegant building extends the educational and administrative space by 9,500m². Several lecture theatres and class rooms will be inaugurated in the name of generous donors from the HEC Foundation, many of whom will be present at the ceremony today.

Worldwide competition between business schools has come to a new level’, comments Pierre-Antoine Gailly – President of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry. ‘Work spaces equipped with state-of-the-art technology today constitute a must-have that both the students and the professors consider when selecting a school. The Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry is proud to support HEC Paris’ expansion plans for the future.’

The shape of the building, with its shifted blocks, aims to create a more intimate environment for people to experience on arrival on the campus. The multi-faceted blocks naturally integrate with the surrounding buildings, and provide a series of sheltered semi-courtyards along the length of the site. By staggering the structural volumes in this way, David Chipperfield Architects has created a distinctive, human-scale feel to the space, while providing ample facilities for students and academics. Informal study areas and teaching spaces revolve around a large common hall, which serves as a ‘social collector’ and links the building with other facilities. Additionally, the impressive auditorium and other common spaces have high-specification technical treatments, to ensure excellent quality presentation facilities.

The new building is a stimulating open learning environment that encourages interpersonal interaction. Advanced information technology and telecommunications solutions facilitate the exchange of ideas among participants in different locations around the world. It provides a shimmering new façade for HEC facing the existing main campus entrance and the future expansion.

About HEC Paris

Leader in Europe, specialized in education and research in management, HEC Paris offers a complete and unique range of educational programs for the leaders of tomorrow: Masters Programs, MBA (full-time and part-time), PhD, HEC Executive MBA and TRIUM Global Executive MBA. Founded in 1881 by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, HEC Paris has a permanent faculty of 110 professors, more than 4, 000 students (37% of whom are non French) and more than 8, 500 managers and executives in training every year. HEC Paris has been ranked #1 Business School in Europe by the Financial Times since 2006.

About David Chipperfield Architects

David Chipperfield Architects was founded in 1985 and has offices in London, Berlin, Milan and Shanghai. The practice works internationally on cultural, residential and commercial projects providing full architectural and interior design, master planning, product and furniture design services for both public and private sectors. Our diverse built portfolio includes museums and galleries,

libraries, apartments, private houses, hotels, offices, master plans, and retail facilities. David Chipperfield Architects has won more than fifty national and international competitions and many international awards and citations for design excellence, including RIBA, RFAC and AIA awards, as well as the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2007, and the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award in 2011.