This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. You have to be out of your mind to tap deep courage. Literally. Most of your fears are mental. The trick to cultivating courage, therefore, is by getting out of your mind and into your body. Learn why and how to use a three step approach to have more courage on your personal and professional journey. Eric Kaufmann guides leaders to better decisions and superior results. He brings a unique mix of professional and personal experience to his work of transformation and developing executive wisdom. Kaufmann’s book, “Leadership as a Hero’s Journey,” explores the four virtues of successful, passionate and creative leaders. The book describes how they navigate through uncertainty and manage anxiety, in order to improve the lives and livelihoods of those around them. Kaufmann is a native of Israel, who lived in South Africa, before gaining two decades of experience in sales and management at companies such as Lanier/3M and Corning Clinical Laboratories. In 1999 he launched a leadership consulting firm that guides and instructs individuals and teams in senior management of Fortune 1,000 companies; firms such as Sony, T-Mobile, Verizon, Novartis, Genentech, and SunPower. Kaufmann guides executives and their teams in clarifying their strategy, goals, and vision; assessing and enhancing management teams; and identifying and eliminating obstacles to collaboration, trust, and productivity. Ultimately, his contribution leads to better decisions, and improved team engagement. Kaufmann’s roles as management consultant, executive coach, and keynote speaker are shaped by real-world business experience, as well as other skills and perspectives. Kaufmann is a clinical hypnotherapist, master scuba diving instructor, and lifelong practitioner of Zen meditation. He once spent a year in silent meditation, living in a cabin he built himself in a remote area of New Mexico. His quest for clarifying his lenses of perception, deepening his insight, and widening his capacity to care continues through regular meditation and five-day meditation retreats. His professional affiliations include serving on several community boards, teaching at San Diego State University and Cal State San Marcos, speaking for Vistage International, and membership with the Institute of Management Consultants and National Speakers Association. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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