Meetings No 24
Define Purpose
Long live the ‘both/and’ world in which purpose reigns.
Cover Story
Your Future is Now
Kevin Cottam on ancient wisdom meeting modern leadership.
2031 Vision, Brisbane
Encouraging visitors to stay longer and spend more.
Paths of Progress
The Biggest Challenge Is a Lack of Awareness About Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan embarks on its journey into the business events sector.
Psychological Meetings
Cognitive Dysfunction (Brain Fog)
Hans Gordon about when we humans allow a lot to go wrong.
IBTM World 2019: The Importance of Mentoring In the Events Industry
Always be generous with your knowledge.
Why We Refuse to See the Bright Side, Even Though We Should
Steven Pinker on the subject of irrational pessimism.
White Blossom on Repeat
Flowering melancholy from Sweden.
Network to Share Its Expertise: Learn How Your City Can Become Future-Proof
The European Green Capital Network has launched its Future-proof Toolkit.
The Goal Is 300 Destinations by 2022
GDS-Index shares their audacious goal.
Fear Is a Liar
We all need to fortify our hope.
Dublin Has the World’s First Carbon-­Neutral Convention Centre
One of Europe’s most environmentally friendly venues.
Artificial Intelligence
Human Compatible AI and the Problem of Control
Success would be the biggest event in human history, and perhaps the last event.
IBTM World Should Include Not Exclude
Don’t be sorry. Change the rules!
Press stop!
ACTE, Corporate Travel Executives
has ceased operations and will file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
Re-opening time
Dubai hotel operators,
cautiously optimistic, as tourists begin to trickle in.
one step at the time
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
gets the green light to reopen.
330 million jobs worldwide
European Cities Marketing
call for an open and permanent dialogue between European institutions and local destinations.
More than 300 people
ICC Sydney
launches industry leading hybrid event solutions.

RAI Amsterdam
one of first European venues to reopen without visitor number restrictions.
Emirates airline refunds over $500m to passengers
Still over 500,000 refund requests.

Cologne ready for business events
trade fairs are indispensable as central business meeting points.
safety & Security
Ras Al Khaimah
becomes the first city in the world to be certified as safe by Bureau Veritas.
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UFI, has announced that ICC Sydney is the winner
of the UFI Sustainable Development Award 2020.
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Your Future is Now
The Nomadic Mindset, Never Settle for Too Long is a leadership book written by Canadian Kevin Cottam. He is a TEDx and global nomad keynote speaker, executive coach, and author. The book is based on harvesting the ancient wisdom, qualities and mindset of nomadic cultures as a way to lead successful engaged organisations.

Kevin Cottam has travelled the globe, particularly in Mongolia, Kenya, and Morocco, researching ancient nomadic leadership wisdom to determine what The Nomadic Mindset is. “My mission is to inspire and encourage individuals to remove borders and expand their mindset: to embrace The Nomadic Mindset,” says Kevin Cottam.

Through his nomadic and executive research, he has discovered a new behavioural/personality framework and assessment, looking at an individuals and organisation dominant mindset. It is called the NBS Mindsets Assessment, or the Nomadic Builder Settler Mindsets.

Using the nomadic mindset as the base of his work, he speaks and coaches on leadership, which covers a variety of areas such as resilience, vision/purpose, team unity, engagement and the NBS Mindsets.

Among others, Kevin Cottam has worked with Club Med, UBS, Givaudan, Mediacorp, L’Oreal, Nestlé, Thales, Prulia, and spent 13 years at the European Union (Commission, Council, Parliament) as a coach and trainer.

Kevin Cottam has his base in Singapore with outposts in Canada and Lisbon.

“It is a seed of a calling and time for change … change is necessary for new creation … realising this is okay, and a little uncertainty is okay … change is natural, the only constant … think of it as an opportunity.”

Dr. Sheila Patel, Medical Director, Mind-Body Medical Group at the Chopra Center, Carlsbad, USA

January 2018, Tighmert, Morocco One chilly January evening at the Maison d’hôtes Nomades in Tighmert, Morocco, my photographer and I sit on the floor at a low table with a young couple from the Netherlands as we share a simple dinner of camel couscous. The room is made warm and welcoming with beautifully coloured woven carpets and pillows and yellow walls adorned with nomadic art. We talk a while, sharing stories about what we experienced in the Sahara with the nomads. The young lady says to me, “After experiencing some life with the nomads, I feel we have lost the plot on so many levels of humanity, and they seem to have it figured out.” My eyes light up and a smile covers my face. She was referring to the ancient nomadic wisdom, their qualities and mindset. Though I was fully immersed in researching The Nomadic Mindset then, this was an affirmation I was on the right track.

Leadership Problem: We Have Lost the Plot Usually, a book starts with a desire to solve a problem, create a hero’s journey, or offer new awareness on a subject or direction. This book is no different.

With the plethora of leadership books out there, the world doesn’t need another leadership book that shares the five or seven or ten steps to successful leadership. As Dr. Patel says, “change is necessary for new creation.”

Leadership needs a serious Rethink. I believe, as do many of my colleagues in the coaching, consulting, and speaking world, that leaders are searching for something else: a fresh leadership path or framework, a different lens to see, hear, and understand things with. Why? Because something is just not working today as we enter the fast-paced, ever-changing world of Industry 4.0. What may have worked a hundred years ago, or even ten years ago, does not reflect the changing environment in organisations, politics, markets, or cultures today. A quest now exists for new answers to old problems. As Einstein so astutely said,

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.

Hence, we need new mindsets today that are interconnected and aligned to values, purpose, and vision, with a focus on sustainable systems for this rapidly changing and somewhat “congested-thinking” world.

You might have noticed the world, in general, has become overwhelmingly narrow in mindset, thinking patterns, and actions. There is a growing nationalist mindset around the world, and organisations are having difficulties handling the impending disruptions, changes, and technology. Some say we are migrating towards a precipice, especially when you consider climate change, individual behavioural changes, fake news, social and organisational culture shifts, and the rapid decline in biodiversity. Who knows? Perhaps we are.

In many ways, as the young lady from the Netherlands said, “we have lost the plot”! Have we?

A Leadership Answer How can “we get back on plot?” One answer is to migrate to expansion. This takes a Leadership Rethink.

In this book, I propose a new path forwards. This is not your typical leadership book, rather, more of a back-to-the-future exploration. By revealing the ancient wisdom of nomads who have sustained themselves for centuries through ongoing disruption, these disruptions can be considered as seeds of a calling to some leadership answers for Industry 4.0. This, in itself, stimulates a growing awareness within and presents you with an opportunity to rethink your leadership style, behaviours, and qualities.

The Nomadic Mindset is a fresh, expansive-looking leadership framework path for disruptive and rapidly changing times. It is about achieving a balance between inward, narrow-focused thinking and outward, expansive-thinking. Experience the fluidity of nature that dances back and forth between narrow and expansive states of being. This awareness and fluidity can get you back on track as you adapt and migrate towards leading a more holistic and sustainable organisational culture in the contemporary world. This starts with you, the leader.

Those seeds of a calling led me to exploring the nomadic mindset. Over the course of one year, I set off to discover, not just new territories, but different mindsets – primarily the nomadic mindset. Along the way, I discovered some extra golden nuggets, the builder and settler mindsets. They are also very important as all three mindsets exist inside us all.

My experiences with Mongolian nomads, the Maasai in Kenya, and the nomads and Berbers in Southern Morocco, plus conversations with executives from startups to multinational organisations, have shaped the theme and mapping of this book. They have helped define the nomadic qualities you will find live within you, your organisation, and the whole human race. These valuable insights will have enormous significance for your organisational culture, sustainability, and leadership.

You Will Discover … You may think, from the title of this book, I am referring to wandering the world discovering new territories, working nomadically in different global locations, or learning how to work in or discover other countries. Not quite (Well, maybe a bit …).

My focus for this book is centered on what Batgerel Bat, Head of Secretariat for Mongolian National Branding Council, in Mongolia told me. She said, “People think nomad means physical movement from place to place to find new and better pastures to graze. No, nomad means the movement of the mind.”

The nomad of the mind is a metaphor for moving from one idea to another, one conversation to another, one negotiation to another, one innovation to another. The nomad is the movement or migration from place to place in the mind to discover new and better, greener pastures that enrich us, which leads to new growth and prosperity.

You will discover the qualities associated with the nomadic mindset through stories and metaphors. The colourful nomadic rituals and practices, rich cultures, and vast experiences can enrich and awaken your mindset so you see, hear, and understand not only your leadership style and process, but your organisation, your employees, your organisational culture, and the external world.

Migrate to Expansion On your journey of discovery, you only need to have the capacity and desire to open your eyes, mind, and heart. This will encourage you to migrate to expansion, which is the opposite of narrowness. Awareness expands you. This, I would assume, is how you became a leader.

Expansion is the underlying breadth of the nomadic mindset; migration is the movement towards the nomadic mindset. You can better understand expansion and migration with the poetic mantra of Binderiya, a student at the National University of Mongolia:

Think Vastly; Act Narrowly

Think = Mindset

Vastly = Expansion

Act = Migration

Narrowly = Focus

One way of looking at this is the way Karoli Hindriks of Jobbatical in Estonia, who provides jobs and visas for digital nomads, explains:

“I think what the world needs, as we are sitting with our different mindsets, is to really know how to talk to each other, and I think this is the biggest problem in the world right now. So, if we can somehow bridge that gap to see each other’s different viewpoints, that would be really powerful.”

  1. Are you ready to expand yourself and migrate to different viewpoints on leadership and mindset?
  2. Are you ready to unleash the nomad in you?

Migrating to Expansion

there is no beginning to this book

there is no ending to this book

you are migrating

to expansion

there is no beginning to your journey

there is no ending to your journey

you are migrating

to expansion

there is no beginning to your leadership

there is no ending to your leadership

you are migrating

to expansion

migrate to expansion

to live in the nomadic mindset, to never settle … for too long.

in your mind, always move, always expand to discover better routes and greener pastures;

this is where great leaders thrive.

are you ready to migrate to expansion?

take a deep breath, look to your horizons

and step into to the nomadic mindset …

How to Read This Book This book is a discovery book/journal.

This leadership path is divided into five parts: Direction, Departure, Discovery, Destination, and Distillation to aid your Rethink. You are currently in Part 1: Direction. It is not meant to be a how-to or what-to-do book, yet it gives you many ’how’ gems. It is organised to give you rethink questions and along with rethink pages at the end of each part to jot down some thoughts and actions.

The principle content exists within Parts Two through Four – Departure, Discovery, Destination. A short wrap-up is in Part 5: Distillation. Whether you’re embarking on a physical journey or a symbolic one (perhaps an important meeting, negotiation, or a big keynote), most of us go through these five parts.

Part 2: Departure When you first head out on a journey, you want some general information about your trip. This part is divided into three Departures: Indulge in the Tea Ceremony, Taste some Nomadic History, and Recognise the Nomadic, Builder, and Settler Mindsets. I recommend, if time permits, that you read Part 2 in one sitting; then take time to rethink/reflect and answer some of the questions on the Rethink pages provided at the end of Part 2

Part 3: Discovery This section is divided into nine independent learning days, and I encourage you to read one day: then rethink, answer the questions or capture any thoughts on the blank Rethink pages after Day 3, 6, and 9. Each day is rich in story and offers the different qualities of a nomadic mindset while integrating executive case studies and quotes from conversation with executives.

Part 4: Destination The word ’destination’ can mean goal or outcome or be the term you use for reaching the end of your journey, project, negotiation, or conversation. There are three Destinations: Believe: Culture is a Pillar, Integrate: the Ability to Sustain Sustainability, and Remember: Never Settle … for Too Long. They are broad, defining thoughts, actions, necessary to succeed in Industry 4.0. Feel free to capture your thoughts on the Rethink pages at the end of Part 4.

In the end, you alone decide what you have experienced and learned on any journey. My hope for you is that by reading this five-part mindset exploration, you will be inspired to explore, rethink your current leadership and how it can improve through discovering new pastures, and respect humanity as a sustainable necessity. I invite you to migrate to expansion. Happy Nomading.

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