The core of the Global Young Leader initiative, the handbook tells the story of the model and how it is created by and for young people. Read it, work with it and make it your own!
Discover the Handbook
Meet the approach, the authors, and 'the Decision-Growth Cycle'
What is the Handbook?
A practical framework on understanding how to integrate your personal needs, creativity and individuality in your personal and professional life.
8 Young People as the Authors
We brought together 8 international young people, who were all in the midst of creating their life path, to share their diverse personal and professional experiences.
8 Life Stories as the Content
This brought together 8 different life stories, shaped by completely unique, personal and professional decisions, which we evaluated, discussed and analyzed to find solutions on how to deal with the day-to-day challenges of young people.
A Universal Model
From these stories we identified practical and relevant examples, approaches and solutions. This led to 'the Decision-Growth Cycle', a general model with a step-by-step framework of the common processes young people face when making important life decisions.
Application to You
The framework provides each young person with a structure to "plug-in" their own unique professional and personal context. Following the steps of the model, you can apply the solutions and tools to your own life.
Insight & Action
The reflection and insight from the model can serve as a resource for understanding our decision-making. We can use this as a starting point to actively, confidently and with leadership direct our lives in the way we desire.
The handbook is the story and explanation of 'the Decision-Growth Cycle'. Rather than seeing the reasons and outcomes of our decision-making and how this influences our life path as an unpredictable "black box", the model provides a clear and simple understanding of how we can manage all the different aspects of the decision-making process to actively lead our life's path.
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"I had never before really thought about the decisions I made throughout my life and how they have together led me to be where I am today. The decision-growth-cycle model we came up with allowed me to access all my crossroads, how I made those decisions and what tools I used to cope with them. I realized that all the crossroads in my life with positive outcomes, were decisions wherein I used my intuition and passion the most – when I followed my gut feeling."
26 years, Beira, Mozambique, Africa
"The week was about growth and, for me, the first step was to analyse how we were shaped based on our own experiences. What were the specific crossroads in our lives? How did we make those decisions? What was our motivation; was it the influence of parents, society, culture, external factors, religion, etc.? Once you figure this out, you can clearly see how you make decisions to look towards the future and see where you want to go and how to get there."
23 years, Hilversum, the Netherlands, Europe
"The Global Experts Foundation Young Leader's project was an amazing experience. The work that was done prompted excellent personal reflection into my own decision- making and how I go about making choices, as well as how I should proceed to make them going forward. As a group, we painted a clear picture of what we felt is the best observed decision-making process and agreed that no matter what the experience, it can always in some way be made into a positive outcome."
27 years old, New Jersey, USA
"I think for most young people, we never really get the chance or take the time to think about and reflect on our decisions. Yet, from when we left Sicily, I have been consistently reflecting on and using this model to make decisions, and applying some of the "tools", such as taking time to reflect, taking responsibility for our actions and decisions, and writing or talking to others. With the crossroads that will come, I feel ready to face them head on – I feel more relaxed, more fearless, and ready to handle the situation."
25 years, Seattle, USA, North-America
"Being part of this project, I realized how everybody is unique and different, but we all have something in common; every single leader in the room discovered that he/she made a number of crucial big life decisions. I really hope it will reach the people who need it because at a time when I was in college, I would have really liked to have something like this or someone with their experiences help me through this path."
24 years, Tver, Russia, Eurasia
Snapshots of how the Model Came to Be
The 8 authors spent one week together in Sicily, an island in the Mediterranean Sea. Our goal was to create an environment that facilitated openness and comfort for the in-depth analysis of all the personal and professional experiences of the authors. To give you an idea of what our workshops will be like, check out below some of the snapshots of how and where we worked!