We're creating A Fun & Affordable Mental Fitness Gym for IT Leaders & their Teams

We help you recharge, refocus, and get stronger so that you can Lead your Team with Ease & Flow

We’ve been there – We get IT – We’ve got your back, even when others don’t.

We stand by you when things get tough when your goals seem out of reach when you need someone to talk to so that you can stand tall, calm, balanced, clear-headed, and confident in your power – in any leadership role & situation.

Founded by Ali Farahani, a former CIO/CTO & Leadership Coach, and Lucie Tesarova, a PQ Mental Fitness Trainer, our mission is to create a fun, affordable, science-based & technology-backed Mental Fitness Gym for IT leaders & their teams so that they can improve their performance, wellbeing, and relationship with ease & flow.

Victorious warriors win first in their minds, and then go to war. Defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win. 

Sun Tzu, Author of the Art of War (544 BCE - 496 BCE)
  • Does going to work feel like waging a daily war at times?
  • Feeling like the attacks are coming from all possible angles?
  • Do you wish that work instead of war would feel like a play?

If you are

  • Tired of being attacked – by your outer or inner enemies of judgments, doubts, and disempowering thoughts,
  • Feeling isolated, lacking support
  • Wishing for a more positive circle of peers & mentors
  • Ready and motivated to turn the war into a game with our support

… then join us! 

Allow yourself to be supported so that you can support and lead powerfully your teams and organization.

With us, you can become victorious. And turn the war into a play.

Start with your inner game first. 

  • We train you.
  • We guide you.
  • We support you.

So then you can go, and lead powerfully from within – no matter in what environment you happen to be.

With us, you are not in the fight alone. 

We have your back.

And we make you win and transform not just your inner game, but also the cultural game in your company.

Ready for your inner game training to begin? 


The #one Enemy of IT Team’s Creativity

The #one Enemy of IT Team’s Creativity

Which one is more important for an IT Team: creative thinking or critical thinking? I’m sure you’ll say both! But do you know how to activate your team’s creativity?

A few years back, when I was leading digital transformation initiatives as a CIO, I bragged to my Team about how I could foresee things before they happened. “Anything that could go wrong will go wrong” was my catchphrase. It was my way of saying: “Be careful! There are dragons out there! Be vigilant!”. I wanted my Team to be critical in their thinking so that we could increase our chance of success. So little did I know that it was a self-fulfilling prophecy. By cautioning them of potential failures, I robbed my Team of the very thing that would have made them succeed: being both creative and critical.

The thing about analytical thinking is that it draws upon the past experiences, situational circumstances, and behavioral patterns of those involved and tries to predict and choose the best course of action.

Is this bad?

Not necessarily! It is helpful in project management, quality control, and any data-driven decision-making activity that involves mathematical and logical analysis. But when it comes to being innovative, it limits our ability to be creative and discourages others from even trying to see possibilities. 

Where critical thinking is about analytical thinking and evaluating probabilities, creative thinking is more about generating new ideas and focusing on possibilities.

Where is Creativity located?

Did you know that our rational mind is located at the left side of our brain near the neuro-pathways that cause fear & anxiety? Interestingly, our creative powers are located at the opposite side of our brain. The right brain is where our higher brain functions like empathy, curiosity, creativity, and clear-headed laser-focused fearless action are located. #positiveintelligence

Unfortunately, most IT professionals only know how to access their left brain, and so when it comes to being creative, they use “the wrong brain” for the job: the rational brain.

When we activate the rational brain, instead of generating new ideas and seeing possibilities, we immediately evaluate the possibility of those new ideas and label them as impossible. With each evaluation, we create scenarios in which those possibilities will fail. And it, in turn, activates the brain’s fear circuitry:

  • What if I’m wrong?
  • What if this idea fails?
  • What if we can’t implement this idea?
  • What if the CEO or customer says no?
  • What if my manager says no?
  • What if I speak my mind and my peers or manager says it’s a stupid idea?
  • What if our competitor has a better idea?
  • What if we don’t have the right people for this?” 

Should I continue? 

In neuroscience, there’s an old saying: “Neurons that fire together, wire together.” Therefore the more we use our left brain to create, the more we generate fear. Fear will literally hijack our brain, overwhelm us, and so we fail to generate creative ideas.

Research shows that fear, especially fear of failure and being laughed at, is the #one enemy of creating innovative teams.

You are responsible

As an IT leader, you’re responsible for creating a trusting space that encourages creativity. You must help your team to access their right brain using scientific methods. IT people have powerful minds, critical and creative. The problem is that we don’t know how to access the correct one on-demand.

So, what can you do?

Here is one technique to activate your creativity:

Step 1: Intercept iT

If you feel negative emotions like fear or uncertainty when thinking about a solution that’s overwhelming you, please just STOP! Yes! Stop Thinking. I know it seems impossible, but believe me, it is possible; If I can, so do you.

Step 2: Activate iT

If you feel negative emotions like fear or uncertainty when thinking about a solution Gently rub the fingertips of two fingers with such attention that you can feel all the ridges of both fingertips – keep rubbing them for at least two minutes – This will quiet your left brain and activate your creative brain.

Step 3: Generate iT

Ask yourself this: if I was not afraid of failure, being ridiculed, ignored, or wrong, what would be possible for me? Be curious about it. It’s not about being right or wrong. It’s about being curious about possibilities.

Step 4: Choose iT

Without over analyzing or judging, write down all the ideas that come to your mind. Trust that your analytical brain, once your creative brain has done generating possibilities, will be able to evaluate and choose the most helpful idea. 


The #one enemy of creativity is fear of failure, and you can shift from being afraid to being curious by using your right brain. Keep practicing the above steps, and I promise that you will keep generating more innovative ideas than before.

What next?

If you care for your IT Team’s success and are curious about learning mental fitness techniques that will help you and your Team create a sustainable, innovative culture, let’s connect and talk.

Still not sure if you should connect with me?

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In 45 minutes or less I’ll help you learn what is getting in your way deploying effective T leadership strategies that will make you win.

Ali Farahani

Ali Farahani (AlFa) is a Mental Fitness Trainer, IT Veteran, and a Certified Professional Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Academy & with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and a former CIO/CTO. When he's not supporting his clients in their leadership role, and with their teams, he delivers experiential & powerful weekly group trainings & coaching programs for IT leaders & their teams. He has held keynotes on the subjects, such as IT Leadership and The Changing Role of CIOs in the digital era at MDM Media, and IDC events.

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