Linda V. Fancy is the founder of the MeManagement protocol and has extensive experience working as a mental freedom facilitator, crisis management specialist, and personal coach. She has also conducted corporate training in crisis communications, reputation management and humanitarian and stress support services. Linda is a certified Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner.
Linda worked with international risk and crisis management firm, CS&A, where she was responsible for training leaders and teams throughout the Greater China region. She also has comprehensive experience as a soft skills group facilitator. Companies she has worked with include Shell, Dragonair, BNP Parisbas, AFSC, American Express, Walt Disney, Swire Shipping, SWIFT, HSBC, HP.
In 2005 Linda worked with UNICEF and the Ministry of Mental Health in Sri Lanka where she developed an emotional management protocol to counteract burnout among tsunami relief service personnel. The protocol enabled them to detach from the horror stories while remaining actively engaged and focused on assisting the survivors.
Prior to coaching and training, Linda worked in the public relations industry with DDB Needham in Australia, and later Edelman and Ogilvy in Hong Kong. She was inspired to study psychology and philosophy as she became increasingly aware of the media’s power to manipulate public opinion. Her inspiration comes from Jungian concepts in analytical psychology, Eriksonian hypnotherapy in NLP and Advaita Vedanta (non-dual) teachings in Eastern philosophy.
Based in Hong Kong since 1992, Linda facilitates MeManagement energy management programmes throughout Asia and leads meditation groups.
A conversation with Linda and her Story:
“Being at the frontline in the aftermath of the tsunami was a life changing experience. I saw survivors struggle to come to terms with their ordeal after they had lost everything, and I saw volunteers’ burnout as they were overwhelmed by emotion in such traumatic conditions.
All the most inspired do-good efforts can fall to pieces when people are weighed down with emotion. The MeManagement protocol was born of insight from my personal and professional experience in seeing that despite the circumstance, the successful management of any crisis depends on our ability to manage ourselves. But first we need to see how we see because we can be hypnotized by our conditioned thinking.
How we deal with thoughts and feelings are key to our resilience. We can face personal tsunamis on a daily basis when life throws us challenges. Building self-awareness enables people to engage in an experience without being caught up in it. The MeManagement protocol is underscored with mapping models to reveal the origins of our mindset and the blind spots in our awareness, and tools to self manage tendencies and positively direct behaviour.
Coming from a troubled childhood my life was associated with suffering and I grew up feeling a victim of circumstance. Yet after dealing with crisis on a professional level I saw how everything is a matter of attitude. Like holocaust survivor, Viktor Frankl, said “Our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our attitude.” Facilitating crisis management simulations for the corporate world helped me to recognize that despite having all the right systems and procedures in place, when our back is up against the wall our most effective ability to cope is to steer our focus of attention rather than be led by it.
Through the development of awareness, I have recognized my own natural tendencies towards negativity, especially upon awakening in the morning when I see my mind scanning the memory banks for yesterday’s impressions of what’s wrong in my world. This is a common pattern of people with a negative mindset.
Through the development of awareness, I have recognized the arising of emotion and memory as if from a third person perspective, and I hear the habitual inner voice of discontent that feeds it. As thought processes become objectified, there is space between thought and action, enabling choice in how I respond. Even fear or anger has increasingly less personal identification. Occasionally I get unconsciously hooked into a story, and respond from that perspective but as I regain awareness, I recognize the root belief behind the thought and emotion, and deal with it appropriately.
Every day we are at the frontline of our own mindset challenges. Why be a victim to conditioned thinking when a shift in perspective is possible through managing your ‘me’?”