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"Courage Amidst Conflict: Navigating Perspectives and Paradoxes During Times of Crisis, Chaos, and Change” with Yara Ben Chaim


This week on the UpLevel Podcast, we dove deep into the heart of Israel with our incredible guest, Yara Ben Chaim, the owner of Foresta-Global and the guiding force behind Foresta Leadership Institute. Yara shares her raw experience of daily uncertainty and the emotional toll it takes on individuals living in a war-torn country. She discusses the challenge of maintaining faith in a higher power and humanity during times of conflict.

Join us in this intimate conversation filled with inspiration and insights around courageously facing adversity with authenticity; leveraging spirituality for guidance; embracing silence for inner peace; connecting with nature; and appreciating different perspectives based on lived experiences—all forming part of coping mechanisms during relentless crisis, chaos, and change. Tune in now!

In this Episode:

  • Hear Yara open up about the emotional toll and intimate nature of living in a small country at war and how constant exposure to violence challenges her faith in humanity but strengthens her spiritual beliefs.

  • Hear about the struggles with safety amid terror attacks and balancing survival mode with everyday life routines.

  • Yara reflects on holding multiple perspectives while navigating a crisis.

  • Explore how authenticity becomes essential when superficial concerns fade against the backdrop of life-and-death situations.

  • Discover how integrating spirituality into organizational leadership without overt religious language fosters deep listening and soulful connections within teams.

  • Yara shares her challenges faced while facilitating leadership training under duress—how moments like rocket attacks interrupt sessions requiring resilience and adaptability.

  • Yara shares powerful anecdotes about losing her voice—an experience that led to introspection, humility, understanding introversion better, recognizing the power of words (and their absence), and connecting more deeply with grace, spirit, and love.

Order of Topics:

  • Living in a War Zone

  • Personal Experience of Conflict

  • Emotional Toll of War

  • Pursuit of Normalcy Amidst Crisis

  • Leadership in Survival Mode

  • Authenticity Over Superficiality 

  • The Role Of Silence And Spirituality In Crisis  

  • Navigating Complexity Through Vulnerability  

  • Fostering Balance And Hope  

  • The Responsibility Of Leaders To Be Informed   

  • The Power Of Words During Conflicts    

  • The Importance Of Silence And Reflection      

  •  Cautious Communication On Global Issues

Action Items:

  • Cultivate Empathy

  • Maintain Normalcy Amidst Crisis

  • Embrace Dichotomous Thinking Responsibly

  • Deep Introspection

  • Authenticity in Interactions

  • Spiritual Connection

  • Navigating Leadership During War Situations

  • Silencing Hate and Misinformation

  • Seek Balance Through Activities

  • Inclusive Leadership Practices

  • Responsible Communication

  • Acknowledge Privilege

About Yara:

As the owner of Foresta-Global and the guiding force behind Foresta Leadership Institute, she is dedicated to supporting and collaborating with clients on a global scale. Her reach extends across diverse regions, including Europe, the United States, South America, Africa, and the Middle East. Yara's deep understanding of the challenges posed by multiculturalism is grounded in her own cultural background, which encompasses American, French, and Israeli heritage.

What truly sets Yara apart is her keen ability to discern the precise needs of her clients and tailor effective solutions to meet them. This talent has led to significant advancements in both organizational and personal development, characterized by purposeful outcomes and a heightened sense of personal significance in their endeavors.

At Foresta Leadership Institute, Yara and her team work tirelessly to empower individuals and organizations to thrive in an interconnected world, with a commitment to excellence and a global perspective.

About UpLevel Productions: Founded by Christie Mann, MA, CPCC, PCC, and Rachel Baldi, CPCC, PCC, UpLevel creates, produces, and delivers Transformative Experiences, Workshops, Training, Events + Media that develop leaders who make our world a healthier, more alive, and connected place to be. As Associate CTI Faculty Partners, UpLevel is licensed to sell, produce, and deliver Co-Active coach training and leadership development programs around the world to support the transformational growth of individuals and culture inside the workplace and organization. Instagram @uplevelproductions Facebook & LinkedIn @uplevelproductionscompany


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