Merry Christmas to one and all as we celebrate the birth of Christ. I’m thinking of the strength + courage of Michelle Obama’s hope this morning, as chronicled in the New Yorker. In the midst of church, presents, food and family, it’s worth the read.
So where have I been? Because it’s been ages. Two words: America and Canada. I’ll come onto Canada later. Today we start with America.
In October I had the most amazing time in New Haven, about an hour from New York. I went to Yale University to study Leadership. I met some amazing women from around the world; Ghana, Austria, France, California, Mexico, United Emirates… and the list go on. It was truly humbling.
I learnt a lot. In fact my action plan has 63 entries. There was however, one binding lesson running through all the topics. Weather we were discussing negotiation, decision making, giving feedback, innovation or crisis management.
I learnt that good leadership has nothing to do with you and your own personal needs. It’s about being in service to your team and, the objectives of the organisation. Nothing to do with you! Not one bit. Being a leader means to serve others. Full stop.
Read any personal development book, and they will say who you spend your time with has a huge impact on your life and, your ability to achieve your goals.
So this week, a little different. A bit of behind the scenes of my life. I wanted to share with you my fave podcasts. These lovely ladies and gentlemen keep me motivated and inspired.
I hope you find someone in the list to add to your ‘pack’, they will be an immense support and fountain of wisdom. My top 5 podcasts are:
- Fierce Famine Leadership podcast with Eleanor Beaton- buisness and leadership guru
- Package your Genius with Amanda Little John- Personal Brand Genius
- Happy Black Women with Rosetta Thurman – an inspiring business woman
- Beyond the Business Suite with Kailei Carr- a sassy look at business from a women’s perspective
- The world of Business with Peter Day http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02nrwfk
Happy summer and, I do hope you enjoyed the Olympics. What a celebration of human courage!
One of the things my clients often talk about is the fear of failure. This is common to lots of us. I don’t think it ever really goes away, no matter how successful you get.
So this week I’m posting an amazing video about the Iron Nun. She is phenomenal. She feels the fear and does it anyway. I love it.
After seeing this, the phrase ‘I’m too old’, is never going to cut it.
What does she inspire you to do on your ‘maybe’ list? How can you live a life of courage and fun?
If your looking to collaborate on an inspirational goal, drop me an email here.
I hope you enjoyed that, it was a clip from one of my favorite contestants- Danni. Danni won the biggest loser USA in season 14.
I know the program is controversial. There are press reports around drastic weight practices.
Regardless how you might feel about the weight loss approach, at the broadest level I see the programme as a vivid example of transformational change.
I think it highlights five key elements of any successful transformation:
- Acknowledging that something needs to change
- Making an internal decision to behave differently
- Making a commitment to take action
- Learning to deal with setbacks and maintain momentum
- Develop a system to sustain change long-term
What are your thoughts and, how do you big change successfully? Leave me a comments bellow…