Saying yes to love and light

 

This is an inspiring video.

Living a life of strength and courage is not just about hard graft, striving and reaching.It can simply be about letting more light and love into your life. It can simply about  saying yes.

How can you think about letting more light and love into your life today. If  you want to smash through your own fears and say no to staying stuck. Then get my Free FEAR BUSTING checklist

Enjoy!

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Speak up for what you believe in

 


This is the first of a three week series on women speaking up. To kick off, the Atlantic Business Magazine in Canada is spotlighted.

The leading business mag released an awesome January issue. I say awesome! It was an all women cover.

This created a  twitter backlash and and some pretty negative comments.

Despite this, Eleanor  Beaton, who was on the cover, spoke up with strength and courage about what she believes in- which is us. Women leading.

It’s a short clip and well worth the watch. Click the pic.

If  you want to smash through fear and say no to staying stuck. Get my Free FEAR BUSTING checklist

Enjoy!

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Leadership at Yale

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.

Enjoy!

#liveyourbestlife

#womeninleadership

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My Top 5 Podcasts

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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:

  1. Fierce Famine Leadership podcast with Eleanor Beaton- buisness and leadership guru
    http://www.eleanorbeatonpodcast.com/
  2. Package your Genius  with Amanda Little John- Personal Brand Genius
    http://www.amandamillerlittlejohn.com/category/blog/podcast/
  3. Happy Black Women with Rosetta Thurman – an inspiring business woman
    http://happyblackwoman.com/category/podcast/
  4. Beyond the Business Suite with Kailei Carr- a sassy look at business from a women’s perspective
    http://www.kaileicarr.com/beyond-the-business-suit-episode-1/
  5. The world of Business with Peter Day http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02nrwfk

Enjoy!

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Follow your dreams…

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So, i’m just back from Manhattan, and came back for one of the great dates of the British calendar, London Fashion week. I had a great time. The stand out moment was meeting the lovely Irish designer Chupi. I picked up a lovely delicate piece that was shaped as an arrow. Its part of a collection called follow your dreams. Thats us grinning from ear to ear. You can check out her pieces yourself here: www.chupi

That day got me thinking about the importance of following your dreams, and how that’s easier said then done. If you have big dreams and are looking for some inspiration to kick start you on your way, then you are invited to this free webinar here.  I am hosting it on the 8th of October at 11am GMT.

I hope to see you there!

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Fear of failure? Live with courage instead, it’s more fun!

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.

Enjoy!

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5 reasons why I love the biggest loser USA

 

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:

 

  1. Acknowledging that something needs to change

 

  1. Making an internal decision to behave differently

 

  1. Making a commitment to take action

 

  1. Learning to deal with setbacks and maintain momentum

 

  1. Develop a system to sustain change long-term

 

What are your thoughts and, how do you big change successfully? Leave me a  comments bellow…

From dark can come light

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Hello, its the first day of summer. I hope your enjoying the good weather. This is a quick post this week. I attended the Women of the Year Lecture recently, and was introduced to the most amazing woman. I was quite embarrassed that I had never heard of her, given all that she achieved.

Dame Stephanie Shirley had quite a challenging upbringing, having fled Natzi Germany during the war, she  was taken in by a British family, arriving with her siter as a refugee. She suffered great loss as an adult with the death of her only child. There were challenges in business as well for her. So much so, she used the name Steve in business correspondence.

Shirley achieved many things despite these setbacks. She became one of the pioneering female coders in the 60s, her company was responsible for coding the Concorde’s black box. And, when she floated her company she made many of her employees, alongside herself, millionaires.

I’m highlighting Shirley not only because of the amazing things she has achieved in tech, but because her story of challenges were equally important in forming who she became and what she achieved for herself and for other women. Her courageous, and heartfelt discussion was very moving and I recommend her book, check it out.
Enjoy

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It’s all energy baby!

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Earlier this year, I saw Gabby Bernstein live at the 2016 London Lecture. It was an opportunity that popped up on my twitter feed last minute. It was amazing.  A three hour talk on the joys and challenges of #living your best life.

One of things that struck me was the theme energy.  It strated  when she walked into the room. No joke, the minute she got on stage the energy heightened  by ten notches.

As I listened to her talk, and the Q and A section, energy as a them kept coming up again and again. Particularly, when discussing issues related to change and transformation. That  got me thinking about how important my energy is, in fact, its all energy baby! Some things I am going to commit to doing:

  1. Project positive energy consistently
  2. Protect my energy from those that zap me
  3. Restore my energy and take care of it

How has managing your energy worked for you?

 

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