Shonda Rhimes is a legend screenwriter. She is responsible for How To Get Away With Murder, Greys Anatomy, Catch, Private Practice and Scandal. These are just to name a few. She has achieved phenomenal success where she owns Thursday nights. This is called Shonda land- when three of her programs play back to back in the US. This alone is enough to explain why I would be supporting Shonda Rimes’ masterclass.
But her personal success isn’t my actual reason. Her phenomenal success is how I know about her. I support her because she is a woman of purpose and she claims that in her work.I’ve heard a couple of interviews where she talks about her need to represent the diverse faces that she sees in her everey day life in her TV shows. What a phenomenal game changer she has been. First prime time tv show to have a black female lead in 40 years (Scandal). Having a purpose I think is the reason behind her success. Check out what she says about having purpose here.
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In my final post about who are acting with , and in keeping with the season of awards ceremony and the #Oscars – its last years Emmys Actress Round Table.
Its a great panel discussion about being a visible woman and bringing your craft to the public domain, and all that entails. Both pain and pleasure.
It has Kirsten Dunst (‘Fargo’) joined six fellow television actresses for The Hollywood Reporter’s Drama Actress Emmy Roundtable including Julianna Margulies (‘The Good Wife’), Jennifer Lopez (‘Shades of Blue’), Kerry Washington (‘Scandal,’ ‘Confirmation’), Sarah Paulson (‘American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,’ ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’), Regina King (‘American Crime,’ ‘The Leftovers’), and Constance Zimmer (‘UnREAL’).
- being challenged when stepping up to director
- roles they won’t play
- sexism faced by women
- … and many more great topics
Ok, ok, ok! ’nuff said, get watchin!
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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.
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So, how are you? Done something scarey recently? Well up until last month, its been a while since I have done anything truly scare. But in April, I bit the bullet, I met and overcame a challenge.Thats me on the left, getting into Manhattan for the first time. As a nervous flyer who always wanted to go to the big apple, I was going to have to tackle my limiting beliefs. That’s exactly what I did. I flew 9 hours from London to JFK, via Shannon. Why the long way round? I wanted to support myself and process immigration in Ireland- it makes the journey much easier.
A bit of nerves in the immediate run up, but it was well worth it. Manhattan was all it was said to be. Fast, big and, had to be experienced first hand. I went to Harlem, Wall Street, the United Nations, Central Park, Fifth Avenue and the Lincoln Center to name a few places. It was just amazing. Eating out was fab and the people so friendly.
That got me thinking about transformational leadership. When your leading others, you are usually you taking people through a change that while worth it, is totally scary, like flying for a nervous flyer. Remembering the emotional side of change is key. This is what I learnt; CBS:
- Consistency, once I decided to go, I paid the ticket straight away. There was no going back!
- Benefits: I focused on what I was getting at the other end of the flight, I really ramped that bit up. I spent a lot of time thinking about what I was going to gain.
- Support: I softened the parts of the challenge where I could. I flew business class and made immigration smoother.
How have you challenged yourself recently, and what lessons has that provided you with supporting others through change? I would love to hear from you in the comments box bellow.
A big thank you to Stephanie, Eleanor and Rosie. It was an honour to chair a panel of amazing women leaders on International Women’s Day 2106.
It was an electric night, with plenty of candid conversation about our leadership journeys. This wasn’t about leadership theory, but how we are trying to make a real difference for others, our challenges and vulnerabilities. The inspiring communities that we worked with featured prominently, they had inspired us all. The Q and A was fantastic. The audience were really engaged during the Q and A. It was an inclusive, open and honest dialogue.
A bit more about the amazing women:Rosie Freeman and Eleanor Barrett are Co-Directors of arts organisation and social enterprise The Brick Box . Eleanor has been the Director of the Bradford Playhouse, and Development Manager at Shunt Events Ltd. She has also devised and delivered arts participation programmes for people with entrenched substance misuse lifestyles. Rosie has produced work at the Shunt Vaults, LIFT, and managed projects for Penguin Books UK, Pearson Publishing, abd written for The Independent. She has supported Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy courses at the London Buddhist Centre.
Stephanie Busari, Founder and Curator of TEDxBrixton Stephanie Busari is a content strategist with 15 years experience working with some of the world’s leading publishers. She’s currently a digital editor at CNN.com where she has worked for the past seven years. She is also the founder and curator of TEDxBrixton. She has won several journalism awards including a Peabody award. Stephanie is storyteller who is passionate about giving people a voice and helping them tell their stories.
After queuing for over an hour, we finally got in. While very busy, the portraits were stunning. Above are a couple of shots. If the exhibition comes to a city near you, do try and see them. You will get a chance to see photos from one of the most iconic photographer of our age.
The exhibition kicked off in London and will be shown in Tokyo, San Francisco, Singapore, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Istanbul, Frankfurt, New York and Zurich.
I was quite taken by what to me seemed to me to be a study of women’s leadership. The photos showed women who lead at the grass roots, in the social sciences, politics, business, science, arts and philanthropy. Really powerful stuff.
Coach your ‘inner critic’ and step into your greatness
As we go into the new year I would like you to think about giving something up. I don’t mean the extra biscuit, glass of whine or that toxic friend. I mean something closer to home.
My challenge to you is to give up letting your ‘inner critic’ rule you. You know that voice, the one who gets you to be smaller than you are and gets you to play it safe.
Susan Brady who works with women leaders, provides in this short video, a good basis from which to start giving up the tyranny of your ‘inner critic’. Susan asks us to coach your ‘inner critic’ rather than let it coach you. Her top tips in this video are:
- Give up perfection and get comfortable with being imperfect
- Vulnerability is ok too, make it ok for others to be vulnerable too
- Know your enough, right now, as you are
- Separate worthiness (what you are born with) from confidence (which comes from action)
- Know that the more you engage, the louder the critic will become- strengthen your courage
My message to you as 2015 draws a close: don’t make yourself small, go big in 2016.
Enjoy the video.