Why I’m promoting Shonda Rhimes’ masterclass

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.

If you interested in finding how to develop your own purpose you can access your invitation to my FREE webinar  here.

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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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 here.

Enjoy

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3 Steps to tackle your limiting beliefs

IMG_0782 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.

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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.

 

Enjoy!

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WOMEN: New Portraits Annie Leibovitz

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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.

Enjoy!

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Inspring female leaderhsip

This is an insightful video about Claire Conner McCaskill’s leadership journey.This isn’t a post about her political positions. This is a video about a women chronicling her career  and, the lessons she learnt along the way.  A lawyer by training, Claire was the first women to be elected to the U.S. Senate for Missouri in her own right. What I found most striking about her story was the importance of confidence in yourself:

  •  tackle gender inequality in your workplace
  • develop your authentic voice
  • take risks
  • get  comfortable with being challenged and, challenging others
  • hold power in balance
  • get  comfortable with making mistakes

Enjoy! Let me know your comments below.

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Inspiring Events, Part 3

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My  third and final instalment on inspiring events is the Stylist live,the first of its kind for the London based magazine.
An absolutely fabulous day for friends or, equally a bit of me time. The event was billed as ‘a  four-day festival of cocktails, culture, catwalks and conversation‘ hosted by Edith Bowman and Dawn O’Porter.

The energy was fun, uplifting and defiantly inspiring. Highlights included  38 Learning labs, Catwalk shows showcasing this seasons must haves, the inspire stage with  the likes of Lisa Eldridge and of course shopping with100 boutique stalls. Key lessons from the day for me where

  • Know your value
  • Be confident
  • Feel good

More details and highlights can be found below:

http://live.stylist.co.uk/