What Will You Do With The Time Given?

May 14, 2020

How are you doing? Like really...

Here, and talking to clients, there are good days and bad days...

Today the clouds are just hanging out on the mountains - like fluffy cotton hugs cajoling the peaks. The misty cover comes and goes. One minute you see clearly, the next all is invisible.

As I watch, I am pondering what comes next?

This sentence keeps playing in my mind: ‘The future is not what is going to happen, but what we make it.’

At the beginning of the year it all seemed so clear. I started the year with a real high - being invited to speak at the House of Switzerland during Davos 2020. I talked about what it really takes to become a next generation leader - the Visionary, the Disruptor, the Change Maker who will create the sustainable world of tomorrow where we all flourish.  And the steps that all of us can take to become that kind of leader.   

Emerging Into New Vision

Now it’s a bit like those peaks and those clouds. Vision was hidden...

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Taking Emotional Care and Covid-19 Support Kit

Apr 03, 2020
How are you doing?  I guess the reality of all of this has hit…  It is strange writing as I know that this thing affects us all in many different ways… but ultimately we are all wrestling with how it is impacting each one of our lives, families and work…  
 
For now I am hoping that you and your family are staying well.  And if not, know that I am thinking of you and hoping things will turn out for the best.  I don’t think it is easy for any of us.
 
In this blog I wanted to explore a bit more the emotional side of this change.  Because that is what I have been wrestling with personally this last week.  
 
And if, like I sometimes feel at the moment, you just don't want to hear anything more about the virus. And just want to focus on having an online dinner with friends where we laugh at the crazyness of it all - feel free to stop reading now (!)
 
Anyway... I know the theory.  An...
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What You Can Do...

Mar 25, 2020

I am loosing the count of days... 10, 20 ...I think it is 20 days since I have been self-isolating. I still remember my last ski run.

So much has changed in that time. I wake up every morning, smile thinking I am waking up to my old life. I used to love my old life - I had spent years optimising both life and work. And then I remember that I am doing something else right now. That we are all doing something else right now.

So how are you all doing? Where are you all at? How are your loved ones? How are you all adapting to all of this?

Recently someone ended their email to me by saying ‘rest well during this period’. I was puzzled at the different experiences we must be having(!) I haven’t quite got to the rest point...  It's been long days... none of it paid work... simply following what I know I must do...

I have spent the last two weeks on the phone, from 8.00am until 1.00am - on any of helping people pivot their business, supporting some to get their...

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Coronavirus - What Is It Calling Us To?

Mar 11, 2020
I don’t know where you are at in terms of the Coronavirus.  I have a risk factor and so I have been watching it closely.  Definitely beyond the denial stage.  
 
I am worried for my family and my community.  I am not a Doctor and so I can’t pass on that kind of advice.  Although my Doctor has advised me to do as much as I possibly can to strengthen my immune system.
 
I know a lot of people who are currently wearing as a badge of honour that they are not afraid.  I am not one of those people.  I am afraid.  I think that this is an issue and something we need to respond to consciously and carefully.  
 
If I am honest I have also felt pretty powerless.  I have done the basics - wash my hands all the time, I have switched my meetings to Zoom, bought a thermometer and stocked up on the immune boosters my doctor has recommended. And I keep checking on my parents and asking them to stay home - which they...
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What Has 2019 Taught You?

Dec 12, 2019
A lot of you have asked me for my 'end of year' questions... so here goes...
 
One of my first coaches, always used to say to me ‘Make sure you catch up … regularly … with who you have become”.
 
So I have an end of year ritual, which helps me do that… it is my way of catching up with myself at the end of the year.  To realise what the year has taught me and who I have become as a result.  
 
This year ends a 10 year cycle and it feels even more important to do this.  So you can do this just for 2019... or use it to catch up with what the last 10 year cycle has been about.
 
Here are the questions...You just need to get yourself a journal to write in, a hot drink and a comfortable chair.  Or you can also download here the nice worksheet pdf I have created for you as a gift...
 
Theme
  • What have the main themes been for you this year?  
Changes
  • What were the pivotal moments that...
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The Power Of Presence

Nov 25, 2019
My neighbour died last night.  It was sudden and unexpected.  He was in his early seventies, but seemed in good health.  One day he was here and the next gone.
 
He lived opposite me.  I didn’t know him well.  But whenever our paths crossed he was friendly and we had a nice chat.  
 
The last time we saw each other, we took the little mountain train together.  It was morning.  He joked that he was going to hit the town and party that day.  He was in fact being a good friend - going to the hospital to support someone close who was having a scan on his shoulder.
 
I felt really sad when I heard the news.  And since then I have been haunted by a deep sense of loss.  The force of which has been unexpected...  My mind keeps reminding me that we were just acquaintances.  But my heart deeply feels the loss of his presence.    ...
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The Precious Time Before Emails

Oct 22, 2019
I don’t now what you are like... but I find that it is so easy to loose yourself in the constant juggle of external demands.  
 
Whose voice is setting your tone?
 
Life can so easily get filled with the weight of emails and the sound of external voices asking for more.  That it is hard to hear yourself anymore.  
 
You end up becoming more reactive to others' cries rather than responsive to your own soul.  
 
Making new choices...
 
Recently one of the choices I have been making is to show up and write something before I look at my emails. The rule for the ‘something’ is that it is not dictated by what others want to hear.  But by something I want to write - an expression of what I really want to say. It is a time that I spend with myself - listening in and writing.  It feels so good to be able to hear my own voice.  
 
I have found that that simple practice...
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Scaling For Good

Oct 22, 2019

October is a big month for me. It is the period of Accelerate 2030... a sustainable scaling programme focused on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

I don’t talk very much about some of the 'for impact' programmes I support.

The thing is that there are people up to amazing things. And sometimes we need to know that they exist... that someone is doing something somewhere... to feel that inspiration and that hope...

It may even give us the courage to join them...or to support them where we can...

Scaling for the SDGs

So coming back to Accelerate 2030... Its mission is to scale internationally the impact of entrepreneurs working towards achieving positive social and environmental change.

It is run in partnership with The Impact Hub in Geneva and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). This year it has been implemented across 16 countries: Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, South Africa, Serbia, Turkey, Armenia, Malaysia,...

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Let Go Of What No Longer Serves

Oct 21, 2019

Continuing on my Autum theme of rest and reflection, here is something on letting go.

One of my rituals is decluttering my space every six months - in the Autumn and in the Spring. I give away or let go of what no longer serves me. And I make an effort to repair or mend the things I keep. Clients often ask me how I do my decluttering. So here are some thoughts...

The Three Questions...

When it comes to knowing what to keep or give away, there are 3 questions ask yourself:

  • Do I Love It?
  • Is It Me Now?
  • Does It Nourish Me?

The idea is to upgrade your environment to reflect who you have become and are becoming. And to surround yourself with things that nurture you.

I always say to my clients: ‘Everything has an energetic impact on you - it either energises or drains you - so choose wisely!’ That little skirt might have been great 10 years ago - but is it really reflecting the truth of who you are now?

Physical Declutter

So try it... look around you at home (or at...

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A Time To Rest...

Oct 18, 2019

I am usually a good ‘performer’ - setting my goals and getting there - pushing through as needed.

What if this wasn't the time to push?

But at the moment I have felt a bit aimless - I achieved my goals for the year over the summer and now I feel a bit lost. My brain has been pushing me to set new goals and do a last mad dash on something to the end of the year. But I have just not been in the mood.

Luckily, I remembered that in terms of nature this is a time of going inside... a time of letting go, reflecting and most importantly of... rest. It is not the time to just plough on or through to the next thing.

Taking a stand...

In our society, it is a badge of honour to always be switched on and ‘out there’. So it feels like an act of courage to say:’ I am taking some time out to rest and to just 'be' for a while’. To rest not just your body - but also your mind, heart and soul.

9 Types of rest...

Recently I saw this social media post about 9 types...

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