Are You Lacking Energy At This Time?

Dec 08, 2020
As we close this intense year, I am hearing from a lot of people at the moment that they are feeling tired and down.
 
It is more than the usual end of year need to recharge. I guess the best name for it is 'Covid fatigue'.
 
I was talking to a friend about it recently and she was sharing how she felt she was working all the time. That so many of the 'enjoyment' parts of life had been taken away by the Covid changes.
 
And so many of us I am sure are looking forward to recharging over the holidays. Having some nice times to close the year and get our energy back. And that's great - we all need it. But the reality is it might not be enough... yes it will help us recuperate after a stressful year and is essential. But that is only part of the story.
 
Covid 19 has brought massive change to our lives and our world.  Understatement of the year (!)  And that you know.  The key question though is have you been tracking the change curve?  And do you...
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Reaching The Heights Of Meaningful Work

Dec 01, 2020

Often we think that to reach the height of a meaningful career you need to become really good at something that you are recognised for and that has a positive impact. So did I for a long time. In 2014, I got another perspective.  That there was something beyond that.

I had arrived in Switzerland in 2010 and started a new business from scratch. I had no network. I was told I was crazy and that the market was saturated in terms of coaches and consultants.

Within 18 months I was working with big multinationals and humanitarian organisations doing what I loved - focusing on energy management, meaningful work, emotional intelligence and leading change. And my business was doing well.

2014 was a turning point though in an unexpected way. By that time I was working with high potential leaders and actively supporting internal change agents in large organisations to bring meaningful change. I was leading transformation journeys and 5 day retreats so we could go deep.

At the end of that...

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The 3 Stages Of A Meaningful Career

Nov 23, 2020

One of the things we don't talk a lot about is what it really takes to build a meaningful career over time.  

When I first decided I wanted to do work that had meaning, I was totally focused on finding that perfect meaningful role or setting up the perfect meaningful business.  I couldn’t see much beyond that.  It was black or white, there were no shades of grey. 

It was like this box that I was going to find and tick.  And then that would be it. Everything would be alright.  I would arrive in some kind of paradise and automatically be ecstatically happy all of the time.   

I went on to realise there was a lot more to it than that ...  

Initially, I put too much pressure on myself to find the perfect thing straight away.  The one thing that would fulfil me completely immediately and totally.  Instead of letting it be an ongoing work in progress.  I was probably too ambitious initially in the jobs I applied to when...

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The Changemaker's Career Dilemma

Nov 20, 2020
As purpose led leaders, it is a constant challenge to juggle succeeding in our careers and being a change maker.
 
When I was 16 years old I was admitted at a prestigious French school - preparing students to become high achieving leaders and Heads of Industry.  My family was delighted.  For me it didn't feel right.  But I wasn’t sure why.
 
I was a good student - aspiring to be the perfect student. Working hard to get the good grades. But I was also the one who always challenged the status quo. And tried to constantly evolve the way things were done. 
 
I didn’t really know what to do with that. Nobody around me talked about it, nor how I could be both a good student and a changemaker. It always seemed like I could be either one or the other. In the end, I refused to go.  All I could say to my furious dad was: ‘They won’t make me into the kind of leader I...
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Making Transitioning To Purpose A Little Less Hard

Nov 18, 2020
Career transitions are hard.  But when I did mine there was one assumption that made it harder than it needed to be.
 
I shifted to a more purposeful career twenty years ago.  At the time I was a lawyer in a leading Law Firm in the City of London.  
 
Initially I did what most leaders do...
 
I first explored what I really wanted to do. And then I set out to apply for what I thought would be the right jobs.   
 
I knew I wanted to work more directly supporting people and helping them change in some way.
 
I also had many transferable skills from my training as a lawyer: project management, teamwork, being a trusted advisor, influencing, helping people to see things differently, power of analysis, gathering and synthesising masses of data and making recommendations, interviewing people, I was also bi-cultural and bi-lingual French English.
 
Like most leaders I assumed that to make the shift I needed to find an...
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The Call To A New Level of Purpose and Finding Your Place In History

Nov 10, 2020
We are at a pivotal time in human history.
 
One thing I am noticing with my clients across the board is that they are feeling the call to a level of higher purpose in their work. Beyond fulfilling work they crave a new level of personal impact.
 
I love hero movies. I know it’s kind of embarrassing.
 
But I just love the ordinary guy or girl who is called to something greater than themselves. Who first ignores the call. And then moves beyond the confusion, the doubts and finds it in themselves to rise up.
 
Eventually standing for what they believe in, inspiring others to join them and together they save the day. Cue happy ending.
 
The thing with hero movies is that they remind us that we all get called. And at this point in human history we are all being called.
 
I tried to ignore my call when it came. We all do. That feeling that although I was successful on the outside, something was missing on the inside. That...
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Do You Know Where You Are Going?

Sep 30, 2020

Change of Energy

In the Northern hemisphere we have just passed the Autumn Equinox, when the days start getting shorter again.  In nature it is the time of harvest and preparing for the new.  

I decided a long time ago to attune my own process of evolution to mirror the cycles of nature.  We all have innate potential that is seeded in us and wants to express itself.  We are a part of nature and at some level are coded to its rhythms of transformation and transition.

Ending A Chapter And Beginning A New One

Traditionally, we celebrate January as the time of new beginnings with our new year resolutions.  But we forget that in nature the process starts much earlier than that.  

In nature, September/October/November are a time of harvest, endings and reorganising - when we collect the bounty of the last year, complete this chapter and move on to prepare the soil for the new crop.  

So this is a time to harvest what you have...

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Rest, Retreat And Desires

Aug 01, 2020

Here are a few extracts from past blogs that I thought you would find useful to take care of yourself and reconnect over the summer.  See it as creating your very own mini-retreat.

Which Type Of Rest?

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.

A while back I saw this social media post I loved about 9 types of rest:

1. Time Away

2. Permission to not be helpful

3. Something ‘unproductive’

4. Connection to art and nature

5. Solitude to recharge

6. A break from responsibility

7. Stillness to decompress

8. Safe space

9. Alone time at home

Most of us can relate to sleep, holiday, ‘me’ time or going out into nature to recuperate. We know about those... even if we don’t always do them. But I find this a useful checklist for...

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4 Ways To Really Recover This Summer

Jul 29, 2020
How do you make the best of summer and ensure that it is a real time of reconnection and filling yourself up?  I was talking with my mum today about how we were having to be more creative about how we recharge and stay safe. A lot of the things we took for granted are not as straightforward at the moment.  So we are finding new ways to nurture ourselves.  

What are you doing to renew and reconnect?  What new things are sustaining you and what are you letting go of?  

Enjoy the ideas in this blog series over the next few weeks.  Here is the first in the series.  An oldie but a goodie on 4 ways to recover this summer...  

1.  Give yourself permission to play:    Play reconnects you to yourself and to what is good for you.  So follow the call to play.    

We know that positive emotions direct us back to what we need to flourish.  That includes play.    

In summer and during the holidays we...

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The 4 Pillars Of Next Generation Leadership

Jul 21, 2020

A Next Generation Leader is someone who feels called to contribute from their inspiration, purpose and humanity. They are naturally drawn to embody more humane values. They often don't really see themselves as leaders.  But they want to somehow make the world a better place.

The Untapped Potential of A Next Generation Leader

One of my favorite quotes is: 'If you feel like you don't fit into the world you inherited it is because you were born to help create a new one.' (Ross Caligiuri)

This applies perfectly to Next Generation leaders. Their potential is to lead the charge to a new sustainable loving world where we can all flourish. They have the innate ability to catalyse that new world into being. Bringing new blueprints for how we live and work on this planet. They are not here to maintain the status quo. They are here to evolve it.

Reluctant leaders, they are often not aware of their power. Unconscious as to what they are made for, they focus on fitting into the...

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