What If Covid Was A Pivotal Moment?

Mar 30, 2021
We have just passed here in Switzerland the anniversary of the first lockdown.  I think that back then we all hoped that it would be a short lived thing and that we could go ‘back to normal’ by the Summer.
Beyond the exhaustion of it all... one year on, for many Covid seems instead to have triggered a pivotal moment.  One of those points in time that gets us to stop and think.  And ask deeper questions about why we are here and what we are doing with our lives. 
I am experiencing more and more leaders asking questions about how to shift their careers or their businesses - to explore how to integrate more balance, purpose and meaning into what they do.  Which are tell tale signs of a pivotal moment.
The question is if Covid is a pivotal moment for us all, then are we navigating it in the right way?  Both personally and at a humanity level so that we can reap its benefits.  This is not a class we want to fail and...
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Taking The Chance On Meaning

Mar 23, 2021
One of my favourite movies is 'The Life of Walter Mitty'.  It is the story of this unassuming guy, who works as a negative assets manager at Life Magazine.  His real life is completely dull.  But inside his head he lives these unbelievable adventures.  He just doesn't do anything about them.  And he lives his life stuck in his cubicle at work.
So many of us dream of more meaningful lives.  We might even know what we would love to do. But we don't break through the fear of following our true path.
Sometimes you embrace the adventure, sometimes you resist it. 
For Walter Mitty, he did go for the adventure. One day he was given an opportunity and he went for it. He was terrified but he was on his way.
And that's where I was at.  In the adventure.  Or to be more precise stuck on a sand dune in the middle of the Altiplano with altitude sickness and darkness quickly setting in.
Resisting The Path
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The Inner Game Of Purpose

Mar 16, 2021

Often we frame purpose as doing good in the world. But what if there was more to it - what if purpose was not just about doing good?

When I started working with humanitarian sector leaders on creating fulfilling work, I found something unexpected.

Up until then, I had mainly worked with corporate leaders. I found that they often lacked meaning and purpose in what they did. But when it came to for impact leaders, I believed they would be experts in meaning. They were doing good. Their work was having a clear positive impact. So I thought they would feel on purpose and be completely fulfilled in what they did. 

But that wasn’t the case. In fact they complained about the same things as my corporate leaders did - which surprised me. Specifically they felt successful on the outside but that something was missing on the inside. 

At first I didn’t understand why. After all their work was externally meaningful. So why...

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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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