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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The Gift Of Pure Potentiality

Jun 24, 2020

I have heard many people around me talk about feeling emotional, tired, unfocused, unbalanced, ungrounded. Some are even skirting burn out. I don’t know where you are at. But I wanted to address that. Within this period lies a gift. But we need to know how to invite it in.

Make Time For Process

The last few months with Covid have been challenging to say the least. At best stressful. At worst traumatic. We have been dealing with its physical and economic effects. Now it’s time to address its psychological effects.

Our body waits until an extreme stress or traumatic event is over to process it. So you might think that the mental impact would have come during lockdown. But actually our system will wait until the end of lockdown to process it properly. So it is important to watch out for the signs of that.

Signs can take different forms. Feeling emotional and not really knowing why. Feeling intensely angry or sad. Feeling exhausted and having no motivation. Difficulty...

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The Essence Of A Next Generation Leader

Jun 19, 2020

I was asked recently what a next generation leader was. So here goes...

I believe that we are at a pivotal moment in human history. That we are being called to upgrade our operating system on the planet. My big vision is that we finally find the courage to make the shift to a sustainable world where we all flourish.

Next Generation Leaders are the ones who will lead us there.  

 

Voicing The Gap

How this idea started is that I realised how ill equipped traditional leaders are for this.

My background is in leadership and career development. A few years back I toyed with the idea of abandoning leadership development. I could feel the gap between my version of leadership and what companies were wanting. In parallel, I was experiencing this intense frustration (ok let’s call it what it was... a mixture of anger and powerlessness) at how leaders were showing up and what they were creating out in the world.

I was then luckily asked to support a department of change makers...

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What If This Is The Reset Point?

Jun 08, 2020

We have known for a while that our operating model on the planet is not fit for purpose. Deep down we knew that a system upgrade would come. What if this is the reset point we have been waiting for?

The work that I do centers around pivotal moments. Those times when you question your life and how you have been living it. When you feel called to review the blueprint of what you have created. When you yearn for a profound shift to something more fulfilling, meaningful and impactful.

At a pivotal moment you realise that you have got off track. That you have lost yourself in the chase for external success. It is a bit like a faulty software gone mad. You think it is serving you, and then you suddenly realise it isn’t getting you what you need at all.

The antidote is realigning to your potential, purpose and leadership. To your original operating blueprint. A bit like pressing reset on your computer.

I have been wondering recently ... What if this is a pivotal moment for...

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