Know your life story, but don’t let it own you

Know your life story, but don’t let it own you

I have a dear friend who I think is amazing. When I was learning what it means to be a purpose-focused entrepreneur, it was my friend that inspired me.  They had started and grown successful ventures, pushed the boundaries of what others considered possible, supported others to experience life’s richness. They are the poster-child for aligning  personal passions with what one does in the world. They positively impacted the lives of many.

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A problem with leadership as we know it

A problem with leadership as we know it

Leadership as we current understand it is fundamentally flawed. Why? Because leadership as it is most often demonstrated by people brings with it a mindset of ‘hero’ – a leader is the person out in front creating the new pathway. Leadership as we know it breeds dependence. Leadership as we know it disempowers true leaders.

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Some guiding thoughts for my life and work

Some guiding thoughts for my life and work

I recently had dinner with a group of friends with whom I have a deep love, respect and admiration. Individually, they are each mentors, spiritual guides and advisors to my own journey. In coming together for the first time a a group over dinner a short time ago, we became a collective ‘wise council’ for each other.

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Why develop the whole leader?

Why develop the whole leader?

 consider a leader to be: “Anyone willing to step up and help transform a vision for a better future into reality” (refer to my post How Are You Being A Leader?) for an explanation of how I arrived at this definition). This way of considering leadership support me – and the people I work with – to enter into an exploration of leadership separate their role title, role level, or role responsibilities.

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Purposeful Leadership: Allowing your purpose to flow through you in the here-and-now

Purposeful Leadership: Allowing your purpose to flow through you in the here-and-now

I was chatting with a colleague and former coaching client today about where he was ‘at’. Our conversations last year were focused around career and planning the next steps in his career. In listening to his story about the shift in direction for his organisation with the appointment of a new CEO late last year, it appears that the time is now ripe to implement that plan.

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