Fear will always conspire to keep us from taking action in our lives. Rather than trying to name the fear and understand what’s driving it, our minds have an uncanny way of calling it something else in our attempt to minimize or dismiss it. Fear of failure gets a makeover under the moniker of “risk-aversion” and “comfort”, and the often paralyzing fear of making a mistake somehow sounds much less ominous when called “perfectionism”. As you think about important decisions and changes you would like to make in your life and career, what specific fears are keeping you from taking action? And how can you find the inspiration, support and courage to name these fears and take that next step?
When I ask people what success means to them, many of them struggle to come up with an answer. For some people, it’s the first time that anyone has ever asked them that question. It’s interesting how we can spend our lives in this constant pursuit of success without having a clear idea of what success really means to us. I have definitely been guilty of this at different stages throughout my life. As you start the new year, I encourage you to take some time to explore what success really means to you. If you were to look back over your entire life one day, what specific things will you look to as testament to your success?
As 2018 draws to a close, I wanted to share some of my favourite photos taken over the past year. This has become an annual tradition of mine, and I find that it helps me focus on everything I was able to do this year, as opposed to going down that rabbit hole of mistakes, regrets and lost opportunities. May 2019 be a year where we choose courage over fear; strength over weakness; and empathy and kindness over intolerance. Wishing you all the best for 2019!
My latest article, inspired by Susan David’s TED Talk on emotional agility, provides a simple framework for promoting growth and transformation in our lives. To read the full article, click here.
As we prepare for Industry 4.0, we need to start exercising foresight in at least equal measure to hindsight, and we need to start challenging many of the assumptions on which our business models, strategies and ultimately our lives are built. To read the full article, click here.
If we want to build more inspiring, creative and human workplaces, role modelling respect needs to become a leadership priority at every level within our organizations. Click here to read the full article.
I have found that there is often a big disconnect between how open leaders perceive their culture to be compared to how open it actually is. While there are many questions that can give insight into corporate culture, there is one question that I have found to be the most revealing. Click here to read the full article.
It’s time to stop treating change like a standalone project that can be managed with checklists and Gantt charts! Change needs to be embedded into our leadership and business practices and needs to recognize that every person responds to change in a uniquely personal way. Click here to read the full article.
As we begin designing the workplace of the future, we need to start challenging the leadership and HR programs of the past. I believe this starts with dated employee engagement surveys. Click here to read the full article.
Focusing on purpose rather than passion is the key to a meaningful life. Click here to read the full article.