Resilience: The art of bouncing back

Resilience: The art of bouncing back

You can’t predict where life will take you or where your career journey will lead you. But you do have control over how you respond and bounce back when life throws you a curve ball. In fact, positive psychologists have a term for this “bouncing back”, they call it resilience.   Psychological resilience is defined as an individual’s ability to properly adapt to stress and adversity. Stress and adversity can come in the shape of family or relationship problems, health problems, or workplace and financial worries, among others.  Resilience is not a rare ability; in reality, it is found in the average individual and it can be learned and developed by virtually anyone. Resilience should be considered a process, rather than a trait to be had. (Wikipedia)   In this Leadership Lounge episode, we meet Andrew Soren, Leadership coach & Senior Advisor of Leadership Development at BMO. He shares critical information on how we can all become more resilient at work and in life ( with some practical tips we can take action on today):     There are moments in life when things go wrong. Horribly wrong. I remember when I put a $25 million launch at risk and I’ll never forget the feeling of fear + dread+ shame+ anger when I was called into the General Manager’s office to explain the situation. It was a feeling I’d rather not feel again. Ever. But resilience grew in me a little more that day when I realized we all make mistakes and the big question is what we do about them  (Resilience Factor of emotional awareness + self-regulation).  Looking back on that situation, I’m proud of the failure...
Laugh for your life

Laugh for your life

” There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.”   – Charles Dickens One day many years ago, my dad was driving my sister and I to school when he burst out laughing. The first 5 minutes he laughed, I thought he was crazy. But then the magic of laughter spread and my sister and I had joined in on the random laughter.   No, he wasn’t crazy- he was just doing some morning laughter yoga.  He had heard all about Dr Madan Kataria’s Laughter Yoga practice the day before on the radio. Fast forward ten years…. I am sitting in a yoga studio in Bangalore, India with 35  professionals from 13 different countries and we are laughing. Really loud for a really long time. We are all becoming globally certified Laughter Yoga Professors and receiving our training from  the Founder himself- Dr Madan Kataria. So just what is Laughter Yoga and how do you do it? I interviewed Dr Madan Kataria to ask him how laughter yoga can impact us both at home and in the boardroom.   Did you find yourself laughing?  Good!  My invitation to you TODAY:  laugh a little bit longer today and notice how you feel. Interested in trying out some laughter yoga with friends or colleagues at work? Great!  Contact me at tania@taniadesa.com  and let’s bring more laughter into your...
How to connect with industry experts

How to connect with industry experts

We all have THE List. I’m not referring to THE List of qualities your soul mate must possess or THE List of everything your dream job entails or even THE List of groceries you have to pick up before 5 pm today. I’m referring to THE List of incredible people you secretly desire to meet. Perhaps after watching a Piers Morgan interview or Oprah life class, you thought to yourself  ” Hmm, that guest was incredible, I’d love to sit down for a conversation with her over coffee.”   We dream it, we let the intention take root in our minds but then that nasty “reality check”  gremlin voice chimes in with a question: “How will I reach out to her? She probably wouldn’t even open an email from a random person like me. Who am I to think that I can actually talk to that guru!” Indulge me for a few moments here. Please ask your gremlin voice to simmer down and button it for just a few minutes as I’d like to introduce you to Chris Taylor. Chris has a superpower. He has the ability to reach out to industry experts like Seth Godin, Robin Sharma, Dan Pink and Susan Cain. In fact, he has landed one on one interviews with some of the best industry bigwigs out there today and he’s agreed to advise us on how to build this superpower for ourselves. So, listen in and learn.  Interview tweetables to share with your peeps: “Connecting with people who share common interests always pays off.” @passionigniter… Click To Tweet     How to Reach A Guru: Provide...
Most Interesting Person of 2013

Most Interesting Person of 2013

Today is the last day of 2013. As I get my party dress ready for tonight, I think about the 365 days just gone by. I travelled South America, met incredible peers at conferences, sparked new friendships in my home city and started off my journey as a full fledged entrepreneur. I also had the unique opportunity to interview some pretty cool people to learn more about their lives and learnings. Interviewing people is like shining a flashlight into someone’s memory cortex so that they automatically share wisdom they didn’t know they have. But don’t we all get a little more interesting as time goes on?  Any person having just lived 365 days in this year is bound to have soaked up some new learning on the way. So, what if we interviewed ourselves to hear what pearls of wisdom we’ve picked up?   Most Interesting Person of 2013: #YOU…Interview yourself @passionigniter Click To Tweet   I’ll take one for the team and go first.   Tania Q: What are you most proud of? Tania A: Creating my own content and putting out there in the world. From inkling of an idea through launch, it took courage, perseverance and overcoming a lot of negative self talk to put content that is entirely my own out to others. I’m proud to have gone through the process and eager to do it again.   Tania Q: What was scariest thing you did this year? Tania A: Moving to my hometown and starting completely new. New job, new apartment, new friends. Recognizing that things have changed a lot since I’ve been gone...
Newbie realities of working in NGOs, Africa: Dream Hunter Interview with Emily Bell

Newbie realities of working in NGOs, Africa: Dream Hunter Interview with Emily Bell

In this Dream Hunter Interview, we explore the realities of what it takes to build a career and life around a social mission. Emily Bell, British native with a global spirit,  takes us behind the curtain to describe the realities of daily life as a newbie in Africa and also demonstrates dedication via her own life experience for making an impact and serving others.   Tania: So Emily, what drew you to a career in the NGO field? Emily:   I first visited Africa, Kenya to be precise, when I was 18 on my ‘Gap Year’ – which is a British way of saying a year out between high school and university. It’s fairly common for school leavers in England to take a gap year and volunteer overseas. My three months as a teaching assistant in a Kenyan school obviously left quite an impression on me because although I went on to do a bachelors degree in English and French at the University of Manchester, I tried to do some volunteer work with Africa-focused charities every summer holidays. I knew when I finished my first degree that I wanted to work in the development/humanitarian field, and went straight on to study a Masters in Development Studies in London, which was useful in order to get a foot in the door. I started my career by doing two internships back to back. The first was in the HIV/AIDS department at the headquarters of the World Health Organisation in Geneva (where I met you Tania DeSa!) and the second was with the UK medical NGO, Merlin, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia....
Create home wherever you land: Dream Hunter Interview

Create home wherever you land: Dream Hunter Interview

One of the first things we do when we move to a new city is immediately choose a neighbourhood to settle down in. Choosing a neighbourhood in a new city can be based on many practical factors like shortest commute to work, good schools for our kids or location of the most cost effective apartment. Yet, how often do we consider the community we will be joining as a result of moving into a new neighbourhood? Oxford dictionary defines: Neighbourhood: a district or community within a town or city. Community: a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common. The condition of sharing or having certain attitudes and interests in common. WHAT IF, we chose a community to join THEN a neighbourhood in live in?   Meet one family who is doing just that. Elizabeth De Sa, along with her husband Coleman and two young children Althea (4) and Callum(1.5) are interviewing communities they want to belong to in order to find the right fit and then they will commit to moving into the new neighbourhood. Elizabeth takes us through her journey and offers advice from the heart for expatriates seeking to find not just a place to live, but also a place to belong. Key takeaways from our interview: “Looking for a place where we can live our values. A place where our outer lives are in alignment with the beliefs we hold dear.” (2:08)   Tips on how to test out a neighbourhood before you make the decision to move there. (3:47)   Advice for her 24 year old self (4:32)...