What 7 experts taught me about success

What 7 experts taught me about success

  Yesterday wasn’t the average Wednesday at the office.  I joined 5000 professionals in a convention centre to soak up knowledge from 7 global experts all around the theme of Success. It was a jam packed day of insightful wisdom, game changing ideas and high energy. In the spirit of sharing and offering actionable tactics to create change in your life, I’d love to share my key learnings with you.  (Full disclosure, I’m also using you as accountability buddies to ensure I go through my messy notes and translate them into inspired action for myself!)  As Les Brown shared how his drive to offer his mother a better life motivated him to succeed even when self-doubt was slamming down the door. One particular phrase resonated deeply with me: Someone’s opinion of you doesn’t have to be your reality @LesBrown @Passionigniter Click To Tweet Les brought to light the fact that we are not defined by how others define us. We have control and autonomy to label ourselves as we wish ( and as big as we can dream). Les also spoke about the benefits of living full and dying empty. Citing that the wealthiest place is in fact, the cemetery. It is  the largest deposit of unrealized dreams, wealth and achievements. This truth instantly touched me as I lost a friend and mentor earlier this week. Scott Dinsmore  was a great example of someone who lived fully, although he tragically left us too soon and with so much left in him to give. The only woman to take the stage at the event was also the one to receive a...
Starting a Revolution of Awesome

Starting a Revolution of Awesome

In May, I stepped onto a stage in front of over 250 corporate professionals in Switzerland with one goal in mind: To inspire them to own their awesomeness and then act on it. I got personal on stage and shared the story of how I was 1 of 3 people to make it onto a lifeboat from a sinking ship last year. Oh, you haven’t heard that story yet?  Let’s change that right now:   There are days when self doubt, uncertainty and frustration fill our work space,  when its easy to forget the big picture of who we are and why it matters. These days lead to brilliance being muted, ideas lost and talent walking out the door. Lack of engagement & purpose is a plague invading our boardrooms. And, things have got to change.   It’s time to start a revolution to discover, own and sell our awesomeness at work. Its time the brilliant ideas are voiced and talent is showcased in order to drive growth and service. I’m committed to starting a Revolution of Awesome and I need your help. Here’s my invitation for you to take inspired action right now: 1. Please comment/like & share this  youtube video with 5 people if you care about them being seen and heard. There’s brilliance to be uncapped and no time to lose. 2. Forward this blog post to someone who is keeping their talent too hidden. If it can help/ignite them in some way, its worth it. 3. Spark a conversation about owning the inner salesperson with a colleague. Lets take this message to the masses so that it helps...
The Art of Leadership for Women

The Art of Leadership for Women

Earlier this week, I attended the Art of Leadership for Women Conference held in Toronto, Canada. All day, the stage lit up with female voices- Gretchen Rubin, Tara Mohr, Leeza Gibbons and Suzy Welch to name a few.  I felt inspired and re-energized walking away from the conference so I’d like to share some of my key learnings with you in the hopes that you are inspired to action as well.   My two biggest learnings from the conference:   1. Don’t underestimate the Second Act of Life. Both Suzy Welch and Leeza Gibbons spoke vulnerably and candidly from stage about their lives- as women in media, female leaders, wives and mothers.  Sharing their personal journeys and lessons to a room full of female professionals was inspiring as they created space for vulnerability to linger in the theatre. To be honest, I hadn’t heard of Suzy other than from her famous last name ( married to Jack Welch, former CEO of GE) however as her story unfolded, I realized she has accomplished more in half of her career than most do in a lifetime. A journalist, Bain & Co consultant then editor-in-chief of the Harvard Business Review and now best-selling author, Suzy stands brilliantly tall in her heels in any boardroom. I admired her informal style of storytelling which was structured around 4 key mistakes she wanted to share with us.   Here are some tweetable words of wisdom from her talk: Area of destiny is what you are uniquely good at + what you love doing Click To Tweet “Don’t hire the best people, hire the best human...
Journey to TEDx

Journey to TEDx

Ever wonder what goes into preparing and delivering a TEDx talk?     It’s a journey from the moment you agree to do it up until you walk off stage with the afterglow of delivery. I’d love to share my journey with you.     After you share your story on stage in front of 300 people, you often wonder—- How did I do? What was the impact? I chose not to keep myself in suspense so I  went to the audience to ask how they felt after the talk and what action they would take next. Here’s what they said:   Its how people FEEL and what they DO after an interaction with you that is a measurement of success.     Stay tuned for the link to watch the full TEDx talk ( sign up if you want the link emailed directly to you!)   If you are wondering what resources to tap into along the way, here are a few excellent tools that can help:  How to define your idea  Powerfully communicate via your slides Pinpointing your storyline  What to wear for your TEDx talk Remember to reach out to people to bounce ideas off them and rehearse with them. People WANT to be part of your journey, so let them!   If you have additional tips to share, please offer them in the comments section. If you had the chance to walk onto a TEDx stage, what idea would you share? ( Declare it below and watch magic happen)    ...
Dirty secrets of WOOing in the workplace

Dirty secrets of WOOing in the workplace

The ability to WOO is essential in business and in life. According to Gallup Organization’s StrengthFinder methodology, WOO stands for Winning Others Over  (what did you think it stood for?) There are countless situations in the workplace when you will need to influence people- to invite them to see a different point of view ….and then motivate them to exchange value with you. You may be gaining time, money or resources from them but you have to convince them to part with this value first. “Leadership is influence” @JohnCMaxwell @Passionigniter Click To Tweet The ability to influence others is a key leadership skill, yet, it is one of many that tends to make us feel dirty or we feel less confident about using; especially when compared to a more extroverted colleague. Many of us tend to leap into action before putting some strategic thought or intent behind building a proper case to WOO. Investing in some preparation can actually save you time in the WOOing process. Here are 3 key strategies to help you WOO faster and more effectively: 1. Begin with the end in mind: It is easy to get distracted by shiny objects or issues that actually have no bearing on the change you want to achieve. It is easy to allow the smallest comment to ignite a massive tangent that takes everyone off track and staring away from the common goal. Bring focus to the topic from the start. Envision what success looks like, then share it with everyone so the direction and end outcome is clear. This is especially key in a group setting. Articulate...
Defining “home” in a global world

Defining “home” in a global world

If you’ve ever lived or travelled abroad, you are familiar with the question that comes up within 60 seconds of any conversation with a stranger: “Where are you from?” Such a classic question may garner a standard response from some people but as we live in an increasingly globally mobile world, the answers tend to translate into mesmerizing stories these days. For me, with my tanned skin, black curly hair and brown eyes- most people guess that I am from India and seem almost dissatisfied when I say I’m Canadian. I usually get follow up questions like ” ok, but where are you really from?” or ” where were you born?”.  Again, the answer is Canada. At this point, I usually smile and enjoy their confusion or launch into a short story on the difference between ancestry and being “from” a country.  Here’s the highlight reel: ” Yes, I realize that I look kind of Indian. That’s because both my parents are from Goa, a former Portuguese colony in India.  I was born and raised in Canada. Honestly, I have lived longer in China, Spain and Switzerland than I ever have in India so although I look Indian, I can probably tell you more about culture and life in Zurich or Toronto than I can Goa.”  It sounds like I’m trying to justify my Canadian existence and that I’ve blown away someone’s stereotypical 30 second analysis of me. But situations like this always get me thinking about the nature of where we come from and how we define ourselves. THEN I came across an incredible TEDtalk by Pico Iyer....