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‘Big Jack’s’ Greatest Gift To The Irish

If you’re Irish you’ll know that someone special to Irish people everywhere left the planet over the weekend – Jack Charlton.

For those reading this that have never heard of him, Jack was an English coal-miner’s son who became a professional footballer and won the soccer World Cup with England in 1966.

How To Get Beyond Limitations…

“There’s a few reasons why I don’t see it happening”

These were the words spoken by a smart woman I was working with a few years ago, in response to me asking if she thought she could ever be a CEO.

She was very convincing in her argument as to why she couldn’t get to the top spot.

But it turned out that despite her comments she actually had a huge desire to get to the role.

Some Relaxation And Questions To Get Better

With everything going on, it feels strange to say I took a few days off… but I did.

It was a bank holiday in Ireland, so I bolted on some extra time and enjoyed the incredible sunshine. And it was a complete switch off – so much so, I even gave myself permission not to send an email on Monday! 🙂

But not to let me completely off the hook this week, here’s something a little different.

Adversity And Letting Go

I found myself on a call last Friday with several hundred people from around the world as we participated in a global check-in for leaders and transformation professionals.

One of the questions discussed was this: What are you being called to let go of?

Here were the most common answers: Busyness / Existing mental patterns / The way ‘I’ want it to be / My ego and the way it ‘should’ be / My need to control everything

Corona And Being The One Person

It has been amazing to watch the mental impact on many people over the last few weeks as the Coronavirus has moved around the world.

The uncertainty and volatility brought into the financial markets is just one example of the consequences to this phenomenon. People in Australia fighting over toilet rolls in a supermarket is another!

When things become more uncertain, most become more fearful.

And what we will see now in the coming weeks and months, is that fear creates other problems.

Wisdom From An Accidental Entrepreneur, Darina Allen

If you’re Irish, Darina needs no introduction. But if you’re not let’s just say she is Ireland’s original celebrity chef. And over the last few decades she has written 19 books, created one of the best cookery schools in the world, been a pioneer and ambassador for the slow food movement and a renowned TV chef.

The Key To Dramatic Turnarounds

Everyone can be forgiven for falling victim to a ‘pity party’, particularly in challenging times. But if I’ve learned anything in my own life and working with leaders, it’s that the right mindset is key to creating miracles.

Learning From A Food Entrepreneur

I was meeting Darina to discuss her appearance at my annual networking dinner for women leaders, The Dinner For Ladies Who Don’t Lunch, which takes place in early November.

Over a couple of hours she shared with me some of her story.

What I found fascinating was that most of the breakthrough moments came from adversity.

No-One Is Immune To Working On Mindset

In today’s world, leaders need to be aware that mindset has to be pro-actively managed. Why? Because it affects everything that matters. And in particular, it affects your state of mind or mood.