One of the most powerful things I’ve discovered in a leadership context (be it business or life) is that we all have an inner narrator. When people or events don’t line up with the way we like them, you’ll find that voice is activated. Most will listen to that voice as if it’s the real them.
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.
Time really isn’t the issue, it’s more about changing perspective – taking a different mindset. Which for most is hard unless it’s forced upon you. That’s where the power of an hour comes in.
Below is a recording of an interview I did in August 2019 with Siun Byrne and Michael Daly of the “D15 Today” show on Phoenix FM. I spoke about gender balance at board and CEO level.
I was working with a golfer a few years ago who had asked me to help him with a certain aspect of his game. He was known as someone who would play great when it didn’t really matter – but someone who would ‘choke’ in pressure situations.
I don’t often repeat my weekly email about the same subject, but Shane Lowry warrants it. Understandably his recent victory in The Open has been the main focus of all sports and news media in Ireland over the past week and different stories have emerged.
“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognise the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.”
I know quite a few ‘control freaks’… 🙂
“I don’t want you to take this the wrong way, but I’m leaving tomorrow morning.” These were the words from a client, five minutes after he’d arrived at The Thrive Experience, an annual retreat I run for leaders. The event runs over 2.5 days, so we hadn’t even officially begun and yet, he was telling me he was leaving.
If you read my post last week, you will know where I ended up last Sunday.
In the A&E of a Dublin hospital.
But the story didn’t end there.
“Any problem can be solved between people if only they can trust each other.” – War Horse by Michael Morpugo, Page 119
Last week I attended a showing of War Horse in Dublin with some clients from an entrepreneurs forum I run.
The acclaimed show tells the story of a relationship between a boy (Albert) and a young horse (Joey) as they grow up while World War I is taking place. You may well have seen the movie of this show, created by Steven Spielberg.