If you’re Irish and over 40, you’ll know that last week saw the passing of the legendary broadcaster Gay Byrne. If you’re not living in Ireland, think of the most famous person you know in your country, multiply it by 10 and make it personal.
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.
It was revealed that the founder and CEO of the innovative co-working company, Adam Neumann, had been fired by his board. His fall publicly started on the 14th August when WeWork released their jaw dropping IPO prospectus which attempted to value the organisation at $65 Billion.
I recall observing one of my clients (a smart, experienced successful leader) in a meeting with some of his team. He’d asked me to sit in on a meeting to observe the culture in action and afterwards give some feedback to himself and the team.
“Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” – A poem by Mary Oliver.
A friend shared this poem with me last week, and I was struck not only by it’s brevity but also by it’s power.
I think it’s easy to read these lines and think ’that’s cute’ and just move on with the busyness of life, but I believe they are worth reflecting on.
“Good men are like unicorns. Everyone talks about them but nobody has actually seen one.” I don’t agree…
Episode 46 – Shane Cradock on Mindset, Visioning & Permission to Dream! Podcaster Rob O’Donohue asked me a lot of wide-ranging questions about business and life and as a result he brought out some content I hadn’t expected. During the conversation, we touched on many topics including: Becoming an obsessive learner Influencers on my learning…
A few years ago, someone wrote me an email about my book ‘Inspire Me’ – maybe it was you? They told me that they had six books beside their bed – 5 by famous international authors. The other by some guy he’d never heard of i.e. me 🙂 But they went on to tell me…
Thrive Forum: The Thrive Forum is a peer group of like-minded business owners focused on having better businesses and better lives. They meet with me every 2 months. During the year we meet with successful people who have an interesting story and pick their brains. In June 2016, we met with Josh Stewart, founder and…
“If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall,
every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster.”
– Stephen Covey
I remember the first time I read these words. They had a profound effect on me.
I was a busy young professional working in a multi-national
and I had just started down the road of seeking more meaning
from my career and life.
I’d never even considered that I was climbing a ladder that was
against a virtual wall.
Yet I was. The wall was what success looked like to me and the ladder
was my pathway there.