Last week I found myself at a conference in one of the top tourist attractions in Ireland, The Guinness Storehouse, in Dublin, which also has a super events facility.
I was meeting Darina to discuss her appearance at my annual networking dinner for women leaders, The Dinner For Ladies Who Donâ€™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.
In a team or organisational context, itâ€™s about achieving whatâ€™s expected from your job or role – be it the CEO or the janitor. Yet often, many smart people do their â€˜bestâ€™ without any clarity on what are the top outcomes expected from them are and how their success is to be measured.
One of the most powerful things Iâ€™ve discovered in a leadership context (be it business or life) is that we all have an inner narrator. When people or events donâ€™t line up with the way we like them, youâ€™ll find that voice is activated. Most will listen to that voice as if itâ€™s the real them.
Many people say they’re fully committed when really they aren’t. They hold back out of perhaps fear or from being focused on too many things at the same time. What really matters most to you? Are you fully committed?
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.
I recall observing one of my clients (a smart, experienced successful leader) in a meeting with some of his team. Heâ€™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.
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.