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Jul 29, 2015
Five Leadership Lessons From A Week With Richard Branson
Sir Richard Branson is a man I’ve admired as long as I remember. His books – jammed with stories of his entrepreneurial exploits and intrepid adventures on earth, sky and space – sit atop my bookshelves, their pages underlined with insights on taking risks, managing
Jun 15, 2015
The Agony Of Indecision
• Stay or go? • Expand or consolidate? • Rent or buy? • Have a baby or get more sleep? • Wait or act? • Say nothing or speak up? • Android or iPhone? It’s long been said that any decision is better than no
Jun 10, 2015
Are You Living By Design, Or By Default?
You and I have been born into a time where we have more opportunity and choice than ever before in history. But with the benefits of abundant choice comes with the responsibility to make wise choices – ones that enable us to live deeper and richer lives, not
May 07, 2015
Take The Train The Brave Challenge
I’ve made it a focus of my life to teach others how to be braver. Courage and bravery aren’t fixed qualities about yourself that can’t be changed. Much like building muscle, you can learn to have more courage and build your “bravery muscles.” Just imagine
Apr 07, 2015
Doubt Yourself Less. Back Yourself More.
“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." Nelson Mandela One of the many things I’ve learned over the years, whether from the adversities I’ve faced or
Mar 15, 2015
Call Out Sexism When You See It
We are all prejudice is some way. Every single one of us. All of us hold conscious and unconscious beliefs about other people - particularly those who are different from us in some way. Different heritage or ethnic background Different social class Different religion Different
Jan 13, 2015
Decide what you want. Then make it happen.
Sometimes you’ve just got to say YES! and then figure out how to make it work! I was recently invited to spend five days with Sir Richard Branson and 25 women leaders on Necker Island, his private island in the Caribbean engaging in big conversations
Nov 10, 2014
Done is better than perfect. Just get on with it!
Nothing stifles our success more than the pressure we put on ourselves to do things perfectly, and to avoid the possibility of falling short in the attempt. I've spent the last few months immersed in words while writing my next book Train the Brave (due
Aug 05, 2014
Prioritize what matters most… then say no to the rest.
Ask most people how they are these days and they'll tell you they're busy. We almost wear it like a badge of honour, as though being 'not busy' is something to be embarrassed about. The bigger question we must continually ask ourselves is. "Busy doing
Jul 13, 2014
World Cup Wisdom: Play To Win vs. To Not Lose
[caption id="attachment_8109" align="alignright" width="300"] Play to achieve what you want ahead of protecting against what you don't.[/caption] My three sons set the alarm for 4.45 am this morning so they could watch the World Cup final. We were all gunning for Argentina, and waiting for
Jun 15, 2014
Hate your job? Either change WHAT you do or change HOW you do it.
"I don't like what I do," Jake shared with me. "The problem is, I get paid fairly well, have good job security and can't see any way out. So I turn up, do my job and get out of here as soon as I
May 13, 2014
Wish you felt more self-confidence? How to build it & banish the doubt
Over the last couple days I've had the opportunity to speak at two leadership events. One to HR professionals, and one to health professionals. After each event I had the chance to speak with attendees who shared their challenges, aspirations and anxieties. One of the
Apr 22, 2014
Don’t wait to know everything before you do something
About ten years ago I got the idea of writing a book. I had never aspired to be an author. In fact, I didn’t even see myself as a writer. But as I’d started to do more public speaking, I was asked more and more
Mar 20, 2014
Sheryl Sandberg, Beyonce, We Need To Embrace Bossy, Not Ban Bossy
Don’t get me wrong: I think the underlying message of Sheryl Sandberg and the "Ban Bossy" campaign she has spearheaded this week with the 'new girls club' of brave women is immensely positive for young girls. We want young women to feel good about themselves.
Jan 16, 2014
Are you stuck in default mode? Why flexibility is so crucial in the game of life
Last night I went to the Australian Open. It was inspiring see top seeded players like Victoria Azaranka and Andy Murray move about the court. Their strength, their speed, their agility, their determination, their sheer endurance… particularly in the blazing heat that has enveloped Melbourne over
Dec 27, 2013
What Will You Focus On In 2014?
We live in an age of uber distraction. In fact I believe that after fear, it's a lack of focus that gets in the way of people accomplishing what they are capable of over the course of a day, a week, a year or a