Welcome to Margie's Insights and Interviews
Feb 24, 2013
Parmenides Fallacy: Are you downplaying the cost of inaction?
"There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction." John F Kennedy While researching my new book, I came upon numerous fascinating studies by neuro-scientists about how our brains work
Feb 12, 2013
Seven Strategies for Highly Effective New Year’s Resolutions
(Reprinted from original CourageWorks column in Forbes Magazine) We've all been there: Brimming with resolve on December 31st as we boldly declare the goals and changes we plan to make in the year ahead, and by January 31st that resolve has evaporated into the crisp
Jan 26, 2013
Ita Buttrose: Lessons on Courage from the Australian of the Year
While writing my new book Stop Playing Safe, I approached numerous people who have been really courageous throughout their career and working lives. In between my fair share of “Thank you, but no thank you” responses (which were wonderful opportunities for building resilience), I managed
Jan 23, 2013
Lance Armstrong: A Human Lesson from a Fallen Hero
(Reprinted from my CourageWorks column in Forbes magazine) None of us are immune to the same temptations that Armstrong succumbed to. As self-serving, deceitful and cowardly as his behaviour has been, it’s also very human. The discovery of Lance Armstrong’s drug cheating last year was shocking for many
Nov 27, 2012
Sometimes just 'showing up' is enough (particularly at 6am)
It's easy to find excuses not to put in effort and show up. But to create the rewarding life you want, you have to commit to showing up and pressing on, even when you don’t feel like it, even when it's cold outside, even when
Oct 12, 2012
Could you be misdiagnosing your problems? (Hint: If they keep recurring,you probably are!)
If you're problems aren't going away, chances are it's because you aren't diagnosing them correctly. Getting to the root cause of what's wrong in your life (and in the world at large) takes more than smart answers. It takes wise questions, an open mind and
Sep 21, 2012
Over-committed? Three questions to ask before saying yes.
I've been pretty stretched the last few months between finishing my new book, speaking a conferences across the globe, and juggling (and dropping) the many balls of every busy mother. So earlier this week, when I was asked to do a segment on The Morning Show (you
Sep 17, 2012
Does your life bring you energy... or drain you of it?
Last week I did a flying three day trip from Australia to the US to do a keynote at a conference. Tomorrow I head to Sydney to do a segment on a daily talk show. Next week I take my kids to Nepal for two
Sep 16, 2012
Motivation Running Low? Maintaining it for the long haul climb toward your goals.
[caption id="attachment_5083" align="alignleft" width="288"] Keep putting one foot in front of the other.[/caption] Staying on path toward your goals takes motivation... by the truckload. Getting it can be easy. Keeping it, well... not so much. The word itself comes from the Latin word movere - "to move."
Aug 05, 2012
Disappointment: Why you should never let one go to waste.
Sometimes disappointment can hit with an intensity that can knock us down hard. When it does, we have to take the time to look for the gift our disappointment holds, and to be sure we unwrap it. Doing so sets us up to succeed in
Jun 24, 2012
Trusting gut instinct. Does fear cloud your better judgement?
While speaking at a recent leadership conference, I met a woman who shared with me how badly she had been burnt by her soon to be x-husband. While she’d had suspicions for a while about his infidelity, it wasn’t until she caught him in bed
Jun 12, 2012
I.Q. Matters. But Your E.Q. Matters More.
How often have you met a really smart person who did really dumb things? The reality is that our E.Q. (Emotional Intelligence) determines our success in our work, our relationships, and life far more profoundly than our ability to computer mathematical equations. And the good
May 04, 2012
Bouncing Back from Job Loss... Faster, Wiser & Better Off
There’s no two ways about it. Losing your job is hard. Whether it has everything to do with your performance, or nothing at all, it’s still hard. But as I’ve said so many times before, often as I’ve struggled with my own adversities, success in
Apr 30, 2012
What world will you inhabit a decade from now?
[caption id="attachment_9052" align="alignleft" width="240"] Matt plays Maxwell Smart[/caption] I feel a bit like I've been in a time warp. Moving back to a country I haven't lived in for over a decade, and a city I haven't lived in for even longer has been many
Apr 10, 2012
Who Knows What You Know?!
No doubt you’ve heard the saying “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” It’s one I’ve often heard in relation to someone who’s landed a great opportunity via a connection, personal or professional. While knowing lots of people is helpful when it comes
Mar 23, 2012
Are Your Habits Helping or Hindering?
First we make our habits, and then our habits make us. Every morning I start my day with a big cup of Earl Grey tea, milk and two sugars. It’s become a well-worn ritual that dates back to my days in high school. And