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Saturday, 6 September 2014

When you know your core values… things can start to make sense!

Going through the process to work out what your top 3 core values are can help make sense of why things are working (or not working) in both your professional and personal lives.  Sounds simple but have you ever taken some time to concretely work them out?
Your values are deeply held personal beliefs of what is truly important to you and living your values can help you realize deep connectivity and purpose.  Values come from family background, role models, priorities under pressure, religious or spiritual beliefs and life events.  They give a deep sense of safety, hope and renewal. 
When you are in an environment where things aren’t working, it’s likely that one or more of your core values are being compromised.  If you know your values, then you know what to look for in new situations (and what might need changing in your current situations).    For example, if my number one value is integrity and you say one thing, but then do another…  it’s never going to work.
A great book that can help you go through this process is ‘Bury my heart at conference room B’ by Stan Slap.   It’s primarily a business book but crosses nicely into personal as well. 


Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Why now is such a great time for women in business

I am intrigued by how much the business world has transformed in the last 10 years.  I have experienced first-hand the crushing impact that new technologies and disruptive players like Apple and Google have had on old business models in the digital entertainment world... they forced the rules to change and us to change our thinking.  Technology has forced our thinking to change in all other areas of our lives too.  I love the honesty this brings.   

What I find most interesting and exciting is that you just can’t operate in the same way as you did before in business.  Now more than ever, I think you need total emotional ‘buy in’ from your team and to call on new aptitudes to really succeed.
My favourite business book for the last few years has been ‘A Whole New Mind’ by Daniel H Pink.   It’s relevant for both the Corporate and Start Up worlds and I can’t recommend it highly enough.  Daniel Pink offers a fresh look at what it takes to excel and reveals the six essential aptitudes on which professional success and personal fulfilment now depend:

1.       Design – Making something beautiful and emotionally engaging
2.       Story – Fashioning a compelling narrative
3.       Symphony – Seeing the big picture, combining disparate pieces into a new whole
4.       Empathy –Forging relationships and caring for others
5.       Play - PLAYING!
6.       Meaning – Finding and giving meaning
All 6 things can come quite naturally to women and with the ease of amazing ‘build your own website’ tools like www.wix.com along with online networking organisations, the world is truly our oyster!  There has never been a more opportunistic time to do something really creative, innovative and bold.  It’s competitive and tough (which calls for GRIT), but the opportunity is certainly there for the taking!