Do you get nervous speaking up in meetings? It can be even more difficult to say something when you have a point that’s challenging for others to hear. However, even when what you want to say is relatively innocuous, it’s still easy to tie yourself in a knot of self-consciousness about opening your mouth. I’ve been there, and have found that … [Read more...]
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There’s a great book by Margaret Wheatley, a well-known U.S. leadership consultant, called ‘Turning to One Another’. In the book, which is about creating simple conversations, Margaret talks about “bearing witness”; this is the practice of sitting with another person. She writes: “when I bear witness, I turn toward another and am willing to let … [Read more...]
Picture this: go back a few years, to when I’ve just completed my first ever keynote presentation, where I talked to a group of emerging corporate leaders about life lessons and resilience. It’s gone well, I get great feedback, and when I leave the group I’m on a high, totally exhilarated by the experience. I stop at the supermarket … [Read more...]