“As a leader you are never going to be perfect. It is about learning to stand out and to have a voice in the world that assists your purpose and your focus that connects to the people around you.” – Jane Morgan
When Anindita and I spoke to Jane Morgan about leadership and what it really takes to develop leadership in yourself and others our conversations touched on several factors that Jane saw as essential including: psychological safety, the need for connection, the importance of finding your voice as leader if you want to have an impact, the significance of cultivating relationships and not isolating yourself, and much. much more.
As Jane said of her experience in her various leadership roles, “You can’t miss an opportunity…..it was tough. It is hard, it gave you hope for the future. It was fun.”
Jane is the director of Jane Morgan Consulting, a consultant and coach, and former HR executive. A passion for connecting people to their talent and potential is a thread that flows through all of Jane’s work and evident in this conversation.
If you would like to hear what Jane had to say, you can listen to her interview here:
Have you ever wondered what such a leadership path looks like? And what might be possible for you if you started to live in a way that enabled you to respond more and more to what matters most to you?
In this month's Leadership Stories Podcast, Anindita and I spoke with David Mahon. David is a HR business partner for a large organisation in Brisbane and he exemplifies these qualities. He is very humble in the way he speaks about his achievements and approach to leadership. Nevertheless, his passion and commitment are unmistakable. He provides a superb example of the difference it makes when we choose to act on and respond to what matters to us and what is calling us forward.
David is a passionate advocate for the LGBTQI+ community and in our conversation with him you will hear the courage and conviction that has fuelled his career and the way he chooses to live.
In our conversation, David recommended a book “Writing Down The Bones” by Natalie Goldberg. He told us that he believes this book is about so much more than writing, that it is a guide to a life.
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And for Spotify exclusive listeners we have David's recommended music to go with the interview here:
What does it really take to be a successful business owner, an award-winning designer, a loving and supportive parent and have a life you truly love?
This month Anindita Das and I speak with Julie Tengdahl, Brisbane based CEO and fashion designer at Tengdahl. Julie shares with us a little of what her journey has entailed, what she believes are important keys to her business success and the amazing life she lives. Our conversation touches on the importance of inner dialogue, trust, power and where it really sits and how to create space for it, who her key mentors have been and the profound impact of the women in her life.
You can listen to Julie here: https://lnkd.in/gvUaKvAY
In October, we interviewed Slaven Drinovac. He was awarded '20 Australian Leadership Experts to Watch In 2021' by the Australian Business Journal. He spoke about leadership being all about people and passion.
You can listen to his interview here:
The Spirit of Entrepreneurship is what has propelled Mr Fisher Yu, Founder and Leader – MentoringCo forward. And this month Anindita Das and I talk to him about the Chinese model of leadership; the difference in how leadership is seen in China and the West; power distances; the spirit of Entrepreneurship, the importance of mentoring, the power of dreams, and much more.
In this podcast interview Anindita Das and I talk to Enoch Li and she shares her incredible story about the events in her life that led to the moment where she could no longer deny that call. She describes her battle with denial and the biases she had to fight and overcome in her own thinking. It’s a story told with brutal honesty about what can happen when we reach that point. It’s also a story of courage, of love, of determination and the power of listening to the call from within that says “ENOUGH”.
You can listen here to Enoch's Incredible Story
“Pursue your passion, if you pursue your passion almost everything else takes care of itself” was the advice of Gavin Blakey OAM, Humanitarian, Engineer, International Leader, this month in his interview on the Leadership Stories Podcast this month.
You can listen to Gavin’s podcast interview here: - https://lnkd.in/dSjYJYm
In July we interviewed Gavin Blakey OAM – Humanitarian, Engineer, International Leader and he spoke about the power of dealing with adversity, being driven to a make a difference, and the importance of seeing the potential in yourself and others.
We also asked Gavin what books he would recommended to other leaders, these are his suggestions:
LEADING in the Innovation Age - Unleash knowledge, talent and experience to create an innovative workplace by Dr Irena Yashin-Shaw
“This is a great guide to harnessing the talent in organisations in the service of innovation - it’s leadership in action.”
The Wise Advocate - The Inner Voice of Strategic Leadership by Art Kleiner, Jeffrey M Schwartz, Josie Thomson
“This is an insightful book on tapping into our inner knowing. Listening to that quiet voice inside of us to guide us in our leadership roles and leadership journey.”
The Coaching Science Practitioner Handbook by Tunde Erdös and Angelis Iglesias
“Maureen and Anindita, I really enjoyed reflections on your participation in this international research project. Reflecting on your chapters, all of your content was insightful for me and the lessons you articulate apply to leadership as well as coaching.”
You can listen to Gavin’s full podcast interview here: https://lnkd.in/dSjYJYm
In this month’s Podcast we talk to Gavin Blakey OAM, Humanitarian, Engineer, International Leader, and he said to us “My call to adventure started because I decided to do something about that sense of inadequacy and sheer terror.”
You can listen to Gavin’s podcast interview here and find out how taking that first step to deal with that sense of inadequacy is ultimately what propelled him forward.
Join me and Anindita Das for our first podcast episode.
Our first episode provides a short introduction to our story and inspiration for the creation of the podcast series. We explore together our why and our reason for creating a series that explores the personal leadership stories of leaders we know and admire.
Listen to the episode for an overview of who we are and for a sense of what and who we will introduce in our future episodes. This is about our vision and mission together.
Some of the thinking about leadership we touch on in this episode includes:
A "Revolutionary Playmate" my work is fueled by a deep love of the human spirit and the innate potential that I believe resides within each of us.
Some things you may not know about me ….