The Leadership Dilemma: Why Purpose Isn’t Enough 🤔

Let’s dive into a little truth bomb – purpose is undeniably important, but it’s not the sole secret sauce for success. Shocked? Don’t be! Let me break it down for you. Recently, I ran a poll on LinkedIn, tapping into the insights of executives just like you. Guess what? 83% of respondents agreed that while purpose is crucial, it’s not the sole driver of success. Enter: motivation. When we talk about purpose, it often revolves around the organisation’s or team’s overarching mission. Take my experience leading an in-house legal team for a bank, for example. Our purpose, as defined by…

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Leadership Lessons From My Father

On a recent trip back to the UK, I had the amazing opportunity to speak to a group of Indian community elders.  It’s a group that’s been meeting fortnightly for over 12 years and was the vision of my father.  They discuss topics, share ideas and enjoy a lunch together in Woking, Surrey. As I was preparing my presentation, I reflected on the leadership lessons learned from father: (Gujarati) “Bada khada ma pade to taree kahda ma padwanu”. 🧠 English translation – if everyone falls in a ditch, do you have to fall in too?  Whilst this was annoying as…

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LinkedIn recognised me as a top mindfulness voice! 😮🤯

If you had told me this 12 years ago, when I started my business, I would never have believed you. I gave up my corporate job with nothing but an idea and deep seated awareness of being guided to deliver mindful leadership capability to leaders.  I witnessed many leaders experiencing burnout and struggling to engage the hearts and minds of their teams during continual restructuring, downsizing and market changes.  I encountered it myself before taking a year out to recover from significant health issues. So I set up a business and named it Leading Mindfully.  At the time, mindfulness was…

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I did something really scary…

I did something really scary 😨 Last year I ran the first Mindful Leadership Institute Retreat for executive women as a tentative experiment.   The second retreat for this year is starting today at Hepburn Springs and I’ve been reflecting. In 2009 I was initiated into the Kripalu lineage of yoga.  Yes, that’s me during the initiation ceremony.  So much has changed since those photos.  For one, I now wear glasses 🤓 An initiation is very different to graduating from a yoga school and becoming a yoga teacher. Yes, I am a yoga teacher, but initiation goes much deeper.  I took…

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The power of rituals to revitalise your life

Life can be overwhelming at times, with many demands on our time and attention. It’s easy to get caught up in the rush of everyday life and forget to take a moment for ourselves. Before we know it, time passes by quickly in constantly being busy. This is where rituals come in. Rituals are practices done with awareness, intention, and focus. They help us connect with ourselves and our surroundings and bring a sense of meaning and purpose to our lives. In contrast, habits are actions done unconsciously. While habits can be beneficial, such as brushing our teeth or exercising…

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How To Unlock Your Leadership Potential

The best executive leaders know that authenticity is critical to effective leadership. But what does it mean to lead with authenticity? And how can we cultivate and sustain it over time, especially during difficult and challenging times? To me, leading with authenticity means aligning your thoughts, actions and behaviours with your values, and your purpose. It means continually evolving as a person, professional and leader while staying grounded in who you truly are or, if you prefer, your uniqueness. So how do you do this in practice? Here are some tips for leading with authenticity: 1. Practice self compassion Self…

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Be everything you are: the path to fulfilment

“You can’t be anything you want.  But you can be everything you are.”  – Jay Shetty I know this is controversial but hear me out.  We are led to believe that we can do anything, be successful at anything and achieve anything that we want.  To some extent, you can achieve some level of success if you work hard.  The problem is that you often end up sacrificing yourself and your soul in the process. The ancient yogis believe that everyone has a psychophysiological nature that determines where you flourish.  Let’s call this your inclination.  Each person’s inclination towards thriving…

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Mindfulness at work: how a few deep breaths could change everything

You might think that mindfulness is too complicated or ‘spiritual’ to practise in the workplace. But the truth is, mindfulness is as simple as breathing. For most of us, breathing is automatic, barely something we think about until we feel short of breath or anxious. It’s in these moments that we learn to breathe deeply, with control and purpose.  When you choose to breathe consciously you calm not only your body, but your mind. This is the heart of mindfulness – consciously choosing to pause, re-centre, and focus your mind. The most powerful form of mindfulness is closing your eyes…

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Connecting your team with their purpose could be the key to resilience

A recent global study by HBR revealed that 90% of people would trade 20% of their income for meaning and purpose. The same study found that meaning and purpose are crucial to organisational success. Estimates suggest that the increase in productivity when staff find their work meaningful results in a $9K p.a. increase in revenue per person.  And it doesn’t stop there. When leaders are connected with their purpose there is: ✅ Increased engagement ✅ Improved workplace culture ✅ A high chance for organisations to be an Employer of Choice in a highly competitive market When we think of purpose,…

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The secret key to overcoming burnout as a leader

Research shows that the rate of stress and burnout in the Australian workforce is increasing. Australian workers are some of the most burnt out in the world, according to a recent study by Adecco. As uncertainty ramps up its certainty, your ability to lead your team to deliver the business outcomes required is likely to be rocked about – yet the expectations on you continue to increase. Combined with resource shortages, returning to the office, hybrid working and the continued impacts of Covid on businesses, it’s no wonder that many teams are feeling drained. While you may think wellbeing initiatives…

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