I am a Global Warrior Profile – Jacqueline Beall

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I am a Global Warrior – Jacqueline Beall @Jacqueline968

Jacqueline is a leadership coach and training facilitator, and has been working with Global Warriors for over four years. She is passionately curious about what motivates and inspires people and loves working with people to explore and fully understand what is really important to them and for them to believe that anything and everything they choose to achieve is possible.  She is committed to her own ongoing personal development and finding balance in life.  She is a very proud mother to Samantha and Matthew, lives in East London and has a life long love affair with dancing.

When are you at your happiest?   I’m happiest when I’m dancing.  Dancing has been in my life since my mum sent me to my first class when I was two years old.  I still have my first very tiny pair of tap shoes.  Since those early years I have continued to dance in one form or another and about a year ago I discovered salsa.  I have been having a one to one lesson each week and when I come out I am floating – it connects me to myself and gives me harmony with my mind, body and soul. My dance teacher, Gary, is like having another coach in my life. Gary is always saying things like “complete your turns” and “don’t anticipate“ which are metaphors for my life as I can be a bit of a procrastinator and often I’m trying to be one step ahead of myself!

I recently completed an Evocative leadership programme that culminated in camping for a week in a canyon in New Mexico.  In isolation – no toilet, no bathroom and no hairdryer!!  I’m still amazed and so proud that I made it through the week. I learnt a lot about myself there. It showed me just how much courage I have and what I am capable of – if I can do that I can do anything!  Now the memory is my special “go to” place, when life feels a little stuck.  I can transport myself back to being in that vast expansive space and dream about what I can create or make possible for myself.

What is your greatest fear?  I do have a fear for my two children – always wanting them to be safe and happy.  Apart from that, I have learnt that there is nothing really to be fearful about as I trust that I have the strength and courage to navigate through whatever is thrown at me.  We all have that within ourselves and we just need to remind ourselves from time to time.

What is your earliest memory?  I must have been about 3 or 4 sitting on my Dad’s lap, listening to the radio whilst he sang in a Frank Sinatra style. I felt so loved and protected. I always had a close bond with my Dad, perhaps due to the fact that he delivered me!

Who do you most admire and why?  My Mum – she had quite a hard life, she lost her Father at aged 4 and grew up during WW2.  She had 5 children and always worked hard to do the best for us and for other people. She very much handed down her strong values and I still hear her saying “always do your best.”  When I face difficult situations I always wonder what or how she would deal with things.

What is the quality that most irritates you about yourself?  My procrastination – I start so many things, especially books, and do not finish them.

What was your most embarrassing moment?  Shortly after having my daughter I joined a gym to lose weight.  I had been on the treadmill and as I got off (with my jelly legs) and surrounded by really cool fit people I, not very gracefully, stepped off of the treadmill and fell flat on my face. – A very Bridget Jones moment!

What do you owe your parents?  My parents always lived to their means and to their values.  They gave me a good sense of right and wrong and a strong work ethic – great gifts from both of them.

What does great leadership look like?  Leadership is about giving ourselves permission to create the life we want to have which also inspires others to do the same.  Leadership is also having courage, even if that means standing in the fire at times.  Being able to navigate through life, the good and the bad times, with determination to have the very best for all concerned.

What was your worst job ever?  At about 14 I made the white paper frills for lamb cutlets.  Night after night making boxes of frills for about 10p a box!

What is your best (clean) joke?  What did the Buddha ask the hot dog vendor?   Make me one with everything.

What would you most like to change about modern day life?  Modern day life is so fast paced and chaotic. I would love everybody to be more present and embrace being in the moment.  Look for happiness in the ‘here and now.’  Not in the ‘if’ and ‘when.’

If you met an alien from outer space, what would you tell them about the human race?  Be patient with us – we are getting there.

What area of life would you most like to see transformed by our conscious movement?  I love hearing about the difference that conscious leaders are making, however big or small.  It is these differences that are transforming lives, families, colleagues, communities and beyond.  Sometimes it is the little things that make such a big difference – like acknowledgement and appreciation of self and others.

What is your dream for humanity?  To break free from limitations and discover a shared humanity.

Guest Blog – Success Beyond Success What We Can Learn About Ourselves and the Future of Political Leadership From This Election

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Guest Blog by Jon Hill @blueprintcoach

On the day of the UK general election, politicians, media outlets, party members, and social media rabble-rousers are making a final push for victory. Now more than ever it is clear how the fundamental metric of political success has become reduced to just one thing – to win.

Not, of course, that wishing to ‘win’ an election is anything other than an entirely sensible and potentially noble aspiration. The party that wins is that which then has the capacity to realise its vision for the country, to actively create an impact in the world. However, what happens when the will to win becomes an end in itself? What does it mean for us as people and citizens when the language of ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ becomes unmoored from any clear sense of what it is that those competing are striving for?

It’s no coincidence that the system used to elect MPs to Westminster is known as ‘first past the post’. It’s no coincidence that Donald Trump repeatedly assured his followers on the campaign trail that “we’re going to win so much…you’re going to be so sick of winning”; that he brands his rivals ‘losers’.

It’s tempting to hold Trump up as an example of what happens when ego and power run amok, but perhaps those of us who abhor him notice in him a little of ourselves. Might it be helpful to put ourselves in his shoes, or those of any politician apparently blinded by the pursuit of victory? Or at the very least to ask ourselves how our own pursuit of success might sometimes have led us to wander from the path that actually feels most true for us – to sacrifice our values in order to achieve our goals?

In our culture, success and ‘winning’ have become synonymous. And for someone to win, someone else has to lose – thus we search for evidence of our success or otherwise by comparing ourselves to other people.  Our minds are constantly on the lookout for evidence that we are either ‘winning’ or  ‘losing’. “How much am I earning? How much am I earning compared to my friends? How good is my relationship? How good is my relationship compared to my friends? Am I hitting my targets at work? Are my colleagues hitting their targets?”

Not only are these markers of success by their nature comparative, they are totally external – based on things outside of us, over which we have at best limited control.

But here’s the thing.  When you actually ask people, none of this stuff actually matters to them. There is an exercise we have done in Conscious Leadership workshops in the past. We present people with 15 or so pictures of a diverse array of people who could be described as ‘leaders’ – from Winston Churchill to Martin Luther King, via Lady Gaga.  We then ask them to choose the one that they respect or admire the most, and to then discuss the qualities that particularly evoke that respect or admiration.

When we do this exercise with people the leaders they choose are always different, but the kind of qualities that are reflected back are invariably very similar. People talk about admiring kindness, humility, honesty, positivity, courage, perseverance. Vanishingly small are the occasions that people mention things like beauty, fame, youth, wealth, or power.  When we truly pause to reflect on what really matters to us these things do not even enter the conversation. And yet, these are the things that we judge ourselves on and often strive for on a daily basis, often at the expense of the stuff that does matter – our values.

Author and conscious business coach Fred Kofman @fredkofman talks about ‘success beyond success’. He talks about switching focus from the outcome of our endeavours to the process of endeavouring – away from what we achieve to how we are as we strive to achieve it. The measure of success beyond success is not ‘what did I do?’ but ‘to what degree did I uphold my core values as I did it?’ This is a success that comes not from looking at your bank balance, not from taking a seat in the House of Commons, but from looking in the mirror at the end of the day and feeling truly, authentically proud of the person you have been.

The beauty of success beyond success is this – it is 100% in your hands. No other person, no shift in the market, no external factor can influence it at all. It is completely independent of any outcome. If you were true to yourself and showed up at your best as you strove to achieve your goal, whether or not it was actually reached is actually immaterial.  Not, of course, that this means that goals in themselves are unimportant, they absolutely are – but from this perspective the achievement of goals becomes secondary to the pursuit of values.

This may seem like a radical shift, especially on the day of a general election. But regardless of the outcome, the campaign itself has shone a light on some changing attitudes in UK voters. When the election was called, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s personal approval rating was historically low – he was seen as fundamentally unelectable. However, over the course of just over six weeks it has risen dramatically. While he still has many vigorous critics, new supporters have praised what they see as his dignity in the face of media scorn, his comfort on the public stage, and his consistent adherence to a clear set of principles.

Especially amongst younger people these qualities set Corbyn apart from other politicians. They seem to see in him someone who has put ‘success beyond success’ above the will to win at all costs. That doesn’t mean that the sting of defeat will be any less acute for those who support him should – as polls predict – the outcome tomorrow is defeat for the Labour Party. But perhaps what is being built is a more sustainable vision of success in the next generation of leaders. A generation of conscious leaders, led by values rather than party politics, religious dogma, or the pursuit of the old trappings of ‘success’. Whatever the outcome today, this gives me hope.

Jon is an experienced training facilitator and performance coach, based in London and specialising in working with people around health, wellbeing and resilience. With a background in psychology, and health and social care, he now works with a range of clients within the corporate and the public sector. In recent years these have included Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, the NHS, local London Borough Social Services, and a number of high-profile charities.
His focus is on helping people to maximise their energy and enhance their motivation so that they can perform at their best at work and at home. @blueprintcoach

Biba Binotti, CEO, Global Warriors : The Leader Within

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Biba Binotti, CEO Global Warriors inspires leaders across the world to make a big difference.  The progressors, early adopters and challengers who dare to be different in order to make a big difference in their worlds – or the world! Leaders who inspire followership and evoke change through real, conscious and intentional relationships and impacts.

Watch Biba describe her inspirational journey and vision about creating a global conscious movement where leading is not just attributed to a title…but is  focused on finding the leader within… in everyone and everything.

Additional link: http://www.globalwarriors.co.uk/certainty-change-turning-tragedy-transformation-biba-binotti/

RECLAIM founder and the first Conscious Leader pro bono leader is recognised in Metro’s top 10 UK inspiring female activists and politicians

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27 April 2017, London, UK.   Ruth Ibegbuna, the founder of RECLAIM, an award-winning social action and youth development leadership programme across Greater Manchester has been recognised by Metro as one of the UKs most inspiring activists.

Ruth is also the first Conscious Leader from a Non Government organisation (NGO) to participate in the leadership programme as part of a pro bono scheme open to leaders from charities and non-profit organisations.

RECLAIM was set up in 2007 and aims to identify and support working-class teenage leaders within areas of social instability through education and empowerment.

The Conscious Leader programme, developed by Global Warriors, coaches leaders to create a sustainable future, not just of an organisation but the world – with heart.

About Global Warriors

Global Warriors Ltd vision is to change the world one leader at a time bringing heart and humanity back into the workplace, home and the world. They lead by example with their innovative team and leadership development programmes, workshops and trainings. Global Warriors has worked with many organisations, large and small, equipping 100’s of leaders of today to be the leaders of tomorrow in a world moving at an unprecedented speed and pace of change driven by digitization.

For more information please visit: http://www.globalwarriors.co.uk/

About Reclaim

RECLAIM is a youth leadership and social change organisation.  We are a small but bold charity, using our experience and platform to support and amplify the voices of working class young people.

RECLAIM was set up in Moss Side in 2007, to identify and support young leaders from an intensely pressurised community. Ten years later, the ideas, hope and resilience of the young people supported inspire every day. RECLAIM allows young people to develop their skills and potential and to build their pathway to make the world a better place for all.

For more information please visit: https://www.reclaim.org.uk/

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Conscious Leaders gallop towards authentic leadership

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At the core of authentic leadership is empathy, communication and consistency – big asks in a world with highly dynamic, potentially political and demanding environments. Finding a genuine leadership “mirror” giving us feedback which we can trust and explored can be hard to find.

Horses are masters of showing us how genuine we really are in delivering these skills. With horses you get what you asked for even if that wasn’t what you wanted!   They respond to what they are experiencing at any moment. They are not swayed by our “perceived” status or standing.  This means feedback is direct, clean and timely.

One of the most memorable parts of the Conscious Leader program is the “horse day” where we have the privilege to work with the best leadership coaches there are.  Partnering with A20 Coaching and their team including Phoebe, Floozy, Hector, Julia, Levi and JohnJo leaders are taken through a series of tasks to explore and play non-verbal communication, leadership roles and trust.

Cohort 30 allowed us special access to their recent day giving us a glimpse of the beautiful, humbling and fun experience with the equine coaching team.

I am a Global Warrior Profile – David Evans

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I am a Global Warrior – David Evans @allpotential

David is a team and leadership coach and professional development trainer.  He has been working with Global Warriors for over two years. As a leadership and team-development coach, David loves working with teams and individuals to assist them in creating a meaningful and positive impact in the world through their work, moving his clients to achieve and go beyond their aspirations.  He is a partner to Helen, and proud father of Reuben (2), Phoebe (5) and Imogen (16). He lives in Brighton, loves walking along the beach, yoga, cooking, reading and hanging out in one of Brighton’s many cafes.

 When were you at your happiest?  I am at my happiest when I am feeling fulfilled: spending time with my family, through my work and also activities such as yoga, meditating and sitting by the sea, near to where I live in Brighton.

What is your greatest fear? Hmm…although this may seem cliché, my greatest fear is fear itself and that fear hijack’s my life.

What is your earliest memory?  Ha, ha, ha, Mrs Zelli – my first teacher at school.  She was warm and affectionate, and a bit like Mrs Doubtfire – I remember feeling so welcomed and loved by her in our first class at school… and most importantly, I remember the Smarties she used to give us as a reward, especially the orange one’s – yummy!

Who do you most admire and why?  There isn’t one person in particular that I admire, I admire loads of people.  There are those of have been prominent leaders, such as J K Rowling, Rosa Parks, Gandhi, Nelson Mandella, and then there are the parents and families all around the world who are striving to bring up their children, and friends and family members who have cared for their relatives and partners in difficult times. So what I admire is people’s courage, and I see that in a lot of people I meet, so, I guess I admire nearly everyone I meet!

What is the quality that most irritates you about yourself?  I can be really impatient when I think I’ve got it and other people haven’t caught on.  And in reality this is my arrogance shining through.  It’s a work-in-progress for me, to be a little less arrogant every day.

Which book changed your life?  There are two books that have changed my life.  The first is The Tibetan Book of the Dead.  I came across this in my early 20s after my dad passed away (well the book found me: it fell off a bookshelf in front of me as I went into a second hand book shop in Alysbury).  I read this book over about 3 years, and it opened my mind to the magic of our consciousness, and that if we choose to, we can transform our lives to be anything that we choose.   The second book is the Alchemist, which I have read about 10 times.  Each time I read it I get something new and different, I identify with the different characters, for me it is a master piece of writing about having the courage to follow our heart and fulfill the dreams that are in our hearts.

What do you owe your parents?  My life! Without them I wouldn’t be here, and I wouldn’t be the person that I am today.  Thanks Mum and Dad!

What does great leadership look like?  For me, great leadership starts with self-leadership, and is the ability to feel in your bones and in your heart what you need to do, to feel your deepest dream and desires and then have the courage to follow them, no matter what.  Owning our own power, and taking full responsibility for our lives.  It’s my belief that from this place of self-leadership, we connect with others with an authenticity and integrity to share our dreams and inspire others to bring our collective dreams alive.

What was your worst job ever?  A bit boring – stacking shelves in supermarket.

What would you most like to change about modern day life?  For people to recognize that life is precious – no matter what.  And the gift of a human life is a magical, rare and that as a society we interact with one another as if that was true.

If you met an alien from outer space, what would you tell them about the human race?  That the human race is evolving, what they need the most is compassion, loving-kindness and love, and to be patient with them.

What area of life would you most like to see transformed by our conscious movement?  Our attitude to education – I would love for education to be something that we cherish as a culture throughout our lives, and that our education focuses on us reaching our full potential, through teaching compassion and loving-kindness, and that we are ‘rewarded’ in society by the personal transformation and growth that we make toward becoming deeply fulfilled and integrated in society.

What is your dream for humanity?  To be free and to create a global culture where everyone feels welcome, accepted and wants to be here.

 

Guest Blog – Want to make a real impact? Then learn how to relax…

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Guest Blog by Jon Hill @blueprintcoach

One of the biggest challenges of working with people around leadership – especially in the corporate world – is breaking through some of the enduring myths about what leadership should be and look like. Old, perhaps outdated, archetypes still loom large. Ways of working from another era have become etched into the collective consciousness.

The 1980s was not only a decade of terrible fashion and inexplicable music; it was also responsible for cementing some incredibly unhelpful beliefs about modern leadership. These found their most popular expression in the movie Wall Street: Michael Douglas as Gordon Gecko standing before a baying boardroom of stripey-shirted alpha males declaring “Lunch is for wimps”. Because – it was said – to lead you had to dominate; work harder and longer than your competitors; never let up for a moment or risk being left behind.

I should make it clear that I myself am a child of the 80s, and have a lot of affection for the decade too. One of my earliest memories is of watching Carl Lewis sweep the board at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984. I remember being fascinated by the sheer strangeness of watching him in full flight – his legs cycling in mid-air during the long jump, his flat palms pumping during the 100 metres and, most of all, the sight of his cheeks and mouth flapping about as he hurtled towards the finish line. My 7-year old brain couldn’t understand why his face should do that! Shouldn’t he be a mask of concentration and furious effort?

One the contrary, legendary sprint coach Charlie Francis said:“The number one secret to greater speed is relaxation…relaxation must become second nature…you may feel like you’re not generating enough force while relaxed (a perception that gets a lot of sprinters into trouble), but remember, only the net force counts!”

By ‘net force’ he means the amount of force delivered in the desired direction minus the resistance generated by a muscle which is tensed. Tense muscles cannot expand and contract with the incredible speed and consistency that a world-class sprinter requires, so sprinters who are tense cannot succeed at the highest level.

But relaxation isn’t just necessary for sprinters to perform at their best – there is plenty of evidence to suggest that people perform better at an incredibly broad range of tasks if they are in a place of physical and mental relaxation rather than tension.

Just think about your own experience – how do you behave differently when you are relaxed compared to when you are tense? How are you different at work, with your family, with your partner, with your friends? How does being relaxed or tense impact on the way that you engage in activities that mean something to you? How does being relaxed or tense affect the way that you pursue your goals, interact with people, live and lead.

Like those sprinters who run themselves into trouble, we can all make the mistake of thinking that the key to being effective and having an impact is to work harder, to exert all our energy in pursuit of our goals – in the belief that the harder we work, the more force we exert, the better we will perform. What most of us know from experience is that that is worker harder rarely means working smarter.

My challenge to you is to experiment with adopting a relaxed perspective as you approach the stuff that means most to you in life – to hold those things calmly and lightly in the palm of your hand rather than crush them with the pressure of your expectation and desire. As a leader the questions then becomes ‘what is the impact I want to have?’ rather than ‘what is the result that I need to achieve?”’

How do you relax? Do you create space in your day for downtime, reflection and relaxation? Do you move through the day like Carl Lewis – gracefully, and purposefully powering towards his destiny – or are you so consumed by tension and anxiety that you find yourself tying up like one of the athletes left trailing in his wake?

If you want to have a powerful, sustainable impact without burning out or burning out those around you, you need to remember the words of those other 1980s soothsayers, Frankie Goes to Hollywood – and just Relax.

Jon is an experienced training facilitator and performance coach, based in London and specialising in working with people around health, wellbeing and resilience. With a background in psychology, and health and social care, he now works with a range of clients within the corporate and the public sector. In recent years these have included Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, the NHS, local London Borough Social Services, and a number of high-profile charities.
His focus is on helping people to maximise their energy and enhance their motivation so that they can perform at their best at work and at home. @blueprintcoach

 

 

I am a Global Warrior Profile – Sandra Cunningham

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I am a Global WarriorSandra Cunningham  @walknewstory

Sandra is a Professional Certified Coach with 15 years’ experience supporting clients and their teams to create empowered leadership cultures. No stranger to dealing with such feats herself, she was previously an international marketing executive, directing from various management boards, then a senior communications consultant for large private and public sector clients. Aside from her work with Global Warriors she owns and runs Walking Coach, where she integrates her passion for, and knowledge of nature-based development with her coaching expertise, to create transformational outdoor experiences for leaders and their teams. Sandra is also a qualified outdoor leader and hillwalking freak.

When were you at your happiest?  In my mid-thirties, I left behind an outwardly happy, secure, successful yet unfulfilling life, to live and work in early post-Communist Czech Republic. It was a time of self-discovery, of learning to live in sometimes edgy, strange and always dynamic circumstances at a time when every day brought a new adventure. Often having no one to rely on besides myself, I have seldom felt more free and alive as I did then.

What is your greatest fear?  Not having any more life experiences like that one.

What is your earliest memory?  At 3 ½ years old, I was a happy little water babe. But after a failed under-water summersault in the shallows of a Majorcan beach, and with water or sand in every bodily orifice, I was 100% convinced I had just drowned. The worst bit was, despite my very loud protestations, the incident stirred very little reaction from my parents, apart from a quick rub down with a towel, lest I cause an embarrassing scene.

Who do you most admire and why?  Dolores LaChapelle: a unique individual, she was one of the early voices for deep ecology, an anthropologist and myth-maker, an earth mother and ritualist, and a deep powder skier and mountain climber. She excelled in all of these things, and lived her life with irreverence, kindness, wisdom, courage and real-ness. I would have loved to have interviewed her.

What was your most embarrassing moment?  Throwing open the curtains of my top floor hotel window one morning to be greeted by cheers and applause from the workmen on the roof of the building opposite. Yes, I had nothing on but a very red face.

Which book changed your life?  Ann Frank’s Diary. I read it several times as a young girl as I struggled to comprehend the history surrounding her life as a fugitive from Nazi deportation. It helped me begin to understand something about the amazing resilience and resourcefulness of the human spirit, which is stronger than most of us are able to imagine.

What do you owe your parents?  The realization that having a talent for working extremely hard for the sake of accomplishing something that’s meaningful, is worth more than any other talent I could wish for.

What was your worst job ever?  I was once a sales assistant in a children’s clothes shop, where being urinated on when fitting the little darlings’ new shoes was more than an occasional occurrence.

What would you most like to change about modern day life?  I would like to live in a world where purpose and profit were truly aligned; where business played a leading role in creating a healthier planet and society; where our human gifts were directed towards the benefit of all, and where our daily activities contributed to the healing of the biosphere and wellbeing of other people.

If you met an alien from outer space, what would you tell them about the human race?  That in these times, we live from a place of fear and separation, rather than love and connection – even although most of us yearn for the exact opposite.