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Leadership: Live outside your comfort zone

To live outside your comfort zone you need to be taking part in move out of your comfort zonenew experiences. If you want to be a great leader you need to be someone who challenges others to stretch themselves. If you don’t live outside your comfort zone, how do inspire others? My greatest pleasure from my role today is helping others to realize their potential by challenging them to take on a new activity, develop a new skill, find courage to do something different to achieve a greater outcome for their team.

I have been meaning to join Toastmasters for over 10 years and finally started a year ago. I now speak and evaluate speeches once a month. Three weeks ago I did my first humorous speech and won best speaker. Outside of work I learned to surf at age 45, I love being out on the waves again challenging myself to do something new.

When we learn a new sport or skill or reach a new level of mindfulness, we have to be vulnerable to learn, that’s the mindset of a leader.

What are you doing to live outside your comfort zone?  How are you challenging your team to grow?

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Importance of Networking

networkingDes Miller whom I ran three businesses with, said to me when I was in my 20s if someone wants to see you, take the time to meet, you never know what opportunities will arise. Today I have the most amazing network, from practicing this throughout my 30 years in business I have been open to more opportunities, met some great mentors as well as helped so many. When I say help, connected people, found roles for people, the list goes on. The most frequent reason for people to meet me at present, is about having a coach. Happy to share my journey. What goes around comes around?  It is never too early to start on this journey.
How good is your network? Do you help others connect?
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Why do you need a Business Coach?

business coachAbout 4 years ago, the business I was running was up for sale. After three start-ups over 20 years, I was ready for a different challenge, that challenge was Corporate. Realizing my skills were limited in Corporate, I decided to find a business coach, who had been successful in a Corporate to prepare me for the change.

I knew no one who had a coach and no one in a senior level in a corporate, so I went on to Linked-in and found three coaches in Sydney. Interviewed all three and selected the person who asked me the most challenging questions, and made me feel a little uneasy. I knew this was what I needed if I was going to develop skills for corporate leadership.

My mentors had been great and really helped me develop, but I was ready for something a little more challenging. I engaged Phil Crenigan to help me with my journey. He has worked with me through many different phases over the last 4 year including; preparing to move from entrepreneurial business to corporate, career planning, building high performance teams, developing executive skills, networking and much more.

My progress has accelerated and the biggest benefit from my whole journey with Phil, is that he has taught me to be a better coach.

Mentors remain important, but if you truly want to accelerate your career a business coach is a must.