No matter where we look – at work, at school, in our community, in our country, in politics, in sport or in our world, we see leadership in action in a myriad of ways. Some of it is inspiring; some of it is corrupt and lacks integrity. Whichever way you see it, leadership matters and leaders have a tremendous impact on others.
Leadership is a journey. I think there are some pretty exciting things happening out there, some of which are building momentum under the radar and some that are a lot more visible that will challenge paradigms on the one hand and completely disrupt or revolutionise things on the other.
By chance, just the other day I was fortunate to meet Cecilia Robinson. And when I say fortunate, I truly mean fortunate. She has to be one of the most inspiring entrepreneurs that I have met in a while. As the founder of My Food Bag, she’s a foodie who loves to cook and she said ‘my problem was that I never had all the ingredients I needed at the time.’ This was the starting point of what has now become NZ’s fastest growing business. In 3 years, they are now worth in excess of $100 million dollars and have created more than 10 million meals. Impressive stuff considering they didn’t exist 3 years ago.
While the numbers are dazzling, there’s more to it than that. You see they’re on a mission to change the way people eat and to show people how easy it is to cook nutritious meals at home. The impact that this alone can have on health and well-being is enormous.
Cecilia is like a breath of fresh air; she is inspiring and right on purpose – living her mission to create positive change in the world through healthy eating. Passion exudes from every pore of her being and it’s no surprise that in 2013, she won the Ernst and Young ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award and in 2014, was Next Magazines Business Women of the Year. She’s living her mission, she’s clear on where she’s going and when she pulls off her next big goal, she will have revolutionised a whole industry and I’m guessing that you might not even see it coming.
Now in the news today is Arianna Huffington who I can’t say I personally know, however today’s headlines are all about her decision to leave Huffington Post and start up a health and wellness not for profit group called Thrive Global. Recognised as a visionary, she shook up the news industry and now wants ‘to change the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is a necessary price for success.’
In her book Thrive, she says:
“As more and more people are coming to realize, there is far more to living a truly successful life than just earning a bigger salary and capturing a corner office. Our relentless pursuit of the two traditional metrics of success — money and power — has led to an epidemic of burnout and stress-related illnesses, and erosion in the quality of our relationships, family life, and, ironically, our careers. In being connected to the world 24/7, we’re losing our connection to what truly matters. Our current definition of success is, as Thrive shows, literally killing us. We need a new way forward.
In a commencement address Arianna gave at Smith College in the spring of 2013, she likened our drive for money and power to two legs of a three-legged stool. They may hold us up temporarily, but sooner or later we’re going to topple over. We need a third leg — a third metric for defining success — to truly thrive. That third metric, she writes in Thrive, includes our well-being, our ability to draw on our intuition and inner wisdom, our sense of wonder, and our capacity for compassion and giving. As Arianna points out, our eulogies celebrate our lives very differently from the way society defines success. They don’t commemorate our long hours in the office, our promotions, or our sterling PowerPoint presentations as we relentlessly raced to climb up the career ladder. They are not about our resumes — they are about cherished memories, shared adventures, small kindnesses and acts of generosity, lifelong passions, and the things that made us laugh.
“I’m filled with excitement at the prospect of devoting the rest of my life to accelerating the culture shift away from merely surviving and succeeding to thriving,” she said. Source NZ Herald 12 August 2016
I’d say Arianna has found her ultimate purpose and is now living it. The impact she’s about to make will be significant helping people live and lead their life with more purpose, more meaning and ultimately more joy.
Leadership matters – survive or thrive, its a choice.
What’s next for you?
Joanne Hutchinson MBA
Leadership in Life, Leadership in Business, Building One Team
Great Spirit NZ Ltd – ‘it’s a way of being’
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