#11 Flying Pigs at Number 20

Week 11 of posts to inspire leaders of change through the week. Copy the format, engage in the content, learn and grow. We are all on a journey, why not make it a conscious one.  Below:  Leadership, What Matters, Work/Life balance and The Week Ahead

Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.


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Hazel2.jpgHazel praises the strength of empathy as key to the skills of a good leader.  Now based in the UK, Hazel is a mum, an entrepreneur and also runs a successful radio program for small business owners.

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Leadership lessons:  It’s true, each week and for that matter minute presents an opportunity to learn.  As I highlight the things I truly want to know more about (via this weekly post) I’m always delighted to sit back on a Sunday and notice what came my way.  This week:

1. Decide slowly, act quickly:  While lucky decisions might come quickly I do believe it pays to take time to make a decision.  Some decisions for me have taken years, and rightly so, they were big ones.  It’s not always just about gathering information.  Deciding can also be about trying a few options on for size.  Noticing how different options make one feel.  Reflecting on the learning at hand.  But beware – there is always more information, there are always opinions.  Sooner or later you must act.
2. Be careful what you say in the deciding process: I like to talk things through to explore different angles of my thinking.  For the untrained (or judgmental or emotionally involved) ear this could (does) land me in trouble as I seemingly commit to thoughts which are only partially formed.  The lesson:  If you explore thought through words be careful who is listening AND how you phrase that language.  More here

KerryG_Illustration-01What Matters?

With two of my three children having their birthday yesterday, I certainly feel I excelled in the family component of what matters to me this week.  As I knew it was going to be a week of family (kid) focus I ensured other energy zappers were placed on the back burner – I managed this via delegation, bringing good / healthy habits forward, minimising my time with energy zapping people, and putting aside some time for enriching activities – this week, in particular catching up with a long lost friend which was a particular delight because I noted we still have a connection I’d worried had been lost.

Living your ‘What Matters’ isn’t always easy in fact, it can annoy or even offend those around you, particularly if you have a history of placing the needs of others in front of your own – we teach people how to treat us right?

The equation is really simple.  If you have no energy for you, you will not have energy for others and this is where conflict can easily arise.  Give yourself the gift of time – take the time to nurture the things that matter most to you (just you) this week.  I guarantee you’ll be pleased you did.

See more ‘what matters’ statements here


communityWhat do you love most about your community?  OF those things what might be your focus this week?  Our online group is running along swimmingly.  We’ve bought from local suppliers, asked others what matters most to them, considered social events and taken some time to dream.  All free – all community building activities.

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I mentioned before I’ve moved back to the village from a rural block.  While downsizing affords me many things geez I miss the tranquility and privacy that my more isolated home gives me.  While we certainly aren’t living city-style there are things, noises in the ‘burbs that my ears just aren’t used to.  This week exploring ways to get that sense of peace even when all around is busy.  It starts with the 6am walk, such a beautiful and peaceful time of day.  How do you bring peace to your life?

1 beautiful musicWork/Life balance

Something that I know, beyond doubt that’s good for me physically and mentally is going to the gym.  I know as a proven fact that it’s even better – my week, my mind, my strength if I work with my personal trainer to push myself just a little harder.

Yet, stuff gets in the way.  I’m not being too hard on myself here because managing three kids in the early AM is not easy and that hour leading to the bus can turn even the strongest person to a writhing mess  (the lunchbox that broke the mother’s back) – anyway.  Given my session can only happen at a time that doesn’t work with the bus I’ve been weighing up my options: (1) outsource childcare (2) let them do it themselves – for some weird reason option (3) did not surface until just last week.  TAKE THEM WITH ME.  So,this week the kids will swim as I gym.  Let’s see how that goes.  Yes, they will have to open their lovely little eyes a little earlier but I do believe we’ll all win.

Intentions for the week ahead:

kids thailandMy theme for the last two weeks was FUN.

Because I am so conscious of my inability to ‘do’ fun I’ve been busily asking, observing, thinking just what this fun thing is.  IN the end i gave up and hired a waterslide for the day.

Yep, I really did.  As soon as I click POST I”m off – handy the kids have their birthday this week, so it’s their party.  Goodness knows how many we are catering for but FUN WILL BE HAD.

Theme for the week ahead is to ONLY COMMIT TO WHAT I CAN DO

I am a pathological over-committer (I know some people will be so pleased to read that).  Now I know, I can learn to stop that.  Do you say YES too often?  You might like to join me in this theme.

Have a fabulous week – see you again next Sunday.
PS what does this post have to do with 20 flying pigs? First – it’s a template for you to use to reflect on your own week. Use these titles or create your own. Secondly, it’s a simple note to myself about anything being possible, about the importance of reflection and taking the time to notice. It’s about writing for pleasure and bringing even more joy to work. Finally it’s about exploring beyond what is possible, challenging my (and your) beliefs and uniting change.
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