#8 Flying Pigs at Number 20

Week 8 of posts to inspire you in your leadership journey and through the week. 

‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers—
That perches in the soul—
And sings the tune without the words—
And never stops—at all—

And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard—
And sore must be the storm—
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm—

I’ve heard it in the chillest land—
And on the strangest Sea—
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb—of Me.

Hope Is The Thing With Feathers, Emily Dickinson


Tips for Emerging Leaders  You can now access the podcast with Narelle Lee.  Check it out here  Keep your eye on the blog to find out more.  Or, have the podcasts delivered directly to your inbox JUST CLICK here

Do you trust your ‘gut’?  Some decisions are tough.  When you find yourself in any type of leadership position chances are you’ll be facing an array of tough decisions – you know, the ones that have a list of good and bad, the ones that just have to be made so you can move on.  What role do you let your ‘gut’ play in making these decisions?  Do you trust it?  Over the years I’ve learned that my ‘gut instinct’ is usually pretty accurate.  It will guide me to the right decision, albeit painful, difficult – the only difficulty in accessing this inbuilt radar is that I actually have to listen.  Gut feeling isn’t all spooky and esoteric, check out this this article to find out more.

Drawing the line  No matter how you make your decisions, some are just difficult to make.  Perhaps you have a lot of emotional attachment to the decision.  Maybe it involves a big investment of time and/or money.  Or maybe you’re waiting on the input from someone else.  Thing is some things DO need time, enough time.  But sometimes you could spend a lifetime gathering information to decide either way and end up getting nowhere.  Sometimes you just need to draw a line – set a date, decide upon a guiding criteria, and stick with it.  As a guide, as you wait for a decision to be made ask yourself (1) is this decision holding me back? (2) is it hurting me or someone else? (3) is there an obvious reason to wait?  And then go for it.  Draw that line.

KerryG_Illustration-01What matters


I haven’t asked you for a while.

What matters most to you?

And what are you going to do about that this week?

As I’ve been delivering the Kickstart Energiser program this month I’ve been thinking a lot (yes, even more than usual) about the things that matter most to me.  I realised that it’s time to do some thinking about my top 6 things – let’s face it.  Life changes, and while it’s not likely our values will change a whole lot, it is certain that with changes our focus will shift.

I’ve noticed that I’d like to include stability into my ‘what matters’ statements.  As I bring that into focus I can ensure that I check in on just how stable I am feeling on a week to week basis.  I can set some goals around stability and really nurture that in my life.

The things that matter most to you may not always be obvious.  Consider them as your guide.  Set goals around them, bring them into your focus.

See more ‘what matters’ statements here


1 cutout peopleIf you missed the webinar this week you might like to check out the podcast.

Don’t forget, the Free 21 day challenge is coming up very soon (in 10 days actually).  IF you’re ready for action in your community you won’t want to miss it.

My son’s footy presentation was this week.  The boys did so well, great kids.

As I cast my eyes around the presentation I remembered just how important footy is to little communities.  It looked like most of the community were there on the day.  There were kids screaming around everywhere, the Lions Club manned the BBQ and dedicated volunteers served hot dogs and lollies in the canteen.  This is community.  And it’s pretty hard to NOT feel its’ spirit.  (I still maintain one of the best ways to integrate creative industries into a community is to piggyback with what’s already working – go TO the footy with workshops, markets, promotion).

I’ve also been having a bit of a rave about School Based Traineeships.  I’m a massive fan of these opportunities for young people even though the ‘system’ that supports the administration is incredibly difficult to navigate.  Read more here…

Kickstart My Community – a free online group offering you access to a  21 day action challenge, a task per day to build your community.  Register for free HERE

Kickstart My Community – taster program:  want to experience the format of the new program?  Join us between 16 November and 11 December.  Coaching, a blueprint for action, ongoing support – want more?  Register NOW

shutterstock_196108805Work / life balance

School holidays are here.  This time I’ve decided to take a week off.  In that week I’m going to focus on the kids – like, give them MY attention (as opposed to just doing stuff for them as my mind travels to other places).  I’m looking forward to it actually. They are so much going on in the weeks I’m sure I burned through a mass of brain cells just scheduling the various drop offs, experiences, interactions and ideas.  The logistics are intense. Lately I’ve taken to openly and honestly explaining to people that I schedule NOTHING without a diary.  I may look like one, individual person but the reality is that I travel around with not only my own schedule in mind, but also that of the three kids and at times of appointments my dad as well.  It can be intense.  Intense but not impossible.  I applaud myself for being an organising extraordinaire (nobody else is going to) – and I appreciate that parenting has really honed my organisational skills.

Just because you’re organised it doesn’t mean you can’t be spontaneous.  Just yesterday a girlfriend arranged a spontaneous get together with two other friends and I.  If you’re a busy working parent you’ll understand my smugness as I reflect on our ability to move from idea to implementation in only 3hrs.  Yeah, my head hurts a little today but the laughs were worth it.  There are always those little chunks of time that aren’t heavily scheduled.  Use them to feed your soul, however you need to do that.

Intentions for the week ahead:

inside the mindMy theme for the week passed was my book

While I did an enormous amount of writing and content gathering I didn’t actually get to the book.

However, I realised that my side step actually held me in good stead.  I’ve been honing questions, sorting my technology and building the concept.  It’s all good.  Sometimes plans don’t happen and sometimes that’s OK too.

My theme for the week ahead is gentle.

I’ve drawn the line in the sand regarding an enormous decision this week.  The outcome could be amazing, it could hurt a lot. Whatever way it turns out ‘gentle’ will serve me, and everyone else involved well. However the cards fall it’s time for the decision to be made.  Wish me wisdom (as opposed to luck).

What will your theme for the week be and how will you make it real?  Think SMART goals.

PS what does this post have to do with 20 flying pigs?  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.