Month: November 2015

Finding gratitude in curiosity

“When you wait long enough in life, something will happen that will undo your certainty”_ Elizabeth Gilbert. One of my mentors once told me, “even if it may feel like it, we never go around in circles”. I then realized that we are all on the road to somewhere whether we are clear or not about the direction we are heading. Things will always happen along the way, regardless of the clarity level of our “end game”. We have all seen various versions of pictures like this illustrating what achieving success really looks like vs. what we wish or thought it would be. In her talk “Flight of the Hummingbird – The curiosity driven life”, Elizabeth Gilbert shares about what fuels someone to take action, discover and connect the different parts of themselves along the way. She points out that it is OK if we are not born with that ONE thing meant for us to do and that we do not need to be “passionate” to succeed. As a matter of fact, a lot …

How wide is your capacity to be with others?

You are a high performer, a director, a manager, an executive or entrepreneur. You give your all, work hard and deal with people all day, everyday. They all want your guidance, your attention and a piece of you. They all come from different backgrounds with a variety of skills and personalities. You either love them all too much and spread yourself thin or are on the verge of losing it, getting pulled in multiple directions. You even wake up some days wondering how you will deal with all of them again. You want a break and recognition. If only you had it your way, everything would be so much better. Perhaps. Unless you are into dictatorship, having it your way all the time is not a sustainable path to getting ahead in your career. By ruling out people who do not think like you or blaming your performance or results on others, you will find your effectiveness in leadership suffering. One thing I notice all of the greatest leaders we love have in common, is …

Bobby Flay – The making of a master

It is no secret; my husband and I are home chefs, cooking fans, foodies, food snobs, etc. Even though my mother in law keeps telling us we should open a restaurant, we are clear that even thought we might own one someday; we do not want to be the Chefs in it. We enjoy hosting, entertaining and cooking for our friends more as one of our favorite hobby. And mostly, we love watching professional Chefs in action and obviously eating their creations. I remember the first time I started watching the “Food Network” in 2009 when I moved to the United States. I immediately loved “Iron Chef America”, where a lot of contestants chose Bobby Flay as their opponent. I kept wondering what was it about him that everyone wanted to measure against. I just love how confidence, focus and composure exude out of him every single time he is in action. He definitely has this aura of “the guy everyone wants to beat”. What I love the most about him is that he is …

The impact of leaders in action – Are you up for the challenge?

“What. after all. is the purpose of a woman’s life? The purpose of a woman’s life is just the same as the purpose of a man’s life: that she may make the best possible contribution to the generation in which she is living. _ Louise McKinney” This quote kicked off “The Lady Savant Society’s” Lunch & Learn I lead on October 21st about “Elevating your leadership style”. We discussed about what it takes to be a woman leader in what a lot of us see as a male’s driven world. We shared our successes, failures, what we learned about ourselves from all of them, the different contexts in which we come from and what type of leader each of us ought to be in the world. When it comes to leadership and what it entails, saying you are a leader does not make you one. Simon Sinek who I read his “notes to inspire” every morning  quotes “Saying you’re a leader doesn’t make you a leader. Leading makes you a leader.” It is no secret …