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Authentic Leadership Online Summit Interview

In March 2017, I was interviewed by the lovely Judi Glover as part of an expert panel regarding Authentic Leadership.

We talked about some of the following;

  • What authentic leadership really means
  • The biggest misunderstanding in the personal development world 
  • How we can bring the best version of ourselves to our lives and our relationships without complex strategies or ‘mind tricks’.
  • Recognising the difference between fact and fiction and why that matters as leaders
  • Why we don’t have to work on ourselves in order to experience clear thinking or get perspective on the things that matter to us
  • The ONE thing that we need to know in order to truly get out of our own way

Business Growth Summit talk by Chantal Burns

Towards the end of 2016,  I did a talk for 160 leaders for the Business Growth Summit conference. 

Here are some of things I reveal in this 45 minute talk below;

  • Some key findings from my groundbreaking ‘state of mind’ research
  • Why we are in the dark ages when it comes to understanding what drives leadership
  • How all the essential qualities of great leadership are not skills and therefore do not need to be acquired or learnt  
  • why being unhappy at work is like being afraid of bridges

I hope you enjoy it – let me know what you think.

 

BBC 2 RADIO INTERVIEW WITH VANESSA FELTZ

BBC RADIO LONDON

On Easter Bank Holiday Monday, I was interviewed on BBC London radio by Vanessa Feltz about my book ‘Instant Motivation‘.

Vanessa wanted to talk about stress and anxiety in the workplace and what it is that helps us to deal with the every day demands that life presents. It was quite a lively conversation!  You can hear the radio show below and there’s also a link to the book.

 

 

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HOW TO BE HAPPY AT WORK (WITHOUT TRYING) featured in Shortlist.com

Want to feel instantly happier at work? Wish that people would stop being so irritating? Fed up of putting on your ‘game face’?

There are thousands of books dedicated to showing us how to be happy or fulfilled. But what if our obsession with happiness is what stops us from feeling happy? What if there’s a much easier way to feel great and do our best work?  click here to read the full article 

THE IRISH TIMES & INSTANT MOTIVATION

On the 2nd of January 2015 my book ‘Instant Motivation’ was published and I was thrilled when it was selected as WHSmith’s Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Then last week, after interviewing me about the book, The Irish Times published a piece in their Business Innovation section and I was glad to read the following:-

The market for self-help books aimed at those wishing to improve their performance and motivation at work is a crowded one. Those looking for quick-fix techniques are likely to be disappointed by one of the latest contributions to this genre by UK author Chantal Burns.

Click here to read the full article.  And I would love to know what you think so please post your comments below.

WHY OLD IS THE NEW NEW

People often hunger for new and unfamiliar experiences.

Some of  us get bored easily and crave exciting or different things. We say we want more variety or we describe ourselves as having a low boredom threshold. But in truth, the experience of new that most people crave or desire is a feeling and all feelings come from the same place – from our own thinking and the perceptions that thought creates.

Thoughts of boredom create feelings of boredom.  Thoughts of wonder, create feelings of wonder.

And whilst it seems like it’s the situation (something ‘out there’) creating our thoughts and feelings of boredom, it never is because it doesn’t work that way.

I remember standing looking up at the beautiful and imposing sight of my local Abbey. I’ve admired this building many times. What was unusual on this particular day was that I felt I was seeing it for the first time. I had a sense of wonder and awe.

In that moment by the Abbey, I realised with absolute clarity how we are always creating the experience of new via our own minds, which means we are also creating the experience of old in the same way. And this has some fantastically helpful implications – especially if you’re a ‘new’ junky. Here are a few of them…

1) If the experience of ‘boring’ is purely a matter of perception and perspective, this means that something you’ve been perceiving as stale or boring can become fresh and interesting in a heartbeat. This includes your partner, colleagues, job or hobbies.

Just noticing how your own thinking is the architect of your perceptions and perspective, is enough to land you into the present moment. In the present moment, there is no old or new because old and new are constructs. We make them up. That’s why you can feel bored in a situation that you’ve never encountered before and feel excited or interested in a situation you’ve encountered many times.

For example, have you ever watched the same film many times or read the same book more than once and still enjoyed it? Or perhaps you’ve visited the same place more than once and still found it fresh and exciting?

2) Things you may have written off as ‘past their sell by date’ may actually have plenty of life left in them after all. This includes your own ideas, a job, hobbies, places or people. There is always the potential to see something with new eyes or hear with new ears.

3) We can choose to give up the sometimes relentless and often exhausting pursuit of the next new and exciting thing. Instead, you can continue to enjoy what you have right now. Every moment is fresh and new – only our thinking makes it old.

I’m not saying that we shouldn’t seek a thrill or try new things. I’m as partial to wanting new and exciting experiences as the next person. I’m just offering an alternative way to understand where the experience and feelings of new really comes from, so that you can have more of that feeling NOW without having to do anything different – i.e.,without changing your partner, job, furniture or hobbies.

Now wouldn’t that be a new experience?!