Move over HBR and hello Motivated! Just kidding, I love HBR but I found another favourite magazine, if you have not already you must check out the new Summer 2010 Motivated magazine for a mere $5.95 per issue or $19.95 per year (4 issues)!
The theme this month has me spinning with revelations, validations and yes, motivation. Shevaun Voisin opens with an invitation to explore audacity in a new and refreshing light. Shevaun decouples audacity from ego with the distinction that audacity comes from internal confidence while ego seeks external recognition, the beauty in audacity occurs without ego. Audacity is the theme of this issue and you will come away with a new appreciation for it’s purpose. My biggest revelation was accepting that audacity is really about giving courage to your internal fire.
The first article that moved me was Make Some Noise by Silken Laumann. I highly recommend reading the full article but here are my favourite take-aways:
“Keeping company with dreamers and doers inspires me to keep pushing, to explore my talents and follow my dreams. It also makes me wonder about our often conflicted relationship with high achievement.”
“For most of us, our greatest battle in living audaciously is our own self doubt.”
“Looking for the right way of moving forward is often a disguise for the fear of moving forward.”
“A talent I have noticed in many of the high achievers and audacious thinkers that I know – they seem completely unaware of just how fabulous their contributions really are. This isn’t false modesty; merely an understanding that they’ve had opportunities to pursue their greatness, to be audacious in their thinking and their actions, and usually feel pretty blessed to have had the opportunity to pursue their talents.”
Silken is a four-time Olympic medalist, a dreamer and one of Canada’s top inspirational speakers and I am now following her on twitter.
The next article that captivated me was Have the Audacity to be Remarkable, an interview with Seth Godin by Shevaun Voisin. I’m going to assume you are all familiar with Seth’s perspectives, a day does not pass without him being quoted and no doubt many of you have read Linchpin. So I will only share my favourite take-away and his closing response. When asked “What do you feel in your heart you are still destined to accomplish?” Seth responded “I’m skeptical about destiny. I think we have opportunities, and we take them or we don’t. I’m hoping that moving forward, I’ll use the leverage I have and take the opportunities that present themselves, as opposed to shrinking from them.” I could not agree more!
Last, but certainly not least of the most inspiring articles was The Merits of Naked Consulting by the author of my favourite book Getting Naked, Patrick Lencioni. I dug into the naked way in my recent post Part 5 of 7: Are You Ready to Get Naked? In this article Patrick eloquently describes the power of naked consulting. “The essence of naked consulting is that clients are more interested in candor, humility and transparency than they are in confidence, authority and perfection. That’s not to say that competence is irrelevant; clients need to know that we have the knowledge and experience to help them. But once we’ve reached that level, the best way to differentiate ourselves from competition – not to mention help a client implement the ideas we’re recommending to them – is to be vulnerable with them.”
Being respectfully audacious is not just intended for customer experience management, however it is a business movement that requires audaciousness to gain awareness and momentum. Have the courage to move from the “how” into “doing” and next time you see someone else exercising their audaciousness, resist negative skepticism and congratulate them for stepping up. I’m not suggesting you blindly support them, ask the tough questions, while trying to resist protecting the “rules”.
There are a lot of other good reads in this magazine, these are just my personal favourites, it’s worth subscribing!