March 3, 2014
Hosted by Shahmeen Sadiq, PCC
It is easy to lose hope. The headlines scream out at us with all the bad news: wars, human suffering, scarcity, plunging profits and dire warnings of the losses soon to come. We grapple with more complexity now than we ever did: at work, in our home lives and in our communities. Will it ever get better? Will it ever be easier? Our guest this week, Andrew Bennett, believes that hope is one of the most important things in life and in business. At the core of this is his reverence for the human spirit and the role that organizations can play in helping people thrive. His work with individuals and business leaders is aimed at finding, maintaining, and cultivating hope. Join us for an inspiring conversation to hear Andrew’s amazing story about the beauty of the human spirit, thriving versus surviving, and transformational leadership. Andrew Bennett is a former Fortune 500 corporate executive who started his career as former U.S. presidential candidate H. Ross Perot’s personal assistant. Eight years later he led a $65 million business in Australia. He has over two decades experience as a leadership and organizational culture consultant and executive coach working with leaders all over the world in companies like Ford Motor Company, Marriott, GE Healthcare, and organizations of all sizes in government, education, health care and non-‐profit. Andrew has been involved in nearly 40 major organizational transformations over the last 20 years. For over 45 years Andrew has been a magician and is a member of London’s Magic Circle, the highest honor in magic. Ross Perot encouraged Andrew to use magic in his business presentations and he has been refining this approach for the last 30 years. Magic is the art of transformation and Andrew uses it to enable people to rethink possibilities and obstacles, opening the door to innovative thinking. Overarching all of this Andrew is thriving despite decades of tragic losses. He uses his experience to teach others to find profound strength and meaning in adversity.
Stories from the Heart of Leadership
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Over my years as a leadership consultant and executive coach, I’ve been fascinated by the stories that lie underneath the surface of our human façade. I’m noticing a theme: We think we are alone in our experience and we have learned that it’s not OK to talk about it.
Things happen in life: wonderful, terrible and sad things. It appears safer, especially at work, to put a neutral face on it all and carry on. Better to look like we have it all together than to let them see the joy, shame or dread we might be feeling on the inside.
My hope is for us to become more resilient and effective by connecting at the level of our shared humanity. When someone courageously gives voice to their yearning, fear or uncertainty, the potential for creating extraordinary results at work, at home and elsewhere is exponentially increased.
Learn more about this, how it works and how you can put it into service in your life.
Shahmeen Sadiq, PCC
Shahmeen Sadiq is the CEO of Anjali Leadership Inc., a company that has been serving organizational leaders since 2005. She serves as Executive Education Program Faculty and Executive Coach for the University of Notre Dame and as a Senior Consultant and Executive Coach with The Full Circle Group. As a Master Facilitator with The Leadership Circle(tm), she teaches and mentors leadership development professionals.
Shahmeen is passionate about supporting her clients to create sustainable business performance with ease, grace and elegance. She engages them in deeper conversations about what really matters and the passion that underlies their commitment. She is renowned for her fiercely loving authenticity and her ability to help leaders uncover and, if required, change the stories they are telling about themselves, others and how things work, so they can become more purposeful, inspiring and effective.
A graduate of the coach certification program of the Coaches Training Institute and the ORSC program of CRR Global, Shahmeen was honored in 2009 by the International Coach Federation with a Prism Award for leadership culture change with a not-for-profit organization.
Shahmeen is committed to raising her two children mindfully and intentionally. She has an adventurous spirit and spent a good part of her life enjoying and teaching the sport of skydiving, is passionate about the art of Egyptian dance, and enjoys running in her hometown of Toronto, Canada.