March 10, 2014
Hosted by Shahmeen Sadiq, PCC
There are so many things in life that we label coincidence, but what if they’re not? What if they’re gifts, opportunities to unfold just a little more of the beautiful Beings we’re meant to be in order to live our unique purpose in life? Shahmeen and her guest today, her spirit mother Linda Sadiq, know their meeting was no coincidence. Linda recognized that Shahmeen was a special addition to the pattern of lovely, bright, creative women – daughters, friends and clients – who keep showing up in her life to help her live her purpose. Linda says, “These women are such gifts. I see some of myself in each of them; I know their excitement and dreams, their pain and confusion, their loves and their losses. I too, dream big. I too, stumble, fall, and pick myself up again. I’m old enough to know I don’t have all the answers. Experienced enough to know some of the right questions. And comfortable enough to listen deeply and to learn." Listen in and learn today with Shahmeen and Linda. Whatever happens will be no coincidence! Linda Sadiq At 5 years old, my favourite song was “I’m a Lonely Little Petunia in an Onion Patch”. Though it certainly didn’t feel like it, that loneliness and sense that I didn’t fit in was a gift that helped shape who I am and how I interact with the world. I zero into the heart of the issues and the hearts of the people dealing with the issues; I can’t do otherwise. The amazing people I’ve worked with in communities, organizations, and teams around the world, have helped me learn that as we journey through life, each of us at some point feels like a lonely little petunia. It’s working from inside those feelings, beginning with values, beliefs and sense of purpose, that we’re able to transform our visions into actions that make this world a better place. I’m never more thrilled or touched than when I’m able to contribute a question, a comment, a hug or a cheer to that transformation. There is an especially warm place in my heart for my husband, four children and four little grandsons. They remind me daily about what really matters.
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.