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WORDS OF WISDOM FROM MARIANNE WILIAMSON

Heidi Pollard - Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Each year I take time out during this break to reflect on the year that was and to pen my Annual Gratitude Letter - in my 2015 letter I wrote how on New Year's Even 2014 I read Oprah Winfrey's book What I know for sure that had been loaned to me by a dear friend Tracy. The book truly set the tone for me for the coming year and little did I know at the time that I would round off 2015 with a bus trip to see Oprah live in Sydney on 12 December 2015 with 10 of my Leading Ladies clients and friends organised by the very same friend Tracy. 

What an exquisite way to top and tail the year!

The middle of 2015 was also a peak or highlight for me as I had the amazing experience of travelling with my great friend Mel to Sir Richard Branson's private island Necker. While there we were joined by none other than spiritual teacher of our time - Marianne Williamson.

My experience of and interactions with Marianne had a surprising and profound impact on me personally as well as on the way we now operate at UQ Power. In this week's episode of UQTV I will share some of the wonderful insights I gained from time with this amazing leader. I hope you find her wisdom to provide you with some tasty food for thought at this time of the year as well.

 


PS - If you want to get a glimpse of the power of this woman then check out this video of her speaking recently on women and religion at the Parliament of World's Religions in Salt Lake City Utah - I have some footage I took of her speaking on Necker however the Caribbean breeze and 100 flamingos in the background make for challenging audio, plus I wanted to experience her in person not through an iPhone ;-)

I look forward to being of service and sharing more with you all on the other side in 2016!

With respect
  
Heidi Alexandra JOY Pollard

Do you have a quality of life at work?

Heidi Pollard - Sunday, November 22, 2015

Have you ever stopped and thought about the quality of life you have? 

Have you ever thought about the fact that the country in which you were born could have a major influence on what you get to experience in your lifetime? 

In today's episode of UQTV I talk about an infographic that got me thinking about our quality of life and what our quality of work looks like too. Check it out for yourself. 


If you'd like to know more about improving your company culture then hop on over to the link below, we’d love to come and support you! http://www.uqpower.com.au/workplace-culture-pulse-checks

To your peace of mind and quality of life
Cheers
Heidi Alexandra 

Lessons from Necker Island with Sir Richard Branson

Heidi Pollard - Monday, November 02, 2015
At the start of the year I compiled a list of 50 leaders that I wanted to meet, interview and bring to you to share their insight, wisdom and energy.

Of course being an entrepreneur myself the #1 person on my list was none other than Sir Richard Branson. In early 2015 I was delighted to discover myself and my great friend Melissa Histon, Founder of The Sista Code, had been successful in being accepted to attend a Virgin Unite Leadership Gathering called "When bold minds and big thinkers come together" hosted by Business Chicks on Sir Richard's private island Necker. 

Virgin Unite is the entrepreneurial foundation of the Virgin Group, uniting people and ideas to create opportunities for a better world to shine a spotlight on unacceptable issues; to incubate disruptive collaborations and to empower entrepreneurs to change business by giving access to skills, support and capital.

Headed up by the super smart Emma Isaacs, Business Chicks was created to bring like-minded souls together – to give us a chance to swap ideas, share stories, and spark inspiration. They're a tribe of explorers and a band of big thinkers and I couldn't think of a better group of people to travel to a leadership conference in the British Virgin Isles with!

From the moment I arrived on Necker until today I have felt a definite surge in energy, an expanded reality about what's possible and a new way to view workplace environments. In the spirit of service and sharing I bring you my learnings and insights from meeting and talking to none other than Sir Richard Branson. 



Who inspires you? Who would you like to most meet? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Be bold, think big, serve the world

Love 

Heidi Alexandra Joy

UQTV - How to Become an Awesome Employee

Heidi Pollard - Monday, October 19, 2015

If you're on the hunt for a new position or you want to become an indispensable employee who shines, then you want to understand the key traits that managers and CEOs look for in star employees. 

Some of the key traits they might be looking for are these three H's:

  • Happy: No one wants to work with an unhappy person. Energy drainers can bring down their team with their drama, mood and poor attitude and it's no way to earn brownie points. Do a quick self assessment - do you find yourself smiling at work, relaxed and conversing with open body language or are you closed, frowning and frantic all the time?
  • Hungry: No I don't mean you are in the kitchen snacking all the time! As the old adage goes, time is money. Leaders want people who are driven and hungry, who chase the sale, make the deal and get the job done efficiently and effectively. Do you make the most of every second? Do you hustle in your job duties? 
  • Honest: As an employee, you will be entrusted with inside information that's going to move the company forward. A leader doesn't want to have to second guess if you are going to deliver the work they're paying for and that you're not playing hooky or entertaining the competition. In short don't lie on your resume. Don't lie in your interview. Don't lie after you're hired. Companies don't run well and culture get toxic and poisonous when they don't have honest, decent employees in them. 
So how do you go to the next level and get known as a batteries included, star employee? Follow these three tips in this week's episode of UQTV.

Great Questions to Ask to Win at a Job Interview

Heidi Pollard - Monday, September 28, 2015
At UQ Power our team coach many intelligent, articulate, experienced professionals on the art of a great job interview. And while many of the people we work with have skills for the jobs they are applying for, most of them had come for coaching because they felt they lacked confidence, finesse or experience in delivering a great interview.

One way to ensure you impress at interview is to be prepared for the questions - theirs and your own. There are a multiplicity of questions interviewers often ask, such as:
  • What is the greatest value you can bring to us?
  • Why do you want to leave your present position?
  • What is the most stressful situation you have experienced at work within the past year, and how did you handle it?
Critically then, you must prepare to ask your own questions of the panel or interviewer for example:

  • What is the most important thing I can do to help within the first 30 days of my employment? 
  • What main factors do you attribute to your growth?
  • What makes you better than your nearest competitor?
That's a few ideas, want more? Then check out this weeks episode of UQTV where I share a few more that will really make you stand out at interview. 



Good luck!



Body Language For Interview Success

Heidi Pollard - Monday, September 14, 2015

Are you looking to land a new job? Then you have to use your body! I'm not just talking here about how you suit up, I'm talking about how you show up and communicate through your gestures, facial expressions and movements we make with our bodies that indicate what we think and feel.

The way we walk, talk, sit and smile is part of our everyday communication and it becomes even more critical in all important job interviews, because everything we do is scrutinised more closely and because due to natural nerves, are often exaggerated more than ever.

There are several ways you can effectively use your body at a job interview from making a confident entrance as you enter the building, to giving a warm, friendly, not a bone crushing handshake on entry into the interview room. 

Watch this week's episode of UQTV for three more body language techniques to help you put your best foot forward and be your best self in an interview situation.


Remember at the end of the interview to also leave a good impression, rise calmly, pick up your things without fuss, smile and nod your head to the panel. If shaking hands with everyone isn't convenient, at least shake hands with the person who brought you to the interview space or seeing you out.

Good luck!


How to Talk So Others Listen

Heidi Pollard - Monday, August 31, 2015
It goes without saying that an essential part of our every day work lives is the ability to communicate effectively. So how can you make some small changes to continually improve the way you communicate so that when you talk, others listen? 

Well first you should be considerate of your audience, having empathy is a critical skill in relating with others. The ability to consider the impact that your message will have on the other person is key, by seeking first to understand your audience, you will be better able to tailor your message for them. 

Also being courteous and respecting the receiver of your communication is important, when you are appreciative, thoughtful, and respectful, you create a cushion of good will on which your message can land. Just like your mother taught you, being polite will go a long way in any business or personal situation and allow your audience to feel more comfortable and therefore receptive to your message. 

These are just two simple behaviours which demonstrate your professionalism, in this week's episode of UQTV I share three more of the critical "Cs" to influential communication - see if they resonate with you!



Happy communicating!

Heidi Alexandra

Dressing the same everyday - on brand or boring?

Heidi Pollard - Monday, August 17, 2015

Have you ever thought about how much time you waste on silly, frivolous things in life, will I have the decaf or full blooded coffee? Should I go to that networking event or finish my report? Will I wear the blue or black suit today?

I don’t know about you, but I can easily get trapped into wasting time deciding what to wear for the day which is why in this week's episode of UQTV I explore the benefits of wearing the same clothes everyday like a form of uniform.

What's your thoughts? Is it smart, sensible and on brand or just plain boring?

Now I’d love to hear from you. How much time do you spend each day worrying about what you’ll wear?

Would you find dressing the same every day smart, sensible and on brand or just plain boring? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

Until next time 

Be unique!

Heidi Alexandra


Crushing creativity myths

Heidi Pollard - Thursday, July 23, 2015
If there is one thing that most neuroscientists agree on it is how awesomely creative every single human being is. It’s in our DNA. Creativity is how we, as a species, have become so dominant. 

Creativity is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. Creativity is characterised by the ability to perceive the world in new ways, to find hidden patterns, to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, and to generate solutions. Creativity involves two processes: thinking, then producing. If you have ideas, but don’t act on them, you may be called imaginative but not creative.

IBM’s 2010 Global CEO Study stated:

“The effects of rising complexity calls for CEOs and their teams to lead with bold creativity, connect with customers in imaginative ways and design their operations for speed and flexibility to position their organizations for twenty-first century success.”

So can creativity be learned? The short answer is yes. A study by George Land reveals that we are naturally creative and as we grow up we learn to be uncreative. You learn to be creative by experimenting, exploring, questioning assumptions, using imagination and synthesing information. Learning to be creative simply requires practice to develop the right muscles, and a supportive environment in which to flourish.

Check out this week's episode of UQTV where I crush some of the common creativity myths! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jN5h1aEHWV8

Tweet this: Why creativity is essential in business: Crushing creativity myths.
Creativity has always been at the heart of business, but until now it hasn’t been at the top of many leaders agendas. Creativity is essential to the entrepreneurship that gets new businesses started and that sustains the best companies after they have reached a larger scale. In the past creativity was often considered unmanageable—too elusive and intangible to pin down. Today it is essential. 

What can you do to encourage more creativity in your team or workplace? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

Cheers to your creative genius

Heidi Alexandra



Mindful Leadership - Expert Interview with Charlotte Thaarup

Heidi Pollard - Sunday, July 05, 2015

As the world around us continues to change and increase in pace and complexity leaders can find themselves increasingly vulnerable to high pressure and stress. 

Which is why I'm delighted to bring this week's interviewee Charlotte Thaarup to the screens of UQTV. Charlotte is a clinical mindfulness consultant who facilitates mindfulness based workshops locally and abroad to help overwhelmed leaders and those on an inner journey to become more resourceful and calm.

I have the pleasure of co-facilitating many workshops with Charlotte as well as participating in one of her mindfulness retreats at the serene Zen Resort in Bali late last year. Charlotte not only practices what she preaches, she also is one of the most compassionate, non-judgemental leaders I have had the pleasure to work with. 

Earlier this year I compiled a list of 50 thought leaders I’d most like to interview through UQTV to inspire you to grow flourish and make the shift to lead in this new world of work. Charlotte is featured on that list as I believe she is a game changer for the new world of work. I hope you enjoy this third interview for our series of 50 Leaders I Most Want to Interview.

Tweet this: Mindful leadership is not a passing fad

For more information and resources on mindful leadership, mindfulness in the workplace and mindful eating visit Charlotte's website The Mindfulness Clinic.

Check out my list of 50 Leaders I Most Want to Interview here, I'm excited to say I hope to be marking the #1 leader off in about 1 weeks' time!

Remember if you want to change the world you have to #startwithU

Heidi Alexandra 

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