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Branson Vs Obama who dares wins

Alexandria Joy - Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Sir Richard Branson - aka Dr Yes - has been at his antics again!

This time the tie loathing adventurer and thrill seeker challenged Barack Obama to a kitesurfing v foil boarding competition around Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands.

Not only do the photos (full credit to @hijack Jack Brockway for the awesome pics) and video Sir Richard  shared on social media depict a good dose of humour but they also show a relaxed and carefree former president lapping up the sun, surf and social life.

There are so many lessons we can take away from watching two world leaders at play.

As I talk about in my video Lessons From Necker Island I learnt so much about life and business from Sir Richard especially how much you can get done and the connections you can make when you are having fun and letting go. How wonderful to see Sir Richard invite Barack and Michelle down to his private island Moskito (across the channel from Necker Island) for a complete break after Barack finished as President and left the white house.

For eight years while in office Barack didn't get to surf, enjoy water sports or do any of the things he loved so it is wonderful to see him living in the moment, carefree and enjoying the water once again.

Sir Richard challenged Barack to learn to kitesurf before he could learn to foil board - on the final day they had a challenge - who could stay standing the longest - check out Branson's latest post to find out who dared and won in the end!

In this start of 2017 with my goal of it being the year of the JOYful Unicorn I look forward to continuing to incorporate fun, play and friendship into my world and business. What can you takeaway from watching two world leaders at play?

50 Leaders I Most Want To Interview

Alexandria Joy - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The world around us is changing and what we need are a new era of leaders – expander leaders who are breakaways, disruptors and renegades. People who challenge the status quo and are of service, who value people over profits.

This year I’ve 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.

Check out my list of people and let me know if there’s anyone else you’d add to the list or if you can make a connection and introduction for me.

  1. Sir Richard Branson
    Founder of Virgin Group www.virgin.com/richard-branson  
  2. Simon Sinek
    Visionary, author www.startwithwhy.com/
  3. Ken Blanchard
    Chief Spiritual Officer at Ken Blanchard Companies www.kenblanchard.com  
  4. Brené Brown 
    Professor at the University of Houston www.brenebrown.com  
  5. Bono
    Lead Singer, U2 www.u2.com
  6. Daniel Pink
    Author www.danpink.com
  7. Lolly Daskal
    President and founder of Lead From Within www.lollydaskal.com
  8. Benjamin Zander
    Conductor, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra www.benjaminzander.com
  9. Jane Wurwand
    Founder Dermalogica www.dermalogica.com
  10. 10. Lisa Messenger
    Founder and Editor-in-Chief The Messenger Group www.collectivehub.com
  11. 11. Liz Wiseman            
    Founder of The Wiseman Group www.thewisemangroup.com  
  12. 12. Traci Fenton
    Founder, CEO WorldBlu www.worldblu.com/
  13. 13. Marshall Goldsmith
    Founder of Marshall Goldsmith Group www.marshallgoldsmithlibrary.com
  14. Amy Cuddy
    Body language expert, founder of Power Posing https://www.ted.com/speakers/amy_cuddy
  15. Tony Hsieh
    CEO at Zappos.com www.deliveringhappiness.com
  16. Vishen Lakhiani
    CEO Mindvalley www.mindvalley.com
  17. Chip Conley
    CEO Joi du Voie www.chipconley.com
  18. Daniel and Justine Flynn
    Co-Founders Thank You Water www.thankyou.co
  19. Todd Nielsen 
    The Execution Expert www.toddnielsen.com/
  20. Gary Zukav
    Co-Founder, Seat of the Soul Institute www.seatofthesoul.com
  21. S. Chris Edmonds
    Founder Purposeful Culture Group www.drivingresultsthroughculture.com
  22. Tim Elmore
    Founder of Growing Leaders www.growingleaders.com  
  23. Nina Godiwalla
    CEO at Mindworks www.mindworkscorp.com
  24. Michael Hyatt
    CEO at Intentional Leadership www.michaelhyatt.com  
  25. John Kotter
    Founder of Kotter International www.kotterinternational.com
  26. Jim Kouzes
    Author www.leadershipchallenge.com
  27. John C. Maxwell
    Founder of The John Maxwell Company www.johnmaxwell.com
  28. Sheryl Sandberg
    COO Facebook www.facebook.com
  29. Herb Kelleher
    Co-founder, Chairman Emeritus Southwest Airlines www.southwest.com/
  30. Tom Peters
    Professional agitator at Tom Peters Company www.tompeters.com  
  31. Michael E. Porter
    Professor at Harvard Business School www.isc.hbs.edu/pages/default.aspx
  32. Emma Isaacs
    Founder, CEO, Business Chicks www.businesschicks.com.au
  33. Jane Huxley
    Managing Director Pandora Australia www.pandora.com
  34. Ricardo Semler
    Chief Executive, Semco www.semco.com.br/pt/
  35. Wendy Kopp
    CEO and Co-founder Teach for All www.teachforall.org/en
  36. Jesse Lyn Stoner
    Director Berrett-Koehler Foundation www.seapointcentre.com
  37. Gail Kelly
    CEO Westpac www.westpac.com.au
  38. Anne McKevitt
    Founder Million Dollar Plus Club www.annemckevitt.com
  39. Mala Yousafzai
    Advocate for education rights
  40. Charlotte Tharuup-Owen
    Clinical Mindfulness Expert www.creativetransformations.com.au
  41. Aung San Suu Kyi
    Chair National League for Democracy
  42. Gen. Joe Dunford
    Commander US Forces Afghanistan
  43. Jeff Bezos
    CEO Amazon www.amazon.com
  44. Jack Ma
    Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group www.alibaba.com
  45. Jane Cay
    Entrepreneur and Founder of Birdnest Clothing Online www.birdsnest.com.au 
  46. Nancy Lublin
    CEO Do Something www.dosomething.org  
  47. Pinky McKay
    Author and Mothers’ Advocate www.pinkymckay.com
  48. Susan Wojcicki
    CEO YouTube www.youtube.com
  49. Robin Sharma
    Founder of Sharma Leadership International www.robinsharma.com
  50. Mark Miller
    Author www.greatleadersserve.com



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