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Lessons from Necker Island with Sir Richard Branson

Alexandria Joy - 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


Heidi Alexandra Joy

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Neil Johnston commented on 03-Nov-2015 08:15 AM
Thank you Heidi Very thoughtful to share what I would love to achieve.
I have ideas and two main business products. I love small business operators and genuinely will make some of their obligations much simpler. I am struggling on two fronts. Capital but more importantly, finding a network of inspirational people that I can share, talk, discuss, complain and move on. Any ideas?

Kind regards

MG commented on 03-Nov-2015 08:47 AM
Thank you for sharing an insight into your experiences on Necker Island. Your vision and life is an inspiration to us!
Terry Monaghan commented on 03-Nov-2015 11:20 AM
What strikes me the most (and I think it is key) is how much you mention how genuine and relaxed Sir Richard is. I wonder what would be possible if we could each relax into our own unique contribution?
Phillip Rankin commented on 03-Nov-2015 11:08 PM
Thank you for an insight into Richards Life. A inspirational meeting and am feeling blessed by your efforts to share it with your world. In the molecular dance of life when like attracts like great things occur. You have made this happen. For all of us! Who would I like to meet? Bruce Springsteen. Do a long breakfast with the Boss with my twin brother in New York City or better still, take him down to Redhead beach for a surf.
A man that has tapped into the rhythm of many souls during his life time of music.
thank you Heidi, radiant Light and energy to you to go beyond........
CEO Heidi Alexandra commented on 16-Nov-2015 01:42 AM
Thank you Phillip, Terry and MG for your lovely comments - it was hard to do the experience justice but I appreciate you all sharing that it touched you.

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