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WORDS OF WISDOM FROM MARIANNE WILIAMSON

Alexandria Joy - 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

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

Love 

Heidi Alexandra Joy

Mindful Leadership - Expert Interview with Charlotte Thaarup

Alexandria Joy - 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 

How to present like a pro

Alexandria Joy - Monday, June 08, 2015

Do you fear public speaking more than death? 

Have you ever condemned others to a thousand small deaths from your pitches, boardroom presentations or conference presentations?

OK perhaps nothing quite as extreme, but if you're keen to go from boring and bland to interesting and compelling and you need to give a presentation or speech but public speaking is not one of your strengths then this video was recorded for you! 

Tweet this: How to present like a pro

What's the best speaker you've ever seen in person or online? What was it that grabbed you? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Happy presenting

Heidi Alexandra 

From Necker to Newcastle - An Interview with Lisa Messenger

Alexandria Joy - Sunday, February 15, 2015
Like anything she's done in life - the way Lisa Messenger tackles books is counter-intuitive to the status quo. 

From a girl who confesses she did "veggie English" at school, the Founder and Editor of the magazine Renegade Collective (launched in March 2013), has now released two new books within six months - both heading to best seller lists, both on very different topics and both featuring her signature UQ (Uniqueness Quotient) contrarian approach. 

Late last year I had the opportunity to bring Lisa to Newcastle and interview her for a second time right after releasing one of those books Daring and Disruptive and following her trip to Sir Richard Branson's private Island Necker where she sketched the chapters and outline for her next book released this week Life and Love.

Just as she was in our first interview, Lisa was cool, casual and candid, open to sharing her ideas, insights and spill all the goss on what it was like spending time hanging out with Sir Richard in his lounge room in board shorts. 


This interview From Necker to Newcastle is the first in a series of interviews I will be conducting in 2015 with the 50 renegade and inspiring leaders I most want to interview. You can check out my top 50 list here. 


As part of our new series of 50 Leaders I want to interview 

Now, Lisa and I would love to hear from you. Where are you thinking small in your business or life when you could back yourself and go big? 

Be as specific as possible in your comment, so others watching from around the world who come here to connect and be inspired can glean ideas from you too.

Thank you for reading, watching, and sharing in the comments below.
To your success, on your terms!
Heidi Alexandra 
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WHAT MAKES A GOOD LEADER?

Alexandria Joy - Sunday, October 12, 2014

I truly believe there is a big difference between effectively managing and effectively leading. 

We've all had a manager that doesn't do a very good job of getting people excited about coming to work in fact, you wonder how they ended up managing people in the first place. Perhaps they were a great individual operator or a technical whiz and through a series of promotions, ended up managing people. Managing (or being a people manager) often has many tactical components. Setting goals, monitoring productivity, ensuring the right people are doing the right things. 

And then there is the leader. Here's few things I believe to be true when it comes to extraordinary leaders:

  • THEY HAVE PASSION - We all have desire within us to be, and do, something great, and when you find someone that is passionate, its easy to follow them.

  • ITS NOT ABOUT THE TITLE - A true leader stands out well before they have been called for leadership duty. Put them in any situation, and they will step up and lead without ever being asked, regardless of their title.

  • THEY ARE RESPECTED - Being respected and being popular are two totally different things. Being a leader is about making tough decisions and doing whats right. Leaders are role models to many and this comes with responsibilities. 
These are just a few of the qualities I've noticed in the leaders I admire. Beneath these are two critical foundations required to form rock solid relationships Watch this episode of UQTV to see how you can develop yourself in these two areas.



Now I’d love to hear from you. 
What characteristics or personal traits do you look for and admire in a leader? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Remember keep on building a life, business or career that plays to your unique strengths – the best thing you can do to change the world and become a great leader worth following is to #startwithU.

Heidi Alexandra 
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4 MILLIONAIRE MORNING RITUALS

Alexandria Joy - Wednesday, April 02, 2014

When it comes to productivity, everyone it seems has their own rituals or habits that work for them. If you really want to supercharge your day then why not take a leaf out of the book of those who have mastered the art of the morning ritual. 

I’ve been an avid student of getting stuff done productively for years, aside from throwing away my television 10 years ago and following Brian Tracy's advice and "eating my frog" every day, I've checked out the key strategies millionaires implement to stay focused and get going each day.

What I discovered is that there are four millionaire morning rituals that’ll help you no matter what business you are in.


(In this video, we mention the four quadrants of the UQ Powerhouse. Find out more here.)


Now, I’d love to hear from you.

What's your non-negotiable morning ritual that sets you up for success?

Share your rituals in the comments below.

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Be Unique

Heidi Alexandra

THE NEW SCIENCE OF SUCCESS

Alexandria Joy - Sunday, March 16, 2014

Did you know that it only takes nine seconds to make a positive impression?

Have you ever wondered why some companies and individual magnetically attract the right opportunities, resources, and recruits? In my new book ‘It All Starts with UQ Power’ I explain why that happens, what these individuals and companies do, and how you can become magnetic also.

Do you understand the power of your UQ?

UQ stands for your Uniqueness Quotient and is a combination of the foundations of IQ, EQ, Body, and Vision and is often the deciding factor in how successful you are in both your personal and business life.

This book will help you to understand your own UQ Power so that you can master first impressions based on your personal unique strengths. UQ is a psychology that can be applied on a personal, team, company, or country level and can help you be remembered, respected, and referred in a sustainable way.

Watch my video below to hear more about what's included in this quirky, unique book.


Your UQ is not simply what you think it is, it’s also what others say it is. Building a strong brand ensures that you have the impact and influence in your given industry to bring you the clients, income and win the contracts that you want to win. In order to be successful in both life and business, it is important to master skills that allow you to communicate your brand with confidence, clarity, and credibility. This book will help teach you how to do that.

Regardless of whether you are looking for success in your personal life or your career, ‘It all starts with UQ Power’ is an ideal companion to take with you on your journey.

Order your copy here now.

THE CLOTHES MAKETH THE BRAND

Alexandria Joy - Saturday, March 01, 2014

A question I get asked a lot when I am speaking at conferences and functions about the power of visual communication is: "do the clothes you wear really matter to your business or personal brand?"

Absolutely – first impressions count! 

In fact the first step to influencing others is to understand how you and your company’s body or physical appearance can shift perceptions. 

Now before you go sending me mail complaining that it shouldn't matter what someone wears if they have the right skills and experience I would agree with you, if this was Mars, but it's not, and here on earth it matters. Humans are very visual beings and first impressions count. Subconsciously we all judge everyone else the moment they step in the room.

If you are aiming to be interviewed in the media, present on stage, get photos taken for your website and social media pages or are pitching to prospective clients and key influencers, what you wear will matter. 

In my soon to be released book “It all Starts with UQ Power: Boost Your Influence, Impact and Income”  I refer to “Mr Fedora” a guy who wears a hat just to stand out in a crowded room. Just like that guy that always wears  bow tie to meetings (you know him, every town has one) or funny coloured glasses (think Seth Godin). When it comes to building your brand, memorability matters.

So what should you wear? Check out this video for tips on how you can dress on-brand:

Tweet This: "High contrast equals high brand power. @UQPower #Startwithu"

Which of the three key colour differentials I discussed suit your brand best?

What's your signature style or accessory that represents your UQ (Uniqueness Quotient)? Do you wear it consistently every time you leave the office? You may get bored of wearing the same look but when it comes to branding it is far better to build consistency and memorability than to satisfy your personal need for keeping up with the latest fashion and trends. 

Now it’s your turn. 

Take a look at your wardrobe and what you wear to key meetings and events. Are your clothes or costume achieving the objectives you desire? I invite you to share your thoughts or ask questions in the comments section below.

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Whats Love Got To Do With It

Alexandria Joy - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

When it comes to the four lettered 'L' word most people believe it doesn't have a place in the workplace. However recently my team and I had the opportunity and privilege to work with an amazing team at a local aged care facility and we were blown away by their l.o.v.e. Love for their clients, their staff, their suppliers and community.

In a world dominated by endless automated phone prompts and sadly soul-less customer care, when a company gets it right, like these guys have, it gets us excited!

What we discovered was that it is possible not only to talk about love but act from a place of loving kindness in all you do at work.

 

Tweet This: "For long term business success, start with your culture." @UQPower #StartWithU

Now, I’d love to hear from you. In the comments section below tell me which one of these strategies:

  1. choose love not fear
  2. be a servant leader
  3. live your values

have you seen in action before and why it worked?

What else could you do to incorporate these principles in your business?

PS: Find out more about fabulous Maroba here http://www.maroba.com.au

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