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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

How to create a happy virus at work

Alexandria Joy - Monday, May 11, 2015
When it comes to the positivity or negativity of relationships at work, at home and at school, multiple studies have shown that mood is literally contagious. It’s not simply that happy people gravitate to each other and unhappy people congregate in the corner —the people adjacent to you can actually move your mood up or down.

This makes managing morale and protecting a positive company culture extremely important because one unhappy person can infect an entire team. On the flip side, a few satisfied, engaged, high-performance people placed strategically throughout an organization can spread happiness and produce even better results. As a leader or manager, investing in the architecture of your team or businesses social, communication and functional networks is critical to ensure optimum happiness and effectiveness.

Scott Crabtree understands this only too well. After spending 24 years climbing the ladder in the gaming and software industries, eventually leading a team at Intel, Scott observed that the happiest people were also the most productive. The difference was so striking to him that he retired and rebooted his career, founding Happy Brain Science to surface and share the scientific underpinnings of what makes people happy and how that makes them more effective at their jobs and in their lives.

"Happier people are more successful, more creative, energetic, resilient," says Crabtree. "They work better together. They absorb more information. They have more tools in their tool belt to help them handle whatever life throws them. They are healthier, they live longer—and they show up at work more often."

What science has proven and we also see played out time after time through our work at UQ Power is that happiness is not part of a person's genetic makeup, nor a product of circumstance. It’s a choice. We believe business is 100% a people game and that your experience of work begins with you.

Want to overcome adversity, change how you feel about going to work and create a happy virus in your workplace? Then watch this week's video to find out how.


Share the happiness, tweet this: At work today. Choose fun! #startwithU
Now I’d love to hear from you. Have you ever started a happy virus? What one simple did you do to change your world? Share your story in the
comments below.
Remember to #startwithU

Big smile
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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WHY THREE HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE

Alexandria Joy - Tuesday, November 11, 2014

One of my favourite strategies for helping leaders increase their capacity, forward thinking and commercial awareness is to encourage them to create and participate in masterminds both within and outside the organisation. 

Personally I have actively pursued and participated in several international masterminds for over a decade and attribute much of our success at UQ Power from the benefit of collaborating and connecting with other ambitious business owners and entrepreneurs who are playing a big game. 

I first became aware of the concept of masterminds about 15 years ago when I read classic leadership and success book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. 

While masterminds have become a big part of my strategic thinking, a recent discussion with a client at a large financial services organisation left me realising that many people are unfamiliar with the concept of a mastermind and how they can be of benefit.

If you've ever wondered about the benefits of creating or participating in a mastermind then this episode of UQTV will answer all your questions:  

Now I’d love to hear from you. 
Can you identify things in your life that could benefit from a group like this one?
Have you already participated in a mastermind and what were the key benefits and growth you gained from doing so. Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Dream big!
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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DELIVERING HAPPINESS DELIVERS PROFITS

Alexandria Joy - Monday, May 26, 2014

When it comes to positive workplace cultures and exemplary customer service, few it seems could rival the happiness seen in Las Vegas based company Zappos. It all started in 1999 when their founder Nick Swinmurn found himself walking around a mall in San Francisco looking for a pair of shoes to no avail and then searching online only to turn up nothing. So Nick decided to quit his day job and start an online shoe retailer... and Zappos.com was born! 

At Zappos they believe that the speed at which a customer receives an online purchase plays a very important role in how that customer thinks about shopping online again in the future, so at Zappos.com, they have put a lot of focus on making sure the items get delivered to customers as quickly as possible. In order to do that, they warehouse everything they sell, and unlike most other online retailers, they don't make an item available for sale unless it is physically present in their warehouse. 

In 2001 Zappos brought in $8.6 million.

In 2003 they reached $70 million in gross sales.

In 2004, they achieved $184 million in gross sales.

In 2008, they hit $1 billion in annual sales, two years earlier than expected.

In 2009, just a decade after their launch the company announced its plans to join the Amazon.com, Inc. family with a buy out worth around $940 million in stock and cash.

In this episode  of UQTV we take a look under the hood at Zappos "work hard, play hard" culture to find out how their rituals have delivered happiness and profits.

Tweet this: @Zappos say that customer service isn’t just a department @UQPower
Now it's your turn. 
1. Have you WOWed at least one person today?
2. What can you do to make it more fun in your workplace? 
3. How do you get your workers and co-workers to grow?

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Be Unique
Heidi Alexandra

4 KEYS TO BEING WILDLY SUCCESSFUL FROM THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

Alexandria Joy - Monday, April 14, 2014

There's a lot we can learn from people's successes and failures, and one man who has had his fair share of both is Jordan Belfort, otherwise known as the Wolf of Wall Street.

I’ve been an avid student of the world's greatest successes and failures for years, and Jordan's is certainly a colourful, drug filled life of debauchery that apparently is 'even worse' than in Scorsese's film. Jordan himself admits that the Oscar-nominated film based on his memoir had no need to exaggerate the sex and drugs.

The 51-year-old, who served 22 months in jail for securities fraud between 2004 and 2006 after setting up the discredited Stratton Oakmont brokerage and penny stock "boiler room" in Long Island, said Terence Winter's screenplay had not needed to exaggerate his outrageous existence.

What I learnt from the former broker, who now works as a motivational speaker, in a recent interview are four keys to success.

Tweet This: Success comes down to progress, not perfection. @UQPower

Now, I’d love to hear from you. Are you making money doing a job that you loathe?

Have you been settling for average?

Is it time for you to raise your standards and take your destiny into your own hands?

Share your thoughts in the comments below, I'd love to read them!

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Be Unique

Heidi Alexandra

PS Want to watch the entire video with Jordan Belfort? Go here.

 

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 BRAND WITH THE DIRTY LITTLE SECRET

Alexandria Joy - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

What's needed more than ever in today’s crowded marketplace is authenticity and uniqueness. And when it comes to a USP, few companies would be brave enough to declare that their products are “more powerful than a bottle of sodium hypochlorite. Gentler than a thousand puppy licks and able to detox tall homes in a single afternoon.”

However one company is proud to make the claim and the bold, cheekiness of it makes them stand out in the market. That business is known as Method. 

Brain child of two former roomies – Adam and Eric, Method provides cleaning supplies that are beautiful to look at and kind to your nose, the environment and your family. Take a look for yourself in the video below.

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Tweet This: Be first, be unique or go home." @UQPower

These three strategies are just the tip of the cleanliness iceberg for what Method is doing right to build their brand and culture’s UQ Power and I am sure they will continue to wow us with their awesome fun videos and clean hand, thigh slapping, getting down on dirty campaigns.

So what's your dirty little secret for making your brand and culture unique?

In the comments below share with the UQTV community what’s the one thing your brand stands for and which of the three strategies would help you amplify it even more. 

As always be sure to read, share and interact with others as the best learning comes from our collective brain power!

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Heidi Alexandra

PS: Find out more about fabulous Method here http://www.methodhome.com

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