How to get functionally designed organizations to operate more effectively.
Kirsten Anderson’s career has always followed the fun — from helping out in her mom’s preschool, corporate beginnings in movie theatre management, to 25 years as an entrepreneur in the toy industry. She opened her own toy store, curating the best quality toys and games from around the world. Quickly she became known as Canada’s white-lab-coat-wearing Toyologist, the go-to source of advice for play on Global News.
After traveling the world in search of precious playthings, winning National Toy Store of the year, and a ballooning obsession with pouring over child development and play research, it was time for a change. Kirsten sold her beloved toy store and took a leap into the unknown with an evolved mission of bringing the benefits of play primarily to children, expanding it to adults who she sees are also experiencing a serious play and fun deficit — especially at work.
With this lifelong love of playing with ideas and problems Kirsten played to her strengths to create social change and unlock potential in teams founding Integrate Play Solutions. Engagement and creativity are foundations in all of her Lego® Serious Play® and Empathy Toy facilitations, professional speaking, training and coaching to organizations, education, and communities globally. For those companies interested in increasing their bottom line Kirsten speaks to Creativity/Innovation, Leadership, Curiosity, Culture, and the playful mindset.
Always a passionate advocate of play for children while also breaking down barriers to playfulness for adults, Kirsten is building bridges to success one fun (LEGO®) block at a time.
For more information, please visit http://www.integrateplay.com/
True leaders pay it forward.
This is the premise of what leadership is supposed to be and supposed to do. When we talk about leadership let’s get one thing clear. Leadership is a big word and it means a lot of things to a lot of people. In fact it means so little to some people that they think it only means one thing. And that is you have a title – A title that grants you the privilege of being a leader. Leadership has nothing to do with work. It has nothing to do with you working for company or having people work for you. Leadership is not about work at all. It’s about the business of living. It’s about the business of living your life in a way that displays certain characteristics that attracts people to follow you.
Whether you’re a musician an artist a corporate executive or a sports player or whatever it is that you’re doing, if you display and exhibit the characteristics that draw people in to want to be in your presence, or want to follow your lead you are a leader. You can be leader amongst moms, you can be a leader amongst your church and the people within your church, and you can be a leader in your social group. You have a group that meets every Friday to play cards? Your character and the characteristics that you exhibit will determine whether or not you have great leadership.
Leadership has characteristics and the characteristics that leaders have – true leaders have – real leaders have – invite people. Invite people to join, invite people to be a part of. Not invite people to follow and not invite people to do certain things. But just invite people to join. Join in.
I once saw a video of a man at a concert dancing by himself on the side of a hill. He did not wave to his friends and say “Hey come join me.” He did not say “Hey look at me – you want to do this too, don’t you?” The characteristics that he displayed were those of authenticity; those of vulnerability; those of confidence; those of courage; those of commitment to dancing on the side of that hill.
Those characteristics – the Courage the Confidence the Commitment the Vulnerability – those were the characteristics that invited people in, without him having to wave them on. Those were the characteristics that got one other young man to stand up run over and join him in the dance.
And by welcoming the second player (the second leader) they both begin to exhibit those same characteristics of just being vulnerable and courageous confident and just doing their thing authentically. And this of course led to other people being drawn in to join those two leaders. And within a matter of minutes there were, I would venture to say, hundreds of people that were dancing on the side of that hill.
All because of the first leader exhibiting characteristics that invited people to join.
What characteristics are you exhibiting? What characteristics do you exhibit day to day that invite people to join in your mission – in your movement – and the things that you are holding dear and near to your heart that are important to you? What are the characteristics that you display and exhibit every day that allow people to see and want to be a part of it?
Real leaders pay it forward! And real leaders display a leadership that’s inviting.
Paying it forward means just helping others. Simple! It doesn’t mean necessarily donating to a charity or volunteering. It could mean that, yes. Paying it forward could be just sharing wisdom, mentorship, coaching, guidance, support, providing resources – anything that’s available to the leader that they can give becomes a pay it forward opportunity.
Leaders have access to so many valuable things. Leaders have access to resources, money, connections, networking, other people who have resources, money, wisdom, knowledge, information, techniques, skills. Leaders have access to all of those things.
And guess what! You have access to all those things.
So you have the opportunity to become and to be a True Leader a Real Leader. But if you’re not paying it forward, if you’re not giving, then you’re not displaying one of the key characteristics that leaders must display. And that is the characteristic of being giving. Giving is a characteristic that must also be a part of the leader’s repertoire. Real leaders pay it forward. It’s wrapped up in what leadership is. It’s wrapped up in what giving is. And how leadership is a part of that. And how you cannot be a true leader unless you are doing that.
If this brief audio has resonated with you in any way – take time to hit the thumbs-up button. Yes, LIKE it or SHARE it or discuss it with someone else. How are you paying it forward today? I’d like to know. leave me a note. Leave me your name and email and I’ll get back to you. And maybe we can discuss it. That inner voice you keep hearing that’s asking you to do more for other people, to take a leadership role. That voice is never going to go away. It might be time to stop suppressing it. If you need help doing that, I can certainly be there to support you in getting your meaningful passion project off the ground. And you can look forward to more meaningful insights like this from me very soon. Until then – make yourself a great day. We’ll talk again soon. Take care.
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Jen Coken is a life coach and stand-up comedian who has coached thousands of people for nearly 20 years to go beyond their self-made limitations and produce breakthrough results. She uses humor to help her clients transition through tough times to rediscover their joy, purpose and passion.
After losing her Mom to ovarian cancer in 2011, Jen wrote a book about her journey, aptly titled “When I Die, Take My Panties.” In the book, Jen helps readers discover the gifts in their own lives, and find the motivation and courage to have heartfelt conversations with the people they love, right here, right now.
Jen’s motto is “Live every day as if it’s your FIRST!”
Prior to being a life coach, comedian, author and voice-over talent, Jen spent 30 years working in politics at the local, state and national level. Currently Jen lives in Maryland. If she isn’t on a trail hiking or biking, you’ll find her in her kitchen cooking up a new recipe with her latest finds from the local farmer’s market.
If you’re feeling blocked in any area of your life, it is time to “Find it, Fix it, and Get Profitable!”
Being a Secret Can Suck Your Life & Your Business Down the Drain. Removing the “Cloak of Invisibility” from her business skyrocketed Jackie from Secret to Success in 7 Months. BUT it didn’t start out that way.
You know, there’s nothing like being an entrepreneur / business owner to stir up an emotional mess! For Jackie, being a single parent at the same time brought her smack up against mental and emotional blocks that shut her down each time she was making progress … like an unacknowledged “elephant in the room.” The “elephant” sat on her phone so she couldn’t make sales calls, and distracted her so she couldn’t focus and finish projects. It trashed her hard work and stunk up her relationships.
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