Insights: connection, community & contribution.
Do you ever feel alone in your mission to make the world a better place? Hungering after something better can be a lonely place to live whether you’re at the beginning or in the messy middle of your mission.
Maybe you’re actually surrounded by people, but something deep inside you wants something more, or different, to those around you.
Maybe you’ve made the big leap into something different but aren’t yet sure how to attract the people who will hold the vision for you, and with you, while you work out next steps.
Maybe you’re finding it really lonely ‘at the top’ now you’re the leader and there are thoughts and things you can no longer share.
In this week’s episode we look back at my conversation with Penny Power OBE: entrepreneur, public speaker, author and community builder. As we listened to Penny’s varied experiences of loneliness and loss throughout her life and career, we also learned how those same experiences have driven her to build and serve thriving communities.
This Insights episode reflects on life being a contact support and considers how, when we create alignment with ourselves, others and the greater good, we are never really alone.
Leading in a lonely world is about connection, community and contribution.
Take a listen!
ABOUT YOUR HOST: SUE REVELL
Sue is on a mission to STOP women playing small so that they can create the legacy they want to leave in the world. With over 30 years coaching and leadership experience, Sue loves nothing more than disrupting the unhelpful thinking that often holds women back, so that they can think, dream and BE bigger in leading the change they want to see. Coaching internationally, Sue’s clients are primarily world-changing women who want to lead with confidence, increase their impact and live a life that matters.
TO CONNECT WITH / HEAR MORE FROM SUE:
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RESOURCES REFERENCED IN THIS EPISODE:
Episode 41: “Leading in a Lonely World” with Penny Power
Episode 13: “Live What You Love” with Ann Skinner
Business is Personal by Penny Power OBE
The Art of Contribution by Ann Skinner
TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR SPONSORS:
Practice Solutions are a leading Welsh consultancy, helping other values-based organisations to bring their vision for a better future to life. Further information is available on the Practice Solutions sponsorship page.
Entrepreneur and Community Builder
Penny is an Entrepreneur, Public Speaker, Author and Community Builder. She is the mother of 3 adult children and has been married to Thomas Power for 31 years.
Penny passionately believes in ‘community-led business growth’ and her belief, in business, has always been highly personal. Her latest book “Business is Personal” helps thousands of business owners to find their success and happiness in business.
Business Loneliness is a mental challenge that impacts the financial results for many, Penny focuses on this aspect of mental support through building and serving business communities.
Penny was awarded her OBE by the Queen in 2014 for her ‘contribution to entrepreneurs in the Digital Economy’, citing the work she and her husband, Thomas, achieved to bring community to business owners in 1998, before LinkedIn and Facebook (who followed 4 and 6 years later). ‘Ecademy’ grew across 52 Countries with 650,000 members. Working with business owners and their dedication to community values has been their life ever since.
In 2020 Penny and Thomas launched an exclusive business community for ‘Experts’. Business owners that have decided to focus their lives on a skill that will have impact on others. The community, called BIP100, reflects their beliefs in ‘small intimate groups’, ensuring intimacy, privacy, trust and support for business owners, where they can grow and support each other with strong values of kindness. The BIP100 Group will never have more than 100 members to maintain the intimacy within the community.
Penny also speaks on ‘Community Led Business Growth’, “Self-empowerment not gender” and ‘Being an entrepreneur - overcoming adversity’.
Penny and her husband also run a Community Accelerator to teach others how to build a community as a central revenue and customer retention strategy.