Rebels Chatting – Lesley McKenna Wandering Workshops CIC

Rebels Chatting…
Lesley McKenna is a three-time Olympic snowboarder and a backcountry ski and snowboarding guide.

We chatted about Lesley’s polymathic journey and her aims of increasing connection to self, others and nature with the wandering workshops she set up with co-founder, Hannah Bailey, an outdoor sports photographer.

Lesley grew up in Aviemore to ski instructing parents. Unsurprisingly, this led to Lesley spending five years as a pro-skier working her way to the Olympics. Lesley then decided to be less Olympic focussed and swopped over to the flamboyant sport of Snowboarding.

Thinking she’d side-stepped the Olympics, Snowboarding became an Olympic sport and once again Lesley found herself being an Olympic contender.

Lesley advises people who’re intending to take the path least travelled to stay curious, be opportunity focussed and open to learning about yourself and the hard lessons one invariable encounters along the way.

Lesley talks about the collaboration, planning and resilience required to achieve happiness when you’re are tackling challenges and the ways her journey has unfolded, which includes studying for a PhD in Ethics in High Performance Sports.

Wandering Workshops is a grassroots community interest company and is on a mission to make the outdoor and action sports space accessible to more people. They provide a safe space for under-represented groups to join in. They also believe the outdoors is for everyone, and that we all have the right to enjoy the wellbeing it offers.

Interesting insights here:

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PRIORITY: 2023 Will need some resilient and practical leadership and cohesive teamwork.

To manage these dynamic times of ambiguous and novel challenges, one has to develop the kind of resilient self-belief and agile mindset required of operators in the Special Forces.

People who been tempered by what the stoics call ‘voluntary challenge’. That is they go out there and challenge themselves in novel and ambiguous situations so they know that when the challenge comes a calling, they’re prepared.

Here are 7 more traits of operators:

Trait 1: They are self-aware. They are confident of their abilities and they know what can trigger them. They’ve stared into the abyss of their shadow, so understand how they will react under pressure and have developed tactics to overcome those situations.

Trait 2: They’re protagonists of their own life story. They don’t give their power away and remain co-dependent on an authoritarian figure to give them permission to act. Better to seek forgiveness than wait for permission. But they’re not reckless.

Trait 3: They’re mutually accountable to their buddy next to them. It’s easier to be your best self when somebody you value is relying on you to fulfil your part in the task at hand. They ecology-check their decisions.

Trait 4: They’re idealistic realists. They have a vision of the ideal future, but they’re smart enough to realise it’s going to take a lot of effort to make that vision come to reality. They love the challenge.

Trait 5: They’re courageously compassionate. They have the courage to step forward and take on problems to help others in their team so they can be share success collectively.

Trait 6 Moderation. They know not to over play their strengths. They maintain a sense of humour, humility and the unrelenting pursuit of excellence.

Trait 7:  They are levers of potential. They can lead when required and understand how to focus on the high-leverage activities to achieve the optimal outcome.

If you’d like to kick-start the new year with some training to get people united and excited, able to take on the challenges that the world seems intent on dishing out, then get your team to develop Stoic Pilgrim mindset:)

#leadership #team #training #future #mindset #agile #teamwork

The Hero’s Journey Through Trauma

Acknowledge — The hero realises that a journey must be undertaken because they’ve arrived at a place referred to in hypnotherapy as the point of ‘No More, Never Again’. It’s the call to adventure because there is a mighty battle to face in search of a new reality. It means confronting all manner of dark foes such as overwhelm, fear, shame, guilt, cowardice, addictions, anger, sadness and anxiety. It’s no wonder the hero often ‘refuses the call’.

Apotheosis — The hero momentarily transcends their normal reality, becoming an outside observer with the help of a ‘supernatural aid’, a guide who can facilitate greater awareness. This point of realisation instils greater understanding of what life would look and feel like when lived authentically. Armed with this new knowledge and perception, the hero is ready to ‘cross the first threshold’ and the adventure begins.

Agency– The guide teaches the hero some useful techniques which can help the hero going forward. This gives the hero ability and responsibility for their own wellbeing and safety. The guide is only a catalyst for the transformation the hero must undertake, so it’s important the hero develops increasing agency and awareness throughout the journey.

Acceptance — The hero enters the ‘Belly of the Whale’ and commits fully to the journey. It is the final separation from the old world into the new. It is a challenging phase which shows a willingness by the hero to undergo a metamorphosis.

Assess- Removed from the turbulent but familiar world, the hero is aided by the guide or a community who can help them become whole. By assessing what has happened, what is working and what needs to change, the hero understands the ‘road of trials’ to be faced. Within the new relationship with the guide or guides, the hero experiences positive recognition, support and safety.

Alter- When their body feels safe to do so, the hero can begin to revisit, reframe and reimagine their past and future. This phase is a journey of curiosity and exploration as different modalities will have differing results. Each hero and their journey are unique.

Authenticity — As time passes the hero begins to live more authentically. Living in a way which is true to possibly newfound beliefs, values, integrity and courage. There may be some further changes required within their eco-system and environment. Reintegration into the familiar world of family, friends and everyday reality can be challenging on both sides for the hero has changed and others may not be aware of the hero’s undertaking or care for it.

Living authentically is a perpetual journey, living a balance between purpose and the material world. ‘Mastery of two worlds’ requires the hero to increasingly make their own choices and voice their opinions, with confidence and compassion, so that the hero can enjoy the ‘freedom to live’.









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SMART Goals Enhanced

Often hear people talking about ‘SMART’ goals, 

Here’s my version which I designed because I found when I wrote a goal down, it was a sure fire way for me not to achieve them. 

In fact a lot of Personal Development tools are like this. 

If you set a goal, then if you don’t achieve it, then you’re not using enough positive mental attitude OR you’re not working hard enough which could be the answer to some situations but it can’t be the complete answer. 

What I’ve found with clients, is that whilst designing their lives, you never can predict the outcomes because planning a goal is not the same as actually living the goal. 

We write lists, but lists and goals are like maps and the maps are not reality. 

Life is a lot more complex and dynamic. 

So here’s some different questions which might bring some of the reality of complexity back into the designing stage. 

Even then you might not find yourself achieving the goal. Along with beliefs, have goals but hold them loosely is a great bit of advice. 


Jump Off The Stoopid Bandwagon

The challenge is that the UK, like many around the world are taking the capitalist system too seriously.

Gödel’s incompleteness theory states that any model of the reality is incomplete and must be continuously refined/adapted in the face of new observations…..

Unfortunately the winners of this paradigm don’t want the rules to change out of their favour. So they compete for power positions in politics, corprotocracy, media, military-oil complex, then rip the ar*e out of it.

We’re just going to have to sit by and watch it all unfold unfortunately, Revolution and civilisation collapse…Its been happening for centuries.

Since tech gave some bloke an advantage which kick-started the agrarian revolution.

One community that has survived various dynasties are the San people. A hunter -gatherer community that live in equality with each other and nature. They employ STOP’s to overcome power. Usually satire, much like the TV show of ‘Have I Got News For you!’

If, as a business owner, you want to jump of the stoopid bandwagon and build an organisation which is sustainable, socially just and a satisfying place for people to work and co-exist. Create an employee owned organisation. Take some of the the stress out of running a business and collaborate as a community.

That’s actually how we’re designed to live and operate.

Be an inspirational leader on a mission (ILM) instead of a dopamine fuelled mercenary with a lust for profits and power at the expense of people and the planet.

#sustainable #business #tech #community #sociallyresponsible #ecology #healthy #ecosystem #leadership #superteamconcept

Mentoring is a powerful way of imparting knowledge and developing people within organisations.

Mentoring is a powerful way of imparting knowledge and developing people within organisations.

Mentoring is a powerful way of imparting knowledge and developing people within organisations.

The word Mentor originates from Homer’s classic poem, ‘The Odyssey’, describing a time around 1200BC when Odyssus was preparing to travel a great distance. He asked ‘Mentor’ to act as a teacher, guide and friend to his son, Telemachus.

Many famous people who have enjoyed success have had the benefit of a mentor relationship. Oprah Winfrey looked on the writer Maya Angelou as a trusted mentor.

The mentor – mentee relationship is also referred to in the Hypocratic Oath: ‘To hold my teacher in this art equal to my own parents; to make him partner in my livelihood;’

Mentor programmes in organisations are beneficial to all parties and increases retention within organisations.

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