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So What's Your Story?

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So What's Your Story?

I’ve been very lucky to have met and talked with some of the best leaders and innovators in North America.

It’s something I am truly grateful for in my line of work. I often marvel at the incredible wisdom a business leader shares with me during our one-on-one coffees or coaching conversations. I feel honored for having heard their insights and getting a great story that teaches me something value-add. It’s at this point that I will say:

“Wow, have you shared this with your team”

And they usually say no. "Why not?" The answer is generally:

“Well, because that’s probably not what they want to hear. They want to hear about ideas for growth and how the business will succeed.”

This is typically when I will ask them about leaders that inspire them. The answers are often very similar and cross a broad range of disciplines from political, social, business and personal.

"At the end of the day, there is more to work than just a paycheck. There is more to life than just work. There is more to you than what your business bio says."

“My heroes are people like Mandela, Gandhi and Mother Theresa, or Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Sheryl Sandberg or Tony Robbins, John F. Kennedy and Muhammad Ali,” said one senior business leader.

Okay, that last list of people was pretty diverse, yet inspirational to many. What about them all is so engaging and unique? It is the story. Every single one of those people listed has a compelling story that connects, engages and makes them so relatable. In many of these cases, the leaders shared both the highs and lows of their story. The stories set them apart and ultimately is the point of difference between a passing fancy and memorable legacy.

Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact.— Robert McKee

So what exactly is your story? Your story is the culmination of your entire experience both personal and professional. Within your life story, there are dozens of chapters. Within each chapter are nuggets of wisdom. You may not even know some of these insights because each person who hears your story may walk away learning a different lesson. But they have to hear it! Just as much as you have been inspired by the stories of aspirational leaders, so too will your employees be inspired by yours.

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Bobby Umar
Bobby Umar
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Bobby draws on his diverse background in brand marketing, engineering and the performing arts over a 20-year career to lead Raeallan, whose mission is to discover, inspire and develop leadership in generations X & Y. 50,000+ people across Canada have experienced Bobby’s high-energy keynotes, interactive team-building activities, and engaging workshops. He is a leading authority on authentic Connection and heart-based Leadership.

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