Leadership

And other things

31st May 2013

Embracing your story…...

As luck would have it I managed to purchase one of the much anticipated hot tickets for Natalie Massenet's talk at the recent Vogue festival at the Southbank (you know, Natalie Massenet who in 2000 set up 'Net a Porter', the first online shopping website and who sold her share in 2010 for £50 million). Judging by the sheer numbers of people in attendence, everyone was hoping to glean pearls of business wisdom on how to develop a successful fashion business from the woman who has achieved what most people can only dream about: but instead of following the predictable format, Natalie turned the tables and focused on the links between her life stories and her journey to date. The themes that resonated ...

* The power of intuition: the value of following YOUR instincts...you know those times when everyone tells you that your plans or ideas are unrealistic or too farfetched, and you end up doubting yourself.....

* Valuing your story and appreciating it's role in your journey

* Perceived failures are often gateways to your greater achievements.

For many of us these are not new themes, but it's very easy in our busy lives to forget how powerful they are when we keep them close.