Fear and Self-Loathing at the Top

There is a lot of pressure on today’s leaders.  Just glancing through articles by some of today’s top leadership coaches is enough to get my calf and jaw muscles tightening.   “All great speeches…. captivate their audiences, for whom time momentarily stands still.”
“The only reason to give a speech is to change the world.”  When you consider we’re talking  about delivering a speech live without an edit,  it’s a lot of pressure.  On the up side this is when I can get called in to help by coaching in vocal inter-active technique easing the pressure of delivery and heightening the ability of the speaker to come through without force – vocally or physically.
Roger Jones of Vantage Hill found out through research, that leaders’ unconscious personal fears affect their performance and that of their team.  Listed below are a few of those fears.
Imposter Syndrome:  The thought of being found out as incompetent or having been promoted above their talents.
Underacheiving:  Fear of not making the grade and underperforming.
Appearing Vulnerable or Foolish:  This limits people’s ability to be open.
Political Attacks by Colleagues:  Leaders who fear this can be excessively cautious.
Dying:  In a professional sense.
All great leaders are after all human or as in Roman times ‘mortal’.  When Casar entered Rome after a great victory he would have a slave beside him whispering in his ear “”Remember that thou art mortal.”

Taken from an article originally written by Carly Chynoweth

Lyndon Rive CEO SolarCity
Lyndon Rive CEO SolarCity


Juliet Stevenson: Too Costly to See West End Shows

By the Evening Standard – @standardnews

Actress Juliet Stevenson said she cannot afford to watch West End plays because tickets are now so expensive.  She hoped to watch her friend Dame Harriet Walter in Death of a Salesman at the Noel Coward Theatre with her family but found the total online was £285.  Stevenson told the Daily Mail:  “if I’m saying that, what are most other people saying who earn less?”

Juliet Stevenson
Juliet Stevenson


The Seagull at Regents Park Theatre

Chekov is notoriously difficult to pull off – especially in larger theatres, so when the reviews were so good for the Seagull at Regents Park Open Air Theatre – it was a treat to look forward to. On the last day of the run there was something not meshing between the actors as an ensemble. Some parts of the production worked beautifully – particularly when Ian Redford, the actor playing Peter Sorin was involved. The scene of Konstantin staging his play by the lake was magically directed by Matthew Dunster. Some parts came across as just that – parts taken from a whole. To give the actors their due – it was incredibly hot and perhaps playing outdoors during the changes in the weather, has not helped their health and strength. Certainly voices were strained especially Matthew Tennyson’s, who plays Konstantin. The set design by Jon Bausor was magnificent and with the mirror suspended above the stage it worked well with the lighting by Philip Gladwell, to harness the beauty of being outdoors in such a beautiful setting. A feast for the eyes.
The Seagull Regents Park

The BBC Licence Fee

John Whittingdale, the Culture Secretary, has spoken out against the BBC License fee for some time.  The BBC was already struggling with reduced income from the licence fee hole created by people just not bothering to pay or by people thinking  that if they watch the BBC on i-player they don’t need to pay.  Okay, if you’re short of money and have difficult choices to make and feel you won’t be found out – then you won’t pay the licence fee if you can help it, but for those of us who can pay – it’s important that we do, even if we no longer use a TV.
The more the BBC is undermined financially, the more its independent voice is lost along with our freedom of speech.  The axing of much of the BBC World service by William Hague, has caused many problems, ironically – for the Home Office in particular.
As long as the BBC is independent it will survive – and it needs to have more income from licencing.  BBC3 on internet only is not a problem.   You don’t have to have aTV to watch BBC3.   You can still buy a licence. Please keep the BBC as free as possible from the outside pressure of market driven culture, rather than culture driven culture.  The BBC produces some hugely successful films (financially and artistically) and series, in its own right and its news reporting is exceptional.  Perhaps we should each of us key in our License number before we can watch the BBC online?  With 1,000 jobs being axed at the BBC already,  we stand to lose a lot of talent unless we choose to pay.
BBC Jobs



President Obama Meets Sir David Attenborough

Two great men with great voices to match met to talk about the natural world and how to preserve it – our world.  Surely with all the brain power available there must be a way to adapt the needs of the planet to source back the energy we use so that all life forms can survive?
These men have listening voices – their voices display that they listen.
Yes, there is a maze of other factors – from myriad sources concerning the day to day survival of us people, that have to be taken into account.  Have we lost our basic needs to the desires of a few? Are the Greeks at the forefront of our desire for change?
Two years ago  when Max Your Voice representatives went on to the streets of the City of London doing a survey of voices that people found the most distinctive, Barack Obama and David Attenborough were in the front runners as was Arnold Swarzenegger.   Ironic as Arnold Swarzenegger was told he would never become a leading actor because of his accent.
The dangers that we face are as ancient as those that we read about in Greek mythology,  but with the added knowledge that we are letting go of the wonders of the world – this is a different kind of danger that faces us.  No wonder that our children are fascinated by dynosaurs.

President Obama with Sir David Attenborough
President Obama with Sir David Attenborough