Mustering up my courage … this time last week

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This time last week I was mustering up my courage to present my Leading with Courage” program at the 6th World Congress of Positive Psychology.

The questions playing havoc in my mind were:  Was I prepared?; Would I add value?; How many would be in the audience?; Who would be in the audience?; Would the audience be interested?  To help manage these questions I also had Brené’s voice in my head encouraging me to “put value on your work” and to “trust yourself.”

I was also presenting alongside Marcia Ryan and Peggy Kern who supported me fully, and who shared their knowledge and experience with high quality connections and PERMAH, respectively.

Our audience of approximately 300 people created a lot of energy in the room for which we are grateful.  They also forgave me a small mistake … “did I say 60 seconds!? No I said 60 minutes,”… for which I am grateful.  This is my second experience presenting at the World Congress of Positive Psychology and I had a ball both times!  I can’t wait to do it again!

The following day I presented my poster on “Workplace courage:  A critical factor for successful organisations.”  I was able to share preliminary results of insium’s Workplace Courage Questionnaire which include that all questionnaire participants consider:


  • The most worthwhile actions are to:
    • Speak up against unsafe work practices
    • Hold myself accountable
    • Be authentic
    • Admit mistakes
  • The most risky action is whistleblowing
  • The actions they are most willing to act on are to speak up against unsafe work practices and to hold self accountable

During the Congress, I had a great time learning from an amazing assembly of speakers and alongside fellow participants; I look forward to sharing my learning with you over the coming weeks.



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