Joanne Love

The looming Rio Olympics has already engrossed us with gripping storylines from the polluted waterways to disrepair of the Olympic Village, not to mention the Zika Virus. There are always the usual controversies that mar the event from the drug cheats to the boycotting of nations for political reasons - with Rio being no different.  For many, all eyes will be firmly fixed on the favourites such as; Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt, the US Men’s ‘Dream Team’, or Japanese Gymnast Kohei Uchimura. Whilst we love to watch these athletes create history, win gold for the second or third time, it is often the underdogs who become the REAL champions who stir our emotions to the fullest. We easily remember Eddie the Eagle, Torah Bright, and the Australian 4 x 100 Swim Team defeating the American favourites in Sydney.  It is their honesty, attitude and passion, that unlock the emotion in us. These traits are in all of us sometime in our life, but we ultimately settle for less as we grow older. We sometimes forget our dreams and choose to take the easier more travelled route.Read more...

It takes courage to address issues, resolve conflicts, and make everyone accountable. If you think that conflict works itself out and that the problems simply disappear, you are just fooling yourself. Courageous leadership is about having the fortitude to deal with those unpleasant or uncomfortable conversations, making decisions when you don’t have all the answers and not shying away from problems. When trouble arises, courageous leaders address it directly and candidly and now those types of leaders are in short supply!Read more...

On the weekend we had the pleasure of babysitting our little nephew. As our kids have long left the roost, we were really looking forward to this occasion. The little fellow arrived fresh from his Taekwondo lesson, and wanted to show us his newly acquired skills. It was the show starter that made me think, how good is this! With arms outstretched, fingers pointed to the sky, he proudly proclaimed “Confidence, I believe in me”, thumbing to his chest as he said the final words.Read more...

We are all guilty of it. We look at people and make assumptions about their potential based on what we see. How many potentially talented people get brushed aside because of these mistaken assumptions, fabricated through our beliefs about their personal features, past performances, and how we judge them on a psychological level. It’s happening every day in the world around us. “The Simpsons” parody this human flaw all too often. For example, in one episode, Lisa wants to be a famous jazz musician, including living the high life in France with plenty of “sordid love affairs”, only to be told by her music teacher, that with her short stubby fingers, inherited from Homer, it will never happen. Whilst poor Bart is constantly overlooked because of his past poor performances and bad behaviour.Read more...

“The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle” – Pierre Du CoubertinRead more...

Muhammad Ali always ignited my curiosity, with his trash talking and firm convictions. It always comes as a shock to hear that legends are just as mortal as the guy next door, and it was with great sadness that I must accept his death. Ali not only had a sharp mind, but an overwhelming confidence which spurred on his performances to become acknowledged as the greatest athlete of the last century. Ali’s confidence helped him create a champion mentality that made it hard to lose. He had awesome SELF-BELIEF, believing he was one of the best, long before any titles or belts came his way. He built self-belief through clarity, positivity and determination.Read more...

In today’s pressure cooker world, a confident and talented leader is required to influence individuals to work together to achieve high performance results. This leader must be able to excite team members to achieve the desired direction and have a focused and cohesive team.  A confident leader can enhance each team member’s capabilities to the fullest, whilst dealing with the often-challenging personalities that exist within teams.  Leadership is a finely tuned skill that exudes confidence and presence, and like any skill worth developing, you have to work at it.Read more...

My husband is a fiery Italian who has a perverse love affair with chilli. Sometimes I wonder if the chillies add to his demeanour; don’t get me wrong I love him dearly. But this story isn’t about demeanour but his behaviour. You see, nearly every month, he overdoses on chillies, which sees me making a quick trip to the supermarket to stock up on yoghurt and milk, so he can douse the internal burn. But more annoying is the resulting restless night that prevails for both of us. Every time he makes this mistake, I whine on about “when are you going to learn”, but he just never does.Read more...

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