He became CEO because of love of travel. She connects creativity to income.
July 9, 2010“Business is an extension of my hobby,” says David Creighton whose hobby of travel, sailing and exploration ultimately led to his present role as President and CEO of Cordiant Capital. David has over 25 years experience in international capital markets in a career that’s taken him from New York to London and throughout Asia. Returning to his native Montreal in 1999, David co-founded Cordiant, a fund manager specialising in emerging markets, now with $2.4 billion in subscriptions. Tune in as David sails through the gusts and lulls in his career story. Michelle James wants to reconnect people’s creativity with their income earning activity. She’s been pioneering applied creativity and applied improvisation in business in the Washington, DC area since 1994. She is CEO of The Center for Creative Emergence and founder of the Capitol Creativity Network — an Applied Creativity community hub since 2004. Her mission is to integrate the worlds of creativity, service, meaning and commerce, and cultivate whole brain, whole-person engagement in the workplace. Create space to hear Michelle’s career story, a Visionary Leader as recognized in Fast Company’s blog, Leading Change.
Bright Sparks from June 25th
June 25, 2010Download episode “Inspired is from the inside out,” said world-renowned trials rider, Ryan Leech, when asked why he calls his talks to youth “inspirational” instead of the common term, “motivational.” I said it was an important distinction in career exploration too, and Ryan agreed. Inspired is how Ryan now approaches his role as performer, competitor and inspirational speaker. He now finds his work “enjoyable” instead of facing it with “worry, fear, doubt and stress.” I asked what brought about the positive change, and Ryan said, “Things got a lot lighter when I learned to dis-identify myself,” and create a “separation of my truest self from the role I’m playing.” 1200 people live in La Chureca city dump in Managua, Nicaragua. Rubén Silva volunteers an enormous amount of his time helping La Chureca youth in their community centre, juntoscontigo. Rubén said: “I’m just a person very much aware of all the problems of my country and I have a very strong desire to help and improve the conditions of my people. I’m a person who likes to think all people are very intelligent, however we sometimes lack the possibilities or opportunities to develop this intelligence, so in my case I like to see people with a lot human potential, and I think that’s very important to see them in this way because that creates positivism and that helps people in their development.” CareerCycles asks: Do you ever feel like you could make a bigger difference in the world but feel self-conscious and worried about how you’ll come across? Consider taking a page out of Ryan Leech’s playbook and disentangle your fearful ‘ego’ from your tuest self. And, consider looking at the world through Rubén Silva’s eyes: Even among people who inhabit a massive, smelly, smoky, city dump HE CHOOSES TO SEE HUMAN POTENTIAL, INTELLIGENCE AND POSITIVITY.