Northern Soul

Northern Soul

WATCH: NORTHERN SOUL WITH ZENA ME “If you don’t know where you are going, any road can take you there.” – Alice in Wonderland I first experienced being filmed by Nic Askew back in 2005. The resulting film, Hello Yellow Brick Road, was the start of my journey to finding my purpose. I believed that we all have a sacred purpose, something unique to contribute, and decided to explore what mine might be. The film led me to performing a one-woman stage show, based on William Bridges’ book Transitions, using film, music, storytelling and dance – and it’s fair to say it was...

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Toxic Cultures

Toxic Cultures

“The prisoners were easy, it’s the SYSTEM I struggled with…” Clare McGregor, Coach and Author of the book ‘Coaching Behind Bars’ How to Illuminate the Hidden Relationship Dynamics CAN COACHING SAVE THE WORLD?….A feisty American woman immediately jumped on Clare’s comment…“Yes! That’s exactly it” she said. “That’s what I WANT to talk about…The TOXIC SYSTEMS… What we do about them? How do we change them?” Clare was talking about ‘Can Coaching Save the World? at this years ICF Conference in London. The themes included: – Resilience and...

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A Rebel WITH a Cause …and the struggle to BELONG

A Rebel WITH a Cause …and the struggle to BELONG

“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” -David Bowie What happened when I returned to work with the film maker Nic Askew in London after 14 years and the revealing of my Inner Rebel and the relationship with Belonging and Systemic Leadership...  MY 'NEW' INNER VIEW FILM.... I'm  sat in a beautiful place in Covent Garden, eyes closed, trying to ground myself as I waited for Nic to be ready... Its been 14 years since I'd last been filmed by Nic and his 'Inner View Film Method' and boy had a lot happened in my life since then... For one I'm now in...

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“Values and Integrity” Becoming Our Authentic Self

“Values and Integrity” Becoming Our Authentic Self

THE SYMBOLISM OF RUPERT… Recently, in my journal I had a flashback to a childhood memory of watching Rupert on the TV.  Then, last Wednesday, whilst walking through Manchester’s University, chatting with the wonderful Values Expert Jackie Le Frevre, I came across a street bookseller and there, directly facing me, was a Rupert Book for sale. After 15 years of writing a journal every day I am no stranger to synchronicity, so I promptly bought the book for £2 and, as I held it in my hands, it brought back warm, embodied feelings of my childhood love of Rupert. For those of you who may not know,...

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Thriving out of the box

Thriving out of the box

The Birth of My New Web "Place"  How do you transform an ordinary, ‘head-bound’ space into one of exploration, play, and openness?  As leaders and coaches we understand the intrinsic wonderfulness within each person. Our job is often seen as that of a locksmith or a safecracker: we break people open so they have access to their own riches.  But how does that process translate into the business world, when we’re so often faced with Very Hard Problems? The conflicts and challenges that face ambitious teams are far more dynamic than the struggles of a single individual.  How can we, as coaches,...

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The Story of the “Lost’ Founder

The Story of the “Lost’ Founder

The Organising Principles in an Organisational Human Relationship 'System' When facing any complex issues that arise in Organisations, its important to check out the Organising Principles in Human Systems as identified by Bert Hellinger. When these are aligned and in place, energy flows positively through the Organisation and creates a healthy, thriving culture. The 'Organising Principles' include: that everything and everyone has a right to 'Belong' (unless they are incompetent to do their job and that includes the leader), that who came first and the 'Order' in which they came needs to be...

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A Leaders Rite of Passage

A Leaders Rite of Passage

As a child I remember my parents telling me a story about a boy they once knew who lived in their neighbourhood and who made up stories to make himself sound interesting. Sadly, he met an unhappy end, rumour had it that he’d been found in a ditch, murdered by the IRA His latest ‘story’ involved him being an undercover Agent for the UK Government. My parents described him as a ‘Walter Mitty’ character. At the time I had no idea what that meant, but this sad and scary story seemed like a harsh lesson to me about being honest about who you are, being in reality and to not pretend to be...

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Who Are You…REALLY? Finding Your Leadership ‘Heartland’…

Who Are You…REALLY? Finding Your Leadership ‘Heartland’…

A while ago Grayson Perry, the artist, presented a programme called  ‘Who are You?’ on Channel Four. In it he explored ‘Identity’ and who we think we are. Who better to do this than Grayson himself – an artist and transvestite, with his own alter-ego ‘Claire’. Through intuitive inquiry he cleverly uncovered the shadow side of people, some famous, some not so famous and artistically created an image that represented their ego self, both ‘Seen’ and ‘Unseen’ in various art forms. Who Are You and the Leadership Journey? For me this programme resonates with the journey we go on as leaders. As...

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“Hello Yellow Brick Road” – The Heroine’s Journey to Leadership

“Hello Yellow Brick Road” – The Heroine’s Journey to Leadership

I’ve had my own business for over 20 years and for the first five years I looked to male mentors who shared with me their ‘blue print’ for business ‘success’. These often consisted of financial results, profit, growth etc. But I just couldn’t really ‘connect’ with these things. Of course I wanted to make money, yes I wanted to be ‘Successful’ but I just couldn’t get to grips with the kind of ‘Identity’ I felt I had to adopt to tick all those boxes. It felt inauthentic and not really ‘me’.thewomen So, I looked to my ‘Why’… I wanted ‘Freedom’ to be myself and to do the work I wanted to do. I...

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The Courage to Stand Naked

The Courage to Stand Naked

We’re all different, really…underneath…inside…But daring to ‘be’ different is something else, it’s much safer to be the same. Being bold enough to express our ‘Difference’ could be seen as a threat to the ‘tribe’ and may be met with fear, suspicion, rejection or worse. You see, we humans love our tribes, our identification with ‘others’. It validates us, it makes us feel ‘normal‘, safe and protected and we believe that leaving the tribe could be dangerous. We’re afraid we will be isolated, ostracised or worse still, scapegoated. At our deepest level we believe we may not survive without the...

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ZENA ME
Founder, CEO
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