Megumi Miki - Fitting in is overrated but standing out can be hard work
Megumi Miki tells us why " Fitting in is overrated", why " There are no ‘bad’ emotions", and why you should " Get comfortable with solitude" and other lessons it took me 50 Years to Learn. Hosted by Jeffery Wang.About Megumi Miki
Megumi Miki is an author, speaker, coach and consultant in leadership, culture, diversity and inclusion, with a background in strategy, economics and finance. She helps organisations to challenge the status quo, exceed their goals and keep learning by unlocking the hidden potential in their culture, leadership and individuals.
Megumi brings together her 20+ years’ experience and practical knowledge of business strategy, finance, leadership, organisational development and culture change. She has worked within large organisations such as Accenture, ANZ Bank, National Australia Bank as well as consulted to a range of organisations in the Corporate, SMEs, NFP and Government sectors. She also draws on her life experience – moving countries multiple times as a child, being on the ‘outer’, her Japanese and Australian upbringing, her own successes and challenges.
She is the author of Start inspiring, stop driving: Unlock your team's potential to outperform and grow and Quietly Powerful: How your quiet nature is your hidden leadership strength. The Quietly Powerful book received the Australian Career Book Award for 2020 from RSA Oceania and Best Leadership Book of 2020 from the Australian Business Book Awards.
In the uncertain, changing, global and inter-connected world, Megumi believes that the ‘alpha’ or ‘hero’ leadership style alone is outdated and inadequate. Quietly Powerful expands the definition of what good leadership looks, sounds and feels like and empowers quieter professionals and those outside majority groups to fulfil their leadership potential.
Megumi is passionate about empowering people and groups of people who feel disempowered and on the ‘outer’ to have a voice and lead. Her passion is underpinned by her belief that these quieter, marginalised and/or under-recognised voices are critical for organisations to innovate and evolve in a changing, volatile world and for solving the big challenges in the world today.
Megumi lives in Melbourne, Australia and keeps busy as a ‘dance mum’ to a teenage daughter who trains in ballet and has two fur babies, Prim and Ollie who are Siberian kittens.
Lesson 1. Fitting in is overrated but standing out can be hard work 05:16
Lesson 2. Don't try and be somebody else but also don't get too attached to who you think you are 09:08
Lesson 3. Racism, sexism, other marginalising forces are real but you can choose not to be a victim to them 14:45
Lesson 4. There are no ‘bad’ emotions. Notice your emotions and use them as information. It helps you to work through discomfort – which we all need more. 24:01
Lesson 5. You don't need to be confident you just need to be brave 28:57
Lesson 6. Learn from masters and find the master in you 31:24
Lesson 7. A ‘bigger than self’ purpose and meaning makes what appears impossible possible 33:53
Lesson 8. We are not even a speck of dust in the grand scheme of things… Keep humble keep curious keep learning, not take ourselves too seriously 37:27
Lesson 9. Get comfortable with solitude – 41:26
Lesson 10. Siberian cats are the best. 46:30
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