Michelle is sitting down with author, speaker and global change maker and leader, Cathy Burke. Cathy’s most recent book, Lead In, defines the 4 types of mindset categories that we all fall into. She not only defines them but teaches you how to lead, live and work differently now that you’re armed with such powerful knowledge. Cathy was a global leader for 2 decades with The Hunger Project and knows what it takes to work with people around the world.
When Your Goals Change As A Mother
I’ve often shared how my outlook on my career drastically changed once I became a mother. I’ve seen this and heard it from many other women and I know there have been studies that show, we change after having children. Cathy Burke shares how her goals dramatically shifted as well, once she held her daughter in her arms. A Senator reached out to Cathy about The Hunger Project and she felt it was much too overwhelming of a goal to ever be accomplished. That all changed when she held her child and felt this new kind of love. She felt a connection to other parents and felt the urgency of needing to help create change.
Cathy’s Journey From Volunteer To Global Leader With The Hunger Project
Cathy started as a volunteer with The Hunger Project with her tiny baby right next to her. She moved on to become a leader within the organization, then a staff member and finally, the CEO of The Hunger Project. Her volunteering days turned into a 25 year career.
How The Power Of Mindset Helped The Path To Ending World Hunger
The Hunger Project is run almost entirely by volunteers, much like many other nonprofits we see these days. Cathy found that she came to a crossroads in her leadership. She was leading volunteers who were experiencing firsthand what hunger was like. It became a movement of people stepping into a bigger vision for the world. This was also when Cathy realized she needed to leave her day job of working for herself and fully devote her time and skills to The Hunger Project.
How Your Mindset As A Leader Affects Your Team
There are two camps of people…those who see something is wrong and wish they could change it and those who see it and create the change themselves. Both Cathy and I are cut from same cloth in this regard. Neither of us can sit back and accept things the way they are, instead we like to take action. This is where a growth mindset comes in. If you, as a leader are willing to grow, it will trickle down to your work, your business and your team.
You Can Change Your Mindset…Just Not Overnight
Anything worthwhile takes work. Nothing changes overnight. Accomplishments aren’t made overnight. Cathy reminds us that it’s not a one stop shop either because we’ve had these labels about ourselves for a long time. It’s the need to constantly be trying to put one foot in front of the other as much as you can and then have the support to be able to do that as well. What’s exciting about this is that we still get locked into a bit of a mindset that this is just how we are and we’d like to be a different way…it’s the work that needs to be done to get reach that change.
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