Choosing Love is My Most Powerful Tool: Louise Courey Nadeau

Louise Courey Nadeau's passions keep growing. Author, mother, wife, Founder and CEO of Magelica Inc., she's a former marketing and advertising executive, a tireless fundraiser for many charities, a painter, and gardener. Her Magelica's Voyage Book series brings magic to life for girls and boys:  she's just getting started! With the Magelica book series, my own beliefs, courage, determination and resolve have been tested over and over. Believing I can, has kept me going!  My goal is for young girls to be empowered to grow up strong, positive and powerful, and for young boys to have the self-confidence to support girls in their goals, thereby creating a new gender balance for a new generation." Fearless Females Forum 5Cs: Louise Courey Nadeau 1.What's the most courageous decision you've made? At 27, I filed for divorce and became a single mom with an eleven-month-old baby. At 35, I married my husband with 2 young children, and became a Chosen Mom.  At 55, I finally decided to give Magelica’s Voyage a go, and put most of my savings towards realizing my dream.  Everyday takes courage to face my fears and follow my dreams. 2. What choices are most important to you? The funny … [Read more...]

Acting Fearless

My nephew Connor insists that he suffers from Coulrophobia: fear of clowns. An actor in university, recently he played the part of Rainbow Sprinkles, an ebullient clown trying to get hired to perform at a children's birthday party. Interviewing with a hyper-politically correct mother, poor Mr. Sprinkles' cheerful spirit is crushed by the end of the play as every conceivable part of his act is deemed potentially offensive to some child (or child's parent). Admittedly biased, I thought he was a magnificent clown, especially in light of his purported clown phobia. The mental health community does not, however, recognize Coulrophobia as an official diagnosis. This fact compelled me to ask him, "Is this a real fear or is your fear of clowns, perhaps, just a wee bit of dramatic tendencies at work?"  With a 'duh' look on his face (if you've ever been around teenagers, you know the duh look I'm talking about), Connor says, "How one feels is always real." I went for the double-duh, "How can you play a clown if you're terrified of them?" "It's called acting, Aunt Jone," he snorts. What if you act fearless? Dictionaries define fear as a painful emotion caused by impending … [Read more...]

Leaders for the End-of-the-World

Aliens invade and humankind goes into hiding. A flu virus wipes out most of the world’s population. The power across the globe goes out and can’t be turned back on. Robots we created take over and we’re on the run to find a new planet to colonize. Flesh-eating zombies are everywhere and the remaining survivors desperately avoid being bitten. Civilization is under totalitarian, Big Brotheresque rule, but just over the horizon there’s freedom, if one of us can just make it there. We love these end-of-the-world stories. End-of-the-world films, television series, and novels reign as most-watched, most-read today. But wait, it isn’t “the end,” rather a post-apocalyptic world where the end doesn’t quite come. Naturally, we can’t bear to imagine that none of us survive. Let’s leave ‘real-world’ future of leadership predictions to others for a moment. Instead, let’s tap into our imaginations. Notice in the fictional, yet eerily foreseeable post-apocalyptic world that we love to love: our pre-apocalypse leaders weren’t what we needed them to be. Leaders’ action or inaction caused the apocalyptic event to occur. In fact, this brink-of-human-extinction pickle we’re in … [Read more...]

The 5 Breaks You Need to Succeed

break·through ˈbrākˌTHro͞o/ noun: a sudden, dramatic, and important discovery or development; an instance of achieving success in a particular sphere or activity Notice how the buzzword “breakthrough” is everywhere? Breakthrough thinking, breakthrough performance, breakthrough earning, breakthrough conversations, and my personal favorite: breakthrough diet pills that make or keep us thin while we lounge on the sofa eating as much of any ol’ thing we want. I googled "breakthrough" and "book titles." In seconds, nearly 14 million results popped up. Little wonder breakthrough is en vogue. It sounds so enticing, a secret unveiled, like winning the lottery or some starlet's big break. Some dramatic event that will take you from zero to hero or rags to riches; a sudden leap that will change you, and your life, forever. While you may sometimes wonder what it  would be like to win the lottery, I doubt you’re fooled with such magical thinking. Rarely will one breakthrough change the course of your life. There's no such thing as being an overnight success, just like there are no free lunches. Heavens, even lottery winners find that the breakthrough, the big break of winning … [Read more...]

A Little Magic Can Take Leaders A Long Way

Last week I heard myself give a textbook answer to the question, “What’s the difference between leaders and managers?” I won’t bore you by sharing what I responded because even if you don’t read as many articles and books on leadership as I do, you’d intuitively sense that there must be more to truly great leaders. After my acceptable answer popped toad-like from my lips, I almost immediately started reflecting upon what my authentic, deeper answer is, the answer that I didn’t have the courage or quick-thinking capacity to state at the time: Truly great leaders give us permission to believe—and the constant support to act upon the belief—that the impossible is possible, that magic can happen.” I suspect that we’ve all experienced stage magician-type leaders, leaders skilled at misdirection and charismatic manipulation. Those leaders may give us the temporary high that mystery brings. But from my study of truly great leaders, while all are flawed human beings, they seem to tap into a piece of us that believes in magic. As Roald Dahl, author of James and the Giant Peach wrote, “A little magic can take you a long way.” How about bringing some magic into your … [Read more...]

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