What are you out to accomplish?

Meet Michelle Lei, Raw Materials and Sourcing Manager at Kit and Ace.

Michelle’s #MyWin story is one that stands out and one that I want to share, not because of what she has done (although her resume is quite impressive) but because of why she is doing it.

Simon Sinek has this idea that great leaders don’t start with what they are going to do, rather they lead with their WHY. He calls this concept the golden circle. If you haven’t watched his TED talk I would definitely recommend making the 18-minute investment https://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action. His primary premise is, “It doesn’t matter what you do, it’s why you do it”.

When I started working with Michelle as her leadership coach, I got right away that this lady knew her WHY. She clearly explained that she wanted to play an integral role in, and be part of, a company that disrupts the current textile industry and creates a new era of textiles in the world. What a cool WHY! As I worked with Michelle for the better part of a year, I got to see how being connected to your WHY really is important and how it has a huge impact on your resilience and success over the long term.

I’d love to say that every time I work with a leader we set a vision and then road bump free execute the plan; but that just isn’t life. Things come up, circumstances change, and ultimately it comes down to that key question, “what are you willing to struggle for?”. If you don’t know the answer to that question the first hard bump you come across will send you off track. In our time working together there were a lot of wins but also a lot of bumps and barriers to overcome. Through it all, Michelle took her coaching on at the highest level and was integrating all of her new awareness and tools from coaching into her life, not only at work but in her personal life also. She was taking on whole life leadership.

Michelle is still working towards fulfilling her vision, but throughout the journey she is living her WHY by finding a way to make possible something that has never happened before. Michelle, and the amazing team at Kit and Ace, created something called the Innovations Forum. Here they were able to bring together all members of the Kit and Ace supply chain, from the yarn supplier, to the fabric mills and the garment factories. The goal of the forum was to bring everyone together in the supply chain to come up with ways to improve the quality of the fabric. The success of the forum was the direct result of an amazing team and an inspiring collective vision. Everyone involved walked away from the forum inspired which has resulted in the beginning of many projects Michelle and the team are currently undertaking.

The opportunities for wins, big and small are all around us. Creating an awareness of what these wins are for you is the first step. What is your #mywin story? Share with me here on the blog or on our Facebook page.

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