Nancy Duarte: Christian Values In Business Leadership
A while ago, I saw a great TED Talk video on ‘The secret structure of great talks’ by Nancy Duarte:
I didn’t need much persuading to buy her book Resonate, about improving your presentations. (It’s not a book of PowerPoint techniques, it explores the principles of good presentations instead.) I recommend it highly to all public speakers.
Now, I have seen an amazing interview with her on The Good Life Project. I wouldn’t normally sit through thirty-eight minutes of video on a computer, but this had me hooked. I had no idea Duarte was a Christian (that confession comes about twenty minutes in). What is so wonderful about this interview is the way her Christian convictions have so permeated the way she leads and runs her business:
* She sees her job as to shepherd her staff. It is her duty to make sure the work is there so her one hundred employees can put food on their tables.
* She has a place both for the outgoing, quirky people who are good to put before clients and also the introverts who will hunker down and get a job done.
* Having been told by a coach that the two verbs applicable to her are ‘conquer’ and ‘liberate’, she uses these, not in what she calls an ‘Attila the Hun’ mode, but in terms of what she wants to do for others – again, specifically including her employees.
* When asked near the end what ‘the good life’ is, she emphatically rejects the notion of ‘bling’ in favour of generosity.
So put the kettle on, make a drink, and watch this inspiring video: