The Invisible Woman

Have you checked out our new Lead Change Post ~ The Invisible Woman?

As a child, were you fascinated with the idea of being invisible?  Or wondered what it would be like to see the world and not have the world see you? Have you ever played spy games and pretended to be incognito?

If you are a fan of Lord of the RingsThe Fantastic Four, Disney’sNow You See Him  – Now You Don’tThe Invisible Man or any “Harry Potter” movie, you’ve probably spent some time imagining what it would be like to be invisible.

On the flip side of that is our human need to be truly seen, loved, and accepted for who we are.  And to be allowed to use our brains, our hearts, and our imaginations in any situation we desire.

So what if you were suddenly cloaked?

  • Would you feel like a little kid and embrace the adventure?
  • Would it be like Frodo, putting on “the ring” to be invisible and safe for a moment, but then exposed to dark forces like your own fears?
  • Would you become wiser or more humble?
  • Would you have fun for a time and then become more desperate to be seen again?

As I prepare to move across the ocean, I know that almost as soon as my feet hit the ground I will be given a “cloak of invisibility.”

When I first pondered that experience, scenes from movies and the media flashed through my mind and my emotions nearly knocked me over.  When I shared those thoughts with my husband, I found an unbelievable depth of understanding, support, and freedom.

So while my mind is tempted to listen to my first reaction of fear, and sadness, and the belief that I will somehow be diminished, my heart says that I can choose faith over fear.

And although I’ve not seen my new wardrobe item yet, it has been named “the cloak of invisibility” to remind me:

  • To focus on the joy that children experience when they imagine they are invisible and to help me turn this into a fun experience.
  • To help me remember that this an opportunity to seek first to understand, to grow my listening skills, and to learn about humility.
  • That there are lots of people in this world that are treated as if they are invisible and this is my chance to see them with new eyes.
  • …That perhaps, the cloak will become one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever been given!

So tell me…  When have you felt invisible?  What did you like about it?  What made it hard?  What did you learn? 

To read more how we are leveraging our expat journey to learn more about self-leadership and navigating seasons of change ~ or to share your experiences and wisdom ~ CLICK HERE!

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President, Giana Consulting

Chery believes that:
• Anyone can be a leader.
• Everyone knows something that the rest of us don’t.
• We all need to leave our workplaces, communities, nation and world – better than we found them.

Those beliefs caused her to instigate change from every position she ever had and continually provided opportunities to lead system-wide change from the middle and the edge of organizations.

Her faith and my firm belief that leaders need to walk their talk were the reasons she agreed to move to a part of the world that she once feared. As an expat she embraced daily opportunities to meet and learn from people that represent the nations in our world.

Today Chery is The Founder of Giana Consulting, listed as a Great Leadership Speaker by Inc., writes a recognized leadership blog and has co-authored two leadership books.

She leverages true leadership stories and expat experiences to inform, inspire and emphasize life skills that cause her clients to be more energized and productive.

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2 thoughts on “The Invisible Woman

  1. My first real opportunity was at the age of 11, becoming an expat to Saudi Arabia. I learned then, fine my mother, what a great opportunity it is. Many ppl don’t see moving and becoming ‘invisible’ as opportunity. It is tremendous. She told me now is time to become who you want to be, a fresh start to change things about yourself that need change. That is still exciting to this day. A fresh start would do many ppl a lot of good. To be able to let go of old baggage that ppl who know you seem to keep you boxed in to. Embrace it and expand who you are and want to be. Enjoy!