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Embracing a Gift Mindset with Renee Giarrusso

By July 24, 2023Podcasts

I have the privilege of sharing a conversation with Renee Giarrusso today, a powerhouse in the field of communication, leadership, and mindset. As an internationally recognised speaker, international 3 time award-winning author, facilitator, educator and coach, Renee has dedicated herself to helping leaders and organisations unlock their potential and create exceptional workplaces. Today, we’re diving into Renee’s third book, “The Gift Mindset” to explore some of the profound insights and transformative ideas she has to share.

Renee Giarrusso is the CEO & Founder of RG Dynamics & Limitless Leadership and her mission is to make workplaces exceptional, fostering purpose, connection, and contribution. Believing that everyone is limitless in their abilities, Renee’s expertise is in growing and developing capability and behavioural change around leadership, mindset, communication and creating leadership presence which leaves her clients inspired, re-energised and with improved results.

In this episode, Renee introduces us to the power of the gift mindset and shares the catalyst behind writing her book. She explains that her own life experiences, including the loss of her father at a young age, inspired her to find the gift in every situation. By embracing the unwelcome and learning to unwrap the gifts in challenging circumstances, Renee discovered a path to personal and professional growth. Renee’s book, “The Gift Mindset,” offers practical insights and tools to develop 12 key skills associated with the gift mindset. Today we discuss two of the gifts highlighted in this conversation; curiosity and optimism.

Renee emphasises the importance of curiosity in fostering collaboration and creativity within teams. By encouraging individuals to question the status quo and appreciate diverse perspectives, magic can happen. She suggests flipping statements into questions to spark curiosity and open up possibilities for growth and innovation.

Optimism, according to Renee, is a powerful mindset that focuses on what we have rather than what we lack. It involves finding hope in the present and future, allowing us to navigate challenges with resilience. Renee shares some different strategies to help cultivate gratitude, which is the linchpin to resilience and happiness.

We also talk about common barriers that hinder the development of a gift mindset, such as fear of judgement and a culture of competitiveness. Renee encourages all leaders to create psychologically safe environments where team members can share challenges, mistakes, and successes. By fostering a culture of appreciation and recognition, organisations can empower individuals and drive growth.

This conversation is such a great reminder of the power of mindset in both our personal and professional lives. By approaching challenges with curiosity, optimism, and gratitude, we can transform every adversity into an opportunity. Renee’s insights serve as a guiding light for leaders and individuals seeking to create exceptional workplaces and lead lives of purpose, connection, and contribution.


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