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How Passion Can Move Mountains

A cool thing happened this week in Nelson – the vibrant little city I live in.

For those of you who are not from New Zealand, Nelson is a quaint little Kiwi town that borders the Marlborough Sounds and Abel Tasman National Park – where there are more national parks and mountain ranges than you can poke a stick at.

Geographically located at the top of the South Island, it is renowned for its stunning natural beauty.

There’s a bridge in Nelson where lovers have been placing their padlocks for the last couple of years.

The padlocks are locked into place by couples, with their initials or names inscribed, as a declaration of their love for each other.

After the padlock is attached, the key is thrown away as a symbol of infinite love.

The practice is a century old but has gained in popularity since the turn of the millennium, especially in Europe and Asia. Pretty cool that such a tradition started in Nelson.

A couple of weeks ago, the local Council announced the love locks were a safety hazard and promptly took them down.

See here for what I mean about when rules go crazy.

One person decided that this was not OK. It was a fight worth fighting for. See here for the full tale, but to cut a long story short, love won.

Kymberly Widley, the woman behind Nelson's Save Our Love Locks campaign, pictured with her daughter, Vianne.

Kymberly Widley, the woman behind Nelson’s Save Our Love Locks campaign, pictured with her daughter, Vianne.

What can we learn about the little love lock story?

Find something you are passionate about.

Build a tribe of like-minded people to join your cause.

And be brave enough to stand up for what you love.

This story demonstrated we don’t have to be leaders in the ‘corporate’ sense of the word.

We don’t need a fancy title, like CEO or GM to lead people through change and make a difference in the world.

All we need is genuine passion, love and the courage to do something about it.

Have a great weekend. And I’m glad love won in this instance.

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Suzi McAlpine

Suzi McAlpine is a Leadership Development Specialist and author of the award-winning leadership blog, The Leader’s Digest. She writes and teaches about accomplished leadership, what magic emerges when it’s present, and how to ignite better leadership in individuals, teams and organisations. Suzi has been a leader and senior executive herself, working alongside CEOs and executive teams in a variety of roles. Her experience has included being a head-hunter, an executive coach, and a practice leader for a division at the world’s largest HR consulting firm. Suzi provides a range of services as a Leadership Development Specialist, including executive coaching, leadership workshops and development programmes for CEOs, leadership teams and organisations throughout New Zealand.

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