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61: Power of Storytelling with Gian Power

by | Oct 20, 2021

Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling
Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling
61: Power of Storytelling with Gian Power

Really enjoyed my interview with my guest this week as he is a lover of sharing stories too and recognises the power that comes from that.

 Gian Power is an ex- Deutsche Bank and PwC employee and is the founder & CEO of TLC Lions – using the power of storytelling to transform workplaces globally.  In 2019, Gian was the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards and was recently featured in Forbes, Business Inside and on the Empower Ethnic Minority Executives List. Alongside work, Gian sits on the board of The UK’s largest mental health conference, This Can Happen and is an ambassador for Missing People Charity.

 In 2015, an unexpected family tragedy changed Gian’s life forever.  When returning back to work, Gian saw the power of being able to share his emotions and being his full self at work and decoded to leave PwC to set up TLC Lions.  Lions coming from his and his father’s middle name.  Gian brought together 25 ordinary people with extraordinary stories globally to share real life stories and life-changing experiences at large organisations around the topics of Mental Health, Inclusion and Talent Development.

 Gian is one of TLC Lions’ key storytellers and shares his experience of managing his mental health whilst coping with a family tragedy and the high demands of the corporate world.  Through his story he highlights the importance of empathetic leadership, managing one’s own mental health and building resilience.  In his talks Gian often shares his practical tips for self-care and some of the coping mechanisms that allowed him to find strength in tough times.

 Some key points from our interview:

·        How after his father was murdered overseas it changed his outlook on life forever

·        How at 23 years old he found himself leading a missing persons investigation which is also why he supports the charity “Missing People” 

·        How he learnt the importance of self-care at 24 when he had to press restart and reinvent himself

·        How he became passionate about bringing self-care and emotion back into the workplace after a colleague ended his life by suicide

·        How is passionate about changing culture within organisations using the power of storytelling 

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"Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling" features  individuals who have all triumphed after adversity and have not just bounced back in life, but forward and are now making a difference for others.

She really believes in the power that comes when we share our stories, that in fact we are not story tellers but story healers. Tune in to discover what helped them to stay unbroken and together we will discover that none of us are broken beyond repair.

You can find out more about Madeleine, her story and her memoir, Unbroken,  from her website: https://madeleineblack.co.uk/
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