About Lotty & ‘Mind.U’.

   

I know first hand how uncomfortable change feels, but I’ve learnt the pain and suffering is totally optional.  

Let me tell you a bit about myself and what inspired me to start up ‘Mind.U’.

 

 

 

 

HI. I’M LOTTY ROBERTS

I’ve studied changed, I’ve led change, I’ve delivered change and I’ve lived change.

My learnings and hands on experience inspired me to start up ‘Mind U’, to help companies to embrace, lead and navigate change mindfully, because change done well is mindfulness in action.

I have over 20 years experience working in organisations, leading and supporting people through change. People are at the heart of what makes change work or fail. How people adapt to change, is the key to unlocking potential in the brightest ideas and smartest innovations.

As human beings we aren’t robots, we think and we feel, constantly, our brains rarely stop, and how we think and feel about change is what makes it easy or hard for us.

I’m no exception to this rule, having gone through many interesting and challenging changes in my own life. Changes that I often made far harder and more painful for myself (and those around me) than they needed to be. 

A bit more about My story.

“Change is as much about letting go of the old as it is embracing the new.  You have to let go to move forward.”

I was the type A ‘doer’

I started life as a bit of a fancy pants, know it all. At school I was the one that liked to get top marks and come first in sports day. The girl in class that used to put her hand up and say ‘Oo oo pick me pick me’.  A list maker from a young age who applied the logic of do the hard work and the results will follow, in all areas of my life. 

“Change is as much about letting go of the old as it is embracing the new.  You have to let go to move forward.”

I was the type A ‘doer’

I started life as a bit of a fancy pants, know it all. At school I was the one that liked to get top marks and come first in sports day. The girl in class that used to put her hand up and say ‘Oo oo pick me pick me’.  A list maker from a young age who applied the logic of do the hard work and the results will follow, in all areas of my life. 

Starting my career in change

Through out my 20’s I tried my hand at many jobs, until I found myself getting involved in a project while temping for British Telecom.

They were making major changes to how they worked that would affect their staff on a fundamental level. As a natural communicator and people person, I found myself as the designated ‘people change’ person on the project. At that point I had no experience in the field of change, other than empathy, the ability to listen and engage with others and a deep willingness to help support them as seamlessly as possible through change and challenges, mixed with being a great problem solver and facilitator.  Turns out these are some of the key attributes to any change agent.

“Change is a way of being over a way of doing.”

Through out my 20’s I tried my hand at many jobs, until I found myself getting involved in a project while temping for British Telecom.

They were making major changes to how they worked that would affect their staff on a fundamental level. As a natural communicator and people person, I found myself as the designated ‘people change’ person on the project. At that point I had no experience in the field of change, other than empathy, the ability to listen and engage with others and a deep willingness to help support them as seamlessly as possible through change and challenges, mixed with being a great problem solver and facilitator.  Turns out these are some of the key attributes to any change agent.

“Change is a way of being over a way of doing.”

Cooking on gas until the gas ran out

Over the years my knowledge and experience working in change evolved, as did my passion and my career. 

I worked hard in the office and in the background I also trained hard, as an national level distance runner. Sprinkle into the mix becoming a mum to 3 busy boys, along with my perfectionist (need to ace everything) personality and I had a perfect storm coming right at me. However, I was still at that point under the illusion I had ultimate airtight control over everything and anything around me. 

Then, the wheels fell off, I burnt out, got sick, a few other things went wrong I hadn’t expected and hey presto, my tidy little controlled life started to get rather messy.

I’d helped so many other people through change, I thought I had it sussed, but change in my world came up to bite me.

 It wasn’t a nice place, I certainly hadn’t chosen it but it was one of the best learnings of my career, even though it didn’t happen in the office. I was reminded that change is the only constant, it’s not just a theory, it’s a reality. Change isn’t reserved for the workplace, it runs through our lives like water and ultimately the key to surfing the surging waves of change, that we will inevitably face, lies within the one area where we do have ultimate control, our minds.

 

Cooking on gas until the gas ran out

Over the years my knowledge and experience working in change evolved, as did my passion and my career. 

I worked hard in the office and in the background I also trained hard, as an national level distance runner. Sprinkle into the mix becoming a mum to 3 busy boys, along with my perfectionist (need to ace everything) personality and I had a perfect storm coming right at me. However, I was still at that point under the illusion I had ultimate airtight control over everything and anything around me. 

Then, the wheels fell off, I burnt out, got sick, a few other things went wrong I hadn’t expected and hey presto, my tidy little controlled life started to get rather messy.

I’d helped so many other people through change, I thought I had it sussed, but change in my world came up to bite me.

 It wasn’t a nice place, I certainly hadn’t chosen it but it was one of the best learnings of my career, even though it didn’t happen in the office. I was reminded that change is the only constant, it’s not just a theory, it’s a reality. Change isn’t reserved for the workplace, it runs through our lives like water and ultimately the key to surfing the surging waves of change, that we will inevitably face, lies within the one area where we do have ultimate control, our minds.

 

A few RANDOM facts about Me

I’m bionic

In August 2016 I had to learn to walk again after I underwent a double hip replacement due to advanced arthritis in both hips. After my op I had to get used to sitting and being still, and in that stillness, I discovered my brain comes up with so many more awesome ideas and solutions than it does when it’s busy.

I moonlight as a yoga teacher

I decided to put my super new bionic hips to the test and completed my  200hr yoga teacher training in 2017.  It was a profound and wonderful experience that taught me way more than how to get people into tree pose or downward facing dog.  As the quote form the Bhagavad Gita goes “yoga is a journey of the self, through the self, to the self”.  Those ancient yogis could also have written a pretty decent change and leadership strategies based on what I’ve learnt of their philosophies.

I also …..

  • Love to have a good belly laugh, the type that makes your abs hurt more than pilates the next day.
  • Enjoy being in the kitchen – making food for other people that makes them happy, makes me happy.
  • Avoid listening, reading or watching the news too much, because I believe the media tend to work on the glass being half empty, rather than half full.
  • Like to sing and dance like no ones watching, I’m not that good but what I lack in talent I make up for in enthusiasm.  I may do secret tiktok videos – I can neither deny or confirm.
  • Walk to solve problems and have light bulb moments – I traded in running for walking and find it an amazing way to think and cultivate ideas.  Some of my best ideas and solutions come after a walk in the bush.
  • Meditate everyday. I don’t evangelise that everyone should, but I know for me, life feels easier, clearer and less crazy when I do.
  • Relish time reading a good book,  but am also addicted to podcasts, the hardest thing is choosing what to listen to as there are so many good ones. ‘10% Happier’ and ‘Hurry Slowly’ are 2 of my favourites. 
  • Have my own little passion project running a podcast called ‘The Vulnerability Effect’, where I interview people on their stories of vulnerability, facing adversity and what they’ve learnt in the process – watch this space it’s come your way soon.
  • Proudly became a New Zealand citizen in 2018 after 13 years living in this beautiful country.  
  • Crave being in nature, whether it’s lying in a field, hiking in the hills, swimming in the ocean or hugging a tree (yes I do actually hug trees sometimes, it’s nice, try it).
  • Am as happy as a clam when I’m with my husband and 3 sons, even though I will admit they sometimes can drive me crazy too.
  • Don’t want to be anyone else in the world other than me – it took me a long time to come to that realisation, so I’m owning it.
  • Try not to take life too seriously as you can probably tell from the tone of the facts above.  I like to work hard, but there is no reason why we can’t have fun in the process.