Mindy Gibbins-Klein is a person we can call meta-successful: not only achieved every success she had wanted but also knows how to help others to become successful. One of her businesses is called The Book Midwife but her own genuine methodology of working with experts makes her much more: a person who helps them to reborn as self-assured thought leaders, equipped with best possible tools for more powerful expressing themselves and their ideas by speaking, presentations, writing articles, blogs and books.
Mindy has an extraordinary experience in international corporate business, as marketing consultant, trained coach, motivational speaker, media personality. Mindy also owns and runs Ecademy Press - publishing house for business authors. As she states in "24 Carat BOLD": "Being the author of a book also gives you instant authority. You can even see the word ‘author’ inside the word ‘authority’."
Monika, OpenBooks.com: I have just read "24 Carat BOLD". The reason why people should share their wisdom with others are clearly stated in the book. But what makes you want to do this? What is your personal motivation to help people by your writing and other forms of communication? How did you find this will in yourself?
Mindy Gibbins-Klein: It's about leaving a legacy. Many people are living their lives feeling largely unfulfilled. Sharing your ideas, experience and wisdom with others is one of the most fulfilling things you can do in your life!
Your book covers the topic in an impressive way. Comprehensive, versatile, all-embracing. For me, who loves and works with literature, the most important parts were those about books and writing. But I noticed difference between my and yours attitude. I am a booklover - books make my world more beautiful. You could be named a bookbeliever. You see the books as the powerful tool to make the world of others - both authors and readers - better, more complete. I was impressed with the power of your belief.
M. G.-K.: Well, thank you! At least I think that is a compliment! I really do believe in people and potential, and I find the process of planning and writing books (and blogs, articles etc) a brilliant way to express yourself.
"Everyone has in them the potential to be a revolutionary thinker and there is no limit to the number of great thinkers we can accommodate". Besides being book-believer, much more you appear to be human-believer. You believe in people and the inner power everybody has in them. But it is unlikely that people have never disappoint you or failed. Then what makes your belief being that strong?
M. G.-K.: As I said above, it's about human potential. Over the past 14 years, I've met so many amazing souls, and that includes when they make mistakes. It's very special to see someone bounce back from a setback!
The most important benefit was not the destination but rather the journey. It was the real progress these clients made in clarifying their thinking, putting structure to their ideas and establishing a realistic and effective strategy to share those ideas that truly made the difference... something else was created during the process, something even more extraordinary: thought leaders.
It seems that by writing the book authors are being born as a new better person, and you - as the one who helps and guides in this delivery of not only the books but new people - become a midwife, a role that was sacred in many cultures.
Giving new life is biology-based female role in family and society. I noticed that your vision is based on bringing into business the more human-oriented, emotional point of view. "Get out of your head and into your heart." Do you think it is a female perspective and attitude? Is that your reason for, as you describe it, "mission to discover more female thought leaders and get them to voice"?
M. G.-K.: Many modern thought leaders including the Dalai Lama have spoken about the importance of female leaders. I don't actually think that leading from the heart is only for women. I've noticed a lot more of this in Western society in general, and my new book "The Thoughtful Leader" is about this exact subject!
I noticed also that you believe strongly in a value of book printed on paper. People who are adults now still remember the era when paper-print was the only form of the books. Do you think that contemporary children, who are wired 24/7 and do not part with their mobile devices almost since they are born, will see paper books the same way, when they grow up?
M. G.-K.: Hmmm... I don't know how long print books will continue but there is still vaulue in them. For my expert authors who do talks, they have a table of books at the back of the room and that gives them credibility. I think some people really prefer to have and read books in print too. Soave they will live on happily alongside their ebook counterparts for a long time.
Do you agree with Alexander the Great: "I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion." Do you believe that quality of leadership is more important than quality of followship? Would you write also a book for followers, about followship?
M. G.-K.: I must admit, I am more interested in leadership but this includes how we lead ourselves. There will always be followers because not everyone likes stepping up and leading others.