The Hummingbird and Ripple Effect Leadership

A Little More About Me – Janic Gorayeb

When completing my MA in Leadership (Health) Organizational Leadership Project (OLP), an action-based research paper, I incorporated the ripple effect metaphor to describe how communication practices among internal and external stakeholders of an organization could either ripple through the organization positively or negatively. Coupling that with my love for water I made the decision to name my new business Ripple Effect Leadership.

Why a Hummingbird for Ripple’s logo?

I have always been drawn to hummingbirds because they zig zag between dancing through the air and magically suspending. Seeing a hummingbird prompts me to pause, listen, take a breath and live in the moment. When the hummingbird hovers over a flower while drinking nectar, we are reminded to savour each moment, and appreciate the things we love.

For me, hummingbirds symbolize flexibility, adaptability, enjoyment of life, being more present, playfulness and resiliency. These symbols also align with Ripple Effect’s four core values.

(The Ripple Effect logo and hummingbird icon was developed by the ever-talented Cameron Arksey who masterfully interpreted this vision into beautiful imagery.)

Culture of Communication & Collaboration

The motions of the hummingbird wings create the infinity symbol while suspended mid-air. Watching a hummingbird up close eating from a feeder, beautiful ripples of the sugary water undulate. This to me symbolizes the perseverance experienced by many teams working through living their respective organizational values. Throw in different generations working together; the practice of building a culture of communication and collaboration will provide different opportunities.

Creative and Fun Workshops

One thing you can expect from me as your facilitator is creative, fun and passionate workshops that will leave you feeling ready to take action. Hummingbirds have come to symbolize a guide assisting with challenges while living at the edge of fun possibilities. The hummingbird is certainly my spirit animal.



12 Comments on “The Hummingbird and Ripple Effect Leadership”

  1. Wow- Janic.

    Inspired by this amazing website. I can feel your passion for wanting to support leaders work collectively to attain a creative culture of mutual understanding, collaboration and diversity amongst the workforce.

    Look forward to reading more …

    1. Thank you for your thoughtful comment Jackie. I look forward to collaborating with you down the road. Your engaging personality and leadership style as a Manager and Public Health Nurse really shines and I am in awe of the work you do and conversations you have with your team members. Most of all, thank you for your friendship and support along the way!

  2. What a beautiful website Janic! It’s clear and easy to navigate. You’ve done an excellent job with it and I have no doubt that the workshops and retreats you’ll offer will be as pasionnate and energizing as you are. Best of luck with this project!

  3. Beautifully crafted website and so easy to navigate. It’s been my absolute privilege to get to know you over the last 4 years. Wow! It’s really that long.
    Well done Janic

    1. Thank you Mandy and the feeling is mutual! I look forward to working with you in the future. Thanks for your friendship and always checking up on me 😉

  4. Top, top génial ma belle Janic! Bravo pour ce sublime website et ton projet tout juste naissant et si inspirant! Je te souhaite la meilleure des chances! Tu es une femme accomplie, généreuse, talentueuse, créative et tu nous invites toutes et tous à l’entraide, l’ouverture envers les autres et à célébrer nos différences dans la lumière…tu es une merveilleuse guide (leader..) et tu sauras inspirer et “guider” les gens sur leur route professionnelle qui les mènera sans aucun doute à l’excellence et à l’authenticité d’eux-même. Je t’aime! xxxx

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