Victory! Succeed against all odds

Respond to bad luck or prejudice

How can reframing obstacles help you achieve more than you expected?

Explore the remarkable feats of Virginia Hall, a disabled secret agent determined to play her part in the fight against the Nazis and help the Allies win World War II.

Virginia faced a remarkable struggle to carve out a career, having faced many explicit rejections due to her gender and disability. She took a chance as a way out of a “dead-end life” and turned into the Limping Lady of Lyon… the Second World War’s most feared spy.

Virginia Hall was determined to make the most of her second chance at life. She was legendary for her gutsy, cinematic feats during her war-time career, and yet, in spite of all her accomplishments, she is not widely remembered as a hero of World War II.

Reframing obstacles and building a success mindset

Immerse yourself in the life of a spy, who became the most decorated female civilian who operated during the Second World War. Spend some time behind enemy lines and explore the success mindset that evolves as Virginia Hall embraces, endures and conquers obstacles and rejection, and harnesses the power of perception, action and grit to fulfil her destiny, despite prejudice.

The inspirational story of Virginia Hall also provides a new way of thinking about failure and struggles, helping us lift masks on our blind spots in order to engage authentically in courageous conversations that achieve equality and inclusive diversity.

She bravely entered the war, volunteering to serve in the British intelligence services, with very little training, and no way to contact London – no support system, and no rescue option. She could have failed at any time, but she was determined and resourceful and immensely resilient. 

Ignite team and leadership conversations

  • How might we contextualise the struggles or obstacles we face?
  • What bias-based decisions are we making? Which of those should we stop?
  • How might we perceive obstacles, and how will we choose to respond to them?
  • How will we use the components of Grit to take action, manage rejection or endure struggles?
  • What behaviours might we adopt in order to overcome the obstacles and succeed in the end?

Format and Approach

Engage your teams in a multimedia, facilitator-led conversation on Zoom, supported with interactive moderated conversations in breakout rooms (hosted by our team of Pod Coaches).


This case study is available in a 90-minute or 180-minute online (Zoom) format.

How does it work?

  • Contact us to let us know that you want LRMG to share this case study with your team
  • We will work with you to design or customise key conversation and reflection questions
  • Participants will get a link to a pre-case study primer to complete prior to the presentation and conversation
  • Your team will receive our Success Mindset! Toolkit as a take-away to ignite further learning and reflection

“You were made for greatness," said Virginia Hall’s father as she struggled to find her way.

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