No, really, lean in

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I went to this talk by Lazlo Block in May, quite some time ago (sorry, I tweeted but forgot to blog). It was a close call between seeing Lazlo and going to a gender lecture. In the end, I decided to go to the talk where I knew least about the speaker- to learn new ideas.

I wasn’t disappointed. Lazzlo was full of ideas about work. He is the VP for People Operations at google, so Human Resources. He had a lot to say about his own journey, getting to google and where google is going next. All chronicled in his book Work Rules.

A hugely likeable and charismatic speaker, (he once worked as an actor), but don’t let that fool you, he had some hard hitting messages. My favourites were:

  • work really hard. not hard, but super hard. that will cover most things
  • work with the best and learn all you can, so you can work hard some more
  • leadership is about others not you
  • but know why you want to lead, what contribution you want to make and be authentic.

Enjoy!

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Gloria Larson- Women in Corprate America

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Wow, what a talk! Gloria Larson is a former politician and lawyer and in 2007, she was the first woman to be selected President of Bentley University – an american  business school. I went to an inspiring  event she held a few weeks ago in London . In fact, I got caught in rush hour and missed the first bit, but it was well worth persevering.

Gloria talked about her own very impressive leadership journey as well as wove in lessons from academic research. My take aways were:

  • Go for the tough assignments- stretch yourself
  • Make your partner a real partner at home
  • Breadth of experience is an important as depth
  • Do things you love- that passion is needed to go the extra mile.

What have been your leadership lessons? Leave comments in the box bellow.

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Learn from your failures

This is a short clip by Marrisa Mayer, I know we talked about her in the last post. Its well worth the view- I promise.

Marrisa underscores the importance of failing . This may be counter intuitive she tells us.  Shipping your product and receiving feedback is the only  way to improve, innovate and meet customer expectations she explains. Getting your stuff out there and learning. I like this idea, its a new way to think of confidence at work, its not about perfecting but being resilient and adapting.

 
Marrisa’s top tips are:

– mis steps are to be expected don’t strive for perfection before you ship
-fail early and fail fast
-feedback is king, see what the users say
-reinvent and make things better based on the feedback (just do it quickly)

You may also like her thoughts about creativity, check it out here

 

Enjoy

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Centred Leadership

This is a great video on  how remarkable women lead from Joanna Barsh. I found this clip and the whole body of work very inspiring. I believe leadership happens at all levels- this video is relevant to you wherever you are in your career.

I came across this video through the work of Sheryl Sandberg the founder of the lean in movement. I’ve talked lot about lean in,  in previous posts and, have run a lean in circle myself. I’m an advocate.

Once you have a look at this overview video, I highly recommend that you take the time to look at the whole series  – there are 7 videos: http://leanin.org/education/.

If you’re not already joined up to a circle this might be a great time to join.

Enjoy!

Cultivate the leader in you with Gabrielle Bernstein

This is a great 90 minute video training about authentic leadership. Gabriel looks at leadership through the lens of spirituality. This may be, or may not be ‘your thing’- that said, I feel you could swap out the lexicon of spirituality with that of your own and the message will be the same: if you’re called to lead – lead. There are also some practical tips for those who are action oriented. The ‘take homes’ for me in this very engaging video are:

  • Lead yourself first, inspire you
  • Be authentic
  • Deal with your own challenges
  • Trust your intuition
  • Be grateful for what you have now
  • Be specific in your messages
  • Cultivate your core audiences
  • Lead from where you are

Enjoy!

Aspire to Lead

This is fantastic video on female leadership and confidence. I watched this web cast, live with thousands of others across the world- very exciting as we run up to International Women’s Day 2015.

The panel featured ‘The Confidence Code’ authors – Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, Eileen Naughton – Managing Director of Google UK and Ireland and Mike Fenlon PwC’s Global and US Talent leader.

This webcast is worth watching as it talks about:

  • the importance of risk taking
  • the benefits of taking action versus over-analysing,
  • how to build your own authentic confidence code,
  • how central it is to support others even if that means saying whats needs to be said
  • and finally do things even if you feel afraid.

There is plenty more -really insightful stuff.

Enjoy!