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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Navigating Major Career Transitions

Harvard University Prof. Michael Watkins outlines some great advise on career transitions.

Michael tells us that understanding successful transitions is relevant to all and not just when you get promoted. Michael says that due to the impact of economic cycles restructuring and job shifting can be the norm.

What stood out for me was these three gems:

  1. Understand what you need to do personally to adapt
  2. Understand what you need to let go of
  3. Understand that the ability to adapt is a source of advantage.

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!

Carrie Green – The Confident Mindset

What is it about:

In this video Carrie Green the founder and owner of the Female Entrepreneur Association gives an energetic talk on achievement. Broadly, from Carrie’s point of view, success is achieved by design, by (re)programming your mind.

How is this different?
Carrie is an inspiring and award winning Entrepreneur  that offers lessons from her own life. She started her first  successful businesses at 19 and went on to found the Female Entrepreneur Association. So she has walked the talk. As Carrie describes her entrepreneurial journey, we get some insight into the challenges she faced. Important for us, Carrie also talks about the strategies she used to achieve her own success, on her own terms.

How it can help
There are some great every day tips for ‘getting out of your own way’ in this video. In this talk Carries takes you through what I would call as self mastery or self leadership strategies. To use Carrie’s own words, you will lean  about the  ‘power of your mind’ to empower you to achieve your goals. Her top tips are:
• The importance of getting clear about what you want. Crystal clear.
• Challenge your self limiting beliefs as they happen.
• Daily positive visualisation

For more info check out her website here: www.femaleentrepreneurassociation.com

Enjoy!

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? How to drive your career and create a remarkable future by Seth Godin

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What is it

This is a book about work in the modern age by Seth Godin. Seth is a prolific writer and blogger who talks about how the workplace has changed. He sees the industrial model of a job for life, producing the same thing over and over on the factory line as over. Seth calls us to action,  to adapt to succeed. To do this we need to care, to give and to produce gifts at work. To be a linchpin.

How is different
This isn’t a book about doing less or downsizing. His hypothesis is: coasting is risky. If your not giving your best you will be left behind. It’s an interesting notion as we ponder the New Year ahead.

How it can help
Seth asks us to accept that coasting is a waist of our time.Seth doesn’t just set a challenge, but sets out an alternative, a road map to be a linchpin, to produce art and succeed. A constitution of ideas if you like. What I took away as his top 5 cornerstone ideas are set out below. What are your thoughts?

1. Be different and create something that matters to you and the company- give emotional labour.
2. Create and ship. Beat the resistance.
3. There is no map, or people to tell you what to do. Make your own map. Lead.
4. Always give more than was asked, give gifts
5. Make mistakes, learn from them and keep giving.

Enjoy!

Mindset: How You Can Fulfil Your Potential by Carol Dweck

 

What is it?
This is a book about success. Written by Carol Dweck a Stanford Professor.
The author looks at achievement in an unusual way. Based on years of scientific study the author describes what she calls two world views. First , is the fixed mind-set and the second, the growth mind-set. One sees ability as set at birth. The other views aptitude as a response to effort . Success therefore is our ability to learn. To make mistakes. To reflect. To adapt. To continuously improve.

How is this different
This book is based on 16 years of research but refreshingly, is written in a down to earth style. Carol gets a nice blend between scientific research and human interest stories. It’s a real pleasure to read. Insightful and well written.

How it can help
I don’t want to give too much away. I want you to experience these insights first hand. What I will share with you is this: This is a wonderful book as 2014 draws to a close and, we start to reflect on our progress over the year. This book will not ask you to reflect on you’re levels of perfection. But on the strategies that got you places and the strategies that didn’t. It will challenge you to understand the real and often hidden drivers of your success- personal tactics. This should be a very inspiring messages as we going in 2015. The power is in your hands- your ability to learn.

Enjoy!

 

P. S- Carol did a recent ted talk video, check it out here: The power of believing that you can improve

Join the Strengths Revolution

What is this video about?

This is a Tedx WhitehallWomen talk by Andy Woodfeild, a partner at PWC . In his this video, Andy takes us through his career journey to illustrate the power of working with your strengths.

How is this different?
Andy explores the tensions between fitting in and being yourself and how this can lead to performance anxiety. He challenges the notion that a focus on your weakness is the best way to go, to be a success in your job.

How this can help?

Andy walks us through the benefits of focusing on your strengths and strengths of others. First, people are happier at work. Second, evidence shows it mutes unconscious biases such as those relation to gender ethnicity for example. Third, by exploring strengths, this helps people to tackle their weaknesses more productively.

If you want to join the strengths revolution Andy advises:

• Let yourself believe that you have unique strengths
• Ask people for strengths based feedback -when they saw you at your best
• Give people strengths based feedback
• Create more spaces to discuss strengths and shut down spaces that are conversations solely focused on what is wrong with people