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Building a Culture That Drives Empowerment

“There are a lot of ideas worth listening to in this company” Companies have figured out what the best leaders knew all along: a strategy is only as good as its people and the systems that carry it out. A brilliant business idea takes scores of no less brilliant insights at every step of the execution in order to make it in the real world. These insights must come from people at every level of the organisation. The news is that business insights favour a particular state of mind that business psychologists call employee empowerment. They also agree that being empowered in ones work is not a permanent characteristic of any individual. Rather, it is the way our mind responds when certain conditions are present. Empowerment starts with the individual. From there, it can go out like a light or...

Black History Month

IN Perspective: Celebrating Black Women (in America)  In honor of Black History Month, we recognise and celebrate the contributions and achievements of Black Americans. Among the thought leaders, activists, politicians, executives, ceiling-breakers, and everyday heroes of past and present are many Black women who have helped shape history and society. Black women’s diverse stories are defined by resilience, or “Black girl magic,” as we call it these days. Living at the intersection of gender and race politics isn’t easy, but we survive—and thrive. And so many of us are inspiring the next generation of women of all backgrounds. This Black History Month and beyond, show your support for Black women by learning about our experiences, amplifying our voices, and continuing to help build a...

It’s up to us all to Close The Gap

Close the Gap

#BalanceforBetter

By its nature, empowerment starts at the top. Empowerment must first be granted by those who have the power to do so but then it must be embraced by those who have been given greater authority.  It must come from a leadership team dedicated to giving up control in exchange for the benefits that come from an empowered team. When it comes to gender equality, companies today suffer a ‘knowing-doing gap’. Most executives know how strong the empirical evidence is that proves the link between fostering more diverse mindsets and achieving superior financial performance. But progress is still too slow. Achieving real change requires committed leadership at the top and sustained effort to shift mindsets and correct hidden biases across the organisation. Purpose driven companies that create value fo...

#Leadership

‘Empowering’ means giving your team members the authority or power to do something, to take more control, and to become stronger and more independent. An effective way to empower your team is to delegate. It is important to note that the dictionary definition of empowerment does not take into account a key distinction between two types of empowerment: actual empowerment, that granted by the organisation to an employee, and psychological empowerment, the feeling of empowerment that an employee has. Academics studying the subject generally approach the two types of empowerment as separate and distinct phenomena. For the purposes of leadership, you should note that there is a difference between actual and psychological empowerment and understand that even when you grant employees more power a...

What Overthinking Looks Like

OK, That’s Enough!

Are there times in your life when you feel you’re not as ASSERTIVE as you would like to be? Being assertive, is having the confidence and belief in yourself, and its part of  your empowerment journey. You can learn the skills required, you can practice and embed these skills so they become a natural skill. You will start to experience positive results, you will increase positive relationships and you will feel in the flow and will be empowered! Want to know four steps to becoming more assertive, then keep reading. OK, I have had enough of this, I am fed up with feeling undermined, over ruled and not being seen or heard! I want to put my opinion over without being shouted down! I want to say how it is from side! I am fed up with putting others’ first  before myself! Becoming awa...

#Health & Well-Being

Despite all the evidence demonstrating that employee health, well-being and engagement are important for organisational success, and that line managers are one of the most important influences on engagement, fewer than half of the 1,091 HR professionals surveyed by the CIPD last year believed that line managers are bought into the importance of well-being. What’s more, the majority of organisations still take a reactive rather than proactive approach to supporting well-being at work. Just 60% of employees feel their line manager is genuinely concerned for their well being, although this is rising (58% in 2017, 55% in 2016). 64% of managers put the interests of their organisation above staff well-being at some point (and 12% do so every day). There is a clear correlation between employee we...

#Engagement>>Performance

“the tale-tale signs leaders are becoming disengaged is when they go missing in action” What gets you and your employees out of bed in the morning? Is it the thought of spending the day at work with people you like and appreciate? Is it the drive to move forward in your career and continue bettering yourself professionally? Perhaps it’s just knowing that you need to get paid to continue living the life you want to live. We’re all motivated by different things. It’s part of what makes our workplaces such diverse and interesting places to be. Your business thrives when your people are engaged – and understanding what’s driving your people forward, what’s holding them back, and what they really want from their employer is essential to maintaining a consistently high level of engag...

A Serious Empathy Deficit?

To be empowered is to be vulnerable, to have empathy and be empathic is also to be vulnerable. Brene Brown makes it so clear that, vulnerability is the key for personal and organisational empowerment to thrive. She also shows us that for personal and organisational creativity to grow, it requires empathy. Buy hey empathy requires us to be vulnerable!  I don’t do vulnerability! Brene explains more about what I include in the EmpowerMe process and brings clarity to the fact that we are in a serious empathy deficit. We need to shift our mind-set regarding what we think to be our weaknesses, and  acknowledge that maybe its the ignition to courage.      

Daring Greatly Leadership Manifesto

To the CEO’s and the teachers. To the principles and the managers. To the politicians, community leaders, and the decision-makers: We want to show up, we want to learn, and we want to inspire. We are hardwired for connection, curiosity, engagement. We crave purpose, and we have a deep desire to create and contribute. We want to take risks, embrace our vulnerabilities, and be courageous. When learning and working are dehumanised – when you no longer see us and no longer encourage our daring, or when you only see what we produce or how we perform – we disengage and run away from the very things that the world needs from us: our talent, our ideas, and our passion. What we ask is that you engage with us, show up beside us, and learn from us. Feedback is a function of respect; when you don’t ha...

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