The Edge - Leadership and communications

The Edge - Leadership and communications

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Hello superstars 🌟 hands up anyone that remembers Amy setting us pre-homework before Impact + Influence to write our future bio, I think it was something like for in 5-10 years time? 🤚🏼

Well over the weekend I had to submit a bio for an upcoming podcast interview and wasn’t crushing on the one I use at the moment... so I pulled out my “future Erin bio” from Impact + Influence from about this time last year and dang it ~80% of it was right on the money about me today!

Did I manifest that!? Is it good ol’ fashioned goal planning in action? Should I always have been talking about myself in that way?! Gosh where do I set the next bar!? Who knows, but what magic! 🌟 If you have one of those future bios why not dig it out to reminisce.

We’re a career, communication and leadership school. We accelerate skills and careers.

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Timeline Photos 08/02/2021

You're in the room for a reason. Remember that.✨

You're in the room for a reason. Remember that.✨

Timeline Photos 06/02/2021

This is why our Edge Insiders members share their expertise with the rest of our members inside our member-only Facebook group.

Because one of the most powerful ways to improve your knowledge is to teach others how to do something.

So either join our club [for just $15 a month] and practise sharing your expertise, or share what you learn with your team, your manager, or your co-workers.

You can force yourself to do it by putting a “teaching” date on your calendar or agreeing to lead a lunch and learn.

What are you waiting for?

This is why our Edge Insiders members share their expertise with the rest of our members inside our member-only Facebook group.

Because one of the most powerful ways to improve your knowledge is to teach others how to do something.

So either join our club [for just $15 a month] and practise sharing your expertise, or share what you learn with your team, your manager, or your co-workers.

You can force yourself to do it by putting a “teaching” date on your calendar or agreeing to lead a lunch and learn.

What are you waiting for?

How to channel your inner Jacinda and silence your ‘lizard’ brain 04/02/2021

How to channel your inner Jacinda and silence your ‘lizard’ brain

Have you ever self-sabotaged yourself or talked yourself out of trying something, assuming you were doomed to failure? You're not alone.

The answer lies in silencing your 'lizard brain'. In this article, our co-founder and head of leadership Tamsin outlines how to do just that.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-channel-your-inner-jacinda-silence-lizard-brain-tamsin-simounds/

How to channel your inner Jacinda and silence your ‘lizard’ brain There’s no doubt that when Jacinda Ardern drew up her wellbeing budget she knew there would be naysayers. And sure enough, sceptics are ripping apart her approach to her nation’s mental health branding it ‘trendy’ and belittling its connection to GDP.

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If there's one thing our 'Impact & Influence' workshop participants understand, it's this: forget self-promotion and just start making a generous contribution in public. ✨

If there's one thing our 'Impact & Influence' workshop participants understand, it's this: forget self-promotion and just start making a generous contribution in public. ✨

Timeline Photos 01/02/2021

Leaders create more leaders. Who could you wedge the door open for today?

Leaders create more leaders. Who could you wedge the door open for today?

Amna Karra-Hassan on overcoming imposter syndrome 29/01/2021

Amna Karra-Hassan on overcoming imposter syndrome

"I decided to trust the voices of the people who love me when they said good things about me."

Amna Karra-Hassan on overcoming imposter syndrome "I stopped pretending my work and achievements came effortlessly."

Timeline Photos 28/01/2021

"Leaders leave a legacy every day." - Amy once worked with a leader who said this regularly.

We'd almost take it a step further. Leaders leave a legacy every second. Your thoughts begin it, your emotions and energy amplify it, and your actions increase the momentum.

What legacy are you leaving?

#leadership #leadershipquotes

"Leaders leave a legacy every day." - Amy once worked with a leader who said this regularly.

We'd almost take it a step further. Leaders leave a legacy every second. Your thoughts begin it, your emotions and energy amplify it, and your actions increase the momentum.

What legacy are you leaving?

#leadership #leadershipquotes

Women in politics need visibility and voice not just votes 27/01/2021

Women in politics need visibility and voice not just votes

"Reflecting on the wise words of civil rights and education activist Marian Wright Edelman "you cannot be what you cannot see", we need examples of high-visibility leaders to role model and we need existing female politicians to be equally represented in the mainstream media."

Our take on why visibility matters in politics, published by Women's Agenda.

https://womensagenda.com.au/latest/women-in-politics-need-visibility-and-voice-not-just-votes/

Women in politics need visibility and voice not just votes The near invisibility of our female politicians is doing nothing to boost numbers.

Timeline Photos 26/01/2021

True or false: leadership and communication go hand-in-hand.

Think about. You can't be an influential leader without being an effective communicator and vice versa. Jacinda Ardern is a case in point.

But what is it that makes her leadership and communication style so powerful? We could wax lyrical about this all day [see previous published articles on Business Chicks, Women's Agenda and more], but here are a few key takeaways.

🗣️ Firstly, she's a communicator. She's actually got a degree in communications and has an undeniable ability to build rapport with audiences.

🗣️ Secondly, she shows empathy for her audience. Jacinda understands the meaning of any communication is with the receiver [aka it's not about her] and she speaks directly to what is going on for her people with genuine empathy and understanding.

🗣️ Thirdly, she brings her whole self to the job and shows her human qualities, which is a powerful reminder she's a human too. Facebook Lives in her trackies are just one example of this.

What's your take? What do you think makes her so influential as a leader and a communicator?

True or false: leadership and communication go hand-in-hand.

Think about. You can't be an influential leader without being an effective communicator and vice versa. Jacinda Ardern is a case in point.

But what is it that makes her leadership and communication style so powerful? We could wax lyrical about this all day [see previous published articles on Business Chicks, Women's Agenda and more], but here are a few key takeaways.

🗣️ Firstly, she's a communicator. She's actually got a degree in communications and has an undeniable ability to build rapport with audiences.

🗣️ Secondly, she shows empathy for her audience. Jacinda understands the meaning of any communication is with the receiver [aka it's not about her] and she speaks directly to what is going on for her people with genuine empathy and understanding.

🗣️ Thirdly, she brings her whole self to the job and shows her human qualities, which is a powerful reminder she's a human too. Facebook Lives in her trackies are just one example of this.

What's your take? What do you think makes her so influential as a leader and a communicator?

Former premier Jay Weatherill among South Australians on Australia Day honours roll 26/01/2021

Former premier Jay Weatherill among South Australians on Australia Day honours roll

Congratulations to former SA Premier and our most recent leadership mentor Jay Weatherill on being appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia.

We are so grateful we had the opportunity to learn from you.

Former premier Jay Weatherill among South Australians on Australia Day honours roll Former SA premier Jay Weatherill, a Logie winner and a professor specialising in Indigenous education are among the South Australians recognised in this year's Australia Day honours list.

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Before you throw that idea you just cooked up into your mental dustbin, hold on for just a moment. According to research from INSEAD Business School, people consistently underestimate the originality of their ideas.⁠

One reason we do this? We tend to think that everyone is thinking the same way we are. Turns out they aren't, or at least not nearly as often as we assume. ⁠

We see this *all the time* and address this mindset head-on at our two day course 'Impact & Influence.

So what can we make of these findings? If you feel an urge to keep an idea to yourself, speak up instead and share it.

If you're a manager, make a point to invite your team to share their ideas [which may otherwise never see the light of day!]. By acknowledging their creativity, you can reduce their internal bias that their ideas aren't innovative enough and encourage them to make their ideas more visible.

Does this ring true for you? Are you comfortable sharing your ideas or do you find yourself second guessing yourself?

Before you throw that idea you just cooked up into your mental dustbin, hold on for just a moment. According to research from INSEAD Business School, people consistently underestimate the originality of their ideas.⁠

One reason we do this? We tend to think that everyone is thinking the same way we are. Turns out they aren't, or at least not nearly as often as we assume. ⁠

We see this *all the time* and address this mindset head-on at our two day course 'Impact & Influence.

So what can we make of these findings? If you feel an urge to keep an idea to yourself, speak up instead and share it.

If you're a manager, make a point to invite your team to share their ideas [which may otherwise never see the light of day!]. By acknowledging their creativity, you can reduce their internal bias that their ideas aren't innovative enough and encourage them to make their ideas more visible.

Does this ring true for you? Are you comfortable sharing your ideas or do you find yourself second guessing yourself?

Timeline Photos 24/01/2021

Giving yourself the space to reflect can help you stay calm, mindful and grounded — no matter what life throws at you.

Which one of these daily prompts do you want to focus most on this week?

Image via @shinetext⁠ on Instagram

Giving yourself the space to reflect can help you stay calm, mindful and grounded — no matter what life throws at you.

Which one of these daily prompts do you want to focus most on this week?

Image via @shinetext⁠ on Instagram

Timeline Photos 23/01/2021

Read this beautiful letter and then think about this: It's so easy to forget that the aim of 99.9% of all jobs is to help others. Organisational psychologist Adam Grant talks about this concept in his New York Times best selling book, ‘Give or Take'.

He argues, for generations we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But in today's dramatically re-configured world, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others.

Based on his research, people who are generous in sharing their time, energy, knowledge, skills, ideas, and connections with other people, rise to the top of the success ladder, while ‘takers' sink to the bottom. ⠀
In the past 12 months, we've noticed several people declaring online, "no, I can't be your unpaid mentor", and "why I no longer say yes when people ask me for coffee". We don't question their reasons. They're busy. But we're willing to bet these people benefited from the advice and mentorship of ‘givers' who walked before them.

We don't know about you, but we're acutely aware we've been given a significant leg up by some excellent mentors, both paid and free, in our time. Not to mention, some of the most influential, successful, and down-right busy leaders we know still accept requests from university students.

It's about finding a way to give that works for you and is mutually beneficial, which is more likely to make ‘giving' energising and efficient rather than distracting from other priorities.

Giving obviously helps others, but research has shown it also makes us happy and it's a proven way to build influence.

So tell us, have you benefited from givers in your career? How could you help someone this week?

Read this beautiful letter and then think about this: It's so easy to forget that the aim of 99.9% of all jobs is to help others. Organisational psychologist Adam Grant talks about this concept in his New York Times best selling book, ‘Give or Take'.

He argues, for generations we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But in today's dramatically re-configured world, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others.

Based on his research, people who are generous in sharing their time, energy, knowledge, skills, ideas, and connections with other people, rise to the top of the success ladder, while ‘takers' sink to the bottom. ⠀
In the past 12 months, we've noticed several people declaring online, "no, I can't be your unpaid mentor", and "why I no longer say yes when people ask me for coffee". We don't question their reasons. They're busy. But we're willing to bet these people benefited from the advice and mentorship of ‘givers' who walked before them.

We don't know about you, but we're acutely aware we've been given a significant leg up by some excellent mentors, both paid and free, in our time. Not to mention, some of the most influential, successful, and down-right busy leaders we know still accept requests from university students.

It's about finding a way to give that works for you and is mutually beneficial, which is more likely to make ‘giving' energising and efficient rather than distracting from other priorities.

Giving obviously helps others, but research has shown it also makes us happy and it's a proven way to build influence.

So tell us, have you benefited from givers in your career? How could you help someone this week?

Timeline Photos 22/01/2021

Or as our co-founder Tamsin says? "Too often we climb up the career ladder only to realise it has been leaning against the wrong wall. ⁠

If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster. It's important to reflect, make sure you're climbing up the right ladder and using the right ‘ruler' for you. ⁠
So tell us, is the ladder you're climbing the right one for you?

Image via @thrive

Or as our co-founder Tamsin says? "Too often we climb up the career ladder only to realise it has been leaning against the wrong wall. ⁠

If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster. It's important to reflect, make sure you're climbing up the right ladder and using the right ‘ruler' for you. ⁠
So tell us, is the ladder you're climbing the right one for you?

Image via @thrive

Timeline Photos 20/01/2021

If you could gift every school or university graduate one career superpower, what would it be? ✨

If you could gift every school or university graduate one career superpower, what would it be? ✨

Timeline Photos 19/01/2021

[Read this post to learn one of our favourite tips to command any room with confidence]

Did you know we can change other people's perceptions — and perhaps even our own body chemistry — simply by changing the way we use our body when we communicate?

Heard of psychologist Amy Cuddy? In her research, Amy and her colleagues found that our body language governs how we think and feel about ourselves, and thus, how we hold our bodies can have an impact on our minds.

In their study, participants sat in either a high-power pose (expansive posture) or low-power poses (leaning inward, legs crossed, smaller posture).

Those who sat in the high-power pose felt more powerful AND performed better in mock interviews.

In other words? Don't make yourself smaller. Stand up tall and take up space. It'll make you feel more powerful and it'll help you communicate more powerfully too!

This is something we think about before *every* workshop. Want more of this goodness? Our next two-day workshop Impact & Influence gets underway in February. Comment below or send us a message to get your name on the waitlist.

[Read this post to learn one of our favourite tips to command any room with confidence]

Did you know we can change other people's perceptions — and perhaps even our own body chemistry — simply by changing the way we use our body when we communicate?

Heard of psychologist Amy Cuddy? In her research, Amy and her colleagues found that our body language governs how we think and feel about ourselves, and thus, how we hold our bodies can have an impact on our minds.

In their study, participants sat in either a high-power pose (expansive posture) or low-power poses (leaning inward, legs crossed, smaller posture).

Those who sat in the high-power pose felt more powerful AND performed better in mock interviews.

In other words? Don't make yourself smaller. Stand up tall and take up space. It'll make you feel more powerful and it'll help you communicate more powerfully too!

This is something we think about before *every* workshop. Want more of this goodness? Our next two-day workshop Impact & Influence gets underway in February. Comment below or send us a message to get your name on the waitlist.

Timeline Photos 16/01/2021

We love this from Dr Jenn Hardy. She says, "tolerating imperfection is a skill best built through practice and repetition".⁠

When she was new to the whole "accepting her mistakes" way of life, she liked to think of how she could turn her mistakes into funny stories to tell her friends. ⁠

For us? We reframe failures as valuable lessons. Because literally how else will we find out what works and what doesn't?⁠⠀
Most high-performers use strategies like this to face fear and say yes to new opportunities.

If you give yourself a hard time with mistakes and find yourself running away from new experiences out of fear, ⁠maybe it's time to find a strategy that works for you! ⁠

So tell us, what strategies have helped you? ⁠

Image via: @drjennhardy on Instagram

We love this from Dr Jenn Hardy. She says, "tolerating imperfection is a skill best built through practice and repetition".⁠

When she was new to the whole "accepting her mistakes" way of life, she liked to think of how she could turn her mistakes into funny stories to tell her friends. ⁠

For us? We reframe failures as valuable lessons. Because literally how else will we find out what works and what doesn't?⁠⠀
Most high-performers use strategies like this to face fear and say yes to new opportunities.

If you give yourself a hard time with mistakes and find yourself running away from new experiences out of fear, ⁠maybe it's time to find a strategy that works for you! ⁠

So tell us, what strategies have helped you? ⁠

Image via: @drjennhardy on Instagram

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