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Dynamic Leadership in Turbulent Times

Dynamic Leadership in Turbulent Times

As we see it, the core purpose of leadership remains unchanged – i.e. ‘leading to create the future’ – however, the context of leadership is highly dynamic. And context is everything. Recent political events highlight our volatile, uncertain, ambiguous and ambivalent world. Besides the political backdrop, the complex interplay between digitization, technology, globalization and individualization is creating unprecedented leadership challenges, with unfathomable business opportunities.

We are bidding farewell to traditional (‘hero’) leadership styles and doubling our efforts to reach digital maturity. Clearly leaders are being stretched by their attempts to facilitate a highly collaborative, diverse workforce. Moving from ‘hero to host’, as Margaret Wheatley puts it, is no doubt challenging. Yet, motivated staff who access all the potential embedded in them and their teams lead to success.

How do you bridge the gap between established leaders (who have grown through the ranks, sworn loyalty, laboured with blood and sweat, and are slick at hiding their vulnerability) and digital natives (who are hyperconnected, like to be heard, aren’t intimidated by authority and seek personalized, emotion based involvement ) or other generations?

HOW?

Follow the Leadership Checklist link . Read how leadership practices are changing in the Wolff Olin report (courtesy Innovation sey of the below. Pay attention to unconscious bias and stereotypes, as discussed in the interview with Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, particularly concerning in the gender gap. Check out how governance management systems are creating transparency and be inspired by The Hague Talks on Peace and Justice featured as our final item in this newsletter.

To explore biases and stereotypes, check out the Howard Ross video or read “Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives”.

Bias

To reach the Europe 2020 targets of a 75% employment rate for women and men alike, particular attention needs to be given to the labour market participation of older women, single parents, women with a disability, migrant women and women from ethnic minorities.

A gender-segregated labour market, the difficulty of balancing work and family life, the undervaluation of female skills and work are just some of the complex causes of the persistent gender pay gap. Women in the EU earn on average 16% less than men for each hour worked. To address these issues, the European Commission will…read more

How Governance Management Systems are Changing

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Today more than ever, leaders and directors recognize the need to govern their companies in a totally transparent and legal manner, while still being efficient, effective and profitable. Pieter Colijn and Hans de Hoog have profound knowledge and experience of governance in various positions in Dutch society and organizations. “We believe that a governance management system that supports executive and non-executive directors in their decision making processes will be the next big step in the future of organizational development.” All relevant decision-making processes will be supported by business process management, workflow tools, data analytics, benchmarking tools, of all kinds of newsfeeds and recent studies. This is where the GovernanceHub assists companies. “We very much welcome a partnership with Synquity, in their effort to enhance leadership confidence by empowering leaders and teams to build successful and future oriented organizations.”

The Hague Talks on Peace and Justice: Empowering Marginalized Women @Bridge2HopeLik-0088

By Darcie Dawille

This month marks the first anniversary of Bijlmer Bridge2Hope! It has been exciting to watch our participants grow and change and to reflect how far we have come this past year. I have observed a huge increase in the women’s confidence over the last year.  Our participants are making better, well-informed decisions for themselves and realizing their potential for the future through the education they are receiving.  For example, they continue to work hard on becoming fluent in Dutch.  Their comprehension and verbal skills are increasing weekly and with their increased confidence, they are able to put into practice what they are learning in the classroom.  One participant has been recently been complimented by a native Dutch speaker on her language improvement, and this makes her eager to learn all the more!

We were ecstatic that the Rotary Club of the Netherlands recently adopted Bijlmer Bridge2Hope and funds from their Christmas campaign will go towards getting the materials we need to support our participants as they walk the road from victim to survivor.  We will also be holding some exciting events in the New Year to help support the project. Please check our website www.thebijlmerproject.com, Facebook page or blog in the coming months for more information. As always, remember that the first step to helping victims of human trafficking is an awareness of the fact that human trafficking is a major global issue.  It is not something that only occurs somewhere far away from you, and it is not an issue can be ignored in the hopes that it will eventually go away.  Be aware, be involved, be compassionate and be engaged.  Bijlmer Bridge2Hope has seen a difference made in the lives of our participants over the past year, and with your help we look forward to seeing the positive changes that the next year brings.  

This blog is edited by Madeleine van der Steege.

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mads@synquity.com

 

Listen To Yourself For A Change

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Being honest with yourself. That takes courage. But it runs deeper than simply acknowledging that I need help or rest, or, I’m good at that; that makes me happy; that needs to change, because there is another layer to listening to yourself.

Even though we often demonstrate good insights into our own situations – with more than just an inkling of what to do – we fail, sometimes, to apply our own good counsel to our own lives.  There is the well-known example of a bride walking down the aisle, while in her mind she knows it is not going to work. Thus, the marriage begins with a foundation of unspoken truths and when the marriage breaks up some time later, she recalls that truth: “I knew when I walked down the aisle it was doomed to fail.” Why don’t we listen to ourselves?

You can’t listen to and reject yourself at the same time. Listening to yourself requires self acceptance. Knowing or suspecting, for example, that you no longer belong in a certain company or job is not about the company at all. It’s about you. Who you are. What you believe, want, need and why. All of your complexity and potential is bundled up together. So avoid blaming “the company” or “them”, the workload or your perceived failings. Instead, listen to your heart to discover who you are and what it is you really want. Then stand up for it.

Sometimes the warning signs for change have been there for years but you ignore them because you are striving at all cost to fit the mould of “success”, or meet expectations of others and gain approval. Put together the multitude of clues in your life, about who you really are, that you have left dangling about. Your inner whispering, the choices you have made (or have avoided) or even the physical state you are in are great personal clues.

Think about the people you listen to. You respect them and that’s why they have influence over your choices and actions. By the same token you have to respect and accept yourself to be able to listen to yourself.  You are an incredible being, human, and inherently filled with hope. You possess an unending, unique capacity to create, re-invent and transform. Yes, you make mistakes and even destroy;  your past has possibly much to be desired, but acknowledge that you have great capacity for good and fruitful action. Accepting that you are only human as opposed to faultless, enables you to listen to yourself and enjoy the benefit.

By Madeleine van der Steege

Coming up next…The Cost of Not Listening to Yourself

It takes a lot of courage to ferret out the reasons you so often ignore your inner voice, but, to tune into your inner judgement and face the truth about your hand in your own situation frees up a lot of personal energy and allows you to refocus on the path your life is taking. But when you don’t listen to yourself all your actions and inaction will be moving you in the wrong direction. And your heart knows it. Your energy…..

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Powerful triggers to unlock latent talent

(Part 2) A True South African Story

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I had one prayer. It was an early morning on my way to my work as HIV-Aids Lay Counselor-Coordinator. The hill in front of me was very steep, and summer time in the Cape is not made for hard walking. From deep within me came the prayer “I want to grow and develop more”. It was an ache inside me that I had ever since I left school. It was a hunger to know more, and to be more than just another Coloured woman with a fractured past, an unfinished education and only legs for transport.

The beginning of the answer to that prayer happened unexpectedly. Through a friend I was invited for an interview at a company. The interview was very informal and unstructured, and I, the candidate, was unprepared. I so clearly remember it. That day would set me on a path of self-discovery and self leadership.

Knowledge is a powerful word. It means “to know”. I began “to know” the amazing worth of my talents as a human being and how much of my world is waiting on me to rise up and deliver. My relationship with my new employer, an entrepreneur – later partner would add another highly prized value that I desperately needed, affirmation. In the world I came from, the one I lived, I was not nurtured – the plight of many women, I know. To be stuck in a culture of day-to-day survival.

Needless to say, I got a job and for the first time in my life worked in an environment where values were highly prized and human capital was viewed as the greatest asset on the books. Process was important, but it was designed around an amazing vision of which the results were a natural consequence.

 The term “give a man a fish…”fails to detail the complex process and support it took for me to shed my “victim mentality” and to see myself as a victor. How empowering it was to me to work in a culture that affirmed me as an individual and for my unique contribution to the bottom line. Because of the value placed upon me, it was inevitable that I then participated in and cared about our results. And yes, working to me became fun – nowhere else did I get to play and produce. In world wherein work can be likened to a production factory, here I was, the amazing creator of my own contributions.

 I began as a kind of informal on-the-job coachee and my employer turned into a wonderful friend and coach. Every terrain in the company was a training ground. My three years there left me with a sense of direction and purpose. I am amazed at how the beliefs I internalized then have shaped the manner in which I have grown and still do.  I went from waiting for something to happen, to knowing that my dreams are waiting on me to make them happen. The most important contribution to my life was the view that the seedbeds of talent are inherent to everyone. I learnt to build my life from a strong vision of my future, which propelled me forward. A conviction was birthed in me that I am more than my circumstances or what life throws at me! How does this happen?

It happens as someone teaches you how to use a computer patiently. It happens when someone recognises you in a meeting, filled with executives, and asks if you would you like to add anything.  It was is as if a finger was placed on the latent potential inside me and whispered “breathe!”. Many doors were opened to me and later opened by me. I have finished my course at Wits Business School. I obtained a car license and bought my own car. I have since then moved on in my career. So what did this empowerment opportunity mean to me? It meant everything to me. It became the catalyst for ongoing growth and the wealth of wisdom I gained has become the foundation of my  career. It has impacted on my family, my children, my friends, my life.  – Marie Sukers 2013.

Powerful triggers to unlock your latent talent

  • Listen and respond to your urge to grow, learn, or do more
  • Develop a powerful meaningful personal vision
  • Reconnect to your incredible worth and potential as a human being
  • Connect with people who affirm you, express faith in your capacity
  • Get out there, exposure yourself to opportunities
  • Stop blaming your situation or making excuses for your passivity
  • Take complete ownership for your career and life

Sneak preview : Why should I pull someone else up ?  (Part 3)

There is an equality created through inclusivity and it can be as healing and empowering for disadvantaged women as it is for those from a first world family or society. To relax your boundaries and allow someone to shadow you closely, as you run your entrepreneurial business, provides an invaluable learning experience for them. However, when you are in an unusually vulnerable phase, too stressed or not reconciled to having your leadership or business imperfections exposed to an audience…

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Open your mind to others to empower

Empowerment is a journey that unfolds as you begin to work more inclusively with others in your business. I wish to suggest two points for your consideration. Firstly, people empowerment is driven by thinking differently about people and, secondly, empowerment comes from relaxing some boundaries so that how you operate, the “real you”, is made strategically visible.

In this sense, empowerment requires a way of thinking that sees the people we live and work with as walking, sleeping, dreaming sources of incredible potential – natural treasures to be unearthed. They have depth and talent not fully known to either you or them. And therein lies a wonderful mystery; in knowing them and in working with them, you are a powerful catalyst. And their growth, in turn, triggers something equal and positive in you. Delight. Innovation. Discovery. Hope. World changing.

An incredible way for entrepreneurs to empower others is through inclusivity. To use an equestrian analogy, it is to stretch your hand and help someone mount the stallion you are already on. Then on your outride, contextualize the scenery and let them witness your reflexes and decisions while you cover familiar and uncharted terrain on the journeytoward achieving specific objectives. Inevitably, vary your trot and finally reach your destination to share the victory of achieving a challenging task. On the journey, remain open to dialogue – for clarifications and questions – but caution against the belief that one-size-fits-all, bearing in mind that absolute answers are often sought when people are learning something completely new and are out of their comfort zones. The idea is to co-learn as fresh perspectives are gained and new scenarios not previously considered are explored. In short, you are being real and you are creating a non-judgmental learning environment where knowledge, skill and creativity can prosper.

During empowerment employees should be safe to risk, be flexible, be curious and invent. In turn, this intensifies into new spirals of learning and co-learning, which can benefit your business tremendously.

Madeleine van der Steege, mads@synquity.com

Sneak preview – (Part 2) Marie’s Story“ I had one prayer. It was an early morning on my way to my work as HIV-Aids Lay Counselor Coordinator. The hill in front of me was very steep, and summer time in the Cape is not made for hard walking. From deep within me came the prayer “I want to grow and develop more”. It was an ache inside me that I had ever since I left school. It was a hunger to know more, and to be more than just another Coloured woman with a fractured past, an unfinished education and only legs for transport. The beginning of the answer to that prayer happened unexpectedly…”

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Open your mind to others to empower

 

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