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Final advice from Joan Withers on Tenacity and Resilience

This is the final week of my editorship of our website content. It has been interesting to see the year unfold so quickly with no shortage of challenges as we head towards the election in September.
My final piece of advice under the tenacity and resilience heading is about making an ongoing commitment to take control of your own training and development.

If you do that, your career path will be enhanced as you will be differentiating yourself from many of your peers.

My observation after many years in corporate life is that only a small percentage of people make a further investment in education beyond their initial tertiary commitment. Having better qualifications and the wider network that work related learning provides can certainly assist with being resilient. From a personal perspective, doing an MBA at the University of Auckland when I was 36 was the best career move I have ever made.

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Tenacity and Resilience

“When Things Really Go Wrong”

Almost inevitably in a corporate or professional career there will, at some point, be a major event or episode which will rock your equilibrium and create a significant amount of stress and angst in your life.

That is when your ability to be resilient and tenacious really gets put to the test.

In my book “ A Woman’s Place – Life, leadership and lessons from the boardroom” I have dedicated a chapter to my experience as a director on the Feltex board through the period when the Company
listed on the NZX to a subsequent profit downgrade during the critical forecast period post the Initial Public Offering.

At the risk of being accused of spruiking my book, I can tell you I have detailed a lot of learnings in that chapter, but in the context of tenacity and resilience it was a situation where the adage “what
doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” is absolutely true.

If I hadn’t had a supportive husband and family through that period, I don’t know how I would have survived.

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Tenacity and Resilience

This week’s content features a real life story where the realisation about what is truly important in life comes into stark relief.
My niece, Amy Rodden is a lawyer at Air New Zealand and has held a number of corporate roles, so is well used to dealing with stressful situations.

Amy and her husband Richard Rodden were ecstatic at the prospect of their first baby’s imminent arrival. I’ll let Amy tell the story, but William’s early entrance to the world on 7 October was the precursor to a very challenging period.

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On Being Bold is a movement by a group of successful women who have joined forces to share experiences and expertise they’ve gained on their journeys to the top. The On Being Bold team want to share honest conversation with others trying to make their way in the corporate world. One thing this group of leaders is clear on, the business world is about more than profit - it must come with purpose.

This website of leadership content is dedicated to professional women at all stages of their career. Learn from business leaders as they as they share successes as they have navigated their unique paths to their current roles.

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2019 Bold Steps

Video Highlights

If you came to the Bold Steps conference in December on Leading with Purpose then thanks for your time and your company.  The OBB team had a blast and the speakers were all individually and collectively brilliant and challenged us all to think differently.  I spoke to one woman who told me as result of listening to Prof. Will Steffan that she was going to buy an electric car that very weekend!  So, we definitely had an impact.  The Deadly Ponies handbags were without question a big hit also.  In fact, I felt a little distracted as MC when there was stampede for the stage to put business cards in the bowl for the draws!  And what better way to end a conference on purpose than to have a close chat with the Prime Minister.  She was very inspiring and very real.  It was lovely just to be able to talk and ask questions in a reasonably relaxed way with no prepared speeches.  We all felt she was very generous to participate like that and I think we are all a bit star struck as a result!  So a big thanks to everyone involved and if you weren’t there or you want to relive the day I have included a highlights reel and a few pics with my first editor’s piece.  As an aside we are currently planning the 2020 conference and will be back in touch with details shortly.

Click here to see a video of highlights from the 2019 Bold Steps Conference.

Preparing for a New Year

2020 Challenges

Nau Mai Hoki Mai and welcome back to Onbeingbold.co.nz for the last January edition.  We are absolutely underway as a country now and things are picking up pace.  February is often such a busy month as we really tackle the projects and jobs left over after the Christmas and New Year period. That is why I am pleased to hand over to Joan Withers who is our February editor and she will be guiding us through the topic of “tenacity and resilience” which I think is very timely!

I loved the Prime Minister’s reference to stress cups at the Bold Steps Conference in December.  She spoke about how each person has a stress cup and that it is an individual thing.  It is all relative.  Nobody can judge another person’s stress cup or how full it is than ourselves.  We all need to look after our own and be conscious of other’s.  Whatever your role, your age, or your industry managing our stress cup is so important to ensuring we can cope with what life throws at you. 

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Our March feature editor Jolie Hodson 

Kia ora, It’s hard to believe we are almost a quarter of the way through 2020.  Over the last few months we’ve been focussing on getting ready for the new year with Dame Therese Walsh and building our tenacity and resilience with Joan Withers.

In March our focus is on the impact of digital transformation and the role of leaders in leading our people through this era.  I can’t think of a business or community that is not exposed to the change technology is bringing, whether that’s tourism, agriculture, telecommunications or construction or serving the community.  This rate of change can be confronting, raising questions for us as to whether we have the right skills to thrive in this new environment and the right way of working to be successful in this new era.

The good thing to know is you are not alone!  I’d say lean into this change, take the opportunity to try new ways of working like Agile and be curious about how digital disruption might impact your business.  For me personally Agile has been one of the biggest learning experiences I’ve had, rethinking how I lead and organize our people at Spark to succeed.

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Leading Through Change

Nau Mai Hoki Mai and welcome back to Onbeingbold.co.nz for the second week of the March edition.  This week we are focusing on the three key ingredients that we believe all leaders need to lead their people through change. We are living in a time when the only certainty is change. In that uncertain environment people look to their leaders to help them make sense of the “why” in the change, to inspire them to build the skills and the will to thrive in this new environment.   

Our own Prime Minister has demonstrated this well as she has lead the country through tragedy and we could all learn from how she has carried herself through these events taking a very authentic and caring approach.    

When I think about the three key ingredients, these three stand out for me:

  1. Clarity of ambition, purpose and inspiring with the “why” we need to do this
  2. Resilience, resilience, resilience – change is hard
  3. Listening to those around you to gain perspective and bring others with you

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Leadership Style

Welcome back to Onbeingbold.co.nz.  The conversation this week puts the spotlight on how our leadership styles have changed as careers progressed.  We can all reflect on a time earlier in our career and cringe slightly as we think about an example of where we would have acted differently if we’d had the benefit of more leadership experience or coaching. I know earlier in my career I could have spent more time upfront with my people, having the courage to share my point of view and taking the time explain the “why” so they could build more meaning in what we were doing.

This week Jennifer Sepull shares her journey including the importance of inspirational leadership and the great advice her business coach gave her.  While Dame Therese reflects on how leadership changes as you move from Management to Governance and in particular as Chair of a Board, stepping back from hands on involvement, working through others and giving them the space they need to do their role well.

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Leadership Challenges

Kia ora and welcome to the last week of March and our leadership series. We’ve all faced moments in our career that have challenged our leadership capability and this week we are focusing on sharing those experiences, how we responded and what we’ve learnt.   

Leadership challenges can impact our team, our business, our country or the community we operate in. This is the time when leaders step towards the challenge, to help to provide clarity, a calm voice and a clear head to help guide people through the ambiguity, fear or concern that may exist.  It requires authentic and transparent conversations about what you know and great active listening skills to help build the plan before you act. Don’t mistake that for having to know all the answers, you don’t, but you do need to be able to guide on what happens next.

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