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019: The power of data-driven decision making with Linda McIver

Are you wondering if you have enough, or the right data for your decision making?

As we rise up in our leadership careers, the one defining feature of all leadership is that we make more and more decisions. But how we make those decisions is crucial.

In today’s Leading Women in Tech podcast I’m interviewing Dr Linda McIver, the founder and Executive Director of the Australian Data Science Education Institute on the power of data driven decision making, her three principles for making decisions, and the danger of confirmation bias when we use data. We dig into everything from decisions in organisations to decisions about COVID, and of course, we can’t help but touch a little on decisions around building an equitable, diverse and inclusive workforce.

So let’s dive in.

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018: Building deeper network connections while being 100% virtual

Building connections has always been important for creating opportunities, opening doors, seeing what is possible, and even pushing through self-doubt and building our motivation.

But for many of us maintaining connections during a period where all or nearly all interactions are virtual, is hard work.

Creating new connections, whether they are new professional connections or new friendships ? Sounds like something impossible!

I’ve said it before, and I think it is time to say it again: it can actually be easier than in-person. But it does require conscious reframing of the tactics we used before the virtual-first approach…

And bonus: that wall you may have recently hit after 6 months of social distancing, the act of active connection, even if it for primarily professional purposes, can be just the thing you need to get unstuck once again.

So if you know you need to kick-start your networking again, or that you’d love to feel less isolated, but dread getting going, today’s podcast is for you.

Let’s dig in!
Are you wanting to build real personal resilience, so that you feel confident with those difficult conversations, instead of feeling anxious, exhausted, overwhelmed, and on the verge of burnout? 

Perhaps you are an ambitious change-agent, motivated to inspire others into a better way of doing things. But finding the time and energy to get the buy-in you know you need is, well, exhausting. 

Are you left feeling overwhelmed, drained and depleted? 

Perhaps you know the theory of leading, but it doesn’t seem to play out that way for you, and management seems to take up all your time, so you deciding to stick with the tech role you started with, despite your desire to influence and create positive change.

If you are ready to be full of confidence and be that influencer you crave, then I have one thing you need to know. The one thing that is not talked about enough when we are taught about leadership or leadership is ‘shown’ to us by those above. This one thing: it is the glue that makes great leadership happen.

Curious? Let’s go to the show.

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017: The one truth about leadership that no one talks about

Are you feeling stuck with how to handle those difficult people at work? You know, the people who seem to always put roadblocks in your way. And after 10 roadblocks you are wondering, surely this cannot be accidental. The people who are resistant to your ideas and make life problematic for everyone in the team.

Are you wanting to build real personal resilience, so that you feel confident with those difficult conversations, instead of feeling anxious, exhausted, overwhelmed, and on the verge of burnout? 

Perhaps you are an ambitious change-agent, motivated to inspire others into a better way of doing things. But finding the time and energy to get the buy-in you know you need is, well, exhausting. 

Are you left feeling overwhelmed, drained and depleted? 

Perhaps you know the theory of leading, but it doesn’t seem to play out that way for you, and management seems to take up all your time, so you deciding to stick with the tech role you started with, despite your desire to influence and create positive change.

If you are ready to be full of confidence and be that influencer you crave, then I have one thing you need to know. The one thing that is not talked about enough when we are taught about leadership or leadership is ‘shown’ to us by those above. This one thing: it is the glue that makes great leadership happen.

Curious? Let’s go to the show.

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016: Decision making to up-level your leadership

Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Do you ever feel like you are drowning in decisions. Demanded to choose between things minute to minute, hour to hour? By the end of the working day are you so done from decision making that you can barely handle choosing what to do about dinner?

The job of a leader, is above all, making and communicating decisions. Providing clarity on focus, direction and exchanging information. Reviewing data, and making informed decisions based on it. Evaluating alternatives. Prepping plans and their alternatives for critical analysis and escalation.

Decision making just intensifies as we progress in our careers.

But the one thing we don’t reallise needs to change is how we make decisions. Moving from the action based decision making in our first management roles to more strategic decision making as an executive. And what got you to where you are now, won’t just fail to get you further but could be damaging your reputation right now if you aren’t adapting to the needs of the decision-making required of you in your current role.

So what can you do? In today’s episode of the podcast I”m diving into how do you get out from under the weight of these decisions, avoid the ‘you aren’t communicating well’ spoken or unspoken criticism that is often a symptom of decision burnout, and learn how to level up your decision making alongside your other leadership skills.
Ready? Let’s go to the show!

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015: Using planning to keep your team informed and motivated

Ever get frustrated that your team doesn’t know what is going on in the business, despite numerous communications from you?
Get surprised when someone tells you that they didn’t know about an important deadline that you’ve emailed out to all staff 100 times?
Find that your team isn’t working on the highest priority?

If this sounds familiar, here’s some tough love for you: even though you think you are communicating well, you aren’t. Yes, this is on you, not on your team.

So how do you get your team to listen, pay attention to those incredibly important goals and take action on them?
Well the answer definitely isn’t to speak louder or send more emails! Instead, it is time to involve them in planning.

If you are wondering how to do that without drowning in voices, ideas, conflicting priorities, or concerned that having everyone involved in planning is a waste of time, this episode is for you. I take you through a very simple recipe to get full team engagement, which for a small upfront time cost on your part can save weeks of unproductive effort and missed deadlines.

Ready to take control of Q4 and wrap up 2020 with a team filled with clarity, passionate and excitement for shared goals? Let’s go to the show!

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014: Becoming a trustworthy leader and growing a culture of trust

Almost a third of employees don’t trust their employer.
As a leader, choosing to make trust a priority, can increase productivity, commitment to goals.
The flow of ideas, and the early idetnficiation of problematic situations increases because communication is becomes viewed as something to be encouraged and acknowledged, instead of feared.
And change becomes much easier. In an ever changing world, embracing trust as a priority, building it in your team, and embedding it as a principle in your organisation makes your team more comfortable with change – and as change is inevitable at all times – they are more willing to embrace a new vision.

But what can you do to gain your teams trust, create trust in the first place if it s completely absent, use your growing emotional intelligence to help eliminate team dysfunction? Ready to stop having all your ideas questioned, or your ideas and decisions undermined?

If you are wondering how to build, or repair trust in your leadership, lets dive into this weeks Leading Women in Tech episode.

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013: Coaching your team in effective management

Are you actively managing your leaders? 

Training them, working with them to hone their leadership skills? Helping them to figure out the road to great leadership?

Or do you just let your team of managers get on with it because you are hands-off?

If you are a hands-off manager of managers, even if that is the style of management you liked at that level, you are leaving opportunity on the table.

Despite what you might hear, no one is born a perfect leader. Some do have more intrinsic leadership skill than others, but everyone needs to develop and hone their leadership and management. So leaving your new managers to figure out how to navigate a new role as a team lead, a general manager or even a VP is a recipe for many bumps along the road or worse. 
But having an attitude of ‘my door is open, come to me for help’ doesn’t work either. Remember: they feel the need to prove themselves to you, and will try their best to not bother you.

It’s time to round the square peg so you and your team of managers all up-level, learn how to effectively lead in the way that works for them, but with your guidance as someone who was there before. And hint: using team meetings which focus on exception reporting won’t achieve this growth and development. 

In today’s Leading Women in Tech podcast I’m diving into how to help your managers remain autonomous, keep their new found confidence as a leader, but boost them up quickly and effectively so that you, your managers, their teams, and the entire business division benefits. It’s time to stop leaving the benefits of great management and leadership at every level of your organisation on the table, simply because you had to figure this out yourself.  And instead, let’s use your emotional intelligence to help your managers become great leaders in their own right.

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012: Up-levelling your social awareness to step into high performance leadership

95% of people think they are self-aware, but only between 10 and 15 percent really demonstrate high levels of self-awareness.
That might be shocking. But consider that far more than 50 percent of people that drive also think they are above average drivers… clearly that can’t be true.

The irony with self-awareness is that the more self-aware you are, the more likely you are to realize whether you are actually as self-aware and in control of your emotions as you think.

In today’s episode, I’m continuing the emotional intelligence journey and discussing how to use your newly awakened self-awareness to build great leadership. It’s time to lean into pausing, reflecting, listening, and reacting in a constructive way. To realize when your outbursts are negatively impacting your team. Taking us all from needing to be liked as a leader, or assuming that to be great at what you do you need to be feared, and instead, learning how to show up as an authentic and transparent leader that builds team productivity through understanding others around you, and acting in full knowledge of that awareness, instead of irrespective of it.

Because when we act and react with knowledge of how our actions will be received we are able to boost productivity, create greater impact, boost creativity, empathy and so much more.

Ready to step up your emotional intelligence and lean into your high-performance leadership? Let’s dive into part two of emotional intelligence as we turn our focus on social awareness and relationship management.

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011: Self awareness and leadership

Would you consider self-awareness as a leadership trait?

For many people, when asked to list the top leadership skills, we think of listening, communication, organization, strategy…

But self-awareness? Often not in that list.

If you’ve ever wondered what emotional intelligence (EI) is and what all the fuss about EQ is all about, then a large piece of that EI puzzle is self-awareness.

And in the first of two special episodes of the Leading Women in Tech Podcast on emotional intelligence in leadership, I am digging into the first piece of the emotional intelligence puzzle: self-awareness.

This is the piece that is most uncomfortable for many of us, requires time, practice and patience. And yet, self-awareness used effectively delivers the biggest rewards.

Great self-awareness doesn’t just help with leadership. It is also your number one tool for avoiding burnout and helping you come out of burnout. Not quitting your job, not throwing your toys out of your metaphorical pram, not pivoting… no, it is self-awareness.

So if you are ready to learn how to use self-awareness as a leadership tool and how to cultivate more of it in you (because none of us is as self-aware as we think, and honestly, we are never done on the self-awareness work!), it’s time to tune in to this episode of the Leading Women in Tech Podcast.

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010: The number one mindset block that is holding you back

How’s your mindset?
Feeling good about taking action? Never pausing, never held up from fear of what might happen?
Never fail to take a step forward because you are fearless about what will come.

If this sounds like you – awesome my friend. Go take over the world.

But, for most of us… we stumble from time to time (or all the time) and fail to take action.

Half the time we might not even know that we are in our own way.

And here’s the cruncher: it is fear and a lack of self-trust and self-belief that is holding us up.
EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

Today I’m talking about how our fears can be our own worst enemy (and why you would always be saying something completely different to your own best friend!).

Because you’ve got the tech skills down (probably more than you think). You have the know how, heck you probably have the people skills, even though the tech industry is notoriously lacking in this. So what’s holding you up – your head!

Its time to get out of your own way my my love.

Let’s dig into the self-belief mindset.

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