Welcome to our Community Newsletter for July. Winter is well and truly with us now. We are enjoying the crisp mornings and stunning days… still very grateful to be healthy and working from home.
June was another busy month, running online workshops for clients. We also launched our ML Academy, our new e-learning platform, and celebrated three family birthdays.
Our theme this month is Technology: The Enabler for Collaboration. While some of us have returned to the workplace, many continue to work from home, and collaboration is a skill that high-performing teams excel at. During these disruptive times, technology can help us collaborate more – even when we can’t all be in the same room.
We will be running our free webinar this month on this month’s theme (details later in the newsletter) and we look forward to seeing you on the webinar.
Until then, stay safe and be magical.
The Magical Learning Team
Creating Empowering Habits
Your habits don’t care whether or not they are good for you, so it’s a good idea to periodically review your habits and identify any that are not empowering you. And when you’re building a new habit, also consider whether or not it will empower you.
As we continue to deal with change and disruption, what habit(s) would help you navigate this more positively?
It could be:
• Replacing negative thoughts with positive ones
• Trying new things and being OK with not being perfect at them
• Being more curious
• Asking better questions
• Journalling daily to learn what works for you and what doesn’t
• Working on your blind spots
• Learning to become a better listener.
What new habits would you like to add to your life?
Building Your Confidence
Recently, we were reviewing a 360 assessment with one of our clients, Jenna* and it was interesting to compare their responses with hers. While others rated her above average in most of the assessment elements, Jenna consistently rated herself much lower.
Like many other leaders we’ve coached, Jenna’s ‘internal story’ played a big part in this difference. Her story was about her being a perfectionist and having a very strong inner critic. In Jenna’s mind, what she did was never quite good enough.
Our stories create our ‘reality’ – yet we’re often unaware of these stories and repeat them so often they become like a habit. Many leaders can benefit from examining their stories to see whether they are empowering them or not.
Confidence in our abilities is an important skill to develop. When we are confident, we believe in ourselves, we’re more willing to listen to others and we encourage others to do the same.
If we lack confidence, we are less likely to speak up when it is needed.
Equally, when we have too much confidence, without the skills to support that confidence, we can become arrogant.
For those that are worried about whether they will be seen as confident or arrogant, consider whether you are constantly looking for external validation regarding your skills. If you are, then spend time working on those skills in order to properly develop your confidence.
Also notice if you are tempted to take the kudos for good performance, but are quick to blame others when things go wrong. Remember, making mistakes is all part of learning to become great at things, so work on taking responsibility when things don’t go according to plan.
Here are some simple things you can do to develop your confidence:
- Practice the Amy Cuddy Power Pose
- Spend time preparing for meetings and presentations, so you know the material
- Actively listen to differing views (confident people are OK not knowing everything)
- Breathe deeply before meetings and presentations. to work with your brain
- Smile (it increases your brain’s proficiency by up to 31%)
- Come up with three positive thoughts for every negative one you have, to build your optimism
- Be more curious
- Step outside your comfort zone more often
- Slow down your speaking speed and lower your voice. Both make you sound more confident
- Celebrate every small step towards your growth (so you will want to take more steps)
- Remember: there is only one you, share your gifts with the world.
Disruption is a perfect time to reinvent yourself. Take this time to think about who you really are and what you love doing and practice those gifts more. The world certainly needs that now.
* Not her real name
New Learning Opportunities
All times are in AEST*
Our Free Monthly Webinar; TECHNOLOGY – THE ENABLER FOR COLLABORATION
Wednesday, 15 July 2020, 10.30am – 11.15am AESTIn this webinar, you will learn:
- What collaboration is and how technology can help us collaborate better
- The costs of not collaborating
- 4 tools and techniques to use technology as an enabler for collaboration.
Book Of The Month: My Friend Fear by Meera Lee Patel
Reviewed by Danette Fenton-Menzies
If you’re interested in running online webinars or workshops for your workplace, click here
“Fear is always beside us, but it doesn’t keep us from freedom: it leads us to it, slowly moving us toward the magic.“
Meera Lee Patel
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