Does your boss ask you to make the tea for a meeting❓

Does your boss trust you?

Hopefully, we can all recall a boss that supported us, helped us to grow and develop and pushed us forward to help us succeed.

When Jane Gunn told me the story of her boss saying he would make the tea while she ran the meeting, my unconscious bias raised its head. I answered, “oh dear”.

I just assumed he would let her make the tea. Actually, it was totally the opposite. He trusted her enough to let her lead the meeting while he made the tea and this was a good 20 years ago.

This week we release the seventh leadership chronicle and a story of success shared by Jane from the 4th conversation of #globalleadershiphypothesis – what makes a great leader.

Food for thought. We trust leaders based on the Trust Triangle (Harvard Business Review – May 2020):

💡 Authenticity

💡 Empathy

💡 Logic

Common trust wobbles are caused by:

⚡Misrepresenting parts of yourself (inauthenticity)

⚡Putting yourself ahead of others

⚡Not enough rigour in your analysis, an inability to execute or communicate your thoughts properly

What causes you to mistrust a leader❓


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© Talita Ferreira, CEO and founder of Authentic Change Solutions

**Change failures – pitfalls to avoid**

In the current climate #change is the one constant.

When implementing #technologychanges in #finance or implementing #businesspartnering, we need to consider critical change elements.

In the coming weeks, I will share my learnings from the many #changeprojects I have implemented and consulted on.

A good place to start is why change traditionally fails. Rather than sharing a negative list, the failures are phrased as questions to stimulate thoughts.

• Are all leaders aligned with the change and are there enough #sponsors at the board level?

• What is the compelling case for change that links to the strategy?

• Can you articulate the change and explain it in a way that engages teams?

• Are you focussed rigidly on planning or remaining agile – testing and learning as you go along?

• Do you have the right resources, skills and capabilities to lead the change?

• Are you focussed on implementing historical decisions or the vital change behaviours?

• Are the change activities aligned and integrated into daily activities or totally separate?

Are people and behavioural change your number one focus?

We underestimate the importance of people in change and investing in change-readiness.

Which classic #changefailures do you observe?

© Talita Ferreira

© Authenticity Change Solutions

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**12 Ways to engage and inspire your ‘finance’ team**

1. Start with having a positive attitude and mindset – positive vibes are infectious; our mood impacts on those around us

2. Be a Connected leader – share bits of yourself and connect to the individuals around you

3. Set a clear direction – ideally brainstorm why the team exists and how you add value together (purpose)

4. Empower individuals in your team – after setting the purpose let them get on with delivering

5. Be a trusted supporter and take responsibility – be there when they need you and things go wrong

6. Develop them beyond their own limiting beliefs – help them to overcome what they fear most

7. Praise and recognise good work – doing this often raises the spirits of the team

8. Be a good listener – hold back from thinking what to do next and really listen for the messages within the words

9. Invest time in team activities – brainstorm challenges together and stretch yourselves to find new ways of solving old problems

10. Be confident and believe in your own abilities

11. Share your failures – it makes you human and increases trust

12. Trust is the holy grail – get people to say what they really think and truly value their perspectives

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@ Talita Ferreira

Out with the old (resolutions) in with the new (intentions)

I no longer set New Year’s resolutions. I think it is far better to set intentions. If we follow the latest developments in neuroscience, we can rest assured that our brain, if used correctly, can be a very powerful tool. Although, we currently only use a fraction of its capability and get caught up in the noise of our self-doubts, limiting beliefs and repeat dialogues.

Setting an intention is key to bringing about a change or a desired state or goal. The various synonyms for intention are purpose, aim or plan. Setting intentions can play a key role in activating our subconscious mind to help bring about a goal or desired result. The word ‘intent’ originated from the Latin word ‘intendere’, which means to stretch towards.

My first encounter with intention was a few years ago when I read the book ‘Synchrodestiny’ by Deepak Chopra. I was trying to find my purpose in life. I knew I wanted to leave corporate life but had no idea what type of business I wanted to create. I learnt that the best way forward was to firstly intend to find my purpose and then to place lots of attention on the activity. I woke up every day for a month and said the words; I intend to find my purpose. It became like an anchor for me. It reminded me that I needed to intend and galvanise my attention towards that intent; for instance, attending courses and reading books. Which is exactly what I did when I attended a talk by Chrissie Rucker, the founder of the White Company, titled ‘How to become your own boss’. Ever since then I have been sold on this idea of intention, as opposed to setting resolutions. Two years later I left corporate life, I wrote a book about authenticity in leadership and started helping organisations and individuals to transform their approach to leadership and culture.

Why don’t you set a powerful intention in 2019 to enhance your success this year? It could be an intention to focus on being a more transformational, inspiring leader. Therefore, focussing more of your attention on brainstorming with your team, defining your shared values and team strengths together or my ultimate favourite – creating an engaging team purpose that creates a sense of belonging and increases performance and trust.

Going one step further, it is even more powerful and compelling when we help our subconscious mind through visualisation in tandem with setting the intentions. This can be done by creating a vision board. A few years ago, I facilitated a very entertaining team activity, where I moved away from setting objectives with my finance team in a boring spreadsheet, towards a team activity on visualising our goals in three different areas:

What we wanted to achieve

• In our own growth and development,

• For each of our individual teams and

• The greatest obstacle facing our individual areas

Notice the focus on the more ‘traditionally soft leadership and team dynamic areas. The activity was a huge success, and we really bonded as a team. I believe it is because we shared so much more than just the key business goals we wanted to achieve. We really connected with each other on the greatest obstacles facing us and also immediately offered our support to each other – a huge unexpected win.

My four-step approach to achieving success and goals more easily:

• Set an intention for the desired outcome

• Repeat the intention often, at least 21 days to make it stick

• Align your attention to the intention through activities

• Create a vision board to depict the future state you want to create

Don’t get left behind. Take your leadership to the next level in 2019.

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©Talita Ferreira

CEO and founder