Virtual leadership in a crisis – support for leaders #1

“Identify what you are feeling and where you are as a leader”

As leaders, we are like a contagion. How we show up will impact our teams.

#Leadingvirtually is no different. We might be #feelingpressure and dealing with the #crisisplanning one moment at a time. It is important to show up as calm and optimistic but also realistic.

If we don’t understand where we are it will be very hard to self-lead ourselves to something different.

Follow this three-step process:

·        Identify and acknowledge where you are

·        Set an intention and exercise your choice to move

·        Identify what you would rather be feeling and thinking

Identify what you are feeling and experiencing. Is it frustration, fear, anxiety, confusion, disbelief about what has happened? Acknowledge the #feelings without judging them.

Decide that you want and intend something different. Write down a few alternatives for instance, this is an #opportunity:

·        for my own and team growth or

·        to experience new connections and

·        I am not alone, I can get advice from others.

Whenever your thoughts and feelings migrate back, acknowledge them, don’t judge and #choosedifferently.

Please share what you have been feeling?


© Talita Ferreira

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*Top 12 tips to lead your ‘finance’ team through transformation for greater impact and success*

1. Link the case for change to your ‘finance’ plan.

2. Integrate and align the change – make it a topic of all your meetings and regular conversations.

3. Role model the new vital behaviours that will support successful change adoption.

4. Move people from change-resistant to change ready – focus on vital change behaviours and what’s in it for them.

5. Focus on impact above cost – success is whether the project delivers lasting behavioural change; not milestones and smiley faces.

6. Communicate, communicate, communicate the burning platform multiple times using different methods, sometimes buy-in is only achieved at the 20th or 30th iteration.

7. Listen closely and involve people in the change process – understand their underlying fears.

8. Use early adopters as change champions to convert others to believers.

9. Have empathy for where others are on the change curve and their pace of change.

10. Listen to critical views – sometimes they are nuggets of gold.

11. Test, learn and adapt – change is neither linear nor a box-ticking exercise.

12. Measure – add feedback loops & measure the effectiveness of behavioural change.

@ Talita Ferreira

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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