Fake it till you BELIEVE it

?????????????????One of the most simple but effective things that I’ve ever done to empower myself was to live by the idea of “faking it till you BELIEVE it”. Just as how cats purr to improve healing rates, how do we as people do to give ourselves the much needed boost of endorphins? Exercise or perhaps that age old chocolate remedy?

With the spotlight firmly on you as a leader, and with decisions resting on your shoulders, it’s often easy to feel like a balloon with the air let out. That leaves hardly anything for the “nice to haves”, and unfortunately, more often than not, setting yourself up for success falls under that neglected category.

That’s where Amy Cuddy’s much discussed TED talk comes in.

In her talk, social psychologist Amy Cuddy eloquently and very simply talks about how body language affects how others see us, but more importantly,  it also changes how we see ourselves.

Specifically, the concept of “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success. Continue reading


Being “Miss Bossypants”

I have a confession to make: No, I haven’t finished reading Tiny Fey’s lauded book ‘Bossypants’, but the parts that I have certainly resonated with me as a female in the workplace. It’s also smart, funny, relevant and surprisingly self-deprecating.

As The New York Times review of the book says: “It’s a fair representation of Ms. Fey’s self-image as a smart, unyielding woman who has forced her way to the top of what is usually a man’s profession. “Only in comedy,” she writes, about interviewing for a writing job on “Saturday Night Live” in 1997, “does an obedient white girl from the suburbs count as diversity.” ”

Ok fine, so maybe the function of Human Resources is  seen more as a female domain rather than a traditionally male profession as compared to Tina Fey’s example. However, when individuals start aiming for those few C-suite level opportunities, all bets are off, it’s each for themselves, male or female.

So what does being a female “bossypants” look like from the top?

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Leading like an introvert

Let’s face it, we aren’t all confident extrovert types.

However, as leaders, and more importantly as women leaders wanting to play a strong role in the organisation, the 2 opposites of quiet thinker types and the extrovert-centric workplace that rewards being out there and on stage, tend to increasingly come together and meet with a jarring whack.

I’ve been fortunate enough to gain insights and experiences through my professional career, that have allowed me to find a happy medium between being a internal thinker, and yet not losing my ability to influence others.

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The productivity challenge and the continuing focus on innovation

You’ve heard it all by now, and you’re probably sick of hearing it too, that adage of how talent pools need to develop that beautiful and intangible skill of innovation.

Not only is it now absolutely essential for employees to innovate, but they need to dance that fine line with maintaining productivity as well.

In fact, it is now common that the word “productivity” and “innovation” are said in the same exalted breath.

And when you throw in the concept of social business and collaboration, well, now that’s just ambitious!

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Managing people is a performance art…

Great article on HR Capitalist today.

The age old question of  building training for managers that stick and are relevant beyond induction.

Especially this teeny tiny bit of detail that tends to get assumed:

The conventional wisdom is to promote the best widget-maker into the widget-maker manager role.  Because she’s got the knowledge, skills and abilities to command the respect of the people she manages in the same function.”

True that…