Fiona Robertson – Rules of belonging.

Leading for Success is a gathering for leaders and motivated people who want to grow their own leadership capability. We connect to share stories and be inspired by our leadership journeys, no matter what your definition of success is.

Fiona Robertson is our next guest speaker for Leading for Success Online Networking on 24th June. She is an expert in organisational culture, leadership and teamwork with 30 years of experience. She has consulted to numerous blue-chip corporates domestically and internationally, with all levels of government in Australia and coached numerous senior executives in large and small organisations.

Clients in Australia have included ANZ Bank, Telstra Business Systems, the Federal Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, the Victorian Department of Human Services, and many more. 

She is the former Head of Culture for the National Australia Bank where her tenure included the introduction of a set of values and the development of a new purpose.

She is now an independent culture change coach, speaker and trainer for senior executives and business owners.

Her first book, Rules of Belonging – change your organisational culture, delight your people and turbo-charge your results, will be published by Major Street Publishing in July 2020.

Details:
Date: Wednesday 24 June 2020
ONLINE!
Time: 6.30 PM to 7:30 PM (Melbourne time or AEST)

Hope to see you there!!

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Best regards
Mel McCarthy


Eliza Young – leading with intent.

Leading for Success is a gathering for leaders and motivated people who want to grow their own leadership capability. We connect to share stories and be inspired by our leadership journeys, no matter what your definition of success is.

Eliza Young is our Guest Speaker at Leading for Success June.  Eliza is an inspiring example of how leading yourself first can create incredible results for your career and life.

Her speech is titled “Making opportunities by operating with intent.”

Super excited to hear her story – of how she managed to complete a bachelor’s degree in science in the US – where she was awarded a full-time scholarship to play varsity tennis  – while holding down multiple jobs at the same time.  That was just the start of her ability to make opportunities and operate with intent. 

After returning from university in the US, she started her working career back home in Australia as a personal trainer and site cleaner. Her career in the resources sector officially started as a Processing Plant site clerk, and she worked her way up to Operations manager at a remote Queensland mine-site. During that time, she also completed a post-graduate course in metallurgy and then pivoted to BHP – entering the Company in a technical role. Her leadership skills and ability to connect and cut-through at an operations level was quickly realised, and she was promptly promoted to Superintendent.  Now she is Principal Planner to the Asset President of BHP’s Olympic Dam mine – a strategic level role, critical to the success of the business.

In keeping with the Leading for Success theme in showcasing leaders from technical backgrounds – Eliza Young will share her story on how making opportunities by operating with intent has taken her to where she is today – making a difference in work and life.

Leading for Success is hosted by Melanie McCarthy. Melanie McCarthy is a professional mentor, whose work has won national awards. Over her career and life experience from being trained as an engineer, to working as a labourer and executive level manager, Melanie is convinced leadership capability can be learned – whether the leading is for your own life’s direction or for leading others.

Details:
Date: Wednesday 10 June 2020
ONLINE!
Time: 6.30 PM to 7:30 PM (AEST)

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Best regards
Mel McCarthy


Peter Dhu – inspiring leaders to be courageous.

Leading for Success is a gathering for leaders and motivated people who want to grow their own leadership capability. We connect to share stories and be inspired by our leadership journeys, no matter what your definition of success is.

Back by popular request! Our guest speaker is Peter Dhu who has been speaking professionally full time for 10 years. He began his working life working for the WA Health Department as a Medical Scientist. In his 30 years as a scientist, he managed various pathology labs and WA’s Organ Donation Agency.

He now specialises in teaching leaders to become more courageous and he helps people overcome their fear and find their voice by training them in public speaking. This is a remarkable transition because Peter is a person who stutters, and chose not to speak for much of his life. He brings a real-life success story and courage to his work, where he inspires people with his own compelling story.

He is a living example that anyone can learn to be courageous, overcome their fears and unlock their hidden potential so they can have the courage to lead, speak up and inspire the world with their stories.

Peter shows people how they can change the world one conversation at a time.

Leading for Success is hosted by Melanie McCarthy. Melanie McCarthy is a professional mentor, whose work has won national awards. Over her career and life experience from being trained as an engineer, to working as a labourer and executive level manager, Melanie is convinced leadership capability can be learned – whether the leading is for your own life’s direction or for leading others.

Details:
Date: Wednesday 27 May 2020
ONLINE!
Time: 6.30 PM to 7:30 PM

Hope to see you there!!

CLICK THIS LINK TO REGISTER

Best regards
Mel McCarthy


Being influential is not about you.

Technically trained professionals can often see the solution and the big picture – how to pivot and create positive changes in the business or enterprise they are committed to.  And this is important if we are loving what we are doing we want to be the best we can be.

But how often have you heard people lament about not being able to cut through – the pitch to the manager responsible for that section just couldn’t see the benefit of changing the status quo.  Well, this is super frustrating when we are employed to solve problems, and it might feel like people in power are too slow to change or can’t see the benefit of change.

Honing your powers of influence are not only critical to your success as a technical professional – they are one of the most important skills you will need the further you go in your career.  That’s why I’m reaching out to you now – so you can take that look in the cold hard light of day – and then read on to see if you are missing these elements of your strategy to be hugely influential.

Realise no “skill” will help you be influential

As the title says, it’s not about you.  That is the fundamental realisation you need to make the first step in being influential.  Are you someone who thinks you need all your ducks in a row; you need to be fully prepared with all the facts before pitching your idea?  In some cases, the person you are pitching to may be that type of person (highly likely) but have you considered what style you need to present your idea? How well do you know the person you are pitching to?  Ask yourself, how can you be more like them in the conversation.  It is about THEM not YOU. 

There’s a great story of a VC pitching meeting where a potential funder met with the start-up founder who was seeking a few million bucks to start their business idea.  They didn’t know each other.  They spent the whole meeting talking about sailing.  And the idea got funded.  Purely based on the start of a relationship and talking about something they both had in common.  So, I recommend getting out of your head that you have to know all the answers of how to pitch your idea – and start asking yourself how to understand the other person; what they need right now; how can you help them? 

Your confidence flows naturally – once you understand how your brain works

It might sound contradictory – but the point about letting go of your concern around knowing the answer; being prepared; to pitch your idea – is stemming from some element of self-doubt.  This is crazy right – you have done the work; ran the numbers and know the odds that this change will pay off for the business.    Why is there any doubt in your mind that is limiting your cut-through?

Well, this is so normal for most people – let alone the ones that have run the numbers!  In my experience the more I understood how my brain worked, and where that self-doubt was coming from, the easier it was to be certain in my convictions and hold the argument to be influential and get what I wanted.  

So, this work on understanding yourself never stops – it’s a continuous journey that will make it easier to let go, focus on how you can make a difference for others and stop worrying about yourself.  What a relief!  The saying that “you can’t teach on old dog new tricks” is completely wrong.  The more you invest in understanding yourself – they greater your influencing power will be.  And you will have those awesome outcomes for your career, the business, and any endeavour you are engaged with – so what are you waiting for?


Is your past any indicator of your future?

Are you mid-career wondering what’s next?

Does your original career vision not match reality?

Success means different things to different people.  Whether you have a family and dependants – it might mean providing for them so money is important.  It might mean getting rewarded for effort with promotions.  It might mean having work-life integration.  It might mean working for a multinational, or spending time with family in your breaks.

Many professionals have a vision of success for their lives and careers early on.  I know I did.  I wanted to be an engineer.   When I got that done, I started work and quickly decided I wanted to be in management rather than be a technical “expert” in my field.  So I went to work on getting into management.

I worked hard, long hours, in pursuit of that dream.   Looking back now,  I think that reaching the “top” of the organisations I was working for was in part to stroke my ego and how I got my own self-worth.  It was like getting good grades at school and uni- I was on an achievement drive.  This paid off and I got the manager’s job after 10 years of professional work.

But after five years in that role I lost my mojo.  I wanted to have a greater influence and change things in my organisation, but I wasn’t getting promoted to the next level.

I didn’t want to get out of bed in the morning; I wasn’t being a good mum and I most definitely wasn’t being the best person possible for everyone at work in my teams.  I had lost my vision of success in mid-career. 

My past career “success” was no indicator of my future.

If your expectations of where you thought you’d be in your career don’t match where you are – you might be there too.  Now let me share with you how I found my mojo again. There were 3 key things.

#1 Recognise careers go in PHASES

Randy Block, Chair of the Forbes coaches council talks about when you reach that career goal, there may be a sense of emptiness. And if you have accumulated responsibilities (mortgages, family), then any options to change what you are doing will always pale in favour of the comfortable status quo. 

So, the first thing to realise is that careers go in PHASES and what your vision of success was for early phases, may not be the same for the mid or later phases.  So what PHASE are you in?  If you have stopped learning in your career that is a good sign that you have reached a point where you need to take some action.

#2 Take tiny steps in MULTIPLE DIRECTIONS

The action I took was tiny steps in multiple directions.  I had some idea of what possible alternative roles/jobs/industries might be – and even if I thought options weren’t available to me – I still took action in that direction. That is key.  Where you think there is no opportunity you need to still consider it is possible and take action. Some practical action is to pick up the phone and have a conversation with someone in power.  Let them know you are ready for the next step up – even if you think there’s no way that’s possible.  Who knows what might happen!

The other key thing to do is to not think too much about what is going to happen (if you concern yourself with the unknown future, then this is also like a handbrake on your ability to move out of the phase you are in.) Even though it’s really hard to do, when every day you might experience a sense of emptiness, try to spend some time appreciating how good your life is RIGHT NOW.  This helps in getting perspective and puts you in a better place to be taking tiny steps.

#3 What CONTRIBUTION do you want to make?

This is key.  Your career goals may have been self motivating for you and what you wanted in life.  But once you reach a certain phase in your career with all those years of experience and knowledge, you can now play a bigger game.  So for me; I got clear that my vision of success wasn’t just a “promotion” to exec level; but it was to help people.  If I could look at alternative roles/jobs/industries that I could work in with this lens, then a whole world opened up to me, not only at the next level in my organisation. 

So, have you got clear on what contribution you want to make to the world, now you have accumulated everything you know up till now?  This is much more motivating than sitting there wishing you could get a promotion.  If you go to work on this and get crystal clear of your vision of success – in terms of CONTRIBUTION then the reason for taking tiny steps will be clear and it will pull you along. 

When people in mid-career get clear on their vision of success, at the current phase of their career and life, it’s rewarding to be a part of.  It’s incredible how rapidly you can get out of that feeling of emptiness and on a new pathway, when you decide to take action. So these few steps look good on paper; but a mentor is worth having at your side to see what you can’t see and hold you to account to take the action.  So if you think your future isn’t playing out how you thought it would – try these few steps to re-imagine it and make it happen- and add resources to maximise your chance of success! 


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