Notes from ACT-W
Intro to Positive Leadership and Flourishing Organizations
Speaker: Evan Schmiedehaus
Characteristics of positive leadership
Choosing your leadership identity
- what re the difference between characteristics of leadership and competencies of leadership?
- Can competencies be taught and developed?
- what are the habits of positive leaders? Meditation, willingness to try and fail, set intention and establish clear goals
- meditations are about focus. Set intentions. Who do I chose to be? What I choose to let go?
- Relationships: vested, genuine, shared values
- in relationships: avoid the four horsemen: criticism, stonewalling, defensiveness, contempt—sarcasm is a for of contempt/
- Engagement and flow
- purpose and meaning: why do we do what we do and our connection to the greater good.
- attainment: clear goals, measurable, resources, adaptability, and resilience.
- positive emotion
- five positive exchanges make up for one negative one to get a relationship back to neutral.
Culture of Positive Emotional
- Honesty, then trust? Not in organizations
- Be honest, be vulnerable
- Process praise vs people praise
- 3 Good things
- Wonderment board
- Best possible future self
A good idea for mid-level managers is to post three good things that happened. Gratitude advances positive results. Do this in the morning, publicly.
Purpose and Meaning in practice
- Purpose and meaning, defined
- affirm and reward pro-social efforts
- build cross-departmental collaboration
- altruism: help because you can
- challenge transactional thinking—no quid pro quo
- Positive primers increases resistance to negativity
- priming helps us connect to positive outcomes
- primers help activate our memory
- primers help achieve focus
- how can we use positive primers in our relationships and on our teams?
Everything I Learned About Navigating My Career, I Learned From Female Superheroes
Speaker: Dee Kapila (my amazing sister)
what do secondary mutations have to do with your career?
- lifelong learning
- reinvention, relevance
- interdisciplinary skills
- adapt to a rapidly changing landscape
- you’re a better, safer bet
- grater flexibility and a fun, varied career
- career insurance
- you become in demand by the X-men
In order to succeed you have to adapt
Suggested Secondary mutations
- you can learn a little bit of code - star with what you want to do and work backwards to determine a skill st you want to pursue
- vertical and lateral skill spread, think of T-shaped people.
- keep track of customer requests
- don’t undervalue ‘soft’ skills
- lynda, udacity, coursera, local meetups, orgs, tech book clubs, slack channels, create your own learning community at work, majority of people do not use their education allowance/benefit at work.
- Dora Milaje, from Black Panther : not just mentors or sponsors, but also peers
- they don’t have to be older than you
- they don’t have to be in your industry
- should be a mutually beneficial relationship
- stand up for each other, speak up in meetings
- vent/safe space
- share tips that helps, do retros on what didn’t
- celebrate your Dora Milaje’s accomplishments!
- help each other gain more visibility (at work, in the community, within each others’ network)
what is this hype (things are are no bueno)
- remote work is a must. I am currently working from the beach in my flip flops and you’re not. LOL see you on insta.
- really love to work. I feel so bad for people who dread Mondays. workaholics are so mis-understood
- free lunches : they want u to stay there
- failure is amaze.
entrepreneurship is for the most special amazing people ever.
- Cassandra Anderson: focus
- Negosh the sitch: She-Hulk, lawyer, tactical strategy, handles stress well, her flight instinct doesn’t kick in.
- Crucial Conversations books
What would be better than that free lunch is if you paid me market rate
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