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?
5 tenants of flourishing #ACTWATX pic.twitter.com/kcgT3C5JeO— Claire Flanagan (@cflanagan) August 6, 2017
- 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
Hiring Mgrs looking for T-shaped people: You have have lots of breadth across many topics while deep in one area @deekapila #ACTWATX— Claire Flanagan (@cflanagan) August 6, 2017
- 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
“What would be better than that free lunch is if you paid me market rate” — @deekapila, my sister on negotiation. #actwatx @ChickTechATX— Sam Kap (@samkap) August 6, 2017