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10 of our top Blogs on leadership, Brené Brown, Malala, business

Summaries of our best blogs: inspiring tips for leaders and managers

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Need some quick inspiration?

Well here are The Growth Faculty's best blogs for you.

Showcasing tips for leaders and managers, each blog features original content from the best thought leaders in the world.

Themes in the most popular blogs include bettering leadership, team culture and soft skills, and some great traits of leaders and managers.

I've summarised each below, but first, here's the quick checklist of our top blogs: 

Like more of a taster of our best blogs?

Here below, I've pulled out some key points from each popular blog article.


10 LESSONS FROM THE BEST SILICON VALLEY BOSSES

Kim Scott, former CEO coach at Dropbox and Twitter shares skills and traits of great leaders in her book Radical Candor. Here's just one: Be a time saver, not a time waster (lesson from Google).  

Kim says that in four years of working for Sheryl Sandberg, her former boss at Google (now Chief Operating Officer at Facebook) never once wasted a single moment of her time. In fact, she saved time for everyone.

“She expected us to come to one-on-one meetings with a list of problems she could help us resolve. She’d make sure she understood and then she was like an…explosives expert, dispensing with obstacles,” says Kim.


OUR FAVOURITE QUOTES FROM MALALA YOUSAFZAI

This blog features the best quotes from Nobel laureate and author of I am Malala, Malala Yousafzai, who spearheads an education movement after being shot by the Taliban as a teenager.

Here are a few:

  • “My mother always told me, 'Hide your face people are looking at you.' I would reply, 'It does not matter; I am also looking at them.'”
  • “I told myself, Malala, you have already faced death. This is your second life. Don't be afraid — if you are afraid, you can't move forward.”
  • “Life isn't just about taking in oxygen and giving out carbon dioxide.”


4 DESTRUCTIVE TRAITS OF PERFECTIONISM, FROM DR. BRENÉ BROWN

A blog on seeing a darker side of perfectionism, with research from bestselling author and TED sensation Dr Brené Brown. Her sold-out 2019 event was hosted by The Growth Faculty. Read more about her Australian tour IN THE ARENA WITH BRENÉ BROWN: CHOOSING COURAGE OVER COMFORT.

What Brené Brown says perfectionism is:

  • Perfectionism is a self-destructive and addictive belief system.
  • Perfectionism is an unattainable goal.
  • Perfectionism is addictive.
  • Perfectionism sets us up to feel shame, judgement and blame.

What Brené Brown says perfectionism is not:

  • It’s not striving for excellence.
  • It’s not the self-protection we think it is. It’s a 20 tonne shield we lug around.
  • Perfectionism is not the key to success. 
  • Perfectionism is not a way to avoid shame.

BRENÉ BROWN TOP TIP: ASSUME OTHERS ARE DOING THE BEST THEY CAN

Still with Ms. Brown, we look at others' behaviours through a new lens.

Have you ever experienced one of these? 

  • Your friend cancels a bike ride, and you're convinced they take you for granted.
  • Your sales manager loses an account, and you view them as hopeless.
  • Your colleague asks you to pay the bill, and you assume they’re a tightwad.

Then, it might be time to revisit the value of “assumption of positive intent.”

Read the full blog for Brene's advice on how to do this....and it's HARD!


15 MANTRAS FOR WINNING LIKE THE ALL BLACKS AT TEAM CULTURE: JAMES KERR'S LEGACY

James Kerr's bestseller Legacy does a deep analysis of the All Blacks' famously consistent team culture. 

Self-reflection by the All Blacks executive led to the creation of 15 elegant mantras, and they turned the All Blacks around. We interview Kerr about his book for this blog. 

A great blog if your leadership and your team is lacklustre.


GREAT IDEAS: SUBSCRIBED BY TIEN TZUO {INTERVIEW}

Tien Tzuo tells of a future where we won’t own anything, we’ll just subscribe to it.

In our interview, the bestseller business author and subscription model expert asks you to imagine subscribing to your refrigerator, just like you do to Netflix!

  • What about a floor? How would you sell a subscription to a floor? Put sensors in it, and sell access to the data. Smart floors are the ultimate connected device to detect what’s going on. (eg. pedestrian traffic information for schools and councils, and hospitals - who can, for example, tell if a patient has fallen).

Below, the old model, and a look at the new subcription model - from his book Subscribed.

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10 LESSONS FROM ONE OF THE BEST BOSSES IN THE WORLD

Indra Nooyi, former CEO of PepsiCo, is globally praised for her work ethic, intellect and prescient and strategic thinking. She's also got a good sense of humour, as some of these quotes show. 

Indra Nooyi's key lessons for leaders: 

  • Thank people - perhaps even the parents of your executive team (as she did!).
  • Keep learning throughout your career.
  • Develop a set of guiding principles.
  • Be authentic.
  • Don’t be afraid of change.
  • Don’t ignore your moral compass for results.
  • Stand firm for what you believe in.
  • Communicate your vision simply and often.
  • Walk the walk.
  • Innovate by learning.

TOP 30 BRENÉ BROWN QUOTES FOR LEADERS

Here are some of our favourite Brené quotes from her book Dare to Lead.

  • “Cynicism and sarcasm are first cousins who hang out in the cheap seats.”
  • Studying leadership is way easier than leading.”
  • Self-compassion is an easy list to write, and a hard list to live.”
  • I wish doing the right thing was the easy thing, but it rarely is.”
  • Cynicism and sarcasm are bad in person, and even worse when they travel through email and text.”

Want more of Brené? 


10 OF THE BEST BUSINESS BOOKS FOR SUMMER TO KICKSTART 2021

  • I've included just one key tip from each business book, but members of The Growth Faculty can watch a video or listen to the authors of our recommended business books summarising their book's key points. As well, Growth Faculty members get an added professional learning boost with real-time virtual masterclasses included in their membership.

HOW THIS CEO’S TEAM GOT SO GOOD, DELOITTE CAME KNOCKING

An interview with Dean Robertson – whose whole team was invited to join Deloitte, after ranking in the Top 10 Best Places to Work in Australia, and being named Microsoft Partner of the Year.

Dean’s tips on what CEOs can do to improve team culture:

  • Have a dogmatic vision about where the company is going and why.
  • Never buy the “basic” drinks package for a team event, don’t scrimp in the quality of laptops.
  • Delegate and trust.
  • Hire for behavioural alignment with your whole team AND yourself.
  • Be honest and open with the team about mistakes.
  • Be humble about your own skills.
  • Seek first to understand, people almost always have good intentions.

Summary:

Our most popular blogs are as much about self-development as professional development.

Lifelong learning, improving relationships, understanding yourself, taking responsibility.

It seems we're all on a journey of discovering what it takes to be not just a successful leader, but a successful human.

Good luck with your journey!


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