The Importance of Values

Values. The word is now such a part of the work vernacular that it’s almost hard to recall a time without it being at the top of the list as a question (what are your values?), a characteristic (are values important to you?), and a demonstrated quality (will you be bringing your values to your role?) when employees look to hire quality, key people for their company.

You may have even come across a survey on values, designed to uncover what makes you tick, what drives you, where and how you see the delineation between personal and work worlds, and quite simply: what makes you happy in all areas of your life based on your core belief systems.

And here’s the thing: values are based on your personal beliefs about what’s important in a workplace, and the varying degrees of what makes you tick is what you’ll then demonstrate in your role.

Values can include: a strong work ethic, how adaptable you are, your loyalty level, your honesty and integrity, how self-motivated you are, your professionalism, and your willingness to learn, and your positivity levels.

It’s little wonder then that core values are as important as your education and where you’ve worked, because values are what keep you churning through your workday with clarity and enthusiasm and energy.

We truly believe uncovering your value system is best done in discussion, or at least in an environment which requires introspection.

The Executive Leadership Summit 2019 lays the perfect foundation to have that conversation with yourself.

Back for its second year, the Summit will focus on the core learnings of an MBA with practical, experience-based keynotes and case studies from the leaders of Australia’s most successful companies.

Core values are front and centre too, and this Summit will help you discover what that means to you.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Develop your executive toolkit

Having an executive toolkit under your shiny corporate belt is seemingly top of the list as ammunition to succeed in the competitive corporate world, and having your team work and create to the best of their ability.

When I started Konnect Learning, at the core of my thinking was that I could create something different ‘out there’.

Seeing as one of my core focuses is to ensure that every single product that is delivered from my company reflects my values, it’s also super important for me to have takeaway tips you can use in your work life – immediately and easily. I don’t mean ‘takeaway’ in the context of UberEats, although Mr Crackles = Winning. I mean tips you can apply immediately.

Hello, the executive toolkit.

An executive toolkit equips leaders and teams with knowledge, capabilities and tools to drive strategy, organisation and processes to lead to a better and more efficient framework for work life.

So how do you create an executive toolkit?

Start with what drives you, what you deem a ‘win’ in your work life, and what you see as a ‘win’ for those you manage. More importantly, what motivates you? And what do you see motivates them?

Motivation – the extent to which people look forward to going to work, and are enthusiastic about the task at hand and are committed to their to do list – is an important part of keeping your team engaged.

In leading a team, a leadership toolkit gives you a way to measure yourself against some of the qualities of an ‘ideal leader’. And it assists your team in measuring themselves in a positive way, which essentially leads them to feel valued, and as a by-product, even more motivated.

For me personally, my executive toolkit includes:

  1. Making tough calls is hard, but clear is kind
  2. Take risks because fear can be motivating
  3. Stay true to your values
  4. Let people see who you are, be vulnerable and honest
  5. Listen more than you speak

If you feel you need some help in getting your executive toolkit in order, then I suggest you join us for our Executive Leadership Summit. Keynote speakers include Mark Bouris, Todd Sampson, Suzy Nicoletti and Marnie Baker to name a few. Tickets are available here.

What is gravitas and why do you need it in your life?

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According to the Cambridge University, the definition of gravitas is seriousness and importance of manner, causing feelings of respect and trust in others.

 

So why is it so important in business today?

 

I believe as a leader, you need gravitas to make an impact and actually be heard. As a woman in this technology driven business world, today it’s not just the suits in the room we’re up against, but a combination of information overload and a time poor society. Whoever shouts louder or “fakes it till they make it” seem to win out.

 

Don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying we should fake our experience to win a battle or a seat on the board, for me it’s about having the quiet confidence to take you beyond your qualifications and expertise. By creating your own inner gravitas, it will take you further in the boardroom, attract a tribe to follow your lead and help form future leaders.

 

Think of gravitas as a mindset that gets you out of your comfort zone, but also out from behind that “invisible coat” we all like to hide under from time to time.

 

To change your mindset and move to the next stage of your career, I recommend you:

  1. Create your own personalised gravitas plan
  2. Undertake a speaking/presenting course to learn to project your authority
  3. Always act with integrity and know your boundaries
  4. Expand your circle of influence by supporting others to do the same
  5. Look the part – presentation is important no matter who the audience is!

 

“My number one thing to remember when you need to bring your gravitas to the table is that it’s not about being arrogant to get what you want. Use it to influence with intelligence and grace.”

 

If you need help with creating your personalised gravitas plan, join us for our ‘What Women Need to Know to Build their Gravitas’ workshop with Amanda MacLean from The Gravitas Project at the Women In Leadership Summit. The one-day workshop will be held on Tuesday, 24th September 2019 at Sydney’s Seymour Centre. Tickets available here.

 

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