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This is why our Edge Insiders members share their expertise with the rest of our members inside our member-only Facebook group.

Because one of the most powerful ways to improve your knowledge is to teach others how to do something.

So either join our club [for just $15 a month] and practise sharing your expertise, or share what you learn with your team, your manager, or your co-workers.

You can force yourself to do it by putting a “teaching” date on your calendar or agreeing to lead a lunch and learn.

What are you waiting for?

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How to channel your inner Jacinda and silence your ‘lizard’ brain

Have you ever self-sabotaged yourself or talked yourself out of trying something, assuming you were doomed to failure? You're not alone.

The answer lies in silencing your 'lizard brain'. In this article, our co-founder and head of leadership Tamsin outlines how to do just that.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-channel-your-inner-jacinda-silence-lizard-brain-tamsin-simounds/

linkedin.com There’s no doubt that when Jacinda Ardern drew up her wellbeing budget she knew there would be naysayers. And sure enough, sceptics are ripping apart her approach to her nation’s mental health branding it ‘trendy’ and belittling its connection to GDP.

If there's one thing our 'Impact & Influence' workshop participants understand, it's this: forget self-promotion and just start making a generous contribution in public. ✨

Leaders create more leaders. Who could you wedge the door open for today?

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Amna Karra-Hassan on overcoming imposter syndrome

"I decided to trust the voices of the people who love me when they said good things about me."

businesschicks.com "I stopped pretending my work and achievements came effortlessly."

"Leaders leave a legacy every day." - Amy once worked with a leader who said this regularly.

We'd almost take it a step further. Leaders leave a legacy every second. Your thoughts begin it, your emotions and energy amplify it, and your actions increase the momentum.

What legacy are you leaving?

#leadership #leadershipquotes

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Women in politics need visibility and voice not just votes

"Reflecting on the wise words of civil rights and education activist Marian Wright Edelman "you cannot be what you cannot see", we need examples of high-visibility leaders to role model and we need existing female politicians to be equally represented in the mainstream media."

Our take on why visibility matters in politics, published by Women's Agenda.

https://womensagenda.com.au/latest/women-in-politics-need-visibility-and-voice-not-just-votes/

womensagenda.com.au The near invisibility of our female politicians is doing nothing to boost numbers.

True or false: leadership and communication go hand-in-hand.

Think about. You can't be an influential leader without being an effective communicator and vice versa. Jacinda Ardern is a case in point.

But what is it that makes her leadership and communication style so powerful? We could wax lyrical about this all day [see previous published articles on Business Chicks, Women's Agenda and more], but here are a few key takeaways.

🗣️ Firstly, she's a communicator. She's actually got a degree in communications and has an undeniable ability to build rapport with audiences.

🗣️ Secondly, she shows empathy for her audience. Jacinda understands the meaning of any communication is with the receiver [aka it's not about her] and she speaks directly to what is going on for her people with genuine empathy and understanding.

🗣️ Thirdly, she brings her whole self to the job and shows her human qualities, which is a powerful reminder she's a human too. Facebook Lives in her trackies are just one example of this.

What's your take? What do you think makes her so influential as a leader and a communicator?

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Former premier Jay Weatherill among South Australians on Australia Day honours roll

Congratulations to former SA Premier and our most recent leadership mentor Jay Weatherill on being appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia.

We are so grateful we had the opportunity to learn from you.

abc.net.au Former SA premier Jay Weatherill, a Logie winner and a professor specialising in Indigenous education are among the South Australians recognised in this year's Australia Day honours list.

Before you throw that idea you just cooked up into your mental dustbin, hold on for just a moment. According to research from INSEAD Business School, people consistently underestimate the originality of their ideas.⁠

One reason we do this? We tend to think that everyone is thinking the same way we are. Turns out they aren't, or at least not nearly as often as we assume. ⁠

We see this *all the time* and address this mindset head-on at our two day course 'Impact & Influence.

So what can we make of these findings? If you feel an urge to keep an idea to yourself, speak up instead and share it.

If you're a manager, make a point to invite your team to share their ideas [which may otherwise never see the light of day!]. By acknowledging their creativity, you can reduce their internal bias that their ideas aren't innovative enough and encourage them to make their ideas more visible.

Does this ring true for you? Are you comfortable sharing your ideas or do you find yourself second guessing yourself?

Giving yourself the space to reflect can help you stay calm, mindful and grounded — no matter what life throws at you.

Which one of these daily prompts do you want to focus most on this week?

Image via @shinetext⁠ on Instagram

Read this beautiful letter and then think about this: It's so easy to forget that the aim of 99.9% of all jobs is to help others. Organisational psychologist Adam Grant talks about this concept in his New York Times best selling book, ‘Give or Take'.

He argues, for generations we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But in today's dramatically re-configured world, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others.

Based on his research, people who are generous in sharing their time, energy, knowledge, skills, ideas, and connections with other people, rise to the top of the success ladder, while ‘takers' sink to the bottom. ⠀
In the past 12 months, we've noticed several people declaring online, "no, I can't be your unpaid mentor", and "why I no longer say yes when people ask me for coffee". We don't question their reasons. They're busy. But we're willing to bet these people benefited from the advice and mentorship of ‘givers' who walked before them.

We don't know about you, but we're acutely aware we've been given a significant leg up by some excellent mentors, both paid and free, in our time. Not to mention, some of the most influential, successful, and down-right busy leaders we know still accept requests from university students.

It's about finding a way to give that works for you and is mutually beneficial, which is more likely to make ‘giving' energising and efficient rather than distracting from other priorities.

Giving obviously helps others, but research has shown it also makes us happy and it's a proven way to build influence.

So tell us, have you benefited from givers in your career? How could you help someone this week?

Or as our co-founder Tamsin says? "Too often we climb up the career ladder only to realise it has been leaning against the wrong wall. ⁠

If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster. It's important to reflect, make sure you're climbing up the right ladder and using the right ‘ruler' for you. ⁠
So tell us, is the ladder you're climbing the right one for you?

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If you could gift every school or university graduate one career superpower, what would it be? ✨

[Read this post to learn one of our favourite tips to command any room with confidence]

Did you know we can change other people's perceptions — and perhaps even our own body chemistry — simply by changing the way we use our body when we communicate?

Heard of psychologist Amy Cuddy? In her research, Amy and her colleagues found that our body language governs how we think and feel about ourselves, and thus, how we hold our bodies can have an impact on our minds.

In their study, participants sat in either a high-power pose (expansive posture) or low-power poses (leaning inward, legs crossed, smaller posture).

Those who sat in the high-power pose felt more powerful AND performed better in mock interviews.

In other words? Don't make yourself smaller. Stand up tall and take up space. It'll make you feel more powerful and it'll help you communicate more powerfully too!

This is something we think about before *every* workshop. Want more of this goodness? Our next two-day workshop Impact & Influence gets underway in February. Comment below or send us a message to get your name on the waitlist.

We love this from Dr Jenn Hardy. She says, "tolerating imperfection is a skill best built through practice and repetition".⁠

When she was new to the whole "accepting her mistakes" way of life, she liked to think of how she could turn her mistakes into funny stories to tell her friends. ⁠

For us? We reframe failures as valuable lessons. Because literally how else will we find out what works and what doesn't?⁠⠀
Most high-performers use strategies like this to face fear and say yes to new opportunities.

If you give yourself a hard time with mistakes and find yourself running away from new experiences out of fear, ⁠maybe it's time to find a strategy that works for you! ⁠

So tell us, what strategies have helped you? ⁠

Image via: @drjennhardy on Instagram

If you've worked with us, you'll know we talk a lot about ‘owning your expertise'. Why? Because no one is going to trust that you have expertise [and therefore consider you for opportunities] if they can't see it for themselves.

When some people hear this? They assume they need to be an expert and have all the answers.

But that's not the case. In his book Trailblazer, ridiculously successful Salesforce chairman and CEO Benioff says he approaches his work and life with a beginner's mindset, rather than chasing certainty.

So next time you feel weird about sharing some expertise or owning yours? Remember, for the world's most successful people, it's endless curiosity that has cultivated success, not the fact that they knew it all already.

If you're uncomfortable calling yourself an ‘expert', does this simple mindset shift help take the pressure off?

We'd love to know your thoughts.

"The story I'm telling myself is..." - This phrase is our most used Brene Brown nugget of wisdom.

We use it all the time to dig us out of unhelpful self talk and sticky conversations.

Dreading a conversation? Could the story you're telling yourself be bigger than the reality?

Image via @auntsarahdraws on Instagram

"Look forward to hearing from you!" Our tip? Focus on adding value.

Image via @kaydenhines on Instagram

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Why you don't need to 'be more confident'​

"Confidence is not a stable trait that someone does or does not have; it's a feeling that can be developed and cultivated in the right environment."

Our co-founder and head of leadership Tamsin Simounds on why you don't need to be 'more confident'.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-you-dont-need-more-confident-tamsin-simounds/

linkedin.com Lean in, sit at the table, stand up, speak up. We’re hearing the messaging loud and clear and loving it; to a point.

What would you add to this list?

Image via guggenheim on Instagram

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Want To Be More Confident? Why 'Fixing' Yourself Isn't The Answer - Future Women

"Leadership strategist Tamsin Simounds argues we're focusing too heavily on it, to our own detriment. Referencing a KPMG study of 3000 professional Australian women, in which 56 per cent – more than half – were "cautious" about accepting leadership roles and cited "confidence building" as a desired training and development skill, she says obsessing over our ability can lead to two things. And neither of them are good.


"One – we don't take up opportunities and therefore never realise our full potential," she says. "Or two – we do take up the opportunities… but spend the entire time suffering imposter syndrome, waiting for someone to tap us on the shoulder and tell us we're actually not cut out for the job."⁠

"And here lies the real crux of the problem. What we dwell on, only grows. So simply urging women to "believe in themselves" can in fact create a vicious cycle that further destroys the confidence of women who already doubt themselves.⁠

"For someone who is already struggling with confidence, telling them to ‘be more confident' reinforces the fact they aren't, and actually has the opposite effect, making them even less confident," she says.

"The little girl who is told she is confident will get more confident; the girl who is told she isn't, will continue to play that out."⁠

"So suddenly we're even more focused on our belief that we lack confidence, and for the majority of driven, goal-oriented women, the determination to overcome what we see as a weakness becomes one more task to add to the growing list of things we need to "fix" about ourselves.⁠⠀

"When women come to work with me, they're often trying to ‘fix' themselves and the first thing I do is let them know that's not required," Simounds says. ⁠

"It's like they're hoping for an injection of this ‘confidence gene' but it doesn't exist. Confidence isn't a stable trait that someone has or doesn't have."⁠

So today? Remember, you don't need to fix yourself. 👊🏼

https://futurewomen.com/leadership/gender-diversity/want-to-be-more-confident-why-fixing-yourself-isnt-the-answer/

futurewomen.com As inspirational quotes and self-help books fill our lives and feeds, research reveals focusing too much on 'fixing' yourself can backfire. The answer lies in something else.

2021 is the year to start believing in yourself. 💪

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How to channel your inner Jacinda and silence your ‘lizard’ brain

Have you ever self-sabotaged yourself or talked yourself out of trying something, assuming you were doomed to failure? You're not alone.

The answer lies in silencing your 'lizard brain'. In this article, our co-founder and head of leadership Tamsin outlines how to do just that.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-channel-your-inner-jacinda-silence-lizard-brain-tamsin-simounds/

linkedin.com There’s no doubt that when Jacinda Ardern drew up her wellbeing budget she knew there would be naysayers. And sure enough, sceptics are ripping apart her approach to her nation’s mental health branding it ‘trendy’ and belittling its connection to GDP.

citymag.indaily.com.au

BIN SHIFT is a tidy, Adelaide-made waste diversion system - CityMag

We *love* seeing our clients sharing their message through the media.

In this article, sustainability advocate and founder of BINSHIFT Carole shares her story and educates people that it's complete rubbish how much waste goes to landfill in Australia.

Read, dispose of waste properly and make the shift.

https://citymag.indaily.com.au/commerce/bin-shift-is-an-adelaide-made-waste-diversion-system/

citymag.indaily.com.au Since Carole-Lee Gordon unveiled waste separation system BIN SHIFT in January, she’s delivered 1400 multicoloured bins to households, schools and offices in South Australia, New South Wales and ACT. “Australia is one of the most wasteful countries in the world,” Carole-Lee tells CityMag over e...

Leaders create more leaders. Who could you wedge the door open for today?

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Jacinda Ardern and Scott Morrison: lessons in leadership communications

In case you missed it, we wrote for Women's Agenda earlier this year about some of the noticeable contrasts in how Jacinda Ardern and Scott Morrison have communicated throughout 2020.

If you want to improve your leadership communication style and skills, this article is for you.

https://womensagenda.com.au/latest/jacinda-ardern-and-scott-morrison-lessons-in-leadership-communications/

womensagenda.com.au Jacinda Ardern and Scott Morrison have both responded to terrible tragedies in the past year. What can we learn from these contrasting leadership communication styles?

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Amna Karra-Hassan on overcoming imposter syndrome

"I decided to trust the voices of the people who love me when they said good things about me."

businesschicks.com "I stopped pretending my work and achievements came effortlessly."

"Leaders leave a legacy every day." - Amy once worked with a leader who said this regularly.

We'd almost take it a step further. Leaders leave a legacy every second. Your thoughts begin it, your emotions and energy amplify it, and your actions increase the momentum.

What legacy are you leaving?

#leadership #leadershipquotes

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