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AECOM: 7th Social Space – Diversity, Leadership, Philanthropy
On the 26th March 2015, I was a lucky guests at an intimate event with a fantastic mix of corporates, professionals and those from the not-for-profit space.
Alicia Curtis was the special guest speaker and was well-placed to present on the topic of diversity, leadership and Philanthropy. One of the catch phrases that inspires Alicia in her every day is by John Robbins “Everyday revolutionaries”
“We all have a choice to be either accomplices in the status quo or everyday revolutionaries”. John Robbins
One of the key take-a-ways for me was around The Hedgehog Concept and defining your purpose.
All the great leaders are able to do clearly state their purpose in just one sentence. Have you ever tried to do that? I really is quite confronting.
So how can we find and define our purpose? How do we know which opportunities are the right ones for us. In this modern day world of instantaneous communication, we are constantly surrounds with messages, information, opportunities. Alicia talked about The Hedgehog Concept, values, and using these in decision-making process as tools – use these to assess which opportunities are right for you and which will help you achieve your purpose.
This was a bit of a prompt for me to take up this challenge. As a marketer I am always coming up with new catch-phrases, taglines, special little one-liners, but I had never spent the time to really think about this in terms of my purpose.
During the Q&A Alicia was asked to share her purpose: Inspire leaders to make changes in their communities
So after a bit of reflection and soul searching, I have found my sentence: drive action in business for positive change. But I know this will be fluid and change a little until it sits with me perfectly.
Three key areas that Alicia spoke about around leadership, and to quote her “being a bit unconventional”:
Engage your Mindfulness. The popular quote from this segment was to “quieten the monkey mind”. How hard is it to get thirty minutes in your workplace without any distractions. It is almost impossible, right? Being mindful of your surroundings, quieten your mind, and be present in the current environment can really improve the outcomes and results for your team.
Engage your purpose. There was some reference to Conscious Capitalism here, as one of the core values in this space is Business beyond profits. Business with purpose. In these tough economic times, having a clear purpose and vision to achieve that add meaning to your workplace and inspire your team. Really get clear on what is your purpose.
It has never been more important to find a quality of life and balance to your day-to-day living. Breaking things down into segments, and making sure that you are giving to each of these as your priority. Personal well-being, family, work, commitments to community. What are your priorities.
Alicia and I had a bit of discussion around this in the beginning of the night, finding your balance and setting your priorities. It is so difficult to say no to meaningful causes that want you to be involved, but you do have to set your priorities and really stick to them.
If you want more info here is a link to the The Hedgehog Concept – the hedgehog is good at only one big thing – to defend itself.
The model is based on three circles and finding that sweet spot – the intersection of the three: Passion, Strength (best at), economic engine.
Focus on your strength and economic then work towards passion
ADVICE FROM ALICIA
Too often we want things to happen quickly. People telling us to follow our “passions” and this puts so much pressure on ourselves. We need to work and develop our strengths
Too often people are focusing on their weaknesses to be a better team member – but this is not always the best strategy. Develop and focus on our strengths and this will develop our own capacity
A special shout-out:
Thanks to AECOM and Sonia for organising this one.
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Original Article sourced here: http://struthruth.com.au/business/aecom-7th-social-space-diversity-leadership-philanthropy/