Will the courageous leaders put their hands up please ?

Will all the Courageous Leaders in this place put their hands up?

The #Sanlamgauge report on the progress of Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment act implementation aka transformation and redress in this country, was issued about a month ago and it is good to know that even though there progress is not as it should be, it’s not all grim. You can access the report in the link below https://sanlamgauge.co.za/report-2022/

Firstly South Africa is lauded (not by the report )as having one of the best policy frameworks in the world starting from the constitution and it is not a lie. The BBBEE act is as comprehensive as it gets. I’m no expert but the thing is comprehensive.

The BBBEE Act has 5 components that effectively all companies have to be measured against to determine their BBBEE level.

  1. Ownership 25% – 35%
  2. Management and Control – (representation of Black people in leadership) currently over 80% black
  3. Enterprise and Supplier Development- 80% of procurement should be with BBEEE measured entities, 3% of Net profit after tax should be used for Entreprise Supplier Development
  4. Skills Development 6,3% of payroll should be used for skills development
  5. Socio Economic Development – 1% of Net profit after tax

Some of the insights that came from the report are the following

  1. Most companies are doing well in Ownership and Socioeconomic development – the caveat is that this is only 25-35% of Black ownership stake when the real goal is 51% ownership, some of these deals are employee share schemes which do not participate in strategic decision making of the company and have no real ownership.
  2. Management and Control
    the state is at 77% while listed companies are at 57,8%
  3. Skills Development – listed entities are at 75,9 % and the state is at 62,9% this is concerning as one of the leading reason (I don’t want to say excuse) companies use for the lack of representation is that there aren’t enough skilled Black people
  4. Enterprise Supplier development is at 84,92% this doesn’t correlate with the high entrepreneurship failure rate in this country.
  5. Socioeconomic development is at 101,57% this is great but I wonder how many of those initiatives are sustainable. The enthusiasm for this component is also indicative of the fact that companies are willing to do that which is easy, which is giving but shying away from that which is harder – sharing the power.

A legal framework has limits , what will create real change in this country is courageous leadership. Leaders who are willing to do what is right beyond what is easy as Brene Brown puts it in Dare to lead. The willingness to

  1. Face our fears and examine the stories we tell ourselves of what it means to share ownership and power, to achieve real transformation
  2. Move beyond just grudgingly ticking boxes but doing the real, messy, scary personal and collective work that creates psychologically safe corporate cultures.

Will the Courageous Leaders put their hands up?

Are you a disconnected leader? It is time to go!

Are you a disconnected leader? It’s time to go.

People go to work not to just make a living. They go to work to create, to feel connected, seen and affirmed. This is different from outsourcing their worth to something external. It’s the expansion of their internal worth to the work that they do, the things that create, the affirmation of the contribution they are making.

As a leader it becomes your responsibility to give that to people you are leading. It is mainly from you that they will get the affirmation that they belong, that they are part of the team, their contribution is valuable. It is from you that their shortcomings will be acknowledged and communicated to the with clarity and kindness so they can keep growing.

These are things that come more naturally when you as a leader are connected. When you are at home with yourself. When you are giving the same to yourself and feel connected to your organisation. The same stuff that makes you a decent human being are the same things that those who follow you need from you.

When you are not integrity with yourself. When you are suppressing the things that feel uncomfortable to face, when you do not practice self awareness, self love, self compassion and integrity. When you are disconnected from the job that you do and you quit and stayed to collect a salary.

Know that you are not negatively impacting just yourself, you are robbing the people that you lead their right to feel safe, connected and affirmed in the workplace. You are robbing the customers you serve, good customer service and full value for their money.

The people that you lead deserve better. They need you to do your inner work. They need you to reconnect with the work that you do. and if you cannot; then it is time to leave and go find what lights you up.

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The courage to be human

The courage to be human

I’m revisiting Brene Brown on vulnerability, courage and shame. And I’m realising that when we get to the ‘professional’ workplace wesuddenly try to remove our humanness from the equation. Which is basically what vulnerability is.

It is the part of us that doesn’t have it all figured out, the part of us that is afraid, that can be irrational, messy. We think we can refine ourselves out of being human and when our humanness pushes through we hide it, deny it, we ‘manage the press’ we ‘spin doctor it’ out.

The truth is we are all just human, in our brilliance and in our failures, we are just human. It’s our humanness and the humanness of those we interact it that we crave. We want to see and be seen, hear and be heard. That’s what keeps us engaged.

Unfortunately this is the part of us that we hide the most. I was a leader in the workplace and I know that I did not always take the courageous path, which is leading with my humanness.

I did not always have the courage to have the uncomfortable conversation, that required the emotional resilience that I did not always have at the moment. I tried to, I often won and I sometimes failed.

The thing that people we lead remember us by is not our brilliance but by how human we were. How much we saw them and allowed them to see us. Not by being boundary-less walkovers but being able to hold them accountable without losing our humanness.

This is the same stuff that makes all of our relationships work. Whether it is parenting, friendships or romantic relationships. This is the ideal that we should strive for.

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Life doesn’t quite work like school

Life doesn’t quite work like school.

I was watching a funny reel on insta by @renny.vonne about how Black parents would warn you off dating until you are in your 30s and suddenly they are asking when you are getting married and the desperation moves to at least have a child so they can have a grandchild. 😂

Life’s rules change at each stage of your life, if you are lucky someone tells you and if you are even luckier you are able to receive it.

One of the reasons why there are so many unemployed graduates while there are so many vacancies, is that the rules of getting to the next level at school and most often at university are not the same rules that will get you a job, or that will get you your first management position.

Someone said that you don’t get a job, you win a job. Unlike school where you are given the same tools and same lessons. All you have to do is apply yourself and you move to the next level, your career doesn’t work like that. The rules are different. The ‘how’ is everywhere, this is the Information Age. You just need to be ready for the answer.

The rules that got you into your first leadership position are not the same that will make you succeed in it nor are they the same that will get you to top level leadership and have you succeed in that role nor are they the same rules to succeed in an entrepreneurship role.

Just as an example, I don’t know if you’ve worked for a leader who has not transformed from an effective follower to an effective leader. They ask for permission even in places where they have the power, and it is frustrating. Or leaders who insist on micromanaging because they are so used to being the worker and have not learnt how to manage talent.

Have you updated your rule book for this stage of your life?

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Start with alignment

Start with alignment

I think it’s great to start with your why. It certainly helps when things go haywire to remember why you started. What is not helpful is when you use your why to justify why you should achieve success in that endeavour.

We can be so stuck in justify why we deserve success. We become jealous of those we deem less deserving than we are when they achieve what we can’t seem to be able to.

We have been sold a lie that those who succeed are the most deserving of success. That they are the most talented, most disciplined, it’s those who work the hardest.

Even though these feature in success they are not the reason why people succeed. People succeed because they choose to, because they believe themselves to success and act in alignment with their beliefs.

They actually move from a belief to a knowing. The knowing is what inspires the hard work, the discipline, the commitment. That’s why it’s not always the most talented, nor is it the most disciplined or the most hardworking that succeed.

The catalyst for success is the unseen, energetic alignment to our outcome. It’s the same energy that creates worlds. It’s the tapping into our divinity. Alignment with the deliberate creator within.

They may not use those words, they may call it confidence, they may call it relentlessness or faith. In the end it’s not the doing, the doing is an outcome. It’s not the deserving, deserving has nothing to do with it.

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Does God have favourites?

A belief is a thought that you think over and over again. It doesn’t have to be true, yet it is always effective because it determines your behaviour which determines your results.

One of the beliefs that we tend to adopt is that there are things that are meant for other people and not for us. That certain things don’t happen to people like us.

It also doesn’t matter how much justification you have about how people like you can’t have what you want; it is simply not true. That’s why successful people have varied origins, from privileged to the worst of poverty and everything in between.

You did not come into this life to witness other people’s success but not experience it yourself. You are not special, the rules and gifts of the universe are for you, as they are for any other human being.

Neither is it the will of God’s or your ancestors, or whoever you view as divine for you to struggle. You picked up a belief that doesn’t serve you it is time to let it go. You cannot outwork, out complain or out pray a limiting belief.

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I have done something wrong

Viola Davis in her book ‘Finding me’ she says Will Smith asks her who she really is. Will explains to a confused Viola that he’s will always be the guy who got dumped at 15 and she says she’s the girl who used to run from her bullies, every afternoon from school.

I don’t know if what I’m about to share wraps what has defined me. But the burden that I have carried longer than others, the one that shows up in different ways, through the different stages of my growth and development; is the disproportionate fear that I have done something wrong.

I feel this when I have achieved something great. I feel it when I have asserted myself, I feel it when I have ended a relationship that wasn’t good for me, when I have stood my ground. After a great evening with friends or loved ones. I feel it in my solar plexus, a familiar panic.

Growing up under difficult circumstances. I created safety by being the ‘good girl’. I had a good relationship with everyone in the family, when all of them had a difficult relationship with one another. I learnt that survival was being what others want you to be.

My fear of disapproval and as a result, my people pleasing response to that fear, served me by exhausting me enough to create my commitment to self-definition and independence.

What I now know for sure is that life, is always for me. I live life with the reverse paranoia that adversity is always channeling me to my true north. What are the gifts that adversity has gifted you with?

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Compassion for our commitment to our limitations

In one of my previous lives I ran an academic program that has a lot of verbal on the spot feedback to students. I always reflected with compassion how hard it must be for some of the students to take the feedback.

Because your results do not always reflect the hard work you put in, you can work really hard using the wrong strategy. Your results will not reflect your hard work, it will reflect the incorrectness of your strategy.

As a result I have compassion on my coaching clients when they argue for their limitations. Or for those potential clients who know that coaching is for them but keep giving themselves excuses as to why they shouldn’t sign up.

It is hard to recognise that what you have been doing, what you have put so much work on is not working. We would much rather be right than progress. We would rather settle for mediocre results rather than acknowledge that what and how we’ve been doing things is not working.

Because we are afraid that acknowledging that we are wrong will annihilate us. It will annihilate our confidence in our abilities. It will disintegrate our fragile confidence and we are afraid that we will not survive that.

So we rather settle for the thorn in our shoe. Hoping that if we walked skewed enough, we can feel comfortable enough to keep going.

Have compassion for the parts of you that resist change. Love and accept them and allow them to be with awareness. This will allow them trust you enough to allow the requisite feedback that facilitates change.

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You don’t want it do you?

I’ve found that there are two things that stand in the way of what we want. Whether it is a leadership position, or a successful project or whatever it is for you. One: is that you don’t think you can have it and two: is you don’t really want it.

Of course when I ask my clients if they really want the outcome they you would say ‘ duh, I wouldn’t be here, having a coaching conversation with you if I didn’t want this outcome.’ My answer is, if you really wanted it, you would have it.

Not really wanting it might mean that you want the outcome because you think you should want it ( but you don’t want it) or you hold certain beliefs about the undesirability of the outcome that you are in resistance to it.

For an example if you believe that being a leader in the workplace means you have to go to war every day blocking missiles of aggression, discrimination and sabotage or if you think you would have to make all of these big outcomes happen on your own, of course you will be in resistance. It’s overwhelming and undesirable.

It’s true that prejudice is a thing that you will be faced with as a Black woman in leadership or that the higher you go, the more accountability you will have. But we often distort the enormity of the undesirables in our mind such that that it fuels our subconscious repulsion of that outcome.

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What you seek is seeking you

What you seek is seeking you

We do not create the things we want through tangible mechanisms like action, competence , hard work, networking, etc. These are the physical mechanisms that serve to bring these into physical manifestations but they are not the source.

We attract the things that we want when we are ‘energetically’ aligned to them. That’s why you might be the hardest working person, or the most networked or the most competent, attend many interviews but never get the job.

Not because you are not doing things right but because part of you is not energetically aligned to what you want. You have to be the leader you want to become before you are even appointed.

Every time I speak to a client who is not breaking through to the next level position. There is always a reason, the reason is not always what they think it is. It is usually a subconscious reason that we uncover in a session. That creates awareness but may not break the pattern, that takes more work.

We think we have to create what we want. We have to prepare ourselves by getting another qualification or become good enough – whatever good enough means it us.

Actually what we want is available to us right now, and is waiting for us to energetically align to it. Once we do, the actions we take become more effective, synchronicities start showing up, things become easier and quicker to achieve when you focus on your alignment.

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