More received wisdom from the UCT Graduate School of Business Women in Leadership programme – Module Two:
. Take ownership by using ‘I’ as in self, rather than ‘one’ as in another.
. Don’t let fear stop you being the person you could be.
. To be fully authentic you need to be prepared to show your vulnerability.
. If you repeatedly tell your story as a victim, you will remain a victim.
. Celebrate the people you don’t like for what they are teaching you.
. If someone is out of control, nothing you say will make a difference.
. If you are out of control, beware behaving like your childhood self.
. Some businesses employ a ‘queen’ to guard the company’s internal values or ‘the manners your mother taught you.’
. To effect successful change, focus on the people not the process.
. To transform successfully look at how your actions will also be of benefit locally, socially and globally.
. Work with facts and data not assumptions.
. People don’t resist change, they resist being changed.
. To get answers successfully, first you have to craft the question carefully.
. A question framed positively is more likely to achieve a positive answer.
. Ease creates creativity, urgency creates focus but quells creativity.
. ‘I make mistakes, mistakes make me.’ Helena Dolny
Thanks for the wisdom to organisers: Marjolijn Dijksterhuis, Beverley Damonse and Nondwe de Caires, to facilitators: Chris Breen, Mandy Lebides and Maryse Barak and to all the wonderful women who shared the experience. nx