PHD business director Amber Conroy asks, how do we continue to evolve our creativity and ideas at the same rate as the industry we work in? The answer, as vulnerability and shame researcher and TEDX speaker Brené Brown says, is vulnerability – the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.
NZ Startup Bootcamp, formerly known as Innes 48, is taking place this weekend and is a place where entrepreneurs gather, validate their ideas and see if they make it through to pitching their business in front of the crowd. We caught up with the MC for the event, who’s a founder of two companies, a leadership coach and a general lightening rod of a human: Sacha Coburn. She shares some of her top tips for entrepreneurs to get an idea to market successfully, based off her many years’ experience in business.
When the Christchurch attacks unfolded earlier this year, prime minister Jacinda Ardern was praised around the world for her empathetic leadership style. But how does this same style of leadership apply to business leaders? Leadership expert and keynote speaker Daniel Murray discusses how businesses can discover the concept of strategic empathy, and in turn, realign their commercial objectives and develop a culture that contributes to a more inclusive world.
Chia Sisters' products have long been a popular option in our New Zealand food and beverage market. New Zealand’s growing importance placed on health and wellbeing has allowed the products to nestle easily into our conscious purchases. We caught up with founders and sisters Chloe and Florence Van Dyke about their solar powered juicery being named a top five female-lead venture in the 2019 SheEO NZ Summit, and their recent addition to the Forbes 30 under 30 list.
What does brave leadership look like? Leading selflessly, serving more than yourself and doing more than what’s expected in times of uncertainty. That’s brave leadership. It’s the courage needed despite the inherent fear. It’s about building others, praising innovation and recognising and appreciating loyalty. Courage in leadership is a well-documented requirement. Leaders who show courage are almost always supported by their staff. These are the leaders who venture into unchartered territory, commit to change and demonstrate integrity. They are respected by their teams and their stakeholders and most always seen as trustworthy allies. Brave leadership is built on a clear sense of self and on the cornerstones of tangible values.
Oh, muffin. In case you missed the news this week, Muffin Break Australia's general manager slammed 'entitled' Millennials who no longer want to work for free in order to get ahead in the workplace. Head of content marketing at The Warehouse Group, Cassie Roma shares why doing business with millennials (or any progressive-minded human, for that matter) isn’t hard – it's about putting people before percentages, and heart counts before headcounts.
When the Dalai Lama said, “The world will be saved by the western woman,” he was acknowledging the growing power western women have to influence global change. But Board Dynamics CEO Henri Eliot says changing the world doesn't require women to become more like men. Rather, it demands that women own and exercise what have long been regarded as their leadership liabilities – sensitivity, perceptiveness, connectedness and compassion – because those feminine leadership attributes, when combined with the strengths of men, measurably improve the outcomes of the decisions being made.
In light of recent boardroom challenges, investors in New Zealand are starting to show more interest in board composition and ensuring the companies they invest in have the breadth and depth of board skills to enable adequate oversight of the business now and in the future, says Board Dynamics' Henri Eliot.