- The Psychology of Leadership
It has been said that, “We rise to the level of our own incompetence.” The challenge with most of us is that we are not aware of the gaps in our competency or how, for that matter, we can move past them. For this reason, we remain stuck in our careers and don’t know how to advance. The higher up the career ladder we go the more pronounced our leadership skills become but what are leadership skills and how can we attain them? Cillín Hearns, a leadership and performance coach based in Wellington, will be giving a presentation that provides the basis of understanding to those who wish to become leaders of themselves and/or of others. He will explore the importance of leadership skills for career advancement and why there is a different approach needed to learning these skills as opposed to, say, risk analysis. His workshop will also create an awareness of what leadership really is and provide an in-depth look at the key competencies needed to become a true leader regardless of title. During the workshop Cillín will introduce a simple process that will provide attendees with the framework needed to take the first steps on the path to the rewarding, and life-changing, journey of leadership. The format of the event will be: 6.00 to 6.30pm: Networking and catering 6.30 to 8.00pm: Presentation and workshop by Cillín Hearns --- About Cillín Hearns https://www.linkedin.com/in/cillinhearns, https://twitter.com/ResultsCoachNZ An Irishman living in New Zealand, Cillín has a strong background in information technology and consulting. He has several years experience in project management and project governance. Cillín has led project teams through multiple concurrent projects ranging in size from $300k to $12m. He has also had the good fortune to lead and develop up to 12 teams of 140 consultants of various disciplines including Agile, DevOps, Test Analysis, Business Analysis, and Architecture so he knows what it takes to deliver. As a Leadership and Performance Coach, Cillín has worked with people from a range of backgrounds and at every level of the organisation. His style is both relaxed and professional with a large dose of humour at the right times which is summed up nicely by this feedback, “Fantastic – this guy rocks! Amazing speaker. The session was motivating and inspiring.” --- A massive thanks for Xero (https://www.xero.com/nz/about/careers) sponsoring and hosting the event. --- Please Note: We may photograph or record the event for promotion purposes and may reproduce the image of any person who attends for any purpose without payment.
- Christchurch - Leadership during crisis
It has been just over one month since New Zealand's darkest day - the Christchurch mosque shootings that shook our nation to its core. For me personally, it was far too close to home as I quickly learned of the devastating fate that befell one of my own dear friends, Atta Elayyan (https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12215674) and his young family. Filled with disbelief, a fury of emotions and a will to be useful in this critical time, the least I felt I could do was to fly down myself to offer support where and when it was needed. I was not alone in this feat as hundreds both within the Christchurch community and beyond flocked to the site to lend their hands. Somehow, we just wanted to do our part in pulling a breaking community together. It was in these moments that I witnessed some iconic examples of people rising up to the challenge amidst the chaos, shock and sadness. These were the unsung heroes, the selfless spearheaders and the determined mavericks who embodied the very essence of leadership in this essential moment of need. Leadership, in this case, was not an act of well-trained experience, but rather a natural instinct. In this special edition of The Leadership Grind, we will examine the role of leadership during crisis. Please join us to hear from three people close to the events tell their very personal stories during the moments that unfolded after the Christchurch attacks. Ouadhah Ragued (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ouadhahragued) Ouadhah is a civil engineer by trade, a NZ futsal player by night and another dear friend of Atta's. Upon hearing the news of the attack, Ouadhah quickly flew to Christchurch with little expectation or knowledge of how he could support. Before long, he was in charge of the burial processions for all the victims in close collaboration with the Christchurch City Council. Naila Hassan, NZ Police Superintendent Naila is New Zealand's most senior Muslim police officer. She had an important role to play in supporting the force amidst this national crisis and assuring the safety of Muslims nationwide. She also continues to personally support victims Waseeim and Alen Alsati who remain in hospital today - https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/2018691107/wasseim-alsati-a-father-s-despair-love-and-hope. Abdallah Alayan Abdallah is Atta's younger brother and the youngest in the Elayyan family. He's an architecture student at Auckland University and in his last year. Abdullah will share his story as it happened from the beginning and talk about the various people who made a difference and lead the way for him during this difficult time. --- The format of the event will be :- 6.00 to 6.30pm: Networking and catering 6:30 to 8.45pm: 3 x Talks and Q&A For fellow Muslim attendees fasting during Ramadan, iftar will be provided and a prayer space onsite. Unlike our usual format, this special edition of The Leadership Grind is a paid event with limited seating. We have seen incredible support from a number of people and bodies across the country and want to do our part to keep this moving forward. To do this, all proceeds from this event will be donated to Victim Support - who have been integral in their support of victims across all crises in NZ.
- Leader-leader vs leader-follower: making the most of today’s thought workers
The work we do is no longer physical and involves mostly cognitive problem-solving. However, the leadership models we tend to use are still grounded in this past reality. How can we stop telling people what to do and give them the courage to take control, make decisions and take ownership of their actions? How can we engage them in a way that gives them a sense of purpose and meaning in their work, enabling them to feel true pride in what they are achieving? This month at the Leadership Grind we will be running a workshop that will explore the leader-leader model with interactive activities and a chance for you to share your own experiences as well as learn from others. Come with an open mind and learn how to grow your fellow thought workers! The workshop facilitated by Aggie Rossa (https://www.linkedin.com/in/aggie-rossa-115bb01/) and Aurelien Beraud (https://twitter.com/aurelienberaud). --- A massive thanks for Xero (https://www.xero.com/nz/about/careers) sponsoring and hosting the event.
- Engineering effective teams
Welcome 2019! To kick off the new year, we are back with two great speakers who will be sharing their experiences with you. In the technical world we live in we sometimes forget that what we do is all about the people. The people we build our products for and the people we work with to do so. Teams are of utmost importance to our successes. Great leaders are not born if not for their teams. At The Leadership Grind, this month we get to learn how to create great teams and also how to lead them through a crisis if need be. The format of the event will be: 6.00 to 6.30pm: Networking and catering 6:30 to 7.15pm: Martin Cronje - "Bootstrapping great teams" 7.15 to 8.00pm: Ben Gracewood - "How to make the most out of a train smash" --- Talk 1 - "Bootstrapping great teams" by Martin Cronje Awesome software that delights customers is often the result of highly collaborative teams where people feed of each other to come up with creative solutions to challenging problems. In this talk, Martin will share his experiences on the successes and schoolings he had in building teams that create magic. Bio: Martin is Head of Engineering at Serko, a New Zealand based corporate travel and expense platform. He's passionate about building excellent teams to create beautiful, well-crafted software. Over his 20 year career in engineering, architecture and leadership roles he worked on systems ranging from mobile, data analytics to high-volume, mission-critical systems in government and financial sectors and coached teams ranging from hi-tech startups to large-scale enterprise IT. The most notable projects directly affected the South African economy and democracy. Twitter: (https://twitter.com/martincronje) --- Talk 2 - "How to make the most out of a train smash" by Ben Gracewood Ben has a talk is titled "How to make the most out of a train smash". He'll share a bunch of lessons about how to lead a team through a painful company event, and what you can do to either create or avoid your own smash Bio: Ben is Chief Engineering Officer at vendhq.com, where he gets out of the way while the team builds gorgeous SaaS tools for retailers worldwide. Twitter: (https://twitter.com/nzben) --- A massive thanks for Xero (https://www.xero.com/nz/about/careers) sponsoring and hosting the event.
- Leadership Behaviours - a fishbowl conversation
Ever attended a meetup and wanted to jump in to speak your mind? Now is your chance to do so! The topic at hand - Leadership Behaviours. What makes a great leader? Are leaders born or made? What are the skills a person needs to learn to become a leader? Phil Crothers (https://twitter.com/phiggyphig), Xero's Learning Advisor extraordinaire, is back with us and will be running a "fishbowl" discussion (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fishbowl_(conversation) that has you front and center of what will be a stimulating discussion. Join us for this all inclusive conversation and our final meetup of the year. The format of the event will be :- 6.00 to 6.30pm: Networking and catering 6:30 to 8.00pm: Leadership Behaviours - a fishbowl discussion Big thanks to our usual sponsor Xero (https://www.xero.com/nz/about/careers) who will be hosting us in their brand new Rewired space: a community, coworking, event and meeting space at Xero’s Auckland office.
- Lessons learned and Journeys taken by Women in Tech.
When it comes to the Tech industry women are paving a path like never before and as we move forward and improve as an industry we are getting amazing women doing phenomenal things in organisations around the world. At The Leadership Grind this month we get insights on Lessons learned and Journeys taken by Women in Tech. The format of the event will be: 6.00 to 6.30pm: Networking and catering 6:30 to 7.15pm: Marine Bassy - "Impactful Product Management: A journey from Product Manager to Product Leader" 7.15 to 8.00pm: Karen Greaves - "What I learned about leadership from losing my job" --- Talk 1 - "A journey from Product Manager to Product Leader" by Marine Bassy We refer to Product Management as the "everything profession" where a Product Manager will do a lot of different things at different times. Let's not only get caught by the "management" portion of the job, as to be effective, product managers must also influence and inspire others to bring a vision to life. This talk will share experience and techniques for an effective collaboration with high performing teams. Bio: Wife, mum and passionate about creating software, Marine Bassy is a Product Manager at MYOB with a focus on shared values and high performing teams. She has software development experience in a variety of industries, and after 3 hectic years in Vietnam delivering Open Source collaborative tools, Marine moved to New Zealand where she has immersed herself in the AU/NZ accounting sector. When not busy delighting users, Marine enjoys cycling, running and exploring new regions. Twitter: (https://twitter.com/marine_vacelet) --- Talk 2 - "What I learned about leadership from losing my job" by Karen Greaves Many organisations understand that people are their most valuable asset, yet at the same time often find themselves restructuring to respond to business pressures. I was involved in building a high performing team and then in a restructure that impacted the entire team, including myself. In this talk, I share my personal story along with my observations on which leadership actions helped and which harmed. I hope you will leave with a sense of some tangible things that help build great teams and a list of things to watch out for. Bio: Karen has spent much of her career in management positions of some form, and found herself generally dissatisfied with how she was told to manage people because despite her best intentions it never worked. Through agile, she had been introduced to servant leadership and a different philosophy on how to treat people at work based on trust. Karen has had the opportunity to work in a few environments where she has been able to implement these ideas herself and have been astounded by the results. It’s her personal mission to help leaders and managers overturn the horrendous advice we’ve been following for far too long, and start treating people better. Karen has recently moved to New Zealand, from South Africa and is currently trying to change mindsets at ANZ. Twitter: (https://twitter.com/karen_greaves) --- A massive thanks for Xero (https://www.xero.com/nz/about/careers) sponsoring and hosting the event.
- Mental health in the workplace
There is a lot of growing awareness on the topic of mental health that is being discussed at a personal, organisational and even governmental level. It is becoming well understood that creating an environment with psychological safety and support would help people thrive and perform at their highest level because little is holding them them back. Last week's focus on Mental Health Awareness brought this topic in front of mind for many. This month's event carries on that focus to explore further what it means for both employees and leaders who might be going through different aspects of mental health in the workplace. The format of the event will be: 6.00 to 6.30pm: Networking and catering 6:30 to 7.15pm: Talk 1 - "Reasonable accomodation" 7.15 to 8.00pm: Talk 2 - "Breaking Point" --- Talk 1 - "Reasonable Accommodation" by Navishkar Rao (https://www.perfectlycromulent.co) I will be sharing my personal experience with depression and anxiety in a high stress work environment. As someone not in a leadership position, I'll allude to how management could have better assisted me including outward signs of struggle. It's geared as a personal story that I hope would give perspective to leaders so they can better assist their teams when it appears as if someone is struggling. Talk 2 - "Breaking Point" by Hady Osman (https://twitter.com/hadynz) I've typically approached the topic of mental health as a curious or empathetic observer who is keen to understand more so that I can help others. Never did I think that I would be sucked into an experience of my own that would get me to reach breaking point as what happened to me earlier this month. As with all difficult situations, this personal experience led me to confront lessons learned about my self, my values and my role as a leader. I will be sharing this very recent and personal experience along with the self awareness and learnings that I got from it. --- A massive thanks for Xero (https://www.xero.com/nz/about/careers) sponsoring and hosting the event.
- Hard Chat
Join us again this month for a meetup that has been specially organised based on your most requested leadership topic to date - *how to have hard conversations*! 6.00 - 6.30: Networking and pizza 6:30 - 8.00: Interactive session --- What is a "difficult conversation" and why are we afraid of having them? Conflict is avoided, behaviors and performance are tolerated or excused, we even go as far as pulling a sickie to escape the horror of having a "difficult conversation". What if I told you there is no such thing as a difficult conversation, or there is no such thing as negative feedback? In this interactive session we will unpack and understand why we find certain conversations difficult, how to prepare for them and a basic framework to follow until you find your own way to master difficult conversations. Phil Crothers (https://twitter.com/phiggyphig) is a Learning Experience Business Partner at Xero. He has been involved in recruitment and consulting in the technology sector since 2008 and has a personal passion for people, coaching, and conversation. Helping people feel safe, confident and enjoying life is why he gets out of bed in the morning. --- A massive thanks for Xero (https://www.xero.com/nz/about/careers) sponsoring and hosting the event. PS: We have broken our usual format of hosting all our events on the third Wednesday of every month as it happened to coincide with Suffrage 125 (http://women.govt.nz/about/new-zealand-women/history/suffrage-125) on Sept 19.
- Lightning Talks Night
Join us for a night of lightning talks from passionate speakers sharing sharp and short leadership nuggets on leadership stories and concerns that are currently on their mind. 6.00 - 6.30: Networking and pizza 6:30 - 6.35: Welcome and intro the sponsors 6.35 - 8.00: 5 x Lightning Talks A massive thanks for Xero (https://www.xero.com/nz/about/careers) sponsoring the event. --- Lorenzo Petroli (Tribe Lead at Gentrack) https://www.linkedin.com/in/lorenzopetroli/ "A career in leadership: Why go for it? Should I give it a try? What will I find down this road?" Matt Farley (Android Developer + People Lead at Xero) https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthew-farley-76483164/ "Recognition in Xero’s development teams" Mark Pearl (Engineering Lead at MYOB) https://twitter.com/MarkPearlCoZa "Gradients of Agreement" Taimoor Fayyaz (Programme Manager) https://www.linkedin.com/in/taimoorfayyaz/ "Managing office politics" Laura Abba (Head of Product Services & CX at ANZ) https://twitter.com/LauraAbba_NZ "Employees swipe left on managers too: Lessons learnt from an exit story"
- Panel Discussion - The journey to Tech Leadership
Are you an individual contributor who's been asked to lead work streams with direct or indirect people reporting lines? This panel discussion is an opportunity to be inspired. Gain insights on how other fellow techies have navigated their way in their careers to lead people and accomplish amazing outcomes. Learn about the skills they had to develop and the fundamental mindset changes they had to adopt. Don't miss out on our panel's stories of success and war bruises! Meet our panelists: John Bowker (https://twitter.com/johnnybapostle) - Data Infrastructure Product Owner at Xero Elinor Swery (https://twitter.com/elinorswery) - Solutions Architect at Soul Machines Colin Bowern (https://twitter.com/colinbowern) - Head of Product at Gentrack Do you have any thoughts on your mind that you want to throw at the panel? Tweet @LeaderGrind your question at any time prior to the session with the keyword #panel and we will put them to the panellists on the day. We'll close off the evening with some drinks and nibbles, courtesy of Xero (https://www.xero.com/nz/about/careers)! Also huge shout to PushPay (https://pushpay.com) for providing a venue to host panel.