Voice of Leadership Sydney

16 Apr 2019

Last week, WiBF completed our first Voice of Leadership Program for 2019, kindly hosted by NAB. Our expert trainer, Dr Stephanie Burns provided participants with excellent insights and practical tips and tricks to achieve their goals.
The Voice of Leadership program is founded on the idea that most factors related to one’s career is personal. This course is about YOU! While the course was involving a room of different people, Stef has a knack for tailoring the message to ensure there are clear takeaways and insights for every participant.
According to Stephanie, sometimes achieving “confidence” simply boils down to having the right posture and intonation; and can also have a lot to do with understanding where the other person is coming from. For example, in explaining something, make sure to keep in mind that if a person does not understand what you are saying, that could be due to a flaw in your communication. Remember that everything is relative, and due to people having different experiences, things may not make sense in the same way for every person. Try and think constructively about how you are presenting yourself and apply changes according to feedback.
If you want to learn a new skill, or achieve any kind of goal, it is important to plan and stick to it in a constructive manner. Stephanie discussed having 50-year plans and working towards who you want to be in the long term, and how it is important to work towards both long-term and short-term goals by taking frequent and consistent action. Stephanie highlighted that it is never too early or late to achieve and learn something new, and that having died before finishing a goal is much better than never getting started on it.
Even if you are not sure you want to fully commit to a goal, it is always best to start, then decide if you want to keep going, as it is always easier to finish something once you’re under way. Stephanie challenged the audience to experiment with this by seeing how much of a task they can get done in 10 minutes, then see if they keep going for longer than that.
Past participants shared with me during the small session break that even if they’d previously completed the program (say 2 or 3 years ago), what they noticed and took from the program was entirely different this time around. In closing off the program, our CEO Jen Dalitz said that you take from the program what you need in your life at that time. Other participants who were attending the Voice of Leadership program for the first time happily pronounced their enjoyment of the discussions, and how the advice and examples did not strictly relate to work but could also be applied their everyday lives as well.
Stephanie told the group that while we are all different, with various backgrounds, career stages, hopes, and personalities, we are all human. While we are psychologically different, we are all biologically the same hence, investing time to understand how to apply strategies founded in behavioral science is very worthwhile. Moreover, in reflecting on how and why you do what you do in your thinking and actions, you can evaluate whether you are on the right track in relation to what you want to achieve, and whether it is time for change.