E 112: 8 Secrets of Strong Women

E 112: 8 Secrets of Strong Women

Everyday is Happy Women’s Day! You know why? because we choose our mindsets each day. Every morning when I’m in the shower, I’m thinking about the day and how to conquer it. Not, thinking about how it’s going to be a struggle. I look at all the opportunities in front of me and decide where I want to spend more time or less time on.

There is a difference between being assertive and aggressive in business. Women always get a bad rap and get called a not so positive name. The difference is how we utilize assertiveness. Being Assertive means speaking on facts, with the desired end goal in mind. Getting everyone aligned to where we want and need to go. Assertive women, know exactly what needs to be done and how to get there. Assertiveness is defined as self-assured confidence. Which is the complete opposite, of the Imposter Syndrome.

It’s interesting to me, how the Imposter Syndrome has become a growing syndrome that is impacting so many individuals. Imposter Syndrome is basically self-doubt. We all have this and experience it. I did a podcast episode (E84) about how feeling like an imposter is a competitive advantage. It’s called I’m an Imposter and let me Roar! I’ve also created a Free Imposter Syndrome Cheat Sheet to overcome this self-doubt.

Aggressive is where we get in trouble… anyone gets in trouble. It is fueled by emotions and somewhat seen as hostile. This is where individuals need to take 5-10 minutes to breathe, before responding. I wrote a blog all about Emotional Intelligence, as it can be quite the rollercoaster!

Strong Women tend to share many similar traits!

  1. They’ve got a vision that has a plan behind it. Very clear on the direction, timelines, and milestones of where we are trying to achieve.
  2. We drive things to completion, that’s right. We don’t wait, we have defined what needs to be done and then we figure out who we need to work with to make magic happen. We are proactive.
  3. List makers – crazy right. Strong Women tend to have listed, to make sure that things don’t get dropped off the list. It helps us stay organized and accountable.
  4. Risk Mitigators – we plan for the worst-case scenario. Strong Women are very conservative in planning. We tend to under commit and over-deliver. Mr.Wonderful, Kevin O’Leary – he has said on numerous occasions that he loves investing in women start-ups because he always recoups his investments. Women tend to be very ultra-conservative with their sales forecasts and they usually beat it. I’ve attached the link to the article. Shark Tank Kevin O'Leary: Women make me the most money
  5. Time Management, strong women really know how to manage their time and make the most of every moment. There is that timeless saying “If you want something done, give it to a busy person.”
  6. Listen- another key differentiator is that women tend to ask for proactive feedback from those in their inner circle and strangers. They know how valuable it is to get different viewpoints. This helps us mitigate risk (point #4).  We listen to understand.
  7. Comparisons – we don’t compare ourselves to others, we LEARN from others that we admire. We look to see what traits/best practices that we can adopt.
  8. Learn- we look at every failure point as learning or an opportunity. We are also always looking for opportunities to build new skills, learn a new viewpoint and educate ourselves. This only adds to our confidence in our vision and plan (point #1). In fact, I have another little freebie gift for you.

Be ASSERTIVE, be strong, be bold, be courageous and be unapologetically curious! You’ve got this!

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E 111: A new way to listen and publish your short-cast “podcast” with CEO and Founder of Trebble FM,  Armel Beaudry Kembe Tchemeube

E 111: A new way to listen and publish your short-cast “podcast” with CEO and Founder of Trebble FM,  Armel Beaudry Kembe Tchemeube

Armel Beaudry Kembe Tchemeube is the CEO and Founder of Trebble FM. Before running Trebble, he worked for 8 years as a software engineer for a startup in the telecom industry that got acquired by Nokia. Armel owns a software engineering degree from the University of Ottawa.

Episode overview:

Are you a podcast junkie but wanted to get more content in a short amount of time? 

If you are, then this episode is for you.

This week, I get to chat with Armel who is the CEO and Founder of Trebble.fm, a platform that releases shortcast – consumable 1 – 3 minutes podcast episodes. In this episode, we covered why people are becoming interested in consuming short-casts compared to longer podcast episodes. We also talked about how Trebble started, the difference between Twitter, LinkedIn posts and Trebble on podcasts and so much more.

 

About Trebble.FM

Trebble.fm is an online music-sharing platform that allows music influencers and music enthusiasts to curate your own interactive music radio and share it with music lovers around the world. Those radios are called ‘Trebbles', can be easily embedded in a website.

Trebble owners can add their personal touch to the music they share and speak to their listeners through ‘Capsules’. These are brief audio messages up to 90 seconds that they can record and play to listeners. They can attach additional information to those capsules like text, pictures, videos, allowing to fully express themselves and deliver a unique enriched listening experience.

 

Connect with Mark: 

Website: Trebble.fm

Twitter: @armelbeaudry and @trebblefm

LinkedIn: Armel Beaudry

Instagram: @trebble.fm

 

Books Mentioned:

Blitzscaling: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies

Angel: How to Invest in Technology Startups by Jason Calacanis

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E 110: Overcome roadblocks by becoming more productive everyday with Mr. Productivity, Mark Stuczewski

E 110: Overcome roadblocks by becoming more productive everyday with Mr. Productivity, Mark Stuczewski

Mark ‘Ski’ Struczewski (“Mister Productivity”) helps entrepreneurs & executives get the right stuff done in a distracted world. In addition to being a productivity expert, Mark is a speaker, host of The Mark Struczewski Podcast and an online trainer. His strategies have guided CEO’s/Executive Directors, business owners, business corporate specialists and entrepreneurs to get back control of their time.

Episode overview:

This episode is for all those that are looking for productivity tips/hacks and secrets. I chat with Mark Stuczewski, MISTER PRODUCTIVITY – he’s obsessed to help the world become a more productive place – one person at a time.

We chat about:

  • How getting fired, was the best thing that happened to Mark
  • Time to practice ‘Adulting’
  • The notification cleanse
  • The power of ODAE – Outsource/Delegate/Automate and Eliminate
  • Concept of the NOT TO List
  • How complexity is the gateway to procrastination!

And, I got challenged to take the 7-day productivity challenge. GAME ON! Hopefully, some of you will do it with me.

Connect with Mark: 

Website: MisterProductivity.com 

Podcast: The Mark Struczewski Podcast 

The 7 Day Productivity Challenge


Social media: LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

 

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3 Steps on How to Get Promoted

3 Steps on How to Get Promoted

One of the topics that I’ve been teaching at the college is about how to gain visibility in the organization. As some of you know, I have a few clients career coaching clients. I don’t like to take too many, because it’s a lot of work and I invest a lot into people’s success because I know how frustrating it can be.

I developed this framework for one of my clients because she had been so frustrated that she couldn’t get promoted in her department for the past 8 years and was becoming very negative. Actually, it had become VERY negative. I asked her why she should be promoted. Her answer, “I’ve been with the department for 8 years and can do the job with my eyes closed”. She was definitely ready for a change, she needed it.

But, the change that we created was in HER! I always remind the college students that you can ONLY control, what YOU can control.  

I’ll be honest, she was NOT receptive to this at first. In her eyes, she was the victim and her boss was the villain! However, fast forward 7 months later – she was receiving different job opportunities outside her department. Don’t worry, I’m going to share the techniques for this.

The first thing and this feels harder than it really is: 

  • How does your boss or division define success? 
  • What does success look like to them? 

 

I’m talking about real metrics.  Every division has this or some sort of mission or vision statement of the value that they provide to other departments. To find this in some, if not many cases. They haven’t clearly defined this. Which provides an OPPORTUNITY!!!   

Job descriptions provide a list of the minimal activities, it provides a benchmark of what is expected to create to be successful in the current role. One needs to look at the next level and their job description to understand what is required for that level. One should be performing between the two levels, in order to have a claim. I blame our tipping industry, that just doing what the job expects us to do and we get a tip. For example, how many coffee shops have tip jars? They didn’t bring me the coffee to my table. I stood there and waited for them to perform their duties as outlined in the role. Yet, I'm expected to tip them for doing the minimum requirements of the role. Tips are for going above and beyond. 

 

Think of the tip as your promotion for going above and beyond. 

 

Every division has some sort of growth metric. It doesn’t necessarily need to be about sales. It could be around increased productivity/ decrease in resolution tickets/ successful product launches. The reason why this is important for you to figure this out is that it enables you to understand how YOUR achievements contribute to the overall department achievements. You’re creating a story, a narrative that your boss can easily share with his or her boss.

In fact, one of the gentlemen that I was coaching realized that he was spending 30% of his time on NON GROWTH activities. He was beyond surprised. He was spending so much of his time logging and tracking some non-essential activities and the opportunity cost was that he didn’t have time to help with a key strategic partnership and their go-to-market strategy. Partnership development was one of the GROWTH activities defined by their divisional president. As soon as he became aware, he stopped 30% of his time and focused on the key strategic initiatives that were clearly communicated. In fact, he actually found a way to automate this 30% of activities and shared the best practice with everyone in the department. He was gaining bonus points all around. Team player, strategic thinker were some of the words that were being used to describe him at the management level.  It’s not hard to see why. How he became seen as an essential employee that they wanted to grow and develop. And yes, he did get promoted. In fact, they created a brand new role for him to lead a portfolio of strategic partnerships.  

 

Step 1: Find out your department’s growth metric

 

Step 2:  Is around Knowledge, Learning, & Contribution

Knowledge & learning is pretty self-explanatory. How are you investing in yourself? How are you developing your knowledge, skills, and attitudes? Don’t wait for someone to define it for you. You need to take control. What do YOU want to learn? What do you NEED to learn in order to take a different role? There needs to be some thinking and planning. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to take external courses and ask for budgets. There are lots of internal courses that are free to join and attend. And if not, Why not create one?

What do I mean by this? Create a learning opportunity for others could be as simple as 

Sharing best practices or lessons learned with others inside and outside your department! Host a conference call/webinar or lunch and learn and share it with others. You’ll be seen as a collaborative, insightful, team player. A LEADER!!! See where I’m going with this?

Knowledge & Learning are important but Contribution back into the organization is JUST as valuable!

Just mastering these 2 steps are critical and essential! 

 

Step 3: Delivery

What did you achieve? What outcome did you deliver? What governance model did you follow or develop? Are there best practices that you were able to develop? 

 

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E 109: Empower banks and businesses to scale with innovative payment with nanopay CEO Laurence Cooke

E 109: Empower banks and businesses to scale with innovative payment with nanopay CEO Laurence Cooke

Laurence is the Founder and CEO of nanopay Corporation, where he drives the vision to offer the infrastructure to enable what’s more commonly known as Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). Prior to founding nanopay, Laurence came from the telecom industry where he was Vice President of Wireless at Shaw Communications, prior to his role as Chief Operating Officer of Bell Mobility. Active in the payments community, he is the Chairman of the Paytechs of Canada and a member of the Payments Canada Stakeholder Advisory Committee.

Episode overview:

This week, I get to chat with Laurence about how we have an ambitious goal to lead the world’s transition to digital cash. 

What isn't commonly understood about payments, is while money might appear to move quickly or instantly (ie. in the case of e-Transfer), the real money doesn't move until the next day when the banks settle the payment overnight. This creates settlement risk for the banks involved in the transaction. This risk grows exponentially when the transaction is cross-border, introducing currency and exchange risk. 

Our innovative technology securely moves value from one user to another in real time – with instant settlement – and is ideally suited to transform the global payments infrastructure.

That being said, the road to digitizing cash isn't necessarily a straight line. Today, we offer a self-service payment platform for small businesses (you can sign up at Ablii.com), a business to business payment product, and a liquidity and cash management solution for banks.

About nanopay:

nanopay is a Fintech company based in Toronto that empower banks and businesses to scale with innovative payment and liquidity software. nanopay offers two products: Connect, a business payment product which easily integrates with your ERP software and enables both domestic and cross-border payments, and Liquid, a real-time intra-company cash and liquidity product, which enables self-service virtual account management.

nanopay's products are built on a payment engine, nanorail, that securely tokenizes money to move value from one user to another in real-time. nanopay is venture funded with strategic investments from international partners including the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs.

Connect with Laurence:

Website: Nanopay.net

Facebook: Nanopay Corporation

Twitter: @nano_pay and @laurencecooke

LinkedIn: nanopay Corporation and Laurence Cooke

 

 

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E 108: What you need to know about Innovator Mindset

E 108: What you need to know about Innovator Mindset

Hey Innovators let's talk about innovator mindset.

We keep hearing the same words over and over again – innovation, innovator, agile thinker, lean startup, design thinking expanding our horizons. Ugh! What on earth does it mean?

Let’s go back to reset and define Innovation. Innovation simply means continuous improvement, a way to produce new value. Very different than inventive, where it’s completely new. This is about innovation, taking something existing and refreshing it to provide new elements. This is where we get to be unapologetically curious and look at things with a new set of eyes. 

How do you train people to think outside the box? It’s such a mindset shift. When we grow up, we are expected to do certain things (i.e. get married, have kids, get an education, save for the future). What about training people to say that it’s okay to go off course? The best way to really develop thought leaders is to embrace the notion of curiosity. Allow your teams to develop points of views, challenge the norm and provide them with a valued voice.  

It’s interesting to me, how the Imposter Syndrome has become a growing syndrome that is impacting so many individuals. Imposter Syndrome is basically self-doubt. We all have this and experience it. I did a podcast episode (E84) & blog about how feeling like an imposter is a competitive advantage. It’s called I’m an Imposter and let me Roar! I’ve also created a Free Imposter Syndrome Cheat Sheet to overcome this self-doubt

It’s quite the paradox – be adventurous and overcome imposter syndrome, and follow the organizational rules & expectations. Organizations and Individuals need to start to create time for innovation and creativity. We need to get from reactive mode to a proactive mode. The challenge is that we are not given enough time to think, only time to react. 

Here are a few tips to slowly start to shift a little bit of your thinking. 

 

The innovator mindset is to: 

  • Embrace Curiosity and become a Learn It All – explore different dimensions/avenues.  What tools do you have at your disposal? List them out and also think about the non-traditional tools. Books/podcasts/free webinars/ articles/ talking to people across different industries. You know, I had a client that put me on retainer, just to brainstorm with. She’d have a few ideas and wanted to bounce it off all the wall and see what other elements could give it legs. Don’t dismiss the idea of talking to others and listening to understand where they are coming from.  It might provide the perfect ‘AHA’ moment.

  • Encourage Points of View.  A lot of individuals have thoughts but are afraid to provide their point of view (PoV), because it won’t be inline with the ‘status quo’. Encourage and reward people for having ½ baked points of views. They will gain experience and courage to develop full points of view. No point of view is perfect. Think about all those folks that put out 2020 trends, they are just an opinion, a point of view. 

  • Failure – companies and individuals need to define their tolerance of risk. How far can you go in terms of failure? Encourage people around you to really test early, with minimal risk. Allow people to help develop the idea with you. You can start to test early and re-jig things based on feedback. It’s a perfect way to do a temperature check (just putting a toe in the water, to see what the temperature is).   

  • When developing solutions/services/concepts offer three (3) options. Give something for your leaders to react to. Present a conservative approach, a crazy out of this world approach and a hybrid of the two (2) approach. One of these crazy ideas

Management Consultants have been using these approaches for years. Some of these concepts have been re-marketed under the umbrella of Design Thinking. These are classics that have worked for centuries! They just change the names to make them a little more ‘glamorous’.  

 

So, I challenge you.

What are you interested to learn more about (Learn it All), what are you curious about?

As promised, here is that little gift that I have for you.

 

FREEBIE ALERT: Free Imposter Syndrome Cheat Sheet to overcome this self-doubt

Thank you so much for your time. 

If you know someone that could benefit from this episode/blog, feel free to share with others. Drop me a line anytime, I love hearing from you.

 

Best Always,

Sapna 

 

Links:  

4 Steps to Cultivating an Innovation Mindset in Your Organization 

 I’m an Imposter and let me Roar

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