Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Leading Imperfectly

Leading imperfectly, as this seagull itself, in its imperfection, is an incredible ability during times of tribulation. We often compare ourselves to others, we internalise our perceived imperfections and feel guilty when we don’t have all the answers or seem to also find it difficult to cope. Leading imperfectly is not having all the answers, knowing your own limitations, being humble in your learnt knowledge, however, despite this, being able to get up and take flight. Take flight with the knowing that, in doing from a place of humility and courage, you give others hope.

Networking is relationship building

No MBA ever needs to network

Through networking you increase your visibility, it’s an avenue to exchange ideas, learn about different industries, and create new job opportunities. It grows your self-confidence and improves your creative intellect; innovations are most times formed by external factors around where we find ourselves. The intellectual capability in different careers is significantly enhanced upon from interactions we have built with other persons over a while- Forbes
And while networking was easy at business school, afterward most of us go back to everyday life. Yes, you kept in contact with some classmates, maybe, but times things change and life happens. Eventually, you get into a position where you start to think that you got little to no value from your MBA, you forgot what you learned, and lose touch with your alum or classmates.

Shifting the needle on climate change

Talking about anything with environmental or social undertones often comes with the risk of appearing holier-than-though. But with drivers like the sharing and trust economies, there’s no mistaking the concurrent shift in the way we do business and need to live our lives. In fact, trust has become an economic super-power, with promising prospects for whoever dares to embody it.

The said shift can also be seen in these examples of emerging workplace trends amongst LinkedIn’s “50 Big Ideas” in 2019: leaders pursuing inclusivity; integrity trumping growth; and “Chief Ethics Officer” becoming the new C-suite title

The Gift of a Year

Last year, I turned 40. This birthday is right up there with the major life milestones, and the gift required serious upfront consultation and financial planning; it took unconditional and unwavering support from my husband, children and the wider family; it was also the first time in my life that I studied full time.