inspiring conversations

Welcome to NAWO Podcasts!

We meet a lot of amazing people through NAWO, as anyone who has been to one of our events will attest. Through our podcast series, we aim to introduce you to some of these people. As well as finding out what makes them tick, we will explore some of their ideas and suggestions that are relevant to women working in operational roles or businesses.

Have an idea, a person we should interview or an inspirational topic you want us to discuss? Get in touch.

With Professor Amalia Di Iorio and Megan McCracken.

 

OK this one’s a cracker. Warning though, you may want to split it in two… you can listen on the way to work and then again on the way home! Yep it’s a bit longer that we would like But it is such a fascinating topic and we just could have spoken about it all day to be fair!

In this Episode, Megan McCracken, Professor Amalia Di Iorio and I unpack the topic of Confidence. As women we are often told that we are just not confident enough. That we hold back and that we need to throw ourselves into things more confidently to move forward or up! However, we are not so sure that it is as simple as that.

Confidence is defined as strength of belief. We can actually be just as confident in how terrible we are at something or how unlikely we are to achieve something. Self-efficacy on the other hand is our belief in our capability. ‘I am capable of achieving the goals I set for myself’. Through our discussion we find that focussing on self-efficacy may in fact be much more helpful from both an individual and organisational perspective and we explore the 4 factors that enable greater self-efficacy (modified from Albert Bandera’s original self-efficacy theory).

  1. Experiencing small successes
  2. Having strong role models
  3. Being given immediate and constructive feedback
  4. Being willing to take on new tasks as challenges

Interestingly our discussion reveals that the work environment, the systems and processes that drive behaviour require the same if not more focus than women’s own behaviour. That we need to continually challenge our organisations to increase conscious awareness around processes and activities that generally do not work well for fostering inclusivity and self-efficacy.  We also discuss how important it is to surround women, particularly those who are in minority situations, with a trusted support team, to help them navigate systems that are actually detrimental to their self-efficacy. Why? Because we know that some organisations will never have the conscious awareness necessary for change and  those that do and are willing to implement change may be on that journey for some time.

If you are a leader or manager there are things you can do differently today to increase your awareness around systems, processes or behaviours that may be affecting your team’s self efficacy – there is a downloadable NAWO worksheet below for you to ask yourself some basic questions, identify any issues and set about fixing them.

For individuals – you may find the quiz identified below useful to help you take charge of boosting your own self-efficacy (we would also of course encourage you to join NAWO! We love booting self-efficacy!).

Downloadable Worksheet:

9 things to think about as a leader – to boost self-efficacy in your team.

More reading about Albert Bandura’s work on Self-Efficacy:

http://positivepsychology.org.uk/self-efficacy-definition-bandura-meaning/

https://www.robertsoncooper.com/blog/the-four-sources-of-self-efficacy-you-draw-on-every-day/

and for those of you are keen to get a take on how self-efficacious you are, here is a little quiz we found.

 

Professor Amalia Di Iorio explains how self-efficacy is the key to increased female participation on boards and executive level roles. We discuss the four constituent parts of self-efficacy and how important it is for us as women to seek these four component parts for ourselves and how critical it is for organisations to support their female talent in these 4 constituent parts to better enable success;

  1. Experiencing small successes
  2. Having strong role models
  3. Being given immediate and constructive feedback
  4. Being willing to take on new tasks as challenges

Megan shares insights from her extensive operational experience and talks about the importance of fixing systems (in contrast to fixing women).  Megan’s passion for supporting women in how to navigate ‘broken’ systems, and the capabilities that can help us as women to achieve this shines through in this conversation.

Previous Podcasts

JASON WEBSTER & STEPHANIE RIDGE, PEPSICO

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In this episode we are delighted to speak with two leaders form the Pepsico business, from the Tingalpa snack foods facility in Queensland, where they are having great success in extending flexible work options to their shift based teams.

ANDREA CLARKE

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ANDREA CLARKE, CAREER CEO
In this episode I have the pleasure of speaking with the enigmatic Andrea Clarke. Around 400 NAWO members complete her Communicating with Authority program and there have been many spectacular success stories from participants who have reported greater confidence, career progression, and all round greater control of their reputational capital…..we will talk a lot more about this in the podcast. Andrea runs an organisation called CareerCEO.

MIM BARTLETT

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One of NAWO’s key learning priorities is Authentic Leadership and the NAWO network provides many opportunities for people to better understand and explore this concept. We are introducing another opportunity for NAWO members to embrace their authentic selves at an even deeper level, with the introduction of Mim Bartlett’s Change Up Program in 2019.

SIMON BROMELL & MARCUS HOOKE

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In this episode, Louise Weine speaks with two members of our NAWO board Simon Bromell and Marcus Hooke about engaging the hearts and minds of men in gender balance.  Simon and Marcus bring a wealth of leadership experience to this conversation and importantly, a male perspective to the topic. Simon is the Group General Manager Operations for the Beverages Division of Orora Ltd, and Marcus is the Executive General Manager Production for News Corp.

MICHELLE REDFERN

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In this episode Louise Weine speaks with Michelle Redfern about Commercial Acumen. It’s not one of the most popular NAWO key learning priorities but possibly one of the most important, so we hope this podcast inspires you to dial up your business savvy and get involved in NAWO events, programs and activities in 2019 that may help you close any gaps and find your commercial acumen ‘ON’ button.

NATALIE GOLDMAN

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In the first of our new series of podcasts with inspirational experts and leaders we explore the future of flexible working with Natalie Goldman, CEO of FlexCareers.  FlexCareers is a disruptive careers platform that engineers game-changing technology to connect talented individuals with progressive employers offering flexible work.

DEE HEFFERNAN

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Dee Heffernan – a Chicago-based branding strategist and adviser – discusses operational business image problems with NAWO’s Louise Weine, and offers some advice for operational businesses trying to tell a different story that ‘talks’ to women and markets employment opportunities to women…