How do I lead a team in international development to better performance, while maintaining my wellbeing and making an impact in the community? Using her 12 years' experience in international development as well as professional coaching background, host Torrey Peace answers these questions and more in The Aid for Aid Workers Leadership Podcast. Here you'll find a mix of mini trainings and step-by-step guides, as well as best practices from other aid workers and a healthy dose of coaching from Torrey herself. If you're ready to become the leader you admire, then tune in weekly and start broadening your impact!
An Overlooked Best Practice in Goal Setting
14:20A new year has begun - and that means new possibilities! The best way to achieve a future you're excited about is to define what you want. Goal setting is how we define the future we want. Setting goals is motivating and exciting, but many of us overlook a best practice in setting goals. In this episode you'll learn what to do BEFORE setting next year's goals as a humanitarian leader. This is an important step that if you do will make your goal setting for the coming year even MORE effective! And if you'd like to receive the coaching question for this episode by email. make sure you sign up for my weekly email list!
Stand Out from the Crowd: Three Unconventional Ways to Do Public Presentations in Aid Work
24:53We’ve all been tortured by the same old “let me show you ALL my results” presentations in aid work. They all kind of blend together after a while. So how can you make your public presentation (sharing of Baseline or Endline Results or Strategy) more memorable? Well you’re in luck, because in this episode I share three proven ways to conduct a presentation that will leave your stakeholders thinking “wow that organization is amazing! I can’t wait to see what they come up with next!” Through these three ways you’ll wow your audience and make them curious for more - so that you can be seen as a leader in your sector, and not just another presentation they feel obligated to attend.
Using Batching to Save Time in Aid Work
19:57Over the last few months I took the advice of some time management books and tried batching. Batching means implementing similar tasks in one block of time. I am surprised by how much this simple act has freed up my time! For example, I used to spend 8 hours on producing one podcast episode, but after batching I can do about three episodes in four hours! There is much to be said about batching tasks, and especially as applied to aid work. In this episode I share some ideas on how you can batch routine tasks to free up more time and become more productive.
19:41A philosophy I am aspiring to live by right now is to take more responsibility in my work and life. That means recognizing that the results in my life and work are consequences of the choices I have made. Sometimes we confuse what is within our control and what is outside of it, meaning we do not always recognize how much control we have over certain outcomes (health, professional advancement, etc). In this episode I present three primary areas aid workers forget we have control and how to regain control so you move closer to the work and life you want.
How a Mastermind Gave Me Valuable Leadership Support - and How You Can Easily Form One
29:32Maybe you've heard of a Mastermind Group. Maybe you've even thought about joining one. Well I can tell you from my experience, I have found them so valuable I have formed two myself and all three of my Masterminds have been invaluable in terms of giving me great advice during difficult times, encouragement when I have struggled and celebrations when I have done well. Not only this, I have learned so much from my fellow Mastermind members around leadership and other topics! I would not have achieved as much as I did as Country Manager in Timor without my Mastermind support. I really encourage you to listen to this episode, as I outline how you can form your own Mastermind (so easy!!!) and start getting the support you seek from others. I also share some lessons on how to make your Mastermind Group sustainable and strong, so you can continue receiving support for as long as you need it.
How to Become a Productivity Ninja - Aid Worker Style
39:19Whether it's managing email, determining which working group meeting to attend or balancing time to respond to our team's needs, as aid workers we need all the help we can get to be able to make deadlines and maintain a work-life balance. Of course there are a ton of resources on how to increase productivity - but what are some of the best tips for aid work? My guest today has figured out quite a few - with a ninja twist. Lauren Pelascini's role as Sub Regional Head of Programs makes time management to balance the needs of three countries essential, and today she shares some tips from her favorite resource, Graham Allcott's book The Productivity Ninja. In this episode you will learn ways to do the following: Planning your day based on your energy level How to know your energy levels throughout the day How to best manage email How to make meetings shorter and more efficient Why protecting your time is important and how to do it The best way to end your day
How to Advance as a Strong Female Leader in a Male Dominated Context - and Other Lessons
45:43In this interview Edna Morris, with forty years' experience in the male dominated restaurant industry, shares some great advice to apply to our field in many of the patriarchal contexts for men and women. For example when Edna was told by several men that the role she had taken at a new job should be for a man, she shares how she handled this situation in a way which earned her respect. She also shares advice around how her leadership skills evolved as she advanced in her career and examples of how she handled some difficult situations and managed to find a win-win for all involved. At the end of the podcast I will provide a summary of a few points of advice she gives and some ideas on how you could apply a few of these things to your situation. I know this episode is a bit longer than normal, but I made sure it is packed full of great advice that you may apply in your future.
Is Your Leadership Style Preventing Community Engagement?
48:39We all engage with communities on some level in our work. But the difference between meaningful engagement and mediocre is the difference between the community adopting new technologies or maintaining behavioral practices beyond the life of the project versus a full stop. So how can we more meaningfully engage with communities? Lucky for us, Deb Cummins of Bridging Peoples has significant experience in this area and provides some practical advice you can start using next week to better influence the communities in which we work. Some of the areas we cover in this episode include: Difference between community development and engagement At what point in project life cycle to start thinking about community engagement Why engaging with local leaders is not enough Why community engagement is so important How your staff fearing failure may prevent community engagement The impact of being process focused versus outcome focused How what we measure for success is what will influence the level of community engagement Practical ways leaders can start encouraging teams to engage communities better (starting next week!) How to influence community engagement if you work through local partners Why stakeholder mapping is so critical at the beginning of a project
Leadership Lessons Learned During an Unexpected Crisis - the Outbreak of Civil War in South Sudan
43:59Everyone has one or more moments in their life they will never forget where they were or what they were doing when an unexpected event took place. For me it was a typical hot sticky evening in South Sudan, with a broken generator in the hundred degree heat. I remember getting up in the night to douse my hair with water to cool down enough to get to sleep, and lying back down hearing fireworks (or maybe gun shots?) through my open window. The next morning we discovered indeed those gun shots overnight signified the government splitting in two and the country tumbled into a Civil War. As things escalated and we sought how to adjust to this new reality, it was an emotional time period and one which was especially stressful for our national staff, most of whom fled with only their families to hide from the onslaught that followed. Looking back on this time period, I am curious how I would have handled managing a country program of over 400 staff during this time, and how to keep everyone united despite all the chaos. In order to explore what she experienced and what she was thinking during this time, I asked Lorraine Bramwell, the Country Representative at the time, to share her lessons learned. In the interview Lorraine is very honest about her thoughts and feelings, as well as what she learned which made an impact and that which maybe could have been done differently. It is always easy to reflect back and think what we could have done or would have if we were in the leadership position, but in a situation like this you will really not know unless you are in the middle of it. That said, it is to our advantage as leaders to learn from others who have been in difficult situations that we may never experience but heaven forbid if we should, we at least have some ideas on how to handle them.
A Donor Perspective on INGO Leadership - The Good, the Bad and What to Never Do
24:24This interview is a bit different - and that is because it is not from an aid worker perspective on humanitarian leadership, but from the donor perspective! In this interview an individual working for a large, global donor shares, well, the good, the bad and the what you should never do when working with a donor. He has a lot of great advice for all you leaders who interact with donors whether during visits, or during stakeholder meetings or when leading a project. I think this will be extremely useful for you and give you some insight on what donors want from INGO leadership. In this interview you will learn among other things: What a donor may expect out of an INGO leader How to create a positive relationship with your donor How to set up your team for success in donor interactions The most surprising thing for him about working with INGO leaders The best way to seek information on new opportunities For more episodes on how to broaden your impact, please visit www.aidforaidworkers.com!