Welcome to Leadership Unlearned. We we invite you the listener to suspend all that you believe and know about leadership. We will examine and discuss leadership as it occurs in three levels of system 1) on an individual level –the self, 2) as it relates to teams that you lead and 3)As it relates to leading within a larger system for example within an organisation. We challenge you to take this unlearning journey with us as we reframe leadership for our reality and to serve our vision as Caribbean people.
Ashish Uttamchandani shares some tips for young adults who want to step into leadership.
He shares that
1. Technical skills are important and people skills make the difference
2. The things that bring you success today may not bring you success tomorrow
3. The value of patience
and may other tips.
Have a listen and send me some feedback
There have been signals that we will return to work. Some of us want to return to the workplace, others welcome a hybrid model while others are happy to remain working from home.
Whatever the model you choose to adopt I am sharing five tips and one bonus feature for leaders about what we can do going forward. The consideration if for leaders to have
What else do you think leaders need to have at this time?
Let me know what you think
In this episode we chat with Lou Lyons. Lou is the founder of Full Disclosure Radio - a project that offers to demystify information and provide equal access to the truth for all.
Lou shares how the examination of his life moved him to accept his purpose and how that decision guides this project.
Most people know Lou as a founding partner of the band - Freetown Collective.
Lou shares what's it like to have a project on his own, to step away from the comfort of an effortless partnership and how the partnership supports his individuality while holding his accountability.
Share your thoughts and your journey with us
Don Schmincke is the founder of Saga Leadership and a best selling author.
In this episode Don shares with us how the ancient ways of the Samurai provide lessons for modern leaders.
Leaders don't need any more tools. Leaders need to create a belief system that takes the organsaition away from the selfish fear that skews decision making.
Don also shares that failure holds lessons for those who dare to learn from them
Send me your comments and questions
The Alzeimher's Association of Trinidad and Tobago celebrates its 21st years of providing services to its members. Its membership is comprised of caregivers as well as some of the patients who are in early stages of the diseases.
It takes compassion and empathy to lead organizations such as these.
Michele Clavery President and June Holdip. Vice President. share about the discuss and the new research which offers some relief with a load of a caveats.
ts been 15+ months that we have been in #lockdown and semi-lockdown conditions. I am #tired,
I realise that I am dealing with #acutefatigue and I maybe dealing with #chronicfatigue. Chronic fatigue means that one is dealing with fatigue symptons for at least 6 months.
Before the #pandemic 45% of adults said that they temporarily had acute fatigue and 11% chronic fatigue.
I am certain now that the percentages are much higher.
In this episode I share the signs of fatigue and some tips that you can use to deal with it.
During the pandemic we are at home, we quarantine and we self isolate. This language goes against our very nature as humans, it does not allow us to socially connect in the way that we used to.
With the isolation we need to be aware that we may be slipping into #perceived isolation which is a state of mind, which is loneliness.
In this episode I ask you to spare a thought for teenagers and younger children who are not having the opportunity to socialize in ways necessary for their state of development.
I also share some tips on how to stave off loneliness for those of us who may be in this state of mind.
Let me know your thoughts
We have all lost during the ongoing pandemic.
In this episode, we chat with Lorraine Currelly- a grief and bereavement specialist and a Poet Laureate.
Lorraine gives a simple and relatable definition of grief and shares how she uses creativity to deal with grief. She explains that you can too!
Patricia A Patton is an emerging boomer and the Founder of the Cannabis Business Alliance.
In this episode, Patricia shares how her curiosity led her to explore the cannabis industry. She learned that cannabis is a companion for aging and a healthy life style and that the cannabis industry is a great place for boomers to bring their experiences and transfer skills. She predicts that this emerging industry will bring about social change.
Once again Patricia is building her own table and inviting others in as she engages others with her sense of community and her style of collaborative leadership.
What are you resisting? The more we move away from the problem the more we stay further from the solution
We are still dealing with the effects and the impacts of the COvid 19 pandemic. Some of us feel less anxious than we did in 2020 while some of us are still struggling with high levels of stress and anxiety.
Some of us are in denial. We are pretending that the disease does not exist and that life is as it was before the pandemic.
What will it be like if you moved into acceptance? What if we could accept that whether we believe or not whether we agree or disagree that we move into acceptance of what it is.
I share three tips to help you move into #acceptance
Dr Rama Naidu is the keynote speaker for the Gestalt Caribbean Leadership Conference on April 29th 2021.
This year's theme is Leading with Equity.
Dr Naidu is perfect for this topic. He grew up in South Africa under the apartheid regime and understands the pervasive nature of inequities and how they can easily be institutionalized.
He is committed to work with community and in organization to create more equity for all.
Join us on April 29th. Register at maxineattong.com
Nanci E. Luna Jiménez is a panelist at the Caribbean Gestalt Leadership Conference - Leading with Equity on April 29 2021.
In this podcast Nanci shares about the work that she does and why she said yes to the Conference
Amanda Elliot and Warren Perreira of HOTT 93 chat with me about the Annual Gestalt Caribbean Leadership Conference.
She calls me Ms Trinidad in this clip. We laughed and spoke about the need for Equity.
Jamie Philbert is a dancer, an activist and a Kalinda woman.
In this episode she shares how this ancient traditional cultural martial art can be used to remind women of their power, and help people change their lives.
In this episode I share an interview on TAJ radio with host Kristie Marie Kanhai.
We spoke about the Gestalt Caribbean Leadership Conference - Leading with Equity.
Conference proceeds are to extend our Youth Leadership Development initiatives.
In this episode Eric Dye interviews me - Maxine Attong
I am sharing the why's of what I do as well as about our upcoming Gestalt Leadership Conference on April 29th 2021.
Its all about Leading with Equity. What we are bringing to the table and what we are doing at the Conference.
Register at www.maxineattong.com
Carmel Haynes is the Executive Director of Barbados International Business Association ( BIBA),
In this episode she shares a bit of BIBA, which is a NGO that promotes international business.
Carmel also shares her brand of Leadership and some tips for female leaders who want to get into the game.
Send a comment or a question about the interview
In this episode we cant with Akosua Dardaine Edwards about the NINA Program for your Women.
Nina is a Leadership Program for Young Women that focuses on creating an entrepreneurial mindset and culture for young women in the Caribbean.
It also teaches young women how to adapt and lead themselves as they deal with he challenges of every day life.
#leadership #YA #youthleadership #leadershipdevelopment
Melissa Senhouse is the CEO of Pat and Max Limited and the President of the Greater Tunapuna Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
She shares how the Chamber is taking leadership in ensuring the safety of the traveling public in the Tunapuna area by collaborating with the police and the service providers.
She also shares some tips for females who want to make a mark in leadership.
In Trinidad and Tobago we have a problem. Our young women go missing. Unfortunately some turn up dead.
Whatever is happening in the larger system is happening in the smaller system. I have to ask
How do women go missing in our organizations?
How are women dying in our workplaces?
In this episode I examine how our young women may be missing and slowly dying in our workplaces.
I also discuss how we can prevent or limit this phenomena
Let me know what you think.
In this episode I introduce the host and moderator of the 4th Annual Gestalt Caribbean Leadership Conference - Teri Leigh Bovell
Bovell is a regional personality who combines her love for the arts with her entrepreneurial spirit.
She asks me about the what's and the why's of the April 29 2021 Leadership Conference - Leading with Equity.You can register for the conference at www.maxineattong.com
So many of us have watched at swooned over the Duke of Hastings form the show Bridgerton. ( Bridgerton is the name of a Netflix fictional drama set in early 19th century England)
While I myself admired the Duke's dashing good looks I paused at his decision making abilities.
In this episode I examine 2 leadership lessons from the Duke
1. His Presence
2, HIs decision king abilities.
What other leadership lessons did you receive while watching the Duke of Hastings
We all witnessed the storming of the US Capitol.
I've seen this scenario play out albeit on smaller scales in organizations that I have worked within and consulted with.
There is often the one rogue-leader who says what she wants behaves in a manner that raised eyebrows while other leaders stand by and watch.
Some questions to consider
How is this leader hurting your orgnaistaion?
Does this leader represent your organisation's core values
Why is the behavior of the role leader being tolerated?
#leadership #leadershipthoughts #thoughtleaders #podcastforleaders #leadershipunlearned
Whenever something is the wider #system attracts a lot of attention I ask myself what lessons does it hold for the smaller system,
In this episode I look at the lessons from the US elections specifically the reactions of the incumbent President for our organisations.
Nirmala Maharaj is the Chief Social Justice Champion at the Social Progress Institute,
In this episode she explains how leadership principles are used to serve NGOs and Faith based orgnaisatins.
She shares how as the leader of her local mandir she ensures that devotees are served and have a voice.
#leadership #leadershipunlearned #devotees #faithbased #faithleaders
Whatever is happening in the larger system is reflected in the smaller system.
The issues that play out on the public domain is a call for us to examine what is happening in our organizations.
As a leader when you see any dysfunction in the wider system, its a great idea to scour your organsaiton to see if these abnormalities are present.
Think of it this way. It wouldn't show up in the larger system unless it pre existed in the smaller systems.
I always enjoy chatting with Nigel Romano.
I have enjoyed our many conversations and I also enjoyed this one.
Nigel shares his leadership experiences, how leadership has changed over his journey. He also makes no apologies for wanting the brightest and the best for the most creative and challenging positions in the organization.
Enjoy and leave a comment
If you want to change someone understand them first and then they may change - Obrien.
In this episode I share the reasons why team members may not want to change and the four E's that leaders can ue to help team members make the shift from resisting change to embracing change.
2020 has been a difficult year.
#Covid19 has thrown us all into a state of #uncertainty. No doubt our #mentalhealth has been compromised.
In this episode I explore the 5 signs of #grief and use this as one frame that we can explore the feelings that we are experiencing at this time.
I also give #leaders some tips on how to assist team members cope with the stress and anxiety that is prevalent at this time.
Drop me a line and let me know what you think.
Paul AShby - CEO of SigniaGlobe Financial shares the how he keeps the young and restless folks at his office engaged and motivated.
This is an interesting conversation in which Paul shares #tipsandtricks, activities and some unique ideas.
#ya #millennials #youngadults #conversations #conversationsthatmatter #genz
My nephew asked me , "Can only older people be Leaders?"
It's a great question since his observation is accurate. The C-Suite is mostly occupied by persons 40 and over.
In this episode I put age , role and leadership in context while sharing some tips on how young persons can establish themselves as leaders within organisations.
Let me know what you think
#ageism #leadership #leaders #leadershiptips #ya
Current events offer loads of lessons for leaders.
We being to look at the world around us and glean the alternate reality of the situations as well as the possible remedies to serve the wider purpose.
This week I ask, How can a leader who is disrespectful to his superiors expect to be respected by his subordinates? Through his action, the HR Manager is showing persons in the organization how to treat him and how to treat other leaders. This I consider unacceptable.
Covid 19 has changed the way that we do things. Things should Include our strategic planning process.
In this episode I share some thoughts about the strategic planning process and how we can change same to be more effective.
Let me know what you think
It seems that elections are the time to divide and conquer. The masses are pit against each other along the lines of race, politics, ethnicity or any way in which a difference can be found. I believe that its part of a capitalist agenda - the few will remain in control of the many.
In this podcast I offer a perspective on race as it relates to the Trinidad and Tobago general elections that was recently held. It is also applicable to you where you live because we are all the same even though our constructs tell us differently.
Let me know what you think
As I host group coaching sessions with leaders and teams, most teams are concerned with their work life balance and ask how to maintain this,
As work from home becomes institutionalised, it may be difficult to perceive a distinct separation between our work and personal lives,
Our workplaces have encroached our lives,
Leaders we have a responsibility to promote work life balance for ourselves and fro our teams.
Its is possible with some thought and deliberate actions.
I have been chatting with various teams and they all share the same sentiment. We are stressed and we are burnt out.
Leaders I know that the stress for you is also magnified. We have 5 more months to complete all the actions from the Strategic plans.
How do we help our teams cope with the stress so that they can work?
In this podcast I suggest one cause of stress and give recommendation of how to deal with stress.
#burnout #stress #copingwithstress #stressrelief
Derron Sandy is the Artistic Director of 2 cents Movement- a youth based NGO.
In June 2020 the Movement suffered fall out from allegations of sexusl misconduct.
Since then the leaders of the organisation had to grapple with questions about their leadership and their ability to be accountable to stakeholders.
Derron shares what he learnt about his leadership, transparency and accountability.
Let me know what you think. Share your thoughts, questions and comments. feedback is always welcomed.
#transparency #leadership #accountsbility #leadershiptips #leadershipdevelopment
Transparency leads to #accountability and accountability promotes #transparency.
Leaders cannot be 100% transparent at all times. Tis would be irresponsible. Leaders have to hold the balance between the need to be strategic, confidential and the need for transparency.
They also need to have #woisodm to know what and when to keep items confidential and not spill the beans.
Transparency is for both positive and negative situations. Its a muscle we have to build.
Let me know what you think
In this episode I share the 4 levels of #accountability. and provide some tips for leaders who want to promote accountability in the workplace.
Leaders called to be accountable especially when things go wrong..
Sometimes the responses to the call indicate that leaders don’t quite understand what accountability means.
Leaders are great at taking responsibility. They are great at fulfilling their ongoing duty to complete the task at hand directly or indirectly. That is the end of responsibility.
Accountability is what happens after a situation occurs. It refers to the leader's response and her/ his ability to take ownership of the results of a task
So quick way to remember. I am responsible for completing the task, I am accountable for the outcome of the task and I take ownership of all that follows after
Leaders have a responsibility for the tone of the organisation and do this via code of ethics and standards. Sadly the behaviours and actions that are allowed in the organisation do not always reflect the intention of these words.
Leaders when we allow jokes that discriminate about gender, race, identity sexuality or any topic that is derogatory in nature, it says something about our organisation and a lot about our leadership.
Harassment has no place in our organisations.
#sexualharassment #harassment #zerotolerance #bullying #antibullying #safetyfirst #safespaces
Ever heard of the Caribbean Climate -Smart Accelerator? If not, then you just did.
This not for profit organisation is helping transform #Caribbean economies by fast-tracking sound public and private investment opportunities that support #climate action and economic growth through sustainable development.
Racquel Moses is the CEO of Caribbean Climate -Smart Accelerator. I(N nths chat she shares her perspective on change, leadership and sharing her privilege.
This was a fun and engaging interview,
#leadershipunlearned change #love #mindset #goals #leadedershipquotes #transformation #health #happy #believe #success #community #nonprofit #leadership #motivation#succe ss #business #inspiration #leader #goals #leadershipdevelopment #motivationalquotes #quotes #inspire #education
Change often comes with the dissatisfaction of the status quo. Leader what do you want to change in your organisation?
Post COVID most of us were forced to review our business models and ask ourselves what is the way forward,
There is no one answer, since what is missing in your organisation may be different from what is missing in mine.
This is the invitation for all leaders. The simplest thing to ask is what is missing from this organisation and then provide it.
This last week was even more difficult that the previous week I cried I was hurt, I was angry and I was hopeful
Whenever I am overwhelmed by multiple emotions, I ask myself what can I learn what I can share with others so that they can have a reframe of the situation. While it won’t remove the turbulence of the times, I can share with you 8 leadership tips that I gleaned from looking at the protests for the murder of George Floyd.
1. Make amends with your apologies
2. Understand before you speak
3. Don’t forget where you started
4. Resolve issues as they occur
5. Take action
6. Use your privilege
7. Be aware of the state of your team
8. Leaders take care of yourself
Today I am sharing the 8 tips from the Protests in Minnesota.
Leaders let teams breathe
Leaders take your knee of team members throats.
Leaders Hold other leaders accountable
Leaders Promote equity justice and equality
Leaders remove all isms.
Leaders check your assumptions
Leaders check your self
Leaders you can create the spark
#leadership #leaderslead #justice #equality #equity #leadershiplessons #leadershiptips
Amoy van Lowe is the CEO of the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange Company Limited.
In this chat she shares her thoughts on leadership. She shares how she builds greater connections with teams and how she stays connected to her team members,
Personable and transformational are the words that the caller used to describe her and from our chat I can attest that the caller was absolutely right.
#leadershipunlearned #empathy #connections
We will answer the questions – What is the best possible future for our organisations?
This is a real important question for me since it can make a huge impact on how we move forward as a country.
The truth is that most organisations are not driven by Vision on a daily basis. For most people the vision of the organisation is remote, a thing of the past, something created by a few most of whom are no longer in the organisation, t that is no longer relevant.
We create the future with our team’s with open heart, open mind and open will,
Leaders, I am inviting you to extend the open heart, open minds and open will to the teams that you lead.
No one knows the future and nobody is smarter than everybody. What would it be like to create a future with your team members?
In this new time on this blank canvas leaders cannot paint alone.
We need to paint together in collaboration with the adults that we lead.
Let me know what you think about the program .
My intention of this show is to fuel your leadership spark so that together we can bring change to the systems that we live in.
#leadershipunlearned #leadershipconsulting #leadershipcoach #optimism #vucaworld #leadershipdevelopment #leadership #caribbeanleadership #openmind #openheart #openwill
THis episode is inspired by the work of Otto Scharmer.
We examine what the leader needs to create her/his best possible future for herself and himself.
we ask leaders to integrate their personal and professional selves to reduce the inherent tension between the two selves.
The excitement of the blank canvas fon which we can paint the best possible future for ourselves is palpable,
We can feel that expanse that is suggested when we say open mind, open heart and open will. We are going beyond where we are consciously.
We are considering intellectually or best future, we are considering emotionally what is our best possible future and we are considering intentionally what is our best possible future.
#leadershipunlearned #leadershipconsulting #leadershipcoach #vucaworld #leadershipdevelopment #leadership #caribbeanleadership #openheart #openmind #openwill #bestpossiblefuture
Surren Maharaj - Chief Coach and Consultant chats with maxine Attong on what they share in common.
These two coaches share about uncertainty in the VUCA world. They also share how going forward clients may need to grieve and forget old models to move forward.
They speak about loss, fear and how to move forward.
#leadershipunlearned #leadershipconsulting #leadershipcoach #optimism #vucaworld #leadershipdevelopment #leadership
J'ouvert is a wee early morning street party that herald the beginning of Trinidad Carnival.
It is a time of darkness and uncertainty, that offers the perfect metaphor for the VUA world/
We take lessons from the Jouvert and apply these to leading at this time of uncertainty
#leadershipunlearned #leadershipconsulting #leadershipcoach #optimism #vucaworld #leadershipdevelopment #leadership #jouvert.
We need to accept that in this time of Corona virus we exist in a limbo where we know where we came from and we are not sure where we are going. Our past is irrelevant to the present and to the future.
This is a tough time for leaders because we are still figuring out what this new challenge means.
How then do we lead at this point in time? How do we lead our teams through this point in time,
Leaders need to adopt an optimistic stance. Leaders need to be optimistic for themselves, their teams and the wider organization. The rest of us need to be optimistic for ourselves, our families and our communities..
#leadershipunlearned #leadershipconsulting #leadershipcoach #optimism #vucaworld #leadershipdevelopment #leadership
Coronavirus has ushered in the reality of the VUCA world.
The world is Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous.
Leaders are now being asked to lead from a place of uncertainty and we need to be comfortable with that.
In this podcast I explain the effects of the VUCA world and how leaders can begin to strategically be prepared.
#leadershipcoaching #leadershipconsulting #leadershipdevelopment #leadershipunlearned #Strategy #SWOTanalysis #Caribbeanleadership
Jason Maitland offers suggestions from a Health and safety perspective on dealing with COVID - 19. He shares about
- Physical distancing vs. social distancing
- Eating habits
- Implications for after COVID - office hygiene, layout, visitors
#leadershipunlearned #caribbeanleadership #leadershipconsulting #leadershipcoach #MaxineAttong #leadershipdevelopment
Elson James CEO of JMMB Express Finance chats with host Maxine Attong about the obvious and insidious failure that he has witnessed and experienced during his career.
He also shares the challenges, shortcomings and the opportunities that his organization has faced when dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic.
#caribbeanleadership #leadershipfailure #leadershipconsulting #leadershipcoach #leadershipunlearned #maxineAttong
Complacency is a dis-ease of the Ego. Complacency is a disease of the ego
Some leaders fail because they assume that past success guarantees the present success and sometimes they do not work as smartly or as effectively to get results in the present.
The leaders who are not supportive of their teams or make ridiculous demands are in their own way being complacent
When we as leaders operate on premise that if we can do it, then my team can do it. We are being complacent
#leadershipUnlearned #Leadershipcoach #leadershipconsulting #CaribbeanLeadership #leadershipdevelopment #leadership
I conclude that there are two ways in which leaders fail:
1) Obvious failures
2) Insidious failures.
Obvious failure occurs when the leader does not deliver on the expectation of the organisation.
Insidious failure unfolds in a very, subtle way, but with very harmful effects. These leaders are hitting all targets, following all policies and procedures while leaving a trail of destruction in their wake.
#leadershipunlearned #leadershipfailure #leadershipconsulting #leadershipcoach #leadership #Caribbeanleadership
Bernard Mitchell has held leadership positions in various organisations.
We chat about the HOW and WHAT and the WHY of his leadership journey.
#leadership #leadershipjourney #leadershipunlearned #leadershipconsulting #leadershipcoach #CaribbeanLeadership
Four tips to be impactful with your leadership.
Being in the here and now
Hold the space
#leadership #leadershipconsulting #leadershipawareness #caribbeanleadership #leadershipcoach #leadershipawareness
Why is your leadership important?
Your leadership can make positive impact on your self, your family, your community, your organisation and the country that you live in.
Have you ever considered this?
#leadershipimpact #leadership #caribbeanleadership #leadershipcoach #leadershipconsulting
Four steps for leaders who want to lead from their intention. Learn how to set your leadership intention and to lead with this intention.
One of the biggest enemies of our intentions is our ego. Learn how to minimise the impacts of the ego to ensure that we continue leading from our intentions
#leadership #leadingwithintention #leadershipjourney #caribbeanleadership #leadershipconsulting #leadershipcoach
It is a mathematical way to look at our life. There are two constants Life and Death. =In between that time there is a variable that you get to make a lot of choices about.
What is your x? What does it stand for and what are you going to do with it? We are examining the x in each of our life’s and it specifically relates to our leadership and our leadership journey.
#leadership #leadershipjourney #Caribbeanleaders #leadershipconsulting #leadershipdevelopment #leaderhsipcoach
This is the Leadership Unlearned Radio Program. We invite our listeners to suspend all that they believe and know about leadership.
Every Wednesday on I95.5FM at approximately 6.35 p.m you can tune in to the program. Three Wednesdays of 10 - 15 minute talks and the last Wednesday of each month is a call in program with a live studio guest for 30 minutes,