Review - Start With Why - Business Book Brunch

Written by Bronwyn Huband.

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Author: Simon Sinek

Reviewer: Bronwyn Huband

I joined the NZBWN Book Club with two goals – one to finish a book and second to be able to read something that would challenge me.

Luckily when I turned up to my first book club at Ozone in North London on Sunday I wasn’t the only one to confess to not having quite finished the book and as I am still 15 pages off the end – no spoilers here I promise. If reading a book feels a bit daunting there’s always the audio option or Ted talks to give you an overview.

Simon Sinek’s Start with Why was the very first book read by the book club back in 2015. It was a perfect combination and still is - coffee, brunch and a good honest conversation about a book that aims to give us rich ideas and content to discuss, debate and implement into our lives. 

Given so many of us working in roles going through transformation or change, Start with Why is one of those must reads. It really provides the opportunity to stop and think about why you and/or the leadership you work does what they do. It all starts with why.

Review - The Culture Code - Business Book Brunch

Written by NZBWN.

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The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups 

by Daniel Coyle

Review by Michelle Telling

Every couple of months or so I venture south on the train from Bedford into London and meet up with an inspiring group of Kiwi women enjoying coffee, brunch (@ Ozone Coffee Roasters), and a lively chat about a book. The book we read, The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle, was really well received and everyone was clearly engaged by it with loads of positive discussion.

For me, the book can be summed up with these five words and some quotes taken direct from the book:

  • Safety‘safety is not mere emotional weather but rather the foundation on which strong culture is built’.
  • Belonging‘belonging cues have to do not with character or discipline but with building an environment that answers basic questions: Are we connected? Do we share a future?
  • Listening‘the most effective listeners behave like trampolines, they aren’t passive sponges but active responders’.
  • Thank-you‘thank-yous aren’t only expressions of gratitude; they’re crucial belonging cues that generate a contagious sense of safety, connection, and motivation’.
  • Vulnerability‘vulnerability is less about the sender than the receiver…a shared exchange of openness, it’s the most basic building block of cooperation and trust…the vulnerability loop is contagious’.

Helen Clark – the Future of Leadership

Written by NZBWN.

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Helen Clark – the Future of Leadership
By Julia Hitchcock

The ‘Future of Leadership’ was the overarching theme for NZBWN’s intimate dinner event with Helen Clark at the lovely Modern Pantry.

Helen spoke to a room filled of NZBWN members as part of a celebration of our successful mentoring programme.
This included current mentees on our leadership group, previous mentees from the last few years, current mentors and guest speakers, industry and community leaders and our mentoring programme team.

The evening began with each table discussing their respective leadership-focused questions covering diversity, support, challenges, examples, sources of inspiration... and the rest!

Helen then spoke to the attendees on leadership in the political and corporate world as it stands and the evolution of these throughout her career. She spoke both about the positive change that she has seen concerning females in leading roles and the obstacles that are yet to be overcome.

Helen answered questions regarding where she finds support herself, her role models and what she deems as the Future of leadership going forward.

The night concluded with each table reporting back on their assigned topics with insights into real world examples of role models, constructive leadership traits and how women can support each other to both shape and continue to be the leaders of the future.

The event was an amazing success and a memorable night for all!
Helen is truly tuned in with the economic and political worlds and her perspective on the evening’s topic was hugely inspiring.

The golden nugget of the evening was Helen’s clear message that all of us in the room needed to help women up the ladder from behind and this could be as easy as a few words of support.

Our Stories: Emma Frampton

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As a teen in Wellington, Emma was convinced she didn’t like camping, after going on school camps in less than waterproof tents. So it may seem a little surprising that she co-founded Adventure Queens, a women’s adventure community set up with the aim of ‘delicately smashing down’ the barriers that prevent women from heading off on adventures.

In July 2017, Emma and co-founder Anna McNuff began by organising 50 women around the UK to go wild camping as part of ‘Wild Night Out’ – a night under the stars with fellow wild women, led by a volunteer queen. Emma’s group of half a dozen or so women camped out in the Chilterns. “I hadn’t met them before but in a short space of time we were sharing and enjoying experiences with people who had recently been strangers.”

Now there are over 6,500 women in the Adventure Queens community with 33 local Queen groups in the UK and beyond. Throughout the year, four in-store workshops are held at Arc’teryx London and four campouts at wilderness campsites around the UK, supported by Kathmandu. Plus there is a £2,000 Adventure Queen grant to help send one woman off on her first big adventure. Last year’s winner, 55-year-old Sue Barrett ran, swam and cycled 1,500 miles along the spine of the Alps from Trieste to Monaco.

Emma says, “The focus is on getting women outdoors. Some members have grown up with the outdoors experience but don’t have others to go on adventures with. And some want to get into outdoor adventures but don’t know where to start.”

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