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!
Going Beyond Your Job Description
What would you love to accomplish beyond what's in your job description?
Not the "have to do" but the "WANT to do".
Something that if you accomplished it, you would be so proud - and would make lasting impact on your team and beyond.
Many of the leaders I work with have not thought about this.
At least not intentionally.
In this episode, I give you some ideas of what it looks like to go beyond your job description, and achieve something great.
Your own leadership legacy.
And it doesn't take extra work.
It's more about making the way you work more focused, and intentional.
So when you leave your current role, you can do so with pride at what you've accomplished - your own legacy.
To Remote Work Or Not? Deciding Whether to Return to Five Days in the Office
Has your organization returned to five days in the office?
If so, how was the reasoning behind it communicated to you?
Or maybe you made the decision for your team.
I have been hearing more and more of organizations going back to the five days in the office work week.
There is nothing wrong with that, but it seems that also the majority of people I've talked to don't fully understand what the rationale behind this decision is.
And when we don't understand the reasoning - we tend to create our own in the form of gossip.
In this episode I explore the idea of five days in the office versus a hybrid office-remote approach, and the reasons I could see to justify each one.
Unfortunately I believe many of these decisions are being made more out of fear and scarcity than trust and motivation for staff.
What do you think?
You can let me know here and I will share it on a future episode.
Why Do We Keep Referencing Toxic Leaders as Successful?
There are certain behaviors that over time have become acceptable and part of being a successful leader.
These include working long hours, sacrificing relationships and even sacrificing our own health.
Part of this problem is that the leaders that are named "successful" by society (especially in the western world) are actually following these same toxic behaviors.
In this episode I share why it is so important we stop naming toxic examples of leadership as successful and what you can do to help make this change.
Toxic Boss Burnout - How to Survive a Toxic Boss
It amazes me how common it is to have a toxic boss in the humanitarian sector. Unfortunately these toxic supervisors drive talented people out of the organization and do more harm than good. If you are one of those suffering with a toxic boss, this episode is for you. I share how to survive in this situation based on what's worked for me in the past and for others I've coached.
When Training for Your Team Won't Work
When we plan our Development Plans for the year, and we want to be stronger in a certain area, we usually assume we need a training.
And that may be partially true.
But training alone does not guarantee action.
Have you ever wondered why your team member attends a training on how to be an amazing presenter, and then still does not want to present?
Or maybe they learn how to have a difficult conversation, but they still avoid having it.
Many times the real reason we don't take action does not have to do with training or knowledge.
It has to do with our perspective.
How we are seeing a situation, and how we feel about it.
That's why when we send someone to a training and then nothing happens, it could be that they still don't feel confident. Or they have some kind of fear about it.
Until that is addressed, it is likely your team member will remain the same.
In this episode I share examples of this inaction and what can be done to overcome it.
How Often Are You Really Leading?
Sometimes we get lost in the busyness of our day, and we forget what leadership really is.
True leadership is not about using our power to make others follow our commands.
True leadership is about inspiring and motivating others to WANT to follow us.
How do we do that?
In this episode, we review what it means to lead, and how to know when we are leading versus doing something else, and the best way to motivate others to want to follow us.
Something for everyone!
As a newbie in this field, I appreciated the range of perspectives and topics covered on this podcast as well as the diversity of experiences and voices offered. I was Googling around before prepping for an emergency stint and listening to Torrey’s advice helped settle my mind and offered me the practical advice I needed to prepare and take care of my physical and mental health while logging long hours in remote areas. I also love hay she tackles some of the harder and more controversial topics too- thanks for encouraging us all to dig a bit deeper into the why and how of this work!
Wide ranging and always substantive
Practical strategies based on lived field experience and in a digestible 30+ min conversation is perfect for the busy professional and student of dev alike. Torrey keeps the convo moving teasing out specific learning and major moments of clarity from her guest while also weaving in her own international dev/humanitarian experience. A4A is a reliable podcast that keeps me mindful of what actually matters in this line of work - centering communities and being an intentional colleague and supervisor.
Broadening my impact!
Aid for aid workers is refreshing and relatable! Torrey’s interviews with diverse and experienced guests provide insight on topics that tend to be unique and helpful in this line of work. I’m often in situations where her tips and guidance are useful and I frequently send episodes to colleagues that face similar challenges. Good for professional development, yet a fun podcast for traveling and commuting!