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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!

Aid for Aid Workers Leadership Podcast Torrey Peace

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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!

    The Impact of Coaching Used Three Different Ways

    The Impact of Coaching Used Three Different Ways

    Today I'm excited to introduce the stories of three of my students and how they've incorporated coaching in their work.  I'm sure you can learn something from their journey that can inspire you to become an even better leader.  
    The first interview is Helen Henderson, an Australian who works as a Program Manager for Marie Stopes.  The second is Paulina da Torres, who is Timorese and works for a social enterprise in Timor called Agora Food Studio.  And the final interview is Caroline Lunani, who is the Office Manager for Misereor Kenya and South Sudan.  Their positions, backgrounds and they way they use coaching are all unique, and I think you'll be interested in their differing perspectives.
    Once again this episode is brought to you by my digital course, The Aid Worker's Guide to Successful Coaching 101.  If you're interested in coaching your team to higher performance through a caring and individualized way, then check out the course here! The next cohort starts October 4th, and I would love to have you as part of it!

    • 28 min
    How Coaching Can Strengthen Local Partners

    How Coaching Can Strengthen Local Partners

    If you work for the UN or an INGO, you may have worked with local NGO's or civil society while implementing a project.  And if you have, you probably know that this can be super rewarding, but also super challenging.
    I always struggled with questions like: How do we strengthen our local partner's institutional capacity without taking over the process?  Better yet, how do we make it sustainable so they don't stop following the procurement process just because the project ended?  How can we strengthen our local partner in a way they appreciate and feel ownership over?
    After learning how to coach, I found that many of the coaching skills I had gained were super effective when helping build and strengthen local partners.  Today I share some of those with you which will result in not only strengthening your local partner, but also your relationship.
    If you're interested in learning how to have a formal coaching conversation with your local partners, check out my digital course The Aid Worker's Guide to Successful Coaching 101.  In the course I provide the step-by-step proven process to get your team and partners from needy and unconfident to strong and proactive.  Doors are open now for the October cohort!

    • 17 min
    What Coaching Sounds Like - A Session with a Busy Head of Programs

    What Coaching Sounds Like - A Session with a Busy Head of Programs

    There is a lot of talk about coaching these days.  What I find interesting is that although many think they know what coaching is, when they start learning more about it they realize that they actually don't know as much as they had thought.
    I am excited to bring you today's episode in the form of a coaching session with a busy Head of Programs named Karen Janes.  From this coaching session you can better understand what coaching sounds like, what types of questions are asked and the way in which Karen comes up with her own solution to wanting to spend more time on her team's development.
    If you want to learn more about how to coach your team, check out my digital course The Aid Worker's Guide to Successful Coaching 101, which you can find here.  Doors are open now until October 4th for enrollment.

    • 46 min
    How to Challenge Your Team to Better Performance

    How to Challenge Your Team to Better Performance

    In coaching, we often challenge those we are coaching to go beyond what they think they can do, or to get out of their comfort zone in a way we know will benefit them.  If done properly, it can be very effective in encouraging someone to advance.
    I used challenging previously to effectively help my direct reports grow stronger and take risks they may not have otherwise.  In this episode I share three common ways you can challenge your team members which I encourage you to try over the next week.  You may be surprised by the results!
    This episode is brought to you by my digital course, The Aid Worker's Guide to Successful Coaching 101.  If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to effectively coach your team to greater performance, this course will teach you how.  My students have reported improved relationships, greater wellbeing, higher team performance and a more motivated team through what they have learned and applied in the course.  If you want to learn more or to enroll, click here.  The next course starts October 4th, and I would love to see you there.

    • 11 min
    Is Your Team Really Following You?

    Is Your Team Really Following You?

    Of course as leaders our teams will do what we ask.  After all, we are supervising them!  But what happens to all those initiatives you spent so hard working on after you're gone?  Will they continue on, or will they fall apart without your oversight?  
    In today's episode I discuss how to know if your team is really following you, and what to do if they aren't.  This can mean the difference between leaving behind a lasting impact versus a trail of unadopted initiatives.  And if things fall apart once we leave, then what's the point of "leading" to begin with?

    • 19 min
    A Case Study on Nationalizing Staff Positions and Lessons Learned

    A Case Study on Nationalizing Staff Positions and Lessons Learned

    Although there are a lot of changes recently due to COVID-19 and the way we work, a trend that has been going on for some time now is the shift of traditionally expat filled positions becoming "nationalized".  
    Today my guest Joachim Schwartz from the Civil Society Academy speaks of his experience on how the INGO Welthungerhlife has made this transition, and what he's learned along the way.  
    In this episode you'll discover:
    Trends from the past and into the future regarding staffing structures and development Practical ways you as a leader can empower your team Advice on what to prioritize when considering nationalization of staff Importance of breaking up some of the many layers in development work How to mirror what we practice in the community within our teams Contacts and resources mentioned:
    Joachim Schwartz - joachim@civilsocietyacademy.org
    https://www.civilsocietyacademy.org
    Welthungerhlife
    PRADAN
     
     
     

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

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12 Ratings

12 Ratings

LHinUG ,

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!

R. Clark-Gaun ,

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.

KJUngar ,

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!

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