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No-nonsense, practical tools to help you show up confidently as an exceptional leader. Overcome self-doubt and overwhelm to gain clarity and a clear plan so you can unapologetically create an impactful career, a thriving, diverse and equitable team and sustainable results.

Building Up Women In Property Rebecca Bangura

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No-nonsense, practical tools to help you show up confidently as an exceptional leader. Overcome self-doubt and overwhelm to gain clarity and a clear plan so you can unapologetically create an impactful career, a thriving, diverse and equitable team and sustainable results.

    It Felt Like a Kick in the Guts: Navigating Courage in Decision-Making

    It Felt Like a Kick in the Guts: Navigating Courage in Decision-Making

    Is the situation actually complicated or is it really quite straightforward, but you're making it complicated because it requires a lot of courage to make the straightforward decision? 
    I read this question in an email from James Clear author of "Atomic Habits", and it struck a chord with me. So much so that I pushed back my original plans for this episode so I could discuss it with you today.


    Straightforward vs Complex Decisions:
    I think the best place to start is understanding the difference between complex and straightforward decisions. Straightforward decisions typically have a clear goal, the outcomes are well-defined, there are only a few factors to consider and there isn’t a lot of risk if things go wrong. Complex decisions have more ambiguous objectives, the goals can be conflicting, and you are faced with multiple unpredictable variables. Most of all the stakes are high.

    What’s holding us back:
    You also need to consider factors that might be affecting your perception of complexity. Having experience or knowledge around a decision can make it seem a lot simpler, whereas negative emotional states or external pressures may make it seem a lot more complex. We can also have biases in our minds that hold us back from effectively making decisions. Some of the most common ones I see affecting people are:
    - Overthinking: Creating problems where none exist.
    - Fear of making the wrong choice: Catastrophising unlikely outcomes.
    - Analysis paralysis: Getting stuck in endless evaluation without action.
    - Environmental and cultural influences: Workplace pressure and social norms.
    - Cognitive load: Too many things going on in life can leave us without enough cognitive resources to make a decision.


    Embracing Courage and Self-Assurance:
     It is so important that we accept imperfect decisions. It’s impossible to always make the best choice in life, all we can do is move forward based on what we know. It is scary but if we focus on taking decisive action and staying adaptable, we can confidently navigate whatever comes our way.
     
    The number one message I want you to take from this episode is that nobody is perfect and we shouldn’t want to be. The ups and downs of life are what make it great. They inspire us to grow and change and be more confident each day. So have a think about what decisions you’ve been putting off, and what it is that’s really been holding you back.
    Until next time, stay courageous and trust yourself to make those bold decisions!


    LINKS:
    Connect With Me:
    Exceptional Leadership Framework: https://www.rebeccabangura.com/5-step-framework-to-exceptional-leadership
    Book your strategy call: https://calendly.com/rebeccabangura/get_in_touch
    Website: https://www.rebeccabangura.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccabangura/ 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamrebeccabangura/ 

    • 14 min
    Are You on Track?

    Are You on Track?

    Are you on track for what you want to achieve in 2024? I've just gotten back from a fabulous holiday with my family, but as I sit back down at my desk, it’s hard to believe we’re already in Q2 of this year!

    I personally use quarters as a time of reflection to check in with myself. Am I on track for what I want to achieve? What’s working, what isn't and what do I need to do differently to create the results I want at the end of the year?

    Today I want to take you on that same journey and explore why we so often don't achieve the goals we ambitiously set for ourselves. This is your opportunity to check in with yourself and make sure you're on track to create the impact and results you want this year. What we’ll talk about in this episode applies to you as an individual, both in your professional and personal life, as well as your team or organisation.

    One of the biggest mistakes we make when setting goals is not being clear and specific about what we want to achieve. While it's common to have general aspirations, such as getting promoted, it's important to define the specifics of the goal. I talk about creating a SMART goal (specific, measurable, attainable, results-focused and timed), so that we can ensure our efforts are aligned with our desired outcomes.

    Another common pitfall is trying to work on too many goals simultaneously. Multitasking may seem efficient, but it often leads to spreading ourselves too thin and diluting our efforts. By simplifying our focus to one goal, we amplify our results. This focused approach allows us to push through discomfort and take the necessary steps to create exponential change.

    I’m a big fan of creating a clear plan to achieve our goals. Without a roadmap, we may find ourselves shuffling along, hoping for change without taking intentional action. I talk about breaking down our goal into actionable tasks and milestones, creating a logical path from where we are now to where we want to be.

    The truth is, no one can achieve their goals alone, and I’m a strong believer that seeking support is essential for success. Whether it's a coach, mentor or program, having someone in our corner who believes in our potential can make a huge difference in staying motivated.

    So, join me as we get curious and take actionable steps to becoming our best, most successful selves on our leadership journey!

    LINKS:


    Connect With Me:
    Exceptional Leadership Framework: https://www.rebeccabangura.com/5-step-framework-to-exceptional-leadership
    Book your strategy call: https://calendly.com/rebeccabangura/get_in_touch
    Website: https://www.rebeccabangura.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccabangura/ 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamrebeccabangura/ 

    • 19 min
    This Powerful Question Could Revolutionise Your Career

    This Powerful Question Could Revolutionise Your Career

    How would you behave if you were the best in the world? If you were at the absolute top of your field, what actions would you take everyday to maintain that level of excellence?

    In last week’s episode, I shared my journey to truly understanding what I wanted out of life and my career - sparked by a mid-life crisis in my thirties - and how this led me to a life that brings true meaning and fulfilment.

    While uncovering what it is you really want your life to look like is absolutely freeing, there’s more to it than just knowing. In this episode, I’m talking about taking action everyday in a way that aligns with who you want to be in your life and career.

    So, how would you behave if you were the best in the world? This question often brings with it fear and terror, because we know that becoming the best version of ourselves requires brave action. But to achieve incredible outcomes in our work and our lives, we must choose a path that holds ourselves to the highest standard. What will you no longer tolerate in your life, from yourself and others? Which excuses will you no longer allow yourself to make?

    Today, I'm inviting you to set a standard for yourself. Establish that mindset of excellence. Make behavioural changes that take you from mediocrity to being an impactful leader. And I tell you from experience that when we take the steps to be the person we want to be, that is when we create the results that we want. That is when everything shifts.



    LINKS:

    Connect With Me:
    Exceptional Leadership Framework: https://www.rebeccabangura.com/5-step-framework-to-exceptional-leadership
    Book your strategy call: https://calendly.com/rebeccabangura/get_in_touch
    Website: https://www.rebeccabangura.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccabangura/ 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamrebeccabangura/ 

    • 19 min
    What I Learnt from My Mid-Life Crisis

    What I Learnt from My Mid-Life Crisis

    Someone recently asked me why I moved from project management and property development into leadership coaching. And I told them the truth - I'd had a midlife crisis!

    I was in my mid thirties and to be honest, my life was going great. However, one day not long into my new dream role, I had this sudden realisation that I was already looking for what was next. I was searching for meaning in the next role and thinking that when I achieved that, that would be when I would suddenly be happy and fulfilled.

    For many of us, the reality is that even when we achieve the things we want, we remain feeling unfulfilled and hope that the next goal on our list will bring us the happiness we so desire.

    A startling reality for me on my own journey was that though my career meant a huge amount to me, I actually had to look beyond simply my career. I realised that it had become so much of my identity and was what mattered most to me - more than my relationships and even my family. Once I was able to step back and see how crazy that was, it forced me to reassess my life completely in a way that I had never done.

    Now that I’ve come to the other side of that exploration, I truly believe it all boils down to one simple question: What do you want?

    What do you want your life and career to look like? What actually matters most to you in this one, short life? These questions really require us to think beyond just our careers and the roles we have in and outside of work. It requires us to go deeper and think about what will bring us joy, happiness and contentment in knowing we’re in true alignment.

    I do challenge you to really get clear on your answer, because once you know what it is that you truly want, that is when you can actually take the steps to create it.


    LINKS:
    Connect With Me:
    Exceptional Leadership Framework: https://www.rebeccabangura.com/5-step-framework-to-exceptional-leadership
    Book your strategy call: https://calendly.com/rebeccabangura/get_in_touch
    Website: https://www.rebeccabangura.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccabangura/ 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamrebeccabangura/ 

    • 15 min
    Stop Killing the Golden Goose

    Stop Killing the Golden Goose

    If you’re like many leaders in the property and construction industry, you’ll know what it’s like to push yourself relentlessly to deliver results - even at the expense of your own wellbeing. And not only does this put undue pressure on yourself, it likely has a less than desirable impact on those you lead.

    Today, we’re exploring the idea of how to “Stop Killing the Golden Goose” and the consequences of valuing short-term gains over long-term sustainability.

    So what does “killing the golden goose” even mean? If you’re familiar with Aesop’s Fables, you may have heard the story of a farmer who owns a golden egg-laying goose. Now, in pursuit of more wealth, the farmer decides to kill the goose, hoping that inside he’ll find a lump of gold. The result? No lump of gold and now, no goose! The farmer has lost that recurring stream of golden eggs.

    How does this apply to us? This timeless tale is a reminder that making sacrifices for short-term gains can be hugely detrimental to our long-term goals. In this episode, we’re talking about how to produce outcomes and get results without burning ourselves or our team out. We’ll also delve into strategies to work smarter, not harder, in order to set ourselves and our people up for sustainable success. 

    An important part of this, which is often overlooked by leaders, is ensuring that we nurture a culture of growth and support in our workplaces. By fostering open communication, encouraging risk-taking and empowering team members to share their ideas, we have the opportunity to enhance productivity while safeguarding mental and emotional wellbeing.

    While the discussion around production capability and burnout is often boiled down to just taking on self-care strategies, I believe we really need to get clear on what it means in practice for each of us. And as we know, what works for someone will be completely different for someone else. So what are your key drivers, and what are your measures of success?

    Having a better understanding of what is important to you will help you discover what you want your life and career to truly look like. In turn, you’ll find the tools to create the balance you need for your own life path, rather than following in the footsteps of anyone else.

    So join me today and learn how to increase your productivity and that of your team for a healthier, more well-rounded state of being for all. 


    LINKS:

    Resources mentioned: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

    Other useful episodes:
    Earning Trust 
    Constructive Clashes: Why We Need Conflict at Work


    Connect With Me:
    Exceptional Leadership Framework: https://www.rebeccabangura.com/5-step-framework-to-exceptional-leadership
    Book your strategy call: https://calendly.com/rebeccabangura/get_in_touch
    Website: https://www.rebeccabangura.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccabangura/ 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamrebeccabangura/ 

    • 18 min
    Constructive Clashes: Why We need conflict at work

    Constructive Clashes: Why We need conflict at work

    In our daily lives, the word "conflict" often carries a negative connotation. Many of us shy away from disagreement and avoid confrontation at all costs. But what if I told you that conflict has immense power and can spark growth in the workplace?  Join me for this episode as we explore the importance of constructive clashes and why we need conflict at work.


    The Misunderstood Nature of Conflict
    You can find this aversion to conflict at the core of many organisations, and there are a few reasons behind this. Firstly some people find conflict personally uncomfortable, so they shy away from it and don’t realise the potential they are missing out on. Then, some leaders like to surround themselves with people who will support and agree with them unquestioningly. Without diverse perspectives, innovation is stifled.

    Finally, organisations can fall into the trap of thinking that conflict will make employees unhappy and, in order to attract or retain top talent, it must be avoided. Conflict without respect can be destructive, but a workplace devoid of conflict is not a healthy environment.

    Constructive conflict focuses on ideas and solutions, encouraging collaboration and creativity. It thrives on diverse viewpoints, mutual respect, and a willingness to explore new possibilities. In contrast, destructive conflict places personal attacks over issues, leading to a breakdown in communication, trust, and productivity


    Setting the Stage for Constructive Conflict:
    Constructive conflict requires an environment where individuals feel heard, valued, and encouraged to voice their opinions. Leaders need to encourage their teams to voice their opinions, challenge assumptions, and explore new perspectives. 

    We also need to establish ground rules for these challenging conversations. For example what tone of voice or language is acceptable? Even healthy conflict can be uncomfortable, but having these guidelines allows us to stay on track and communicate effectively.  Remember it’s not about who is right or wrong. It’s about coming together to find the best path forward for your business. 


    Embracing conflict in your business is not just beneficial, it’s essential. By redefining our relationship with conflict, we can create dynamic, inclusive workplaces where diverse voices are heard, ideas are valued, and positive change flourishes. 

    • 18 min

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