Entrepreneur and Investor with 20 years of experience in setting up and incubating start-ups the world over. With a keen interest in technology enabled business, I am an enabler of entrepreneurship initiatives in emerging markets. I have also been a proponent of women in business. In my other life, I am a daredevil Skydiver, aspiring pilot and an adventure addict.
Women Entrepreneurs 101: Rules of Leadership: 10 ways to be influential as a woman
Being influential means that your position in an organization does not make you the leader of your organization. You "the leader" must make the position influential. You may not end up being influential if you have the right credentials, the right education or even the right experience. To be a successful entrepreneur you need to gain the influence in your organization and earn the right to become a leader.
Leadership is influence.
As women, we are already in a great place to start. We are mostly communicative, emotionally intelligent and compassionate. So where do we begin training for influence.
1. Start with making friends.
Making friends is the fundamental of increasing influence. You may never be successful in being of influence if you have not been able to gain the trust of people as friends.
Friendships are made. Never won.
2. Show genuine interest in other people and their lives
People can decipher a genuine concern from a fake one. If you are not the kind of a person who feels interested in other people’s lives and stories, it will be difficult for you to connect with them at a deeper, emotional level and you will not have an impact with your thoughts on them.
3. Help someone
Always lend a helping hand. Open up your network to other people to assume a helping role in the challenges of their lives.
4. Be honest and sincere
If it’s not from the heart, it will not have an impact. Be honest and sincere in your relationships. Give from the heart.
As women, you are good at articulation of your thoughts already. Morph this into your biggest asset. Communication is not only about how you can influence other people to listen to you but also how you inspire them into the world of your values. For women, communication is perhaps our biggest asset for achieving daily leadership.
6. Set goals and achieve them
People respect focus. Set goals and achieve them. Do not promise something you cannot deliver and if you do fail to, apologize and keep trying. Credibility for women is even more important. In a world which is negatively biased towards our professional acumen, it is even more pertinent that you work towards achieving your goals and create a culture of perseverance for yourself and your team.
Listen more than talk. Always be present. When you listen, it opens up inroads into the psyche of the person talking to you . Understand where people are coming from, their motivation and what the most important driver for their lives is. This will help you communicate with them better and influence their careers and team goals more objectively.
8. Be Accessible
Be available for your teams. Be available for your network. However successful you are, your influence is about people who are influenced by you and not your personality in isolation.
Meet and know people. Contribute. Be a part of like-minded formal groups. Create change.
Mentorship is a two way process. You learn from your mentees and your mentees educate and embrace your experience. Mentor your team. Tell them about your experiences. Have them ask you questions and guide their beliefs. Help evolve their lives by finding time to guide their career paths and learning process.
If as a leader you do not possess leverage or influence, you will end up being ineffective.For that you will require that you have a buy in from your teams and therefore create a situation where people don’t agree with you just because their paychecks depend upon you. They must be participatory because you can influence them in that manner. And they believe in you.
In 2007, while working on a blueprint for the technical deployment of a smart city project in the middle east; the infrastructure was not so complex, we had thought of connected devices but the Internet of Things economy was in its absolute basic infancy so the development of applications was really just reduced to a control platform of data exhibits. In hindsight, we were limited in our vision for the city by the screens and devices we would have to deploy to get mobility incorporated and last mile connectivity ensured.
11 years hence, I am excited to be working on another huge project for a citywide deployment. Assessing the deployment in terms of readiness of the city technology base, its use in the creation of a suite of smart city applications and adoption by the residents; there seem to be a myriad possibility if only the right model for the right city be deployed.
The most significant barrier, however, seems to the sensorization of the city infrastructure. Something that was co…
When you express a strong or a divergent opinion, your listeners may use cognitive distortions to interpret your opinion.
The fact of our lives is that what you say will go through the mental filters of those you are saying it to- their experiences, their rules, their upbringing, their culture and their disposition before being parsed and understood by them. You are in no control of how they will understand what you say but you can mitigate the erosion of the message by creating a safe environment for them to understand it.
Here are a few recommended actions:
Use a Behavior or Value Frame: People build a series of mental "filters" through biological and cultural influences. They then use these filters to make sense of the world. Thoughts become opinions and are affected by attitudes, rules, beliefs, and worldviews The choices they then make are influenced by their creation of a frame. Framing selects certain aspects of an issue and makes them more prominent in order to elicit ce…
Ciphertrace just reported that more than $700M was stolen from Crypto Exchanges in the first six months of 2018. The current market cap of the top 100 cryptocurrencies globally is around $250 Billion. With a thousand plus of cryptocurrencies and globally distributed exchanges; a new crop of cybercriminals is emerging - The Exchange CyberCrims.
Most exchanges and startups issuing new coins are not regulating the identity checks of the users and most of them are represented by anonymous addresses. This is a big loophole in creating trust in the system.
When crypto criminals stole $2000 in coins from me in a transaction a few months back; it was even difficult to trace or enable regulation to trace the transaction. They were gone and the services were never performed. The laws trail behind as always. Cybercriminals 1; You Zero.