Victoria Crone is the innovative managing director of Xero NZ and Rest of World. In her career as a marketing and sales executive, mainly in the communications sector, Victoria has learnt you get the best results if you come from a place of inclusiveness and support – as a result, she's big on empowering her team and helping them to get to the next level.
Crone's experience spans from start-ups to mature products across consumer, small business and enterprise sectors, particularly in the comms and IT sectors. She is also director of Aura Information Security and CreativeHQ, a trustee of NZ Hi-Tech Trust and Wiki NZ, and a member of NZ Global Women.
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Do we all enjoy challenge and change?
This question has intrigued me for many years. For the last 30 years I have been on a journey of self -discovery... who am I, how can I make a difference, what is my own potential, how can I support others to find their potential.
Along the way I have spent hundreds of dollars attending courses and seminars. Have the seminars made a difference? Definitely, many times I have travelled up the staircase from "I can’t do it” to “YES I did it”. Every course I've attended has been an amazing experience with many tools being added to my tool kit.
Some people have never embraced self-discovery and in fact think it is a load of mumbo jumbo. Is it therefore a question of letting fate takes its course? Or do we feel we can have some control over our future and our destiny. Perhaps we need to let go of control and let us be led by our intuition!
A New Zealand national paper recently reported a study conducted at Auckland University by a senior lecturer in management and business studies, they said "workers can’t be forced to enjoy themselves". The article was about creating ‘fun’ at work, like social Fridays, casual Fridays, karaoke evenings etc. Some participants enjoyed the social times and others felt they were ‘silly and childish’.
There is now brain research indicating that we are more creative when incorporating play and work. Google and other IT companies have taken on this philosophy. Thank goodness we have research to back this up!
One of the keys that appear to be missing is the power of making small changes.
This is important when we have resistance to any change. It is to about the mind–body holding on to old patterns that are familiar. The exciting part is that small changes can be rewarding and enjoyable, hence melting the resistance and taking a small step towards bigger results.
Can these small steps be taken with the workforce when 80 percent may wish to have a karaoke evening and 20 percent aren’t that keen. Yes, there is always choice and that must be respected, yet at the same time let’s get creative and brain storm small steps so that the 20 percent can be involved without going to their resistance.
Let’s start by asking questions and listening.
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