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Get Your Company Unstuck! with Mpume Ncube-Daka (Ep. #64)

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Building Better Managers Podcast Episode 64 - Mpume Ncube-Daka

Building Better Managers Podcast Episode #64: Get Your Company Unstuck! with Mpume Ncube-Daka

Does your company work hard to identify and get the most from each individual’s unique talents? Or does it just accept talent flight, “The Great Resignation” and “quiet quitting” as unavoidable? The truth is that all your leaders from the C-Suite to your frontline managers can benefit from recognizing the signs and helping people out when they get stuck.

Mpume Ncube-Daka is an internationally-accredited career coach, business mentor, and the Founder and CEO of About Change Conversations. Earning her stripes in the corporate world with Unilever, Nestle, and Ericsson, Mpume has developed practical ways for organizations to benefit immensely by facilitating personal growth and avoiding burnout.

In this episode:

Meet Mpume Ncube-Daka

  • Mpume Ncube-Daka is the Founder and CEO of About Change Conversations, a coaching and personal development company. She is an internationally accredited coach with the International Coaching Federation as an Associate Certified Coach and an Enneagram Practitioner.
  • She earned her stripes in the corporate world. Mpume has worked for multinational and Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed organizations like Multichoice, Unilever, Nestle, MTN and Ericsson. As a qualified corporate-level coach, Mpume has gained a deep understanding of what is required to identify each individual’s unique talents and passion to ultimately benefit organizations while facilitating personal growth. 

Signs That You're Stuck & First Steps

  • There is usually a sense of unhappiness, or of not being fulfilled. You want to then dig deeper and ask where that is coming from. Often times, people don't even have words to explain it, but they just know that they're not where they actually want to be, and something's not going right.
  • There is no energy for you to do anything.
  • You could be procrastinating on a whole lot number of things that you want to do
  • You don't speak up, you don't have an opinion on something.
  • Being stuck is different for different people, so you must identify what that looks like for you.
  • The first step is then trying to challenge yourself out of that hole by creating goals that will get you out of that familiar space, out of the comfort zone.

Celebrating Your Wins

  • When you do challenge yourself into achieving something, it's important to celebrate those wins, no matter how small it is!
  • You need to remind yourself that you've taken an positive, very real step in the journey - each step makes a huge difference. There's a sense of pride that comes with that, and that then encourages you to move forward onto other things.

The Organizational Perspective

  • From the organizational perspective, it's often fairly easy to put up the strategy: these are the goals and this is how we move forward.
  • It's often much more difficult, but is a critical factor, to bring the individual contributor into that strategy, and for people to be able to come to a point where they understand that their contribution is important and valued.
  • Because when they don't understand their contribution, and they don't even understand the "Big Why" of the business, they can really struggle to give their all in that environment.

Takeaways

  1. When you feeling stuck, concentrate on the things that make you feel fulfilled and feeling happy about the work that you do. Take the time to discover where the negativity is it coming from, what is it about, explore that and and put in and all the energy and effort you can.
  2. Take action! Life is too short, but can feel very long being in a space that you really don't enjoy. If you do decide that you're not going to do anything about it, then be content with the situation.

Downloads & Resources

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Mpume Ncube-Daka

Mpume Ncube-Daka is the Founder and CEO of About Change Conversations, a coaching and personal development company. She is an internationally accredited coach with the International Coaching Federation as an Associate Certified Coach and an Enneagram Practitioner. She earned her stripes in the corporate world. Mpume has worked for multinational and Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed organizations like Multichoice, Unilever, Nestle, MTN and Ericsson.

As a qualified corporate-level coach, Mpume has gained a deep understanding of what is required to identify each individual’s unique talents and passion to ultimately benefit organizations while facilitating personal growth. Mpume’s highest qualification is an Masters of Business Administration.

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