What I Learnt About Leadership & Life From a Special Effects Makeup Class

What I Learnt About Leadership From a Special Effects Makeup Class by Tarran Deane Speaker, Mentor, Executive Coach, Commentator on Life & Leadership. Visit www.tarrandeane.com

What I Learnt About Leadership from a Special Effects Makeup Class

Working remotely is part of my professional life. I catch lessons from the most interesting environments and observations.

Recently I had the opportunity to support our daughter during one of her assessments in her Special Effects Makeup Class in Brisbane. Ellie was studying the anthropology of Egyptian Makeup: it’s use and significance in the culture of the day.

I knew I had the capacity to be flexible with my work and support Elle, so we headed off to Brisbane with my laptop, all set for her class and me to work in the Student Lounge until I was needed. I was helping her (and soaking up my time with her, let’s face it!) and still getting traction on my focus areas. It got me thinking as I was surrounded by all these creative Millennials…

Leadership, Makeup Artists and the Makeup of Ancient Egyptians have a lot in common:

  1. Head First:

    We all need to be aware of why we are doing what we are doing AND the company we’re keeping when we set about our tasks. We all have ‘mini-empires’ set up between our ears, with thoughts threatening to rule and have dominion over moods and moments.

    Get your head in the game and be fully present in your role. Serve one another, see through myths (and there were a few of those in the prosthetics class next door) and pursue truth. Oh and just because you think Leadership should look or behave a certain way, think again. I’m always delightfully surprised when stereotypes are challenged.

  2. Be Aware of the Environment:

    Political, Spiritual & Economic: It matters and if it’s not influencing you, it will be influencing members of your team and your client base. Don’t be naive. Research it.

    The ancient Egyptians, male and female, believed the eye makeup they wore gave them healing powers and protected them.The same can be said about other peoples beliefs and their faith. Do a bit of reading on the different faiths; not to judge, but to learn. Be curious and seek to understand. Be prepared to confront your own bias – conscious or unconscious and reflect on what has influenced your opinions to date. Are they consciously yours or a lazy mirror of someone else’s?

  3. Skin in the Game:

    Be invested. Be prepared for people to get to know you. I wasn’t sure what to expect going into the makeup chair, sitting on the high cushioned seat with the bandanna holding my long blonde hair back. My face was being examined. Skin tone, variations, patterns. It’s the same in leadership if you are prepared to be helped and supported you must be willing to take the scrutiny and feedback.People will typically look at your appearance. Your face, your eyes, your mouth. Your gestures, your movements, your hair. Are you attentive, kind, considered?

    Perceptions are being formed in nano seconds like that looping sound track in that retail store right near the food court at the local shopping centre.

  4. Raw Materials:

    Know your tools. Ellie had her range of brushes and palettes, mixing trays, combs, sponges and equipment that put her at ease so she could work through the project at hand. The Ancient Egyptians used a range of local supplies to support their efforts including malachite and galena. While the ingredients formed the khol that lined the eyes, many substances were derived from lead and provided resistance to eye infections cause from local bacteria.Where are you getting your materials from? Are they healthy for you and your team to be working with? Do you have the latest MDSS – Material Data Safety Sheets?

    by @tarrandeane #leadership #speaker

  5. Study to be Your Best:

    You can be better or be mediocre. As I worked on my laptop at the National Academy of Beauty, the students were all in prepping for the practical session by researching and confirming their knowledge of the history of the Egyptian makeup, its’ history and application.In your workplace, make a point of discovering and documenting the history. You can download the Pinterest App, scroll through Snapchat and Instagram threads, but if all you are doing is glancing and NOT studying, your skill set won’t be enhanced.

    Organisational story-telling AND the real facts – warts and all, empower individuals to deal with the real truth and carry out their work with full transparency.

    Decide: Look at the methodology of people you admire. What do you see about their character and capability, their talent and their regard for others by @tarrandeane #leadership #speaker

  6. Practice Your Skills with Different Models:

    No two workplaces or people will be the same. Be gracious, study the individuals, ask questions, build rapport, know what is shaping appearances and behaviours.As an educator of more than 20 years I know how deceptive and risky it can be to find your delivery-style groove, a treat every audience the same way, without taking into account the different learning styles people have.

    Take the images below of me with the black wig on. Some of you absolutely love it; others loathe it. Some see the eye-makeup and totally miss the deeper story or possibly think this is REALLY how I dress up for work.

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  7. Review the Results and Leverage Them:

    When Ellie finished my special effects makeup she was content but not satisfied, always ready to improve. I like that in my team – that sense of continuous quality improvement, without being paralysed by perfection. Ellie’s teacher assessed, thought the eyes were brilliant, base blending was good and the photograph was taken with the accompanying black wig a’la Cleopatra-esque.

    I liked what I saw in my daughter, this creative Millennial that is forging her own path.

    The culture of their workplace was abuzz with banter over in one corner, quiet concentration in another. The natural light streaming in from a Brisbane winter 23 floors above ground was calming and gorgeous. This team of young professional makeup artists were given the opportunity to serve, nurture, lead, hone their craft, work with others and be enterprising. It felt good to be amongst them, this cohort. I am excited for them.

    Here’s How I Leveraged the Makeup, the Artistry and the History of the Egyptians and you can too in your workplace
  • Applied various filters directly in the photo gallery. Reality can be harsh, that’s a fact. Stark highshadow is just that – stark!
  • Used various photo editing apps on my iPhone including: Canva, AdobeSpark and RIPL
  • Once back in the office, I turned on the tripod lighting and took a range of stills and video that I can now splice away and insert to my hearts content
  • Created thumbnail templates, website images, quotes, and Social posts.
  • Wrote this Blog
  • And, spent time with my daughter. Now that was priceless.

 

And Now with a little text on the image courtesy of RIPL Pro by Tarran Deane BLOG What I Learnt About Leadership From a Special Effects Makeup Class by Tarran Deane Speaker, Mentor, Executive Coach, Commentator on Life & Leadership. Visit www.tarrandeane.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, next time you’re working remotely, take a look around and consider:

  1. Go in Head First
  2. Be Aware of the Environment
  3. Put Some Skin in the Game
  4. Check Out the Raw Materials
  5. Study to Be Your Best
  6. Practice Your Skills With Different Models
  7. Review the Results and Leverage Them

Now, all you have to do is Decide and Execute!

 

 

ABOUT TARRAN DEANE:

Tarran Deane is the CEO of Corporate Cinderella Leadership Development Company. Wife, Mum and Step Mum to four daughters, Tarran is a regular Commentator on life and leadership.

Consulting across diverse industries and speaking in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Auckland, Phoenix and Orlando, Tarran has presented to more than 36,000 audience members and been featured in numerous articles, blogs, podcasts and magazines

From fleeing Victoria Bus Station in London as a 17 year old, at the height of the IRA bomb raids, to walking the runway as a National Finalist in the Face of Australis, to stepping up into key influential roles in Australia’s Not for Profit sector, and now running alongside leaders from diverse industries including finance, engineering, mining, health, ministry, associations, government, private enterprise, retail, hospitality and tourism, this woman is adept at braking under speed, cornering safely and doing what she can to help others live life by design, on purpose and full throttle, so no one gets left behind.

Contact Tarran Direct on +61 417 654305 for

  • Media Enquiries or email
  • Speaking Enquiries or email
  • Mentoring Enquiries or email
  • Consulting Enquiries or email

 

 

 

 

Cliques at work - conflict . tarrandeane.com

Clicky Workplaces: How to Recognise Them and the Impact on Your Health and Do Something About Them.

POSITIVE CLIQUES vs. Negative Clicks

  1. A small exclusive group of friends or associates. Vb. To form, associate in, or act as a clique.[1]
The most important thing to a lot of people is to belong to something thats hip or whatever. To be a part of something thats not society, just a clique. 

– Ric Ocasek

 

There is no doubt that there are some people that you will connect with more easily than others. You’ll gravitate towards them during break times. You’ll enjoy similar conversations and maybe have a fair bit in common away from work.  Some groups form naturally based on personality and common interests or departmental responsibilities. Occasionally, negative groups gather to erode culture and ‘accuse to excuse’.

Cliques aren’t all bad. In some instances, they’re extensions of the positive relationships you formed in the school grounds. You gained a sense of belonging. At work, you have the opportunity to create something pretty special and share a common objective.

On other occasions you may have felt excluded. Rejection is such a torrid emotion and we don’t want anyone experience this kind of bullying.

Are You a  Welcoming Person?

Welcoming people can transform a workplace into a community, a clan or tribe. Members are linked through a united purpose and common focus that goes beyond the individual weaknesses and strengths.

Keith Abraham, Certified Speaking Professional, speaks about building a Passionate Tribe. Allan Pease, FRSA CSP, is the expert on Body Language. The authors of numerous books, both gentlemen impart insightful, practical tips in a down-to-earth manner on how you can build passionate performance [Keith] and increase the effectiveness of communication [Allan].

The Clicky Workplaces: How to Recognise Them and the Impact on Your Health

If you’re in a destructive workplace click you’ll recognise it by the:

  • negative language that is used,
  • the gossiping that occurs about people that aren’t present including colleagues and the mysterious ‘management’
  • meal and break times are extended inappropriately
  • there’s careless regard of company resources
  • the emotional hold that the ‘negative influencer’ will have over you
  • divisions start to occur and one or two people are really feeding it

 

Cliques at work - conflict . tarrandeane.com

If you start to feel any of the symptoms of stress: heart palpitations, headaches, nauseas, or a general unease, you may be finding it difficult to extract yourself from an ‘advancing click.’

Check out the policies and procedures on bullying, review your team development goals, and be confident in aligning your behaviour with company expectations. At the end of the day, the clique is not going to pay your mortgage. Honour your employer and your employment contract.’

Signs of a Healthy Clique Within Your Workplace or Networks

You’ll notice your workplace has a healthy clique if:

  1. people don’t gossip negatively about each other
  2. they believe the best in each other and care enough to confront
  3. team members are in unity behind the vision, mission, and values of the organisation
  4. there’s a willingness to serve one another.
  5. People are demonstrating clear personal boundaries, dignity, and respect
  6. communication channels are clearly defined and utilised
  7. they spur each other on with encourage and back up their words with action
  8. encourage ongoing learning and continuous quality improvement
  9. the workspace is inviting – whether sparse or luxurious

 

How to Find a Positive Clique – The Checklist:

  • Join social networking sites individually and as a company that align with your core values and affiliated industries.
  • Work together to establish regular intentional team building opportunities amongst various departments and areas of responsibility. Engage an external facilitator to run the events
  • Look for instances where individuals are being held accountable for their behaviours if they’re not lining up with the organisational values
  • lnnovation and service are highly prized
  • Find a coach or mentor that will help you be a better leader. Choose a skilled person that you really connect with, who can resource you with practical tips, and coach your conversation skills.

[1] Source: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/clique

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR – TARRAN DEANE

Tarran Deane CEO of Corporate Cinderella Leadership Development Company, Conference Speaker, Breakout Speaker, MC, Executive Coach, Change & Trust Consultant #Leadership #PSA www.tarrandeane.com/alphabet

 

Tarran Deane CEO of Corporate Cinderella Leadership Development Company, Conference Speaker, Breakout Speaker, MC, Executive Coach, Change & Trust Consultant #Leadership #PSA

Buy Your Copy of the Book: www.tarrandeane.com/alphabet

 

S01.E04 Real Conversations ~ The Awesome Show #LeadershipPodcast with Tarran Deane & Russell Pearson

The Awesome Show Podcast S01.Episode 04: real conversations, confrontation & other awkward moments

Ep 04 Season 001 of The Awesome Show Podcast with Tarran Deane and Russell Pearson Subscribe at www.theawesomeshow.com.au

 

In this episode Tarran and Russell discuss Real Conversations, Confrontation & Other Awkward Moments

Leadership is not always the glamorous soapbox position that many believe it is. We know there’s not always a cheering crowd of supporters.

From time to time, it’s necessary to have often difficult, robust and sometimes confronting conversations with those we’re working with, in all areas of life.

This episode we review the different obstacles and pitfalls that you may find in your leadership conversations and discuss strategies for getting the very best results from your communication.

This episode, like every episode of the Awesome Show, captures the warmth, banter and straight forward conversation shared by Tarran and Russell as they draw on their combined skills of the executive and entrepreneur. It’s jam packed with insights for current and emerging leaders!

 

PLAY >>> Catch this BONUS End of Season Episode right HERE

READ >>> The Transcription PDF [coming soon]

SUBSCRIBE >>> www.theawesomeshow.com.au to future episodes!

TELL US >>> Join us on your favourite social media channel and tell us your key takeaways from this episode! Be sure to use the #LeadershipPodcast #theawesomeshow hashtags too!

Join us >>> for a practical look at leadership, resources that we’ve found helpful and have your questions answered on…The Awesome Show!

 

We’d love to know your thoughts and experience!

 

 

ABOUT THE CO-HOSTS: Tarran Deane & Russell Pearson

Tarran and Russell met during an International Leadership Institute in Arizona, during November 2014. They were representing Professional Speakers Australia in volunteer Leadership positions in Queensland and Victoria. Both flat out with work, and loving their spouses and kiddywinks, Tarran and Russell weren’t even sure if they’d like each other! Then they met and a madcap, crazy brother-sister relationship emerged. They came back from the United States with some great ideas, purposefully kept in touch, and launched The Awesome Show as a Pilot Podcast Season for Emerging Leaders.

Since launching the Program and partnering together they’ve both enjoyed a great sense of community, strengthened the bonds between their respective PSA states, grown their businesses, spent time with each other’s family and reached more Leaders together!

Now that’s simply awesome!

Tarran Deane: Speaks and Consults to Executives and Senior Leaders on Change, Connection & Communication to Drive Results from Brisbane – Gold Coast Australia

Email Tarran: ceo@tarrandeane.com

Russell Pearson: Speaks and Consults to Companies and Organisation on Brand Design and Execution from Melbourne Victoria

Email Russell: russell@russellpearson.com.au

 

S01.E03 Self Mastery for Leaders ~ The Awesome Show #LeadershipPodcast with Tarran Deane & Russell Pearson

The Awesome Show Podcast S01.Episode 03: Mastering Me | Self-Mastery for Leaders

 

Ep 03 Season 001 of The Awesome Show Podcast with Tarran Deane and Russell Pearson Subscribe at www.theawesomeshow.com.au

 

In this episode Tarran and Russell discuss Self-Mastery for Leaders

Masters of the Self! An ever expanding journey. Sometimes we get so tired of ourselves. I mean, really all the distractions, the responsibilities, the tasks, the problems. It’s enough to make a grown up’s eye’s leak from the pressure of it all.

How do we become the BEST in all areas of our life…OR…is that what it’s really all about? How do we become the best Father, Mother, Wife or Husband?

Today we discuss what it takes to bring out the best in ourselves in this very busy environment and debate the very essence of what self mastery means to us personally as leaders.

Things like boundaries, priorities, core values, not negotiables, delegating, transitioning, peak vs. flow and more.

This episode, like every episode of the Awesome Show, captures the warmth, banter and straight forward conversation shared by Tarran and Russell as they draw on their combined skills of the executive and entrepreneur. It’s jam packed with insights for current and emerging leaders!

PLAY >>> Catch this BONUS End of Season Episode right HERE

READ >>> The Transcription PDF [coming soon]

SUBSCRIBE >>> www.theawesomeshow.com.au to future episodes!

TELL US >>> Join us on your favourite social media channel and tell us your key takeaways from this episode! Be sure to use the #LeadershipPodcast #theawesomeshow hashtags too!

Join us >>> for a practical look at leadership, resources that we’ve found helpful and have your questions answered on…The Awesome Show!

We’d love to know your thoughts and experience!

 

 

ABOUT THE CO-HOSTS: Tarran Deane & Russell Pearson

Tarran and Russell met during an International Leadership Institute in Arizona, during November 2014. They were representing Professional Speakers Australia in volunteer Leadership positions in Queensland and Victoria. Both flat out with work, and loving their spouses and kiddywinks, Tarran and Russell weren’t even sure if they’d like each other! When they met and a madcap, crazy brother-sister relationship emerged. They came back from the United States with some great ideas, purposefully kept in touch, and launched The Awesome Show as a Pilot Podcast Season for Emerging Leaders.

Since launching the Program and partnering together they’ve both enjoyed a great sense of community, strengthened the bonds between their respective PSA states, grown their businesses, spent time with each other’s family and reached more Leaders together!

Now that’s simply awesome!

Tarran Deane: Speaks and Consults to Executives and Senior Leaders on Change, Connection & Communication to Drive Results from Brisbane – Gold Coast Australia

Russell Pearson: Speaks and Consults to Companies and Organisation on Brand Design and Execution from Melbourne Victoria