Women Taking the Lead

Women Taking the Lead

Women Taking the Lead is a podcast helping women leaders within organizations to grow into and thrive in Senior Leadership. Women Taking the Lead gives women in leadership the tools to develop a success mindset, improve your communication skills, develop collaborative relationships, and create more time.

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August 8, 2022 38 min

Could anyone possibly meet the expectations you have for yourself?

Many of the women I coach have such high expectations for themselves, they sacrifice health and happiness to meet them.

Sometimes the driver is the thought that others are expecting a lot from you. But if you looked closely, is that true? Are others watching you and expecting you to overdeliver all the time?

Or are you assigning them those judgments because in reali...

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How would you describe your comfort level when it comes to confronting conflict?

Do you look at it as an opportunity for growth and relationship building? Do you avoid it in the hopes that it will resolve on its own? Or do you find yourself somewhere in the middle? Perhaps at first observing and assessing the situation. But if it’s clear it’s not going away immediately you take steps to nip it in the bud.

Some leaders choose to ign...

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July 25, 2022 14 min

Have you had a chance yet to hit the reset button or recharge your energy this summer?

If you have and you are raring to go, amazing! But if you haven’t, this episode may be timely for you.

It may be that you haven’t had a chance to take time away yet. Or, you had time away but came back even more tired than you left.

In this episode, we’re covering how to identify the type of rest and recharge activities that are right for you. Be...

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We all have unconscious biases. Men and women, young and old, people from every ethnic background and every socioeconomic class.

While you may be able to catch one of your own implicit biases in a flash of awareness, it’s more likely someone else will point your biases out for you.

Becoming aware of and removing your unconscious biases takes an openness to hear someone out. It takes reflecting on what they share with you, and consi...

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Do you dread one-to-one meetings because you’ll be asking the other person to account for an outcome or their performance?

Many leaders want to have high performing teams but overlook the fact that accountability is at the heart these teams. If you want your team to deliver on expectations or communicate when they can’t, you have to be able to hold others accountable.

Additionally, you need to look at yourself and ask what kind of ...

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Have you experienced the eye-opening magic of seeing from more than one perspective?

When we are children, we believe we are the center of the universe. At that stage in life, we have a difficult time considering why someone would see things differently than we do.

If fact, if someone didn’t agree with us, we made up a story about why this person could possibly not agree with our outlook.

It takes work to shake out of this default ...

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The work I do with my clients often centers around adapting to a new role or promotion. It sounds easy, and many of my clients beat themselves up because they assumed it should be an easier transition than it actually is.

Taking on a promotion typically looks like being further away from the hands-on work that is being done. Trying to stay close to the work, while coming from a good place of wanting to make sure the work his high q...

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How are you at developing others?

  • Would you say you’re a pro at this?
  • Do you need work in this area?
  • Maybe you’re somewhere in between?
  • Making sure your team is getting ongoing learning and development opportunities, formal and informal, is important if you want to hire and retain talented individuals. This also translates into a bigger bottomline for your company and a team that is effectively hitting their goals.

    In this episode, w...

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    Have you ever left a leadership development training feeling like it barely scratched the surface of what you needed? Or, that too much time was spent on competencies you’ve never had an issue with?

    You might have even had your concerns as a leader brushed aside or dismissed with comments such as, delegate that to your team, speak up more in meetings, brag more, or communicate clearly but don’t be too direct.

    All this without any ...

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    As a leader, are you looking to develop any of the following between yourself and others in your organization: more trust, stronger relationships, buy-in, and commitment? How about executive presence, that X-factor that has others stop and take notice? 

    There are a couple of not-so-soft skills, that when applied in combination, will have those around seeing you in a whole new light and admiring you as a leader.

    These skills are: di...

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    How are you at delivering unwelcome news to one of your team members, and then coaching them through the feedback?

    Sometimes as leaders we have to tell a team member that they are off-track or that they’re not going to get what they want.

    It’s not the best part of a leader’s job, but in these conversations are opportunities for growth and development. Not just for our team member, these conversations are great for our growth and de...

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    Does your team know how much you care about them? 

    Do they know how much you want them to experience growth, success and happiness as a part of your organization?

    Or, do you assume that they know because they should know? 

    In this episode we’re covering why consistently show interest in and appreciation for those around you is so important and how to do it effectively. Because, whether you know it or not, your people don’t all like...

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    May 9, 2022 12 min

    Are you leading by example?

    This is a trick question because the reality is you are always leading by example. The question is whether you want the people you lead to do what you are doing.

    Like it or not, people are watching what you're doing and they're listening closely to what you're saying. And, the higher you go up the leadership chain the bigger an example you become. There's a saying when you reach senior le...

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    As with the last episode of Women Taking the Lead I’m asking, for your career, who do you go to for help and support?

    Help comes in many forms and from a variety of sources. Some help you can get for free and some help costs money.

    While I always recommend utilizing your free help when appropriate, and for as many things as you can, it’s important to know that free resources will only get you so far.

    We can get stuck in our careers...

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    April 18, 2022 17 min

    For your career, who do you go to for help and support?

    Help comes in many forms and from various sources. Some help you can get for free and some will cost money.

    I recommend utilizing the free resources when appropriate and for as many things as you can. And, it’s important to know that free resources may only get you so far depending on what your goals and challenges are.

    I’ve seen many women get stuck in their career or with a ...

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    How are you doing getting regular physical activity into your weekly routine?

    No judgement here. When there’s a lot going on it’s easy to free up time by skipping the workout, walk or bike you had already planned.

    In an emergency this is a logical move, but how often it is vital to skip the workout to handle a true emergency?

    Physical activity is not neutral. There are either benefits to getting in some activity or there are conseq...

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    Perhaps never before has the focus of mental and emotional wellness been at the forefront of leadership. 

    According to the Harvard Business Review, “mental health challenges are now the norm among employees across all organizational levels.” In 2021, during a follow-up study to their 2019 Mental Health at Work Report, seventy-six percent of respondents reported at least one symptom of a mental health condition in the past year, up ...

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    Too many of us are not taking time off, despite the added stress caused by the pandemic (and the blurred lines between work and home).

    What if we shifted our perception of what it means to take time off?

    Instead of viewing down time as laziness or a failure, what if we saw time off as an investment in ourselves? It’s about valuing yourself enough to make that investment in yourself and modeling that behavior for others.

    This episod...

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    March 21, 2022 12 min

    Saying No…is this easy for you? Or does even hearing the word “no” feel like a gut-punch?

    We’ve all heard about leveraging the power of “Yes” – but what about saying “No”?  

    In this episode, let’s explore when to say “no” – and how to do it effectively.

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    Episode Show Notes: Transcript and links mentioned in this episode.

    Checklist to Ask Your Company for Coaching: Would coaching help you become a stronger leader? Wonderin...

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    What does “asking for help” mean to you?

  • Do you avoid it at all cost because asking would mean exposing yourself to judgment?
  • Maybe you see the importance and ask for help on occasion, but it’s uncomfortable.
  • Or perhaps you ask for help on the regular and you don’t make it mean anything at all.
  • In this episode we’ll explore why asking for help feels so hard, the benefits you may not be thinking about, and how to request help in a way...

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