Level Up Leadership

Level Up Leadership

This podcast is for chronically busy leaders and small business owners who are ready to get out of the weeds and start leading. Each episode will have micro leadership lessons to be 1 % better each day. Hosted by Kate Peardon, CEO at Zenith Journey.


October 17, 2023 36 mins

In today's world, the concept of career paths has transformed drastically. No longer is the question merely, what do you want to be when you grow up? Because the average 12 year old today will have 17 different jobs over five different careers. Back when I was at school, I had no idea that a profession like mine even existed.

This episode interviews Nicole Dyson from “Future Anything”. She's an accomplished educa...

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In my business journey, spanning from human resources roles to executive leadership, entrepreneurship and consulting, I've honed the elusive art of interviewing. It's been a bit like discovering a superpower, useful not only for recruiting but also for everyday life. Picture this: my first interviews were more nerve-wracking than a rollercoaster ride. So, in today's podcast, I'm dishing out a game-changing inter...

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Today's show is a double whammy, a two-part series tailor-made for all you leaders out there, whether you're steering the ship in a big corporation or you're the captain of your own startup. We're diving headfirst into the wild world of interviews, and trust me, it's not just about asking "Tell me about your strengths and weaknesses." Nope, we're going full Jedi mode here.

In part one, we&apos...

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Welcome to today's leadership podcast episode, which marks the beginning of our exciting leadership interview series. In this series, we will be diving deep into the world of leadership by talking to leaders and specialists to shed light on the multifaceted concept of leadership.

Our first guest is none other than Dr. Alis Anagnostakis. Alis and I crossed paths in Spain and have collaborated on various projects throughout the y...

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Ever feel like you're stuck dealing with those mind-numbing, everyday tasks that almost drive you to pull your hair out? Oh boy, I've been there too. Just the other day, I had this whole drama with the fridge at one of my investment properties. It just decided to throw in the towel, and guess who had to scramble to find a replacement? Yep, yours truly. Talk about a major headache!

And it's not just property ...

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A delightful tale of my coffee machine woes and how professional tweaks can work wonders for your team.

Imagine me, sipping my morning elixir, when I realize it doesn't taste heavenly anymore. Panic sets in—are my taste buds betraying me? Have I become immune to caffeine? But then, it hits me like a caffeine rush—I've got a coffee machine emergency! Instead of splurging on a new machine, I decided to give my faithful ...

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August 17, 2023 3 mins

An embarrassing story of my time as a new manager. Even as I’m recording it I can’t believe I’m sharing it with you. I was in my early twenties, I was confident and competent, but on the inside I was worried that they might notice that I'd never led a team before, and would I be good enough? 

As a new leader, I thought it was my duty to deliver hard feedback. I thought tough love was the way to go, even when facing re...

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August 7, 2023 3 mins

I'm whisking you away (mentally!) to the awe-inspiring landscapes of Patagonia. Picture this: snow-capped peaks, icy blue lakes, and winds fierce enough to unseat a politician's toupee. Back in November 2019, I embarked on a thrilling hiking expedition through this wild wonderland. But Patagonia became more than a physical challenge; it became a masterclass in giving and receiving feedback.

I vividly recall a moment w...

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July 31, 2023 4 mins

Five years have passed since my Vertebral Artery Dissection and Minor Stroke, marking a significant milestone in my journey. While lying in the hospital bed, I set an audacious goal for myself—to complete another half-ironman triathlon in just six months. However, the reality of my condition quickly set in. Simple tasks like walking down a corridor or making a sandwich became monumental challenges. My usual activities, such as coac...

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July 24, 2023 2 mins

I absolutely love travelling and have been fortunate enough to visit 38 countries and counting. Currently, I'm on an exciting adventure, but this time, there's a twist – I'm travelling with my five-month-old baby, Alba. It's a whole new experience that both excites and makes me nervous. I want her to grow up exploring the world, just like me, with a passion for continuous learning.

Interestingly, being a lea...

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July 17, 2023 6 mins

We often get caught up in the never-ending to-do list frenzy without stopping to ask ourselves if the work actually aligns with our goals. Being busy doesn't automatically mean we're being productive. Trust me, I've learned this the hard way, and so have my clients

So, how do we escape this productivity quicksand? It's time to flip the conversation and approach things differently. I'm here to guide you ...

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I'm excited to share my upcoming journey to Europe with my husband and our five-month-old daughter. Over the next six weeks, while my husband takes parental leave, I'll be working remotely and exploring new places during the European summer. To ensure a smooth operation for my business while I'm away, I've implemented five key strategies. 

First, delegation plays a crucial role, and I've entrusted ...

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Join Kate as she takes a thoughtful journey through the first six months of 2023, evaluating the highs and lows in both her professional and personal life. In this candid and introspective review, Kate reflects on her goals, the transformative experience of becoming a new mum, and the impact it had on her business while on maternity leave.

With refreshing honesty, Kate delves into the triumphs and challenges she faced duri...

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June 12, 2023 9 mins

Are you tired of avoiding those dreaded feedback conversations like they're a swarm of angry bees? Well, fear not! In this podcast episode, we dive deep into the world of feedback to help you become a confident and effective feedback giver.

Feedback isn't just about formal performance conversations or receiving grades on tests. It can take various forms, such as verbal or written communication, body language, and...

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The year is 2010 and I decided to quit my high paying corporate job and move to Paris. I was studying an MBA and curious to see the cultural differences and similarities in leadership. This episode shares a story of one night I experienced in Paris watching a french kitchen.

I’ll share two delegation lessons from that night, and how you can apply in your own workplace


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Do you ever feel like a fraud at work? Do you doubt your success despite years of experience? You might be suffering from imposter syndrome, and you are not alone. Tom Hanks, Sheryl Sandberg, and Maya Angelou also experienced it. 

But how can you overcome it? In this episode, we explore the first steps to conquer imposter syndrome. We discuss how awareness is the first step in the AAA model, and we reveal the five types of...

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May 3, 2023 11 mins

Have you ever had the feeling of inadequacy, not deserving your achievements, of being a fraud and worry you'll get found out? This is called Imposter Syndrome. It is a common experience, whether you're a new leader, solopreneur, senior manager, or a C-suite business leader. Whether you're just starting out in your career or a seasoned professional, Imposter Syndrome does not discriminate.

In this podcast episode...

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One key action I talk to all my clients about from new leaders, seasoned leaders, small business owners and corporate execs, is the idea of a CEO session. Now, this is not about the title of CEO, it's about a CEO mindset. In today's podcast episode, I'm going to talk about my own CEO sessions, three examples of some small business CEOs and how they run theirs, a couple of examples from corporate executives, ...

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Earlier this month, (hopefully) you set goals for the year—including mapping out delegating tasks to make it happen.  Maybe you’ve run into a common problem that so many of my clients end up in: How do you keep track of who’s doing what? 

You got so good at getting things off your plate that you created a new challenge for yourself to navigate. This means you’re doing it right! If you’re anything like my clients, you’ll want to...

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Monopoly is one of those games where everyone has slightly different rules. All of a sudden you were playing with someone and a new rule would come out of the blue and your strategy just went out the window. One of the keys to leadership is about setting expectations early, clearly and often. So no one feels blindsided or wants to flip the board game. In this episode, I share three tips for setting expectations with your team and t...

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