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Women Taking the Lead with Jodi Flynn

Women Taking the Lead is a podcast containing interviews with women who have achieved success and men who help women develop their leadership; topical episodes giving insights and how-to's in the areas of leadership and personal and professional development, as well as "on-air" coaching episodes. The aim of Women Taking the Lead is to inspire you to overcome self-doubt so you can follow your true calling, earn the money you deserve, create more time for fun on your journey, develop relationships that support you, and to silence your inner critic, and make working on your mindset for success a top priority.
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Dec 28, 2016

Lin Eleoff is an Internet startup lawyer, but she's more than that — she's the kind of lawyer that wants to help you avoid having to hire a lawyer, especially when you're just trying to grow your business, and money is tight.

That means she doesn't want you to hire her; she wants to show you how you can do a lot of the legal legwork yourself. Her "DIY Legal Toolkit" not only answers your legal questions, it provides you with checklists, templates, and the law you need to know about in order to "cover your assets online." Online entrepreneurs don't know what they don't know, and that means they're exposing themselves to liability, and they're putting their personal assets at risk.

Playing Small Moment

Lin says playing small for her was when she attempted to be all things to all people.

The Wake Up Call

Lin started her online business without knowing what she was doing. After some time, she made a 46-step checklist that she made into a book. A book she wished she had had access to when she first started her business.

 

Style of Leadership

Lin would like to be a leader who leads with grace, to enable those who have the guts and the grit to go for it. She throws in some humor and some sarcasm, just to lighten things up.

What Are You Excited About?

Lin is really excited about her new Mind, Body, Business Freedom Mastermind. She wants to make an affordable community for women who want to find success when starting their own online businesses.

Current Business Challenge

Lin says it has been challenging finding a group of like-minded women who are willing to go all-in.

Your Support System

Lin belongs to a high-level Mastermind Group, she has a business coach, a virtual assistant, and a tech support system.

Leadership Practice

Asking questions is Lin’s practice that makes her a better leader.

Book to Develop Leadership

The Dance of Anger, by Harriet Lerner

The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz

Advice For Younger Self

“You are on the right track. Keep doing what your heart is telling you to do. Yes it’s scary. Keep moving forward.”

Inspirational Quote

“This too shall pass.”

Links

Website: CoverYourAssetsOnline.com

Website: DIYLegalToolkit.com

 

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Dec 25, 2016

Dana Zarcone, known as “The Liberating Leadership Coach,” is passionate about helping her clients live all-in and full-out, step into their power, and enjoy epic success in life and business. Dana has her masters in counseling, is a national certified counselor, certified core energetics practitioner, certified life coach and energy healer. She’s the founder of Source Your Joy™ and is a motivational speaker, author, and host of The Your Shift Matters podcast.

Playing Small Moment

When Dana was growing up, her parents had her life already roadmapped for her. She did exactly what was expected of her. Dana’s playing small moment came after receiving her mother’s discouragement after she told her mom she was going back to college, after becoming successful in corporate America. She ended up staying the course and continuing her work, when it wasn’t what she wanted to do.

The Wake Up Call

Dana decided to leave the corporate world to become an entrepreneur and coach. When she took the leap, she realized that she didn’t know who she was. She had identified herself with her job title and her paycheck for so long, she had no idea how much confidence she lacked. After a breakdown and some soul searching, her wake up call came when she realized she had a purpose in this world. 

Style of Leadership

Dana’s leadership style is about being compassionate, sympathetic, humble, and non-judgmental. She firmly holds people accountable.

What Are You Excited About?

Dana is co-authoring a book, The No-BS Truth: What it Really Takes to Build a Business. She is also really excited about her energy work, and having Jodi as a guest on her new podcast, Your Shift Matters.

Current Business Challenge

Dana underestimated just how much work having a podcast is, so she is in the market for a Virtual Assistant.

Your Support System

Friends and family are supportive of Dana’s ventures. Her virtual friends have really been great sounding boards and mentors. She is thankful for these women she considers some of her dearest friends.

Leadership Practice

Dana does a 5-minute energy routine.

Book to Develop Leadership

Thrive, by Arianna Huffington

Eat That Frog, by Brian Tracy

Who Moved My Cheese, by Spencer Johnson

Advice For Younger Self

“Don’t let other people’s opinions about you and about life determine how you feel about yourself and what you can accomplish.”

Inspirational Quote

“Our deepest fear isn’t that we are inadequate. It’s that we are powerful beyond measure; and there is nothing enlightened about shrinking so others won’t feel insecure around you.”
― Marianne Williamson

Links

Website: http://www.DanaZarcone.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danazarcone

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DanaZarcone

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SourceYourJoy/

Podcast: http://www.YourShiftMatters.com

  

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Dec 23, 2016

In this holiday season while we are putting more effort into being forgiving, cheerful and jolly I thought I’d go over some of the reasons why you might want to continue the effort throughout the year…at least until it doesn’t require as much effort.

We’ve all needed to vent at one time or another. The pressure builds inside of us and we need to release it to a close and trusted confidant.

The mistake I see some women make is bringing that behavior into their professional life assuming everyone they are talking to is on the same page as they are. They voice their grievances indiscriminately and without any commitment to create change for the better.

Another reason I’m doing this episode is as a reminder to myself to always be mindful of the impact I have on others. I’m generally known as a positive person but I have my moments of negativity and I’d like those moments to be fewer and farther between in the future.

Also, if you are a win-lose kind of person I can tell you when you go negative in a relationship you lose. The person being the most negative appears to be the more immature, unstable person and thus will appear to be the source of the problems.

Protect your reputation and your peace of mind by being aware of what comes across as negative and work towards keeping a more positive frame of mind.

Obvious ways we tend to go negative

  1. Complaining about another person, especially when framed in a way to make yourself look good.

This is also a form of gossip and it is as damaging to the other person as it is to you. You may not realize it but you are sending a message to those you are talking with that you don’t know how to handle conflict, that you are not capable of resolving issues.

While you may find people who agree with you and validate your position you also make yourself look weak and untrustworthy. Those around you will believe you to be the type of person who will sell them out as well should you get mad at them.

Instead, find a way to resolve your conflict with the source. If you need to talk through your strategy with someone first, find a trusted confidant who will listen objectively and keep your conversation confidential.

  1. Talking at length about how hard you have it

Everyone is going through something. No one has it easy. It’s okay to share with your friends and close associates an update on some challenges you have to let them into your world and possibly brainstorm some solutions. If the conversation is focused on finding a solution it can actually be energizing, especially to those who love problem solving.

And before you share your challenges, weigh whether or not it is even worth sharing. You’ll be surprised that if you are able to let some things go and not focus on them by engaging in a conversation about them, fewer things will bother you.

We all have things to be grateful for, share those instead.

  1. Saying anything snarky

It’s unprofessional. I’ve seen people try to be snarky in mixed company thinking that it was a good joke but instead it landed like a lead balloon. Sarcasm is easily misunderstood so outside of the private conversation with your other sarcastic friend, avoid it. It’s not worth taking the chance.

Subtle forms of going negative

  1. Disagreeing with everyone’s ideas without expressing any alternatives or offering to help in the solution

It’s okay not to agree with others but when you shoot down other people’s ideas and don’t have a logical reason for it or an alternative you run the risk of looking contentious. Rather than disagreeing outright politely ask questions that would help the other party see the gaps in their plan or reveal information that would help you to see the validity of the idea.

  1. Expressing your opinions without being asked for them.

Have you ever been around someone who was constantly blurting out, “I don’t like that”? Oy!

When asked for your honest opinion it’s okay to be honest, just hold back from laying it on thick.

  1. Moping

This passive-aggressive tactic is usually employed after someone has not gotten their way. Rather than accepting what has been decided they choose to disengage and refuse to participate in protest. This is considered childish behavior and it makes the situation uncomfortable for everyone.

Rather than moping either completely remove yourself from the situation or organization if it’s that intolerable or shake it off and start participating again.

Be the person others want to be around

We all can agree that it’s draining to be around people who are constantly complaining. Don’t be the person others want to avoid because you have a tendency to go negative on occasion.

I go over all the triggers to this behavior and how you can be the person others want to work with, promote and support as you move toward your goals in my book, Accomplished: How to Go from Dreaming to Doing. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N3LH7S0

Resources

Private Facebook Community: Chat, share and collaborate with other women in the community!

Accomplished: How to Go from Dreaming to DoingA simple, step by step system that gives you the foundation and structure to take your goals and make them happen.

Find more resources at https://womentakingthelead.com

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Dec 21, 2016

Michelle McQuaid is a best-selling author, workplace well-being teacher, and playful change activator. With more than a decade of senior leadership experience in large organizations around the world, shes passionate about translating cutting-edge research from positive psychology and neuroscience, into practical strategies for health, happiness, and business success. She blogs for Psychology Today, Huffington Post, and Live Happy, and her work has been featured in Forbes, the Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, Boss Magazine, The Age, and more.

Michelle lives to help people discover their strengths, move beyond their fears, and finally discover what it truly takes to flourish with confidence.

Playing Small Moment

Michelle says her playing small moment came when she requested coffee with a friend who was a C-level executive from a large financial firm, to ask for some career advice. When her contact said she should take on a new role, Michelle was embarrassed, because she didn’t think she had what it would take for a role of that size.

The Wake Up Call

While watching TV one evening, Michelle was amazed to learn there is a science behind how we show up every day. This was her wake up call that maybe she had plateaued in her current position, and it was time for her to learn more about positive psychology.

Style of Leadership

Michelle practices positive leadership. She has a weekly check in and asks her team members “What lit you up the most?”

What Are You Excited About?

Michelle’s book, Lead Like a Woman, was released in early 2016. When she and her partner saw the incredible results, they devised a way to get it in front of more women, through an online program.

Current Business Challenge

Michelle finds it challenging not to be attached to outcomes, and to give her best efforts to the daily processes.

Leadership Practice

Michelle looks for the best in people.

Book to Develop Leadership

Lead Like a Woman, by Michelle McQuaid &
Megan Dalla-Camina

Advice For Younger Self

“Be gentler on yourself.”

Inspirational Quote

“What if everything you dreamed was entirely possible?”

Links

Website: https://www.leadlikeawoman.net

Website: http://www.michellemcquaid.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/chellemcquaid

Character Strength Assessment: http://www.viacharacter.org/

 

Find more resources at https://womentakingthelead.com

Dec 18, 2016

Andrea Goulet is the CEO of Corgibytes, a software development shop dedicated to maintaining and modernizing software applications. Named by LinkedIn as one of the top ten professionals in software under 35, Andrea is the founder of LegacyCode.Rocks, and hosts a podcast dedicated to changing the way we think about legacy code. She keynotes frequently about building a business based on balance, empathy, and trust; the perils of the technical/non-technical divide; and the technical philosophies around working with legacy code. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys helping other people learn how to code, and writing about the intersection of empathy and software. She loves watching her kids explore the world, and is a sucker for a good physics documentary. You can recognize her by the JavaScript tattoo on her wrist.

Playing Small Moment

Andrea says she still plays small sometimes, and she feels the anxiety that accompanies her fear may always be there for her. She finds herself focusing on the negative comments about her work, so she welcomes positive feedback about the impact she is making.

The Wake Up Call

After hearing her husband describe her as non-technical, Andrea realized she was the person who had been holding herself back. He had used the exact words to describe her as she had used to describe herself just days before.

Style of Leadership

Andrea encourages her team members to go outside of their comfort zones. She considers herself a gardener who sets seeds and lets them grow, and tries not to get in the way.

What Are You Excited About?

Andrea is ready to dedicate her time to writing a book and getting it published. She is also excited about the community of LegacyCode.Rocks.

Current Business Challenge

As Corgibytes continues to grow, Andrea is challenged with embracing the growth, while maintaining her original vision.

Your Support System

Andrea’s business partner Scott, who is also her husband, provides her with amazing support. Scott’s parents provide child care which gives them freedom to run their business. All of the team members are willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done.

Leadership Practice

Shared daily journals have been a transformative practice.

Book to Develop Leadership

Daring Greatly, by Dr. Brene Brown

Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office, by Dr. Lois Frankel

Advice For Younger Self

“Recognize no matter what you do, you are gaining an important lesson you can use later.”

Inspirational Quote

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt

Links

Website: Corgibytes.com

Website: LegacyCode.Rocks

Twitter: @AndreaGoulet

LinkedIn: AndreaMGoulet

GitHub: AndreaGoulet

 

Find more resources at https://womentakingthelead.com

Dec 14, 2016

As CEO of Successful Culture, Marissa helps CEOs master the three most critical aspects of business growth: leadership development, strategy formulation and execution, and organizational culture assessment and improvement. Marissa also helps CEOs build the supporting communities they need to grow, including advisory boards and CEO roundtables. Successful Culture ensures organizations have the strongest internal infrastructures and external support systems required to build their greatest organizations, and reach their greatest potential.

Playing Small Moment

When Marissa worked for a company before starting her own business, she was a protégé to the CEO. She had built a business case about why she deserved a raise and the CEO told her she would never be worth more than $34K to his company. For a moment, Marissa thought maybe I am only worth a certain amount. She then remembered her mother saying “Never let anyone else determine your value.”

The Wake Up Call

After a government initiative to only accept lowest-cost providers, Marissa decided her values were not alignment with this style of business, so she left for her own company.

Style of Leadership

Marissa is a servant leader. She believes in a supreme service model for those who work for her and those she works for.

What Are You Excited About?

Marissa’s book, Built to SCALE, helps companies build advisory boards. She is excited to work with CEOs to implement the SCALE model. She also is introducing new roundtables to an existing project, and working on her third book.

Current Business Challenge

Marissa has a tremendous vision for successful culture, and her biggest challenge is to execute all of the many pieces she has planned.

Your Support System

Marissa has a dedicated team of advisors, a Mastermind group, and an EO forum, and her girlfriends are her lifeline of emotional and moral support.

Leadership Practice

Marissa intentionally educates herself, and is constantly aware of the information she takes in.

Book to Develop Leadership

The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz

Advice For Younger Self

“Hire more slowly and fire faster,” and, “Surround yourself with great people.”

Inspirational Quote

Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

“The trouble is, you think you have time.”

Links

Website: SuccessfulCulture

Facebook: Successful Culture

Twitter: @MarissaLevin

LinkedIn: Marissa Levin

Instagram: @MarissaLevin1

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Dec 11, 2016

Upon the creation of Wreaths Across America™ in 2007, Karen Worcester was chosen for the position of executive director. With over 40 years’ experience in the administrative stewardship of various Worcester enterprises, Karen is a passionate champion and spokesperson. As a co-founder of Wreaths Across America, Karen tenaciously works on ways the organization can best remember the fallen; honor those who serve; and teach our children that our freedoms are purchased at a great cost.

Playing Small Moment

When Karen’s second child was born two months premature, she blamed herself. It put things in perspective for her, and she knew if she could survive that, she could survive anything.

The Wake Up Call

Karen struggles with self-doubt and realizes many people just want to be loved and needed. She feels blessed to have understood from a young age, she didn’t need to be perfect, and she could only do the best that she could do.

Style of Leadership

Karen is respectful of the fact that we all have different skill sets and she wouldn’t ever set someone up to fail. She enjoys making other people feel successful.

What Are You Excited About?

Karen is working on a living history project through Wreaths Across America. Through reenactments, they are teaching people about the character of the men and women who stepped up to serve.

Current Business Challenge

Karen finds it challenging to raise funds to get wreaths for all the graves at Arlington National Cemetery.

Your Support System

Volunteers step up and take the responsibility to get sponsorships and make the ceremonies. Many people in her organization don’t take a salary and she gets a lot of support from the community.

Leadership Practice

Karen practices patience, and this makes her a better leader.

Book to Develop Leadership

The Bible

Advice For Younger Self

“Don’t eat the bread.” and “Don’t let a day go by that you don’t appreciate your family, your country, and what you have. Don’t have a pity party, and don’t let the sun go down being unhappy with people around you.”

Inspirational Quote

Give freely, love deeply and always reach down and grab another gear.”

Links

Website: http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WAAHQ/?fref=ts

 

Find more resources at https://womentakingthelead.com

Dec 7, 2016

As a lifelong pianist, Jennifer Eklund has embodied the American entrepreneurial spirit since she was a teenager. She worked as a performer and teacher for twenty years before diving head-on into running her music book publishing company, Piano Pronto Publishing, full-time, starting in 2014. A trailblazer in the evolving print music industry, Eklund is an avid composer of educational piano music and now represents and publishes the works of a growing number of independent composers.

Playing Small Moment

Jennifer says for musicians small moments can come on an almost daily basis. She had created a curriculum she felt needed to be seen in the publishing industry. She accepted many rejection letters before standing her ground and questioning them on why they thought the world didn’t need it.

The Wake Up Call

Jennifer had a contract meeting with a major publisher which made her feel like she would be signing away her life. They edited her piece of music and took all the fun out of it. She knew at that moment she needed to stay independent so she would have control over her own work.

Style of Leadership

Jennifer has a very personal and hands-on leadership style.

What Are You Excited About?

After a summit, Jennifer offered to mentor someone she knew from social media. The venture has since turned into her core business at Piano Pronto. She is excited to create a loyal community of composers who wish to publish their works.

Current Business Challenge

Jennifer is challenged with managing her time. She realizes she needs to take more time for herself and her creative endeavors.

Your Support System

When Jennifer first started her business she was responsible for every function of the business. She now has a team of people she can rely on to help run the business.

Leadership Practice

Jennifer wakes up really early to review her list of short-term and long-term goals.

Book to Develop Leadership

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, by John Maxwell

Linchpin, by Seth Godin

Advice For Younger Self

“Be more curious about the inner working of things.”

Inspirational Quote

You are the star, and the life is your stage. It’s up to you whether or not the audience shouts for an encore.”

Links

Website: www.PianoPronto.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PianoPronto/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pianoteachercentral/

 

Find more resources at https://womentakingthelead.com

Dec 4, 2016

Milly Welsh is the founder of Zebralove Web Solutions, a web development company in Portland, Maine, that specializes in web design & development, mobile app development, and search engine optimization. Milly started Zebralove in 2006 and loves to help businesses, small and large, achieve the online presence they need, to grow to the next level. Milly is currently working on a mobile app, called VibeSquirrel, that will come out for iOS and Android in early 2017.

Playing Small Moment

Milly’s playing small moment was when she took on an enormous project, and because she was a self-taught developer, she didn’t ask for help from other developers. She feared they might think her a fraud.

The Wake Up Call

Milly realizes that by helping other people she is able to grow her business to the next level.

Style of Leadership

Milly is developing her leadership style through collaboration. She knows it takes longer than giving directives but she believes better ideas come out of it.

What Are You Excited About?

Milly is excited about developing her own mobile app, VibeSquirrel, which is a random positive messaging app. She is raising money through Kickstarter to cover the marketing costs.

Current Business Challenge

Milly is challenged by getting all the pieces of her business in place. She may be reaching the tipping point of having to hire additional people.

Your Support System

Milly’s support system consists of her husband, her team members and her dad.

Leadership Practice

Milly has a heart-to-heart conversation with new team members so she can assess where they fit into her team, and how she can help them to move forward.

Book to Develop Leadership

The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper

Advice For Younger Self

“Don’t think too much,” and “Trust your gut.”

Inspirational Quote

Each of your cells is a galaxy in the universe that is your body. You are full of amazing things.” ― VibeSquirrel

Links

Website: www.vibesquirrel.com

Website: http://zebralovewebsolutions.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vibesquirrel/

 

Find more resources at https://womentakingthelead.com

Dec 2, 2016

Today, for this bonus episode, I want to talk to you about bartering. This topic is relevant if you have a business or not, so stick with me.

First, let’s start with selling. The idea of selling, for many women, is an icky thing. We are taught as young girls to be of service and to give for the sake of giving. Usually when we were transacting with money the price was set by someone else and we were not to haggle over it.

And as a coach, the idea that I was selling conversation – something I gave away for free all the time – that was even more difficult.

I remember when I became a newbie coach there was a lot of advice and opinions on what to charge for services and how to have those conversations. I remember being told not to barter my services; that my services are a valuable commodity and I needed to respect that. I can see how this advice was well intended but I have evolved as a coach and a business owner and I want to share my new understanding with you in the hopes that it is helpful to you and gives you some freedom.

Resources

Private Facebook Community: Chat, share and collaborate with other women in the community!

Accomplished: How to Go from Dreaming to DoingA simple, step by step system that gives you the foundation and structure to take your goals and make them happen.

Women Taking the Lead Website: Find more resources to help you on your leadership journey.

Nov 30, 2016

Krystal is a branding, PR, and influence expert who helps women build expert brands that get them more opportunities to make an impact in the world, so they can finally get paid what they’re worth. She’s also an author and keynote speaker who loves helping people stand out.

Playing Small Moment

Krystal realized she was playing small early in her freelance career when she had difficulty charging people for her work. It wasn’t until she found the support of a networking group that she was able to become comfortable asking for her true value.

The Wake Up Call

Krystal started a free networking group named “Women of Denver.” When she decided to make it a subscription based group, she was overwhelmed with anxiety from the responsibility of it all. Her wake up call came when she realized she needed to build her own confidence before she could lead the group using her full potential.

Style of Leadership

Krystal wants people to know the why behind the things she preaches, and she allows people to see the mistakes she makes, and how she moves on to do better the next time.

What Are You Excited About?

Krystal is excited about launching her online course, Stand-out for Success.

Current Business Challenge

Krystal struggles with overbooking herself. She often needs to remind herself that it is ok to put something on the back burner.

Your Support System

It wasn’t always the case, but Krystal has become a master at asking for help. Her husband backs her up in life, and in business, and the leadership team from the “Women of Denver” provide her with welcome support.

Leadership Practice

Krystal allows herself to be authentic in front of other people.

Book to Develop Leadership

The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane

Advice For Younger Self

“You don’t need to have all the answers today, and you won’t have all the answers tomorrow, either.”

Inspirational Quote

Man cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” ― Andre Gide

Links

Website: www.krystalcovington.com

Networking Group Website: www.thewomenofdenver.com

Twitter: @krystalgolead

Instagram: @krystalgolead

 

Find more resources at https://womentakingthelead.com

Nov 27, 2016

Naketa Thigpen, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Balance & Relationship Advisor took the best of her education, aptitude, and experience as a barrier-breaker, and founded ThigPro Balance and Relationship Management Institute to unlock passion, unleash innovation, and maximize profit. As the author of the forthcoming book, Selfish, and a sought-after speaker and podcast host, Naketa has set her daily intention to empower and motivate the willing to balance all that matters.

Playing Small Moment

Naketa takes us back to the first time she recognized she was playing small. She walked into a networking event and felt isolated based on her appearance and personality. She acknowledged she wasn’t comfortable in her “new skin” as an entrepreneur, when she changed her answers based on if the person who approached her was a male or a female.

The Wake Up Call

Naketa’s latest aha moment came when she decided to do a daily 5 a.m. Wake and Breakthrough on Periscope. She didn’t plan on her Grandfather’s words coming back to her to tell her she wouldn’t be good enough, but when they did, she realized she needed to move forward to her next level.

Style of Leadership

Naketa needs to be honest and transparent in order to lead others.

What Are You Excited About?

Naketa is excited about The Dreamer’s Blueprint, which is the new membership community she is creating.

Current Business Challenge

Naketa finds it difficult to find time for business priorities while simple to-do’s are left unanswered.

Your Support System

Naketa’s support system includes an amazing digital media strategist and guru, a dynamic accountability partner and her brain trust advisors sister friend, who she feels has completely transformed her business.

Leadership Practice

Naketa gives herself permission to pause several times daily.

Book to Develop Leadership

The Big Leap, by Gaye Hendricks

Advice For Younger Self

“It’s ok to ask for help, especially from people who truly want you to succeed in life.”

Inspirational Quote

I feel adventurous. There are so many doors that need to be opened, and I am not afraid to look behind them.” ~ Elizabeth Taylor

Links

Website: Thigpro.com

LinkedIn: Naketa Thigpen

Twitter: @BalanceBoldly

 

Find more resources at https://womentakingthelead.com

Nov 23, 2016

Robin Bates is a new small business owner, as of June of this year. She creates unique children’s books, where your precious little one is the star of the story. Prior to starting Jewels Custom Books, she took a four-year hiatus from her 25+ year career as a preschool teacher. She and her husband, Marc, currently have three children, and they were her main motivation in starting Jewels Custom Books. The love of reading is a gift they wish to instill not only to their children, but to as many other kids as possible.

Playing Small Moment

Robin recognizes that some people view teaching as being a glorified babysitter, but she knows what she is doing is very important. Teaching is actually one of her superpowers.

The Wake Up Call

The book, The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats, had a profound influence on Robin at a very early age. Later, when her husband introduced custom books as a business idea she loved it because she knew what it felt like for a child to be the star of the story.

Style of Leadership

Robin believes in mentoring others, and using questions as a learning tool with those she leads.

What Are You Excited About?

Robin is excited to incorporate her own stories into the variety of books her business offers to customers.

Current Business Challenge

Robin is challenged with getting her new product out to the masses.

Your Support System

Robin’s husband is a relationship and business partner, her niece helps put books together, and her various networking groups make her support system complete.

Leadership Practice

Robin likes to go the extra mile for people, and she always treats them the way she wants to be treated.

Book to Develop Leadership

The Bible

Advice For Younger Self

“Just keep doing what you are doing. Stay on the path.”

Inspirational Quote

Fear is false evidence appearing real.”

Links

Website: www.jewelscustombooks.com

Email: robin@jewelscustombooks.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jewelscustombooks

Phone: 1-207-221-6973

 

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Nov 20, 2016

Boom Shikha is a serial entrepreneur, wanderluster, online-business owner, yogi, author, and avid meditator. She's interested in helping you find your life purpose, and get to your Level 10 life.

Playing Small Moment

The last time Boom felt like she was playing small was in the corporate world. She says they almost set up the environment for people to play small by hiding their creativity and not being themselves.   

The Wake Up Call

Boom was working at her previous job when she planned an overseas vacation. Shortly before she was ready to leave, the management team told her about an upcoming launch she would miss if she continued with her travel plans. Boom went to Asia and upon her return, her boss told her how disappointed she was that she missed the launch and that she must not care about the company. Her wake up call was the realization she wanted to control her own time. 

Style of Leadership

Boom trusts her gut and considers herself an intuitive leader.

What Are You Excited About?

Boom is excited about her current artist’s workshops and the desire to become an improv performance artist.

Current Business Challenge

Boom is challenged by continuing to trust and believe in the path the universe has for her, and keeping her ‘keeping on’ mindset.

Your Support System

Boom has a weekly Mastermind Group which gives her a community to build and grow with. Her family also supports her in her business efforts.

Leadership Practice

Meditation is a leadership practice that is crucial to Boom, making her a better leader.

Book to Develop Leadership

7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

Advice For Younger Self

“Don’t go to University and start your business right away!”

Inspirational Quote

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

~ Marianne Williamson

Links

Website: http://www.themillionairehippie.com/

Facebook Group: http://www.whatsyourfreedomnumber.com

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/boomshikhacoach

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/boomshikha

 

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Nov 16, 2016

Changing the world is the reason Daniel Bielak wakes up in the morning. A dynamic speaker and presenter, Daniel’s desire for change has led him to start the Youth Empowerment Podcast, and business danielbielak.com. On the podcast, he has interviewed some of the world’s greatest influencers, leaders and inspirational people.

With a passion for entrepreneurship, helping others and changing the world, don’t be surprised if he’s impacting one hundred thousand youth by the end of 2016, and one million within 3 years. Look out for him in 2035 when he is sworn into office and becomes Prime Minister of Canada.

A Woman Who Has Impacted You as a Leader

Daniel was born nine weeks premature, and diagnosed with asthma. He spent most of his childhood sick, due to his allergic reaction to the asthma medication he was prescribed. His mother took him to the Mayo clinic when she was tired of seeing her son suffer.

His Impact on Women as Leaders

Daniel’s initiative is to empower men to embrace their feminine aspects -- which he knows will, in turn, empower the females in their lives.

What He Sees That Holds Women Back 

Daniel sees women challenged with the confidence to ask questions or to challenge an idea.

What He Has Learned From Women

Daniel is learning to be emotionally open and more vulnerable from the women he works with.

What Changes Are Necessary for Women to Step Up as Leaders

Daniel believes women can benefit from leadership classes, but internally leading their own lives towards their visions and goals before they attempt to lead a team, is a best practice. He says “find out who you are, and then drive your leadership towards it.”

What Are You Excited About

Daniel is excited about his podcast and about publishing the new “You Empower” magazine.

Inspirational Quote

“There is no not.” ― Daniel Bielak

Links

Website: www.danielbielak.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YouthEmpowermentPodcast

LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/danielbielak

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/daniel_theman_bielak

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf5KACREN213KTZxK9PHRpg

 

Find more resources at https://womentakingthelead.com

Nov 13, 2016

Dr. Tiffany Stewart is a national speaker, professional coach and mentor, trained licensed therapist, and tenured associate professor of counseling. She works with individuals, teaching step-by-step how to create the life they want and desire. Her passion is to help individuals, who may be stuck in some area of life, tap into their power and give themselves permission to step into their purpose and create the life they want to live. She is the creator of the L.E.A.P. Success System.

Playing Small Moment

Dr. Stewart’s playing small moment was a large portion of her past, when she was following along with everything she thought she was supposed to do. She didn’t consider that she could think outside of the box and explore her other abilities.

The Wake Up Call

Dr. Stewart was working with a mentor early in her career, when she was looking for guidance. She questioned her own worth, because her ideas were being rebuffed. But when she noticed her ideas were being regurgitated back to her, she experienced her wake up call. This is when she started to trust in herself and her intuition.

Style of Leadership

Dr. Stewart trusts her support group to take care of their responsibilities, but requires them to go hard like she does. She believes in work/life balance for herself and her team.

What Are You Excited About?

Dr. Stewart is super excited about her life right now, as she is creating her life’s work.

Current Business Challenge

Dr. Stewart is challenged as she tries to streamline her work. Her past beliefs of hard work all the time go against her work/life balance philosophy.

Your Support System

Dr. Stewart’s business coach and mentor supports her during her transitions, and helps her feel comfortable as she achieves new levels in her life.

Leadership Practice

Discipline and consistency are the two ruling practices that allow Dr. Stewart to be a good leader.

Book to Develop Leadership

The 4-Hour Workweek, by Tim Ferriss

Advice For Younger Self

Don’t be so hard on yourself.

Inspirational Quote

“I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” ― Thomas Edison

Links

Web: www.tiffanystewartphd.com

Email: tiffany@tiffanystewartphd.com

Facebook: Dr.TiffanyStewart

Twitter: @drtiffphd

Instagram: @drtiffphd

 

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Nov 11, 2016

Accomplished: How to Go From Dreaming to Doing is in Amazon!

Knowing the pain of needing coaching yet not being ready for it I took my coaching system, wove it with personal stories, descriptions [and a free companion course with videos and worksheets] and put it into Accomplished: How to Go From Dreaming to Doing.

Go here to grab your copy and share with a friend:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N3LH7S0

Nov 9, 2016

Katie Grant is the co-owner of Dirigo Public House, a craft beer pub located in Yarmouth, Maine.  After many years in the service industry, she and her chef husband, Ben, opened Dirigo in 2015 where they share their love of great food and drink and a welcoming community with their guests. Katie has a BS in Media Arts & Design from James Madison University and has worked in the corporate design world as well successfully running her own graphic design company after graduating from JMU in 2010.  Katie is a proud life-long Mainer and feels incredibly fortunate to live, work and raise her family in such a beautiful place.

Playing Small Moment

Katie’s playing small moment came when she joined a larger team of graphic designers. She was new to the team and the youngest of the group which made her unsure of her abilities.

The Wake Up Call

Katie’s wake up call slowly evolved as she took control of the managerial activities at Dirigo. Her confidence is continually rising as she is confronted with each new challenge.

Style of Leadership

Katie respects everyone she works with tries to be clear and transparent with them in her leadership role. She and her husband approach leadership as a team.

What Are You Excited About?

Katie is excited to roll out a new menu at the restaurant! She created a new design to go along with the new menu items.   

Current Business Challenge

Katie finds it challenging to train new team members and being patient as people are learning.

Your Support System

Katie’s support system consists of her husband Ben,their families and a community of regular clients and it means the world to Katie.

Leadership Practice

Katie’s daily yoga practice helps her to silence self-doubt and it keeps her happy and grounded. 

Advice For Younger Self

Ask questions when you are unsure!

Inspirational Quote

“We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.” ~ Charles Bukowski

Links

Website: http://dirigopublichouse.com/

Facebook: http://facebook.com/dirigopublic

Instagram: @dirigopublichouse & and @kt.grant

 

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Nov 6, 2016

Stacey Brown Randall has one focus in life: to help business owners avoid business failure. She knows – she’s been there, done that, and received the t-shirt. What Stacey learned when her first business failed – and through years of researching successful business owners – is now what is making all the difference with her current business’ success. And she is sharing all of her secrets. As a business growth accelerator, Stacey’s online programs and live coaching provide a blueprint to follow, to take control of your referrals, your client experience, your business, and your days.

Stacey received her Master’s in Organizational Communication, and is married with three kids.

Playing Small Moment

Not talking about her failed business was Stacey’s playing small moment. She spun a story and told people a corporate job was a better option for her, but it wasn’t. It is a cornerstone of where she is today.

The Wake Up Call

Stacey’s aha moment came as she was reading paperwork for a conference. She read a question aloud as her husband was walking by, and he brilliantly answered the question for her.

Style of Leadership

Stacey says three things make up her personal leadership style. She is not a bossy leader, she plans ahead so decision makers have time to prepare, and she understands that not everyone thinks like she does.

Current Business Challenge

Stacy finds it challenging, balancing her time and effort between the coaching side of her business and the online programs. 

Your Support System

Stacey has the full support of her husband, her family and her virtual assistant. She outsources everything in her business that can be outsourced.

Leadership Practice

Stacey takes deep breaths, and isn’t afraid to take a step back.

Book to Develop Leadership

Man's Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl

Advice For Younger Self

Success isn’t the end result. Be happy in your successful moments.

Inspirational Quote

“Be you, bravely.”

Links

Website: http://www.growthbyreferrals.com

Custom Page for Today’s Podcast: http://www.growthbyreferrals.com/womenlead

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/StaceyBrownRandall

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/staceybrandall

Skype: StaceyBRandall

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Nov 4, 2016

Hello everyone, and thank you for listening in to this bonus episode. Things are getting very exciting and very hectic around here as I put the finishing touches on my book and all the supporting materials that will go along with it.

I recently stopped referring to a “working title” and have said the title with confidence several times so I feel great to finally share it with you. The title of my book is, Accomplished: How to go from Dreaming to Doing.

To help promote the book I’ll be offering it for free for the first several days. If you want me to notify you when the book is live in Amazon send an email today to jodi@womentakingthelead.com and put “I want the book” in the subject line. You’ll get a grateful email from me the day the book is live and you’ll be able to snag a copy while the book is being offered for free.

This episode is a little bit longer than usual but I’ve got a story to share and this is actually an excerpt right from a chapter of the book and it starts with this quote from an unknown source:

“When the why is clear, the how is easy.” ~Unknown

When I was a young girl, I knew in my gut that God had put me on the Earth to do something special. I heard the bible stories, and I knew that, some day, I would have a dream in which God or an angel would speak to me and tell me what my special mission was.

These were the stories I grew up with. The Old Testament is full of them. God was constantly talking to people. I couldn't wait!

And then, as I got a little older, another element of these stories appeared. These stories didn't always have happy endings. 

In fact, the ones who didn't die a horrible death usually didn't live a great life either. Poor Moses was kept out of The Promised Land after all he went through. 

Being called on by God didn't seem so great anymore. I prayed one night for God NOT to call on me. I asked to live an ordinary life.

And for a time I had my way. My life was an ordinary life, and I did ordinary things. In college and throughout my 20s, I envied those people who knew exactly what they were meant to be doing. All the while, I still had this growing feeling in me that I was meant for more, that I should be doing more, and that I was throwing my life away to live an ordinary existence. 

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Thank you so for taking the time to listen in today. If you are not already in the Women Taking the Lead Private Facebook group and would like to be a part of the community go to facebook and enter Women Taking The Lead in the search bar at the top. You’ll see Women Taking The Lead the podcast and there will also be Women Taking The Lead Private Group in the list. Click on the private group and then once on the page click on the button to ask to join. And as always there will be a link in the blog post at womentakingthelead.com

Don’t forget to email me at jodi@womentakingthelead.com and put “I want the book” to get a notification when my book, Accomplished: How to go from Dreaming to Doing, goes live and is free in Amazon.

Thank you for becoming a part of my journey and here’s to your success!

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Nov 2, 2016

Jen Edds is a musician, and HBIC (Head Broad in Charge) at The Brassy Broadcasting Company. She believes that our voices are the most undervalued assets in our businesses, and an often overlooked superpower. Jen serves a diverse client base that includes coaches, healers, and other do-gooders. She is on a mission to get them in the ears, heads, and hearts of their audiences by helping them incorporate podcasts and other audio content into their platforms.

The common thread through her work, in both podcasting and music, is the desire to help others share their stories and voices.  In 2012, she quietly walked away from her comfort zone and a steady paycheck to live her passion and start The Brassy Broadcasting Co.

Playing Small Moment

Jen muses she played small for the first 39 years of her life but she acknowledges she needed a kick start to start singing. Her friend encouraged her to pick up the mic and broadened her horizons.

The Wake Up Call

Jen had an opportunity to play a ranch gig in front of people and other musicians she admired. The other musicians came up on stage did a few numbers which made Jen realize “Why not me?” 

Style of Leadership

Jen’s goal is to help other people be successful and to a place where they don’t need her guidance. She plays roles ranging from hand holder, drill sergeant and cheerleader.

What Are You Excited About?

Jen is getting ready to launch Season 2 of the Brassy Broadcast! She decided to go out of her comfort zone and choose a subject on one thing she has never done.   

Current Business Challenge

Jen is seeing more and more opportunities coming her way but she needs to filter them by factors such as where can she do the most good and where can she help the most people.

Your Support System

Jen is able to be successful because her wife supports her and encourages her to make the necessary changes required for her to be content. She also has a community of talented and supportive musicians surrounding her. 

Leadership Practice

Jen has a morning ritual of meditation and journaling which helps her to become a better leader. 

Book to Develop Leadership

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

Advice For Younger Self

Read the Four Agreements. Nothing is about you.

Inspirational Quote

“Do or do not, there is no try.” ~ Yoda

Links

Website: http://brassybroad.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jen-edds-470351b

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brassybroadcastingcompany/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/jenedds

Twitter: @brassybroadjen

Instagram: @brassybroadjen

Snapchat: Brassybroadjen

 

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Oct 30, 2016

Libby Brockhoff launched her career as one of the founding partners, and namer, of Campaign’s “Agency of the Decade,” Mother London. She was 27 — and she hasn’t slowed down since. As one of the only female creative directors in the industry (women make up 3% of agency leadership), she’s crafted the advertising strategies for Silicon Valley tech giants like Facebook, Microsoft, and YouTube. She reframed the transgender narrative as the creative visionary behind Caitlyn Jenner’s coming out story. She helped activate Obama’s Arms Trade Treaty because she believed in it. And, she leads a dangerous team of equally passionate professionals at the AdAge’s “Small Agency of the Year” (and next “Agency of the Decade”), Odysseus Arms.

Playing Small Moment

Libby was supposed to quit her job and move with her husband to Los Angeles. Her boss told her shortly before she was scheduled to leave, he was starting an ad agency in the UK and she couldn’t leave. She feels her playing small moment was when she moved back to the US.

The Wake Up Call

Libby created the ‘Army of Moms’ to harness and return energy back to women. Her Aha moment was when she realized she could go back and pick up where she left off before leaving the workforce. She could follow her dreams and goals.

What Are You Excited About?

Libby is excited about a project she is working on with Facebook. The Facebook project focuses on the social media company giving back and reinvesting in their workforce.

Current Business Challenge

Libby says it is challenging to bring value to the creative work her company does.

Your Support System

Libby is surrounded by believers. Her husband wouldn’t let her quit, and helped to reignite her passion for her business, and other strong women are frequently reaching out to her, offering their support.

Leadership Practice

Libby says her special leadership practice is spending time with the people she works with.

Book to Develop Leadership

Any Books or Art by Frida Kahlo

Advice For Younger Self

Embrace being a woman, your femininity. Don’t try to hide it.

Inspirational Quote

“Difficulties be damned!”

Links

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/libby.brockhoff

Email: Libby@o-arms.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/libby-brockhoff-6825a14b

Twitter: https://twitter.com/motorhoney2

 

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Oct 26, 2016

J V Crum III helps established business owners and coaches build companies that make a Big Impact and Big Profits. He is the Founder/CEO of ConsciousMillionaire.com, which provides training, coaching, and masterminds through its First Million Academy. J V is a speaker, coach, Huffington Post Columnist, and #1 best-selling author of “Conscious Millionaire: Grow Your Business by Making a Difference.” He hosts the top-ranked “Conscious Millionaire Show & Podcast” and holds an MBA, JD, Masters in Psychology. J V has built and sold successful companies and is featured in the upcoming movie, RiseUP.

 

A Woman Who Has Influenced Your Life

J V says many of his mentors have been women. Mary Ann Reese is a particular female who had a profound impact on him with her neurolinguistic programming (NLP) research and techniques. She stands out to him as having strong leadership skills. 

 

Trends He Sees That Hold Women Back

J V says often times what holds women back is their compassionate and mothering aspects. A woman’s journey is more difficult because in the professional world they didn’t have female models to emulate. 

 

What He Has Learned From Women 

J V has learned that women want to uplift other people. They allow their loving hearts to bleed into their business.   

 

The Necessary Changes

J V says women need to embrace their left-brained strategic qualities. It’s necessary for business.

 

What Are You Excited About

Launching The First Million Academy, Coaching Programs and Masterminds are what J V is excited about right now.

 

Inspirational Quote

“Everything counts!”

 

Links

Free Gift from J V: http://consciousmillionaire.com/freebook

Conscious Millionaire Podcast: http://consciousmillionairepodcast.com/

Conscious Millionaire Website: http://consciousmillionaire.com/

Conscious World Foundation - A global non-profit for young   entrepreneurs: http://consciousworld.org/

Conscious Millionaire Book at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Conscious-

Millionaire-Business-Making-Difference/dp/0976719223/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

J V LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jvcrum

J V Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jvcrum

J V Twitter: https://twitter.com/JVCrum

 

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Oct 23, 2016

Emily was a self-starter from the get-go and began her trajectory of being her own boss by owning a tanning salon in college –

no joke. From there, she started making and selling jewelry online which fueled her passion for online business as a whole. She

moved from designing jewelry to designing websites at Indie Shopography where her natural talent for coding, project management, and ability to use metrics to make calculated decisions has allowed her to continue to expand her reach and impact for online business owners ever since.

Emily uses that experience to share what she knows about building an online business on the Being Boss podcast, where she inspires, writes, and curates content to help creatives own their path and be more boss.

 

 

Playing Small Moment

When Emily moved her jewelry store off of Etsy and on to her own website she decided to sell web design to others interested in doing the same. Her playing small moment came when she undervalued her own work even when she knew it was worth more.

 

The Wake Up Call

Emily woke up one day and knew she had to do a podcast with her partner Kathleen. When a fairly large company contacted them about a sponsorship she realized the podcast was cultivating a community that was hungry for the information they provided.   

 

Style of Leadership

Emily likes to keep things as transparent as possible and she refuses to ask someone to do something she would not do herself. 

 

What Are You Excited About?

Emily is excited about re-launching the Being Boss Club House. It’s a result-focused, paid membership group for their ‘bosses’.

 

Current Business Challenge

Emily finds the daily grind of leading a seven-person team challenging. She is responsible for doling out tasks, keeping things organized and making the business run smoothly.

 

Your Support System

Emily has a six-person support team. There is Kathleen, who is Emily’s business partner at Being Boss.  Her baby daddy and money man makes sure people get paid, and a four-person team of people makes the website and podcast work.

 

Leadership Practice

Taking an interest in other people is one of the things that makes Emily a great leader.

 

Book to Develop Leadership

Rework, by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier

 

Advice For Younger Self

Wake up earlier.

 

Inspirational Quote

Emily’s one-word focus intention is Grace and her word of the month is Joy.

 

Links

Web: http://www.beingboss.club

Web: http://www.emilymthompson.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/emilym_thompson

Twitter: http://twitter.com/beingbossclub

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emilym_thompson 

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/beingbossclub

 

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Oct 21, 2016

Before I dive into the topic for today there’s something I want to underscore: we are all leaders and the first person we lead is ourselves. That’s why leadership development looks a lot like personal development – because it is. As you know yourself better and have better facility over leading and inspiring yourself, you will be better able to bring that to other people.

And before you know it you are having better conversations, attracting the type of people you want to be attracting into your business and your life and then getting the results that take you right to your goal, to your dream or vision…however you articulate it.

Everything you do to raise your own awareness will have a ripple effect on your life.

If at any time you feel like you need to really take this on and work with a coach directly don’t hesitate to reach out to me. It’s what I’m here for.

Okay, so we already got through our stress reactions and who we are not and we dove into finding out who we truly are. We’ve done the work to name our top 5 values and what our Superpowers are.

We’ve been talking a lot about strengths so let’s quickly talk about weaknesses. While our strengths come pretty naturally to us and don’t require tremendous effort, our weak areas take much more focus and attention from us and the finished product…let’s just say it’s good because it’s done.

Your weaknesses are the abilities that don't come naturally to you. When you force yourself to engage in tasks that call out your weaknesses it will drain your energy. And that’s why I refer to your weaknesses as your Kryptonite.

Is it worth expending a lot of energy improving your weaknesses? That is a topic long debated.

My opinion is that if it will benefit you to improve an area you are weak in then do it. If you're doing it as a hobby, great.

If you're expending a good chunk of your resources (time, money, energy) on trying to go from a 3 out of 10 to a 5 out of 10 I say outsource whatever that ability is for you and save your energy on activities that come naturally and have a greater impact for you and your business.

For instance, my weakness is technical details. I outsource any technical updates of my website and Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Could I spend an entire weekend or more learning how to do this myself? Sure. But I would hate it and I would be wiped out for the rest of the week.

I’ve also hired someone to edit my book. I’ve data-dumped everything I know into a document, adding in my personal experience with the concepts and arranging it all in a way that makes sense.

But going back and dealing with the details and minutia are not my strengths. It would be draining for me. I would quickly get distracted and soon I would find other things that need my attention, even though they are not more important!

Truth gets blurry when we are overcome by our kryptonite. Deadlines get missed and before we know it time has passed and we still haven’t accomplished out goal.

Figure out what your kryptonite is so you can minimize your exposure. Find those people who find strength around your kryptonite and let them work with it and vice versa. Working together is how we hit our goals and become more accomplished.

Head over to the post that accompanies this episode because I have a worksheet that will help you to reveal your Superpowers and your Kryptonite. You can find it at womentakingthelead.com/weaknesses/

You can always find more resources and other episodes to support you on your leadership journey at womentakingthelead.com.

I hope this was helpful to you and Here’s to Your Success!

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