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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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Aug 12, 2016

I am a logical person and one of the most useful tools when applying logic is deduction - the process of ruling out.

Deduction is very effective. So effective we call the ability to use this process as one's "powers of deduction."

In the workshops I do with young leaders I ask them, "Who do you want to be as a leader?" 

They are often stumped by this question and often times respond with, "I'm not sure who I want to be but I know who I don't want to be as a leader - my [current/former] bad boss."

That is the power of deduction and without realizing it shapes who you are as a leader, as a partner, as a coworker, as a friend and as a parent. We remember how we felt when we had to deal with another person and those who upset us tend to make a lasting impression and that experience shapes who we become – hopefully for the good.

In my early experience as a leader I put more thought into avoiding being perceived as a "bad boss" than I did being perceived as a good boss. It's all part of the process and it then lead me to consider what experience I did want to create for my team.

Here I'm telling my own bad boss story...and it's a good one.

Starting from a place of who I was not as a leader I came to an identity of who I am as a leader.

Here is another area we are going to look into to determine who you are not…

You Are Not Your Stress Reactions

Have you ever been in a negative relationship or a situation and over time you notice there are some changes in your personality and how you respond to things. Changes and responses that you are not proud of.

Rather than saying the sweet words we hear in dramas, "they make me a better person" or "they make me want to be a better person" you find yourself uttering, "I don't like who I am when I'm around them." Or, "when I'm there I'm like a different person."

This is who you are not!

You say those things, you do those things but they feel wrong and you don't like it. That's the sign that it's not THE REAL YOU.

Whenever you feel at odds with how you are showing up and how you are behaving you are sure to find your default stress reaction at play.  This is your alter-ego, the persona you become under stress to try to protect you from any perceived threat.

When I get stressed I become very controlling. I micromanage and get lost in details and research. If you know me you would know details and research are not where I choose to hang out on a day-to-day basis. 

Likely, when your alter-ego is a play you'll find yourself doing things that are the opposite of what you would normally do if things weren't so tense.

The issue with the alter-ego is it started to develop when you were very young, when you didn't know as much as you do now. Think 6-8 years old.

Since the alter-ego came into existence you have become more experienced, skilled, wise and resourceful. But your alter-ego isn't aware of that and so it jumps in to save the day thinking you are not capable to handle the situation, that you are still 8-years-old, and as a result your alter-ego makes you feel small, incapable and out-of-control.

In the next several bonus episodes I’m going to cover some common stress reactions. I'm hoping you will gain an awareness of your own alter-ego so you'll be able to see it in action when something stressful occurs.

With this awareness you'll be able to make a different choice; you'll be able to respond to stress as you really are: powerful, capable, resourceful and committed.

Find more resources at https://womentakingthelead.com

 

Aug 10, 2016

Everything Chloë Thomas does is focused on eCommerce strategy and marketing.

She is the author of four books, speaker, and host of the eCommerce MasterPlan Podcast. Her latest bestselling book is, Customer Manipulation: How to Influence your Customers to Buy More and Why an Ethical Approach will Always Win.

Key Takeaways:

[2:45] Manipulation encourages people to do things. We are all manipulators.

[7:33] The Customer Manipulation Model is applicable to both eCommerce and retail type businesses.

[9:31] Breaking down the Customer Manipulation Model. 

[18:13] How to transition an inquirer to a first-time buyer.

[25:49] Chloë’s current business challenge is getting her sales funnel full of repeat buyers.   

[28:24] Chloë’s support system is mostly outsourced and optimized to give her more bandwidth for her business.

Mentioned in This Episode:

Women Taking the Lead Episode 45 with Chloë Thomas (https://womentakingthelead.com/chloe-thomas/)

eCommerce Masterplan (https://ecommercemasterplan.com)

@chloe_ecmp on Twitter

Customer Manipulation: How to Influence Your Customers to Buy More and Why and Ethical Approach will Always Win (http://customermanipulation.com/)

Find more resources at http://womentakingthelead.com

 

Aug 7, 2016

Lauren Copeland is an empowering Life and Clarity Coach for amazing women who feel the call to be more, do more and live more! By working together, we discover what your 'mores' really are in life and business, how you can make them happen, and pursue the life you love without sacrificing your unique self.

Playing Small Moment

Lauren knew the 9-5 was not for her and she was excited to get the opportunity to be a stay at home mom. But, people close to her didn’t seem to understand her decision. She says her playing small moment was when she let the opinions of others color how she viewed herself. 

The Wake Up Call

Lauren truly had an A-ha moment, when her husband asked her if she could really overcome her shyness to become a life and clarity coach. It lit a fire under her to do what she felt compelled to do and that would bring her joy.

Style of Leadership

Lauren is a listener, an analyzer and very optimistic. All traits that contribute to her nurturing leadership style.   

Current Leadership Challenge

Lauren is finding it challenging to dodge her insecurities while launching her business.   

What Does Your Business Support System Look Like?

Lauren is part of an online community of female entrepreneurs that, she says, gets her through when she has questions or when she needs support.

What Are You Excited About?

Lauren is excited to be launching a 5-day challenge to help people prioritize their tasks, make the most of their time and find balance in their lives. 

Leadership Practice

Consistently working towards her own personal development is one practice which makes Lauren a better leader. She is able to learn new ideas that she can share with others.

Book to Develop Leadership

Make it Happen by Lara Casey

Advice For Younger Self

“Value is not determined by anything on this earth. It is determined by Christ.” 

Inspirational Quote

To live is to choose. But to live well, you must know who you are, what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there.” - Kofi Annan

Links

http://www.laurenecopeland.com/

https://www.facebook.com/lecopeland/

 

Find more resources at: http://womentakingthelead.com 

 

Aug 3, 2016

Suzanna McGee is a former Ms. Natural Olympia bodybuilding champion, now a competitive tennis player, author, speaker, raw vegan athlete, and performance and injury prevention specialist with over 25 years of experience. She is certified by the National

Academy of Sports Medicine and holds a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University. She is also the author of Tennis Fitness for the Love of it and The Athlete’s Simple Guide to a Plant-Based Lifestyle.

Playing Small Moment

Suzanna had never thought about being an entrepreneur until she arrived in Venice Beach, California. A client, who later became her mentor, helped her to realize that she could make a career in the fitness industry. He kept telling her that she needed to get certifications, but she was hard-headed. While she was aware that she knew a lot of things, she didn’t realize the certifications would give her credibility, as she was still adapting to the culture in the US.

The Wake Up Call

Suzanna knew she wanted to spread her knowledge, with the world, by writing a book and speaking. But she feared that her level of the English language would get in the way. Her wake up call came when she decided to start a blog, and people accepted her and along with her accent.

Style of Leadership

Suzanna leads by example. If there is a new way of eating or a new exercise, she always tries it first before telling other people to try it. She also leads by sharing her story. If people see that she can do it, then maybe they think “I can do it too”.

Current Leadership Challenge

Suzanna struggles, because she believes she needs to get her message out to more people, but she really doesn’t like to travel. Speaking through media, like podcasts, may be her way forward to achieving her goals.

What Are You Excited About?

Suzanna has decided she is going to start learning pole fitness. She feels she needs to master this skill and is excited about taking on the challenge.

Leadership Practice

Suzanna says that by being grateful, every day in every way, influences people around her. 

Book to Develop Leadership

Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

Advice For Younger Self

“Cherish what makes you different.”

Inspirational Quote

Take small actions daily. Small actions will compound and become bigger every day.” - Suzanna McGee

Links

www.tennisfitnesslove.com

https://www.facebook.com/SuzannaMcGeeAuthor/

 

Find more resources at https://womentakingthelead.com

Jul 31, 2016

Jessica Williams is a career and leadership coach for women and founder of The Superwoman Project where she is dedicated to helping women declare ownership over their professional lives to achieve more money, success and joy. Jessica holds a Master’s

Degree in Strategic Communications from The University of Oregon, is a Certified Martha Beck Life Coach and a 200-hour Certified Yoga Instructor. She is also the host of The Superwoman Chronicles, a podcast highlighting the work of extraordinary women around the globe.

Playing Small Moment

When Jessica started her own business she found herself trying to understand her audience, figuring out what she was actually doing and looking for a “magic bullet” in the form of someone to tell her what to do.  She decided to invest in a business coach but after a very short period of time, she had feelings of misalignment and anxiety. She had to come to terms with losing her investment and start doing it all on her own. But, as soon as she started trusting herself and owning her expertise her business exploded.

The Wake Up Call

Jessica’s wake up call came when she left the best job in town. Even though through this position she was held in high esteem and influential in her community, she just couldn’t stay. She realized there is no need to wait until something gets really bad before we come into alignment with our calling.

Style of Leadership

Jessica goes inward when it comes to leadership. She tries to figure out where she is holding back and how she can remove the obstacles others are having on their way to success.

Current Leadership Challenge

Jessica is interested in the challenge of empowering women. She wants to create a movement so women can take care of themselves without becoming more masculine.

What Are You Excited About?

The Superwoman Chronicles podcast is what has Jessica really excited right now. She loves highlighting the work of amazing women all around the world.

Leadership Practice

Meditation is the practice that allows Jessica to know herself better which leads to her being a better leader. 

Book to Develop Leadership

The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner

Advice For Younger Self

“Stop worrying about everybody else and learn to take care of yourself.”

Inspirational Quote

Do not now seek the answers which cannot be given to you, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now.” - Jessica Williams

“Be the mystery at the crossroads of your senses, the meaning discovered there.” - Rilke

Links

www.thesuperwomanproject.com 

www.thesuperwomanproject.com/free-stuff

Find more resources at: https://womentakingthelead.com

 

Jul 29, 2016

I'm just going to bottom line it. Taking care of yourself – body, mind, and soul – is the foundation of being and feeling successful.

People often dismiss this key component of success because they become overly focused on the end result – a new job, a career advancement, another degree or certification.

And if you're in my tribe of entrepreneurial minded, Type A, ambitious women, you know this is one of your stumbling blocks.

Success Starts with You

Anyone can push hard for an immediate goal. However, if you’re focused on success that will last, you're going to have to take care of yourself. 

As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The first wealth is health.”

Dr. Stephen Covey, author of the best-selling book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, calls it “Sharpen the Saw”.

Successful people develop and maintain a balance or focus in four areas of life: physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual.

When we renew ourselves continually in each of these four areas we enhance our ability to cope with the inevitable challenges that come at us.

Keep in mind that while self-care is key, it’s imperative you pay close attention to your habits – because your habits determine your success.

You can do all you want to take the best care of yourself– but if you’re not willing to honestly examine and alter your habits – don’t expect to get anywhere fast.

Go back to the last episode/post, The Secret to Being Successful With Ease, to help you get in the mindset to commit to forming new habits.

I'm going to focus on four key areas but I've also got a worksheet below that you can use to identify where you need focus on taking care of yourself.

Read more and find all the resources shared in this post at https://womentakingthelead.com/feel-successful/

 

Jul 27, 2016

Carrie Hartunian works with business owners and entrepreneurs to develop accelerated growth strategies in highly competitive industries. She creates and executes strategic growth plans,  directing integrations and marketing automation, as well as  manages projects and establishes benchmarks for success. Her expertise in fostering winning cultures, increased productivity and reducing costs in mission-driven environments are just a few of her recognized talents as a talented and accomplished leader.

Playing Small Moment

Carrie didn’t feel like she was playing an essential role at her family owned business but she had big aspirations to become significant. Her small moment came when her family’s company was purchased by a group of venture capitalists. The COO hired her for a short 6-month transition period. It was then that Carrie started to see her true value. She tapped into her special gifts and began acquiring other companies and moved into the advertising world with great success.

The Wake Up Call

Carrie was ripe for a wake up call. The position she was in didn’t give her a reason to mentally get out of bed in the morning. But as a single mom, she needed to be thoughtful in her decisions. When her discomfort grew to disabling, she dusted off her resume and accepted what was at that time a risky out of state opportunity to help an ad agency get off the ground. It was there she was able to surround herself with people she could learn from.

Style of Leadership

Carrie believes in inspiring enthusiasm in her team because it helps to motivate them towards goals. If a team doesn’t buy into a leader’s vision, then the plan won’t work. A leader must listen to the team and be open to changing their plan if a great idea comes out of brainstorming.

Current Leadership Challenge

Carrie’s current challenge is trying to scale her service-based business. It is a ‘which direction to lead her business’ type of challenge.

What Are You Excited About?

Carrie has been working with business people to elevate their brand by writing a book and getting it to rank on amazon. The book is designed to build the client’s authority, generate leads and gain a profit. She says there is nothing more exciting than telling a client they have made it to #1 bestseller in multiple categories.

Leadership Practice

Parenting taught Carrie how to overcome challenges in creative ways which made her a better leader. She also adapts her observations from people watching in to her leadership practice.

Book to Develop Leadership

Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews

Advice For Younger Self

Don’t worry, the dark moments are temporary and they will pass.

Inspirational Quote

Everything is temporary, it will pass.” - Carrie Hartunian Smith

Links

www.SmartMarketingConsulting.com 

 

Find more resources at https://womentakingthelead.com

Jul 24, 2016

Steve Forbes, the Editor-In-Chief of Forbes Media has called him a “Grand Master” of communications skills and Elite Books has called him “One of the fifty most influential business thinkers today”.

Dave Frees is an attorney, author, entrepreneur and speaker who has lived a fascinating life that took him across the globe and exposed him to master communicators, persuaders, and negotiators in hundreds of nations and across many cultures. He is a master of teaching enhanced communication and how to go from being persuasive to being truly influential

A Woman Who Has Influenced Your Life

Dave lives and works in a very estrogen-rich environment but his earth-mother wife has the biggest impact on him as a leader. Dave is normally the fiery one and his wife has a more subtle way of dealing with things in their relationship. An example of this is when Dave increases the sound of his voice intentionally with their children. His wife thought it had gone a little too far so she calmly pointed out that raising his voice did not seem to be an effective way of communicating with the kids. She pointed it out several times until Dave realized she was right and promptly stopped raising his voice.

What He Sees That Hold Women Back

Dave notices that many intellectual women, especially in helping professions, do not charge clients what they are worth. He says they seem to be afraid to take credit for their hard work. And, they are often surprised to learn that if they don’t charge people, they will not believe the service offered has value.

What He Has Learned from Women

Women have taught Dave two very important things. One is the skill of being adaptable in their communication style and they are good at making sure their message is heard which led to him writing his book, The Language of Parenting. The second is the skill of patience when communicating. 

The Necessary Changes

Dave sees many women who are leaders or in the process of becoming leaders who impose limitations on themselves. He believes that if they overcome internal objections they can hone in on their leadership skills.   

What Are You Excited About?

Dave’s new program, Persuasion to Influence, has him really excited. He is building and testing different aspects of his program at his live events.

Inspirational Quote

No plan survives contact with the enemy. So, plan early and often.” ~Dave Frees

“The quality of my communication is the quality of the response I get.” ~Dave Frees

Interview Links

Website: http://www.successtechnologies.com/blog

Twitter: https://twitter.com/davefrees

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

 

Find more resources at https://womentakingthelead.com

Jul 20, 2016

In this episode, I welcome Michelle Dutro to the show. Michelle was a military veteran by the age of 22 and she joined the fire department at the age of 35.  Michelle has always been determined to pursue her dreams. She has spent more than a decade working in a field of preventative medicine which has spurred her to emphasize the importance of good health. Her goal is to inspire and motivate others to pursue their passions in life.   

On the way home from school in 7th grade, Michelle saw someone being bullied. She believes that witnessing someone being treated badly and not do anything about it is the most intolerable form of evil she can imagine. She vows never to allow another person go through what that person went through. It is her mission to be a voice for those who don’t have one.

Playing Small Moment

Michelle doesn’t feel she has a small moment; she just wants to help people find their special gift and follow their special purpose. She has been that way her entire life. She believes that not following a purpose in life is not an option. She helps people to remember what things they loved doing before society, parents, or culture got in the way.

The Wake Up Call

For Michelle, there was no landmark epiphany. She lives in a constant state of evaluation about how she can do better and how she can do more. She decided to become a firefighter because she felt it was the most effective way for her to help those who need it most. Analyzing how she handled emergencies led her to educate people on how to avoid emergencies in the first place. Michele knew her work should focus on prevention.   

Style of Leadership

BOLD and confident. Michelle doesn’t mince words and she doesn’t hold back. She says there is a very big difference between being nice and being kind. She defines kindness as seeing someone for who they truly are and then helping them become who they need to be. Placating people through being nice only enables them to stay where they are or to play small.

Current Business Challenge

Michelle’s biggest challenge is the linear thinking required for paperwork. She is aware that being organized is not her gift and often finds herself putting these types of tasks on the back burner.    

What Are You Excited About?

Michelle is excited to launch her online course and new book. It’s a life reboot for people who feel stuck or uncertain about why they are here in this life. 

Book to Develop Leadership

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Advice For Younger Self

No matter what, believe that anything is possible. Don’t push away emotion. 

Inspirational Quote

Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny.” - Mahatma Gandhi

Links

www.innernorthstar.com

www.thegamechangerpodcast.com

 

Find more resources at: https://womentakingthelead.com/

Jul 17, 2016

Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Alicia Cuello, a National Conference Speaker, a facilitator, and coach who specializes in non-verbal communication. She has spent over 20 years reading and interpreting body language and she is the host of the popular podcast series Body Language for Sales Success. She earned her Master of Human Resource Management degree from the University of Houston.

When Alicia describes her unimaginable childhood it might make you think that she and her four sisters would never have amounted to anything. But when you see the businesswoman Alicia is today, you truly understand how resilient she is in every aspect of her life and career. In fact, she still uses some of the skills she learned as a young girl to propel her forward in her industry.

Despite Alicia’s past, she has been able to overcome all obstacles with the help of women mentors early in her career. It was the first time someone cared about what she could accomplish and she bent over backwards to be the best that she could be, for them.

Her goal is to make the world a better place through a combination of HR and body language.

Playing Small Moment

Alicia’s mentor, Lynn told her, “You remind me of myself but you are screwing it up.” Lynn was a Vice President and the head of nursing at her place of employment. She would meet with Alicia one-on-one and help her to get her act together. Alicia says “Lynn saw something in me. She made me believe I had so much more to offer.” Alicia’s small moment happened when she allowed Lynn to help her believe in herself.

The Wake Up Call

Alicia had spent 20+ years in Human Resources where the pay was good but the work was starting to crush her soul. She stayed a while longer, knowing she wanted out. So, she made the decision to get a business coach and with his help she started Underlying Communications and eventually left corporate America.

Style of Leadership

Alicia isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. She steps back to observe and absorb how the game is being played before she makes a leadership decision. She believes power can be found in silence. When she is ready to effectively lead, she leads by doing. She feels more like one of the pack than someone who stands at the helm barking orders.

Current Business Challenge

Alicia says maneuvering through all the noise is her current business challenge. She has been sharing on all of the social platforms and even video-blogging for some time, but the time has come for her to create proposals and network herself and her business. She says the process is like an additional full-time job.

What Are You Excited About?

Alicia is excited about a new opportunity to give a presentation to two large, national HR organizations in San Bernardino. It gives her the opportunity to turn a bad situation into something that benefits people.

Book to Develop Leadership

Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make that Sabotage Their Careers by Dr. Lois Frankel

Advice For Younger Self

“Get into therapy sooner. You are better than this and your behavior is a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

Inspirational Quote

“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you are saying” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Links

Website: www.underlyingcommunications.com

Email: alicia@underlyingcommunications.com

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

Free Gift: http://www.underlyingcommunications.com/interview-with-jodi-flynn-invitation-and-free-gift/

 

For more resources go to https://womentakingthelead.com

Jul 15, 2016

Welcome to this 16th bonus episode for Women Taking the Lead.

In the last bonus episode I talked about how it’s so important to have a picture in your mind of what success is going to look like and a sense of how you are going to feel when you get there.

I also did a guided exercise to help you with that so if you have not listened to that episode yet go back and listen to Bonus Episode: A Future You’ll Be Excited About.

I’m talking to you now about commitment but it’s really important you have something worth committing to.

When you have that really important something come back to this episode as I guide you to the next step.

At the beginning stages of forming what success will look and feel like you have the thought, but no action or very little action to back it up. If in the past you stayed in this phase you probably noticed that you were just wishing and wishing, and then you noticed all the time going by with no wish granted.

Every now and again you may take tentative steps toward this dream. You try something new; you buy lottery tickets or you try to form a new habit that will get you better results. If it doesn't pan out you go back to wishing.

If you want to achieve that success you imagine it will require changes; changes you must commit to.

Access the full transcript and find more resources at https://womentakingthelead.com

Jul 13, 2016

Today I am pleased to talk with C S Wurzberger, also known as the Green Up Girl. C S is on an important mission to inspire people to care for the earth and its animals. She offers earth-friendly, adventure-packed activity packs for children, teens and adults so they can safely explore the earth and its animals. She does this by hosting podcasts and publishing a series of how to Greenup guides. She is also the founder and director of Zoocademy, the teaching zoo that travels to you. C S loves guiding children, teens and adults on fun and virtual expeditions to meet exotic and endangered animals. She enjoys connecting with organizations working to save endangered animals from extinction and sharing simple ways people can join in to live a greener, cleaner healthier lifestyle.

C S started giving nature classes when she was 12 and that was just the beginning. For the past 12 years, she has been the Director of a 150 acre petting zoo with 300 animals, and she previously owned a web development/Internet marketing company. She has published 5 different books on marketing as part of the Wildly Profitable Marketing series for related industries. Her name, The Green Up Girl started in Vermont. When she was young every first Saturday of May was Green Up Day in Vermont. This day is for people in the community to get outside and help the environment by picking up trash. C S says trash on the side of the road has always bothered her, so much so that she drove her mother crazy. No matter where they were, she made her mother stop so she could pick up trash along the road.

Playing Small Moment

C S found it difficult, at first, to think about what her small moment was. And, then it hit her like a lightning bolt when she realized she has been playing small her entire life. She knew when she was only seven she wanted to inspire people to take care of the earth and its animals but she always let her various careers get in the way of her true path. When her soul started crying out for attention is when she decided to follow the path of her life’s mission.

The Wake Up Call

The last few months have been life changing for C S. Her mother’s death and an out-of-the-blue real estate listing reminded her of all of the skills she had acquired during her life and how they could now be used to run her mission-driven company.

Style of Leadership

C S is a “let’s get it done” type of leader. She is all about accomplishing her client’s ultimate goal and making it happen.   

What Are You Excited About?

Her new Zoocademy project is what has got C S in a tizzy. She is excited to get earth and animal education in front of all the children she can. Plus, she vows to keep the entire project dutifully licensed. 

Current Business Challenge

C S is actually having trouble sleeping because she is so passionate about the work she is doing. She’s really hoping to find a balance between her self-care practices, meditation, and her strong desire to move her projects forward.

Book to Develop Leadership

The Success Principles - 10-Year Anniversary Issue by Jack Canfield

Advice For Younger Self

C S would go back and advise her younger self to stay focused, trust herself and not to let anyone or anything derail her.  

Inspirational Quote

“What we appreciate we preserve. What we value we conserve. What we are taught we understand. And, when we understand, we can come together to protect the earth and its animals. ”

Links

TheGreenUpGirl.com

www.facebook.com/TheGreenUpGirl

zoocademy.org/

 

Find more resources at https://womentakingthelead.com

Jul 10, 2016

Karen Jehanian is the Owner/President of KMJ Consulting Inc., an innovative transportation engineering consulting firm located outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The firm focuses on improving mobility. She began living her true passion as an entrepreneur at 8-years-old. She likes to be the best version of herself and continually improve, while helping others to do the same. In her spare time, she volunteers, reads, plays golf and takes long walks on the beach. 

At a young age, Karen was surrounded by entrepreneurs and a very courageous mother. Her Grandparents started from scratch, making use of their fantastic work ethic and family values. Karen knew by the 7th grade she wanted to own her own business. She landed in civil engineering and went to the co-op program at Drexel University. One of the reasons she started her company was because she wanted to create a more friendly and productive culture with an atmosphere that inspires creativity and where the people care as much about each other as they do their product and their clients.

Playing Small Moment

Karen’s biggest small moment was brought on by an uncomfortable feeling she had. At first, she didn’t believe she could run a business on her own. She thought she needed a partner, but just before they incorporated she realized she was making a big mistake and could succeed on her own.

The Wake Up Call

Karen says sometimes you have to hear the same story repeatedly for it to sink in. As a woman, Karen tended to think ‘this is happening because I am a woman’. But one day, she shared a problem she was having with a group of male colleagues and someone said: “Oh, I have that problem on a daily basis”. So, she asked him how he had dealt with it and he responded: “I tell the person to get out of my office and to handle the problem themselves”. It changed her life. She accepted that she did not have to accept responsibility for everything someone puts in front of her, she could just say no.

Style of Leadership

Karen prefers a collaborative leadership style. She likes to envision her team in a row boat and they are all rowing in the same direction towards their goals. 

What Are You Excited About?

Karen is excited to start teaching a course in Entrepreneurship at Drexel’s Close School of Entrepreneurship. She says that teaching has helped her to expand her mind and to better understand people. 

Tips to Become a Better Leader

Karen says her daily meditation and prayer practices make her calmer which also makes her a better leader. Also, she sleeps well when she expresses her gratitude.   

Book to Develop Leadership

How to Become A Great Boss by Jeffrey J. Fox

Advice For Younger Self

Karen would tell her younger self to take more risks earlier in her career and to play a team sport, so she could have learned more about give and take.

Inspirational Quotes

“Anything is possible.” ~ Karen Jehanian

Links

www.kmjinc.com

 

Find more resources at https://womentakingthelead.com

Jul 6, 2016

Paula Gosney is a writer, businesswoman, feminist, warrior, speaker and mom. At 11-years-old she was sent to boarding school, and during her teenage years she became the victim of sexual assault. Her 20’s were spent seeking pain relief through a mix of hard drugs, alcohol, and personal development masters. She established her first business at 21. Her current endeavor, Belief School, is an accumulation of all she has learned, taught and lived. Her personal vision is to help other women heal more quickly, accept love earlier in their lives and contribute to their own lives sooner. Much like what she would have done, had she been exposed to the principles she teaches today sooner. 

“As women, we need to celebrate our broken bits and stop the righteousness, stop the blaming and hold each other up. Because we are bloody awesome.” - Paula Gosney

Playing the Small Moment

Women succumb to two types of fear. One is an intuition-based fear which comes from deep in our subconscious. It is a healthy, survival-based fear. “Women are taught to ignore our gut feelings,” Paula says, “but what we should be doing is giving ourselves permission to trust this fear”. The second type of fear is one we should not allow ourselves to fall prey to, as it is one of the greatest poisons of our society. It is when we feel this fear telling us we cannot do something or we are not good enough that we need to embrace the moment and know that we are not the voices in our heads.

The Wake Up Call

Paula’s wakeup call came during some of her darkest days. She was listening to her inner victim and living the life it chose for her. One day, a profound thing happened as she was sitting in her car. Almost mystically, the clouds parted, the sun hit her shoulders and she thought “Wait, I get to choose how my life will be”. She found it empowering and now teaches others that if we stop listening to our inner victim we will become creative, solution-focused and powerful.

Style of Leadership

Paula believes in a service based leadership approach and leading by example. She says “we have to be the lighthouse and light the way for others by owning our own mistakes.” She adds “the world around us is a reflection of who we are being.”

What Are You Excited About?

Paula is bursting with excitement over her new book The Fuck Off Handbook for Healing and Celebrating Your Broken Bits. It’s just now coming together but she already knows it’s really good. It is a practical guide about shedding shame and owning our experiences. She adds that this book may not be the last as she certainly has 1 or 2 more books in her.

Leadership Challenge

Paula faces the challenge of moving into a bigger mindset. In her other businesses, she has always done everything herself. Her new project requires more funding and more partners. Everything is expanding. She is presently adopting a THINK BIG mentality and moving past previous challenges.   

Book to Develop Leadership

The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer

Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion by Sam Harris

Advice For Younger Self

Paula says she would grab her 16-year-old self by the shoulders and say “This is not about you. This has nothing to do with you. You get to choose your story.” and “Define what gives you satisfaction for yourself, don’t let it be defined by the people around you.”

Inspirational Quotes

Paula finds it beneficial to choose one of her limiting beliefs and then write her own success quote around it. 

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Gandhi

Links

How to Be Recognized for the Work You Do Webinar

Belief School

Belief School on Facebook

 

Find more resources at https://womentakingthelead.com

Jul 3, 2016

Nicole Hoglund is a marketing + small business coach. Her experience in marketing started out in 2008 and has evolved as the industry has changed over those years. She loves all things that deal with your brand and getting your message out into the world through online marketing. She believes that attracting the right customers to your website through strategic intentional content marketing is how you can achieve your own version of success! In her free time she loves yoga, wine, her dog, + husband!

Playing Small Moment

While working as an Account Manager at her previous job, Nicole had a contact she had a conflict with and this older gentleman’s disrespectful words made her feel small. And, she found herself playing small by letting self-doubt creep in. Nicole realized then she needed to stop internalizing what others say to her based on their own jealousy.

The Wake Up Call

Nicole had a wakeup call after her miscarriage, which led her to re-evaluate her life and career choices.

Style of Leadership

Leading by listening and cheering people on is Nicole’s style of leadership.

Current Leadership Challenge

Getting her voice heard and having people see her as a leader is Nicole’s leadership challenge.

What Are You Excited About?

Nicole is excited about the creation of her eCourse, which is for small business owners to take charge of their online content.

Leadership Practice

In order to be a better leader, Nicole has to practice these 3 things each day: tell her husband she loves him, take her dog for a walk, and shutdown her computer at 5 pm.

Book to Develop Leadership

For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker

Advice For Younger Self

As a twin sibling, Nicole’s advice to her younger self is that it’s OK to be her own person and she doesn’t have to compete constantly with her twin.

Inspirational Quote

“Celebrate what you want to see more of.” ~Thomas J Peters

Interview Links

www.honestlyable.com

Nicole Hoglund on Instagram

Nicole Hoglund on Twitter

Nicole Hoglund on Facebook

 

Find more resources at https://womentakingthelead.com

Jul 1, 2016

Welcome, welcome I’m excited to have you here with me because I’m talking about something I really enjoy talking about: imagination.

I’ve talked previously about how the women I work with all have a vision of themselves achieving success. There is some image they have in their mind that represents the moment when they’ve made it.

Not only do they see themselves achieving success they imagine what it is going to feel like when it happens.

Because it’s so real for them they live like it’s a foregone conclusion. They might be facing obstacles now but they live like it’s a matter of time and hard work.

That success is theirs to be had.

It’s the image and the story in their mind that makes it so real and why they are able to keep going even if their current reality doesn’t support their vision.

In a related article in Entrepreneur magazine three examples are given of this phenomenon:

  • “Boxing legend Muhammad Ali was always stressing the importance of seeing himself victorious long before the actual fight. 
  • As a struggling young actor, Jim Carrey used to picture himself being the greatest actor in the world. 
  • Michael Jordan always took the last shot in his mind before he ever took one in real life.”

The question is posed: If you can’t picture yourself achieving success in your mind how will you do it in real life?

Sometimes I struggle with this myself but I’ve found it helpful to get some guidance so for the rest of this episode I’m going to guide you through seeing yourself to success.

If you are on the go pause it here because you’re going to want to come back to this and frankly this would be dangerous to do if you were driving.

Find a quiet spot where you can sit in solitude, away from any distractions.

Guided Exercise

I hope that helped you to see and feel the kind of success you want in your life. If you struggled with this exercise, that’s okay. Go for a walk, go about your day and come back and do it again.

Sometimes if there is too much noise in our head it’s hard to really get into an exercise like this. Shake it off and try again another time when you don’t feel the world pulling at you.

I also want you to take the information you got and start recording it.

I have a worksheet that you can access in the blog that accompanies this episode.

Go to womentakingthelead.com/future and you’ll find it right at the bottom of the post.

If you think this will be helpful for other women share this episode. If you don’t have an image and a feeling of what success will look like you’ll continue to trudge along hoping one day things will get better.

I don’t want that for you. I want you to be mission-driven because when you have a mission you have confidence and energy and a clear direction to take.

I love feedback so please share your experience with this on the blog or anywhere you found this episode. I’m here to support you and cheer you on.

Thank you so much for joining me today and here’s to your success!

Find more resources at womentakingthelead.com

Jun 29, 2016

Deedra Determan has 20+ years of marketing experience starting on the agency side at Ackerman McQueen Advertising Agency to 10 years in the television industry. Deedra went on to launch niche websites for moms including 918moms.com, 405moms.com, and MoneySavingQueen.com with over 100,000 moms visiting the websites each month. Deedra then followed her true passion in launching D2 Branding, an innovative marketing firm igniting brands to be the market leader in their industry through marketing, public relations, social media, advertising, strategic partnerships, sales, website creation, search engine optimization, content creation, video production, graphic design, and more!

Playing Small Moment

Deedra’s playing small moment was her first job offer right out of college with Ackerman McQueen Advertising. She showed up for her first day of work and was lead to the front desk, but Deedra didn’t end up being the receptionist for long. The experience turned out to be a valuable lesson.

The Wake Up Call

Deedra’s wake up call occurred during her son’s premature birth, which is when she realized what was truly important in life. This event catapulted her decision to leave her corporate job and go into business for herself.

Style of Leadership

Although her leadership style has evolved over the years, Deedra is more lenient now and chooses to lead by example.

Current Leadership Challenge

The business challenge Deedra is facing with D2 Branding has to do with scaling her business beyond herself. She is the face of the company and she needs to find more consultants with a similar approach to her style, in order to safeguard the authenticity of her brand.

What Are You Excited About?

Deedra is excited about being a mentor for thrive15.com, which is an online education company for entrepreneurs.

Leadership Practice

Deedra leads by example, she is an incredibly hard worker and will do whatever it takes to get the job done.

Book to Develop Leadership

Scale: Seven Proven Principles to Grow Your Business and Get Your Life Back by Jeff Hoffman and David Finkel

Advice For Younger Self

Deedra would tell her younger self to GO FOR IT!

Inspirational Quote

“Everybody has a calling. And your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible what that is, who you were meant to be, and to begin to honor that in the best way possible for yourself.” ~Oprah Winfrey

Interview Links

www.D2Branding.com

www.thrive15.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/deedradeterman

https://www.facebook.com/deedra.determan

 

Find more resources at https://WomenTakingTheLead.com

Jun 26, 2016

Emily Mottram grew up in Pennsylvania and received her degree from Penn State University. In 2007, she and her husband moved to Maine where her passion for functional, yet beautiful spaces led Emily to start Mottram Architecture and start pursuing design with an emphasis on cold climate building. She is licensed in Maine, Pennsylvania, and New York. Her burning desire is to design simple, attractive, durable homes that use space efficiently but in a soulful and creative way.   

Playing Small Moment

Emily's playing small moment was when she realized she was going to have challenges; since her degree in Architecture is a male-dominated field. However, Emily made a decision that she wasn't going to let that define her.

The Wake Up Call

In 2009, after starting her business, Emily took on work as an Energy Consultant; instead of going full force into her company. She was working long hours; once she made the decision to cut back her workload; more opportunities started to present themselves in her business.

Style of Leadership

Emily's style of leadership is learning and analyzing what she has learned. Emily doesn't care how she gets to a destination as long as it leads to the right place in the end.

Current Leadership Challenge

Emily's biggest challenge thus far is educating people. She is trying to get the knowledge out there using terms people will understand.

What Are You Excited About?

Emily is excited about her partnership with Clear Conscience Construction in Cumberland; they have partnered to build zero-energy prototype houses. The first one has been up and live since October 2015, the second house is going up right now.

Leadership Practice

Emily doesn’t like to multitask; she believes in putting a 100% focus on the project she is working on.

Book to Develop Leadership

The E-Myth: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber

Advice For Younger Self

Emily would tell her younger self to take more time to think outside the box and look at everything as an opportunity.

Inspirational Quote

“Constant pursuit of knowledge.” ~Emily Mottram

Interview Links

Website: www.mottramarch.com

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

Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emily-mottram-22401410

Join our mailing list: http://mottramarch.com/join-our-mailing-list/

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

 

Find more resources at https://www.womentakingthelead.com

Jun 22, 2016

Kharisma Aro is the founder of the Dare to Be Iconic Academy and Publisher of the forthcoming, Kharisma Magazine. As a Visibility Coach and Iconic Brand Strategist, Kharisma helps conscious entrepreneurs get visible and to build an iconic brand that stands out, aiming to give them the income, impact and freedom lifestyle they desire. The Kharisma Show, a 5-day per week business and lifestyle podcast, interviews today’s inspiring and successful lifestyle entrepreneurs, thought leaders and bestselling authors who share their stories, strategies and tips.

Playing Small Moment

Kharisma stayed in the corporate world too long. Having already started her entrepreneurship journey, she was playing small by not getting out of the everyday grind soon enough.

The Wake Up Call

While planning on leaving the corporate world, Kharisma's life was turned upside down. She made the conscious effort to leave Corporate America behind and dive into her business wholeheartedly.

Style of Leadership

Leading individuals to the path they were meant to be on in life and business, daring to be iconic and not taking any excuses for an answer is Kharisma’s leadership style.

Current Leadership Challenge

Kharisma is in the process of launching her magazine, which has been an exciting challenge.

What Are You Excited About?

Kharisma is excited about launching her magazine; allowing her to inspire, encourage, motivate, and give actionable life and business advice to women entrepreneurs.

Leadership Practice

Kharisma focuses on meditation, prayer, and visualization of a positive daily outcome.

Book to Develop Leadership

The One Thing: The Surprising Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan

Advice For Younger Self

Go for it! Kharisma would tell her younger self to take a leap of faith and dare much sooner.

Inspirational Quote

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ~Winston Churchill

Interview Links

kharismaaro.com

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

Twitter:  @KharismaAro

 

For more resources go to:  https://womentakingthelead.com

Jun 19, 2016

Osayi Emokpae Lasisi is the creator of Happy People Happy Profit, helping create people-systems and strategies for hiring and retaining the right people. She is also the HR Director of Havilah Open Door Limited, an organization with over 3000 staff members, and a recovering U.S. attorney who found that she was more passionate about people than contract agreements. Some of her books include, Invest in People, Invest in Profits, and People are not Stupid.

Playing Small Moment

As a lawyer, Osayi didn’t feel like she was making an impact. Driven by helping others align with their own purposes, she started venturing into side projects, such as writing.

The Wake Up Call

Osayi was dreading going to work and she’d constantly ask herself what excited her. In trying different aspects of her creativity, she realized life is short and she needed to do something more interesting and exciting. So she moved to Nigeria where everything was an adjustment but the best decision she ever made.

Style of Leadership

Participatory leadership is Osayi’s style of leadership. She gets the team involved in decisions making, since she realizes she isn’t an expert at everything.

 

Current Leadership Challenge

The biggest challenge is finding well-qualified people for different positions.

What Are You Excited About?

Osayi is writing more and working on a new book to get the message out there to those that might not be able to afford her program, as well as working on getting her podcast up and running.

Leadership Practice

Meditation and affirmations, at least 10 to 20 minutes in the morning, are part of Osayi’s daily routine which keeps her centered and grounded.

Book to Develop Leadership

Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin

Advice For Younger Self

Life is short. Whatever it is you desire at the moment, it’s up to you to bring it to fruition.

Inspirational Quote

“The desire to do something is proof that you have the power to do it.” ~Wallace D. Wattles

Interview Links

Facebook Group: facebook.com/groups/happypeoplehappyprofit/

Website: www.OsayiLasisi.com

Twitter: @OsayiLasisi

Instagram: @OsayiLasisi

Pinterest: @OsayiLasisi

Facebook: facebook.com/osayilasisi

 

For more resources go to: https://womentakingthelead.com/

Jun 17, 2016

Today we are talking about Time vs. Energy.

I don’t know if you can claim with full confidence that you have plenty of time but I have yet to hear that said or see it written anywhere.

We’re all wanting more time and we never seem to get it but I’m going to propose we’re looking for the wrong thing.

Rather than time, which is largely out of your control – how many of us have wished for an extra hour or two in the day? It never happens, does it?

If you’re like me trying to control time, you take things off your schedule only to find other things have filled the gap and you still don’t have any extra time, you’ve only got a new routine.

Rather than wishing for more time, enough time, I propose you seek to have more energy.

The coaching process I use with my clients is called the Core Energy Coaching process. At its very root is the science that we are all made of energy and that our beliefs, thoughts, feelings and actions have an energetic signature that either depletes or restores us.

All day long we are thinking thoughts that either gives us energy or we are thinking thoughts that take our energy away.

This phenomenon was written about in the book, The Power of Full Engagement, by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz.

The subtitle of this book is “Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal.”

How many times have you carved out time to work on a project only to find when that open time came that you were too cranky, tired, hungry or restless to focus on the task and get it done?

The reason you couldn’t focus is your energy was tapped out. You needed to do something to restore your energy before you could use any on your project.

These are the times you find yourself reaching for your phone or going on the computer to check facebook or watch Youtube videos. One of my favorites is of a baby panda bear sneezing. It’s hilarious.

We instinctively do this because we want to find something that will calm us down, let us check out for a while or find a good laugh.

These strategies work in the short-term but they are not the best source of energy so you end up spending precious time trying to gain a small amount of energy to make it to the end of the day.

The key is to keep your energy high so when the time presents itself to get something done, you are all-in and ready to go.

Rather than constantly responding reactively to lost energy try adding in some activities that will proactively renew your energy and/or prevent your energy from getting stolen.

Here is a list of things that proactively renew your energy and obviously their opposites are the energy stealers. I’ve broken them down into categories but let me be clear, they all overlap.

Physical energy: sleep, good nutrition, exercise or activity, stretching, conscious breathing, and good hydration.

Mental energy: keep life simple; minimize decision-making and make decisions in a timely manner. Read books, watch videos and have conversations that stimulate your mind (TED talks are great for this), and actively seek to communicate clearly to prevent confusion and ask that those around you do the same.

Emotional and spiritual energy: activities that bring you joy, spending time with happy, positive people, spending time with animals and being out in nature, being of service and taking time for reflection.

Would you add anything to this list? Go to the post that accompanies this episode and leave a comment letting us know what you do to restore your energy and keep it high.

I hope this was helpful and helps you to have a more energetic week ahead.

Thank you all for being a part of this journey and here’s to your success.

https://womentakingthelead.com/enough-time/

Jun 15, 2016

Caitlin Pyle is a 29-year-old former desk zombie, business transformation consultant, and creator of ProofreadAnywhere.com, home of the Transcript Proofreading: Theory and Practice™ online course on how to work from anywhere by proofreading transcripts for court reporters. An authentic, yet effective content marketer, Caitlin turned Proofread Anywhere into a 6-figure blog/business within 3 months, and her total business revenue reached $1 million within 15 months. To teach others her unique method of building platforms, carving out authority, and monetizing digital products, Caitlin developed TheWorkAnywhereLife.com blog and the Monetize Your Genius™ course.

Playing Small Moment

In October 2014, Caitlin realized she was playing small when her husband would tell her about the information he was learning in his entrepreneurial classes. Caitlin didn’t think what she had to offer was going to be able to help people tremendously. It’s often the things that you are great at that you undervalue the most.

The Wake Up Call

November 2014, Caitlin finally bought the domain name and wrote the eBook. She didn’t want to put too much time and effort into it at first because Caitlin didn’t realize how much of an impact she could have on others.

Style of Leadership

Caitlin is friendly and doesn’t like to put herself above others. She is all about living life humbly.

What Are You Excited About?

On Memorial Day, Caitlin launched Legal Transcription on Transcribe Anywhere. She is currently working on other projects, but she is not ready to divulge that information just yet. Please stay tuned. Caitlin wants everyone to know: if you are tired of working at a desk job or cannot fathom working for anyone else, please check out her courses to begin your carefree career and not pay for someone else's Escalade.

Leadership Practice

Speaking your mind in a professional way and always being kind as you are doing so.

Book to Develop Leadership

Dailygreatness Business Planner: An Actionable Plan for Expanding Your Mind & Exploding Your Business by Lyndelle Palmer Clark

Advice For Younger Self

You don’t have to depend on someone else for your liveliness.

Inspirational Quote

“Learning changes everything.” ~ Caitlin Pyle

Interview Links

Proofread Anywhere

The Work Anywhere Life

Caitlin Pyle on Twitter

Caitlin Pyle on LinkedIn

 

https://womentakingthelead.com/caitlin-pyle/

Jun 12, 2016

A lifelong entrepreneur, inventor, author and coach, Don Hutcheson, created the Discover Your Talent—Do What You Love podcast to help people find their talents and use them to build a career of success, satisfaction and freedom. Don has never had a “boss” and has created 6 innovative companies in advertising, publishing, coaching and career planning – and now on the Internet – over the last 35 years.

A Women Who Has Influenced Your Life

The most influential women in Don’s life were his mother and grandmother. In his experience, men can learn about compassion, creativity, and collaboration from women, which are the defining traits of great leaders.

What He Sees That Hold Women Back

Don says he noticed, unfortunately that when women speak up they get called the B-word. It’s about balance for men and women finding a life of success, satisfaction, and freedom. Life shouldn’t be all about money, power, control, and wealth; it should be about spiritual, emotional, and metaphysical nurturing. Identifying what success means to you and what leadership looks like in your life.

What He Has Learned from Women

According to Don it is difficult for women because they deal with biases. Women need to realize what the best strategy is in an intelligent, wise, and present way by making a contribution and getting their needs met without having to sellout or giving in.

The Necessary Changes

The growing awareness of the Internet has a profound effect on us all. People can see highly articulate women stepping out of their box with the use of social media.

What Are You Excited About?

Don’s business partner and long-time ally Jan created the Discover Your Own Talent Podcast about a year ago with over hundreds of episodes on people sharing their life’s journeys. They are going to be offering membership groups for different segments, a variety of courses, and tools for subscribers to access.

Inspirational Quote

“I never came upon any of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking.” ~Albert Einstein

Interview Links

www.DiscoverTalentPodcast.com

www.linkedin.com/in/hutchesondon

https://www.facebook.com/DiscoverYourTalentPodcast

https://twitter.com/donhutcheson11


Find more resources at https://womentakingthelead.com/don-hutcheson/

Jun 8, 2016

Sharon Haver teaches everyday women to look like they’re worth it, so that they can create a relevant, authentic modern image to earn + deserve 6-figure pay days. Halfway through her three-decade career in style, she left the lure of being a New York fashion stylist working with top models & actresses on photo shoots to helping working women make the most of what they’ve got. She founded FocusOnStyle.com in 1999. Although her impressive resume looks like a who’s who of media household names, her heart is with helping entrepreneurs refine their chic style to confidently pull their look together with ease.

Playing Small Moment

Sharon noticed at a young age that she was playing small. While working at a plastic trade magazine, Sharon overheard a lady say that she would not work out because she was too pretty. Sharon realized she would always have to prove her worth, which she needed to overcome to propel her business forward. Sharon couldn’t do it all and needed to learn how to delegate and work with a team. So she ended up hiring a business coach.

The Wake Up Call

The light bulb went off when Sharon was working seven days a week/fifteen hour days; she noticed she was doing all the grunt work in her business. Sharon slowly began to realize she needed to hire responsible people that could do their job effectively to help her when needed.

Style of Leadership

Sharon is straightforward and to the point. She practices what she preaches.

What Are You Excited About?

Sharon is excited about her new book called The StyleWORD: Fashion Quotes for Real Style. It’s the ultimate cheat sheet to upgrade your look in the shortest amount of time. Check out the StyleWORD website to join the waitlist.

Leadership Practice

NO DIVA ZONE! It’s your business get down and dirty and get what needs to get done, done!

Book to Develop Leadership

On the Edge: The Art of High-Impact Leadership by Alison Levine

The Way You Do Anything is the Way You Do Everything: The Why of Why Your Business Isn’t Making More Money by Suzanne Evans

Advice For Younger Self

Believe in your gut and practice what you preach.

Inspirational Quote

“If the shoe doesn’t fit, must we change the foot?” ~Gloria Steinem

Interview Links

Sharon's Free Gifts + How To Connect on FocusOnStyle.com:

1) Passport to French Chic  (complimentary): https://focusonstyle.com/passport-to-french-chic/

2) VIP One On One Get More Style Call (complimentary): https://focusonstyle.com/getstyle

Social + Web Connections:

FocusOnStyle Website

FocusOnStyle Facebook

FocusOnStyle Twitter

FocusOnStyle Pinterest

FocusOnStyle Instagram

 

https://womentakingthelead.com/sharon-haver/

Jun 5, 2016

Jen MacQuarrie is a Habit Success Coach and founder of Bright Habits. She helps people achieve their biggest life goals step by step, one habit at a time. Jen understands the power of habits because she turned her own life around by creating a 5 AM wake up habit for daily exercise and personal development. Jen is also a musician and lead vocalist with her band Magnetic. Jen loves helping others to discover their passions and create habits that will support their success. 

Playing Small Moment

As a wife and mom with a corporate position in 2011, Jen found herself with a victim mindset, just moving through the motions. She was not participating in anything that she was passionate about. Jen was basically living to please everyone else, without any time for herself. Eventually this took a toll on her mentally and she became resentful. After some soul-searching, Jen watched an Oprah video about finding your life purpose and was inspired to make some changes.

The Wake Up Call

Once Jen had seen The 5am Wake Up, that became the biggest moment of change for her. After that video, she knew what she had to do to change and began her new morning ritual: setting her alarm, doing her workout and practicing with her guitar.

Style of Leadership

Jen leads with quiet confidence. She would describe herself as an ambivert who leans more towards introvert. This allows Jen to listen and understand what people are going through so she can gently guide them. Jen is also big on leading by example.

What Are You Excited About?

Jen has started a one-on-one coaching to help her students change their habits on a small level so that they can achieve a goal that may seem out of reach. She is also showing people the power of the 5am Wake Up.

Leadership Practice

The 5am Wake Up makes Jen a better leader. She is always learning, reading, attending trainings to better her knowledge to help her clients.

Book to Develop Leadership

The Leader Who Had No Title, by Robin Sharna

Advice For Younger Self

Don’t worry so much what everyone else thinks. Jen was a people pleaser and would worry about everyone else’s opinions. Go forward with the things you are most passionate about.

Inspirational Quote

“Be responsible for the energy you bring into a room.” ~ Jen MacQuarrie

Interview Links

http://www.brighthabits.ca

https://www.facebook.com/brighthabitscoaching/

 

Find more resources at https://womentakingthelead.com/

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