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Women Taking the Lead with Jodi Flynn

Women Taking the Lead is a podcast containing conversations and audio blogs to help women grow into and thrive in Senior Leadership positions within organizations. Women Taking the Lead give you the tools to develop a success mindset, improve your communication skills, develop collaborative relationships, earn the money you deserve, and create more time for fun. Archived episodes include conversations with women who have faced self-doubt to attain their definition of success.
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Jan 25, 2021

Stacy Henry is owner and founder of CenterBranch, a consulting and coaching firm dedicated to helping both companies and individuals perform to their highest potential. With services that include keynote speaking and workshop facilitation, women’s development, and leadership and executive coaching, CenterBranch enables people to be their best so they, and the companies they work for, may flourish. Stacy has twenty-five years of experience from a variety of global industries as a leadership development expert, executive coach and HR business partner for C-suite leaders.

In this episode Stacy and I discuss...

  • A critical piece of women’s leadership development that can increase the efficacy of any training and development program for women.

  • How to engage senior leaders so they are also engaged participants in the efforts to increase the number of women in senior leadership.

  • Some of the components in a leadership development program that address the specific needs of women.

  • The benefits to the participants of such a program – and to the people around them.

  • How Stacy is applying this ideology in her consulting an coaching work through her company, CenterBranch.

Links

In her new book, Get Rooted!, Stacy identifies common values and provides readers with a visual framework to understand their roots. 

Website: www.CenterBranch.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stacyhenry01/

Email: stacy.henry@CenterBranch.com

WTL Leadership Survey

I’d love it if you could help me to do some research on the coaching and training that is most needed right now. I’ve put together a quick survey (5-10 minutes) to gather this information so I can make sure you are getting exactly what you need as a leader right now and in the near future.

Go to womentakingthelead.com/survey to add your voice to this project.

Thank you so much for your help!

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Jan 18, 2021

Do you prefer convenience or happiness?

You may be thinking, “Both!” But the reality is our long-term happiness and satisfaction usually requires a long series of inconveniences. In this episode I’m making a case for why you actually want to be inconvenienced a lot more.

Hello, I’m Jodi Flynn and welcome to the Women Taking the Lead podcast. I’m an executive leadership coach, author, speaker, workshop facilitator and I have the joy to work with women leaders who want to hone the skills that will allow them to thrive in Senior Leadership. I know I’ve met a woman I would love to work with when we start having a few laughs about our tendencies toward perfectionism and people pleasing.

I had been living in Maine for the past 18 years, but I am currently in Massachusetts staying with family while I prepare to make my final move to Virginia. Thanks to the beauty of technology, I’ve been able to continue to work with women all over the world even in the midst of so much movement and transition.

I do individual coaching as well as workshops and team retreats, and I am the current President of the board for The Maine Women's Conference.

I spend the free time I have catching up with friends and family, coordinating my move to Virginia, and finding calm by watching the Great British Baking Show.

Applied knowledge is power

If you spend any time with teenagers and young adults you’ve probably witnessed many occasions where they choose the short-term pleasure or convenience over the long-term gain.

Currently living in a home with a 9-year-old, 13-year-old, and 19-year-old, I am treated to many conversations and behaviors around this very topic. I’ve also had a very direct conversation with my 21-year-old nephew about this.

We’re always faced with things, great and small, that we’d rather not have to do. But if we want to reach our goals and find satisfaction and fulfillment – the things that truly make us happy – we have to make some sacrifices.

You might be thinking, “Jodi, why are you taking a podcast episode to talk about this? I already know this.”

I absolutely know that you know this. What I would ask you is, how closely are you living this?

When working with my clients we make the distinction between what we know and what we believe.

Sometimes we hear an idea or theory and think, “That sounds about right. That makes sense to me.”

And if there is some science to back it up, we then consider ourselves to “know it.”

There’s the saying, knowledge is power, but that’s not exactly true.

Knowledge is potential power. Applied knowledge is power.

If you are making the sacrifices necessary to achieve satisfaction and fulfillment in your life, great!

If not, use this episode as a gentle reminder. Though we may “know” something it’s often helpful to have reminders to live what we know.

In this episode are some examples of the short-term sacrifices or inconveniences I invite you to make so you can live a life that brings you satisfaction and fulfillment. 

I'm also sharing suggestion for how to make it easier to make those sacrifices.

I hope this is of value to you and here’s to your success!

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Zebralove Web SolutionsYour website tells a story about your business! At Zebralove Web Solutions, Milly and her team are going to make sure your website tells the story you want your customers to hear. Connect with Milly at zebralovewebsolutions.com to create the impression you want to make!

Resources

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.

Create Goals that are Worthy of you: If you are done with either pursuing vanilla goals, suffering through the struggle of goals that are not aligned with your strengths, or dealing with heartbreak of an unattainable goal this course is for you!

Jan 11, 2021

Hailed as “a force of nature” and “a rising superstar”, Nikki Groom is on a mission to help rising women leaders recognize their worthiness, own their power, and amplify their impact – without checking their integrity at the door.

She is the author of A Power of Your Own: How to Ignite Your Potential, Uncover Your Purpose, and Blaze Your Own Trail in Life and Business, a business, brand and marketing strategist, and the creator of the Movement Makers Mastermind: a small business growth accelerator for women entrepreneurs.

Nikki hosts the Movement Makers podcast, is the Founder of The 100 Stories Worth Telling Project, and acts as an adviser for social entrepreneurs and enterprises. She has been involved in dozens of projects and partnerships that focus on empowering women in business.

In this episode Nikki and I discuss…

  • Our concept of worthiness and how that can hold us back from pursuing our happiness
  • How shame looks in our day to day lives as women and how to release yourself from its grips
  • Women’s credibility challenge 
  • Finding freedom by giving yourself permission to fail

Links

“A Power of Your Own: How to Ignite Your Potential, Uncover Your Purpose, and Blaze Your Own Trail in Life & Business” the book, available from Amazon and other leading booksellers.

Nikki’s website: https://www.nikkigroom.com/

Nikki’s Instagram: @NikkiGroom

Free resources to help you amplify your impact: https://www.nikkigroom.com/

Download the first chapter of the book free: https://www.nikkigroom.com/book

WTL Leadership Survey

I’d love it if you could help me to do some research on the coaching and training that is most needed right now. I’ve put together a quick survey (5-10 minutes) to gather this information so I can make sure you are getting exactly what you need as a leader right now and in the near future.

Go to womentakingthelead.com/survey to add your voice to this project.

Thank you so much for your help!

Sponsors

Zebralove Web SolutionsClose your online marketing skills gap, learn how to remain relevant in a quickly changing marketplace, and get ongoing support in promoting your businesses online. Stay ahead of the game by signing up for these Digital Marketing Forum. Go to womentakingthelead.com/zebraworkshops to register.

Resources

Create Goals that are Worthy of you: If you are done with either pursuing vanilla goals, suffering through the struggle of goals that are not aligned with your strengths, or dealing with heartbreak of an unattainable goal this course is for you!

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.

Jan 1, 2021

Are you ready for 2021?

That can be a loaded question most years but this year it seems that question could easily set someone off.

Given our routines have been upended, we have been through so much emotional upheaval, and the next year is uncertain, in this episode I’m going to give you a different kind of New Year exercise that is designed to support you no matter how you’re feeling about the past year or year to come.

Hello, I’m Jodi Flynn and welcome to the Women Taking the Lead podcast. I’m an executive leadership coach, author, speaker, workshop facilitator and I have the joy to work with women leaders who want to hone the skills that will allow them to thrive in Senior Leadership. I know I’ve met a woman I would love to work with when we start having a few laughs about our tendencies toward perfectionism and people pleasing.

I had been living in Maine for the past 18 years, but I am currently in Massachusetts staying with family while I prepare to make my final move to Virginia. Thanks to the beauty of technology, I’ve been able to continue to work with women all over the world even in the midst of so much movement and transition.

I do individual coaching as well as workshops and team retreats, and I am the current President of the board for The Maine Women's Conference.

I spend my free time catching up with friends and family, coordinating my move to Virginia, and lately I’ve been cooking more family-style meals with my sister and nieces. I have a few more skills in the kitchen.

Do you have a few more skills this year?

For many of us, the pandemic added a lot of stress and new responsibilities but ironically, also freed up a lot of our time. Because extra-curriculars, travel (even local travel), and events were cancelled or cut back, we’ve found ourselves with more space on our calendars.

This free time, and a desire to distract ourselves from the uncertainty of our situations, brought on a boom of indulging in new and old hobbies, and polishing some skills.

Many of you have improved your cooking and baking skills, have quickly upgraded your technical skills, and even the grandparents have become old hats at video conferencing.

As we start to plan for 2021 let’s take a quick look back at 2020.

My first question for you to consider is, what skills have you gained or improved upon in the past year?

Be sure to include tactical skills, which may include more facility around software or mastering a crochet loop, as well as soft skills, such as improved listening skills, asking better questions, or advocating for yourself.

What has the year taught you?

As you reflect on last year, think about what else you learned about yourself.

  • Did you discover a new interest?
  • Did you realize you’re not doing the work you want to be doing?
  • Did you realize you’re definitely in the right field but would like to contribute in a different way?
  • Did you learn something new about taking care of yourself or your energy?
  • Did you learn something new about the people around you and what they need or don’t need from you?
  • When you think about yourself in the past year, what are you most proud of?

Use these questions as prompts but don’t limit your reflection to just these questions. Keep exploring how the past year has informed you.

One more question about the past year, which will segue right into imagining the year to come.

What was missing for you in the past year?

There may be many answers to this question so again, don’t limit yourself to one or two answers.

Some common answers I’ve heard from my clients is hugs, good communication, in-person events, the ability to shop leisurely, and travel. Those seem to the be the glaring items that were missing last year.

But I’ve also been hearing: alone time, space to sit quietly and think, structure and accountability.

Thinking about what you’ve learned about yourself in the past year, what would you like to bring into 2021?

Thinking about what was missing in the past year, what would you like to create in the year to come?

Slowly start to identify goals

With these answers you can start to create goals that don’t just represent a new achievement, they will support you to be your best self in 2021.

Also, these goals will support you through the uncertainty we’re sure to experience through the first half of the year.

As opportunities present themselves, and we know more about our situations, you’ll be able to expand and build upon your goals.

Normally I would be encouraging you to be very specific and detailed about your goals, but the reality of our situation is we can predict very little about the year to come.

What is in your control is your focus, your choices and your habits. Let’s double-down on these.

Would additional support be helpful?

Now, do you or someone who reports to you want or need someone to partner with in the new year?

Working with a skilled coach can help get to the heart of what’s holding you back in your work or in your life in general.

I’ve had 3 women sign up to work with me starting in January.

One woman is an executive who has hit a point of mastery in her career but is beginning to feel unfulfilled. She is excellent at what she does and other companies are trying to recruit her but she has lost the passion for the work she does. She would apply for other jobs but isn’t clear on what she wants to do next. Through coaching she is going to explore what does excite her and would bring her fulfillment.

Another woman is an executive within an organization who was promoted about a year ago. She’s meeting expectations in her role but doesn’t feel like she’s doing a strong job. She said she never felt like she got her feet under her after her promotion and there are some things she would like to be doing better. In this situation the owner of the company reached out on her behalf to identify coaches she could vet and he is investing in the coaching for her.

The third woman whom I’ll be working with is a business owner. Her business is doing great, is very profitable, and though she is near retirement has not plans to leave the business any time soon. What she would like, though, is to take a little more time off and doesn’t see how she can do that because her team and customers are so dependent on her. We’ll be working together to create the structure and support that will allow her to be the visionary of her business and mentor to her team while allowing her team to work more independently and provide almost all of the customer service.

If any of these scenarios sound familiar or if you have a unique situation you would like support with, I invite you to reach out to me directly at jodi@womentakingthelead.com or engage or send me a message on a social media platform. I’m on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter.

We can chat about your situation and determine if coaching with me is a good fit for you. I would be honored to be of service to you in the coming year.

As always, I hope this was of value to you and here’s to your success!

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Zebralove Web SolutionsYour website tells a story about your business! At Zebralove Web Solutions, Milly and her team are going to make sure your website tells the story you want your customers to hear. Connect with Milly at zebralovewebsolutions.com to create the impression you want to make!

Resources

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.

Create Goals that are Worthy of you: If you are done with either pursuing vanilla goals, suffering through the struggle of goals that are not aligned with your strengths, or dealing with heartbreak of an unattainable goal this course is for you!

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