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Women Taking the Lead

The Women Taking the Lead podcast is a resource for women leaders, allies, and organizations looking to promote more women into senior leadership. Episode formats include specific leadership challenges, "on-air" coaching with women leaders, and interviews with internal talent and organizational development leaders. Women Taking the Lead inspires women to overcome self-doubt and lead with confidence, integrity and a sense of humor.
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Apr 17, 2024

Most people, without training and mindset work, are uncomfortable giving others feedback. Without training and mindset work, giving feedback is perceived as a hard conversation. This is largely because of uncertainty of how the receiver is going to respond to the feedback.

The fear is that the receiver will at minimum take offense and withdraw. They could also become defensive and lash out.

I think we can all admit that there have been times when we avoided giving feedback for this reason. We’ve avoided giving feedback to protect ourselves, even though it would give the other person an opportunity to change their behavior and increase their chances of positive outcomes.

On the other side of that equation, when we don’t get quality feedback it leaves us with a gap in knowledge and unable to even consider making changes.

Trust answers the basic question, can I rely on you? How much trust someone has in you is in relationship to the level to which they believe you can be relied upon.

In this episode I’m sharing five things that will cause people to lose trust in you.

Mar 27, 2024

Have you come face-to-face with any of the prevailing myths about women in the workplace?

Last month I interviewed Analiza Wolf, the author of The Myths of Success: A Woman of Color's Guide to Leadership. Analiza’s book, and our conversation, focused on the myths we women, buy into that hinder our growth as leaders.

Not too long ago, I was listening to an episode on The McKinsey Podcast, produced by McKinsey & Company. The episode was titled Busting myths about women in the workplace.

Interesting. Not myths that we women hold about ourselves. Rather, the myths that are held about women in the workplace in general.

Then recently I came across an article by Gallup titled The Path to Gender Parity in Leadership, published March 8, 2024. This article complimented and added to the information shared on The McKinsey Podcast. I found the topic of myths about women all so fascinating that I wanted to share it with you.

Resources

Leadership Coaching. Find out more about my coaching process, or how to ask your employer to pay for you to work with a coach.

Apply to be on an “On-Air Coaching” episode. Are you a female leader who has been promoted in the last year? Apply to be on the podcast.

Leadership Operating System Inventory. Wondering what kind of Leadership traits you have? Take this FREE, FAST self-assessment and find out more about yourself as a Leader.

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

Mar 20, 2024

I'm going to get a bit vulnerable here and be transparent that on the Women Taking the Lead podcast I have not given a lot of time to the topic of pay equity. Part of it is because I'm typically not working with women around the areas of negotiating salary. That may come up when a client of mine is being offered a promotion but typically, I'm not dealing with the issue of disparities in pay.

And what my guest is going to really underscore for us today is pay equity is not something that comes about because women have good negotiating skills. I know, shocker. Because that's what we've been led to believe for a long time now. If only women would develop certain skills, there wouldn't be so much inequity.

My guest Emily Aries is calling BS on that.

Meet Emilie Aries:

Emilie Aries is a speaker, podcaster, author, and the Founder & CEO of Bossed Up, an award-winning leadership development and career services company committed to closing the gender leadership gap.

Aries has worked with leaders at Fortune 500 companies to support retention, diversity and inclusion, and human resource initiatives, and has been featured in media outlets including the Washington Post, CNN Money, Buzzfeed, and more.

Her book, Bossed Up, serves as a practical roadmap for women who want to set themselves up for sustainable, long-term career success and step up as the boss of their lives.

In this episode Emilie and I discuss:

  • Current stats on pay inequities (it’s not just a problem for women)
  • Why developing negotiation skills is not solving the gender gap in pay.
  • What has proven to be effective in closing pay gaps across genders, ages, races and abilities.
  • What you can do on the individual, organizational and legislative level to bring about pay equity once and for all.

Where you can find Emilie:

Book Emilie to speak: www.emiliearies.com

Bossed Up: www.bossedup.org

Subscribe to the Bossed Up podcast: www.bossedup.org/podcast

Find Emilie on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emiliearies/ 

Resources

Leadership Coaching. Find out more about my coaching process, or how to ask your employer to pay for you to work with a coach.

Apply to be on an “On-Air Coaching” episode. Are you a female leader who has been promoted in the last year? Apply to be on the podcast.

Leadership Operating System Inventory. Wondering what kind of Leadership traits you have? Take this FREE, FAST self-assessment and find out more about yourself as a Leader.

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

Mar 6, 2024

Hello and welcome to Women Taking the Lead. I’m going to start us off by reading a quote I read not too long ago of my guest today.
“As leaders in an increasingly polarized society, it's crucial that we recognize the talent within our organizations. Incredible talents are often overlooked, underutilized, or placed in situations that are bound to fail. The consequence of this is stagnant teams and underperforming businesses because our people feel disconnected. However, it's not the people who are broken; it's our organizational systems that require fixing.”

That is a bold statement made by Dr. Mary-Clare Race, the President of Talking Talent.

Meet Mary-Clare Race

Dr. Mary-Clare Race is recognized for her remarkable career spanning four continents. She has played a pivotal role in facilitating business improvement for globally renowned organizations, including Barclays, Goldman Sachs, GSK, Unilever, Coca-Cola, and Estee Lauder Companies, as well as governmental organizations including the British Government, Cabinet Office, and the UK National Health Service.

A prominent figure in her field, Dr. Race's research contributions have been published in reputable journals such as Frontiers in Psychology, Mental Illness at Work, and People & Strategy. While her expertise features in industry-leading publications including The Harvard Business Review, People Management and The Financial Times.

Talking Talent, a team of business psychologists, coaches, talent specialists, and diversity leaders committed to creating workplaces where everyone feels valued and respected. With almost two decades of experience, they know that the best way to ensure business success and resiliency is by building spaces where people feel like they truly belong. Through their coaching-led approach, they help individuals and organizations develop the skills and behaviors they need to create a culture of belonging.

Talking Talent has delivered award-winning DE&I programs and coaching within world-renowned organizations, including Disney, NatWest, Lloyds Bank, Citi, EY and many more. Clients have reported a 56% increase in job performance and £100 million saved each year in retention costs through a 50% reduction in the risk of staff turnover.

In this episode Mary-Clare and I discussed:

  • The history DEI and the current state of DEI efforts around the globe.
  • The importance of considering the ecosystem vs. the individual when looking to retain talent
  • Where companies can make investments in the coming year to see meaningful progress.
  • How the most effective programs will both customize to the organization and personalize to the individual.
  • Why, when psychological safety is introduced to a team or organization, the issues can appear to get worse before they get better.

Where you can find Mary-Clare Race:

www.talking-talent.com

https://www.linkedin.com/company/talking-talent-ltd/

Resources

Leadership Coaching. Find out more about my coaching process, or how to ask your employer to pay for you to work with a coach.

Apply to be on an “On-Air Coaching” episode. Are you a female leader who has been promoted in the last year? Apply to be on the podcast.

Leadership Operating System Inventory. Wondering what kind of Leadership traits you have? Take this FREE, FAST self-assessment and find out more about yourself as a Leader.

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

Feb 28, 2024

There are a lot of myths out there about what you need to do to be successful at work.

You may already be at a point in your career where you’ve realized this and had to shift gears.

And you may still feel like you are walking a tight rope of, for instance, needing to be more decisive but not too decisive because that can work against you as a woman. Or, advocating for yourself more but not too much because that also has consequences.

On this episode of Women Taking the Lead I’m joined by Analiza Quiroz Wolf to talk about the strategies and practices that will actually lead you to success in the workplace.

In this episode Analiza and I discussed:

·         How her own story influenced the need to debunk the myths of success and the research and experiences that went into it.

·         How our strategies for success often come from those who want the best for us but those strategies don’t always translate into success at work.

·         The notion that you will be seen, acknowledged and rewarded by focusing on your responsibilities and working hard.

·         How growing your influence is about developing relationships with others and again doesn’t involve a lot of hard work.

·         Letting go of leadership stereotypes so your own strengths as a leader can emerge.

Where you can find Analiza Wolf:

Website: www.analizawolf.com

Book: https://bit.ly/mythsbook

LinkedIn:

www.linkedin.com/in/analizawolf/

linkedin.com/company/bossmamas

Facebook:

www.facebook.com/womenofcolorrise

www.facebook.com/analizaqwolf/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/analizawolf/

Youtube: www.youtube.com/analizawolf/

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/list/19480823.Analiza_Wolf

Amazon: www.amazon.com/stores/Analiza-Quiroz-Wolf/author/B07VH11YVP

Resources

Leadership Coaching. Find out more about my coaching process, or how to ask your employer to pay for you to work with a coach.

Apply to be on an “On-Air Coaching” episode. Are you a female leader who has been promoted in the last year? Apply to be on the podcast.

Leadership Operating System Inventory. Wondering what kind of Leadership traits you have? Take this FREE, FAST self-assessment and find out more about yourself as a Leader.

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

Feb 21, 2024

Would you describe yourself as being self-aware?

Most people do. But according to research done by organizational psychologist Tasha Eurich and her team involving 5000 participants, it may be that only 10%-15% of the population is actually self-aware.

Additionally, they found that when someone considers themselves to be highly experienced, that estimation may keep them from questioning their assumptions, seeking evidence that goes against their own position, or continuing to learn. This played out in more experienced managers overestimating their leadership effectiveness as compared to newer managers.  

In the last episode we covered how to lead with emotional intelligence, and benefits of utilizing empathy in your leadership.

In this episode we will expand on two of the five components of emotional intelligence: self-awareness and self-regulation. Additionally, you get a few suggestions on how to develop these abilities, so you feel more confident and creative in your role.

Resources

Leadership Coaching. Find out more about my coaching process, or how to ask your employer to pay for you to work with a coach.

Apply to be on an “On-Air Coaching” episode. Are you a female leader who has been promoted in the last year? Apply to be on the podcast.

Leadership Operating System Inventory. Wondering what kind of Leadership traits you have? Take this FREE, FAST self-assessment and find out more about yourself as a Leader.

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

Feb 14, 2024

Ever had those moments in leadership where it's not just about spreadsheets but also about dealing with people's feelings?

Imagine having an insider secret to level up your leadership game—something that makes you a better manager, team player, and inspirational leader. The secret is emotional intelligence or EQ.

In this and the coming episode, we're digging into what honing emotional intelligence can do for your leadership style. Because emotional intelligence isn't just a nice-to-have, it's required if you want to lead effectively and have a positive impact on your team and your organization.

In this episode we cover:

  • The unique challenges women face in leadership roles.
  • Brief overview of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and its significance in leadership.
  • The growing recognition of the value of emotional intelligence in the workplace.
  • The unique strengths women in leadership posses
  • Empathy as a superpower

Resources

Leadership Coaching. Find out more about my coaching process, or how to ask your employer to pay for you to work with a coach.

Apply to be on an “On-Air Coaching” episode. Are you a female leader who has been promoted in the last year? Apply to be on the podcast.

Leadership Operating System Inventory. Wondering what kind of Leadership traits you have? Take this FREE, FAST self-assessment and find out more about yourself as a Leader.

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

Feb 7, 2024

Have you ever been in a situation where you felt like you couldn't fully be yourself?

Maybe you hesitated to share an idea, express an opinion, never mind present an opposing view. Or maybe felt like you didn't belong?

And as a leader, have you ever been made aware of an employee having this experience at work?

I have Pasha Marlowe joining me to discuss the profound importance of psychological safety and belonging.

Meet Pasha Marlowe:

Pasha Marlowe (she/they) has 30 years of experience as a marriage and family therapist and neurodiversity coach. She specializes in the intersection of neurodiversity, disability, and LGBTQIA+. Pasha speaks to organizations and ERGs about neurodiversity-affirming practices, psychological safety, and neurobelonging. She encourages leaders to have a lens of inclusion and intersectionality to allow all, including those with the most marginalized identities, to be seen and heard.

In this episode Pasha and I discussed:

  • How Pasha got into such a specialized field of work.
  • How as leaders we can create environments for psychological safety to exist.
  • Shaping our words and actions to contribute to psychological safety.
  • Continuing your own development to sharpen your lens of inclusion and intersectionality.
  • The work Pasha is doing for organizations.

Where you can find Pasha:

Links: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pashamarlowe/

https://pashamarlowe.com/

pasha@pashamarlowe.com

Neurobelonging.org

Resources

Leadership Coaching. Find out more about my coaching process, or how to ask your employer to pay for you to work with a coach.

Apply to be on an “On-Air Coaching” episode. Are you a female leader who has been promoted in the last year? Apply to be on the podcast.

Leadership Operating System Inventory. Wondering what kind of Leadership traits you have? Take this FREE, FAST self-assessment and find out more about yourself as a Leader.

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

Jan 31, 2024

Have you ever wondered why some teams do okay while others effortlessly tackle challenges?

The secret lies in one word: TRUST. In fast-paced environments, team cohesion is more crucial. A cohesive team, built on trust, can leverage diverse skills, tools, and resources to conquer any obstacle.

Building and maintaining trust is not a one-and-done exercise. Everything you do is either growing, maintaining, or diminishing the level of trust on your team.

This episode explores the role of team trust and how it can transform your team dynamics. I'm covering the key benefits of team trust, the obstacles that destroy trust - or at the very least prevent it from growing, and how you can build trust on your team if trust is low.

Resources

Leadership Coaching. Find out more about my coaching process, or how to ask your employer to pay for you to work with a coach.

Apply to be on an “On-Air Coaching” episode. Are you a female leader who has been promoted in the last year? Apply to be on the podcast.

Leadership Operating System Inventory. Wondering what kind of Leadership traits you have? Take this FREE, FAST self-assessment and find out more about yourself as a Leader.

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

 

Jan 24, 2024

Are you at a loss for how you can actively support and empower women of color to thrive in leadership?

I often look at reports showing the current numbers of people in all levels of leadership. And, regardless of the level of leadership, the industry, etc., women of color are in the lowest percentiles.

This conversation with Rebecca Muriuki explores positioning yourself for a leadership promotion as a woman of color. We discuss the challenges women of color navigate, and how we can all be part of the diversity change that we want to see in corporate leadership.

This conversation will give you practical tips to create environments for women of color to feel a sense of belonging in their current teams, while also helping them feel empowered in their career ambitions.

In this episode Rebecca and I discussed:

·         Rebecca’s path to advancement as a woman of color.

·         Implementing strategies for creating inclusive workplace environments.

·         Navigating the unique challenges and opportunities faced by women of color in leadership.

·         Fostering leadership skills that empower managers to advance their careers and drive positive change in their organizations.

·         The #1 mistake to avoid when reducing barriers to leadership opportunities to have more diversity in leadership.

Resources

Leadership Coaching. Find out more about my coaching process, or how to ask your employer to pay for you to work with a coach.

Apply to be on an “On-Air Coaching” episode. Are you a female leader who has been promoted in the last year? Apply to be on the podcast.

Leadership Operating System Inventory. Wondering what kind of Leadership traits you have? Take this FREE, FAST self-assessment and find out more about yourself as a Leader.

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

Jan 17, 2024

Do you have a strong leadership style that has been mislabeled as harsh or uncaring?

Every now and again, as I’m connecting with each of you on LinkedIn, I’ll ask if you have any topic suggestions for the podcast. I recently got a response that immediately piqued my interest.

The response read, “One thing I struggle with as a leader is gender stereotypes and expectations on how a female leader needs to act. People assume female leaders need to always be nurturing and soft, and when they need to be direct or decisive people find that harsh. If you have a podcast that addresses this issue and how to overcome it, I would love to listen.”

Me too! So here it is.

Resources

Leadership Coaching. Find out more about my coaching process, or how to ask your employer to pay for you to work with a coach.

Apply to be on an “On-Air Coaching” episode. Are you a female leader who has been promoted in the last year? Apply to be on the podcast.

Leadership Operating System Inventory. Wondering what kind of Leadership traits you have? Take this FREE, FAST self-assessment and find out more about yourself as a Leader.

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

Jan 10, 2024

Have you ever received a promotion in which your manager becomes your peer?

If you have you know it’s a big transition on top of an already big transition. The intensity of the change in relationship will depend on the relationship you already had with your former manager, but even in the best circumstances it will be a little unsettling. Especially if you have differing opinions in a management meeting.

I have Liz Johnson with me for a coaching episode of the podcast today and this is one of the things we’re discussing. Let me tell you about Liz.

Meet Liz Johnson

Liz Johnson is the VP of Research and Development for a private, mid-sized biopolymer company located in the upper Mid-West of the United States. She holds a BA in Chemistry and a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering specializing in implantable polymeric biomaterials. She grew up on the East Coast, studied in the Mid-West and West Coast. She is now back in the Mid-West where she lives with her husband, 3 kids and 2 dogs. Liz’s passion is bringing people, process, and technology together to launch great products. 

In this Coaching Episode Liz and I discussed:

  • How homing in on your personal mission will help you navigate career choices.
  • Strategies for reducing overwhelm and setting priorities.
  • Reframing your perspective and questions to ask your team to identify opportunities to delegate.
  • How to gain buy-in when decisions need to be made quickly.
  • Finding common ground with someone you used to report to, who is now your peer.

Resources

Leadership Coaching. Find out more about my coaching process, or how to ask your employer to pay for you to work with a coach.

Apply to be on an “On-Air Coaching” episode. Are you a female leader who has been promoted in the last year? Apply to be on the podcast.

Leadership Operating System Inventory. Wondering what kind of Leadership traits you have? Take this FREE, FAST self-assessment and find out more about yourself as a Leader.

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

Jan 1, 2024

It’s a big day for the Women Taking the Lead podcast and it’s not just because we’re ringing in 2024. This is the 500th episode of Women Taking the Lead!!

This episode is covering some of the changes and milestones that this podcast has experienced and I’m sharing 20 of the most downloaded episodes.

Can you join in the celebration and help me expand the reach of the Women Taking the Lead podcast?

This helps more leaders hone their skills so they can advance in their career, and still enjoy their sanity and a personal life.

Select from any of the gifts below:

1)    Leave a rating or review in your preferred podcast app.

2)    Share the show directly with a friend, family member or colleague, especially a specific episode you believe they would find valuable.

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5)    Give this post a “Love” and leave a comment below to expand the reach.

6)    Do some other great thing to help me reach more women that I have not thought to ask.

Thank you SO MUCH for your generosity and support.

I hope these 500 episodes are of value to you and here’s to your success!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 🥂🎇

Top 20 Most Downloaded Episodes*

1. Two Reasons You Got Tripped Up After You Started Your New Role - 2/14/2022

2. 100% Jodi: Taking Time to Process - 5/24/2021

3. Two "Soft" Skills That Exponentially Uplevel Your Leadership - 5/30/2022

4. [Coaching] You Are the Leader to Develop Other Leaders - 6/27/2022

5. How to Set Explicitly Clear Expectations to Prevent Disappointment - 3/8/2023

6. [Coaching] Are They Really Judging You? - 8/8/2022

7. Facing Conflict Head On - 8/1/2022

8. Infuse Your Leadership with Bold Requests - 2/21/2022

9. How to Hold Others Accountable to Lead Effectively - 7/11/2022

10. Carla Miller on Creating Influence - 9/19/2022

11. How to Make Staying Organized Easy to Do - 9/26/2022

12. A Model for You to Process Change and Emotions - 10/10/2022

13. [Coaching] How to Turn Being the Bearer of Bad News into a Coaching Opportunity - 5/23/2022

14. [Coaching] Do You Need to Name the Priority? - 8/29/2022

15. [Coaching] Constructively Dealing with Unconscious Bias - 7/18/2022

16. How to Show Your Team Your Appreciation...Especially if it Doesn't Come Naturally to You - 5/16/2022

17. How to ask Your Company to Sponsor You to be Coached - 3/7/2022

18. Avoid Being a Bargain Deal by Knowing When to Negotiate - 10/31/2022

19. Unlock Your Mindset and Reveal Your Genius - 3/1/2023

20. How to Keep Motivated and Moving Forward - 10/24/2022

Resources

Leadership Coaching. Find out more about my coaching process, or how to ask your employer to pay for you to work with a coach.

Register for the How to Get Mentally Fit webinar: Learn the 3 core muscles to build to gain mental fitness.

Saboteur Assessment: Find out which Saboteurs are impacting your performance, wellness and relationships, and how they do it.

Apply to be on an “On-Air Coaching” episode. Are you a female leader who has been promoted in the last year? Apply to be on the podcast.

Leadership Operating System Inventory. Wondering what kind of Leadership traits you have? Take this FREE, FAST self-assessment and find out more about yourself as a Leader.

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

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