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Episode Info: Suzanne Bates is the CEO of Bates, a firm founded with a mission to help leaders influence the world. Suzanne and her team assist global companies by bringing differentiated experience to leadership development and providing groundbreaking strategies to help leaders make an impact. She is a five-time best-selling author with works that include Speak Like a CEO, Motivate Like a CEO, Discover Your CEO Brand, and All the Leader You Can Be. Prior to launching her consulting firm, Suzanne led a successful career as a television journalist. Her years as an on-air personality with major market television stations put her at the center of major news stories and afforded her the opportunity to interview thousands of political leaders, CEOs, businesspeople, authors and celebrities. As an expert in business and leadership, Suzanne has grown her entrepreneurial portfolio to include consulting, writing, coaching and public speaking. She is insightful, witty, and possesses a practical approach in all of her business ventures. In this episode, Suzanne and Aviv talk about Suzanne’s background in journalism, business, and leadership. As a journalist for twenty years prior to branching out as an entrepreneur, Suzanne identifies the key transferable skills that aided in her business success. As a leadership consultant, Suzanne shares how she works with clients to help them develop executive presence. She defines executive presence as the behaviors and qualities of leaders that engage, align, inspire and move people to act. When you engage others and provide them the opportunity and the reason to give more of themselves, you fortify them with meaning and purpose. Suzanne and Aviv also talk about the importance of maintaining focus in order to be a truly impactful leader. It is vital for leaders to know when to effectively delegate, when to delete, and when to delay. Finally, Suzanne discusses the value she places on cultivating and practicing gratitude. By celebrating and appreciating the small victories, Suzanne is better able to accomplish the bigger moments of success. These include overcoming challenge and exploring for new learnings beyond what you already know. 00:54 – Introducing today’s guest, Suzanne Bates 03:37 – Reflecting on this past year, Suzanne talks about what she is most grateful for 05:37 – How innovation stimulates learning for Suzanne and her team 08:03 – Suzanne discusses the challenges and excitement of her work 11:00 – How Suzanne’s entrepreneurial spirit has aided in her creative problem solving 13:49 – What inspired Suzanne to focus on executive presence 16:41 – The importance of engagement in leadership 18:40 – Why mobilized action is key to implementing leadership skills 20:12 – How character, substance and style impact presence 24:02 – Embracing resonance in executive presence 25:24 – Suzanne’s journalism background 28:58 – Suzanne recalls a formative moment from her journalism career 30:59 – The key tra...
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