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46 minutes | May 17, 2021
#107 A Manager's Guide for How to Be with Transformation in High Pressure Organizations with Elodie Loing
Have you ever been a part of a transformation project? Or an organization who was looking to make scalable, rapid change? Being a part of these times in an organization can be stressful and intense. Many times employees are nervous about entering a transformation project due to all of the unknowns. Today Deepa is speaking with Elodie Loing about transformation in critical situations within organizations. Elodie shares her real life experiences with scaling organizations and creating change within teams. Elodie’s approach is about empathy, letting go and collective responsibility. This episode is for any one who may be experiencing a critical time in their organization, but especially for executives and managers. Key Points from this Episode:Many times change agents are called into a project and organizations are called in too late. Critical times happen when there is high pressure and stress within an organization. It is generally systemic and performance is low.Being a mediator is different from being an operational manager. Empathy is enriching and humbling because you are looking at the situation from another person’s perspective. Being unattached - the ability to do the best you can and let go of what the future holds or what the outcome actually is.There is an opportunity to grow in every situation.Promote diversity in your teams. Hire those who have different opinions from yours and let them talk.Here’s an easy way to practice stillness - make an appointment with yourself, put it in your calendar! The hardest part of a reset is your ego and your rational brain. Watch out for those!Co-creation allows you to let go of your own ideas and let others in to help you. Give your teams the benefit of working with you.Collective responsibility comes from within each person. Accept yourself - the strengths you have, the weaknesses you have, every part of you. And realize you will make mistakes. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.We hope you enjoyed this episode! Elodie gave so much wisdom. Let us know in the comments, have you been a part of a transformation project? Was it during a critical time? What was the most memorable part? Was it stressful or fun? :)About ElodieElodie Loing has 25 years’ experience in retail organizations including The Disney Store, Le Cèdre Rouge, The Nuance Group, Fashion History, Jean Paul Gaultier and Manutan. Elodie scales up and turnarounds organizations (in France and Internationally). She implements conflict wise dynamics which lead to improved team spirit and accelerated performance. Elodie is a National Mediator at French Ministry of Economy and Judicial mediator at the Paris Court of Appeals. She is also a Lecturer and Independent board member. Elodie is convinced that conflict-wise organizations are wiser and more competitive on their market!
47 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
#106 How Bold Leadership Actually Helps You with Zana Goic Petricevic
How many times have you had an idea or suggestion and not actually spoken it out loud? How many times have you seen something wrong happening in your workplace but you have not told anyone about it? Did you know that you are having an impact whether or not you are speaking? What is the legacy that you want to leave as a leader? Today, Deepa is joined with Zana Goic Petricevic, Founder of Bold Leadership Culture, to discuss how and why you need to be bold in your leadership. We are all leaders of our own lives, so why not be bold about it?Key Points from the Episode:Boldness takes your soulfulness. In order to be bold, you have to engage your entire soul.There is a limit to your boldness that comes from your head.Reasonable and safe behaviors and decisions come from the brain. Unreasonable and risky behaviors and decisions come from the heart or soul, anywhere besides the brain.You have a choice to act more boldly and step outside of your comfort zone.Your discomfort matters less than your vision. This pushes you to act boldly.Zana shares a perspective to see how bold you are, based on SOUL - Self, Other, Universe, and Legacy.This is not easy! Leadership is as much about the “being” space as it is in the “doing” space. There needs to be moments of pause and presence as well as moments that challenge and grow us.There is no boldness without personal risk involved.Try to break out of the mindset that your work is solely a means for income. You cannot create legacy by staying small. You are creating an impact whether or not you speak up. Silence is a misused privilege. We hope you liked this episode! Let us know in the comments what part of the SOUL was most intriguing to you and your bold leadership. About Zana Goic PetricevicZana is the Founder and Managing Director of Bold Leadership Culture. Our mission is to cultivate bolder individual and collective leadership in organizations through coaching, learning and development. Zana also holds many certifications and credentials that make her a sought after Leadership Coach, Executive Coach and Facilitator. Visit her website here. Thanks for listening and stay cool! 😎Visit the show website at (http://www.meetmypotential.com)Follow me on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/deepanatarajan/)
49 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
#105 How to Persevere Through Crisis with Magali Euverte
Many organizations are finding themselves in crisis right now. The pandemic has turned businesses upside down. So how do you persevere through crisis and come out stronger on the other side? Today, Deepa is joined with Magali Euverte who is the Director of the Normandy lines contract with SNCF. Magali shares her experience of pushing through crisis, when it lasts for more than a year. Listen to this episode to hear real life experience of how you can inspire and invest in your team to build collective responsibility and achieve success.Key Points from this Episode:Invest time and training in your frontline managers. Get them on board and encourage them to bring their teams.Find your purpose and why you will continue on this journey. If you don’t know your why, you won’t have much luck in continuing when the journey gets difficult.Understand what is in it for your fellow employees. Both in the sense of empathy as well as anticipating any possible roadblocks that may come along down the way.Celebrate every step along the way, otherwise the team will lose their motivation.Transparency includes engaging your employees in solutions, allowing them to contribute their feedback to build the solution.It pays to spend more time on the short term goals, rather than the long term goal. Communication builds team spirit. Team Spirit is what keeps the project going, even for over a year. It is important to be able to zoom in to the short term and zoom out to the long term, even with the crisis right in front of you there is a need to put processes in place that will help in the long term.Remember to reward every part of the project, especially in support of the long term goals. Resiliency is needed during a long crisis. Be honest about the crisis now and hold the future goal – yes the process will be hard and we can see what the future will be so we are going to keep going. We hope you liked this episode! Let us know in the comments what was the most inspiring part of Magali’s journey. About MagaliMagali Euverte is the Director of the Normandy lines contract - monitoring and implementation of the operating agreement signed by SNCF and the Normandy region. She has operational management experience at the service of clients and teams. Magali implements several change management systems and supports managers for successful customer relationships.Thanks for listening and stay cool! 😎Visit the show website at (http://www.meetmypotential.com)Follow me on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/deepanatarajan/)
29 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
#104 The Intersection of Spirituality & Leadership with Gaurav Arora
What is spirituality? Does that question make you nervous? Spirituality is not a part of the rational mind. This is why it is so hard for us to get into a practice of including spirituality into our lives because it is not in our comfort zone. The world favors the rational mind and we are conditioned to leave behind what is innately in us. Join Deepa and her guest, Gaurav Arora, as they explore the intersection of spirituality and leadership. How could including a practice of spirituality improve your leadership? What does it mean to ‘come home’? Are you living a life of intention? Listen to get simple tips on how you can start on this journey today.Key Points from this Episode:From Gaurav’s perspective, spirituality is a process of coming back home. Where you unlearn what you’ve learned from social conditioning. Spirituality is being your true authentic self without any need of appreciation or acknowledgement from the world. It is a lifelong journey.Just by starting to ask questions about how you begin this journey, you have started this important work. Ask yourself “Who am I?” continuously over time, keep checking in with yourself and discovering who you are.Find your source of joy. When you are fully in what gives you joy,, you are not fulfilling a need. A need to show how smart you are or a need for approval from others. Define your version of success, and make sure it is truly from you instead from others or the world.Intentions are extremely important. They can guide you on this journey. To find your intentions, ask yourself “What do I stand for?”. Your intentions should be the foundation of your leadership.Take a moment before your day starts or before a meeting to question, “What is my intention for this day or meeting?”.Gaurav says Leadership is a process of a leader leading a team to a common goal. It is a performance art. “Who you are is how you lead.”“Who you are is how you lead.” If you don’t know who you are, you won’t be able to lead.We hope you liked this episode! Let us know in the comments how you define spirituality and how it is included in your leadership journey. If you’d like to dive deeper into how you can achieve more in harmony, come take Deepa’s masterclass on why you need to rethink leadership here.About GauravGaurav Arora is the Country Head of Erickson Coaching International - India as well as the Director of Certifications at The Leadership Circle. He is a Master Certified Coach, designated by the International Coach Federation. Gaurav co-founded Inspire Coaching Systems, a professional training and coaching company in 2009, with the mission to inspire himself and others to live up to our own expectations.Check out Gaurav’s podcast, The Xmonks Drive. You can get in touch with Gaurav and email@example.com.
65 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
#103 Arrogance: Triggers, Awareness, & Responsibility with Bob Anderson
Have you ever come across an arrogant leader? I bet everyone has come across at least 1 arrogant leader. I have come across many in my years as a Transformation coach, working with many high level executives in organization. But, have you ever taken the time to turn around and examine your own arrogance? What would you find if you asked yourself why that leader’s arrogance bothers you? We will always have arrogance to deal with, but the most important piece of this is to recognize what triggers you and how you can better deal with the arrogance. Once you know why arrogance irritates you, you’ll be better equipped to name it and move forward. Listen to this interview with Bob Anderson where we dive into specific examples of arrogance.Key Points from this Episode:It is easy to spot arrogance in others around us but more importantly arrogance needs to be identified within us. Instead of placing blame on others, first look at yourself and see what you find in yourself.We can feel vulnerable in work environments. As much as we want to feel like we are equal to or have the same amount of power as another, the truth is we all have different amounts of power at work. We attach many things to our identity, our ego. We get validation from those around us which inforce how we think about ourselves. This has the potential to grow our arrogance.If you are curious about how you are showing up, go ask a few of your colleagues how they see you. You might be surprised to hear what you are telling those you work with, even just with your facial expressions!You never know someone’s story, where they came from and what they are dealing with. Remember compassion.There are no difficult people. They only exist because they raise a difficulty in ourselves.“It’s not who we are, it’s how we’re not who we are.” Get in the practice of asking yourself, “Am I part of the problem?”It is so easy to identify ourselves as our ideas or our title, and if those things are not accepted then we feel not accepted.Remember to be open and listen. Our life stories have developed us in a certain way. This is not a bad thing, but it is something that needs to be examined and looked at so that we can know why we behave the way we do.I hope you liked this episode! If you are curious about knowing how and why you behave the way you do, schedule some time with me! I love helping others get to the root of how they act and figuring out next steps to create the change you are wanting. Schedule a session with me here. About BobBob Anderson has been a pacesetter and thought leader in the field of Leadership Development for over 30 years. He is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Development Officer of The Leadership Circle and Full Circle Group. Bob has completed his second co-authored book "Scaling Leadership: Building Organizational Capability and Capacity to Create Outcomes that Matter Most." "Scaling Leadership" is an essential guide that offers senior leaders the information needed to develop conscious leadership at scale with their organization.
33 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
#102 How to Make Complex Simple with Lisa Bodell
Our world is built on a lot of complexity. But what would happen if we stopped and took the time to evaluate if that complexity is serving us? What if we realized that the complexity within our organizations is actually wasting time and doing the opposite that we are hoping for? Today I’m joined by Lisa Bodell and we talk about why it is important to get back to simple. There can be so much value in simple things like asking ourselves what are we saying yes to? In this question you can find what you are valuing and you will instantly know if you are on track to what you’ve said is the purpose of your work. Take a listen and get ready to be very honest with yourself!Key Points from this Episode:We add complexity with the best of intentions, we are trying to solve a problem or trying to add onto a process we already have. We should spend more time stopping and getting back to simple.The goal of simplifying means to get to the heart of the work, meaningful work. We get too stuck in the meetings and emails.We all value getting stuff done. We all need to check our behaviors to take into account not our own work loads, but also our colleagues’ load.Complexity is driven by fear and creates comfort because there are places to hide.Most of us have been taught to not take risks. And no one gets punished by following the status quo so not taking risks is reinforced. Change won’t happen unless the leaders give permission.‘Kill a stupid rule’ exercise - remember to look at the rules that you adhere to each day, not only the rules in other departments.The way to make change stick is to change behaviors. Instead of changing tactics, you must change behaviors. Start doing this by questioning the assumptions around you and that you are run by.Complexity not only wastes time but it also kills your company culture.When everything is simplified, transparency rises above everything. It is easier to spot the problems and see what needs to change to make companies more efficient and innovative.Everywhere can have simplicity, no matter how regulated it is.Do a calendar audit - think about how many meetings you may not be needing to attend a week!These 3 behaviors are needed to embrace simplicity: Permission to be questioned, Say No, and Streamline decision making. Thanks for listening! If you liked this episode, you will LOVE my masterclass on how to Achieve Success in Harmony. It is all about diving into what drives you and what behaviors you could add into your life to achieve more balance in your life. Check it out here!About LisaLisa Bodell is an award-winning author and CEO of FutureThink. She was recently selected as one of the Top 50 Keynote Speakers in the World. As a futurist and expert on the topic of innovation and simplicity, she serves as a global council member of the World Economic Forum, and has helped thousands of senior leaders ignite innovation at Bloomberg, Pfizer, Lockheed Martin, and more. Check out her website- https://www.futurethink.com/ - for free resources.
43 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
#101 How to Live and Thrive in Complexity with Sonja Blignaut
What does a “good” leader look like? What do you want from someone who is leading your organization? Times are changing, our environment is always in motion, our world is forcing us to think outside of the boxes we have created. As humans we create these boxes in order to give ourselves a sense of control and certainty, but the time has come to rethink the way we lead.Sonja Blignaut joins me today to dive into our complex world and talk about how we as leaders need to reframe what we think is leadership. Sonja provides a very realistic and human approach to complexity. She highlights 5 points to thriving in complexity as a leader. Key Points from this Episode:Complexity is multiple aspects in a system that interact with each other in ways that are not linear. Each thing is changed when they interact with another thing and you are not able to predict the changes. It is a messy environment.We need to let go of what we think of as “Traditional Leadership” and what being a “good leader” looks like when we are faced with complexity. It won’t do us any good to be stuck in old expectations.Leaders need to normalize the idea that the world is uncertain and that will always be the case. One easy way to do this is to say “I don’t know.”Instead of drilling down to time-based goals(6 month or 5 year), it can be more helpful to focus on a direction than being very specific so that you can be flexible within complexity.Being fully present in complexity is key.All of us live and thrive in complexity every day, in social situations, in family events, even just in driving on roads. For some reason though, we decide that experience is not valid to bring into the workplace. Instead we walk into work and think everything is going to be ordered and we can control it. We need to let go of that.Here are 5 points for leaders to take to better deal with complexity:Be open to diversity. In addition to being open to different races, cultures, genders, it is important to have a diverse set of perspectives and ideas on your team and within your organization. Oftentimes it is easy for an organization to have employees who end up all thinking alike. We need to be aware of multiple perspectives so that we can catch our blind spots as well as diversifying the way we do things because the only constant is change and you cannot do the same thing the same way for too long.Be curious and cultivate it. Be open to being surprised. Over the past few decades we have become obsessed with being efficient and that has made us extremely task focused. There is no time to be curious in this efficiency world. Have the courage to be vulnerable. Acknowledge that situations are not always enjoyable and foster co-responsibility so that everyone can work on the problem together.Get closer to the front line. We need to understand as leaders that it doesn’t serve us to outsource the frontline workforce; those are the people who are representing your brand and have the best relationship with your customers. Instead of living in a fixed hierarchy, it’s time to evaluate how to create an adaptive hierarchy.Empower those who are closer to the complex problems to bring the solutions to your problems. As leaders, don’t get so stuck in the day-to-day. You need to take time to think strategically. Get off the dance floor and get on the balcony. Once you are on the balcony, you can start seeing the patterns and then start influencing the patterns. Leaders don’t give themselves permission to step back and think. Managing the tension between taking time to think as well as having the courage to make decisions even when you think you don’t have enough information.Take time to reflect and have a group around you who will challenge you and ask difficult questions. About SonjaSonja Blignaut is a thinking partner for leaders, change-makers (individuals and teams) who need to lead in uncertainty. She enables strategic agility and creates future-fit organisations. Sonja co-creates and delivers fit-for-context interventions to enable responsive and adaptive organisations. She looks after the global Cognitive Edge network and is the South African partner for Cognitive Edge for over a decade. Sonja is certified in various individual and systemic coaching methods and a sought after speaker, with experience at various conferences locally and internationally, including TedX. Visit the Cognitive Edge website to learn more - www.Cognitive-Edge.com.I hope you liked this episode! Please rate and leave a comment on the podcast. Let me know in the comments - how can you bring more of yourself, your human-mess, into your work so that you can better deal with complexity?Thanks for listening and stay cool!
52 minutes | Jan 18, 2021
#100 How to Start on the Path of Spiritual Leadership with Sam House
100 Episodes of MeetMyPotential podcast!! Wow!!! Thank you so much for being a part of this journey with me and for taking the time to listen to each show. I truly wish that you are inspired after listening and get ideas on how you can unlock more of your potential. Thank you to all of the amazing and fascinating guests we have had on the show from Episode #1. I’ve been so honored to speak with so many different leaders across many industries. It has enriched and inspired my life, thank you again to our guests. I’m very happy today to say that one of our very first guests on the podcast is back. Sam House is an Executive Coach, a Leadership consultant, a Senior Faculty Member of the Co-Active Training Institute and my personal coach. What a treat to have him join again to celebrate this occasion.In this episode, Sam and I discuss what is spiritual leadership and why should we be interested in starting a journey. Don’t confuse spiritual with religion here; we speak of spiritual in a very broad sense of being connected to everything in the world. It is a big conversation, both conceptually and literally, so get ready! And stay open to what might show up for you. Key Points to this Episode:Spiritual Leadership is Leadership with a broad lens. It asks, what is the thing that needs to be done in our organization that is aligned with something bigger in the world? It’s a holistic approach. There is room for holding onto a goal and moving toward it as well as being open and flexible to what actually shows up in our lives.Control is an illusion.You need to observe yourself, without judgment. Appreciate yourself and others, especially those who you disagree with. Appreciation does not mean “to like”.As humans, we will become attached to an idea or an opinion but you need to realize when you become attached and know how to recover from attachment.Highly Driven individuals always have a goal in mind and the drive to move forward to achieve them, but if something happens to derail their progress to that goal they can get lost or frustrated. We need to get to a place of balancing the drive forward with flexibility and moving with flow.We are in constant relationship with everything in our world. Sometimes we make up that we are alone and that we are in isolation. Three practices that will allow us to be more receptive to messages from the universe are: meditation, be in connection to nature, or any kind of physical movement. Stay open to receive anything or nothing. Make sure you start by making a decision that these practices will be valuable to you no matter the result. This leads to an expanded relationship with everything in our world.Don’t look for evidence, look for the experience.Spiritual leadership is a path to see wholeness instead of separateness. We have a need to work this path instead of sitting back and doing nothing. Shift from evidence gathering as the only way to see we are making progress as the only way to a decision process where we decide we are on the path and are ready to yield and be open to what comes to us. About SamSam House is an Executive Coach and Leadership Consultant. He is the Founder of Soulutions Leadership and Coaching. Sam is a Senior Faculty Member and Course Designer with the Co-Active Training Institute. Formerly a psychotherapist and social worker, Sam has extensive experience in multiple settings, specializing in individual, family and couples therapy.
25 minutes | Jan 11, 2021
#99 Cracking the Curiosity Code with Dr. Diane Hamilton
Did you know the peak of our curiosity is at the age of 5? After that, there is a quick decline in how curious we continue to be. This is part of my conversation today with Dr. Diane Hamilton, author of Cracking the Curiosity Code and Behavioral Expert. Diane walks us through the four inhibitors and shares examples of how they show up in our lives. Curiosity is needed now more than ever in our world. I hope you enjoy this show and I hope it encourages you to ask more questions. Key Points of this Episode:There are four inhibitors to curiosity - Fear, Assumptions, Technology and Environment.If you don’t take the time to look at what factors are stopping you, then you won’t know how to move forward. Curiosity requires us to have compassion and to be courageous. Time and experience help with this.Curiosity is the spark that lets leaders create whatever they want to make. For instance, if you were going to bake a cake, you not only need the ingredients but you also need the oven. Think of curiosity as the oven.The biggest step is to realize what behaviors you are exhibiting and seeing if they are rational or not. Ask yourself, what stories are you telling yourself? Are they working for you?To build your emotional agility and curiosity, you need to ask questions because that will develop your empathy. Asking questions is the foundation of curiosity.About Dr. Diane HamiltonDr. Diane Hamilton is the Founder and CEO of Tonerra, and Co-Founder of DIMA Innovations, which are consulting and media-based businesses. She is a nationally syndicated radio host, keynote speaker, and the former MBA Program Chair at the Forbes School of Business. She has authored multiple books which are required in universities around the world, including Cracking the Curiosity Code: The Key to Unlocking Human Potential, and The Power of Perception: Eliminating Boundaries to Create Successful Global Leaders. Visit her website here. I hope you liked this episode! Please rate and leave a comment on the podcast wherever you download your podcasts. Let me know in the comments what you think is the biggest inhibitor of your curiosity!Thanks for listening and stay cool!Visit the show website at (http://www.meetmypotential.com)Follow me on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/deepanatarajan/)
27 minutes | Jan 4, 2021
#98 Reach Out of Your Comfort Zone with Andy Molinsky
When we are young, it is so easy for us to try new things and get out of our comfort zone. But as we grow up, different situations happen where we start to learn to stay where we are comfortable. Perhaps we have a big failure and lose something dear to us. Maybe we do something wrong and get criticized harshly. No matter the way it happens, we become conditioned to not take risks. Today, listen to the show to hear Andy Molinsky speak about his formula, The Three C’s, to reach out of your comfort zone. Get inspired to discover your conviction, customize your approach and gain clarity on what your reality might look like!Key Points from this Episode:We all have different zones: comfort, panic, learning, etc. Different tasks fall into different zones and they can change over time. Anxiety does serve a purpose; too much might paralyze you from action but a little bit might provide the right amount of motivation for you to step outside your comfort zone.The Three C’s: Conviction, Customization and Clarity. Think about a situation that is outside of your comfort zone. First think about the why, this covers Conviction. Next you can figure out a way to make stepping outside a little easier for you, customize it. Finally establish the realistic outcomes of this step outside of your comfort zone, this provides clarity.Babies have a learning orientation, they get feedback from parents and the outcomes of what they try. Over time, we shift from learning orientation to a performance orientation. Psychological safety plays a big part in stepping outside of comfort zones within organizations. Think about how you can contribute to your organization's psychological safety.We are really good at avoiding anything outside of our comfort zone, but if we try and reflect on what happens then every time it will get easier. When stepping outside our comfort zones it is very common to have some kind of physical or body response (like a knot in your stomach). Normalize this! About AndyAndy Molinsky is a professor, consultant and keynote speaker. He helps individuals and teams reach their potential by learning to step outside their personal and cultural comfort zones. He is the author of two popular business books (Global Dexterity and Reach)and was recently chosen as one of Marshall Goldsmith’s Top 50 World Leaders in Coaching. He has two different coaching and training certification programs based on his books. Check out his website - www.andymolinsky.com.
26 minutes | Dec 28, 2020
#97 The Ingredients of a Successful Transformation with Reshma Ramachandran
What is needed to make a transformation in your organization? What’s the difference between working with individuals and groups when trying to make a successful change? What is easy to forget when working with organizations and change? Join Reshma Ramachandran and I as we discuss transformation - what is hard about it, how it changes from individual to a group and what are the key ingredients to make it successful.Key Points from this Episode:Human beings naturally do not like change.Change requires us to get out of our comfort zone.Every change makes you a better person.Organizations are not inanimate objects. Organizations are like humans- they have emotions, egos, ambitions and desires. You don’t try to change individuals; you create change agents. When making change, it is most important for the leader to change first. Walk the talk from the top down.Build trust by giving trustSpeed is never at the cost of trust.There is no finishing line for transformation. Change has to become part of the DNA of the company. Change cannot be at the cost of the team.Challenge your thoughts and bring out your biases, then put the facts next to your biases.Life is what you make of it. We all have choices but we must be willing to accept the consequences of the choice. Change the narrative - can I accept this consequence?About ReshmaReshma Ramachandran is the Vice President of Hitachi ABB Power Grids. She grew up in rural India without access to reliable power, clean drinking water and other basic needs, her purpose to empower people to believe they have the power to choose and to enable people to go beyond their self-limiting beliefs has shaped Reshma's journey as a business leader over the last two decades.I hope you liked this episode! Please rate and leave a comment on the podcast. If you’d like to dig more into transformation and how to make the sustainable change you need to become the leader you desire to be, come watch my masterclass! You can find it here.
7 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
#96 Rethink Leadership with Deepa
Did you know that most people fail at making change in their life? Even when told that the change will save their life, a majority of people still do not effectively make the change they want. So how does effective and sustainable change happen? What do we need to pay attention to in order to make the change and have it stick? Listen as I dive into how we all need to rethink leadership.Key Points from this Episode:Don’t fall into the common mistake of thinking you can make change just by setting up a task list to get it done. Making change is about you! Sit with yourself and figure out what your personality is telling you about how you can effectively make changeHighly driven people are action-biased, a perfectionist, a problem solver, self-sufficient or future-focused.Oftentimes, we repeat our patterns of success. What trait has helped you achieve success in your life so far?Now, It’s time to look at what the negative effects are of these traits. Because we repeat these patterns of success, we often overuse the trait. This leads to negative effects. So, if you are so focused on everything being perfect, what have you lost? If you are always looking at the future, what are you missing in the present? These are some good reflection questions to ask yourself as we close out the year.Complexity asks us to slow down to sense what’s happening while speeding up to test quickly. If mindset and personality were the biggest factors in thriving in complex times, which one of the opposing traits do you need the most? Stillness, cyclic nature, more presence, more co-creation, or more co-responsibility? Take some time to think and journal about what you are looking for more of in 2021.Would you like a thought partner with you on this reflection? Book a strategy call with me and we can walk through what traits are making you successful and what they may be holding you back from. Book a call with me here!If this episode piqued your interest about how you can rethink leadership and make sustainable change in your life, please come watch my masterclass! You can find it here.I would appreciate it if you posted a review of the show! And leave a comment, what does rethink leadership mean to you? What highly driven trait do you most identify with?
23 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
#95 Embrace Ambiguity with Dave Snowden
We live in a complex world and as humans, our brains often try to find ways to break complex things down into simple, manageable tasks. But what if instead we embraced the complexity and the chaos around us? What would happen if we let go of needing to know every answer to every question? Today I’m speaking with Dave Snowden, Founder of Cognitive Edge. Dave has been a pioneer of complexity and encourages us to let go of some of the ideas we may think are serving us and our brains. Get ready to be challenged!Key Points from this Episode:Cynefin Framework - there are five different domains where five different types of Leadership are needed.Good leaders take those with them that compliment their weaknessesComplexity is the new simplicityYou won’t know what you need to change, you need to have a team around you to see where you are intentionally blind.Collective leadership is necessary in complex adaptive environments.Hear about small experiments you can implement at your companyConsciousness is a distributed function in the body, it’s not just in the brain.There’s a difference between giving people direction and having goals.Hierarchy does not help in complexity, rather it Leaders need diversity around them. Remember, cynics are the ones who care- keep them around.Be more connected and engaged in the worldAccept things as they are, don’t fight against themAbout DaveDave Snowden is Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Cognitive Edge. Dave is currently working on the application of natural sciences to social systems through the development of a range of methods and the SenseMaker® software suite. Cognitive Edge is the pioneer of the field of complexity, charting the way before complexity became “mainstream”.
25 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
#94 A Wider Perspective of Inclusion with Aron Le Fevre
This Thursday (10 December) is Human Rights Day. We are celebrating this year by speaking with Aron Le Fevre, the Director of Human Rights at Copenhagen 2021. He has a profound range of international politics and a solid knowledge of inclusion and equality with focus on the LGTBQ+ community. Take a listen and hear how you might be able to widen your perspective of inclusion. Key Points from this Episode:Inclusion means that every person can be him/her/themselves and not have to live in fear about being accepted. It is very broad.Many times, we hide certain parts of ourselves because we are afraid of having this difference from our colleagues.Diversity needs to be embraced.If you accept yourself, it will be easier to accept others.Systemic change is needed. Everything starts with the individual though.There is a need for shared responsibility and to be in service of others.Visibility is key to inclusion.Get out of your comfort zone and experience the world. Go see how other parts of the world live.We need to move faster to this place of inclusion. We all need to be more curious to always be challenging our own biases. Change can only be made when we look at ourselves.About Aron Le FevreAron is a passionate and multilingual champion of human rights, with experience in international politics and the global LGBTI+ and Pride community. He is leading the Copenhagen 2021 Human Rights Forum with the goal to elevate the international LGBTI+ agenda, working together with a multitude of governments, civil society and non-governmental organizations both in Denmark and abroad. Check out Copenhagen 2021 on their website.
34 minutes | Nov 29, 2020
#93 Why You Need to Rethink Leadership with Deepa and Suzie Lewis
On this week’s episode I am honored to share with you a recent interview I had with Suzie Lewis on the Let’s Talk podcast. It was a pleasure to speak with Suzie and speak about why I created MeetMyPotential and the need to rethink leadership. I hope you enjoy this episode and after you listen, go take a look at Suzie’s podcast, Let’s talk. She has some great interviews so that you can stay connected to the changing digital world.Key Points from this Episode:Find out why I started MeetMyPotentialFind out who I work withTechnical challenges are easy to solve with your expertise, time and/or money.Challenges with other human beings take more work to solve.Highly Driven people usually can identify as a perfectionist, a problem-solver, being action-oriented, being future-focused, and/or being self-sufficient. These are the exact reasons why they have been promoted.All of these highly driven traits can be taken too far, it’s important to balance them with their duality. Listen to my example of balancing between being a problem-solver and having co-responsibility. This is what I mean when I say we need to rethink leadership.Hear my definition of balanceAsk yourself: Is the way I’m functioning sustainable? I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek into MeetMyPotential and my journey to create the Rethink Leadership program. Please reach out if you’d like to learn more about what your highly driven traits are and what gaps you may have! Find out how to listen to Let’s talk here.
29 minutes | Nov 22, 2020
#92 The Inadequacies of the Rational Mind with Joel Monk
Are you always on the move? Running to the next meeting or get the next project done? Do you find yourself relying on your logical, problem-solving mind? So many of us do! And to be honest, the world and society has rewarded this behavior for too long.Today I’m joined by Joel Monk, co-Founder of Coaches Rising, to discuss the inadequacies of our rational minds. Take this time for yourself, maybe go out for a walk or find a place to sit and take in Joel’s words of wisdom. It is so important to not only take time for ourselves, but also listen to our bodies and make sure we connect so we can use the intelligences of our emotions and bodies. Let this podcast be a gift to you today.Key Points from this Episode:The rational mind brings many gifts to us, we need to use it. Over the years though, we have placed too much emphasis on our rational minds. There are limits of the rational mind, we cannot depend on it for everything. There needs to be a balance.We need to develop emotional intelligence, body intelligence, and cultivate presence. This can open creativity and new solutions to problems you were encountering when you were stuck in your rational thoughts and ways.We get socialized in a certain way - performance and achievement are defined based on our upbringing. It’s so important once we are grown to take time to stop and get curious about what we as our own person define success as and what we need physically, mentally, and spiritually in order to feel our best. Our world is so prone to action and doing instead of stillness and silence. We need to slow down and give space to feeling into nonverbal cues. Naming what is the feeling of the room or a meeting is a valuable leadership skill. And yes, you can do this without using your sight!Cognitive overload surrounds us; look for ways to bring simplicity into your life and work.Expand your window of tolerance with practices like going out in nature, breathing exercises, meditation, or any activity that slows you down and takes you out of your rational intelligence.Once we are open to sensing, we will be more open to welcome uncertainty and the unknown. This is truly how we live in complexity.Welcome all emotions. They are all valid.Take a pause, breathe and feel into your body. Notice what shows up without judgement. Remember to take moments of stillness throughout your day. Let us know what you felt from this conversation. What are you recognizing? What is stirring inside of you? Thank you so much for listening!About Joel MonkJoel Monk is a leadership coach, educator, facilitator and entrepreneur. You can get in touch with Joel by emailing him, firstname.lastname@example.org. He co-founded Coaches Rising, a company on the cutting edge of online coach training with a community of nearly 50,000 coaches. Coaches Rising programs regularly include participants from every continent on the planet and they have collaborated with some of the leading minds in the field of human development and coaching.
20 minutes | Nov 15, 2020
#91 How to Become Aware of Your Influence and Make it Intentional with Jayson Krause
Did you know every time you speak you are having influence on those around you? Did you know that your behaviors can unconsciously be picked up by your colleagues, friends and family? How much are you aware of your influence? Are you being intentional? Join Jayson Krause and me as we look at the places where we are having influence and how we can become more aware of what impact we are creating on our environments. Make sure you listen to the end to hear 3 important questions we should all be asking ourselves to deepen this practice of intentional influence!Key Points from this Episode:Learn about behavioral viruses and become aware of themYou are responsible for everything in your environment either by the actions you have taken or the actions you have not taken.You are always having an impact, you just need to become intentional about itAs a leader, you are a walking advertisement. Be careful what message you are spreading!Every behavioral virus you spread is your legacy.The biggest challenge to being the best version of yourself is giving the time to being intentional.Get clear about your brand - yes, you have a brand whether you like it or not. Once you know the qualities that make you you, that’s when you can dive in and start being intentional about how you show up.About Jayson KrauseJayson is a leadership strategist who specializes in helping organizations develop high-performance leaders and grow strong leadership pipelines. His experience spans from tech startups to Fortune 500 companies. Check out his company, Level 52, here.
18 minutes | Nov 8, 2020
#90 There is No Compromise in Commitment with Angela Philp
What is your biggest commitment for this year? Do you ever feel like you are slipping away from this commitment? Can there be any compromise in commitment? If so, what is the impact of making compromises in your commitments?Join Angela Philp and I as we discuss these questions and give simple tools to help you navigate your commitments through the rest of this year.Key Points from this Episode:Making very clear definitions of commitment and compromiseLearn if you are committed to pleasing or serving.Examples of having commitment with no compromiseHow to make a commitmentCommitment comes from something bigger than youEasy tips for reminding you of your commitment - get your sticky notes out!Stay inspired by others around you! And surround yourself by a community, virtual and in person.Courage is a muscle that needs to be worked onVoice, write down and be your commitment! And don’t compromise.About Angela PhilpAngela is an Executive Leadership Coach. She supports women who’ve created millions in revenue for their organisations through their deep commitment, devotion and brilliance, to also get more REAL, lean more fully into their edge – and own their power. Visit her website to learn more about her and her company, Queen of Possible.
25 minutes | Nov 1, 2020
#89 Internal or External Validation – What to Look For Part II with Mark Metry
What kind of internal and external validations are we looking for? What serves us and what holds us back from living from a true, authentic place? Join Mark Metry and I as we discuss what validation is helpful and what validation is not helpful. We had such a great conversation, I’ve split this episode into two parts. Make sure you’ve listened to Part I from last week first.Part IIKey Points from this Episode:How building good habits adds upBe yourself. Get into meaningful discomfort. What you want to hide from the world, that is actually the thing you need to pursue and put out into the world. This is how you step into your life. Be aware of the small things. About Mark MetryMark is a Forbes Featured TEDx keynote speaker, on Amazon Prime's Docuseries the Social Movement & podcast host interviewing Billionaires, New York Times Bestselling Authors and World-Class human beings on his Global Top 100 Humans 2.0 podcast.
30 minutes | Oct 25, 2020
#88 Internal or External Validation - What to Look For Part I with Mark Metry
What kind of internal and external validations are we looking for? What serves us and what holds us back from living from a true, authentic place? Join Mark Metry and I as we discuss what validation is helpful and what validation is not helpful. We had such a great conversation, I’ve split this episode into two parts. Make sure you come back next week to hear Part II!Part IKey Points from this Episode:In order to feel the high points, you have to feel the low points.You cannot live by logic alone. Don’t be afraid to step into your emotions.Don’t overlook the small things! Be yourself. You can be successful and vulnerable.About Mark MetryMark is a Forbes Featured TEDx keynote speaker, on Amazon Prime's Docuseries the Social Movement & podcast host interviewing Billionaires, New York Times Bestselling Authors and World-Class human beings on his Global Top 100 Humans 2.0 podcast.
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