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Embracing the Courage Within: Conquering Your Fears as a Leader

As women leaders, we often find ourselves facing daunting challenges that push us out of our comfort zones. These situations can be intimidating and terrifying, but they also provide tremendous opportunities for growth and transformation. I recently faced my own fear of crying in a very big way. I was asked to deliver the keynote speech at the inaugural meeting for a newly formed women’s group at a health care company. There are about 200 members. I was trained in the courtroom for public speaking and then gave keynotes frequently when I was the Chief Human Capital Officer in a

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Embodying Executive Presence: How To Be Assertive

As women leaders, it is crucial to navigate the corporate world with confidence and assertiveness while maintaining our authenticity and integrity. Developing executive presence is not about being domineering or aggressive; it’s about commanding respect, influencing others, and making an impact. One of my clients recently asked the group for tips on not being a pushover. She said that she finally realized that she wasn’t going to get a promotion because everyone viewed her as a pushover and it was time to change this view. GET MY GOAL COMPANION Define Your Personal Brand To establish executive presence, one of the

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Bouncing Back Stronger: Embracing Failure as a Catalyst for Success

Failure is an inevitable part of life. It is through failure that we grow, learn, and ultimately find success. The other day one of my clients asked the group for tips on how to bounce back from failure. This client has been with me for over three years and is someone who can be pretty self-critical, which can spiral her down into a negative and dark place. She seemed pretty positive coming into the room, so her question took me a bit by surprise. Before anyone offered tips, I asked if there was a specific failure that brought this to

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Savior Complex: Tips to Shift from a Doer to a Strategic Partner

The other morning one of my group members asked for help shifting from a doer to a strategic partner. This question comes up quite often, actually, and I think it’s because we worked so hard as individual contributors to prove we could do it all; we had no one to delegate to, so we were it. However, many women realize that sustaining their pace as a doer when they become a leader is nearly impossible. Additionally, most astutely realize that they need to be seen as more than a doer to keep rising. As background to her question, my client

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Breaking Free from Hustle Culture: Embracing Balance and Well-being

Last week, I shared about my client who shared the earmarks of hustle culture and, when she did, she realized she had fallen victim to it herself. This week, I’m sharing the tips the group shared to help her remove herself from the clutches of hustle culture. GET MY VISION COMPANION Redefine success and set meaningful goals Instead of equating success solely by work achievements, the group encouraged my client to take the time to define what success means to her personally. By embracing a holistic definition of success that encompasses career accomplishments as well as her overall well-being, relationships,

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Breaking Free from Hustle Culture: Recognizing the Signs of Hustle Culture

In today’s fast-paced world, hustle culture has become the norm. Many of us feel compelled to constantly work harder, push ourselves to the limit, and sacrifice our well-being in pursuit of success. But what if I told you that there’s a better way? One of my clients recently shared with her group how she identified that she was in a hustle culture and the group discussed things she could do to ensure she doesn’t join the culture. This week, I’m focusing on the hallmarks of the hustle culture. Next week, I’ll share steps to take so you don’t join in

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Navigating the Exit Interview: When to Share the Truth and Tips for Effective Communication

One of my clients recently asked the group how to navigate her upcoming exit interview with the CEO. She is in the c-suite and was ready to spread her wings further than the company would let her. She had a few peers who definitely were happy she was leaving and she had some feedback she really wanted to share with the CEO about her concerns with those colleagues. I love that she is surrounded by amazing women who had a lot of ideas to share with her so she could approach her exit interview with confidence. Here are tips the

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Embrace the Challenge: The Benefits of Trying a Sober October

“I chose sober because I wanted a better life. I stay sober because I got one.” Life is full of challenges, and sometimes we need to push ourselves outside of our comfort zones to experience personal growth. One such challenge gaining popularity is “Sober October.” This movement encourages individuals to abstain from alcohol for the entire month, providing a unique opportunity to examine our relationship with alcohol and reap countless benefits along the way. As I’ve shared publicly about my own sobriety, I thought I would document some of the benefits I’ve found in my sober life. GET MY GOAL

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The Power of Morning Energy

“The energy you have in the morning is the energy your kids will have for the day.” One of my clients shared this in the coaching room the other day as the women were grappling with boundaries. This woman has been coaching with me for over three years. I’ve watched her rise from COO to CEO and have her confidence rocked in the process. She’s so strong that she didn’t stay shell-shocked long. She quickly reminded herself who she is and when the Board started placing demands on her that did not align with her values, she found herself another

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The Power of Allyship: Tips for Creating a Supportive Workplace

Occasionally, I have the opportunity to coach men. Usually they come to me because they either have been told they need to become a better colleague to their female counterparts or they have identified their inability to work well with women as a shortcoming of theirs. I’m always intrigued when a man comes to me and asks me to help them. The other day I was coaching a man who wanted to improve his relationship with his female peers. He is in a c-suite position and the lack of diversity around the table is finally getting to him. He shared

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Finding Balance: Establishing Boundaries Between Home and Work

With school back in full swing, I’ve been coaching women on establishing good boundaries between home and work, so I thought I would share some of the insights women have taken away from our coaching sessions recently. Boundaries are important as they help us create a sense of structure, promote self-care, and prevent burnout. They allow us to be fully present, both at home and in our professional roles. By acknowledging the need for boundaries, we take the first step towards achieving a healthier work-life integration. GET MY VISION COMPANION Acknowledge the Need for Boundaries One of my clients started

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Tips for Navigating Change with Confidence

Last week my daughter came home from her second day of school and said, “They totally changed the dress code on us, bruh! I have to say goodbye to ripped jeans—like I can’t even wear them with rips below the knees or with something underneath, bruh!” I tried hard not to laugh about how serious and totally life altering this change was to her as I kept thinking about how I have women adjusting to shrinking teams or job losses and I’m supposed to care about whether teenagers can have rips in their jeans or not. I suppose when I

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Navigating a New Job or Boss with Confidence: Essential Tips for Success

Starting a new job or working with a new boss can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. It’s an opportunity for growth and fresh beginnings, but it also brings its fair share of challenges. As a women’s leadership coach, I’ve guided numerous individuals through this transition period and thought I would share essential tips that have surfaced repeatedly in my coaching sessions. By implementing these strategies, you can adapt quickly, build positive relationships, and thrive in your new professional environment. GET MY VISION COMPANION Embrace a Growth Mindset Approach your new job or boss with a growth mindset. Embrace the learning

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Feeling Overwhelmed In Work And Life

Are you one of those people who can’t seem to stop “doing?” I was leading a group coaching session the other day with 10 interesting, diverse, and phenomenal women leaders. The subject up for discussion was how “overwhelmed,” beat, tired, and burned-out many of the members were feeling due to the “too much to do / can’t stop now” syndrome. Are you one of those people who can’t seem to stop “doing?” I have yet to meet anyone who hasn’t felt overwhelmed from time to time. Since this feeling tends to feel uncomfortable, if not downright unpleasant, we tend to

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Championing Change: The Role of a Coach in Helping Men Become Better Allies and Sponsors for Women Executives

In the pursuit of gender equality and creating inclusive workplaces, it is crucial for men to step up as allies and sponsors for women. GET MY VISION COMPANION As a women’s leadership coach, I firmly believe that coaching can play a significant role in guiding men on this journey towards becoming effective champions of change which benefits women and this is the reason I decided to continue the discussion. Here are the ways I have helped men grow and change and why I believe this is an area where a women’s coach should be. Building Awareness and Empathy A women’s

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The Power of Sponsorship: Unlocking Success for Women

In the competitive world of business, sponsorship plays a significant role in the career progression of women. Sponsorship takes mentoring a step further by actively advocating for an individual’s advancement within an organization. I have had a number of clients ask me for help finding and securing a sponsor, so I thought I would delve into the concept of sponsorship and explore its immense value for women striving to reach new heights in their careers. I’ll also share how my own (accidental) sponsors are the reason I landed in the c-suite. GET MY GOAL COMPANION Understanding Sponsorship Sponsorship involves an

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Red Flags to Look for When Interviewing

I haven’t dipped my toe into working with another company to provide one-on-one executive coaching services; GET MY VISION COMPANION however, recently, I had a recruiter contact me and ask me to apply to be a coach for a company. The company is a startup that is about a year old and focuses on leadership and executive coaching. I looked up the co-founders on LinkedIn—both are young white men who have never served in the c-suite. I decided to give it a whirl and a few weeks ago I had an interview with the co-founder who is focused on sales.

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Five Powerful Questions a Leader Can Ask To Be A Coach

The other day one of my coaching clients asked me for some questions… …she can use with her staff so that she could pivot from the answer person to helping her staff find the answers on their own. We had such a great discussion. These five questions rose to the top for her and I thought I would share them with you so you can try them as well. To help your staff discover new possible actions or to move them toward their intended objectives, try asking these five powerful questions: GET MY GOAL COMPANION What must happen? What specific,

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5 Emotions That Could Be Stopping You From Leaving a Toxic Workplace Behind

The other day a former colleague (I’ll call her Ashley) reached out to me out of the blue. I had not heard from her for nearly four years. GET MY VISION COMPANION After I left the government, Ashley experienced a toxic workplace and decided she needed to leave and heal. She left government for a while, which she said brought some peace; however, she felt like a “fish out of water”, because she had always worked in government and that was the place she felt most comfortable. Two years ago, she returned to the government in a healthy work environment.

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Overcoming Fear: Lessons From A Courageous Friend

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine from my time in Washington, DC, was in town. I knew she had emigrated from Pakistan; however, I didn’t know everything that she and her family went through to come to the United States. I was so touched by what she shared and the running theme of overcoming so much fear to arrive on US soil when she was eight that I thought I would share some of the takeaways I had from our discussion. It’s natural to experience fear at times. Fear can be triggered by various situations, such as stepping

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Executive Presence: What It Is and Why It Matters for Women Executives

Recently, a number of my coaching clients have desired to level up their executive presence… GET MY VISION COMPANION …so I thought I would share about what executive presence is and why it matters. As a woman executive, you are likely aware of the importance of projecting confidence, authority, and credibility in your role. You may also be familiar with the term “executive presence,” which describes the way in which a leader carries themselves, communicates ideas, and interacts with others in a professional setting. The powerful example of a woman who embodied executive presence throughout her career that I like

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