Developing Empathy and Building Feedback Loops as a Leader with Patricia Bothwell

Join us as we chat with Patricia Bothwell, General Manager and VP of Product for GoGuardian’s Safety & Productivity business. In this episode, Patricia shares insights from her experience in product and strategy leadership roles at Avalara, PayPal, and Carnival Corporation, and how she ramped up fast while moving from industries to industries. We also dive into the importance of developing empathy, building feedback loops, and finding the right mentors as a people’s leader.

 

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Finding the right people as mentors and asking the right questions can help ramp up fast when moving from industries to industries.
  • Leaders need to develop clarity around goals, communicate effectively, and be intentional in helping their teams navigate through up and down cycles.
  • Building feedback loops for personal and team wellness is critical for any people manager, with weekly 1:1 meetings being a must-have.
  • Balancing humility and authority is an area for growth as a leader and a person.
  • Being kinder to self and others is crucial advice for one’s younger self.

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Disrupting the Banking Landscape: Lessons in Leadership with Shannon Burch

Join us for a conversation with Shannon Burch, the Vice President of Experience at Neo Financial, where she is focused on disrupting the banking landscape in Canada. With an unconventional career journey that has taken her across Canada and internationally, Shannon has built transferable leadership skills that have helped her advance her career. In this podcast episode, she shares her experiences on advocating for her own career advancement, dealing with imposter syndrome, and how learning through failure has helped her to speed up the leadership growth journey. Additionally, she discusses the importance of empathy skills in leading teams in a dynamic environment during an uncertain time. As a board member at several non-profit organizations, Shannon also mentors up-and-coming leaders and donates time to numerous causes. Tune in for an inspiring conversation on leadership, career growth, and disrupting the status quo.

 

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • The importance of intentionally building transferable leadership skills throughout your career.
  • Advocating for your own career advancement and taking ownership of your professional development.
  • Strategies for dealing with imposter syndrome and helping others who may be experiencing it.
  • The value of learning through failure and how it can accelerate leadership growth.
  • The importance of applying empathy skills when leading teams in a dynamic environment during an uncertain time.

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Designing Your Career for Passion and Purpose with Dr. Richard Osibanjo

Join us in a thought-provoking conversation with Dr. Richard Osibanjo, a leading expert in transformational leadership, as we explore how to design a career that aligns with your passion and purpose. As a chemist turned executive coach and keynote speaker, Dr. Richard shares valuable insights on how to transition careers, find your voice, and clarify your goals by aligning your potential, passion, and purpose.

 

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Discover how to identify your passions and interests to design a fulfilling career path
  • Learn practical steps to test and implement career transitions that align with your goals
  • Understand the importance of aligning your potential, passion, and purpose to achieve clarity and focus
  • Gain insights on finding your voice and standing out in your industry

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Empowering Women in the Workplace: Insights from Holly O’Dell

In this episode, we sit down with Holly O’Dell, the first female President and CEO of Montana State Fund, to discuss the importance of building relationships with other women in the workplace. Join us as Holly shares her personal experiences and best practices on advocating for oneself, balancing family and work, and the power of […]

Encouraging New Ideas and Fostering Employee Engagement: A Leadership Discussion with Jill Wiedemann-West

Join us as we talk to Jill Wiedemann-West, CEO of People Incorporated, as she shares her insights on building a culture of transparency, encouraging diverse voices, and fostering employee engagement. Discover how her leadership style has helped to encourage new ideas and create a positive work environment.

 

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Here’s how they did it:

  • Top leadership team retreats every month to ask critical questions, have difficult conversations, and encourage different ideas/opinions
  • Quarterly extended retreats with the director-level team
  • Staff take turns leading meetings with different styles to encourage new ideas
  • Regular engagement surveys, career pathway meetings, and training programs to foster employee engagement
  • Partnership with outside organizations and institutions of higher learning to provide staff with scholarships for higher degrees
  • A belief that there is a solution to every problem and working together as a team to solve it
  • Strategies to avoid employee burnout, including hiring more people, offering more time off and greater flexibility.

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Overcome Entrepreneurial Challenges With Mental Fitness Training

Join us as we chat with Jocelyn Tan, CEO and founder of Sisu VR, about her journey to success in the virtual reality industry and how our Mental Fitness program helped her become a more confident and effective leader. Learn about Jocelyn’s pivot from focusing on funding to customer acquisition, and her passion for immersive learning through virtual reality. Discover how our Mental Fitness program helped her shift to a positive mindset and feel happier in her entrepreneurial journey.

 

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Virtual reality can revolutionize corporate compliance training and make it more enjoyable for employees.
  • Focusing on customer acquisition can be more beneficial than just seeking funding.
  • Mental Fitness program can help entrepreneurs become more confident and effective leaders.
  • Positive mindset can be developed through specific techniques and strategies.=

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From Research Scientist to CEO: Lessons and Challenges with Dr. Katherine Grill

Join us as we speak with Dr. Katherine Grill, CEO and co-founder of Neolth, a technology company that provides personalized mental health support to teens. Dr. Grill shares her experience of transitioning from a research scientist to an entrepreneur, and provides valuable advice and lessons learned along the way. We also dive into how she applies mental health tools to her own team, the decision-making process when starting the company, and how she deals with wellness, balance, and mental health as a start-up founder. Additionally, she discusses the challenges she faces as a leader and shares her strategies for overcoming them. Tune in for an insightful conversation on entrepreneurship and mental health.

 

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • The transition from a research scientist to an entrepreneur, CEO: lessons learned, advice, and fears/worries overcome.
  • The application of mental health tools to Dr. Grill’s own team.
  • The decision-making process when starting the company: risk management as a couple, setting proper milestones, and checkpoints.
  • Dealing with wellness, balance, and mental health as a start-up founder.
  • The challenges Dr. Grill faces as a leader, and her strategies for overcoming them.

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Ending Homelessness with Innovation: Insights from Elizabeth Funk

Join us for an inspiring conversation with Elizabeth Funk, the Founder, CEO, and Chairman of DignityMoves, a nonprofit that has developed an innovative solution to end street homelessness in our communities. Elizabeth’s career experience spans various industries, including real estate, venture capital, climate technology, and several non-profit ventures. In this podcast episode, she shares her journey and how a “can do” mentality led her to find an innovative solution to combat the homeless conundrum in our communities. She also discusses how to implement a Silicon Valley startup culture in a nonprofit organization, and the value of exploring various career tracks, industries, and functions. To date, Elizabeth has served on 19 Boards of Directors, 7 of them as Chairman. Tune in for a high-energy interview that is sure to inspire and motivate.

 

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • A “can do” mentality can lead to innovative solutions to complex problems.
  • Implementing a Silicon Valley startup culture can help to foster innovation and creativity in nonprofit organizations.
  • The value of exploring various career tracks, industries, and functions in gaining valuable experience and developing diverse skill sets.
  • The importance of working to end street homelessness and the impact it has on individuals and communities.
  • The power of serving on Boards of Directors and the value it can bring to a nonprofit organization.

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Building Resilience and Growth Mindset with Jutta Williams

Join us as we speak with Jutta Williams, a career data protection professional and AI Ethics evangelist, about building resilience and a growth mindset in both personal and professional life. Jutta shares her insights on the power of speaking accurately, introducing struggle to promote growth, and finding fulfillment through personal growth. She also discusses the importance of training resilience like a muscle and preparing teams to handle crises through open communication and exposure to smaller challenges. Tune in to learn how to stay open to opportunities and keep life exciting and fun.

 

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Speaking accurately is more powerful than speaking with volume, especially for women leaders.
  • Introducing struggle on purpose can promote personal and professional growth.
  • Fulfillment comes from personal growth, not just accomplishments or titles.
  • Resilience can be trained like muscle through deliberate exercise.
  • Teams can be prepared to handle crises through open communication and exposure to smaller challenges.
  • Being open to opportunities and new learning experiences keeps life exciting and fun.

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Building a Successful Career With Megan Effertz

Join us in this insightful podcast interview with Megan Effertz, an accomplished executive and entrepreneur with over two decades of experience. Megan shares her journey of building companies in different industries and how she developed her transferrable skills to jump from industry to industry. She also provides timely advice for job seekers, including how to do two-way interviews to find the right cultural fit and not settle for just any job. As a leader, Megan emphasizes the importance of humbleness and good listening to build trust with the team and create a supportive work environment. She also shares tips on how to truly get to know the team, support employees’ personal pursuits, and motivate them to achieve their potential. Whether you’re a job seeker or a leader looking to improve your skills, this episode is full of valuable insights and practical advice.

 

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There are lessons for everyone in this interview that you may want to listen to more than once to grasp fully:

  • When job searching, it’s important to do two-way interviews to find the right cultural fit and not settle for a job that doesn’t align with your values.
  • Building a successful career requires developing transferrable skills that can be applied across industries and functions.
  • Humbleness and good listening are essential qualities for leaders who want to build trust with their team and create a supportive work environment.
  • To truly get to know the team as a new leader, you need to take the time to understand their individual needs, motivations, and personal pursuits.
  • If you realize that you and your team are not the right fit for each other, it’s important to be honest and make a change.
  • To motivate employees to achieve their potential, you need to understand what drives them and provide the support they need to pursue their personal goals.
  • Giving and receiving candid feedback is essential for personal and professional growth.
  • As a leader, you can create opportunities for employees to develop new skills and pursue their passions outside of their normal job duties.
  • Technology leaders don’t necessarily need a background in technology, but they do need to be curious and open to learning new things.
  • To be successful in any industry, it’s important to be adaptable, resilient, and willing to take risks.

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