Of all the challenges that leaders face, Imposter Syndrome is one of the least understood phenomena. Talented and ambitious leaders are quietly suffering with self-doubt and crippling internal criticism, and this affliction turns out to be far more prevalent than anyone thought. Thankfully, there are professional thought-partners out there like Hawaii's “Coach Sophia” who study this issue and works with organizational professionals to help them overcome limiting beliefs so they can lead to the best of their potential.
As the Founder of “Space Beyond Words”, Deep Leadership Consultant and International Executive Coach, Sophia Schweitzer, has served in mindfulness and leadership development fields for over 25 years, including at the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland and the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. Credentialed with the International Coach Federation (ICF) and an Erickson Certified Professional Coach, she lives a passionate commitment to support people in unlocking undreamed of possibilities for success while building resilience for a sustaining sense of fulfillment and impact.
Coach Sophia has worked internationally and across cultures, with clients in start-ups, innovation and IT industries. She deeply understands the unique challenges of leadership amid transitions and uncertainty, and within the for-purpose for-profit business model. A multilingual, award-winning author, Sophia Schweitzer holds a degree in French literature and linguistics.
If you have ever questioned your abilities, ambitions or potential, you need to make time to hear Coach Sophia and this episode of Inspiring Leaders.
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“60% of new leaders fail”
Grace Judson is a leadership coach and consultant focusing on first-line and recently-promoted managers and supervisors, helping them cross that daunting gap between being part of a team, and leading a team.
Drawing on her 25 years of corporate experience – including 16 years of executive leadership – plus 13 years of leadership coaching, Grace works with individuals, teams, and leaders to develop their skills, helping them become the empowered leaders they want to be – and their teams deserve.
She points out that she’s not as old as all those years of experience might indicate. After all, she started her career as a two-year-old, turning her parents’ faces toward each other when they argued, wanting them to see each other instead of fighting. That was the beginning of her lifelong quest to understand what makes people tick – and what makes a good, or even great, leader.
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“Devise the right plan for growth, and have the capacity and resources to oversee the execution of the plan so that it doesn’t sit on the shelf”
A few years ago, prominent Broadcaster, Entrepreneur and Marathon Runner Mark Sutcliffe teamed up with a respected business partner to found Sutcliffe and Whalen, a boutique consulting practice specializing in helping businesses grow. Drawing on the experience of two established entrepreneurs and executives, S+W engages with clients to overcome the challenges of running a business and focus on the long-term strategies that drive revenue and profitability.
What challenges are those? Among numerous management and leadership challenges that most companies face, Mark and his Partner help organizational leaders set strategic goals and turn them into practiced behaviours.
Sutcliffe + Whalen helps entrepreneurs and CEOs reenergize their strategic activities and put experience and expertise behind the decisions and actions that will increase the value of their businesses, supporting the implementation of strategies in all critical areas.
Join us for this short but powerful exploration into the topic of Strategic Planning for organizational success. Your clients and stakeholders will be glad that you did.
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Every boss can be moody now and then. Middle Managers are responsible for executing the decisions from above and then mobilizing their team to execute, even when that team is overloaded or unmotivated. Mood swings are par for the leadership course. So when does a Boss’s Moods become Intolerable?
On this week’s episode, we expose the Moody Boss and what you can do to survive.
A Boss’s moods become intolerable when they are unaware of their Moody behaviour, it doesn’t get managed. In other words, when your Boss has low EQ. EQ, or Emotional Intelligence is their emotional self awareness, self regulation, ability to read others and manage relationships. So it is really your Personal Competence and your Social Competence. It’s a concept that Daniel Coleman brought to us in his National Bestselling Book, “Emotional Intelligence”. Harvard School of Business Researchers tell us that, when driving performance, EQ is twice as important as Intelligence and Technical Ability, and at the most senior level of leaders, Emotional Intelligence accounted for 90% of the difference between the best, and the rest.
So a moody boss’s lack of personal awareness leaves them vulnerable to mood swings that others see, but they don’t. And their team suffers the most. Here is the kicker - they can’t see the stress that they are inflicting on others and the demoralization that their team may be dealing with. 360 Assessment results get dismissed as under-appreciation for all their efforts and stress. They deflect and blame others to justify their moods. But a good Executive Coach will use a 360 Assessment to help a moody boss increase emotional awareness and regulation.
So what can you do if you have to work for a moody boss? Here is a summary of our 10 Strategies to Survive a Moody Boss. For all the glorious details of each recommendation, tune into the show now!
1. Don’t Try To Change Your Boss
2. Be Aware
3. Watch For Patterns
4. Limit Your Interactions
5. Keep Cool and Carry On
6. Make Sure You’re Not To Blame
8. Don’t Be A Trigger
9. Pick Your Moments
10. Talk To The Right People
BONUS STRATEGY: As Dale Carnegie said, don’t criticize, condemn or complain about your boss.
If these strategies don’t work, escalate to their Boss and/or HR. And if it is toxic and affects your health, explore changing departments or employers. No Intolerable Boss that is worth sacrificing your health. To get all the expanded details on each of these suggestions, tune into this episode today or reach out to us to discuss your situation personally. We’re here to help!
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This is no blah blah blah! Anders Indset is a Norwegian philosopher, author and a brilliant public speaker, currently working from Frankfurt, Germany. Anders is one of the world's leading business philosophers and a trusted sparring partner to international CEOs and political leaders. Often labelled as the "Digital Jesus" or "Rock'n'Roll Plato" by media, he is currently one of the most sought after keynote speakers in Europe with his approaches to practical philosophy.
“Progress for humanity will come when we look at the inter-spaces between the disciplines”
Thinkers50 has recognized Anders Indset as one of 30 Global Thinkers "most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led”. Anders was also named "Thinker of the Month" in July and August 2018.
“You are leaders of change. You are the curators of compassion”
Based on his 10 postulates of change, Anders explains how to cope with our fast-moving time. The native Norwegian, based in Frankfurt, is also a guest lecturer at leading international business schools and a member of the supervisory board of the German Tech Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC). With his Sa. | shapingwork academy he has outlined a new academic approach that combines practical (applicable) philosophy with the “best-of-breed” practices from Leadership, Management and Execution.
“We need to start now to develop a society of understanding”
Anders has made a unique name for himself by studying the wisdom of past philosophy and intersecting that with knowledge of the present and a vision of future trends in science, technology and leadership. Many of his insights have been detailed in his book “Wild Knowledge” and another book that is presently in the works. Anders travels around Europe and the World, enlightening people with his creatively inspirgtful perspectives in Keynote Presentations and Public Speaking.
Join us now for this 20 minute interview with the Inspiring Anders Indset and be inspired!
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“Leadership is about making choices in the moments that matter.”
Zoë Routh is one of World’s leading experts on Boundless Leadership. Based in Canberra, the Capital City of Australia, she is a Leadership Author, Speaker, Mentor & Adventurist. She has worked with leaders and executives from around the world to dissolve barriers to connection and team culture.
“Leadership is a wilderness. We do not need to wander, lost. We can learn to read the map.”
After years of experience in Outward Bound and the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, Zoë founded the Leader's Edge Mastermind, a high level, 12 month development program designed to extend the strategic thinking of like-minded renegade pathfinders. Zoë has also published three books: 'Composure', 'Moments', and 'Loyalty'.
“Get unstuck, overcoming the tyranny of discomfort and embracing the adventurous spirit to work to avoid disruption”
Join us for this adventure into one of the world’s most unique leadership development programs from way down under.
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Megan Paterson exemplifies strategic success in Human Resources. Over her career, hard work and dedication have taken her from the ground floor as a new Corporate Recruiter to HR Manager, HR Director and Vice President of HR. Most recently, Megan was promoted to Cheif Human Resources Officer (CHRO) at the wildly successful Supply Chain Management Software, Kinaxis.
During her storied career, Megan has learned a thing or two about what makes leaders successful and what challenges most of them will face. More than anything, she sees Integrity and accountability as the two pillars that hold up successful leadership, and inspiring leaders as a fundamental key for any organization that wants to grow and thrive.
Megan Paterson is a solid HR executive with strong international HR experience. Her strengths include performance management, employee relations, restructuring, recruitment, organizational development, terminations, training and management coaching. She has developed a strong ability to coach and drive teams to support organizational objectives. Megan is highly respected as a results oriented, professional and proactive leader, possessing excellent interpersonal, leadership, communication and facilitation skills combined with strong analytical abilities.
Join us on this week’s Inspiring Leaders show as we explore Integrity, Accountability, Authenticity, Mentorship and many key elements that create the Strategic Value of Human Resources from one of the best HR Leaders in North America, Megan Paterson.
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Been there, done that! With over 25 years experience in the airline industry, Duncan Bureau has led teams in all commercial aspects of the airline industry including sales, operations, finance, marketing performance measurement, revenue management and distribution. He was a one of the keys to WestJet’s unbelievable growth a decade ago, a disruptive and unorthodox leader at Malaysia Airlines, and he played a central role at Air Canada’s meteoric rebound within the last few years, one of the greatest business success stories in Canada’s history!
How has this unorthodox leader climbed the corporate ladder and met with remarkable, historic success? By putting people first and supporting them so that they are better able to focus on delivering sales results, operating efficiencies, and a spectacular customer experience. By empowering his people, allowing them to trust their intuitions and learn from mistakes, Duncan Bureau is transforming vision into strategy and action by delivering effective solutions that drive change and innovation.
With his extensive experience in the travel and tourism industry, Duncan Bureau is proud to work at one of the world’s top airline groups, and he is even more proud of his team. His success in the aviation can be attributed to developing and sustaining relationships within all areas of airline operations including sales, marketing, finance, airport operations, accounting, financial operations and trade partnerships. His passion is creating teams that are driven by opportunity rather than entitlement. It is the relationships that Duncan cultivates that are the keys to his remarkable success as President of Air Canada Rouge.
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Almost any boss can be angry from time to time, but when your boss is consistently angry, your job can become pretty intolerable. This week on Intolerable Bosses, we expose the Angry Boss and explore how you can survive!
Just like Peter Parker’s Boss on the old Spiderman cartoons, an Angry Boss can be characterized by looking unprofessional, operating in incivility, doing it consistently and hurting others to cover up their own fear. These are behaviours that they have learned, unfortunately, you might be one of the unfortunate ones that have to work for them.
What options do employees have to survive an Angry Boss? On this episode, Certified Executive Coach Terry Lipovski offer 7 great suggestions to survive and thrive, even if you happen to work for J. Jonah Jameson.
Pro Tips to Survive an Angry Boss
1. Resist Knee Jerk Reactions and use the STOP Acronym
3. Acknowledge your boss
5. Apologize, if appropriate.
6. Offer to help.
7. Get Help or Get Out if it get’s toxic.
Want all the lovely details for each of these tips? Listen to this episode now!.
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Want to cultivate a strong team that trusts and supports each other? Then don’t miss this episode where we pick the brain of David Saxe, North America’s Teamwork Architect!
Based equally out of both Ontario and Florida, David Saxe is the President of Next Level Business Planning, a Team Building and Organizational Planning Consultancy that serves organizations across North America. Next Level strengthens organizations by unleashing the power of their leadership team and helping them focus on vision, alignment, traction and execution to drive profits and achieve results.
“Unleash the power of your leadership team”
This powerful shift in team dynamics is accomplished by implementing a set of powerful tools; focusing on setting and achieving corporate goals; improving the culture of your organization and identifying and permanently solving the issues getting in the way of success. This results in a cohesive leadership team focused on increasing profits, achieving goals and results, creating a fun place to work and maximizing corporate profits and business value.
“Share the insomnia”
Listen to Inspiring Leaders now to learn valuable lessons in team building.
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Angry Boss 68
Artificial Intelligence: 56
Authentic Leadership: 52, 76
Aviation: 37, 69
Boundless Leadership 71
Coaching: 24, 36, 75, 76
Community Leadership: 15
Controlling Bosses: 30
Customer Experience: 4, 9, 25, 49, 69
Distributed Leadership: 5, 53
Diversity: 3, 21, 53
Ethical Leadership: 36
Emotional Intelligence: 48
Entrepreneurship: 4, 23
Fear Monger Bosses: 51
Financial Leadership: 9
Generational Change 66
Grounded Leadership: 57
Harassing Bosses: 42
Healthcare Leadership: 14
High Performance: 3
Human Resources 18, 70
Imposter Syndrome 76
Indecisive Bosses: 34
Innovation: 2, 17, 19, 49, 56, 58
Inspiration: 3, 8, 12, 19, 21, 22, 33, 35, 37, 41, 46, 50, 69, 70
Intolerable Bosses 29, 30, 34, 38, 42, 47, 51, 55, 60, 64, 68, 73
Introvert Leaders: 27
Leadership Mindset: 11, 16, 22, 28, 35, 48
Leadership Philosophy 72
Legal & Law Leadership: 43
Making A Difference: 32
Measuring Leadership: 54
Millennials: 6, 11, 17, 66, 75
Military: 40, 43, 61
Mindfulness: 20, 39, 35, 44, 48
Moody Boss 73
New Leaders 75
Non-Profit Leadership: 16
Organizational Change: 41, 57
Performance Management: 18
Perseverance: 3, 8, 39, 46
Resilience: 3, 8, 39, 46, 76
Risk Management: 61
Sales Leadership: 26
Servant Leadership: 1, 19
Software: 7, 18
Spiritual Leadership: 44, 45, 48
Strategic Planning: 31, 61, 74
Stubborn Bosses: 38
Team Building 67
Transformation: 24, 28, 48
Veteran Leadership: 13
Visionary Leadership: 7, 19, 69
Visionless Bosses: 55
Women Leaders: 1, 5, 10, 13, 15, 17, 21, 23, 25, 27, 32, 33, 40, 45, 48, 49, 53, 70
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