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Podcast Episode #40: "How To Use Strategic Humor In Leadership" - An Interview with Karyn Buxman

How To Use Strategic Humor In Leadership

Strategic humor has the power to build relationships, relieve stress, and boost creativity, along with many other outcomes beneficial to the workplace. Humor strengthens bonds and can completely shift the mood of your environment. And the best part? Anybody can learn how to implement it! Watch my interview with global speaker, coach and neurohumorist, Karyn Buxman as we discuss this important topic.

Here Are a Couple of the Main Take-Aways and Action Items:

  1. How strategic humor can increase your impact and bottom line.
  2. The difference between how men and women use and interpret humor in the workplace.
  3. How to use strategic humor to gain influence even if you are not funny.

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How to Get Clear on What Really Matters

How to Get Clear on What Really Matters

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Do you ever get distracted and veer from what’s most important?

Maybe you’re so busy that you don’t have time to focus on what really matters to have massive impact this year? 

We all do, but there are a couple things that sets the best apart from the rest.

It's time to "course correct"... so you can fully lean into this year.

World-class performers have laser-like focus when it comes to their long-term vision and their short-term progress. Thankfully, there are tools we can all learn, so we can have remarkable clarity and focus too and achieve what may have (at first) seemed not possible.

Here are two tips to get started:

  1. For Long-Term Focus: Create a Personal Manifesto.
    Olympians are remarkably clear about their future ambitions, and they visit them often. They visualize what they want in an extremely vivid and visceral way, and they are consistent about bringing their...
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Podcast Episode #39: "The Mindset to Achieve United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #5, Gender Equal" - An Interview with George Sifakis

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The Mindset to Achieve United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #5, Gender Equality by 2030

Ending all discrimination against women and girls is not only a basic human right, it’s crucial for sustainable future; it’s proven that empowering women and girls helps economic growth and development. I had the honor of interviewing fellow Women in Cloud presenter and Global Chair and CEO of Ideagen®, George Sifakis. We had an impactful conversation about Ideagen's commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development goal #5 which is gender equality.

Get Answers to These Questions and Action Items:

  1. Who are the benefactors when women are empowered and supported in the workplace?
  2. What roles can men play?
  3. What's the goal of the United Nations Sustainable Development goal #5 (gender equality)?  What does it stand for?
  4. What progress is being made now?

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Podcast Episode #38: "The Local and Global Impact of Equality in the Workplace" - An Interview with Dr. Kellie McElhaney

The Local and Global Impact of Equality in the Workplace

Equality in the workplace reaches far beyond a paycheck, and there is a massive upside for everyone if we can start to aggressively close the gap, sooner rather than later. Watch my interview with distinguished professor at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and founder of the Center for Equity, Gender and Leadership, Dr. Kellie McElhaney as we discuss this important topic.

Here Are a Couple of the Main Take-Aways and Action Items:

  1. Next level equity in the workplace will require next level courage for members of dominant groups.
  2. There is not a level playing field for all women in the workplace, so 'gender equity' is incomplete and inaccurate.
  3. One thing that can be done is for members of dominant groups to actively seek out members from non-dominant groups and ask what they need and listen.
  4. Members of non-dominant groups can continue to ask for help to articulate what they need.

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Personalized Signed Book + Live Book Club = Impact

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Personalized Signed Book + Live Book Club = Impact

Your goals and dreams will not likely come true if you don’t gather new tools and a new mindset for your new ambitions.

Are you ready to accept the challenge of realizing what is rightfully yours?

If you’re a resounding "YES!", I’d like to invite you to a private (FREE) book club in January 2020 where I coach you live through my book, ZONED IN: The Mental Toughness Required for a World-Class YOU.

These live sessions will take place each Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. PST throughout January. 

The only thing you’ll need to do is to grab my (discounted) book here by December 31, 2019 … and I’d be happy to ship you a personalized signed copy so you can follow along. The book contains my entire "ZONED IN" framework to help you gain the clarity and confidence to transform you from where you are now, to where you want to be in the coming year and beyond. 

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How to Get Clear on Your Work-Life Counterbalance Plan

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How to Get Clear on Your Work-Life Counterbalance Plan

Have you ever tried to balance your work, personal wellness and family... and felt like you are coming up short?

Work-life balance, based on what I’ve experienced and heard from thousands of ambitious women, is a myth that only makes those who chase it feel frustrated and mediocre. Our lives are not perfectly balanced all the time, and sometimes we must swing one way or the other. There are times when our relationships or personal wellness require more of us, and times when we need to allot more time to work. Let’s decide AND give ourselves permission to make shifts, so we can achieve that next level of ambition and joy that you want and deserve... both at work and at home. The idea behind work-life counterbalance is to get more intentional about what matters most and then get clear on how to create a counterbalance that works for you. 

Here are a few tips:

  1. First Assess How You Define Your Best Self.

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Time for an Internal or External Pivot?

Time for an Internal or External Pivot?

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If you can tell by the sheer horror on my face (see this blog article's photo) hearing from the amazing Emma Tommory what was expected of me prior to opening the Women of Silicon Valley 2019 conference this past May, I've definitely been afraid to pivot, to serve at a higher level and have the impact my heart was telling me to go after.

I imagine you’re already successful, but you’re feeling like there is more (impact, joy, contribution…), it may be time to pivot. Whether it’s an internal pivot in your company or your current career, or an external pivot toward something totally different, this typically takes a great deal of personal influence.

Here are 3 tips to get started with an even more influential mindset, so you can start taking more action towards what your heart is telling you:

  • Believe in yourself, your ideas, your worth, and your contribution.
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Need to Perform Under Pressure?

Need to Perform Under Pressure?

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Tiffany has a very important meeting coming that will determine funding for an impactful project. Last quarter when she was presenting her data and making an argument for buy-in, she was challenged. Tiffany was told that her numbers didn’t add up, and there was no clear argument for receiving funding. She was angry that she had no support in the meeting and also fearful that she was losing credibility. This anger and fear disabled her ability to pause, regroup and then better influence her colleagues.

The result? 

No funding, and a lot of frustration and disappointment.

With coaching, here’s how Tiffany learned to prepare her mind and make sure emotions didn’t get in the way of her expertise the next time she had to show up and deliver.

  1. Acknowledge and Validate Emotions: 
    For example, “I’m worried about an upcoming important meeting, and it’s ok.”...
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The #1 Progress Trap (and How to Beat It)

The #1 Progress Trap
(and How to Beat It)

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I was on a call with one of my mentors, Brendon Burchard, and he was coaching the High Performance Habit "Productivity."

I felt like such an imposter, dragging my feet on a project and NOT being productive, at all. I finally said to him, "Honestly, I think there is something wrong with me cognitively. I coach this material. I am a supposed expert, but I just can’t seem to make the progress I want and that I know I deserve."

Brendon's response:

"Sheryl, do you believe in what you are doing, and are you all in?"

Ouch. The answer was no and no.

Total transparency, I was not 100% certain I could pull off what I was working towards at the time, AND I was not 100% committed to it either.

No brain injury or cognitive disability (that I know of:). Just lack of belief and commitment. So, after some soul searching, I re-evaluated and recommitted.

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It’s YOUR Independence Day... Learn How to Surrender to It

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It’s YOUR Independence Day... Learn How to Surrender to It

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What on earth is a surrender practice, and how can it help you bring your dreams to life?

Here’s what I practice personally every morning as do my advanced 1:1 clients.

I’ve received countless emails and DM’s with requests how have I been able to get on major (and a lot of very minor) stages, open conferences and fill up my coaching calendar to have the level of impact and influence that I once only dreamed about. It's also something that my advanced one on one clients do, the members of my monthly mastery and my workshop clients during workshops at Fortune 500 companies. teach this to companies.

  1. Drink 12 oz. of water right when you wake up. Your brain is mostly water, so let’s give it a chance to function properly in the morning!
  2. Stretch and move around in a way that is safe for you. Now that you’re hydrated, let’s get your blood flowing so you can...
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