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How to Be Your Best Self During Difficult Conversations

 

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"You have one mouth and two ears, use them proportionately." 

I love this saying by Judge Judy. It is a quick reminder to ourselves that, yes, we are equipped to ‘listen’.

What I have discovered as an executive coach to high-achievers, is that by effectively listening to others especially during contentious conversations, you can connect with the other person in a meaningful way, stick to the facts and avoid getting dragged into the triggering emotions of a difficult conversation.

I get it, it’s easy in concept yet difficult in execution, but one thing you’ll come to discover over time, is that it takes practice!

Whether it is the presidential election, a contentious conversation with your boss, colleague, parent, friend, significant other, your ability to gain self-mastery of navigating difficult conversations is an...

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How To Lead Others Through Change

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If I asked you to complete the following sentence with just one word what word would you choose?

Change is_____.

Your answer may run the full gamut from change is good or change is bad. You may describe change as challenging or difficult or exciting or scary. Ultimately the most accurate and universal answer of all is quite simply.. Change is inevitable

Change is taking place - - like it or not. 

My question to you is: How important is it to you to have an understanding of how you respond to change, and how others around you (boss, team, coworkers) respond to that change?

In today’s podcast, I will share with you what I believe to be specific steps you can take to effectively lead others through change and steps for leading yourself through change. 

So here are a few considerations I believe are important for you as an emerging...

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Pursuit of Success By A Single Working Mom

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Two individuals joining together as one and, quite possibly, even expanding their family with the birth or adoption of children.

The new union usher's in the emergence of new life with certain values, beliefs, priorities and a bright future filled with love and possibilities.

Until - - it doesn't. 

Today’s guest is Shelmina Abji, a high-achieving professional who shares her journey from childhood in Tanzania to rising through the ranks at IBM as one of the highest-ranking women of color at IBM all while raising her children as a single parent.

Shelmina, who is a now a global empowerment speaker and former IBM vice president, shares the raw truth of the emotions of her experience, her key steps for successfully keeping her career on track, the resources she leaned on in navigating her journey and at the end of our...

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