Episode 54: Living Big - Overcoming Scarcity and Achieving Your Highest Visions, with Ajit Nawalkha

“There’s no reason for you to work 18 hours a day. You can work 5 and still create a great company, still change the world and still be able to grow yourself in the process and live a great life.” – Ajit Nawalkha

Do you ever feel that you need to sacrifice your life, and experience extreme burnout in the process, all just to have success as an entrepreneur? If so you’re not alone, but today’s guest is going to challenge this myth and show you avoid this and how not have to work around the clock to realize your dreams.

Ajit Nawalkha, is a serial entrepreneur, global educator, and consultant. He is the co-founder of Mindvalley Teach, Evercoach  and Global GRIT Institute, author of The Book of Coaching and Live Big. Born in Jaipur, Rajasthan living in a home with 23 other people, he has always pursued the dream of Living Big. Over the past decade, Ajit has helped build training and coaching companies to inspire the coming generation, transform entrepreneurs to live on purpose, while enjoying their lives and increasing profits.

Ajit reveals powerful insights that provide valuable clues on how to live a bigger life, and as you’ll hear, it really all begins reframing your mindset and perspective on what it really takes to be successful.

Highlights from this Episode:

  • How “living big” involves more than just money [2:15]
  • Ajit’s background with scarcity and how he overcame it [4:08]
  • Ways that overcoming scarcity can lead to abundance in your life [6:40]
  • How to have an abundance mindset, regardless of your current reality [10:44]
  • Why resisting your reality and getting angry won’t help change it [13:05]
  • What causes burnout for so many entrepreneurs and how this is getting in the way of our biggest dreams [18:12]
  • Why change is actually a positive thing to experience [22:40]
  • Ajit’s practical steps to living big [23:53]
  • A major entrepreneurial turning point or him and what we can learn from it [31:55]
  • How to decide whether or not to be personal brand [35:19]
  • The major message from Ajit’s book, Live Big [40:00]

For More Information:

https://www.ajitnawalkha.com/

https://www.facebook.com/ajitnawalkhaofficial/

https://my.linkedin.com/in/ajitnawalkha

http://evercoach.com/

https://www.instagram.com/ajitnawalkha/

https://twitter.com/ajitna

Resources Mentioned:

Ajit’s New Book, Live Big: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Passion, Practicality, and Purpose (with Bonuses)

His Book, The Book Of Coaching: For Extraordinary Coaches

Mike Dooley’s Notes from the Universe

QUOTES:

“I kind of got wired for always thinking that I don’t have enough.” [4:34]

“There’s no limit to how scarce you can feel, irrespective of your bank account, the amount of love you get from people, or anything.” [9:18]

“Every business is subject to the entrepreneur’s desire of what they want to build. There is no right or wrong, there are simply different strategies and different playbooks.” [15:57]

“The system only works to a certain degree. It helps you move your learning a little bit faster, but you have to customize that system for it to really work for you.” [17:07]

“It’s not going to be how many hours you can plow through something, but what you can do in those hours. How are you investing your time in learning new things?” [21:28]

“Most of the time when people use a personal brand, it’s because they care for recognition more than the value. It’s not always true, but often that’s the case.” [35:36]

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Episode 53: Why It Helps Men To Join The Gender Equality Movement, with Michael Kaufman

“What I’m seeing here is this absolutely amazing paradox. We live in a world of men’s power, where just by the virtue of birth, half of us have certain privileges, but at the same time, the ways that we have traditionally defined men’s lives comes with a huge cost.” – Michael Kaufman

At work and home, the gender equality revolution is critical for the advancement of women. However, today’s Finding Brave guest makes the case that this movement is also a great gift for men. There’s a paradox of men’s power that exists in this male-dominated world, but significant changes are being made to address the challenges it presents.

Michael Kaufman, PhD, is a renowned writer, advisor, and speaker focused on engaging men to promote gender equality, end violence against women, and transform the lives of men. He has worked in 50 countries with the United Nations, governments, NGOs, women’s organizations, and businesses.

He is the co-founder of White Ribbon Campaign, a Senior Fellow with Promundo based in Washington DC, and last year was the only male member of Justin Trudeau’s G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council

The author of eight books, including two novels, Michael’s newest book is The Time Has Come: Why Men Must Join the Gender Equality Revolution.

You’ll learn why having an having an open dialogue around gender equality is critical, but we must find positive ways to reach out to men to be part of the gender equality movement. As our expert guest shares, changes are happening that will positively affect not only this generation of men and women, but our children and future generations to come.

Highlights from this Episode:

  • Why it’s so important for men to take action now and get involved in the gender equality movement and why it’s not about men “losing” [3:03]
  • What influenced Michael to support the gender equality revolution and how his book helps other men do the same [7:14]
  • How the pressure to be a “real man” starts early for males and the paradox and cost this results in [10:24]
  • A valuable lesson Michael learned early on from his parents on the need to take sides [16:14]
  • What feminism isn’t about [21:09]
  • Practical steps that men can take now to join the revolution [23:29]
  • Michael’s special message for not only men, but everyone [28:22]
  • The true power of open dialogue [30:24]

For More Information:

http://michaelkaufman.com/

https://twitter.com/gendereq

https://ca.linkedin.com/in/michael-kaufman-gendereq

https://www.facebook.com/MichaelKaufman.mk/

Resources Mentioned:

Michael’s last book,  The Time Has Come: Why Men Must Join the Gender Equality Revolution

His Previous Books

Kathy’s Forbes post on What Is Feminism And Why Do So Many Women And Men Hate It?

Kathy’s Forbes post on How To Stop Staying ‘I’m Sorry’ When You’re Not (And Why You Need To)

Episode 4: Gender, Power and Relationships, and the Crushing Effects of Patriarchy, with Terry Real

QUOTES:

“I actually think that feminism is the greatest gift that men have ever had.” [4:52]

“Part of what my book does is talk about those things to give men the tools to take action, but it also gives women the tools to engage men.” [7:37]

“We’re supposed to have power, right? We’re men, but most men don’t feel powerful. Most men don’t feel in control. Most men carry around this incredible burden of not being able to live up to the expectations of manhood.” [10:08]

“Listen with respect. Take it in. I think part of men’s journeys have to include listening.” [20:45]

“This is about change. It is going to benefit women and men, and certainly it’s going to benefit the children of the future.” [25:22]

“We’re products of this society, all of us, both women and men. As products of that society, there are things that most of us have done.” [30:52]

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Episode 52: How To Reduce Your Stress and Ask For Help, with Andrea Goeglein

“We’ve made a social contract to come into this organization, however, contracts can be broken. Whichever direction it gets broken, we have to take the responsibility and either take care of ourselves and get out of it, or help fix it. There’s really very little in between, and we’re not supposed to see how much crap we can take.” – Andrea Goeglein

Asking for help, especially in the workplace, often feels like we’re waving a neon sign of weakness. However, today’s expert guest — who literally wrote the book on being brave regarding asking for help —  explains how asking for the right kind of assistance is essential to reducing stress, positively impacting our results and building a foundation for strong relationships.

Dr. Andrea Goeglein has a fascinating personal and professional story, complete with important and powerful lessons learned, starting with what she realized after altering the truth of her age (of 14) to land a job at a Wall Street brokerage firm.  By 24, she opened her first operating business – a Haagen-Dazs ice cream store in Reno, Nevada. Many businesses and a PhD in Organizational Psychology later, Andrea has experienced enough stress and anxiety to be an expert.

Today she is a Success Catalyst and known as Dr. Success™.  Andrea is the founder, curator and author of the Don’t Die™ self-development collection of books.  Her latest book is Don’t Die Waiting to Be Brave. As an expert in Applied Positive Psychology, she is her clients’ success Sherpa, guiding them as they climb the mountain of success.

In today’s Finding Brave you’ll not only know when to ask for help, but who to ask and how to do it in order to flourish in your professional life. The choice to ask for help is ours, and we will create even more bravery and success when we know how much choice we really have.

Highlights from this Episode:

  • Why Andrea says that asking for help has been a natural iteration for her [3:08]
  • The reason that work was a salvation for her from a very early age [8:00]
  • How women can ask questions without damaging the perception of competence [12:50]
  • Examples of how we can ask for help as a way to reduce stress [15:54]
  • A piece of wisdom from Andrea that transcends all human relationships [23:50]
  • Her tips for having braving conversations and one crucial technique that everyone should know how to use [25:30]
  • How to tell if you are working in a toxic culture and what to do if you find yourself in one [28:50]
  • Who to seek out in your organization to give you help [38:10]
  • Practical steps to take today to start getting help in your life [44:05]

For More Information:

https://servingsuccess.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/drsuccessphd/

https://www.facebook.com/DrSuccessPhD/

https://twitter.com/DrSuccess

https://www.instagram.com/drsuccess/  

https://www.youtube.com/user/ServingSuccess

Resources Mentioned:

Andrea’s Don’t Die™ Book Series & Free E-Books

Her Latest Book, Don’t Die Waiting to Be Brave

Andrea’s Live Gatherings, Free Online Courses & Online Learning

Breakdown, Breakthrough: The Professional Woman’s Guide to Claiming a Life of Passion, Power and Purpose

Kathy’s Forbes Interview with Andrea, How To Alleviate Your Stress And Ask For Help Without Appearing Weak

Books by Dr. Phil McGraw

QUOTES:

“I have walked this path the hard way, both academically and in life.” [4:34]

“I have spent my entire life helping myself and others appreciate what achievement in business can do for them as part of their healthy self-image.” [8:18]

“Every time you take a step towards that authenticity, somehow or other, you have asked for help.” [10:56]

“Organizations hold out the hope that you can live to be who they know you should be, versus who you are showing up as at that moment.” [21:30]

“At this moment in time we are at a pinnacle of evolution in how corporations are behaving.” [41:30]

“We are human beings. We do progress if we stay in the conversation and not make it about us, but about the greater good of what we are creating.” [42:07]

“We will find brave when we know how much choice we really have.” [43:47]

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Episode 51: Six Essential Questions To Ask For the New Year

“You just have to believe that there’s a higher version of you that you can tap into and that can access higher-level wisdom, insight, solutions, strategies, people, and connections. If you believe it, and if you believe it strongly, it’s amazing what happens in your life.” – Kathy Caprino

Most of us know from experience that New Year’s resolutions and the huge, hairy goals we dream up for our lives often arrive with great gusto, but all too frequently they die on the vine very soon after we’ve written them down.

Today, I’m excited to share a helpful year-end strategy of reflection — the process of reflecting back on the past year in an in-depth, careful and probing way, exploring all that you’ve learned and experienced, created, and also “failed” at — as an effective step to get clearer clear on what you really want in your life.

This reflection process helps you connect in a powerful, juicy way with your ultimate dreams and desires, and it highlights where you’ve been living “off course” – far away from what your most authentic self really wants.

In this episode, I explore what I’ve found to be six essential reflection questions that are perfect for this time of year, to help us take stock, expand our gratitude and appreciation for all that we are today, and set the wheels in motion for shifting our approach to how we operate, communicate and engage with others and with our core challenges and power gaps. This reflection process hatches important new revelations and sets the stage for a brand new future.

As always, be gentle and compassionate with yourself as you reflect, and remember that everything that’s happened can be used to bolster and uplift you if you let it.

At the end of the show, I sing a little song to welcome in the New Year, from my heart to yours.

I’d love to hear how your answers to these six questions impact you. And  I welcome your suggestions for any future topics or interviewees that you’re interested in. Please reach out to me by email, or on social media via LinkedIn, or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and say hello and share your ideas!

I wish you and your family very Happy Holidays and I’m looking forward to serving you fresh, new episodes of Finding Brave in 2019 that will move you forward to create life and work as you dream it to be.

Happy New Year!

 

Highlights from this Episode:

  • The benefits of reflection and what it can help you achieve these next 12 months [2:45]
  • What our lives are giving us, but we often miss [6:14]
  • Why you need to celebrate all of your wins, no matter how small you may think they are [7:48]
  • What I tell myself when things don’t see to be working out for me and how we can reframe our experiences to benefit from them [9:40]
  • Why we need to focus on so much more than just outcomes [12:30]
  • Visualization truly works – here’s an exercise that I do [16:40]
  • What is your “higher self” and how you can receive help from it [18:34]
  • What is one thing that is needed to overcome your resistance [22:43]
  • The reasons that accountability is needed and where we can get it [24:42]
  • The power gaps that keep people from thriving in their lives and in their work [25:35]
  • How you can move past a traumatic event and finally let it go [30:56]
  • My theme word for 2019 and an invitation for you to create one as well [31:31]
  • A little song for you to welcome in the New Year [33:25] 

Resources Mentioned:

Episode 50: How To Reduce Pain and Conflict With Family and Friends This Holiday

Amazing Career Project Module – The Lessons Life is Trying to Teach You and Why You’re Not Learning them

Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life by Shakti Gawain

Breakdown, Breakthrough: The Professional Woman’s Guide to Claiming a Life of Passion, Power, and Purpose

46: 7 Damaging Power Gaps That Keep You From Thriving in Life and Work

Kathy’s Forbes post on How To Stop Saying ‘I’m Sorry’ When You’re Not (And Why You Need To)

QUOTES:

“Nothing is wasted — everything you’ve learned and everything you’ve experienced, even if you’ve fallen down flat on your face, is useful. What we want to do is leverage everything we’ve been, done and learned, and then build on that for the next chapter.” [3:09]

“You can’t just be grateful for the amazing stuff. It helps propel you forward when you can also be grateful for the difficult stuff.” [4:06]

“I am a fan of helping people realize they do have an idea of what they want. They absolutely do, but they just don’t recognize that as a valid idea.” [12:11]

“I get a lot out of juice out of turning my mess into a message. Could you?” [13:48]

“Envision what would be a happier, more abundant, prosperous, successful and joyful experience. See yourself with all your senses in it and I promise you that paves the way for it to come to pass.” [18:07]

“What habit can you build that’s going to help you get to where you want to go?” [24:34]

“If you isolate and you won’t ask for help, you’re never going to get it and you’re going to stay stuck.” [27:51]

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Episode 50: How To Reduce Pain and Conflict With Family and Friends This Holiday

“When you’re getting together with family, friends, your parents, and with your siblings, don’t keep using the stories from the past as an excuse to feel what you feel today.” – Kathy Caprino

You may think that pain and conflict with family and friends during the busy holiday season is unavoidable, but on today’s episode of Finding Brave I’m giving you 5 practical and doable strategies that will help.

These strategies aren’t just what I’ve encountered when coaching and helping others, but what I talk about today touch on challenges and struggles I’ve personally experienced.

Using these strategies will allow you to find ways to be loving, compassionate, joyful, and grateful all at the same time. So dig deep in your heart and spirit this holiday season and embrace the good, kind, the loving and compassionate – in yourself and others.

Make a commitment to see good and to emphasize what you have in common, what you love together. And your holiday will go very differently, I guarantee it.

Highlights from this Episode:

  • What research shows us about the stories and we tell ourselves and why they may not always be accurate [3:53]
  • A personal story that I held onto for years and how I was able to finally let it go [4:34]
  • Why outside help is often needed when we’re struggling to experience love, compassion and healing, and some ways we can receive it [11:52]
  • Examples of how to assert your boundaries and why it doesn’t have to be complicated to do this [14:58]
  • The reasons why it’s often better to avoid certain topics with family or friends, and strategies you can use [17:19]
  • What can shape the views of others and why we should be aware of this [19:40]
  • How to interact successfully with people who don’t share the same core beliefs and values as you do [21:24]

QUOTES:

“I’ve learned a heck of a lot about what I need to do to make sure that the time I have with my family and friends is as loving as it can be.” [3:03]

“There are a thousand different ways you can heal when you feel you can’t let something go, and when you can’t shift your level of consciousness on your own.” [12:01]

“Some people almost wear it as a badge of honor that their therapist wasn’t helpful. If you’ve gone to four therapists and they’re not helpful, you are the problem and you don’t want to change.” [13:09]

“Don’t take the bait and talk about the thing that you know that you will never see eye-to-eye on. Why do it?” [17:19]

“You can be loving and engage with people in a loving way, even if they didn’t vote the way you voted.” [21:24]

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Episode 49: Speaking Brave - How Your Words Create Your Reality and Your Happiness, with Michelle Gielan

“If you’re not feeling so positive and you go engage in a simple positive habit, and then you feel better, you’re reminding your brain that your behaviors matter.” – Michelle Gielan

One of my favorite topics is how to speak bravely, and today’s Finding Brave guest is someone who can back up the importance of doing this with strong research. What she shares today reveals how our language shapes and influences our reality so much more than most of us understand.

Michelle Gielan is the bestselling author of Broadcasting Happiness: The Science of Igniting and Sustaining Positive Change and was named one of the Top 10 authors on resilience by the Harvard Business Review. She is the founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research.

Michelle is also the Executive Producer of “The Happiness Advantage” on PBS and a featured professor in Oprah’s Happiness course. She formerly served as anchor of The CBS Morning News. Michelle has spent the past decade researching the link between happiness and success and her research has received attention from dozens of media outlets including: The Washington Post, Forbes, and The New York Times, among other major outlets.

What you’ll learn in this episode is that although being happy may be challenging sometimes, happiness is indeed a choice. In the long run, we will all have a much great chance of achieving happiness if we are deliberate and committed to achieving it on a daily basis.

Highlights from this Episode:

  • What Michelle’s amazing research on happiness is telling us [4:19]
  • How positive talk really works and why she focuses on the work that she’s doing [5:41]
  • The 3 elements that make up a successful mindset and what mastering them will allow you to do [6:09]
  • How we can reverse pessimism and stop being so hard on ourselves [8:55]
  • A powerful real life example of how happiness is a choice [13:54]
  • The damaging effects of negative news and how we can stay  informed without getting depressed [19:14]
  • Michelle’s suggestions for the language we use and two practices we can implement today to increase our levels of happiness [25:10]
  • Why we shouldn’t be dimming our own light to other people and what we can be doing instead [29:56]

For More Information:

http://michellegielan.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/michellegielan/

https://www.facebook.com/michellegielan/

https://twitter.com/michellegielan

Resources Mentioned:

Michelle’s 21-Day Happiness Challenge, Success Scale Questionnaire,  & Response to Stress Resource

Her Book, Broadcasting Happiness: The Science of Igniting and Sustaining Positive Change

Kathy’s Forbes Blog with Michelle Gielan, Think You Can’t Change Others Or Increase Their Happiness? You Can, And Here’s How

Kathy’s Forbes post on How To Stop Staying ‘I’m Sorry’ When You’re Not (And Why You Need To)

Episode 39: How to Leverage Technology to Increase Your Happiness with Amy Blankson

Shawn Achor’s Website

QUOTES:

“Those little words that we utter, both to ourselves and to other people, have huge implications over the world that we create.” [4:29]

“We see research that shows that through small, simple habits, we can train our brain to be more optimistic. We can change it at any time.” [9:48]

“You are a broadcaster and the words you use as you move throughout your day influence other people, and they influence your own action.” [13:02]

“I personally get my news predominantly online, in text form as opposed to video, because I feel like it gives us more control over it.” [24:28]

“Social support is the greatest predictor of long-term levels of happiness that we have in the research we do.” [25:46]

 

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Episode 48: How To Get Top Exposure In The Media, and Rock Your Interviews, with Mark Fortier

“You have to think about pitching as a two-way dialogue. It’s not, ‘let me sell myself.’ It’s not, ‘let me announce what’s great about me’ to the world. It’s a two-way dialogue and you have to be thinking just as hard about that journalist on the other end of your email as about you and what you have to say.” – Mark Fortier

In this episode of Finding Brave, my special guest will reveal not only how you can get the attention of top media, but also how to make the most of your appearance and then absolutely rock it.

My guest, Mark Fortier, is a 25-year veteran of public relations work, and President and Founder of Fortier Public Relations, a PR firm specializing in business books and business thought leadership. He has worked on well over a hundred bestsellers, eight #1 bestsellers and books by dozens of Fortune 500 CEOs and 32 of the Thinkers50 list of the world’s leading business thinkers including Jim Collins, Clayton Christensen, and Seth Godin.

As you’ll hear, it’s very doable to get picked up in the news, but you do need to be smart in the way you approach it. Mark shares his deep experience and insights on the best strategies to use to be successful in landing great interviews with top media and putting your best foot forward, as well as the common pitfalls many professionals experience when attempting to achieve and attract top exposure in the media.

Highlights from this Episode:

  • Mark’s beginnings in the book publishing business and how it led him to starting his own company [4:02]
  • His top strategies for getting your project noticed in the media [6:10]
  • The basics for pitching to others and one big mistake that many people are making when doing this [10:40]
  • Ways to use social media and search engines to see what is trending [17:07]
  • Why following up is so important and Mark’s recommendations on how to do it correctly [18:22]
  • What to consider in order to manage your online reputation [20:22]
  • What not to do in when being interviewed [24:57]
  • The best way to prepare for your appearances and execute during them [30:12]
  • When and why someone should hire a PR firm and how to choose the right one for you [33:29]


For More Information:

http://www.fortierpr.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/markfortier/

https://twitter.com/bizbookpr

Resources Mentioned:

Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

 

QUOTES:

“We started getting more and more demand for business books. Most of my colleagues ran from them and didn’t really know what to do with them, and I just unexpectedly clicked with those authors. I just loved connecting with these top strategic minds.” [4:05]

“I’d recommend to anybody starting a business to be a specialist. I don’t think I’d be doing as well as I’m doing right now if I had decided to just be a publicist of any kind.” [4:40]

“If you are pitching media, your best friend is a well-written email and a really well-written subject line.” [11:37]

“It is important for you to show poise, to look your best and to project confidence and competence when doing an interview, because they’re going to remember that.’ [32:55]

“I have 25 years of experience doing this, and every single project I work on, I learn from.” [34:33]

 

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Episode 47: How To Entice Top Publishers To Say YES! To Your Book Project, with Lou Johnson

“You know when you go to a dinner party and you end up chatting to that one person that you didn’t expect to, and you have that really rich conversation that takes you into all sorts of interesting spaces? That’s the voice that I want to have for our authors.” – Lou Johnson

Have you ever thought about writing a book, but you weren’t sure of how to approach a publisher after it was written? In today’s episode of Finding Brave, you’ll not only hear how to do this, but you’ll learn powerful tips and strategies from a top publishing expert on how you can entice great publishers to say “YES!” to your book project.

Lou Johnson is an experienced, dynamic and highly effective business leader with a deep passion for supporting creators, developing people, workplace culture and business performance. She is a well-known publishing industry figure with over twenty-five years of industry experience including senior roles at Random House, Allen & Unwin, and Simon & Schuster, where she was Managing Director between 2010 – 2014, launching her own startup, The Author People and now Publishing Director at Murdoch Books.

In addition, her industry representation includes Vice-Presidency of the Australian Publisher’s Association (2012–2014), Chair of the Book Industry Collaborative Council (BICC) Distribution Expert Reference Group and board membership of The Stella Prize and founding committee member for The Indigenous Literacy Foundation

She has worked on a vast range of books including authors like Rhonda Byrnes, Kate Morton, Elizabeth Gilbert, Khaled Hosseini, Al Gore, Philippa Gregory, Hillary Clinton and JK Rowling.

Lou’s insight on how her company considers submissions by authors, along with the clarity she provides about how best to approach publishers, is invaluable. If you’re an author or an aspiring one, and are confused about the publishing process or losing hope, don’t despair because your message is needed. Listen in here to get the best advice and direction on how to spread your book messages with the world.

Highlights from this Episode:

  • What Lou personally looks for in new book projects for her company [4:28]
  • Her tips and strategies for aspiring authors when approaching a publisher [9:56]
  • The one thing that she says is even more important than having a big platform or audience to speak to [12:32]
  • How a publisher looks at their return on investment for a particular book project [15:40]
  • Why Lou loves the role she has now and some of the lessons she’s learned in her years in the industry [18:12]
  • What responsibilities book publishers have to aspiring authors [20:37]
  • What’s the most valuable part of a traditional publishing company to an author [22:37]
  • The biggest mistakes that Lou sees non-fiction authors wanting a book deal make and the various options that are now available to them [26:22]

For more information:

https://www.murdochbooks.com.au/

https://twitter.com/loujohnson

https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnsonlou/

https://www.instagram.com/_loujohnson_/

Resources Mentioned:

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Breakdown, Breakthrough: The Professional Woman’s Guide to Claiming a Life of Passion, Power, and Purpose

QUOTES:

“If the author isn’t really clear about why his/her message is worth sharing, then that’s very difficult because it’s a muddy message from the beginning.” [7:22]

“You need to get outside your project yourself because when you’re in it, of course, you lose perspective.” [10:55]

“The vulnerability and the gestation of the idea, that’s really beautiful because that’s true creative process.” [20:48]

 

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Episode 46: 7 Damaging Power Gaps That Keep Women From Thriving in Life and Work

“You are like a thumbprint. You are absolutely unique. Now you have to understand how and leverage it and be strong enough to be powerful.” – Kathy Caprino

In this episode, I share key findings from my in-depth research with thousands of professional women around the world about the 7 most damaging power gaps that keep people from thriving and succeeding in both life and work.

Here, I outline how these 7 gaps steal away our power, confidence, energy, vision, connection and influence, and I explain how these gaps derail us from achieving our highest and best goals and visions.  You’ll hear some specific, actionable tips and new approaches to help you recognize the gaps that are impacting your life today, and support you to move forward to close them once and for all.

Highlights from this Episode:

  • Why I feel so passionate about what I’m talking about on this episode [1:39]
  • Who these gaps will affect and what forces keep them in place more for women than for men [2:49]
  • How I started learning more about gaps and what patterns I began to notice as I worked with more people [4:00]
  • What knowing and using your special abilities and talents will allow you to do and a way for introverts to discover their own [9:11]
  • Practical tips for communicating confidently [18:14]
  • Why you need to be aware of who is influential in your ecosystem and what to do once you know this [25:49]
  • What you can do in order to stop something you see that isn’t right, and why you don’t need to do this on your own [27:57]
  • How you can make embracing failure easier and tips for reframing what’s happened to you in your past [35:15]

Resources Mentioned:

My Forbes Post, 7 Power Gaps That Keep Professionals From Thriving and Leading at Work

My Finding Brave Interview with Tom Spiggle, How To Deal With Sexual Harrassment at Work and Protect Yourself

Breakdown, Breakthrough: The Professional Woman’s Guide to Claiming a Life of Passion, Power and Purpose

Free Career Path Self-Assessment

My TEDx Talk “Time to Brave Up

Glassdoor & Salary.com

 

For hands-on coaching support and help to address your power gaps:

NEW!  Kathy’s 4-session Close Your Power Gaps Coaching Program

 

QUOTES:

“I’ve lived these gaps and I can tell you how absolutely damaging, crippling, and crushing they can be.” [1:49]

“Greater awareness equals greater choice, meaning we cannot change something that we’re not aware of.” [3:08]

“The reality is if you can’t name and articulate your special abilities and talents, then you can’t leverage them effectively, or monetize them.” [9:01]

“If you shy away from speaking compellingly about what you’ve done and what you’ve actually achieved, you’re going to lose critical chances to claim new opportunities that will grow your influence and impact.” [15:34]

“Once you get on the path to communicate not from fear but from strength, you’re going to see how life changes.” [19:07]

“You need to embrace every opportunity, internally and externally, for meeting people that have influence and clout and have the ability to lift you up as they’re being lifted.” [27:19]

“We need to stop tolerating what is no longer tolerable.” [32:04]

“I want you to look at the failure that you think you are, the failures you’ve had, and actually turn it around.” [37:53]

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Episode 45: The Future of Work and Staying Competitive, with Alexandra Levit

“Look at your individual industry and role and see where you are in danger of being automated, and how you can upscale or rescale so that you are adding unique human value to that position.” – Alexandra Levit

You’ve undoubtedly noticed that technological change and advancements in the workforce are happening faster than ever before.  Are you concerned about how to lead and thrive in the organization of the future?

Today’s expert guest on Finding Brave answers this question brilliantly, and shows us why the future world won’t be doomsday, but instead, will be exciting, rewarding and full of opportunity for so many.

Alexandra Levit’s goal is to prepare organizations and their employees to be competitive and marketable in the future business world. A former nationally syndicated columnist for the Wall Street Journal and writer for the New York Times, Fast Company, and Forbes, Alexandra has authored several books, including the international bestseller They Don’t Teach Corporate in College and Humanity Works: Merging People and Technologies for the Workforce of the Future.

Alexandra recently became a partner with organizational development firm PeopleResults. She consults and writes on leadership development, human resources, technology adoption, entrepreneurship, innovation, career and workplace trends on behalf of numerous Fortune 500 companies including American Express, Canon, Deloitte, DeVry University, Intuit, SilkRoad, and Staples, and has spoken on these topics at hundreds of organizations around the world.

In the last several years, Alexandra has conducted proprietary research on the future of work, technology adoption, the millennial generation, gender differences and bias, and the skills gap. She also served as a member of Business Roundtable’s Springboard Project, which advised the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of Defense on current employment issues.

After listening to Alexandra on the future of work and where humanity fits in, you’ll know why it’s critical to assess today where your work may be in danger of being automated, and to start leveraging our specific talents and skills more powerfully. Also, all leaders need to understand clearly the organizational changes that are taking place and the actions that they’ll need to keep their businesses marketable and competitive.

Now’s the  time to take brave action, and not sit back and let things happen to us. Change is here — let’s embrace it.  

Highlights from this Episode:

  • Why Alexandra knew she had to write her latest book and why the leaders of today, and tomorrow, should read it [2:12]
  • The biggest trends she’s seeing in the workplace and what we should be aware of [4:57]
  • What are “applied technology skills” and why we all need digital fluency right now [8:19]
  • What worries Alexandra most about the future and the biggest thing workers will need in order to succeed [11:07]
  • Why she feels that right now is the best time in the last hundred years to be a professional and what leaders should be doing today to not fall behind [13:02]
  • What role age bias plays in the status of baby boomers in this economy [16:06]
  • The essential skills we should be developing that will be difficult to automate [23:12]
  • What’s happening to the pace of technological advancements and the role that politics plays today [26:37]
  • How Alexandra’s work has changed her view of the future of the advice she has for all of us to be thinking about [28:39]

For more information:

http://www.alexandralevit.com/

http://alexandralevit.typepad.com

http://www.linkedin.com/in/alexandralevit

http://www.facebook.com/alevit

http://www.twitter.com/alevit

Resources Mentioned:

Alexandra’s Book, Humanity Works: Merging Technologies and People for the Workforce of the Future & Audible Format

Episode 38: Embracing Your Age and Wisdom – The Making of a Modern Elder, with Chip Conley

Stephen Hawking’s Final Paper: How to Escape From a Black Hole

23andMe & Ancestry.com

QUOTES:

“I think it’s important that existing leaders understand the organizational changes that are taking place and the actions that they’ll need to keep their businesses marketable and competitive.” [2:36]

“Everyone needs to know how technology can be deployed.” [9:07]

“The advantage is that there are easier ways to learn things than ever before. In the past, if you wanted to learn a new skill set, you had to go back to school.” [12:32]

“There are a lot of jobs where the human touch is really important and you can’t go too far, by putting machines in charge of things they really shouldn’t be in charge of.” [21:39]

“There are lots of ways that people can hone their creativity through very specific exercises and every leader should be encouraging their people to be creative.” [24:12]

“Take responsibility for your own career. The days of relying on a manager or a CEO to tell you what you should do are behind us.” [30:42]

 

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