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IntHERrupt

The Int-HER-rupt Podcast mobilizes women in leadership to disrupt the status quo, to take their seats at the table, and to be part of the conversations that are happening in the places where women engage. Int-HER-rupt provides a place for women to collaborate, encourage, and inspire each other through discussions about balancing work and home, being heard in the workplace, prioritizing self-care, navigating professional relationships, and other issues relevant to women in leadership. Int-HER-rupt is hosted by Linda Yates, the Image Energizer, and produced by TSE Studios. Listen, subscribe, and share with other women who are leading the charge toward change.

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INT 184 - Navigating Workplace Politics
Have you ever found yourself tangled in the intricate web of workplace politics, unsure how to navigate and thrive? If so, you're not alone.  Many seasoned professionals occasionally struggle to manage the complex socio-dynamics within their organizations. In this episode of the “Int-HER-rupt Podcast,” host Linda Yates welcomes Vicki Bradley, a seasoned executive with over 25 years of experience in the retail industry.  Vicki shares her invaluable insights on navigating workplace politics, fostering workplace trust, and the importance of conscious leadership. Click play to discover how you can turn workplace challenges into opportunities for growth and leadership.  Early Career and Executive Experience in Retail Vicki’s extensive executive experience in the retail industry spans across North America. She has held significant roles, including President of the Bombay Furniture Company in Canada, VP of Sales and Operations for Bombay USA, Senior VP of Sales and Operations with Marks and Spencers, and VP of Sales and Operations with Holt Renfrew.  Vicki shares how these roles shaped her understanding of workplace dynamics and political dynamics in organizations. Navigating Workplace Politics and Office Dynamics Vicki delves into what office politics entails and confirms that political dynamics are a reality in every organization.  She shares practical advice on building trust in organizations and how executives can effectively handle workplace resistance.  Vicki also emphasizes the importance of slowing down to accelerate progress and the need for understanding and adapting to the existing corporate culture before attempting a significant organizational transformation. Building Trust and Employee Engagement Vicki discusses the necessity of workplace trust and its role in successful leadership. She highlights the importance of transparency, active listening, and walking the talk to foster trust.  Vicki also explores how employee engagement is crucial for achieving organizational objectives and the need to address issues such as employee attrition and productivity. Practical Tips for New Executives Vicki offers practical tips for those new to an organization navigating the initial stages of their role.  She advises newcomers to ask questions in the workplace, build a support system, and understand the organizational mission and values.  By doing so, new executives can better align with their company’s culture and contribute more effectively to its goals. “I highly recommend during the interview process that you try to get a sense of who they are and how they operate as an organization."- Vicki Bradley. Resources WIL Empowered Vicki Bradley on LinkedIn WIL Empowered Instagram  WIL Empowered Facebook If this episode connected with you, reach out to Linda and let her know. This podcast is produced by TSE Studios. Check out other podcasts by TSE Studios, including this episode’s sponsor, The Sales Evangelist, helping new and struggling sellers close more deals and achieve their sales goals. Subscribe to the IntHERrupt Podcast so you won’t miss a single show. Find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and Stitcher. Audio created by Ryan Rasmussen Productions. 
26:18 6/10/24
INT 183 - Advocating for Yourself in the Workplace
If you can’t advocate for yourself as a leader, how do you expect to advocate for others in the workplace? In this episode of the Int-HER-rupt podcast, host Linda Yates chats with Abbe Large, a distinguished financial planner, about advocating for oneself and navigating the leadership journey. In this insightful conversation, Linda and Abbe delve into key aspects such as developing essential leadership skills, empowering women, and the significance of self-reflection and authenticity in professional growth. This episode is packed with practical insights to empower you to become a successful leader. Don't miss out on this enriching conversation! Abbe Large’s Background Abbe Large brings a wealth of experience to the table. With a background in financial planning spanning over 30 years, she has been recognized as a Forbes top advisor for multiple years. But her dedication doesn't stop there! Abbe is committed to fostering meaningful relationships, providing exceptional customer service, and empowering women to take control of their finances. Her journey is a testament to her resilience and commitment to advocating for oneself in the workplace. Overcoming Challenges and Building Client Relationships Abbe candidly discusses workplace challenges, the impact of self-advocacy, and effective communication strategies for overcoming interruptions. Click play to hear her valuable insights on building client relationships, emphasizing kindness, and effective communication for successful interactions. Empowering Women and Financial Literacy Abbe is passionate about empowering women through financial literacy. Listen to her touching story of supporting a widow after a client's passing and why financial empowerment is essential.  Motivation and Self-Empowerment Abbe enlightens viewers on her sources of motivation, emphasizing the significance of self-care, healthy relationships, and the drive to empower others. Her dedication to financial literacy and empowering women reflects her commitment to self-motivation and making a positive impact. Join host Linda Yates as she delves deep into advocating for oneself in the workplace with the remarkable Abbe Large. She shares invaluable insights on leadership, authenticity, and navigating challenges with grace and assertiveness in this enlightening episode. Tune in and let Abbe's empowering words guide you toward self-discovery and success. Don't miss out on this enlightening episode filled with wisdom that will reshape your approach to leadership and self-advocacy. "If you're not making mistakes, how can you grow?" - Abbe Large. Resources Abbe Large on LinkedIn LenoxAdvisors Email: Abbe@alargenicsadvisors.com If this episode connected with you, reach out to Linda and let her know. This podcast is produced by TSE Studios. Check out other podcasts by TSE Studios, including this episode’s sponsor,  The Sales Evangelist, helping new and struggling sellers close more deals and achieve their sales goals. Subscribe to the IntHERrupt Podcast so you won’t miss a single show. Find us on  Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and Stitcher. Audio created by Ryan Rasmussen Productions.
23:29 6/3/24
INT 182 - Advice for New Leaders
You have recently been promoted to a new position within the company. After years of being a part of the underdogs, it's exciting to start receiving more money and benefits. However, the initial thrill starts to fade as the weight of your new role becomes apparent. The question then becomes, how can you ensure you make the right decisions that will drive positive changes in your new leadership position? Tune into this episode of the Int-HER-rupt podcast; host Linda Yates shares some exceptional tips for new leaders stepping into higher-level positions. Whether you're newly promoted, pivoting to a new organization, or looking to refine your leadership skills, this episode covers essential aspects of leadership that will help you thrive and effectively interrupt the status quo. Understanding Your Mindset If you struggle with self-doubt and imposter syndrome, it's a good idea for you to start working on your confidence ASAP. To be a successful leader within the workplace, one must combat negative thinking. Linda shares several ways new leaders can combat imposter syndrome and grow into strong leaders. Listen to her advice in this episode. Building and Understanding Your Team To build trust with your new team members, take the time to understand team dynamics and develop strong interpersonal skills. Linda recommends using personality assessments like DISC, Myers-Briggs, or Compass to view individual team member's strengths and communication styles comprehensively. Understanding these dynamics helps in building team trust and effective communication skills. Communicating Your Vision and Mission You can only be an effective leader if you communicate with your team members.  Linda shares that new leaders must define and communicate their personal vision, mission, and purpose to their team members. Understanding and sharing these elements with your team fosters deeper engagement and alignment.  Leading by Example: Servant Leadership Leading by example means you're approachable and actively participating in your team's projects.  When you work alongside your team, you demonstrate your commitment and build stronger professional relationships.  Click play to discover how leading by example empowers your team members to present challenges and potential solutions in this episode. Professional Development and Legacy Building Just because you’re in a new position doesn’t mean you should stop reinventing yourself.  Leaders who focus on building themselves can encourage their team members to do the same.  Linda shares how leaders can create a positive environment to help team members develop their skills and prepare them for future leadership roles, building a lasting legacy. Starting a new leadership role can be overwhelming and exciting at the same time. You’re helping others to strive to do their very best, and you can’t do this without the proper guidance. Luckily, Linda is here to be a guiding light for new leaders. Tune into this episode of the Int-HER-rupt podcast to make a meaningful impact in your new leadership role. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to the TSE Studios YouTube channel! Resources Linda Yates on LinkedIn If this episode connected with you, reach out to Linda and let her know. This podcast is produced by TSE Studios. Check out other podcasts by TSE Studios, including this episode’s sponsor, The Sales Evangelist, helping new and struggling sellers close more deals and achieve their sales goals. Subscribe to the IntHERrupt Podcast so you won’t miss a single show. Find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and Stitcher. Audio created by Ryan Rasmussen Productions. 
17:23 5/27/24
INT 181 - Overcoming Fear in Making Decisions
Do you often find yourself second-guessing the decisions you make as a leader? How do you overcome the fear of making a mistake for the company? In this episode of the "Int-HER-rupt" podcast, host Linda Yates chats with Eisha Armstrong, a multifaceted leader, executive, and author. They delve into overcoming the fear associated with decision-making in leadership and entrepreneurship.  If you're a leader or aspiring to make impactful decisions without succumbing to the paralysis of fear and insecurity, this episode is custom-crafted for your aspirations. Click play to forge your path to fearless leadership! Eisha Armstrong's Background Eisha is the co-founder and executive chairman of Vecturis and a successful author.  She is passionate about transforming service-oriented businesses by productizing their offerings, which she explores in her best-selling books, particularly "Productize" and "Fearless."  Living in Cincinnati with her family and being a yoga teacher, she brings a unique leadership and fear management perspective. Overcoming Fear in Decision-Making Eisha explains how fear plays a substantial role in business decision-making, especially when significant investments and technological advancements are involved. She elaborates on how fear often impedes corporate and personal growth by causing an overemphasis on risk aversion. Strategies for Risk Mitigation and Fear  Eisha describes practical strategies for mitigating risk and managing fear in business settings.  She emphasizes the "test and learn" approach and creating a portfolio of bets to distribute risk effectively.  Eisha also covers the personal aspects of fear, like fear of failure, judgment, and irrelevance, underlining the importance of open conversations about these issues. Practical Takeaways: The LEAP Framework Eisha introduces the "LEAP" framework designed to help leaders navigate through fears: L: Listen - Attuning to one’s intuition E: Expect less than perfect - Embracing imperfections in outcomes A: Ask for help - Leveraging collective strength and advice P: Practice gratitude - Maintaining a positive focus and celebrating small wins Real-World Applications and Examples Bringing theory into real-world application, Eisha uses the example of a large accounting firm incorporating generative AI into their processes.  She outlines the initial resistance due to fears around job security and traditional revenue models, illustrating how leadership can pivot focus from efficiency to growth to overcome these barriers. In this enriching episode with Eisha Armstrong, you’ll journey through the realms of leadership, overcoming fears, and embracing innovation in professional services. Whether you're a leader in your field, an entrepreneur gearing up for your next big venture, or a professional curious about pushing the boundaries of traditional services, this episode promises valuable takeaways.  Tune into this episode and empower yourself to step up, face your fears, and lead confidently and creatively in today’s dynamic business environment.  "Our brains are wired for fear because thousands of years ago, we needed that fear to keep us alive. But now it can be kind of overreactive, and we look more at the risks rather than the upsides of taking action." - Eisha Armstrong. Resources Digital copy of “Productize,” by Eisha Armstrong Eisha Armstrong Eisha Armstrong on LinkedIn If this episode connected with you, reach out to Linda and let her know.  This podcast is produced by TSE Studios. Check out other podcasts by TSE Studios, including this episode’s sponsor, The Sales Evangelist, helping new and struggling sellers close more deals and achieve their sales goals. Subscribe to the IntHERrupt Podcast so you won’t miss a single show. Find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and Stitcher. Audio created by Ryan Rasmussen Productions. 
27:51 5/20/24
INT 180 - The Untapped Power of Community
Sadly, there is no sense of community in today's society. If you're finding yourself lost in your professional life, this episode of the Int-HER-rupt podcast is a must-listen. Host Linda Yates chats with Amy Pocsik, co-founder and CEO of the Women's Business League, to explore the vital topic of community in leadership. Tune in and hear why having a professional community is essential for success. Ready to explore the leadership insights that could redefine your path? Press play now! The Meaning of Community in Leadership Amy delves into the essence of community, articulating its many forms, including peer groups, support teams, and extended networks.  She describes the community as a critical foundation supporting leaders in achieving their goals.  Empowerment Through Asking Amy emphasizes the power of boldly communicating one's goals and needs.  She shares strategies for making specific, goal-aligned requests in networking scenarios, highlighting the power of reciprocation within one's community. Investing Time in Your Network Amy advises setting aside regular time to build relationships and a network.  She points out the importance of nurturing these connections long before they're needed, ensuring a supportive network when opportunities arise. Tips for Nurturing Your Own Community Amy offers three practical tips for building a community: start with warm connections and small steps, prepare thoughtfully for meetings, show respect for others' time, and focus on creating value for others by prioritizing their interests. Staying Motivated and Energized Amy shares her 1412 strategy—a system to ensure regular personal and professional highlights throughout the year to recharge and stay motivated.  She stresses the significance of maintaining high energy as a personal responsibility for every leader. If you're a leader—or see yourself becoming one—you can't afford to miss the insights and strategies Amy shared. Tune in to witness how the synergy of ambition and community ties can redefine success in leadership. Don't leave your potential untapped—join in and let Amy Pocsik's energy and Linda Yates's probing questions energize your leadership journey! “If you have a dream you can achieve on your own, you have to dream bigger because a dream worth pursuing will need a community. If you're going to have a big impact and pursue a mission, you will need to bring in other people along with you to help. And so I think networking can make that happen for you.” - Amy Pocsik. Resources Amy Pocsik on LinkedIn Amy Pocsik on Instagram Women Business League If this episode connected with you, reach out to Linda and let her know. This podcast is produced by TSE Studios. Check out other podcasts by TSE Studios, including this episode’s sponsor, The Sales Evangelist, helping new and struggling sellers close more deals and achieve their sales goals. Subscribe to the IntHERrupt Podcast so you won’t miss a single show. Find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and Stitcher. Audio created by Ryan Rasmussen Productions.
26:33 5/13/24
INT 179 - Ways Women Give Up Their Power Around Money And What To Do About It
Are you ready to take control of your financial story and transform how you interact with money?  In this eye-opening episode of the “Int-HER-rupt podcast,” host Linda Yates chats with Tania Vasallo, a renowned money mindset expert and leadership coach, on how women can create a path to financial freedom.  Explore the pivotal moments of Tania’s life, from corporate challenges to entrepreneurial triumphs, and learn how embracing curiosity about finances and investing can rewrite the script of your own success story. You’ll uncover the secrets to cultivating a healthier relationship with money through her knowledge. Click play now! The Importance of Financial Education Tania Vasallo discusses the underlying patriarchal influences that significantly affect women's approach to money.  She delves into her personal awakening to the world of finances and how it transformed her life.  Tania sheds light on women's need to develop a positive and proactive relationship with money. Investment Journeys: Stocks and Cryptocurrency Exploring her personal experiences, Tania discusses how venturing into stock and cryptocurrency investments altered her perspective on monetary matters. She advocates for the importance of women actively participating in the financial discourse to foster self-empowerment. A Shift from Corporate to Entrepreneurship Tania's transition from the corporate sector to entrepreneurship is a riveting tale of transformation.  It highlights the significance of understanding money's role as a neutral tool that can amplify one's character and the power of positive cultural shifts. Demystifying Taboos Tania tackles the societal taboo surrounding women discussing their finances.  She emphasizes learning about money management proactively, rather than waiting for a crisis to strike, and approaching financial decisions with a balanced emotional mindset. Building Financial Confidence Tania offers actionable advice on how women can build confidence in negotiating better remuneration.  She urges listeners to address limiting beliefs, embrace education about wealth generation, and surround themselves with financially positive individuals. Tania Vasallo's powerful message is not just a call to action; it's a beacon of empowerment for women worldwide. Her candid sharing of her financial journey offers a heartfelt roadmap to financial liberation.  Tune into the shared wisdom and embark on your journey to financial empowerment. Don't forget to connect with Tania's podcast for more enriching content and grab the free guide to managing money — because when women thrive, societies flourish. Listen now, and take the first step towards a richer, more empowered you! “Learn to love people and use money versus love money and use people.” - Tania Vasallo. Resources Women’s Top Money Mistakes Tania Vasallo on LinkedIn Tania Vasallo on Instagram The Courage To Be Happy If this episode connected with you, reach out to Linda and let her know. This podcast is produced by TSE Studios. Check out other podcasts by TSE Studios, including this episode’s sponsor, The Sales Evangelist, helping new and struggling sellers close more deals and achieve their sales goals. Subscribe to the IntHERrupt Podcast so you won’t miss a single show. Find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and Stitcher. Audio created by Ryan Rasmussen Productions.
32:00 5/6/24
INT 178 - How to Balance All Your Demands Professional & Personal
Your family knows you as a supermom who gets everything done without complaining. You go to work, come home, and ensure everything is done before bedtime. You have so much to do in a day with little time to complete. How can you balance your career and home life without going bald? Prepare to be inspired by Casey as she shares the concept of balance from an abstract idea to a tangible reality, all while setting a remarkable example for her children and supporting a vibrant vision for her life. Listen to this episode of the “Int-HER-rupt podcast,” host Linda Yates speaks with Casey Chesser, a mother, wife, and high-flying HR professional, on creating a healthy work and home life balance. Tune in now! Meet Casey Chesser Casey Chesser has almost two decades of human resources experience. As an HR business partner manager, she leads a team that supports 2000 employees.  She's not only a businesswoman but also a devoted wife and mother, whose life took a positive turn when she became a mother at 19. She considers becoming a mother as the best interruption that paved the way for her personal and professional growth. Three Keys to Balance Casey outlines three essential strategies to achieve balance, which she elucidates with personal anecdotes and professional wisdom: Setting Priorities Based on Personal Values: Casey champions identifying what truly matters in your life and adjusting your expectations accordingly. She stresses the importance of being present and prioritizing your roles, whether as a parent, spouse, or professional, to maintain a healthy balance. Finding Your Satisfaction 'Sweet Spot': Perfectionism can be a double-edged sword. Casey describes herself as a perfectionist and discusses how she navigates this trait by giving herself grace and establishing boundaries. She advises finding satisfaction in accomplishments without succumbing to the unrealistic demands of perfection. Leveraging Support and Delegation: According to Casey, a crucial element of balance is not being afraid to ask for help. Building a reliable support system is imperative as it allows you to achieve your self-set benchmarks in both personal and professional spheres. Casey's Motivation Casey's striving for balance is deeply rooted in her desire to set an example for her children and her evolving vision of herself, bolstered by a strong marriage.  She and her husband have navigated life's challenges through open communication, goal setting, and the support of empathetic employers. Turning Down Opportunities When Necessary An advocate for aligning career moves with personal priorities, Casey reveals that she has declined job opportunities when they interfered with her commitment to her family. This conscious decision-making has been a cornerstone of her philosophy on balance. Personal Experiences and Learning Casey opens up about moments of imbalance, such as overextending herself after her stepfather's passing and deciding to shut down her side business to focus more on family time.  These experiences have taught her lessons in prioritizing and the art of saying 'no' when necessary. Casey Chesser's insights are a treasure trove for anyone striving to find balance amid life's ceaseless demands. From revealing the power of setting clear priorities to exemplifying the grace of asking for help, Casey's journey is both inspiring and instructive.  Embrace the chance to benefit from her wisdom on resilience and self-compassion, and leverage these insights to cultivate your own path to satisfaction and success. Tune in now to embark on a transformative journey towards harmonizing your aspirations with your reality. “I set goals for where I wanted to be in my life, and I took very deliberate and intentional steps to ensure I was heading in that direction.” - Casey Chesser. Resources Casey Chesser on LinkedIn If this episode connected with you, reach out to Linda and let her know. This podcast is produced by TSE Studios. Check out other podcasts by TSE Studios, including this episode’s sponsor, The Sales Evangelist, helping new and struggling sellers close more deals and achieve their sales goals. Subscribe to the IntHERrupt Podcast so you won’t miss a single show. Find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and Stitcher. Audio created by Ryan Rasmussen Productions.   
32:20 4/29/24
INT 177 - Why do Women Shy away from Leadership?
Consider your organization and ask yourself, "How many women are in leadership roles?" Many companies may have fewer than five women in senior positions. But what's the reason behind this? Could it be that we're still navigating a male-dominated society? Or perhaps some women feel reluctant to step into these roles? The reality behind the second query might astonish you. In this episode of the Int-HER-rupt podcast, host Linda Yates engages in an insightful discussion with executive coach Loree Philip on the disparity of women in senior leadership positions.  Linda and Loree share inspiring anecdotes from their own journeys and offer valuable strategies for navigating the complexities of leadership in male-dominated industries. Embark on a journey of empowerment and enlightenment in this episode! Loree Philip's Background Loree Philip is a former Boeing professional turned entrepreneur, executive coach, and the host of the top 5% global podcast "Daring to Leap."  She is also the founder of weSpark, a coaching and training firm dedicated to empowering women to overcome self-doubt and fears to advance in their careers. Breaking Down the Barriers to Women's Leadership Linda and Loree elaborate on the disparities in senior leadership positions between men and women, citing research and statistics to set the stage for their discussion.  They pinpoint the decline in the percentage of female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and discuss the need to address why women shied away from leadership roles. Loree's Leadership Journey at Boeing Loree shares her experience working in a heavily male-dominated setting within the engineering and defense sectors.  Her career progression and the observations on the challenges women face in leadership roles provide a powerful context for the discussion. Why Women Shy Away from Leadership Linda and Loree delve into the factors contributing to women self-selecting out of leadership positions.  Loree emphasizes the lack of relatable female role models, the pressure to sacrifice family time, and the internal and external barriers hindering women from thriving in leadership roles. Advice for Women Considering Leadership Roles Loree offers empowering advice to women who may feel uncertain about stepping into leadership positions. She underscores the significance of recognizing their qualifications and being open to stretch assignments as opportunities for growth. Also, Loree emphasizes the significance of authentic leadership as a key trait for women leaders. She encourages women to embrace their unique leadership styles and bring authenticity to their roles. Loree's insights offer a compelling narrative of growth and empowerment. The episode delves into women's barriers and how to navigate them with clarity, support networks, and resiliency.  Don't miss out on this opportunity to gain valuable insights and empower your own leadership journey. Tune in now to join the conversation and take your own daring leap! “One of the things that I've noticed is that for women looking towards those roles or testing them out is that we don't have a lot of good female role models to look at these leadership positions, see ourselves in them, and see ourselves doing them successfully from an authentic way." - Loree Philip.  Resources weSpark Daring To Leap Podcast Loree Philip on LinkedIn If this episode connected with you, reach out to Linda and let her know. This podcast is produced by TSE Studios. Check out other podcasts by TSE Studios, including this episode’s sponsor, The Sales Evangelist, helping new and struggling sellers close more deals and achieve their sales goals. Subscribe to the IntHERrupt Podcast so you won’t miss a single show. Find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and Stitcher. Audio created by Ryan Rasmussen Productions.
28:24 4/22/24
INT 176 - How can we be happy in the moment?
How does one find joy in the storm of life's uncertainties?  This intriguing question sets the stage for an insightful conversation between Linda Yates, the esteemed “Int-HER-rupt” host, and the charismatic Michelle Phillips, a renowned corporate training and coaching expert and the author of “Happiness is a Habit.”  Michelle delves into the transformative experiences that led her toward an unshakeable pursuit of happiness—even when faced with life's inevitable interruptions. Together, they unravel the compelling concept of energy transference and the role of positive psychology in shaping one’s happiness, offering listeners an empowering toolkit for cultivating a fulfilling life.  Join us in exploring the profound realizations and actionable strategies unveiled in this unmissable conversation on finding and fostering happiness during the most challenging times. Michele Phillips’ Background Michele Phillips is a corporate training and coaching expert, and the author of “Happiness is a Habit.”  She shares her vibrant leadership journey, emphasizing the crucial roles of energy, optimism, and positive psychology. Energy Transference: The Power of Positive Action Linda and Michele discuss energy transference, analyzing how our behavior can significantly affect circumstances around us.  They emphasize the significance of conscious effort in maintaining a positive energy flow, seeking new experiences, and continuously growing. The Ephemeral Nature of Event-Driven Happiness Research indicates that happiness derived from major life events such as promotions or personal milestones is transient, offering a boost for around three months.  Linda and Michele explore sustainability in happiness beyond these short-lived high points. The Poker Analogy: Building Happiness Daily Comparing happiness to a poker game, Michele discusses accumulating 'chips' of satisfaction through daily positive actions.  She also shares how these contribute to a resilient state of contentment in the long term. Harnessing Moments of Joy for Forward Movement Michele talks about her strategy for transforming negative circumstances by recognizing and focusing on the happiness and luck that exist even in dark times. This shift not only changes the narrative but pushes forward momentum. Embracing What Can Be Controlled Linda and Michele discuss the power of letting go of the uncontrollable and directing focus on what's within one's influence to find happiness.  Techniques such as the 'easy button' and the use of a clicker are highlighted as tools to acknowledge and celebrate positive moments. Discovering the Five Levels of Happiness Finally, the five happiness levels are discussed, with Michele sharing how happiness flourishes when contributing to someone else's joy.  She ends the episode by relaying a story that serves as a testament to the lasting influence of positive interactions. In this episode, Linda and Michele guide you through the ebbs and flows of life's unpredictable river. Learn from Michele's strategic approach to building a life 'poker chip' at a time with positive actions and shifts in perspective.  Discover the five levels of happiness and how contributing to someone else's joy amplifies your own. Listen to the full episode, connect with Michele's enriching content, and start forging your happiness habit today. Your next moment of joy could be just one play away! "You can't get to the bottom of a hole you're digging. So stop digging the dark hole. And put down the shovel." - Michele Phillips. Resources Michele Phillips on LinkedIn Michele Phillips on Instagram Key2unlock.com If this episode connected with you, reach out to Linda and let her know. This podcast is produced by TSE Studios. Check out other podcasts by TSE Studios, including this episode’s sponsor, The Sales Evangelist, helping new and struggling sellers close more deals and achieve their sales goals. Subscribe to the IntHERrupt Podcast so you won’t miss a single show. Find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and Stitcher. Audio created by Ryan Rasmussen Productions.   
32:26 4/15/24
INT 175 - How I Handled my Friend Being Interrupted
You and your friend are in the middle of having a great conversation. Out of nowhere, someone asks you a million questions right when your friend is about to respond to you. What’s the best way for you to handle this interruption? Listen to this episode of the Int-HER-rupt podcast. Host Linda Yates shares her story of a situation similar to this. Through this real-life scenario, she offers valuable insights and practical tips on handling interruptions in various settings. Tune into this episode and unlock the potential to transform difficult conversations into opportunities for growth and empowerment. Real-Life Experience Linda recounts an incident at a conference where she and her friend were conversing, only to be interrupted twice by a gentleman. Feeling irritated, Linda boldly confronted the interrupter, expressing her displeasure at his behavior.  Her decision to speak up stemmed from her strong awareness of the impact of interruptions, a topic she regularly engages with on the show. Apology and Reflection After the incident, Linda experienced conflicting emotions and decided to extend an apology to the interrupter to ensure the relationship was not adversely affected.  This segment explores the complexities of navigating social interactions, highlighting the importance of considering one's intentions, impact, and the desired outcome in such situations. Tips for Handling Interruptions From her extensive experience, Linda shares practical tips for effectively managing interruptions professionally and personally.  Emphasizing the significance of maintaining composure and striving for collaboration rather than combativeness, she offers guidance on using assertive communication strategies and body language to address interruptions confidently. The Power of Assertion Linda highlights the key strategies that individuals can employ when faced with interruptions, including making eye contact, using "I" statements, and pausing and gathering composure.  She stresses the value of using assertive language and tone while avoiding apologetic or submissive expressions. Assertive Communication Techniques Linda delves into specific communication techniques, such as adjusting speaking volume and utilizing authoritative vocal tones to address interruptions effectively.  She also presents a valuable perspective on the significance of replacing adversarial language patterns with more inclusive and affirming phrasing for impactful communication. Through Linda’s real-life experience, you’ll learn practical tips for navigating interruptions in the workplace and life. Her advice will equip you with the tools to maintain composure, assert yourself effectively, and uphold collaborative communication in the face of interruptions. Tune in now and embark on a journey of growth, empowerment, and insightful conversations.  Also, subscribe to the YouTube channel and join the Facebook group page for more enriching content that brings together diverse perspectives worldwide. "I just want to remind you, because I know this, that you have strengths waiting to uncover possibilities, to realize so that you can accomplish your goals and dreams." - Linda Yates. Resources Linda Yates Coaching & Consulting Facebook Group YouTube Channel  If this episode connected with you, reach out to Linda and let her know. This podcast is produced by TSE Studios. Check out other podcasts by TSE Studios, including this episode’s sponsor, The Sales Evangelist, helping new and struggling sellers close more deals and achieve their sales goals. Subscribe to the IntHERrupt Podcast so you won’t miss a single show. Find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and Stitcher. Audio created by Ryan Rasmussen Productions.
16:44 4/8/24
INT 174 - Leading through a Culture Change
You walk into the office, thinking everything will be smooth sailing for the day. It's Friday, and you're ready for some fun over the weekend! During the meeting, your boss announced that a recent disrespectful incident is making the company make changes. Everyone will implement these changes today to start improving the toxic culture within the company. Now you wonder, "How can I improve company culture as the CEO?" Great, now your simple day is ruined! You also need to learn how to lead through culture change. Listen to this episode of the Int-HER-rupt podcast to discover leadership tips on organizational culture changes. Learn how to create a positive team culture where everyone feels valued, heard, and motivated to embrace change with host Linda Yates and lovely guest Chellie Phillips.  Hit play, and let's unlock the door to nurturing a thriving, harmonious work community where everyone can spread their wings and fly. Chellie Phillips’ Background Originally from the South, Chellie Phillips has transitioned from a successful career in broadcast journalism to leaving a significant mark in PR and marketing.  As a corporate trainer and coach, she uses her vast experience to spearhead organizational cultural change, showcasing the profound impact of leadership evolution on company culture. Embrace Leadership in Action - Beyond Just Titles Phillips emphasizes that true leadership transcends titles, advocating for you to embody action-oriented leadership.  She encourages you to become a catalyst for change, positively influencing your company's culture, regardless of your position. Shift Towards Coaching Leadership Phillips sheds light on the transition to coaching leadership styles.  She discusses the importance of recognizing and valuing the unique contributions of your employees and engaging them in a way that drives positive change across your organization. Manage Resistance to Change Phillips offers essential leadership tips for facilitating smooth transitions by tackling the natural human resistance to change.  These examples include involving stakeholders in the communication process and rewarding those participating in change efforts. Create a Positive Organizational Culture Phillips shares the foundational elements of building a positive company culture through leadership, communication, and recognition.  She highlights the transformative effect of valuing your employees both professionally and personally. Discover Chellie Phillips's insights on leadership and organizational culture in this episode of the Int-HER-rupt podcast. Her knowledge provides you with strategies for building a positive team culture that can thrive amid change. Don't miss out on the opportunity to transform your work culture and inspire those around you! Listen to the episode and take the first step towards fostering a thriving, supportive, and engaged work environment. “When you have that conversation, and you're getting that feedback from the people involved, they feel they're part of that change from the ground up.” - Chellie Phillips. Resources Chellie Phillips on LinkedIn www.chelliephillips.com Culture Secrets: Secrets Leaders Use to Build a V.A.L.U.E.  When In Doubt, Delete It! and Get Noticed Get Noticed, Get Hired If this episode connected with you, reach out to Linda and let her know. This podcast is produced by TSE Studios. Check out other podcasts by TSE Studios, including this episode’s sponsor, The Sales Evangelist, helping new and struggling sellers close more deals and achieve their sales goals. Subscribe to the IntHERrupt Podcast so you won’t miss a single show. Find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and Stitcher. Audio created by Ryan Rasmussen Productions.   
33:16 4/1/24
INT 173 - How To Exercise Authority Without Feeling Like An Imposter
In the world of business leadership, confidence is vital to being successful. However, many women struggle to assert authority in a domain traditionally dominated by men.  How can you overcome this all-too-common challenge and battle self-doubt within the corporate landscape? Listen to this episode of the Int-HER-rupt podcast. Host Linda Yates chats with Irene Sim, an Executive Leadership Coach, on different strategies to overcome imposter syndrome and the importance of fostering an environment where women leaders can thrive without reservation. Join us as we explore the crucial steps toward empowering female CEOs to wield their authority confidently and break free from the chains of imposter syndrome. Irene Sim’s Background Irene Sim is an industry-accredited executive leadership coach with extensive senior organizational leadership experience.  Irene understands that deeply ingrained and often invisible systemic gender bias holds women back and makes the situation even worse when mixed with other biases like racial bias. As a coach, she has successfully worked with countless women at all stages of their journey to overcome these societal biases, establish their own terms, and thrive as influential and authentic leaders. Within the episode, Irene shares her robust background more and discusses how being a minority in two different countries has affected her leadership abilities. Exercising Authority: Why Is It Foreign to Women? Irene discusses how women get told the same stories over and over throughout their careers. “You’re not good enough to be in that position,” or “A man would never make that mistake.” These statements often cause women to self-doubt, even when the comments are not directly told to them. Society has taught women to feel this way, and it can lead some to have imposter syndrome.  Irene shares her story of how her inner critic has made her struggle with exercising authority within her leadership roles. ABCD Process to Combating the Inner Critic Irene shares the ABCD process to help other women combat their inner critic and start thriving in their leadership positions. Step A: Acknowledge and accept your emotions. If you’re feeling fear, anxiety, or insecurity, take them, and don’t judge yourself for feeling this way. Step B: Be Brief. Don’t rush to react to opportunities; instead, take the time to decide on your choices and how you will show up.  Step C: Choose your thoughts. Decide how to make a difference and focus on those thoughts and feelings.  Step D: Act accordingly. Lean in and do what you need to do to be of service. And if it means to lead to give clarity to exercise authority, do that. Irene also discusses how important it is to practice authority and the ABCD process if you want to see positive changes within yourself. For many women in positions of authority, the struggle against the internalized voice of imposter syndrome can seem like a relentless battle. However, the journey of empowerment and self-discovery holds the key to overcoming these challenges and mastering the art of confident leadership.  Are you ready to embrace your unique leadership style and leave imposter syndrome behind? Listen to this enlightening podcast episode, where we explore powerful strategies for women leaders to thrive. “We women have been marinating in societal expectations and limitations. And that's where we've got that constant murmuring in our inner critic that tells us we're not good enough.” - Irene Sim. Resources Irene Sim on LinkedIn If this episode connected with you, reach out to Linda and let her know. This podcast is produced by TSE Studios. Check out other podcasts by TSE Studios, including this episode’s sponsor, The Sales Evangelist, helping new and struggling sellers close more deals and achieve their sales goals. Subscribe to the IntHERrupt Podcast so you won’t miss a single show. Find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and Stitcher. Audio created by Ryan Rasmussen Productions.   
26:51 3/25/24
INT 172 - Quieting that Voice in your Head
You’re sitting in a meeting listening to your co-workers review business plans. But while you’re listening to them, the little voice in your head keeps telling you you’re not good enough. Your inner voice is saying it so much you start going down a self-doubt spiral. How can you quiet this voice in your head and build your self-confidence back up to tackle your projects? Listen to this week’s episode of the Int-HER-rupt podcast. In this episode, host Linda Yates chats with Tiffany Houser, leadership coach & founder of Evolve, on shifting the negative talk into positives. Tune in to hear Tiffany’s insight and advice to help stop you in your tracks when the little voice becomes too much! Tiffany Houser's Background Tiffany is the CEO and founder of Evolve, where she helps senior leaders and founders transform their self-worth through an authentic leadership style, vision, and purpose. She is also the creator of Self-Worth Advantage, which provides leaders and their people partners with strategies and a framework to leave the imposter's feelings behind for good.  Tiffany believes in cultivating compassionate, responsible, inclusive, and empowered leaders at all organizational levels. Why Is It Hard To Tap Into Your Authentic Self? For those struggling to find their authentic self, Tiffany believes it’s essential to focus on the one question or choice you’re facing. You know what you want, but fear gets in the way of making the right choice. Sometimes, people let their fears get in the way of their options, and their hopes stay as dreams. When this happens, self-destruction suffers in different ways, such as overeating or insufficient sleep. How Do You Determine What You Want? Tiffany believes grace is the first step to determining what you want in your career or life. When you have grace, it allows you to tap into your desires and push you to reach your goals. If you let fear or your ego get in the way, it puts more pressure on the choices you’re trying to make. Three Ways To Quiet the Inner Voice Tiffany shares three tips to help you quiet your inner voice when making difficult choices.  The first advice is to ask yourself what you are afraid of when deciding on something and can’t make a choice. Once you figure out what you’re scared of, ask yourself why. You’ll discover it hasn’t happened to you and likely won’t. The second tip is to ask yourself if you have what you want. This will help you stop overprotecting yourself and clarify what you want. The last piece of advice is to ask others for support. Family and friends know what you want too, because they listen to you talk. If you’re unsure about something, ask for their advice to help you decide. Tiffany shares that this was how she overcame her negative thinking patterns and finally clarified what she wanted in her career and life. Making decisions in life is never easy, especially when your inner voice says you can't do it. However, when you combat the negative thinking, you'll discover that you can do it and deserve the best in life. Tune in to hear actionable tips on how to quiet the little voice in your head. Tiffany Houser shares wonderful advice to help you reach your goals and become successful. "When you are graceful with yourself, you can tap into that thing, idea, or experience you want. But if you're caught up in the ego, you're beating yourself up or pressuring yourself into what you really want." - Tiffany Houser.  Resources Tiffany Houser on LinkedIn Evolve Self-Worth Advantage If this episode connected with you, reach out to Linda and let her know. This podcast is produced by TSE Studios. Check out other podcasts by TSE Studios, including this episode’s sponsor, The Sales Evangelist, helping new and struggling sellers close more deals and achieve their sales goals. Subscribe to the IntHERrupt Podcast so you won’t miss a single show. Find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and Stitcher. Audio created by Ryan Rasmussen Productions.
30:52 3/18/24
INT 171 - Understanding and Closing the Wage Gap
Are you tired of feeling undervalued in your career?  You figure since it is 2024, women would have higher salaries and more respect in the workplace. However, this is far from the truth! How on earth can you command the respect and compensation you deserve in such a masculine world? Join Linda Yates as she dives into a fascinating conversation with Kristen Knepper Bahbahani, an experienced career and executive coach. They discuss the pressing issue of the wage gap, Kristen's leadership journey, and strategies for closing the gender wage gap. Additionally, Kristen provides valuable tips for empowering women in the workplace and navigating the complex dynamics of corporate loyalty.  This episode is a must-listen for anyone wanting to elevate their leadership or reclaim their confidence and value. Tune in to make meaningful strides in your professional journey and earn what you deserve! Kristen Knepper Bahbahhani’s Leadership Journey Kristen shares her journey, from working as a legislative assistant for Senator Edward M. Kennedy to transitioning into the legal field and eventually making her way into tech and diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Her experiences highlight the challenges women and marginalized communities face in corporate America, shedding light on the importance of understanding and addressing unconscious biases. Understanding the Wage Gap Kristen provides valuable insights into the persisting wage gap, emphasizing that it is not solely a women's issue.  She explains that resolving the wage gap requires government intervention with penalties for unequal pay.  She highlights how gender stereotypes and societal expectations contribute to undervaluing traditionally female-dominated roles and penalizing women for taking maternity leave.  Kristen also emphasizes the importance of data-driven approaches to identify and address wage disparities. Strategies for Closing the Wage Gap Kristen suggests practical strategies for both leaders and individuals to address the wage gap.  She encourages leaders to seek data on wage disparities within their teams, advocate for fair compensation, and eliminate arbitrary salary raise limitations.  For individuals, she advises researching salary norms, valuing personal qualities, and negotiating confidently when seeking new roles.  Furthermore, she emphasizes the significance of working toward leadership positions to pave the way for future generations. Building Confidence and Recognizing Value Kristen shares an exercise to help individuals recognize their value by making a list of people who appreciate them and the qualities they bring.  She emphasizes the importance of understanding how each quality adds value to a team or organization, encouraging confidence and self-advocacy in salary negotiations and career advancement.  Kristen advocates for a holistic approach to work, where individuals bring their whole selves to the workplace, leveraging emotional intelligence and soft skills. Navigating Corporate Loyalty The discussion delves into the evolving concept of corporate loyalty, challenging the traditional notion of long-term employment with a single company.  Kristen emphasizes the need for mutual loyalty, where organizations value their employees' contributions and institutional knowledge.  She addresses the impact of layoffs on employee well-being and the importance of thoughtful discussions that prioritize long-term investments over short-term gains. From the significance of understanding subconscious bias to recognizing and valuing one's contribution, Kristen's expertise sheds light on practical strategies for leaders and individuals navigating the wage gap. Join host Linda Yates and Kristen Knepper Bahbahani as they engage in an eye-opening discussion, sharing success stories, valuable insights, and actionable tips.  Don't miss out on this thought-provoking episode that will transform your perspective on career progression and gender equality.  “Make people feel valued. Because if they don't feel valued, they will go somewhere else. Several studies show that people who move around or leave a job every two years, versus people who are loyal to a company, make considerably more money in the long term.” - Kristen Knepper Bahbahani. Resources Work Like A Girl Kristen Knepper Bahbahani on LinkedIn  If this episode connected with you, reach out to Linda and let her know. This podcast is produced by TSE Studios. Check out other podcasts by TSE Studios, including this episode’s sponsor, The Sales Evangelist, helping new and struggling sellers close more deals and achieve their sales goals. Subscribe to the IntHERrupt Podcast so you won’t miss a single show. Find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and Stitcher. Audio created by Ryan Rasmussen Productions.   
31:01 3/11/24
INT 170 - Standing in Your Success
How do you maintain motivation and drive in the face of setbacks in your professional journey? What strategies or personal beliefs keep you focused and inspired to pursue your goals, even during challenging times? In this episode of the "Int-HER-rupt Podcast," host Linda Yates speaks with Sharon Restrepo on the topic of "standing in your success." Sharon, a veteran real estate investor and broker with over 25 years of experience, shares her remarkable journey and the strategies she has applied to excel in the real estate industry.  From triumph to tragedy and overcoming major interruptions in her life, Sharon offers valuable insights and leadership traits essential in today's world. Get ready to be inspired by Sharon's story and empowered by her experience. This is an episode you won't want to miss! The Journey to Leadership Sharon discusses her transformation from an introverted individual with low-risk perspectives to a successful real estate entrepreneur and industry leader.  She shares her experience of abruptly becoming a young widow and how she decided to invest in real estate.  Despite initial challenges and doubts, Sharon's determination and fearlessness led her to thrive in the real estate industry and become influential. Standing in Your Success Sharon emphasizes the importance of mindset in achieving success, particularly for women.  She discusses the prevalent issue of imposter syndrome and the false beliefs that hinder women from recognizing their true value and potential.  Through her mastermind program, she focuses on cultivating confidence and empowering women to overcome these barriers, emphasizing the significance of mindset and self-talk rooted in faith. Balancing Humility and Self-Promotion Sharon reflects on the challenge of promoting oneself while staying humble, especially for women.  She shares insights on finding a balance, emphasizing the need to use accomplishments and experiences as credibility without compromising humility.  Sharon encourages women to embrace their achievements and expertise, recognizing that it enables them to offer valuable insights to others without succumbing to pride. Overcoming Interruptions Drawing from personal experiences, Sharon candidly shares how she faced interruptions in her life, including the tragic loss of her mother.  She emphasizes the vital role of support and the significance of surrounding oneself with a reliable network of individuals who provide strength, companionship, and encouragement during challenging times.  Through her experiences, Sharon highlights the importance of resilience and the positive impact of a supportive community. Essential Leadership Traits Sharon reflects on the primary trait leaders need today, emphasizing the significance of genuinely loving and connecting with the people they serve.  She stresses the importance of embracing and empathizing with individuals, irrespective of their backgrounds and circumstances, as an essential aspect of effective leadership in any domain. Sharon's inspiring journey and insights exemplify empowerment and resilience, offering valuable lessons for individuals striving to overcome obstacles. This episode encapsulates the essence of perseverance, faith, and the transformative power of mindset in achieving success and influencing others positively. Tune in to this impactful episode to gain valuable insights from Sharon Restrepo and take the first step towards unlocking your own success story! "I think it's a false belief that so many women, I would imagine men, too, but I deal with women. But it's the false belief of that whole thing you teach so well, imposter syndrome, that they're not valuable enough. That kind of money, they don't attract, they don't deserve it. There's some major disconnect between who they're called to be and believing it." - Sharon Restrepo. Resources Newwinemastermind.com Sharon Restrepo on LinkedIn  If this episode connected with you, reach out to Linda and let her know. This podcast is produced by TSE Studios. Check out other podcasts by TSE Studios, including this episode’s sponsor, The Sales Evangelist, helping new and struggling sellers close more deals and achieve their sales goals. Subscribe to the IntHERrupt Podcast so you won’t miss a single show. Find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and Stitcher. Audio created by Ryan Rasmussen Productions.
28:39 3/4/24
INT 169 - Shifting Your Word Choice
Have you ever felt held back by a nagging sense of fear or unworthiness?  In the vast landscape of the human mind, words form the terrain where battles are won or lost; they shape our experiences and define our reality. But what if the challenging paths of trauma and doubt could be navigated with a different set of linguistic tools?  In this episode of the "Int-HER-rupt Podcast," host Linda Yates and guest Amber Ontiveros explore the intricate relationship between linguistics and neuroscience to offer a strategic roadmap for personal and professional transformation.  Amber will guide you in reshaping your internal dialogue and embracing a growth mindset that turns obstacles into stepping stones. Tune in and unleash the leader within — because how you speak to yourself matters, and it's time your words reflect your true potential! A Journey Through Words and Beliefs Amber shares her gripping story of a near-death experience that revolutionized her understanding of internal narratives and biases.  As an expert in discrimination with roots in traumatic personal experiences, Amber discusses how these form the basis of negative belief systems anchored in feelings of unworthiness and fear.  She emphasizes breaking these cycles through self-work and developing empowering self-talk. The Neuroscience of Bias and Empowerment With her coalition-building and policy development expertise, Amber sheds light on the neuroscience behind the reticular activation system and self-serving bias.  She advocates for a growth mindset, suggesting that individuals reframe their perspective on mistakes as opportunities for learning and transcendence. Healing from the Inside Out Amber's approach to healing personal wounds involves mindfulness, breathwork, and self-compassion.  She suggests practices like visualization techniques and journaling to rewrite the negative scripts that play in our minds, transforming our life experiences. Shifting Towards Positive Self-Perception Uplifting phrases, Amber asserts, can alter one's self-perception. Suggesting empowering words like “I am worthy” and “I am enough,” she highlights the importance of positive affirmations in one’s journey toward healing and growth. Addressing Negative Emotions and Fears In tackling non-empowering words and fears, Amber advises confronting these negative emotions by focusing on the physical sensations they evoke rather than the thoughts themselves.  Doing so enables individuals to process and release emotional burdens. Leadership, Bias, and Decision-Making Amber shares her perspective on how leaders can combat biases by incorporating mindfulness and meditation into their practices, allowing for better self-regulation and improved decision-making.  She stresses the necessity of compassion, non-judgment, and lovingkindness to nurture positivity within teams. Amber's story of resilience and her commitment to a growth mindset will guide you to a place of healing and strength. Equip yourself with the knowledge and techniques to foster a healthier mind and an enriched, purposeful life. For a deeper dive into Amber Ontiveros's empowering techniques and insights on change management and self-growth, visit her website in the resources section. Turn the page on self-doubt and attune to the empowering narrative that awaits you in this must-listen episode of “Int-HER-rupt.” Transform your internal dialogue and embrace the power of your words to lead a more harmonious and impactful life. "Words create your experience in your life. And so the way it works is there's this part of your brain. It's in the back of your brain. It's called the reticular activation system. So, if you believe in your mind that you are not worthy, the reticular activation system is literally like a filter." - Amber Ontiveros.  Resources Healthefourwoundings.com  Amber Ontiveros on LinkedIn If this episode connected with you, reach out to Linda and let her know. This podcast is produced by TSE Studios. Check out other podcasts by TSE Studios, including this episode’s sponsor, The Sales Evangelist, helping new and struggling sellers close more deals and achieve their sales goals. Subscribe to the IntHERrupt Podcast so you won’t miss a single show. Find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and Stitcher. Audio created by Ryan Rasmussen Productions.
28:19 2/26/24
INT 168 - Challenges of Remote Working Facing Businesses and Leaders
In a world where the global pandemic has forever transformed the traditional office environment, how do we strike the right balance between productivity and flexibility? Is it still possible for businesses to foster an environment ripe for innovation?  Join Linda Yates in this episode of the Int-HER-rupt podcast while she explores the evolution of the workplace working with Claire Chandler, a former corporate leader turned entrepreneur. Together, they discussed the trials and triumphs of remote working in our modern-day society. From the impact of COVID-19 on strategic planning to the quest for harmony within virtual teams, they’ll unearth the potent blend of leadership, communication, and human connection shaping the future of work. Claire Chandler's Journey Claire’s background is deeply rooted in corporate leadership, with over 25 years of experience.  She transitioned from her role as a vice president of human resources in a large company to entrepreneurship, founding Talent Boost. This move allowed her to focus on aligning HR and business leaders to achieve strategic outcomes, fostering more effective teamwork, and facilitating rapid business growth.  Her journey reflects a commitment to leadership development and an understanding of the dynamics between structure and the ability of leaders to inspire and guide their teams, a mission she has been dedicated to for over a decade. Introduction to Flexible Work Structures As Covid-19 swept across the globe, companies were abruptly pushed into rethinking their workplace strategies.  Claire discusses the pre-pandemic times when organizations grappled with the concept of flexible work arrangements and found themselves ill-prepared for the sudden necessity of remote working.  She sheds light on how businesses had to rapidly pivot and innovate during the initial lockdowns, forever altering the traditional work environment. The Hybrid Work Environment Challenge The transition to a hybrid work model was not without its hiccups. Some businesses fell into the trap of attempting to revert to old practices, demanding employees to return to the office full-time, a move that didn't sit well with the emerging preference for flexible work setups.  Claire discusses the challenge leaders face in creating a work environment that aligns with contemporary lifestyles, balances personal and professional demands, and propels strategic business objectives. Purpose and Communication in Leadership Leadership clarity and effective communication are key to navigating the new work landscape.  Linda and Claire explore the critical task of engaging employees while aligning with the business's strategic goals.  Claire believes that human connection is the cornerstone in resolving conflict, aligning goals, and celebrating triumphs within a hybrid workforce. Nonverbal Communication in Remote Settings Remote work has cast a spotlight on the importance of nonverbal communication. Leaders are called upon to fine-tune their strategies to counter the shortcomings of virtual interactions. Claire uncovers the nuances of nonverbal cues often missed in remote settings and the need for active listening to overcome these challenges. The lessons Claire shares in this episode offer invaluable insights into the shifting tides of today's professional landscape. This episode is a must-listen if you're seeking guidance on navigating the complexities of managing a remote team or finding harmony within a flexible work structure. Don't miss this compelling narrative to help reshape your approach to work and leadership—listen to the full episode for a treasure trove of strategic insights and personal revelations. "Just because they can come back into a physical site and be together five days a week, is it really going to make a difference, enough of a difference to your value proposition as a business and what you're trying to achieve, that you're going to ask them to do that?" - Claire Chandler. Resources Claire Chandler on LinkedIn TalentBoost.net Clairechandler.net Growthonpurpose.com  If this episode connected with you, reach out to Linda and let her know. This podcast is produced by TSE Studios. Check out other podcasts by TSE Studios, including this episode’s sponsor, The Sales Evangelist, helping new and struggling sellers close more deals and achieve their sales goals. Subscribe to the IntHERrupt Podcast so you won’t miss a single show. Find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and Stitcher. Audio created by Ryan Rasmussen Productions.
35:22 2/19/24
INT 167 - How to Overcome Lack of Manager Support
Are you ready to confidently navigate the corporate world, build meaningful internal networks, and position yourself as a leader who shines?  Join us as we dive into the inspiring conversation between Linda Yates and Dr. Carol Parker Walsh on "Int-HER-rupt," where they explore the powerful dynamics of women's leadership, self-advocacy, and career transformation. One issue that many women leaders face is overcoming the lack of support from others. But thanks to Dr. Walsh's insights and advice, you'll discover different strategies to help you overcome this challenge.  Listen to this empowering episode and harness your leadership potential to gain the career you desire and deserve. Empowering Women to Shine Dr. Walsh is passionate about empowering other women to realize their potential, gain confidence, and learn critical leadership skills.  Her inspiration stems from her profound impact on women's careers, validated by the powerful feedback from those she's coached.  Motivated by her desire to set a leadership example for her children, she embodies perseverance and confidence — a testament to her personal journey as a female leader and mentor. Self-Advocacy and Organizational Navigation Dr. Walsh recounts how she navigated a reorganization within her workplace by networking with pivotal leaders, ensuring her position stayed intact after her boss's departure.  She stresses the importance of internal networking and fostering relationships, underscoring that relying solely on one's manager for support and advocacy is insufficient.  She continues to inspire by advocating for individuals, especially women, to self-promote and acknowledge their own contributions to avoid being overshadowed. Leading with Empathy and Inclusivity The discussion transitions to strategies for leaders to support their teams without fear of being outshone.  Dr. Walsh advocates for celebrating team member successes, promoting a collaborative work environment, and conducting micro-conversations to pinpoint team needs.  This nurturing approach aligns with her message that women possess innate qualities like empathy and inclusive leadership, which are in high demand in the current business landscape. Creating Your Career Path Linda and Dr. Walsh emphasized the necessity of envisioning and proactively crafting one's ideal career trajectory. They offer guidance on effectively advocating for this vision within an organization.  Recognizing the challenges posed by toxic managers, they provide practical advice on seeking alternative opportunities within one's company, expanding networks, and preventing adverse managerial behavior from impacting performance. Women in Leadership — The Way Forward Dr. Walsh expressed the potential advantages organizations could reap from women in leadership positions.  She illustrates how employing women's unique leadership traits can increase revenue and enhance overall engagement, propelling the conversation toward the crucial role of women in revolutionizing today's leadership dynamics. Developing a Strong Voice Despite interruptions in her career, Dr. Walsh overcame these obstacles by asserting her importance and refusing to be silenced.  Her resilience is an inspiring reminder for listeners to uphold their confidence and the significance of their voice in any situation. This episode of “Int-HER-rupt” provides invaluable insights on handling difficult situations as a woman leader. Dr. Carol Parker Walsh's expertise and personal narratives chart a pragmatic map for women to self-advocate, self-promote, and seamlessly integrate their intrinsic leadership qualities into the ever-evolving tapestry of modern organizations. Your journey to becoming the CEO of your career begins with this enlightening discussion. Don’t miss this opportunity to redefine your professional narrative; listen to the episode now! “Women-led organizations tend to do better from a revenue standpoint than organizations led by men by almost 30%. That's a powerful statistic. They are better at housing, inclusive leadership, having greater insights into diversity, and having a more engaged workforce when women are at the helm. So that's telling you that there's something embedded in how we show up that's been minimized that we need to bring to the forefront. And once we could start doing that, we really can really shine as leaders.” - Dr. Carol Parker Walsh.  Resources Carolparkerwalsh.com Dr. Carol Parker Walsh on LinkedIn If this episode connected with you, reach out to Linda and let her know. This podcast is produced by TSE Studios. Check out other podcasts by TSE Studios, including this episode’s sponsor, The Sales Evangelist, helping new and struggling sellers close more deals and achieve their sales goals. Subscribe to the IntHERrupt Podcast so you won’t miss a single show. Find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and Stitcher. Audio created by Ryan Rasmussen Productions.
32:14 2/12/24
INT 166 - Asking For More Money
One unique challenge women face in the workplace is asking for more money. Some are afraid to ask because they believe they will not receive it, while others build the courage to ask and still get told no.  How can you ask your employer for a higher salary and receive a yes? Listen to this episode of the "Int-HER-rupt" podcast to discover how women leaders can confidently ask the question. Linda Yates speaks with Linkage's CEO, Jennifer McCollum, about asking for more time, money, and opportunities.  Jennifer's insights are interwoven with personal experiences and practical advice, making this a must-listen for aspiring and established women leaders. Join us as we delve into the nuances of negotiating, relationship-building, and setting clear career goals in a male-dominated business environment. Mastering the Art of Asking for More Jennifer starts with a crucial piece of advice for women in the workforce: practice asking for more.  Starting with low-risk requests can condition leaders to expect these negotiations as a norm.  By sharing her own journey of making repeated asks on a male-dominated board, Jennifer illustrates how preparing with concrete data and a robust business case underpins successful outcomes. Activating Your Network When internal company data is scarce, Jennifer emphasizes the significance of reaching out to your network and leveraging external data to frame your negotiations.  This action fortifies your position and underscores the value of nurturing professional relationships and their power in paving the way for progress. Flexibility and Pivot Points Negotiations require adaptability, and Jennifer discusses the importance of being open to changing courses when an organization's values or compensation offerings do not meet one's needs.  This encompasses the broader strategy of aligning one's career trajectory with the right corporate culture and remuneration package. Challenging Gender Biases Linda and Jennifer recount instances where they've confronted stereotypes and biases in the workplace.  They shed light on the "double bind'' women often face and how to navigate perceptions around assertiveness and ambition in professional settings. Negotiating Titles and Future Paths Jennifer shares her tactical approach to negotiation when her company was acquired, highlighting the importance of having clear-cut career goals.  She also discusses how she advocated for her book, "In Her Own Voice," and laid the groundwork for her future within the newly structured company.  Linda complements this with her own experiences, reinforcing the significance of proving one's value and the power of saying "no." Dealing with Interruptions Gracefully Climbing the corporate ladder can be fraught with interruptions and "talk-overs," particularly for women.  Jennifer shares how she handles such situations with poise, seeing them as moments of lack of awareness rather than intentional disrespect.  Her strategy for responses restores the floor and educates on respectful communication practices. In this insightful episode with Jennifer McCollum, you'll learn crucial steps to help navigate leadership challenges. From mastering the art of negotiation to having the courage to ask for more, Jennifer's guidance is invaluable for any woman aiming to break through barriers in the workplace.  Don't miss the full podcast for a deep dive into achieving your career goals gracefully and determinedly. Tune in to hear Linda Yates and Jennifer as they explore these empowering strategies. “So there's a real bias against women specifically asking for money, but there's also a perceived bias. We have been conditioned to ask for only what we think would be acceptable or a watered-down version of what we can get. And it is a huge issue because it created the gender pay gap. By the time women in similar roles to men are 30 plus years into their careers, white women will have lost about $750,000, black women a little over a million, and Latin women closer to a million five. So it's a significant issue.” - Jennifer McCollum. Resources Jennifer McCollum on LinkedIn “In Her Own Voice,” by Jennifer McCollum If this episode connected with you, reach out to Linda and let her know. This podcast is produced by TSE Studios. Check out other podcasts by TSE Studios, including this episode’s sponsor, The Sales Evangelist, helping new and struggling sellers close more deals and achieve their sales goals. Subscribe to the IntHERrupt Podcast so you won’t miss a single show. Find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and Stitcher. Audio created by Ryan Rasmussen Productions.
31:00 2/5/24
INT 165 - Why Networking is Important as a Leader
As a leader, you may believe there’s no need to network. However, you never know when you need to have the right relationship with the right person.  What if you decide to make a career change out of the blue? Who can you have in your corner to back you up and let others know you’re perfect for a job in another industry? In this empowering session, host Linda Yates speaks with Sabine Gedeon, a transformative leader for emerging women leaders, on the importance of networking. Sabine shares the intricacies of networking, demystifies traditional networking approaches, and valuable tips for leaders. Prepare to be inspired as these lovely leaders explore the paths to owning your voice and maximizing your impact through strategic network-building. Listen to this week’s Int-HER-rupt podcast episode to learn why leaders must network.  A Powerhouse in Leadership Development Linda opens by celebrating Sabine's networking and personal growth achievements, setting the tone for a session filled with inspirational anecdotes and actionable advice. Sabine's journey from corporate HR to entrepreneurial triumph showcases the indispensable role of networking in career advancement. Recounting her recent transformative experience, Sabine sheds light on her self-assessment, releasing limiting beliefs, and redefining her aspirations. Her motivation to empower women is fueled by finding one's voice, embracing authority, and making a meaningful impact. Navigating Networking Dynamics Sabine brings a fresh perspective to traditional networking by reflecting on her initial approach of emulating her older white male colleagues - an act that felt insincere to her true self.  Recognizing the struggle many face in large group settings, Sabine prefers intimate one-on-one conversations at events to create genuine connections.  The Virtual Handshake: Networking on LinkedIn Sabine highlights LinkedIn's burgeoning role in modern networking. The platform redefines connections, allowing more personalized interactions and providing the convenience leaders crave for scouting talent and marketing themselves. She shares a story about building relationships through LinkedIn when she first moved to a new city.  Be sure to listen, as it's a powerful story to give you hope in your networking abilities. From Mentorship to Sponsorship Sabine boldly advises women to pivot from seeking mentors to finding sponsors. This shift underlines the significance of relationships, encouraging women to exhibit their worth and secure sponsorship opportunities.  Linda resonates with this view through her stories of how sponsors significantly influenced her career progression. Consistency Breeds Networking Success Sabine attributes her networking accomplishments to diligent practice, establishing consistency, and strategically expanding her network when she transitioned into entrepreneurship.  Her LinkedIn presence is not just about seeking clients but also embodies the spirit of reciprocity and giving back to the community. Practical Strategies for Effective Networking Sabine shares several strategies for effective networking within the episode. These strategies include: Practicing and maintaining consistency in networking efforts. Expanding networking reach on social media such as LinkedIn. Focusing on one-on-one interactions at networking events. She emphasizes the power of reciprocity in networking, suggesting that giving to others can pave the way for mutual benefits.  Additionally, she highlights the importance of mindset, recognizing the value of relationships for business success, and advises identifying people within one's network and creating a plan to build and maintain those relationships. Networking is never easy, but it offers abundance in your career and personal goals. Sabine’s expertise allows listeners to trust their strengths to build professional relationships. Join us for this transformational session and equip yourself with the tools to navigate your networking journey with confidence and purpose! "Practice. We're not taught networking in school, so it does not come naturally. Also, it's one of those unwritten rules in corporate where no one sits you down during your onboarding and says, hey, you need to network. The other thing, too, is the consistency, because once you start to see the results, it makes you want to do it more." - Sabine Gedeon. Resources Sabine Gedeon Sabine Gedeon on LinkedIn Sabine Gedeon on Instagram Freebies from Sabine Gedeon If this episode connected with you, reach out to Linda and let her know. This podcast is produced by TSE Studios. Check out other podcasts by TSE Studios, including this episode’s sponsor, The Sales Evangelist, helping new and struggling sellers close more deals and achieve their sales goals. Subscribe to the IntHERrupt Podcast so you won’t miss a single show. Find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and Stitcher. Audio created by Ryan Rasmussen Productions.
34:15 1/29/24
INT 164 - Top Five Traits that Leaders Need
What are the top five leadership traits you need to inspire others? Discover those five traits in this week’s Int-HER-rupt podcast episode. Linda Yates discusses the importance of effective leadership traits with her guest, Cherolyne Fogarty.  Together, they explore the significance of servant leadership, open-mindedness, and innovation in the context of leadership. Cherolyne, with her extensive experience in real estate education and consulting, brings invaluable insights into the topic.  The Significance of Servant Leadership Linda and Cherolyne start the conversation by delving into the concept of servant leadership.  Cherolyne emphasizes how serving others fosters trust and mutual respect, cultivating a collaborative environment. She shares how a leader's genuine concern for the well-being and goals of their team members can lead to active participation and shared success. Furthermore, the conversation touches upon the notion that while some individuals naturally embody servant leadership, others can learn and develop the necessary characteristics through conscious effort. The Role of Open-Mindedness in Leadership Cherolyne reflects on her experiences with innovative leaders who embraced open-mindedness, emphasizing the willingness to take risks and explore new ideas.  She shares a compelling story about the challenges and triumphs associated with introducing online education in real estate.  Through this narrative, you can understand how open-mindedness and humility can drive organizational transformative initiatives. Fostering Innovation in Leadership Cherolyne shares how forward-thinking leaders at the Florida Realtors Association advocated for integrating online education.  Their perseverance and commitment to innovation not only revolutionized the education sector but also highlighted the pivotal role of leaders in driving organizational progress.  Aspiring and established leaders can create positive change through innovative thinking. Embracing Leadership Characteristics Cherolyne believes that her leadership journey was characterized by attentive observation and assimilation of leadership traits.  Sharing insights from her experience, she demystifies the distinction between innate leadership attributes and those that can be acquired. Cherolyne stresses that without effective leadership, accomplishing tasks becomes a daunting challenge.  She sheds light on the necessity of specific leadership traits for making impactful changes, emphasizing that these traits are crucial for driving progress in different industries. Inspirational Leadership and Lessons from Failures Cherolyne reflects on inspirational leadership, sharing how an instructor, Stephen David, has inspired her with his open-mindedness, dedication, and professionalism. Additionally, she touches upon experiences of leadership failures. Although Cherolyne refrains from sharing specific instances, she hints at the impact of decisions driven by prioritizing stakeholders and the valuable lessons from such experiences. Achieving Balanced Leadership Linda and Cherolyne discuss the dynamics of leading upwards, downwards, and sideways. This entails managing relationships with superiors, subordinates, and peers. Although it's an area Cherolyne finds challenging to discuss, it raises thought-provoking questions about achieving balance in leadership responsibilities. Motivation and Pursuit of Personal Goals Cherolyne delves into what keeps her motivated. She shares how the satisfaction derived from making others' lives easier and aiding their businesses is a driving force. Her passion for her work and the ability to thrive in an organized, detail-oriented environment is evident, providing insights into her commitment and satisfaction with her career. The engaging discussion between Linda and Cherolyne serves as a treasure trove of wisdom, touching upon diverse aspects of leadership, personal growth, and resilience. Listen to this week’s Int-HER-rupt episode for valuable leadership insights and reflections. You’ll learn to navigate your leadership journey and seek meaningful pursuits amidst life's interruptions. "When you get to that point where you're saying, how much was me and how much was the other person, and if you can at least accept any responsibility, then you know you've made some progress as a human." -Cherolyne Fogarty.  If this episode connected with you, reach out to Linda and let her know. This podcast is produced by TSE Studios. Check out other podcasts by TSE Studios, including this episode’s sponsor, The Sales Evangelist, helping new and struggling sellers close more deals and achieve their sales goals. Subscribe to the IntHERrupt Podcast so you won’t miss a single show. Find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and Stitcher. Audio created by Ryan Rasmussen Productions.
24:25 1/22/24
INT 163 - 3 Part Series on How to Lead in 2024 - Part 3 - Your Personality & Communication Are the Secret Sauce
Uncover the power of effective leadership communication skills in this exciting Int-HER-rupt podcast episode. Host Linda Yates presents the third and final part of a leadership series aimed at helping individuals effectively lead in the upcoming year.  Linda shares essential strategies to elevate leadership impact through understanding and adapting to different work styles. Discover how understanding different personality styles can significantly enhance your leadership skills and ability to inspire others.  Get ready to unlock the potential within yourself and your team through the art of communication and leadership. Understanding Leadership and Personality Styles Linda emphasizes the significance of understanding one's leadership and personality style.  She encourages listeners to determine their preferred communication methods and work styles.  Using the concept of the personality compass, Linda describes the four main personality types—north, south, east, and west.  By recognizing one's dominant style, individuals can gain valuable insights into their goals, strengths, weaknesses, motivations, and work preferences. Adapting Communication to Different Styles Linda delves into how different personality styles reflect their attitudes, priorities, strengths, and weaknesses. She sheds light on the importance of adapting communication based on these styles.  She discusses the significance of understanding how individuals perceive and process information and suggests tailoring communication to align with their preferences. Additionally, she parallels the concept of "love languages," highlighting the importance of adapting communication styles to best resonate with team members. Navigating Introvert and Extrovert Communication Linda highlights the impact of introvert and extrovert work styles on communication.  She discusses how introverts and extroverts have contrasting communication preferences and how understanding these differences can enhance interpersonal communication within a team.  With a focus on adaptability and empathy, Linda explores strategies to communicate with introverts and extroverts effectively, thus fostering a harmonious work environment. Effective Communication Strategies Linda discusses practical communication strategies, including the significance of understanding one's emotional responses and using "I" statements to express personal feelings.  She emphasizes the importance of asking open-ended questions like "Is there something I'm missing?  Tell me more," to encourage open and honest communication.  Leaders can enhance team collaboration and understanding by promoting a culture of open dialogue and active listening. The Impact of Work Styles on Communication Linda discusses how individual work styles, influenced by life experiences and core values, can impact communication.  By acknowledging these differences, leaders can proactively adapt their communication strategies to be more inclusive and effective. Linda shares insights on avoiding internal biases and preconceptions and encourages a mindset focused on understanding and empathy, which can lead to smoother communication and improved relationships within the team. Understanding your team members' communication styles allows you to navigate potential conflicts more effectively and foster a harmonious work environment. Discover knowledgeable tools to help you navigate communication challenges in this week’s episode. Linda provides invaluable guidance on how individuals can enhance their leadership skills through tailored communication strategies. “Perception is what we think about something, and then perception can seem very true for you based on your preferences. But other's perceptions can be very different.” - Linda Yates. Resources The Five Love Languages  If this episode connected with you, reach out to Linda and let her know. This podcast is produced by TSE Studios. Check out other podcasts by TSE Studios, including this episode’s sponsor, The Sales Evangelist, helping new and struggling sellers close more deals and achieve their sales goals. Subscribe to the IntHERrupt Podcast so you won’t miss a single show. Find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and Stitcher. Audio created by Ryan Rasmussen Productions.
18:32 1/15/24
INT 162 - 3 Part Series on How to Lead in 2024 - Part 2 - Creating Your Individual SWOT Analysis
You know about doing a SWOT analysis professionally, but have you ever considered doing one for personal goals? In this episode of "Int-HER-rupt," host Linda Yates delves into the second part of the three-part series on how to lead in the new year. She emphasizes the importance of creating a personal SWOT analysis as a leader and outlines the key steps to carry out this analysis effectively. Discover why it's essential to create a personal SWOT analysis and how it help with your leadership goals in 2024. Understanding SWOT Analysis Linda details the significance of a SWOT analysis, which involves identifying strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.  She explains that this analysis is a crucial tool for leaders to prepare for the new year, a new project, or leading a team. Identifying Strengths and Weaknesses Linda encourages leaders to list their strengths and, if necessary, seek input from trusted sources.  Emphasizing the importance of being realistic and celebrating one's strengths, she also highlights the significance of acknowledging and addressing personal or team weaknesses. Uncovering Opportunities and Addressing Threats Linda discusses how leaders can recognize opportunities and positive conditions through planning. She also explains that through strategic planning, one can identify and mitigate threats, which are external negative conditions.   Creating a Growth Plan In the context of leadership, Linda stresses the need for leaders to develop a growth plan for themselves and their team members.  She highlights the value of specific goals, continuous learning, and the impact of growth on personal and organizational development. Celebrating Milestones Linda emphasizes the importance of celebrating milestones, sharing personal experiences of goal achievement, and the impact of celebratory experiences.  She shares how celebrating along the way keeps motivation high and contributes to overall happiness and satisfaction. With a focus on self-awareness, strategic planning, and continuous improvement, Linda's insights offer a valuable blueprint for leaders looking to navigate and lead effectively in the coming year. She underscores how applying these strategies can enhance leadership acumen, build trust within a team, and infuse passion and energy into goal pursuit. Subscribe to the Int-HER-rupt podcast for empowerment and leadership advice. Also, tune in for the third part of the series on how to lead in the new year! "Threats are out of your control, but through planning, you can navigate against them or through them to reduce the impact they may have." - Linda Yates. If this episode connected with you, reach out to Linda and let her know. This podcast is produced by TSE Studios. Check out other podcasts by TSE Studios, including this episode’s sponsor, The Sales Evangelist, helping new and struggling sellers close more deals and achieve their sales goals. Subscribe to the IntHERrupt Podcast so you won’t miss a single show. Find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and Stitcher. Audio created by Ryan Rasmussen Productions.
16:55 1/8/24
INT 161 - 3 Part Series on How to Lead in 2024 - Part 1 - How Planning Will Set You Up For Succcess
What are your goals for the New Year? Is it to improve your finances, change careers, or start a new hobby? Maybe it’s the classical resolution of joining the gym. Whatever your New Year’s goal is, you must take the time to plan it out. Why is this so important? Listen to this week’s episode of the Int-HER-rupt podcast to find out. Join Linda Yates in this three-part series as she shares powerful leadership strategies to supercharge your success in the new year. In this premier episode, Linda dives into the importance of planning and setting yourself up for a successful year as a leader. Planning for Success Linda emphasizes the crucial role of planning in one’s journey as a leader and a successful professional. Planning principles remain equally applicable, whether it's the start of a new fiscal year, a new project, or any point in one's professional journey. She highlights the significance of purpose and encourages listeners to contemplate their purpose, plans, and aspirations for the year. Prioritizing Self-Care Linda stresses the importance of self-care for leaders, emphasizing prioritizing activities that rejuvenate and empower individuals.  She shares personal examples, such as scheduling monthly beach visits, to illustrate the significance of self-care in maintaining personal well-being. Value of Vacations Encouraging leaders to plan vacations well in advance, Linda emphasizes that personal well-being is the foundation for effective leadership.  By setting an example and prioritizing vacations, leaders can cultivate a culture of balance and rejuvenation within their teams. Setting Personal Goals Linda highlights the multifaceted nature of personal goals and advocates for a holistic approach that extends beyond professional targets.  She urges leaders to identify and prioritize various goals, encompassing professional, self-care, social, financial, and health aspects. The Power of Knowledge Linda underscores the instrumental role of books in enriching knowledge.  Encouraging leaders to read or listen to books that align with their goals, Linda emphasizes the transformative impact of continuous learning on professional and personal development. Personal Insights and Experience Drawing from personal experiences as a mother and a business professional, Linda discusses her family's annual goal-setting rituals and their impact on creating a purposeful and successful year.  She parallels this approach with organizational retreats, highlighting the effectiveness of planning and prioritization. As Linda signs off, she leaves listeners with a compelling message, reminding them of their hidden strengths and the boundless possibilities awaiting realization. With the unwavering belief that nothing is impossible, Linda instills confidence and determination in her listeners as they gear up to conquer 2024 as strong, purposeful leaders. Tune in to part two next week as Linda delves deeper into actionable strategies for leading effectively in the new year. “What is your purpose for today? What is your purpose for your experiences? What is your purpose for the clothes that you put on? Many of you know that I work with individuals on their personal image, so it really comes down to your purpose or why.” - Linda Yates If this episode connected with you, reach out to Linda and let her know. This podcast is produced by TSE Studios. Check out other podcasts by TSE Studios, including this episode’s sponsor, The Sales Evangelist, helping new and struggling sellers close more deals and achieve their sales goals. Subscribe to the IntHERrupt Podcast so you won’t miss a single show. Find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and Stitcher. Audio created by Ryan Rasmussen Productions.   
18:22 1/1/24
INT 160 - A Growth Mindset of a Leader
In this energizing episode of the Int-HER-rupt podcast, our host Linda Yates connects with Radhika Shukla. Shukla has 21 years of experience in sales across many different industries leading high-performing teams. She doesn’t just talk the talk – she is the living embodiment of a growth mindset. Listen in for tons of great tips on how to cultivate resilience, passion, and determination! What Is a Growth Mindset? The belief that your abilities and skills can be developed over time. Failure is viewed as an opportunity for self-development and growth. All things are possible, 100% accountability, and the time for action is now! If you believe you can’t change, you have what’s called a “fixed mindset.” Tips for Creating a Growth Mindset Embrace challenges with an open mind. Focus on learning all you can in new situations and don’t dwell on self-doubt. Be open to feedback. Even brutal feedback can be a gift, as it gives you a chance to develop self-awareness. View failure as a learning opportunity. Failure is a moment in time, and teaches resilience. It’s okay to feel your feelings, but then bounce back! Cultivate a passion for learning. Find interesting ways to continue to improve yourself, even if it’s not “required”. Persevere. When things are difficult, keep trying. Progress takes time and patience. How to Help Yourself on Tough Days Gratitude practice: Shukla journals about things she is grateful for. Physical activity to work it out. Shukla dances and does yoga! Give yourself space. It’s okay to not be okay. Surround yourself with good people. Mindfulness practice. “Rejection means redirection… to something bigger and better.” – Radhika Shukla Resources Radhika Shukla on LinkedIn Radhika Shukla on Instagram Check out the Int-HER-rupt Website at www.intherrupt.com! You can reach out to Linda and let her know how this episode relates to you. This podcast is produced by TSE Studios. Check out other podcasts by TSE Studios, including this episode’s sponsor, The Sales Evangelist, helping new and struggling sellers close more deals and achieve their sales goals. Subscribe to the IntHERrupt Podcast so you won’t miss a single show. Find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and Stitcher. Audio created by Ryan Rasmussen Productions.
29:53 12/25/23
INT 159 - How do you make yourself stand out?
In this episode of "Int-HER-rupt," host Linda Yates speaks with Susan Bigsby, a Florida-based image consultant and personal stylist, to discuss the importance of personal image in leadership. With over 30 years of experience, Susan has worked with high-profile individuals, including Florida governors and top-level professionals.  Discover insightful advice on how to stand out as a leader in this week’s episode. You’ll even hear some stylish fashion tips from Susan, so tune in now. Susan's Journey Susan shares her lifelong fascination with fashion and style, tracing her journey from being an expert seamstress to winning an international sewing contest.  Her passion for music and fashion ultimately led her to become a corporate image consultant for Estée Lauder executives in the early '90s, offering a unique perspective on personal image and confidence. The Impact of Making Yourself Stand Out Susan emphasizes the importance of presenting oneself in a polished and professional manner, particularly for women.  She stresses the significance of grooming and personal presentation, underscoring the role of appearance in leaving impactful impressions and building self-respect. The Shift in Personal Style Discussing contemporary trends and the post-COVID era, Susan addresses the challenges individuals face in maintaining a professional image.  With the rise of virtual platforms like Zoom, she emphasizes the need to create a well-groomed and professional appearance, highlighting the importance of first impressions in a digital world. Tips for Standing Out Susan offers valuable tips, including preparing dress rehearsals for important events and creating lookbooks for effortless outfit selection.  She advocates for making intentional wardrobe choices and understanding individual body types to curate impactful and authentic personal styles. Authenticity in Personal Style Contrary to changing someone's style, Susan emphasizes enhancing individual styles to align with their lifestyle and confidence.  She urges individuals to keep up with fashion trends, make conscious new wardrobe additions, and recognize the cultural influence in dressing. Susan's Personal Journey Susan opens up about personal interruptions, including overcoming alopecia, conveying a message of resilience and positivity in adapting to life-altering changes.  Her experience is a testament to the power of personal image in fostering confidence and adaptability. Leadership Tips Drawing from her extensive work with leaders and CEOs, Susan underscores the importance of being prepared, respecting one's peers, and doing the right thing as key leadership principles.  She emphasizes the significance of acknowledging and preparing for diversity of perspectives in leadership roles. This episode offers a comprehensive exploration of the role of personal image in leadership, featuring practical tips and personal anecdotes from Susan Bigsby's illustrious career. Listen to gain valuable insights into enhancing personal styles and how it develops you into a confident leader. "Being prepared and respect your audience, respect those that you're addressing." - Susan Bigsby Resources Susanbigsby Susan Bigsby on Facebook Susan Bigsby on Instagram If this episode connected with you, reach out to Linda and let her know. This podcast is produced by TSE Studios. Check out other podcasts by TSE Studios, including this episode’s sponsor, The Sales Evangelist, helping new and struggling sellers close more deals and achieve their sales goals. Subscribe to the IntHERrupt Podcast so you won’t miss a single show. Find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and Stitcher. Audio created by Ryan Rasmussen Productions.
30:32 12/18/23
INT 158 - Leading by Example
In a world filled with constant disruptions, the power of example has never been more important. In this episode of Int-Her-rupt, host Linda Yates welcomes Denise Jones to discuss the powerful impact of leading by example in personal and professional settings. The conversation delves into Denise's personal experiences, professional insights, and the valuable lessons learned from her journey. Discover inspiring leadership skills within this insightful episode! Denise's Journey Denise shares her journey as a transformation expert with over 20 years of experience in the IT and software service industry.  As a working parent, Denise emphasizes the importance of continuous learning and embracing discomfort as a means of personal and professional growth. Leading by Example - Influential Figures Denise draws inspiration from her mother, who exemplified resilience and a can-do attitude as a single parent.  She credits her mother for instilling the values of learning, leading, and graciously seeking help when necessary.  Professionally, Denise holds Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, in high regard as a phenomenal leader whose approach to problem-solving and inclusivity has left a lasting impression. Effective Leadership Traits The discussion reveals the significance of curiosity, transparency, and integrity as pivotal traits necessary for effective leadership.  Denise emphasizes the value of maintaining an open mind and a transparent approach while upholding the highest standards of integrity. The Impact of Positive Interruptions Denise shares personal experiences of positive interruptions, such as her children's academic accomplishments and professional achievements.  She highlights the importance of balancing personal and professional milestones while maintaining a positive and proactive approach to interruptions in life and work. The Power of Positive Leadership Denise provides three concrete tips for positively leading by example: Leave a place, situation, or team better than you found it. Embrace curiosity and openly seek new ideas and perspectives. Foster transparency and integrity as foundational values in leadership. Navigating Challenges and Poor Leadership Traits Denise reflects on encounters with poor leadership traits involving fear-based leadership and intimidation in the professional sphere.  She elaborates on the significance of effectively navigating through challenges, fortifying resilience, and sustaining a productive and growth-oriented approach. Lessons from Interruptions Denise candidly discusses her journey through a significant interruption in her career, addressing the experience of being laid off and the subsequent resilience and positivity exhibited in approaching the unexpected change.  She emphasizes the value of embracing interruptions as opportunities for personal and professional growth, ultimately shaping a new path forward. Denise shares her valuable insights and experiences, underscoring the transformative impact of leading by example and the enduring influence of positive leadership in personal and professional realms. Join Linda Yates and Denise Jones in this enriching conversation as they explore the profound impact of leading by example, navigating interruptions, and fostering positive leadership traits in both personal and professional spheres. “I've always been taught, and took me a little while to learn it's not what you say. It's how you say it. And it's literally coming to the table with new, not necessarily better all the time, but with new ideas, new thoughts again, even if it's close to what they were sharing prior, which is my own little Denise isms or twist on it that stems from my experience in the industry that we're in. Like I said, I don't claim to know it all. I'm open to learning, but I will share my knowledge, my historical background, and what has and hasn't worked.” - Denise Jones. If this episode connected with you, reach out to Linda and let her know. This podcast is produced by TSE Studios. Check out other podcasts by TSE Studios, including this episode’s sponsor, The Sales Evangelist, helping new and struggling sellers close more deals and achieve their sales goals. Subscribe to the IntHERrupt Podcast so you won’t miss a single show. Find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and Stitcher. Audio created by Ryan Rasmussen Productions.
26:01 12/11/23
INT 157 - Re-entering the Paid Workforce
Re-entering the paid workforce is a terrifying experience. The idea of having to prepare yourself for the job hunt makes your heart pound nonstop.  You search Indeed and LinkedIn for the perfect gig with an excellent salary and benefits. As you do your research, you feel discouraged, believing you are too inexperienced to succeed. To help you find the courage to re-enter the workforce, listen to this week's episode of the Int-HER-rupt podcast. Host, Linda Yates, speaks with career coach, Cassie Spencer, on tips to help you find the perfect job. It's time to dust off your resume and tune in to discover insightful job-hunting tips. Cassie Spencer’s Background Cassie is a career coach passionate about helping others find their ideal job. She has helped over 700 clients in different industries build their confidence in job hunting and gaining effective application skills. She believes that too many women spend time working in a career that they dislike. So, she built a career out of doing it to help others find employment that they loved. Cassie is the owner and founder of Career Coach Cassie. Check her out if you need help finding a job you love and want to spend years in. Tips For Re-entering the Workforce Cassie’s biggest tip for re-entering the workforce is to start with a plan. If you’re unsure of what you want when job-seeking, finding a job that fulfills you will be hard. Her next tip is preparing documents, such as resumes and cover letters. She also discusses the importance of internal reflection and defining your job goals. Cassie’s last tip is to be open to networking. You may be afraid to speak to people, but conversations with past employers or co-workers can lead to open doors for your next career. Advice on Feeling Overwhelmed With Job-Seeking Cassie continues to discuss the importance of a tailored plan focusing on your job-hunting goals. This will ensure you find employment that meets your needs. The plan can also help you spend the amount of time you need for job-seeking. Everyone is not able to spend hours searching for employment. If you only have fifteen minutes a day for job-seeking, set that amount of time aside. She also discusses the importance of showing an impact on your resume. This is where you show numbers or metrics of a change you made that positively impacted a previous company you worked for. How to Know It’s Time to Re-enter the Workforce Cassie shares that it’s based on a person’s needs and goals when it’s time to re-enter the workforce. Do you have to re-enter the workforce now, or is it a want? Knowing why it’s time for you to re-enter the workforce will help you feel more confident during your job search. During interviews, employers may ask why you are re-entering the workforce and why you have been out of it for so long. So, it would help to consider your wants and needs of re-entering beforehand. In this insightful episode of the Int-HER-rupt podcast, guest speaker Cassie Spencer shares tips on your job search. She discusses using LinkedIn, advice on filling in employment gaps, and interviewing tips. Tune in and listen to empowering tips to help you gain confidence for re-entering the workforce.  “The number one tip is always to negotiate. That is my number one tip no matter what, even if it feels uncomfortable and that type of thing. Everyone should always be negotiating. My second tip would be to remember that you can negotiate more than or in addition to the salary. So I often work with people who that's that's the one and only thing that they're negotiating. But we are in a time and in a world in our workforce where there are so many other benefits and aspects that you can negotiate into a contract. So salary is always a good one to negotiate. But there are other things like potentially a flexible work schedule.” - Cassie Spencer. Resources Career Coach Cassie Happenstance The Podcast Cassie Spencer on Instagram Cassie Spencer on LinkedIn If this episode connected with you, reach out to Linda and let her know. This podcast is produced by TSE Studios. Check out other podcasts by TSE Studios, including this episode’s sponsor, The Sales Evangelist, helping new and struggling sellers close more deals and achieve their sales goals. Subscribe to the IntHERrupt Podcast so you won’t miss a single show. Find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and Stitcher. Audio created by Ryan Rasmussen Productions.
32:51 12/4/23
INT 156 - Trusting Your Own Voice
Listening to your inner voice is like having a guide through life's journeys. However, sometimes you don’t listen to yourself and make the wrong decisions. How can you trust yourself to make the right choices and live a fulfilling life? In this absorbing episode of the Int-HER-rupt podcast, host Linda Yates speaks with Jane Stein, a former successful wealth manager, on trusting one’s inner voice. Jane shares her unique journey and experiences, shedding light on the importance of listening to our inner voice and making career changes. Following Your Inner Voice Jane began her career as a stockbroker due to her mother's insistence, but it wasn't fulfilling.  She shares her dissatisfaction with having the same business conversations over and over, prompting her to retire and move to the tranquil city of Boulder, Colorado.  Here, Jane delves into the significance of self-awareness, the need for change, and the value of variety in business. Authentic Decision-Making: Stories from Jane Stein's Life Jane gives an engaging account of how she considered buying a franchise but realized she'd be back to the monotony of recurring conversations, serving as an example of effective decision-making.  She emphasizes the importance of knowing oneself and aligning daily choices with our authentic selves.  Jane's stories from her personal life, including trusting her instincts when dealing with her son's autism, provide valuable lessons in following our authentic instincts. The Art of Tuning Into Your Inner Voice Linda and Jane explore and share practical tips to tune into one's inner voice effectively, such as acting with certainty and seeking alternative perspectives.  Jane discusses her three key factors for listening to our inner voice: periods of solitude, doing the right thing regardless of difficulty, and the feeling of knowing over logical reasoning. The Consequences of Ignoring Our Inner Voice Jane shares a personal anecdote about her major misstep of ignoring her instincts in the stock market, leading to missed opportunities.  Linda and Jane examine the fear and setbacks that can stop us from trusting our own inner voice, including a deeply personal account of Jane's seven-year interruption in her life by a cult. Overcoming Interruptions and Turning Pain into Learning This heartrending segment explores the aftermath of Jane's life-altering interruption.  Both Jane and Linda highlight the healing process and the importance of learning from negative experiences.  The conversation with Jane Stein is an inspiring testament to the power of trusting our inner voice, embracing change, and finding resilience in the face of adversity. Her journey from wealth management to "unretirement" and all the unique challenges and victories along the way are proof of how fulfilling and transformative it can be to follow your authentic path. Don't miss this episode packed with wisdom on tuning into and trusting your own voice. Listen in and join the journey towards self-awareness and authenticity. “It is the small minute choices we make every day, whether or not we're even aware we're making them. The trick to a successful, joyful, and satisfied life is aligning those daily choices as best you can. We're in the midst of life, running around with small children; you're just getting by. However, if you can, at the end of the day or at the beginning of the day, set an intention to align those daily choices with honesty.” - Jane Stein.  Resources Your Franchise is Waiting  Jane Stein on LinkedIn Jane Stein on Facebook Jane Stein on Twitter If this episode connected with you, reach out to Linda and let her know. This podcast is produced by TSE Studios. Check out other podcasts by TSE Studios, including this episode’s sponsor, The Sales Evangelist, helping new and struggling sellers close more deals and achieve their sales goals. Subscribe to the IntHERrupt Podcast so you won’t miss a single show. Find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and Stitcher. Audio created by Ryan Rasmussen Productions.
32:27 11/27/23
INT 155 - Is risk bad?
Are you ready to step out of your comfort zone and embrace the power of risk? In this exciting and insightful interview, Linda Yates, the host of Int-HER-rupt, sits down with Shannon Seeberan, a successful entrepreneur and leader in the medical aesthetics industry. They dive deep into the topic of risk, exploring its benefits, challenges, and how it can empower women to take control of their careers. Shannon shares her own experiences, tips for goal setting, and the importance of collaboration and humility in leadership. This interview is a must-listen if you're looking for inspiration to overcome fear and seize opportunities. The Power of Taking Risks ●     Shannon, a women's studies major in college, shares how she learned early on that taking risks can lead to personal empowerment and growth. ●     She believes pushing past fear and embracing the unknown can be rewarding and set individuals on a path to success. Overcoming Nervousness and Building Confidence ●     As Shannon ventured into advertising and media sales, she encountered vulnerability and self-doubt. ●     However, she learned to overcome these feelings by recognizing her own expertise and knowledge about the products she was selling. This newfound confidence allowed her to comfortably lead and speak about what she represented. Embracing Change and Pivoting Careers ●     Later in her life, Shannon made a bold career change, transitioning into a completely unfamiliar field. ●     Despite the initial perceived risks, her husband encouraged her to take on the challenge. ●     She emphasizes the importance of understanding one's own capabilities and not underestimating oneself, especially as women tend to have more self-doubt. ●     Shannon learned that success can be achieved by being open to learning and having a clear strategy and goals. Risk in Leadership and Entrepreneurship ●     Shannon believes that women are undervalued in various industries, so they often doubt their abilities to succeed as leaders and entrepreneurs. ●     She strives to disrupt these norms by championing women in the medical aesthetic space and encouraging them to take control and recognize their value. ●     Shannon also points out that the perception of risk has evolved, and with shared resources, networking, and tapping into opportunities, risks can be minimized in today's entrepreneurial landscape. Determining Risks: Knowing When to Step Back ●     While taking risks can be beneficial, Shannon acknowledges that not everyone is cut out for it. ●     Some individuals may have a mindset that consistently focuses on the negatives and doubts their own capabilities. In such cases, she believes that diving into risks may not be the best option and encourages a realistic assessment of pros and cons before committing. Lessons Learned from Interruptions ●     Shannon highlights that becoming a parent has been one of the most interruptive experiences in her life. ●     She emphasizes the humbling nature of parenting, realizing that one cannot fully control their children's paths and outcomes. ●     It has taught her resilience, the importance of adaptability, and the recognition that no one is an expert in parenting. Essential Tips for Risk-Taking ●     Through her work with clients, Shannon shares three key tips for risk-taking: ○    Setting realistic and strategic goals: Crafting an achievable and implementable roadmap over time. ○    Building a supportive network: Surrounding oneself with people who uplift and champion individual success. ○    Resilience and accepting ups and downs: Recognizing that the journey of entrepreneurship and risk-taking is not always smooth, but staying committed to the strategy and focusing on long-term goals. The Role of Humility in Leadership ●     Shannon emphasizes the importance of humility in leadership. ●     She believes that openness, listening, and acknowledging the value others bring to the table foster stronger relationships and collaborative success. ●     Taking a humble approach to meetings and partnerships can increase opportunities for growth and development. In this enlightening and empowering episode, Shannon Seeberan shares her expertise in risk-taking and leadership. She encourages women to overcome self-doubt, embrace change, and recognize the value they bring. By setting strategic goals, building supportive networks, and remaining resilient, individuals can overcome obstacles and thrive in their entrepreneurial endeavors. “So I've heard years ago that life begins outside your comfort zone. And the analogy was given that even when we're being carried in the womb, life has not fully started. Experiences have not fully started for us until we come out of that comfort zone, of that womb.” - Linda Yates. Resources Shannon Seeberan’s email: shannon@cloudmedspas.com Cloudmedspas If this episode connected with you, reach out to Linda and let her know. This podcast is produced by TSE Studios. Check out other podcasts by TSE Studios, including this episode’s sponsor, The Sales Evangelist, helping new and struggling sellers close more deals and achieve their sales goals. Subscribe to the IntHERrupt Podcast so you won’t miss a single show. Find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and Stitcher. Audio created by Ryan Rasmussen Productions.
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