The High Road to Leadership with Beverly Lewis

Beverly Lewis

Heart-based Leaders with Extraordinarily High EQ are the shapers of culture, the movers, the shakers, and the change-makers. It's your season to step up and lead with the strength of character that will pave the way for the next generation. Take the high road! read less
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Season 3 Launch with Beverly Lewis
21-09-2022
Season 3 Launch with Beverly Lewis
Welcome to Season Three of The High Road to Leadership. Your host, Beverly Lewis, will focus this season on identifying and developing the skills you need to create job satisfaction and build a healthy workplace culture. Leading yourself well is the door to leading others well, so we’ll keep it personal. Who you are now is more important than who you were. Leadership is not so much about where you've been as where you are going. Who are you becoming? What is your vision? If clarity is your goal, you're in the right place. We’re going forward together!  What's in Your Pack? You are encouraged to print the leadership packing list here > http://beverlyspeaks.com/packinglist/ This list is one way to assess what’s in your pack and what you can do to prepare well for the future. Consider ONE attribute you want to focus on developing or improving. Then, be accountable to do the work. Accountability Challenge I challenge you to put the packing list, with the starred items you are focused on, in a place on your desk where you see it every day. Each morning when you come in, look over the list and focus on what you need to do to live up to your leadership philosophy today. At the end of the day, score yourself on how well you did. If you don’t want to do this exercise daily, then at least do it weekly. If you’re really serious about growing, give your list to those on your team and ask them to hold you accountable. Ask for feedback – especially if you fall short on one of the items you are working on. On a quarterly basis, ask them to score you on a 1 to 10 scale on those skills, attitudes, or attributes. Raise Your EQ Emotional Intelligence or EQ, is a quality in high demand in today’s top-level leaders. It is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships empathetically and wisely. You can count on hearing ways to increase your EQ through listening to The High Road to Leadership. Free Audio Book Beverly authored a book that is a great tool for increasing EQ  As a podcast listener, you can access the exclusive audio version of  Win from Within: The Heart of Success and Significance through this link. http://beverlyspeaks.com/freebook/ Please direct questions, comments, or feedback to Beverly@Beverlyspeaks.com . Thank you for listening. Your presence here means a lot. If you would be so kind as to follow this podcast on your favorite audio platform. Subscribing and taking the time to leave a review is an amazing gift. Thank you in advance!
A Purposeful Pause
22-06-2022
A Purposeful Pause
When was the last time you strategically planned a pause that refreshes? I’m not necessarily talking about a trip or vacation. We all know we can pack every travel moment so full of activity that we return home exhausted. I’m talking about a pause that includes white space on your calendar. Time to think, dawdle, and rest. The fact is, a strong work ethic is part of my heritage and identity. I grew up with the belief system that you need to earn your own way. Get your work done every day and don’t complain. Show up early,  stay late – do whatever it takes. Working a lot, in my mind, has always carried with it a badge of honor. So was not taking any sick days. A mental health day? What’s that? I now realize how self-destructive this attitude can be. Life is far too short to spend all of it at work, even if you love what you do. Taking time for yourself is not selfish. Being kind to yourself is not being self-centered. Creating boundaries to protect your time and energy is critical. Add to that the fact that palliative nurses report that they don’t hear death bed wishes of people saying, “If only I had worked more.” Join me for an episode that addresses:  Do We Need More Time Off To Be On At Work?  How Vacations Benefit Productivity Two Reasons to Stop and Celebrate Four Ways to Strengthen Your Heart I'm taking a purposeful pause from this podcast this summer. I will be back in August. During this time,  I want to offer you an audio gift. As a podcast listener, you can access the  exclusive audio version of my book, Win from Within: The Heart of Success and Significance Simply visit http://beverlyspeaks.com/freebook/ Please direct questions, comments, or feedback to Beverly@Beverlyspeaks.com . Thank you for listening. Your presence here means a lot to me. Have a beautiful summer... the best is yet to come!
Catriese Johnson - I am the One I’m Waiting For
01-06-2022
Catriese Johnson - I am the One I’m Waiting For
Catriese Johnson is a speaker, author, thought leader, businesswoman, foster care advocate, and positivity powerhouse. Her book, I Am the One I’m Waiting For, tells the poignant story of her early life spent in foster care homes. It wasn’t until she was 16 years old that she realized her biological mother's promise to return for her would never come true. The waiting was over. Catriese decided she was the one she was waiting for. You would think this realization would result in the claim that she is a self-made success. Catriese declares there is no such thing as a self-made person - we all have need of others. She describes the teachers in her life as as heroes. She had more than a few adults who helped her develop clarity and confidence in her mission and purpose. The there are always the naysayers who speak negative words into your life. It was one such broker in the real estate industry who declared she didn’t have the capability of being an excellent realtor. She used  those words intended to break her for breakthrough and in 2021 was recognized as Realtor of the year in her area. She comments, "success in real estate is not about how much money you make and how many deals you close. It’s about how many lives you impact". Catriese speaks with wisdom learned in hard places about leaning into discomfort. Uncomfortable places lead to new spaces, according to Catriese. She admonishes listeners to embrace the valley moments. All of us have to visit the valley and it’s in the valley we learn how to reign on the mountain tops. Pain is part of the process of growth and none of us can escape going through it.  Resilience is about continuing to believe for the best and press in to lay hold of the beauty of your calling. Catriese is walking it out. You can learn more at Catrieselive.com. You can find her on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/CatrieseLive.
7 Ways to be Happier at Work
04-05-2022
7 Ways to be Happier at Work
The average person spends 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime. Is it unreasonable to expect that the majority of those should be happy ones? Beverly Lewis flies solo in this episode on the relationship between happiness and business success.  Despite a large body of positive psychological research into the relationship between happiness and productivity, happiness at work has traditionally been seen as a potential by-product of positive outcomes at work, rather than a pathway to business success. But things have changed. Purpose and fulfillment are the new success indicators for a new generation. Employee happiness can be influenced by two factors: the organizational culture and employees’ mindset. These factors form an intricate link. Today's focus is on personal mindset and Beverly discusses seven strategies for improving your own outlook.  The seven strategies are: 1. Always have something to look forward to. "There are times when dreams sustain us more than facts."  2. Physical exercise boosts endorphins, oxygenates the brain, and combats depression. According to a new review of research about good moods and physical activity, people who work out even once a week or for as little as 10 minutes a day tend to be more cheerful than those who never exercise. And any type of exercise may be helpful. 3. Appreciation – everyone responds to appreciation. Give more compliments.  4. Spend at least 30 minutes a day doing something you love. A study from the Mayo Clinic found that physicians who spend about 20 percent of their time doing “work they find most meaningful are at dramatically lower risk for burnout.” But here’s what’s fascinating: Anything beyond that 20 percent has a marginal impact, as “spending 50 percent of your time in the most meaningful area is associated with similar rates of burnout as 20 percent.” In other words: You don’t need to change everything about your job to see substantial benefits. A few changes here and there can be all you need. 5. Implement the 20 second rule. In other words don’t strain your willpower. Make good choices easier to implement.   James Clear’s book, Atomic Habits, goes into this at length and is a fascinating read.  6. Be grateful. Researchers describe the relationship between joy and gratitude as an intriguing upward spiral.  7. Invest in building relationships. Beverly always appreciates feedback and can be reached at Beverly at BeverlySpeaks.com.
Empowerment: What is it, why do leaders need it, and how do you develop it?
06-04-2022
Empowerment: What is it, why do leaders need it, and how do you develop it?
"Empowerment became a buzzword in business a while back and I have an aversion to buzzwords". This week's solo episode with Beverly Lewis addresses this issue by shedding light on why empowerment is a vital tool in a healthy culture.  Entitlement is the opposite of empowerment. Entitlement lives right next door to laziness and is toxic in any culture. An entitlement mentality can be defined as a state of mind in which an individual believes that privileges are rights. It’s a mindset that finds fault, blames others, and thinks the world revolves around one’s self. It’s quite the opposite of empowerment and will never lead to excellence. Empowerment, on the other hand, takes personal responsibility and raises the standard through practical action. Empowerment exhibits a strong work ethic and is more likely to be found reforming than conforming. Empowerment is selfless, entitlement is selfish. Empowerment means letting people bring their brains to work and allowing them to use their innate knowledge, experience, and motivation to contribute to the progress of the organization.  "The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." – Alice Walker Two proven ways to empower others is through sharing information and creating autonomy with boundaries.  Healthy teams protect their sense of empowerment by avoiding the Drama Triangle. In addition, teammates learn how to disarm the advice monster and stay curious a little longer, to cite the work of Michael Stanier in The Advice Trap. 90% of leaders identify with The Rescuer, and find themselves trying to fix situations.  An effective strategy that empowers others is to ask questions. Six key questions you can use to stay curious a little longer are:  1) What’s on your mind? 2) And what else?  3) What’s the real challenge here for you?  4) What do you want? (What’s the best case outcome?)  5) And if you are saying yes to this outcome, what are you saying no to? 6) How can I help? (What does support look like?) Beverly has a gift for her you - the special folks who listen to The High Road to Leadership. Her book, Win from Within: The Heart of Success and Significance is available as an audio book exclusively for listeners to this podcast. Go to http://beverlyspeaks.com/freebook/.  Signing off for this week. We love your feedback, comments, and suggestions. Email Beverly@Beverlyspeaks.com. Thank you for being part of this community of listeners.
Trust: The Key to Successful Leadership with Dr. Toby Travis
23-03-2022
Trust: The Key to Successful Leadership with Dr. Toby Travis
Research reveals that the #1 indicator of successful schools, organizations, and businesses is trusted leadership.  Dr. Toby Travis is building bridges to mission fulfillment and well-being. His work on the fundamental value of trust is influencing schools, businesses, and organizations of all types.  In a recent Forbes magazine article, Travis comments, "When leaders, in an effort to build and expand the business, place the needs and wants of new clients over the wellbeing, success and support of their employees, it breeds distrust of company leadership,” says Dr. Travis. “A lack of trust in corporate leadership reduces employee engagement and higher turnover rates and negatively impacts corporate objectives.”   Dr. Travis is a fascinating speaker, teacher, and trainer. A few of his accomplishments are:  Author of the award-winning book “TrustED: The Bridge to School Improvement”available on Amazon.Creator and developer of the “TrustED Leader 360” assessment – available to you at no charge. Executive Consultant with the Global School Consulting Group.Certified Trainer with Willpower Consultation.Adjunct Professor and Graduate Faculty, International Graduate Program for Educators, the State University of New York at Buffalo State.Writer and columnist with articles and work featured in Forbes, CEOWorld Magazine, eSchool News, Authority Magazine, Businessing Magazine, The Knowledge Source, Medium, numerous podcasts, NPR, and more. He also serves Ripe For Harvest World Outreach (RFH), a global non-profit missions organization. He dedicates time as a trainer/consultant for school leaders worldwide (especially in developing and distressed communities). Dr. Travis is committed to helping leaders assess, develop, (repair if necessary) and increase high levels of TRUST! Remember to access the free self-assessment (or team assessment) at https://www.schoolright.net/te_assessments.html To learn more or contact Dr. Travis directly, visit TrustedConsulting.org Contact your podcast host, Beverly@BeverlySpeaks.com for more information.
Relationships are at the Heart of all Success with Dr. Carol Scott
09-03-2022
Relationships are at the Heart of all Success with Dr. Carol Scott
The adventure on the high road to leadership continues with a conversation with Dr. L. Carol Scott. Dr. Scott is a coach, trainer, and keynoter who teaches this truth: relationships are at the heart of all success. Dr. Scott’s first career was as a nationally respected thought leader in the U.S. systems for early care and education. She began with a BA in child development and a BA in anthropology. She earned an MA in early childhood education, and a PhD in developmental psychology. This formed the foundation for an astonishing second act. Carol is a TEDx speaker and author of two books, including Just Be Your S.E.L.F. -- Your Guide to Improving any Relationship. Carol's career knowledge and experience point us to how we first develop our social and emotional core for successful relationships. From the surprising foundation of how your earliest experiences created the brain you use today, you can rise on the power of “REAL” success, measured by your productivity and achievements. This fascinating conversation with Beverly will provoke you to think in new ways about how you arrived where you are and how to go forward with increased self-awareness and bold new  strategies for success. To receive a free copy of Carol's Become Your Sassy S.E.L.F book-ette, email her at carol@lcarolscott.com You are also invited to download Dr. Scott's SASS Manifesto on the bottom right side of the webpage at https://lcarolscott.com/a-sip-of-sass/ To continue the conversation, connect with Dr. Scott on the following social platforms: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-l-carol-scott-7b70429/ https://www.facebook.com/Dr.L.CarolScott/  https://www.instagram.com/dr.l.carol/  For comments on this podcast, please contact Beverly Lewis at Beverly@Beverlyspeaks.com  Thanks for listening - we would love to hear from you.
A New Brand of Leadership: Leading Well in 2022
23-02-2022
A New Brand of Leadership: Leading Well in 2022
Our world has fundamentally changed and this troubled world is demanding a better brand of leadership. The changes we're facing require a fundamentally different response. There’s a whole new way of living, working and winning. And there’s a whole new way of leading. Dr. Nadya  Zhexembayeva of the Reinvention Academy states, " Our challenge is not to survive until things stabilize. Our challenge is learning how thrive in constant uncertainty." It's imperative that we power into change rather than being tossed on the waves of change. This requires an attitude shift. We must see constant change as a feature - an opportunity to upgrade - rather than as a bug in the system.  The words of General Douglas McArthur describe the intentionality needed in our world today. "A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent".  How can you lead well if you're job description isn't one of leadership? Learn how to leverage the opportunity for horizontal leadership.   Discover the five words that open the door to meaningful communication.  Resources to help you as you travel the high road include a free audio version of Beverly's book, Win from Within: The Heart of Success and Significance.  To access this special gift created for her podcast audience, go to http://beverlyspeaks.com/freebook
Letitia Bates: Keys to Achieve Personal Success in the Smartest Way
03-11-2021
Letitia Bates: Keys to Achieve Personal Success in the Smartest Way
Beverly Lewis' conversation with Letitia Bates, owner of At the Wheel Coaching, is a fascinating one. Letitia is a Mindset & Empowerment coach specialized in helping coaches & consultants get unstuck & stop procrastinating so they can create the impact & income they desire. Keys unlock doors. You must open them. In this episode, Letitia and Beverly discuss insights on how to open the doors before you to become your best self. Letitia uses the acronym I CAN to represent her system for helping others build a healthy mindset. The acronym represents the following: Identity - How are you identifying yourself? This is the lens from which you see yourself and the world. Care - The emotional part of us is often stuffed down with brave talk like “fight the fear and do it anyway”. Emotions are where  much of our power is – they shouldn’t be ignored. We need to CARE about our own emotional signals. Attending - If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. This is the basis of “attending“. Notice -   Pay attention to what you are doing well and celebrate your progress.  Letitia talks about SMART goals in a memorable way.  Letitia authored I Can: 12 keys to Achieve Personal Success in the Smartest Way, available on Amazon. Open this door of opportunity by scheduling a free clarity session with Letitia. Visit chatwithletitia.com  Connect with Letitia on your favorite platform by visiting letitia10k.com. To reach host Beverly Lewis, email Beverly@Beverlyspeaks.com.