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The Legendary Leaders Podcast

Cathleen Merkel – Mindset & Leadership Coach, Trainer and Speaker

Welcome to the Legendary Leaders podcast series! This podcast aims to inspire thousands and thousands of people to start living their best lives! My podcast guests will be sharing their own personal paths to success, the moments when they may have hit a wall that turned into their biggest breaking point, and we will be sharing some top tips on how to proactively create some exciting changes in your life. These leaders will be talking about how they started their journey, what inspired and drove them, along with the challenges they had to overcome along the way to get to where they are now, having achieved a more content and balanced life. The podcasts will cover an array of topics from the importance of selfcare and mindset, through to bravery and authenticity, and the importance of building communities and support networks. I have interviewed leaders who have all taken varied and interesting paths, from content creators, journalists through to designers, coaches, musicians and actors a business mentors, speakers and many, many more. They all faced tough challenges which served as motivation to live their best lives yet! I hope you enjoy listening to my series of podcasts as much as I have done creating them, and I really hope you take away lots to inspire, encourage and motivate you on your journey to becoming a Legendary Leader.

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Jessica Bronzert - The Value of The Vertical Development Model in Human and Leadership Development
21-06-2022
Jessica Bronzert - The Value of The Vertical Development Model in Human and Leadership Development
Do you feel ready to make a shift from traditional leadership to a more effective model? A vertical development model is a valuable approach in both human and leadership development in today’s world. It increases leadership effectiveness and business outcomes when implemented in leadership and or organizations. In this episode of the Legendary Leaders Podcast, we have Jessica Bronzert, an Executive Coach, Change Management and Leadership Development Consultant, Speaker, and Founder of The Sparks Group. Jessica Bronzert is changing the way leaders think by unlocking how they view challenges while also giving them the tools to successfully navigate change, both personally and professionally. Her deep expertise and specialized training support her belief that traditional leadership development is broken. The antidote – Vertical Development. Listen in to learn the importance of vertical development in driving leadership effectiveness and business outcomes. You will also learn about the different stages of vertical development and why you need to be comfortable and supported to get to the top stage.   This podcast is sponsored by InnerProfessional online training programs. With courses geared specifically for Legendary Leaders, InnerProfessional provides an extraordinary catalogue of leadership and professional development programs unlike any online training you’ve experienced before. Key Takeaways: The value of vertical development in driving leadership effectiveness and business outcomes.How an understanding of vertical development helps you as the Leader support your people.The value of competence models in career beginnings and vertical development, in a developed career.Why you need to be comfortable and well supported to grow and become a vertically developed leader. Episode timeline: [1:13] Intro[4:47] Jessica on her career background and passion for organizational Leadership and Change.[6:35] She explains what drove her to HR, plus how the change in the world is impacting her world.[10:21] The difficulties of Leadership in today’s world, plus the value of Vertical Leadership Development.[17:19] The skills of Vertical Development to achieve and maintain transformational change.[21:39] How to understand the stages of Vertical Development to better support your clients’ growth.[26:49] The value of practicing both competence models and vertical development for effective leadership.[30:10] How to integrate Vertical Development lens in your organization for effective Leadership.[33:39] Jessica, on her very first coaching experience when she was pregnant.[36:40] The consequences of working part-time on your career, especially in the US, plus how Jessica did it.[42:02] She explains how coaching shifted her thinking and supported her Leadership Development.[45:14] The stages of Vertical Development and their impacts on Human and Leadership Development.[1:00:32] Why it’s not a fantasy to become more Vertically Developed unless you’re well supported.[1:02:49] Be aware of Vertical Development and explore it further to be an effective leader. Quotes: “The world is getting more complex and the rate of change in the world continues to increase.”- Jessica Bronzert [8:20]“When you bring vertical development into organizations, it really is a driver for leadership effectiveness and business outcomes.”- Jessica Bronzert [15:35]“You’ve got to adapt and interchange, helping you be the best human you can be.”- Cathleen Merkel [26:33]“As you get to these later developmental stages because there are few people, it can be lonely, isolating, disconnecting, and ineffective.”- Jessica Bronzert [1:01:37] Connect: Find | Jessica BronzertBusiness Website: Personal Website:   On LinkedIn: On YouTube: On Facebook: Free Download: About Jessica Bronzert: As an Executive coach, Change Management and Leadership Development Consultant, Speaker, and Founder of The Sparks Group, Jessica Bronzert is changing the way Leaders think by unlocking how they view challenges while also giving them the tools to successfully navigate change, both personally and professionally. Jessica’s deep expertise and specialized training support her belief that traditional Leadership Development is broken. The antidote – Vertical Development. Jessica’s ability to take Vertical Development from theory to implementation is a game-changer for organizations and teams. This cutting-edge approach combines Leadership Development with Change Management to exponentially increase the effectiveness resulting in real change inside an organization to up-level the structure and functionality of the organization and develop the capacity – not just the skills – they need to be personally and professionally successful in the face of ever-increasing change and complexity.   Find | Cathleen Merkel At cathleenmerkel.com On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching On LinkedIn: @CathleenMerkel SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST On Apple Podcasts. About Cathleen Merkel:   As a Thought Leader in the Mindset & (Self-) Leadership space, Cathleen supports high achieving, but worn-out women create a more content & balanced life, without sacrificing their hard-earned success. Following a simple 6 step framework, she helps you not only reconnect with your inner feminine side; Cathleen also supports you to rediscover your REAL YOU! Cathleen focuses on women who lost their sense of purpose, who feel they are running in a ‘hamster wheel’, trying to please everyone but themselves. She helps you to turn your careers, your social connections and personal life around, so that you will start feeling fulfilled and excited again about the days to come.  At the end of the process, Cathleen's clients will feel healthier, happier, energised and clear about their future.   With over 15 years of Leadership experience in Retail, Media & Broadcasting, Engineering and Property Investment, Cathleen has not only experienced the challenges and opportunities of a female leader herself; she has also been leading and supporting various Leadership Development initiatives within large, complex, multinational matrix organisations. Only by deeply experiencing her very personal life challenges – ‘hitting a wall experiences’ –Cathleen was able to redefine her own purpose, deciding to bring ease and content to as many women as possible on the planet!   Tune in here:
Jessica Bronzert - The Value of The Vertical Development Model in Human and Leadership Development
21-06-2022
Jessica Bronzert - The Value of The Vertical Development Model in Human and Leadership Development
Do you feel ready to make a shift from traditional leadership to a more effective model? A vertical development model is a valuable approach in both human and leadership development in today’s world. It increases leadership effectiveness and business outcomes when implemented in leadership and or organizations. In this episode of the Legendary Leaders Podcast, we have Jessica Bronzert, an Executive Coach, Change Management and Leadership Development Consultant, Speaker, and Founder of The Sparks Group. Jessica Bronzert is changing the way leaders think by unlocking how they view challenges while also giving them the tools to successfully navigate change, both personally and professionally. Her deep expertise and specialized training support her belief that traditional leadership development is broken. The antidote – Vertical Development. Listen in to learn the importance of vertical development in driving leadership effectiveness and business outcomes. You will also learn about the different stages of vertical development and why you need to be comfortable and supported to get to the top stage.   This podcast is sponsored by InnerProfessional online training programs. With courses geared specifically for Legendary Leaders, InnerProfessional provides an extraordinary catalogue of leadership and professional development programs unlike any online training you’ve experienced before. Key Takeaways: The value of vertical development in driving leadership effectiveness and business outcomes.How an understanding of vertical development helps you as the Leader support your people.The value of competence models in career beginnings and vertical development, in a developed career.Why you need to be comfortable and well supported to grow and become a vertically developed leader. Episode timeline: [1:13] Intro[4:47] Jessica on her career background and passion for organizational Leadership and Change.[6:35] She explains what drove her to HR, plus how the change in the world is impacting her world.[10:21] The difficulties of Leadership in today’s world, plus the value of Vertical Leadership Development.[17:19] The skills of Vertical Development to achieve and maintain transformational change.[21:39] How to understand the stages of Vertical Development to better support your clients’ growth.[26:49] The value of practicing both competence models and vertical development for effective leadership.[30:10] How to integrate Vertical Development lens in your organization for effective Leadership.[33:39] Jessica, on her very first coaching experience when she was pregnant.[36:40] The consequences of working part-time on your career, especially in the US, plus how Jessica did it.[42:02] She explains how coaching shifted her thinking and supported her Leadership Development.[45:14] The stages of Vertical Development and their impacts on Human and Leadership Development.[1:00:32] Why it’s not a fantasy to become more Vertically Developed unless you’re well supported.[1:02:49] Be aware of Vertical Development and explore it further to be an effective leader. Quotes: “The world is getting more complex and the rate of change in the world continues to increase.”- Jessica Bronzert [8:20]“When you bring vertical development into organizations, it really is a driver for leadership effectiveness and business outcomes.”- Jessica Bronzert [15:35]“You’ve got to adapt and interchange, helping you be the best human you can be.”- Cathleen Merkel [26:33]“As you get to these later developmental stages because there are few people, it can be lonely, isolating, disconnecting, and ineffective.”- Jessica Bronzert [1:01:37] Connect: Find | Jessica BronzertBusiness Website: Personal Website:   On LinkedIn: On YouTube: On Facebook: Free Download: About Jessica Bronzert: As an Executive coach, Change Management and Leadership Development Consultant, Speaker, and Founder of The Sparks Group, Jessica Bronzert is changing the way Leaders think by unlocking how they view challenges while also giving them the tools to successfully navigate change, both personally and professionally. Jessica’s deep expertise and specialized training support her belief that traditional Leadership Development is broken. The antidote – Vertical Development. Jessica’s ability to take Vertical Development from theory to implementation is a game-changer for organizations and teams. This cutting-edge approach combines Leadership Development with Change Management to exponentially increase the effectiveness resulting in real change inside an organization to up-level the structure and functionality of the organization and develop the capacity – not just the skills – they need to be personally and professionally successful in the face of ever-increasing change and complexity.   Find | Cathleen Merkel At cathleenmerkel.com On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching On LinkedIn: @CathleenMerkel SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST On Apple Podcasts. About Cathleen Merkel:   As a Thought Leader in the Mindset & (Self-) Leadership space, Cathleen supports high achieving, but worn-out women create a more content & balanced life, without sacrificing their hard-earned success. Following a simple 6 step framework, she helps you not only reconnect with your inner feminine side; Cathleen also supports you to rediscover your REAL YOU! Cathleen focuses on women who lost their sense of purpose, who feel they are running in a ‘hamster wheel’, trying to please everyone but themselves. She helps you to turn your careers, your social connections and personal life around, so that you will start feeling fulfilled and excited again about the days to come.  At the end of the process, Cathleen's clients will feel healthier, happier, energised and clear about their future.   With over 15 years of Leadership experience in Retail, Media & Broadcasting, Engineering and Property Investment, Cathleen has not only experienced the challenges and opportunities of a female leader herself; she has also been leading and supporting various Leadership Development initiatives within large, complex, multinational matrix organisations. Only by deeply experiencing her very personal life challenges – ‘hitting a wall experiences’ –Cathleen was able to redefine her own purpose, deciding to bring ease and content to as many women as possible on the planet!   Tune in here:
Rebecca Watson - The Art of Community Building and Conscious Leadership
07-06-2022
Rebecca Watson - The Art of Community Building and Conscious Leadership
When it comes to conscious leadership, connection and collaboration are very important between leaders and their people. A conscious level six leader removes all the barriers and collaborates with lower-level leaders, while still developing their minds to build success. In this episode of the Legendary Leaders Podcast, we have Rebecca Watson, a thought leader in the field of ‘human consciousness’. She explores how our level of consciousness affects our personal happiness and success in life, as well as how we co-create our working environments and societies through her work and writing. She’s the author of ‘Creating High Performing Teams’, ‘Conscious Leadership – And the Power of Energetic Fields’ and has produced many other written guides in her area of expertise. Listen in to learn how we can reinvent the family structure and build communities of like-minded people, who don’t desire the traditional family. You will also learn about the seven levels of consciousness and how you can move from survival, to being of service to the world.   This podcast is sponsored by InnerProfessional online training programs. With courses geared specifically for Legendary Leaders, InnerProfessional provides an extraordinary catalog of leadership and professional development programs unlike any online training you’ve experienced before. Key Takeaways: Learn to sit with loneliness and be okay with it as a normal and natural occurrence.The importance of influencing the minds of the leaders to get the external change needed.How to internally develop yourself by believing that you’re good enough regardless of outside opinions.How to remove the barriers and collaborate with lower-level leaders as a higher-level leader. Episode timeline: [1:13] Intro[4:50] Rebecca’s former career as a commercial lawyer, why she didn’t enjoy it, and the lessons she learned.[7:58] She explains how her value shifted from her former law career to what she does now.[11:18] How the dynamic of her life has shifted over the years and the experiences she’s having now.[14:58] The importance of finding balance and what works for you in the journey of life.[19:01] The need for alternatives to the family structure to still have a connection.[30:11] How she’s pushing for the people in power to do something drastic about climate change.[35:40] Rebecca’s mission of influencing the minds of the leaders to bring external change.[38:43] The seven levels of consciousness – from survival to being of service to the world.[45:39] How circumstances create the balance between level one and seven of consciousness.[50:53] How leaders in level 6 of consciousness, develop their minds and create success for themselves.[55:34] How to support level three leaders to get to level six when you’re a level six leader.[1:00:49] The power of energy between leaders and their people in organizations. Quotes: “You can’t get external change without internal change in the minds of the leaders.”- Rebecca Watson [37:58]“We are community people so we do need belonging and we do need to feel good enough.”-Rebecca Watson [51:09]“In the triangle, the lower down you are, the less you’ve got to lose.”- Rebecca Watson [55:38]   Find | Rebecca Watson Business Website:   On LinkedIn: Resources: Books: Creating High Performing Teams and Conscious Leadership, Conscious Leadership Blog: Bio:  Rebecca is a Leadership specialist, and conscious coach, author, speaker, singer and visiting professor. Her passion is working with anyone who wants to create better lives for themselves;  for Leaders who wants to learn how to gain greater results with less time and energy; for CEO’s who are ready to learn how to transform their organizations by transforming themselves first and for fellow coaches, guides and thought leaders in the field of conscious creation.   Connect: Find | Cathleen Merkel At cathleenmerkel.com On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching On LinkedIn: @CathleenMerkel     SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST On Apple Podcasts. About Cathleen Merkel:   As a Thought Leader in the Mindset & (Self-) Leadership space, Cathleen supports high achieving, but worn-out women create a more content & balanced life without sacrificing their hard-earned success. Following a simple 6 step framework, she helps you not only reconnect with your inner feminine side; Cathleen also supports you to rediscover your REAL YOU! Cathleen focuses on women who lost their sense of purpose, who feel they are running in a hamster wheel, trying to please everyone but themselves. She helps you to turn your careers, your social connections and personal life around so that you will start feeling fulfilled and excited again about the days to come.  At the end of the process, Cathleen's clients will feel healthier, happier, energised and clear about their future.   With over 15 years of leadership experience in Retail, Media & Broadcasting, Engineering and Property Investment, Cathleen has not only experienced the challenges and opportunities of a female leader herself; she has also been leading and supporting various leadership development initiatives within large, complex, multinational matrix organisations. Only by deeply experiencing her very personal life challenges – ‘hitting a wall experiences’ –Cathleen was able to redefine her own purpose, deciding to bring ease and content to as many women as possible on the planet!   Tune in here:
Dr. Anne Dranitsaris & Heather Dranitsaris-Hilliard - Tips to Develop and Shape Yourself into a Legendary Leader
24-05-2022
Dr. Anne Dranitsaris & Heather Dranitsaris-Hilliard - Tips to Develop and Shape Yourself into a Legendary Leader
Do you exercise your power of authority as a leader without feeling the need to give it away? It is important to understand that you’re entitled to have and fulfill your needs without needing approval from others. To show up as an objective leader, you must learn to let go of emotions, set boundaries, and delegate some tasks to take care of your needs. In this episode of the Legendary Leaders Podcast, we have Anne and Heather, a mother-daughter team, they are organizational and leadership development experts at Caliber Leadership Systems, a boutique consulting firm, specializing in dismantling dysfunction in organizations. They are dedicated to empowering individuals, leaders, and organizations to achieve their potential by leveraging their expertise in the neurobiology of human development, combined with system thinking approach. Listen in to learn how to develop and establish yourself as a definitive leader, to be able to develop your employees. You will also learn the importance of creating time and space to lead and engage with your employees as a leader. This podcast is sponsored by InnerProfessional online training programs. With courses geared specifically for Legendary Leaders, InnerProfessional provides an extraordinary catalogue of leadership and professional development programs unlike any online training you’ve experienced before.   Key Takeaways: How to self-manage as a leader, by understanding your needs and how they drive your behaviours.Stop giving your power away by believing you aren’t entitled to your earned entitlements.How to lead things forward, by keeping your employees out of the emotion and into the objective.Learn to create time and space to engage and lead your people to have high turnover. Episode timeline: [1:13] Intro[5:09] Get to know Anne and Heather and how they teach leaders to lead from a skill-based perspective.[6:35] How self-awareness and willingness to do the difficult things build legendary leaders.[9:30] They share their mother-daughter unique experience and how it has helped them establish a working relationship.[20:11] How they reconnected and learned to allow each other to lead in individual power.[27:07] How they develop leaders by helping them understand their needs and how they affect their behaviors.[34:35] How to detach from the need for approval to recognize and fulfill your individual needs.[40:16] Strengthen your development muscle, by believing you’re entitled to your earned entitlements.[45:05] How they’ve developed their employees to stay out of the emotion and into the objective.[52:53] The importance of delegating tasks and setting boundaries to take care of your needs as a leader.[1:02:00] How to take leadership seriously as you would any other profession while still engaging with your people.[1:10:48] How to be genuinely curious and let go of judgment when dealing with employee unproductivity.[1:18:47] Heather explains how developmental work has helped her become a better communicator.[1:25:24] You Think You Can Lead book – the leadership skills you need to develop as a leader. Quotes: “Legendary leaders don’t give their power away; they’re comfortable in exercising their power and authority.”- Heather [25:09]“We have entitlement because of the work that we put in, and when we don’t own it, we give our power away.”- Anne [41:23]“Leadership is a profession, but you don’t have to have any education to be a leader.”- Anne [1:03:58]“We have to build up our own ability to establish, exercise, and maintain our authority as leaders because that’s what makes the difference to whether we’re effective or not.”- Heather [1:29:53]   Connect: Find | Dr. Anne Dranitsaris and Heather Dranitsaris-Hilliard Business Website:     |   www.dismantlingdysfunction.com On YouTube: Weekly Newsletter: Anne and Heather, a mother-daughter team, are organizational and leadership development experts at Caliber Leadership Systems, a boutique consulting firm specializing in dismantling dysfunction in organizations. They are dedicated to empowering individuals, leaders, and organizations to achieve their potential by leveraging their expertise in the neurobiology of human development combined with system thinking approach. They wear many hats – Consultants, Executive Coaches, Trainers, Speakers and Authors – adapting their expertise and solutions to meet the needs of their clients. They bring a unique depth and breadth of knowledge and experience that gives clients the benefit of all of our disciplines to help them achieve their goals. As experts in human development and behavioral change, leadership and organizational transformation, interpersonal dynamics and the achievement of potential, Anne and Heather have worked with thousands of leaders and individuals from around the world, been featured in dozens of publications, spoken at professional conferences, and written several series of books on personality type and the brain based on the Striving Styles® and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®.   SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST On Apple Podcasts. Find | Cathleen Merkel At cathleenmerkel.com On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching On LinkedIn: @CathleenMerkel   About Cathleen Merkel:   As a Thought Leader in the Mindset & (Self-) Leadership space, Cathleen supports high achieving, but worn-out women create a more content & balanced life without sacrificing their hard-earned success. Following a simple 6 step framework, she helps you not only reconnect with your inner feminine side; Cathleen also supports you to rediscover your REAL YOU! Cathleen focuses on women who lost their sense of purpose, who feel they are running in a hamster wheel, trying to please everyone but themselves. She helps you to turn your careers, your social connections and personal life around so that you will start feeling fulfilled and excited again about the days to come.  At the end of the process, Cathleen's clients will feel healthier, happier, energised and clear about their future.   With over 15 years of leadership experience in Retail, Media & Broadcasting, Engineering and Property Investment, Cathleen has not only experienced the challenges and opportunities of a female leader herself; she has also been leading and supporting various leadership development initiatives within large, complex, multinational matrix organisations. Only by deeply experiencing her very personal life challenges – ‘hitting a wall experiences’ –Cathleen was able to redefine her own purpose, deciding to bring ease and content to as many women as possible on the planet!   Tune in here:
Cat Moore - How to Build Powerful Connections That End Loneliness
10-05-2022
Cat Moore - How to Build Powerful Connections That End Loneliness
How often do you experience loneliness in your life or at the workplace? What if you had a safe space where you could share your experiences while listening and connecting with others? When you’re an introvert, it’s easier to avoid communication, but what if you took the initiative to approach others and form a community where you actively listen and share without judgement? In this episode of the Legendary Leaders Podcast, we have Cat Moore, an award-winning innovation fellow and the Director of Belonging at the University of Southern California. She's disrupting a national loneliness crisis from Gen Z to Boomers with creative, grassroots-driven innovations in friendship and belonging. She’s also a speaker, activist + consultant across sectors, partnering with leaders from faith-based orgs to tech and healthcare, the military to entertainment to create homegrown ecosystems of belonging using her simple You Belong™ experiences. She graduated USC summa cum laude in philosophy with a focus on social ethics + community, but her CLICK™ method stems from 25 years of chronic loneliness and community-making in local LA cafes. She is working on her first book, "You belong: finding our way home to each other." Listen in to learn how to communicate your feelings and actively listen to others to form connections aimed at ending loneliness. You will also learn how to create safe spaces for people to share their experiences and needs within the workplace systems. Key Takeaways: How to avoid loneliness by communicating your feelings to others with similar feelings.Learning how to show up for each other so we can live with integrity and purpose.How listening to others shapes us into the dynamic of resonance and safety. How to transform our habits and become more connected with others.How to humanize workplace systems by creating meaningful conversations that build relationships. Episode timeline: [1:13] Intro[8:23] How the recent years' events are pulling us away from rest and closer to burnout.[11:05] How to be honest and create space to express our feelings when experiencing loneliness.[13:55] Cat, on how she created a community of single mothers who supported each other during the pandemic.[17:44] The importance of creating spaces to see and value people as who they are, rather than their functions.[21:07] How Cat supports people experiencing loneliness as the Director of Belonging, having experienced it first-hand.[31:01] How to build confidence and trust, by sharing and actively listening to others.[34:34] The negative narratives she held for herself and how her pregnancy experience changed them.[43:59] The micro habits we can form and replace our habits of connecting with the world.[47:30] The power of initiating an empathetic and caring connection with others.[49:57] How Cat learned to form connections and relationships with simple deeds in a coffee shop.[55:51] How we can be honest with our experiences and what we need at the workplace.[1:03:42] Cat, on what she’s working on to continue supporting lonely people. Quotes: “There’s too much work and when there’s too much work, you get out of balance.”- Cat Moore [8:44]“Everyone is in desperate need of places and people where they can show up and not have it all together.”- Cat Moore [27:34]“If we don’t feel heard, we have no possible way of moving forward with our lives in integrity and purpose.”- Cat Moore [28:27]“The more successful you are, the harder it is to admit where you really might need to be supported.”- Cat Moore [29:42]“It’s not about finding the solution for anybody; it’s about being there and actively fully listening.”- Cathleen Merkel [30:34]   Connect: Find | Cat Moore Business Website: www.Cat-Moore.com On LinkedIn: MICRO-WORKSHOPS: NEWSLETTER: BIO:   Cat Moore is an award-winning innovation fellow and the Director of Belonging at the University of Southern California. She's disrupting a national loneliness crisis from Gen Z to Boomers with creative, grass roots-driven innovations in friendship and belonging. She’s also a speaker, activist + consultant across sectors, partnering with leaders from faith-based orgs to tech and healthcare, the military to entertainment to create homegrown ecosystems of belonging using her simple You Belong™ experiences. She graduated USC summa cum laude in philosophy with a focus on social ethics + community, but her CLICK™ method stems from 25 years of chronic loneliness and community-making in local LA cafes. She is working on her first book, "You belong: finding our way home to each other." Find | Cathleen Merkel At cathleenmerkel.com On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching On LinkedIn: @CathleenMerkel
Melanie Pump - How to Build a Safe and Healthy Workplace as a Female Leader
26-04-2022
Melanie Pump - How to Build a Safe and Healthy Workplace as a Female Leader
How safe is the work environment you’re creating for your team as a leader? Having a positive and safe work environment is very beneficial in encouraging employee growth and innovation while discouraging insecurities. In this episode of the Legendary Leaders Podcast, we have Melanie Pump, an accomplished CFO, Director, business leader, and the author of Detox: Managing Insecurity in the Workplace book. Melanie went through a lot of hardships in her earlier years and started her career without a high school diploma but went on to become an accomplished financial executive and business leader. Listen in to learn the importance of creating a safe environment for employee growth and innovation within an organisation. You will also learn the importance of over-communicating transparency and clarity with your team. to improve organisational health. This podcast is sponsored by InnerProfessional online training programs. With courses geared specifically for Legendary Leaders, InnerProfessional provides an extraordinary catalogue of leadership and professional development programs, unlike any online training you’ve experienced before. Key Takeaways: The benefits of a positive work environment to encourage employee growth and avoid insecurities.The long-term impact of psychological safety and unsafety in our progression.How to care for your employees as a whole, so they can experience success in their careers.How to provide a safe and healthy work environment for people to grow and innovate.The importance of over-communicating transparency and clarity with your team. Episode timeline: [1:13] Intro[5:19] Melanie on her career journey and why she advocates for the benefits of a positive work environment.[8:29] How her challenging background has helped her become an empathetic leader.[10:57] Melanie’s experience with psychological unsafety in high school and the long-term impact that had on her.[14:59] How to be thoughtful with our worlds as leaders to avoid creating an insecure work environment.[16:19] How she turned her life around and flourished in her career, in a safe work environment.[20:47] How to show up wholly and authentically as a leader, to allow others to do the same.[24:27] How to encourage employee growth and innovation with a safe and healthy work environment.[32:29] She explains how being an empathetic leader has benefited her in creating trust.[34:54] Melanie’s workplace insecurities in her earlier years and how they negatively impacted her career.[40:44] Why we all have insecurities and how an unsafe environment can be risky for us.[44:17] What causes a toxic work environment, plus tips on how to create a healthy work environment.[48:38] The importance of respect, trust, and the right people in your team to flourish as a female leader.[50:39] How to model healthy behaviours to experience psychological safety.[52:13] The routines that help Melanie stay calm and relaxed outside work. Quotes: “Each of us may make a difference both for the good and the bad, those good bits, if you hang on to them, can carry you forward.”- Melanie Pump [14:17]“If we’re allowed to be our whole person at work, we’re going to be even more successful.”- Melanie Pump [19:47]“If you aren’t treating people right in creating a safe environment for employees, the business won’t be successful.”- Melanie Pump [23:39]“People may stay in your organisation, but if it isn’t a healthy organisation that promotes growth, they’ll stall and be stagnant in positions, rather than grow in the organisation.”- Melanie Pump [25:15]“It’s not the big transformation; it’s how we can show those behaviours on a very consistent level.”- Cathleen Merkel [47:23] Connect: Find | Cathleen Merkel At cathleenmerkel.com On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching On LinkedIn: @CathleenMerkel   Find | Melanie Pump Business Website:    Book: On LinkedIn: On Facebook: On Instagram:   About Melanie Pump Not long after she was born, Melanie’s family lost all of their assets to bankruptcy and were forced to leave their home. Unfortunately, the financial hardships and resulting drama did not significantly improve. Melanie’s childhood was marked by turmoil and loss.   Shortly after her 15th birthday, Melanie, who had escaped into drugs, left her troubled family home. It took some scary moments, but eventually, Melanie’s natural drive and resilience awakened. She committed to quitting drugs and building a better life for herself. After a few years of working in hospitality, Melanie landed her first corporate job as a receptionist at an engineering firm. She would go on to finish a Bachelor of Commerce and a Professional Accounting Designation. Those were the first critical steps on Melanie’s path to CFO. About Cathleen Merkel As a Thought Leader in the Mindset & (Self-) Leadership space, Cathleen supports high achieving, but worn-out women create a more content & balanced life without sacrificing their hard-earned success. Following a simple 6 step framework, she helps you not only reconnect with your inner feminine side; Cathleen also supports you to rediscover your REAL YOU! Cathleen focuses on women who lost their sense of purpose, who feel they are running in a hamster wheel, trying to please everyone but themselves. She helps you to turn your careers, your social connections and personal life around so that you will start feeling fulfilled and excited again about the days to come.  At the end of the process, Cathleen's clients will feel healthier, happier, energised, and clear about their future.   With over 15 years of leadership experience in Retail, Media & Broadcasting, Engineering and Property Investment, Cathleen has not only experienced the challenges and opportunities of a female leader herself; she has also been leading and supporting various leadership development initiatives within large, complex, multinational matrix organisations. Only by deeply experiencing her very personal life challenges – ‘hitting a wall experiences’ –Cathleen was able to redefine her own purpose, deciding to bring ease and content to as many women as possible on the planet! Tune in here:
Rob Dubin - How to Live a Happy and Balanced Life
12-04-2022
Rob Dubin - How to Live a Happy and Balanced Life
How happy and fulfilled are you with your life? Are you living out your purpose, do you have a life balance? Living a truly happy life is much more than being happy at work, it is the ability to live in the present moment without the distracting thoughts of your past or future. In this Episode of the Legendary Leaders Podcast, we have Rob Dubin, motivational speaker, and keynote speaker. He was a successful filmmaker with a dream career, but retired after 20 years, bought a sailboat, and spent the next 17 years sailing around the world. Rob’s insights on creating a fulfilling career and having a rich life, transform audiences. He explains how he and his wife figured out the secret to living a happy and fulfilling life. Listen in to learn about the framework on how to figure out and prioritize your dreams that are not necessarily about work dreams without fear. You will also learn how being grateful, living in the moment, and contributing to others can add to your happiness.   This podcast is sponsored by InnerProfessional online training programs. With courses geared specifically for Legendary Leaders, InnerProfessional provides an extraordinary catalog of leadership and professional development programs unlike any online training you’ve experienced before. Key Takeaways: How unfulfillment with life contributed to the great resignation.The importance of having a life balance rather than striving for a work-life balance.How companies can teach their employees happiness by focusing on lifelong wellness.Find a solution to your fears, by breaking them down into little chunks and getting specific about each.How to be happy by living in the present moment and not in the past or future. Get rid of your old stories and tell yourself a new story that will help you become who you want to be. Episode timeline: [1:13] Intro[7:41] He explains how he now helps other people go after their dreams.[8:54] How he’s managed to create happiness in his life by having gratitude as his primary emotion.[11:36] The 3 paradigm shifts that contributed to the great resignation and what we can do about it.[20:05] Rob’s framework on how to figure out and prioritize your dreams without fear.[29:46] Rob narrates how he shifted tragic events in his life by having an internal locus of control.[38:29] Learn to be happy by living in the present without beating yourself about the past or agonizing about the future.[41:40] A framework to happiness – steps on how to be happy by letting go of your past stories.[51:40] He explains how contributing to others added to his happiness during his sailing journey.[56:44] How being grateful and living in the moment can contribute to your happiness.[1:01:21] The 3-step process to finding your passion and figuring out how to make a living out of it.[1:05:53] The power of curiosity in opening life opportunities and lessons. Quotes: “Good motivational speakers don’t just offer an opportunity for how you can have a better life, but they solve a problem that you’re aware that you have.”- Rob Dubin [11:58] “Happiness is an emotion that only exists in the present moment; if you want to be happy, spend more time in the present moment.”- Rob Dubin [39:54] “The reason most people don’t go after their dreams even before the fear, is they worry what other people will think of them.”- Rob Dubin [50:23] “Happiness is that emotion that we all want, and it only exists in the moment; if you’re not paying attention to it, you’re not going to get it.”- Rob Dubin [59:20]   Connect: Find | Cathleen Merkel At cathleenmerkel.com On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching On LinkedIn: @CathleenMerkel   Find | Rob Dubin Business (Rob Dubin): On LinkedIn: On Email: rob@robdubin.com SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST On Apple Podcasts. About Cathleen Merkel:   About Rob Dubin Rob’s insights on creating a fulfilling career and a rich life transform audiences. His story of sailing around the world with his wife on a small sailboat grabs attention and inspires audiences from the first moment. Rob does not just inspire though, his practical strategies and guidance steer listeners to creating a fulfilling career balanced with an extraordinary life. Rob was a successful filmmaker with a dream career being well paid to travel the world camera in hand for TV networks and Fortune 500 companies. But after 20 years the flame began to fade, and new dreams beckoned. Rather than continue doing something that did not spark him every day, at age 42 he and his wife retired, bought a sailboat, and spent the next 17 years sailing around the world. Along the way they gained unique life insights that can guide others to fulfillment. About Cathleen Merkel As a Thought Leader in the Mindset & (Self-) Leadership space, Cathleen supports high achieving, but worn-out women create a more content & balanced life without sacrificing their hard-earned success. Following a simple 6 step framework, she helps you not only reconnect with your inner feminine side; Cathleen also supports you to rediscover your REAL YOU! Cathleen focuses on women who lost their sense of purpose, who feel they are running in a hamster wheel, trying to please everyone but themselves. She helps you to turn your careers, your social connections and personal life around so that you will start feeling fulfilled and excited again about the days to come.  At the end of the process, Cathleen's clients will feel healthier, happier, energised, and clear about their future.   With over 15 years of leadership experience in Retail, Media & Broadcasting, Engineering and Property Investment, Cathleen has not only experienced the challenges and opportunities of a female leader herself; she has also been leading and supporting various leadership development initiatives within large, complex, multinational matrix organisations. Only by deeply experiencing her very personal life challenges – ‘hitting a wall experiences’ –Cathleen was able to redefine her own purpose, deciding to bring ease and content to as many women as possible on the planet! Tune in here:
Nira Lall - How to Heal Yourself and Align with Your Wholeness
29-03-2022
Nira Lall - How to Heal Yourself and Align with Your Wholeness
Are you truly aligned with who you are and what you want to do? Achieving your wholeness means healing, connecting with your body, advocating for yourself, and showing up as your true self. In this episode of the Legendary Leaders Podcast, we have Nira Lall, an embodiment coach, and healer for women. She teaches spirit-led women how to radiate wholeness, lead from their healthy feminine energy, and embody high-frequency expansion in all areas of their life. Nira went through a period of healing and honouring herself a few years ago to rediscover her wholeness without caring about external influences. She describes her journey and how it influenced her to start helping other women rediscover their true selves. Listen in to learn the importance of taking rest to connect with your body and align with your wholeness. You will also learn how to advocate for yourself and understand that it is all part of the collective.   This podcast is sponsored by InnerProfessional online training programs. With courses geared specifically for Legendary Leaders, InnerProfessional provides an extraordinary catalog of leadership and professional development programs unlike any online training you’ve experienced before. Key Takeaways: How to be whole, by healing yourself and showing up as, who you truly are.How to connect to your body and be the medicine of your own life.The power of listening to your body, to understand what you need and find your strength. Stop making yourself busy and instead, take time to rest and listen to what your mind and body need.Learning to honor and choose yourself, even at the expense of losing some people in your life. Episode timeline: [1:13] Intro[4:48] Get to know Nira and how she helps empathic women heal and master their energy and emotions.[6:59] How life has changed and the pressure that people have been experiencing.[9:07] Wholeness – having the courage to be truly yourself and to do what aligns with your true self.[12:21] Nira on her journey and how she shifted to heal and connect with her body.[21:54] How she developed compassion for herself and learned to listen to her body to understand what she needed.[32:50] Nira explains how she learned to honor herself and set boundaries, at the expense of losing others.[44:44] How we can shift the paradigm for generations by living and showing up in our wholeness. Quotes: “We sometimes move away from who we really truly are; the path of wholeness is moving towards a place where in every moment, you’re asking, what you would do if you felt whole.”- Nira Lall [10:08]“We don’t even know that we’re not tapping into our true selves because we may have unlearned to be our true selves.”- Cathleen Merkel [11:13]“When you set a new standard for yourself internally, things around you start to move, people start to move to adjust or to move out of your life.”- Nira Lall [16:52]“If we take one step after the other, there are some tremendous changes we can create.”- Cathleen Merkel [29:57] Connect: Find | Cathleen Merkel At cathleenmerkel.com On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching On LinkedIn: @CathleenMerkel   Find | Nira Lall Email: info@niralall.com Business Website (Embodiment Coach & Healer): On LinkedIn: On Facebook: On Instagram: Embodiment Coach & Healer (@niralall) Podcast Episode on Instagram: www.instagram.com/niralall Wisdom from a Lost Clitoris (The Soulful Woman Podcast).   SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST On Apple Podcasts.   About Nira Lall Nira is an Embodiment Coach who teaches empathic women how to thrive emotionally, master their energy, and heal the past. Nira has been an advocate for self-mastery in the areas of emotions, body and energy while facilitating soul-deep healing since 2009. Nira has also been a featured guest on Hay House Radio and National Canadian television. About Cathleen Merkel:   As a Thought Leader in the Mindset & (Self-) Leadership space, Cathleen supports high achieving, but worn-out women create a more content & balanced life without sacrificing their hard-earned success. Following a simple 6 step framework, she helps you not only reconnect with your inner feminine side; Cathleen also supports you to rediscover your REAL YOU! Cathleen focuses on women who have lost their sense of purpose, who feel they are running in a hamster wheel, trying to please everyone but themselves. She helps you to turn your careers, your social connections and personal life around so that you will start feeling fulfilled and excited again about the days to come.  At the end of the process, Cathleen's clients will feel healthier, happier, energised, and clear about their future.   With over 15 years of leadership experience in Retail, Media & Broadcasting, Engineering and Property Investment, Cathleen has not only experienced the challenges and opportunities of a female leader herself; she has also been leading and supporting various leadership development initiatives within large, complex, multinational matrix organisations. Only by deeply experiencing her very personal life challenges – ‘hitting a wall experiences’ –Cathleen was able to redefine her own purpose, deciding to bring ease and content to as many women as possible on the planet! Tune in here:
Paul Smith - How to Lead with The Art of Storytelling
15-03-2022
Paul Smith - How to Lead with The Art of Storytelling
Have you embraced the art of storytelling as part of your leadership strategy? Storytelling is a skill that is impactful in influencing people’s character and developing them in their careers. Both personal and work stories can be impactful in making people realize their mistakes and learn to be better in how they pursue their goals.   In this episode of the Legendary Leaders Podcast, we have Paul Smith, one of the world’s leading experts in business storytelling, one of Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Leadership Speakers of 2018, a storytelling coach, and bestselling author. He helps leaders and salespeople excel at their jobs by telling better stories.  Paul spent 20 years of his career at the Proctor and Gamble company and had a very typical corporate path, before getting fascinated with storytelling. He later left the corporate world after discovering his passion for teaching, training, and speaking.   Listen in to learn the importance of telling failure stories as a leader to connect and develop your team members. You will also learn about the stories to tell to help people value diversity and inclusion better and empathize with what it’s like to not look like you in the workplace.       This podcast is sponsored by InnerProfessional online training programs. With courses geared specifically for Legendary Leaders, InnerProfessional provides an extraordinary catalog of leadership and professional development programs unlike any online training you’ve experienced before.   Key Takeaways:  How to create a framework to help you move towards your most important goal.   Why you shouldn’t rush to quit your day job without a logical test-marketing strategy in place.   Tell a failure story to help people you work with to avoid making the same mistakes you made.   How to teach people character through storytelling.   Stories to help people learn how their behaviours impact others at the workplace.   Episode timeline:  [1:13] Intro  [5:32] Paul’s decades’ long corporate career and his journey to discovering storytelling leadership.  [7:30] How wanting a career change inspired him to write his first book.   [10:42] The 5 criteria that got Paul to leave his PNG job and go do what he’s passionate about.   [20:05] How his dad’s encouraging letter drove him to pursue his dreams.  [25:27] The power of telling failure stories as a leader to connect and develop your team.   [31:15] Why leaders need to learn the skill of storytelling, plus the techniques of creating powerful stories.   [34:39] Paul, on why life stories are more impactful than leadership ones.   [45:02] How Paul uses the art of storytelling to teach his children and how that has impacted them.   [50:51] Stories to share to help people value diversity and inclusion better.   [55:28] Treat storytelling like a learnable skill like any other leadership skill you want to have.   Quotes:   “Stories are impactful and if told well, then they’ll stay with you forever.”- Cathleen Merkel [20:19]  “When you’re satisfied and happy, you often don’t even recognize it, but when you get to the point where you’re consciously aware that you don’t love what you’re doing, then you start to search for something else.”- Paul Smith [10:50]  “If you won’t pursue your own dreams for your sake, do it for someone else, because there’s probably somebody else in your life who wants to see you achieve your dreams almost as badly as you do.”- Paul Smith [24:37]  “People want to work for the kind of boss who’s more interested in developing his/her people than they’re about protecting their own fragile ego.”- Paul Smith [26:07]  “Stories are about people and things that happen to people, and anything that happens to you at work or to somebody else at work is both a work story and a personal story.”- Paul Smith [51:19]  Connect:  Find | Cathleen Merkel  At cathleenmerkel.com  On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel  On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching  On LinkedIn: @CathleenMerkel    Find | Paul Smith  Business (Lead with a Story):     On LinkedIn:    On Facebook:    On Instagram:      SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST On Apple Podcasts.    About Cathleen Merkel:    As a Thought Leader in the Mindset & (Self-) Leadership space, Cathleen supports high achieving, but worn-out women to create a more content & balanced life without sacrificing their hard-earned success. Following a simple 6 step framework, she helps you not only reconnect with your inner feminine side; Cathleen also supports you to rediscover your REAL YOU!     Cathleen focuses on women who have lost their sense of purpose, who feel they are running in a hamster wheel, trying to please everyone but themselves. She helps you to turn your careers, your social connections and personal life around, so that you start feeling fulfilled and excited again about the days to come.  At the end of the process, Cathleen's clients will feel healthier, happier, energised, and clear about their future.    With over 15 years of leadership experience in Retail, Media & Broadcasting, Engineering and Property Investment, Cathleen has not only experienced the challenges and opportunities of a female leader herself; she has also been leading and supporting various leadership development initiatives within large, complex, multinational matrix organisations.   Only by deeply experiencing her very personal life challenges – ‘hitting a wall experiences’ –Cathleen was able to redefine her own purpose, deciding to bring ease and content to as many women as possible on the planet!  Tune in here:
Lindsay Pinchuk - Taking the Entrepreneurial Risk to Build an Authentic Brand
01-03-2022
Lindsay Pinchuk - Taking the Entrepreneurial Risk to Build an Authentic Brand
Have you had enough of the corporate world and are ready to take the risk of becoming an entrepreneur? The entrepreneurial journey isn’t an easy one, but to succeed, especially as a woman leader, you have to acknowledge and embrace the struggle.   In this episode of the Legendary Leaders Podcast, we have Lindsay Pinchuk, award-winning entrepreneur, consultant, community builder, connector, storyteller, expert marketer, social media maven, spokesperson, small business champion, and mom. She now helps individuals, brands, and companies tell their brand’s story, grow the communities who support them, and ignite their success both on and offline. She started her first business with only $500 and grew it to 7 figures annually before selling it.   Listen in to learn how to build an online community that interacts with you and with each other, and one that you authentically show up for. You will also learn how to use your brand story to connect on a personal level with your customers.       This podcast is sponsored by InnerProfessional online training programs. With courses geared specifically for Legendary Leaders, InnerProfessional provides an extraordinary catalog of leadership and professional development programs unlike any online training you’ve experienced before.     Key Takeaways:  The importance of founders sharing their struggle stories to encourage and support others on the same journey.   The importance of growing a community that you interact with, and authentically show up for, as an entrepreneur.   Stop allowing outside noises to interfere with how you choose to build your brand.   Episode timeline:  [1:13] Intro  [6:24] Lindsay shares her entrepreneurial journey and how it has inspired her to start her new podcast, Dear FoundHer.  [11:21] The importance of leveraging your relationships and community to avoid isolation as a solopreneur.   [13:35] How to grow a community that trusts you and that you authentically show up for.  [18:10] How to approach building a community on social media plus the levels it has for Lindsay.   [27:31] How she helps businesses use their brand stories to connect on a personal level with their customers.   [32:32] Learn to be okay with not having everyone connect/subscribe to your brand.   [36:57] Lindsay on why she left her corporate job, started Bump Club and moved on to other things.   [46:26] The corporate policy that made her realize that the corporate structure wasn’t for her.    Quotes:   “You don’t have to be lonely; you can surround yourself with people who you trust and who are also going through the same things as you.”- Lindsay Pinchuk [12:35]  “An audience is someone who watches you and who takes in what you say; a community is someone who goes back and forth with you and with each other.”- Lindsay Pinchuk [15:04]  “If you’re not making a choice, you may be missing out on an opportunity to light your fire again and to live your life with or without the pandemic.”- Cathleen Merkel [44:43]    Connect:  Find | Cathleen Merkel  At cathleenmerkel.com  On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel  On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching  On LinkedIn: @CathleenMerkel    Find | Lindsay Pinchuk  Business (Lindsay Pinchuk):    On LinkedIn:    On Instagram:    Podcast: Dear FoundHer     SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST On Apple Podcasts.    About Lindsay Pinchuk   Lindsay Pinchuk is an award-winning entrepreneur, consultant, community builder, connector, storyteller, expert marketer, social media maven, spokesperson, on-air expert, small business champion, and Mom.  With $500 in her pocket and a baby in her belly, she left a high-powered job as a magazine publishing executive and founded her first company, Bump Club and Beyond --- a community of resources, support, and educational tools for millions of parents and parents-to-be across the country. She turned a profit in year one, growing her company to 7-figures in revenue each year and her community to over 3MM users.  Less than a decade later she led her company through its acquisition to a large agency holding company.   Lindsay’s lent her expertise to 200+ television segments, given interviews on 40+ podcasts and has been featured or contributed to stories in Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Parents.com, Babycenter.com, “The Doctors,” “Access Live,” The Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business, Chicago Magazine and many more as both as a parenting/lifestyle expert, AND as an entrepreneur/small business expert.   Today, Lindsay works with individuals, brands and companies, both large and small, to tell their brand’s story, grow the communities who support them, and ignite their success both on and offline. She offers both coaching and consulting services including:  business growth, branding, community growth, marketing, content and social media strategy.   As of January, 2022, you can also find her behind the mic interviewing some of the most incredible entrepreneurs she knows during her weekly podcast, Dear FoundHer…  Page Break  About Cathleen Merkel:    As a Thought Leader in the Mindset & (Self-) Leadership space, Cathleen supports high achieving, but worn-out women to create a more content & balanced life without sacrificing their hard-earned success. Following a simple 6 step framework, she helps you not only reconnect with your inner feminine side; Cathleen also supports you to rediscover your REAL YOU!     Cathleen focuses on women who have lost their sense of purpose, who feel they are running in a hamster wheel, trying to please everyone but themselves. She helps you to turn your careers, your social connections and your personal life around so that you will start feeling fulfilled and excited again about the days to come.  At the end of the process, Cathleen's clients will feel healthier, happier, energised and clear about their future.    With over 15 years of leadership experience in Retail, Media & Broadcasting, Engineering and Property Investment, Cathleen has not only experienced the challenges and opportunities of a female leader herself; she has also been leading and supporting various leadership development initiatives within large, complex, multinational matrix organisations.   Only by deeply experiencing her very own personal life challenges – ‘hitting a wall experiences’ –was Cathleen able to redefine her own purpose, deciding to bring ease and content to as many women as possible on the planet!    Tune in here:
Deborah Peters - How to Tap into Your Higher Self and Rediscover Yourself as a Leader
15-02-2022
Deborah Peters - How to Tap into Your Higher Self and Rediscover Yourself as a Leader
Have you tried having conversations with your higher self in your leadership? Have you tried letting go of your fears to rediscover your self-worth and purpose? Rediscovering your self-worth and tapping into your higher self will help you start leading from a place of freedom.   In this episode of the Legendary Leaders Podcast, we chat with Deborah Peters, an international business coach, speaker, mindset expert, and author. Deborah guides leadership teams through an implementation process, enabling new revenue streams to reveal themselves, while increasing return on investment. She has also delivered keynote speeches and customized programs in over 15 countries to date.   Listen in to learn the power of tapping into your higher self and imagination, to create the business YOU envision for yourself. You will also learn how you can break pre-conditioned habits and patterns, to recreate your self-worth and self-esteem.       This podcast is sponsored by InnerProfessional online training programs. With courses geared specifically for Legendary Leaders, InnerProfessional provides an extraordinary catalog of leadership and professional development programs, unlike any online training you’ve experienced before.   Key Takeaways:  Learn to be with yourself, to understand what feels good for you, and the impact you can make with it.  How not to be afraid and start tapping into your higher self as a leader.   How to break generational curses and rediscover your self-worth and purpose.    The power of your imagination, in helping you grow your business how you want it to look.   How to shift your mindset and bring joy back into your life, despite the negativity of the world.   Episode timeline:  [1:13] Intro   [5:29] Why the new year feels like a constant unfolding of the world to Deborah.   [6:59] How she nurtures her feelings physically, spiritually, and mentally.   [12:08] How to experiment with different activities to learn what you need.   [15:45] Defining your higher self and how you can tap into that as a leader.   [18:31] An example of how leaders who tap into their higher self, differ from those who don’t.   [28:10] Deborah, on how her profound childhood experiences shaped who she is today.   [30:48] She explains how resistance from her past has helped her to fly even higher.  [38:41] How to be brave and go against patterns and habits that you were conditioned to believe.    [41:58] How she was driven by imagination and passion to go from country to a global leader.   [48:21] A few steps to adopt to bring joy and positivity into your life.   Quotes:   “People have different needs, and my belief is whatever helps people to show up at their best is what they got to do.”- Cathleen Merkel [11:44]  “Society has all these constructs that are old and are propagated, utter habits and we don’t even know why.”- Deborah Peters [38:45]  “You have to rechoose every nanosecond, sometimes until you build up enough bandwidth in your self-esteem, self-worth, and your ability to calibrate to your higher self.”- Deborah Peters [40:46]  “You have to make a decision that you’re the one in charge of your mind and there isn’t a lockdown, a restriction, or a newsflash that’s going to impact you.”- Deborah Peters [49:12]    Connect:  Find | Cathleen Merkel  At cathleenmerkel.com  On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel  On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching  On LinkedIn: @CathleenMerkel    Find | Deborah Peters  Business (Neo Engineering Institute):    On LinkedIn:    On Facebook:     On Instagram:    Resources: Our Business Accelerator Boot Camp runs again Q1 of 2022. This is the perfect program for small to midsize business leaders in order to Scale their business and live a healthy, happy life.     SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST On Apple Podcasts.      About Deborah Peters:  Inspired and passionate to lead change & turn ideas into results, I began studying human behavioural and performance techniques at a very early age. Riding the school bus for an hour each way I had loads of observation time. Why were some families more prosperous and happier in seemingly similar circumstances? Our goal at Neuro productive Institute is to provide programs that help people live fulfilled, happy, productive and creative lives. My insatiable curiosity and dedication eventually took me round the world Coaching, Speaking & Negotiating Deals in 17 countries and counting.  Early in my career I was commissioned by the government to lead a trade mission from Canada to Central America.  As the world continues to recalibrate after 2020, our view is that a portal has opened into greater possibilities for individuals, teams and companies to grow, prosper and expand their consciousness.   We believe our programs provide those tools. So do our clients.   About Cathleen Merkel:    As a Thought Leader in the Mindset & (Self-) Leadership space, Cathleen supports high achieving, but worn-out women create a more content & balanced life without sacrificing their hard-earned success. Following a simple 6 step framework, she helps you not only reconnect with your inner feminine side; Cathleen also supports you to rediscover your REAL YOU!   Cathleen focuses on women who lost their sense of purpose, who feel they are running in a hamster wheel, trying to please everyone but themselves. She helps you to turn your careers, your social connections and personal life around so that you will start feeling fulfilled and excited again about the days to come.  At the end of the process, Cathleen's clients will feel healthier, happier, energised and clear about their future.    With over 15 years of leadership experience in Retail, Media & Broadcasting, Engineering and Property Investment, Cathleen has not only experienced the challenges and opportunities of a female leader herself; she has also been leading and supporting various leadership development initiatives within large, complex, multinational matrix organisations.   Only by deeply experiencing her very personal life challenges – ‘hitting a wall experiences’ –Cathleen was able to redefine her own purpose, deciding to bring ease and content to as many women as possible on the planet!  Tune in here:
Stephen Shortt - How to Build a Killer Family Business Without Killing Your Family
01-02-2022
Stephen Shortt - How to Build a Killer Family Business Without Killing Your Family
Are you a family business leader who wants to scale with your team intact? Succession planning is a crucial aspect of a family business and can only happen successfully when bold decisions are made, and talent development is supported.   In this episode of the Legendary Leaders Podcast, we have Stephen Shortt, a Succession Planning Coach, Strategy Facilitator, Team Development Coach, Leadership Coach, and Personality Profiler. He’s the former Chair of the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards which supports young, emerging entrepreneurs in over 50 countries. Stephen grew up in two family businesses and learned a lot about successful succession planning while making mistakes along the way.   Listen in to learn about the 5Ps of succession planning; purpose, pick, prepare, promote and patience to do it successfully. You will also learn the importance of understanding how things change and go from the hero of your story to the mentor of the next generation story.     This podcast is sponsored by InnerProfessional online training programs. With courses geared specifically for Legendary Leaders, InnerProfessional provides an extraordinary catalog of leadership and professional development programs unlike any online training you’ve experienced before.     Key Takeaways:  How to successfully create a succession plan where you all see eye to eye.    Share both the positives and the negatives of your family business with your kids to give them a much rounder view of the business.   Make the bold decision of going from the hero of your story to the mentor of the next generation story.    Episode timeline:  [1:13] Intro  [7:00] Stephen’s experience with family businesses and why succession is crucial in business.  [12:28] He describes the roles he started with to understand their family businesses.   [14:55] How Stephen came up with a succession plan after being at odds with his family on how to run the business.     [22:08] Start giving your kids/next-generation executives a well-rounded view of the business.   [24:27] The 5Ps of succession planning; purpose, pick, prepare, promote, and patience.   [33:05] How to help the next generation foster their story, which is different from yours.   [38:45] He explains how the family business concept is transforming today.   [41:09] Identify your strengths and weaknesses as a business before inviting external or family help.  [47:28] The 4 things that can happen to a family business and why scaling is the important one.    Quotes:  “With all family businesses, more often than not, the kitchen table and the boardroom table are the same piece of furniture, and you need to be able to sit down at both of them.”- Stephen Shortt [17:25]   “If you’re the current generation looking to have proper succession, you should be doing this over a maximum of 5 years.”- Stephen Shortt [27:30]  “Preparing the team and the next generation is fundamentally important; anywhere between 2-5 years is ideal.”- Stephen Shortt [29:00]  “The first mindset that every current entrepreneur needs to have is to go from being the hero of your story to being the mentor of the next generation story.”- Stephen Shortt [32:50]    Connect:  Find | Cathleen Merkel  At cathleenmerkel.com  On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel  On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching  On LinkedIn: @CathleenMerkel  Find | Stephen Shortt  Business (Killer Family Business):  or KillerFamilyBusiness.com   On LinkedIn:  and   On Facebook:      SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST On Apple Podcasts.    About Stephen Shortt:  Stephen grew up in two family businesses - as well as starting a few of his own.  Having bought both family businesses from his parents and growing them internationally, Stephen learned a lot about successful succession planning - as well as making some mistakes along the way...  Stephen is the former global chair of the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards which supports young, emerging entrepreneurs in over 50 countries around the world - which was the basis for the Disney+ / National Geographic Documentary "Own The Room".  Stephen has also served on the global committee for EO Accelerator which supports entrepreneurs who want to grow their businesses to €1m+ per year.  He was a founding member and is the current President of the Irish chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organisation.  Stephen is a succession planning coach; strategy facilitator; team development coach; leadership coach and personality profiler. He has delivered keynotes, facilitated workshops and taught on leadership academies in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asia and Oceana.  Stephen is honoured to act on a number of advisory boards; as a coach for accelerator companies scaling up their businesses; as an angel investor and as a mentor to emerging entrepreneurs in Ireland and internationally. All of his projects, businesses and programmes feed into his core purpose "To help people Aspire to a better future and Empower them to get there".  Stephen and his Spanish wife have two bilingual daughters and try to spend as much holiday time in Spain as possible.  About Cathleen Merkel:    As a Thought Leader in the Mindset & (Self-) Leadership space, Cathleen supports high achieving, but worn-out women create a more content & balanced life without sacrificing their hard-earned success. Following a simple 6 step framework, she helps you not only reconnect with your inner feminine side; Cathleen also supports you to rediscover your REAL YOU!     Cathleen focuses on women who lost their sense of purpose, who feel they are running in a hamster wheel, trying to please everyone but themselves. She helps you to turn your careers, your social connections and personal life around so that you will start feeling fulfilled and excited again about the days to come.  At the end of the process, Cathleen's clients will feel healthier, happier, energised and clear about their future.    With over 15 years of leadership experience in Retail, Media & Broadcasting, Engineering and Property Investment, Cathleen has not only experienced the challenges and opportunities of a female leader herself; she has also been leading and supporting various leadership development initiatives within large, complex, multinational matrix organisations.   Only by deeply experiencing her very personal life challenges – ‘hitting a wall experiences’ –Cathleen was able to redefine her own purpose, deciding to bring ease and content to as many women as possible on the planet!      Tune in here:   Apple   Spotify   Amazon Music
Debbie Cohen & Kate Roeske-Zummer - How Humanity Works for Business Success
18-01-2022
Debbie Cohen & Kate Roeske-Zummer - How Humanity Works for Business Success
Are you aware that the productivity of your organization is amplified when you develop good internal relationships? For success to prevail within your organization, you must meet people when they’re ready to be met to work better.   In this episode of the Legendary Leaders Podcast, we have Debbie Cohen and Kate Roeske-Zummer. Debbie is the co-founder and author at HumanityWorks, who has held HR executive roles in different organizations, and has had her first Harvard business publishing released. Kate is the co-founder at HumanityWorks, a master coach, a former faculty of the Coaches Training Institute, and has developed leaders at organizations all over the world. HumanityWorks helps leaders and their teams to build the muscle required to work together as engaged productive human beings, which is the magic for success and better business results.   Listen in to learn how to claim your value as a leader, by being conscious of the journey you want to be on and how you want to show up on that journey. You will also learn how to develop meaningful relationships with your people in an organization, rather than treating them like commodities.        This podcast is sponsored by InnerProfessional online training programs. With courses geared specifically for Legendary Leaders, InnerProfessional provides an extraordinary catalog of leadership and professional development programs unlike any online training you’ve experienced before.     Key Takeaways:  How productivity can be achieved by forming good relationships between managers and employees.   How to show up authentically and align with what’s important to you, as a leader.   Do the work around the values that are important to you, to find alignment and be able to serve your people.   How to be conscious about what you’re trying to create, as opposed to defaulting your way.     Episode timeline:  [1:13] Intro   [6:50] The three programs and coaching they deliver to organizations aspiring to become more human-centered.   [10:04] How to lead with awareness, choice, and the courage to change when messy moments happen.  [14:07] How developing better relationships and making people feel good at work, can lead to better work productivity.   [17:27] How to consciously align to your intentions and continue growing your people as a manager.   [21:56] Claiming value – the process of knowing what’s important to you, how you align those values with who you are when you show up, and how you align it with the organization that you work with.   [25:52] How they claim value in their business by showing up authentically and aligning to what’s important to them.  [29:59] They explain how they assess whether they’ll bring humanity to an organization or not.   [34:50] How to consciously assess what you want and how it will serve you and others.   [37:38] Kate and Debbie describe their career paths and how they landed where they are now.   [50:31] How to own your impact, by speaking up against toxic leadership that’s affecting you.   [1:00:19] Learn to treat your people like humans and not like resources.      Quotes:  “People are really the key to amplifying productivity, and when people work well together, the business wins and so do the relationships between people.”- Kate Roeske-Zummer [8:20]  “Messiness can be super exciting if you sit with it, explore it, and if you see the opportunity in it.”- Cathleen Merkel [9:40]  “When your impact is aligned to business outcomes and who you want to be, you’re more compelling.”- Debbie Cohen [24:16]   “Productivity is about people, and if you don’t pay attention to those people, then the success of your company is at risk.”- Kate Roeske-Zummer [1:00:20]  “Humanity is interdependent; the workplace relies on humanity.”- Debbie Cohen [1:04:28]    About Debbie Cohen and Kate Roeske-Zummer:    At the time, Debbie was the Chief of People for Mozilla and Kate was co-owner of StepUp Leadership. Kate was in-training to become certified to lead this approach. Debbie was there as a participant to learn the model and assess if the approach had potential within Mozilla. What’s funny about their first meeting is when you are your most compelling self, others want to connect with you. It must have worked because they were drawn to each other and have been learning and working together ever since!    Their first big collaboration was the leadership program Debbie was working on for Mozilla. She wanted to create something that spoke to the unique culture of Mozilla, which was a rapidly scaling global, open-source movement.    Kate, and her then-business partner became Debbie’s partners of choice. Their goal was to create a leadership program that was transformational not transactional. Working together, they co-created what became branded as LEAD: Leadership Exploration And Discovery, a totally unique approach to developing leaders. This exploratory leadership model allowed people to uncover who they really are, as well as who they want to be, and bring that full human potential into their leadership. Micha Anderson, the Senior HR Business Partner who supported the very large engineering function, notes “Mozilla’s director population really shifted from a victim mindset to people really leaning in and using their voice to make change.” This program became the catalyst for TRIBE, a deconstructed version of LEAD, focused on providing skills and techniques to help all members of the Mozilla community gain insights about themselves and work better together. It ran successfully for over 8 years.    Fast forward several years, Kate was now running StepUp Leadership on her own and Debbie had left Mozilla and gone on to do a number of other projects. Debbie and Kate began taking on several projects together, most focused on group dynamics of leadership teams. They began to notice some repeating themes: lack of trust in one another, inability to constructively navigate conflict, self-protective behaviour, and repeated cycles of reactive behaviour. The impact of these behaviour’s (and others) was gridlock – a lack of forward momentum for the company. No amount of process and procedure could fix what was broken.    What these teams needed, and what Kate and Debbie were able to provide were insights, tools and techniques so people could get into relationship with one another and work better together.  It was working. The work they were doing in organizations was working, again.    ​​They were also exploring organizational gaps and pain points. They honed their focus on front-line managers, using mountains of qualitative and quantitative evidence to indicate this as the high-leverage layer to effect change and drive engagement within most organizations. Their working assumption: if managers were functioning from their highest potential, a ripple effect could be created with the humans they are responsible for and with those they work interdependently with. A bit LEAD-like, the idea used a cohort model to affect a sea-change in how people were working together to get things done so organizations and their people would thrive.    Simultaneously, they had been talking about whether or not this is a movement, a “gorilla sea-change” for HR or, a big shift in the way it contributes to an organization’s success. Kate and Debbie reached out to a group of people they lovingly refer to as “The Dream Team” to talk about the impact that they were having. Kate and Debbie had been approaching the dialogue through the perspective of creating a new product, a program for HR, which would be part of the overall mix of programs they offered. And from a quiet place of contemplation on the couch, Mihca (one of our dream teamers) boldly declared: “You cannot lead a movement part time, YOU are the champions of this movement.” In that moment Kate remembers her heart dropping; Deb’s hands were beginning to sweat. Their eyes locked on each other and without saying anything, they knew they were being called forward. HR was not their target it was all people in the workplace. We had bigger things to do in the world. It was up to us to help bring more humanity to the workplace so we could change the world of work for everyone because Humanity Works Better together.    About Cathleen Merkel:    As a Thought Leader in the Mindset & (Self-) Leadership space, Cathleen supports high achieving, but worn-out women to create a more content & balanced life, without sacrificing their hard-earned success. Following a simple 6 step framework, she helps you to not only reconnect with your inner feminine side; Cathleen also supports you to rediscover your REAL YOU!     Cathleen focuses on women who lost their sense of purpose, who feel they are running in a hamster wheel, trying to please everyone but themselves. She helps you to turn your careers, your social connections and personal life around, so that you will start feeling fulfilled and excited again about the days to come.  At the end of the process, Cathleen's clients will feel healthier, happier, energised and clear about their future.    With over 15 years of leadership experience in Retail, Media & Broadcasting, Engineering and Property Investment, Cathleen has not only experienced the challenges and opportunities of a female leader herself; she has also been leading and supporting various leadership development initiatives within large, complex, multinational matrix organisations.   Only by deeply experiencing her very personal life challenges – ‘hitting a wall experiences’ – Cathleen was able to redefine her own purpose, deciding to bring ease and content to as many women as possible on the planet!    Connect:  Find | Cathleen Merkel  At cathleenmerkel.com  On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel  On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching  On LinkedIn: @CathleenMerkel  Page Break    Find | Debbie Cohen and Kate Roeske-Zummer   Business (HumanityWorks): www.humanityworks.com  Book:    On LinkedIn: @debbiecohen @kateroeskezummer @HumanityWorks   On Twitter:  @humanityworks_ @KateRZummer @debbieuntapped2     Subscribe to this Podcast On:  Apple Podcasts.    Tune in here:     AppleSpotify Amazon
Jane Finette - How Empowered Women Empower Women
05-01-2022
Jane Finette - How Empowered Women Empower Women
How often do you support and encourage other women? Are you open to requesting help or receiving support from other women? It is time for all women and men included to stand up and empower other women to make the much-needed difference in diversity.   In this episode of the Legendary Leaders Podcast, we have Jane Finette, author of Unlocked and the founder and executive director of The Coaching Fellowship. She’s a passionate women and girls advocate, and her organization is a non-profit that helps advance young women social change leaders, and their work throughout the world. Jane thrives on empowering and supporting women social changemakers to become the best leaders they can be in their organizations.   Listen in to learn about the beauty of supporting and empowering other women and being open to receiving the same. You will also learn the value of taking feminist action towards empowering women to start making a difference.   This podcast is sponsored by InnerProfessional online training programs. With courses geared specifically for Legendary Leaders, InnerProfessional provides an extraordinary catalog of leadership and professional development programs unlike any online training you’ve experienced before.     Key Takeaways:  How to stand up for other women experiencing discrimination at the workplace.  How to give help and support to other women and ask for help in return.   Why we all need to take feminist actions and make progress our agenda.   Episode timeline:  [1:13] Intro   [4:50] Jane on her moving countries experiences and living in different places.   [7:05] She explains her meaning of diversity in experiences, backgrounds, and cultures.   [11:01] The diversity struggles Jane experienced growing up in the UK during her time.   [13:58] How you can stand up and encourage other women at the workplace, especially in tech.   [19:04] How to empower other women by supporting, nurturing, and wanting the best for them.   [22:25] Understanding some of the core reasons why women don’t help other women.   [28:14] Unlock – Jane’s book on the power of unlocking the potential of a woman.   [31:59] The habits we need to develop to make a difference in women empowerment.   [36:44] Why she started an organization that supports women social changemakers.   [40:37] She shares some of the success stories that she has experienced at Coaching Fellowship.  [44:14] She describes her purpose as the ability to help everyone show up to their full potential.    [45:22] Jane talks future plans and programs with The Coaching Fellowship.     Quotes:  “It’s often on you to request for support.”- Jane Finette [23:20]  “The most beautiful experience is to be able to ask for help and to receive help.”- Cathleen Merkel [25:43]  “When you unlock the potential of a woman, you have the potential to unlock many more people in her wake.”- Jane Finette [28:24]  “What we need is an increase in the level of human consciousness so that we can have more diverse conversations and decision-making.”- Jane Finette [30:16]    Connect:  Find | Cathleen Merkel  At cathleenmerkel.com  On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel  On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching  On LinkedIn: @CathleenMerkel    Find | Jane Finette  The Coaching Fellowship - if you would like to support our women social change makers directly:      Jane’s website:   Book:   AND  (All book proceeds go to The Coaching Fellowship!)  On LinkedIn:    On Facebook:    On Instagram:    On Twitter:     SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST On Apple Podcasts.  About Jane Finette:   Author, leadership expert, Jane Finette is Founder and Executive Director of The Coaching Fellowship, a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of young women social change leaders.  A 2020 Women Forward Gold Award winner from the Business Council for Peace, Jane’s passion, expertise, and two decades of experience is anchored at the intersection of technology and human potential. At her core, she empowers individuals and communities to solve the world's largest, most persistent, and perennial problems. She is the author of the new book Unlocked - How Empowered Women Empower Women, a referendum on women's inequality and a toolkit for levelling the playing field for women and girls.     About Cathleen Merkel:    As a Thought Leader in the Mindset & (Self-) Leadership space, Cathleen supports high achieving, but worn-out women create a more content & balanced life without sacrificing their hard-earned success. Following a simple 6 step framework, she helps you not only reconnect with your inner feminine side; Cathleen also supports you to rediscover your REAL YOU!     Cathleen focuses on women who lost their sense of purpose, who feel they are running in a hamster wheel, trying to please everyone but themselves. She helps you to turn your careers, your social connections and personal life around so that you will start feeling fulfilled and excited again about the days to come.  At the end of the process, Cathleen's clients will feel healthier, happier, energised and clear about their future.    With over 15 years of leadership experience in Retail, Media & Broadcasting, Engineering and Property Investment, Cathleen has not only experienced the challenges and opportunities of a female leader herself; she has also been leading and supporting various leadership development initiatives within large, complex, multinational matrix organisations.   Only by deeply experiencing her very personal life challenges – ‘hitting a wall experiences’ –Cathleen was able to redefine her own purpose, deciding to bring ease and content to as many women as possible on the planet!    Tune in here:   Apple   Spotify   Amazon Music
Dr. Ginny Whitelaw - How to Transform into A Zen Leader
21-12-2021
Dr. Ginny Whitelaw - How to Transform into A Zen Leader
Do you want to be an effective leader who leads with purpose and resilience? How about becoming a Zen leader? A Zen leader utilizes their whole mind and body to overcome challenges and unhealthy stress; and they are mindful to lead from a place of energy, resonance, and purpose. In this episode of the Legendary Leaders Podcast, we have Dr. Ginny Whitelaw, a Zen Master, founder of the Institute for Zen Leadership, and author of Resonate. For more than 25 years, she has combined rich scientific backgrounds, senior leadership experience, and mind-body practices in developing whole leaders. She explains how her Zen leadership journey shifted her from being ambitious to a more curious leader. Listen in to learn the importance of building breathing habits to become aware and connect with others as a leader. You will also learn how Zen leadership can help you explore your unconsciously held fears and find your freedom.   Key Takeaways: Learning how to listen and pay attention to what’s happening even as you go after your dreams.How to use your body to be more centered and develop resourceful practices as a leader. The power of practicing simple exercises to stay aware and connect your mind and body.   Episode timeline: [1:13] Intro[4:03] Ginny’s childhood dream of becoming an astronaut and what became of it as she grew up.[6:19] How going after her dream got out of control plus when she completely turned things around.[12:05] She explains her leadership experience at NASA and why she felt it lacked wholeness.[14:14] Ginny on how the Institute for Zen Leadership was born and what it teaches leaders.[19:46] How resonating with energy allows us to come into ourselves and create value.[25:53] She defines the meaning of Zen leadership – the sense of unity with all that is.[30:00] How Zen leadership allows you to explore and identify your fears to find freedom.[33:24] How to create awareness in your day-to-day as a leader by building breathing habits.[38:07] Ginny shares some success stories from the Institute for Zen Leadership.[41:25] She explains how Zen leadership shifted her from an ambitious to a curious leader.     Quotes: “It’s great to have dreams but hold them in a way where you’re still listening.”- Ginny Whitelaw [7:29]   “You’re connected with the world; nothing just happens, there’s a strong connection.”- Cathleen Merkel [19:11]   “When we’re home and we’re clear and we’re feeling whole, there’s an attractive quality to our energy that people want to be connected to.”- Ginny Whitelaw [ [25:00]   “When we’re in a place where we’re ready to step into a bigger world, those walls tend to arise.”- Ginny Whitelaw [39:58]   Connect: Find | Cathleen Merkel At cathleenmerkel.com On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching On LinkedIn: @CathleenMerkel   Find | Dr. Ginny Whitelaw Business (Institute for Zen Leadership):  Course: Book: On LinkedIn: @institueforzenleadership On Facebook: On Instagram: On YouTube: Zenflix   SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST On Apple Podcasts.   About Cathleen Merkel:   As a Thought Leader in the Mindset & (Self-) Leadership space, Cathleen supports high achieving, but worn-out women create a more content & balanced life without sacrificing their hard-earned success. Following a simple 6 step framework, she helps you not only reconnect with your inner feminine side; Cathleen also supports you to rediscover your REAL YOU! Cathleen focuses on women who lost their sense of purpose, who feel they are running in a hamster wheel, trying to please everyone but themselves. She helps you to turn your careers, your social connections and personal life around so that you will start feeling fulfilled and excited again about the days to come.  At the end of the process, Cathleen's clients will feel healthier, happier, energised and clear about their future.   With over 15 years of leadership experience in Retail, Media & Broadcasting, Engineering and Property Investment, Cathleen has not only experienced the challenges and opportunities of a female leader herself; she has also been leading and supporting various leadership development initiatives within large, complex, multinational matrix organisations. Only by deeply experiencing her very personal life challenges – ‘hitting a wall experiences’ –Cathleen was able to redefine her own purpose, deciding to bring ease and content to as many women as possible on the planet!   Tune in here:         About Dr. Ginny Whitelaw Dr. Ginny Whitelaw is a Zen master and founder and CEO of the Institute for Zen Leadership. For more than 25 years, she’s combined a rich scientific background, senior leadership experience, and mind-body practices in developing whole leaders. She co-developed FEBI, a validated personality test linking mind, body and essential modes of leadership. Formerly a senior leader at NASA, she led the integration of the Space Station Program. She holds a doctorate in biophysics, degrees in physics and philosophy, and a 5th degree black belt in Aikido. She is the author of 4 books, including her latest, Resonate.
Erin Jewell - How Mindful Practices Will Shift the Way You Show Up as A Leader
05-10-2021
Erin Jewell - How Mindful Practices Will Shift the Way You Show Up as A Leader
Do you have an appetite for your wellbeing, both personally and professionally? As a high-achieving leader, it is important you learn to practice support and mindfulness to stay connected to your wellbeing and be more productive. Are you ready to start showing up as your best self both mentally and emotionally?   In this episode of the Legendary Leaders Podcast, we have Erin Jewell, a Thrive Global Top 10 Coach of 2021, an executive mindset and performance growth coach, international speaker, and a professor of leadership at Villanova University. She has over 20 years of leadership experience in the healthcare sector and Fortune 500 companies. Erin works with people who have a high level of self-awareness and a desire to continue to show up as the best versions of themselves.   Listen in to learn how the pandemic changed the leader-team relationships and how that shifted organizational structures. You will also learn how to engage your team, build trust, and gain productivity by incorporating mindfulness and healthy practices into your life.   Key Takeaways: How to become intentional in self-observation to discern what is yours and what is not.How to ask questions that will help you communicate better as a team leader.How to turn your mistakes into effective leadership.Show up as the best version of yourself as a leader and engage your team by adopting mindful practices into your life.   Episode timeline: [1:13] Intro[4:42] Erin on the Warrior’s Breath technique she does with her clients to help re-energize them.[6:17] How she works with leaders who have an appetite for professional and relatable wellbeing.[7:49] Why Erin was recognized as the Thrive Global Top 10 Coach of 2021.[9:33] How she helps high achieving and high performing leaders better manage their wellbeing.[16:13] How you can become connected to self by practicing gestures of support and wellbeing.[18:01] Erin explains how men and women differ in leadership and how each is influenced by the other.[22:05] The importance of advocating from a place of questioning and not assumption or interrogation.[30:05] Make time to have conversations that allow better communication.[34:07] Why now is a challenging time for leaders as they transition back to the office after the pandemic.[39:27] Erin shares her leadership journey and how her mistakes shaped the leader she is today.[42:44] How she transformed her life through mindful practices and healthy habits.[45:49] She shares the practices she has adopted to ensure her personal wellbeing.   Quotes: “We can all and should all be recognized for our approach in the community for doing the work we do.”- Erin Jewell [8:31]   “When we’re less focused on our wellbeing, we disassociate from our emotional and mental state, and when we’re feeling disassociated, our ability to discern what is mine and what is not, becomes very clouded.”- Erin Jewell [16:38]   “There’s an opportunity for humans to learn a little bit more about how to advocate for what’s meaningful to them through a place of questioning but not interrogation.”- Erin Jewell [25:41]   “To ask some great questions and also practice, put yourself in the other person’s shoes.”- Cathleen Merkel [29:24]   Book Mentioned: Patriarchy Stress Disorder by Valerie Rein   Connect: Find | Cathleen Merkel At cathleenmerkel.com On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching On LinkedIn: @CathleenMerkel   Find | Erin Jewell Business (Erin Jewell Consulting):   On Facebook: Erinjewellcoaching On Instagram: Erinjewellconsulting On LinkedIn: On Twitter: Erinjewellconsulting   SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST On Apple Podcasts.
Carole Soder - The Art of Prioritizing Your Health and Wellness
21-09-2021
Carole Soder - The Art of Prioritizing Your Health and Wellness
Do you set time aside to prioritize your health and wellness even as you take care of everything else? Did you know that prioritizing your wellbeing is a form of self-leadership? To operate as your complete self in all aspects of your life, you have to take the first steps and form consistent health and wellness habits without overcomplicating things.   In this episode of the Legendary Leaders Podcast, we have Carole Soder, a certified personal trainer, weight loss specialist, a nutrition coach, and a certified counselor. She’s passionate about helping women take care of themselves and value their health and wellness. She has been changing her own ways over the past 25 years to make sure she takes care of herself, for her and her family.   Listen in to learn the value of giving back to yourself by taking your health and wellness seriously. You will also learn how to form long-lasting health and wellness habits by taking small and consistent steps.   Key Takeaways: Tap into the small steps that can take you further instead of making big changes all at once.How to change your mindset around taking time for yourself and self-prioritization.The importance of asking for help and support as a mom, to take time for yourself.Learn to positively talk and motivate yourself in your wellness efforts.Find your reason for pursuing a healthy lifestyle to be your motivation.   Episode timeline: [1:13] Intro[5:56] Carole on her mission of helping women prioritize their health and wellness.[8:06] How to give back to yourself by doing a little bit more towards your wellbeing.[9:34] The story of how she got into running, doing races, and participating in triathlon challenges.[15:22] How she shifted and developed a mindset of taking small but gradual steps.[20:33] How taking time for yourself allows you to be better for yourself and others.[25:01] Carole shares some of the ways she balanced being a mom and taking time for herself.[30:34] Take small steps towards your health and wellness and do the best you can at the moment.[39:49] She explains how she helps women form long-lasting health and wellness habits.[48:07] The power of having the motivation to help stay consistent in your health and wellness efforts.   Quotes: “Regardless of the situation, just try to tap into going a little bit more than you think you can and for sure you can.”- Carole Soder [16:21]   “You don’t need to create a big change from one day to another, it’s about progress, growth, and personal development.”- Cathleen Merkel [17:06]   “When we don’t take care of ourselves, we’re not very good for others.”- Carole Soder [24:17]   “Positive self-talk can be amazing if people would tap into it.”- Carole Soder [33:05]   Connect: Find | Cathleen Merkel At cathleenmerkel.com On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching On LinkedIn: @CathleenMerkel   Find | Carol Soder Website:   SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST On Apple Podcasts.   About Cathleen Merkel:     As a Thought Leader in the Mindset & (Self-) Leadership space, Cathleen supports high achieving, but worn-out women create a more content & balanced life without sacrificing their hard-earned success. Following a simple 6 step framework, she helps you not only reconnect with your inner feminine side; Cathleen also supports you to rediscover your REAL YOU! Cathleen focuses on women who lost their sense of purpose, who feel they are running in a hamster wheel, trying to please everyone but themselves. She helps you to turn your careers, your social connections and personal life around so that you will start feeling fulfilled and excited again about the days to come.   At the end of the process, Cathleen's clients will feel healthier, happier, energised and clear about their future.     With over 15 years of leadership experience in Retail, Media & Broadcasting, Engineering and Property Investment, Cathleen has not only experienced the challenges and opportunities of a female leader herself; she has also been leading and supporting various leadership development initiatives within large, complex, multinational matrix organisations.   Only by deeply experiencing her very personal life challenges – ‘hitting a wall experiences’ –Cathleen was able to redefine her own purpose, deciding to bring ease and content to as many women as possible on the planet!   Tune in here:      About Carole Soder: Carole is a NASM certified personal trainer and weight loss specialist, a nutrition coach and NJ Certified counselor with over 25 years’ experience. She understands human behavior and how to help motivate and teach people to create changes in their lives. Fitness and healthy living are a way of life and has been her passion for many years, however it did not come naturally for her. Carole was never an athlete when she was younger but found a love for the gym in her late 20s and craved the adrenaline rush it gave her from crushing her self-imposed goals. She went from having two left feet to running the NYC marathon, from not knowing how to swim to competing in her first triathlon at the age of 36. In 2014, Carole found her true love and passion in weightlifting, something she believe to be an essential part of becoming and staying fit. Today at 54, she is fitter than ever before. Small changes over time done consistently yields results. She is a motivator with high energy, a mom, wife and busy working woman who wants to show you that you can do more than you think you can do. No matter where you are on your fitness journey, together with Carole, you will reach your goal. Let's GO!
Richard Matthews - How To Successful Live and Run a Business on Wheels
08-09-2021
Richard Matthews - How To Successful Live and Run a Business on Wheels
What would it mean for you to have complete freedom to do your job or run your business and spend time with your family at the same time? Sometimes all you need to do is to push yourself and restrict some things to achieve the freedom you need to live the life you want to live.   In this episode of the Legendary Leaders Podcast, we have Richard Matthews, a professional marketing, technology, and business growth consultant. He travels full time with his wife and four kids, which means having time, location, and financial freedom. He and his team help clients achieve business profitability through powerful marketing strategies and freedom.   Listen in to learn how you can create a profitable business that offers you time, location, and financial freedom. You will also learn how to build, understand, and implement systems that encourage productivity within your business.   Key Takeaways: The value of having the necessary freedom to work and spend time with your loved ones without restrictions.How to use time restriction and delegation to balance work and life as an entrepreneur.How to build, understand, and implement systems in your business to increase productivity.The importance of giving yourself playtime to rewind and do your job better.   Episode timeline: [0:41] Intro[3:28] How Richard manages to live and work from an RV while traveling with his whole family.[9:39] The five freedoms that Richard lives by; spiritual, political, time, location, and financial.[15:16] How he’s able to successfully run two businesses on 4 hours and 4 days a week.[20:34] He describes how they typically plan things to get everything done within a certain timeframe.[24:55] How he found success in his business by figuring out how to build, understand, and implement systems.[32:47] Richard’s hiring criteria plus how he builds a caring culture for his employees to get great results.[40:46] Why it is important to take time to enjoy life and reenergize before going back to work.[45:04] How he helps his clients build their platform with podcasting.[49:46] Richard on what he’s doing with his other business.   Quotes: “You find out a lot more often than not a lot of limits that you have placed on yourself are psychological limits and not real-world limits.”- Richard Matthews [23:28]“Learn to push the limit and push the boundaries and actually see what you’re capable of doing.”-Richard Matthews [23:38]“When you set boundaries, you have to focus on what’s truly important, what makes the big difference and how you communicate that.”- Cathleen Merkel [24:25]“It makes more sense to hire someone to fill a role in your system than it is to hire someone to manage your chaos.”- Richard Matthews [33:43]“Play is not a reward for a job well done, it is a requirement to do a good job.”- Richard Matthews [41:40]   Connect: Find | Cathleen Merkel At cathleenmerkel.com On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching On LinkedIn: @CathleenMerkel   Find | Richard Matthews Website: Business (Push Button):   On Facebook: on Twitter: & @AKATheAlchemist On LinkedIn:   SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST On Apple Podcasts.    About Cathleen Merkel:     As a Thought Leader in the Mindset & (Self-) Leadership space, Cathleen supports high achieving, but worn-out women create a more content & balanced life without sacrificing their hard-earned success. Following a simple 6 step framework, she helps you not only reconnect with your inner feminine side; Cathleen also supports you to rediscover your REAL YOU! Cathleen focuses on women who lost their sense of purpose, who feel they are running in a hamster wheel, trying to please everyone but themselves. She helps you to turn your careers, your social connections and personal life around so that you will start feeling fulfilled and excited again about the days to come.   At the end of the process, Cathleen's clients will feel healthier, happier, energised and clear about their future.     With over 15 years of leadership experience in Retail, Media & Broadcasting, Engineering and Property Investment, Cathleen has not only experienced the challenges and opportunities of a female leader herself; she has also been leading and supporting various leadership development initiatives within large, complex, multinational matrix organisations.   Only by deeply experiencing her very personal life challenges – ‘hitting a wall experiences’ –Cathleen was able to redefine her own purpose, deciding to bring ease and content to as many women as possible on the planet!   Tune in here:    About Richard Matthews   Richard Matthews got his start in business with his first side-hustle at the age of 13. He is also a speaker, consultant, author, and inventor whose work has impacted some of the top expert brands across the country.   Host of The Hero Show Podcast, Richard Matthews is helping entrepreneurs cross the crocodile infested waters of business, turning their expertise into gold with his Digital A.L.C.H.E.M.Y. Formula. Now he is helping others create 6 and 7 figure businesses while living life on the road with his family.
Angie Chaplin  - Leading Mindfully and With Values in All Aspects of Your Life
24-08-2021
Angie Chaplin - Leading Mindfully and With Values in All Aspects of Your Life
Are the values that lead you at home the same ones that you lead with at work? To avoid internal conflict and be self-aware, you have to align your values with all aspects of your life.   In this episode of the Legendary Leaders Podcast, we have Angie Chaplin, a sought-after speaker, coach, facilitator, and educator. She’s also the founder and owner of Mindful Leadership, a coaching and consulting practice grounded in leadership research and guided by mindful behavior. Angie has more than two decades of work in organizational leadership and human resources.   Listen in to learn how to become self-aware as a leader and lead from an ecosystem rather than a place of ego. You will also learn how to intentionally invest your time in things that will bring you the greatest return as a leader at work and in your life.   Key Takeaways: Learning how to be more proactive vs. reactive with your actions and communication.How to avoid internal conflict by leading at work with the same values that lead your life.Become the self-aware leader who leads from an ecosystem rather than a place of ego.How to figure out what works for you through the trial-and-error strategy.How to intentionally invest your time in ways that will give you the greatest return.   If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video show notes and SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST on Apple Podcasts.   Episode timeline: [0:42] Intro[4:12] Angie on how she’s experiencing joy by prioritizing physical and mental wellness.[7:08] She talks about her past with alcoholism and how she overcame it through self-leadership.[13:07] How Angie found things that related to her five values during her darkest moments.[17:26] How she has become self-aware and learned to be more proactive in her actions.[20:44] Why it is important that your values as a leader match with every aspect of your life.[23:06] How lack of self-awareness and confidence can lead to conflict at work and home.[29:25] Angie describes her typical day and how she manages to live her values daily.[34:23] Make the most of the time you have, to do what will give you the greatest return.[38:29] How to align who you are with what you do, to find fulfillment as a woman leader.   Quotes: “Going through my deepest struggle is really where I found things that very much related to my values.”- Angie Chaplin [15:13]   “That conflict we feel is often the symptom of a much larger source of the problem.”- Angie Chaplin [22:45]   “When who we are as a leader is different from what we do as a leader, that creates that sense of inner conflict.”- Angie Chaplin [27:59]   “Leadership has got nothing to do with your position at work or hierarchy level, but how you show up in life.”- Cathleen Merkel [28:24]   Connect: Find | Cathleen Merkel At cathleenmerkel.com On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching On LinkedIn: @CathleenMerkel   Find | Angie Chaplin Website: Business (Lead Change):  On Twitter: On Facebook: On LinkedIn:     SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST On Apple Podcasts.   About Cathleen Merkel:     As a Thought Leader in the Mindset & (Self-) Leadership space, Cathleen supports high achieving, but worn-out women create a more content & balanced life without sacrificing their hard-earned success. Following a simple 6 step framework, she helps you not only reconnect with your inner feminine side; Cathleen also supports you to rediscover your REAL YOU!    Cathleen focuses on women who lost their sense of purpose, who feel they are running in a hamster wheel, trying to please everyone but themselves. She helps you to turn your careers, your social connections and personal life around so that you will start feeling fulfilled and excited again about the days to come.      At the end of the process, Cathleen's clients will feel healthier, happier, energised and clear about their future.        With over 15 years of leadership experience in Retail, Media & Broadcasting, Engineering and Property Investment, Cathleen has not only experienced the challenges and opportunities of a female leader herself; she has also been leading and supporting various leadership development initiatives within large, complex, multinational matrix organisations.   Only by deeply experiencing her very personal life challenges – ‘hitting a wall experiences’ –Cathleen was able to redefine her own purpose, deciding to bring ease and content to as many women as possible on the planet!    Tune in here:      About Angie Chaplin   Angie Chaplin is the founder and owner of Mindful Leadership, a coaching and consulting practice grounded in leadership research and guided by mindful behavior. With more than two decades of work in organizational leadership and human resources, Angie is a sought-after speaker, coach, facilitator, and educator.   Leveraging her own journey from alcohol addiction to business owner, Angie exemplifies leadership qualities such as bravery, resilience, and authenticity, as she coaches leaders to return to their passions and fulfill their purpose.   As one of only 50 Certified Masters of The Leadership ChallengeⓇ, a contributing author to The Leadership Challenge Workshop Facilitator’s Guide and The Leadership Challenge Activities Book, she specializes in educating leaders on living, working, and leading exemplary lives.
Bunny Young - How to Intentionally Nurture Your Purpose and Freedom to Choose
10-08-2021
Bunny Young - How to Intentionally Nurture Your Purpose and Freedom to Choose
How aligned are you with your purpose? Do you intentionally say yes to yourself and to having a purpose? Having a purpose means making choices of what will give your life meaning and give you pleasure. In this episode of the Legendary Leaders Podcast, we have Bunny Young, a serial entrepreneur, business therapist, virtual speaker, retreat facilitator, and the founder of A Better Place Consulting. She empowers and educates businesses and organizations about the impact of work-life alignment.   Listen in to learn how to intentionally say yes to yourself and create a space where you get to express yourself. You will also learn how to be mindful when building a business not to end up being a very expensive job.   Key Takeaways: How to start with self-love and understand that you were created for a higher purpose.How to live a life of intentions with purpose, to create an impact for yourself and others.How to build a business where you value your team and what they contribute.   If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video show notes and SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST on Apple Podcasts.   Episode timeline: [0:41] Intro[3:23] The power of being intentional and saying yes to yourself and your space.[8:46] Bunny explains how she pours into herself at a hundred percent in everything she does.[11:27] She describes her very intentional career journey and how she became a coach.[17:40] Understanding equine-assisted learning and how it’s used in team building.[20:56] The power of having a purpose and choosing your freedom and security.[25:29] How she found her freedom of choice and purpose despite everything that’s happened to her.[32:59] Bunny on how she experienced Chinese culture and even became a stunt woman.[40:40] How she started and grew her company with intentionality where she puts her team ahead.   Quotes: “Purpose is to continue saying yes to the things that bring you more vibrancy and more pleasure in life.”- Bunny Young [20:12]   “Bad things happen and how you respond to them, is your choice.”- Bunny Young [25:27]   “The impact of your life is not always what you get credit for in your life; you have no idea who you’re impacting.”- Bunny Young [39:29]   “Be very mindful how you start your company because how you start and how you grow your company, is going to be the company you end having.”- Bunny Young [43:46]   Connect: Find | Cathleen Merkel At cathleenmerkel.com On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching On LinkedIn: @CathleenMerkel   Find | Bunny Young Websites: Instagram: @abetterplaceconsulting and @bunnyhas6legs Facebook: www.facebook.com/abetterplaceconsulting and the Difference Makers Discussions Group On LinkedIn: Bunny Young and A Better Place Consulting   SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST On Apple Podcasts.   About Cathleen Merkel:     As a Thought Leader in the Mindset & (Self-) Leadership space, Cathleen supports high achieving, but worn-out women create a more content & balanced life without sacrificing their hard-earned success. Following a simple 6 step framework, she helps you not only reconnect with your inner feminine side; Cathleen also supports you to rediscover your REAL YOU!    Cathleen focuses on women who lost their sense of purpose, who feel they are running in a hamster wheel, trying to please everyone but themselves. She helps you to turn your careers, your social connections and personal life around so that you will start feeling fulfilled and excited again about the days to come.      At the end of the process, Cathleen's clients will feel healthier, happier, energised and clear about their future.        With over 15 years of leadership experience in Retail, Media & Broadcasting, Engineering and Property Investment, Cathleen has not only experienced the challenges and opportunities of a female leader herself; she has also been leading and supporting various leadership development initiatives within large, complex, multinational matrix organisations. Only by deeply experiencing her very personal life challenges – ‘hitting a wall experiences’ –Cathleen was able to redefine her own purpose, deciding to bring ease and content to as many women as possible on the planet!   Tune in here:    About Bunny Young Stuntwoman turned businesswoman is the best way to start a bio. After being diagnosed with a heart condition at an early age and depending on a service dog for a higher quality of life, Bunny focuses on using each day to fully deliver our purpose within the world. Bunny founded her company, A Better Place Consulting to empower and educate businesses and organizations about the impact of work-life alignment.  Bunny enjoys breaking the codependency found between professionals and their companies. Bunny also enjoys teaching burnout prevention to law enforcement, military, and correctional officers. She is a third-generation entrepreneur, an international speaker, retired therapist, surfer, Army wife, and cowgirl who speaks 4 languages. Bunny is still most proud of her incredible family of two amazing daughters and her sexy supportive husband.
Patty Beach - How to Become an Inclusively Aligned Leader
27-07-2021
Patty Beach - How to Become an Inclusively Aligned Leader
How aligned are you as a leader with your team? To become aligned with your team as a leader requires an environment where everyone is heard and allowed to be part of the decision-making process.   In this episode of the Legendary Leaders Podcast, we have Patty Beach, a coach specializing in leadership development, an organizational development consultant, and the founder of LeadershipSmarts. She combines leadership best practices and coaching to transform managers into the best leaders ever and executives into inspirational role models that can scale and grow the company.   Listen in to learn how to balance both your feminine and masculine energy as a leader to create alignment. You will also learn how you can improve your relationship with people by giving them radiant attention.   Key Takeaways: How both women and men can use their feminine and masculine instincts to make leadership better.How to use the principles of alignment to create an environment for everyone to be heard.How to accelerate ideas execution by allowing people to be part of the decision-making process.   If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video show notes and SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST on Apple Podcasts.   Episode timeline: [0:41] Intro[4:14] How Patty helps people get connected in leadership and find their true calling.[5:36] She describes her experience working in the oil and gas industry.[11:54] Why you need a balance in both your masculine and feminine powers in leadership.[16:03] How to let go of ego and invite people to participate in your ideas during team meetings.[19:04] The foundational values you need to have as a leader to allow for natural alignment.[24:02] The processes of building a common language and discipline with your team.[28:55] The benefits of getting people to be part of the decision-making process.[34:08] The power of alignment in helping an organization achieve diversity and inclusion.[39:40] How Patty personally aligns with her goals by paying attention to her feelings.[47:15] How to improve the relationship quality you have with your team to become allies.[54:13] Give people radiant attention to improve the quality of human connection.   Quotes: “Both men and women have more freedom to use their masculine survival instincts and their feminine survival instincts in leadership to be better leaders.”- Patty Beach [9:09]“The accumulation of power is more masculine, and the distribution of power is more feminine.”- Patty Beach [13:01]“Every voice matter; when you bring people in a room, you want to value every single person.”- Patty Beach [19:09]“When I felt truly aligned, I felt at ease and that I could tackle anything.”- Cathleen Merkel [44:34]   Connect: Find | Cathleen Merkel At cathleenmerkel.com On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching On LinkedIn: @CathleenMerkel   Find | Patty Beach On LinkedIn: Website: On Facebook: On Twitter: @versatilityf On Instagram: @pgreenski Book: The Art of Alignment: A Practical Guide for Inclusive Leadership and the Versatility Factor Profile -    SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST On Apple Podcasts.   About Cathleen:     As a Thought Leader in the Mindset & (Self-) Leadership space, Cathleen supports high achieving, but worn-out women create a more content & balanced life without sacrificing their hard-earned success. Following a simple 6 step framework, she helps you not only reconnect with your inner feminine side; Cathleen also supports you to rediscover your REAL YOU!    Cathleen focuses on women who lost their sense of purpose, who feel they are running in a hamster wheel, trying to please everyone but themselves. She helps you to turn your careers, your social connections and personal life around so that you will start feeling fulfilled and excited again about the days to come.      At the end of the process, Cathleen's clients will feel healthier, happier, energised and clear about their future.        With over 15 years of leadership experience in Retail, Media & Broadcasting, Engineering and Property Investment, Cathleen has not only experienced the challenges and opportunities of a female leader herself; she has also been leading and supporting various leadership development initiatives within large, complex, multinational matrix organisations.   Only by deeply experiencing her very personal life challenges – ‘hitting a wall experiences’ –Cathleen was able to redefine her own purpose, deciding to bring ease and content to as many women as possible on the planet!   Tune in here:    About Patty Beach   Patty Beach is the CEO of LeadershipSmarts, a firm that combines leadership best practices and coaching to help managers and executives build a better world in a better way. Her approach to leadership evolved over twenty years of coaching leaders in companies, non-profits, universities and government agencies.  Before earning a master's degree in organizational development from Pepperdine University, and becoming an ICF Master Certified Coach, Patty was a geologist and manager leading initiatives in new technology and emerging markets in the energy industry. Patty and her husband, Roger Toennis, also developed the Versatility Factor assessment to foster gender-inclusive leadership that embraces both masculine and feminine values.