The Legendary Leaders Podcast

Cathleen O'Sullivan – Leadership Consultant, Thinking Partner and Podcast

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. read less
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Episodes

Jones Loflin -  Cultivating Success
3d ago
Jones Loflin - Cultivating Success
In this riveting conversation, our host, Cathleen sits down with the inspiring Jones Loflin. Jones masterfully draws parallels between the principles of gardening and leadership, emphasising creativity, space for thinking, and nurturing sustainable growth.   In this episode, you'll hear about the origins of Jones' book Juggling Elephants, born from a casual discussion on life’s circus-like chaos, and Cathleen’s reflections on fostering creativity amidst our busy lives. Together, they tackle the ever-present challenge of balancing work efficiency with your personal life, stressing the importance of intentional habits and mindfulness.   Tune in to discover how to embrace the "gardener mindset" for proactive leadership, learn effective strategies for saying no, and explore how intentionality and small steps can lead to significant personal and professional development.    Episode Timeline:    15:34 Authentic writing comes from lived experiences. 19:36 Helping people identify unmet needs and make necessary changes in their lives and workspaces. 23:31 Storytelling and communication encourages positive change and possibility. 31:05 Surround yourself with encouraging mentors who are a few steps ahead of you.  33:36 Office friendships can create unnecessary pressure. 42:04 An elephant is anything that limits you. 43:38 Leaders aim to improve in key areas. 59:02 Showing palms indicates trust and confidence. 01:10:08 Delegate meetings to empower team members, and gain time. Key Takeaways:  Jones Loflin emphasises the importance of adopting a ‘gardener mindset’ for leaders, focusing on creativity, growth, and nurturing sustainable systems rather than merely fixing problems. Both Jones and Cathleen discuss the challenge of finding time for creativity and personal development, highlighting the significance of starting small and being intentional in cultivating habits that support free time and balance. The episode underscores the value of storytelling and fostering open communication to drive change, with Jones advocating for leaders to delegate decision-making and empower their teams for strategic growth.   ABOUT Jones Loflin Jones Loflin has made it his life’s work to deliver powerful ideas and practical solutions to individuals around the world so they can achieve more of what is most important to them. His books are described as “illuminating” and his presentations as “unforgettable.” In his 29 years as a speaker and coach he has helped countless people regain confidence in their ability to achieve greater success in work and life.   Connect with Jones: Business: https://jonesloflin.com/ Linkedin - JonesLoflin.com | LinkedIn Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jonesloflin Facebook  Juggling Elephants: https://www.facebook.com/jugglingelephants/ Youtube - Jones Loflin - YouTube Instagram - Jones Loflin (@jonesloflin)  Twitter:  https://twitter.com/jonesloflin   Connect: 
  Find | Cathleen O’Sullivan  Business: cathleenmerkel.com     Email: cmc@cathleenmerkelcoaching.com  LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/cathleen-merkel-2b0991151  Instagram: www.instagram.com/cathleenmerkel  Twitter: twitter.com/CathleenMerkel7      FOLLOW LEGENDARY LEADERS ON APPLE, SPOTIFY OR WHEREVER YOU LISTEN TO YOUR PODCASTS.
Jim Bishop - How to Disrupt, Bridge and Grow as a Leader
02-07-2024
Jim Bishop - How to Disrupt, Bridge and Grow as a Leader
Cathleen is joined by Jim Bishop from Conjunction Leadership, who brings over 20 years of global leadership experience to the table. Together, they explore essential topics for modern leaders, from embracing authenticity and emotional dexterity to navigating complex workplaces and fostering meaningful connections. Jim shares actionable insights on empowering leaders to take responsibility for their destiny, using direct communication, and developing resilience and adaptability within their teams. Cathleen and Jim engage in a thought-provoking discussion about gender dynamics, the pressures of social identity, and the journey toward finding one's true voice in a corporate world.   Episode Timeline:    04:11 We aim to make the world of work not suck so much anymore. 08:05 Nervous system shapes identity through social interaction. 14:59 Initial chemistry call determines coaching relationship compatibility. 25:30 Found purpose and balance during sabbatical. 27:07 Pivoted to coaching, found success during COVID. 33:17 Unite teams through shared vision for cooperation. 38:23 Avoid discomfort to stay safe but you limit growth. 44:32 Encouraging growth mindset and self-actualisation in culture. 52:15 Finding identity, setting boundaries, and being present. 54:59 Nurturing entrepreneurial spirit while balancing family security. 01:00:05 Employees value social connections and purpose at work.   Key Takeaways:  Leaders need to make empowered choices and develop emotional dexterity to manage complex emotions and foster connection and empathy in the workplace. Jim suggests using the "north star exercise" to align divisions and create a common vision, addressing conflicts and encouraging creative problem-solving for your teams Jim and Cathleen discuss the intricacies of gender dynamics in leadership. They promote curiosity, openness, and empathetic communication to break down traditional gender expectations and enhance team cohesion.   ABOUT  Jim Bishop   With over two decades of immersive experience in executive development, corporate leadership and human performance, Jim Bishop stands as a beacon of transformative leadership through his business, Conjunction Leadership. Jim's journey has taken him across the globe, coaching executives, diverse teams and orchestrating the modernisation of leadership systems for transforming business units. Having collaborated with industry giants like Eli Lilly, Roche, and Elanco, Jim recognised the pivotal role of a visionary leader willing to first work on themselves while revitalising their culture. This catalysed the birth of Conjunction Leadership in 2020, where Jim provides executive coaching and team development solutions. As a certified coach by the International Coaching Federation and a Certified Leadership Facilitator with Blanchard, Jim's methods are a blend of science and art. He empowers executives through executive coaching, corporate culture consulting, and team effectiveness programs, focusing on holistic development within volatile contexts. At Conjunction Leadership, transformation starts within. The exclusive DISRUPT, BRIDGE, and GROW process guides leaders on a journey of self-discovery, mindset shifts, and measurable growth.   Connect with Jim: Website: https://conjunctionleadership.com/   Social Media Links: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/conjunctionleadership/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conjunctionleadership LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesdbishop/ Connect: 
  Find | Cathleen O’Sullivan  Business: cathleenmerkel.com   Email: cmc@cathleenmerkelcoaching.com  LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/cathleen-merkel-2b0991151  Instagram: www.instagram.com/cathleenmerkel  Twitter: twitter.com/CathleenMerkel7    FOLLOW LEGENDARY LEADERS ON APPLE, SPOTIFY OR WHEREVER YOU LISTEN TO YOUR PODCASTS.
Josh Perlman - Resilient Leadership Lessons
18-06-2024
Josh Perlman - Resilient Leadership Lessons
Cathleen explores the world of business leadership with the incredible Josh Perlman. Josh brings over 20 years of experience in shaping resilient businesses with executive roles ranging from CEO to COO. He shares invaluable insights into proving oneself as a smart, hardworking leader, and the critical importance of psychological safety in the workplace, especially during tumultuous times like the COVID-19 crisis.    Josh opens up about his unique journey from starting work in high school to leading his own company, Geek Exec, which places C-suite executives in small and medium-sized businesses. You'll hear first-hand stories of challenges he faced, mistakes made, and lessons learned, all reinforcing the essence of being customer-centric and staying true to your business's core purpose.   Tune in to learn more about leading with impact, empowering teams, and navigating the pressures of growth and innovation.    Episode Timeline:  06:59 Maintaining balance key to sustained energy levels. 12:44 Diverse upbringing shapes outlook on life. 18:47 Small and medium businesses can't easily afford consultants. 28:03 Focus on unique value; prioritise client satisfaction. 32:19 Flexibility and adaptation are crucial for success. 40:55 Acknowledge mistakes, listen, and learn from others. 47:06 Importance of psychological safety in challenging communication. 49:30 Founders should empower and trust their team. 56:56 Regret about not confronting the boss for bad advice. 01:02:46 Adapt, learn, and finish what's necessary. Key Takeaways:  The Importance of Psychological Safety: Josh Perlman emphasises the significance of creating a workplace environment where employees can express concerns and ideas without fear of job security. Balancing Personal and Professional Life: Both Cathleen O’Sullivan and Josh Perlman discuss the necessity of taking breaks and finding time for oneself and one’s relationships. Leading with Flexibility and Openness: Josh Perlman shares insights on the importance of being adaptable and open to various perspectives in leadership. He stresses the need for continuous learning, being open to change, and fostering an environment where new ideas are welcomed.    ABOUT Josh Perlman Josh Perlman is a seasoned business executive with over 20 years of experience in shaping resilient businesses across various industries. He has held executive roles including CEO, COO, President, and Senior Vice President, with expertise in operations, sales, and product development management. Josh's career is marked by his dedication to bridging the talent gap for small businesses and startups, inspiring him to establish The Gig Exec. His mission is to make senior-level executive experience accessible to small, innovative companies, and family businesses, not just tech startups and large corporations. Currently, Josh is the Managing Director at The Gig Exec and the Founder & President of BËTR Productions, continuing his journey of empowering businesses with strategic leadership and innovative solutions.   Link to website: www.thegigexec.com   Connect with Josh: Website: www.thegigexec.com   Social Media Links: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshperlman31/  Connect: 
  Find | Cathleen O’Sullivan  Business: cathleenmerkel.com   Email: cmc@cathleenmerkelcoaching.com  LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/cathleen-merkel-2b0991151  Instagram: www.instagram.com/cathleenmerkel  Twitter: twitter.com/CathleenMerkel7      FOLLOW LEGENDARY LEADERS ON APPLE, SPOTIFY OR WHEREVER YOU LISTEN TO YOUR PODCASTS.
Beth Knight - Reflections on Sustainable Leadership
04-06-2024
Beth Knight - Reflections on Sustainable Leadership
Cathleen interviews Beth Knight, a trailblazer in social impact and sustainability. She shares her profound journey from facing burnout while leading innovative projects at Amazon to her current mission as a sustainability advisor and board chair for Save the Children's corporate advisory board. Together, they delve into the essence of sustainable leadership emphasising integrity, well-being, and creating long-term value for people and the planet.   Tune in as Beth Knight and Cathleen O'Sullivan discuss leading with purpose in today's complex world.    Episode Timeline:    05:14 Transitioned from Amazon to sustainability advisory work. 08:26 Assisting a Ukrainian family member's journey to the UK. 10:58 Grateful for privilege, learning to say no. 14:58 Sustainable leadership is about a holistic, energising approach. 20:28 Balancing career and family leads to fulfilment. 21:52 Encouragement and listening are powerful for impact. 27:48 System broken, challenges in sustainability, and inequality. 30:14 Eco anxiety about unsustainable systems. 34:27 Respectful tourism breaks cultural and wealth barriers. 38:21 Colonial framing, and expanding protected cultures. 40:25 Act of kindness on the bus profoundly impacted someone. 45:57 Sustainability roles are complex, in-demand, and are evolving. 55:09 Encouraging ethical consumerism and companies' environmental accountability.   Key Takeaways:    Recognising and Addressing Burnout: Beth Knight shared her firsthand experience with burnout and her decision to leave Amazon, emphasising the importance of recognising early signs of exhaustion. She discussed how high demands, constant stakeholder engagement, and maintaining a leadership brand can lead to significant stress. Sustainable Leadership and Personal Well-being: How to create long-term value without exhausting oneself or others. Beth defined sustainable leadership as one that focuses on integrity, value creation, and well-being from an environmental, social, and governance perspective.  Systemic Support and Ethical Practices: Both Cathleen and Beth stress the importance of systemic support in sustainable leadership, including family, organisational, and community environments. They underscore that personal well-being and professional success are intertwined with a supportive system that fosters growth and sustainability. ABOUT BETH KNIGHT Beth Knight is a leading figure in social impact and sustainability with over fifteen years' experience in purpose-led business transformation. Named 'Great British Businesswoman of the Year' in 2022, her expertise spans tech-for-good, sustainable development and impact investing. Beth is a frequent speaker, advisor and coach on mobilising the private sector around climate change, social justice and upskilling on sustainability. She is a Senior Associate and Head Tutor at the University of CambridgeInstitute of Sustainability Leadership ('CISL') and holds non-executive positions - ranging from Department for Culture Media & Sports ('DCMS') British Tourism Authority, to Chair of Save the Children’s corporate advisory board, to Tech Domain Expert for Carbon13’s venture builder. Beth's held roles at Amazon, EY and Accenture. She was also a trailblazer of the UK's Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Apprenticeship standard.   Connect: Website: www.sustainableleaders.ltd  Social Media Links: LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/beth-knight/ Twitter: twitter.com/bethzknight Facebook: www.facebook.com/bethzknight/ Pinterest: www.pinterest.co.uk/bethzknight/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/bethzknight/ : Connect: 
  Find | Cathleen O’Sullivan  Business: cathleenmerkel.com   Email: cmc@cathleenmerkelcoaching.com  LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/cathleen-merkel-2b0991151  Instagram: www.instagram.com/cathleenmerkel  Twitter: twitter.com/CathleenMerkel7      FOLLOW LEGENDARY LEADERS ON APPLE, SPOTIFY OR WHEREVER YOU LISTEN TO YOUR PODCASTS.
Nick Shaw -  From Grief to Growth
21-05-2024
Nick Shaw - From Grief to Growth
Today, we are sharing a deeply moving and insightful conversation with Cathleen and her guest Nick Shaw. In this episode, you're going to explore the power of meditation, the importance of mindfulness, and the delicate balance of authenticity and vulnerability in leadership. Nick shares his personal journey of finding purpose and healing after the devastating loss of his son, William. Through his story, you're invited to reflect on the small actions and meaningful conversations that can shape your path towards becoming a more intentional and present leader.   Nick shares his struggles and triumphs, his commitment to living intentionally, and the impactful work he's doing through initiatives like the Mirror Box Leadership Lab and the William’s Be Yourself Challenge. If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the constant busyness of life or questioned how to be a genuine and supportive leader, this episode offers valuable insights that can guide you on your journey.   So, grab your headphones, settle in, and get ready to be inspired by Nick Shaw's incredible story.    Episode Timeline:    06:50 Nick’s son disappears in deep powder snow. 10:30 Family of 4 becomes family of 3. 19:04 Nick’s wife collapsed and told him, "it’s not your fault." 26:30 Child overcomes struggles with therapist's help and gains acceptance. 30:54 Skiing allowed self-expression and personal accomplishment. 38:02 Distracted by technology and its impact. 40:12 Utilised meditation for self-awareness and reflection. 45:05 Being yourself at work challenges professional expectations. 50:17 Focus on what you can control as a leader. 59:02 Learning from tragedy, intentional living, sharing lessons. Key Takeaways:  Mindfulness & Meditation; Learn how Nick uses these practices to still his mind and build self-awareness. Authentic Leadership: Discover the power of showing vulnerability and being genuine in your leadership journey. Intentional Living: Understand the importance of pausing, reflecting, and making deliberate choices to find meaningful work and a balanced life.   ABOUT Nick Shaw: Nick Shaw is an accomplished executive coach and author, known for his profound insights into personal transformation and self-discovery. His upcoming book, My Teacher, My Son, is a poignant reflection on his journey through grief and finding meaning in the face of unimaginable loss. Connect with Nick: Website: meetnickshaw.com   Social Media Links: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nick-shaw-author/ Connect: 
  Find | Cathleen O’Sullivan  Business: cathleenmerkel.com   Email: cmc@cathleenmerkelcoaching.com  LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/cathleen-merkel-2b0991151  Instagram: www.instagram.com/cathleenmerkel  Twitter: twitter.com/CathleenMerkel7      FOLLOW LEGENDARY LEADERS ON APPLE, SPOTIFY OR WHEREVER YOU LISTEN TO YOUR PODCASTS.
Tony Martignetti - Leadership and Embracing Your True Self
07-05-2024
Tony Martignetti - Leadership and Embracing Your True Self
Welcome to another inspiring episode of Legendary Leaders. In today's episode, Cathy interviews Tony Martignetti, a transformative leader who left a high-flying career in the biotech industry to rediscover his true passion as an artist and be a champion for authentic leadership. Host Cathleen O'Sullivan shares her insights on the power of genuine connection and growth in leadership. Together, they explore Tony's pivotal moment of self-realisation amid corporate burnout, his adventurous spirit—from scaling Kilimanjaro to planning his next challenge on the Camino de Santiago—and how these experiences fuel his mission to foster more meaningful interactions in and out of the workplace. Prepare to be moved by Tony's story of finding balance through emotional awareness and his innovative approach to leadership that prioritises deep, reflective conversations and creating environments where every individual feels valued. Join us as we uncover the profound impact of embracing one's true self and the courage it takes to lead by example.    Episode Timeline:    00:00 Leadership expert with 30 years of experience. 09:07 Understanding emotions, their logic, and reflection. 16:12 TED talk: Embrace your true self at work. 17:08 Encouraging leaders to embrace vulnerability and authenticity. 27:09 Struggling to find purpose, found inner strength. 31:15 Embracing change and new challenges shapes identity. 37:53 Presence and authenticity impact others profoundly. 40:05 If someone is an extrovert or introvert, you should adjust your communication style. 46:01 Consider speaking up before walking out. 52:23 Connecting with your story helps connect with others. 55:36 Deep impact of campfire storytelling on human connection. 01:02:29 Leadership requires open, engaging, and entertaining communication. 01:13:28 Expand vision, narrow focus to overcome stagnation. Key Takeaways:  Embrace Your True Self: Tony’s journey underlines the importance of embracing your authentic self to find fulfilment in both personal and professional life. His transition from the boardroom to the art studio exemplifies the courage it takes to pursue what truly aligns with one's passion and purpose. The Power of Vulnerability in Leadership. Vulnerability is not just a personal trait but a leadership strategy. Admitting vulnerabilities and engaging in genuine conversations can dramatically strengthen team resilience and cohesion. Innovation Through Introspection. A leader’s ability to innovate correlates strongly with their capacity for introspection. Tony’s experiences, from mountaineering to glassblowing, illustrate how varied external challenges can foster profound internal reflection and lead to breakthroughs in personal and professional growth.   ABOUT  Tony Martignetti Tony Martignetti Tony Martignetti is a leadership advisor, best-selling author, podcast host, and speaker. He brings together over 30 years of business and leadership experience and extreme curiosity to elevate leaders and equip them with the tools to navigate through change and unlock their true potential.Before becoming the founder and Chief Inspiration Officer of Inspired Purpose Partners, Tony was a finance and strategy executive with experience working with some of the world's leading life sciences companies. Along his journey, he also managed small businesses and ran a financial consulting company. Tony hosts The Virtual Campfire podcast and is the author of Climbing the Right Mountain:Navigating the Journey to An Inspired Life and Campfire Lessons for Leaders: How Uncovering Our Past Can Propel Us Forward. He has been featured in many publications, including Fast Company, Forbes, Life Science Leader, CEOWORLD, and CEO Today.   Connect with Tony: Website: https://www.ipurposepartners.com/    Social Media Links: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tonymartignett1/  Instagram URL: https://www.instagram.com/inspiredpurposecoach/    Connect: 
  Find | Cathleen O’Sullivan  Business: cathleenmerkel.com   Email: cmc@cathleenmerkelcoaching.com  LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/cathleen-merkel-2b0991151  Instagram: www.instagram.com/cathleenmerkel  Twitter: twitter.com/CathleenMerkel7      FOLLOW LEGENDARY LEADERS ON APPLE, SPOTIFY OR WHEREVER YOU LISTEN TO YOUR PODCASTS.
Stephanie Brown - Shifting Careers and Growing Leaders
23-04-2024
Stephanie Brown - Shifting Careers and Growing Leaders
In today’s episode I interview the remarkable Stephanie Brown, a trailblazer in the creative marketing and tech industries, and the brains behind Creative Career Level Up. With roles that include a tenure at Nike and Apple, Stephanie brings a wealth of experience to the table. We explore the power of self-reflection, the art of strategic planning, and the entrepreneurial mindset necessary to catapult your career to the next level. Stephanie shares her personal story of her own transitions in her career, both the highs and the lows. Culminating in her development of an innovative career coaching programme designed to elevate professionals in the marketing, branding, creative, and tech sectors. We'll uncover how Stephanie turned the challenge of being let go from a job into a remarkable opportunity for growth and self-discovery, resulting in not only a successful coaching business but also a property portfolio and a book. We also discuss why it's important not to settle for less in our professional lives, finding joy in our work, and break free from the constraints that hold us back.  Whether you're feeling stuck in a rut or on the brink of your next big leap, this episode is full of actionable advice to help you find your path.     Episode Timeline:    06:50 Finding income streams to work in London. 13:11 Admiration for flexibility in work-life balance. 26:36 Appreciating job opportunities and the decision-making process. 31:43 Podcasts connect entrepreneurs, expand networks, and foster relationships. 37:43 Seeking advice, networking, and planning a new path. 45:45 Overcoming job boredom and boosting confidence at work. 48:20 Embrace growth, use evidence to reframe narratives. 54:00 Finding purpose in work beyond grand gestures. 1:01:53 Programme framework emphasises self-awareness and exploration. 1:08:11 Reflect on time, prioritise, challenge your narrative. Key Takeaways:  Stephanie Brown's experience showcases the importance of self-reflection and having a strategic plan when advancing one's career. The three-stage program (reflect, refine, result) she discusses serves as a guideline for individuals to discover their true career desires, understand the industry landscape, and implement strategies for securing positions that align with their personal and professional goals. The notion of changing one’s mindset from passive job seeker to proactive career architect is a focal point in the conversation, as exemplified by Steph Brown's entrepreneurial approach to job hunting and career development. Her success in securing a role at Apple and eventually starting her own coaching business underscores the value of networking, self-belief, and taking an entrepreneurial approach to crafting one's career path. Both Stephanie and Cathleen emphasise the significance of adaptability and learning from personal experiences, whether it is transitioning from corporate life to entrepreneurship, dealing with job loss, or reshaping career objectives. Stephanie’s journey, from working at renowned companies like Nike and Apple to leveraging her experiences to write a book and create a coaching program, highlights how personal and professional growth intertwines with the ability to adapt and the pursuit of a fulfilling and flexible lifestyle.   ABOUT Stephanie Brown   Steph Brown is a seasoned professional with a rich 15-year career in Marketing, Creative, and Tech industries. With an impressive 13-year tenure in senior positions at renowned companies like Nike and Apple. In 2019 she established Creative Career Level Up, a pioneering coaching and training initiative. This flagship programme is meticulously designed to empower individuals within the Marketing, Creative, and Tech sectors, equipping them with the tools and knowledge needed to elevate their careers to new heights. Steph is also an Angel Investor for early-stage startups and property investor across the UK. Connect with Stephanie: Website:  Website: www.creativecareerlab.com  Book: Fired: Why losing your job is the best thing that can happen to you https://amzn.eu/d/d3TSaam   Social Media Links: Tiktok https://www.tiktok.com/@kiwilondongirl   Linkedin  https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephaniebrowncareercoach/   Connect: 
  Find | Cathleen O’Sullivan  Business: cathleenmerkel.com   Email: cmc@cathleenmerkelcoaching.com  LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/cathleen-merkel-2b0991151  Instagram: www.instagram.com/cathleenmerkel  Twitter: twitter.com/CathleenMerkel7      FOLLOW LEGENDARY LEADERS ON APPLE, SPOTIFY OR WHEREVER YOU LISTEN TO YOUR PODCASTS.
Mosongo Moukwa - How to be a Leader of Significance
09-04-2024
Mosongo Moukwa - How to be a Leader of Significance
Cathleen has a fascinating conversation with Mosongo Moukwa, an expert in leadership and organisational change. With over 30 years of experience, Mosongo shares insights from his early days of management to his current prowess as a business coach and president of Hathaway Advanced Materials. This episode unpacks innovation beyond the traditional realms, advocating for a cohesive approach across all organisational sectors. Mosongo and Cathleen discuss the vitality of curiosity and the psychological safety necessary for fostering a culture of innovation. Mosongo's leadership journey marked by self-discovery, continuous learning, and building significant human connections shows what is needed to be an effective leader. He also emphasises the importance of nurturing potential within teams and leaving a lasting impact on individuals' lives.   Episode Timeline:    00:01 Mosongo’s book 'Be a Leader of Significance' emphasises daily impactful leadership moments. 09:41 Weekly challenges promoted people-focused management development. 13:25 Striving for positive impact through coaching and mentoring. 17:19 Discuss memories, values, competencies, and influential books. 25:28 Questioning sense of authenticity and conformity. 28:28 Discussion on safety and risk in material production. 32:49 Growth mindset fuels resilience through new challenges. 38:13 Reflection on work experience leads to writing his book. 45:02 Employees want to be valued with gestures. 51:25 Significant leadership focuses on heart and mind. 54:02 Recommendation for past employees, maintaining human connections. 01:02:51 Children have specific needs, learn through open-ended questions. 01:05:32 Innovation in plastic coating moves from the lab. 01:11:53 Encouraging feedback, share your desired life legacy. Key Takeaways:  Innovation Is a Behaviour: Expand the boundaries of innovation beyond R&D and marketing. It is a collaborative effort driven by curiosity and a culture of psychological safety across the organisation. Growth Through Support: The alignment of support and challenge is crucial in leadership. An effective leader creates lasting emotional connections, impacting both the hearts and minds of team members. Leading with Authenticity: Leadership is not just a position, it's a journey. Embrace your unique experiences and lead with whole-person integrity. Authenticity builds trust and encourages others to follow in their truth. ABOUT  Mosongo Moukwa Mosongo Moukwa is a seasoned executive and consultant who has dedicated his career to helping companies thrive by commercializing new technologies, diversifying their product offerings, and entering new markets. Across thirty-plus years in leadership, Mosongo has applied his unique talent for identifying leadership gaps and developing the talent and culture necessary for success. He helps solve important innovation challenges that hold organizations back by unleashing the collective creativity of their people. This results in increased profitability and growth expansion. Mosongo has held leadership positions in R & D and operations at some of the world’s most respected brands, including vice president, global technology at SC Johnson; vice president, global technology at Reichhold; vice president, technology at Asian Paints; director of technology at Avient (formerly Poly- One); and chief, global R & D at PCBL (formerly Phillips Carbon Black Ltd.). He is currently President at Hathaway Advanced Materials. Mosongo holds a PhD from Université de Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada; a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University, Illinois; and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, US. He has been a keynote speaker at numerous international technical conferences and holds several patents. Be a Leader of Significance is his new book.   Connect with Mosongo: Book: https://a.co/d/c3HZFE3   Social Media Links: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mosongomoukwa/ Connect: 
  Find | Cathleen O’Sullivan  Business: cathleenmerkel.com   Email: cmc@cathleenmerkelcoaching.com  LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/cathleen-merkel-2b0991151  Instagram: www.instagram.com/cathleenmerkel  Twitter: twitter.com/CathleenMerkel7      FOLLOW LEGENDARY LEADERS ON APPLE, SPOTIFY OR WHEREVER YOU LISTEN TO YOUR PODCASTS.
Markus van Alphen - Leadership Skills for Deeper Emotional Connections
26-03-2024
Markus van Alphen - Leadership Skills for Deeper Emotional Connections
Your host Cathleen engages in an impactful dialogue with the renowned leadership psychologist and author, Markus van Alphen. They discuss the nuances of saying "no," the strength found in "and" over "but," and the art of observational listening. If you've ever felt the pressure of cultural communication barriers or the ripples of emotional intelligence in the workplace, this episode will resonate with you. Here, authenticity and psychological safety are not just concepts, but practised philosophies that shape successful, innovative teams. So, take a moment to listen to the transformative ideas that Markus and Cathleen bring to the table. Get ready to be equipped with strategies that could redefine your approach to leadership. Tune in to discover how embracing empathy can unfold into your most authentic self and foster genuine connection in your personal and professional life.   Episode Timeline:    11:46 Challenging emotions tied to Western societal upbringing. 20:43 Empathy training uses role-playing for understanding. 26:23 Focus on one task at a time. 27:45 Focus on what to do, get curious. 35:37 Happy employees lead to better performance and retention. 39:54 Emotional regulation is crucial in tough situations. 45:04 Noticing body signals to prevent stress explosion. 52:06 Justify saying no can be counterproductive. 56:31 Saying yes to everything leads to burnout. 1:00 Speaking up is crucial for tech success. 1:07 Embracing diversity in high-tech for innovation. 1:18 Improve empathy through active listening. Key Takeaways:  Saying "No" with Power: Discover why lengthy explanations can hinder professional relationships and learn the art of concise refusal that respects both parties. Cultivating 'AND' Culture: We explore the subtle yet impactful shift from "but" to "and" in conversations to foster inclusivity and encourage diverse perspectives in leadership. The Empathetic Leader: Embrace the role of empathy in creating a safe space for innovation and understand the significance of leaders' authenticity in promoting team well-being for positive business outcomes.   ABOUT MARKUS VAN ALPHEN Renowned leadership psychologist and author of more than 15 books in Dutch and English, Markus van Alphen developed the Observational Listening concept in 2014.  Observational Listening goes a step further than active listening in understanding what an individual has to say. By observing what emotions they are experiencing, you really get the other’s story and their underlying emotions, whereby the other feels heard, seen, acknowledged and psychologically safe, resulting in increased happiness, motivation, and overall success. Observational listening augments empathic leadership in a powerful way into excellent leadership.    Find out more: https://excellent-leader.com/   Social Meida Links: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-excellent-leader/; https://www.linkedin.com/in/markusvanalphen/ X/Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarkusvanAlphen Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/markusvanalphen/ YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCKb14iJQMlhuMcHpSulgcBA Connect: 
  Find | Cathleen O’Sullivan  Business: cathleenmerkel.com   Email: cmc@cathleenmerkelcoaching.com  LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/cathleen-merkel-2b0991151  Instagram: www.instagram.com/cathleenmerkel  Twitter: twitter.com/CathleenMerkel7      FOLLOW LEGENDARY LEADERS ON APPLE, SPOTIFY OR WHEREVER YOU LISTEN TO YOUR PODCASTS.
Claire Chandler - Intentional Growth and Cultivating Talent
12-03-2024
Claire Chandler - Intentional Growth and Cultivating Talent
Cathleen and Claire Chandler explore the vital role of aligning personal talents with professional roles, the necessity of setting boundaries for energy management, and the profound impact of mindset on leadership capacity. Together, they unpack Claire's journey from overcoming the skepticism that greeted her career transition to the liberation she felt as she embraced her true path. For those who have ever felt confined by corporate norms or struggled with the transition into a management role, Claire's insights into authenticity and vulnerability are a must-listen.   They also discuss the challenges HR departments face as they shift from traditional roles to become the architects of company culture, and how they can support leaders in this transformative time. Prepare to be moved by Claire's touching experiences and the wisdom she's gathered on her journey from the corporate world to advising executives on how to retain their best talent during expansions through her "growth on purpose" methodology. This isn't just a conversation - it's a masterclass in becoming the leader you were meant to be.     Episode Timeline:    00:00 Introduction 08:25 Organisations improving inclusion, but need broader acceptance. 11:33 Recognise blind spots, create capacity for growth. 17:49 First boss shaped career boundaries early on. 21:50 Authenticity and vulnerability are key to effective leadership. 30:47 Engaged audience through unexpected interaction, transformed career. 36:23 Overcoming fear to be authentic and passionate. 39:39 Cancer was a gift, motivated change. 44:10 Transitioning into a leadership position, faced resistance, but persisted. 52:41 Understanding the "why" of business success. 55:56 Reevaluate roles, schedules, and capacity for productivity. 01:02:06 HR must create capacity, find future talent. 01:05:27 True inclusion in problem-solving creates workforce fulfilment. Key Takeaways:  Navigating organisational expansion with purpose. Harnessing "limitless talent" to drive success. Redefining leadership with vulnerability and authenticity.   ABOUT CLARE CHANDLER   President and Founder of Talent Boost, Claire Chandler specializes in aligning HR and business leaders so they can deliver strategic outcomes... both today and in the future. She taps into over 25 years of experience in people leadership, human resources, and business ownership to help leadership teams work together more effectively in less time, with less cultural resistance, so they can accelerate their business growth. She has broad-based expertise in management team due diligence, organizational design, acquisition integration and onboarding, strategic planning, executive coaching, and performance acceleration.Claire holds a certificate in strategic HR leadership from Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, a master’s degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a bachelor’s degree from Fairfield University. She has appeared as a guest on over 100 podcasts and is the author of several books on leadership and business strategy.   Connect with Claire: Website: https://www.clairechandler.net/   Social Media Links: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/clairechandlersphr/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Claire_Talent Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/talentboostllc   Connect: 
  Find | Cathleen O’Sullivan  Business: cathleenmerkel.com   Email: cmc@cathleenmerkelcoaching.com  LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/cathleen-merkel-2b0991151  Instagram: www.instagram.com/cathleenmerkel  Twitter: twitter.com/CathleenMerkel7      FOLLOW LEGENDARY LEADERS ON APPLE, SPOTIFY OR WHEREVER YOU LISTEN TO YOUR PODCASTS.
Laura Crandall - Mastering Workplace Communication
27-02-2024
Laura Crandall - Mastering Workplace Communication
Join Cathleen as she delves into the art of communication and connection with the remarkable Laura Crandall. Renowned for her expertise in fostering communication and human connection within the corporate framework. Laura is a communications expert and the author of Working with Humans. In this riveting conversation, they unpack the art of active listening, the magic of managing with lightheartedness, and the significance of honing those all-too-often undervalued fundamental social skills in the workplace. They explore the transformative power of simply being present and how mastering the basics, such as direct communication, can alleviate misunderstandings and bolster trust. So, whether you’re a seasoned leader or just starting, get ready to dive deep into what it means to navigate the complexities of the workplace with empathy, clarity, and a touch of humour.   Episode Timeline:    11:21 Book discusses essential skills for human interaction. 19:56 Leadership requires empathy, influence, mentoring, and manners. 25:47 Value time, courtesy, and foundational behaviors. 30:32 Reexamining priorities and reclaiming social interactions. 35:59 Acknowledge issues, find humour, and encourage open communication. 38:44 Leveraging energy and playfulness for work success. 47:05 Key questions to consider for effective communication. 49:59 Prioritise relationships, not just shiny new tools. 58:11 Focus on the process, not just output. 01:01 Living in alignment with your values is important. 01:06 Balancing academic rigour with self-confidence and authenticity. 01:14 Helping leaders understand and change problematic behaviour. 01:16 Expertly navigating difficult conversations by building foundations.   Key Takeaways:  The Power of Presence. Both Laura and Cathleen advocate for the importance of being wholly present in conversations, affirming that active listening is integral to saving time, uncovering essential details, and deepening relationships. Back to Basics. Good workplace communication is paralleled with an excellent Italian meal; it's about high-quality fundamental ingredients like manners, acknowledgment, and showing genuine interest in others that build trust and create a positive environment. Humanity in Leadership. Embracing your true self, incorporating playfulness, and acknowledging personal and others’ successes can lead to a more fulfilling and productive work culture, countering the stress of performance pressures.   ABOUT LAURA CRANDALL: Laura Crandall founded her management consulting firm, Slate Communication, in 2009. For over thirty years, she has worked in and consulted with industries that include manufacturing, journalism, hospitality, and academia; fifteen of those years were spent managing teams. Her work is dedicated to helping people within organizations discover and develop foundational management and communication skills—the background skills we assume everyone has, but rarely discuss. In her new book, Working With Humans, Laura shares the essential but generally ignored tools needed to communicate, manage, and lead with the quality that most workplaces are lacking: humanity. Laura earned her master’s degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she studied cognitive neuroscience and organizational behavior.   Website: https://lauracrandall.com/  Book: https://workingwithhumans.com/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauracrandalledm/    Connect: 
  Find | Cathleen O’Sullivan  Business: www.cathleenmerkel.com     Email: cmc@cathleenmerkelcoaching.com   LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/cathleen-merkel-2b0991151   Instagram: www.instagram.com/cathleenmerkel   Twitter: twitter.com/CathleenMerkel7        FOLLOW LEGENDARY LEADERS ON APPLE, SPOTIFY OR WHEREVER YOU LISTEN TO YOUR PODCASTS.
Beth Knight - Shaping a Sustainable Tomorrow
20-02-2024
Beth Knight - Shaping a Sustainable Tomorrow
In this episode, Cathleen O’Sullivan chats with the remarkable Beth Knight, a leader in the sustainability sector and recent recipient of the Great British Business Woman of the Year Award. We delve deep into the seismic shifts across the global economy and the significant role consumers and leaders play in catalysing change. We also discuss the dilemmas of overconsumption exacerbated during pivotal life moments. Beth presents her unique insights into how psychology and advertising coerce buyer behaviour and what can be done to change it. She also recounts her conscious departure from Amazon to pursue a portfolio career that aligns with her core values, influencing sectors like sustainable tourism and spreading her wings into roles that support children's welfare and refugee aid, a testament to her undying commitment to social impact. Let's explore the world of Beth Knight, where leadership isn't just about business acumen, but about integrity, empathy, and the pursuit of positive lasting change.   Episode Timeline:    10:14 Amazon's pandemic relief and education support program. 14:06 Colleague’s trust led to successful mobilisation efforts. 19:32 Took bold leap, relocated to Kenya. 32:32 Misunderstood my romanticised idea of smuggling. 36:02 Embracing community and navigating uncomfortable situations. 42:36 Navigating raising a boy in today's world. 46:53 Parenting is hard, support network is crucial. 53:18 Family, role models, kindness, hustle, upbringing, heritage. 54:59 Parents juggle full-time work and family responsibilities. 01:05 Consumer power can drive economic change. 01:08 Reflecting on consumerism and the power of branding. 01:12 Multiple job titles, same focus: responsible leadership.   Key Takeaways:  Sustainability in Leadership:  Beth underscores the importance of leaders who not only drive strategy but also foster regenerative practices. Her journey from working at Amazon exemplifies a conscious shift towards impactful work that aligns with one's values. Individual Impact on Economy: Our conversation highlighted how personal choices, especially during pivotal times of life such as early motherhood or global crises like the COVID pandemic, shape market demands. The role of consumers is potent and pivotal in advocating for a shift towards sustainability. Adapting to Change: Beth’s candid story of moving her family to Kenya provides insight into embracing cultural changes and redefining identity. Such experiences can deeply influence leadership style and personal growth, reinforcing the value of adaptability and community.   ABOUT BETH KNIGHT Beth Knight is a leading figure in social impact and sustainability with over fifteen years' experience in purpose-led business transformation. Named 'Great British Businesswoman of the Year' in 2022, her expertise spans tech-for-good, sustainable development and impact investing. Beth is a frequent speaker, advisor and coach on mobilising the private sector around climate change, social justice and upskilling on sustainability. She is a Senior Associate and Head Tutor at the University of CambridgeInstitute of Sustainability Leadership ('CISL') and holds non-executive positions - ranging from Department for Culture Media & Sports ('DCMS') British Tourism Authority, to Chair of Save the Children’s corporate advisory board, to Tech Domain Expert for Carbon13’s venture builder. Beth's held roles at Amazon, EY and Accenture. She was also a trailblazer of the UK's Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Apprenticeship standard.   Connect: Website: www.sustainableleaders.ltd Social Media Links: LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/beth-knight/ Twitter: twitter.com/bethzknight Facebook: www.facebook.com/bethzknight/ Pinterest: www.pinterest.co.uk/bethzknight/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/bethzknight/   Connect: 
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Cortney McDermott - Awakening to Infinite Potential
06-02-2024
Cortney McDermott - Awakening to Infinite Potential
In this episode, your host Cathleen O'Sullivan is joined by the inspiring Cortney McDermott. Together, they embark on a profound discussion about awakening to possibilities, letting go of rigidity and ego, and the freedom that comes from recognising the ego as part of play. They delve into the importance of playfulness, ease, and simplicity. Cortney also shares her personal journey of making tough life decisions and emphasises the significance of living life fully and making decisions out of love and intelligence rather than fear. Join us as we explore the valuable wisdom of Cortney McDermott and discover what it truly means to be a legendary leader.  Episode Timeline:  [00:001 Reflect on "miserably successful," making life changes.  [07:39] Designing life is about playing different characters.  [13:31] Embracing truth, liberation, and wearing masks.  [21:18] Performance affects focus, playfulness, and liberation.  [24:14] Transitioned from management to pursue writing passion.  [31:53] Challenging journey toward flexibility and embracing change.  [38:52] Deep truth leading to miraculous occurrences  [44:49] Years of fear, then happiness and freedom.  [52:29] Cortney recognises the importance of being a positive example to her daughter.  [55:46] Excited for the unknown, embracing lack of control.  [01:02] Evaluate self-help advice, trust your instincts.  [01:06] Avoided pressure, and focused on being genuine.  [01:14] Nobody needs saving, being is truth.  [01:19] Giving ourselves permission to have fun.  [01:23] Embracing ease leads to peak performance.    Key Takeaways:   Awakening to Infinite Possibilities: Cortney highlights the importance of recognising oneself as the embodiment of endless possibilities, challenging the conventional mindset of teaching and pushing for specific results.  Embracing Change with Fearless Love: Cortney shares her personal journey, including her experience of making tough decisions, such as transitioning during a divorce. The discussion emphasises the fear of societal judgment and the primordial survival instinct, underscoring the importance of making decisions out of love and intelligence rather than fear.  Letting Go of Control and Embracing Curiosity: Cortney's emphasis on relinquishing the illusion of control and staying attuned to a frequency that aligns with intelligence is truly inspiring. The conversation encourages embracing openness and curiosity, unleashing the potential for personal growth and transformation.      ABOUT CORTNEY MCDERMOTT   Cortney McDermott is an award-winning author, TEDx speaker, and mind-body expert who helps the world’s leading organizations and creatives to disrupt old patterns of behavior, grow healthy businesses, and apply the physiology and psychology needed for success.    Her work in the field of self-development and business strategy has been featured in Inc., Women’s Health, SUCCESS, The Huffington Post, FOX News, and many other mainstream business and lifestyle media.    Cortney's career highlights include her time as an executive at Vanity Fair Corporation, Vice President at Sustainability Partners Inc., and then running her own businesses, with clients and audiences at Universal Music Group, Google, Nike, and Virgin Unite.    Cortney believes in exploring and challenging the confines of human potential and is passionate about neuroscience, epigenetics, and the practical applications of quantum theory.        Connect with:  Website: https://www.cortneymcdermott.com/  Social Media Links:  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cortneymcdermott/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cortneymcdermott/    Find out more:   Connect: 
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Sally Henderson - Straight Talk and Self - Trust: Leadership Learnings
23-01-2024
Sally Henderson - Straight Talk and Self - Trust: Leadership Learnings
In this insightful episode, host Cathleen O'Sullivan is joined by the straight-talking Yorkshire powerhouse, Sally Henderson. Known for her innovative leadership mentoring practice and her unwavering belief that teams and leaders can thrive both professionally and personally, Sally shares her real method for leadership development and the power of direct communication. Together, they explore the complexities of balancing personal and professional identities, the importance of self-care for leaders, and the art of straight talk in building meaningful client relationships. Join us as we unravel the wisdom and insights of Sally Henderson on overcoming challenges, embracing authenticity, and becoming legendary leaders in today's fast-paced world.  Episode Timeline:   [00:00] Sally founded a mentoring practice to achieve leadership goals.  [05:47] Navigating between vulnerability and resilience in leadership.  [11:20] Servant leadership struggles to apply for oneself.  [16:04] A mentor provides critical leadership support.  [27:18] Balancing personal and professional identity for connection.  [33:38] Finding time for meaningful self-connection is vital.  [38:25] Recognise and express your true feelings at work.  [47:53] C-suite often unaware of their job's purpose.  [52:36] Overcoming mental hurdles to embrace future leadership.  [56:42] Practical experience in talent and leadership.  [01:02] Self-trust and kindness lead to success.  [01:10] Born Northerner, reads situations, serves and helps.  [01:13] Always seek consent before giving direct feedback.  [01:17] Honest feedback is essential for growth and support.     Key Takeaways:   The importance of personal and professional identity balance: Sally Henderson's PiPi system and emphasis on embracing both aspects of one's identity in different contexts, along with maintaining boundaries and communication, can help leaders navigate the challenges of work-life balance in a hybrid work environment.  Straight talk and seeking permission for feedback: Sally Henderson's approach to straight talk, along with the significance of seeking permission before giving feedback, can aid in building strong client relationships and nurturing a culture of open and receptive communication.  Self-trust, self-care, and leadership vision: Sally Henderson's focus on self-trust, self-care based on her four-question assessment framework, and the concept of leadership vision boarding as a tool for personal growth and development can guide leaders in achieving rest, balance, and making graceful, strategic decisions in both business and personal relationships.    Sally is a straight-talking Yorkshire woman who creates high-performance senior teams & leaders that excel within the world’s biggest brands and world-class creative agencies  As a serial entrepreneur, she’s faced challenging leadership decisions, felt the fear, and done it anyway.  Sally founded her global leadership mentoring practice in 2011 on the fundamental belief that teams and leaders shouldn’t have to choose between being effective, or being happy, at work.  In addition to her proprietary leadership development programme The Real Method, Sally offers brave bespoke leadership mentoring so her clients achieve their leadership and career ambition; especially when the stakes are high.    Connect with Sally:  Website: https://www.sallyhenderson.co.uk/    Social Media Links:  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sallykhenderson/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@sallyhenderson-high-stakes     Find out more:   Connect: 
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Daphna Horowitz - Navigating Crisis and Evolving Leadership
09-01-2024
Daphna Horowitz - Navigating Crisis and Evolving Leadership
In today's thought-provoking discussion, our host, Cathleen O'Sullivan, and guest Daphna Horowitz delve into the profound impact of chaos and conflict on personal growth and leadership. Dialling in from Israel amidst the crisis and war, Daphna shares her insights on the evolving meaning of leadership in these unsettling times.    The conversation navigates through the significance of self-awareness, authentic connections, and the power of unity during times of adversity. Together, they unravel the complexities of identity, the need for mutual understanding, and the pursuit of meaningful connections.    Tune in as they explore navigating challenging times,  the essential role of self-coaching in times of crisis, self-care, and the impact of social media on mental well-being.    Episode Timeline:    [00:01] Embracing mutual understanding, open-mindedness, and peaceful action. [05:09] Learn and gain different leadership insights globally. [10:33] Challenges to humanity, polarisation, leadership, and violence. [16:53] The Israeli community unites and demonstrates extraordinary leadership. [23:48] Jumping to conclusions, being curious, personal perspective. [31:16] Overwhelming support from old colleagues and clients. [34:44] Embracing support, connecting, and finding purpose. [41:51] Reflect on identities, and connect on a deeper level. [43:52] Self-awareness and balance are key to leadership. [49:51] Surprising benefits of the intuitive group writing process. [57:20] Reducing social media, prioritising mental well-being. [01:00] Try new things to find your passion. [01:11] Leaders make decisions daily for alignment and contribution. Key Takeaways:  Embracing Chaos: The importance of embracing chaos as an opportunity for personal growth and asking oneself, "Who am I?" and "What do I need?" to navigate challenging situations. Personal Clarity and Contribution: Understanding oneself and making decisions that align with personal identity and contribution to the world, while also seeking support and building a strong support network. Balance and Mindful Decision-Making: Striving for balance in saying "yes" to new experiences and adventures, while also being mindful of not taking on too much.   Daphna Horowitz is a sought-after CEO Coach, MCC, and trusted advisor, working with clients around the globe, to create the extraordinary and build future leaders in their business. Working as an actuary at Director level in a large consulting firm, she learned the importance of developing a leadership mindset that takes you from being an expert top performer to extraordinary leader. She has a keen understanding of what it takes to lead a business and teams in a complex, ever-changing environment and provides a practical approach to leadership. When she’s not helping leaders master their mindset and elevate their business, you’ll find her in her favorite places - hosting her podcast, Leadership Live with Daphna Horowitz, writing articles for Forbes Coaches Council, and raising three kids with her loving husband. Connect with Daphna: Website: https://daphnahorowitz.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daphnahorowitz/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/daphnahorowitzleaders Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/daphna.horowitz.9  Buy Daphna’s book: Weekly Habits for Extraordinary Leaders   Connect:   Find | Cathleen O’Sullivan   Business: cathleenmerkel.com    Email: cmc@cathleenmerkelcoaching.com   LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cathleen-merkel/  Instagram: www.instagram.com/legendary_leaders_cathleenos    FOLLOW LEGENDARY LEADERS ON APPLE, SPOTIFY OR WHEREVER YOU LISTEN TO YOUR PODCASTS.
Cathleen O’Sullivan - Empathetic Leadership: Effective Communication & Conflict Resolution
24-12-2023
Cathleen O’Sullivan - Empathetic Leadership: Effective Communication & Conflict Resolution
In today's episode, Cathleen discusses the critical role of direct communication and empathy in leadership. Drawing from her own experiences and interactions, she emphasises the need for open and honest communication that avoids causing harm. Empathy, she argues, is essential for understanding others' emotions and perspectives, leading to increased engagement and innovation in the workplace. She shares techniques for effective communication, conflict management, and fostering trust in the workplace. Listen to the episode to learn more about practical strategies for balancing directness and empathy in your communication. Listen here to learn more.   Episode Timeline:  [00:01] Reflecting on communication and authenticity in conversations. [04:55] Empathy is key in human connections.. [11:43]  Practice silence, and find common ground in communication. [17:09]  Authenticity, honesty, openness, respect, connection, mindfulness [18:45]  Connect virtually, understand and support your team. [23:32]  Managing emotions, empathy and resolving conflicts effectively. [24:43]  Conflict is disagreement and tension, which must be resolved. [31:08]  Listen actively, interrupt thoughtfully, enhance communication. [32:43]  Empower through active listening, honesty, and empathy. [36:24]  Manage emotions, communicate directly, and foster empathy. Key Takeaways:  Understanding and anticipating others' reactions is essential for effective communication, particularly in moments of conflict. Taking a moment to consider our words and actions can lead to more positive outcomes. Emotions often play a significant role in workplace conflict. Learning to manage and detach from these emotions can help create boundaries and help us work towards resolution in a constructive manner. Building trust, fostering openness, and engaging in meaningful dialogue are crucial elements in resolving conflicts. Active listening and empathy go a long way in creating a safe and inclusive environment where disagreements can be addressed constructively. Connect:   Find | Cathleen O’Sullivan  Business: cathleenmerkel.com   Email: cmc@cathleenmerkelcoaching.com  LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/cathleen-merkel-2b0991151  Instagram: www.instagram.com/cathleenmerkel  Twitter: twitter.com/CathleenMerkel7      FOLLOW LEGENDARY LEADERS ON APPLE, SPOTIFY OR WHEREVER YOU LISTEN TO YOUR PODCASTS.
Kurt Uhlir - Evolving as a Leader: Servant Leadership in Practice
19-12-2023
Kurt Uhlir - Evolving as a Leader: Servant Leadership in Practice
In this episode, we're joined by the insightful Kurt Uhlir, a widely recognised marketer and operator, known for his expertise in scaling businesses and leading high-growth companies.  Together, Cathleen and Kurt delve into the importance of understanding customer avatars, the evolution of leadership styles, and the impact of fostering a safe and open environment within organisations. They explore Kurt's personal journey, from his early entrepreneurial ventures to his awakening as a leader, shedding light on pivotal moments that compelled him to re-evaluate his approach to leadership. Join us as we uncover the keys to effective leadership, the nuances of servant leadership, and the power of creating a workplace where every team member feels valued and heard.  Listen to learn more.   Episode Timeline:  [10:23] Google seeks quality content for profit and efficiency.[20:01] Seeking praise led to destructive behaviour patterns.[24:07] Leaders must prioritise long-term growth and empathy.[29:51] Worked hard, succeeded, felt lonely, and unrecognised.[36:05] Struggle with servant leadership books lacking business focus.[38:16] CEO's book discusses servant leadership, and overcoming challenges.[46:13] Confidential relationship established for fact-based insights.[51:01] Encouraging healthy confrontation in team meetings.[53:05] Emphasising imperfection, iteration and healthy confrontation.[01:02] Companies struggle with hiring marketing officers explained.[01:04] Diversity in avatars causes marketing dissonance.[01:11] Sales team is limited in changing presentation content.[01:15] AI assists in converting knowledge for clients.     Key Takeaways:  Customer Avatars & Servant Leadership: Kurt emphasises the need for unified customer avatars and discusses the transformation in his leadership style from autocratic to servant leadership.Creating a Safe Environment for Team Dialogue: The episode explores how leaders can foster healthy confrontational conversations, creating an environment where team members feel comfortable addressing potential issues.Personal Growth & Intentional Time Management: Kurt shares the impact of personal experiences on his leadership journey and highlights the importance of intentional time management for personal and professional growth.   About Kurt Uhlir:  Kurt is a globally-recognized 10x marketer, operator, and speaker. He has built and run early-stage companies as well as those over $500M in annual revenue, assembled teams across six continents, been part of the small team leading an IPO ($880M), and participated in dozens of acquisitions. His unique experience being inside hundreds of high-growth companies with the opportunity to analyse, scale, make changes of leadership, and oversee operations has labeled him “the king of scaling businesses”.     Connect with Kurt: Social Media Links:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/kurtuhlir https://www.twitter.com/kurtuhlir https://www.facebook.com/kurt.uhlir https://www.pinterest.com/kurtuhlir/ https://www.instagram.com/kurtuhlir/     Find out more: https://exprealty.com/ Download Kurt’s free gift: https://kurtuhlir.com/podcastgift/     Connect:   Find | Cathleen O’Sullivan  Business: cathleenmerkel.com   Email: cmc@cathleenmerkelcoaching.com  LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/cathleen-merkel-2b0991151  Instagram: www.instagram.com/cathleenmerkel  Twitter: twitter.com/CathleenMerkel7      FOLLOW LEGENDARY LEADERS ON APPLE, SPOTIFY OR WHEREVER YOU LISTEN TO YOUR PODCASTS.
Julie Bee - The Burnout Battle: Leading with Resilience
05-12-2023
Julie Bee - The Burnout Battle: Leading with Resilience
Get ready for an insightful and inspiring conversation with our host Cathleen O’Sullivan that will leave you with a fresh perspective on burnout and leadership, leading with resilience, and the true meaning of success.   In episode 135 of Legendary Leaders, our guest is Julie Bee, a renowned burnout strategist and author passionate about helping entrepreneurs navigate business ownership challenges while prioritising their overall well-being.    Julie shares invaluable advice on recognising and addressing burnout in the world of entrepreneurship, emphasising the importance of building support systems, avoiding misleading advertising, and redefining what being successful means.   Ready to learn more?    Episode Timeline:    [07:00] Hospital stay led to reflection, and burnout discussion. [15:27] Recognise burnout [18:51] Indications of struggling with mental wellness. [23:49] Summer 2021: Burnout led to helpful book. [28:23] Prioritised self-care and clear busy schedule. [32:55] Not showing up annoys me, I communicate. [37:44] Establish regular sleep routine, avoid alcohol. [43:09] Business owner's success relies on support network. [55:09] Define success beyond goals and business achievements. [01:17] Address burnout before tackling business initiatives. [01:29] Plan to prevent burnout during holiday season     Key Takeaways:  Understanding Individual Paths: Julie emphasises the importance of allowing people to figure things out for themselves and not expecting a quick fix. Effective Outsourcing: We highlight the significance of treating freelancers from platforms like Upwork as part of the team. Mutual Commitment and Loyalty: Julie and I discuss the crucial need for structured onboarding processes and testing potential hires. About Julie Bee:  Julie Bee isn’t just an award-winning entrepreneur – she’s been dubbed the “small business fixer" by her clients and peers. With over 15 years in the entrepreneurial field, Julie has solidified her reputation as a dynamic consultant, a riveting speaker, and a leader who sheds light on the darker side of business ownership. Whether it's reshaping workplace cultures or empowering leaders, her influence proves game-changing for those who collaborate with her.   Connect with Julie: Social Media Links: https://twitter.com/thejuliebee  https://www.linkedin.com/in/thejuliebee/  https://www.instagram.com/thejuliebee_/    Julie has two freebies to offer - 30 Ways to Say No for Business Owners or 5 Cost-Effective Roles to Outsource on Upwork:  https://pages.thejuliebee.com/30waysno  https://pages.thejuliebee.com/5rolestooutsource    Book recommendation: https://a.co/d/6aRIgla   Connect:   Find | Cathleen O’Sullivan  Business: www.cathleenmerkel.com     Email: cmc@cathleenmerkelcoaching.com   LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cathleen-merkel/  Instagram: @legendary_leaders_cathleenos        SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST ON APPLE PODCASTS.
Ulrike Seminati - Change Through Communication
28-11-2023
Ulrike Seminati - Change Through Communication
In leadership positions, it’s important to embrace change and progress. Here, to talk about change through communication, is Ulrike Seminati.    In Episode 134 of The Legendary Leaders Podcast, Ulrike talks about how to become your authentic self, overcome insecurities, and balance our perfectionism. She also shares about combining change and communication, becoming more inclusive, and how to avoid making communication mistakes.    Ready to learn more?    Episode Timeline:  [07:54] What is Ulrike in service of?  [10:38] Becoming her authentic self.  [21:42] Dealing with insecurities.  [32:39] Balancing the two sides of perfectionism.  [45:33] Change combined with communication.  [55:50] Know your people.  [65:43] How to practically become more inclusive.  [78:37] Top tips to avoid communication mistakes.  [81:55] Focusing in a digital world.     Key Takeaways:  How to become your authentic self.  How to overcome our insecurities.  How to balance the two sides of perfectionism.  Combining change and communication.  How to become more inclusive.  How to avoid communication mistakes.    Notable Quotes:  “There’s no job without change anymore.” - Ulrike Seminati [08:20]  “Help yourself first, and then you help others.” - Ulrike Seminati [57:32]  “Listen for understanding, instead of listening to reply.” - Ulrike Seminati [79:42]    Connect:  Find | Ulrike Seminati   Business: ulrikeseminati.com Facebook: https://facebook.com/ulrikeseminati  LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/ulrikeseminati  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ulrikeseminati/  Free Guide: https://ulrikeseminati.com/the-art-of-persuasion/      Bio:  As a well-established coach and consultant, and former C-level executive, Ulrike is the go-to expert for authentic leadership and impactful communication.  By combining cutting-edge self-development techniques with her vast hands-on experience as a Corporate Communications Executive, she helps leaders to build credibility, trust, and lead change, through effective communication.  Ulrike's clients benefit from her pragmatic and user-friendly tools that enable them to make lasting improvements.   In all her years as a professional, the one thing that has struck her time and again is: The sustainable benefit of leader training which all too often comes to nothing because the individual is unable to implement what they have learned. That is why she has shaped training programs that follow an integrative approach: she empowers the successful application of proven communication techniques by releasing the authentic personal style of every individual.  Prior to founding her company in 2019, Ulrike worked as a Corporate Communications leader for over 20 years in a variety of industries, steadily climbing the corporate ladder until she became a member of the executive committee of an international pharmaceutical company based in Zurich in 2015.   Ulrike holds an MA in Marketing Management from Robert Schuman University in Strasbourg, France. She is a CCA-certified coach, a member of the International Association of Coaching Institutes (ICI), and founder and host of the podcast, Empowering Female Leaders.            Recommendations:      SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST ON APPLE PODCASTS.
Dez Rock - Breaking Generational Traumas
14-11-2023
Dez Rock - Breaking Generational Traumas
When building healthy relationships in leadership, it is important to acknowledge our humanness and the effects of generational traumas. Here, to talk about breaking generational traumas and creating opportunities, is Dez Rock.    In Episode 133 of The Legendary Leaders Podcast, Dez talks about allowing ourselves to be human as leaders, the importance of breaking generational traumas, and the experience of trying to fit in with rejection sensitivity. She also shares about the effects of societal expectations, how to balance authenticity and societal norms, building relationships and loyalty in teams, and neurodiversity in leadership.    Ready to learn more?    Episode Timeline:    [06:46] What’s in a name?  [10:09] Not being strong all the time.  [23:14] Dez’s hit-the-wall moment.  [27:01] Who is Dez Rock?  [33:55] How Dez learned the lessons.  [52:25] Fitting in with rejection sensitivity.  [57:42] The unspoken societal expectations.  [59:47] Being authentic vs satisfying others.  [63:44] Why is it okay to kill a cockroach but not a butterfly?  [65:48] Building relationships and loyalty.  [75:21] Neurodiversity as a CEO.    Key Takeaways:  The importance of acknowledging when we’re not running at 100%.  Taking the opportunity to grow through adversity.  How to break generational traumas.  Why not all opinions matter.  How to balance authenticity and societal norms.  How to build relationships and loyalty.  How neurodiversity affects leadership.    Notable Quotes:    “Poor decisions are worse than decisions.” - Dez Rock [21:09]  “Lessons learned the hard way; they tend to stick.” - Dez Rock [24:41]  “You are what is stopping you.” - Dez Rock [51:27]    Find | Dez Rock    Business: https://siemonster.com  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dez-rock  Twitter:  https://twitter.com/deztraction        Bio:  Dez Rock has been an entrepreneur for over 20 years. Mentoring others on career and negotiation skills, she has now focused in on her own business, dropping out of law school to start SIEMonster several years ago.   Her greatest strength is always seeing the big picture. A start-up requires a person who can always fight all fronts without losing perspective and making things personal; this is where she excels.   Dez’s mind works at a fast pace. With her ability to see solutions and paths like puzzle pieces, she has managed to take a great idea to market and make it grow. She sees every challenge as an opportunity and thrives well under pressure.   With experience traveling and working in three different countries, Dez has become an expert on managing staff in various locations.       Recommendations:      SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST ON APPLE PODCASTS.