You are not alone. That is the first thing Lael Couper Jepson wants you to know. We all have dreams and desires mixed with fear. What we are most afraid of is being “caught” failing. We need to learn how to sit with that.
What if we faced that thing or idea that scares us with an element of play? Picture a dream or idea you’ve been carrying with you, and now think…”Wanna give it a whirl? Wanna try? Let’s go find out!” Take your idea for a spin.
Lael’s journey included visions of becoming a Rockette, A Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader, and an attorney in Boston. What she is…is a writer, artist, performer, instigator of change, visionary, a champion for women’s storytelling and a community builder. She also rides shotgun for organizational business leaders to make the compelling case for change – breathe life into a new vision, or lay down the bigger bolder expectations of how to approach their work.
In this conversation, we talk about how Fear and Desire are linked. You know you are doing it right when it feels good. Go ahead and try.
Lael Couper Jepson Bio
Lael likes to add fuel to what’s already smoldering. She is a seasoned boat rocker and professional instigator of change, with a penchant for women’s leadership. She jumped ship in 2006 after eleven years as an organization development consultant in the corporate world and founded SheChanges to work with people who share her impatience with the pace of change – people ready to buck the rules, challenge the status quo, and dare to create the change they want to see happen – ready or not.
“Truth be told, my mission is to start a revolution – one that leverages the power of women to re-imagine our world. Whether it’s meeting one-on-one, facilitating a group, speaking on stage or leading a weekend retreat, there is always a call to action embedded in my work, designed to inspire, ignite, and unleash the creativity, passion, and ingenuity we carry inside ourselves.” Lael Couper Jepson http://www.shechanges.com
ERH: I am thrilled to be here with you just days after your SheSpeaks event which was a magical experience. And I am feeling blessed to be in the community where you are doing this work. With that, talk about what fuels you and how you got into your work.
Lael Couper Jepson: Yeah. Thank you so much for coming out last week; I’ve still got that in my bones.
So, powered every day and how I got into this could be two separate answers, but I suspect that one, laughter, is most important to me. Not taking myself so seriously and at the same time also seeing that I matter; taking this one life that I’ve been given and making it matter and making it count every day.
There is this balance that I hold for myself, sometimes imbalance between reverence and irreverence. And laughter is a big part of that. And assuming responsibility for my gifts and who I am and how I show up, good, bad or ugly is also part of that. So, that’s how I fuel myself, sort of tending to that balance. I think that’s a big key of how I got where I am is that tending, which helps me stay present to my life.
You know that question, where do you see yourself in three to five years? I’ve always detested that question. I don’t really want to see myself in three to five years because it takes away the Easter egg hunt that I see my life as. I am following where I’m being led and keeping my eyes open. And for me, laughter and that irreverence and that play that I insist on bringing to my life, facilitates that movement forward. And it’s also the same for the people that I work with, my clients.
ERH: The laughter was so present at SheSpeaks and the joy with the people in the room. I feel it whenever you walk into the room, and hear it in your voice. It’s much needed where we are today in this world. I love the Easter egg analogy too. I have used the word journey since childhood, because I feel like it’s what keeps us present to the miracles that are all around us each day. (more…)
Of the 4.5 million people who visit the Grand Canyon each year, only 1% take the 9-mile journey to the Colorado River below. Most visitors come to the edge, take a picture, and leave. Are you taking pictures or enjoying the journey in life? Amy Wood, Psychologist, Coach, and Speaker, talks about an unplanned journey that many of us would not have chosen under similar circumstances.
Picture a current so fast and unpredictable once you go through if you make a mistake, you can’t go back to repeat it; you are only able to go forward and try to do better with the knowledge from that experience. A lot like life.
Amy’s observations and insights are extremely relative in our fast-paced world. Take a few minutes and join the conversation from her experiences on the river. Perhaps you will find an idea to make your day and life better.
Click HERE to learn more about Amy Wood and her book, Life Your Way.
ERH: I am here today with Amy Wood. She is a psychologist, a certified coach, speaker, collaborative law facilitator, and former Dow Jones manager. She has spent over 20 years leading others to greater fulfillment and achievement. She has helped countless adults all over the country become happier and more productive. How did you get interested in your work, Amy?
Amy Wood: Well, I have always been interested in psychology, and there’s actually a very simple answer to this. I went to college wanting to do something very, very practical so I could graduate and get a job right away. I thought of psychology and people kept telling me you’re going to be in school forever if you go into psychology.
So I got a degree in communications and graduated in four years. I moved to Chicago from New Orleans where I was in college and got into marketing and advertising and PR. I worked for a few different magazines. It was a lot of fun, but I wanted to do something more meaningful, and so I decided to go back to school and get my doctorate. That’s how I ended up moving to Maine and starting a practice.
ERH: That’s a great story and I like the fact that our paths are on these incredible journeys, right? And I know you have recently completed another journey, talk about that.
Amy Wood: Sure. So, I think the biggest source of stress for adults today is the constant overwhelm. Too many choices, too many disruptions, distractions, moving way too fast, and with way too much information. It’s just completely inundating at all times. There’s this new movement that’s been going around, and you said you got the book [Essentialism], which I love that book. There’s a lot of books on essentialism now, but the idea is different from minimalism.
Service Leadership and Emotional Intelligence are quickly becoming the foundations of success in business. Kris McCrea helps companies transform by aligning leadership models with nature.
Are your employees counting the minutes each day? There is a better way; leading with vision and purpose, allowing people to grow to their full potential
Who better to develop your customers and care for your patients than people who feel alive and vibrant.
Kris McCrea, President of McCrea Coaching, is a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation, a Master Practitioner in Energy Leadership, a Microsystems Coach through The Dartmouth Institute. She is also is an active member of the Forbes Coaches Council, so be on the lookout for her articles and comments on Forbes.com. Learn more at https://www.mccreacoaching.com
ERH: Let’s start with how you began this work. How did you envision leadership models turned upside down?
Kris McCrea: That’s an interesting question. For me, it goes back to growing up on a farm. From an early age being on the farm allowed me the capacity, to see people be able to do their role with purpose; everyone had a role. It meant that they were able to show up and do what they did and have pride in it.
Later as I went through school and college and moved into the workforce I quickly noticed and recognized that people weren’t always honored for the gifts that they brought to the table. I began thinking about how to get back to that place. A place where people feel a sense of pride and purpose in what they do each and every day, as opposed to just going in, hopping on the maze and looking at your watch, counting down the minutes until the workday is over.
Each of us can “Rise above our best” with simple behaviors. Patrick Veroneau shares with us practices that work as effectively at home and in our personal lives as they do at work.
He is a certified Emotional Intelligence Trainer and Coach. He developed POWER to help individuals improve outlook and results, and he uses CABLES to create stronger team connections. Patrick helps companies develop leaders from day one and his approach can help you improve your work and life.
Patrick Veroneau, Founder, Emery Leadership Group: http://emeryleadershipgroup.com
ERH: I am here today with Patrick Veroneau, the founder of Emery Leadership Group. It was named after his dad, who died when Patrick was 18. Patrick has been a consultant for over 10 years in the areas of leadership development and ethical influence. He has a Master’s in organizational leadership and is a certified coach through iPEC and a certified emotional intelligence trainer and coach through Genos. He develops leadership and team-building models to help people and organizations rise above their best.
His previous work was in medical sales, which helped him to always ask why. He loves speaking to youth groups around the idea, “Your past is your power,” and has started to implement that more with adults. He is passionate about finding ways to help others identify and develop behaviors that positively impact them and those around them. Welcome, Patrick.
Patrick Veroneau: Hey, Elizabeth. Thank you so much for having me on the show. I don’t hear the origin of my company told often, so it was nice to hear that. Certainly, my dad, although not one that held any sort of title of leader, if going back to the quote by John Quincy Adams which says, “If your actions inspire somebody to dream more, do more, learn more, and become more,” then my dad was certainly a leader. That’s really how I went about naming the company after him, it was about his ability to inspire me.
ERH: It was wonderful learning that story about the name; it’s beautiful. I want you to talk a little bit about how you got into this work, because you and I know each other through our organizing together the DisruptHR conference in Portland, Maine, which just happened in June, and I am inspired by your talk around onboarding people and developing leaders at organizations right from the beginning.
Patrick Veroneau: It has been about 10 years since I have formally been in the work, in terms of Emery Leadership Group. Prior to that, I was involved in sales training and mentoring, and have always had an interest and a passion for developing people. I started my own company because I felt like I watched so many opportunities where, because of behaviors, less was achieved. And if you look in terms of any of the engagement research that’s out there now, the needle hasn’t moved in over two decades, in regards to understanding that only about a third of employees within an organization are engaged.
Patrick Veroneau: In terms of the origin, when I went back to get my master’s, I was saying, “Well, why is that? What is it that creates disengagement?” And it was all around this idea of behaviors. If we believe that leadership is not in a title, that it’s really about actions that inspire, my thought process in this is to say, “Well, then why wait two years for somebody to go through a leadership development program? Why not set a core set of behaviors that revolve around engagement and leadership actions that inspire, right on day one within an organization?” That’s really what I’ve been focusing on now.
ERH: And for every single employee, right?
Patrick Veroneau: For every employee. Doesn’t matter.
ERH: Talk about that.
This is a perfect time to share the voices of more women. Diane has great ideas for using quotes in presentations to keep your audience on their toes while introducing them to people they may not have heard about. Learn who really said: “Well-behaved women rarely make history.”
We all crave stories and inspiration. Whether you are speaking to a group, beginning a meeting, or starting a coaching session, quotes are a powerful way to begin.
Diane also talks about her vision for getting more women onto Corporate Boards and tips for refueling as an Introvert.
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Learn more about Diane Darling on her WEBSITE
ERH: Today, I am thrilled to welcome Diane Darling. Diane is a pioneer in social networking – before Facebook and LinkedIn. In 2003, McGraw-Hill commissioned her to write the Network Survival Guide and went into the 2nd printing in just 90 days. Collectively, her books have been translated into seven languages. She has lived and worked all over the world. She taught at Harvard Business School, 20th Century Fox, Cisco Systems, and Bank of America to name a few clients. She has also appeared on NBC Nightly News and in The Wall Street Journal.
While Diane has taught me a lot about building relationships, and trust and the power of helping others, today we are here to talk about her new publication, “She Said It, A Collection of Quotes From Remarkable Women,” and it’s available on Kindle.
As you know, The Art of the Break is about breaking patterns in a positive way to do better work. At this time in our culture, it’s tremendously important to bring the voices of more brilliant women to the forefront. So, let’s do that together. Welcome, Diane.
Diane Darling: Thank you so much for having me.
ERH: How did you decide to publish She Said It?
Diane Darling: I love quotes and when I wrote my books, I wanted to have quotes at the beginning of every chapter. I find over and over again at conferences, particularly conferences for women that the quotes are still from men. I also find the references for books to read or biographies are men. I felt there needed to be a collection of quotes from women. I had a journal from a while back and noticed some interesting quotes and they were by women. I just started cutting and pasting and cutting and pasting and putting this book together.