Fearless Female Leadership Podcast with Sheryl Kline, M.A. CHPC

Sheryl Kline M.A., CHPC

Mental Toughness and High Performance Coaching. I Empower Female Leaders, Emerging Leaders and Male Allies to b.HER.d™ and Access Their Next Level of Impact and Joy.

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How to Drive More Revenue and Impact with Your Partners - an Interview with Autum Grimm (PartnerTap)
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How to Drive More Revenue and Impact with Your Partners - an Interview with Autum Grimm (PartnerTap)
http://www.sherylkline.com/blogIn this Fearless Female Leader Interview, I dive into inspiration, influence and self-worth with Autum Grimm, Chief Revenue Officer at PartnerTap. Autum shares her personal inspiration drawn from influential women in her life, emphasizing the power of representation and self-worth. She advocates for emotional intelligence and mental resilience through practices like meditation and journaling. Autum was surrounded by females growing up who were entrepreneurs, sole proprietors, and leaders in their community.  One of those leaders was her Aunt, Dr Minga Guerrero who was the first Latina female chiropractor on the West Coast. Autum witnessed a strong powerhouse show up not only in family gatherings, but in any professional setting that she saw her in. And not just be a part of the room (which was predominantly male, and white) but command and lead the room.  Representation matters and seeing her aunt in this way allowed Autumn to think about the possibilities for her own future.  It allowed her to dream big.Key TakeawaysInspiration and Representation 00:02:10 Autum discusses Inspiration from influential women in her life, particularly her aunt, Dr. Minga Guerrero, as a young person.Self Worth from an Early Age00:07:46 The importance of self-worth in business and career growth, and creating a supportive environment for women and the impact it had for Autum.Evolving Business Landscapes00:13:15  Autum dives into the consequences of not adapting to the evolving business landscape and the competitive advantage offered by PartnerTap.To stay up-to-date with future interviews and gain valuable resources on building mindset and influence to have an even bigger voice and impact with your leadership, be sure to join our Fearless Female Leader community at www.sherylkline.com, or please email me directly at info@sherylkline.com if I can help you, your team, or organization in any way.Cheering you on always,- Sheryl
Safety Measures for Bias and AI - an Interview with Dr. Emily Barnes
May 15 2024
Safety Measures for Bias and AI - an Interview with Dr. Emily Barnes
http://www.sherylkline.com/blogI am thrilled to have had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Emily Barnes, Chief Digital Learning Officer, Lindenwood University, who discussed  the critical issue of bias in artificial intelligence, particularly in academia, research, and tech. Dr. Barnes shared her motivation for specializing in this field and explains the significance of mitigating AI bias to prevent adverse effects now and on future generations. Real-world examples illustrate how biases in algorithms can disadvantage certain groups in ways that we may not have thought about. Dr. Barnes also suggests strategies for companies to combat AI bias, such as creating diverse teams and demanding data transparency. Key Takeaways:The safety measures for bias and AI (00:00:01) Dr. Barnes shares the importance of safety measures for bias in AI and its impact on society.Real-life example of bias in AI (00:06:37)An example of Amazon's algorithm favoring male applicants due to biased historical data is discussed.Actions for companies to address bias in AI (00:09:29)Emily suggests steps for companies to address bias in AI, including forming task forces and ensuring diversity in IT departments.The consequences of not addressing bias in AI (00:17:51)The societal and business risks of not addressing bias in AI, emphasizing the need for proactive measures.Taking personal responsibility for bias in AI (00:22:15)Dr. Barnes encourages individuals to understand the impact of AI in their lives and demand transparency and ethical use of AI.Safety Measures for Bias in AI (00:23:47)Discussion on personal and corporate awareness of bias in AI and its potential future impact on revenue.To stay up-to-date with future interviews and gain valuable resources on building mindset and influence to have an even bigger voice and impact with your leadership, be sure to join our Fearless Female Leader community at www.sherylkline.com, or please email me directly at info@sherylkline.com if I can help you, your team, or organization in any way.Cheering you on, always!- Sheryl
The Importance of Leading with Humility - an Interview with Cathie Hall
May 7 2024
The Importance of Leading with Humility - an Interview with Cathie Hall
http://www.sherylkline.com/blogI had the honor of speaking with Cathie Hall, Chief Customer Officer at IFS. We dove into her philosophy on leading with humility... including how recognizing strengths, and collaborating with others is crucial for success in leadership, especially for women in the tech industry. Cathie also emphasized how important it is to prioritize personal balance and challenge social conventions.Key Takeaways:00:00 Humility in leadership is crucial for success, as personal experiences and early inspiration can shape one’s perspective and choices.04:55 Leading with humility involves recognizing strengths, listening to others, and collaborating with a team to deliver successful outcomes.09:30 Leading with humility creates a safe environment for creativity, innovation, and success, especially in diverse global organizations, and female leaders need to find a balance in taking credit for their team’s success.15:09 Leading with humility and celebrating success as a team is important, women need to increase visibility and joint ownership in projects, have a clear communication strategy, and mindset is crucial in overcoming setbacks and thriving in a tech career.18:47 Leading with humility is important for navigating social and personal challenges, and involves understanding goals, breaking things down, and building resilience.22:32 Women should prioritize personal balance, challenge social conventions, and spend quality time with children, while society needs to catch up with the modern global workplace.26:18 Make decisions based on your strengths and moral compass, lead with humility, collaborate with colleagues, and focus on doing your current job well for natural career progression.30:45 Leading with humility and focusing on strengths, rather than weaknesses, is key to coaching and mentoring others, seeking improvement, and advancing in one’s career. (edited)
Fearless Female Leadership: What’s Next for You? A Proven Process to Gain Clarity and Confidence
Apr 3 2024
Fearless Female Leadership: What’s Next for You? A Proven Process to Gain Clarity and Confidence
http://www.sherylkline.com/blogSometimes we get that uncomfortable feeling, like it’s time to shift, make a pivot or uplevel, and we often ask ourselves, ‘What's next for me?’It’s a bold question, often not an easy one, isn’t it?!Do you ever get that feeling that you are being called to do more, or do something different? I’ve had the honor of working with some of the most prolific and influential female leaders, here in San Francisco, Silicon Valley and across the country and their teams. One thing they’ve  said over the years is  “I wish all the women in my organization could have the transformation that I'm having, so they can go from being possibly silenced, overlooked or disregarded to being and feeling heard, valued, respected. Like they're really an agent of change.”And so last September, I said ‘yes!’ to a fantastic opportunity to partner with the software company and learning platform Rali to create and film the Fearless Female Leadership Enterprise Journey.After almost six months of curriculum design, filming, and editing, it's now ready and out in the world. I’m so excited to share it with you!The Fearless Female Leadership enterprise program is currently being placed with a couple of early adopters in a consumer goods company as well as a cybersecurity company, and the official launch will be in a couple of weeks.  The amount of time this took was scary. The amount of money that this took was scary. As a matter of fact, for my business, this level of investment did not make financial sense for me at the time. But I have to share that every cell in my body was screaming yes! I took a very serious look to see if I could make it work, and then I went for it.Are you experiencing something similar? Are you asking yourself ‘what's next for me?’ It doesn't have to be something grand..It could be…‘What's next for me is that I speak up more?’ ‘What's next for me is to get paid what I feel that I'm worth?’But it could be a shift. It could be a pivot. It could be something big. It could be going from working in consumer goods to working in one industry or role to something completely different. If you are at a place where that little voice keeps saying, ‘what's next?’, then maybe it is time to change, time to pivot, or time to up-level. There are a couple of questions you can ask yourself when you feel like it's time to make a decision about what's next, but you're not exactly sure what it should be… #1 If you had a magic wand and could not fail, what would you take action on?#2 In one, two, three, or five years, if you were to look back on yourself today, what would you regret not doing or not trying? The important thing to remember here is perspective.I do not have the answers to ‘what's next’ for you. What I do have is the ability to help with shifting your perspective and helping you to understand that the answers are already within you. And if you do have that uncomfortable feeling, it's my philosophy that you are being called for more or called to something different. Will you accept the challenge that you’re being guided toward?The next resource I want to share with you that should help is a worksheet called the "Get to Know Yourself Questionnaire."Here is the worksheet which you can download today.Be sure to also have a look at this video, which is an overview of the Fearless Female Leadership Enterprise Journey (it’s 2:00-minutes long).
Pro's, Con's and Profitability of Being Virtual First - an Interview with Jessica Bacher
Mar 27 2024
Pro's, Con's and Profitability of Being Virtual First - an Interview with Jessica Bacher
http://www.sherylkline.com/blogIt was such a joy to speak with Jessica Bacher, Chief People Officer at Prolink, who shares her personal journey of overcoming adversity in her teens and first-generation college graduate. With the support of her parents, especially her mother's advocacy, Jessica navigated unfamiliar territory to pursue higher education. She reflects on her non-linear career path, emphasizing the value of lateral moves and project work over promotions. Jessica also discusses Prolink's virtual-first approach, which prioritizes flexibility and work-life balance, allowing employees to work in various time zones and manage their schedules around personal commitments. This model supports the company's healthcare clients while avoiding an "always-on" culture, and it enables Prolink to tap into a broader talent pool beyond local geographies.Key Takeaways:-- The journey to leadership (00:00:00) Jessica shares her journey to becoming a first-generation college grad and a teenage mother.-- A role model of advocacy (00:03:40) Jessica's mother's advocacy and support in her pursuit of college and motherhood.-- Learning from setbacks (00:07:08) Jessica discusses the non-linear nature of her career journey and the value of learning from setbacks.-- Prolink's virtual-first philosophy (00:10:33) Jessica explains Prolink's virtual-first approach and the principles behind it.-- Embracing discomfort and showing up (00:15:12) Jessica's advice to embrace discomfort and always show up, drawing from her personal experiences and leadership journey.To stay up-to-date with future interviews and gain valuable resources on building mindset and influence to have an even bigger voice and impact with your leadership, be sure to join our Fearless Female Leader community at www.sherylkline.com, or please email me directly at info@sherylkline.com if I can help you, your team, or organization in any way.Cheering you on always, - Sheryl
No One Succeeds Alone
Mar 19 2024
No One Succeeds Alone
http://www.sherylkline.com/blogIn the last 5 years, my husband Scott and I have almost moved on several occasions, but then decided not to at the last minute.This time was different. I could feel in my bones that it was time to take action and not look back. Our house is now going on the market this month, and I’ve been feeling a lot of emotions following the task of writing a love letter to my home, as requested by my realtor.It made me realize how grateful and appreciative I am of this home. This home caught us when it was a challenging time for our family, healed us, provided a place for laughter, sometimes tears, birthday parties, dinner parties, and sitting in the hot tub in the backyard at night watching the clouds pass over the stars. This is the home where I said ‘yes’ to my now husband and where I came up with the idea of how to scale the impact of my company.For all of those things and many more, I am forever grateful to my home.I’m excited to be selling our house with the same world-class Compass Real Estate agent, Dana Green of The Dana Green Team who sold my first home to me in Lafayette and who represented me as a buyer for my current home. So, this is our third transaction with Dana, and she and her team more than over-delivered over and over. I decided to dig into Compass a little more to see why Dana decided to switch over to them a couple years ago. In that process, I discovered the book ‘No One Succeeds Alone’ by Robert Reffkin, CEO of Compass.Some of Robert’s gold nuggets of wisdom touched me so much that I thought I’d share a couple with you. In a  previous post, I touched on how to make that ‘big ask’, because to Roberts point, no one succeeds alone.Robert says ‘If you are not provided with something, it is not a barrier, you can create it’. If you feel like you have a barrier or something is lacking that you feel you need in order to propel you ahead, then think of ways of how you can create it or who you can ask to help youEarly on, Reffkin did not have access to an influential network that could help him. He was involved in and benefited from many non-profits (because of his and his mother's research into those organizations) and began to build his own network within those influential people.How does this apply to you and how can you build and strengthen your own network?Reffkin has a 5 step process for success, and I’ll touch on it here: -- The first is to dream big.  Proceed as if success is inevitable. Dream big and envision something as if it has already happened.-- The next is to sketch out your future. Filling in the lines with color helps you to take control and make your future more clear.-- Reffkin’s next point is to try, and either succeed or fail quickly.  -- Learn from failures and successes.  If something doesn’t work, you can learn from it and move forward.  There are more lessons in failures than successes.“Sometimes the ‘Secret to Success’ is a lot of Trying” ~Robert Reffkin-- Lastly, dream up a new dream. Listen to your gut and your heart, take action, again.“‘The right dream for you is the one that gives you the most energy.” ~Robert ReffkinTruly, nothing is impossible.If you’re looking for an entertaining story and an invaluable playbook of what it means to dream big and execute while lifting others up in the process, join me in reading No One Succeeds Alone by Robert Reffkin. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if I can support you, your team, or your organization in any way at info@sherylklkine.com. Cheering you on always, Sheryl
Creating High Performing Cultures - an Interview with Mindi Cox
Mar 14 2024
Creating High Performing Cultures - an Interview with Mindi Cox
http://www.sherylkline.com/blog/creating-high-performing-culturesI had the absolute pleasure of speaking with Mindi Cox, Chief Marketing and People Officer at OC Tanner, who shares her insights on fostering a high-performing culture within organizations. We discussed the importance of prioritizing employee well-being, especially during economic uncertainty. Mindi emphasizes the need for leaders to build strong relationships and provide support, which can lead to increased loyalty and productivity. She also touches on the shift from seeing roles as transactional to viewing them as responsibilities that bring joy and connection. Key Takeaways:Mindi's Journey (00:01:09) Mindi shares her journey to leadership, emphasizing the importance of perseverance and making promises to oneself.Importance of Relationships (00:12:30) Mindi emphasizes the significance of relationships and the impact on the organization's culture and long-term results.Work-Life Balance and Flexibility (00:16:21) Mindi shares her personal experience with work-life balance and the impact of company support on her ability to continue contributing to the organization.Leadership's Impact on Employee Morale (00:20:24) Mindi discusses the positive impact of leadership's support and flexibility on employee morale and the potential impact on the bottom line.Autonomy and Trust (00:23:29) Discussion on the importance of giving people autonomy and trust in their roles.Valuable Wisdom (00:26:40) Advice to be high performing in current roles and embrace new opportunities with confidence.To stay up-to-date with future interviews and gain valuable resources on building mindset and influence to have an even bigger voice and impact with your leadership, be sure to join our Fearless Female Leader community at www.sherylkline.com, or please email me directly at info@sherylkline.com if I can help you, your team, or organization in any way.Cheering you on always, - Sheryl
Mastering the Art of the Ask for Women in the Workplace
Mar 7 2024
Mastering the Art of the Ask for Women in the Workplace
http://www.sherylkline.com/blog/maste...Growing up, I used to go with my dad to drop off and pick up the clothes at the neighborhood laundromat. Whenever he lost his ticket to claim his clothes, the laundromat owner would say: ‘No ticket, no wash.’ And she was not kidding!When it comes to building visibility, impact, and the support from your leadership, if you don’t ask, you’re likely not going to get. This is a double whammy because our male counterparts tend to be 4 times more likely to make an ask for a raise or a higher salary when initially hired according to Women Don't Ask by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever.If this sounds familiar, the good news is that you’re certainly not alone. The not so good news is that you could be losing out on $1,000,000.00 during the course of your career according to the recent UC Davis study, titled Women Don't Ask: Negotiation and the Great Gender Divide.The ability to effectively make an ask is a valuable skill that can open doors, forge partnerships, and propel careers forward. For female leaders and emerging leaders alike, mastering the art of the ask can be a game-changer in navigating the complexities of the business world. While we are waiting for the institution of corporate America to change, there are a few proven processes that you can do to master the art of the ask, and negotiate for what you want and deserve.Here is a proven framework from my Fearless Female Leadership enterprise journey that will help you get started:Adopt an ECO Mindset—by developing Empathy, Curiosity, and Optimism—Empathy: The foundation of a successful ask begins with empathy. Before approaching someone with a request, take a moment to consider what it's like to be in their shoes. What challenges are they facing? What goals are they striving to achieve? By putting yourself in the other person's position, you can tailor your ask in a way that resonates with their needs and priorities. This demonstrates genuine care and understanding, laying the groundwork for a more receptive response.Curiosity: Adopting a curious mindset can further enhance your ability to make a compelling ask. Shift your focus from your own desires to understanding the perspective of the person you're approaching. What motivates them? What are their aspirations? By asking thoughtful questions and actively listening to their responses, you can uncover valuable insights that inform your approach. This not only strengthens the connection between you and the other person but also allows you to tailor your ask in a way that aligns with their interests and values.Optimism: Finally, approach the ask with a sense of optimism and positivity. Visualize the outcome you desire and focus on the potential for
The Experience Mindset: A New Way to Think about Growth - an Interview with Tiffani Bova
Feb 28 2024
The Experience Mindset: A New Way to Think about Growth - an Interview with Tiffani Bova
https://www.sherylkline.com/blog/the-experience-mindsetI had the honor of speaking with Tiffani Bova, a Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, former Senior Vice President of Global Growth and Innovation Evangelist at Salesforce. We dove into her career journey and the powerful concepts from her book The Experience Mindset.Tiffani shared her perspectives on personal growth, career agility, and the importance of customer and employee experiences. Her insights are particularly valuable for female leaders looking to navigate the complexities of modern business environments with confidence and skill.Key Takeaways:Foundational Lessons from Sports (01:11): Tiffani attributes early life lessons from sports as key to her success. The skills of grace in victory, resilience in defeat, and being a team player have greatly influenced her professional journey.Career Progression and Risk-Taking (03:10): Bova’s career is marked by a mix of lateral, downward, and upward moves, emphasizing the importance of taking risks and believing in one’s ability to learn and grow in new roles.The Role of Confidence (07:01): Tiffani highlights the need to build a ‘confidence muscle’, stressing that confidence, like any skill, needs to be developed and strengthened over time.Importance of Employee Experience (14:21): In her book, “The Experience Mindset,” Tiffani underscores the critical link between employee satisfaction and customer experience, advocating for a balanced approach to both.Actionable Strategies for Companies (17:31): Tiffani advises companies to align metrics for customer and employee experiences, journey map the employee processes underlying customer interactions, and action insights from employee surveys to foster a healthier workplace.To stay up-to-date with future interviews and gain valuable resources on building mindset and influence to have an even bigger voice and impact with your leadership, be sure to join our Fearless Female Leader community at www.sherylkline.com, or please email me directly at info@sherylkline.com if I can help you, your team, or organization in any way.Cheering you on, always!--Sheryl
Prepare Mentally and Tactically to Negotiate Under Pressure
Feb 22 2024
Prepare Mentally and Tactically to Negotiate Under Pressure
https://www.sherylkline.com/blog/prepare-mentally-and-tactically-to-negotiate-under-pressureHave you ever found yourself in a meeting, presentation, or other high pressure conversation, emotions are running high, and you’re thrown off your game? Whether you’re negotiating a raise, a new role, or to gain buy-in from your leadership, the ability to negotiate under pressure is a vital skill to have in your tool belt. Let’s explore some key strategies from the Fearless Female Leadership framework that can empower you to handle emotionally charged conversations and high-stakes negotiations and ensure that you are heard, valued, and respected in the moments that matter...The Three Critical Steps: The Fearless Female Leadership Framework emphasizes clarity, confidence, and influence. These are foundational to any successful negotiation, especially ones that are or have the potential to be emotionally charged.World-Class Preparation with the ABC Prep Sheet: Just like Olympians, leaders should prepare comprehensively for crucial conversations. The ABC Prep worksheet encourages thinking through various outcomes and ensures you’re never caught off guard.Download the ABC Prep Sheet.Understanding the Difference Between Worry and Preparation: It’s vital to distinguish between worrying about potential outcomes and preparing for them. Effective leaders focus on the latter, ensuring they are mentally and tactically ready for any negotiation scenario, good or potentially bad.Prioritizing Mental Readiness Over Emotional Responses: The video stresses the importance of mental readiness over emotional reactions. Preparing for various negotiation outcomes ensures emotional agility, so you can access your best performance and outcome.If I can help you or your team for a speaking event, one on one coaching, or if you’d like to know more about how your company can become an early adopter of the Fearless Female Leadership enterprise journey, please email info@sherylkline.com.Cheering you on always and to your next level of impact and joy!- Sheryl
Owning Your Worth - an Interview with Jane Boulware
Feb 15 2024
Owning Your Worth - an Interview with Jane Boulware
http://www.sherylkline.com/blog/owning-your-worthI had the pleasure of speaking with Jane Boulware, the Chief Marketing Officer and acting Chief Strategy Officer at The Gottman Institute, Chairman of the Board (or I should say Chairwoman) for the Boys and Girls Club, former top 150 Microsoft executive, and now author!. Jane recently shared her journey and valuable lessons from her life and from her book, ‘Worthy: From Cornfields to Corner Office of Microsoft’.Her experiences, from overcoming poverty and self-doubt to achieving executive roles at Microsoft, offer powerful insights for female leaders and emerging leaders. Jane’s book, "Worthy," is not just about her ascent; it's a testament to overcoming personal and external limitations and embracing one's true potential.Key Takeaways:Inspiration Behind "Worthy" [00:01:12]: Jane discusses her motivation for writing her book, emphasizing overcoming external limitations and self-imposed barriers, and the importance of helping others ascend in their careers.Advocating for Change [00:03:16]: She discusses the need for changing the representation in leadership roles and the responsibility of successful individuals to uplift others.Overcoming Self-Doubt [00:04:19]: Jane reflects on her struggles with imposter syndrome and her journey to embracing her strengths and authenticity, encouraging readers to overcome their own internal limitations.Vulnerability as Strength [7:00]: Jane shares the challenges she faced while writing the book, including questioning her own story's significance and deciding how openly to share her experiences.Embracing Self-Worth [10:46]: Jane stresses the importance of recognizing one's worthiness and encourages listeners to pursue their aspirations without seeking external validation or permission.To stay up-to-date with future interviews and gain valuable resources on building mindset and influence to have an even bigger voice and impact with your leadership, be sure to join our Fearless Female Leader community at www.sherylkline.com, or please email me directly at info@sherylkline.com if I can help you or your team in any way!To your next level of impact and joy,Sheryl.
Unlocking the Power of Leadership - My Conversation with Ideagen CEO George Sifakis at the 2023 Global Acceleration Summit
Feb 7 2024
Unlocking the Power of Leadership - My Conversation with Ideagen CEO George Sifakis at the 2023 Global Acceleration Summit
https://www.sherylkline.com/blog/unlocking-the-power-of-leadershipLast Fall, I had the honor of being interviewed by George Sifakis, the CEO of Ideagen, for their 2023 Global Acceleration Summit. The summit’s focus? Assessing the progress of the United Nations’ 17 Social Development Goals at the halfway mark to 2023.It was a riveting experience, and I’m thrilled to share some key takeaways with you:Key Takeaway 1: The Importance of Mental Toughness in LeadershipThink about one person who has inspired you. Chances are, they exhibited a level of mental toughness that drew you in. During the interview, we dove into the concept of mental toughness, especially for women in leadership. It’s not just about being resilient; it’s about being emotionally agile and prepared for any situation. I’ve even been studying FBI hostage negotiations to equip leaders with the skills to be heard, valued, and respected.Key Takeaway 2: The Role of Personal Stories in Shaping LeadershipPersonal stories aren’t just for memoirs; they’re the backbone of authentic leadership. I shared the story of my mother’s dream to save three species of owls, a mission that sadly ended with her passing and the extinction of those species. It’s a poignant reminder that we all have unique gifts and missions. Our stories shape us and can catalyze change in the world.Key Takeaway 3: The Power of Big, Audacious GoalsStep outside of YOUR comfort zone and dream big. At the Zone Lab, we don’t work from SMART goals; we work from Big, Audacious, Crazy Goals. Whether you’re two to six years from an exit or just starting your leadership journey, it’s crucial to set goals that stretch your imagination and capabilities. Then, work backward to make them a reality.Key Takeaway 4: The Need for Cross-Sector Collaboration for SDGsThe summit itself was a testament to the power of collective action. Organizations and individuals from across the globe came together to share initiatives and success stories in pursuit of the SDGs. It’s a reminder that no one can do it alone. Collaboration is not just a buzzword; it’s a necessity.Let’s Take a Step TogetherSo, what’s your big, audacious goal? And how can you collaborate to make it a reality? As we assess the progress of the SDGs at this critical midpoint, let’s also take stock of our personal and collective goals. Let’s have a call or connect in other meaningful ways to discuss how we can accelerate not just global development but also our personal growth.Cheering you on always!-- Sheryl
Building Your Authentic Brand - an Interview with Cheryl Cook
Jan 31 2024
Building Your Authentic Brand - an Interview with Cheryl Cook
https://www.sherylkline.com/blog/building-your-authentic-brand-interview-with-cheryl-cookIn case you missed my interview with the incredible Cheryl Cook, Senior Vice President at Dell Technology, here are some key takeaways, or you can watch the entire interview above:Embracing Challenges and Risks: Moving across the country at 21, Cheryl’s career is a testament to the growth that comes from stepping out of one’s comfort zone and embracing new challenges.Navigating the Zigzag Path to Success: Her path to becoming a Senior Vice President was a series of opportunities and lessons, highlighting the importance of being open to new experiences.Courage Over Fear: A key element in Cheryl’s success has been recognizing fear and choosing to move forward regardless, a trait essential for effective leadership.Authenticity in Personal Branding: Cheryl stresses the importance of authenticity in building trust and credibility, crucial for establishing strong professional relationships.Trusting Your Instincts: Cheryl advises trusting your gut, especially when making critical decisions, as our instincts often guide us accurately.Leaning into Opportunities: In a constantly evolving industry, Cheryl encourages embracing change and taking calculated risks to uncover new growth opportunities.To stay up-to-date with future interviews and gain valuable resources on building mindset and influence to have an even greater voice and impact, be sure to join our Fearless Female Leader community at www.sherylkline.com or click here to schedule a time and let's chat.Cheering you on always,- Sheryl
Building Work Life Integration - an Interview with Michelle Ragusa-McBain
Jan 9 2024
Building Work Life Integration - an Interview with Michelle Ragusa-McBain
http://www.sherylkline.comIf you have not met Michelle Ragusa-McBain, this will be your chance to get up close with a distinguished and influential female leader in the global technology channel, a relationship-builder extraordinaire, and an all-around fun and compassionate human being! Michelle's journey, marked by resilience and determination, has been nothing short of remarkable. From her family's immigration to the United States to her groundbreaking achievement as the first in her family to attend college and earn an MBA, her story is a testament to the power of unwavering commitment.In this conversation, Michelle dives into the intricacies of her career path, being a mother, and emphasizing the importance of adaptability and the pursuit of purpose in the tech industry. Her wisdom transcends her own experiences, offering invaluable guidance for those seeking to leave their mark in the world of technology.Here are the key takeaways from the interview:The Power of Resilience (00:01:31): Michele's upbringing, marked by her grandmother's mental health struggles and her mother's experience with domestic abuse, demonstrates how challenges can shape one's character and resilience.Finding Purpose in Technology (00:07:18): Michele's journey into the tech world was driven by her desire to make a positive impact on people, companies, and the world, highlighting the significance of aligning one's career with a sense of purpose.Embracing Change and Taking Risks (00:09:46): Michele emphasizes adaptability, courage, and the willingness to take risks, encouraging women not to fear the unknown and to give themselves grace in their career pursuits.Mentors, Champions, and Sponsors (00:16:18): Michelle distinguishes between mentors and sponsors and stresses the importance of having champions who can advocate for you when you're not present, underlining the value of a strong support network.Achieving Work-Life Integration (00:19:10): Michelle underscores the importance of investing in relationships, making tough choices, and seeking integration rather than a perfect balance between work and personal life for professional success and personal fulfillment.To stay up-to-date with future interviews and gain valuable resources on building mindset and influence for even greater change, be sure to connect with me on LinkedIn and join our Fearless Female Leader community at www.sherylkline.com.Finally, if I can help you or your team to decide and create a plan for ‘what’s next’, to gain FBI-level influence, or to learn a sustainable high-performing workflow, please email me directly at info@sherylkline.com.
What it Takes to Achieve What’s Next Part 3: Achieve
Jan 3 2024
What it Takes to Achieve What’s Next Part 3: Achieve
http://www.sherylkline.com/blogYou've dreamed it, you've planned (or envisioned) it, and now it's time to just do it! Execution is where the rubber meets the road. It's the culmination of your vision and planning. But remember, achieving a dream is a marathon, not a spring. Consistency, discipline, and accountability are your best allies… And I’m here to help!Here are 4 things to keep in mind when setting out to achieve your dream, your next level of impact, and your Olympics!Metrics Matter: Track AND Celebrate Your ProgressI’m not a data girl, however, I’ve experienced the challenges of not doing this as well as the triumphs when I’m consistent. It's not enough to rely on gut feelings or anecdotal evidence. Utilize Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that are directly aligned with your goals. This data-driven approach will not only keep you accountable but also offer actionable insights. It allows you to make informed decisions, optimizing your strategies for better outcomes. Adapt and Overcome: The Power of Being AgileLife is unpredictable, and even the most well-thought-out plans can face challenges. I’m all about routines and staying committed to a plan, but rigidity can cause undo stress and frustration. Being adaptable doesn't mean you're straying from your goals; it means you're agile enough to navigate unforeseen circumstances. When you encounter obstacles, view them as learning opportunities. Assess, adapt, and continue to move forward with renewed hope.Celebrate the Milestones: Small Wins Lead to Big VictoriesThe path to achievement is filled with various milestones, each deserving of recognition. Celebrating these small victories does more than boost morale; it validates your strategy. It's a tangible sign that you're making progress, and it can serve as a motivational fuel to propel you toward your larger goals. If you’re like me, this is a work in progress, so be sure to have an accountability structure in place for this if you need it:). The Journey Can Be Circuitous, But It Can Still Get You to Where You Want to GoWhile the end goal is the achievement of your dream, the journey holds its own set of invaluable experiences. Each step you take informs you of new skills, broadens your network, and contributes to your personal growth. The journey shapes you, preparing you for bigger challenges and greater successes.  You are ALREADY doing a great job, and I’ll be cheering you on for what’s next in the New Year!If I can help you or your team in any way via coaching, speaking, enterprise digital training, please reach out to me directly at info@sherylkline.com!
Top 5 Lessons Learned in 2023: A Year of Empowerment for Female Leaders
Dec 28 2023
Top 5 Lessons Learned in 2023: A Year of Empowerment for Female Leaders
http://www.sherylkline.com/blogAs we prepare for the new year, it’s a great time for reflection and introspection. The year 2023 has been a remarkable journey, not just in terms of the challenges we faced but, more importantly, in the lessons we learned and the growth we experienced. This year has been a testament to our strength, adaptability, leadership, and resilience, particularly in the face of unprecedented challenges. It was a year that not only tested us but also highlighted our unique capabilities as women in leadership roles.These insights have shaped our approach, honed our skills, and prepared us to lead with more conviction and impact. Here are the top five lessons that have been particularly resonant, each shaping our path toward a more empowered and influential future.Embrace the Power of Dreams and Vision: This year has underscored the importance of dreaming big and aligning those dreams with our values and vision. As female leaders, we’ve seen the power of visualization and ambition in turning aspirations into reality. It’s about stretching the imagination beyond current circumstances and daring to envision what could be, not just for ourselves but for those we lead and inspire.Transform Disappointments into Opportunities: One of the most valuable lessons learned is the art of resilience and adaptability. When faced with disappointments, like unexpected changes or setbacks, our ability to pivot and find new opportunities has been crucial. It’s not just about bouncing back; it’s about bouncing forward, using these experiences as stepping stones towards greater achievements.Leverage Collaboration and Partnerships: The transformative power of collaboration and partnerships cannot be overstated. This year has shown that by working together and combining our strengths, we can amplify our impact and achieve more than we could alone. Whether it’s in a professional setting or within our communities, the synergy created through collaboration has led to innovative solutions and expanded opportunities.Develop Influence in Challenging Situations: Gaining influence, especially in emotionally charged or high-stakes situations, has been a critical skill. From speaking up for ourselves to navigating complex negotiations, the ability to understand others’ perspectives, express empathy, and collaboratively find solutions has been instrumental in achieving successful outcomes.Cultivate Clarity During Uncertainty: In a year marked by change and uncertainty, finding clarity and moving forward with confidence has been essential. This involves understanding our core values, recognizing our strengths, and taking decisive steps towards our goals. It’s about creating space for reflection and being proactive in shaping our paths, even amidst uncertainty.As we look ahead, these lessons form the foundation for continued growth and success. They remind us of our resilience, our capacity for collaboration, and our ability to influence and lead in times of change. Here’s to carrying these insights forward and building on them in the years to come.Remember, you are limitless! Embrace these lessons, and let’s continue to rise together, making a lasting impact in our cultures, companies, and beyond.I’m cheering you on always, and I’m here to help you, your team, or organization for your most impactful year yet! Please email me directly at info@sherylkline.com and let's have a chat.Enjoy the holidays and have a very Happy New Year!--SherylP.s. Join our Fearless Female Leader community at www.sherylkline.com.
Stop Being Hysterical and Slow Down - an Interview with Laura Guio
Dec 20 2023
Stop Being Hysterical and Slow Down - an Interview with Laura Guio
http://www.sherylkline.com/blogIt was such an honor to spend time with Laura Guio, a powerful and influential leader with a 30-year career at IBM. Laura joined us from Copenhagen, Denmark to share her journey, filled with invaluable lessons, challenges, and the wisdom she gained along the way. Laura dives into the nuances of building a successful career, the importance of adaptability, and the art of maintaining a strong personal brand. Her insights are not just reflections of her professional journey but also serve as guiding principles for anyone looking to make their mark in their career.KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE INTERVIEW:Embrace Continuous Learning and Role Versatility (02:15): Success often comes from the willingness to learn and adapt. Taking on various roles to understand different aspects of a business can be more beneficial than excelling in just one area. Being versatile and competent across multiple domains often outweighs being a specialist in a single field.Cultivate a Strong Personal Brand (05:04): Knowing what you want to be known for and protecting your brand is crucial. This involves being conscious of how you treat people, your decisions, and how you’re perceived, which collectively contribute to your professional identity.Value Direct and Honest Communication (07:29): Effective communication, especially in challenging environments, requires being straightforward yet respectful. This approach helps in navigating complex professional landscapes and contributes to long-term success.Importance of Self-Awareness and Inner Voice (8:38): Understanding one’s strengths, weaknesses, and personal values is crucial for making informed career decisions and maintaining authenticity. Listening to your inner voice and being self-aware can guide you through your career journey.Treating Everyone with Respect and Kindness (22:01): As Laura Guio learned from her father, treating everyone from the janitor to the CEO with the same level of respect and kindness is essential. This approach not only fosters a positive work environment but also reinforces a leader’s integrity and humanity.To stay up-to-date with future interviews and gain valuable resources on building mindset and influence for real change, be sure to connect with me on LinkedIn, AND to learn more about how to build the mindset and influence for real change, join our Fearless Female Leader community at www.sherylkline.com.Finally, if I can help you or your team to decide and create a plan for ‘what’s next’, to gain FBI-level influence , or to learn a sustainable high-performing workflow, please email me directly at info@sherylkline.com.
Get Ahead by Giving - An Interview with Lynne Thornton, SVP Channel Acceleration at JSG
Nov 30 2023
Get Ahead by Giving - An Interview with Lynne Thornton, SVP Channel Acceleration at JSG
http://www.sherylkline.com/blogLynne Thornton, SVP Channel Acceleration at JSG, is a seasoned professional known for her insights into career growth and networking strategies. In this conversation, she shares valuable advice on building meaningful connections and amazing wisdom on how to advance your career. Lynne emphasizes the power of networking with a giving approach, the influence of suggestion, and the importance of leaning into your adaptable skills.KEY TAKEAWAYSNetworking with a Giving Approach (03:22):Lynne Thornton emphasizes the significance of networking, highlighting that the act of giving within professional circles can lead to unexpected opportunities and collaborations.Power of Suggestion (06:43):Explore the “power of suggestion” as a valuable tool, encouraging individuals to clearly communicate their career goals and intentions to create opportunities.Skills are Transferable (11:19):Recognize that skills are transferable across different roles and industries, promoting opportunities to explore new career paths.Visibility Through Giving (14:51):Lynne underscores the importance of becoming more visible through giving, suggesting that offering assistance within one’s team or organization can positively impact one’s reputation.Flexibility and Openness (17:24):Embrace flexibility and openness to new opportunities, even if they deviate from your original career plan, as they can lead to fulfilling and unexpected career outcomes.To stay up-to-date with future interviews and gain valuable resources on building mindset and influence for real change, be sure to connect with me on LinkedIn, AND to learn more about how to build the mindset and influence for real change, join our community at www.sherylkline.com.Finally, if I can help you or your team to decide and create a plan for ‘what’s next’, to become more influential with leadership, or to learn a sustainable high-performing workflow, please email me directly at info@sherylkline.com.