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Leadership is Feminine

For most women, when we are invited to study leadership the teachers, scholars, authorities and models are primarily… men. We are indoctrinated from the time we are born that men are the leaders and that natural male characteristics are the strengths you must also possess to be a good leader. Powerful. Strong. Authoritative. Direct. Assertive. Decisive. These and so many more are attributes that are typically associated with the male model of a leader. And so, for the better part of the last one hundred years as women have made their way into the fold, in a variety of leadership roles, we have learned and studied to walk the way of a men to achieve success. Women dismiss their own knowing because we’ve been so indoctrinated in male leadership models. We dismiss what we know for what others tell us to be and how to be seen. There is another way to lead. To be in alignment. To not feel like an imposter. It’s time for the reimagining of leadership. That’s not to disparage any of the progress that has come before us. Progress is progress. For those of us who stand in the footsteps of the women who came before us we are here because of their courage, bravery and resilience. I wonder instead if women equally looked to the characteristics they learned from their mothers for leadership. I wonder if we were taught to lean on different qualities to drive success. I wonder what might happen then? The traditional qualities of mothering are communication, nurturing, listening, strength, support, grace, and yes… love. What if to be the best leader you can be as a woman, you integrated the best of both? This is how women will stand with integrity in their role as leaders. As women, we can be assertive, direct, powerful, and authoritative but we need not only rely on those attributes for success. After 25 years of watching and studying leaders, I can tell you that for sure many traditional male attributes are effective in the short run, but they typically only serve a few. Whereas, when leadership is feminine. When the leader possesses the strengths of femininity and grace the results are for all. This podcast is my like my gentle request and invitation to my fellow female leaders that we reclaim the world leadership as one that is a feminine definition. That we continue to work with all of our allies to build organizations and systems that include more support, collaboration, grace and communication. And that we do so not because we are uncomfortable with the more traditional male-dominating models, but because we truly do know that leadership is a feminine strength and attribute. And the world needs more of us leading. Now more than ever.
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Apr 29, 2019

When some of the habits we have with our families come into our business, it can lead to problems. If you have people on the team who've been with you a while, listen to this for some quick and simple advice.

What you'll find in this episode:

  1. Your business is there to make money and serve a purpose. It’s not there to be an employer.
  2. Your business in not there to suffer and indulge dysfunction. It’s there to get the work done and serve the purpose of the business.
  3. A business has to have clearly defined, communicated and accountable to, expectations.
  4. A business has to have accountability to outcomes. When leaders want to treat people like a family, they don’t hold them accountable.
  5. A business has to factor in how growth affects the team it has now versus the team that was hired before.

© 2019 Kris Plachy

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Apr 22, 2019

As your business grows, you’ll need to hire people to do some of the things you used to do. The first, and most important, step is to create a job description for the role. Here are some key steps in that process.

What you'll find in this episode:

  1. First, define the purpose of the job.
  2. Make a detailed list off all the things you want this position to do, and look for a theme.
  3. From the details, list your required skills and experience for the position.
  4. Include your cultural and fit component – “the vibe.”
  5. Verne Harnish believes we should only hire people who have already experienced success and results. 
  6. Every role in your business should have a description, including yours.

© 2019 Kris Plachy

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Apr 15, 2019

Kris talks with Angela Kim, founder and owner of Savor Beauty. They discuss what motivates Angela and what has been the most challenging aspect to growing and scaling her business.

Angela Jia Kim’s passion for beauty began with her mom. “Koreans are obsessed with their skin, and my mom always had something new sent over from her sisters in Seoul,” she says.

“I would play with her creams that were filled with ingredients like gold and silkworm cocoons.” Angela spent her early career as an award-winning concert pianist, until one day, onstage in front of hundreds of people, a so-called natural lotion she had applied made her break out in hives.

Horrified, she began to study ingredients and craft her own skin care products in her kitchen. “I added luxury ingredients with tremendous skin benefits like champagne, caviar, and truffles,” she says.

“I infused them with organic extracts for anti-aging results.” She started gifting these products to friends, and they wanted to buy them as gifts for their friends. She became the “accidental entrepreneur.”

"I wanted to incorporate the Korean beauty rituals that I grew up with. But as a busy mom and wife living the gorgeous chaos of New York City, I needed flawless skin in a New York minute. And it must be organic, and it must work."

Now Angela runs a group of holistic facial spas in New York City's West Village and Upper West Side, and in upstate New York. She continues to develop luxe organic products in the Beauty Kitchen with her team of Savor Spa Estheticians.

Her Dollars & Scents initiative hires women who are transitioning back into the workforce, by giving training and tools to develop new skills. They make and ship the beauty creams fresh from the Hudson Valley in New York.

Angela Jia Kim is a former concert pianist, wife to a Swissman who loves to brew craft beer in his spare time, and mom to a second grader CEO and a yellow lab named Ella Fitzgerald. They live in New York City's Upper West Side.

What you'll find in this episode:

  1. What it is that drives Angela to continue to excel and grow and take on new challenges.
  2. What the big areas are that you need to be conscious of as a woman who runs her own business.
  3. What the hardest part was of bringing other people into the business.
  4. Angela’s biggest insight to share with women around accountability.
  5. What Angela loves most about her business.

© 2019 Kris Plachy

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Email: support@leadershipcoachllc.com
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Apr 8, 2019

As a visionary, you have tons of ideas all the time. But in order to up-level your business, you have to focus on your zone of genius instead of your zone of excellence. Here’s how.

What you'll find in this episode:

  1. When you grow and become more successful, your discipline with your brain has to increase.
  2. Identify your revenue goal for the year and the plan to make that happen.
  3. When you have new ideas, use your goal and plan as your filter.
  4. Visionaries tend to burn out team members.
  5. Visionary constraint reminds us that, in order to achieve what we want, we have to be willing to go “all in” on the belief that what we want to achieve is possible.
  6. Be willing to say “no” from abundance instead of saying “yes” from scarcity.
  7. Honor your ideas with a notebook and vet those ideas with someone you allow to tell you “no.”

© 2019 Kris Plachy

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Produced by Podcast Prowess

Apr 1, 2019

In order to move past those stuck spots as an entrepreneur, you have to be willing to work on yourself. You need to do some stretch assignments in your mind about what’s next. Here is a series of questions I’d like you to think about as a woman who is leading a business and a team.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. Who are you in this role as a leader?
  2. What do you find is easy and what is difficult?
  3. How are you different today than when you first started your business?
  4. What do you love about what you do in your business?
  5. What are you like to work for?
  6. What do you want to be like to work for?
  7. What’s your philosophy around paying people money?
  8. What expectations do you have of people who join your team?

© 2019 Kris Plachy
Visit: KrisPlachy.com
Email: support@leadershipcoachllc.com
Facebook group How to Lead
@KrisPlachy on Twitter
Kris on LinkedIn
Produced by Podcast Prowess

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