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Lead Your Team

Learn how to lead your team. If you're like most entrepreneurs, you have little to no formal management training. So figuring out how to lead your team can feel frustrating, overwhelming and even daunting. If you know it's time to learn how to be a better boss, you've found the perfect coach-in-a-podcast to get you there. Each week, Entrepreneurial Management Expert and Mentor, Kris Plachy will share simple practices you can implement as a business owner and leader to improve how well you lead your team. Whether you're just building your business or have been in business for some time, Kris will offer insights that help you determine who to hire, who to fire, how to set and reinforce expectations and how to get the most out of your team efforts. Your business matters and has important work to do in the world. Don't let the frustration and confusion you experience with your team slow you down. Together, we'll make sure you learn the vital tools that will help you feel more confident and capable as a leader so you master achieving great results through your team members. Kris coaches female entrepreneurs leading 7 & 8 figure businesses. To learn more about working with her, go to www.krisplachy.com.
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Dec 28, 2020

People often feel trapped by their commitments and feel that everything will come crumbling down if they slip up. One cause of this is rescuer’s exhaustion resulting from a person’s desire to solve other people’s problems for them. Letting others learn on their own benefits them and allows us to grow as people and as leaders!

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. One common mistake people make that depletes themselves and others
  2. What you must do to grow as a leader and CEO
  3. How to look back on the year 2020

I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you!

The next How to CEO program starts January 20, 2021. Go to howtoceojoin.com to register before December 31st and get:

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Dec 21, 2020

As we reflect back on the monumental year that was 2020, we can learn lessons that help us grow and move forward. While we could fixate on what we wish hadn’t happened, this keeps us stuck in the past. It is important to work within our realm of control and accept “what is.” This leads to empowerment and strength!

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. Kris shares her current sources of intellectual nutrition.
  2. A new mindset during an unprecedented year.
  3. What to think about this holiday season.

I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you!

The next How to CEO program starts January 20, 2021. Go to howtoceojoin.com to register before December 31st and get:

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Dec 14, 2020

I know the frustration you feel when you’re trying to hire for positions in your business. You’re totally normal if you compromise because you’re desperate. But today, I’m going to give you the secret to avoiding hiring those people that you know you shouldn’t hire.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. Kris’ latest experience at trying to hire for a VA-type assistant.
  2. "If they don’t work out in the interview, they’re not going to work out as a hire."
  3. The reason we hire people we shouldn’t and how to avoid doing that.
  4. Your business is a kingdom. Who gets the privilege of being a part of it?

I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you!

The next How to CEO program starts January 20, 2021. Go to howtoceojoin.com to register before December 31st and get:

  • Access to a bonus course called Managing Overwhelm for Female Entrepreneurs.
  • An invitation to participate in the live mini virtual retreat with Kris, Time to Begin Again, on January 2, 2021.
  • Access to our lineup of guest experts: Brooke Castillo, Ali Brown, Eleanor Beaton, Emily Sandberg, Camille Broussard Wise, Stacy Tuschl, Tanya Lee, and Leila Hormozi.

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Dec 7, 2020

I believe that our toughest moments are our greatest teachers. What did you learn about yourself during this monumental year that was 2020? When we take time to sit and reflect, it helps build clarity. Clarity of thinking leads to knowing yourself – and THAT is a major leadership superpower.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. Instead of setting New Year resolutions, Kris will be doing this instead.
  2. Details about Kris’ virtual retreat.
  3. Something that you must have if you’re leading and directing others in their work.
  4. What Paulo Coelho means by being a “master.”

I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you!

The next How to CEO program starts January 20, 2021. Register before December 31st and get TWO bonuses! Go to howtoceojoin.com.

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Nov 30, 2020

As a founder, you were never really on the “manager career path.” You never made a conscious decision to be a manager. It’s not that you’re not good at managing people. The truth is you never wanted to manage people and you don’t enjoy managing people. So let me help you sit in that management seat and find a voice in it that you can feel good about.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. The five advantages of learning how to manage.
  2. Rule #1 - Don’t hire other people to manage your team until you know how to do it.
  3. The superpowers that every CEO must possess.
  4. All about the upcoming How to CEO program.

I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you!

The next How to CEO program starts January 20, 2021. Register before December 31st and get TWO bonuses! Go to howtoceojoin.com

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Nov 23, 2020

Team meetings are absolutely essential. But are you using them as the grounding stone that they are intended to be, or are you using them as a work group? Are they debilitating or are they relationship building? Let’s talk about the what, when and how long of team meetings.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. What a meeting is for.
  2. When you should or shouldn’t be having meetings.
  3. The frequency of your meetings.
  4. The way Kris handles her team meetings.

I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you!

The next How to CEO program starts at the end of January and we’re currently putting people on the wait list. Go to howtoceojoin.com

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Nov 16, 2020

Today Kris discusses how an unexpected personal issue recently required her to step away from her business for a short period of time. The beauty? She can do this comfortably because she has built a team that she knows has her back.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. The amazing year that was 2019.
  2. The brilliant group of women that Kris has the privilege of coaching in her How to CEO program.
  3. How Kris’ work in the world changes women’s relationships with their businesses so they can savor their success instead of drowning in it.

I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you!

The next How to CEO program starts at the end of January and we’re currently putting people on the wait list. Go to howtoceojoin.com

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Nov 9, 2020

If you sometimes feel that dealing with difficult employees is like a game of whack-a-mole, you’re in the right place. Here are some basics for how to deal with a difficult employee.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. Defining the word “difficult.”
  2. How the Thought Model comes into play.
  3. How to make a T chart that will change the way you think about your difficult employee.
  4. Why you’ll fail if you try to give someone feedback based on a label.

I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you!

For more information, please visit my website at https://krisplachy.com/

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Nov 2, 2020

Are you looking to hire someone who has amazing experience and a really great resume? Here’s a little advice based on my experience when hiring people from a corporate background.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. The differences between entrepreneurs and those working in a corporate culture.
  2. Why you’re more likely to attract candidates who have experience in corporate settings.
  3. How the management role differs in the two culture types.
  4. Important questions to ask during the interview.

I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you!

For more information, please visit my website at https://krisplachy.com/

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Oct 26, 2020

As a female entrepreneur and business owner, do you crave having an ownership-accountability culture? Today I have the “what, how and why” that will help you achieve that!

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. Why coaching is both an art and a science.
  2. The formula for how to remember to be in a coach mode when you’re talking to your employees.
  3. How trust comes into play and why it’s sometimes a vicious circle.
  4. The role a coach plays.

I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you!

For more information, please visit my website at https://krisplachy.com/

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Oct 19, 2020

Leadership is about the vision. Management is about the business. Coaching is about the individual. In a small business, when you’re the founder, you don't have to be great at all three - but you have to do all three!

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. The difference between coaching, managing and leading.
  2. Which of the three seems to be the most difficult for people to master.
  3. The three different levels of performance that employees fall into.
  4. The “truth” that Kris denied for years.
  5. What the “superpower” is for people who are in leadership.

I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you!

For more information, please visit my website at https://krisplachy.com/

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Oct 12, 2020

Do you believe that asking for help is a sign of weakness or a lack of ability? Maybe you just feel like – “Why bother – I’m just going to end up doing it myself anyway.” You have too much amazing work to do in the world to be minimizing your impact because you don’t want to leverage the support of others. Here are some tips.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. The three types of help people usually need.
  2.  The importance of being specific.
  3.  An exercise to point you in the right direction.
  4.  What does asking for help mean to you?

I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you!

For more information, please visit my website at https://krisplachy.com/

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Oct 5, 2020

If your business has a culture of accountability, that means that your employees accept ownership for their results, no matter what. But with that comes this unexpected truth that has been a thorn in my side for 25 years. Let’s talk about it.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. A leader who works in a culture of accountability must be equally communicative about this.
  2. Feedback is not personal.
  3. Once your accountability system is in place, here’s the snag that women hit that they don’t see coming.
  4. What has been a thorn in Kris’s side ever since she became a manager 25 years ago.
  5. Why Olive Garden is a good representation of this.
  6. Let’s agree that “this” ends with your company.

I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you!

For more information, please visit my website at https://krisplachy.com/

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Sep 28, 2020

Hiring is like dating. Sometimes we get “candidate crushes” and those don’t always turn out like we had hoped. If you’re disenchanted with the hiring process, then this episode is for you!

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. Kris’s story about hiring for her personal assistant position – 6 assistants over a 4-5 month period!
  2. This podcast is about the basic things you always have to remember when hiring. In the How to CEO program we’ll go into more depth.
  3. Why to hire before you’re ready.
  4. How to get your hiring strategy in place.
  5. Which role to fill first.
  6. “Everyone needs a 30-60-90.”

We’ll be launching a new, live course on September 29th called "How to CEO for Female Entrepreneurs." Registration opens September 22nd, so go here to get on the waitlist! https://krisplachy.com/how2ceo

I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you!

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Sep 21, 2020

Many women are reluctant to call themselves the CEO of their own business. Let’s go over why it’s so important to take that step and what you can do to get there.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. An exercise to do to determine why you’re hesitant to call yourself CEO.
  2. Why the first module in the “How to CEO” program is CEO Mindset.
  3. What the “How to CEO” program provides and what its goal is.
  4. The list of 8 guest experts who will participate and who will talk with you live about their areas of expertise.
  5. All about your CEO blueprint.

We’ll be launching a new, live course on September 29th called "How to CEO for Female Entrepreneurs." Registration opens September 22nd, so go here to get on the waitlist!

I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you!

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Sep 14, 2020

Some leaders don’t find it difficult to manage people, but for others it seems to be this gut-wrenching thing. Being a good leader requires an ability to connect – to see and to be seen. Let’s talk about connecting and how courage and vulnerability come into play.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. To have the kinds of conversations that good leaders have, it requires a level of intimacy.
  2. Kris’s meaning of “intimacy.”
  3. Why intimacy requires vulnerability and, therefore, courage.
  4. Who you are, and how you’ve lived, is how you lead.
  5. As a leader you have a responsibility for the care of the emotional health and the thinking of people who work for you.

We’ll be launching a new, live course in September called "How to CEO for Entrepreneurs." The registration for this first group will be limited, so go here https://krisplachy.com/how2ceo to get on the waitlist.

I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you!

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Sep 7, 2020

Female entrepreneurs have deep passion for their businesses, but did you realize that many of them also carry around deep shame? Shame and pain about an issue that is so intense that they rarely even want to talk about it. Helping women voice this issue so they don’t give up on their businesses is what we do. We can fix it. I promise!

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. What that voiceless problem is that female entrepreneurs don’t like to talk about.
  2. Why some people lose the team because they didn’t invest in themselves.
  3. What causes business owners to become relentless, and slightly ruthless, about who they let in.
  4. Why your passion can become a poison to other people and to you.
  5. The true story about a client of Kris’s who went from $0 to $700K in one week!

We’ll be launching a new, live course in September called "How to CEO for Entrepreneurs." The registration for this first group will be limited, so go here https://krisplachy.com/how2ceo to get on the waitlist.

I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you!

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Aug 31, 2020

Women have a cocktail of assets that nobody else does. Celebrate them. Don’t diminish them. Step into your superpower and own it because leadership is feminine!

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. What Kris learned from her mom about leadership.
  2. Why empathy is a superpower.
  3. Is it possible to truly be yourself and still be the CEO of your business?
  4. Why it’s important for female entrepreneurs to call themselves CEOs.

We’ll be launching a new, live course in September called "How to CEO for Entrepreneurs." The registration for this first group will be limited, so go here https://krisplachy.com/how2ceo to get on the waitlist.

I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you!

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Aug 24, 2020

Entrepreneurs struggle with employees not taking ownership the same way that they do. Here are some suggestions for ways to handle a situation when someone doesn’t take responsibility for a task, and an example of how an ownership conversation ought to go.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. Why ownership is a personal responsibility.
  2. How getting out of an employee’s way, in order to foster ownership, is different than abdication.
  3. What “mis-delegating” means.
  4. An example of a frustrating ownership conversation and suggestions for what to do instead.
  5. Essential competencies that I believe every employee should come to the table with.
  6. What not to do when someone doesn’t take ownership.

We’ll be launching a new, live course in September called "How to CEO for Entrepreneurs." The registration for this first group will be limited, so go here https://krisplachy.com/how2ceo to get on the waitlist.

I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you!

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Aug 17, 2020

Key Performance Indicators (KPI) are the vital signs for your business. They are diagnostic in nature and can be used to help determine if there’s a problem with the health of the overall business or with specific roles within that business.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. The reason we ask, “what role do I need to fill?” versus “what type of person do I need?”
  2. The steps toward creating KPIs
  3. Why people struggle with KPIs for administrative roles
  4. Your job as CEO when it comes to employees and KPIs

We’ll be launching a new, live course in September called "How to CEO for Entrepreneurs." The registration for this first group will be limited, so go here https://krisplachy.com/how2ceo to get on the waitlist.

I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability!

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Aug 10, 2020

What does it mean to transition from being an entrepreneur to a CEO? As a solopreneur, the essential asset is you and your talent. As an entrepreneur the asset is you as a manager. But, as a CEO, the asset is you as a leader. Are you ready? Let’s go!

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. How boundaries change through the difference transitions.
  2. Learning to leverage the talents of others.
  3. Why it’s a fact that you can’t lead others in a business if you don’t understand the mechanics of management.
  4. The CEO as an orchestra conductor.
  5. Getting comfortable with “strategy.”

We’ll be launching a new, live course in September called "How to CEO for Entrepreneurs." The registration for this first group will be limited, so go here https://krisplachy.com/how2ceo to get on the waitlist.

I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability!

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Aug 3, 2020

There’s a real difference between being a solopreneur and being an entrepreneur.

A solopreneur is a worker and it’s mostly about “me.” They do all the work in the business. An entrepreneur is a producer / manager. These people have a team and running the business is more about “we.”

The trick is learning how to make that transition from a “me” to a “we.” Let’s talk about how!

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. In entrepreneurship, we start to leverage the assets of others.
  2. Entrepreneurship is managing people. This is when we start to build systems and replicate-able processes.
  3. Making the transition has nothing to do with company size – it’s mindset.
  4. Solopreneur boundary challenges are with clients. Entrepreneur boundary issues are with your staff / team, and the work.
  5. The importance of moving from “me center” to “we center.”
  6. The next podcast will be about transitioning from entrepreneurship to CEO.

We’ll be launching a new, live course in September called "How to CEO for Entrepreneurs." The registration for this first group will be limited, so go here https://krisplachy.com/how2ceo to get on the waitlist.

I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability!

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Jul 27, 2020

If your employees are wanting you to think for them and are relying on you to make all of the decisions for them, here are some suggestions for how to stop being that continuous crutch.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. Kris’ recent commitment - “I will no longer make decisions that other people are capable of making.”
  2. Can you handle the failure if you let them make a decision?
  3. If you have decision fatigue, and you have women who report to you, then they have it, too.
  4. The secret to “CEO-ing” aka how to conduct a beautiful orchestra without playing a fiddle.
  5. The painful key - you have to develop the patience to watch your employees think.

Follow me on Instagram and send me a DM. https://www.instagram.com/krisplachycoach/

For the next couple of weeks I’m accepting new clients – then none after that for a bit. So, now’s the time to come work with me! https://krisplachy.com/appointment/

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Jul 20, 2020

In today’s interview, Kris talks with clients Laura Patrick, Jennifer Hood and Kira DeRito about what it’s been like for them to negotiate the challenges that COVID has presented to their business and to them as female founders.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. What each business owner’s thoughts were when all of the COVID stuff started.
  2. Things that they have done for themselves to help navigate the moment.
  3. What unexpected benefits or by-products resulted from the whole thing.
  4. How each business owner pivoted and what adaptations they made to their business models that helped.
  5. Advice for the woman who is listening who’s still in it and needs some wisdom about what to do next.

Follow me on Instagram and send me a DM. https://www.instagram.com/krisplachycoach/

For the next couple of weeks I’m accepting new clients – then none after that for a bit. So, now’s the time to come work with me! https://krisplachy.com/appointment/

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Jul 13, 2020

Your growth and your ability to scale and make more money in your business depends on your willingness to allow other people to fail. It depends on your willingness to tolerate other people’s mistakes.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. You don’t have to give up tasks you love to do or that are your superpower.
  2. What the definition of “doing it wrong” is to female entrepreneurs.
  3. There are people who know how to do what you’ve been doing, and some can even do it better than you.
  4. Just because team members sometimes mess up doesn’t mean you dismiss the idea of having help.
  5. The investment you make in yourself to be able to learn how to hire, train, onboard, delegate and then hold people accountable - exponentially pays off in your company.

Follow me on Instagram and send me a DM. https://www.instagram.com/krisplachycoach/

For the next couple of weeks I’m accepting new clients – then none after that for a bit. So, now’s the time to come work with me! https://krisplachy.com/appointment/

© 2020 Kris Plachy

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