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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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Jun 14, 2021

So, you’re thinking about promoting someone in your business. How do you know if it’s really time – if they’re really ready? CEOs need some kind of litmus test to use when they're considering promoting someone. Here’s the test!

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. You should have a clear job description for this person’s current role - clear goals, and some sort of measurement process that you're following to tell you if this person is performing well in their current job.
  2. Define the new role – a clear job description, the key objectives, and day-to-day responsibilities.
  3. Interview that person against the new job description.
  4. Have them do a project as a test.
  5. The final hurdle - they must have a track record of consistent success.
  6. Pay them based on the role they're going into, not based on what they're making now.
  7. Who you promote speaks volumes about who you are and what you value.

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!

Find out more about the How to CEO Program here. https://krisplachycoaching.mykajabi.com/about-how-to-ceo

© 2021 Kris Plachy

Jun 7, 2021

These are the key roles every woman who is leading a business and running a life must have filled. Every female CEO needs these people in order to be supported – not just in her business, but everywhere in her life.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. The importance of having someone who tells you the truth about money.
  2. Having a person to help take care of you.
  3. The necessity of a solid team.
  4. You need a coach.
  5. Why you must have a really good organization system.
  6. Having a really good friend is so important.
  7. Why you need a colleague who understands being an entrepreneur.

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!

Find out more about the How to CEO Program here. https://krisplachycoaching.mykajabi.com/about-how-to-ceo

© 2021 Kris Plachy

May 31, 2021

In today’s interview, Kris talks with Dr. Shanita Williams, a TEDx Speaker, HR Leader and author of the newly released book, Feedback Mentality: The key to unlocking and unleashing your potential. Shanita specializes in helping people S.I.F.T. through the feedback that causes anxiety or stress and gives ideas for taking action in a healthy way.

TEDx Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRnsF_L9atU

Feedback Mentality Book: https://www.amazon.com/Feedback-Mentality-unlocking-unleashing-potential-ebook/dp/B08KJTGH3V

Website: www.feedbackmentality.com

Instagram: Feedback_Mentality

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. How her book, Feedback Mentality, was born.
  2. How someone can get conscious enough to really develop that feedback mentality.
  3. “It’s the person giving the feedback that has to change the way they give it so I can hear it.” Why that’s a myth.
  4. What it means to get clear about your own personal triggers.
  5. Things to remember when delivering feedback.
  6. Throwing stones versus stepping stones.

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!

Find out more about the How to CEO Program here. https://krisplachycoaching.mykajabi.com/about-how-to-ceo

© 2021 Kris Plachy

May 24, 2021

You know that person. The one who is jealous and full of envy and has to go out of her way to minimize anyone she believes is better than her or has more than her. She’s usually insulting, rude, dismissive, and mocking. She wants you to tone down your leadership and your role. She wants you to play small and dim your light.

That is the very thing we're trying to get away from as women. We have to be willing to honor the light of every woman we meet. And we have to be willing to honor it in ourselves. Don’t back down. Don’t apologize. Don’t minimize yourself and slow down, get quiet, be soft, dim your light. Don’t!

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. How the ladies interact with one another in the How to CEO program.
  2. Kris’s daughter’s experience.
  3. Why leadership is feminine.
  4. Step back and look at how you treat the women who work for 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!

Find out more about the How to CEO Program here. https://krisplachycoaching.mykajabi.com/about-how-to-ceo

© 2021 Kris Plachy

May 17, 2021

So what is your “tax season”? Is it April 15th? Maybe it’s Christmas or Mother’s Day. But what about pre-season or post-season? The reason this is a problem, whatever your "season" is, is because you don't have the team to support you.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. I'm not trying to minimize the level of work that people have. But we all have a tax season.
  2. The importance of having a team that supports you.
  3. Why you must get rid of the mind drama that says you can't leave because it won't be done without you.
  4. The florist and taking time off.
  5. Why it’s awful to become an entrepreneur in order to create a lifestyle for yourself, and then to chain yourself to your business and miss out or use it as an excuse.
  6. Failure is a part of it all, and your team is going to fail whether you're sitting at your desk or whether you're in Tahiti. Let’s go to Tahiti!
  7. When it’s time to hire more people.

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!

Find out more about the How to CEO Program here.

© 2021 Kris Plachy

May 10, 2021

I cannot believe how lucky I am to work with such amazing women leaders every. single. day. I had a Q & A call with a few of my current and former How to CEO clients and, I won't lie to you, it was FIRE. We discussed their motivations for joining the program, what it was like as they went through the course, and what they took away from it. I can't wait for you to listen!

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. Erika owns a commercialization company that helps pharmaceutical companies launch their brands.
  2. Zahnia – CEO of Affinity Residential Care and Affinity Care MN.
  3. Rebecca – real estate developer.
  4. What has been the most potent, powerful, meaningful moment of learning that you didn’t expect?
  5. Why invest in this kind of work?

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!

Find out more about the How to CEO Program here. https://krisplachycoaching.mykajabi.com/how2ceo-bring-it

© 2021 Kris Plachy

May 3, 2021

Has your shining team member turned into a shiny team member? The terms are pretty similar, but the motivation of each is quite different. The ugly truth is that they can’t be rehabilitated. So, let’s talk about what to do when those high-performing types become business-destroying, gobbling-up creatures.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. A shining team member is someone who is luminous and illuminates the entire team. When they shine, everybody else shines.
  2. A shiny team member is busy focusing on their own light. Their light doesn’t extend out to others. It actually does the opposite.
  3. A high-performing, business-destroying monster believes that they are untouchable. They are arrogant, demanding, entitled, privileged, noisy, and even in some cases, threatening.
  4. You feel that losing them in your business would be so catastrophic that you can't see past it.
  5. Here's how to handle the high-performing, business-destroying monster.

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!

Find out more about the How to CEO Program here. https://krisplachycoaching.mykajabi.com/how2ceo-bring-it

© 2021 Kris Plachy

Apr 26, 2021

Accountability - making a commitment and then following through on it. You wouldn’t think it’s that hard to do, right? Yet every day, we are surrounded by people who think they’re above accountability. And many leaders, in order to avoid difficult conversations, let it go. They don’t address it, and therein lies the quagmire. We leaders are negatively reinforcing the very behaviors we say we don't want. So here’s my suggestion…

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. The responses people demonstrate as a result of being confronted with their own lack of results.
  2. People-pleasing and the lack of accountability.
  3. Accountability and the entitled generation.
  4. Spiderman and accountability - with great power comes great responsibility.
  5. Holding onto people because we're afraid to address their performance is diminishing the ability and the engagement of the people we really want.
  6. How to change all that – and change the world!

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!

Find out more about the How to CEO Program here. https://krisplachycoaching.mykajabi.com/how2ceo-bring-it

© 2021 Kris Plachy

Apr 19, 2021

Being firm and serious when you need to be is important, but if overused, it can lose its authority and make you unapproachable. Real laughter is a form of connection. I think that leaders who laugh and have fun create better cultures. They create a connection that's based on authenticity and truth - and that is one of the most potent forms of engagement.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. Why levity is a leadership skill.
  2. The reason integrating laughter into your work is so critical.
  3. Why laughter, when you're in a leadership role, is so contagious.
  4. Laughter is the best medicine, and "truth be told, those of us who know this also make the best healers." ~ Kris

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!

Advanced Leadership Coach Certification is currently open for registration. Get more details here.

© 2021 Kris Plachy

Apr 12, 2021

In today’s interview, Kris talks with Meha Agrawal, South Asian American CEO and founder of Silk + Sonder. Silk + Sonder is a community-driven program which is rooted in principles of positive psychology whose mission is to solve the emotional health epidemic for their customers. At its core, Silk + Sonder is a space for mindfulness, journaling, planning, tracking, and creative expression — all in one.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. What the word “sonder” means.
  2. Meha’s compelling reason for creating Silk + Sonder.
  3. Why Meha felt her bootstrap business required some injected capital.
  4. What it was like building her team.
  5. Meha’s biggest mistake as she was growing her team.
  6. How to vet people you want to bring on to your team.
  7. Meha’s favorite books – see links below.
  8. The thought leaders Meha follows.
  9. What is a “dream manager” and how could it fit in at Silk + Sonder?
  10. Valuable advice from Meha to other women.

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!

If you are a female entrepreneur leading her own business, trying to figure out how to deal with all things "team," go to howtoceoregister.com for more information.

© 2021 Kris Plachy

Apr 5, 2021

Vulnerability is not just about making yourself susceptible to physical or emotional harm – it can also be a mechanism for growth and connection with others. Tune in to find out how being vulnerable can help make you, as a female entrepreneur, an exceptionally powerful leader.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. What you are blocking yourself from when you prevent yourself from being vulnerable.
  2. The difference between vulnerability and exposure.
  3. How to let your guard down and be vulnerable.

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!

Today, Monday, April 5th, is the last day to register for How To CEO. We start this Thursday, April 8th, with a whole new group of amazing rock star women. If you are a female entrepreneur leading her own business, trying to figure out how to deal with all things "team," go to howtoceoregister.com.

© 2021 Kris Plachy

Mar 29, 2021

Today we’re talking about some warning signs to watch out for when you’re hiring a new employee. You’ve probably experienced some, or all, of these. And out of desperation, you may have found yourself making excuses for them or overlooking them. So I’m here to validate that these really are warning signs that an employee isn’t going to work out.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. Why someone who is late to an interview is a warning sign.
  2. Why you should have everybody do an assignment before you hire them.
  3. It’s a bad sign when someone calls in sick when they first get started with you.
  4. Why someone who immediately starts making excuses and justifying it is another red flag.
  5. How overall dismissal or tone deafness is a warning sign.

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!

Registration is open for, How To CEO. If you are a female entrepreneur leading her own business, trying to figure out how to deal with all things "team" - like hiring, firing, holding people accountable, having difficult conversations, getting work done through others, delegating, dealing with difficult employees, how to coach versus how to manage - go to howtoceoregister.com.

© 2021 Kris Plachy

Mar 22, 2021

I have noticed that many of my clients seem to fall into two polarizing positions. They either end up in a feeling of total helplessness or a place of arrogance. Ironically, the results are the same. Your confidence is priceless, but it’s not something you can just compensate for by hiding or abdicating. Here’s my suggestion …

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. About “I can’t” and the feeling of helplessness.
  2. What content / advice consumption is and why it happens.
  3. About “I shouldn’t have to…” and arrogance.
  4. Why you must learn the people part.

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!

We’re opening up early registration for the How to CEO program starting on March 23, 2021. Go to HowtoCEOregister.com and make sure you’re on the invitation list! There are some cool perks / extra bonuses if you register early – like the Managing Overwhelm digital course and a resource guide that will have all of the key worksheets that we provide to our clients.

© 2021 Kris Plachy

Mar 15, 2021

We all deal with the emotion of anger every now and then. There's nothing wrong with that. But we don't have to work out our anger with other people.

As leaders, sometimes we forget that we already command authority just because of our role - our title. We automatically carry the biggest stick, and arguing for us, is not a good look. It doesn't create a constructive culture, and I believe as leaders, there is no place for us to participate in that. Ever.

So, let’s talk about how not to indulge an arguer – and how not to be one ourselves.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. Much of our perspective about how to communicate comes from our family of origin.
  2. What’s considered “arguing.”
  3. What to do in that moment – instead of indulging the “arguer.”
  4. How to deal with someone on the team who is an arguer.
  5. What to do if you are the arguer.
  6. Arguing as a form of manipulation.

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 in April. People on the interest list find out about things sooner than people who aren't. Go to HowtoCEOregister.com to get on that list!

© 2021 Kris Plachy

Mar 8, 2021

Today I’m sharing an important observation I’ve made from numerous clients over the years. It’s a phrase that we most likely all use. It’s insidious, and it’s ineffective. And the chances are extremely good that eliminating it from your vocabulary will have a positive impact on your team and your ability to get the results you want.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. What the insidious phrase is.
  2. Why this phrase puts your employees in the position of being responsible for YOUR emotional health.
  3. How this phrase reminds you and your employees that they're in charge.
  4. A suggestion for a more productive phrase to use instead.

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 in April. People on the interest list find out about things sooner than people who aren't. Go to HowtoCEOregister.com to get on that list!

© 2021 Kris Plachy

Mar 1, 2021

Today we’re talking about how you can intentionally lean into the person you are and become even more, unabashedly, you. Then, by developing and possessing great leadership skills, you can go out into the world and attract the perfect person to work for you.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. Thinking about who your perfect boss is and how you can align more with that.
  2. How to look at your areas of opportunity and focus on somewhere you need to improve.
  3. The importance of building the network. Always be hiring.

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!

We'll be launching our new How to CEO program near the end of April. Go to HowtoCEOregister.com for more information.

© 2021 Kris Plachy

Feb 22, 2021

When women business owners don’t think of themselves as CEOs, but as healers, they are often blocking their own success. Today, we are going to talk about how you can be both a healer and a CEO by blending empathic skills with leadership skills.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. How and why being a healer and a CEO are not mutually exclusive.
  2. People who acknowledge themselves as healers and empaths are well suited and built to lead.
  3. How to leverage your empathic skills to be brilliant at leading and managing a business, rather than thinking you have to suppress them.

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!

We're having a live virtual retreat for empathic CEOs over 3 days, February 23rd – 25th, for one hour each day. The event will be recorded, so if you’re unable to attend live, you can still get the content. You will also get a digital workbook. Sign up at TheempathicCEO.com.

© 2021 Kris Plachy

Feb 15, 2021

When faced with a management challenge, those who don’t have a lot of development or support struggle with which way to go. Today, we are going to talk about how to develop a management map that includes the pathways that will lead you out of that challenge.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. How to use this management map to figure out where you are and where you want to go.
  2. How to find the shortest path to get there.
  3. The importance of getting to know the roads better in order to travel them with confidence.

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!

We're having a live virtual retreat for empathic CEOs over 3 days, February 23rd – 25th, for one hour each day. The event will be recorded, so if you’re unable to attend live, you can still get the content. You will also get a digital workbook. Sign up at TheempathicCEO.com.

© 2021 Kris Plachy

Feb 8, 2021

Core competencies are benchmark skills that are needed in particular leadership roles. They are the price of entry, and you can't function well without them. Today, we're going to talk about the three most important competencies you need to have as a leader.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. What the 3 core competencies are.
  2. How to build a healthy organization by developing these skills.
  3. The secret to changing the results that you get from others.

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!

We're having a live virtual retreat for empathic CEOs over 3 days, February 23rd – 25th, for one hour each day. The event will be recorded, so if you’re unable to attend live, you can still get the content. You will also get a digital workbook. Sign up for interest/invites at TheempathicCEO.com.

© 2021 Kris Plachy

Feb 1, 2021

When a team member makes a mistake or doesn’t perform well, it has a direct impact on you and others in your business. As an empath, you probably tend to focus on how the team member feels about making the mistake, and you may accommodate that failure. Today, let’s talk about how to acknowledge the mistake, hold the person accountable, and discuss what happened.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. How to recognize what happens to you emotionally when other people fail or make a mistake.
  2. What to do to turn down the emotional noise and just look for the facts.
  3. How to build practices that you can leverage so you can avoid getting too tangled up in the emotional part of what happens between people.

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!

We're having a 3-hour live virtual retreat for empathic CEOs on Saturday, February 27th. More information coming the first week of February. Sign up for interest/invites at TheempathicCEO.com.

© 2021 Kris Plachy

Jan 24, 2021

There is magic in being an entrepreneur. Having an idea that you create and build is magical. As your business grows, don’t lose that magic just because it gets a little harder. You were touched to do this for a reason, so here are some suggestions for keeping that magic alive while doing what it is that you were called to do.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. How to recognize and keep the magic of what you do.
  2. How to express who you are and hold your boundaries.
  3. Why you shouldn’t give up on your magic just because it’s hard to tell someone they didn’t meet your expectations.
  4. The challenges are temporary, and the magic is still there.

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!

We're having a virtual retreat for empathic CEOs on a Saturday at end of February. It will be a 3-hour live event. Sign up for interest/invites at theempathicCEO.com.

© 2021 Kris Plachy

Jan 18, 2021

Managing human emotions is often labelled as a “soft skill” for leaders, but in reality, it is anything but. Today we will talk about how feeling other people’s feelings can interfere with what you need to get done as a leader, and we’ll discuss some things you can do to develop those skills.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. How to know if you are an empath.
  2. How to manage your emotions and not be triggered all day.
  3. How to develop boundaries, structures, or processes to negotiate those emotionally charged moments.

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!

© 2021 Kris Plachy

Jan 11, 2021

Circumstances have very little to do with your results - it’s how you think about them and respond. It is easy to lose sight of what you’re trying to do, so asking yourself and your team what your end goal is helps keep you focused and allows your business to continue growing.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. How to see results even under tough circumstances
  2. An important question to ask yourself to create laser focus
  3. Preview of the 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. Go to howtoceojoin.com to register!

© 2021 Kris Plachy

Jan 4, 2021

In today’s interview, Kris talks with Natalie Bacon, a life coach helping women live more purposefully and passionately. Natalie shares her story and the lessons about money and team structure she has learned as her company grows.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. Natalie’s strategies for handling money
  2. The importance of company structure and organization
  3. How to view your role as a CEO
  4. Setting goals and aligning with your values

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!

© 2020 Kris Plachy

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

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