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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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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

Jul 6, 2020

When you are a leader and own a business, it’s not only okay to have expectations, it’s your responsibility to have them. But most female entrepreneurs that I work with usually wrangle with these three issues when it comes to expectations.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. The three main issues that female entrepreneurs wrangle with when it comes to expectations.
  2. Many female entrepreneurs think that their expectations are too.
  3. The Olive Garden analogy.
  4. Many women think it’s selfish to 1) expect things to be done and 2) to want them done in a certain way.
  5. Female entrepreneurs tend to worry about what other’s expect of them.
  6. This self-evaluative judgement is not useful; it drags you down. Guilt is not useful.
  7. Why every female entrepreneur needs a coach.

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

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

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Jun 29, 2020

In today’s interview, Kris talks with Dr. Camille Broussard Wise, a scholar-practitioner of leadership, management, and advancing diversity and equity. A passionate social justice advocate, she holds a safe space for inquiry and growth while also equipping leader-learners with tools to facilitate their own growth and accountability.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. The distinction between racism as a system and being a racist.
  2. The importance of educating yourself.
  3. De-center yourself and your feelings.
  4. Having empathy for someone else’s perspective.

Conscious Inclusion for Female Entrepreneurs Course http://www.inclusiveentrepreneur.com/

My Q2 Pivot program https://krisplachycoaching.mykajabi.com/q2pivot

For the Founder’s Lab and to check out my other programs:  https://krisplachy.com/join

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Jun 22, 2020

When you have one employee who’s bringing your company’s performance down, the impact on the team is very noticeable. Here’s why that one person is standing between you and total magic.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. Once you remove the negative energy from your business and brain you create all kinds of space for something new.
  2. If that person hasn’t grown with the business, they’re almost like a memory of who you were when you started, and that’s not who you are today. It keeps you stuck energetically.
  3. When you let that person go and create room in your business, then you can get intentional about what you want to create and the results you want to achieve.
  4. You have to learn the processes to follow, the words to say, the conversations to have in order to foster the change necessary to get you where you need to be.

Conscious Inclusion for Female Entrepreneurs Course

My Q2 Pivot program

The Founder’s Lab

To check out my other programs visit krisplachy.com/join

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Jun 15, 2020

The only way to learn things you don’t know, and to gain an understanding of them, is to be willing to tolerate and sit with discomfort. It doesn’t mean you have to agree. It means you have the opportunity to listen, to stretch and to grow.

What you'll find in this episode:

  1. Why it’s so important to get out of the echo chamber.
  2. Pay attention to how you feel. If someone introduces you to something and you feel repulsed, indignant, angry, resentful – pay attention.
  3. Find new teachers, thought leaders and discussion groups.

My Q2 Pivot program https://krisplachycoaching.mykajabi.com/q2pivot

The Founder’s Lab https://krisplachy.com/join

To check out my other programs visit https://krisplachy.com/join

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Jun 8, 2020

Who do you want to be as a leader? When your presence is unfelt, someone else’s will be, and they will control the message and direction of your business. You have a voice whether you’re aware of it or not. So my recommendation is - let’s be aware of it.

What you'll find in this episode:

  1. Why having a clear sense of direction for your company and what you want to achieve is essential.
  2. The heart of the voice is that it has a line to it. It creates clarity.
  3. You must be willing to have the consequences and the benefits of that voice.
  4. When your presence is unfelt, someone else’s will be.
  5. If someone doesn’t want to align to your voice and your vision for your business, let them go.
  6. My thoughts for myself as it relates to my voice.

My Q2 Pivot program

The Founder’s Lab

My program Leading Through Crazy Times

To check out my other programs visit krisplachy.com/join

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Jun 1, 2020

High-performing leaders with high-performing teams are able to replicate that over and over again. That’s not luck; that’s a system, and here are the elements of that system for building high-performing teams.

What you'll find in this episode:

  1. As a leader, you have to have your own expectations of high performance.
  2. You have to be self-aware. You have to understand who you are and how you affect the team.
  3. Recognize that there is a process to attracting great talent. You must be clear with what you expect of people who work for you. Additionally, there’s the accountability piece – you have to take ownership.
  4. Think about what you do and why you hire the people that you hire. You have to be building a team for where you’re going and not for where you’ve been.
  5. A high-performing team attracts high-performing players. This requires a leader who is willing to audit her team and trim it when necessary.

My Q2 Pivot program here: https://krisplachycoaching.mykajabi.com/q2pivot

The Founder’s Lab: https://krisplachy.com/join

My program Leading Through Crazy Times here: https://krisplachycoaching.mykajabi.com/leadingthroughcrazytimes

To check out my other programs visit: krisplachy.com/join

© 2020 Kris Plachy

May 25, 2020

Is it your belief that you can’t manage people’s performance and hold them accountable unless they’re sitting in the same building as you? Nothing could be further from the truth. Here's how to ensure that performance has nothing to do with location.

What you'll find in this episode:

1. Kris’ story about managing remotely
2. Kris’s blueprint – the five steps to managing a remote team. (Note: this applies whether they’re in the building or not.)
3. If you’ve switched to a remote culture, you should be doing lots more communicating.
4. “You aren’t paying people for time. You’re paying people for results.”
5. How you hold people accountable has nothing to do with where they sit, and it has everything to do with your leadership philosophy.
6. Marissa Mayer, Yahoo CEO – why she had a leadership problem.

The How to Manage Virtual Employees Course - A step-by-step course on how to manage remote employees AND hold them accountable for results. Now.

To check out my other programs visit krisplachy.com/join

© 2020 Kris Plachy

May 18, 2020

At some point in the trajectory of a founder’s business growth, she inevitably finds that some of the people she’s working with haven’t kept pace… the business has outgrown their skillset. Here's how the “re-offer” can help.

What you'll find in this episode:

  1. This is a good time to re-evaluate why you do what you do, what it is that you do, what the reason is to continue doing it and who the people are that you want to surround yourself with.
  2. Detailed steps to the re-offer.
  3. How to use the re-offer in a “culture reset.”
  4. Using the re-offer to address poor behavior performance, someone who has never had a job description or someone who isn’t fulfilling the needs of their position.

For my free class visit www.krisplachy.com/theclass 

To check out my other programs visit krisplachy.com/join 

© 2020 Kris Plachy

May 10, 2020

Is your business being steered by your opinion or is it being guided by clear, measurable, well-defined performance expectations for people on your team?

As we’re in this great reset, this is an incredible opportunity for you to look, with total objective perspective, at every single person on your team. Filter them through a decision-making process and determine who should stay and who should go.

What you'll find in this episode:

1. Now is an incredible opportunity for you to look, with total objective perspective, at every single person on your team.
2. About filtering employees through a decision-making process to determine who gets to come with you.
3. Details about my upcoming live workshop for female founders who are running 7 figure businesses.
4. That 90% of what I coach clients on are performance issues related to behavior, not production.

Visit: The Lead Your Team Podcast for show notes and available downloads.

© 2020 Kris Plachy

May 4, 2020

In today’s interview, Kris talks with Ali Brown, the Founder + CEO of the women’s business empowerment company We Lead. She is one of the most recognized entrepreneur coaches in the world and the founder of The Trust – the new, private, premier network for 7- and 8-figure women leaders.

What you'll find in this episode:

  1. What Ali is noticing in her own clients around reinventing.
  2. Why now is a good time to give yourself permission to “let this go.”
  3. Who knew that employees not wanting to come back to work would be “a thing”?
  4. Why now is a great time to evaluate where you’re going to spend your energy for the rest of the year.
  5. The three “amazing questions” posed by Ali.
  6. What does it mean to “fire the Sherrys”?

Visit: The Lead Your Team Podcast for show notes and available downloads.

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Apr 27, 2020

People have mistaken effective leaders for somebody who can make a lot of money or come up with products. Real leaders have invested in learning how to lead and are the ones who are able to rebound and pivot during times like these.

What you'll find in this episode: Leaders ...

  1. Are the ones who are able to rebound and pivot.
  2. Have learned how to establish and communicate a clear vision.
  3. Know how to communicate and hire and fire by values.
  4. Have learned how to set, clarify and communicate expectations for performance.
  5. Know how to have difficult conversations.
  6. Are able to help people and have empathy while still holding accountability and expectations for performance.
  7. Have learned how to manage their own minds so they don’t get swept up in hysteria, overwhelm or confusion.
  8. Have to have work and rest hours.

Visit: The Lead Your Team Podcast for show notes and available downloads.

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Apr 20, 2020

I have terrible anxiety. I had my first panic attack when I was 20 years old. At least half, if not more, of the people I know, who are also entrepreneurs, are negotiating this as well. I want you to know you’re not alone.

What you'll find in this episode:

  1. 1. Kris’ personal story about her anxiety.
  2. Assume a leadership position with your anxiety.
  3. Talk to a professional and ask for help.
  4. Use the Thought Model.
  5. Demonstrate self-compassion.
  6. Have your own ritual for self-care. See Angela Jia Kim owner of Savor Beauty.
  7. Take work breaks and have work hours.
  8. Know the best way to recharge.

Visit: The Lead Your Team Podcast for show notes and available downloads.

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Apr 13, 2020

In today’s interview, Kris talks with CEO and co-founder of The Life Coach School, Brooke Castillo. Listen, learn and laugh as they discuss ideas for navigating these crazy times.

What you'll find in this episode:

  1. What Brooke’s first thoughts were once she realized the pandemic was going to last more than a couple of weeks.
  2. “When you don’t have control over what you get, you have to take control over what you can give.” ~ Brooke
  3. “Value is in my mind and not in the world.” ~ Brooke
  4. Brooke’s thoughts and advice on pivoting now.
  5. “Create some virtual solutions that will serve you long-term.” ~ Brooke
  6. Kris' “Stop. Start. Continue” exercise.
  7. “All of your power as a business owner, as a leader, is in your ability to make decisions.” ~ Brooke

Visit: The Lead Your Team Podcast for show notes and available downloads.

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Apr 10, 2020

Kris interviews an amazing team. Tami Ramsay and Krista Nye Nicholas are partners and principal interior designers of Cloth & Kind, a nationally recognized residential and commercial interior design studio.

What you'll find in this episode:

  1. What their first thoughts were once they realized the pandemic was going to last more than a couple of weeks.
  2. How they are engaging with, and communicating with, their team now that so much has changed.
  3. What they are doing, and how they are using this time to make the best of it.
  4. Do they think selling is still okay? There’s a lot of shaming going on right now.
  5. What they’re doing that is helping their business pivot to adapt to the situation.
  6. Why now is a wonderful time to think about the future of your business.

Visit: The Lead Your Team Podcast for show notes and available downloads.

© 2020 Kris Plachy

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