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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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Jul 22, 2024

In the past 20 years, there has been a wave of women-owned businesses, and women selling those businesses. However, no one is really talking about it. In this mini series, host Kris Plachy is bringing women business owners on to talk about their experiences of selling their businesses. In this episode of Leadership is Feminine, Kris talks with Christina Scalera who shares her story of creating and selling The Contract Shop, and the emotional journey she experienced along the way.

As the co-founder of The Contract Shop, an online store that provided legal templates and courses for entrepreneurs, Christina shares her post-sale experiences, including her struggle with the shift in social currency and relationships. The importance of selling at the right time and critically assess leadership roles for women is also discussed.

Christina shares valuable advice about the importance of readiness for potential sales, setting up efficient business systems, and emphasizing unique aspects of a business - trademarks, business names, and the essence of a brand, to name a few. Join us for an engaging conversation touching on entrepreneurship, women in leadership, politics, business transitions, and a whole lot more.

Practically speaking, the decisions that you make in your business are going to change your overall life and you can make that about something or not.”

Guest Bio

Christina Scalera’s experience as a corporate lawyer turned entrepreneur is a true testament to the tenacity, innovation, and heartfelt commitment it takes to tackle complex challenges using scrappy solutions.

With over a decade of experience as an intellectual property attorney, Christina Scalera has navigated the murky legal waters on behalf of dozens of clients. This extensive experience was instrumental in founding an award-winning LegalTech company in 2015, which she successfully sold in 2022.

Christina Scalera now runs an of-counsel trademark firm supporting other attorneys and law firms, alongside a business consultancy.

Website: electelliott.org

Instagram: @electelliottt

Key Takeaways From This Episode

  1. The importance of female leaders and their confidence.

  2. Emphasis on conversations as a tool for uncovering opportunities and finding clarity in desires.

  3. Overcoming doubts about starting or selling a business.

  4. Selling The Contract Shop: Systems and processes put in place to make a company appealing to buyers.

  5. The value of trademarks in business sales and the potential difficulties for new buyers.

  6. Selling at the Peak of Success: Maximize return, and the negatives of a "more, more, more", mentality.

  7. The Process of Selling and Choosing a Broker

  8. Advice for content creators on separating their personal brand from their business.

Contact Information and Recommended Resources

Join Kris to help impact 20 Million Women across the Globe!

Become a Visionary.CEO/catalyst and spread the word! Kris explains all the details on the podcast this week. Essential, go to www.theVisionary.CEO/catalyst, Register, Grab the Visionary.CEO/Podcast link from your dashboard and SHARE IT with all the women you know in your friend, colleague and network circles.

We'll be tracking links by Catalyst and awarding each Catalyst who shares her link to at least 20 women with a free digital course from Kris's Boutique

Get Access to LEAD LESSONS

The best leadership guidance and mentorship experience exclusive for women who lead. High performing teams require highly skilled, high performing leaders. It's time to develop exceptional leadership prowess. THE LEAD LESSONS for Women equip you with the tools and strategies to navigate the leadership landscape like a true visionary.

Our unique blend of Digital Lessons and live Mentorship-calls delivers the real-world practices you need for confident and consistent leadership. thevisionary.ceo/nextstep

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Jul 15, 2024

In the past 20 years, there has been a wave of women-owned businesses, and women selling those businesses. However, no one is really talking about it. In this mini series, host Kris Plachy is bringing women business owners on to talk about their experiences of selling their businesses. In this episode of Leadership is Feminine, Kris talks with Andrea Wagner,PhD. Andrea shares her story and lessons she has learned throughout almost 15 years of starting and selling businesses.

Andrea brings a lot of insight to this conversation on topics such as acquiring funding, identifying market indicators, and how crucial it is to surround yourself with co-founders that have skills which compliment your own. She also talks about her latest projects, Lux Lined and Herizon Funding.

This conversation doesn’t just focus on business advice. Andrea also shares what it was like to experience the emotional journey of selling. Unlike the previous guests in this miniseries, Andrea did not stay on for any transitional period after the close of the sale, and she details what that felt like.

The conversation then turns to the need for more badass women in sales, technical, and financial roles with Kris highlighting an important moment when Andrea leveraged the skills of women in her network without feeling like she had to DIY every aspect of a new business venture. As Andrea perfectly illustrates, "Just do it and move onto your next great thing."

Brace yourself for an episode jam-packed with wisdom, wit, warmth, and women empowerment.

Guest Bio

Andrea N. Wagner is a dynamic entrepreneur and advocate for women in business, renowned for her significant contributions to the fields of manufacturing and STEM education. As the former C-Level executive and co-founder of Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing and Hyaluron Contract Manufacturing, Andrea has demonstrated exceptional leadership and innovation in the industry.

A staunch supporter of women-owned businesses, Andrea is deeply committed to investing in their success. Andrea's dedication to women's equality in education, finance, and business connections is remarkable. She co-founded Herizon Funding, an organization dedicated to providing financial support to women business owners and closing the gender gap, tailored to meet the needs of women entrepreneurs aiming for rapid expansion and growth.

In addition to her professional accomplishments, her efforts to promote equality and create opportunities for women in traditionally male-dominated fields are a testament to her belief in the power of education and empowerment. Andrea's legacy is one of innovation, advocacy, and unwavering support for women in business and STEM.

Website: luxlined.com

Website: HerizonFunding.com

Key Takeaways From This Episode

  1. The Necessity of Having a Trifecta in a Business: A sales-focused person, a technically focused person, and a financially focused person

  2. The ultimate purpose of a business to deliver an outcome and create profitability

  3. Unique Mechanisms for Selling Businesses: The pre-sale of the business, clauses for reselling and valuing partial ownership over time, avoidance of 'earn out' agreements

  4. Emotional aspects of selling businesses and the mental preparation required

  5. The Rise of Women Entrepreneurs and Challenges Faced: The lack of women in C-level positions and the necessity to encourage more women into business

  6. Initiatives to Support Women-Owned Businesses: The importance of mentoring women entrepreneurs and assistance in growth

Contact Information and Recommended Resources

Join Kris to help impact 20 Million Women across the Globe!

Become a Visionary.CEO/catalyst and spread the word! Kris explains all the details on the podcast this week. Essential, go to www.theVisionary.CEO/catalyst, Register, Grab the Visionary.CEO/Podcast link from your dashboard and SHARE IT with all the women you know in your friend, colleague and network circles.

We'll be tracking links by Catalyst and awarding each Catalyst who shares her link to at least 20 women with a free digital course from Kris's Boutique

Get Access to LEAD LESSONS

The best leadership guidance and mentorship experience exclusive for women who lead. High performing teams require highly skilled, high performing leaders. It's time to develop exceptional leadership prowess. THE LEAD LESSONS for Women equip you with the tools and strategies to navigate the leadership landscape like a true visionary.

Our unique blend of Digital Lessons and live Mentorship-calls delivers the real-world practices you need for confident and consistent leadership. thevisionary.ceo/nextstep

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Jul 8, 2024

In the past 20 years, there has been a wave of women-owned businesses, and women selling those businesses. However, no one is really talking about it. In this mini series, host Kris Plachy is bringing women business owners on to talk about their experiences of selling their businesses. In this episode of Leadership is Feminine, Kris talks with Carey Peters. Carey shares her story of owning, selling, and buying multiple businesses over the span of 18 years, with a combined revenue of over $220 million.

Carey details her journey from being a young actor to getting her start in health coaching and how she leveraged a partnership with a colleague to start Holistic MBA, and eventually selling that and rolling it into Holistic Coach Institute. She shares some nuggets of wisdom about critical aspects of the acquisition process and takes us through the highs and lows of business deals and negotiations, including the roller-coaster ride that was selling her cherished business.

The chat shifts gears to what happens post-sale. Carey lays it bare about the range of emotions she experienced, following the acquisition. But amidst it all, she found peace, contentment, and the life-altering realization that business success does not define self-worth.

There is so much we can learn from one another. So tune in to this episode of Leadership is Feminine to tap into the wealth of knowledge from a fellow woman, who has had an incredible business journey.

So what I learned is that when you're selling, you have to be able to tell the story that your business is an income machine, that if you put in x dollars, it's going to spit out y dollars, and that the total addressable market is z. So the story is you put an x, you spit out y, and this is the number of market share that we could potentially capture. And then that tells the buyer, like, ‘Oh, you know, I get it.’”

Guest Bio

In the past 17 years, Carey has founded or co-founded 6 companies that have served over 50,000 clients and students and generated over $200 million in revenue.

Currently, you can see Carey as one of the main instructors of Health Coach Institute, a coaching education company she co-founded with her long-time business partner Stacey Morgenstern.

After years of working with thousands of women to create powerful transformations in their lives, Carey has distilled all of her experience and expertise together for the first time in an all-new body of work called APPETITE: The Mastermind for Women Who Are Hungry For More.

Website: careypeters.com

Instagram: @CareyPetersOfficial

Key Takeaways From This Episode

  1. The magic and transformation of generating revenue from ideas: The impact of selling a product made from personal ideas

  2. The importance of openness to unconventional coaching methods and evolving ideas

  3. Lessons from Business Deals and Acquisitions: It is critical to invest in a good lawyer and advising caution when accepting LOIs

  4. Business Development & Guidance: Sharing "secret sauce" in businesses and helping others figure out their unique offering

  5. Selling Holistic MBA and Emotional Aftermath: Transitioning to being an employee

  6. The importance of Mentorship and Coaches: Emphasizing vulnerability and courage for entrepreneurial success

  7. Personal Transformation After Selling a Business

Contact Information and Recommended Resources

Join Kris to help impact 20 Million Women across the Globe!

Become a Visionary.CEO/catalyst and spread the word! Kris explains all the details on the podcast this week. Essential, go to www.theVisionary.CEO/catalyst, Register, Grab the Visionary.CEO/Podcast link from your dashboard and SHARE IT with all the women you know in your friend, colleague and network circles.

We'll be tracking links by Catalyst and awarding each Catalyst who shares her link to at least 20 women with a free digital course from Kris's Boutique

Get Access to LEAD LESSONS

The best leadership guidance and mentorship experience exclusive for women who lead. High performing teams require highly skilled, high performing leaders. It's time to develop exceptional leadership prowess. THE LEAD LESSONS for Women equip you with the tools and strategies to navigate the leadership landscape like a true visionary.

Our unique blend of Digital Lessons and live Mentorship-calls delivers the real-world practices you need for confident and consistent leadership. thevisionary.ceo/nextstep

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Jul 1, 2024

In the past 20 years, there has been a wave of women-owned businesses, and women selling those businesses. However, no one is really talking about it. In this mini series, host Kris Plachy is bringing women business owners on to talk about their experiences of selling their businesses.

In this episode of Leadership is Feminine, Kris talks with Gail O’Rourke. Gail shares her story of owning multiple businesses, and growing them from the ground up, and then selling. She takes us behind the scenes of that big sale – and everything she learned along the way. What it felt like keeping it under wraps, dealing with the legal hiccups along the way, and the bittersweet emotions that came with it. As Gail aptly puts it, "The sale of a business isn't just a transaction, it's a transformation."

Gail talks about what actually sold her business wasn’t the customers or profits she made, it was the process she created that made sales easy, from start to finish. She's big on process management and she attests that a well-oiled process is the secret sauce to business success, whether you're managing teams, training, or onboarding new employees.

Kris talks about how inspiring it is to see what women do after they sell their business. How divine it is when women have freedom to either create something again or invest time in making a difference. And that’s exactly what is next for Gail, who also talks about what she’s been creating with her latest endeavor, Benefact 4.

There’s a wealth of wisdom and inspiration packed into this episode. Tune in to learn more about Gail's remarkable journey on Leadership is Feminine.

Key Takeaways From This Episode

  1. Gail O'Rourke's experience of selling a business: Setbacks and solutions during the sale process

  2. Importance of structured processes in business management: Processes keep things simple when addressing training opportunities, onboarding new employees, and supporting staff

  3. The need for business owners to take a step back as the business grows: Identifying what you want to do, and hiring staff for the rest

  4. Influence of market conditions, pandemic impact, and industry changes on the sale of her business

  5. Emotional implications of business selling: Concerns for employees after the close of the sale

  6. Gail's life post-business sale: Shift in focus to philanthropy and volunteering and launching Benefact 4

Contact Information and Recommended Resources

Join Kris to help impact 20 Million Women across the Globe!

Become a Visionary.CEO/catalyst and spread the word! Kris explains all the details on the podcast this week. Essential, go to www.theVisionary.CEO/catalyst, Register, Grab the Visionary.CEO/Podcast link from your dashboard and SHARE IT with all the women you know in your friend, colleague and network circles.

We'll be tracking links by Catalyst and awarding each Catalyst who shares her link to at least 20 women with a free digital course from Kris's Boutique

Get Access to LEAD LESSONS

The best leadership guidance and mentorship experience exclusive for women who lead. High performing teams require highly skilled, high performing leaders. It's time to develop exceptional leadership prowess. THE LEAD LESSONS for Women equip you with the tools and strategies to navigate the leadership landscape like a true visionary.

Our unique blend of Digital Lessons and live Mentorship-calls delivers the real-world practices you need for confident and consistent leadership. thevisionary.ceo/nextstep

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Jun 24, 2024

When was the last time you had a great idea? Where were you? Who were you with? What were you doing? When women have great ideas, they lead to successes not just in our own lives, but also for the people in our businesses, and they have a positive impact on the world around us.

In this episode of Leadership is Feminine, host Kris Placy invites us to look at examples of when we have created successes for ourselves, how to be able to recreate those amazing ideas, and the role of self-belief in this process.

Kris discusses how, as women, we need to trust, indulge, and allow our ideas to breathe. She urges that we need visionaries now, more than ever before to solve the world's problems. And too often, women aren’t tuned in to their ideas or they don’t want to do the work that it would take in order to actualize their ideas.

This episode serves as a reminder that it is worth investing in your own thinking. It can be easy to get caught up in the day to day actions of your business, but remember to recognize your potential and the power of your ideas.

I think women are going to solve the problems of the world. And we have got to start to believe in our own beliefs. We have got to start to believe in our own ideas and we have to start to believe in our own visions.”

Key Takeaways From This Episode

  1. The pivotal role of ideas: Importance of ideas as a driver of personal growth and business success

  2. Various types of ideation sources and environments and their influence on idea generation

  3. Necessity for self-belief and belief in one's potential: The courage required for visionaries to pursue their ideas despite difficulties

  4. Encouragement for women to devise strategies and systems that support innovation

  5. The positive effect of acknowledging one's accomplishments and giving credit to oneself

Contact Information and Recommended Resources

Join Kris to help impact 20 Million Women across the Globe!

Become a Visionary.CEO/catalyst and spread the word! Kris explains all the details on the podcast this week. Essential, go to www.theVisionary.CEO/catalyst, Register, Grab the Visionary.CEO/Podcast link from your dashboard and SHARE IT with all the women you know in your friend, colleague and network circles.

We'll be tracking links by Catalyst and awarding each Catalyst who shares her link to at least 20 women with a free digital course from Kris's Boutique

Get Access to LEAD LESSONS

The best leadership guidance and mentorship experience exclusive for women who lead. High performing teams require highly skilled, high performing leaders. It's time to develop exceptional leadership prowess. THE LEAD LESSONS for Women equip you with the tools and strategies to navigate the leadership landscape like a true visionary.

Our unique blend of Digital Lessons and live Mentorship-calls delivers the real-world practices you need for confident and consistent leadership. thevisionary.ceo/nextstep

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Jun 17, 2024

You have built a successful business. You have a team and you’re making money, but something is just not right. It doesn’t feel the way it’s supposed to. Those are the gaps. And while they may be easy to recognize, it might not feel as easy to solve them.

In this episode of Leadership is Feminine, host Kris Plachy explores the idea that leadership isn’t a skill, but an outcome resulting from a collection of behaviors, abilities, and most importantly, human behavior. She emphasizes that a gap exists in every leader’s capability, often resulting from internalised beliefs and insecurities. And while that may feel like a lot, Kris shares the reminder that all of it is fixable.

A lot of women come to coaching with the hope of getting the specific issues addressed. When really, Kris acknowledges, these leaders know how to solve the problems, they just don’t trust themselves to do it. Kris shares that the work then is to then look at what you believe about yourself, and to overcome insecurities and internalized beliefs that might be getting in the way.

Kris reminds us that leadership isn’t just about how we handle our team, but about how we handle ourselves. As a leader, you owe it to yourself to develop and get stronger, so the frustrations of your business can become less charged and more navigable. If you find your emotions running high when you should be running your business, don’t worry. It’s not you, it's just the gap, and it is totally solvable.

If you are in a leadership role and you know you have gaps, the one person you owe it to to develop that and move through it and get stronger is you.”

Key Takeaways From This Episode

  1. The Complex Nature of Leadership: Leadership isn’t a skill, but instead, is the outcome.

  2. The Gap in Leadership: Discussing issues related to the lack of results despite having a team

  3. Importance of Effective Communication in Leadership: The need to learn effective negotiation techniques with team members.

  4. Solving Leadership Problems: Diagnosing, understanding, and addressing the underlying gaps

  5. Reflecting on the need for self-growth and the importance of standing up for one's truth

Contact Information and Recommended Resources

Join Kris to help impact 20 Million Women across the Globe!

Become a Visionary.CEO/catalyst and spread the word! Kris explains all the details on the podcast this week. Essential, go to www.theVisionary.CEO/catalyst, Register, Grab the Visionary.CEO/Podcast link from your dashboard and SHARE IT with all the women you know in your friend, colleague and network circles.

We'll be tracking links by Catalyst and awarding each Catalyst who shares her link to at least 20 women with a free digital course from Kris's Boutique

Get Access to LEAD LESSONS

The best leadership guidance and mentorship experience exclusive for women who lead. High performing teams require highly skilled, high performing leaders. It's time to develop exceptional leadership prowess. THE LEAD LESSONS for Women equip you with the tools and strategies to navigate the leadership landscape like a true visionary.

Our unique blend of Digital Lessons and live Mentorship-calls delivers the real-world practices you need for confident and consistent leadership. thevisionary.ceo/nextstep

Work with Kris and Her Team:

Jun 10, 2024

You’ve checked all the boxes and you’ve reached a point where many other people would be satisfied, but you know you are ready for more. Do you know what life looks like when you get ‘there’?And do you know how to get from here to there?

In this episode of Leadership is Feminine, host Kris Plachy talks with guest and former client, Clotilde Dusoulier. Clotilde is a food writer and coach, helping men and women better the relationships with themselves and define success on their own terms.

Clotilde's podcast "Change Ma Vie" and her new book "La Methode Change Ma Vie" are all about defining your personal success and avoiding the trap of toxic positivity. It's not about avoiding difficulties, but rather learning how to negotiate them.

Ever felt that unsettling feeling or like something is missing? Clotilde explains that for many, they choose to push away those feelings with temporary relief in the form of buying more or eating more. Instead, she recommends sitting with the discomfort and being inquisitive in order to determine what needs to change on the inside, and that by answering those questions, life will naturally and beautifully unfold.

Kris and Clotilde also focus on the importance of seeking out new projects and maintaining a commitment to growth. Change in life is inevitable, and it is critical to avoid stagnation and find ways to be flexible. As Clotilde says: "We need to create a life in which we can appreciate what we have and where we are, and also be sowing the seeds of something new and pursuing growth."

This is an enlightening conversation between two kindred spirits, both committed to helping people live exceptional lives. Tune in to Leadership is Feminine and find out how to be the difference for yourself and for others!

Guest Bio

Clotilde Dusoulier is a Master Certified Coach, and founder of the coaching company Change ma vie, the reference for life coaching in France.

She is the creator of the top-rated coaching podcast Change ma vie : Outils pour l’esprit, with 40+ million downloads to date. Every Thursday, with her signature voice of precision and modernity, she delivers the tools to understand the way your brain and your feelings work, so you can create the life you want.

With her stellar team of coaches, she runs a life coaching membership called Change ma vie : Mode d’emploi, helping people who have checked all the boxes yet feel unfulfilled and lost. Through the unique methodology she has developed, this program supports them in developing the VISION, FOCUS and DRIVE to create their extraordinary life.

She is the author of the book La Méthode Change ma vie (Robert Laffont, 2024), in which she walks the reader through her coaching methodology. She lives in Paris, France, with her husband and two sons.

Website: changemavie.com

La Méthode Change ma vie on Kindle

Instagram: @ouichangemavie

Key Takeaways From This Episode

  1. Definition of Personal Success: Creating your own markers for success in order to get where you want to go

  2. Necessity of having a focus and a vision for an extraordinary life

  3. Counterproductive Approaches to Life: The harm from toxic positivity, realistic expectations about happiness.

  4. The importance of ongoing pursuits and growth for well-being: The dangers of complacency and stagnation and contribution to vitality

  5. Coaching and Personal Development: Discussing the impact of coaching on Clotilde's relationships and limiting beliefs.

Contact Information and Recommended Resources

Join Kris to help impact 20 Million Women across the Globe!

Become a Visionary.CEO/catalyst and spread the word! Kris explains all the details on the podcast this week. Essential, go to www.theVisionary.CEO/catalyst, Register, Grab the Visionary.CEO/Podcast link from your dashboard and SHARE IT with all the women you know in your friend, colleague and network circles.

We'll be tracking links by Catalyst and awarding each Catalyst who shares her link to at least 20 women with a free digital course from Kris's Boutique

Connect with Kris Plachy

Private Subscriber List: Get on the list today! TheVisionary.ceo

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Jun 3, 2024

Are you abiding by someone else's model of success or are you forging your own path? There’s a lot of noise when it comes to what it means to be a leader and we often find ourselves following the advice of others instead of listening to our own instincts. In this episode of Leadership is Feminine, host Kris Plachy invites listeners to ask themselves where are you following instead of leading?

For many leaders, there’s a point where you start to defer to the people you bring in to your business, your queendom. And slowly, you find yourself being less of a leader and more of a follower. Kris reminds the audience that even though it’s not easy, it is important to not acquiesce to those ideas. Instead of finding someone with the answers, seek out those who ask you questions.

Kris opens up about her own personal journey with social media, revealing her struggle to find a fulfilling and authentic relationship with the platform. She describes the journey she has taken in order quiet the noise, and be able to use the platforms in a way that is aligned with her values and the type of leader she is.

She provides compelling insights into the drawbacks of mimicking someone else's "kit" or model of success instead of figuring out your own unique composition. The episode thoughtfully explores how to navigate the pressures of following the herd, asking more questions than providing answers, keeping you critically engaged. Nonetheless, Kris emphasizes that in spite of the struggles, we have the ability and indeed, the right, to carve our own path.

And so if you were to get really honest with yourself, where are you not leading? Where are you following? Where are you hoping someone else will just throw you the answer?

Key Takeaways From This Episode

  1. The Concept of Balance in Leadership: Proposal to balance masculine and feminine perspectives on leadership.

  2. Reevaluation of Social Media and its Impact: Kris shares her personal experience with social media, specifically its performative aspect.

  3. Analyzing the Influence of Others on Our Decisions: Discussion about remaining true to one's values even when they conflict with others' opinions.

  4. The ‘Kit’ Analogy and Self-Discovery: Emphasizing the importance of exploring one's own attributes instead of following others

  5. Reimagining Leadership Structures: Encouragement to pursue genuine leadership.

Contact Information and Recommended Resources

Join Kris to help impact 20 Million Women across the Globe!

Become a Visionary.CEO/catalyst and spread the word! Kris explains all the details on the podcast this week. Essential, go to www.theVisionary.CEO/catalyst, Register, Grab the Visionary.CEO/Podcast link from your dashboard and SHARE IT with all the women you know in your friend, colleague and network circles.

We'll be tracking links by Catalyst and awarding each Catalyst who shares her link to at least 20 women with a free digital course from Kris's Boutique

Connect with Kris Plachy

Private Subscriber List: Get on the list today! TheVisionary.ceo

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May 27, 2024

Are you building a business with intention? Have you thought about the kind of culture you want to cultivate in the workplace? This week on Leadership is Feminine, host Kris Plachy, talks with her guest, Dr. Camysha Wright about what it looks like to be a practicing physician and how to thoughtfully create a workplace with grace and empathy.

Dr. Wright is a board certified otorhinolaryngologist, otherwise known as an ENT. She serves on the board of governors for the Florida Society of Otolaryngologists, and operates her own practice for going on 10 years. She is also a published author who recently released Breathe Easy: An Overview of Allergies and the Unified Airway.

In their discussion, Dr. Wright discusses the importance of meeting patients where they’re at and how her book aims to provide a simple resource for patients to be able to identify what they are experiencing when it comes to allergy and inflamation-related illnesses.

Dr. Wright also details her experience of what it was like to build a business. “As a physician… I would say that we get a lot of training about medicine, about how to save a life… but you don’t get any really direct guidance on how to run a business or how to lead your team.” She stresses the importance of intentionality, respect for employees, and building a rock-solid team. She's all about creating turnover opportunities for growth and attracting top talent with a culture of empathy and grace.

So, whether you're a young female doctor stepping into your own practice, or just keen on some top-tier leadership advice, this episode is packed with gems to elevate your game. Tune in to Leadership is Feminine and let's make leadership more inclusive, intentional, and empowering together!

Guest Bio

Dr. Wright received her Medical Degree from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC and graduated with A0A honors. Dr. Wright completed a General Surgery Internship and Otolaryngology Residency at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. She also obtained her Master of Public Health degree

Dr. Wright is a member of the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. She is also board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy. Dr. Wright served as Clinical Assistant Professor at Florida State University College of Medicine Fort Pierce Campus for 4 years, teaching medical students about Otolaryngology.

Dr. Wright offers evaluation and treatment for the full range of problems affecting the ears, nose and throat. She has advanced training in Allergy, which is her focused area of interest. Dr. Wright’s goal is to provide the highest quality care through a balance of grace, empathy, and innovation.

Website: thewrightent.com

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Key Takeaways From This Episode

  1. Intentional Leadership and Team Building

  2. Fostering Employee Growth and Turnover: Attracting top talent and future leaders through intentional culture building

  3. Creating a Thriving Culture in Healthcare: Balancing empathy and grace with maintaining clear standards

  4. Leadership Advice for Women Doctors: Self-understanding and defining business values

  5. Progress in Women's Leadership: Creating pathways for more women to become prominent leaders

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May 20, 2024

You’ve worked hard to build a successful and thriving business and you feel like you’ve reached the top that everyone talks about. And yet, you look around and think, “I’m ready for more”. You are a visionary, ready to create a full life alongside your business, and you want to know how to get there.

In this episode, host Kris Plachy shares what it means to be a Sage, to be that woman who feels compelled to ask even more questions. In this honest conversation, Kris defines the qualities of a Sage and illustrates the journey these women have in their business and in their lives. The path of a Sage is an exploration of your purpose, your growth, and your coming into your own.

The Sage CEO, as explained by Kris, isn't a playbook or a how-to guide. It's an idea, a mindset, a state of being that transcends being merely a program. This episode is highly recommended for those women feeling the restless stirrings of curiosity, those women who are never quite satisfied, who are always asking, ever evolving, always wanting to do more, be more, and achieve more - but in unique and meaningful ways.

Kris pinpoints that the journey to becoming a Sage Visionary CEO is one where self-discovery is your navigation system, and curiosity is your compass. So, if you're ready for more than a taste of the extraordinary, if you're yearning for an exceptional life, if you're ready to explore, connect, and truly step into your visionary power, then this is an episode designed for you.

"Your growth, your investment in yourself is not a selfish act...I believe that every woman who is listening to this podcast is worthy of who she is."

Key Takeaways From This Episode

  1. What it means and feels like to be a Sage woman: The process of self-exploration and questions Sage women may grapple with

  2. Living an Exceptional Life as a Sage Woman

  3. Struggles That Successful Women Often Encounter

  4. The Importance of Meaningful and Connected Conversations

  5. The Value of Surrounding Ourselves With Others On This Journey

  6. The Sage Program: What the program can offer and who it's for

  7. Encouragement for women to seek out what enriches their lives.

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May 13, 2024

In this episode of Leadership is Feminine, Kris Plachy invites you to ponder a compelling question: What would your thoughts be if they weren't constantly shaped by external stimuli? She challenges you to reflect on the nature of your thinking—how much of it is truly original, and how much is reactive to your daily interactions, from conversations to the media you consume.

Kris encourages you to embark on a journey of self-awareness and self-exploration, emphasizing the importance of understanding and reflecting on your own thought processes. This exploration isn't just about identifying what you think, but why and how your environment influences those thoughts.

She suggests that true leadership requires a keen self-awareness that allows you to critically assess and navigate your thoughts, which in turn shapes your actions and leadership style. Kris's conversation is a call to action for you to cultivate a more mindful approach to your thoughts and leadership, freeing yourself from automatic responses to create space for genuine self-discovery and growth.

“I think our lives are better if we're willing to invest in them and investigate them and seek out ideas and insight and explore all that we already have within us to know.”

 Key Takeaways From This Episode

  1. Exploring Self-Introspection: Reflecting on personal behaviors and thoughts
  2.  What might you think without external stimuli?
  3. The concept of living in an "algorithm": Disrupting the algorithm to think differently
  4. Importance of self-discovery in leadership: The idea of openness to transformation and exploration

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May 6, 2024

In this thought-provoking episode of Leadership is Feminine, host Kris Plachy dives deep into how we view and face leadership challenges within ourselves. Instead of assigning blame to external influences or people, Kris encourages us to turn inward and explore how our own behaviors, attitudes, and thoughts inform the way we lead.

She shares from her list of 30 truths, derived from years of working closely with female entrepreneurs. As she goes through each statement, Kris urges listeners to reflect and ponder on their truthfulness and examine the parallels between personal habits and management styles, handling 'difficult' people, the importance of understanding your business's numbers, and so on.

Wherever you find yourself, Kris assures that it's okay to feel uncomfortable, upset or even disagree with some of her insights. In fact, it may just be the signal indicating there's something to explore further. As leaders, the ability to objectively assess oneself, one's team, and the business needs is invaluable. This episode is a deep-dive into what makes us tick as leaders and how we can change our thought patterns to achieve better results.

This discussion is perfect for those in leadership roles that are willing to delve deeper into understanding the fundamentals of their leadership style and how it affects their business operations.

Leadership means the ability to objectively assess yourself, people on the team, the needs of the business, all of it. Anything that feels off, it's just interesting to explore, be curious. Curiosity is always available." 

Key Takeaways From This Episode

  1. The connection between personal life traits and leadership capabilities: The importance of maintaining boundaries in both personal and professional life

  2. The dangers of people-pleasing for leaders

  3. Impact of Emotional Understanding on Leadership: The importance of managing emotions for creating high-performing teams

  4. Importance of Effective Communication: The importance of transparency and clarity in leading

  5. Fear and Risk in Leadership roles: The implications of fear and evasion in making decisions in business and in life

  6. Becoming a better leader by working through difficulties: Difficult people are only difficult due to our perceptions

  7. Importance of Business Acumen: The significance of financial awareness and avoiding blind spots

  8. Making a distinction between "having a job" and "leading a business"

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Apr 29, 2024

In today's episode, we dive deep into the realm of people-pleasing, a topic that many of us can relate to. Host, Kris Plachy, self-proclaimed people-pleaser, shares personal insights and experiences, detailing the good, the bad, and the complexities that come with constant people-pleasing.

As leaders, we may often find ourselves bending over backwards to accommodate everyone's needs and avoid conflict. Kris asserts that while this can be a nurturing trait, it often also means ignoring the core needs of our business and, more importantly, ourselves. She warns of the perils of slipping into the people-pleasing vortex and the challenges that come with emerging from it.

But it isn't all doom and gloom. Kris also discusses the hidden strength in being a people-pleaser. The ability to empathize deeply, foresee potential conflicts, and manage tricky situations are all part of this power. But, as we know, even superpowers require balance and our host dives into ways we can harness our people-pleasing tactfully without compromising integrity.

We don't shy away from the tough stuff either. Kris talks about confronting underperformance without blame, the impact of psychological safety in an environment, and the concept of feeling unsafe in certain relationships. Leaders, Kris insists, need to employ grace while holding people accountable, creating a win-win for all.

Tune in to this thoughtful episode of Leadership is Feminine with Kris Plachy, and discover how to transform your people-pleasing into stratospheric leadership skills.

"The world doesn't end when we say no, and ironically, it might just start."

Key Takeaways From This Episode

  1. People Pleasing in Leadership: Acknowledgment of the prevalence of people-pleasing in leadership roles

  2. The Strengths and Weaknesses of People Pleasing: The concept of people-pleasing as both a superpower and a poison

  3. The Impact of People Pleasing on Decision Making: The necessity of prioritizing business needs over individual desires

  4. The Fear of Addressing Poor Performance Due to Potential Negative Reactions: The art of giving feedback gracefully without blame or anger

  5. The Importance of Acknowledging and Addressing One's Feelings: The necessity of learning to say no

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Apr 22, 2024

This week on Leadership is Feminine, we're diving deep into a subject matter that isn't often discussed - the emotional toll of pet bereavement, and how that affects our businesses. Our guest, Erika Sinner, shares her personal journey of dealing with the loss of her beloved pets and how this sparked her to author a book, Pets Are Family. This episode unravels the societal discomfort around discussing pet grief and the need for empathy-driven leadership to manage such situations.

Erika talks about moving beyond traditional norms and choosing to be a dog parent with her husband to four beloved shar pei dogs. She shares her journey of health issues and loss she has experienced with her dogs. And it is through these experiences that she saw the need for pet bereavement leave and which also gave her a new perspective to see the emotional dynamics prevalent in our work cultures.

Kris Plachy emphasizes the importance of clear agreements and expectations within organizations, alongside acknowledging and validating employees' emotions. They touch on the significant productivity cost of unmanaged grief and stress the need for larger corporations to understand and accommodate employees' emotional needs.

Channeling their experiences into thought-provoking discussions on empathy, authenticity and feminine leadership, both Kris and Erika agree that nurturing emotional intelligence in the workplace can result in a healthier work environment.

This episode is a call to action for anyone in a leadership role to foster a more understanding, compassionate and emotionally intelligent workspace. It's a candid conversation you won't want to miss!

"When we allow our inner wisdom to guide us and dare to pursue our dreams, we embody the power of living an authentically empathetic life, which in turn, inspires others,” – Erika Sinner.

Key Takeaways From This Episode

  1. Introduction to Erika Sinner: CEO of Directorie and author of Pets Are Family

  2. Advocacy for pet bereavement leave in the U.S: Emphasis on validating feelings and understanding the impact of pet loss

  3. Need for clarity regarding values and expectations: The balance between understanding and business requirements

  4. Employee Appreciation and Performance: Showing appreciation for employees, while also holding them accountable

  5. Impact of Pet Grief: Advocacy for understanding and supporting those experiencing pet grief

  6. Emphasizing the Unique Leadership Qualities of Women: The unique leadership attributes that women bring

Guest Bio

Erika Sinner is a CEO, a compassionate advocate, and the guiding force behind Directorie™, a company dedicated to propelling life science organizations forward in bringing vital products to market. With a career spanning nearly two decades, Erika's innovative spirit has fostered successful teams and elevated brands within the pharmaceutical industry.

Erika's unwavering commitment to reimagining possibilities extends far beyond the boardroom; she's a woman of action, unafraid to confront societal gaps head-on. Her determination to foster empathetic solutions shines in both her professional and personal life. Erika stands not only as an exceptional CEO but also a devoted wife, a passionate lover of animals, and leading organizations with compassion.

Learn More at PetsAreFamily.info

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Apr 15, 2024

In this episode of Leadership is Feminine, host Kris Plachy dives into the essential topic of expressing assertiveness and setting boundaries in professional settings. Kris illuminates the difference between what people say when they don't feel the need to guard what they say, versus what they convey in less clear ways when they feel protective.

Kris emphasizes that the majority of women she coaches need guidance to articulate what needs to be said fearlessly and in clear terms. She candidly explores her own journey of setting stronger expectations during her info sessions, transforming them into active, participative experiences rather than passive webinars.

A significant theme that emerges is how essential it is to set clear expectations, whether that's in team interactions, client meetings, or personal relationships. Kris candidly discusses her own experiences navigating this and shares how she boldly updated her expectations for those attending her sessions.

This episode is an eye-opener for leaders who shy away from clarity over fear of losing people; it’s time to embrace transparency and enforce consequences for unmet expectations.

“You run a company. If you're not clear about the agreements and the expectations for what it means to come work for you, they get to make the rules be whatever they want.
And who could blame them?”

Key Takeaways From This Episode

  1. Importance of Clear Communication in Leadership: Challenges faced by female leaders

  2. The Impact of Not Speaking Up on Relationships and Teamwork: Addressing the fear of retribution when being honest and clear

  3. Kris’ Example Setting and Communicating Expectations: Reflection on need for setting and enforcing clear expectations for attendees

  4. Leaders Managing Expectations in Business Settings: Parallels drawn from the info session example to managing a team/business

  5. Handling Unmet Expectations

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Apr 8, 2024

In another episode of Leadership is Feminine, Kris Plachy delivers powerful insights and thoughtful musings about a favorite topic: goals. Showcasing her natural finesse for leadership coaching, Kris frames a magic question that serves as an effective tool to realign our focus - "What is the goal?"

In a world where our minds are cluttered with to-do lists, divergent ideas, and unexpected plans, Kris argues that this seemingly simple question can guide us back to the heart of our intentions. This episode delves into the importance of a goal-oriented approach in leadership and decision-making processes.

Moreover, Kris shares an ambitious goal of her own. She hopes to inspire and influence 20 million women in leadership globally through her podcast. With this target, she highlights the underlying tenet of Leadership is Feminine - that one thriving woman can make a significant difference. She gives a call-to-action, inviting listeners to share the podcast and empower more women leaders worldwide.

In her discussion about the power of goal setting, Kris candidly explores how "What is the goal?" can serve as a filter for clarity. It's an immediate dose of reality, highlighting if we’re on track or need to re-calibrate. So, are you ready to ask yourself, “What is the goal?”

What would happen to the world if women had more personal agency, had more voice, led on her own terms? I do believe we could change the world.”

Key Takeaways From This Episode

  1. Clarifying your goals: Importance of being clear with your goals as a leader
  2. The magical question that can help regain perspective and focus
  3. Kris' Personal Goal to Reach 20 Million Women: The impact this will have for women in leadership, and how that will have an affect on all of us
  4. Call to Action for Listeners: How you can help Kris reach her goal, and the incentives to help you do so
  5. The Importance of Having a Clear Goal: Using this tool will help in meetings, professional conversations, and personal decision-making situations

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Apr 1, 2024

In this episode of Leadership is Feminine, Kris Plachy gets real about the journey of entrepreneurship, asking the crucial question: what kind of business do you want? She draws on her years as an entrepreneur to explore the pivotal moments that arise as businesses grow, particularly when revenue hits the million-dollar mark. Kris discusses the decision-making process and the challenges women face when scaling their businesses, emphasizing the importance of aligning business goals with personal aspirations.

Kris candidly shares her insights on the need for women to consider the life they want in the future and how it intersects with their business decisions. She challenges the traditional focus on revenue and growth, encouraging listeners to think about the type of business they truly want, and if they are willing to do what it takes to achieve it. Kris questions whether building a bigger business is always the right choice and highlights the necessity of being intentional about the future.

Throughout the episode, Kris explores the potential pitfalls of rapid success and the importance of being prepared for growth. She emphasizes the need to build exceptional teams and be honest about personal leadership preferences. Kris’s compelling insights shed light on the often-overlooked aspects of entrepreneurial success, inspiring listeners to prioritize alignment with their true desires and intentions.

"I want you to really think about it and build a business that aligns with the life you want. Do not live for your business and wake up thinking, this is my life. That's not the gift of entrepreneurship."

Key Takeaways From This Episode

  1. Evaluating Business Growth and Leadership Role: The pivotal moments in the growth of a business

  2. Decisions when hitting certain revenue milestones: Deciding what team structures look like

  3. Questioning the Desire For a Larger Business: Examining whether or not a large business aligns with personal goals and lifestyle

  4. Exploration of whether a business has to be larger: Not living for the business but making conscious decisions

  5. Challenges and changes in scaling a business: Planning for the necessary resources, training, and infrastructure

  6. Preparedness for Business Success: The need to foresee and be ready for potential business growth

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Mar 25, 2024

Welcome back to Leadership is Feminine! In this engaging episode, Kris Plachy sheds light on a crucial yet often overlooked aspect of running a business: the pitfalls of abdicating responsibilities as a founder. With candor and insight, Kris addresses the vulnerability that arises from handing over crucial aspects of the business and not being actively involved in their management.

Kris highlights the tendency to delegate tasks to others and then disengage, whether it's bookkeeping, graphic design, or other operational functions. She emphasizes the vital role of the founder in maintaining strategic involvement and a clear line of sight into all areas of the business, even when delegating to experts. Kris delves into the potential consequences of complete abdication, such as financial mismanagement, loss of control, and the challenge of replacing key team members who hold all the knowledge.

The episode explores the common tendencies of female founders, especially those from a bootstrapped background, to defer to or feel intimidated by senior hires' expertise. Kris stresses the importance of maintaining an authoritative presence and clear expectations for these roles, ensuring that the founder remains in control and actively engaged. She also addresses the fears and challenges that may prompt founders to shy away from micromanagement and inadvertently slide into complete abdication.

Kris's powerful message resonates as she urges founders to embrace a leadership role, not by doing everything themselves, but by effectively leading and holding all team members accountable to the business's core vision and results. The episode serves as a wake-up call for founders to recognize and rectify instances of abdication that may be leaving their business vulnerable.

"You're still in charge. And if you're in charge, you've got to show up. You have to be present in that relationship."

Key Takeaways From This Episode

  1. Defining Abdication Within Your Business: Common areas and roles, recognizing what it looks like, and the consequences it has

  2. Hiring Senior Leaders and Delegating Responsibility: Ensuring understanding of the strategic vision and the results expected

  3. Balancing autonomy: The need for structure and accountability in senior roles

  4. Not Abdicating Doesn’t Have to Mean Micromanaging: Having a plan and not simply abdicating responsibilities

  5. Leading and Managing as a Founder/CEO: Inviting broader and bigger results through leadership

  6. Maintaining presence: Being present in the relationship without needing to know how to do the job

Mar 18, 2024

Today's episode of Leadership is Feminine dives into the concept of designing roles within a business as assets, rather than thinking of them as employee possessions. Host, Kris Plachy emphasizes the importance of creating roles that contribute to the business's objectives and results. She highlights the need to think about roles in the company as assets and how this mindset can change the way we create and hire for roles.

Kris shares insights into the responsibility of leaders to hold individuals in these roles accountable for their performance and results. She discusses the need to separate the person from the position, emphasizing that roles belong to the business, not to the individuals. Throughout the episode, Kris stresses the importance of making decisions about roles and people based on clear evidence and expectations.

The episode provides valuable insights into the relationship between businesses and their employees, underlining the importance of creating a culture of accountability and contribution. Kris also delves into the significance of embracing honesty and kindness in leadership, emphasizing the need for clear communication and regular feedback.

Tune in to learn more about Kris's unique perspective on designing roles within a business and how this mindset can transform your approach to leadership and team management! And if you're looking for more information on this topic, head to thevisionary.ceo for further insights. Thanks for tuning in, and stay tuned for more empowering discussions on Leadership is Feminine!

The only reason you should ever have a role is so it's contributing to a result. It's making something happen in the business. I don't think we pay people to get work done. I think we pay people to get results.

Key Takeaways From This Episode

  1. Designing Roles as Business Assets: The importance of designing roles effectively

  2. Clear Objectives and Role Contributions: The distinction between paying for work done versus paying for results

  3. Finding the Right People: The impact of clear role expectations on the hiring process and role fulfillment

  4. Accountability and Responsibility in Leadership: Differentiating between the person and the position

  5. Managing Poor Role Performance: The need to address poor role performance without making it personal

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Mar 11, 2024

In this episode, Kris Plachy dives into the complex dynamic of promoting employees into management positions and the resulting challenges. Kris unpacks common issues faced by businesses as they transition from small teams to larger management structures. She candidly explores the struggles of transitioning from being an individual contributor to a manager, and details how new managers can unknowingly cause discomfort among their former peers.

Kris emphasizes the importance of investing in management training and the significance of developing leadership skills. With real-life examples, she highlights the impact of mismanaged leadership on employee retention and the overall health of the organization. Kris also offers a thought-provoking perspective on the need for clear communication and leadership frameworks to navigate these transitions effectively.

The episode provides an insightful look at the complexities of leadership transitions and emphasizes the need for intentional development and support for managers within the organization. Kris's direct and relatable approach offers a refreshing take on the nuances of leadership development and the impact of effective management on a company's success.

“You can't assume that if they've worked for you for 12 years, they know how to be like you. And we don't want them to be like you. But we want to be aligned with you.”

Key Takeaways From This Episode

  1. Challenges of Managing People in a Growing Company: Founder transitioning to a leadership position

  2. Importance of Leadership Training: The impact of proper management on business performance and culture

  3. Managerial Communication and Expectations: Establishing clear communication and expectations from managers

  4. Analyzing Your Manager's Communication Style and misconceptions about authoritative approach and respect in management

  5. Investigating Complaints About Managers: Assessing the alignment of managers with the founder's expectations

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Mar 4, 2024

In this week's episode of Leadership is Feminine, Kris Plachy dives into the tough reality of losing key team members unexpectedly in your growing business. She acknowledges the emotional toll it takes and provides insightful guidance on how to navigate these challenging moments.

Throughout the episode, Kris emphasizes the inevitability of change in business and the importance of being prepared for it. She encourages listeners to maintain a proactive hiring strategy and always be on the lookout for new talent, even during periods of stability. Kris also urges her audience not to take departures personally, emphasizing that employees won't have the same level of attachment to the business as the founder or CEO.

Kris skillfully addresses the emotional reactions that may arise when faced with unexpected turnover, reminding her audience that they possess the knowledge and capability to handle these challenges. She highlights the need for developing systems and infrastructure to support the hiring process.

An important takeaway from the episode is Kris's belief that despite the setbacks, female founders in leadership roles are fully capable of overcoming obstacles. She urges them not to give up when faced with employee departures, reinforcing the message that they have the strength and resources to persevere.

“We have to have line of sight into our business and know what our mitigation plans are if anybody quits. We have to have a hiring strategy that invites us to always be hiring. Always be nurturing your next best hire. Always be looking for them.”

Key Takeaways From This Episode

  1. Challenges of Losing Key Team Members: The feelings that come up, but also, the need to handle immediate business needs.
  2. Understanding the nature of business and team dynamics: The reality of employee turnover and being proactive in hiring and nurturing talent.
  3. Overcoming Emotional Reactions and Mindset Shifts: Replacing emotional reactions with a proactive mindset.
  4. Challenging the Belief in the Permanence of a Great Team: Cultivating the mindset of always being prepared for change.
  5. The Necessity of Investing in Understanding Team-Building and Leadership: Embracing employee turnover as an inevitable part of business.
  6. Moving Forward and Seeking Help: Emphasizing the availability of resources and support for handling these challenges

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Feb 26, 2024

In this episode of Leadership is Feminine, Kris Plachy challenges the notion of open door policies and their effectiveness in leadership. With her signature wisdom, Kris dives into why simply declaring an open door policy isn't enough to make team members feel truly comfortable approaching you. She emphasizes the importance of being intentional and prescriptive in creating opportunities for engagement with your team.

Kris illustrates the concept by likening an open door policy to inviting someone into your home and how you can best make someone feel welcomed. She urges leaders to provide specific avenues for communication, such as scheduled one-on-one meetings, team lunches, or virtual office hours. Emphasizing the need for proactive engagement, Kris encourages leaders to initiate interactions, particularly with team members they might not know well.

The episode emphasizes that the responsibility of creating a welcoming and approachable environment falls on the leader. Kris discusses the need for leaders to set boundaries and expectations while still being accessible and engaging. She highlights the importance of making team members feel comfortable and valued, ultimately shaping a healthy and productive workplace culture.

There's a mantra that says ‘You first’. And I really think that's true for leaders. You have to go first. You have to initiate what engagement looks like.

Key Takeaways From This Episode

  1. Open Door Policy Misconceptions: Exploring the reasons why open door policies may not be effective

  2. Creating Welcoming and Effective Communication Structures: Specific examples of ways to engage with team members

  3. Communication Strategies Leaders Can Use With Team Members: Suggestions for remote or virtual team engagement

  4. Encouraging Leaders to Take the Initiative In Engagement: Taking a look at how leaders can be more approachable

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Feb 19, 2024

In this episode of Leadership is Feminine, Kris Plachy addresses the challenges and dynamics that arise when a manager becomes the go-to person for complaints and venting within a company. She shares her perspective on the role of managers in extending culture, expectations, and values into the organization, while also emphasizing the importance of effective communication and translating the founder's vision to the team.

Kris explores the issue of things getting lost in translation when communicating with managers, emphasizing the need for clear expectations and a strong emphasis on the organization's vision. She also discusses the importance of managers taking ownership of their role and responsibilities, particularly when it comes to addressing tough situations and holding employees accountable. Kris shares insights on empowering managers to be effective leaders rather than just messengers for the founder's directives.

Join Kris as she delves into the intricate world of leadership, offering practical insights and solutions for managing a team while maintaining a healthy and productive work culture. If you're navigating the complexities of building and leading a team, this episode is a must-listen.

“You've got to empower these managers to take responsibility for what they're doing. And if they don't agree or they have other ideas, let that be a part of your conversation. If all you're doing is telling people what to do, but you just hired someone and paid them a lot more money to be a babysitter of employees, that's what you're going to get.”

Key Takeaways From This Episode

  1. Building a Management Team: Clarifying expectations, values, and vision
  2. Connecting Tasks to the Bigger Picture: Ensuring managers understand the reason behind the tasks and decisions
  3. Addressing Difficult Conversations: Coaching managers to develop the language to address uncomfortable topics with team members
  4. Dealing with Employee Complaints and Venting: Encouraging employees to bring solutions and recommendations when something doesn't work
  5. Distinguishing between legitimate concerns/complaints and informal venting: Formal process for addressing complaints, involving HR or higher-level management, and addressing mental health challenges and they are handled in the workplace

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Feb 12, 2024

In this episode, Kris Plachy is tackling the intriguing topic of team gossip – you know, that thing that has a way of sneaking its way into our business and team conversations? In Kris fashion, she cuts to the chase, sharing insights on how gossip can impact small businesses, leadership dynamics, and even our personal relationships.

She dives into the different shades of venting, complaining, and gossiping, shedding light on the underlying reasons why we humans engage in these behaviors. Kris opens up about her own encounters with gossip and stresses why leaders must confront it directly within their organizations.

Get ready for some practical tips on dealing with workplace gossip – Kris emphasizes the importance of setting clear expectations and values as a leader. She also discusses how leaders can either contribute to or combat gossip, highlighting the significant role their attitude plays in shaping the team culture.

Plus, she shares a compelling real-life story about navigating gossip within her own team, emphasizing the importance of establishing boundaries and enforcing consequences in the workplace. There’s even a suggestion on equipping our team members with tools to manage gossip.

So, if you're curious about dealing with gossip, this episode is a must-listen!

What I know ultimately, though, is we have to talk about gossip. We have to address it, and it has to be a part of our agreements and expectations that we set in our businesses, especially when we run small business.

Key Takeaways From This Episode

  1. Definition of Gossip: Differentiating between venting, complaining, and gossip

  2. Gossip and Workplace Culture: Impact of gossip on undermining authority and building actions

  3. Role of Leaders in Addressing Gossip: Responsibility to establish clear values and expectations regarding gossip

  4. Creating a Culture of Open Communication: Importance of creating a culture where issues are addressed directly

  5. Developing Healthy Workplace Behaviors: Providing support for employees to raise concerns in a constructive manner

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Feb 5, 2024

In today’s enlightening episode of Leadership is Feminine, we delve into the exciting world of yoga, self-care, and leadership with our amazing guest, Brett Larkin, a yoga entrepreneur and new author of Yoga Life: Habits, Poses, and Breathwork to Channel Joy Amidst the Chaos. Brett credits mindset shifts that host, Kris Plachy, coached her through as crucial in her journey of managing her company and writing her book, all while navigating personal challenges.

During their chat, Brett shines a light on the importance of making your yoga practice truly your own, emphasizing the critical role of awareness and breath work over prescribed poses. Kris and Brett's conversation touches on how important it is for female founders to integrate yoga into daily life, emphasizing how the practice of yoga fosters a deep connection with oneself, significantly benefiting physical and emotional health.

This inspiring conversation serves as a gentle reminder to prioritize self-care, be mindful of our bodies, and understand their undeniable connection with our overall well-being. After all, as Brett emphatically puts it, “You are your most precious asset when running a business."

A lot of us have resistance, especially as entrepreneurs to slowing down. Because all of a sudden there's this empty space. It's just us and our breath. We don't have a phone to distract us, and emotion comes up. But it's so important to feel that. -Brett Larkin

Key Takeaways From This Episode

  1. Brett Larkin's Professional Journey and Accomplishments: Launching yoga teaching training online and managing the shift in business strategy during the pandemic

  2. The Importance of Investing in Oneself: Emphasizing the need to care for and nurture one's body as a vessel

  3. The Role of Yoga in Holistic Health and Wellness: Yoga as a form of emotional processing and introspection and the impact that has for entrepreneurs

  4. Insights into Leadership, Team Management, and Entrepreneurship: The role coaching played for Brett as she maneuvered through different aspects of her entrepreneurial journey

  5. Adaptability of Yoga: Looking at the core tenants of yoga, and being able to adapt and integrate it into big and small moments

Guest Bio

Brett Larkin is the founder of Uplifted Yoga® and the author of Yoga Life: Habits, Poses, and Breathwork to Channel Joy Amidst the Chaos. Her Online Yoga Teacher Trainings have set the standard for quality online certification since 2015 and matriculated thousands of yoga teachers.

Brett’s award-winning YouTube channel with over half a million subscribers and Uplifted Yoga Podcast empower you to actively design your life using yoga’s ancient wisdom. Yoga enthusiasts love her courses on Kundalini Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, and the Uplifted Yoga® Academy.

Learn more at BrettLarkin.com 

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