Archives for July 2020

Convincing vs. Inspiring

When it comes to change, convincing people is tricky territory.

If successful, you get what you want in the short-term, but if people go against their own instincts, concerns, or even expertise to buy in on your idea, plan, product, service, or initiative, they won’t cooperate with the same energy. In the end, they may become forces of inertia or resistance, or even sabotage. You may get people to suspend their doubts and concerns and act, but they may regret it later. Then, you lose them and anyone they might have brought with them forever.

Buyer’s remorse is usually due to having been convinced to buy something that may prove not to be the solution it was promised to be.

In the Courageous Leader 5-Day Challenge, we also talked about intimidation. It has been a primary tool of conventional leadership, though it hasn’t always been covert. Any form of discipline at a job can be considered intimidation. Holding someone’s job over their head is a form of intimidation. While it is necessary to let poorly performing employees go, it is also right to put them on a corrective action plan (PIP – Performance Improvement Plan) before doing so to give them a chance to redeem themselves. Yet, still, it is intimidation, just a less aggressive form.

So what’s wrong with intimidation? It’s counter-productive. When a person is focused on survival, their brain allocates more resources to that cause and takes resources away from higher cognitive functions, such as creativity, motivation, emotional intelligence, and problem-solving. This puts workplaces at higher risk for errors – ethical, work-related, communication-related, etc. This leads to increased risks and losses that you may not notice too well on a balance sheet, but are none-the-less areas where companies lose a lot.

(During the Courageous Leader 5-Day Challenge, we also talked about how intimidation can be completely on the receiving side. You can always watch the challenge replays available in C3 if you want to learn more about that conversation.)

The rise of servant leadership has transformed the idea of a boss generating team performance by giving orders into a model that flips the relationship upside-down. The boss is there to hire the best talent, then essentially get out of their way, and remove any other obstacles to talent doing their best work. It turns the boss into an advocate in procuring resources that make working easier, and also creating conducive conditions to do so. This is not a bad model, but it does rely on talent to be self-motivated, self-accountable, and aligned with the corporate mission and purpose. If they are not, it also places the burden on the boss to be fully accountable for that. Additionally, it’s not a model without inherent risks, because without the leaders in this model holding individual team members accountable for their own performance AND engagement, entitlement ensues.

I have heard personal accounts from so many professionals and executives over the years about their workplaces. I’ve found that the companies that are reviewed the highest by my clients, prospects, and contacts have clear and compelling missions and values, and they intertwine them into everything that they do – how they make decisions, what they invest in, and what is prioritized in their workflows. It becomes a litmus test, and something that empowers employees to make decisions without needing approval. Doing this inspires aligned engagement, which is a much more fortified, resilient type of engagement – the kind needed during times like these.

Inspiring is different. You achieve inspiration when you demonstrate alignment with what the collective highest-self values are, and when you mitigate fears by validating them and demonstrating how fears and concerns will be addressed.

First, you have to find out what the values and the fears are. For that, you need psychological safety.

How do you create psychological safety? Attend Tuesday’s Answer the Call to Conscious Leadership event and hear from Rebecca Morgan, Psychological Safety expert, and best-selling author. Gain access to this event by joining the C3: Corporate Consciousness Co-op group.

Take her Psychological Safety survey to see how your company is doing.

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Karen Huller, author of Laser-sharp Career Focus: Pinpoint your Purpose and Passion in 30 Days (bit.ly/GetFocusIn30), is founder of Epic Careering, a 13-year-old leadership and career development firm specializing in executive branding and conscious culture, as well as JoMo Rising, LLC, a workflow gamification company that turns work into productive play. 

While the bulk of her 20 years of professional experience has been within the recruiting and employment industry, her publications, presentations, and coaching also draw from experience in personal development, performance, broadcasting, marketing, and sales. 

Karen was one of the first LinkedIn trainers and is known widely for her ability to identify and develop new trends in hiring and careering. She is a Certified Professional Résumé Writer, Certified Career Transition Consultant, and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist with a Bachelor of Art in Communication Studies and Theater from Ursinus College and a minor in Creative Writing. Her blog was recognized as a top 100 career blog worldwide by Feedspot. 

She is an Adjunct Professor in Cabrini University’s Communications Department and previously was an Adjunct Professor of Career Management and Professional Development at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business  She is also an Instructor for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy where some of her students won the 2018 national competition, were named America’s Next Top Young Entrepreneurs, and won the 2019 People’s Choice Award. 









Answer The Call To Conscious Leadership: Authentic Connection

If you haven’t yet experienced an Answer The Call To Conscious Leadership event, you don’t want to miss the replay of our most recent call!

On July 21st, Lawrence Henderson, MSHRM, CPC, ELI-MP, our panelists, and I shared a remarkably insightful dialogue as we discussed how conscious leaders can effectively create authentic connections.

If you missed it, you can watch the replay inside of our LinkedIn Group, C3: Corporate Consciousness Co-op.

Here are some of the topics we covered:

  • Is the bias of introverts as leaders accurate or not?
  • How COVID has actually created new opportunities to connect more intimately, more globally online as well as new challenges.
  • How connection at work is evolving and why it’s beneficial.
  • How to qualify what your team can handle and allow them to buy-in.
  • Effective ways to convert a virtual relationship to an authentic relationship.
  • How your digital footprint can accelerate rapport and relationship-building.
  • Why people are so scared of authentic connection and self-reflection.
  • The first step to ensuring authenticity in connection.
  • How to set dual intentions for connecting.
  • How assumptions and biases interfere with authentic connection.
  • Tools to reconcile differences among team members in order to facilitate an authentic connection between them.
  • How to be vulnerable, transparent, and authentic about your emotions as a leader without losing the confidence of your team.
  • Ways to destigmatize mental health, removing the bias against it in leadership, and create more opportunities for neurodiverse leaders.

Julia Armet, ACC, ELI-MP, and Amy Bradbury, our expert panelists featured in the replay, are also part of the group, so if you have any follow-up questions, feel free to ask away!

Please mark your calendars for our next Answer The Call To Conscious Leadership live event, taking place on Tuesday, August 4th at 1:00 pm ET where we will discuss how to create psychological safety. Join us in the LinkedIn group to be a part of our future live events, to watch recordings, and to connect with other conscious leaders.

Karen Huller, author of Laser-sharp Career Focus: Pinpoint your Purpose and Passion in 30 Days (bit.ly/GetFocusIn30), is founder of Epic Careering, a 13-year-old leadership and career development firm specializing in executive branding and conscious culture, as well as JoMo Rising, LLC, a workflow gamification company that turns work into productive play. 

While the bulk of her 20 years of professional experience has been within the recruiting and employment industry, her publications, presentations, and coaching also draw from experience in personal development, performance, broadcasting, marketing, and sales. 

Karen was one of the first LinkedIn trainers and is known widely for her ability to identify and develop new trends in hiring and careering. She is a Certified Professional Résumé Writer, Certified Career Transition Consultant, and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist with a Bachelor of Art in Communication Studies and Theater from Ursinus College and a minor in Creative Writing. Her blog was recognized as a top 100 career blog worldwide by Feedspot. 

She is an Adjunct Professor in Cabrini University’s Communications Department and previously was an Adjunct Professor of Career Management and Professional Development at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business  She is also an Instructor for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy where some of her students won the 2018 national competition, were named America’s Next Top Young Entrepreneurs, and won the 2019 People’s Choice Award. 

A Recap of The Courageous Leadership 5-Day Challenge

We wrap up the Courageous Leader 5-Day Challenge for Conscious Leaders tomorrow.

I want to take a minute to recognize the participants because they are demonstrating amazing courage through this challenge and I’m extremely proud of the work they are doing!

Here is some feedback already:

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Here is a summary of the insights, highlights, and breakthroughs:

Day 1: How to Be the Courageous Leader today and tomorrow demands without risking your career

  • What leaders need to embody and exude to excel under any conditions
  • Where does courage come from?
  • What influences the level of fear and resistance to change
  • How you make what is subconscious conscious and many of the benefits of doing so

Day 2: Identify leadership gaps without losing focus on applying and promoting strengths

  • How conventional leadership conflicts with our natural instincts and what science has now proven is a more holistic approach with better performance outcomes
  • How to leverage the mind-body/mind-heart connection to expand your self-awareness and be more receptive to feedback without taking it personally
  • Devising the best strategy to addressing weaknesses and what is possible by doing so

Day 3: How to confront your leadership gaps without defensiveness or shame

  • Confidence vs. self-love – which is better for leaders to embody and exude?
  • One technique to leverage the mind-body connection to expand your self-awareness and be more receptive to feedback without taking it personally
  • How to translate what makes you unique into inspiring stories that expand your influence and earn the confidence of your teams

Day 4: How to inspire others so you influence without intimidating

  • What happens when intimidation is used to influence, why it’s used, and how to shift to inspiration
  • How to demonstrate the vulnerability, accountability, and transparency while restoring integrity that inspires confidence
  • How to take the CONflict out of CONfrontation

Tomorrow is our finale:

Day 5: Redefine yourself as a courageous conscious leader and build a bulletproof executive brand.

We are preparing to start a case study of the Corporate Consciousness Ripple Blueprint, in which we will go deeper into:

  • Achieving mental and emotional stability
  • Recognizing when ego is resisting change and how to shift it to receptivity
  • Instilling the HABITS that support CONSTANT leveling up of self-awareness, courage, and confidence
  • How to hold others accountable
  • Frameworks for making conscious decisions that don’t add layers of bureaucracy or waste time
  • How to navigate the dynamics of ego to influence groups and organizations

Want to know more? Book a call today.

I feel blessed to have these courageous leaders instill their trust and invest their time in me, and I will be doing another 5-day challenge next month.

Which challenge appeals more to you?

A Courageous Leader challenge or a Confident Leader challenge?

Please send me an email at karen@epiccareering.com to let me know your thoughts.

I hope to see you Tuesday for the Answer the Call to Conscious Leadership event on Authentic Connection with panelists Julia Armet, creator of Higher Playbook, and Amy Bradbury, Organizational Development Leader and Community Builder. Join the C3 group on LinkedIn for access.

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Karen Huller, author of Laser-sharp Career Focus: Pinpoint your Purpose and Passion in 30 Days (bit.ly/GetFocusIn30), is founder of Epic Careering, a 13-year-old leadership and career development firm specializing in executive branding and conscious culture, as well as JoMo Rising, LLC, a workflow gamification company that turns work into productive play. 

While the bulk of her 20 years of professional experience has been within the recruiting and employment industry, her publications, presentations, and coaching also draw from experience in personal development, performance, broadcasting, marketing, and sales. 

Karen was one of the first LinkedIn trainers and is known widely for her ability to identify and develop new trends in hiring and careering. She is a Certified Professional Résumé Writer, Certified Career Transition Consultant, and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist with a Bachelor of Art in Communication Studies and Theater from Ursinus College and a minor in Creative Writing. Her blog was recognized as a top 100 career blog worldwide by Feedspot. 

She is an Adjunct Professor in Cabrini University’s Communications Department and previously was an Adjunct Professor of Career Management and Professional Development at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business  She is also an Instructor for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy where some of her students won the 2018 national competition, were named America’s Next Top Young Entrepreneurs, and won the 2019 People’s Choice Award. 

Ask for Melissa. She’ll make sure you’re taken care of.

Melissa loved being that person. She wanted to take on your problem, fix it, and get you back into your groove. She was really thriving in a support role.

But…

What she loved most was teaching people how systems work, particularly accounting and technology systems.

She came to me because she thought the best way to find a position that was the perfect combination was to look for a new company.

Everyone depended on her – A LOT!

What might they think if they realized she wanted MORE?

Also, perhaps just as scary, what if she got MORE and couldn’t handle it?

It was interesting to me that, even though she loved her company, she was more willing to go through a complete reinvention instead of broaching the conversation with her very pleased manager.

It does seem rather counterproductive to make your manager aware that you aren’t fulfilled, even though you seem really happy, are thriving in your job, and are getting recognition galore.

What if he decided to let her go that instant?

For months, Melissa grappled with which way forward she should go and eventually took a huge leap and invested in a career coach (me.)

Once we dug deeper into her brand and her intended employer audience, I started to see how everything she wanted to and was able to offer was likely something her current company needed. Not only that, but they also needed someone GREAT at it.

The branding process built up her confidence, but it also forced her to confront the fact that fear was making decisions for her.

What became scarier was the prospect of never knowing what could have happened or finding out the grass was not greener.

We built up her courage, which reframed the fear in a way that better served her.

This was 2014. Not only did her manager move her to the department that offered her the best application for her talents and path for growth, but she was promoted to train others. Melissa then moved to an even more visible and profitable position, before being promoted yet again to a position that is completely in her wheelhouse (data) and enables her to take a growth pause (which you may have learned was not okay, but really is) to spend more time with her family.

3 promotions in less than 4 years, and a perfect lifestyle position. That’s what courage can do.

Is it your time to level up? Click here to take The Courageous Leadership 5-Day Challenge and find out.

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Karen Huller, author of Laser-sharp Career Focus: Pinpoint your Purpose and Passion in 30 Days (bit.ly/GetFocusIn30), is founder of Epic Careering, a 13-year-old leadership and career development firm specializing in executive branding and conscious culture, as well as JoMo Rising, LLC, a workflow gamification company that turns work into productive play. 

While the bulk of her 20 years of professional experience has been within the recruiting and employment industry, her publications, presentations, and coaching also draw from experience in personal development, performance, broadcasting, marketing, and sales. 

Karen was one of the first LinkedIn trainers and is known widely for her ability to identify and develop new trends in hiring and careering. She is a Certified Professional Résumé Writer, Certified Career Transition Consultant, and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist with a Bachelor of Art in Communication Studies and Theater from Ursinus College and a minor in Creative Writing. Her blog was recognized as a top 100 career blog worldwide by Feedspot. 

She is an Adjunct Professor in Cabrini University’s Communications Department and previously was an Adjunct Professor of Career Management and Professional Development at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business  She is also an Instructor for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy where some of her students won the 2018 national competition, were named America’s Next Top Young Entrepreneurs, and won the 2019 People’s Choice Award.