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Learn how to lead your team. If you're like most entrepreneurs, you have little to no formal management training. So figuring out how to lead your team can feel frustrating, overwhelming and even daunting. If you know it's time to learn how to be a better boss, you've found the perfect coach-in-a-podcast to get you there. Each week, Entrepreneurial Management Expert and Mentor, Kris Plachy will share simple practices you can implement as a business owner and leader to improve how well you le ...
 
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I cannot believe how lucky I am to work with such amazing women leaders every. single. day. I had a Q & A call with a few of my current and former How to CEO clients and, I won't lie to you, it was FIRE. We discussed their motivations for joining the program, what it was like as they went through the course, and what they took away from it. I can't…
 
Has your shining team member turned into a shiny team member? The terms are pretty similar, but the motivation of each is quite different. The ugly truth is that they can’t be rehabilitated. So, let’s talk about what to do when those high-performing types become business-destroying, gobbling-up creatures. What you'll learn from this episode: A shin…
 
Accountability - making a commitment and then following through on it. You wouldn’t think it’s that hard to do, right? Yet every day, we are surrounded by people who think they’re above accountability. And many leaders, in order to avoid difficult conversations, let it go. They don’t address it, and therein lies the quagmire. We leaders are negativ…
 
Being firm and serious when you need to be is important, but if overused, it can lose its authority and make you unapproachable. Real laughter is a form of connection. I think that leaders who laugh and have fun create better cultures. They create a connection that's based on authenticity and truth - and that is one of the most potent forms of enga…
 
In today’s interview, Kris talks with Meha Agrawal, South Asian American CEO and founder of Silk + Sonder. Silk + Sonder is a community-driven program which is rooted in principles of positive psychology whose mission is to solve the emotional health epidemic for their customers. At its core, Silk + Sonder is a space for mindfulness, journaling, pl…
 
Vulnerability is not just about making yourself susceptible to physical or emotional harm – it can also be a mechanism for growth and connection with others. Tune in to find out how being vulnerable can help make you, as a female entrepreneur, an exceptionally powerful leader. What you'll learn from this episode: What you are blocking yourself from…
 
Today we’re talking about some warning signs to watch out for when you’re hiring a new employee. You’ve probably experienced some, or all, of these. And out of desperation, you may have found yourself making excuses for them or overlooking them. So I’m here to validate that these really are warning signs that an employee isn’t going to work out. Wh…
 
I have noticed that many of my clients seem to fall into two polarizing positions. They either end up in a feeling of total helplessness or a place of arrogance. Ironically, the results are the same. Your confidence is priceless, but it’s not something you can just compensate for by hiding or abdicating. Here’s my suggestion … What you'll learn fro…
 
We all deal with the emotion of anger every now and then. There's nothing wrong with that. But we don't have to work out our anger with other people. As leaders, sometimes we forget that we already command authority just because of our role - our title. We automatically carry the biggest stick, and arguing for us, is not a good look. It doesn't cre…
 
Today I’m sharing an important observation I’ve made from numerous clients over the years. It’s a phrase that we most likely all use. It’s insidious, and it’s ineffective. And the chances are extremely good that eliminating it from your vocabulary will have a positive impact on your team and your ability to get the results you want. What you'll lea…
 
Today we’re talking about how you can intentionally lean into the person you are and become even more, unabashedly, you. Then, by developing and possessing great leadership skills, you can go out into the world and attract the perfect person to work for you. What you'll learn from this episode: Thinking about who your perfect boss is and how you ca…
 
When women business owners don’t think of themselves as CEOs, but as healers, they are often blocking their own success. Today, we are going to talk about how you can be both a healer and a CEO by blending empathic skills with leadership skills. What you'll learn from this episode: How and why being a healer and a CEO are not mutually exclusive. Pe…
 
When faced with a management challenge, those who don’t have a lot of development or support struggle with which way to go. Today, we are going to talk about how to develop a management map that includes the pathways that will lead you out of that challenge. What you'll learn from this episode: How to use this management map to figure out where you…
 
Core competencies are benchmark skills that are needed in particular leadership roles. They are the price of entry, and you can't function well without them. Today, we're going to talk about the three most important competencies you need to have as a leader. What you'll learn from this episode: What the 3 core competencies are. How to build a healt…
 
When a team member makes a mistake or doesn’t perform well, it has a direct impact on you and others in your business. As an empath, you probably tend to focus on how the team member feels about making the mistake, and you may accommodate that failure. Today, let’s talk about how to acknowledge the mistake, hold the person accountable, and discuss …
 
There is magic in being an entrepreneur. Having an idea that you create and build is magical. As your business grows, don’t lose that magic just because it gets a little harder. You were touched to do this for a reason, so here are some suggestions for keeping that magic alive while doing what it is that you were called to do. What you'll learn fro…
 
Managing human emotions is often labelled as a “soft skill” for leaders, but in reality, it is anything but. Today we will talk about how feeling other people’s feelings can interfere with what you need to get done as a leader, and we’ll discuss some things you can do to develop those skills. What you'll learn from this episode: How to know if you …
 
Circumstances have very little to do with your results - it’s how you think about them and respond. It is easy to lose sight of what you’re trying to do, so asking yourself and your team what your end goal is helps keep you focused and allows your business to continue growing. What you'll learn from this episode: How to see results even under tough…
 
In today’s interview, Kris talks with Natalie Bacon, a life coach helping women live more purposefully and passionately. Natalie shares her story and the lessons about money and team structure she has learned as her company grows. What you'll learn from this episode: Natalie’s strategies for handling money The importance of company structure and or…
 
People often feel trapped by their commitments and feel that everything will come crumbling down if they slip up. One cause of this is rescuer’s exhaustion resulting from a person’s desire to solve other people’s problems for them. Letting others learn on their own benefits them and allows us to grow as people and as leaders! What you'll learn from…
 
As we reflect back on the monumental year that was 2020, we can learn lessons that help us grow and move forward. While we could fixate on what we wish hadn’t happened, this keeps us stuck in the past. It is important to work within our realm of control and accept “what is.” This leads to empowerment and strength! What you'll learn from this episod…
 
I know the frustration you feel when you’re trying to hire for positions in your business. You’re totally normal if you compromise because you’re desperate. But today, I’m going to give you the secret to avoiding hiring those people that you know you shouldn’t hire. What you'll learn from this episode: Kris’ latest experience at trying to hire for …
 
I believe that our toughest moments are our greatest teachers. What did you learn about yourself during this monumental year that was 2020? When we take time to sit and reflect, it helps build clarity. Clarity of thinking leads to knowing yourself – and THAT is a major leadership superpower. What you'll learn from this episode: Instead of setting N…
 
As a founder, you were never really on the “manager career path.” You never made a conscious decision to be a manager. It’s not that you’re not good at managing people. The truth is you never wanted to manage people and you don’t enjoy managing people. So let me help you sit in that management seat and find a voice in it that you can feel good abou…
 
Team meetings are absolutely essential. But are you using them as the grounding stone that they are intended to be, or are you using them as a work group? Are they debilitating or are they relationship building? Let’s talk about the what, when and how long of team meetings. What you'll learn from this episode: What a meeting is for. When you should…
 
Today Kris discusses how an unexpected personal issue recently required her to step away from her business for a short period of time. The beauty? She can do this comfortably because she has built a team that she knows has her back. What you'll learn from this episode: The amazing year that was 2019. The brilliant group of women that Kris has the p…
 
If you sometimes feel that dealing with difficult employees is like a game of whack-a-mole, you’re in the right place. Here are some basics for how to deal with a difficult employee. What you'll learn from this episode: Defining the word “difficult.” How the Thought Model comes into play. How to make a T chart that will change the way you think abo…
 
Are you looking to hire someone who has amazing experience and a really great resume? Here’s a little advice based on my experience when hiring people from a corporate background. What you'll learn from this episode: The differences between entrepreneurs and those working in a corporate culture. Why you’re more likely to attract candidates who have…
 
As a female entrepreneur and business owner, do you crave having an ownership-accountability culture? Today I have the “what, how and why” that will help you achieve that! What you'll learn from this episode: Why coaching is both an art and a science. The formula for how to remember to be in a coach mode when you’re talking to your employees. How t…
 
Leadership is about the vision. Management is about the business. Coaching is about the individual. In a small business, when you’re the founder, you don't have to be great at all three - but you have to do all three! What you'll learn from this episode: The difference between coaching, managing and leading. Which of the three seems to be the most …
 
Do you believe that asking for help is a sign of weakness or a lack of ability? Maybe you just feel like – “Why bother – I’m just going to end up doing it myself anyway.” You have too much amazing work to do in the world to be minimizing your impact because you don’t want to leverage the support of others. Here are some tips. What you'll learn from…
 
If your business has a culture of accountability, that means that your employees accept ownership for their results, no matter what. But with that comes this unexpected truth that has been a thorn in my side for 25 years. Let’s talk about it. What you'll learn from this episode: A leader who works in a culture of accountability must be equally comm…
 
Hiring is like dating. Sometimes we get “candidate crushes” and those don’t always turn out like we had hoped. If you’re disenchanted with the hiring process, then this episode is for you! What you'll learn from this episode: Kris’s story about hiring for her personal assistant position – 6 assistants over a 4-5 month period! This podcast is about …
 
Many women are reluctant to call themselves the CEO of their own business. Let’s go over why it’s so important to take that step and what you can do to get there. What you'll learn from this episode: An exercise to do to determine why you’re hesitant to call yourself CEO. Why the first module in the “How to CEO” program is CEO Mindset. What the “Ho…
 
Some leaders don’t find it difficult to manage people, but for others it seems to be this gut-wrenching thing. Being a good leader requires an ability to connect – to see and to be seen. Let’s talk about connecting and how courage and vulnerability come into play. What you'll learn from this episode: To have the kinds of conversations that good lea…
 
Female entrepreneurs have deep passion for their businesses, but did you realize that many of them also carry around deep shame? Shame and pain about an issue that is so intense that they rarely even want to talk about it. Helping women voice this issue so they don’t give up on their businesses is what we do. We can fix it. I promise! What you'll l…
 
Women have a cocktail of assets that nobody else does. Celebrate them. Don’t diminish them. Step into your superpower and own it because leadership is feminine! What you'll learn from this episode: What Kris learned from her mom about leadership. Why empathy is a superpower. Is it possible to truly be yourself and still be the CEO of your business?…
 
Entrepreneurs struggle with employees not taking ownership the same way that they do. Here are some suggestions for ways to handle a situation when someone doesn’t take responsibility for a task, and an example of how an ownership conversation ought to go. What you'll learn from this episode: Why ownership is a personal responsibility. How getting …
 
Key Performance Indicators (KPI) are the vital signs for your business. They are diagnostic in nature and can be used to help determine if there’s a problem with the health of the overall business or with specific roles within that business. What you'll learn from this episode: The reason we ask, “what role do I need to fill?” versus “what type of …
 
What does it mean to transition from being an entrepreneur to a CEO? As a solopreneur, the essential asset is you and your talent. As an entrepreneur the asset is you as a manager. But, as a CEO, the asset is you as a leader. Are you ready? Let’s go! What you'll learn from this episode: How boundaries change through the difference transitions. Lear…
 
There’s a real difference between being a solopreneur and being an entrepreneur. A solopreneur is a worker and it’s mostly about “me.” They do all the work in the business. An entrepreneur is a producer / manager. These people have a team and running the business is more about “we.” The trick is learning how to make that transition from a “me” to a…
 
If your employees are wanting you to think for them and are relying on you to make all of the decisions for them, here are some suggestions for how to stop being that continuous crutch. What you'll learn from this episode: Kris’ recent commitment - “I will no longer make decisions that other people are capable of making.” Can you handle the failure…
 
In today’s interview, Kris talks with clients Laura Patrick, Jennifer Hood and Kira DeRito about what it’s been like for them to negotiate the challenges that COVID has presented to their business and to them as female founders. What you'll learn from this episode: What each business owner’s thoughts were when all of the COVID stuff started. Things…
 
Your growth and your ability to scale and make more money in your business depends on your willingness to allow other people to fail. It depends on your willingness to tolerate other people’s mistakes. What you'll learn from this episode: You don’t have to give up tasks you love to do or that are your superpower. What the definition of “doing it wr…
 
When you are a leader and own a business, it’s not only okay to have expectations, it’s your responsibility to have them. But most female entrepreneurs that I work with usually wrangle with these three issues when it comes to expectations. What you'll learn from this episode: The three main issues that female entrepreneurs wrangle with when it come…
 
In today’s interview, Kris talks with Dr. Camille Broussard Wise, a scholar-practitioner of leadership, management, and advancing diversity and equity. A passionate social justice advocate, she holds a safe space for inquiry and growth while also equipping leader-learners with tools to facilitate their own growth and accountability. What you'll lea…
 
When you have one employee who’s bringing your company’s performance down, the impact on the team is very noticeable. Here’s why that one person is standing between you and total magic. What you'll learn from this episode: Once you remove the negative energy from your business and brain you create all kinds of space for something new. If that perso…
 
The only way to learn things you don’t know, and to gain an understanding of them, is to be willing to tolerate and sit with discomfort. It doesn’t mean you have to agree. It means you have the opportunity to listen, to stretch and to grow. What you'll find in this episode: Why it’s so important to get out of the echo chamber. Pay attention to how …
 
Who do you want to be as a leader? When your presence is unfelt, someone else’s will be, and they will control the message and direction of your business. You have a voice whether you’re aware of it or not. So my recommendation is - let’s be aware of it. What you'll find in this episode: Why having a clear sense of direction for your company and wh…
 
High-performing leaders with high-performing teams are able to replicate that over and over again. That’s not luck; that’s a system, and here are the elements of that system for building high-performing teams. What you'll find in this episode: As a leader, you have to have your own expectations of high performance. You have to be self-aware. You ha…
 
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