Women Rise Up – Three Tips for Setting Up Your Success as a Woman in Leadership
In an age of always on, flexible work, working from home and constant disruption, setting healthy boundaries is more difficult than ever – particularly for women. The Scoop, sat down with Joan Kuhl, author, speaker, researcher, and advocate for corporate inclusivity to discuss how to bloom where you are planted, and share the teachings and tools of her EMS workshop. (See the full interview here for further insights).
During the pandemic, women disproportionately suffered negative impacts at work and at home. With so many new conversations to conquer both at work and at home, women are looking for tools and techniques to engage in these critical conversations with confidence, grace, and positive action. When sharing tools and techniques for establishing healthy boundaries, discovering strengths, and setting goals, Joan focuses on inspirational and realistic resources for women to walk away with and put into immediate action. “I love how you [Joan], say that it’s not enough to be inspired, we [women] want to be armed,” says Fallon Cryer, Partner with beedance and interview host; “armed with the tools and resources to be successful.” Joan Kuhl’s three tips to help propel success:
- Identify on your strengths: “Most women focus on their weaknesses and what needs improvement. Instead, we should focus on our strengths and what gives us energy and momentum. You don’t have to change who you are or gain another skill,” says Kuhl. Feel enough as you are right now and be clear with your strengths and values in conversations with others and yourself. If you find this challenging, talk to someone in your life that you trust. Ask what they see in you, especially when it comes to what you’re good at and passionate about.
- Combat Your Thought Overdrive: If you find yourself overthinking or analyzing, whether it be at the end of the day or for some of us, in the middle of the night, tell yourself The Maybe Story; a story where every sentence starts with the word, “maybe.” Maybe I didn’t ramble, it just took me extra time to explain my thoughts so all parties could comprehend. Maybe I didn’t misunderstand the task, I was just missing pertinent information to make it more efficient.
- Action Your Thinking: Confidence is built by putting your thoughts into action. Taking any action, no matter how small, will lead you down the right path. Document your successes or certain points in time where you’ve succeeded. Place them in your phone, nightstand, your desk, even your refrigerator… somewhere you can see them often to remind yourself it took a lot to get to where you are today.