57 episodes

Embark on a journey with 'Evolve: A New Era of Leadership,' where the quest for exceptional leadership transcends traditional boundaries and delves into the heart of what it truly means to inspire and influence. This podcast, Hosted by Carolyn Swora, is a clarion call for those poised at the helm of change in organizations and who recognize that the true compass of leadership lies within.

Each episode is a mosaic of powerful themes, from the intricate dance of personal values with corporate strategy, to the emotional odyssey of organizational change. 'Evolve' is your guide through the labyrinth of leadership challenges, offering a treasure trove of strategies to turn the stumbling blocks of stress, anxiety, and trauma into stepping stones for success.

This isn't just a podcast—it's a playground for the mind, where the rules of leadership are reimagined. Imagine transforming the echoes of past experiences into a symphony of self-awareness and resilience. Picture a world where navigating the storms of professional life is as intuitive as breathing, where your growth ignites the potential in others.

Are you grappling with the enigma of balancing ambition with inner peace? Do you seek to mold a team that thrives on trust and innovation? 'Evolve' is your sanctuary(would cut this part) a place where the secrets to emotional literacy and nervous system harmony are unveiled, empowering you to lead not just with your mind, but with your heart and body.

Join us in this odyssey of transformation, where each download is a step closer to the leader you are destined to become. Tune into 'Evolve: A New Era of Leadership,' and let your leadership metamorphosis begin.

Evolve: A New Era of Leadership Carolyn Swora

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Embark on a journey with 'Evolve: A New Era of Leadership,' where the quest for exceptional leadership transcends traditional boundaries and delves into the heart of what it truly means to inspire and influence. This podcast, Hosted by Carolyn Swora, is a clarion call for those poised at the helm of change in organizations and who recognize that the true compass of leadership lies within.

Each episode is a mosaic of powerful themes, from the intricate dance of personal values with corporate strategy, to the emotional odyssey of organizational change. 'Evolve' is your guide through the labyrinth of leadership challenges, offering a treasure trove of strategies to turn the stumbling blocks of stress, anxiety, and trauma into stepping stones for success.

This isn't just a podcast—it's a playground for the mind, where the rules of leadership are reimagined. Imagine transforming the echoes of past experiences into a symphony of self-awareness and resilience. Picture a world where navigating the storms of professional life is as intuitive as breathing, where your growth ignites the potential in others.

Are you grappling with the enigma of balancing ambition with inner peace? Do you seek to mold a team that thrives on trust and innovation? 'Evolve' is your sanctuary(would cut this part) a place where the secrets to emotional literacy and nervous system harmony are unveiled, empowering you to lead not just with your mind, but with your heart and body.

Join us in this odyssey of transformation, where each download is a step closer to the leader you are destined to become. Tune into 'Evolve: A New Era of Leadership,' and let your leadership metamorphosis begin.

    055: Healing at Work with Susan Winchester

    055: Healing at Work with Susan Winchester

    In this transformative episode, we dive into the profound concept that the workplace can serve as a unique laboratory for emotional healing. Our guest, Susan Winchester, shares her personal journey of self-discovery, revealing how understanding the deep-seated impacts of childhood experiences can revolutionize our approach to conflicts and relationships in the corporate world. 
    Susan Schmitt Winchester, former Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) for Applied Materials, has made significant contributions to the HR community over her 35-year career, including executive roles at Rockwell Automation and Kellogg Company. She is recognized for her innovative HR strategies that foster inclusive cultures and exceptional company performance. Winchester co-authored "Healing at Work: A Guide to Using Career Conflicts to Overcome Your Past and Build the Future You Deserve" with Martha I. Finney, addressing mental wellness in the workplace. 
    🔑 Key Themes & Takeaways:
    The Power of Awareness: Discover how recognizing and confronting our past traumas and dysfunctions opens the door to personal and professional growth. Learn to navigate workplace conflicts with a conscious lens, transforming "bumper car moments" into opportunities for healing and understanding. 💡


    Embracing Mental Well-being: With nearly two-thirds of people experiencing significant adverse childhood experiences, this episode underscores the critical need to prioritize mental health in the workplace. Join us in exploring strategies to foster a culture of mental wellness and empathy within organizations. 🧠💖


    Healing as a Strength: Unpack the acronym ASDP (Adult Survivor of a Damaged Past) and how it symbolizes resilience, acknowledging that while we carry scars from our past, they do not define our future. Celebrate the survivor within and leverage your experiences as a foundation for empowerment. 🛡️


    Redefining Self-Regulation: Move beyond traditional coping mechanisms like avoidance or substance use. Discover healthier ways to manage emotional triggers, including the groundbreaking "Rapid Power Reclaim" method, and how to step off the unconscious wound career path towards a more fulfilling life. 🔄


    The Role of Forgiveness and Self-Compassion: Learn the importance of forgiving ourselves and quieting the inner critic. Embrace your inner coach and step into a space where self-compassion paves the way for authentic leadership and a healthier workplace environment. 🕊️


    Practical Tools for Emotional Processing: Explore innovative exercises like the "Three Circle Exercise," designed to process and release pent-up emotions, facilitating a deeper connection with your inner child, adapted child, and highest functioning adult self. 🧘

    We talk about:
    3:58 Why we need to heal at work
    6:58 Why is this specific work important now
    10:10 HR's position in bearing witness to these behaviors
    12:41 ASDP
    17:27 Not resonating with the word ‘trauma’
    19:17 Conscious healing career path
    29:42 Practice of forgiving yourself
    31:15 Extending compassion to your colleagues
    38:54 Bumper Car moments
    45:49 Circle Exercise
    52:46 You are wanted in the workplace
    54:29 Rapid fire questions


    🌈 Closing Thoughts:
    This episode is an invitation for leaders to embrace the journey of emotional healing. It will lead to personal growth that can be a transformative force within your organization. 💬 We'd love to hear your thoughts! Share your reflections, insights, or questions with us. Together, let's pave the way for a more empathetic and emotionally intelligent leadership paradigm.
    #LeadershipHealing #EmotionalIntelligence #WorkplaceWellness #Resilience #ConsciousLeadership


    Connect with Susan
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/healingatwork/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/healing-at-work/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HealingA

    • 1 hr 3 min
    054: Reshaping Corporate Culture: A Focus on Wellbeing, and Resilience with Matt Smeed

    054: Reshaping Corporate Culture: A Focus on Wellbeing, and Resilience with Matt Smeed

    How can organizations reconcile the drive for high productivity with the imperative of maintaining employee well-being and work-life balance? 
     
    Matt Smead, a business psychologist recognized as a leading thinker by HR Magazine in 2023, shares his insights on wellbeing, engagement, and resilience in a corporate setting. 
     
    🌟 We get into the significance of promoting health and wellbeing in the workplace, focusing on the balance between productivity and work-life balance. He emphasizes the importance of addressing psychosocial risks, promoting psychological health and safety, and adopting a risk-based approach in addressing potential hazards.
     
    The discussion also touches on the need for flexibility and innovation in the workplace environment, in line with addressing the growing concern for employee burnout. Lastly, Smead shares the advantage of co-creating solutions with the workforce to effectively address these concerns.


    🔑 Key Themes & Takeaways:
    Optimizing Well-Being for Sustainable Success:
    🌟 Matt Smeed introduces a paradigm shift, emphasizing that true, long-term excellence in the workplace hinges on optimizing well-being. This approach views both well-being and productivity as outcomes of effectively managing workplace pressures.
    The Causal Link between Well-Being and Business Metrics:
    📈 Matt discusses the correlation, and potentially causal relationship, between employee well-being and key business outcomes, such as retention, reduced sickness absence, and a stronger employer brand. He suggests that organizations can foster well-being by granting autonomy, ensuring positive leadership, and preventing overload.
    Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace:
    🧠 Highlighting the importance of psychological health and safety, Matt advocates for a workplace that avoids causing harm by managing psychosocial risks such as workload, autonomy, and relationships. This preventative approach aims to ensure a psychologically safe environment conducive to well-being.
    Beyond Tick-Box Benefits to Address Psychosocial Hazards:
    ✅ While acknowledging the value of benefits like yoga sessions and cycle-to-work schemes, Matt stresses that these cannot substitute for addressing fundamental psychosocial hazards within the organization. True improvement in well-being requires tackling underlying issues first.
    Empowering Teams to Navigate Workplace Demands:
    🚫 Matt speaks to the necessity of empowering individuals and teams to manage expectations and workload effectively, suggesting that the willingness to set boundaries and communicate limits is essential for preventing stress and burnout.
    The Business Case for Well-Being:
    💡 Citing research, Matt presents a strong business case for prioritizing employee well-being, linking it to superior organizational performance. He also touches on generational shifts in workplace expectations, indicating a growing preference for well-being over traditional rewards.
    Innovative Approaches to Work Design:
    🔄 Discussing a European consultancy firm's approach of encouraging employees to pursue side hustles on a four-day workweek, Matt highlights innovative work designs that can enhance purpose and autonomy, contributing to both individual and organizational success.
    Co-Creating Solutions with the Workforce:
    🤝 Matt advocates for a participatory approach to solving complex workplace challenges, emphasizing the importance of co-creating solutions with employees. This involves listening, adapting, and iterating on strategies to enhance well-being and productivity.

    We talk about:
    3:09 How can organizations strike a balance between high performance and wellbeing
    06:09 Thinking of wellbeing being an outcome
    08:26 Metrics to measure wellbeing
    10:49 What's getting in the way of pleasure and purpose for people
    15:06 Difference between psychosocial risk and psychological health and safety
    27:57 What could individuals, leade

    • 59 min
    053: Tapping into Natural Intelligence for Leadership Development with Rosie Tomkins

    053: Tapping into Natural Intelligence for Leadership Development with Rosie Tomkins

    Rosie Tomkins, an executive and leadership coach, joins me to talk about harnessing natural intelligence to drive transformation and enable individual growth for leaders. 
     
    🌟 She explains how the fear of judgment can suppress innovation and creativity, stunting growth, and how she uses a mix of self-awareness, understanding energy levels, and connecting with nature, specifically through equine leadership, to initiate change. 
     
    She shares examples from her experiences, demonstrating the resilience, adaptability, and inherent instincts present in nature that can guide and inspire better leadership. The conversation also covers her book, 'Let Nature Be Your Compass', which explores these concepts further.


    🔑 Key Themes & Takeaways:
    Harnessing Natural Intelligence for Leadership:
    🌿 Rosie Tomkins and I discuss the untapped power of natural intelligence in leadership. Through the story of Sully Sullenberger and the use of equine therapy, we highlight the importance of trusting one’s instincts and perceptions to make swift, decisive actions.
    Adaptive Leadership Lessons from Horses:
    🐴 The innovative approach of using horses for leadership training underscores the significance of non-verbal communication and adaptability. Horses mirror human behavior, offering profound insights into effective leadership and teamwork dynamics.
    Nature as a Leadership Guide:
    🌳 Rosie emphasizes that observing how animals like horses and lions lead and communicate can offer valuable lessons for human leaders. The statement “We are not in nature, we are nature” encourages leaders to see nature as a reflection of themselves and a source of inspiration.
    Experiential Learning for Personal Transformation:
    🔄 Experiential learning with horses allows leaders to become aware of their energy and its impact on others. Rosie’s work showcases how changing one’s energy can positively influence team dynamics and lead to personal and professional growth.
    Innovative Problem-Solving and Team Dynamics:
    💡 Through practical exercises with horses, leaders learn the importance of creativity in problem-solving and the dynamics of team roles under pressure. This approach leads to insights on organizational behavior and the need for adaptive leadership.
    The Importance of Environment in Leadership:
    🏞️ Rosie illustrates how altering the environment can lead to breakthroughs in how challenges are approached. This metaphorically applies to business, showing that changing perspectives or the context can unlock new solutions.
    Internal Validation and Authentic Leadership:
    🔍 The conversation touches on the concept of internal versus external validation. Rosie advocates for a leadership style that values personal fulfillment and purpose over societal approval, highlighting the strength found in authenticity.

    We talk about:
    3:03 How can leaders embrace the instinctive wisdom found in nature
    9:13 Specific ideas of Natural Intelligence and the impact of it
    11:20 How can this become suppressed
    12:55 Equine leadership
    17:22 Horses' learning
    22:03 How horses can bring insights to a team
    28:17 Becoming more conscious of your energy as a leader
    33:19 How often is she using horses with these teams
    36:01 'Let Nature Be Your Compass' – her new book
    44:12 Rapid fire questions


    Connect with Rosie
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nstinctiveintelligence/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rosietomkins/?originalSubdomain=uk
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/n_stinctive
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgCuRgTFuoWKk4BaHSlQirg
    https://n-stinctive.com/
     
    Connect with me
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carolynswora/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/
    Twitter: ​​https://twitter.com/CarolynSwora 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carolynsworkplaceculture/
    Website: https://www.carolynswora.com/
    Contact: media@carolynswora.c

    • 53 min
    052: Cognitive and Behavioural Changes in the Evolving Workplace with Angie Dairou (RERUN)

    052: Cognitive and Behavioural Changes in the Evolving Workplace with Angie Dairou (RERUN)

    Dive into a thought-provoking episode with Angie Dairou, a seasoned psychotherapist and leadership coach, as we uncover the powerful role of the nervous system in leadership and team dynamics. Angie brings over 25 years of experience in guiding Fortune 100 organizations towards innovative and human-centric workplace cultures.
     
    🌟 This episode blends leadership, psychotherapy, and organizational development, offering practical insights for leaders. Angie shares her extensive experience, focusing on the practical application of psychotherapy principles in leadership to create more empathetic, innovative workplaces.
     
    The result is valuable insights into how leaders can use an understanding of the nervous system to enhance their leadership style and team effectiveness. Angie's practical advice is grounded in her extensive experience, providing listeners with actionable strategies for better workplace dynamics and personal growth.


    🔑 Key Themes & Takeaways:
    Human-Centered Leadership:
    🌐 Angie Dairou leverages her global experience to transform corporate cultures, advocating for a shift from traditional hierarchical structures to more innovative, human-centric approaches. 🔄 This transformation focuses on creating workplaces that prioritize human values and creativity, fostering a more dynamic and empathetic environment.
    Task vs. Process:
    📋 The distinction between task execution and the experience of completing tasks is explored, highlighting the importance of how tasks are approached and managed. 💡 Angie proposes methods to create a work environment that is not only task-efficient but also fulfilling and nurturing for individuals.
    Understanding Trauma in the Workplace:
    🧠 Angie provides a nuanced understanding of trauma, extending its definition beyond traditional boundaries to include a range of impactful experiences. 🗣️ She emphasizes the critical role of communication in recognizing and addressing trauma, thus improving workplace dynamics and employee well-being.
    Listening as a Leadership Skill:
    👂 Effective listening is showcased as a pivotal skill for leaders, directly influencing team performance and employee satisfaction. 🚧 Angie highlights the importance of identifying and overcoming barriers to active listening, enhancing leaders' ability to connect with and understand their teams.
    Innovating Through Uncertainty:
    🌪️ Angie encourages embracing uncertainty as a catalyst for innovation, suggesting that navigating through unknowns can lead to significant breakthroughs. 🤔 She reflects on her own experiences with burnout and the need for strategies that move beyond predictability to foster creative solutions.


    Body Awareness and Stress Management:
    🧘 Focusing on the importance of physical and emotional self-awareness, Angie offers methods to manage stress and overload effectively. 🌊 She advocates for techniques that lead to a state of flow and balance, essential for maintaining health and productivity in demanding environments.

    We talk about:
    [2:50] How she began the core of her work in China
    [8:45] Why it can be beneficial to keep work and family separate 
    [11:55] Ensuring team members’ emotional needs are met 
    [13:55] The Satir Model
    [17:25] What is trauma 
    [20:45] Why it’s relevant for leaders in the corporate world to understand trauma
    [25:30] The lingering stress effects of 2020 
    [32:05] Strategies leaders can learn from silent retreats
    [36:50] Learning how to listen more
    [38:30] Why it’s hard to take stock of where you are right now
    [41:55] The cognitive load to be learning and also innovating
    [48:20] What 2030 will look like in the workplace
    [53:45] An experience she had that gave her heightened awareness about herself
    [56:00] A ritual or practice she relies on to help her return to a state of calm
    [57:45] A song or genre of music that makes her feel connected to somethi

    • 1 hr 1 min
    051: Learn, Lead, Lift with Wendy Ryan

    051: Learn, Lead, Lift with Wendy Ryan

    In our latest episode of "Evolve: A New Era of Leadership," we had the incredible opportunity to dive deep with Wendy Ryan, a seasoned HR and organizational development expert, CEO, and author of "Learn, Lead, Lift."
     
    📘 Wendy shared her journey of writing the book she wished she had at 22. "Learn, Lead, Lift" is not just a guide for fresh graduates but a lifelong companion for anyone on a leadership path. It's about mindset, leadership, and making impactful changes at every career stage.
     
    💡 The conversation was illuminating, especially around how our mindsets shape our reality. Wendy highlighted the importance of being aware of our mental lenses and how they filter our perceptions, emphasizing that understanding our mindsets can help us choose how we think about things.
     
    🧠 But it's not just about mindset. Wendy and Carolyn discussed the critical role of emotions in leadership. Gone are the days when leaders were told to leave their feelings at the door. Emotions are data, and understanding them is crucial for making informed decisions.
     
    🌍 Wendy's insights into leadership in a VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity) world were particularly striking. She talked about the need for leaders to be constantly attentive, both to their own actions and the needs of those around them.
     
    🏆 The "3T model" - Tolerate, Transform, Transcend - Wendy discussed is a powerful tool for decision-making. This framework helps leaders assess situations and decide whether to maintain the status quo, make changes, or completely overhaul their approach.
     
    🙌 But perhaps most importantly, Wendy's work in recognizing and addressing systemic oppression and power dynamics in leadership is pivotal. She encourages leaders to be more intentional and aware of their privilege and how it impacts others.
     
    This episode is a goldmine for leaders seeking to evolve and adapt in an ever-changing world. Wendy Ryan's insights provide practical tools and profound wisdom for anyone looking to lead with more awareness, empathy, and effectiveness.
     
    Wendy Ryan (she/her/hers) is a Best Selling, 3x Award Winning Author, CEO of Kadabra, Mentor and Strategic Advisor. Wendy believes that all of our actions are consequential, especially in leadership. This is why it has been her life’s work to help leaders expand what’s possible through The Learn Lead Lift Framework®.
    Wendy is a fearless advocate for increasing diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in the business and investor ecosystems. She engages awareness and connection to inspire leaders to take their next step towards greatness. Wendy is available for in-person or virtual keynote speaking engagements, panel discussions, podcast interviews, and small group learning sessions.



    🔗 Don't miss this episode of "Evolve: A New Era of Leadership." Tune in, absorb, and transform your leadership journey!
     
    #LeadershipEvolution #LearnLeadLift #MindfulLeadership #EmotionalIntelligence #EvolvePodcast



    We talk about:
    [0:00] Intro
    [2:33] The inspiration behind writing her book
    [5:01] What her 20 year old self could have taken away from this book
    [6:44] How to overcome a workplace mindset that is no longer serving us
    [8:53] Mindset shifts within leaders
    [12:11] Tools to become more emotionally literate
    [14:55] Doing her work without stepping into the boundaries of being a therapist
    [18:24] Bringing safety, consistency and choice into your work with senior leaders
    [20:11] VUCA
    [24:18] Indicators that your team or organization might be ready for this work
    [27:20] How the 3T model fits in with her work with teams and individuals
    [33:23] Where does systemic oppression, power and privilege come into her work
    [38:01] What would you suggest for listeners to help them get curious and evolve their mindset around these topics
    [48:15] Rapid fire questions


    Join Wendy and I for this conversation, as we talk

    • 56 min
    050: The Nervous System's Influence on Leadership with Dr. Steve Hotz (RERUN)

    050: The Nervous System's Influence on Leadership with Dr. Steve Hotz (RERUN)

    In this episode, previously released in August of 2023, we explore the complex interplay between the nervous system and leadership, revealing the profound impact of past experiences on a leader's style and adaptability with Dr. Steve Hotz. The patterns ingrained in our nervous system are key to how we respond in various situations, significantly influencing decision-making and behavior in leadership roles. This understanding is crucial for leaders seeking to harness their full potential. We also delve into the nuanced way our nervous systems perceive challenges versus threats. This ability to recognize and fine-tune responses to different stimuli is essential in leadership, helping in guiding teams through complex scenarios and making informed decisions.
    Maintaining a balanced nervous system is another critical aspect discussed, highlighting its importance in accessing higher-level skills and expertise for effective leadership. We touch upon the impact of trauma on this balance, which can significantly affect a leader's ability to handle stress and lead effectively. The conversation then shifts to vulnerability in leadership, emphasizing how understanding and accepting our vulnerabilities can reduce their control over our actions. We explore common reactions to vulnerability, such as defensiveness and emotional numbing, and how they influence our leadership style.
    We also cover the power of co-regulation and the role of psychological safety and consistency in the workplace. A leader's ability to exhibit a calm and regulated demeanor can significantly influence the team's overall environment and effectiveness. This is complemented by a discussion on the importance of senior leadership understanding and facilitating nervous system regulation. Such awareness is crucial for adapting and responding to various situations, shaped by personal experiences and nervous system reactivity.
    Drawing insights from 'The Compassionate Mind' by Paul Gilbert, the podcast reflects on his model of three emotional regulation systems – energizing, threat, and contentment – and their influence on leadership styles. Understanding these systems is invaluable for effective leadership and emotional regulation. We also discuss the importance of fostering a culture that supports mutual regulation and secure connections among team members, essential for a productive work environment and beneficial for organizational dynamics.
    Finally, the episode concludes with practical advice for leaders. This includes techniques for becoming more aware of bodily experiences and staying present in the moment. Such practices are essential for effective leadership and decision-making, helping leaders to be more grounded, responsive, and empathetic. These insights enhance a leader's ability to lead effectively and inspire their teams, embodying the core message of our podcast – the intricate and influential relationship between our nervous system and leadership.

    Dr. Steve Hotz is a clinical and health psychologist with deep roots in community medicine and population health. In addition to his academic career and clinical practice, he has worked and consulted in continuing professional development for health care providers from many disciplines on such topics as motivation, health behaviour change, and treatment adherence. His clinical work incorporates interpersonal neurobiology, neuroplasticity, attachment, and approaches to change and growth that utilize the potential of knowledge in these areas.
    We talk about:
    [4:10] Our history working together
    [8:25] The impact of our life circumstances based on endured trauma
    [11:20] Our nervous system and its impact on our safety and emotional state
    [18:35] The research behind 'vulnerability'
    [21:40] The acceptance of trauma and vulnerability
    [22:40] Cognitive exercises of creating safety
    [25:10] Co-regulating as leaders
    [30:25] Being open to our own vulnerability and experiences
    [38:45] Goin

    • 1 hr 1 min

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