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The mission of the KTS Success Factor™ Podcast for Women is to bring proven ideas female business leaders can use to increase their ability to achieve big goals and become happy, successful, and understood at work. All this in 25 minutes or less.

Sarah E. Brown, Ph.D. is an expert on personalizing work to the unique interests, strengths, and needs of the workforce. A former Managing Director at Accenture, she is now on a mission to reach 250,000 women with knowledge of their unique gifts and the tools to be happy, successful and understood at work.

The KTS Success Factor™ (a Podcast for Women‪)‬ Sarah E. Brown, Ph.D.

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The mission of the KTS Success Factor™ Podcast for Women is to bring proven ideas female business leaders can use to increase their ability to achieve big goals and become happy, successful, and understood at work. All this in 25 minutes or less.

Sarah E. Brown, Ph.D. is an expert on personalizing work to the unique interests, strengths, and needs of the workforce. A former Managing Director at Accenture, she is now on a mission to reach 250,000 women with knowledge of their unique gifts and the tools to be happy, successful and understood at work.

    How to Clarify What You Want in Your Job or Career with Dr. Sarah E. Brown

    How to Clarify What You Want in Your Job or Career with Dr. Sarah E. Brown

    Do you want to know how to gain clarity on what you REALLY want in your career and in your life?
    I am passionate about serving women and helping them build clarity, confidence, and commitment to achieving their unique career goals, and I want you to be happy, and successful, and experience less stress in the process.
    I am the author of the best-selling Let Your Personality Be Your Career Guide, and I co-wrote (with Jack Canfield of Chicken Soup for the Soul® fame) the best-selling The Road to Success. I have also developed a completely personalized book, entitled The Book of YOU®, which helps individuals be happy, successful, and better understood in a variety of pursuits based on their unique personalities.
    In this episode, I’ll explain the Know Thyself Process® and how it can help you find clarity what is important to you in your career with just 3 steps!
     
    What you will learn from this episode:
    Discover what the Know Thyself Process® is and how can you practice it Learn more about the importance of voicing your thoughts to another Learn the three powerful components that will help you get clarity  
    “We do not really get clear about what is important to us until we voice this to another human being who knows and cares about us.”
    - Dr. Sarah E. Brown
     
    Valuable Free Resource:
    How to get clear about your interests, strengths, and needs in order to understand and gain clarity on what you really want: https://www.sarahebrown.com/ Be sure to check out the full interview accessible through this link: https://www.sarahebrown.com/post/sarahebrown  
    Topics Covered:
    02:50 - Sarah shares how she started her journey in helping women leaders find their calling
    06:13 - What is the Know Thyself process and how can you start your self-discovery journey?
    07:08 - The first component: Thoroughly assess yourself
    08:50 - The second component: Innating your strengths
    09:30 - The third component: Learn your motivational needs
    11:36 - Grab a cup of coffee and check out Sarah's website: Sarahebrown.com
    12:20 - Sarah describes how Abraham Lincoln used the power of voicing
    13:35 - Why you should start incorporating the Know Thyself Process: You can get clear about what is unique about you, and explore what you want by just talking it out with someone who knows and cares about you.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    “We just need to know what is true for us and what minimizes our own stress.” - Dr. Sarah E. Brown
    “There's something very powerful about saying these things, these kinds of things, out loud to another human being.” - Dr. Sarah E. Brown
    “You're not acting on any of this, you are just thinking about it out loud and testing it with another human being.” - Dr. Sarah E. Brown
    “You can just focus on these three things that are unique to you-- your interests, your strengths, and your needs. You will, then, know what gifts you have to serve the world. You can take a start at translating these into goals that are unique to you. You can even make those small changes to be happier, more successful, and experience less stress in the job you're in right now.” - Dr. Sarah E. Brown
     
    Ways to Connect with Sarah E. Brown:
    Website: https://www.sarahebrown.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/knowguides LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahebrownphd/  

    • 18 min
    How to be an Inclusive Leader Take 2 with Jennifer Brown

    How to be an Inclusive Leader Take 2 with Jennifer Brown

    Are you starting your path toward becoming a more inclusive leader?
    Have you had difficulty discovering your purpose in promoting changes in the workplace and in society?
    The reality is, workplace inequities have an impact on our society as a whole.
    As a leader, one must understand the importance of their part in the process of change and how their journey could help create a new structure for a more inclusive future.
    Jennifer Brown is an award-winning entrepreneur, dynamic speaker, and diversity and inclusion expert. She is the Founder and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting, a strategic leadership and diversity consulting firm that coaches business leaders worldwide on critical issues of talent and workplace strategy. Brown is a passionate advocate for social equality who helps businesses foster healthier, more productive workplace cultures.
    In this episode, Jennifer shares with us how the second edition of her book, “How to be an Inclusive Leader”, will provide new insights and stories that spark learning when it comes to creating a culture of inclusivity in the workplace.
     
    What you will learn from this episode:
    Know what prompted Jennifer to write the second edition of her book, “How to be an Inclusive Leader” Discover Jennifer’s pivotal points in re-evaluating the four stages of the Inclusive Leader Continuum Find out how to look at the Inclusive Leader Assessment results as an opportunity to self-reflect, craft bridges, thrive, and move forward together  
    “I tell people, don't expect to be perfect; we cannot be and we can never be. Imperfection is just a way of being; I wouldn't even say it's a goal. It should be an expectation...”
    - Jennifer Brown
     
    Valuable Free Resource:
    How to determine which stage do you fall on the Inclusive Leader Continuum to help you with your personal leadership development: https://dei1.jbconlinelearning.com/self-assessment/  
    Topics Covered:
    02:23 - Jennifer describes how the pandemic exposed workplace inequities and allowed questions on transparency and accountability on employers towards real change and commitment
    12:33 – Jennifer’s book’s second edition, “How to be an Inclusive Leader”, as a second bite at the apple
    17:47 – The stages of Inclusive Leadership Continuum which people keep developing, evolving, and taking steps forward towards inclusivity
    23:48 - How Jennifer educated herself to understand how things hit people in certain environments
    27:21 - How to use the Inclusive Leader Assessment to make an impact and create a culture of belonging in order for us to thrive
    32:40 – The question that wasn’t asked: “Who is it for?”
     
    Key Takeaways:
    “It is as much a mindset shift and a heart set shift as it is developing a new competency. It's a way of being; it's a way of paying attention to the world.” -Jennifer Brown
    “Everybody's in a different place, so what’s so important is understanding where we are, understanding where others are, and then crafting the bridges between us so that we can move forward together.” -Jennifer Brown
     
    Ways to Connect with Jennifer Brown:
    Website: https://jenniferbrownconsulting.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jenniferbrown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferbrownconsulting/ To speak with her: https://jenniferbrownspeaks.com/contact-us  
    Ways to Connect with Sarah E. Brown:
    Website: https://www.sarahebrown.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/knowguides LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahebrownphd To speak with her: bookachatwithsarahebrown.com  

    • 37 min
    The 6 Steps to Selling Your Business Successfully with Chris Vanderzyden

    The 6 Steps to Selling Your Business Successfully with Chris Vanderzyden

    Do you have an exit strategy? Do you know how to sell your business successfully?
    It’s important that you prepare an exit plan for yourself, your business, and your future.
    Chris Vanderzyden is an author, speaker, and leading educator on exit planning and mergers and acquisitions. She is a founding partner of Legacy Partners, LLP, an exit planning and M&A advisory firm dedicated to creating and executing exit strategies for privately held mergers and acquisitions. She is also an expert contributor for media outlets, a guest lecturer for Harvard University’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation class, and the bestselling author of 7 Steps to Entrepreneurial Victory. She has recently released her newest book, Master Your Exit Plan: Sell Your Business, Preserve Your Legacy.
    In this episode, Chris tells us the importance of having an exit plan in place for now or the future and what the risks are of not being prepared for it.
     
    What you will learn from this episode:
    Discover the importance of planning an exit strategy for your business and financial future Learn what are the six exit strategies you can choose from and how to apply them in your business Find out what are the risks of not being prepared with an exit plan  
    “In order to decide what exit strategy is right for you, you have to understand all of the things that are important to you.”
    - Chris Vanderzyden
     
    Valuable Free Resource:
    How to exit your business without the stress and without sacrificing your future financial freedom: https://legacypartnersllp.com/  
    Topics Covered:
    01:35 - Where it all started: Chris shares how she got interested in exit planning and how it all started
    02:41 - Chris talks about what exactly is a master exit plan
    03:38 - What are the risks of not having an exit plan for your business
    05:03 - Chris shares what are the six exit strategies and how can you decide which one is for you
    08:31 - Selling a Business Isn’t Like Real Estate: What are the seven steps into selling a business
    10:48 - Chris shares what are the services they offer in the Legacy Partners LLP
     
    Key Takeaways:
    “Without having all of those parts of themselves aligned, the chances of not being successful exiting their business are pretty sky high. So, it requires a comprehensive view of the business owner in order to do it successfully.” -Chris Vanderzyden
    “You have to have a comprehensive financial plan done in which you are projecting, "After I exit my business, this is what I want my life to look like. And this is what the financial responsibility will be with that. And so, if I sell my business, will I be able to fulfill those business personal, and financial goals?" -Chris Vanderzyden
    “We looked at a couple of different exit options, and then came up with the right one that would have fulfilled their goals, both financially and with the business and personal.” -Chris Vanderzyden
    “One buyer is no buyer.” -Chris Vanderzyden
    “The purpose is to engage with multiple buyers because that's the way you're going to fulfill your goals to a higher level.” -Chris Vanderzyden
    “It's a little more intense than selling a business, but it's well worth doing it correctly.” -Chris Vanderzyden
    “It's very important to recognize that you do need somebody that is going to be on your side of the fence. There's nothing worse for a business owner, “Do they have a transaction, they wander off?” -Chris Vanderzyden
    “When deciding how you want to exit that business, you also have to understand the value of the company. Integrate that value into your personal financial plan.” -Chris Vanderzyden
     
    Ways to Connect with Chris Vanderzyden:
    Website: https://legacypartnersllp.com/  
    Ways to Connect with Sarah E. Brown:
    Website: https://www.sarahebrown.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/knowguides LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahebrownphd/ To speak with her: bookachatwithsarahebrown.com  

    • 14 min
    What Every Woman Needs to Know About Her Purpose at Work with LeAnne Andersen

    What Every Woman Needs to Know About Her Purpose at Work with LeAnne Andersen

    Have you been questioning your purpose or worth especially when it comes to your role or career in life? Do you feel like it's a constant struggle and battle? Are you looking for ways how to grow and discover your purpose?
    Finding out and understanding your purpose isn’t like an instant pack of noodles where you instantly get the outcome – it’s an ongoing lifelong process. There would be some chores that might come along with it, but there would also be moments of joy worth cheering. It is a journey so don’t expect the right answer instantly. So, are you ready to know more and understand your journey of finding your purpose in the role you love?
    LeAnne Andersen is the Chair of Human Resources (HR) People Services for Mayo Clinic. She is a strategic HR leader, trusted advisor, and vital participant in business planning and executing best practices. She is responsible for the oversight, evolution, and administration of Mayo Clinic’s People Services, including Payroll and Timekeeping Services, HR Service Center (HR Connect), HR Advisory, Employee Relations, Labor Relations, Talent Acquisition, Credentialing, Global Mobility, and Compliance.
    In this episode, LeAnne shares the important value of experience and opportunities in getting a clearer understanding of what your purpose is. She also talks about the different strengths and learnings that you can apply in your journeys such as the importance of asking questions and the amazing power of curiosity.
     
    What you will learn from this episode:
    Discover the importance of looking for ways and taking opportunities can help you get a clearer vision of your purpose Learn more on how you can accept the chores and enjoy the cheers of your career Understand why you should shift your perspective from wanting to have the right answer instantly to being curious about finding the right answer  
    “Getting and knowing your purpose is an ongoing process.”
    - LeAnne Andersen
     
    Topics Covered:
    02:40 - LeAnne shares what her role is in her work: I help take care of the people that take care of others that are in their most critical need and help and change the world when we think about science and healthcare
    03:49 - Getting a clearer understanding of her purpose as time goes by: One of the main reasons why LeAnne loves her role in
    05:07 - One of the aspects that LeAnne doesn’t like about her job is the cheers and chores that come with it
    06:51 - The differences and similarities of LeAnne’s role now to before that has helped contribute to her growth and discovery of her purpose: Let's start with the similarities. So, the first thing is, when I look back at my career, there is absolutely an element of similarity in some of the aspects. And it's that word "transformation". I really find and look for ways and opportunities to take something that's good and make it even better.
    10:47 - Has the different work environment and diverse culture from the different roles LeAnne has played greatly contributed to her getting a clear meaning of her purpose and her work ethic?
    14:28 - LeAnne’s strengths and interests that drove her to transform: My, probably, strength, first is curiosity. I tend to be interested in how things work. And for me that's played strongly in transformation, played strongly in my role, how does that process work? How does it play out?
    18:36 - One of the challenges and obstacles LeAnne faced in achieving her career goals is balancing her work, life, and family and processing things both personally and professionally
    20:52 - LeAnne’s advice for her 30-year-old self and for young professionals: You know, I'll probably look at myself, Sarah, smile, you know, say, "You know, you're going to be okay. And just relax and have fun." I think we early on get so wound up in feeling like we need to have the answers. And I think it probably plays through all the comments I had. It's about finding them. Enjoy the journey.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    “You find ever

    • 23 min
    The “Skills” of Self-Care with Christine Gautreaux

    The “Skills” of Self-Care with Christine Gautreaux

    Do you often find yourself exhausted before you even get the chance to do some self-care? Are you ready to find out how you can prioritize yourself while still being of service to others?
    Self-care isn’t really about the glitz and glamour in the midst of your busy lifestyle. The myth of getting your hair done or putting on nail polish won’t really help you get back into your body. It’s more about reconnecting and reprioritizing yourself. So, what should you really be doing to take good care of yourself physically and mentally?
    Christine Gautreaux, MSW, holds a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Social Work and is a professional speaker, coach, author, and entrepreneur. She is the co-author of Stillpoint: A Caregivers Playbook and the co-host of the Women Connected in Wisdom Podcast. Christine believes in the power of body wisdom and somatic play to help heal trauma. She works with women from all walks of life to maintain balance and do self-care during these intense times in which we find ourselves living.
    In this episode, Christine shares what self-care is really all about, and it’s not what you’ve always thought! She also discusses the actual skills involved in self-care and how you can practice them.
     
    What you will learn from this episode:
    Identify what self-care is and is not Learn how you can reprioritize yourself and put yourself back up on the top of your to-do list Find out ways you can take care of yourself while taking care of others  
    “Self-care means tuning into ourselves and learning how to read our own body language.”
    - Christine Gautreaux
     
    Valuable Free Resource:
    How to start your proper self-care journey and reprioritize yourself: https://christinegautreaux.com/  
    Topics Covered:
    05:33 - Challenge is reprioritizing their health and wellness which hinders them from finding ease and time for themselves
    06:29 - Not prioritizing themselves and putting everybody else’s needs ahead of their own needs: the common mistake business women leaders make when trying to do self-care
    07:20 - One free and actionable tip you can do to assess yourself and practice self-care: The very first thing I tell myself and I tell everybody else is to take a deep breath and get back in your body. And you'll say, "Christine, I'm breathing" and you may not be. Like you may be breathing fast or holding your breath because that often happens in stress. So, the first thing I would say is to take a deep breath consciously, let your belly relax, let that breath go all the way down to your belly, and then let it out
    08:40 - One valuable free resource to help you be reminded to take a minute to take care of yourself and breathe: christinegautreaux.com
    09:46 - Q: Are there actual skills involved with self-care? A: The answer to that is yes! We've identified five skills of self-care in the book, Stillpoint that we stand by, and we live by. I'm going to name them for your audience.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    “Take a deep breath, and get back in your body.” - Christine Gautreaux
    “Find something that is not work, and that is not beholden to somebody else, where you can be with yourself and get in tune with your body.” - Christine Gautreaux
    “Self-care is also not, and this is a big one for our female leaders, putting ourselves through frequent reoccurring cycles of overwork, followed by crashing to recover this rhythm of full speed ahead, followed by total collapse is damaging to all dimensions of ourselves-- the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.” - Christine Gautreaux
    “Self-care is tuning in. It's recognizing earlier and earlier, the subtle physical signs of potential difficulties.” - Christine Gautreaux
     
    Ways to Connect with Christine Gautreaux:
    Website: https://www.christinegautreaux.com/ Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/women-connected-in-wisdom-podcast/id1556786980 Event: https://linktr.ee/christinegautreauxmsw  
    Ways to Connect with Sarah E. Brown:
    Website

    • 13 min
    Defining Your Own Success Story with Paola Knecht

    Defining Your Own Success Story with Paola Knecht

    Success doesn’t have a specific shape, size, or form. We all have our own definition of success, but oftentimes, we get swayed by what we see on social media. It can unconsciously influence us.
    So how can you avoid this hazard, and really commit to the life you’ve always envisioned for yourself?
    Paola Knecht is a certified leadership, transformational, and self-development coach. She is the founder of My Mindpower Coaching & Consulting and author of the new book, The Success Mindset: Take Back the Leadership of your Mind.
    In this episode, Paola talks about what success is and how we can shift our definition of success to something that we are passionate about instead of what we see from others.
     
    What you will learn from this episode:
    Find out how you can define your own success story instead of letting others define it Learn powerful questions you can reflect on that can help you know more about what you really want Understand the importance of having a vision in defining your own success  
    “To really reach something you want, it is not enough to just recognize you're good at something, you have to work at it.”
    - Paola Knecht
     
    Valuable Free Resource:
    How to set straight your vision and take back your life in order to write the success story you’ve always wanted to achieve: https://paolaknecht.lpages.co/the-success-mindset/  
    Topics Covered:
    01:45 - To discover the meaning of your life, and your vision and something that goes beyond the race of accumulating things: Paola’s definition of what success really is
    02:40 - Discovering the meaning of life and avoid losing the essence of yourself by looking inward instead of outward
    03:44 - Paola explains why and how social media and other’s lifestyle contributes greatly to our own definition and understanding of success
    06:49 - What are the things you love about yourself, your life and what do you love doing: Questions you can reflect on to define a vision of your life
    08:13 - Not believing that you can make it: The biggest obstacle that gets in our way when making our goals a reality
    09:26 - Paola shares the eighth pillar from her book and why talent alone won’t get you far, hard work will
    11:11 - Take a break and some time offline: What you can do to start your journey to self-discovery and make your vision a reality
    12:32 - Connect with Paola and see what she has to offer: my-mindpower.com
    13:13 - One valuable free resource to help you on the road to self-discovery and take back the leadership of your mind: https://paolaknecht.lpages.co/the-success-mindset/
    14:06 - A sprinkle of love and great advice from Paola and her book: You can and have the power to define your success story. And to not let other people tell you what these should look like. You can write your own story and find transcendence in doing it.
     
    Takeaways:
    “Success, when I come back to the essence of it, it's really to discover the meaning of your life, to discover your vision, something that goes beyond the race of accumulating things, or following a path that you did not consciously choose for yourself.” - Paola Knecht
    “You have to look inward, instead of outward. We are distracted.” - Paola Knecht
    “I believe, over time-- all these have a root cause. And I believe one of those is that we spend way too much time comparing ourselves to other lives and not paying enough attention to ourselves first.” - Paola Knecht
    “It all starts with really going back to the basics and asking yourself, "What do I really love about my life, about me?” - Paola Knecht
    “If I have an awareness about the things I love doing, and they are meaningful for me, then how can I connect that passion with some activity that I enjoy? Or how can I connect that to bring service to others?” - Paola Knecht
    “We all have talents and bizarre gifts that come inherited and they are wonderful. And it's also great when we discover them and they can really bring us great surpris

    • 16 min

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