The Future Female Leaders Podcast helps create more female leaders in the workplace.
If you are working in an entry level role and are preparing for future growth opportunities, this podcast is for you.
Future Female Leaders topics consist of building confidence, improving communication skills, becoming more self aware, learning how to proactively network, and expanding your mindset to best prepare you for that future leadership role.
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Nichole Harrop is a Women's Leadership + Career Coach. She started at a call center in an entry level role and built her career from there without a college degree. Nichole was turned down for promotions many times before she was offered a leadership position and has led teams in different organizations from well established companies to new tech start ups for over 10 years.
239| How Your Menstrual Cycle Affects Your Productivity with Elizabeth Tidwell
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1. The Power of Cycle-Aware Scheduling:Dashboard
Nichole talks about her approach to scheduling tasks based on her menstrual cycle, emphasizing the importance of self-compassion and proactive planning. The conversation touches on the shift from a reactive to a proactive mindset, giving control back to women. 2. Understanding Your Menstrual Seasons:
Elizabeth introduces the concept of the Inner Seasons framework, a recent development that correlates menstrual phases with the four natural seasons. The Winter Phase: Menstruation - A time of hibernation and low energy, perfect for rest and introspection. The Spring Phase: Rising Estrogen - A period of optimism and new beginnings, ideal for initiating projects. The Summer Phase: Ovulation - High energy, increased sociality, and peak attractiveness, often referred to as the "Beyonce hormone." The Autumn Phase: Luteal Phase - A time for coziness, introspection, and preparation, offering a keen eye for detail. 3. Embracing Cycle-Aware Empowerment:
Nichole reflects on the empowering nature of cycle awareness, highlighting her personal experiences at events. She discusses communicating her energy levels to others, including male colleagues, without explicitly mentioning her menstrual cycle. The duo explores how this awareness can influence decision-making, particularly avoiding significant life choices during the fall phase. 4. Breaking the Consistency Myth:
The conversation revolves around how societal expectations, especially in the workplace, have led women to believe they should perform consistently like the sun or a male hormonal pattern, despite natural cyclical changes. Elizabeth highlights the importance of awareness in building self-compassion and understanding that it's not an individual problem but a shared experience. 5. Navigating Your Inner Autumn:
Elizabeth sheds light on the often overlooked and misunderstood inner autumn phase of the menstrual cycle, characterized by heightened critical thinking. She explains that while the inner autumn is excellent at identifying problems, it struggles to find solutions. This phase often leads to extreme and impractical solutions. The discussion encourages embracing the inner autumn's role as a superpower for evaluation, providing valuable insights even if the delivery might be less polished. 6. Utilizing Cycle-Aware Productivity:
Nichole and Elizabeth discuss practical ways to work with your menstrual cycle, such as shifting tasks to align with your energy levels. Elizabeth highlights the efficiency gained when tasks match your cycle phases, even if full scheduling around the cycle isn't always possible. They emphasize the importance of recognizing the bare minimum expectations at work and having open conversations with leaders about energy fluctuations. 7. Overcoming Challenges:
Both share personal experiences of navigating the challenges of work expectations during different cycle phases, highlighting the importance of self-awareness and communication. The conversation stresses the value of understanding your unique cycle patterns and learning to adapt to them effectively. In conclusion, this episode advocates for menstrual cycle awareness as a tool for self-compassion, improved productivity, and effective communication in personal and professional settings. By embracing the natural ebb and flow of their cycles, women can achieve a healthier work-life balance and contribute to more inclusive and empathetic workplaces.
238| How to Be More Productive at Work Without Overwhelm with Caitlin Montgomery
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Top Productivity Hacks for Busy Women:
a. Knowing Your Why:
Caitlin stresses the significance of having a purpose and a driving motivation (your "why") for being productive. Encourages asking questions to uncover what lights you up and keeps you motivated. b. Creating a Life Vision:
Caitlin explains the concept of a life vision, which is a detailed and vivid description of how you want your life to be. Encourages dreaming big and incorporating specific details into your vision. c. Developing Systems:
Caitlin emphasizes the importance of establishing systems, routines, and habits to manage tasks efficiently. Suggests delegating tasks and seeking help to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Caitlin shares examples of how she delegates tasks to others, including family members. d. Effective Planning:
Caitlin discusses the power of planning in boosting productivity. Recommends using a planner to outline daily and weekly tasks, focusing on the most important actions. Highlights the flexibility required in planning and adjusting as needed.
The importance of having a strong "why" and a clear life vision to drive productivity. The value of creating effective systems, routines, and habits to manage tasks. The transformative impact of planning and time management on productivity and overall well-being. www.nicholeharrop.com
237| Why It’s Important to Set Boundaries at Work with Sherralynn Arnold
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In today's episode, Nichole talks with guest Sherralynn Arnold about why it's important to set boundaries at work.
They each share perspective on these 4 questions:
1 What advice can you give women who feel called to lead others, but don't know where to start?
2 Why is it important to learn how to set healthy boundaries?
3 What have you found as challenges that are unique to women as they are working to stand out as leaders or new into leadership positions?
4 After 30 years as an entrepreneur, what is your biggest takeaway?
You'll hear personal and vulnerable stories about how each of them are working through setting boundaries and their experiences about setting boundaries in the past.
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236| Changing the Way You Think
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The Future Female Leaders podcast aims to help create more female leaders in the workplace.
In this episode, host Nichole Harrop talks about the CTFAR framework that changed her life. She walks the audience through this self-coaching model that helped her take control of her thoughts, feelings, and actions, and improve her response to everyday situations.
Nichole shares her personal experience of feeling out of control with her thoughts and feelings, especially during her three-year-long infertility journey. She came across the CTFAR model while listening to Jody Moore's podcast, and it made a significant impact on her life. Within a week of implementing this practice, Nichole noticed a positive change in herself, and people around her could also see the difference.
The CTFAR framework stands for Circumstances, Thoughts, Feelings, Actions, and Results. Everything is a circumstance, and good or bad things are only good or bad because of the thought and feeling that happens after the circumstance.
Nichole believes that the model can help individuals have more control and show up in the best ways possible, even in challenging situations.
Overall, this podcast episode is informative, relatable, and inspiring, and it encourages listeners to take charge of their thoughts and feelings and become more mindful in their daily lives.
235| Recognizing the Yellow Flags in Your Job
This is a special episode because it's a follow up from Episode 99| Leaving a Toxic Workplace.
In this episode, Nichole and her guest talk about the yellow flags that pop up in our jobs and what her guest did to work through some of them and how to advocate for yourself and navigate these yellow flags throughout your career.
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234| Plan To Succeed
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Check out the different career journals, helping you to grow and advance in your career:
Today's episode focuses on planning for success and celebrating milestones. Nichole shares personal updates and experiences. She encourages listeners to shift their mindset and plan for success in various areas of their lives. Planning for Success
Nichole emphasizes the importance of thinking about what could go right, rather than solely focusing on backup plans. Encourages listeners to envision their future roles, positions, and phases of life in a successful scenario. Celebrating Milestones
Nichole recounts her experience of surpassing 100,000 podcast downloads. Talks about attending a retreat coinciding with the milestone and the joy of building new relationships. Highlights the fun activities at the retreat: e-bike riding through Zion's National Park, repelling, and a transformative sound bath. Updates and Challenges
Nichole shares her absence in June due to illness and vocal strain. Assures listeners of her return with great content while taking care of her health. Encourages listeners to plan for success in their own endeavors, setting goals and rewards for themselves. Career Journals and Entrepreneurship
Nichole discusses the challenges and successes of updating her career journals available on Amazon. Introduces a more gender-neutral version of the journal. Encourages listeners to check out the career journals in the show notes to support their career growth. Embracing Change and Overcoming Insecurities
Nichole talks about the discomfort and insecurities that come with pursuing entrepreneurship. Shares her journey of transitioning from a comfortable role to making a bigger impact. Encourages listeners to embrace change, face discomfort, and open doors to greater opportunities. Closing Remarks:
Nichole acknowledges the unstructured nature of the episode and thanks listeners for their support. Invites listeners to share the podcast with friends and check out the career journals. Encourages connection and offers support via LinkedIn.
Relatable, down-to-earth leadership advice
I love listening to this podcast on my way to and from work. Nichole is pleasant to listen to and you feel like it’s just a good friend giving you solid career and leadership advice, and the advice sticks, because she gives you examples and tactical things to try!
Awareness is key
Terrific podcast to support development of awareness as a key competency in the workplace, from giving and receiving feedback, to developing allies in the context of creating a safe environment. Love all the tidbits!
Quick and insightful
I love listening to this podcast on my way to work. Most of the episodes are a quick listen packed with insightful tips on how to grow in my career and be a better employee. I’m in a leadership role already but I am always striving to do better and this podcast’s episodes always seem to be exactly what I need to hear in that moment. I appreciate the variety of career issues that are covered and that she has guest speakers to cover topics more in depth. I recommend this podcast to all my female friends who are trying to advance in their professional roles or just want to be better at their jobs. (I also can’t recommend Nichole’s career journal enough and how well it ties into the podcast).