22 episodes

I’m not successful enough, I’m not rich enough…” So many of us are driven by a deep paralyzing belief that we are not good enough. We achieve and achieve, and even when we successfully reach our goals, we move the goal post further, only to learn that success and enoughness do not come hand in hand.

So how do we define “enoughness?” How do we learn to embody it? Through illuminating interviews, Lisa Wang dives into deeply personal stories of CEOs, thought-leaders, and innovators who share vulnerable stories, powerful lessons, and deliberate habits that have defined the course of their trajec Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/enoughness-with-lisa-wang/support

Enoughness with Lisa Wang Lisa Wang

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I’m not successful enough, I’m not rich enough…” So many of us are driven by a deep paralyzing belief that we are not good enough. We achieve and achieve, and even when we successfully reach our goals, we move the goal post further, only to learn that success and enoughness do not come hand in hand.

So how do we define “enoughness?” How do we learn to embody it? Through illuminating interviews, Lisa Wang dives into deeply personal stories of CEOs, thought-leaders, and innovators who share vulnerable stories, powerful lessons, and deliberate habits that have defined the course of their trajec Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/enoughness-with-lisa-wang/support

    How To Live a Fearless Life with Jean Case, CEO of Case Foundation, Chairman, National Geographic Society

    How To Live a Fearless Life with Jean Case, CEO of Case Foundation, Chairman, National Geographic Society

    Jean Case is a prolific executive, investor, philanthropist, and impact investing pioneer. She is the Chairman of the National Geographic Society and CEO of the Case Foundation, which has been recognized for addressing significant social challenges and driving exponential impact. Jean is also the author of her latest book, Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose. Jean is dedicated to social impact and she and her husband Steve Case joined The Giving Pledge and publicly reaffirmed their commitment to give away the majority of their wealth to fund worthy charitable causes.

    In today’s episode, Jean talks to us about how to take big bets, how to step outside of your comfort zone, and what it really takes to create a big vision and an extraordinary, fearless life.

    The 5 principles of being fearless (4:10)

    The importance of “failing in the footsteps of giants” (5:44)

    Social media’s impact on perceived success (6:15)

    How to create urgency in your life even without life threatening situations (8:24)

    Taking the long view in life (9:12)

    The early stages of growth at AOL from startup to a “10 year overnight sensation” as the first internet company to go public (11:08)

    How to leverage disenfranchisement to your advantage (15:38)

    How your brain can trick you even when you know you’re safe (22:00)

    Some questions we discuss:

    How did you overcome your fear of risk? (19:44)

    How to differentiate between what’s real fear and what’s not? (21:11)

    Are you someone who has mostly done things in your life you’re sure you could be good at? (20:54)

    How do you start right where you are? (25:21)

    What is your experience as a woman in tech? (27:57)

    “The world might count you out, but don’t be the one who counts yourself out. Stay in the game, keep the long view”

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    • 34 min
    Ep 22: How to Lead with Strength and Kindness with Fran Hauser, Best-Selling Author, Myth of The Nice Girl

    Ep 22: How to Lead with Strength and Kindness with Fran Hauser, Best-Selling Author, Myth of The Nice Girl

    Fran Hauser is a best-selling author and successful startup investor, 

    and

    she did not have to sacrifice her personality to achieve it. In her book,

    The Myth of the Nice Girl

    , Fran talks about how to bring your best self to work, and how to achieve a career you love without becoming a person you hate. Learn how Fran successfully navigated her career in a leadership style true to herself, 

    how to successfully transition between roles, how to build trust with managers, and the key to

    pitching an investor or mentor to invest in you.

    Fran gives us simple, actionable strategies that can change your career today. In this episode, you will learn:

    The unproductive territory of people-pleasing (5:24)

    When Fran began thinking of herself as a leader (6:37)

    Why you need to be known for something (9:06)

    How to choose a path when you are at a crossroads (19:33)

    Why you must separate the personal from the professional when hiring (35:40)

    Ways to cultivate and keep trust (41:56)

    Concepts from the book that resonated most with readers (46:13)

    Some questions we discuss:

    What is the myth of the “nice girl”? (1:28)

    Why did Fran choose the word “nice” for her book? (3:17)

    What were Fran’s career motivations? (10:08)

    What is Fran’s advice to those who realize entrepreneurship is not as glamorous as it seems? (21:28)

    What exercises has Fran done to figure out what she wants in life? (31:53)

    How do you find the right mentor? (48:53)

    Fran Hauser’s quick fire answers to “one thing” questions. (52:52)

    Links and Resources

    The Myth of the Nice Girl

    by Fran Hauser

    Siddhartha

    by Hermann Hesse

    Four-Square Model

    of setting boundaries and priorities

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    • 59 min
    Ep 21: Create Confidence in Your Ambitions with Beth Comstock, former GE Vice Chair & CMO

    Ep 21: Create Confidence in Your Ambitions with Beth Comstock, former GE Vice Chair & CMO

    Beth Comstock, GE's former CMO and first ever female Vice Chair, is fresh off the release of her new book, 

    Imagine It Forward: Courage, Creativity, and the Power of Change.

    where she shares what she’s had to do throughout her career to overcome self-doubt, the best risks she’s ever taken, and how women in particular can learn to get comfortable with being ambitious. 

    Despite her decades of success, she admits to a lifelong struggle with painful shyness and lack of confidence. She doesn’t shy away from sharing her biggest hardships (like single motherhood) and mistakes (that nearly cost her huge promotions) either. Beth shares what it means to have social courage, how you can build it into your daily habits, and what it can do for your life and career.

    In This Episode, You Will Learn:

    The unexpected and less-than-glamorous side of becoming an author. [3:12]

    How becoming a single mother spurred Beth into action. [9:07]

    What’s in Beth’s own internal monologue of insecurity, and how she fights it. [10:59]

    How perceived failures can teach us to take control of our own narratives. [14:11]

    All about the biggest career leap Beth ever made—even though her colleagues thought she was crazy. [15:22]

    Some of Beth’s personal confidence exercises & The importance of saying "I don't know." [23:12]

    The big mistake that almost cost her a huge promotion. [28:48]

    The piece of advice Beth took from a certain 14-year-old girl. [30:45]

    Some Questions We Discuss:

    How is writing and publishing a book an entrepreneurial pursuit? [2:00]

    Where do confidence and shyness issues come from in the first place? [7:02]

    What are the other, bigger fears that underpin the fear of change in our lives? [17:21]

    How did Beth get through backlash for being a CMO with no marketing experience? [20:20]

    How to fight back against the devaluation of so-called “soft skills”. [22:23]

    How can we overcome shyness to promote ourselves on social media? [32:40]

    Links and Resources

    Beth Comstock’s book

    Book recommendation:

    The Creative Habit: Learn it and use it for life

    by Twyla Tharp

    Follow Beth on Twitter

    Follow Beth on Instagram

    Quotes:

    “I think that's where a pure product entrepreneur and an author would have a lot in common. It's your baby. There can't possibly be anyone who cares about it as much as you do.”

    “There were moments when I realized I was holding myself back. I wasn't speaking up. I saw other people who put ideas out, and they were moving ahead, and I wasn't! And finally I had just had enough. I said, ‘Okay, I've got to do something.”

    "Every great leader I know is a communicator."

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    • 42 min
    Ep 20: From Going Viral To Building a Brand that Lasts w/ 'Nasty Woman' Creator & CEO of Shrill Society, Amanda Brinkman

    Ep 20: From Going Viral To Building a Brand that Lasts w/ 'Nasty Woman' Creator & CEO of Shrill Society, Amanda Brinkman

    In the final moments of the presidential debate, Hillary Clinton was answering a question when Donald Trump quietly called her a “nasty woman”. Clinton may not have flinched at the words, but the rest of the world did.

    Trump’s mumbled insult stirred up an online storm. Amanda Brinkman’s simple, clever idea transformed into a call for solidarity among women across the globe. A spur-of-the-moment idea, she decided to put “Nasty Woman” on a t-shirt, put them up for sale, and donate half the proceeds to Planned Parenthood. What was meant to be an ironic statement turned into a viral success overnight, changing the course of Amanda’s life.

    In the days that followed, Amanda worked tirelessly to build a business that could withstand and outlast her 5 minutes of fame. Her overnight success did not come easy, and was accompanied with death threats, legal barriers, and an overwhelming load of t-shirt orders she now had to supply. Today's interview dives into the challenges faced in the touch-and-go world of social media fame, developing resilience, differentiating your brand, and most importantly - building a meaningful business that you can proudly stand behind.

    Some Questions I Ask:

    What are some of your fears? (08:12)

    How do you differentiate your products? (16:05)

    How do you define pop culture and the impact it can have? (28:15)

    How is pop culture influencing what we feel is possible? (30:27)

    How do you think about brands and how can they create sustainable value? (33:50)

    Do you feel integrity wins out in the long run? (36:15)

    How to market to customers that aren't in your target market? (40:20)

    In This Episode, You Will Learn:

    How 'Nasty Woman' became a viral call for solidarity (05:20)

    Why you don't need to have everything figured out when starting a business (07:30)

    The dark side of going viral which no one talks about (09:35)

    Understanding your fears and feeling enough as a person (17:40)

    Coming up with the idea for '

    The Nasty Woman Game

    ' and how it has sparked important conversations (24:00)

    The importance of a strong brand identity (36:49)

    Links and Resources Mentioned:

    Pelican Bomb

    Shrill Society

    The Nasty Woman Game

    Book recommendation:

    Circe by Madeline Miller

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    • 50 min
    Ep 19: Why Negotiations Are Never About Money with Betsy Pearce, Founder, Pearce LLP

    Ep 19: Why Negotiations Are Never About Money with Betsy Pearce, Founder, Pearce LLP

    Success is almost never a straight path. In fact, the things we think we want - money, fame, power - are rarely the things that actually make us happy.

    Today’s guest, Betsy Pearce, hailed as as one of the most powerful people in fashion, has been the legal deal-maker for top fashion icons like Carolina Herrera and Alexander McQueen, the creative directors for Bottega Veneta, Nina Ricci, and Dior Homme and more.

    When it comes to the types of high-stakes negotiations she deals with, she says the biggest mistake people make is thinking that it’s just about the money. It’s usually not about the money, it’s about proving someone wrong. Ego, emotion, loneliness, or rejection all play a part.

    As such, she wants us to get comfortable with the idea that sometimes, we don’t know what we don’t know. We learn by taking steps, and when we realize they aren’t the right ones, it’s okay to ask for help.

    Studies have shown that happiness often stems from a sense of community and being needed. However, there is no reason for us to wait for people to need us. It’s okay to ask for help when we need it, and to offer help to those around us.

    Courage is the ability to open up about what you you really need to get where you want to go. Happiness comes from realizing that the journey itself doesn’t need to be taken alone.

    Some Questions I Ask:

    Where do you think the desire to prove others wrong comes from? (04:07)

    Success isn’t clearly defined for creatives - how have you seen some of the more prominent creatives you’ve worked with navigate this? (11:13)

    Outside of money, what are other priorities that people mistake as the thing they should be focused on? (13:04)

    Have you ever found it hard to ask for help? (14:03)

    What is it like going into rooms to negotiate with larger corporates that don’t have the same mentality of collaboration? (24:31)

    What are the biggest mistakes you’ve seen people make in negotiations? (27:25)

    What do you think about the idea of finding your purpose? (39:34)

    In This Episode, You Will Learn:

    Betsy’s ties to the Midwest and how her roots shape her life today (01:55)

    How being bitten by a dog in her face helped Betsy realize what matters in life (6:00)

    How Betsy’s athletic career shaped her outlook on teamwork and women supporting women (07:45)

    The importance of community in creating internal happiness (13:38)

    Why achievement doesn’t guarantee happiness (14:39)

    The difficulty in admitting to needing help (16:08)

    The things Betsy feels would have been easier if she had a mentor (19:50)

    How self worth turns into a dollar amount (28:49)

    The passion behind empowering women in creative-driven industries (35:05)

    Plus much more...

    Links and Resources:

    Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community

    by Robert D. Putnam

    Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette

    by JUDITH THURMAN

    More about Betsy Pearce in Gotham Magazine

    Alexander Mcqueen

    Bottega Vanetta

    Kate Spade

    Vera Wang

    Jimmy Choo

    Bergdorf Goodman

    The Carlisle Group

    Follow Lisa on Twitter

    Follow Lisa on Instagram

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    • 48 min
    Ep 18: How To Make Tough Decisions with Catherine Ulrich, Managing Director, FirstMark Capital

    Ep 18: How To Make Tough Decisions with Catherine Ulrich, Managing Director, FirstMark Capital

    At the end of every decision is an outcome, every single time. But sometimes we don’t have enough time or information, so how can you make smart decisions to create your desired outcome?

    We may often find ourselves consumed with decision fatigue because we are afraid of the consequences of making the wrong choice. Other times, the product of our actions feels so far away that we cannot even begin to fathom how to make the right decision.

    Instead of obsessing over finding the right answer, today’s guest, Catherine Ulrich, encourages us to start by asking “Who do I want to be?” and taking a long hard look at all of the outcomes, especially the less desirable ones.

    This isn’t to prepare for the worst, but rather, to assess the worst-case scenario in detail to stop it from having any reign over our lives at this moment. When we keep the different possibilities in mind, we always know what we’re walking into and how to behave accordingly.

    At the end of the day, our energy dictates our thoughts and feelings.

    Instead of allowing ourselves to get caught up in overwhelming feelings, we must understand why we are afraid, the steps we can take to overcome that fear, and why that fear is much bigger in our heads than it is in reality.

    In This Episode, You Will Learn:

    How to find confidence in your own voice (03:49)

    Defining “who you want to be” rather than “what you want to do” (11:19)

    How to create a culture of radical candor and transparency (18:59)

    Learning to break down big lofty goals into more feasible steps (24:24)

    Anticipating failure and preventing self-sabotage (27:09)

    Growing out of relationships and how to accept the new phases of your lives (37:38)

    Energy and the ways your energy affects others (40:49)

    Creating your own model of leadership in a male-dominated field (47:55)

    Plus much more…

    Some Questions I Ask:

    Were you and are you a perfectionist? (07:02)

    Do you believe in models like the 80/20 rule? (09:11)

    How do you balance giving hard feedback when sometimes it can also put you in a place of vulnerability? (18:58)

    How do take the pressure off decisions that feel high stakes? (24:24)

    Do these feasible steps apply in terms of how you evaluate the thought process of an entrepreneur? (28:46)

    How have your relationships and friendships evolved over time? (35:25)

    What does it take for people to find that space to be okay with looking inside? (45:05)

    Links and Resources:

    Radical Candor

    by Kim Scott

    The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

    by Patrick Lencioni

    First Mark Capital

    Follow Catherine on Twitter

    Follow Lisa on Twitter

    Follow Lisa on Instagram

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    • 1 hr

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Incredibly Insightful and thought provoking

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This podcast does an excellent job of bringing understanding and a real connection to a multitude of problems that most business leaders face on their journey. It's is always refreshing to see light shed on the struggles instead of just the successes. And Lisa Wang does an excellent job of showing vulnerabilty and strength in both herself and her guests. I believe everyone can find something that would benefit in their own lives from the insight in this podcast.

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