46 episodes

Now is the time to stop sitting, stop waiting, and start listening. DARE to go after what matters most. Spend an hour with Elena and buckle up for some badass conversation, compassionate listening, and a solid connection that will challenge, inspire and empower you.

The Collective Corner with Elena Armijo Elena Armijo

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 9 Ratings

Now is the time to stop sitting, stop waiting, and start listening. DARE to go after what matters most. Spend an hour with Elena and buckle up for some badass conversation, compassionate listening, and a solid connection that will challenge, inspire and empower you.

    046: The Legacy of Leadership

    046: The Legacy of Leadership

    Today, Elena talks with Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, speaker, and author, Oakland McCulloch, about principles that can transform your leadership and your team.  
    Check out Elena’s website to learn more about how she can support you in seeing and using the power that resides within you. 
    Listen to their conversation here!
    How can we continue to grow as leaders? We’ve all heard the phrase, “leaders are readers,” and yes, reading is a huge part of growing. But this is not the only way we leaders can and should grow. Whether it’s learning from other people, nourishing yourself, letting go of preconceived notions, or creating new avenues for growth, your development as a leader can take many forms. In fact, one of the more overlooked ways you can grow as a leader is by continuing to practice what you preach. After all, if you’re not applying the principles you espouse to your own life, why should anyone else?  
    In her Weekly Coaching Tip, Elena shares three key ways you can focus on your personal leadership development, while strengthening your character at the same time. In her interview segment, she talks with Retired Lieutenant Colonel Oakland “Oak” McCulloch. With over 40 years of leadership experience and almost 25 years serving in the US Army, he is a leadership powerhouse. In this conversation, you’ll be reminded of key leadership principles and learn new ones, like the brilliant 75% Rule that Oak learned from his father, how the environment you’re in during interactions with your team can build trust, the importance of curiosity as a leader, why people bringing problems to your attention is actually a good sign, and more! They also discuss Oak’s book, Your Leadership Legacy: Becoming the Leader You Were Meant to Be, and how it can impact leaders, regardless of their age or stage.  
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    This podcast was produced by the following amazing team:
    John Biethan, President of Imagine Podcasting
    Sam De Santo, Creative Director
    Rye Taylor, Podcast Design Strategist & Producer
    Alan Meaney, Audio Engineer
    Meg McCarley, Brand Designer & Social Media Manager
    Raejan Noh, Content Writer
    Jennifer Harshman, Content Writer
    Aaron Boykin, Musician & Artist (Get updates about Aaron’s music via Instagram)
     

    • 32 min
    045: Whole-listic Leadership & Healingg

    045: Whole-listic Leadership & Healingg

    In this episode, Elena speaks with psychotherapist and coach, Claudine Chiarmonte, about leading holistically, living with integrity, and engaging in self-healing.
    Check out Elena’s website to learn more about how she can support you in seeing and using the power that resides within you.
    What does wholeheartedness mean as a leader? Being authentic as a leader and bringing all of who you are to the table can be difficult to put into practice. However, part of being wholehearted as a leader means cultivating authenticity and being open about the fact that you don’t know everything. You have to be okay with making mistakes and being human. You’re not the Terminator. In fact, one of the most powerful, albeit difficult, ways to embrace wholehearted living is by cultivating rest and play in your day-to-day life. In a world that is all about the “hustle,” this might seem counterintuitive to your productivity and your ability to lead. Nevertheless, this practice actually frees you to be able to embrace joy and gratitude, not just in your work life, but in all areas.
    In her Weekly Coaching Tip, Elena delves into what it means to live wholeheartedly, so you can thrive in every aspect of your life. In her interview segment, she speaks with her friend, Claudine Chiarmonte, a coach, psychotherapist, senior executive trainer, and podcaster, who has been helping people transform their lives for over 30 years. From an early age, Claudine was called to help others navigate difficult situations, which led her to become a social worker and child advocate. Her life took an unexpected turn when she was struck by a drunk driver. This incident caused her to reevaluate her life, career, and relationships, prompting her to change directions and become a coach. In this conversation, Elena and Claudine talk about the journey of finding your purpose, the difference between principles and values, what it takes to lead with self-awareness, how to live and lead with vulnerability, and more.
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    Learn more about Claudine's psychotherapy practice.
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    This podcast was produced by the following amazing team: John Biethan, President of Imagine Podcasting
    Sam De Santo, Creative Director
    Rye Taylor, Podcast Design Strategist & Producer
    Alan Meaney, Audio Engineer
    Meg McCarley, Brand Designer & Social Media Manager
    Raejan Noh, Content Writer
    J. Aaron Boykin, Musician & Artist (Get updates about Aaron’s music via Instagram)

    • 41 min
    It Starts with You: Leadership & Belonging

    It Starts with You: Leadership & Belonging

    Today, Elena talks with coach and founder, Melanie Paez, about the C-Suite Collective Retreat, being an inclusive leader, and checking your prejudices at the door.
    Check out Elena’s website to learn more about how she can support you in seeing and using the power that resides within you.
    What does it mean to create an environment of belonging? We hear this phrase a lot in the world, but what does it really mean? Well, it starts with awareness—awareness of yourself, of others, and of your environment. We all have blind spots that we need to address in order to have a full understanding of ourselves so we can create belonging. In fact, there are a few steps you can take to ensure you create belonging, not just with others, but within yourself, as well. This includes journaling, determining your wants and needs, figuring out where you are withholding, and highlighting the areas where you are afraid of being different.
    In her Weekly Coaching Tip, Elena explains how you can begin to understand your own needs, wants, and desires, so you can be more attuned to others. In her interview segment, Elena talks with coach and founder of Chief Executive Angel, Melanie Paez. Melanie is also the Director of Coaching at the C-Suite Collective and is instrumental in helping the C-Suite thrive. In their conversation, Elena and Melanie talk about how to navigate being inclusive without excluding others, the balance of masculine and feminine leadership in the world, and owning who you are. They also cover highlights from the C-Suite Collective Retreat and share applicable steps you can use on your personal journey of self-discovery and belonging.
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    Find Melanie Paez on Facebook.
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    This podcast was produced by the following amazing team: John Biethan, President of Imagine Podcasting
    Sam De Santo, Creative Director
    Rye Taylor, Podcast Design Strategist & Producer
    Alan Meaney, Audio Engineer
    Meg McCarley, Brand Designer & Social Media Manager
    Raejan Noh, Content Writer
    J. Aaron Boykin, Musician & Artist (Get updates about Aaron’s music via Instagram)

    • 36 min
    How to Lead Like a Mother & Grow Like a Leader

    How to Lead Like a Mother & Grow Like a Leader

    Elena speaks with the leader of TalentXponential, Andria Taylor. They discuss compassion and competence in leadership, creating a sustainable workforce, and more!
    Check out Elena’s website to learn more about how she can support you in seeing and using the power that resides within you.
    You know those times when we enter a difficult conversation and our guard goes up? Our bodies are taut, our hearts start racing, and we begin sweating. We get defensive. But how do we work through that defensiveness so we can engage in those tough conversations and truly hear and see other people? There are some key things that we can do to refocus and have discussions on topics that may make us uncomfortable. However, one of the most important things to remember is that the person we are talking with is just that—a fellow human being—and we want to move forward together.
    In her Weekly Coaching Tip, Elena details three practices you can implement to work through your own defensiveness during difficult conversations, so you can be heard and hear others. In her interview segment, Elena speaks with Andria Taylor, a winning consultant who helps mid-sized, high-growth businesses develop their leaders and maximize avenues for growth. Andria is the head of TalentXponential, holds certifications in Myers-Briggs, DiSC, Crucial Conversations, Change Management and executive coaching (CTI), and is a mom to twins. In this conversation, you’ll discover how Andria’s experience being a mom of twins has helped hone her as a leader, why leading with compassion and competence is critical to developing a sustainable workforce, how leaders can sharpen one another, and what it means to give people the opportunity to grow into their role.
    If you want to be encouraged in your leadership capacity, you don’t want to miss this episode!
    Let’s Get Social! Want to hear more from Elena? Click here!
    Check out Andria's consulting firm, TalentXpontential.
    Connect with Andria on LinkedIn!
    Contact her here.
    This podcast was produced by the following amazing team: John Biethan, President of Imagine Podcasting
    Sam De Santo, Creative Director
    Rye Taylor, Podcast Design Strategist & Producer
    Alan Meaney, Audio Engineer
    Meg McCarley, Brand Designer & Social Media Manager
    Raejan Noh, Content Writer
    J. Aaron Boykin, Musician & Artist (Get updates about Aaron’s music via Instagram)

    • 30 min
    Why You Should Be Open to the Unexpected

    Why You Should Be Open to the Unexpected

    Today, Elena talks with pianist and coach, Robert Kuang, about being open to self-discovery, expanding your abilities, and resting in your natural strengths.
    Check out Elena’s website to learn more about how she can support you in seeing and using the power that resides within you.
    Everyone wants an innovative team, but, as a leader, are you creating a space for innovation to thrive? Maybe you’re not having as many creative conversations with your team, or maybe they’re not as eager to share their ideas as they have been in the past. Here’s the thing: you need to make sure you enable an environment for innovation and creativity to be present. So, ask yourself, are you willing to be surprised by your people? Are you shutting down your team or uplifting them so they can express their ideas? Are you highlighting areas where they can be creative? Don’t be afraid to be honest with yourself and your team.
    In her Weekly Coaching Tip, Elena shares how you can conduct a self-examination, so you create an open, creative environment and lead your team to fearlessly innovate. In her interview segment, Elena speaks with pianist and coach, Robert Kuang. Shortly after immigrating to America from Beijing, Robert discovered his natural aptitude for music and piano at the age of 9. This discovery led him on an unexpected journey that impacted the rest of his life and propelled him into a fulfilling and impactful career. Through this conversation, Robert shares his story of self-discovery and creative expression, and you’ll learn why it’s so important to continually expand your abilities, be open to taking new paths, and rest in your natural abilities.
    Let’s Get Social! Want to hear more from Elena? https://elenaarmijo.com/ and https://thec-suitecollective.com/
    Learn more about Robert's coaching business and listen to his podcast here https://www.robertkuangcoaching.com/ 
    Connect with Robert on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/robertkuanghome/ 
    Follow him on LinkedIn! https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-kuang-84345aa3/?msgOverlay=true 
    This podcast was produced by the following amazing team: John Biethan, President of Imagine Podcasting https://www.imaginepodcasting.com/ 
    Sam De Santo, Creative Director https://www.sandgstudios.com/ 
    Rye Taylor, Podcast Design Strategist & Producer https://www.ryetaylor.com/ 
    Alan Meaney, Audio Engineer https://alanmeaney.ie/ 
    Meg McCarley, Brand Designer & Social Media Manager https://www.linkedin.com/in/meg-mccarley/
    Raejan Noh, Content Writer https://www.linkedin.com/in/raejan-noh/ 
    J. Aaron Boykin, Musician & Artist https://hollatchaboykin.com/ and get updates about Aaron’s music via Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jaaron_hi/ 

    • 32 min
    Your Intuition…a Superb Compass for Making Life Decisions

    Your Intuition…a Superb Compass for Making Life Decisions

    In this episode, Elena interviews Alycia James, a coach and healer who focuses on emotional freedom, intuitive development, and self-liberation.
    Check out Elena’s website to learn more about how she can support you in seeing and using the power that resides within you.
    What does celebrating Women’s History Month - and beyond - look like?  Elena has thought a lot about how it would look to not only celebrate this month every year but live this month intentionally throughout the year.  After a particularly draining workshop, a loving voice message from Aaron reminded Elena that women can’t leave men behind in the fight for equality.  Her advice and Weekly Coaching Tip are to surround yourself with allies – people who can see you and hear you (even if they don’t understand you), and honor what you’re up to in the world.  Think about who makes up your collective sisterhood, and if you are not intentionally looking to create sisterhood with other women, where could you find them, and gather them for support?
    In her interview segment, Elena talks with Alycia James, whom she first met online to create a coaching show.  Alycia’s physical beauty, inner soul and kind heart concealed a very different inner feeling…that of hating being a woman.  Alycia experienced internalized misogyny for much of her life, and believed being born a woman was a hinderance.  As she began to explore coaching and mindset work with Elena, she realized nobody knows her better than herself, and gained confidence in standing up for her own opinion, even if it meant challenging a man’s authority.  Cultivating relationships with men who allow her to be her authentic self empowered her and made her more present.  
    The conversation then turns to intuition and the tremendous power it has in our lives.  It’s easily accessible to both men and women - men follow their gut instinct while women need to lean into their femininity.  Alycia explains that for women, fear is often mistaken for intuition.  They must be clearly distinguished, and learning to act on one or dismiss the other is crucial.  For Alycia, it’s very clear which is which, because intuition comes with a sense of peace and a feeling of acceptance.  Always follow peace.  As a tip to the listeners to tap into their intuition more, she asks the simple question “If there was no right or wrong, what would you do?”, and the answer will usually come.  
    If you’re interested in realizing your inner voice/intuition in a more profound way, you’ll enjoy this episode!
    Let’s Get Social! Want to hear more from Elena? https://elenaarmijo.com/ 
    Alycia's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alycia.clare.voyant/
    This podcast was produced by the following amazing team: John Biethan, President of Imagine Podcasting
    Sam De Santo, Creative Director
    Rye Taylor, Podcast Design Strategist & Producer
    Alan Meaney, Audio Engineer
    Meg McCarley, Brand Designer & Social Media Manager
    Raejan Noh, Content Writer
    J. Aaron Boykin, Musician & Artist (Get updates about Aaron’s music via Instagram)

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

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9 Ratings

Marge321 ,

Super Insightful!

I love Elena’s life coaching tips segment. Super quick and simple practices that I can apply in my own life. The people she has interviewed are so diverse in their practice areas. The interviews are short so they get right to the good stuff. Elena is a businesswoman powerhouse and at the same time her content is incredibly relatable. Love it.

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