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Welcome to Pivot to Joy with Dele Downs Kooley! Dele shares her insights on the connection between our thoughts and the results we see in our lives. She talks about how understanding this connection can help us take charge of our lives and create the outcomes we desire.

Pivot To Joy Dele Downs Kooley

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Welcome to Pivot to Joy with Dele Downs Kooley! Dele shares her insights on the connection between our thoughts and the results we see in our lives. She talks about how understanding this connection can help us take charge of our lives and create the outcomes we desire.

    Navigating Mile Markers Celebrating Success and Embracing Growth

    Navigating Mile Markers Celebrating Success and Embracing Growth

    In this episode, Coach Kooley discusses celebrating milestones and embracing the journey toward success rather than solely focusing on the end goal or destination. She discusses strategies for staying motivated, such as pausing to reassess and set new goals after accomplishing objectives, surrounding yourself with a supportive community, and viewing challenges as opportunities for growth. Coach Kooley provides advice for nurturing a positive, growth-oriented mindset essential for navigating the path to success and fulfillment, including taking actionable steps to maintain momentum, celebrating small wins to fuel motivation, and shifting your perspective to view success as a continuous journey of learning and evolution.
    Join the show now for this and more!
    Timestamps: [01:14] Episode overview and reflections on celebrating milestones
    [02:19] The importance of celebrating moments along the journey
    [04:04] Shift from viewing success as a destination to a journey
    [05:17] Strategies for staying motivated and maintaining momentum
    [06:33] Advice to a client on pausing and celebrating accomplishments
    [07:52] Invitation to reflect on a personal journey and embrace challenges
    Quotes: Success is a journey, not a destination.e Pause and take in your new surroundings and the space you occupy because you don't want the version 1.0 of yourself charting the path forward or the version 2.0 version of yourself. When we don't celebrate those moments, we're robbing ourselves of more opportunities for more joy in our lives. Embrace the challenges as opportunities for growth and development. Resources: If you want to know more about creating intentional pivots, let's connect, and remember to SHARE with your friends!
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/delekooleycoaching/
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/dele-downs-kooley
    Website: https://delekooleycoaching.com
    Anyone joining the Pivot community before May 15th will receive two free coaching and strategy sessions with me. Use code celebrate at checkout to get your free sessions.
    Book Your Strategy Session: delekooleycoaching.com/coaching
    If you want the complete show notes or you want to learn more about the work that I do with my clients, go to https://delekooleycoaching.com/podcast

    • 9 min
    Harnessing the Power of Intention for Success

    Harnessing the Power of Intention for Success

    Hello, welcome to episode 2 of a 5 part series on your success. In this episode, Coach Kooley continues her five-part series on success by discussing the pivotal role of intentionality. She explains how intentionality shapes our actions and outcomes, provides strategies for setting clear intentions, and shares examples of her clients achieving success through intentional action. Coach Kooley emphasizes the importance of overcoming limiting beliefs, building a supportive system, and taking consistent action toward your goals.
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    Timestamps: [02:27] Intentionality and its impact on performance
    [03:50] Importance of clarity when setting intentions
    [04:52] Using visualization to clarify desired outcomes
    [06:14] Leveraging affirmations to instill new beliefs
    [07:07] Overcoming limiting beliefs rooted in fear, lack, loss
    [10:01] Building a supportive environment and system
    [12:26] Client examples of achieving goals through intentionality
    Quotes: Intentionality shapes, actions and outcomes by starting with clarity. It starts with setting intentions and it requires more than just wishful thinking or operating on autopilot. Clarity is essential for maximizing your performance and potential. Our beliefs shape our reality, and sometimes, adopting a new belief can be challenging. It's not enough to set an intention. You have to take action. Success doesn't happen in isolation. We need a strong support system that encourages us and lifts us up on the journey toward our next success." Resources: If you want to know more about creating intentional pivots, let's connect, and remember to SHARE with your friends!
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/delekooleycoaching
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/dele-downs-kooley
    Website: https://delekooleycoaching.com
    If you're listening to this episode on the release date, it's the last day of my birthday month, so to celebrate, I have a gift for you. Anyone joining the Pivot community before May 15th will receive two free coaching and strategy sessions with me. Use code celebrate at checkout to get your free sessions.
    Book Your Strategy Session: delekooleycoaching.com/coaching
    If you want the complete show notes or you want to learn more about the work that I do with my clients, go to https://delekooleycoaching.com/podcast 

    • 16 min
    Potential vs. Performance: Powering Up Your Path to Success

    Potential vs. Performance: Powering Up Your Path to Success

    In this episode, Coach Kooley discusses the difference between potential and performance, and how balancing these elements is critical for sustainable success. She explains potential as what you can do based on your abilities and skills, while performance is what you achieve by applying those abilities. Coach Kooley explains the importance of avoiding the "Peter Principle" trap of promoting based solely on performance in a current role versus assessing the potential for a new role. She provides practical tips for aligning your actions with long-term aspirations, such as setting clear goals, prioritizing high-impact tasks, seeking feedback, collaborating effectively, and adapting to change. 
    Join the conversation now to unlock your full potential and achieve your highest performance and career success!
    Timestamps: [01:14] The concepts of potential vs. performance as the foundation for success.
    [02:13]  What does potential and performance really mean?
    [03:26] The Peter Principle and the importance of considering potential when promoting employees
    [04:38] Benefits of recognizing potential pitfalls and setting intentions for success
    [05:48] The importance of balancing short-term performance and long-term potential
    [07:04] Practical tips for aligning actions with aspirations
    [09:16] What adopting to change looks like
    Quotes: The simple difference between success and failure is intention. Set the intention for what you want, work at it, and get help if you need it. This is called the Peter Principle, a concept formulated by Lawrence J. Peter that simply states that employees are promoted based on their performance and current role rather than their abilities to perform the new role that they're promoted to. No one is a mind reader, so you'll have to communicate your goals, the progress you're making on them, and the challenges you're facing effectively to gain their support and feedback.  It's important to stay flexible and adapt to change. Change is a given in life, especially in the corporate world, where reorganizations and changing leadership are constants.  Knowledge isn't power; it's potential until you do something with it, so go out there and turn your potential into performance and show people what you can do. Resources: If you want to know more about creating intentional pivots, let's connect, and remember to SHARE with your friends!
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/delekooleycoaching/
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/dele-downs-kooley
    Website: https://delekooleycoaching.com
    Book Your Strategy Session: delekooleycoaching.com/coaching
    If you want the complete show notes or you want to learn more about the work that I do with my clients, go to https://delekooleycoaching.com/podcast 
    Episode 5 of the Pivot to Joy podcast on the secret to advancing your career and feedback: https://music.amazon.co.uk/podcasts/8d052c96-2e50-479e-b25f-5eca0c1c38c5/episodes/03972114-40c1-40ca-ba47-7315095513b0/pivot-to-joy-episode-5---the-secret-to-advancing-your-career

    • 12 min
    Taking Ownership of Your Career

    Taking Ownership of Your Career

    In this episode, Coach Kooley celebrates the first anniversary of launching the Pivot to Joy podcast, coinciding with her birthday! She reflects on her journey, from the early days of midnight tax filing runs with her mom to embracing her birthday to celebrate being alive and spreading joy to her loved ones. Coach Kooley shares insights on "career risk triggers," predictable milestones like birthdays and work anniversaries that can lead to decreased job satisfaction and a higher likelihood of employees seeking new opportunities. She offers proactive strategies for managers to mitigate these risks, such as regularly scheduled career check-ins.
    As Kooley looks ahead to Q2 and the new year, she emphasizes the importance of individuals taking ownership of their careers rather than solely relying on managers. She invites listeners, whether they are high-performers seeking to level up or ambitious emerging leaders, to explore opportunities to work with her in her group coaching program.
    Timestamps: [01:14]  Coach Kooley's birthday and her birthday traditions
    [02:11] Predictable career risk triggers, such as birthdays and work anniversaries
    [02:51] The significance of April for the Coach Kooley
    [03:27] Actions managers can take to proactively reduce career risk triggers
    [04:57] The importance of individual career ownership and regular check-ins with managers
    [06:15] Coach Kooley's coaching programs and how to connect with her
    Quotes: From the moment you were born, you were 100% worthy of love. I love texting my favorite humans to let them know that their existence on the planet is a cause for joy in my life. Adding two additional check-ins to ensure that you're having conversations every two to three months allows for an opportunity to provide additional feedback and course correct where needed. If your manager were responsible for your career, it would be called their career. I say this because you are one person versus a manager who is responsible for many people, and the math will never be in your favor if you are solely dependent upon someone else to manage your career. Caring is sharing. If you know someone who would benefit from hearing these words, share my podcast with them. Resources: If you want to know more about creating intentional pivots, let's connect, and remember to SHARE with your friends!
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/delekooleycoaching
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/dele-downs-kooley
    Website: https://delekooleycoaching.com
    Book Your Strategy Session: delekooleycoaching.com/coaching
    If you want the complete show notes or you want to learn more about the work that I do with my clients, go to https://delekooleycoaching.com/podcast 
    Episode 3 of the Pivot to Joy podcast on career ownership: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-3-creating-your-roadmap-to-success/id1682688358?i=1000609270082

    • 8 min
    The Five Strengths Driving Coach Kooley's Coaching Approach

    The Five Strengths Driving Coach Kooley's Coaching Approach

    In this episode, Coach Kooley shares five key strengths she has identified through the Clifton Strengths Assessment - individualization, context, maximizer, learner, and discipline. She explains how each strength manifests in her unique approach as a coach, helping her create personalized solutions, draw on diverse experiences, focus on excellence, cultivate curiosity, and foster productivity through strategic planning.
    Coach Kooley opens up about how these strengths are the foundation of her work, empowering clients to navigate career pivots and unlock their full potential. She invites listeners to explore working with her through a one-on-one strategy session or by joining her Pivot to Joy group coaching program. Coach Kooley's passion shines through as she shares how these strengths complement each other, making her an exceptional leader and relationship builder skilled at strategic thinking, execution, and influence.
    Timestamps: [02:07] A fun fact about Coach Kooley
    [03:08] Coach Kooley's strengths from the Clifton Strengths Assessment
    [04:16] The strength of individualization and how it benefits Coach Kooley's clients
    [05:22] Context and how it helps create blueprints for clients' success
    [06:44] How maximizer strength drives Coach Kooley to help others identify strengths
    [07:50] What makes Coach Kooley's unique as a learner
    [09:54] Discipline and how it serves as the foundation for Coach Kooley's other strengths
    [11:55] The value derived from understanding and leveraging the five strength
    Quotes:  I don't believe in a one-size-fits-all approach for my clients individually or in a group setting. I believe that each individual is worthy and deserving of that level of detail. I am drawn to and naturally curious about the strengths of others and how they can double down on those strengths. This is where the magic happens in the form of employee engagement and productivity. I want to hear about all the things that you're interested in when I'm having a conversation with someone. It's the foundation for what I call curiosity conversations. My clients can move faster, and it's not just about the work I do with them in my one-on-one coaching practice or the things I do with my group coaching programs. The best thing about these five strengths is how well they complement each other. In my opinion. You get an exceptional leader and relationship builder good at strategic thinking, executing, and influencing. Resources: If you want to know more about creating intentional pivots, let's connect, and remember to SHARE with your friends!
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/delekooleycoaching
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/dele-downs-kooley
    Website: https://delekooleycoaching.com
    Book Your Strategy Session: delekooleycoaching.com/coaching
    If you want the complete show notes or you want to learn more about the work that I do with my clients, go to https://delekooleycoaching.com/podcast 
    Episode 7 of the Pivot to Joy podcast on curiosity conversations: https://open.spotify.com/episode/0KWVuv5GiDAxHlLsj3X1BD?si=18e1603cc0ed4795
    Clifton Strengths Assessment:

    • 14 min
    Pivoting to Joy: My Reflections on 2023 and How It Changed My 2024

    Pivoting to Joy: My Reflections on 2023 and How It Changed My 2024

    In this episode, Coach Kooley shares her journey through 2023, a year that was filled with successes and also brought unexpected challenges along with valuable lessons. She opens up about her experience of parting ways with Microsoft, grappling with health issues related to perimenopause, and the resulting emotional journey that momentarily dimmed her confidence and she lost her “groove”. With resilience and determination, she describes how she used the concept of Who; not How to build her personal board of directors, including her business coach, entrepreneurial peers, medical professionals, friends and loved ones, to create a plan and regain her mojo. Embracing 2024 with a renewed sense of purpose, she introduces this year's theme, "How Dele Got Her Groove Back," as a testament to her regained momentum.
     
    Coach Kooley extends a heartfelt invitation to listeners to join her on this inspiring journey of recovery and rediscovery, offering support and coaching for anyone working in the corporate and tech spaces who may be facing similar challenges or seeking to reignite their passion in their professional and personal lives.
    Timestamps [03:02] Coach Kooley's strength in planning and strategy
    [05:20] Coach Kooley's layoff from Microsoft on January 17th, 2023
    [08:54] Emotions after losing her job
    [10:09] Coach Kooley's internal conflict between the desire for stability and fear of uncertainty
    [12:28] Outward appearance of success despite health issues
    [13:47] Coach Kooley's resilience and commitment to regaining health
    [14:42] Navigating unexpected setbacks while trying to sustain purpose and productivity
    [15:51] Coach Kooley's Disappearance from public life during recovery
    [16:49] How to get Dele's groove back
    [17:55] Significance of teamwork, persistence, and introspection in personal and professional growth
    [19:00] Opportunities for corporate high performers recovering from setbacks or burnout in 2024
    Quotes Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth. And last year, I felt that to my soul. Success comes from moving toward abundance, not running from scarcity, and nothing good comes from running from my feelings and fear of failure. I had lost my mojo, and it felt almost impossible to get back. If you've listened to the Pivot to Joy podcast before, the idea of who, not how, is not a foreign concept. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Let's just be honest. It doesn't matter how old you are; your mom will be worried about you, about something happening to you, and about your life. It's what they do. Resources If you want to know more about creating intentional pivots, let's connect, and remember to SHARE with your friends!
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/delekooleycoaching/
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/dele-downs-kooley
    Website: https://delekooleycoaching.com
    Book Your Strategy Session: delekooleycoaching.com/coaching
    If you want the complete show notes or you want to learn more about the work that I do with my clients, go to https://delekooleycoaching.com/podcast 

    • 21 min

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CeciliaMD ,

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Love the practical steps of shifting your mindset to be your best self and succeed in all aspects of life.

KristinG77 ,

Fresh Voice, Real Results

Love the straight talk approach with actionable ideas. Dele walks the walk and I love hearing her also do that talk!

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A must listen to!

Dele breaks down the strategies to creating better outcomes in an actionable way that has changed how I approach my goals. Thank you!

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