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Reflect Forward isn’t your everyday leadership podcast. This show is about exceptional leadership. Game-changing leadership. Learn from peers, experts, authors, and more on how to be an uber successful leader…one that stands out from the rest. One that inspires others to do great things. One that others want to follow. How does Reflecting Forward fit into exceptional leadership? You can only become great at what you do by deliberately creating your future by reflecting on the past and present…what you did well, mistakes you’ve made, and lessons you’ve learned.

Kerry Siggins is the CEO of StoneAge, the global leader in the manufacturing and distribution of high pressure waterjetting tooling and automated equipment. Kerry is also a member of Young President's Organization (YPO) and sits on several boards. She is a sought-after speaker, thought leader, leadership blogger and podcast host.

Reflect Forward Kerry Siggins

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Reflect Forward isn’t your everyday leadership podcast. This show is about exceptional leadership. Game-changing leadership. Learn from peers, experts, authors, and more on how to be an uber successful leader…one that stands out from the rest. One that inspires others to do great things. One that others want to follow. How does Reflecting Forward fit into exceptional leadership? You can only become great at what you do by deliberately creating your future by reflecting on the past and present…what you did well, mistakes you’ve made, and lessons you’ve learned.

Kerry Siggins is the CEO of StoneAge, the global leader in the manufacturing and distribution of high pressure waterjetting tooling and automated equipment. Kerry is also a member of Young President's Organization (YPO) and sits on several boards. She is a sought-after speaker, thought leader, leadership blogger and podcast host.

    How To Create a Culture of Care

    How To Create a Culture of Care

    How do you create a culture of care? That’s the question I was asked during a keynote I gave a few weeks ago. I love giving this keynote because it matters. People want their companies to care about them and when they feel cared about, they are willing to care more, too. I believe the significance of a nurturing and supportive organizational culture cannot be overstated. For almost two decades, I’ve worked to create a culture where people feel cared about – where they know we have our back – and the results have been tremendous. In this week’s episode of Reflect Forward, I share my suggestions on how to create a culture of care, too.

    Reinforce Vision and Mission
    The cornerstone of a caring culture is a clear and compelling vision and mission. When employees understand and connect with the company's goals, their engagement and productivity soar. According to a Gallup poll, companies with engaged employees see a 21% increase in profitability.

    Give Support in Times of Need
    Providing unwavering support during challenging times is a tangible demonstration of a culture of care. This includes not only flexible work policies but also comprehensive mental health and wellness programs.

    Commitment to Employee Development
    The 2020 Workplace Learning Report by LinkedIn revealed that 94% of employees would stay at a company longer if it invested in their learning and development. Show you care by investing in your employees.

    Build Trust Through Genuine Connections
    Trust is the bedrock of any thriving organizational culture, cultivated through authentic relationships and open communication. Research from the Harvard Business Review found that employees in high-trust organizations report 76% more engagement and 50% higher productivity.

    Cultivate a Feedback-Rich Environment
    Embracing a culture of feedback is crucial for fostering an environment of continuous improvement and growth. Nothing says, “I care about you,” like giving genuine, helpful feedback, both positive and constructive.

    Impact of a Culture of Care
    The benefits of a culture of care extend far beyond employee satisfaction – it impacts customer loyalty, talent attraction, and retention. When you care about your employees, they return the care and improve the overall customer experience. Want proof? A study by the Temkin Group found that companies leading in customer experience outperform laggards on the S&P 500 index by nearly 80%, underscoring the link between employee satisfaction and customer success.

    The creation of a culture of care is a multifaceted endeavor that requires deliberate action and commitment from leadership. By emphasizing a clear vision, providing support, investing in development, building trust, and valuing feedback, leaders can cultivate an environment where employees not only thrive but are also deeply invested in the company's success. The result is a resilient, innovative, and high-performing organization poised for long-term success.

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    • 14 min
    Living a Life of Transformation w/ Dao Jensen

    Living a Life of Transformation w/ Dao Jensen

    Dao Jensen is all about living a life of transformation. She founded Oak Rocket, Inc. (formerly KTP) in 2013 as the first 100% female minority-owned company on the West Coast born in the Cloud. Oak Rocket helps clients strategize and optimize public cloud platforms and solutions. With the emergence of Gen AI, Oak Rocket has adapted to offer more personalized and intelligent solutions. Dao has grown Oak Rocket to become one of the fastest 50 women-owned companies recognized by Chase Bank (several years in a row) despite the challenges of being a refugee, a mother of four and losing her parents and 16-year-old daughter.
    Oak Rocket is on a mission to be a United States’ leading minority-owned enablement company by 2030. She is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s OPM Executive program. She has brought many OPMers into the program, such as Will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas. Her expertise in the tech industry has led her to speak at worldwide events, such as the closing speaker of INK Talk, Harvard Club, AWS, GEN AI Days, SiliconAngle, and WBENC, discussing leadership, cloud technology, challenges in business and the power of networks. She is a board member of the YPO (Young President’s Organization) Pacific West Integrated Chapter and IEEW. With Dao’s leadership and Oak Rocket’s commitment to staying ahead of the curve, they will continue to provide innovative cloud solutions to their clients for the years to come.

    Episode in a Tweet: Personal transformation is about being able to share all parts of yourself without fear of being judged by others.

    Background: During this week’s episode of Reflect Forward, Dao Jensen, Founder and CEO of Oak Rocket and I talk about transformation. Dao shares her story of overcoming setbacks and turning challenges into opportunities. She shares how she left corporate America to found Oak Rocket when it was clear she wouldn’t make it to the C-suite while working for someone else. She shares what it was like to go through a painful divorce and lose her father and 16-year-old daughter last year. We talk about how we shouldn’t be afraid to find our voice, speak up and take up space and the importance of investing in future generations. Dao has a remarkable, unbreakable spirit and is an inspiration to all of us who want to learn, grow, and bounce back from life’s setbacks.

    How to find Dao:
    Dao’s Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tN8EZyT-Iag
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daojensen/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DaoOakRocket
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/daooakrocket/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaoOakRocket


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    • 36 min
    Why Leaders Need Effective Boundaries

    Why Leaders Need Effective Boundaries

    Have you ever considered the secret sauce of effective leadership? It boils down to setting effective boundaries. These aren't just lines drawn in the sand but the framework that fosters a culture of respect, balance, and trust. Good boundaries empower teams, streamline processes, and support leaders' well-being, paving the way for everyone to reach their peak potential.
    I had to learn over time the importance of setting boundaries at work and have spent a good amount of time teaching my fellow employee owners how to create better boundaries and to role model what healthy boundaries look like. In this week’s episode of Reflect Forward, I share my tips on how to create, role model, and accept others’ boundaries.

    Clear Communication is Key
    Transparency is crucial. Explaining the 'why' behind boundaries helps team members buy in. For example, a "no emails after 6 PM" rule, when framed as a way to ensure work-life balance, becomes more than just a guideline—it becomes a shared value.

    Lead by Example
    Actions speak volumes. When leaders adhere to their own rules, it reinforces their importance and encourages the team to follow suit, creating a culture of accountability and respect.

    Consistency Matters
    Consistency in applying boundaries is essential for their effectiveness. It ensures fairness and predictability, reinforcing the importance of the rules set.

    Empower Through Delegation
    Boundaries enable leaders to delegate more effectively, encouraging team members to take ownership and innovate within defined limits, fostering a sense of autonomy and confidence.

    Adaptability is Crucial
    Boundaries should evolve with the team's needs. Being open to feedback and willing to adjust keeps the work environment dynamic and supportive.

    In essence, setting boundaries is about creating an environment where leadership and teams can thrive. It's about clear communication, leading by example, consistency, empowerment through delegation, and adaptability. This approach not only sets the stage for success but also nurtures a healthy, productive work culture.

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    • 16 min
    Well-Being is a Sustainable Competitive Advantage w/Theresa Larson

    Well-Being is a Sustainable Competitive Advantage w/Theresa Larson

    Dr. Theresa Larson, commonly referred to as "Dr. T," believes that well-being is a sustainable competitive advantage. Theresa is renowned for her enduring commitment to wellness and strength as both the founder of Movement Rx and a proud veteran of the Marine Corps. Having personally navigated the complexities of mental and physical injuries, her experiences have spurred a deep-rooted dedication to helping businesses owners and leaders face difficulties such as client attrition, employee retention, and scalability issues that can result from their own compromised mental or physical well-being. Movement Rx has been honored with the prestigious Force for Good award, reflecting their unwavering commitment to promoting healthy leadership and organizational well-being. Dr. T and her team are hard at work building a community of business owners and leaders who are resilient, healthy, and happier in all they do.
    Episode in a Tweet: Leaders must ensure employees are healthy and present enough to do their best work by introducing them to simple self-care secrets that improve physical AND emotional health.

    Background: Dr. Theresa Larson is dedicated to equipping individuals and organizations with the essential knowledge and tools required for sustained physical and emotional well-being. She believes that the foundation of an organization's health, progress, and overall well-being lies in its leadership. Consequently, she collaborates with companies that give precedence to their employees' health, happiness, and satisfaction.

    In this week's episode of Reflect Forward, Theresa and I discuss why well-being at the leadership level is important for setting the tone and ensuring leaders have the energy and stamina to lead well. She tells us why leaders need to ensure employees are healthy and present enough to do their best work by introducing them to simple self-care secrets that simultaneously improve physical AND emotional health. Theresa talks about the five pillars of well-being and why her overarching goal is to help organizations create a culture of physical freedom, where movement and leadership are integrated into every aspect of work and life.

    How to find Theresa:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drtheresalarson/
    Website: www.movement-rx.com
    Calendly: https://calendly.com/drtheresalarson
    Free download: https://movementrx.typeform.com/lifestylerx
    Lifestyle Rx Theresa spoke about on the podcast: https://movement-rx.com/be-well-to-lead-well-retreat/

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    • 40 min
    How to Cultivate an Exceptional Culture

    How to Cultivate an Exceptional Culture

    Have you ever wondered how to cultivate an exceptional culture? Ultimately, a great company culture positively impacts employees' well-being, both at work and in their personal lives, and I've seen firsthand how it can drive success and growth within our organization.

    During this week's episode of Reflect Forward, I share a story about an employee survey we recently conducted at StoneAge and how the results were remarkable. It validated that our efforts to build a world-class culture of care are paying off. And then I share five ways to cultivate an exceptional culture.

    Here’s a summary of my five tips:
    Lead by Example: Company culture starts at the top. Leaders and managers should set the tone by embodying the values and behaviors they want to see in the organization. When employees see their leaders actively living the company's culture, they are more likely to follow suit.

    Define Core Values: Clearly define your company's core values. These should reflect the beliefs and principles that guide your organization. Ensure that these values are communicated to all employees and integrated into various aspects of the company, from hiring to performance evaluations.

    Foster Open Communication: Encourage open and honest communication throughout the organization. Create channels for employees to share their ideas, concerns, and feedback. Listen actively to their input and take appropriate action to address their needs and suggestions.

    Recognize and Reward: Acknowledge and reward employees who embody the company's culture and values. Recognition can take many forms, including praise, awards, or promotions. Recognizing and appreciating employees' contributions can motivate them to continue aligning with the desired culture.

    Invest in Employee Development: Support the growth and development of your employees. Provide training, mentorship programs, and opportunities for advancement. When employees feel that the company is invested in their personal and professional growth, they are more likely to be committed to the organization's culture.

    Remember that cultivating an exceptional culture is an ongoing process that requires commitment and consistency from leadership and all employees. It's also important to periodically assess the culture to ensure it remains aligned with the company's goals and values.

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    • 14 min
    The Power of Storytelling w/ LaQuita Cleare

    The Power of Storytelling w/ LaQuita Cleare

    LaQuita Cleare, CEO of Clear Communication Academy, is a highly sought-after public speaking and storytelling expert who transforms CEOs, companies, entrepreneurs, politicians, royal families and public figures into powerful, engaging communicators.

    LaQuita's degree in Psychology enables her work to be science/research-based. At the same time, her unique background in Hollywood allows her to help audiences use the magic of storytelling to motivate, inspire and persuade.

    Over the past decade, she has worked on stages and screens in more than 50 countries across five continents, speaking at numerous prestigious schools and events such as Harvard, Loyola University, Milan Polytechnico, and INSEAD Business School. She has worked with leading companies like Chase, Covergirl, Ikea, RR Donnelley, and Pepsi and is a top-rated resource for YPO, the leading business organization with over 30,000 members. She has also been featured on ABC, FX Network, Lifetime, and LA Talk Radio.

    With her experience and background, LaQuita has created The Engagement CodeTM, a signature and trademarked method that helps people to engage audiences of all sizes.

    LaQuita believes in the power of words to create meaningful change and impact, and she is on a mission to help audiences use stories to create tangible business impact.

    Episode in a Tweet: Leaders who invest in their storytelling skills inspire others, create movements, and connect with people at a deeper level.

    Background: I met LaQuita several years ago at a CEO conference where she taught leaders how to tell stories on stage – impromptu. After seeing my peers transform with a few pointers, I knew I had to work with her. LaQuita has been my communication and speech coach for the past two years, and the results have been remarkable. She’s helped me tell powerful stories that inspire action and refine my stage presence. She’s been so impactful that I knew you would want to learn from her, too.
    During this episode, LaQuita gives actionable tips on being more vulnerable – even when it makes you uncomfortable, crafting compelling stories that move people and being yourself on stage or in front of a camera. She also talks about her upcoming storytelling conference for women, Rock My Story, held in LA on February 22nd and 23rd. LaQuita is a total rockstar and I know you will love this interview.

    How to find LaQuita:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laquitacleare/
    Clear Communications LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/clearcommunicationacademy/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laquitacleare/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laquitacleare/
    Website: https://www.clearcommunicationacademy.com/


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    And if you are looking for a keynote speaker or a podcast guest, click here to book a meeting with me to discuss what you are looking for!

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

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25 Ratings

Melissa G. in DGO. ,

Your Actions Shape Your Reality

Kerry was a fabulous host and interviewer. I’ve admired her work for a long time and was so honored to have been invited as a guest. She led me to share a very raw and vulnerable story and was compassionate and empathetic throughout. We talked like friends talk, and I think this episode will resonate with her listeners and hopefully inspire change from within. Thank you Kerry for the opportunity.

ChellieP1971 ,

Kindred spirits

Kerry and I were in sync from the first question. We both know the power building a strong culture and personal brand has on professionals and leaders today. Conversation comes easy and as a host she’s well prepared! I’d come back on her show anytime!

Sally Loftis ,

Resourceful leader with great advice

I had a great experience as a guest on this podcast. Kerry’s personal story is one of resilience and learning, and she embodies these traits in her questions and approach.

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