We all have a hidden power inside us… it is a fire that is often suppressed by fear.
That power is your ROAR and it is waiting to be unleashed!
ROAR is a weekly dose of inspirational stories, candid insights, and indispensable tips, tools, and resources that will lead you to achieve more.
Whether at work or in life, it’s time to Fear Less and reach your highest potential. Learn from a powerful lineup of leaders, authors, industry experts, executive coaches, and successful entrepreneurs from around the globe.
Lakecia Gunter, your Podcast Host, is a Fortune 50 business and tech executive, and #11 on Business Insider’s Top 26 Most Powerful Women Engineers, and she is here to help you release your ROAR.
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How to Thrive in a Disruptive Economy and Spark your Passion with Lisa Thee
“Getting to a place of power and authority, it was important to me to not only focus on the problems that have already been looked at, but to shift the attention and change the conversation to the bigger issues that I really cared about.” - Lisa Thee
As we progress in our careers, it’s natural for our goals to get pushed forward in accordance with our accomplishments. First, it’s getting the big job with the fancy title, then the goal becomes working with a top tier company in your field, until one day it’s all about getting a seat on the Board of Directors. But once you’ve earned those achievements, you might start to feel like there’s more to the ladder than the steps leading up to its summit. For some of us, there comes a time when we’re ready to start building our own ladder.
Following a disturbing scene on a business trip abroad early in her career, my guest today made a promise to herself. She vowed that someday when she had accumulated the experience and influence necessary to create change, she was going to dedicate her life to making an impact. So, she worked her way up the corporate ladder and gained the non-profit and volunteer experience she needed during her free time. Eventually, she decided to pivot, recognizing that the time had come to make her move from success to significance.
My guest today is Lisa Thee, the CEO and Founder of Launch Consulting Group’s Data for Good Practice. The safety-focused software startup helps innovative healthcare, technology, and gaming companies accomplish their goals relating to digital safety, anti-toxicity, upskilling programs for diverse populations, and applying AI and machine learning for innovation in healthcare.
Lisa was on the road to burnout as a busy working mother and technology company executive for a multinational company. So in 2018, she took the reins of her career and became an entrepreneur. Today this female founder has become a Board of Directors Member, Keynote Speaker, and sought-after Consultant. She was named to the top 100 Human Trafficking and Slavery Disruptors list, and has a TEDx talk coming in 2021 on “Using AI to Disrupt Human Trafficking in the Digital Age”. She is an advisory board member for Engineered Medical Solutions, Marketplace Risk, and Humaxa. She is a Board of Directors member for 3 Strands Global Foundation and the Sacramento Entrepreneurship Academy.
Today, we’ll hear how Lisa made her transition into entrepreneurship. We’ll also discuss why that leap towards a career with purpose was so transformative both personally and professionally. If you’re considering a pivot from your successful career towards something with a greater social impact and personal significance, Lisa’s story is one that will motivate and inspire you to take action in your own life and career, sparking the alignment of your strengths and passions.
Some Questions I Ask:
How did growing up in Detroit shape you? (3:14)What moment stands out in your career that really helped you find your ROAR? (6:24)What inspired you to start your personal journey to become a business owner? (9:40)How did you leverage your passion to move into a space of not just success in your work life, but significance? (13:00)What shifts did you have to make to transition from employee to intrapreneur? (14:23)How did you navigate all of the challenges that come with starting your own business? (17:44)What are some of the key characteristics that you believe one must possess to become a successful entrepreneur? (19:29)What role did your support system play that really helped contribute to your success in business? (20:54)How did you become an advisor, and what advice do you have for others aspiring to become advisors? (23:41)What advice do you have for founders and entrepreneurs who want to follow their passion? (34:12)
What You’ll Learn About in Thi
Lessons From The Top: Unleashing Your Roar with Michael C. Hyter
“It's our actions that we take to achieve the outcomes we want that matters.”
-Michael C. Hyter
How many times in your life and career have you waited to be noticed? You know you’re more than qualified for that promotion, but somehow you keep getting overlooked. Maybe this scenario has some of you thinking back to your school days of being a wallflower at the homecoming dance, hoping someone sees you standing there. If only they noticed you.
Being a wallflower is one thing when you’re a teenager, but in the corporate world, going unnoticed is the last thing anyone wants. If the idea of a promotion is nipping at your heels and the desire to accelerate your career is a driving force in your life, then it’s time for you to get noticed.
Getting noticed means embracing efficacy. Efficacy is what puts you in the driver's seat of your career ambitions. Rather than a dependency on luck or timing, it’s a commitment towards being. It’s the recognition that you have been put in your position for a reason, and the belief that you add value to your organization. The confidence that blooms from this mindset creates momentum, and that force compels you to believe in your own worth.
Confidence allows us to do radical things. We’re more open to taking chances and exposing ourselves to risk. If there’s someone at the top of your company who has the job you’d like to see yourself in one day, efficacy is what empowers you to introduce yourself and talk to that person about your career goals. It’s the difference between waiting to get noticed versus creating awareness of your potential among those in places of power. You become the driving force in creating the relationships that you need to be effective. Efficacy is a “high belief impact system” that has transformative potential.
My guest today is Michael C. Hyter, the Chief Diversity Officer for Korn Ferry. Michael is an accomplished senior executive leadership consultant who specializes in the development of enterprise leaders and their next-generation successors. He joined the team at Korn Ferry in 2012 as a Senior Partner and Managing Director after the acquisition of Global Novations, where he served as President and Managing Partner.
Today he is a renowned expert in thought leadership, and I’m fortunate to call him a mentor and a friend. Michael has authored several books, his most recent titled The Power of Choice: Embracing Efficacy to Drive Your Career, and prior to that he published The Power of Inclusion: Unlock the Potential and Productivity in Your Workforce. Michael was recognized by Savoy magazine in 2016 and 2018 as one of the most influential blacks in corporate America.
In this episode, we’ll break down what efficacy means and how you can achieve it to advance your career and get noticed. We’ll also talk about how inclusion plays a pivotal role by opening doors to opportunities that are only available when you’re on the radar of decision-makers. When you have clarity of purpose and you’re able to embrace these tools simultaneously, the possibilities are limitless. Today you’ll learn how you can take the reins of your career and point your future in the direction you want to go!
Some Questions I Ask:
Who were some of your biggest influences growing up? (4:48)When did you discover your ROAR? (9:20)Was it difficult to forgo a large salary for your first job out of college in favor of your passion? (15:29)You’ve had the chance to retire, but what motivates you to stay in the game? (17:52)How have you overcome attacks on your confidence in your career? (22:11)What advice can you share to help people navigate their progression up the ladder? (28:00)How would you describe efficacy? (33:46)How do we need to show up in order to have an influential role in our organizations? (39:33)What legacy do you want to leave? (47:49)
Trust is Your Most Valuable Currency
Where would we be without trust? In our personal lives, it’s an important factor in building relationships. It’s not always at the top of our list of priorities when running a business, but it should be. Business is all about relationships. Trust is a social currency in the corporate realm, and if you invest in trust, it can really benefit your bottom line.
A leadership structure that places value on the internal health of the organization is capable of producing incredible results. When employees work in an environment where they feel secure, valued, and autonomous, they are more productive. Positive organizational psychology and high trust means a happier, more efficient, and more profitable workplace.
My guest today is Bill Hefferman, a brilliant organizational development leader who has dedicated his career to creating high performing workplaces. For more than 25 years, Bill has been a leader in the field of Organizational Development Theory. Through his insights and common sense approach to problem-solving, he helps people and organizations transition towards trust, thereby uncovering healthier relationships, happier workplaces, and higher productivity.
Bill has led initiatives across a wide range of organizations across the world, and his practical approach has helped teams and leaders to work through tough issues by helping people find common ground. In my first role as a manager at Intel, I was fortunate to partner with Bill. His coaching, insight, and guidance were invaluable in helping me to establish a strong foundation of trust from day one with my new team.
Today Bill is going to help us map out a plan for quickly establishing trust in both your personal and professional relationships. We’ll discuss how trust is built within leadership, and why it’s a fundamental part of the relationship between managers and employees. He’ll also provide a few relatable examples and tangible actions that we can all use to build and rebuild trust with people at home and in the workplace.
Some Questions I Ask:
Who were some of your biggest influences growing up? (7:26)What stands out as a defining moment that helped you really uncover your ROAR? (11:03)What can organizations do today to start to create a high trust culture? (14:52)What are some actionable, tangible things that we can do to build trust? (19:33)What are the benefits of a high trust organization to the business? (25:24)What are some simple things that we can do to strengthen our relationships and strengthen the trust foundation as people are working differently through COVID? (37:30)
What You’ll Learn About in This Episode:
Recognizing the pivotal moments that lead you towards your calling (5:42)Building trust among strangers (9:22)The superpower of fluency in a foreign language (12:21)Humanity as a building block of organizational trust (15:55)The importance of authenticity and vulnerability in establishing trust (17:09)The mindset of authentic vulnerability (17:55)Vulnerability as a path to forgiveness (21:36)Trust and the bottom line (26:53)Character trust versus competence trust (28:46)Dealing with challenging conversations about trust (31:54)An example of vulnerability on live television (33:54)Setting and respecting boundaries (39:41)
Connect with Bill Hefferman:
Book: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick LencioniBook: Trust Factor: The Science of Creating High-Performance Companies by Paul J. ZakBook: The Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything by Stephen M. R. CoveyBook: Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler, Stephen R. CoveyShow: Masterpiece Theatre
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The Power of Coaching, and Leveling Up in Life and Career
“Success is when I add value to myself. Significance when I add value to others.”
-John C. Maxwell
Would you describe yourself as successful? Think for a moment about that word. Consider what it means to you. Try to define it.
When you really start to unpack it, success rarely looks like a destination with an endpoint. As we accelerate in our careers, the goal line continues to move forward. First, you aspire towards a promotion, and once you’ve earned that promotion, another point appears on the map ahead of where you are. Maybe your next destination is hitting that six-figure threshold. Once you’ve achieved it, perhaps the next goal is to make partner in your firm. It goes on and on. Success is a journey along a continuous course that motivates us to keep the engine charged.
As we drive further and further along Success Highway, it’s pretty easy to understand the skills and qualifications that got us behind the wheel. But new heights require new insights. Growth, like success, isn’t a destination. It’s a journey of constant reckoning with ourselves, with our level of knowledge, and yes...with our limitations and failures. So how do we recognize and face those things that we should know about ourselves as leaders in order to become better, more effective versions of ourselves? That requires help, whether we feel comfortable admitting it or not.
Professional career coaches are increasingly in vogue among today’s high caliber leaders. While it might sound terrifying to open ourselves up to the idea of critique, it’s a necessary process if we’re actually serious about growth. Leadership models reveal that effective transformational leadership requires senior leaders to guide their teams with empathy and inspiration rather than ego and perceived omnipotence. Career coaching has been recognized as an invaluable part of the growth process for current and future leaders.
My guest today is Dr. Richard Osibanjo. He’s the Organizational Development Partner and a trusted advisor to executive leaders at Intel Corporation. His role is to help senior leaders energize the organization with bold transformational strategies, unlocking human potential, and new market growth. Dr. Osibanjo is a highly successful certified leadership coach, trainer, and speaker with an impressive track record in his field.
He calls Portland, Oregon home, along with his wife and two sons. Dr. Osibanjo also started an educational foundation called CLG, an acronym for Connect-Learn-Growth. Through CLG, he partners with local professionals and underrepresented minority youths in Portland to accelerate their leadership journey.
In this episode, we talk about how Dr. Richard Osibanjo found his calling as a professional coach, and why coaching and transformational leadership are so important. We also discuss how you can get prepared to engage a coach and get the most value out of that experience.
Some Questions I Ask:
Who were some of your biggest influences growing up? (4:13) How did you get into coaching as a profession? (9:44) How do you perceive the value of coaching in a leader's life? (13:09)Which types of coaches should leaders look for? (16:08) Is there a stigma associated with coaching? (18:03) What are some of the powerful transformations that you've helped other people achieve? (20:08)What are some things that you've done to help the individuals that you coach, develop the right mindset for growth? (22:41) Who are you drawing inspiration from today? (36:49) Can you tell us about your nonprofit, CLG? (38:16)
What You’ll Learn About in This Episode:
How the right message at the right time can change your life (6:15) Why your work should be an expression of love (9:58) The trifecta in life that you have to get right (10:52) The Law of the Lid (13:13) Why investing in the growth of leadership will ultim
The Power of Perseverance with George Tinsley
When you possess an unshakable will to win, no obstacle has the power to derail you. This level of perseverance is in the DNA of great leaders. Rather than allow poverty, misfortune, or lack of support to determine who you are, it’s possible to take the reigns and steer yourself towards greatness.
How does one make the decision to defy the odds, regardless of their circumstances? Where do perseverance and determination come from? Well, money can’t buy it. This is the magic of the mind.
Possibility thinking centers on the idea of shifting how you think about who you are. Rather than looking at your situation in a single moment, and deciding that this must be your lot in life, possibility thinking throws you a lifeline. It sifts through the sands of reality and searches for those little flecks of gold, helping you to recognize opportunities.
You find empowerment through opportunities, no matter how big or small they are. This revs up the engine of self-confidence, and that confidence becomes the foundation on which you can begin to build your dreams. It might take time, but once you’ve found a way to start believing in yourself, and you’re willing to put in the time and do the work, success is a certainty.
We can’t control how we come into the world. Our financial and social circumstances are what they are. Our job is to do our best to persevere through them until we have the ability to control them. But if we’re clever enough, if we have just a little bit of self-esteem propping us up from even a single influence in our lives, someone who’s looking at what’s inside of us, rather than judging only what they see on the outside, we can start to detach from that mould and shape ourselves. We begin to recognize our greatness, and it becomes possible to rise up and make waves.
My guest today is Mr. George Tinsley. Along with his wife of 48 years, together they own the highest-grossing KFC franchises in Florida and are among the most successful African American couples in the state. George Tinsley is a six-time basketball Hall of Famer, a millionaire entrepreneur, leader, motivator, coach, and most importantly, a family man.
His story is one about a man who's risen from rags to riches. Having grown up in an era where racism was openly tolerated, his poverty and inner city beginnings didn’t pave an easy path towards success. Through faith, tenacity, education, and a relentless drive to transform obstacles into opportunities, he beat the odds. Today, he and his wife own more than 50 restaurant franchises in Florida and Kentucky, with their brands representing the majority of dining options in the Tampa International Airport, Miami International Airport, and Louisville International Airport.
George Tinsley’s success goes far beyond his own personal achievements. He has helped many others, myself included, gain a stable footing on our career ladders. He gave me my first job opportunity at one of his KFC restaurants when I was 14 years old. For those of us who had the opportunity to work for George Tinsley and his wife in their franchises, we saw African American leaders who were vested in our career success, and more importantly, our success in life. Today, he shares some insights about his rise to the top, and how perseverance and possibility thinking made his dreams a reality.
Some Questions I Ask:
What stands out as a defining moment in your life where you realized that, despite your obstacles and circumstances, you could still be successful? (10:49)How did you capitalize on your intellectual ability and athletic gifts to navigate yourself towards a better future? (17:35)How did a career in sports prepare you for your next steps in life? (28:44)How did you transition from winning in the game of basketball to winning in the game of franchises? (34:52)What has been the key to success for you in Mississi
Entrepreneurship: The Art of the Itch
“When you have an itch, there is an ART to how to approach it. The A is for ask, R is for research, and T is for test. “
Choosing to leave the comfort of stable, well-paying work in order to pursue our passions is an intimidating prospect. For many out there, making that transition can be a struggle and it can feel like there is a lack of resources at our disposal to get our ideas off the ground. Taking the risk to invest in ourselves and develop an independence through entrepreneurship, however, can be one of the best decisions we make for our careers.
Joining me today is Reneta Jenik, the Founder and CEO of ‘Foodom’ - an Online Marketplace dedicated to making meals affordable and accessible to busy families that want to eat cleaner and healthier, while at the same time reducing their waste close to zero. Reneta was inspired to create this framework after examining the issues that were present at her own dinner table. After realizing that other families were experiencing similar concerns, she embarked on a journey to create what is now a successful in-home meal preparation startup.
Though Reneta did not come from a background in the food industry, the skill set she developed at previous tech giants such as Intel, became invaluable in her current venture at ‘Foodom’. She believes that the core marketing and business practices that were present at previous jobs were just as prominent in creating the framework for her startup and helped her to navigate the company structure.
In today’s episode, we discuss why Reneta decided to transition out of corporate culture and start a small business, how Covid-19 has impacted her team’s approach to processing and manufacturing issues, as well as marketing insights and advice for budding business owners! We also talk about how Reneta’s upbringing influenced her core values surrounding food and why she had such an unwavering commitment to seeking justice at a young age.
For anyone out there looking to take the leap and carve out a niche for themselves within the entrepreneurship space, tune in to Episode 20 of Roar!
Some Questions I Ask:
Could you talk about your background and who influenced you the most growing up? (3:04)Is there a defining moment in your life that shaped you for entering adulthood? (6:10)How did you come up with the concept for ‘Foodom’ & How has it evolved since its inception? (12:16)How have you been able to leverage your experience as a Tech Executive to tackle issues within the food industry? (19:16)How has COVID impacted your business? (22:40)What have you considered to be your biggest mistake or failure and how did you navigate it? (26:11)What are the most important characteristics for an individual to possess who is wanting to break into entrepreneurship? (28:03)
What You’ll Learn in this Episode:
How to step up when you see injustices happen. (6:24)How all great ideas begin with an itch & how to listen to that intuition. (09:34)The first step toward starting a business: identifying people’s needs. (12:45)How to scale a small business by seeking external help. (15:27)The key to a successful startup. (21:56)The current trends in the food market & how are companies supporting their employees in this regard. (24:08)Why a partnership with a co-founder is similar to marriage. (26:57)Reneta’s advice for entrepreneurs and business owners. (29:11)What the acronym ‘A.R.T’ stands for & its importance for a startup. (30:03)The importance of leaving shame aside and asking questions ‘like there’s no tomorrow’. (30:57)Some helpful resources and organizations that can help you with your startup journey. (31:59)Starting a business doesn’t have to be costly. (34:22)
Connect With Reneta Jenik:
LinkedInEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org‘MyFoodom’ - Website‘MyFoodom’ - Facebook‘MyFoodom’ - LinkedIn
TV Show: ‘Undercover
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