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The mission of the KTS Success Factor™ Podcast for Women is to bring proven ideas female business leaders can use to increase their ability to achieve big goals and become happy, successful, and understood at work. All this in 25 minutes or less.

Sarah E. Brown, Ph.D. is an expert on personalizing work to the unique interests, strengths, and needs of the workforce. A former Managing Director at Accenture, she is now on a mission to reach 250,000 women with knowledge of their unique gifts and the tools to be happy, successful and understood at work.

The KTS Success Factor™ (a Podcast for Women) Sarah E. Brown, Ph.D.

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The mission of the KTS Success Factor™ Podcast for Women is to bring proven ideas female business leaders can use to increase their ability to achieve big goals and become happy, successful, and understood at work. All this in 25 minutes or less.

Sarah E. Brown, Ph.D. is an expert on personalizing work to the unique interests, strengths, and needs of the workforce. A former Managing Director at Accenture, she is now on a mission to reach 250,000 women with knowledge of their unique gifts and the tools to be happy, successful and understood at work.

    Leading as an Introvert with Jennifer Kahnweiler

    Leading as an Introvert with Jennifer Kahnweiler

    Are you an introverted leader struggling to lead? Are you stuck having this extroverted ideal leader in your mind? Are you, as an introvert, being limited because of your workplace or because of the biased ideas of our society on what a leader should be?
    Most introverts, specifically our female leaders, tend to swallow themselves in this bias idea that in order for you to become a great leader, you must be extroverted. These biased ideas should be erased and discouraged because introvert leaders have their own way of leading, even if it may not be as loud or as “out there” as extroverts.
    Jennifer Kahnweiler Ph.D. is an author and global speaker. She has been hailed as a "champion for introverts.” Her best-selling books The Introverted Leader, Quiet Influence, The Genius of Opposites, and her latest book, Creating Introvert-Friendly Workplaces have been translated into 18 languages and have helped to shape the conversation about introverted leadership.
    In this episode, Jennifer shares her insights on how introvert female leaders struggle to keep up with the idea on how a successful leader should be- an extrovert. She also tells us how introverts lead in their own way. Her experiences also helped her gain insights and realizations on ways introverts can face these challenges.



    What you will learn from this episode:
    Discover ways you can succeed as an introvert leader in the extrovert world Learn the importance and impact of having and being in an introvert-friendly workplace Know more about how you can lead as an introvert despite the biased extroverted idea of society on what a leader should be  
    “Be curious and observe.”
    - Jennifer Kahnweiler



    Valuable Free Resource:
    Answer Jennifer’s Introvert-Friendly Workplaces Quiz. Visit: https://jenniferkahnweiler.com/introvert-friendly-workplaces-quiz/
     
    Topics Covered:
    02:30 - The extroverted ideal of introverted leaders: the challenges introverted female leaders encounter in a biased society and in business
    03:31 - Lack of visibility, the impact of negative impressions, bias encounters: the common symptoms introverted leaders face in that challenge
    07:26 - One free and actionable tip you can do to address the challenges faced by introverted leaders: Be curious and observe
    12:14 - One valuable free resource to see if your workplace is introvert-friendly: Jennifer’s Introvert-Friendly Workplaces Quiz. Visit: https://jenniferkahnweiler.com/introvert-friendly-workplaces-quiz/
    14:08 - Q: How can women be allies for each other? A: Bring up the lack of female diversity every chance you get. Number two, refer and recommend other women for positions of influence, for opportunities that you hear coming up, and just have that on your radar.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    “It's so powerful when we just look around and select those people who we admire and adopt some of the behaviors and actions that they incorporate and that they exude.” -Jennifer Kahnweiler
    “I refer other women and bring senior women into the conversation, and I think that would be the positive steps to take.” -Jennifer Kahnweiler
     
    Resource Mentioned:
    Quietly Leaning In: An Introvert's Guide to Leadership: https://leanin.org/news-inspiration/quietly-leaning-in-tips-for-the-introvert
     
    Ways to Connect with Jennifer Kahnweiler:
    Website: https://jenniferkahnweiler.com/
     
    Ways to Connect with Sarah E. Brown
    Website: https://www.sarahebrown.com Twitter:  https://twitter.com/knowguides LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahebrownphd  

    • 17 min
    What if You Live to Be 100 with Ray Loewe

    What if You Live to Be 100 with Ray Loewe

    Are you too caught up in your work that you don’t have any more time for other things? Are you near your retirement and don’t know what to do?
     
    Planning for your own retirement can benefit you in the long run. People tend to make their retirement plan short term, but what happens if you happen to reach 100 or more?
     
    Ray Loewe is the self-proclaimed luckiest guy in the world. He is 76 years old and living the life he has designed specifically for himself. He's doing work that he loves, making time to stay healthy, and also to travel and pursue his passion for photography. A financial planner for more than 40 years, Ray worked closely with his clients to help them successfully navigate the life phases of college and retirement.
     
    In this episode, Ray gives insights on the value of planning for your retirement for the long run. He shares how planning can help you make the most out of your retirement.



    What you will learn from this episode:
     
    Discover the benefits of having a retirement plan  
    Learn how to make the most out of your retirement  
    Know more on how to properly plan out your retirement with the help of Ray’s 90-day planning system  
    “Life's too short to live somebody else's life. You need a plan.”
    - Ray Loewe



    Valuable Free Resource:
     
    Contact Ray for a FREE offer of his 90-day planning system: info@theluckiestguyintheworld.com
     
    Topics Covered:
     
    02:00 - Female executives are some of the most hardworking, engaged people but they're too often focused on other people's priorities and not so much on their own
     
    02:58 - The retirement plan is too short term and putting off what you really want to do and what's really important until it's too late: common mistakes executive leaders do when planning their retirement
     
    08:09 - One free and actionable tip you can do to make the most out of your life: Make a plan and don’t live out the rest of your life following someone else’s life
     
    09:18 - One valuable resource to help you plan out your life:
    Contact Ray for a FREE offer of his 90-day planning system: info@theluckiestguyintheworld.com



    11:25 - Q: How would my audience understand this challenge and your passion for it?
    A: Start thinking of yourselves as one of the luckiest people in the world.





    Key Takeaways:
     
    “I think having a plan is the most important part of this thing. And I think that the plan has to take into account some options that you have and the plan has to be based on your life.” - Ray Loewe
     
    “Life is fluid, and plans have to be fluid.” - Ray Loewe
     
    “You know, what you do is, first of all, understand that you have to create your own life. You know, one of the things that happens to us is we're bombarded with rules.” - Ray Loewe
     
    “We all need rules. And once you have your personal rules, then you're not restricted by other people and you're free to be you. And that's when your life can explode. That's when you can think about living to be 100. You can think of all the things you want to do. That's when you avoid the penguin trap. And life becomes really good.” - Ray Loewe



    Ways to Connect with Ray Loewe:
    Website: www.theluckiestguyintheworld.com Email: info@theluckiestguyintheworld.com  
    Ways to Connect with Sarah E. Brown
    Website:  https://www.sarahebrown.com Twitter:  https://twitter.com/knowguides LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahebrownphd  

    • 17 min
    The Thought Leader Formula with Robin Farmanfarmaian

    The Thought Leader Formula with Robin Farmanfarmaian

    “I talk about your platform, the very basics… So for you, it is a combination of your why, why you do what you do, and your fundamental truth.”
     
    Robin Farmanfarmaian is a professional speaker, entrepreneur, and angel investor working with cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence Software, Device and Pharma companies poised to impact 100 Million patients.
    Currently, Robin is an advisor to the founder of MindMaze -- a neurotechnology company that develops medical-grade virtual reality products to stimulate neural recovery including stroke and brain injury.
    With over 140 speaking engagements in 13 countries, she educates audiences on technology, the future of healthcare, patient empowerment, building thought leadership, and more. She has 2 published books: The Patient as CEO and The Thought Leader Formula.
    In this episode, Robin shares her journey to thought leadership in the medical practice even though she's not a doctor, the reason behind why she is deeply involved in the mission of helping over 100 million patients worldwide become CEO of their own health, and prove that the patient’s power can fix our ills.
     
    What you will learn from this episode:
    Learn how becoming a thought leader can help you package yourself in a way that is accessible, relatable, and that will be heard above the noise Discover how to strategically leverage your expertise to drive business and career goals through becoming a thought leader Discover what really makes a thought leader and how you can be known in your own expertise  
    “[What is The Thought Leader Formula?] It is a combination of your why, why you do what you do, and your fundamental truth.”
    - Robin Farmanfarmaian



    Valuable Free Resource:
    Get Robin’s Free Workbook for The Thought Leader Formula
    Visit: https://www.robinff.com/
     
    Topics Covered:
    01:21 - Always wanted to get promoted, get you to know, get rich, get more money, get more clients, and also drive your business goals forward? Learn why you need to be known for what you do.
     
    02:00 - Not having a platform and the exact next steps to take as the biggest challenge female leaders face in business today
     
    05:03 - One free and actionable tip you can do to address the challenges in thought leadership: Get outside input early. Outsource what you are not best at and focus on the top five things that you are.
     
    05:48 - One valuable resource to figure out your exact next steps in your path: Robin’s Workbook for The Thought Leader Formula. Visit: https://www.robinff.com/
     
    06:28 - Q: What is the actual formula? A: It is a combination of your why, why you do what you do, and your fundamental truth.





    Key Takeaways:
     
    “Most people just need direction. When you want to become a doctor or a lawyer, there isn't an exact path to do it. Everyone knows exactly what you need to do to achieve that goal of becoming a physician. But in the world of thought leadership, no one had created a path. There's no instruction manual. There was no degree program. No one had done it the same way every time.” -Robin Farmanfarmaian
     
    “Outsource what you are not best at and focus on the top five things that you are.” - Robin Farmanfarmaian



    Ways to Connect with Robin Farmanfarmaian:
    Website: https://www.robinff.com/ Email: Robinsf3@gmail.com  
    Ways to Connect with Sarah E. Brown
    Website:  https://www.sarahebrown.com Twitter:  https://twitter.com/knowguides LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahebrownphd  

    • 10 min
    Competence is M.O.R.E than Performance with Dr. Kym Harris-Lee

    Competence is M.O.R.E than Performance with Dr. Kym Harris-Lee

    How do you strengthen leadership without compromising interpersonal relationships?
    Honest and thoughtful feedback cultivates relationships that enhance a leader’s ability to influence, collaborate, motivate, and lead.
    Dr. Kym Harris-Lee is a board-certified executive coach, speaker, and published author. Described as a “velvet hammer,” she utilizes a strategic and intuitive approach to guide clients out of their comfort zones in a way that minimizes discomfort and amplifies desired results. Along with coaching individuals and corporate clients, Dr. Kym has served as a personal coach for the Kennesaw State University Coles Executive MBA and MBA Programs. She is currently a member of the faculty team for Smith College Executive Education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rutgers University, a master’s degree in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University, and a Doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership from Argosy University Having enjoyed a career as an executive in both business and higher education focused on talent and leadership development, Dr. Kym has learned a lot about what it takes to masterfully manage and negotiate a successful career. Her lessons come from helping senior leaders identify and develop their high potential talent; conversations with other leaders working to navigate organizational cultures; and from her own personal experiences and missteps as a leader and executive. What she has learned from all of this is that competence is more than performance.
     
    Dr. Kym has used her knowledge to develop the M.O.R.E.®Mindset coaching methodology, which capitalizes on the individual uniqueness of her clients while fine-tuning the way they show up and the experiences they create with every interaction.
     
    Dr. Kym is the author of From Life to Lessons – Living and Leading with Emotional Intelligence. Her second book, Unmasked – What it Means to be Emotionally Intelligent ® will be available in 2021.
     
    In this episode, Kym shares how inviting feedback plays into showing up with authenticity, hence, driving leaders to become the best version of themselves, cultivating a healthy relationship with others to become even more effective leaders.




    What you will learn from this episode:
     
    Learn about a deeper awareness of yourself and others to achieve more without compromise Learn how to figure out what to do exactly with feedback, how to interpret it, and how to act on it so leaders can show up more with authenticity Learn why it’s important to balance strong performance results with building relationships that matter  
    “Competence if more than performance.”
    - Dr. Kym Harris-Lee



    Valuable Free Resource:
     
    Learn why it’s important to balance strong performance results with building relationships that matter and discover six strategies for getting started: Visit https://drkymharrislee.com/unleash/



    Topics Covered:
     
    02:39 - Getting vague feedback and not knowing how to act on it poses a challenge to leaders.
     
    03:55 - The idea of 'having to work hard' to be successful and the wrong notion of showing up authentically is the biggest mistake Kym sees with women
     
    06:49 - What does the M.O.R.E. mindset acronym stand for, focusing on the four pillars critical to emotional intelligence.
     
    08:49 - Getting feedback is the most important way to really get a sense of how people experience you. This is one actionable tip that can help address the challenge leaders face
     
    10:40 - As it is hard to get honest feedback from the feedback provider, Kym gives an idea of how to get feedback with very thoughtful responses from them.
     
    11:50 - COMPETENCE IS M.O.R.E.® THAN PERFORMANCE UNLEASH THE POWER OF M.O.R.E.®: Learn why it’s important to balance strong performance results with building relationships that matter an

    • 16 min
    What are Your 3 Points of Power with Gloria Feldt

    What are Your 3 Points of Power with Gloria Feldt

    Do you feel confused about why women still earn less than men? 
    Do you wonder why successful women still bump into the glass ceiling? 
    Are you ready for more parity and satisfaction in personal relationships?
    The most confounding problem facing women today isn't that doors of opportunity aren't open, but that not enough women are walking through them.
    From the boardroom, public office to personal relationships, nobody is keeping women from parity-except themselves.
    Gloria Feldt is the co-founder and president of Take The Lead, a non-profit dedicated to achieving gender equality by 2025, a nationally renowned leadership expert, she is the best-selling author of four books, the latest being Excuses: Nine Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power. 
    In this episode, Gloria shares how women are still ambivalent about the idea of power. With women bearing the brunt of the negative aspects of power, it dampens its generative power to be creative, innovative, and make a better life for her family and society. Reframing power in women’s minds is a serious undertaking.
     
    What you will learn from this episode:
     
    ● Learn about the challenges women face in an organization and society even amidst laws being structured with women in mind
    ● Find out how to shift women leaders’ attitudes about power, manifest the change you desire, and live life without limits
    ● Discover actionable tips on how women leaders can reframe power



    “It's just fair for every human being to have the opportunity to use their highest and best gifts. You can't use your highest and best gifts if you don't have the opportunity to have different kinds of positions in organizations or society.” 
     
     - Gloria Feldt



    Valuable Free Resource:
     
    Gloria Feldt’s Book: Get the Language of Leadership: Use The Power You Have!


    Topics Covered:
     
    01:09 - Women have an ambivalent relationship with power. Gloria is on the mission to reframing power in women's mind
     
    03:49 - Before seeking help, women have these self-limiting beliefs which are culturally instilled. And for companies, they are thinking that they already know it all and that they are already doing it all.
     
    06:30 - One free actionable tip to take action now: 
    For individuals - list three points of power that you know you bring to the workplace, think about how you can best leverage them to bring recognizable and actionable value to the organization  
    For companies - to intentionally structure meetings so that all voices are heard, whether that's using a round table instead of a long, skinny one, whether it is having each person in the room get to speak once before somebody else gets to speak twice.  
    08:25 - One free resource to help you understand the challenge better: Go to GloriaFeldt.com and read "Language of Leadership: Use The Power You Have!" 
     
    10:02 - Why does it matter that we have parity or equality between the two genders in terms of their work, their positions, their leadership roles?



    Key Takeaways:



    “If we redefine power from the negative connotation of power over us and things to an innovative, creative, generative idea of power as being the power to innovate, create, make life better for ourselves, our families, the world.” - Gloria Feldt



    “We have imposter syndrome. We have an implicit bias that has made women more risk-averse and reluctant to raise their hands or self-advocate, but we can change that. Those are learnable behaviors, teachable skills.” - Gloria Feldt




    “The thing that holds women back the most is feeling like they haven't been heard or they've given an idea and nobody paid attention and then a man said this same thing and everybody claps.” - Gloria Feldt
     
    “If companies allow voices to be heard and structure meetings intentionally so that people will feel their voices ar

    • 15 min
    Take an Action Step No Matter How You Feel with Shirell Gross

    Take an Action Step No Matter How You Feel with Shirell Gross

    If you wait to be fearless, it's never going to happen. Truth is, fear will always be there all your life. What you can do is take action. Then you can move beyond fears of failure, disappointment, and the unknown.
    Corporate employees, professional associations, university groups and leadership summits are inspired and motivated by Shirell A. Gross, Esq. . Her relatable, relevant and empowering messages are tailored to fit the right audiences at the right time, making her a well-regarded and highly sought-after speaker.
    In this episode, Shirell shares one big thing that is holding women back from reaching their highest potential. That is fear. It is never a good idea to wait until your fears are gone before you start to make things happen for yourself. It is imperative to act on things in the face of fear.
    What you will learn from this episode:
    Learn how to face your fear and take risk that will move you beyond self-doubt Learn how to overcome limiting beliefs that bring wrong assumptions about your capacity Find out how self-awareness brings you to become fully aware of your capabilities and powers you on to become a successful individual  
    “Stop waiting to be fearless or feeling no fear before you do something. You have to do it in the face of fear.”
    - Shirell Gross
     
     
    Valuable Free Resource:
    Shirell Gross' Valuable Posts: Motivational Mondays and Take on Tuesdays Visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shirell-gross
     
    Topics Covered:
     
    03:13 - Letting fear and self-doubt get in our way is one challenge to overcome. Trying hard though to separate our work and personal life but this self-doubt manifests in our professional life
     
    06:52 - Getting stuck in our own self-belief and making firm decisions and actions about it is one big mistake people commit before seeking help. This is like letting ourselves trapped in our own world of make-believe
     
    09:23 - One free actionable tip to address the challenge: "To create action no matter how small and stop constantly looking for the silver bullet to answer all of your problems."
     
    10:51 - Valuable free resource she shares to help in understanding the challenge there going through - Motivational Mondays and Take on Tuesdays on her LinkedIn posts, Facebook business page and Instagram
     
    12:32 - What is holding women back that they actually can have control over?
     
    Key Takeaways:
    “Create action no matter how small and stop constantly looking for the silver bullet to answer all of your problems.” - Shirell Gross
    “Don't over-exaggerate things that are not true.” - Shirell Gross
    “When you have that self-awareness, it really has a true benefit in your personal and in your professional life.” - Shirell Gross
    “I think that the biggest mistake the clients make before they start is that they've already made conclusions that are firm about situations.” - Shirell Gross
    “There's such a big world out there that you're not really as trapped as you think you are.” - Shirell Gross
    “When you bring awareness to your fear, you can address it. Anything you don't bring awareness to, it just keeps gnawing at you.” - Shirell Gross
     
    Ways to Connect with Shirell Gross:
    Website: https://www.shirellspeaks.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shirellspeaks Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shirellspeaks Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shirell-gross  
    Ways to Connect with Sarah E. Brown
    Website:  https://www.sarahebrown.com Twitter:  https://twitter.com/knowguides LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahebrownphd

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