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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.

    What Kind of Decision-Maker Are You with Christi Scarrow

    What Kind of Decision-Maker Are You with Christi Scarrow

    Learn the art of being a better decision-maker and live a life no one else has!
    Christi Scarrow has been helping individuals, teams, and organizations to make decisions for more than 20 years. She is a consultant, trainer, speaker, executive coach, and author of the book Truth Warriors.
    In this episode, Christi talks about the kind of decision-makers we actually are as she discusses insights on how we can be better at making decisions that will completely drive us towards a positive change in both lives and at work.
     
    What you will learn from this episode:
    Discover how you can get through the struggle of finding the balance you need in life; Understand why it’s a mistake when you’re trying to do too much; and  Find out what you can do to strengthen your decision-making muscle through valuable tips and resources given by the guest.  
    “Figure out what it is you want to do and the one thing that you can do every day to get there, and find ways to get out of your head and find people – and that might be following people on social media that literally you disagree with.”
    – Christi Scarrow
    Valuable Free Resource:
    ● How to strengthen your decision-making muscle: Visit https://www.truthwarriors.ca/assessment .
     
     
    Topics Covered:
    01:34 – Challenge is the struggle of finding balance within all demands from both personal life and at work.
    03:05 – Trying to do too much, getting lost in our own heads, and not seeking the right alternatives: the common mistakes business women leaders make as they try to find that balance on their own.
    05:06 – One free and actionable tip you can do to have more impact with less energy required: Figure out what it is you want to do – just the one thing that you can do every day to get there and find ways to get out of your head and find people – and that might be following people on social media that literally, you disagree with.
    07:53 – Valuable free resource to help you strengthen your decision making muscle: https://www.truthwarriors.ca/assessment.
     
    10:42 – Q: What is the book title all about? A: Truth Warriors is a concept that I put together because it balances the idea of truth and seeking out information with warriors which is about strength. It's that balance of those two factors and that idea of truth is actually for me, both fluid and personal, which means it can change, and our beliefs can and should change and have changed in history, and so we need to recognize that will still be the case. And warriors, of course, is very much about having the strength to listen and having the strength to speak up, and finding the right time to do either one of those things. And it's all about finding that balance between them.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    “You're not going to get to a strategy, you're not going to be able to make the right choices in your life if you don't get really clear on what gives you energy and feel your passion.” – Christi Scarrow
    “We need to have this positive tension between us for change. We need to respect our diverse opinions and we need to feel confident in our voice.” – Christi Scarrow
    “If you can start with self-awareness and what you want to achieve, find others that can offer the opposite of that. Find ways in which you can move the opposite of that because that's how we're going to grow. It’s knowing when we need to be more rational or more intuitive or more averse or more assertive in the way we come across.” – Christi Scarrow
     
    Ways to Connect with Christi Scarrow:
    Direct Call: 416-270-7227 Website: https://lighthouse9.ca/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christiscarrow/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christi_scarrow/  Ways to Connect with Sarah E. Brown:
    Website: https://www.sarahebrown.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/knowguides?lang=en LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahebrownphd/ 

    • 14 min
    Working Harder is NOT the Answer with Terry McDougall

    Working Harder is NOT the Answer with Terry McDougall

    High-achieving people usually look successful on paper, but that success could be coming at a very high price. It could be that they're feeling a lot of stress, anxiety, maybe a sense that they don't belong and they're not sure why.
    Do you feel like you’re exhausting yourself way too much for work that you have no time to do things you enjoy doing anymore? Is it affecting your health and your relationship with your loved ones?
    Terry Boyle McDougall is an Executive & Career Coach and CEO of Terry B. McDougall Coaching. She helps high-achieving professionals remove obstacles that keep them stuck so they can enjoy more success and satisfaction in their lives and careers.
    Before becoming a coach, Terry was a long-time corporate marketing executive where she led teams, developed strategies, and advised senior leaders to drive business results. She is the author of Winning the Game of Work: Career Happiness and Success on Your Own Terms. She is also the host of the Marketing Mambo podcast.
    In this episode, Terry stresses that working harder isn’t actually the answer to achieving both professional success and personal happiness in life. Here, she shares wisdom as she discusses ways we can be more impactful at work while keeping our life happy and balanced.
     
     
    What you will learn from this episode:
    ● Discover how important the overlap of professional success and personal happiness is.
    ● Understand the importance of being more strategic with how you spend your time; and
    ● Find out how you can have more impact at work without letting go of your life’s balance.
     
    “When we can feel satisfied with how we're spending our time and how we're investing our gifts, we're going to have more energy not only for work but also to enjoy our lives.”
    – Terry McDougall
     
     
     
    Valuable Free Resource:
    How to have more impact at work without exhausting yourself: Read the free chapter of Terry’s book available at http://terrybmcdougall.com/book/
     
    Topics Covered:
    01:47 – Challenge is expanding that overlap between professional success and personal happiness while battling with a lot of stress and anxiety.
    02:56 – Continuing to do the past actions and expecting different results: the common mistake business women leaders make before working with Terry.
    03:44 – Valuable free resource to help you have more impact at work without exhausting yourself: Free chapter of Terry’s book available at http://terrybmcdougall.com/book/
    04:21 – One free and actionable tip you can do to have more impact with less energy required: Be more strategic about how you invest time. Sometimes, this is actually going to get you better results and leave you with more energy left over to invest in things that you enjoy doing.
    05:54 – Q: Is being happy at work important? A: Absolutely! Happiness has everything to do with being effective at work. Working harder isn’t the answer.
     
    Key Takeaways:
     
    “When I talk about having more impact with less energy, it really is taking a look at ‘okay, what are things that I'm working on that I shouldn't be working on? Am I working on my highest value work?’” – Terry McDougall
     
    “Sometimes, just being thoughtful and strategic about how you invest your time is going to get you better results and leave you with more energy left over to invest in things that you enjoy doing.” – Terry McDougall
     
    “Is being happy at work important? Absolutely! Being happy at work is important. Now, what does happiness has to do with being effective at work? It has everything to do with it.” – Terry McDougall
     
    Ways to Connect with Terry McDougall:
    ● Website: http://www.terrybmcdougall.com/
    ● LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/terrybmcdougall
    ● Podcast: http://www.marketingmambo.net/ 
     
    Ways to Connect with Sarah E. Brown:
    ● Website: https://www.sarahebrown.com/
    ● Twitter: https://twitter.com/knowguides?lang=en
    ● LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com

    • 7 min
    Find YOUR Voice in YOUR Organization with Tom Henschel

    Find YOUR Voice in YOUR Organization with Tom Henschel

    Have you found YOUR voice in YOUR workplace?

     

    Finding your voice takes effort and dedication, but it is as simple as “Rehearse and Reflect.”

     

    Tom Henschel is an executive coach. He’s known for helping corporate leaders in two ways: with executive presence which he calls the look and sound of leadership, and softening the impact of people with sharp elbows – what he calls disruptive executives.

     

    In this episode, Tom unravels the challenge of finding your own voice in your own workplace. Here, he shares valuable insights you can apply as you rehearse and reflect.

     

     

    What you will learn from this episode:

    Discover why finding one’s voice is a common scenario in various organizations;
    Understand that you don’t need anyone’s permission to find your way towards your voice; and
    Find out how you can be great at leadership and communicating through resources and tips given by the guest himself.
     

     

    “If you want to get better at this thing called communication skills and finding your voice, you need to be able to do two things: rehearse and reflect.”
    - Tom Henschel
     

     

    Valuable Free Resource:

     

    Where to get tools that will help you be better at leadership and communication skills: https://essentialcomm.com/podcast.
     

     

     

    Topics Covered:

     

    01:31 – Challenge is women finding their voice and being heard in a way they want to be heard in their culture.

     

    02:48 – Women want tools to help them find a way to get their message heard: what women leaders want from Tom when trying to find their voice.

     

    03:55 – One free and actionable tip you can do to be great at communicating and speaking your voice: If you want to get better at this thing called communication skills and finding your voice, you need to be able to do two things: rehearse and reflect. Record it and listen. Rehearse, and then afterward, reflect. Did you get the result you wanted? And if yes, how did you contribute?

     

    05:41 – Valuable free resource to help you become an empowered leader who can speak your voice: Go get tools from Tom’s podcast at https://essentialcomm.com/podcast now.

     

    06:16 – Q: How do you do that [finding your voice] if now you understand what you want? A: You will find your way. You will because you have to. Other people might do it faster or differently or slower, right? Other people might have more anxiety or less. But you will find your way. That's you in your workplace. That is how you find your voice. It’s to trust that you do not need permission. You do not need to be given a rulebook. You need to find your way, which means, by the way, rehearse and reflect.

     

     

    Key Takeaways:

     

    “Part of finding your voice is this idea of having a way to get your message heard. Whether they perhaps want to manage their job or manage their team or have influence around a new proposal, finding your voice – there's a way to do it. Somebody's already done it. There are things to learn from, and you get to adapt them as you learn them.” – Tom Henschel

     

    “Record it and listen. Are you using any kind of words or sound like blame words? You might want to kind of take those out. Rehearse, and then afterwards, reflect. How did I do it? Did I get the result I wanted? And if yes, how did I contribute? What did I do that got me the result I wanted? Those are the questions to ask in the reflection part.” – Tom Henschel

     

    “You will find your way. You will, because you have to. Other people might do it faster or differently or slower, right? Other people might have more anxiety or less. But you will find your way. That's you in your workplace. That is how you find your voice. It’s to trust that you do not need permission. You do not need to be given a rulebook. You need to find your way, which means by the way, rehearse and reflect. You

    • 8 min
    Nurturing Your Networks with Debra Adey

    Nurturing Your Networks with Debra Adey

    Are you looking for another job or to make a career shift? Are you reluctant to ask for help because it feels like you’re being a nuisance? Do you undervalue networking?
    Debra Adey is a Career Strategist and outspoken advocate for humanizing the workplace. She has spent over 20 years in the talent solutions industry in roles that have combined recruitment, HR consulting, account management, career coaching, learning, and facilitation.
    Debra has completed a business degree and holds certifications in Human Resources Management and Adult Learning and Development. Throughout her career, Debra has supported hundreds of individuals and many organizations during times of significant change. As Founder of Work Revolution, she is helping job seekers and leaders pivot in the new world of work.
    While grounded at home during the pandemic, Debra launched the Work Revolution podcast where she explores the dysfunction in today’s workplaces and what needs to change so that individuals can be empowered to do great work.
    In this episode, Debra talks about the magic nurturing your network makes. Here, she talks about the workplace fact that it isn’t structured for women, and also shares ways on how you can thrive in doing business as you help other people do the same.
     
    What you will learn from this episode:
    Know how you can be more of a leader in a corporate world that isn’t designed for women; Understand how important it is for you to be more direct in your asks; and Find out how you can successfully nurture your network while also helping other women do and reach their goals.  
     
    “Block time in your calendar for networking. Understand that this is a valuable use of your time that contributes to your professional development and your career advancement.”
    – Debra Adey
     
     
    Valuable Free Resource:
     
    ● How to nurture your network and be an empowered woman leader in the corporate world: Check out Work Revolution podcast on https://anchor.fm/work-revolution and FLIK on https://weareflik.com/.
     
     
    Topics Covered:
     
    02:05 – Challenge is that women are getting stuck in the middle management spot because of the difference in men and women’s career peak, and they're not moving up into the more senior management roles at the same pace as their male counterparts.
     
    06:13 – People do not put enough focus on their network and women undervalue the importance of nurturing and utilizing their network for career advancement and for job search: the common mistake business women leaders make when trying to change.
     
    07:46 – One free and actionable tip you can do to nurture your network: Block time in your calendar for networking and understand that good networking is reciprocal in nature and that you also have valuable information, insights, advice to offer other people in your network.
     
    10:49 – Valuable free resources to help you become an empowered leader and nurture your network: https://anchor.fm/work-revolution and https://weareflik.com/.
     
    12:11 – Q: What do I most want women to know and what is my ask of women moving forward? A: Workplace was not designed for them. The systems and the structures that govern how we work – that wasn't designed or created by women and in fact, it wasn't even co-created by men and women together.
     
    Key Takeaways:
     
    “Humility is a good thing.” – Debra Adey
     
    “Good networking is reciprocal in nature and that you also have valuable information, insights, advice to offer other people in your network. It's a two way street. You're also looking for ways to be helpful to others.” – Debra Adey
     
    “The more that we can go about networking in the spirit of reciprocity, we’ll feel more comfortable and confident in the process.” – Debra Adey
     
    “The workplace is the problem and it needs to change, but we really need that critical mass of women in all spaces and in leadership for that change to become a reality.” – Debra Adey

    • 17 min
    Prohibitions versus Inhibitions with Tricia Kagerer

    Prohibitions versus Inhibitions with Tricia Kagerer

    Do you know that only 10% of the whole construction industry today is made up of women and only 3½% are working in the field? It has always been considered as an industry that is male-dominated and not women's work, and that leads women to have limiting beliefs that hinder them from reaching their fullest potential.
    Do you want to change that voice in your head that is just so persistent on telling you you can’t do things? Do you want to be clear on what you want so that you can be courageous enough to move towards a life of your own terms? Have you always wanted to live a life that doesn’t look like anybody else’s? Do you want your limiting beliefs to transform into empowering ones?
    It is through being in motion towards what you want to accomplish in your life that you get to better show up in the world! We only get to live once. Start the change with what you are telling yourself.
    Tricia Kagerer is the author of the book “The B Words: 13 Words Every Woman Must Navigate for Success.” She highlights challenges and breakthrough strategies for women entering non-traditional roles in the workplace.
    Tricia is the Executive Vice President of Risk Management for Jordan Foster Construction – a large construction organization that performs civil, multifamily, and general contracting across Texas. She leads the risk management, safety, and leadership teams. In relation to this, Tricia is a construction industry expert and speaker on various leadership, risk management, and safety topics including crisis management, emergency response best practices, education across cultures, and servant leadership and diversity.
    She holds a Master’s degree in Dispute Resolution from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Communication – Public Relations from Regis University in Denver, Colorado.
    In this episode, Tricia talks about the presence of prohibition and inhibition in one’s life as she guides you in taking a step forward for you to start changing your limiting belief into an empowering one and be able to create a life of self-defined success.
     
    What you will learn from this episode:
    Discover how critical it is for you to have a clear distinction between prohibition and inhibition in order to create a life of self-defined success; Understand how prohibition affects the way you think and creates limiting beliefs; and Find out how you can start living life on your own terms through resources and tips given by an expert.  
    “You have to start with who you are so that you can recognize what you want, and part of that is knowing how you show up in the world innately by our personality.”
    – Tricia Kagerer
     
    Valuable Free Resource:
    How to address your limiting belief and know yourself in a deeper sense in order to live life based on your own self-defined success: https://5voices.com and https://gianttv.com
     
    Topics Covered:
    02:14 – Challenge is facing the limiting beliefs that are both internal and external – a clear distinction between prohibition and inhibition.
    04:36 – Listening to all the noise out there – the prohibition that’s telling you you can't do things: the common mistake business women leaders make when trying to change.
    06:54 – One valuable free resource to help you address prohibition and focus on knowing yourself: https://5voices.com and https://gianttv.com.
    08:35 – One free and actionable tip you can do to change your limiting belief into an empowering one: Just really spend some time with a sheet of paper. Get a sheet of paper and you draw a line on it. Write down a limiting belief and then take the time to create an empowering belief. From there, you can create a strategy.
    10:46 – Q: Does inhibition only affect women? A: The reality is it impacts everyone. In our world, everything’s very politically charged. There's a lot of barriers and a lot of finger pointing, and men and w

    • 13 min
    Go Slow to Go Fast with Kim Ades

    Go Slow to Go Fast with Kim Ades

    Have you been finding yourself tired a lot? Have you been feeling like you’re not maximizing your full potential? Want to know how to shift this?
    Take a breath and a step back. Take it easy and analyze your surroundings and the problem at hand. When you start to go slow and notice the problems you are making, you will be able to make progress more. It’s not always about the hustle and the grind, it’s also about resting and laying back.
    Kim Ades (pronounced add-iss) is the President and Founder of Frame of Mind Coaching™ and JournalEngine™ Software. Recognized as an expert in the area of thought mastery and mental toughness, Kim uses her unique philosophy and quirky coaching style to help leaders identify their personal blind spots and shift their thinking in order to yield extraordinary results. Author, speaker, entrepreneur, coach, and mom of five, Kim's claim to fame is teaching her powerful Frame of Mind Coaching™ process to leaders, entrepreneurs and influencers worldwide.
    In this episode, Kim shares her ideas on how to handle burnout in order to gain and maximize your own full potential. She also shares the secrets and benefits of journaling for you and your overall health and progress.
    What you will learn from this episode:
    ● Discover how to avoid burnout and maximize your potential
    ● Find out how going slow is better than taking things fast
    ● Learn more on the importance and benefits of journaling for you and your health and progress
     
    “Behavioral change without belief change, or without spending some time aligning thought to the new outcome will not yield the results that we're looking for.”
    - Kim Ades
     
    Valuable Free Resource:
     
    Start your Journaling Journey now: Grab a piece of paper and a pen, pick up a journal
    Journaling Prompts Recommended by Kim:
     
    1 - What do you really really want more than anything? What's stopping you from having what you want right now?
    2 - What is your greatest challenge currently? What have you tried to overcome this challenge?
    3 - At what point in your career have you felt the most successful? What made that so?
    4 - What would you love to stop doing in your life? What makes you keep doing this?
    5 - What has your greatest failure been so far? Describe it? Was it really a failure?
     
    Topics Covered:
    01:04 - Challenge is being unaware of the cause of their tiredness and problems, because of this they are unable to determine what is at stake
    02:12 - Trying hard to do something really different instead of taking a moment to slow down and analyze: the biggest mistake women business leaders make
    03:15 - One free and actionable tip you can do to address your problems of feeling tired or feeling burnout: Slow down, and spend a moment and take a look at how your thinking impacts your outcomes.
    05:29 - One valuable free resource to help overcome burnout through journaling: Grab a piece of paper and a pen, pick up a journal
    06:39 - Q: What's the traditional belief that's standing in the way of their success?
    A: What I would say to you is that a lot of women, while they're moving forward, and they're, again, very determined to reach their goals, very often they are, I guess, burdened with a feeling of self-doubt, and that self-doubt pops up in lots of different places.
     
    Key Takeaways:
     
    “Take a moment and start writing. Start journaling and ask yourself some critical questions.”
    - Kim Ades
     
    “What you will discover is all those reasons are really a function of your beliefs, and those beliefs are driving your outcome.” - Kim Ades
     
    “Your beliefs are driving your actions, and they are driving the frustration you feel in some of the areas of your life.” - Kim Ades
     
    “This concept of self-doubt erodes a woman's ability to really mobilize themselves and get to where they want to go, and this is a repeated thing that I see amongst very successful women who aren't quite where they want to be.” - Kim Ades
    Ways to Conne

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