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Welcome to the Life & Leadership Podcast, where we share ideas, real life stories, and inspiration for powerful people to level up. Tegan Trovato and Katie Rasoul are recovering HR executives and professional life & leadership coaches.
In each episode, they’ll help you tap into your personal power and take your life and career to the “next level.” Tegan & Katie are committed to helping others discover their inner mission and rise to their highest potential. And they are working on it every day themselves. Are you ready to transform how you lead and live?

The Life and Leadership Podcast Katie Rasoul and Tegan Trovato

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    • 5.0, 32 Ratings

Welcome to the Life & Leadership Podcast, where we share ideas, real life stories, and inspiration for powerful people to level up. Tegan Trovato and Katie Rasoul are recovering HR executives and professional life & leadership coaches.
In each episode, they’ll help you tap into your personal power and take your life and career to the “next level.” Tegan & Katie are committed to helping others discover their inner mission and rise to their highest potential. And they are working on it every day themselves. Are you ready to transform how you lead and live?

    Mentoring & Sponsorship—Bringing Others with You

    Mentoring & Sponsorship—Bringing Others with You

    We all need support and guidance in our personal and professional lives. But how do you build a network of people who will lift you up when you need it? How do you know if your current situation calls for a mentor, a sponsor or a coach? And what if you’re ready to BE an advocate for someone else?
    Today on the podcast, we’re sharing the distinctions among mentoring, sponsorship and coaching and describing how to build a network of supporters who can solve any problem that might come up. We explore what makes an effective mentor and why it’s crucial to define what you want the mentoring relationship to look like.
    We go on to discuss the connection between doing your job well and finding a sponsor who will advocate on your behalf. Listen in for insight on when it’s appropriate to seek help from a mentor, sponsor or coach and learn how YOU can benefit from being a champion for others.
    Themes explored in this week’s episode: The distinctions among mentoring, coaching and sponsorship What an effective mentor looks like and why it’s important for mentees to be clear on what they need How to find mentors based on specific needs + how we each select and serve mentees The three primary types of mentorship—traditional, peer circles and reverse mentoring Why it’s crucial to agree on what you want the mentoring relationship to look like The relationship between doing your job well and finding a sponsor willing to advocate for you Keeping the person you sponsor top-of-mind and speaking up on their behalf When you might need a mentor, a sponsor or a coach How to build a network of supporters who can solve any problem that might come up Resources from this episode: Watch this episode of the show on the Life & Leadership Podcast YouTube channel Read Tegan’s blog, ‘How the Gift of Mentorship Changed My Life’ Learn ‘How to Be a Next-Level Mentor’ in Tegan’s Forbes article Explore Ed Batista’s piece on getting feedback in Harvard Business Review Find out ‘How to Get the Feedback You Need’ in Carolyn O’Hara’s HBR article Learn more about reverse mentoring in this New York Times piece Understand how coaches, mentors and sponsors differ via this Catalyst infographic And just for fun, listen to Michael Bolton’s hit song, “Soul Provider” We would love to hear from you! Have an idea for a podcast or a question you want us to address? Interested in additional support, resources and workshops? Here are all the ways you can interact with us!
    Tweet us! @tegantrovato and @TeamAwesomeMKE Email us: tegan@BrightArrowCoaching.com and Katie@TeamAwesomeCoaching.com Follow us on Facebook @BrightArrowCoaching and @TeamAwesomeCoaching Follow us on Instagram @TeganTrovato and @katie_rasoul Connect with us on LinkedIn: Tegan Trovato and Katie Rasoul Download free tools and sign up for our newsletters, events and workshops by visiting: https://www.brightarrowcoaching.com/ and https://www.teamawesomecoaching.com/

    • 54 min
    Wayfinding for the Weary Entrepreneur, with E. Keller Fitzsimmons

    Wayfinding for the Weary Entrepreneur, with E. Keller Fitzsimmons

    It’s easy for entrepreneurs and leaders to get so caught up in the day-to-day that we fall into a kind of sleepiness. And for many, it takes a dark night of the soul to wake us up to what’s really important. But what if we’d rather not wait for a crisis to find our way? How can we develop the self-awareness to lead with intention and follow our calling?
    Today, we’re joined by E. Keller Fitzsimmons, the author of Lost in Startuplandia: Wayfinding for the Weary Entrepreneur. An accomplished tech entrepreneur and artist, she earned the Silvertip PwC Entrepreneurship Award and Speech Technology’s Luminary Award. Kelly’s VR production company, Custom Reality Services, premiered its first two projects at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, and her work has appeared in Network Computing, InformationWeek and Inc.
    Kelly begins by sharing the health crisis that inspired Lost in Startuplandia and helped her step into her role as a creative. She explains how she learned to appreciate her strength of positivity and challenges us to own our strengths—and accept our shadow side. Listen in for Kelly’s insight on why entrepreneurs and leaders need support from a ‘triad of truth tellers’ and learn how to cultivate the self-belief it takes to move through heartbreak and live your purpose.
    Themes explored in this week’s episode: How curiosity + creativity serve as the through line in Kelly’s eclectic career The health crisis that inspired Kelly to write Lost in Startuplandia and redirected her to a path more in line with her purpose How Kelly learned to appreciate her strength of positivity and understand how it gave her the fortitude to be an entrepreneur The dark night of the soul that helped Kelly get in touch with her shadow side How we fall down as leaders when we make decisions to make ourselves look good Kelly’s strategies for cultivating self-belief through little acts of courage and turning down our inner critic Knowing when to ‘stay in the game’ and when to take a step back and heal Why we all need to establish a triad of truth tellers who help us make important decisions Kelly’s current work with artists and musicians + how she is leaning into her own creativity Resources from this episode: Watch our conversation with Kelly on the Life & Leadership YouTube Channel Learn more about Kelly’s work at Lost in Startuplandia Connect with Kelly on LinkedIn or Instagram Get your copy of Lost in Startuplandia: Wayfinding for the Weary Entrepreneur Explore Now, Discover Your Strengths or Strengths Finder 2.0 Discover the Center for Authentic Leadership Reframe your inner critic with Katie’s Hidden Brilliance + Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic Listen to Chip Conley’s interview on Sounds True Find out more about the Modern Elder Academy Explore Daniel Kahneman’s work on cognitive biases Read about decision-making in Annie Duke’s Thinking in Bets We would love to hear from you! Have an idea for a podcast or a question you want us to address? Interested in additional support, resources and workshops? Here are all the ways you can interact with us!
    Tweet us! @tegantrovato and @TeamAwesomeMKE Email us: tegan@BrightArrowCoaching.com and Katie@TeamAwesomeCoaching.com Follow us on Facebook @BrightArrowCoaching and @TeamAwesomeCoaching Follow us on Instagram @TeganTrovato and @katie_rasoul Connect with us on LinkedIn: Tegan Trovato and Katie Rasoul Download free tools and sign up for our newsletters, events and workshops by visiting: https://www.brightarrowcoaching.com/ and https://www.teamawesomecoaching.com/

    • 58 min
    Creating Superb Teams (Using 6 Team Conditions), with Dr. Ruth Wageman and Dr. Krister Lowe

    Creating Superb Teams (Using 6 Team Conditions), with Dr. Ruth Wageman and Dr. Krister Lowe

    Most of us involved in the practice of leading and coaching teams take a relational approach, focusing on group dynamics and resolving conflicts as they arise. But what if we’re treating symptoms without getting to the root cause? All the conflict resolution in the world won’t help if a team lacks the underlying conditions necessary to be successful. So, how do we create an environment that puts our teams on a positive trajectory from the start?
    Today, we’re joined by Dr. Ruth Wageman and Dr. Krister Lowe, part of the core team of Team Diagnostics, LLC and co-hosts of the 6 Conditions Podcast. Ruth is one of the creators of the 6 Team Conditions Framework and Team Diagnostic Survey. She is one of the foremost scholars in the field of team performance, having led original research programs as a professor at Columbia, Dartmouth and Harvard Universities. She co-authored Senior Leadership Teams: What It Takes to Make Them Great. Krister is an organizational psychologist and team coach. He is the founder of the professional training platform The Team Coaching Zone. As a 20-year veteran of the team coaching space, he has developed an expertise in providing learning and development solutions for leading organizations around the globe.
    Ruth and Krister begin by walking us through the 6 Team Conditions Framework, explaining what makes their design more effective than a relational approach and what teams can do to assess their standing in each of the 6 areas. Ruth and Krister discuss the most common dysfunctions they encounter among the wide range of teams they coach and share what they are ultimately trying to accomplish through this work in fostering true collaboration. Listen in to understand what trends Ruth and Krister notice in their work with teams, what they are doing to support team leaders in meeting these challenges, and how YOU might benefit from a deeper understanding of the 6 Team Conditions Framework.
    Themes explored in this week’s episode: The 3 essentials and the 3 enablers that make up the 6 Team Conditions Framework Why conflict resolution fails when we don’t create the conditions for a team to be successful Ruth and Krister’s advice on defining a clear, specific purpose and making sure the whole team is on the same page The wide range of teams Ruth and Krister have worked with + the most common dysfunctions they encounter What issues SHOULD drive the agenda for senior leadership team meetings (and why it is NOT updates) What Ruth and Krister hope to accomplish through their work around team collaboration Redesigning organizations around collaboration and distributed authority How we can leverage the 60-30-10 Principle to meet the challenge of leading effective teams and bring more joy into the collaborative process The trends Ruth and Krister notice around team leaders and why the popular 1:1 management style doesn’t promote collaboration Who might benefit from pursuing certification in the 6 Team Conditions Framework Resources from this episode: Learn more about the framework at 6 Team Conditions Follow Ruth and Krister’s work on LinkedIn Connect with Ruth on Instagram + Krister on LinkedIn or Twitter Read Senior Leadership Teams: What It Takes to Make Them Great and The Practitioner’s Handbook of Team Coaching Listen to The 6 Conditions Podcast or The Team Coaching Zone Podcast Get more information about The Nautilus Experience Explore the work of Richard Hackman Get certified in the Team Diagnostic Survey Enroll in the 6 Team Conditions Advanced or Master Certification Training Learn more about The Coaches Training Institute Revisit our discussion on community with Lola Wright on The Life & Leadership Podcast We would love to hear from you! Have an idea for a podcast or a question you want us to address? Interested in additional support, resources and workshops? Here are all the ways you

    • 55 min
    Mental Health for All, with Alexa James of NAMI

    Mental Health for All, with Alexa James of NAMI

    We all assess how we’re feeling physically on a daily basis and use that data to inform our decisions. (If our knee hurts, we don’t run that day.) But we don’t do that with our mental health. Despite the fact that it drives our physical health and the way we see the world, we tend to consider mental wellness a luxury rather than a foundational piece of our wellbeing.
    Today, we’re joined by Alexa James, the Executive Director of the Chicago Chapter for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), an organization dedicated to providing hope and improving the quality of life for people affected by mental health conditions.  A licensed clinical social worker with Master’s Degrees in Social Work and Child Development, Alexa has devoted her professional life to serving people living with mental illness as well as those impacted by poverty and trauma.
    Alexa begins by explaining how biology, genetics and environment impact our mental health, offering insight into what a toxic community looks like and what we can do to create communities of wellness. She introduces us to the idea of proactively asking employees what accommodations they need to navigate stress and describes how she set the tone for her team by prioritizing her own mental health. Listen in for advice on using person-first language to talk about people living with mental illness and learn what YOU can do to remove the stigma associated with mental health.
    Themes explored in this week’s episode: How Alexa defines mental health as the ability to manage stress in a way that doesn’t interfere with our relationships, our work or our sense of self How our mental health impacts our physical health and guides the way we see the world How biology, genetics and environment contribute to the development of mental illness The idea of creating treatment declarations around what accommodations we need when we get stressed Alexa’s insight on what a toxic community looks like Alexa’s understanding of wellness as the responsibility she has to set the tone in the organizations she works with Why NAMI focuses on resources and environment to create communities of wellness Alexa’s take on the unique mental wellness needs of high-profile leaders and why it’s powerful when they acknowledge their challenges How the media and our healthcare system perpetuate the stigma around mental health Why sharing our lived experiences is the first step in removing the stigma associated with mental illness Using person-first language to talk about people living with mental illness Resources from this episode: Learn more about NAMI Chicago at https://www.namichicago.org/ Reach out to the NAMI Helpline at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) Read E. Keller Fitzsimmons’ Lost in Startuplandia Find your local chapter of NAMI at https://nami.org/Home Access the NAMI Chicago fact sheets Explore resources on mental health + mental health stigma Get more information about stress management Learn how to support a loved one with mental illness We would love to hear from you! Have an idea for a podcast or a question you want us to address? Interested in additional support, resources and workshops? Here are all the ways you can interact with us!
    Tweet us! @tegantrovato and @TeamAwesomeMKE Email us: tegan@BrightArrowCoaching.com and Katie@TeamAwesomeCoaching.com Follow us on Facebook @BrightArrowCoaching and @TeamAwesomeCoaching Follow us on Instagram @TeganTrovato and @katie_rasoul Connect with us on LinkedIn: Tegan Trovato and Katie Rasoul Download free tools and sign up for our newsletters, events and workshops by visiting: https://www.brightarrowcoaching.com/ and https://www.teamawesomecoaching.com/

    • 50 min
    Anger: What It Is and How to Use It for Good!

    Anger: What It Is and How to Use It for Good!

    “Anybody can become angry. That is easy. But to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose and in the right way? That is not within everybody’s power—and is not easy.”
    —Aristotle
    We’ve been socialized to see anger as a bad thing. So, we ignore it and let it fester. Or we lose control and unleash it. But what if there’s a third option? What if we can learn to work WITH our anger and channel it to, say, solve problems or fight for justice? What if we can use our anger for good?
    Today, we’re discussing where anger comes from and what purpose it serves. We address the stigma around anger in our culture, reframing it as a neutral emotion that has benefits when we can choose it as a response.
    We go on to explore the relationship between the way anger is modeled for us as children and our ability to name and express it as adults. Listen in for insight into the research on gender differences and anger at work and learn how to leverage your anger to take action for the greater good!
    Themes explored in this week’s episode:
    The definition of anger and what inspired Tegan’s deep dive on the subject The stigma around anger in our culture and why so many of us try to pretend it doesn’t exist Where anger comes from and the purpose it serves in removing obstacles The questions around whether anger is a primary or secondary emotion How the way anger is modeled for us as children impacts our ability to name and express it as adults The benefits of anger in terms of motivating us to solve problems and fight for justice Choosing anger as a response rather than a reaction that is out of our control How our biological perception of men’s vs. women’s faces influences the way we receive anger based on gender Why female leaders who express anger at work are perceived to be less competent than their male counterparts Our top strategies for working with your anger and leveraging it for good Resources from this episode:
    Watch this episode of the podcast on the Life & Leadership YouTube Channel Learn more about the Energy Leadership Index Assessment Review the 2019 Gallup Global Emotions Report Read J. Ruth Gendler’s description of anger personified in The Book of Qualities Explore Dr. Ursula Hess’ research on the communication of emotions Discover The Field Guide to Human Emotions by Dan Newby and Curtis Watkins Check out the Fall 2019 issue of Tricycle magazine on the topic of anger Look at Ursula Hess’ chapter on anger in The Positive Side of Negative Emotions Study the positive side of anger with these articles in Good Therapy, Emotion Researcher, Psychology Today and Sharecare We would love to hear from you! Have an idea for a podcast or a question you want us to address? Interested in additional support, resources and workshops? Here are all the ways you can interact with us!
    Tweet us! @tegantrovato and @TeamAwesomeMKE Email us: tegan@BrightArrowCoaching.com and Katie@TeamAwesomeCoaching.com Follow us on Facebook @BrightArrowCoaching and @TeamAwesomeCoaching Follow us on Instagram @TeganTrovato and @katie_rasoul Connect with us on LinkedIn: Tegan Trovato and Katie Rasoul Download free tools and sign up for our newsletters, events and workshops by visiting: https://www.brightarrowcoaching.com/ and https://www.teamawesomecoaching.com/

    • 48 min
    Habits That Make You a Better Leader

    Habits That Make You a Better Leader

    A habit is not something you do sometimes. Even something you do ‘most of the time’ doesn’t qualify. To be a true habit, the practice has to be a part of you. Something you do so regularly that it’s hard to give it up.
    And the quickest route to being a better leader is to establish habits that support the way you want to show up for your team.
    Today, we are sharing the five areas of habit development that have the greatest impact on leadership prowess. We discuss the communication habits you can use to inspire employees, explaining how storytelling and emotional language expand our ability to communicate effectively and guide a team.
    We introduce you to the power of planning to set boundaries around your time and energy and explore the tactical leadership habits that make for more meaningful and efficient meetings. Listen in to understand how being present with your people benefits both you and your team—and get our advice on how to cultivate new leadership habits that align with what matters to you!
    Themes explored in this week’s episode: The five areas of habit development that afford the greatest impact for leaders Leveraging storytelling and a coaching approach to communicate effectively How to inspire employees with vision casting and speaking greatness over your team The power of short- and long-term planning to set boundaries around your time and energy How emotional intelligence informs our ability to lead and what we can do to develop greater self-awareness The tactical leadership habits that make for more effective meetings How setting intentions around being present with your people benefits both you and your team The practice of updating your calendar retroactively to become a time management ninja What gets in our way as we work to develop new habits Our advice on how to cultivate a true habit Resources from this episode: Look behind the curtain at the Life & Leadership YouTube Channel Learn more about forming new habits on our podcast re: 90-Day Commitments Read about the art of storytelling in Pixar Storytelling and The Writer’s Journey Revisit our podcast episode on Being Present Explore James Clear’s approach to forming habits in his book Atomic Habits Check out Tegan’s blog posts on leadership habits, emotional intelligence and coaching skills We would love to hear from you! Have an idea for a podcast or a question you want us to address? Interested in additional support, resources and workshops? Here are all the ways you can interact with us!
    Tweet us! @tegantrovato and @TeamAwesomeMKE Email us: tegan@BrightArrowCoaching.com and Katie@TeamAwesomeCoaching.com Follow us on Facebook @BrightArrowCoaching and @TeamAwesomeCoaching Follow us on Instagram @TeganTrovato and @katie_rasoul Connect with us on LinkedIn: Tegan Trovato and Katie Rasoul Download free tools and sign up for our newsletters, events and workshops by visiting: https://www.brightarrowcoaching.com/ and https://www.teamawesomecoaching.com/

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