27 episodes

The Power Shift podcast is all about redefining the idea of “power” and how we use it for good, not with the traditional idea of force. Listen to thought-provoking and practical interviews to help you understand power from every angle– how a person gets ‘in her power’, how power works in the workplace, and how power can shift and be shared.Host Dr. Sharon Melnick is a Harvard Medical School trained business psychologist who’s a best-selling author, speaker, and sought-after executive coach who helps Women Leaders be in their power, get into a next level position of power, and use their power as a Culture Carrier in their company and community. Because every woman in her power is a Change Agent!

The Power Shift Podcast Sharon Melnick

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The Power Shift podcast is all about redefining the idea of “power” and how we use it for good, not with the traditional idea of force. Listen to thought-provoking and practical interviews to help you understand power from every angle– how a person gets ‘in her power’, how power works in the workplace, and how power can shift and be shared.Host Dr. Sharon Melnick is a Harvard Medical School trained business psychologist who’s a best-selling author, speaker, and sought-after executive coach who helps Women Leaders be in their power, get into a next level position of power, and use their power as a Culture Carrier in their company and community. Because every woman in her power is a Change Agent!

    Episode 26: Co-Creating Power with Ruchika Tulshyan

    Episode 26: Co-Creating Power with Ruchika Tulshyan

    Ruchika Tulshyan is the founder of Candour, a global inclusion strategy firm. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times and Harvard Business Review. As a keynote speaker, Ruchika has addressed audiences at organizations like NASA, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and U.S. Congress. 
    Ruchika is the author of “The Diversity Advantage: Fixing Gender Inequality in the Workplace.” Her forthcoming book "Inclusion on Purpose: An Intersectional Approach to Creating a Culture of Belonging at Work" is available for pre-order now (MIT Press, March 2022.) 
    Ruchika is on the Thinkers50 Radar list and named among Hive Learning's Most Influential D&I Professionals for the past two years. She is a former international business journalist who is now regularly quoted as a media expert in outlets like NPR, The New York Times and Bloomberg.
    In this episode, we discuss:

    Her view of  inclusion and why it has EVERYTHING to do with power 

    How she helps leadership step back and reconsider what power structures should look like going forward  

    Decades of research that show us the positive effects of inclusion  

    Scarcity mindset and what it has to do with power

    When a leader discovers how empowering it is to share their power

    Her viral HBR article on why we need to stop telling women they have imposter syndrome and start looking at the system and how it takes power away

    Being pro-active actionable advocates for inclusion, no matter our identity

    The importance of one’s tribe to create a chain of validation

    Intersectionality, where multiple marginalized identities intersect and how an understanding of it can create positive validation and empowerment

    We all have the power to create the change we want to see and make a reality where we all thrive and rise together


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    Connect with Dr. Ruchika:
    Websites: 
    https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/inclusion-purpose
    https://www.rtulshyan.com/
     
    Connect with Dr. Sharon Melnick
    Website: https://www.sharonmelnick.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharonmelnick/

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    • 43 min
    Episode 25: The Power of Connection with Dr. Michelle Johnston

    Episode 25: The Power of Connection with Dr. Michelle Johnston

    Dr. Michelle K. Johnston is a management professor, executive coach, and leadership expert helping leaders achieve results through meaningful connections. She is an award-winning professor studying leadership and business communication, and her research has shown a clear link between a team’s effective communication and its positive financial performance. Michelle is a celebrated keynote speaker presenting at conferences and events nationwide. She received her Ph.D. in Communication from Louisiana State University, and she was named to the prestigious 100 Coaches group, which consists of the top executive coaches around the world. Michelle serves as the Gaston Chair of Business at Loyola University New Orleans where she teaches in the graduate and undergraduate programs in the College of Business. She lives in her beloved city of New Orleans, Louisiana, with her daughter, Elizabeth. The Seismic Shift in Leadership is her first book

    In this episode, we discuss:


    Dr. Michelle’s experience as a young professor trying to use power which disconnected her from her authentic self.

    The client stories spurred her to search for what was missing in traditional power structures.  

    What The Seismic Shift in Leadership is   

    What true power really is and why its a superpower  

    Dr. Michelle’s approach to the new realities of a virtual workplace that are opportunities to connect with a team members and their burping babies, rambunctious dogs, and kitchen remodels

    The “Treat Me Like A Human” revolution she’s starting

    Helping perfectionists learn that mistakes are acceptable and a surer path to innovation than perfection.  


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    Connect with Dr. Michelle:
    Website: https://michellekjohnston.com/

    Connect with Dr. Sharon Melnick
    Website: https://www.sharonmelnick.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharonmelnick/

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    • 34 min
    Episode 24: Success Makes an Impact that is Powerful with Dr. Ruth Gotian

    Episode 24: Success Makes an Impact that is Powerful with Dr. Ruth Gotian

    Dr. Ruth Gotian is the Chief Learning Officer and Assistant Professor of Education in Anesthesiology and former Assistant Dean of Mentoring and Executive Director of the Mentoring Academy at Weill Cornell Medicine. She has been hailed by the journal Nature and Columbia University as an expert in mentoring and leadership development and is currently a contributor to Forbes and Psychology Today where she writes about ‘optimizing success’. She also has a weekly show and podcast by the same name where she gathers high achievers to talk about their journey to success. In 2021, she was one of 30 people worldwide to be named to the Thinkers50 Radar List, dubbed the Oscars of management thinking and is a semi-finalist for the Forbes 50 Over 50 list.
    Dr. Gotian publishes on topics ranging from networking, mentoring, leadership development and optimizing success and has given keynote talks on these themes all over the globe. She regularly publishes in such journals as Nature, Scientific American, Academic Medicine, Psychology Today, Forbes and Harvard Business Review. She is the co-editor of a book on medical education, won numerous mentoring awards and is the author of The Success Factor – Developing the Mindset and Skillset for Peak Performance.
    In this episode, we discuss:


    Dr. Gotian’s definition of power as the ability to have an impact.

    her realization that Nobel Prize and Olympians are regular people just like her who learned to be High Achievers

    The 4 traits all highly successful individuals have, whether they are astronauts or CEOs.

    The difference between extrinsic motivation and doing something because it is your passion 

    The secret to knowing your subject so well is that it makes you a high achiever, and how the children in your life can help you with this 

    It is more about what over-achievers don’t know than what they do know that lends to their success.


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    Connect with Dr. Ruth Gotian:
    Email: rgotian@gmail.com
    Website: www.ruthgotian.com 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rgotian/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ruthgotian
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ruthgotian/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTG7Bo7f5QZ3aaxOxAX5_3Q


     
    Connect with Dr. Sharon Melnick
    Website: https://www.sharonmelnick.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharonmelnick/

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    • 35 min
    Episode 23: The Power of Self Authoring Your Life with Nabeela Ixtabalan

    Episode 23: The Power of Self Authoring Your Life with Nabeela Ixtabalan

    Nabeela Ixtabalan leads human resources and corporate affairs for one of Canada's largest employers with over 100,000 associates and more than 400 stores nationwide. 
    Her career includes nearly 20 years of leadership and business development experience with three of the world’s most recognized brands - Walmart, IKEA, and Starbucks Coffee in the US, Canada, and Europe. Nabeela was previously Head of Digital Transformation at Ingka, leading IKEA’s digital and retail transformation globally across 41 countries. 
    Nabeela is especially passionate about enterprise-wide transformations, the future of work, change management, diversity and inclusion, and organizational design. In 2017, she was appointed to the TaskRabbit Board of Directors, a leading gig economy platform that has revolutionized digital two-sided marketplaces. In 2019, she joined the Future Skills Centre of Canada as a Board Advisor, a pan-Canadian effort focused on skills development and employment training to help Canadians transition in the changing economy. 
     
    In this episode, we discuss:
     
    ● How she defines being in her power as inhabiting a self-authoring state, as opposed to inhabiting a socializing state
    ● Why even getting to the c-suite as a young minority female does not mean you are in your power if you have a dark shadow
    ● The moment that sparked Nabeela to realize that her self-identity was tied to her work, prompting her to broaden her definition of success to include her personal life and mental health
    ● How she courage to speak her truth by choosing to believe in people’s compassion as opposed to their judgement.
    ● What Nabeela’s faith has taught her that liberates from trying to control everything
    ● How Nabeela created a movement around mental health and well-being at Walmart Canada
    ● How Walmart Canada provided essential services during a pandemic by having a motivated, healthy workforce.

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    Connect with Nabeela:
    Email: Nabeela.Ixtabalan@walmart.com 
      
    Connect with Dr. Sharon Melnick
    Website: https://www.sharonmelnick.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharonmelnick/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSharonMelnick
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    • 41 min
    Episode 22: Employees Have More Power with Melissa Dain

    Episode 22: Employees Have More Power with Melissa Dain

    As part of Integral’s executive team, Melissa leads strategists, creative managers, and consultants to reimagine how clients handle change and its impact on company culture. Melissa’s responsibilities also include initiatives to support and accelerate Integral’s growth, operations, and talent development. She has transformed culture and operational models at both Fortune 50 companies and aggressive growth start-ups in retail, tech, and consumer products. Organizations of note include New York & Company, Quirky.com, and IBM—along with her own agency, Resonant Insights Consulting where she forged breakthrough brand and marketing strategies for major players within the Retail, Consumer Goods, and Hospitality industries. Under Melissa’s leadership, Integral’s multidisciplinary teams deliver solutions that combine strategic value with bold human-centered outcomes by working closely within and across clients and stakeholders to co-create engagement strategies, share best practices, and bring to life initiatives that communicate the value of their work. 
    In this episode, we discuss: 

    The in depth research report by Integral that details what employees need to see from their employees in order to align with their values and stay at the company

    How employees are using their power and holding their organizations accountable

    The evolving way that younger generations are approaching their careers and how they consume work - the similarities and differences with other

    What companies can do to reduce burnout and create a healthier work-life balance

    The different concerns between male and female employees in the workplace

    The importance as a leader to listen to a workforce’s needs and noticeably respond to them

     
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    Connect with Melissa
    Website: https://www.teamintegral.com/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc0wQiR0YcPihOCEtYSEVvw
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/teamintegral/  
     
    Connect with Dr. Sharon Melnick
    Website: https://www.sharonmelnick.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharonmelnick/
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    • 31 min
    Episode 21: Emotional Foundations of Power with Evelyn Rodstein

    Episode 21: Emotional Foundations of Power with Evelyn Rodstein

    Evelyn Rodstein is an Executive and Team Coach and Consultant who is a recognized pioneer in the field of Leadership Development. She has an exceptional background that combines experience as Global Managing Director of Leadership and Talent at four Fortune 100 companies with an early career as a supervising individual and family therapist.
     She was Managing Director of Leadership at JP Morgan, JP Morgan Chase, Bankers Trust/Deutsche Bank, and was Chief Talent & Development Officer of KPMG, where she managed a matrixed team of over 100 people with a $100+ million budget and won the #2 national Best Company for Training.
     She is a recognized authority in Leadership, Executive & Team Coaching, and Organizational Change. She has done groundbreaking work and led cultural integrations in several Fortune 100 mergers, Leadership and Succession Programs for CEO succession and the top 200 executives, as well as complex cultural transformations and ethics initiatives at scale.
     Her coaching practice includes companies across many industries of all sizes, from startups to Fortune 500, PE portfolio companies, privately held/middle-market firms and professional services, plus universities, healthcare, the arts and nonprofits. She coaches CEOs, C-Suite executives, high-potentials, and does team building and strategy offsites to create organizational and culture change.
    In this episode, we discuss:

    Knowing your strengths, weaknesses, and triggers as the basis of finding your power

    The internalized sense of competence that is needed to grasp your power

    How women can avoid fear of using their power

    How to strategically display emotion

    The one emotion that should be kept out of the workplace

    Being able to push back productively, with calm judgment as a form of power

    The authentic - and only meaningful way - that leaders can show their power (and how leadership programs lack this)

     
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    Connect with Evelyn Rodstein:
    email: evelyn.rodstein@gmail.com 
    website: https://www.evelynrodstein.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/evelynrodstein/
     
    Connect with Dr. Sharon Melnick
    Website: https://www.sharonmelnick.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharonmelnick/
     
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    • 44 min

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550 Ratings

550 Ratings

Alex425xyz ,

Great insights, great guests!

I listened to the recent episode with Anne Gotte and she had some great insights into how to unlock human potential and make sure your employees feel valued. This episode is so applicable to a wide audience and as a small business owner, I’m always striving to be a better leader to my employees and this episode gave me some ideas on how to implement best practices in my own company. Sharon asked thought-provoking questions which allowed Anne to respond with great detail on her experiences and knowledge - a true testament to her hosting.

Cher Hale ,

Insightful and eye-opening

This is such a unique show. I love that Sharon examines power from multiple perspectives and brings on guests that have both real world and academic experience. It always helps me to see my current reality differently and helps me consider how I might do things in a way that is more fulfilling for me individually and for my community.

J Jedele ,

The Art of Noble Work

Loved this podcast - great perspectives from the guest speaker Anne and insightful questions from Dr. Melnick. Especially liked role of the Manager and baseline premise of work inherently being noble and that we need more equitable access to prepare for noble work. Thanks Anne!

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