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Welcome to The Room: Inspiring Leadership Lessons for Senior and Mid-Level Leaders. Join leadership expert Jenny DuFresne as she shares valuable insights, practical strategies, and inspiring stories to enhance your leadership journey. Close the door and immerse yourself in this transformative podcast experience. Subscribe now and unlock your leadership potential.

The Room Podcast Jenny DuFresne

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Welcome to The Room: Inspiring Leadership Lessons for Senior and Mid-Level Leaders. Join leadership expert Jenny DuFresne as she shares valuable insights, practical strategies, and inspiring stories to enhance your leadership journey. Close the door and immerse yourself in this transformative podcast experience. Subscribe now and unlock your leadership potential.

    Create Your Resilience Plan

    Create Your Resilience Plan

    In this compelling episode of "The Room - Where Leaders Talk," Jenny DuFresne engages with Dr. Marie-Helene Pelletier, unraveling the intricacies of leadership and mental well-being. Dr. Pelletier's rich journey from a corporate environment to a psychologist and executive coach brings forth invaluable insights. The conversation delves into the impact of workplace culture on mental health and the imperative for leaders to create space for reflection. It highlights the interconnectedness of individual and organizational resilience, emphasizing the need for a strategic approach to mental well-being. Listeners are treated to a profound exploration of the challenges leaders face, the power of reflection, and practical steps for fostering a psychologically healthy workplace.

    3 Powerful Leadership Lessons: 


    Embrace Opportunities and Adventures:

    Dr. Marie-Helene Pelletier's journey highlights the importance of being open to new opportunities and adventures in your career. Her path involved following her instincts, exploring new possibilities, and seizing opportunities, ultimately leading her to a diverse and impactful career.


    Involve Your Team in Decision-Making:

    The example of managing winter holidays in the call center emphasizes the importance of involving the team in decision-making. Instead of imposing a solution, Dr. Pelletier encouraged her team members to express their preferences, fostering a sense of control and involvement. This approach can contribute to a psychologically healthy and safe team environment.


    Create Space for Reflection:

    Recognize the significance of creating space for personal reflection. In the fast-paced and demanding world of leadership, taking time for self-reflection, whether through activities like journaling, coaching sessions, or quiet moments during a run, allows leaders to gain clarity, make informed decisions, and build resilience.

    3 Impactful Quotes:


    “It's a combination of following my nose to opportunities and being open to new things that come my way. A few decision points led me to enjoy management, and that's when I thought, 'I'm going to do an MBA.'" - Dr. Marie-Helene Pelletier emphasizes the value of being open to unexpected opportunities and how diverse experiences, such as management roles, can shape a leader's journey.
    "We need to go from where we are. If right now we've not been focusing at all on it, you would build a strategy that includes a pillar, probably focused on increasing literacy and education." - Dr. Marie-Helene Pelletier highlights the importance of starting the journey towards mental health strategies from the organization's current state, focusing on literacy and education as foundational pillars.
    "There is an impact, there is an influence. As individuals, we're within a team, within an organization, within a country, within an era in this moment on the planet. All of these elements of the larger system are influencing us." - Dr. Marie-Helene Pelletier emphasizes the interconnectedness of individual well-being with broader systems, urging leaders to recognize and navigate the influences of the larger organizational and societal context.

    Connect with Marie-Helene Pelletier:


    www.drmarie-helene.com
    www.drmarie-helene.com/book
    www.facebook.com/drmhpelletier
    www.instagram.com/drmhpelletier
    www.linkedin.com/in/drmhpelletier

    Connect with Leaders Transform:


    www.LeadersTransform.com
    www.leaderstransform.com/theroompodcast 
    www.FromEmptytoOverflow.com
    www.linkedin.com/in/jennydufresne/

     

    Connect with Jenny:


    Interested in being a guest on The Room: Where Leaders Talk or to share a comment, please contact us at prosupport@leaderstransform.com 

    About Jenny DuFresne, The Room Host: 

    Jenny DuFresne is the CEO, Leaders Transform, a business growth training firm. The Leaders Transform team helps CEOs and leaders mitigate the risks to revenue, reputation, and productivity. People are the soul of every company. Leaders Transform’s 6 Levers of Culture,

    • 47 min
    Kick Some Glass: Unleash the Power of Women Leaders

    Kick Some Glass: Unleash the Power of Women Leaders

    In this compelling episode of The Room - Where Leaders Talk, Jenny DuFresne engages in a thought-provoking conversation with Pattie Grimm, CEO of Advantage Performance & Training, Ltd. Pattie's journey from banking to tech giants like Microsoft unveils pivotal crossroads and leadership revelations. From embracing challenges to crafting a growth mindset, Pattie shares profound insights into her leadership philosophy. The discussion delves into Pattie's bold decisions, leaving the security of a corporate job to start her own company. Their exchange explores the essence of authenticity and the transformative power of embracing opportunities. The episode navigates through Pattie's experiences in male-dominated tech environments, shedding light on the importance of women's voices in shaping the future.

    3 Powerful Leadership Lessons:


    Embrace the Unexpected: Pattie's career trajectory highlights the value of embracing unexpected opportunities, leading to transformative growth and success.
    Play to Your Strengths: Pattie underscores the significance of leveraging one's strengths, focusing on what makes you valuable, visible, and vocal.
    Authentic Leadership: The episode emphasizes the power of authenticity in leadership, fostering trust and creating a culture of openness.

    3 Impactful Quotes:


    “Focus on the best and forget the rest. In today's business world, sameness is the kiss of death.” - Pattie Grimm emphasizes the need for diverse perspectives and strengths in leadership for inclusive decision-making.
    “The number one thing holding women back is perfectionism. You have to be confident and play to your strengths.” - Pattie sheds light on the challenges of perfectionism and advocates for confidence and authenticity in women's leadership.
    “If women aren't at the forefront of what's being done with artificial intelligence, things will get developed that are not inclusive. We need those women and girls in cutting edge.” - Pattie highlights the crucial role of women in shaping the future of technology, ensuring inclusivity and diversity in development.

     

    Connect with Pattie Grimm:


    www.linkedin.com/in/pattie-Grimm

     

    Connect with Leaders Transform:


    www.LeadersTransform.com
    www.leaderstransform.com/theroompodcast 
    www.FromEmptytoOverflow.com
    www.linkedin.com/in/jennydufresne/

     

    Connect with Jenny:


    Interested in being a guest on The Room: Where Leaders Talk or to share a comment, please contact us at prosupport@leaderstransform.com 

    About Jenny DuFresne, The Room Host: 

    Jenny DuFresne is the CEO, Leaders Transform, a business growth training firm. The Leaders Transform team helps CEOs and leaders mitigate the risks to revenue, reputation, and productivity. People are the soul of every company. Leaders Transform’s 6 Levers of Culture, Trust, Communication, Engagement, Values, and Alignment build great teams, reduce employee turnover, and build vibrant company culture.  Since 2013, the firm has served more than 3,500 business leaders and teams around the globe. 

    Jenny is a Veteran with 10-years of service in the United States Marine Corps. She is the international bestselling author of From Empty to Overflow: 5 Radical Actions for Women Leaders, a leadership guide for women leaders to lead harmonious lives. She holds degrees from Harvard University and George Mason University. 

    See you next week in The Room.

    • 42 min
    How to Harness Intuition to Transform Teams

    How to Harness Intuition to Transform Teams

    In this illuminating episode of The Room - Where Leaders Talk, host Jenny DuFresne engages in a riveting conversation with Helen Nibs, CEO of Helen Nibs Consulting, and a trailblazing corporate alchemist. Nibs' journey from leading multimillion-dollar corporations to integrating intuitive and healing practices into her work unveils a transformative approach to leadership. The discussion explores breaking through conventional corporate mindsets, emphasizing collaboration, and leveraging intuition for holistic decision-making. Nibs' unique perspective challenges the dichotomy of personal and professional selves, offering profound insights for leaders seeking harmony and authenticity in their leadership journey. Tune in to unravel the alchemy of corporate intuition and leadership wisdom.

    3 Powerful Leadership Lessons:


    Intuitive Collaboration: Nibs emphasizes the power of intuitive collaboration, urging leaders to tap into their innate wisdom to build cohesive and harmonious teams.
    Holistic Decision-Making: The conversation underscores the importance of holistic decision-making, where intuition and corporate strategy intersect to create a more profound and effective leadership approach.
    Authentic Integration: Nibs shares the lesson of authentic integration, encouraging leaders to break free from compartmentalization and embrace a unified approach to personal and professional selves.

    3 Impactful Quotes:


    "In the symphony of leadership, intuitive collaboration is the harmony that elevates teams beyond conventional boundaries." - Helen Nibs
    "Holistic decision-making is the compass that guides leaders through the complexities of corporate dynamics, ensuring a path aligned with authenticity and intuition." - Helen Nibs
    "Authentic integration is the key to unlocking leadership alchemy, where personal and professional selves converge, creating a powerful and authentic leadership presence." - Helen Nibs

    Connect with Helen Nibs:


    helennibsconsultant.com
    Ripplesoflightok.com
    www.facebook.com/HelenNibsConsultant
    www.instagram.com/helen_nibs_consultant
    www.linkedin.com/in/helen-nibs

    Connect with Leaders Transform:


    www.LeadersTransform.com
    www.leaderstransform.com/theroompodcast 
    www.FromEmptytoOverflow.com
    www.linkedin.com/in/jennydufresne/

    Connect with Jenny:


    Interested in being a guest on The Room: Where Leaders Talk or to share a comment, please contact us at prosupport@leaderstransform.com 

    About Jenny DuFresne, The Room Host: 

    Jenny DuFresne is the CEO, Leaders Transform, a business growth training firm. The Leaders Transform team helps CEOs and leaders mitigate the risks to revenue, reputation, and productivity. People are the soul of every company. Leaders Transform’s 6 Levers of Culture, Trust, Communication, Engagement, Values, and Alignment build great teams, reduce employee turnover, and build vibrant company culture.  Since 2013, the firm has served more than 3,500 business leaders and teams around the globe. 

    Jenny is a Veteran with 10-years of service in the United States Marine Corps. She is the international bestselling author of From Empty to Overflow: 5 Radical Actions for Women Leaders, a leadership guide for women leaders to lead harmonious lives. She holds degrees from Harvard University and George Mason University. 

    See you next week in The Room.

    • 43 min
    Turning Problems into Power: Overcome Challenges and Thrive!

    Turning Problems into Power: Overcome Challenges and Thrive!

    In this insightful episode of "The Room - Where Leaders Talk," Jenny DuFresne sits down with Tonisha Stalnaker, CEO of SVS Agency. They delve into Tonisha's diverse career, spanning healthcare, IT, and recruiting, revealing the vital role of resilience and adaptability. She shares her experiences tackling organizational challenges, from transforming recruiting processes to handling difficult personnel situations. One notable story involves managing a large group of employees and the impact it had on her leadership journey. Tonisha's ability to identify problems and take bold action, even in uncomfortable situations, highlights the importance of strong communication and resilience in leadership. This episode showcases how adaptability and self-awareness can lead to valuable leadership lessons in any industry.

     

    3 Powerful Leadership Lessons:

     


    Resilience and Adaptability: In Tonisha's career journey, we witness the power of resilience and adaptability. Her ability to thrive despite multiple layoffs and transition between industries underscores the importance of embracing change and demonstrating unwavering resilience in leadership.

     


    Effective Communication: Tonisha's experience with managing a group of employees demonstrates the significance of effective communication in leadership. Her shift from handling a large group to addressing individuals individually after a less-than-ideal experience underscores the importance of clear, empathetic communication.

     


    Handling Challenging Situations: The story of Tonisha's encounter with a confrontational colleague reveals the necessity of addressing difficult situations head-on while maintaining composure. Her response serves as a valuable lesson in standing up for oneself in a professional setting.

     

    3 Impactful Quotes:

     


    "Resilience and adaptability go hand in hand. Embrace change, no matter how accidental it may seem. It's in those unexpected moments that you find your greatest strengths." - Tonisha Stalnaker

     


    "Leadership is not just about making bold decisions but also about communicating them effectively. It's not the 'what' but the 'how' that matters." - Tonisha Stalnaker

     


    "Don't ever speak to me like that again. It's crucial to assert boundaries and maintain professionalism even in challenging situations." - Tonisha Stalnaker

     

    Connect with Tonisha Stalnaker:


    www.stalnakervs.com
    www.facebook.com/stalnakervs
    www.instagram.com/stalnaker_vs
    www.linkedin.com/in/tonishastalnaker

    Connect with Leaders Transform:


    www.LeadersTransform.com
    www.leaderstransform.com/theroompodcast 
    www.FromEmptytoOverflow.com
    www.linkedin.com/in/jennydufresne/

    Connect with Jenny:


    Interested in being a guest on The Room: Where Leaders Talk or to share a comment, please contact us at prosupport@leaderstransform.com 

    About Jenny DuFresne, The Room Host: 

    Jenny DuFresne is the CEO, Leaders Transform, a business growth training firm. The Leaders Transform team helps CEOs and leaders mitigate the risks to revenue, reputation, and productivity. People are the soul of every company. Leaders Transform’s 6 Levers of Culture, Trust, Communication, Engagement, Values, and Alignment build great teams, reduce employee turnover, and build vibrant company culture.  Since 2013, the firm has served more than 3,500 business leaders and teams around the globe. 

    Jenny is a Veteran with 10-years of service in the United States Marine Corps. She is the international bestselling author of From Empty to Overflow: 5 Radical Actions for Women Leaders, a leadership guide for women leaders to lead harmonious lives. She holds degrees from Harvard University and George Mason University. 

    See you next week in The Room.

    • 52 min
    From Burnout to Liberation: A Mom's Path to Well-Being

    From Burnout to Liberation: A Mom's Path to Well-Being

    Melissa Rohlfs, CEO of Free 2 B Coaching, delves into the profound connection between leadership, motherhood, and personal well-being. Melissa's journey as a leader and a mother highlights the common struggles of balancing these roles while dealing with stress, childhood trauma, and inner turmoil. Her transformation is an inspiring testament to the power of healing, introspection, and recognizing that leadership isn't limited to corporate titles. Melissa gives valuable insights on how addressing the root causes of stress and self-doubt can lead to more effective leadership and a happier, healthier life.

    Why Leaders Should Listen 

    Through this podcast, Melissa delivers valuable insights into how addressing the root causes of stress and self-doubt can not only make us more effective leaders but also lead to a happier and healthier life. If you've ever felt the tension between your leadership responsibilities and the demands of motherhood, or if you're simply seeking a more holistic approach to leadership, this podcast is a must-listen. Melissa's journey is bound to inspire you to embark on your path to self-discovery and leadership transformation. Don't miss out on this enlightening and transformative conversation.

    3 Powerful Leadership Lessons:


    Leadership extends beyond the workplace:  Melissa's journey illustrates that motherhood is a form of leadership in itself. Acknowledging this fact helps parents navigate the challenges of balancing leadership roles at home and work.
    Healing is a vital part of leadership: Personal healing is essential for effective leadership. Addressing unresolved trauma and emotional well-being can lead to better decision-making, communication, and overall leadership capabilities.
    Address the root cause of challenges:  Instead of seeking quick fixes or external solutions, leaders should focus on understanding and addressing the root causes of their struggles. This approach leads to lasting, positive change and personal growth.

    3 Impactful Quotes:


    "The body keeps score. The body remembers. Our beliefs affect our thoughts, which affects our actions. If you don't address the root, your thoughts and actions won't change." - Melissa Rohlfs emphasizes the importance of understanding the deep-rooted causes of stress, trauma, and their impact on leadership and well-being.
    "Your life isn't going to change until you address the root cause because that's where the freedom takes place." - Melissa Rohlfs emphasizes that true transformation and joy come from addressing the underlying issues that affect how one shows up in life and leadership.
    "I've learned that true freedom comes from healing and transforming from within. It's not about just losing weight or looking a certain way, but about addressing the root causes of stress, anxiety, and trauma that hold us back." - Melissa Rohlfs emphasizes that genuine freedom isn't solely about physical changes like losing weight or conforming to societal beauty standards. It's about the inner journey of addressing the emotional and psychological barriers, such as stress, anxiety, and trauma, which often hinder personal growth and well-being.

    Connect with Melissa Rohlfs:


    free2bcoaching.com
    facebook.com/melissarohlfscoach
    https://www.instagram.com/free2b_coaching/
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrohlfs/

    Links and References:


    www.LeadersTransform.com
    www.leaderstransform.com/theroompodcast 
    www.FromEmptytoOverflow.com
    www.linkedin.com/in/jennydufresne/
    https://www.leaderstransform.com/podcasts/the-room-podcast/episodes/2148201932

    Connect with Jenny:


    Interested in being a guest on The Room: Where Leaders Talk or to share a comment, please contact us at prosupport@leaderstransform.com 

    About Jenny DuFresne, The Room Host: 

    Jenny DuFresne is the CEO, Leaders Transform, a business growth training firm. The Leaders Transform team helps CEOs and leaders mitigate the risks to revenue, reputation, and productivity. People are the soul of every company. Leaders Tr

    • 33 min
    Let Me Finish! How to Navigate Being the "Only" in the Room

    Let Me Finish! How to Navigate Being the "Only" in the Room

    In this episode of "The Room - Where Leaders Talk," Sheryl Mays, CEO of Rise and Shine Consulting and Coaching, discusses her leadership journey and the pivotal lessons she learned along the way. Sheryl emphasizes the importance of understanding that not everyone on your team aspires to be a leader like you and the significance of building alliances. She also highlights the power of mentorship and how her mentor helped her gain confidence as a leader. Sheryl shares her experience breaking into the "boys' club" and finding her voice, a journey many women leaders can relate to. Now, as the CEO of her consulting firm, Sheryl offers the Master the Sale Academy to help businesses focus on customer retention and exceptional service, emphasizing the value of internal and external customers.

    Why Should Leaders Listen:

    Leaders, both seasoned and aspiring, should tune in to this interview with Sheryl Mays for compelling insights and practical takeaways. Sheryl shares her remarkable leadership journey, which includes breaking into the "boys' club" and finding her voice as a woman of color in leadership. Her experiences and lessons provide valuable guidance for leaders navigating similar challenges. Additionally, Sheryl's expertise in customer service and customer engagement sheds light on the importance of customer retention and delivering exceptional experiences, offering a fresh perspective on how customer-centric practices can drive success and sustainability. Her discussion on gaining confidence as a leader and the role of mentorship is also vital for leaders at all levels. Overall, this interview is a treasure trove of leadership wisdom and strategies.

    3 Powerful Leadership Lessons:


    Not Everyone Wants to Be a Leader: Understand that not all team members share your aspiration for leadership roles, and leadership comes in many forms.
    Building Alliances: Building and nurturing alliances is crucial for success in leadership roles. Relationships can open doors and provide valuable support.
    Confidence is Key: Confidence in your abilities as a leader is essential. Seek mentors and support to overcome imposter syndrome and gain the confidence you need to make an impact.

    3 Impactful Quotes:


    "As a leader, we have to be okay with answering the question because the question resurfaces every time you get a new assignment, every time you get a new team: 'Am I Worthy?'" - Sheryl Mays emphasizes the recurring doubt that leaders face and the importance of addressing it.
    "Sometimes it takes a person to see who you really are, and then to see you in a position or in a situation, and they say, 'No, you're not showing up as your best.'" - Sheryl Mays underscores the significance of self-awareness and mentorship in recognizing and addressing imposter syndrome.
    "Customer retention is vital to your business. When you Wow your customers, they tell other people, they give you referrals. Referrals equal new customers. New customers equal revenue." - Sheryl Mays stresses the fundamental beliefs businesses should adopt to achieve success in customer service and sales.

    Connect with Sheryl Mays:


    https://www.risingandshine.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/sheryl.mays.58/
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/sherylmays/
    https://www.instagram.com/riseandshinecf
    https://www.facebook.com/riseandshine.success 

    Links and References:


    www.LeadersTransform.com
    www.leaderstransform.com/theroompodcast 
    www.FromEmptytoOverflow.com
    www.linkedin.com/in/jennydufresne/
    https://www.leaderstransform.com/podcasts/the-room-podcast/episodes/2148187979

    Connect with Jenny:


    Interested in being a guest on The Room: Where Leaders Talk or to share a comment, please contact us at prosupport@leaderstransform.com 

    About Jenny DuFresne, The Room Host: 

    Jenny DuFresne is the CEO, Leaders Transform, a business growth training firm. The Leaders Transform team helps CEOs and leaders mitigate the risks to revenue, reputation, and productivity. People are the soul of every company. Lead

    • 36 min

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Phenomenal host, deep conversations

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