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Leadership is Feminine

English, Finance, 6 seasons, 271 episodes, 3 days 23 hours 16 minutes
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Learn how to lead your team. If you're like most entrepreneurs, you have little to no formal management training. So figuring out how to lead your team can feel frustrating, overwhelming and even daunting. If you know it's time to learn how to be a better boss, you've found the perfect coach-in-a-podcast to get you there. Each week, Entrepreneurial Management Expert and Mentor, Kris Plachy will share simple practices you can implement as a business owner and leader to improve how well you lead your team. Whether you're just building your business or have been in business for some time, Kris will offer insights that help you determine who to hire, who to fire, how to set and reinforce expectations and how to get the most out of your team efforts. Your business matters and has important work to do in the world. Don't let the frustration and confusion you experience with your team slow you down. Together, we'll make sure you learn the vital tools that will help you feel more confident and capable as a leader so you master achieving great results through your team members. Kris coaches female entrepreneurs leading 7 & 8 figure businesses. To learn more about working with her, go to www.krisplachy.com.
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Should You Have An Open Door Policy? | E150

In this episode of Leadership is Feminine, Kris Plachy challenges the notion of open door policies and their effectiveness in leadership. With her signature wisdom, Kris dives into why simply declaring an open door policy isn't enough to make team members feel truly comfortable approaching you. She emphasizes the importance of being intentional and prescriptive in creating opportunities for engagement with your team. Kris illustrates the concept by likening an open door policy to inviting someone into your home and how you can best make someone feel welcomed. She urges leaders to provide specific avenues for communication, such as scheduled one-on-one meetings, team lunches, or virtual office hours. Emphasizing the need for proactive engagement, Kris encourages leaders to initiate interactions, particularly with team members they might not know well. The episode emphasizes that the responsibility of creating a welcoming and approachable environment falls on the leader.
26/02/202412 minutes 28 seconds
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When Venting Between Managers and Their Employees Is an Issue In Your Business

In this episode of Leadership is Feminine, Kris Plachy addresses the challenges and dynamics that arise when a manager becomes the go-to person for complaints and venting within a company. She shares her perspective on the role of managers in extending culture, expectations, and values into the organization, while also emphasizing the importance of effective communication and translating the founder's vision to the team. Kris explores the issue of things getting lost in translation when communicating with managers, emphasizing the need for clear expectations and a strong emphasis on the organization's vision. She also discusses the importance of managers taking ownership of their role and responsibilities, particularly when it comes to addressing tough situations and holding employees accountable. Kris shares insights on empowering managers to be effective leaders rather than just messengers for the founder's directives. Join Kris as she delves into the intricate world
19/02/202424 minutes 56 seconds
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The Impact of Gossip on Team Dynamics and Productivity | E148

In this episode, Kris Plachy is tackling the intriguing topic of team gossip – you know, that thing that has a way of sneaking its way into our business and team conversations? In Kris fashion, she cuts to the chase, sharing insights on how gossip can impact small businesses, leadership dynamics, and even our personal relationships. She dives into the different shades of venting, complaining, and gossiping, shedding light on the underlying reasons why we humans engage in these behaviors. Kris opens up about her own encounters with gossip and stresses why leaders must confront it directly within their organizations. Get ready for some practical tips on dealing with workplace gossip – Kris emphasizes the importance of setting clear expectations and values as a leader. She also discusses how leaders can either contribute to or combat gossip, highlighting the significant role their attitude plays in shaping the team culture. Plus, she shares a compelling real-life s
12/02/202416 minutes 47 seconds
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Leading a Business While Honoring Self-Care with Brett Larkin

In today’s enlightening episode of Leadership is Feminine, we delve into the exciting world of yoga, self-care, and leadership with our amazing guest, Brett Larkin, a yoga entrepreneur and new author of Yoga Life: Habits, Poses, and Breathwork to Channel Joy Amidst the Chaos. Brett credits mindset shifts that host, Kris Plachy, coached her through as crucial in her journey of managing her company and writing her book, all while navigating personal challenges. During their chat, Brett shines a light on the importance of making your yoga practice truly your own, emphasizing the critical role of awareness and breath work over prescribed poses. Kris and Brett's conversation touches on how important it is for female founders to integrate yoga into daily life, emphasizing how the practice of yoga fosters a deep connection with oneself, significantly benefiting physical and emotional health. This inspiring conversation serves as a gentle reminder to prioritize self-c
05/02/202444 minutes 41 seconds
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The Power of Saying No: Why Good Leaders Set Boundaries and Embrace Authenticity | E146

In this episode of Leadership is Feminine, Kris Plachy dives into the concept of why good leaders say no. She presents her perspective on how saying no is a crucial skill for leaders, delving into the reasons why people often struggle with it. Kris unpacks the dynamics of people-pleasing and the underlying motivations behind saying yes when really meaning no. Throughout the episode, Kris explores the impact of leaders' ability to say no on team dynamics and organizational culture. She also shares personal anecdotes from personal and professional experiences, discussing the effects of both positively and negatively delivered no responses from leaders. The episode encourages listeners to reflect on their own ability to say no and its impact on their well-being and leadership effectiveness. So, think about it – do great bosses say no? Let's dive into the power of setting boundaries and being true to our authentic selves as leaders. “Whatever the reason
29/01/202416 minutes 50 seconds
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From Decision Fatigue to Leadership Clarity Navigating Growth Beyond Seven Figures | E145

In this episode of Leadership is Feminine, host Kris Plachy shares her insights on the unique challenges faced by female business owners whose companies have reached the three to five million dollar revenue mark and beyond. Drawing on her experience working with million-dollar female business owners, Kris discusses the complexities of team design and the vital role of leadership in scaling a business. Kris emphasizes the need for business owners to delegate and build a strong team to support the growth of the company. She talks about the signs of founder burnout and the importance of identifying vital tasks that only the founder should handle, while delegating other responsibilities. Kris provides a thought-provoking assignment for the listeners to help them identify their vital signs and understand the critical elements necessary for the success of their businesses. While addressing the challenges faced by business owners, Kris also offers a glimpse into her upcoming
22/01/202413 minutes 1 second
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Intentional Leadership Sustaining Focus for Female Founder Success | E133

In this episode of Leadership is Feminine, Kris Plachy dives into the power of intentionality in achieving our goals and becoming effective leaders. She emphasizes the importance of being intentional about our actions and decisions, especially when it comes to leadership and building successful teams. Kris discusses how many entrepreneurs excel at learning new skills and strategies to grow their businesses but often struggle when it comes to applying these same strategies for leading their teams. She encourages listeners to reassess their priorities and focus on the core reasons behind their goals, rather than simply making a list of tasks to complete. Throughout the episode, Kris shares personal insights into her new year’s goals, particularly in prioritizing self-care, and how she is enacting short sprints in order to achieve her desired outcomes. And that by focusing on just a few small tasks, it not only simplifies goal-setting, but also increases productivity and
15/01/202415 minutes 28 seconds
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The One Hour Leader: Build a Self-Directed Million Dollar Team

In this episode of Leadership is Feminine, Kris Plachy introduces the concept of the One Hour Leader, a new offering designed specifically for female founders running million-dollar businesses. She dives deep into the challenges faced by female entrepreneurs as they transition from hitting seven-figure thresholds and the necessity to evolve and lead their teams differently.  Kris encourages women to invest time and effort to address the people issues in their businesses and create a high-functioning work environment. She also emphasizes the need for a framework that allows for effective and efficient leadership without being consumed by the day-to-day people management struggles. Throughout the episode, Kris expresses a strong commitment to simplifying the leadership journey for female founders, highlighting the need for clarity, decisiveness, and building an aligned team that supports the vision of the business.  <p clas
08/01/202419 minutes 36 seconds
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Hello 2024! Start Your New Chapter with These Thoughtful Questions

In this New Year episode of Leadership is Feminine, Kris Plachy takes us on a journey of self-reflection and goal setting. With the turn of the year, Kris encourages listeners to treat this podcast as their own mini retreat, prompting them to reflect on the past year and set intentions for the year ahead. Kris emphasizes the importance of journaling and introspection, guiding listeners through a series of thought-provoking questions to help them evaluate their experiences from the past year and envision their aspirations for the coming year. She invites her audience to consider who they've become in the previous year and how this growth influences the individual they aim to be in the new year. The episode delves into the concept of "game film review," likening life to a series of moments and decisions that require analysis and introspection without personal judgment—more of an examination and learning experience. Kris shares her perspective on setting short-term goals
01/01/202424 minutes 55 seconds
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Gen X Women Founders: Our Collective Emotional Load

In this final installment of this Gen-X Women Founders mini series, host Kris Plachy dives into the emotional load and labor that comes with being a Gen-X woman leading her own business. She delves into the societal pressures and expectations placed on women, especially those who are ambitious and successful in their careers. From the guilt associated with balancing work and family to the challenges of self-advocacy and trusting one's own instincts, Kris explores the emotional burden carried by many Gen-X women. Throughout the episode, Kris encourages listeners to shed the guilt and embrace their worth and success. She emphasizes the importance of trusting oneself, and feeling pride in one's accomplishments. The conversation also highlights the need for empowerment and support among Gen-X women, addressing the impact of generational roles on personal and professional life. This episode discusses how Gen-X women also fully embrace their drive to continue to show up in t
25/12/202311 minutes 35 seconds
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Gen X Women Founders: How Can WE of All Women on the Planet, Be Afraid of Change? | E140

In this latest episode of Leadership is Feminine, Kris Plachy dives into the unique world of Gen-X women and the impact they have on leadership and change. This episode candidly addresses the impact of the pandemic on different generations and how it has influenced the struggles of the younger population. She discusses the need for leaders to understand and embrace the needs of the younger workforce and the importance of being open-minded and embracing change. The conversation also centers around the emotional load carried by Gen-X women, exploring how their leadership styles and personal well-being are shaped by the responsibilities they carry. Kris emphasizes the importance of being open-minded and seeking curiosity, rather than giving in to fear and judgment. Listeners can expect a thought-provoking exploration of how generational shifts influence leadership, personal growth, and professional challenges for Gen-X women. Tune in to the full episode to gain powerful i
18/12/20239 minutes 41 seconds
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GenX Women Founders: Confronting Imposter Syndrome in Gen X Women's Leadership

In our 3rd installment of Kris Plachy’s GenX Female Founder Series of "Leadership is Feminine," host Kris addresses the unique challenges and experiences of Gen X female entrepreneurs, with a special emphasis on imposter syndrome.  Specifically why so many of us experience it and how developing our understanding of it can help us overcome it… For good.  Kris shares her journey and insights, tracing the evolution of women's roles in leadership from the early '90s to the present day. She discusses the initial need for women to emulate masculine traits in the workplace and the shift towards more empathetic and emotionally intelligent leadership. Through personal anecdotes and reflective questions, Kris explores the deep-seated issue of imposter syndrome, particularly prevalent among women leaders aged 45 to 60. She urges listeners to rethink their approach to leadership, advocating for a balanced integration of both masculine and feminine energies. Why Gen
11/12/202313 minutes 42 seconds
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GenX Women Founders: What Makes Us Unique | E138

How GenX women show up as leaders and in our relationships has a definite flavor all its own. Unlike our parents, we’re more collaborative, for one thing, especially as parents now ourselves. But how does that influence the impact we have as leaders? Let’s talk about it… But before we get started, let me say… I’m absolutely loving diving into all this with you. And if you haven’t heard it already, I recommend listening to the 1st episode in this series before this 2nd one. The statistics and insights I share in it bring even more context to why GenX women founders are unique. “We were raised with this freedom, only to be confronted with the fear that comes with that.” – Kris Plachy What You’ll Learn What we’re fighting through Increased awareness Collaborative relationships Freedom with fear Contact Info and Recommended Resources Connect with Kris Plachy <a
04/12/202312 minutes 51 seconds
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GenX Women Founders - A Generation of Leaders that is Changing the World | E137

GenX women entrepreneurs are our own special cocktail of secret sauce and superpowers. We’re a generation of women who knew we did not have to accept the status quo; that we could push the limits of what were the norms before our time. And we did. We had a hand in massively changing the world, and we continue to do so. This episode is the 1st in a 5-part series about a generation of leaders that is changing the world. I’ve been working on this series for quite a while and even wrote an entire email for it using all 1980s song titles. Why? Because I truly believe we are in a time of recognition for the contributions of our unique generation, as well as to ask other women to join us. “A lot of us were parented to be independent, problem-solving… we just had to get it done… But we don’t lead that way.” – Kris Plachy What You’ll Learn Some framework stats Cutting through what came before us Why is it…
27/11/202315 minutes 35 seconds
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Lead Better with These 3 Essentials | E136

Despite what it may seem like in the business world, there are alternative ways to address the normal processes of running a business. And, as women, we ought to embrace these ways. We don’t need to approach our businesses and the necessary aspects of them in the traditional masculine way. This has been my life mission and passion: To come alongside women entrepreneurs to show them that leadership is, indeed, feminine. We only need to approach things using our feminine intuition and natural abilities, rather than suppressing or changing them. And a great place to start is with these 3 essentials to lead better. “It’s a little bit about you, and a little bit about them, and a little bit about why the both of you are ever together, which is to make money.” – Kris Plachy What You’ll Learn  3 Essentials to Lead Better How to Pay People Process and practice Tailored Perf
20/11/202320 minutes 11 seconds
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How to Lead My Business and Team When Revenue is Down

It’s time for real talk. Revenue is down for many businesses. That’s the reality but that doesn’t mean there aren’t solutions. But we have to face the facts of what’s happening and go through the process of running through potential solutions to get the results that we want. As we go through ups and downs in our businesses, having doom and gloom about it isn’t helpful. But neither is the (sometimes fake) “Everything is great” persona that can often permeate entrepreneurial circles. I’d rather be real with each other and focus on what we can do to fix things. So let’s talk about how to lead when revenue trends are dipping. “We don’t always get the solutions we want but we do get solutions that we are willing to consider.” – Kris Plachy What You’ll Learn Pandemic bubble burst Smart numbers evaluation Talking to your team Reasonable goals Doing what you haven’t done before Where
13/11/202328 minutes 34 seconds
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Pickle Ball, Leadership and How to Get Better

At a certain level, you can feel very comfortable as well as powerful in your ability to handle whatever comes your way in that expertise. It’s an awesome feeling and well-earned. But there is also a power in allowing yourself to become a novice and start from scratch in something else. In this episode, I talk about the value (and fun) of bringing new learning and new areas into your life. Going back through that process of starting fresh, not knowing what to do, and being humble enough to learn is very illuminating. It’s also invigorating and can improve all the parts of you… physical, mental and emotional. Let’s talk about it. “Everything we attempt to learn and get better at will eventually become hard. And it is what you do in that moment that matters most.” – Kris Plachy What You’ll Learn Working with an expert Doing uncomfortable things Are you qualified? Everything we attempt will get ha
06/11/202322 minutes 35 seconds
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Chat GPT- Your New Favorite Team Member | E133

AI through Chat GPT is a resource you can leverage to complete tasks you don’t want to do. It can be set up to automatically document and organize various administrative elements you’ve probably been put off doing. Chat GPT isn’t the only one out there but it’s the one I like best. It makes things like research, content creation, policies and procedures, and so many more things much easier, especially if you find yourself mired down in detailed tasks. So let’s talk Chat GPT, you new favorite team member. “The trick is just knowing how to ask it for what you want… Just like delegating and transferring ownership to someone on the team to get results done, you have to still get good at how you posit the request.” – Kris Plachy What You’ll Learn Complete tasks you hate Create content easier Assemble policies and procedures Properly positing requests Not about replacing people <h
30/10/202316 minutes 27 seconds
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Solving for the Higher Level Problem | E132

When we’re constantly distracted and drained by lower level problems, the higher level ones never get solved. This reality is plain and simple and we may realize it intellectually but aren’t always sure how to fix it practically. The issue with solving the higher level problem in a practical manner is that you must first take a step back so you can look above the lower level problem. And looking above the lower level problem involves ancient wisdom you have but have forgotten. Let’s talk about it. “I believe we have an old soul and are seeking that reconnection to mastery.” – Kris Plachy What You’ll Learn Asking the right questions Revealing wisdom you forgot Not playing for the circumstance Discovering territory with higher level wisdom An exercise to identify the pattern Contact Info and Recommended Resources Previous podcast episode Kris mentioned: <
23/10/202315 minutes 59 seconds
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Healthy Success | E131

When you’ve achieved the same success over and over, the initial euphoria of feeling extremely accomplished and excited can wane. It just feels different. And you may find yourself feeling lost, looking for what sparks your magic again. You may even feel a bit guilty. But what if it’s really okay? What if it’s not a problem when you derive happiness from something other than your business anymore? What if the goal actually is to build your business to the point where you can simply savor things outside of it? Let’s talk about the joy of healthy success. “Isn’t that all of our goal: To get to the point where we have achieved a level of success, that our business is doing well, we have lovely lives that we live, and there kinda isn’t drama?” – Kris Plachy What You’ll Learn Defining our emotional health Get the right get How healthy success feels Holding space to relish It’s a relationshi
16/10/202313 minutes 23 seconds
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Are you an Answer Junkie | E130

I’m an answer junkie. Are you one too? What exactly is an answer junkie? In short, it’s someone who wants answers and is not content in not knowing. In this episode, I explore the reality of navigating life as an answer junkie. Answers can make things make sense, can bring structure to things that feel chaotic… but not everything has an answer. So what, then, does the answer junkie do? Let’s talk about it. “Not everything has an answer. Some things are just questions.” – Kris Plachy What You’ll Learn Defining an answer junkie Some things are just questions What’s true right now Believe instead Detaching and re-choosing Contact Info and Recommended Resources Connect with Kris Plachy FREE! Get Kris’ Lead With Confidence Masterclass video and the downloadable PDF<span style=
09/10/20238 minutes 47 seconds
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Where Leadership Really Comes From | E129

Unconventionality produces unconventional leadership. But what, exactly, is unconventional leadership and why should we desire to be an unconventional leader? It all begins with first understanding yourself and where leadership really comes from. To address this, I wanted to share one of my personal Hawaii walk recordings. This time of thought and reflection was borne out of my angst of wanting to shift what I do in the world, and how I’ve once again found myself at odds with traditional methodology and expectations. As I journey through this, I thought my fellow visionaries might find my own experiences encouraging and enlightening. Sort of a glimpse into the work behind the work. So let’s go. “Leadership is developing the agency to trust your mind, to believe yourself first.” – Kris Plachy What You’ll Learn Quandary of conventional draws A “P” in a “J” world When convention says you’re wrong
02/10/202321 minutes 23 seconds
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An interview with Maui Business Owner, Keani Barnes | E128

When a major tragedy strikes, businesses and personal lives are affected in countless ways. Some effects are easy to see, some are less obvious. But all are important. And all need and deserve to be lovingly and compassionately addressed. A personal friend and client of mine, Keani Barnes, is part of the Maui community recently devastated by fires. As a boutique business owner, I wanted to have her on the show to share what’s been happening there and what the aftermath journey has been like. “Somehow this decision was made by all different people to say, you know, ‘Get out of here’ and ‘Don’t come here’. And that was not at all, I mean what the vast majority of the Maui community was saying... We appreciate that people want to be sensitive… But it was so frustrating for us knowing, like, this is how people pay their bills… To have all of that go away ended up being this double whammy of grief that hit our island.
25/09/202338 minutes 52 seconds
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Leading Like a Coach: How Sports-inspired Accountability Can Transform Your Team | E127

In sports, the person who shows up, puts in the hard work, and listens to the coach gets the spot. Just being on the team isn’t enough. You don’t perform, you’re benched. Slack off enough, you’re gone. We not only accept this in athletics, we expect it. Why? Because it’s both logical and effective. So why don’t we treat our businesses the same way? I submit that we ought to. After all, this is why sports metaphors abound and are highly applicable. They’re logical and effective. Let’s talk about how you can transform your team by leading like a coach.  “What we do as leaders is we spend all our time asking, ‘What’s wrong with all these players? Why aren’t they doing their jobs?’... Well, why would they? They get to keep the job and not do the job.” – Kris Plachy What You’ll Learn Continually earning your spot Lack of clarity Lack of coaching Dealing with what we’ve built Transferring bl
18/09/202318 minutes 9 seconds
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Lead with Confidence | E126

Sometimes you just need defined steps to tap into necessary certainty. That’s why I put together a masterclass in which I give you 10 steps to lead with confidence. These steps are specifically designed by women, for women. In this episode, I share this never-before-released masterclass. In it, I walk you through 10 things to consider and address to propel you into a new level of assurance that you can lead, and lead well. These are what I would discuss with you if we were to work together. They include problems such as team issues, decisions you’re struggling to make, accountability, and much more. “You are the one who has to step up. You have to learn how to lead and not manage. You have to learn how to be the visionary and not the operator.” – Kris Plachy What You’ll Learn  10 Steps to Lead With Confidence Ensure You Have a Clear Heading Clarify Team Norms and Values Ensure Everyone has a Cl
11/09/202328 minutes 28 seconds
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Ownership vs. Victim Thinking | E125

Victim thinking needs to be detoxed from our lives. There are so many negatives that invade when we permit victim thinking, as well as victim thinkers. But we don’t have to allow either one. We may still have things that happen, and we may not be able to completely eliminate all victim thinkers from our sphere of influence, but we can mitigate the potential damage. The key is choosing to embrace ownership. But first, what is the difference between ownership and victimhood? What feeds the internal and external drama or lack of drama in each characteristic? What should a true leader look like in the midst of drama? Let’s talk about all these questions and more. “Owners understand and focus on what they can control. And victims focus on what they can’t.” – Kris Plachy What You’ll Learn Helplessness versus ownership Spin and drama Differences between owners and victims Integrating your feelings wit
04/09/202320 minutes 29 seconds
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Top Leadership Challenges for Female Entrepreneurs & Executive Leaders

Tailored help for your business and the unique circumstances you face is invaluable. While many issues are universal, your position alters your challenges. For example, someone running a 6-figure business, has different challenges than someone running a 7 or 8-figure business or someone who is senior leadership in an organization. To discuss all this, I brought on Michelle Arant, EdD for this episode. Michelle is a master certified coach and part of my team. Together, we discussed some of the top leadership challenges female entrepreneurs face, how they vary from situation to situation, and what some of the things you can maybe do right now to help yourself. This reality of differing needs is why we decided to divide up some of the coaching in our LEAD FOR WOMEN program. We want to address the specific growth areas each position presents and not simply offer a one-size-fits-all approach. If you haven’t yet looked into the pro
28/08/202336 minutes 21 seconds
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Top Leadership Challenges for Female Entrepreneurs & Executive Leaders

Tailored help for your business and the unique circumstances you face is invaluable. While many issues are universal, your position alters your challenges. For example, someone running a 6-figure business, has different challenges than someone running a 7 or 8-figure business or someone who is senior leadership in an organization. To discuss all this, I brought on Michelle Arant, EdD for this episode. Michelle is a master certified coach and part of my team. Together, we discussed some of the top leadership challenges female entrepreneurs face, how they vary from situation to situation, and what some of the things you can maybe do right now to help yourself. This reality of differing needs is why we decided to divide up some of the coaching in our LEAD FOR WOMEN program. We want to address the specific growth areas each position presents and not simply offer a one-size-fits-all approach. If you haven’t yet looked into the pro
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Leadership for Executive Women | E123

Executive leadership is a visionary role. You’re inspired to lead at a higher level, increase and improve team productivity and efficiency to meet and exceed goals, and to grow yourself in your ability and skills in leading. Therefore, it’s important for you to see–and treat–yourself as a visionary, an entrepreneurial leader, regardless of who owns the company for which you work. As I’ve worked with thousands of women, I have felt deep pain for those in positions of authority who are throttled by those for whom they work. There is a misalignment of vision and goals where women meet resistance to–or perhaps are even prevented from–achievement. It’s time to change that and no longer allow your potential to be diminished. “Vision is not exclusive to just founders and business owners and entrepreneurs. Vision exists within companies.” – Kris Plachy What You’ll Learn Thwarted achievement Emboldened potential
21/08/202318 minutes 3 seconds
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Bonus Episode Five: People Pleasing

This is the last bonus epidsode for celebrating our Advanced Release and Registration for Lead for Women. Today is the final day to take advantage of our early pricing. And listen... if you're a self-proclaimed People Pleaser and/or I-like-when-people-like-me'er.. You'll want to tune in. Ending your relationship with People Pleasing is a magical, leadership superpower and I teach you why... today... Go to www.thevisionary.ceo/lead for all the details to join LEAD. 
18/08/202313 minutes 18 seconds
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BONUS EPISODE FOUR: How Developing Leadership Skills is the Superpower You Didn't Realize You Were Missing

In this bonus episode of Leadership is Feminine podcast, I dive deep into the topics of self-trust, decision-making, and effective leadership. Trusting yourself and believing in your own knowledge and experiences are essential to becoming a confident leader. In LEAD for Women, our aim is to empower women entrepreneurs and executives to harness their full potential and lead with self-assurance. Here are 3 key takeaways from this episode: 1️⃣ Self-Trust: Lack of self-trust can make decision-making and addressing various issues challenging. Building self-trust is a superpower that can transform your leadership abilities and positively impact all aspects of your business and personal life. 2️⃣ Maverick Irreverence: We encourage a sense of maverick irreverence. As leaders, it's important to trust your instinct
17/08/202314 minutes 14 seconds
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16/08/202312 minutes 31 seconds
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BONUS EPISODE TWO: How Developing Leadership Skills is the Superpower You Didn't Realize You Were Missing

Hey there, visionary CEOs and aspiring leaders! Get ready for an exciting bonus episode of The Visionary.CEO. In this episode, we're diving into the empowering world of leadership, with a special focus on women in leadership roles. We'll be discussing a brand new program called Lead for Women that aims to unlock the hidden leadership potential in women. But hold on tight, because this program takes a whole new approach to leadership that you won't want to miss! Ever felt like you were missing out on a superpower when it comes to leading your team? Well, guess what? You're not alone. Many women face common challenges in their leadership journey, from not getting the results they desire to struggling to take their team to the next level. But fear not, this episode will explore how developing leadership skills can be the superpower that propels you to success! Now, let's talk stereotypes. Men often label women as too emotional, but guess what? Emotions are universal! We'l
15/08/202316 minutes 13 seconds
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Mental Illness at Work

Team member mental health is an important, sensitive and timely topic. But it can be difficult to navigate as a leader because it is also a very heavy and extremely personal topic. In general, mental health issues intensified due to COVID and all the things that came along with that. From it, one positive did emerge, which is that there is now much less stigma associated with needing mental health care and support. Let me start by clarifying: I’m not a mental health expert. Therefore, I highly encourage you to seek one if you need. And this episode isn’t about addressing anything specific. But it is about how mental illness at work is affecting work and what is happening in our businesses. People need to take time off, they need adjusted schedules, performances have declined, and more. It can be an overwhelming problem. So how do we marry the need to be sensitive and accommodating to the very real needs of our team members, while still meeting the needs of a growing business?
14/08/202325 minutes 43 seconds
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BONUS EPISODE: How Developing Leadership Skills is the Superpower You Didn't Realize You Were Missing

🎙️ Exciting News for Leadership is Feminine Fans! 🎉🎧 Are you ready to unlock your hidden superpowers as a leader? 🔓 We are in the throes of the advanced release of Lead for Women, join us throught the week for a series of BONUS EPISODES. In this first thought-provoking BONUS episode as we delve into the world of leadership development and explore the superpowers you didn't even know you were missing! 💪🌟 Key Takeaways from this Episode: ✅ Prioritize Your Leadership Learning: Leadership skills are often overlooked or neglected, but investing in your development can make a world of difference. Don't settle for just getting by as a leader; thrive and unleash your hidden superpowers! ✅
12/08/202314 minutes 54 seconds
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Leadership Lessons from The Barbie Movie | E121

Whether you liked, disliked or are indifferent toward The Barbie Movie, I thought after viewing it that there were some positive lessons in the movie and some points I felt more doubt about. Overall, the movie’s premise is that, in Barbie Land, the women have accomplished countless advancements for womankind. They believe that because they’ve done so much there, it’s that way everywhere. But Barbie discovers that in the real world things are not as they are in Barbie Land. Similarly, Ken also discovers he’s treated very differently in the real world than he is in Barbie Land. In reflecting on these overall takeaways, I liked how the characters powerfully didn’t self-deprecate and they supported one another from the heart. That was refreshing. Then, on the other hand, one of the things I didn’t really like was the way the indoctrinated and not indoctrinated used the current system to try to change the system. I question if we should be doing that in the real world, and what el
07/08/202323 minutes 20 seconds
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Why Women Leaders Need to Stop Being Nice | E120

In most cultures, there has been a prevalent teaching–whether direct or indirect–that women should always be nice. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you should be mean or rude, but I am saying that, as female leaders, we need to stop being so nice. Immediately. Why am I advocating for such a seemingly controversial shift in how women lead? Because we need to be expecting, and directly expressing to people, a different expectation, a higher level of personal responsibility. And frankly, holding others to that higher expectation often appears “mean”. So how do we actively hold people to a proper standard? What is the opposite of nice without being seen as witchy? Let’s talk about it. “Nice doesn’t win the day. That nice compromises you as a leader, it compromises respect, and frankly, it compromises the growth and potential of your company.” – Kris Plachy What You’ll Learn   Why direct women are considered mean
31/07/202318 minutes 34 seconds
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Mentor Don't Manage

There has been a death of the art of mentorship. We moved from the emphasis of knowing how to do things into the emphasis of education and holding a degree. The issue with this is few people know how to be anything other than managed. And even fewer people have been mentored and know how to mentor. We’re facing a massive deficit in people who know how to develop themselves and others. Because this does affect our businesses in a very real way, this episode contains an excerpt from one of the modules in my new LEAD FOR WOMEN program, as well as an excerpt from one of the Voxer messages I left a client. I wanted to share these as a podcast episode because they perfectly display both the necessity of and a real-world application of moving from managing people to mentoring them. So let’s go, Mama! “I believe that if you could learn and adopt a mentorship and a leadership philosophy to how you run your business, instea
24/07/202311 minutes 37 seconds
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Top Five Hiring Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make | E118

Hiring is a delicate process and I don’t really think there is just one right way to do it. What worked for one person may not work for you. After all, people are all different. But there are some common mistakes I’ve seen clients make–and I’ve made a few myself–that I’d like to help you avoid. So I feel it’s worth a conversation on how to at least avoid the top five hiring mistakes entrepreneurs make. Whenever we can learn from the experiences of others, we become better equipped and more empowered. Speaking of which, I want to encourage you once again to check out my LEAD FOR WOMEN program. Through this program, myself and my team work with Elite Visionary Women who are effectively leading their teams to bring their genius to life… of which hiring is an integral part. “The sooner you can sort of start to recognize there will always be a cadence to your business that will require you to be hiring, you can get, ho
17/07/202320 minutes 17 seconds
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Why We Don't Have Honest Conversations

Self-honesty and the ability to express that honestly is a game changer in life. Yet we avoid telling some truths, both to ourselves and others. Why is that? Is it because we downplay how critical it is? Is it because we aren’t sure how to express ourselves without seeming rude or cruel? Is it because we are–at the heart of it–afraid? In this episode, I touch on why we don’t have honest conversations and how we can change that. As you listen, I encourage you to examine your own approach to honesty. After all, pure honesty must first begin with being truthful with yourself. I also encourage you to consider going much deeper into this self-awareness through my LEAD FOR WOMEN program. In it, I and my team can work with you personally to root out why you’re afraid of speaking your truth. “If we had a core belief that we were strong enough to handle whatever happens on the other side of an honest conversation, what mi
10/07/202316 minutes 25 seconds
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The Leadership Training for Women | E116

It’s finally live! After a very long time of contemplation, evaluation and hard work, LEAD FOR WOMEN is ready. As I’ve moved through this extremely intense season of change and confusion, I have embraced that success in life is not about having the perfect “how to”. It’s about embracing feminine leadership, making it your own. When we look at the world, they want you to just buy tactics. But I want to help you move past this archaic approach and into the power of leading as a woman in today’s culture – without falling prey to the old “how to” ways that emphasize masculine traits. Let’s come together to leverage our feminine power and wisdom and change the world. “I believe that the wisdom of the years that have come and gone have never left the energy of every woman on this planet. I believe that she hears a voice that calls to her, that tells her when she’s in her truth and can be her most powerful.” – Kris Plac
03/07/202327 minutes 7 seconds
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Money Thoughts for Female Entrepreneurs | E115

When it comes to releasing and detoxing, money can be a huge issue. Some people have a great relationship with their finances, others a horrible one, and I would say the majority of us fall somewhere in the middle. For myself, I discovered I had unknowingly harbored a lot of toxicity about finances. When I would think about my connotations regarding money, my thoughts and feelings appeared pretty on the surface… but they really weren’t. In this episode, I open up about my own money detoxing. Through the process, I learned I was believing some things about myself and my finances that weren’t as freeing as I’d thought them to be. I hope by sharing my experience, I can help you recognize and release any of your own toxic thoughts and beliefs. “We make money because we step into a different version of ourselves and that version attracts more abundance, more wealth… Transformation generates wealth.” – Kris Plachy What You’ll Learn <ul
26/06/202312 minutes 25 seconds
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The Business & Life Edit | E114

Editing and evaluating your life is super powerful. It reinforces a firm foundation when you take time out to evaluate where you’ve been and then decide if that is where you truly want to be and the pursuit you wish to continue. After all, what good is it to continue to build on top of something that isn’t what you really want and/or isn’t serving you well? To this end, years ago I began doing the visionary business & life edit for myself. It is an intense yet refreshing and invigorating deep dive into where I’ve been and where I’m going. As the edit unfolds, it probes into those things that are being avoided or not dealt with, and even into those things that aren’t being as savored and celebrated as they should. I invite you to join me both through this podcast and, potentially, in person for your business & life edit. “The win is in the way… How I achieve what I want is actually the win. It’s not what I want, because that target moves.” – Kris Plachy
19/06/202318 minutes 8 seconds
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Success, Shame and Guilt | E113

Why do we feel shame and guilt when we succeed? Where does that come from and why does it hang on, despite the fact that women are punching through old norms? First, it’s important to note that success is defined by a variety of factors. What one person views as success, another may view as not as important. It might be a particular amount in your bank account, the number of your clients, the size of your team, your notoriety, your following, the amount of personal freedom you enjoy… It’s not about what you consider success, it’s about how you feel about that success. And I believe that, especially as women, we all struggle with this on some level. “We make the correlation that our joy means we deserve our pain… [And] it takes away our ability in the moment to relish and savor the joy… [Because] we believe there is a boomerang… we dull the joy to protect ourselves from imminent bad.” – Kris Plachy What You’ll Learn <li aria-
12/06/202311 minutes 57 seconds
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Your Subconscious Business and Life Plan | E112

We all have a subconscious or invisible internal compass. Like a physical compass, it naturally shows us where we currently are in space and time, and gives us clarity in the direction we should go next. But unlike a physical compass, it can be much more difficult to read. Pondering this concept, I wanted to talk about how we all operate with our invisible compass but aren’t always aware of it. Knowing this, is there a way to change our focus so we can more readily both direct and follow our internal compass? I think so. Let’s talk about it. “The answers that you provide to the questions that you ask yourself are your subconscious life and business plan. This is how you operate in the world… it is an ongoing, pulsing heartbeat of belief.” – Kris Plachy What You’ll Learn Not living on autopilot Subconscious questions you ask and answer What your brain believes
05/06/202318 minutes 46 seconds
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The Visionary Summer Detox | E111

What about rest? True rest? What would that look like? Most of us are not very good at facilitating and executing true rest. We are, on the other hand, very good at having so much to do that we block our ability to rest. You know what I mean… having too many of those things that suck our time and leave us exhausted and overwhelmed. So I’m calling this a summer of rest. The summer we detoxed from saying yes and said no more. I invite you to implement your own Visionary Summer Detox along with me. In this episode, I share my thoughts and ideas that I hope provide you with inspiration and some direction. Let’s get to resting. “Let that toxicity of the unsaid words leave your body. It’s time. It’s exhausting to carry around unspoken conversations.” – Kris Plachy What You’ll Learn  Things we could detox People we could detox Decisions we could detox <li aria-
29/05/202322 minutes 32 seconds
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Why Aren't There More Women at the Top | E110

We may not–yet–be able to address all the reasons there are not more women at the top of organizations, but we can address areas in which we have more control. We do have authority and agency over certain aspects of this current reality. So while we work toward systemic change, let’s also work on the daily decisions we make and with whom we choose to surround ourselves. As we examine this together, I want to encourage us all to be bold in exploring our own beliefs about ourselves. Where might we be unknowingly limiting ourselves? How might we be unintentionally not advancing our leadership skills? How might we be unwittingly diminishing our presence, even within our own companies? There is a lot to consider, so let’s dive deeply into it. “You don’t owe anybody any version of yourself other than the one that’s real. And we change. All of us change.” – Kris Plachy What You’ll Learn One core piece that limits women <li
22/05/202318 minutes 32 seconds
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A Strong Woman Needs A Strong Team | E109

You need a crew, strong woman, a team. As women, we are conditioned to be the caregivers, the ones helping everyone else. Unfortunately, this can lead to extremes, such as being unable to allow ourselves to get connected to a team and becoming demanding or having a team but struggling to really allow them to help us and unintentionally compromising. Regardless of where you are on this spectrum, it's time to take to heart the truth that you need some help. You need people to come alongside you to do the things that they can do, to free you to do what only you can do. Let’s talk about it. “A strong woman recognizes that weakness does not exist in asking for help. Weakness only exists in suffering without help.” – Kris Plachy What You’ll Learn Strong woman isolation Balance, emotional maturity Necessary relentless pursuit Keeping good peo
15/05/202315 minutes 12 seconds
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The Prize Does Not Chase | E108

YOU are the prize and you do not chase. But, if this is true–and it is–why do we not live in this reality? Why do we find ourselves chasing, rather than living as the prize?  As a woman who believes deeply in the value of women (not to say I don’t value men), I desire for you to see yourself as you truly are. Someone of worth. Someone with a beautiful gift to give. Someone worth being supported, listened to, respected... and living the truth that the prize does not chase–regardless of what we’ve been taught over our lifetimes. “Why is it that not everybody lives by that? Because you don’t believe you’re a prize… You don’t believe you are worthy of not chasing.” – Kris Plachy What You’ll Learn Defining “The prize does not chase” Why you don’t believe Expectations of emotional support Reasons / ways women chase Wh
08/05/202311 minutes 45 seconds
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The One Decision Standing in Your Way | E107

There is a decision that has the power to separate you from where you are to where you want to be. But if you don’t even know what it is, if you’re stuck in the spin of crisis, how can you make that decision? As I’ve worked with my clients, I’ve found that in dealing with a crisis, there is typically just one decision that is preventing all other decisions from happening. Literally it is one decision standing in your way, causing everything else to stall and stagnate. But when you can identify that decision within the swirl of all that is happening, and deal with it… all else begins to be resolved as well. Let’s talk about it. “It was just one decision that would lead to one action. And then, that one action would allow for everything else to be resolved.” – Kris Plachy What You’ll Learn  Crisis in your business Just one decision What are you persevera
01/05/202312 minutes 14 seconds
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The Visionary's Journey | E106

As we go along in our journey, especially as visionaries, we grow, we change, our thinking evolves. It can be liberating and scary and wonderful and nerve-racking, all at the same time. But it is inevitable. We don’t stay the same, and I would say this is good, as we shouldn’t stay the same in many regards. In this episode, I talk about the visionary’s journey. About my journey. I share my thoughts, my heart, and how I’ve changed in the way I think about what I do as a result of my journey. If you’re a visionary, it’s likely you’re on your own journey. So I hope by sharing some of mine, I might offer you some insights and encouragement. Please come with me. “That may mean that the business doesn’t have the same trajectory that it did under the visionary but that doesn’t make the trajectory bad.” – Kris Plachy What You’ll Learn Roadblocks to the visionary moving on Adjustments in tra
24/04/202318 minutes 36 seconds
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Visionary Shame | E105

Visionaries are more than simply dreamers. Visionaries focus not only on what might be but how to make it into reality. They hold a deep belief that what they dream can–and will–happen. To me, this is a sense like smelling or hearing. But what happens if this asset you’ve always relied upon suddenly isn’t there? Every visionary has times when she cannot see. And it’s disorienting. It’s stifling. It’s paralytic. It’s shameful. But don’t worry, it’s okay. You’re not broken. It’s not a character flaw. After all, vision is ether. Let’s talk about it. “I think you don’t know because the answer doesn’t exist yet. And we have to trust that.” – Kris Plachy What You’ll Learn Discomfort of visionary blindness When you can't see what’s next Triggers of visionary shame Uncertainty Changing the built thing <li aria-leve
17/04/202316 minutes 52 seconds
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Leadership Isn't Telling People What To Do | E104

There is a myth that authority and leadership looks and sounds a certain way. Traditionally, this has been the expected look and voice pattern of a white, well-educated male. And, as a society, we’ve insidiously allowed that strangely ingrained falsehood to remain and grow deep roots. But it’s completely false. Leadership does not have a specific look nor sound. Rather, it has characteristics. First of all, authority does not automatically equal leadership. One can have authority but not really be a leader or one can have and be both. Secondly, leadership isn’t telling other people what to do. That is authority. Leadership is so much more. Let’s talk about these important distinctions. “What if it isn’t authoritarian approach? ‘Do what I say’. What if it’s more, ‘Hey, I’m doing this thing… Do you wanna come?... What if your primary role was the nurturing of and development of the future that you imagine?” – Kris Plachy What You’ll Lea
10/04/202316 minutes 4 seconds
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The In Between: Restless Visionary Syndrome | E103

As visionaries, it is vital we create and embrace the flexibility to be able to pivot within our businesses and our focuses. Even if and when things are going extremely well, there is always development we continue to need as women, both individually and as an overall group, plus as CEOs. Unfortunately, the fear of making changes–especially big ones–is where many leaders end up stuck. The Kris Plachy Team has watched these truths unfold as we’ve worked with nearly countless female CEOs over many years. That’s why I am so very excited to have my team with me for this episode. Recently, I made the decision to change up a lot of what we do and they agreed to come on the podca
03/04/202330 minutes 31 seconds
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What are Your Office Hours | E102

Keeping a schedule may not come naturally to you. But developing the habit of holding specific hours gives you the boundaries and structure you need. Why? Not because you need to work more. But because you need to work less. Stick with me here… Let’s be real, you don't need more “how to” courses or workbooks or whatever. You need time to sit with yourself, listen to yourself, talk about yourself, and come into the powerful place where you accept the reality that there can be so much more for you. I long to help you, to come alongside you, to hold that space for you. And it starts with setting appropriate office hours and honoring your priorities. “Do you honor that vision that you had for yourself… that you wanted to be flexible, that you didn’t want to work 40, 50, 80 hours a week. That you weren’t going to create a  job for yourself. Have you created a job that you’re trapped in?... A business that you’re trapped in?” – Kris Plachy
27/03/202316 minutes 40 seconds
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A Love Letter to You | E101

Sometimes you just need to be reassured: You are incredibly important, you are amazing, you are worthwhile. But I know you question from time to time. And you permit things in your life that aren't in your best interest. That's why I’m here to remind you of the truth of your worth.  As I’ve spoken into the lives of women over many years, I’ve always advocated strongly for them to value themselves more highly and to have agency in their lives. I want to help guide you into a place of vulnerability – not to other people, but within yourself. To explore and work through those spaces in your life where you know you’re working against yourself but don’t know how to stop. If this resonates within, this episode is my love letter to you. “That little dark corner becomes a corner you use to define who you are in the world. And that is a lie. You are incredible. You are capable.” – Kris Plachy What You’ll Learn Litt
20/03/202317 minutes 19 seconds
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How to Lead | E100

Growing in leadership involves asking yourself: Where did I learn those things that aren’t really right? Especially as women. For instance, where did we learn to basically shut off our prefrontal cortex when it comes to making decisions? Particularly when leadership is involved? And where did we ever get the idea that we just need more templates, more how-tos, more quick fixes? There are so many successful, competent and confident women in leadership who have the capacity to stand in their decisions but they waver. Why? It’s not that they don’t know. They are aware they’re abdicating their authority. And that needs to stop. We all, as female leaders, need to move into conscious competence. We each need to become the woman who knows who she is. Let’s talk about this. “Templates… will not resolve the emotional distress you have as a leader… The only thing that’s gonna resolve that is you upleveling the way that you think about yourself as the woman who leads
13/03/202319 minutes 49 seconds
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Who to Hire in the Messy Middle of your Entrepreneur Journey | S04E13

If you’re juggling the questions of “When should I hire?” or “Who should I hire?” – let me help guide you. The answers to those questions are completely tied to the answer to a question that should come first. That is, “What phase of growth is your business in?”    This episode idea sprouted from help I’ve been giving to many regarding hiring and two recent Live Coaching with Kris episodes. As we navigate what I call the “Messy Middle” in building an entrepreneurial business, we need help but getting the right kind of help, at the right time, is absolutely crucial. If you hire the incorrect people during the a phase, you can actually lose touch and control of your own business. Please don’t let that happen. Let’s talk about who to hire in the messy middle of your entrepreneur journey. “Learn how to manage. Anybody could work for you then. It’s fine. If you learn how to manage. But otherwise, you set yourself up where you don’t have control of so much of yo
22/08/202222 minutes 16 seconds
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Build a Business that Supports Your Life | S04E11

“You should do this.” “You should do that!” “Hey, have you considered…” When you’re building a business, so many voices and ideas constantly come at you. You can become lost in all the possibilities and your business becomes your life. Maybe it’s time to build your businesses a little differently… Especially if you realize you’ve built your life around your business, rather than your business around your life.  But what if you intentionally built your business to nurture the life you want? How would you go about it? To begin, you need to quiet the noise all around you, to anchor to internal wisdom, and then act from there. Let’s talk about what it might look like to build a business that supports your life.  “We get so immersed in the business that we end up building a life around the business. We’ve accommodated the business by compromising our lives.” – Kris Plachy What You’ll Learn  Noise of life <
08/08/202216 minutes 39 seconds
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A Conversation with Tanya Dalton | S01 Episode 03

In today’s interview, Kris talks with Tanya Dalton, a nationally recognized productivity expert, best-selling author and speaker. Tanya serves as a growth strategist for female leaders in the corporate and entrepreneurial sectors. Her 12 month mentorship program, The Intentional CEO helps female entrepreneurs grow thriving businesses and thriving personal lives. What you'll learn from this episode: The three things Tanya is passionate about. More about Tanya’s new book “On Purpose: The Busy Woman's Guide to an Extraordinary Life of Meaning and Success.” Why we undervalue happiness. How women use the excuse of their kids to avoid following their dreams. Why choosing to choose is incredibly important. Girls are called “bossy” and boys are called “over-confident.” What choices you need to make on purpose, according to Tanya. How feeling like the world’s worst mom caused Tanya to change her work schedule.
13/09/202142 minutes 25 seconds
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Should I Be Paying People More to Hire or Keep Them | Ep #132

Are you experiencing the hiring and talent crisis right now? Instead of getting upset about the situation, let’s instead do some quick analysis of what matters to you so you can go about your business. We’ll talk about keeping an open mind in order to be creative, resourceful, resilient, and determined. What you'll learn from this episode: We are in a talent crisis. Do a quick analysis of what matters to you - what am I missing? What am I willing to change? What am I willing to consider? What am I willing to pay? Accept that the way you attracted and hired people in the past probably needs to change. You hire people to deliver a result. What is the value of that result to you and to your company? Are the results that you have committed to in your business realistic in this current market? Do you need to change where you’re going in order to find people? I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like
23/08/202113 minutes 29 seconds
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Leadership Reinvention | Ep #131

Did you know that you can always reinvent your business? I hesitate to say RE-invent only because it almost says that we're doing something again. But it’s actually less about RE-inventing, and more about IN-venting. We have all been very insidiously infused with what we think the world, life, leadership and business should look like. The world is ready for all sorts of new ideas about what it means to lead, run a company, create a company, and manage people, and we all need to be at the forefront of that. Let’s start today! What you'll learn from this episode: The plans to rebrand and change the name of this podcast. Kris’s challenge choosing between a corporate job and starting a coaching business. The question she asked herself that changed everything. The episode titled Leadership is Feminine Why you can always reinvent.
16/08/202117 minutes 35 seconds
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The Evolution of a Leader | Ep #130

Leaders go through several phases of leadership. What phase are you in and do you feel like you’re struggling? Today we’re talking about getting to that level of leadership success where you’re attracting team members who genuinely want to thrive with you and will do so over and over again. What you'll learn from this episode: The different phases of leadership. The first phase of leadership. The growth phase of leadership. The juice that drives the growth of your business. Why leadership is not narcissistic. The reward phase of leadership. What servant leadership is. What's given leadership such a bad rep. I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you! Find out more about the How to CEO Program here. <a href= "https://krisplachycoaching.mykajabi.com/about-how-to-ceo" target= "_blank" r
09/08/202120 minutes 11 seconds
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Mean Leaders | Ep #129

Behavior is born out of emotions. So, whatever you feel drives your behavior - your actions in the world. And the only thing that we all can assess about one another is our actions. When a leader is cruel or mean, that’s someone who doesn't know how to manage an ego, who doesn't have self-awareness. One of the cornerstones of effective leadership is self-awareness. So today we’re talking about leaders taking responsibility for their space and not holding other people accountable for their emotional health. What you'll learn from this episode: All I experience from you are the words that come out of your mouth, the tone that's in your voice, the things you do with your body. Why, if you're in a position of authority, there’s no reason for you to use the negative emotion that translates into unmanaged behavior. How the thought model comes into play regarding self-awareness. Downton Abbey and not being a tool. Why leadershi
02/08/202116 minutes 30 seconds
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The Best CEO Tool | Ep #128

I know that you were born perfectly perfect. Your life “kit” was equipped with everything you need to live the life you want to live and to harness whatever you need to make things happen. But your kit didn’t come with instructions. So, this CEO tool allows you to use what you have without dictating to you who you're supposed to be. It leads to wisdom, and once you have wisdom, you can handle anything! What you'll learn from this episode: We were all designed perfectly, as was the “kit” we were given. What’s missing from our kit – the “what’s included” sheet, directions for assembling and a picture of what an assembled kit is supposed to look like. Many people get hung up looking at what other people’s assembled kits look like, and they think theirs should look the same – but we don’t all have the same kit. Mimicking, copying, or duplicating other people doesn't help you develop what's in your kit. The Remarkable allows me to u
26/07/202116 minutes 20 seconds
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Complacent Employees | Ep #127

It’s normal for human beings to desire comfort and to avoid change, but working for an entrepreneur can be “disruptive.” We need our employees to come along with us. So, what do you do when you have employees who settle and become complacent? It’s not really their fault. The first person you have to look at -- is you. What you'll learn from this episode: How comfort and safety can become so much a part of what employees think and feel that they don't really take their job seriously anymore. Complacency is a natural part of most relationships. The importance of doing regular coaching sessions, one-on-one feedback sessions and some sort of performance agreement/review process. If you’re feeling like you're not getting what you want from people on the team, like they don't share your level of enthusiasm - the first person to look at is you. How having clear expectations and clear goals can help. If they've been in the job
19/07/202112 minutes 24 seconds
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How to Take Vacation as a Female Entrepreneur | Ep #126

For women who run their own companies, taking a vacation can be a challenge. And FYI - going somewhere just so you're not in your house, but still working, is not vacation. That’s just going on a trip. That's virtual work. I’m talking about a real getaway from work! What you'll learn from this episode: The elements that go into being able to take a vacation. The dream is the team. Do you have a team that supports you? Why a clear business model and clear business processes are crucial. Why we need job descriptions, clear goals and knowing what results we're trying to achieve. The importance of developing your employees. The reason you must let go of “perfection.” I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you! Find out more about the How to CEO Program here. <a href= "https://krisplachycoaching.mykajabi.c
12/07/202114 minutes 1 second
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Entrepreneurial Overwhelm | Ep #125

Today we’re talking about “overwhelm” – probably in a way that you haven't thought or heard about it before – in hopes of providing you with some relief and the ability to move forward in a different way. Overwhelm is not an enemy - it's just an indicator light. What you'll learn from this episode: Kris’s personal experiences with overwhelm. Why women need a place to go where they can just think and reflect and be filled up. How our life’s trajectory changes over the years. To the degree that you remain overwhelmed is parallel to the degree that you believe you are helpless to make change. The importance of when you say “yes.” Make a list of everything that you have on your plate, then really evaluate them from a feeling perspective. You created this. You can totally deconstruct it. I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app h
05/07/202118 minutes 36 seconds
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The Way is the Win | Ep #124

Entrepreneurs are usually full of hustle. They’re scrappy and all about winning. And that works for a while, but it often leads to burn out and overwhelm. Despite all the winning, they may find that they don’t even love what they do anymore. Truth-be-told, scrappy and hustle isn’t a long term business strategy. Today we’re talking about the importance of “the way” - not just “the win.” So what does the way look like for you? What you'll learn from this episode: Entrepreneurs are often so focused on winning, winning, winning. What the scrappy, hustle mentality looks like. How many entrepreneurs lose the love for what they do. What winning looks like for Kris and her team. Determine what it is that you just “have to do” in your business – then find another way. Be a maverick! I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you!
28/06/202115 minutes
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Hiring in the Post-Pandemic World | Ep #123

If you’re having a hard time finding good talent, and nobody's coming to the interviews, or those who do come aren't the people you'd hire – listen in folks. Don’t come at this from a place of scarcity. Regroup and rethink the way you hire. This is about making your work environment the one that everybody wants to work for, and I can help you do that. What you'll learn from this episode: Vital lesson - you can do anything. 2020 was the “what if” year. There are really talented, ethical, honest, good people who want to work. You just have to attract them. How you hired people 16 months ago probably needs to change. Do you have an appealing, exciting, interesting, worth it place to work for the people you want to hire? Be careful about slipping into certain belief systems; then you don't invest in opportunity. How to be more competitive as an employer? Employee niche, vision and values, job description, compensa
21/06/202116 minutes 45 seconds
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How to Know If You Should Promote Them | Ep #122

So, you’re thinking about promoting someone in your business. How do you know if it’s really time – if they’re really ready? CEOs need some kind of litmus test to use when they're considering promoting someone. Here’s the test! What you'll learn from this episode: You should have a clear job description for this person’s current role - clear goals, and some sort of measurement process that you're following to tell you if this person is performing well in their current job. Define the new role – a clear job description, the key objectives, and day-to-day responsibilities. Interview that person against the new job description. Have them do a project as a test. The final hurdle - they must have a track record of consistent success. Pay them based on the role they're going into, not based on what they're making now. Who you promote speaks volumes about who you are and what you value. I'd really appre
14/06/202114 minutes 54 seconds
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The Dream Team Every CEO Needs | Ep #121

These are the key roles every woman who is leading a business and running a life must have filled. Every female CEO needs these people in order to be supported – not just in her business, but everywhere in her life. What you'll learn from this episode: The importance of having someone who tells you the truth about money. Having a person to help take care of you. The necessity of a solid team. You need a coach. Why you must have a really good organization system. Having a really good friend is so important. Why you need a colleague who understands being an entrepreneur. I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you! Find out more about the How to CEO Program here. https://krisplachycoaching.mykaja
07/06/202117 minutes 27 seconds
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A Conversation with Dr. Shanita Williams | Ep #120

In today’s interview, Kris talks with Dr. Shanita Williams, a TEDx Speaker, HR Leader and author of the newly released book, Feedback Mentality: The key to unlocking and unleashing your potential. Shanita specializes in helping people S.I.F.T. through the feedback that causes anxiety or stress and gives ideas for taking action in a healthy way. TEDx Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRnsF_L9atU Feedback Mentality Book: https://www.amazon.com/Feedback-Mentality-unlocking-unleashing-potential-ebook/dp/B08KJTGH3V Website: www.feedbackmentality.com Instagram: <a href= "https://www.instagram.com/feedback_mentality/" target="_blank" rel="
31/05/202136 minutes 13 seconds
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Stop Playing Small | Ep #119

You know that person. The one who is jealous and full of envy and has to go out of her way to minimize anyone she believes is better than her or has more than her. She’s usually insulting, rude, dismissive, and mocking. She wants you to tone down your leadership and your role. She wants you to play small and dim your light. That is the very thing we're trying to get away from as women. We have to be willing to honor the light of every woman we meet. And we have to be willing to honor it in ourselves. Don’t back down. Don’t apologize. Don’t minimize yourself and slow down, get quiet, be soft, dim your light. Don’t! What you'll learn from this episode: How the ladies interact with one another in the How to CEO program. Kris’s daughter’s experience. Why leadership is feminine. Step back and look at how you treat the women who work for you. I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a re
24/05/202115 minutes 30 seconds
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But It's Tax Season | Ep #118

So what is your “tax season”? Is it April 15th? Maybe it’s Christmas or Mother’s Day. But what about pre-season or post-season? The reason this is a problem, whatever your "season" is, is because you don't have the team to support you. What you'll learn from this episode: I'm not trying to minimize the level of work that people have. But we all have a tax season. The importance of having a team that supports you. Why you must get rid of the mind drama that says you can't leave because it won't be done without you. The florist and taking time off. Why it’s awful to become an entrepreneur in order to create a lifestyle for yourself, and then to chain yourself to your business and miss out or use it as an excuse. Failure is a part of it all, and your team is going to fail whether you're sitting at your desk or whether you're in Tahiti. Let’s go to Tahiti! When it’s time to hire more people. I'd real
17/05/202113 minutes 41 seconds
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Q & A with How to CEO Clients | Ep #117

I cannot believe how lucky I am to work with such amazing women leaders every. single. day. I had a Q & A call with a few of my current and former How to CEO clients and, I won't lie to you, it was FIRE. We discussed their motivations for joining the program, what it was like as they went through the course, and what they took away from it. I can't wait for you to listen! What you'll learn from this episode: Erika owns a commercialization company that helps pharmaceutical companies launch their brands. Zahnia – CEO of Affinity Residential Care and Affinity Care MN. Rebecca – real estate developer. What has been the most potent, powerful, meaningful moment of learning that you didn’t expect? Why invest in this kind of work? I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you! Find out more about the How to CEO Program h
10/05/202140 minutes 18 seconds
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High-Performing, Business-Destroying Monsters | Ep #116

Has your shining team member turned into a shiny team member? The terms are pretty similar, but the motivation of each is quite different. The ugly truth is that they can’t be rehabilitated. So, let’s talk about what to do when those high-performing types become business-destroying, gobbling-up creatures. What you'll learn from this episode: A shining team member is someone who is luminous and illuminates the entire team. When they shine, everybody else shines. A shiny team member is busy focusing on their own light. Their light doesn’t extend out to others. It actually does the opposite. A high-performing, business-destroying monster believes that they are untouchable. They are arrogant, demanding, entitled, privileged, noisy, and even in some cases, threatening. You feel that losing them in your business would be so catastrophic that you can't see past it. Here's how to handle the high-performing, business-d
03/05/202111 minutes 8 seconds
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The Accountability Quagmire | Ep #115

Accountability - making a commitment and then following through on it. You wouldn’t think it’s that hard to do, right? Yet every day, we are surrounded by people who think they’re above accountability. And many leaders, in order to avoid difficult conversations, let it go. They don’t address it, and therein lies the quagmire. We leaders are negatively reinforcing the very behaviors we say we don't want. So here’s my suggestion… What you'll learn from this episode: The responses people demonstrate as a result of being confronted with their own lack of results. People-pleasing and the lack of accountability. Accountability and the entitled generation. Spiderman and accountability - with great power comes great responsibility. Holding onto people because we're afraid to address their performance is diminishing the ability and the engagement of the people we really want. How to change all that – and change the world!
26/04/202117 minutes 7 seconds
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Laughter and Leadership | Ep #114

Being firm and serious when you need to be is important, but if overused, it can lose its authority and make you unapproachable. Real laughter is a form of connection. I think that leaders who laugh and have fun create better cultures. They create a connection that's based on authenticity and truth - and that is one of the most potent forms of engagement. What you'll learn from this episode: Why levity is a leadership skill. The reason integrating laughter into your work is so critical. Why laughter, when you're in a leadership role, is so contagious. Laughter is the best medicine, and "truth be told, those of us who know this also make the best healers." ~ Kris I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you! Advanced Leadership Coach Certification is currently open for registration. <a href= "https://kris
19/04/202115 minutes 54 seconds
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Conversation with Meha Agrawal | Ep #113

In today’s interview, Kris talks with Meha Agrawal, South Asian American CEO and founder of Silk + Sonder. Silk + Sonder is a community-driven program which is rooted in principles of positive psychology whose mission is to solve the emotional health epidemic for their customers. At its core, Silk + Sonder is a space for mindfulness, journaling, planning, tracking, and creative expression — all in one. What you'll learn from this episode: What the word “sonder” means. Meha’s compelling reason for creating Silk + Sonder. Why Meha felt her bootstrap business required some injected capital. What it was like building her team. Meha’s biggest mistake as she was growing her team. How to vet people you want to bring on to your team. Meha’s favorite books – see links below. The thought leaders Meha follows. What is a “dream
12/04/202138 minutes 58 seconds
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Vulnerability as a Female Entrepreneur | Ep #112

Vulnerability is not just about making yourself susceptible to physical or emotional harm – it can also be a mechanism for growth and connection with others. Tune in to find out how being vulnerable can help make you, as a female entrepreneur, an exceptionally powerful leader. What you'll learn from this episode: What you are blocking yourself from when you prevent yourself from being vulnerable. The difference between vulnerability and exposure. How to let your guard down and be vulnerable. I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you! Today, Monday, April 5th, is the last day to register for How To CEO. We start this Thursday, April 8th, with a whole new group of amazing rock star women. If you are a female entrepreneur leading her own business, trying to figure out how to deal with all things "team," go to <a href= "https://kr
05/04/202118 minutes 23 seconds
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5 Warning Signs an Employee Isn't Going to Work Out | Ep #111

Today we’re talking about some warning signs to watch out for when you’re hiring a new employee. You’ve probably experienced some, or all, of these. And out of desperation, you may have found yourself making excuses for them or overlooking them. So I’m here to validate that these really are warning signs that an employee isn’t going to work out. What you'll learn from this episode: Why someone who is late to an interview is a warning sign. Why you should have everybody do an assignment before you hire them. It’s a bad sign when someone calls in sick when they first get started with you. Why someone who immediately starts making excuses and justifying it is another red flag. How overall dismissal or tone deafness is a warning sign. I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you! Registration is open for, <a href= "
29/03/202115 minutes 25 seconds
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Helplessness and Arrogance for Female Entrepreneurs | Ep #110

I have noticed that many of my clients seem to fall into two polarizing positions. They either end up in a feeling of total helplessness or a place of arrogance. Ironically, the results are the same. Your confidence is priceless, but it’s not something you can just compensate for by hiding or abdicating. Here’s my suggestion … What you'll learn from this episode: About “I can’t” and the feeling of helplessness. What content / advice consumption is and why it happens. About “I shouldn’t have to…” and arrogance. Why you must learn the people part. I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you! We’re opening up early registration for the How to CEO program starting on March 23, 2021. Go to <a href="https://krisplachycoaching.mykajabi.com/how-to-ceo-sales-page-join-waitlist" target="_blank" rel="noop
22/03/202114 minutes 9 seconds
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Arguing with Team Members | Ep #109

We all deal with the emotion of anger every now and then. There's nothing wrong with that. But we don't have to work out our anger with other people. As leaders, sometimes we forget that we already command authority just because of our role - our title. We automatically carry the biggest stick, and arguing for us, is not a good look. It doesn't create a constructive culture, and I believe as leaders, there is no place for us to participate in that. Ever. So, let’s talk about how not to indulge an arguer – and how not to be one ourselves. What you'll learn from this episode: Much of our perspective about how to communicate comes from our family of origin. What’s considered “arguing.” What to do in that moment – instead of indulging the “arguer.” How to deal with someone on the team who is an arguer. What to do if you are the arguer. Arguing as a form of manipulation. I'd really appreciate it
15/03/202113 minutes 53 seconds
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A Phrase to Eliminate Immediately | Ep #108

Today I’m sharing an important observation I’ve made from numerous clients over the years. It’s a phrase that we most likely all use. It’s insidious, and it’s ineffective. And the chances are extremely good that eliminating it from your vocabulary will have a positive impact on your team and your ability to get the results you want. What you'll learn from this episode: What the insidious phrase is. Why this phrase puts your employees in the position of being responsible for YOUR emotional health. How this phrase reminds you and your employees that they're in charge. A suggestion for a more productive phrase to use instead. I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you! The next How to CEO program starts in April. People on the interest list find out about things sooner than people who aren't. Go to <a href= "https://krisp
08/03/202113 minutes 39 seconds
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Becoming the Woman People Want to Work For | Ep #107

Today we’re talking about how you can intentionally lean into the person you are and become even more, unabashedly, you. Then, by developing and possessing great leadership skills, you can go out into the world and attract the perfect person to work for you. What you'll learn from this episode: Thinking about who your perfect boss is and how you can align more with that. How to look at your areas of opportunity and focus on somewhere you need to improve. The importance of building the network. Always be hiring. I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you! We'll be launching our new How to CEO program near the end of April. Go to HowtoCEOregister.com for more information. © 2021 Kris Plachy
01/03/202117 minutes 56 seconds
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But I’m NOT a CEO, I’m a HEALER | Ep #106

When women business owners don’t think of themselves as CEOs, but as healers, they are often blocking their own success. Today, we are going to talk about how you can be both a healer and a CEO by blending empathic skills with leadership skills. What you'll learn from this episode: How and why being a healer and a CEO are not mutually exclusive. People who acknowledge themselves as healers and empaths are well suited and built to lead. How to leverage your empathic skills to be brilliant at leading and managing a business, rather than thinking you have to suppress them. I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you! We're having a live virtual retreat for empathic CEOs over 3 days, February 23rd – 25th, for one hour each day. The event will be recorded, so if you’re unable to attend live, you can still get the content. You will al
22/02/202121 minutes 38 seconds
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Management Needs a Map | Ep #105

When faced with a management challenge, those who don’t have a lot of development or support struggle with which way to go. Today, we are going to talk about how to develop a management map that includes the pathways that will lead you out of that challenge. What you'll learn from this episode: How to use this management map to figure out where you are and where you want to go. How to find the shortest path to get there. The importance of getting to know the roads better in order to travel them with confidence. I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you! We're having a live virtual retreat for empathic CEOs over 3 days, February 23rd – 25th, for one hour each day. The event will be recorded, so if you’re unable to attend live, you can still get the content. You will also get a digital workbook. Sign up at <a href= "https://kris
15/02/202116 minutes 31 seconds
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3 Foundational Competencies for All Leaders | Ep #104

Core competencies are benchmark skills that are needed in particular leadership roles. They are the price of entry, and you can't function well without them. Today, we're going to talk about the three most important competencies you need to have as a leader. What you'll learn from this episode: What the 3 core competencies are. How to build a healthy organization by developing these skills. The secret to changing the results that you get from others. I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you! We're having a live virtual retreat for empathic CEOs over 3 days, February 23rd – 25th, for one hour each day. The event will be recorded, so if you’re unable to attend live, you can still get the content. You will also get a digital workbook. Sign up for interest/invites at <a href= "https://krisplachycoaching.mykajabi.com/EmapthicCEORe
08/02/202114 minutes 20 seconds
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Saving Team Members from Their Failures | Ep #103

When a team member makes a mistake or doesn’t perform well, it has a direct impact on you and others in your business. As an empath, you probably tend to focus on how the team member feels about making the mistake, and you may accommodate that failure. Today, let’s talk about how to acknowledge the mistake, hold the person accountable, and discuss what happened. What you'll learn from this episode: How to recognize what happens to you emotionally when other people fail or make a mistake. What to do to turn down the emotional noise and just look for the facts. How to build practices that you can leverage so you can avoid getting too tangled up in the emotional part of what happens between people. I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you! We're having a 3-hour live virtual retreat for empathic CEOs on Saturday, February 27th. M
01/02/202117 minutes 11 seconds
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Entrepreneurial Magic | Ep #102

There is magic in being an entrepreneur. Having an idea that you create and build is magical. As your business grows, don’t lose that magic just because it gets a little harder. You were touched to do this for a reason, so here are some suggestions for keeping that magic alive while doing what it is that you were called to do. What you'll learn from this episode: How to recognize and keep the magic of what you do. How to express who you are and hold your boundaries. Why you shouldn’t give up on your magic just because it’s hard to tell someone they didn’t meet your expectations. The challenges are temporary, and the magic is still there. I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you! We're having a virtual retreat for empathic CEOs on a Saturday at end of February. It will be a 3-hour live event. Sign up for interest/invi
24/01/202116 minutes 20 seconds
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Are You an Empathic CEO? | Ep #101

Managing human emotions is often labelled as a “soft skill” for leaders, but in reality, it is anything but. Today we will talk about how feeling other people’s feelings can interfere with what you need to get done as a leader, and we’ll discuss some things you can do to develop those skills. What you'll learn from this episode: How to know if you are an empath. How to manage your emotions and not be triggered all day. How to develop boundaries, structures, or processes to negotiate those emotionally charged moments. I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you! The next How to CEO program starts January 20, 2021. Go to howtoceojoin.com to register! © 2021 Kris Plachy
18/01/202115 minutes 56 seconds
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The One Question Every CEO Must Use | Ep #100

Circumstances have very little to do with your results - it’s how you think about them and respond. It is easy to lose sight of what you’re trying to do, so asking yourself and your team what your end goal is helps keep you focused and allows your business to continue growing. What you'll learn from this episode: How to see results even under tough circumstances An important question to ask yourself to create laser focus Preview of the How-To-CEO Program I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you! The next How to CEO program starts January 20, 2021. Go to howtoceojoin.com to register! © 2021 Kris Plachy
11/01/202116 minutes 58 seconds
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Conversation with Natalie Bacon | Ep #99

In today’s interview, Kris talks with Natalie Bacon, a life coach helping women live more purposefully and passionately. Natalie shares her story and the lessons about money and team structure she has learned as her company grows. What you'll learn from this episode: Natalie’s strategies for handling money The importance of company structure and organization How to view your role as a CEO Setting goals and aligning with your values I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you! The next How to CEO program starts January 20, 2021. Go to howtoceojoin.com to register! © 2020 Kris Plachy
04/01/202134 minutes 58 seconds
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Rescuer’s Exhaustion | Ep #98

People often feel trapped by their commitments and feel that everything will come crumbling down if they slip up. One cause of this is rescuer’s exhaustion resulting from a person’s desire to solve other people’s problems for them. Letting others learn on their own benefits them and allows us to grow as people and as leaders! What you'll learn from this episode: One common mistake people make that depletes themselves and others What you must do to grow as a leader and CEO How to look back on the year 2020 I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you! The next How to CEO program starts January 20, 2021. Go to howtoceojoin.com to register before December 31st and get: © 2020 Kris Plachy
28/12/202017 minutes 23 seconds
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Resisting What Is | Ep #97

As we reflect back on the monumental year that was 2020, we can learn lessons that help us grow and move forward. While we could fixate on what we wish hadn’t happened, this keeps us stuck in the past. It is important to work within our realm of control and accept “what is.” This leads to empowerment and strength! What you'll learn from this episode: Kris shares her current sources of intellectual nutrition. A new mindset during an unprecedented year. What to think about this holiday season. I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you! The next How to CEO program starts January 20, 2021. Go to howtoceojoin.com to register before December 31st and get: © 2020 Kris Plachy
21/12/202012 minutes 52 seconds
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Why We Hire the People We Know We Shouldn't | Ep #96

I know the frustration you feel when you’re trying to hire for positions in your business. You’re totally normal if you compromise because you’re desperate. But today, I’m going to give you the secret to avoiding hiring those people that you know you shouldn’t hire. What you'll learn from this episode: Kris’ latest experience at trying to hire for a VA-type assistant. "If they don’t work out in the interview, they’re not going to work out as a hire." The reason we hire people we shouldn’t and how to avoid doing that. Your business is a kingdom. Who gets the privilege of being a part of it? I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you! The next How to CEO program starts January 20, 2021. Go to howtoceojoin.com<
14/12/202015 minutes 6 seconds
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Knowing Yourself is the Leadership Superpower | Ep #95

I believe that our toughest moments are our greatest teachers. What did you learn about yourself during this monumental year that was 2020? When we take time to sit and reflect, it helps build clarity. Clarity of thinking leads to knowing yourself – and THAT is a major leadership superpower. What you'll learn from this episode: Instead of setting New Year resolutions, Kris will be doing this instead. Details about Kris’ virtual retreat. Something that you must have if you’re leading and directing others in their work. What Paulo Coelho means by being a “master.” I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you! The next How to CEO program starts January 20, 2021. Register before December 31st and get TWO bonuses! Go to how
07/12/202021 minutes 4 seconds
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When You're 'Just Not Good at Managing People' | Ep #94

As a founder, you were never really on the “manager career path.” You never made a conscious decision to be a manager. It’s not that you’re not good at managing people. The truth is you never wanted to manage people and you don’t enjoy managing people. So let me help you sit in that management seat and find a voice in it that you can feel good about. What you'll learn from this episode: The five advantages of learning how to manage. Rule #1 - Don’t hire other people to manage your team until you know how to do it. The superpowers that every CEO must possess. All about the upcoming How to CEO program. I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you! The next How to CEO program starts January 20, 2021. Register before December 31st and get TWO bonuses! Go to <a href= "https://krisplachycoaching.mykajabi.com/how-to-ceo-sales-p
30/11/202019 minutes 7 seconds
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Conducting Team Meetings | Ep #93

Team meetings are absolutely essential. But are you using them as the grounding stone that they are intended to be, or are you using them as a work group? Are they debilitating or are they relationship building? Let’s talk about the what, when and how long of team meetings. What you'll learn from this episode: What a meeting is for. When you should or shouldn’t be having meetings. The frequency of your meetings. The way Kris handles her team meetings. I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you! The next How to CEO program starts at the end of January and we’re currently putting people on the wait list. Go to howtoceojoin.com © 2020 Kris Plachy
23/11/202016 minutes 59 seconds
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When the Founder Has an Unexpected Personal Issue | Ep #92

Today Kris discusses how an unexpected personal issue recently required her to step away from her business for a short period of time. The beauty? She can do this comfortably because she has built a team that she knows has her back. What you'll learn from this episode: The amazing year that was 2019. The brilliant group of women that Kris has the privilege of coaching in her How to CEO program. How Kris’ work in the world changes women’s relationships with their businesses so they can savor their success instead of drowning in it. I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you! The next How to CEO program starts at the end of January and we’re currently putting people on the wait list. Go to howtoceojoin.com © 2020 Kri
16/11/202013 minutes 55 seconds
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How to Deal with a Difficult Employee | Ep #91

If you sometimes feel that dealing with difficult employees is like a game of whack-a-mole, you’re in the right place. Here are some basics for how to deal with a difficult employee. What you'll learn from this episode: Defining the word “difficult.” How the Thought Model comes into play. How to make a T chart that will change the way you think about your difficult employee. Why you’ll fail if you try to give someone feedback based on a label. I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you! For more information, please visit my website at https://krisplachy.com/ © 2020 Kris Plachy
09/11/202017 minutes 42 seconds
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Cautionary Tips When Hiring Employees from Corporate Cultures | Ep #90

Are you looking to hire someone who has amazing experience and a really great resume? Here’s a little advice based on my experience when hiring people from a corporate background. What you'll learn from this episode: The differences between entrepreneurs and those working in a corporate culture. Why you’re more likely to attract candidates who have experience in corporate settings. How the management role differs in the two culture types. Important questions to ask during the interview. I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you! For more information, please visit my website at https://krisplachy.com/ © 2020 Kris Plachy
02/11/202017 minutes 23 seconds
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How to Be a Coach for Your Employees | Ep #89

As a female entrepreneur and business owner, do you crave having an ownership-accountability culture? Today I have the “what, how and why” that will help you achieve that! What you'll learn from this episode: Why coaching is both an art and a science. The formula for how to remember to be in a coach mode when you’re talking to your employees. How trust comes into play and why it’s sometimes a vicious circle. The role a coach plays. I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you! For more information, please visit my website at https://krisplachy.com/ © 2020 Kris Plachy
26/10/202017 minutes 32 seconds
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Coaching, Managing and Leading as a Female Entrepreneur | Ep #88

Leadership is about the vision. Management is about the business. Coaching is about the individual. In a small business, when you’re the founder, you don't have to be great at all three - but you have to do all three! What you'll learn from this episode: The difference between coaching, managing and leading. Which of the three seems to be the most difficult for people to master. The three different levels of performance that employees fall into. The “truth” that Kris denied for years. What the “superpower” is for people who are in leadership. I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you! For more information, please visit my website at https://krisplachy.com/ © 2020 Kris Plachy
19/10/202017 minutes 12 seconds
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Asking for Help | Ep #87

Do you believe that asking for help is a sign of weakness or a lack of ability? Maybe you just feel like – “Why bother – I’m just going to end up doing it myself anyway.” You have too much amazing work to do in the world to be minimizing your impact because you don’t want to leverage the support of others. Here are some tips. What you'll learn from this episode: The three types of help people usually need.  The importance of being specific.  An exercise to point you in the right direction.  What does asking for help mean to you? I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you! For more information, please visit my website at https://krisplachy.com/ © 2020 Kris Plachy
12/10/20209 minutes 42 seconds
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The Unexpected Truth about Creating a Culture of Accountability | Ep #86

If your business has a culture of accountability, that means that your employees accept ownership for their results, no matter what. But with that comes this unexpected truth that has been a thorn in my side for 25 years. Let’s talk about it. What you'll learn from this episode: A leader who works in a culture of accountability must be equally communicative about this. Feedback is not personal. Once your accountability system is in place, here’s the snag that women hit that they don’t see coming. What has been a thorn in Kris’s side ever since she became a manager 25 years ago. Why Olive Garden is a good representation of this. Let’s agree that “this” ends with your company. I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you! For more information, please visit my website at <a href= "https://krisplachy.com/"
05/10/202018 minutes 24 seconds
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Female Entrepreneur Hiring PTSD | Ep #85

Hiring is like dating. Sometimes we get “candidate crushes” and those don’t always turn out like we had hoped. If you’re disenchanted with the hiring process, then this episode is for you! What you'll learn from this episode: Kris’s story about hiring for her personal assistant position – 6 assistants over a 4-5 month period! This podcast is about the basic things you always have to remember when hiring. In the How to CEO program we’ll go into more depth. Why to hire before you’re ready. How to get your hiring strategy in place. Which role to fill first. “Everyone needs a 30-60-90.” We’ll be launching a new, live course on September 29th called "How to CEO for Female Entrepreneurs." Registration opens September 22nd, so go here to get on the waitlist! https://krisplachy.com/how2ceo I'd really appreciate it if you would cl
28/09/202018 minutes 22 seconds
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How to CEO for Female Entrepreneurs | Ep #84

Many women are reluctant to call themselves the CEO of their own business. Let’s go over why it’s so important to take that step and what you can do to get there. What you'll learn from this episode: An exercise to do to determine why you’re hesitant to call yourself CEO. Why the first module in the “How to CEO” program is CEO Mindset. What the “How to CEO” program provides and what its goal is. The list of 8 guest experts who will participate and who will talk with you live about their areas of expertise. All about your CEO blueprint. We’ll be launching a new, live course on September 29th called "How to CEO for Female Entrepreneurs." Registration opens September 22nd, so go here to get on the waitlist! I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability
21/09/202020 minutes 1 second
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Why It’s So Hard to Manage People | Ep #83

Some leaders don’t find it difficult to manage people, but for others it seems to be this gut-wrenching thing. Being a good leader requires an ability to connect – to see and to be seen. Let’s talk about connecting and how courage and vulnerability come into play. What you'll learn from this episode: To have the kinds of conversations that good leaders have, it requires a level of intimacy. Kris’s meaning of “intimacy.” Why intimacy requires vulnerability and, therefore, courage. Who you are, and how you’ve lived, is how you lead. As a leader you have a responsibility for the care of the emotional health and the thinking of people who work for you. We’ll be launching a new, live course in September called "How to CEO for Entrepreneurs." The registration for this first group will be limited, so go here https://krisplachy.com/how2ceo to ge
14/09/202019 minutes 21 seconds
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The Voiceless Problem for Female Entrepreneurs | Ep #82

Female entrepreneurs have deep passion for their businesses, but did you realize that many of them also carry around deep shame? Shame and pain about an issue that is so intense that they rarely even want to talk about it. Helping women voice this issue so they don’t give up on their businesses is what we do. We can fix it. I promise! What you'll learn from this episode: What that voiceless problem is that female entrepreneurs don’t like to talk about. Why some people lose the team because they didn’t invest in themselves. What causes business owners to become relentless, and slightly ruthless, about who they let in. Why your passion can become a poison to other people and to you. The true story about a client of Kris’s who went from $0 to $700K in one week! We’ll be launching a new, live course in September called "How to CEO for Entrepreneurs." The registration for this first group will be limited, so go here <a
07/09/202019 minutes 10 seconds
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Leadership is Feminine | Ep #81

Women have a cocktail of assets that nobody else does. Celebrate them. Don’t diminish them. Step into your superpower and own it because leadership is feminine! What you'll learn from this episode: What Kris learned from her mom about leadership. Why empathy is a superpower. Is it possible to truly be yourself and still be the CEO of your business? Why it’s important for female entrepreneurs to call themselves CEOs. We’ll be launching a new, live course in September called "How to CEO for Entrepreneurs." The registration for this first group will be limited, so go here https://krisplachy.com/how2ceo to get on the waitlist. I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability. Thank you! © 2020 Kris Plachy
31/08/202014 minutes 24 seconds
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How to Drive Ownership in Your Team | Ep #80

Entrepreneurs struggle with employees not taking ownership the same way that they do. Here are some suggestions for ways to handle a situation when someone doesn’t take responsibility for a task, and an example of how an ownership conversation ought to go. What you'll learn from this episode: Why ownership is a personal responsibility. How getting out of an employee’s way, in order to foster ownership, is different than abdication. What “mis-delegating” means. An example of a frustrating ownership conversation and suggestions for what to do instead. Essential competencies that I believe every employee should come to the table with. What not to do when someone doesn’t take ownership. We’ll be launching a new, live course in September called "How to CEO for Entrepreneurs." The registration for this first group will be limited, so go here <a href= "https://krisplachy.com/how2ceo" target="_blank" rel= "noopen
24/08/202017 minutes 40 seconds
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How to Create Key Performance Indicators | Ep #79

Key Performance Indicators (KPI) are the vital signs for your business. They are diagnostic in nature and can be used to help determine if there’s a problem with the health of the overall business or with specific roles within that business. What you'll learn from this episode: The reason we ask, “what role do I need to fill?” versus “what type of person do I need?” The steps toward creating KPIs Why people struggle with KPIs for administrative roles Your job as CEO when it comes to employees and KPIs We’ll be launching a new, live course in September called "How to CEO for Entrepreneurs." The registration for this first group will be limited, so go here https://krisplachy.com/how2ceo to get on the waitlist. I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button above and leave a review if your favorite podcast app has that ability!</
17/08/202013 minutes 52 seconds
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Transitioning from Entrepreneur to CEO | Ep #78

What does it mean to transition from being an entrepreneur to a CEO? As a solopreneur, the essential asset is you and your talent. As an entrepreneur the asset is you as a manager. But, as a CEO, the asset is you as a leader. Are you ready? Let’s go! What you'll learn from this episode: How boundaries change through the difference transitions. Learning to leverage the talents of others. Why it’s a fact that you can’t lead others in a business if you don’t understand the mechanics of management. The CEO as an orchestra conductor. Getting comfortable with “strategy.” We’ll be launching a new, live course in September called "How to CEO for Entrepreneurs." The registration for this first group will be limited, so go here https://krisplachy.com/how2ceo to get on the waitlist. I'd really appreciate it if you would click the like button
10/08/202022 minutes 34 seconds
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Transitioning from Solopreneur to Entrepreneur | Ep #77

There’s a real difference between being a solopreneur and being an entrepreneur. A solopreneur is a worker and it’s mostly about “me.” They do all the work in the business. An entrepreneur is a producer / manager. These people have a team and running the business is more about “we.” The trick is learning how to make that transition from a “me” to a “we.” Let’s talk about how! What you'll learn from this episode: In entrepreneurship, we start to leverage the assets of others. Entrepreneurship is managing people. This is when we start to build systems and replicate-able processes. Making the transition has nothing to do with company size – it’s mindset. Solopreneur boundary challenges are with clients. Entrepreneur boundary issues are with your staff / team, and the work. The importance of moving from “me center” to “we center.” The next podcast will be about transitioning from entrepreneurship to CEO.
03/08/202019 minutes 26 seconds
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Thinking Fatigue for Female Entrepreneurs | Ep #76

If your employees are wanting you to think for them and are relying on you to make all of the decisions for them, here are some suggestions for how to stop being that continuous crutch. What you'll learn from this episode: Kris’ recent commitment - “I will no longer make decisions that other people are capable of making.” Can you handle the failure if you let them make a decision? If you have decision fatigue, and you have women who report to you, then they have it, too. The secret to “CEO-ing” aka how to conduct a beautiful orchestra without playing a fiddle. The painful key - you have to develop the patience to watch your employees think. Follow me on Instagram and send me a DM. https://www.instagram.com/krisplachycoach/ For the next couple of weeks I’m accepting new clients – then none after that for a bit. So, now’
27/07/202015 minutes 49 seconds
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The How to Rally Interview | Ep #75

In today’s interview, Kris talks with clients Laura Patrick, Jennifer Hood and Kira DeRito about what it’s been like for them to negotiate the challenges that COVID has presented to their business and to them as female founders. What you'll learn from this episode: What each business owner’s thoughts were when all of the COVID stuff started. Things that they have done for themselves to help navigate the moment. What unexpected benefits or by-products resulted from the whole thing. How each business owner pivoted and what adaptations they made to their business models that helped. Advice for the woman who is listening who’s still in it and needs some wisdom about what to do next. Follow me on Instagram and send me a DM. https://www.instagram.com/krisplachycoach/ For the next couple of weeks I’m accepting new clients – t
20/07/202047 minutes 4 seconds
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Why Female Entrepreneurs Must Learn to Tolerate Team Member Mistakes | Ep #74

Your growth and your ability to scale and make more money in your business depends on your willingness to allow other people to fail. It depends on your willingness to tolerate other people’s mistakes. What you'll learn from this episode: You don’t have to give up tasks you love to do or that are your superpower. What the definition of “doing it wrong” is to female entrepreneurs. There are people who know how to do what you’ve been doing, and some can even do it better than you. Just because team members sometimes mess up doesn’t mean you dismiss the idea of having help. The investment you make in yourself to be able to learn how to hire, train, onboard, delegate and then hold people accountable - exponentially pays off in your company. Follow me on Instagram and send me a DM. https://www.instagram.com/krisplachycoach/ <p
13/07/202013 minutes 55 seconds
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Expectations Guilt | Ep #73

When you are a leader and own a business, it’s not only okay to have expectations, it’s your responsibility to have them. But most female entrepreneurs that I work with usually wrangle with these three issues when it comes to expectations. What you'll learn from this episode: The three main issues that female entrepreneurs wrangle with when it comes to expectations. Many female entrepreneurs think that their expectations are too. The Olive Garden analogy. Many women think it’s selfish to 1) expect things to be done and 2) to want them done in a certain way. Female entrepreneurs tend to worry about what other’s expect of them. This self-evaluative judgement is not useful; it drags you down. Guilt is not useful. Why every female entrepreneur needs a coach. Follow me on Instagram and send me a DM. https://www.insta
06/07/202017 minutes 41 seconds
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Interview with Dr. Camille Broussard Wise | Ep #72

In today’s interview, Kris talks with Dr. Camille Broussard Wise, a scholar-practitioner of leadership, management, and advancing diversity and equity. A passionate social justice advocate, she holds a safe space for inquiry and growth while also equipping leader-learners with tools to facilitate their own growth and accountability. What you'll learn from this episode: The distinction between racism as a system and being a racist. The importance of educating yourself. De-center yourself and your feelings. Having empathy for someone else’s perspective. Conscious Inclusion for Female Entrepreneurs Course http://www.inclusiveentrepreneur.com/ My Q2 Pivot program https://krisplachycoaching.mykajabi.com/q2pivot For the Founder’s Lab and
29/06/202043 minutes 38 seconds
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You Are Just One Person Away from Magic in Your Business | Ep #71

When you have one employee who’s bringing your company’s performance down, the impact on the team is very noticeable. Here’s why that one person is standing between you and total magic. What you'll learn from this episode: Once you remove the negative energy from your business and brain you create all kinds of space for something new. If that person hasn’t grown with the business, they’re almost like a memory of who you were when you started, and that’s not who you are today. It keeps you stuck energetically. When you let that person go and create room in your business, then you can get intentional about what you want to create and the results you want to achieve. You have to learn the processes to follow, the words to say, the conversations to have in order to foster the change necessary to get you where you need to be. Conscious Inclusion for
22/06/202012 minutes 47 seconds
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How to Know What You Don't Know as a Leader | Ep #70

The only way to learn things you don’t know, and to gain an understanding of them, is to be willing to tolerate and sit with discomfort. It doesn’t mean you have to agree. It means you have the opportunity to listen, to stretch and to grow. What you'll find in this episode: Why it’s so important to get out of the echo chamber. Pay attention to how you feel. If someone introduces you to something and you feel repulsed, indignant, angry, resentful – pay attention. Find new teachers, thought leaders and discussion groups. My Q2 Pivot program https://krisplachycoaching.mykajabi.com/q2pivot The Founder’s Lab https://krisplachy.com/join To check out my other programs visit <a href= "https://krisplachy.com/join" target="_bla
15/06/202014 minutes 58 seconds
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Leadership Voice | Ep #69

Who do you want to be as a leader? When your presence is unfelt, someone else’s will be, and they will control the message and direction of your business. You have a voice whether you’re aware of it or not. So my recommendation is - let’s be aware of it. What you'll find in this episode: Why having a clear sense of direction for your company and what you want to achieve is essential. The heart of the voice is that it has a line to it. It creates clarity. You must be willing to have the consequences and the benefits of that voice. When your presence is unfelt, someone else’s will be. If someone doesn’t want to align to your voice and your vision for your business, let them go. My thoughts for myself as it relates to my voice. My Q2 Pivot program <a href="https://krisplachy.com/join" target="_blank" rel= "noo
08/06/202016 minutes 47 seconds
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Is a High-Performing Team Built from a System or Is It Just Luck? | Ep #68

High-performing leaders with high-performing teams are able to replicate that over and over again. That’s not luck; that’s a system, and here are the elements of that system for building high-performing teams. What you'll find in this episode: As a leader, you have to have your own expectations of high performance. You have to be self-aware. You have to understand who you are and how you affect the team. Recognize that there is a process to attracting great talent. You must be clear with what you expect of people who work for you. Additionally, there’s the accountability piece – you have to take ownership. Think about what you do and why you hire the people that you hire. You have to be building a team for where you’re going and not for where you’ve been. A high-performing team attracts high-performing players. This requires a leader who is willing to audit her team and trim it when necessary. My Q2 Pivot program
01/06/202019 minutes 54 seconds
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How to Hold Remote Team Members Accountable | Ep #67

Is it your belief that you can’t manage people’s performance and hold them accountable unless they’re sitting in the same building as you? Nothing could be further from the truth. Here's how to ensure that performance has nothing to do with location. What you'll find in this episode: 1. Kris’ story about managing remotely 2. Kris’s blueprint – the five steps to managing a remote team. (Note: this applies whether they’re in the building or not.) 3. If you’ve switched to a remote culture, you should be doing lots more communicating. 4. “You aren’t paying people for time. You’re paying people for results.” 5. How you hold people accountable has nothing to do with where they sit, and it has everything to do with your leadership philosophy. 6. Marissa Mayer, Yahoo CEO – why she had a leadership problem. The How to Manage Virtual Employees Course</a
25/05/202016 minutes 41 seconds
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The Re-Offer | Ep #66

At some point in the trajectory of a founder’s business growth, she inevitably finds that some of the people she’s working with haven’t kept pace… the business has outgrown their skillset. Here's how the “re-offer” can help. What you'll find in this episode: This is a good time to re-evaluate why you do what you do, what it is that you do, what the reason is to continue doing it and who the people are that you want to surround yourself with. Detailed steps to the re-offer. How to use the re-offer in a “culture reset.” Using the re-offer to address poor behavior performance, someone who has never had a job description or someone who isn’t fulfilling the needs of their position. For my free class visit www.krisplachy.com/theclass  To check out my other programs visit <a href= "https://krisplachy.com/join" target=
18/05/202018 minutes 19 seconds
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Performance is NOT an Opinion | Ep #65

Is your business being steered by your opinion or is it being guided by clear, measurable, well-defined performance expectations for people on your team? As we’re in this great reset, this is an incredible opportunity for you to look, with total objective perspective, at every single person on your team. Filter them through a decision-making process and determine who should stay and who should go. What you'll find in this episode: 1. Now is an incredible opportunity for you to look, with total objective perspective, at every single person on your team. 2. About filtering employees through a decision-making process to determine who gets to come with you. 3. Details about my upcoming live workshop for female founders who are running 7 figure businesses. 4. That 90% of what I coach clients on are performance issues related to behavior, not pro
10/05/202015 minutes 5 seconds
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Conversation with Ali Brown | Ep #64

In today’s interview, Kris talks with Ali Brown, the Founder + CEO of the women’s business empowerment company We Lead. She is one of the most recognized entrepreneur coaches in the world and the founder of The Trust – the new, private, premier network for 7- and 8-figure women leaders. What you'll find in this episode: What Ali is noticing in her own clients around reinventing. Why now is a good time to give yourself permission to “let this go.” Who knew that employees not wanting to come back to work would be “a thing”? Why now is a great time to evaluate where you’re going to spend your energy for the rest of the year. The three “amazing questions” posed by Ali. What does it mean to “fire the Sherrys”? Visit: The Lead Your Team Podcast for show notes and available downloads. © 2020 Kris Plachy
04/05/202036 minutes 39 seconds
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Crisis Leadership | Ep #63

People have mistaken effective leaders for somebody who can make a lot of money or come up with products. Real leaders have invested in learning how to lead and are the ones who are able to rebound and pivot during times like these. What you'll find in this episode: Leaders ... Are the ones who are able to rebound and pivot. Have learned how to establish and communicate a clear vision. Know how to communicate and hire and fire by values. Have learned how to set, clarify and communicate expectations for performance. Know how to have difficult conversations. Are able to help people and have empathy while still holding accountability and expectations for performance. Have learned how to manage their own minds so they don’t get swept up in hysteria, overwhelm or confusion. Have to have work and rest hours. Visit: The L
27/04/202015 minutes 39 seconds
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Entrepreneurial Anxiety | Ep #62

I have terrible anxiety. I had my first panic attack when I was 20 years old. At least half, if not more, of the people I know, who are also entrepreneurs, are negotiating this as well. I want you to know you’re not alone. What you'll find in this episode: 1. Kris’ personal story about her anxiety. Assume a leadership position with your anxiety. Talk to a professional and ask for help. Use the Thought Model. Demonstrate self-compassion. Have your own ritual for self-care. See Angela Jia Kim owner of Savor Beauty. Take work breaks and have work hours. Know the best way to recharge. Visit: The Lead Your Team Podcast for show notes and available downloads. ©
20/04/202025 minutes 5 seconds
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Conversation with Brooke Castillo | Ep #61

In today’s interview, Kris talks with CEO and co-founder of The Life Coach School, Brooke Castillo. Listen, learn and laugh as they discuss ideas for navigating these crazy times. What you'll find in this episode: What Brooke’s first thoughts were once she realized the pandemic was going to last more than a couple of weeks. “When you don’t have control over what you get, you have to take control over what you can give.” ~ Brooke “Value is in my mind and not in the world.” ~ Brooke Brooke’s thoughts and advice on pivoting now. “Create some virtual solutions that will serve you long-term.” ~ Brooke Kris' “Stop. Start. Continue” exercise. “All of your power as a business owner, as a leader, is in your ability to make decisions.” ~ Brooke Visit: The Lead Your Team Podcast for show notes and available downloads. © 202
13/04/202039 minutes 13 seconds
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Conversation with Tami Ramsay and Krista Nye Nicholas | Ep #60

Kris interviews an amazing team. Tami Ramsay and Krista Nye Nicholas are partners and principal interior designers of Cloth & Kind, a nationally recognized residential and commercial interior design studio. What you'll find in this episode: What their first thoughts were once they realized the pandemic was going to last more than a couple of weeks. How they are engaging with, and communicating with, their team now that so much has changed. What they are doing, and how they are using this time to make the best of it. Do they think selling is still okay? There’s a lot of shaming going on right now. What they’re doing that is helping their business pivot to adapt to the situation. Why now is a wonderful time to think about the future of your business. Visit: The Lead Your Team Podcast for show notes and available downloads.
10/04/202038 minutes 39 seconds
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Conversation with Leila Hormozi | Ep #59

Kris interviews another amazing woman who shares how she’s leading through these crazy times. In this interview, Kris talks with Leila Hormozi, Co-CEO for three separate companies; A.L.A.N, Prestige Labs, and Gym Launch Secrets. What you'll find in this episode: What Leila’s first thoughts were once she realized the pandemic was going to last more than a couple of weeks. The common practices that she has as a business that operates with everybody in their own part of the world. Some of the things that she’s doing right now that are helping her business pivot. What her thoughts are around being prosperous and generating revenue right now. Leila’s company’s core values. Leila’s advice for leaders who are trying to hold it down and keep it going through all of this. The importance of looking at your WCS – worst case scenario. Visit: The <a href="https://krisplachy.com/podcast/" target= "_blank" rel=
08/04/202032 minutes 6 seconds
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Conversation with Jody Moore | Ep #58

This week, Kris interviews amazing women who talk about how they’re pivoting and negotiating these unparalleled times. In this interview, Kris talks with Jody Moore, Certified Life Coach, Podcaster, Leadership and Sales Coach, Latter-day Saint. What you'll find in this episode: What Jody’s first thoughts were when she heard about the pandemic. The importance of changing your lens length. What Jody means by sowing activities and reaping activities in her business. About Martha Beck, the evolution of the caterpillar and the need for cocooning. What Forrest Gump and the shrimping business can teach us during these times. Why not to be afraid of the wisdom that might be whispering to you right now. The risks Jody has taken while not being afraid to be seen. Visit: The Lead Your Team Podcast for show notes and available down
06/04/202033 minutes 31 seconds
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The Five Essentials for Leading Through This Moment | Ep #57

For those who are having to shelter in place, here are five key principles to keep in mind to help you with leading through this moment. What you'll find in this episode: The first principle is to manage your mind. Be able to fail while being seen – it’s a superpower. Innovate and solve, don’t shut down and fret. Fourth is serving. Just keep working. Keep showing up. Visit: The Lead Your Team Podcast for show notes and available downloads. © 2020 Kris Plachy
30/03/202015 minutes 5 seconds
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Leading with Certainty When Everything Is Uncertain | Ep #56

Everybody who is willing to develop a plan and create certainty for themselves and others will come out of this knowing more, learning more, and connecting more than the people who want to believe this is unfair and who want to find someone to blame. What you'll find in this episode: "Leadership is making decisions when there’s no right answer.” ~ Kris Ideas will flow when you surround yourself with people who want to stimulate forward action. “Your certainty as a leader will come from your mind. It does not come from your circumstance.” ~ Kris “Own your success so you can own your future success.” ~ Kris "If you give away your past success as luck, you don’t accept ownership for what you can create.” ~ Kris Visit: The Lead Your Team Podcast for show notes and available downloads. © 2020 Kris Plachy
23/03/202015 minutes 12 seconds
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Special Episode: Leading Through Crazy Times

Times are crazy right now! You're in charge even though you think you have no idea what you're doing. You want there to be a manual somewhere to help you with mandates, employee fears, and ambiguity. Never fear. This special episode introduces you to a resource for navigating these uncharted waters you find yourself in.
17/03/202018 minutes 19 seconds
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How to Build a Team Performance Culture for Female Entrepreneurs | Ep #55

In order to build a team performance culture, you have to have a mindset around why you are adding people to your business that supports what you’re trying to do in the long term. Your culture is not driven from the bottom up. It’s driven from you down. What you'll find in this episode: How knowing your vision, values and expectations comes into play. The definition of “performance culture” according to Kris. How the culture you have with your team is a direct result of your own thinking about the team. Hiring people who are better than you doesn’t mean to give them free reign. A key turn is going from “I’m hiring someone to work for me” to “I’m hiring someone to get results for me and to help me scale and think.” Your assignment after listening to this podcast – write down how you would describe your team culture and why it is that way. Then, if you would want it to be different than it is – what would you wa
16/03/202020 minutes 51 seconds
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The Interview with Michelle Arant, Coach & Operations Director of Kris Plachy Coaching | Ep #54

Kris talks with Michelle Arant, the Operations Director of Kris Plachy Coaching. What you'll find in this episode: Michelle joined the team in October 2019 and talks about her experience and what led her to become a coach. The role Michelle plays at Kris Plachy Coaching. A little bit about Michelle’s clients and the industries they come from. Some of the topics Michelle has recently been working on with her clients. About the twelve-week program called The Founder’s Lab Foundations. Visit: The Lead Your Team Podcast for show notes and available downloads. © 2020 Kris Plachy
09/03/202040 minutes 43 seconds
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Leadership Presence: Who Are You as a Female Leader? | Ep #53

What is the wake you leave behind? How do others experience you? What is your brand as a leader? Do you even know? When you understand yourself and how you affect others, you can be so much more impactful as a leader. It doesn’t mean you have to change, but making conscious choices about how you make decisions and interact with others can be a superpower. What you'll find in this episode: What do people think about when they think about you? We all have habits, behaviors or expressions that are not helping our presence. Are you keeping those parts about you around out of spite - or out of fear because you don’t know how to change it? Power of voice. Power of presence. Power of appearance. Spend some time this week paying attention to yourself. Your presence is a silent asset. Don’t contrive or fake it. Be conscious and tap into your superpowers. Visit: The <a href="https://krisplachy.com/podcast/" target=
02/03/202019 minutes 3 seconds
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Female Leadership: Setting Expectations in Business | Ep #52

Let’s talk about the five types of expectations women should have and implement in their businesses. By setting clear expectations, leaders can do a better job of achieving improved results and holding their team members accountable. What you'll find in this episode: The manual is a set of rules that you have for other people that you believe are true and that you hold other people to. Expectations are those behaviors that you expect of people who work for you that are based on the values of your business -- and you DO communicate them. Standards are measurable policies and rules. They’re black and white and are born out of the values and expectations. Key performance measures for every role in your company. Individual goals. The majority of the issues we have in a business, when it comes to “team,” is behavior, not skill set. You have to set expectations regarding behavior because that also sets the tone for
24/02/202020 minutes 58 seconds
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Entrepreneurial Result Patterns | Ep #51

Some people just seem to have all the luck. But what if it isn’t luck? What if it’s just a pattern? Once you recognize it, you can change it. Here’s how. What you'll find in this episode: How patterns with money affect your life. Some time patterns that many of us deal with. Patterns with your team and your business. About the shiny object syndrome. What are the patterns with YOU? Visit: The How to Lead Podcast for show notes and available downloads. © 2020 Kris Plachy
17/02/202022 minutes 15 seconds
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You as a Boss: Mindfulness in Managing | Ep #50

This month the podcast is about you as a boss, and today in particular is about your point of view. Your point of view influences the results you get from those you manage as well as how you invest in people. What you'll find in this episode: My hypothesis on how to help leaders. One of the first core areas of understanding I want everyone to have. What happens when you don’t have a mechanism of awareness to supervise your own point of view. Where your point of view and values come from. “Common sense is what YOU think is common.” Your mind is your most powerful, yet least utilized, performance tool. Visit: The How to Lead Podcast for show notes and available downloads. © 2020 Kris Plachy
10/02/202023 minutes 34 seconds
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Delegation Checklist | Ep #49

Being able to delegate properly is a superpower. Here’s a short checklist to help you master that skill. What you'll find in this episode: A short delegation checklist. Determine if the job or task is tactical or strategic. Write it out. Here’s what I want done. Here’s the result I want. Be specific. The three steps to properly assigning a task to someone. Why follow up is essential. The importance of giving feedback. Visit: The How to Lead Podcast for show notes and available downloads. © 2020 Kris Plachy
03/02/202012 minutes 49 seconds
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Entrepreneurial Maturity | Ep #48

Would you say that you’re mature – entrepreneurially? Are you willing to understand, confront and acknowledge everything about your business – without emotion? If not, here are some tips for stepping into your maturity. What you'll find in this episode: The importance of developing maturity in these five relationship areas. Your relationship with Money - what do you tell yourself about money today? Time – what’s your relationship with Time? Your Team and Your Business – the relationship. Who You Are – you as a business owner have your own thoughts, beliefs and feelings. Entrepreneurial maturity is a journey not a final destination. You never arrive. Visit: The How to Lead Podcast for show notes and available downloads. © 2020 Kris Plachy
27/01/202023 minutes 55 seconds
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How to Hold Employees Accountable | Ep #47

Are you frustrated in your business because your employees don’t do what they need to do? With these primary tenets in place, holding employees accountable becomes simple math. What you'll find in this episode: Some of the tools that we’ll be using in my Founder’s Lab this year. The importance of having and sharing your business vision. How to identify your top three values. Why leading with behavior expectations instead of managing to rules is so important. How to create your business manifesto. Where employee goals and benchmarks come in. Visit: The How to Lead Podcast for show notes and available downloads. © 2020 Kris Plachy
20/01/202018 minutes 5 seconds
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Entrepreneurial Management Math (Performance is NOT an Opinion) | Ep #46

What are the most common feelings you have every day at work? Frustration? Disappointment? Let me show you why the solution lies in “math” and how you can take the emotion out of that equation. What you'll find in this episode: Performance is not an opinion – it’s based in facts. The exercise that will help you identify the problem and address it. Why having clear expectations is so important. Visit: The How to Lead Podcast for show notes and available downloads. © 2020 Kris Plachy
13/01/202014 minutes 55 seconds
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Entrepreneurial Management Truths We Have to Tell | Ep #45

“Managing” is not very sexy, but management is what gets it done in your business. Kris shares 10 “truths” about entrepreneurial management so you can be aware of them, accept them and move on. What you'll find in this episode: Leading isn’t required to manage, but managing is required to lead. How you go, so it goes. You’ve got to grow or die. It’s not supposed to be fun. People will leave you, and you will leave them. Communication is everything. No one will ever care as much as you do. Every year is a new year. Entrepreneurial management is a relationship, not a job. You are not alone. Visit: The How to Lead Podcast for show notes and available downloads. © 2019 Kris Plachy
06/01/202025 minutes 44 seconds
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Heather Dominick, Founder of the Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur Movement | Ep #44

Kris talks with Heather Dominick, the founder and leader of the Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur® movement. What you'll find in this episode: The key characteristics of an HSE – Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur. The top three HSE shadows and top three HSE strengths. The three HSE Coping Mechanisms. How “shame” fits into the life of an HSE. Why the thought of hiring and managing people is overwhelming to HSEs. How to recognize when you’re in the coping cycle and how to shift from coping into creating. The importance of the “element of community.” The key practices Heather has in place, as a leader, that help her lead and also stay in integrity with who she is. © 2019 Kris Plachy Visit: KrisPlachy.com for show notes and available downloads Email: <a href="mailto:[email protected]" target= "_blank" re
30/12/201947 minutes 43 seconds
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Creating Next Year's Plan | Ep #43

As we prepare to say goodbye to 2019, here’s some help for creating a 2020 plan. Let’s acknowledge where we’ve been, where we are and where we’re going. What you'll find in this episode: First download the free workbook here! Some reflective exercises to take a look at this past year. How to take a dive into your current reality. What “My 25” is. About “goal squares” and what they are. © 2019 Kris Plachy Visit: KrisPlachy.com for show notes and available downloads Email: [email protected] Kris on Facebook <a href="https://www.instagram.com/krisplachycoach/" target
23/12/201918 minutes 35 seconds
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Entrepreneurial Wisdom | Ep #42

Reaching the place of entrepreneurial wisdom is an ambitious and worthy goal. Wisdom never leaves you. It’s yours. And it’s grounded in facts, real tools, and proven strategies that you get to leverage over and over again.
16/12/201919 minutes 7 seconds
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How to Be a Good Boss | Ep #41

As an entrepreneur, learning how to manage and lead a team involves a transition from being totally self-reliant to learning how to delegate your abilities and results to other people. FYI - it’s totally normal to struggle with that.
09/12/201915 minutes 29 seconds
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How to Deal with Employee Mistakes | Ep #40

Are your employees’ mistakes and behaviors really affecting your business or are they just annoyances that are driving you crazy? Let’s take a look at the difference and a few suggestions for how to address each one. What you'll find in this episode: Take a step back and look at the mistakes employees are making. Is this a real business issue or just annoying? My advice – say to the employee, “This wasn’t done right. Here’s what my expectation was and still is. Do it again. The differences between things that people do or don’t do and behaviors that people do that annoy you. When you address these things in this manner, you are building your business brain. © 2019 Kris Plachy Visit: KrisPlachy.com for show notes and available downloads Email: <a
02/12/201919 minutes
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The Interview with Kelly Roach, THE BUSINESS CATALYST | Ep #39

Kris talks with Kelly Roach, THE BUSINESS CATALYST, who helps elite business owners become game changers in their field and achieve million-dollar+ breakthroughs in their business. What you'll find in this episode: 1) The biggest differences between leading in a company versus leading your own company. 2) Kelly’s thoughts on finding the ideal employee for a female entrepreneur or founder. 3) What “Look in the Mirror Leadership” is. 4) What is a “franken-business.” 5) The danger of personalizing your business. 6) Things we need to think about when growing the business to be bigger than us. 7) What the “Four-Times Model for Profitability” is. 8) The biggest challenge Kelly experienced when scaling her business and adding employees. 9) The main characteristic Kelly brings to leadership that has helped her business grow. © 2019 Kris Plachy Visit:
25/11/201942 minutes 53 seconds
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Comparison Shame and Paralysis | Ep #38

Are you comparing other people’s perceived success to your own and feeling terrible about yourself? That shame can trigger paralysis in your business - which stimulates further shame. Let’s talk about your own compass and how to honor that instead. What you'll find in this episode: Knowing the “steps” to take is not the only part of success. The other part in achievement of outcomes is your brain and mindset. When learning from top performers: “Don’t just look at what they do. That’s just their action. Ask them why they do it.” “Comparison is the thief of joy.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt Are you building what you want, or have you spent so much time focusing on what everyone else has that you don’t even know what that is anymore? My favorite question I ask people at my Hawaiian retreat - “What do you really, really, really want? YOU.” Stop comparing and start really savoring and enjoying your own journey. © 201
18/11/201922 minutes 29 seconds
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Who Does That? | Ep #37

Two of the most common things I hear clients say in moments of total frustration are “Who does that?” & “You would think.” As your coach, I’m not going to indulge your confusion and perplexity, because it’s not serving you. Here’s what let’s do instead. What you'll find in this episode: “Who does that?” It doesn’t matter. The question to ask is, “What are you going to do about it?” “You would think…” No need losing valuable time staying perplexed and confused about what someone did. Your job is to evaluate whether or not you've been clear about the expectation. “Being in someone else’s family is like being in a foreign country.” You have people who were raised in totally different environments than yours. Instead of saying – you would think – say, I think…” Instead of “who does that” – say “I want this done.” © 2019 Kris Plachy Visit: KrisPlachy.com</
11/11/201913 minutes 36 seconds
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Consulting Your Business' Brain | Ep #36

Are you feeling overwhelmed with decision fatigue and emotionally exhausted? Either you haven’t built a business brain, or you have, but you don’t consult with her. Here’s a way to build that relationship and to deal with those unexpected situations. What you'll find in this episode: The role that vision, values and expectations play in building a business brain. Brooke Castillo's Thought Model as a tool. It’s “the secret of the Universe." Why having a business brain is so important. © 2019 Kris Plachy Visit: KrisPlachy.com for show notes and available downloads Email: [email protected] <a href="https://www.facebook.com/krisplachy/" target="_blank" rel= "noopener"
04/11/201918 minutes 53 seconds
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Entrepreneurial Money Drama | Ep #35

Do you have an actual relationship with money, or are you just having a one-night stand? Let’s talk about money and how your thoughts about it are affecting your business. What you'll find in this episode: The five key relationships you have in your business – time, money, yourself, your team, your business. Today we talk about money. The common relationships I watch my clients have with money. Two of my favorite statements about money – one from Christine Kane and one from Brook Castillo. © 2019 Kris Plachy Visit: KrisPlachy.com for show notes and available downloads Email: [email protected] Kris on Facebook <a href="https://www.instagram.com/krisplachycoach/"
28/10/201919 minutes 29 seconds
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Create a Hiring Manifesto | Ep #34

Being able to identify the types of people to hire is key to your success. Here’s how to create a hiring manifesto that describes the types of people who can hang, and thrive, with you. What you'll find in this episode: Examples of the types of people who can, and cannot, hang and thrive with me. How to make a list of people on your team who you love to work with and those you struggle with. It’s my goal to give you the things you need to improve – like being able to hire people, manage people, hold people accountable, to fire people, and to manage your time. © 2019 Kris Plachy Visit: KrisPlachy.com for show notes and available downloads Email: [email protected] Kris on F
21/10/201912 minutes 24 seconds
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How to Solve Any Performance Problem | Ep #33

When you have someone on the team who isn’t performing, there’s a gap between the outcome you expect and the results you’re getting. Here’s the formula for fixing that problem. What you'll find in this episode: Reason 1 that performance problems occur – The expectation was not clear. Reason 2 that performance problems occur – You’re not holding them accountable to your crystal-clear expectations. Let’s not run our business by hoping people will just miraculously change. It doesn’t help you get exceptional results. I know that you plan to give exceptional results to your clients, which is why you went into business in the first place. Hold that same level of expectation for others. © 2019 Kris Plachy Visit: KrisPlachy.com for show notes and available downloads Email: <a href="mailto:[email protected]" target= "_blank" rel="noopen
14/10/201917 minutes 43 seconds
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Why Founders and CEO's MUST Be Able to Fire Anyone | Ep #32

If you’re a CEO, you’ve got to get good at being able to fire someone. You don’t have to love it. It’s a superpower, and once you have it, you won’t feel bound by someone’s poor performance again. What you'll find in this episode: There should always be an evaluative measure, that’s outside your opinion of someone, that helps you know if this person is contributing so that the business is benefiting. Once you get good at this, you’re never intimidated by what people do or don’t do in your business. You’re never held hostage. Your business is only as good as your poorest performer. Once your values are dialed, this becomes an objective part of what you do. Values are not subjective. © 2019 Kris Plachy Visit: KrisPlachy.com for show notes and available downloads Email: <a href="mailto:[email protected]" target= "_blank" rel="noope
07/10/201921 minutes 26 seconds
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Feedback for Female Entrepreneurs | Ep #31

Being able to give feedback for a female entrepreneur is not negotiable. You HAVE to get good at this. Here is what your responsibility is and a few tools to help you improve at this critical skill. What you'll find in this episode: Your only responsibility in regard to feedback is just to give it. Don’t give it when you’re angry or don’t have all the information yet, and don’t base it on other people’s opinions. Step one – be direct and teacher-like. Step two - engage them and get them to talk. Determine if it’s a mindset issue or a skill set issue. Advice on what to do with new employees. Third step – now you must transition into performance conversations (we'll talk about this in another episode). Another reason why getting good at feedback is super powerful for a female entrepreneur. The goal of feedback is to give someone perspective that will help them change their performance so they get a diff
30/09/201919 minutes 12 seconds
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The Interview with Kim Hall, Founder of Physio2U | Ep #30

Kris talks with Kim Hall, founder of Physio2U, the largest in-home physical therapy company in Western Canada. As a trained physical therapist, Kim has worked hard to develop her business acumen and her leadership and entrepreneur skills. What you'll find in this episode: 1) What Kim’s business growth has required she learn about herself. 2) Advice for those who feel they don’t have time to build out the various systems in their business that allow them to move into an overseeing role. 3) “You have to live it to give it.” – Kris 4) The unexpected thing that Kim learned. 5) Why Kim thinks it’s challenging to manage adults/professionals. 6) “Until you clear your mind and emotions of this extra stuff that we all bring, you won’t be able to be an effective manager.” – Kim  7) “I’ve learned that other people don’t work as hard as the founder does.” – Kim  8) “You have the choice, and you can create the life you want.” – Kim</
23/09/201935 minutes 7 seconds
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The Accountability Problem for Entrepreneurs| Ep #29

Leaders today are so fearful of confrontation and giving feedback that they’re not holding employees accountable. Here’s the big mistake we all make, and how to keep it from being a drag on your business. What you'll find in this episode: Accountability is your ability to account for someone else’s ability. If we, collectively, as business leaders, decided to consistently account for our employees’ ability, we would change the world. People who don’t care or want to be held accountable don’t hate you. They don’t like the transparency of witnessing their own inadequacy. Age is not related to accountability. It’s experience, and it’s the way people think. The first mistake we all make is hiring someone and assuming they’ll hold themselves accountable. Thinking about hiring someone to solve a problem is the seed of accountability. Once you know what the solution looks like, now you know the role that position must fill.</
16/09/201921 minutes 22 seconds
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How to Deal with Arguing and Gossipy Team Members | Ep #28

Gossip is “talking to anyone about anything who doesn’t have any control to solve it.” It’s destructive to your business, and here are the foundational tools you need to fix it. What you'll find in this episode: Why you have to know what your values are in your business. Listen to the previous podcast called “Entrepreneurial Values” here. The importance of setting expectations based on your values. How a company manifesto and a team book (not a policy book) can help. If you have all of that in place, and you still have an issue – you have an accountability gap. © 2019 Kris Plachy Visit: KrisPlachy.com Email: [email protected] <a href="http
09/09/201922 minutes 55 seconds
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Ep #27: Female Entrepreneurial Burnout

If you feel exhausted and impatient, it could be burnout. But your burnout is not because of your business. Burnout comes from your brain. Here are 5 things that are likely causing your burnout. What you'll find in this episode: Burnout comes from your brain, and your body follows your brain. What are you indulging in your mind? Another cause of burnout is lack of decisions. Kris’ coach used to say, “Do it. Dump it. Delegate it.” Right now. Burnout comes from overworking in unproductive effort. Your lack of boundaries is also another cause of burnout. You’re too available. Another, you’re buffering. Entrepreneurs use their businesses to avoid feeling things. © 2019 Kris Plachy Visit: KrisPlachy.com Email: [email protected] <a href=
02/09/201927 minutes 37 seconds
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Ep #26: The Interview with Eleanor Beaton, founder of Fierce Feminine Leadership

Kris talks with Eleanor Beaton, founder of Fierce Feminine Leadership, an organization that helps ambitious women develop the confidence, presence, political savvy and influence they need to smash the glass ceiling. What you'll find in this episode: One of the most important factors for a leader is embarrassability. What Eleanor thinks makes a great team. “For me, the thing that threads a team together is this sense of trust in one another.” – Eleanor A great team is a group of men and women who also challenge our sense of who we are and cause that to expand. I have found as I brought people into my team, that they have their own zones of genius and that allows me to continue to withdraw from certain areas and focus on a smaller area that has broader impact. – Eleanor Eleanor’s vision. “I love the men! I coach men! I love the men! But women lead differently.” – Kris Plachy</l
26/08/201943 minutes 37 seconds
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Ep #25: When NOT to Fire Someone

We recently looked at when to fire a team member. This episode is about when NOT to fire a team member. It’s a step by step thought process and it’s NEVER easy. What you'll find in this episode: First, you have to do the audit.  Second – question your reason. Are you in a position of emotional reaction to what someone is doing? Third – ask your business. Would you apply this decision to fire this person to anyone else on your team or is it just this person? Would you be consistent. © 2019 Kris Plachy Visit: KrisPlachy.com Email: [email protected] Kris on Facebook <a href="https:/
19/08/201921 minutes 50 seconds
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Ep #24: What Is Your Relief Point?

Finish this sentence – “I will finally feel relief when …” What is that “thing” that, when finally achieved, will cause the overwhelm and stress to end for you? Good news! Here’s how to feel the joy sooner rather than later. What you'll find in this episode: Relief doesn’t come from the “thing,” it comes from the way that you think. If you’re telling yourself that there is relief out there “when,” then you’re setting up a tension between where you are today and where you think the relief exists. That just sets you up to be uncomfortable chronically. Of the five relationships you must develop as an entrepreneur, the relationship with your brain is the most powerful and least utilized performance tool. Your exercise is to answer the question – what are you telling yourself right now is your relief point? © 2019 Kris Plachy Visit: KrisPlachy.com<br /
12/08/201919 minutes 15 seconds
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Ep #23: How to Know When to, and Not to, Fire a Team Member

Here are the basics you have to have in place in order to know when to fire someone and when NOT to fire someone. What you'll find in this episode: #1 – Set clear expectations. #2 – Review their work. #3 – Give them feedback. The way you know it’s time to fire is you’ve set the expectations, you’ve reviewed their work and given them the feedback and they’re just not meeting the objectives of the role.  The way you know it’s not time to fire is when you’re bent out of shape and in total judgement. © 2019 Kris Plachy Visit: KrisPlachy.com Email: [email protected] Kris on Facebook <a href="https://twitter.com/KrisPlachy" target="_blank" rel= "noop
05/08/201919 minutes 32 seconds
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Ep #22: Thoughts for Female Entrepreneurs to Think on Purpose

Are you having unsupervised thinking? You’re not alone. Many of those thoughts are probably negative in some way. Here’s a list of thoughts you can think instead. What you'll find in this episode: Your business is hard because YOU THINK IT IS! Things to think instead: I’m getting better at it every day. Look at what I’ve built. I’m in the process of figuring it out.  A la Danielle LaPorte Of course it happened that way. I’m totally capable. I can and will ask for help. I’m not alone. I’m really good at failing so I can succeed. The worthiness of you is always innate. It doesn’t go away. You’ve always had it and you can never lose it. Comparing thoughts is detrimental. Other people’s wins don’t compromise yours. What would your future self tell you to do and what to t
29/07/201919 minutes 59 seconds
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Ep #21: The ONE Assumption Every Female Entrepreneur SHOULD Make

Typically, it’s a bad idea to make assumptions. But in this one case, I want you to always assume this one thing! It will be better for you, your business and your employees. What you'll find in this episode: Always make this assumption – when someone on your team doesn’t do what you want, I want you to assume it’s your responsibility. When we see someone not do something the way we thought they should do it, it’s human nature to blame them for it. Blame creates lag. You need to make sure you: Have a clear vision for the business Have clear values Have clear expectations for every team member. Common sense is not common. Are delegating and not abdicating Are following up with people and looking at their results Are giving feedback © 2019 Kris Plachy Visit: KrisPlachy.c
22/07/201919 minutes 19 seconds
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Ep #20: How to Work with Your Spouse

If you are a female entrepreneur, and you’re either in, or considering getting into, a partnership or working relationship with your spouse, there are some absolute fundamentals we need to address. What you'll find in this episode: 1) A marriage operates very differently than a business.  2) You need to have clearly defined roles in the business for each of you. 3) You need to have a clear definition of who does what and who owns what and what decisions each of you make. 4) You have to decide how you will communicate and have a scheduled, dedicated assigned time and a clear agenda; no after-hours discussions. 5) You have to talk about how you’re going to disagree; decide what the process will be. 6) You have to have clear values, a clear vision and a clear manifesto. 7) You have to have a conversation about how you want to be as leaders and managers of this business. © 2019 Kris Plachy Visit: <a href="https://kris
15/07/201921 minutes 47 seconds
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Ep #19: You Can't Short Cut Human Capital

There’s a misguided belief among entrepreneurs that team building should be fast and easy and that you shouldn’t have to slow down to do it. However, if you’re trying to cut corners here, it will be obvious in your outcomes. What you'll find in this episode: Do you feel like Kris’ client? “I feel like adding people to my business is slowing me down.” If you take the time and do it right, you can magnify the effort of your business through 10 people instead of just one. Investing in your human capital isn’t unique to you. It’s the same across all industries. There’s a right way to invest in, and develop, the human capital part of your business. © 2019 Kris Plachy Visit: KrisPlachy.com Email: [email protected] <a href="https://www.facebook.co
08/07/201920 minutes 52 seconds
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Ep #18: What is Your Employees' Experience

What do your employees say about working for you? Do they say, “she’s a beast” or do they say, “I feel like I won the lottery”? Here are some things to consider when thinking about your employees’ experience of working with you. What you'll find in this episode: If you treat your employees like you treat your clients, you’re going to get the most out of them. Think about who are you as a leader and how you act with your employees. How do you want them to experience various things like a performance review, getting an assignment or not meeting an expectation? © 2019 Kris Plachy Visit: KrisPlachy.com Email: [email protected] Kris on Facebook <a href="https://twitt
01/07/201921 minutes 6 seconds
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Ep #17: The Interview with Ruthie Schulder, CEO of The Participation Agency

Kris talks with Ruthie Schulder, CEO of The Participation Agency and one of Inc. Magazine’s top 100 female founders. Here she shares many of the challenges she has faced managing people and one thing people need to know in order to have the best chance at succeeding. What you'll find in this episode: What Ruthie believes was the most startling part of hiring people. What Ruthie considers to be her greatest challenge. When it comes to how you want people to get their work done, this approach is the one female visionaries are most uncomfortable with. Let’s Work events occur every month in New York, quarterly in Los Angeles and are rolling out soon in Chicago.  One thing Ruthie feels people need to know in order to have the best chance at succeeding. © 2019 Kris Plachy Visit: <a href="https://krisplachy.com/" target="_blank" rel= "
24/06/201932 minutes 17 seconds
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Ep #16: Five Key Relationships for Every Female Entrepreneur

These are the five key relationships every female entrepreneur has. And as she scales her business, she may find that one or more of these becomes an issue. That’s totally normal and part of the process. Here's what to do. What you'll find in this episode: The five key relationships are with: time, money, your team, your business, and yourself. Which relationship most entrepreneurs are terrible at. Whether or not you have a “servant leader relationship” with your employees. Your business is outside of you. There’s you and there’s the business. Everything requires brain-keeping. © 2019 Kris Plachy Visit: KrisPlachy.com Email: [email protected]<b
17/06/201918 minutes 23 seconds
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Ep #15: Vision

What’s your vision for your business? Do you have to look it up - or is it short and sweet and fits on a bumper sticker? Here are some tips for what your vision statement should look like and how to create one. What you'll find in this episode: How I came up with my vision “sentence” - “She changed the way that people think.” Examples of some great vision statements. For your vision statement, make sure: you really understand it, you can translate it into business results, it’s well communicated, it can fit on a bumper sticker. Lastly - live the vision! © 2019 Kris Plachy Visit: KrisPlachy.com Email: [email protected] Kris on Facebook <a href="https://t
10/06/201922 minutes 24 seconds
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Ep #14: Confidence Does NOT Come from Revenue

Once you reach that one-million-dollar mark, you can’t rely on revenue to tell you how well you’re doing as a leader. You have to start using other methods that create a foundation for how you scale, manage and grow your business. What you'll find in this episode: Most of us hit points where our revenue exceeds our ability to scale and overwhelm sets in. The two expectations we have in our brain related to revenue and confidence. When it’s time to work with a coach to start learning the fundamentals you need to have as a manager. What to look for to tell you how you’re doing at managing your business. © 2019 Kris Plachy Visit: KrisPlachy.com Email: [email protected] <a href="https://www.facebook.com/krisplachy/" target="_blank" rel= "noopen
03/06/201917 minutes 28 seconds
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Ep #13: Entrepreneurial Values

Values are the rudder for your business and have to be an extension of you. There are no right or wrong values. They just need to be honest, because values determine who you hire. What you'll find in this episode: Start by asking yourself, “What do I value in other people?” Do a brain dump. Start big and pare it down to three. What happens when you hire people who don’t align with your values. Once you’ve determined your values, then you need to communicate them to the team. © 2019 Kris Plachy Visit: KrisPlachy.com Email: [email protected] Kris on Facebook @KrisPlachy on Twitter <
27/05/201917 minutes 32 seconds
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Ep #12: Entrepreneurial Brain-Keeping

As an entrepreneur, your brain is the directional force for everything that does or does not happen in your business. If your brain gets messy and cluttered, so does your business. Let’s do a little brain-keeping today! What you'll find in this episode: The Thought Model and how it affects your ability to grow and love your business. How decision fatigue, control imbalance, mistaken tolerance and over-importance affect the cleanliness and tidiness of your brain. Why you need a coach or colleague to help you dump the weight you’re carrying around of a very messy brain. How to know if you’re in need of some brain-keeping. © 2019 Kris Plachy Visit: KrisPlachy.com Email: [email protected] <a href="https://www.facebook.com/krisplachy/" target="_
20/05/201926 minutes 20 seconds
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Ep #11: The Interview with Jennifer Hood, Owner/Director of Jump Gymnastics

Kris talks with Jennifer Hood, owner and director of Jump Gymnastics. Jennifer was exhausted and struggling with performing most of the roles in her business. Now that has turned around and Jen shares advice on how she was able to maximize results with people. What you'll find in this episode: The first thing that Jen learned that helped her be engaging from a leadership and management perspective. A valuable tip for other women out there who are doing well on paper but who are still struggling in the people aspects of their business. How her team responded to all the changes. The top three bits of advice for other women out there who want to maximize their results with people. © 2019 Kris Plachy Visit: KrisPlachy.com Email: [email protected]<br
13/05/201932 minutes 32 seconds
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Ep #10: Paying Other People Money

What’s your relationship with money? There’s no right or wrong way to think about it, but the way we think about money does impact the results that we get related to money. What you'll find in this episode: Be clear about why you started your business. What is your relationship with your money? Do you have symptoms of reverse entitlement? Exercise: Make a list of all your employees and write down how much money you pay them. How does that amount make you feel about each? There’s your money and the business’s money. Do you keep them separate? © 2019 Kris Plachy Visit: KrisPlachy.com Email: [email protected] Kris on Facebook <a
06/05/201923 minutes 38 seconds
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Ep #9: 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Treat Your Business Like a Family

When some of the habits we have with our families come into our business, it can lead to problems. If you have people on the team who've been with you a while, listen to this for some quick and simple advice. What you'll find in this episode: Your business is there to make money and serve a purpose. It’s not there to be an employer. Your business in not there to suffer and indulge dysfunction. It’s there to get the work done and serve the purpose of the business. A business has to have clearly defined, communicated and accountable to, expectations. A business has to have accountability to outcomes. When leaders want to treat people like a family, they don’t hold them accountable. A business has to factor in how growth affects the team it has now versus the team that was hired before. © 2019 Kris Plachy Visit: KrisPlachy.com Email: <
29/04/201916 minutes 4 seconds
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Ep #8: Create a Job Description

As your business grows, you’ll need to hire people to do some of the things you used to do. The first, and most important, step is to create a job description for the role. Here are some key steps in that process. What you'll find in this episode: First, define the purpose of the job. Make a detailed list off all the things you want this position to do, and look for a theme. From the details, list your required skills and experience for the position. Include your cultural and fit component – “the vibe.” Verne Harnish believes we should only hire people who have already experienced success and results.  Every role in your business should have a description, including yours. © 2019 Kris Plachy Visit: KrisPlachy.com Email: <a href
22/04/201916 minutes 29 seconds
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Ep #7: The Interview with Angela Kim, Founder/Owner of Savor Beauty

Kris talks with Angela Kim, founder and owner of Savor Beauty. They discuss what motivates Angela and what has been the most challenging aspect to growing and scaling her business. Angela Jia Kim’s passion for beauty began with her mom. “Koreans are obsessed with their skin, and my mom always had something new sent over from her sisters in Seoul,” she says. “I would play with her creams that were filled with ingredients like gold and silkworm cocoons.” Angela spent her early career as an award-winning concert pianist, until one day, onstage in front of hundreds of people, a so-called natural lotion she had applied made her break out in hives. Horrified, she began to study ingredients and craft her own skin care products in her kitchen. “I added luxury ingredients with tremendous skin benefits like champagne, caviar, and truffles,” she says. “I infused them with organic extracts for
15/04/201939 minutes 5 seconds
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Ep #6: Visionary Constraint

As a visionary, you have tons of ideas all the time. But in order to up-level your business, you have to focus on your zone of genius instead of your zone of excellence. Here’s how. What you'll find in this episode: When you grow and become more successful, your discipline with your brain has to increase. Identify your revenue goal for the year and the plan to make that happen. When you have new ideas, use your goal and plan as your filter. Visionaries tend to burn out team members. Visionary constraint reminds us that, in order to achieve what we want, we have to be willing to go “all in” on the belief that what we want to achieve is possible. Be willing to say “no” from abundance instead of saying “yes” from scarcity. Honor your ideas with a notebook and vet those ideas with someone you allow to tell you “no.” © 2019 Kris Plachy Visit: <a href="https://krisplachy.com/" target="_blank" re
08/04/201922 minutes 28 seconds
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Ep #5: Who Are You as a Leader of Your Team?

In order to move past those stuck spots as an entrepreneur, you have to be willing to work on yourself. You need to do some stretch assignments in your mind about what’s next. Here is a series of questions I’d like you to think about as a woman who is leading a business and a team. What you'll learn from this episode: Who are you in this role as a leader? What do you find is easy and what is difficult? How are you different today than when you first started your business? What do you love about what you do in your business? What are you like to work for? What do you want to be like to work for? What’s your philosophy around paying people money? What expectations do you have of people who join your team? © 2019 Kris Plachy Visit: KrisPlachy.com Email: <a href="mailto:[email protected]" target= "
01/04/201920 minutes 22 seconds
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Ep #4: The Interview with Laura Patrick, Founder/Owner of Kids Physio

Kris talks with Laura Patrick, founder of Kids Physio Group. They discuss what it’s like being a solopreneur with one location and evolving into a leader managing five clinics and 35 employees. Laura Patrick (nee Turner) was born and raised in North Vancouver, BC Canada. She is the founder and owner of Kids Physio Group - Canada's largest chain of private pediatric physical therapy clinics. With a passion for sports, she first graduated from UBC’s Human Kinetics (Exercise Science) program in 2001 before continuing on to receive her Masters in Physiotherapy from McMaster University in 2003. Laura founded Kids Physio Group in 2006 in the humblest of surroundings. After 3 years working in the public system with school-aged kids, she recognized a need for all children to have access to trained pediatric physiotherapists in clinic space designed just for them. In the past few years,
25/03/201940 minutes 6 seconds
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Ep #3: Who SHOULD and Who SHOULD NOT work for a Female Entrepreneur

There are several qualities that drive you and your entrepreneurial spirit. Here are some suggestions for avoiding wasting your brain space and your time dragging people along because they can’t handle working with you. What you'll learn from this episode: Founders have high expectations and low tolerance for mistakes. They’re incredibly generous and want to recognize and reward people who work for them. They’re visionaries and they change their minds a lot. It’s hard to earn their trust, and that can feel like micro-management. Founders are "swoopers" and they always will be.  Sometimes they forget to say thank you and they can be very direct. They move so fast. Founders must hire people with “a maturity of spirit” who have enough independence to take action and yet enough humility to not take it personally when they’re told they did it wrong and need to do it again. © 2019 Kris Plachy Vi
18/03/201920 minutes 9 seconds
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Ep #2: What is Human Capital?

Thinking about your employees as human capital instead of an incurred expense will totally change the way you run your business and the results you achieve. What you'll learn from this episode: Capital is the assets that add to the long-term wealth of a company.  Instead of thinking of someone as an expense you need to incur, think of them as an asset and an investment into your wealth. In preparing to make such an investment, first ask yourself, “What is the result I’m trying to achieve with this role?” Second, ask yourself, “How will I track and measure the results of the role to make sure I’m achieving those results?” Third, “Have I clearly defined this asset’s job?” The four things you’ll stop doing as a result of thinking of employees as human capital. © 2019 Kris Plachy Visit: KrisPlachy.com Email: <a href="mailto:sup
11/03/201921 minutes 3 seconds
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Ep #1: Top Challenges of Female Entrepreneurs and How to Solve Them

I coach female entrepreneurs and help them overcome their challenges. I have found that there are five key things that entrepreneurs struggle with. Here they are - along with their solutions. What you'll learn from this episode: The first challenge is failure to lead.  Second is failure to define the game. Third, not having very clear expectations as it relates to what you pay people. Fourth, thinking down instead of up and out. Lastly, not cutting the ties and continuing to drag parts of your business along that no longer serve the bigger goals you have. © 2019 Kris Plachy Visit: KrisPlachy.com Email: [email protected] Facebook group How to Lead</a
04/03/201928 minutes 23 seconds
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Leadership is Feminine Trailer

For most women, when we are invited to study leadership the teachers, scholars, authorities and models are primarily… men. We are indoctrinated from the time we are born that men are the leaders and that natural male characteristics are the strengths you must also possess to be a good leader. Powerful. Strong. Authoritative. Direct. Assertive. Decisive. These and so many more are attributes that are typically associated with the male model of a leader. And so, for the better part of the last one hundred years as women have made their way into the fold, in a variety of leadership roles, we have learned and studied to walk the way of a men to achieve success. Women dismiss their own knowing because we’ve been so indoctrinated in male leadership models. We dismiss what we know for what others tell us to be and how to be seen. There is another way to lead. To be in alignment. To not feel like an impost
03/03/201917 minutes 49 seconds