The Elegant Warrior Episode 241 – How to Advocate for Yourself When You’re in the Minority

The marginalization of specific groups is no doubt an all-too-common occurrence affecting many people. In this solo episode, I’ll share ways to advocate for yourself, your ideas, and your potential when you’re in a marginalized community.

We’ll Discuss

  • The beliefs that can stop us from advocating for ourselves
  • How to recognize that you are worthy of being advocated for and why you need to persuade yourself first in order to persuade others
  • My SEE technique: Stories + Evidence + Energy, and how it contributes to self-advocating
  • How to see your differences as an advantage and then capitalize on them

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The Elegant Warrior Episode 240 – Leading Inclusion with Dr Gena Cox

How can understanding true inclusion lead to successful leadership? Dr. Gena Cox discusses the highlights of her book ‘Leading Inclusion,’ and shares insights based on her own years of experience in corporate America, as well as the experiences of colleagues and clients.

We’ll Discuss

  • Why she believes inclusion tops diversity
  • The breakdown of the REDI, or Respect First, Model
  • The 3 Cs critical to successful leadership
  • Why she doesn’t use the term ‘belonging’ in reference to inclusion

About Gena Cox, Ph.D

Dr. Gena Cox is an organizational psychologist, executive coach, speaker, and author of the new book Leading Inclusion, a groundbreaking guidebook for corporate leaders who want to build inclusive organizations from the top down. Gena has spent more than 25 years helping leaders, including some in the Fortune 500, build healthy organizational cultures and measuring employee opinions. A noted voice on human-centered leadership, Gena shows executives how to stop using 2019 behavior to address 2022 workplace challenges.

Gena has written for Harvard Business Review and has been quoted in Forbes, Fast Company, BBC Worklife, The Business Journals, Linkedin News, and other national media.

Gena holds a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of South Florida and is an International Coach Federation Professional Certified Coach (PCC). She is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Dr. Cox’s Book recommendation: Unapologetically Ambitious by Shellye Archambeau

To learn more about Dr. Gena Cox, visit the links below:
Her book, Leading Inclusion: Drive Change Your Employees Can See and Feel
Her website, GenaCox.com
Twitter, @genacox
LinkedIn, GenaCox

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The Elegant Warrior Episode 239 – Compassion: The Key to Self Advocacy, Negotiation and Self Help

Out of my 5 C’s of an advocate, I often emphasize compassion, curiosity, and credibility as the most important. In this solo episode, we will highlight how compassion and perspective can be secret weapons in self-advocacy.

We’ll Discuss

  • How my definition of compassion goes beyond just the desire to take action
  • The difference between perspective and empathy
  • How perspective has allowed me to even maintain relationships with some of my exes
  • How a letter from a dear friend motivates me to continue seeing things from other’s perspectives

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The Elegant Warrior Episode 238 – The Disconnect Principle: Eliminate Difficult Conversations with Clarity and Empathy with Ann Latham

“If someone doesn’t do as you expected, all you know for sure is that he or she didn’t do as you expected.” Ann Latham explains the disconnect between what you expected and what happened in a chapter-by-chapter breakdown of her book The Disconnect Principle.

~  WE’LL DISCUSS ~

  • What it means when people do not live up to our expectations
  • How shifting our focus to fixing the situation instead of the person leads to a better dialogue
  • How our thoughts about someone communicate louder in our body language and facial expressions than in our words
  • How to do something with someone rather than to them

About Ann Latham:

Ann Latham is the founder of Boston area consulting firm Uncommon Clarity®, Inc. Her clients represent over 40 industries and range from for-profit organizations, such as Boeing, Medtronic, and Hitachi, to nonprofit organizations as diverse as Public Television, United Way, and colleges and universities. Ann has been interviewed and has been written about in 85 media sources, including The New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Forbes, Inc., Management Today, and many podcasts.

Ann Latham is founding the newest branch of management science: clarity. Cognitive clarity, to be more precise. She is credited with exposing our inability to recognize our natural disclarity and the tremendous waste and damage it causes. Showing people how to create clarity quickly became her passion. She knew that clarity offered an enormous opportunity to improve performance and her consulting was the perfect way to practice and prove her methods. This passion drives her writing. She is on a mission to make organizations, if not the world, a better place through greater cognitive clarity.

Read Ann’s Book, The Disconnect Principle

To learn more about Ann Latham, visit the links below:

Her website: Annlatham.com

Forbes article: Embrace the Disconnect Principle

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The Elegant Warrior Episode 237 – How to Choose – 4 Steps to Making Your Best Choices/Decisions

I’ve been thinking a lot about choices, specifically the choices that brought me to the new place I’ll be calling home. In my second book, Advocate to Win, I broke down three steps to making choices. I’ve recently added a fourth step that I’m excited to share in today’s podcast.

~ WE’LL DISCUSS ~

  • Why I prefer the word ‘choose’ over ‘decide’
  • Times in life where we choose without realizing it
  • Lessons I’ve learned from my choices in moving
  • How to determine which part of you is choosing

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The Elegant Warrior Episode 236 – Golden: The Power of Silence in a World of Noise with Justin Zorn and Leigh Marz

What is the deepest silence you’ve ever known? Justin Zorn and Leigh Marz discuss the world’s loudness and how silence and stillness can bring clarity and peace into our lives.

~WE’LL DISCUSS~

  • Why silence isn’t just an absence of noise, but a presence that brings energy, clarity and deeper connection
  • Why silence can be a good alternative to meditation and mindfulness
  • How the impact of noise falls disproportionately on those with a lower income
  • How to create pockets of silence throughout the day in order to rejuvenate yourself

ABOUT JUSTIN AND LEIGH:

Justin Talbot Zorn has served as both a policymaker and a meditation teacher in the U.S. Congress. A Harvard- and Oxford-trained specialist in the economics and psychology of well-being, Justin has written for the Washington Post, The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, Foreign Policy, and other publications. He is cofounder of Astrea Strategies, a consultancy that bridges contemplation and action, helping leaders and teams envision and communicate solutions to complex challenges.

Leigh Marz is a collaboration consultant and leadership coach for major universities, corporations, and federal agencies as well as a longtime student of pioneering researchers and practitioners of the ritualized use of psychedelic medicines in the West. In her professional work, she has led diverse initiatives, including a training program to promote an experimental mindset among teams at NASA and a decade-long cross-sector collaboration to reduce toxic chemicals in products, in partnership with Green Science Policy Institute, Harvard University, IKEA, Google, and Kaiser Permanente. She is the cofounder of Astrea Strategies.

 Golden reveals how to go beyond the ordinary rules and tools of mindfulness. It’s a field guide for navigating the noise of the modern world—not just the noise in our ears but also on our screens and in our heads. Drawing on lessons from neuroscience, business, spirituality, politics, and the arts, Marz and Zorn explore why auditory, informational, and internal silence is essential for physical health, mental clarity, ecological sustainability, and vibrant community.

Read or listen to their book, Golden: The Power of Silence in a World of Noise

Book Recommendations:

Leigh’s Recommendation: Finding Freedom and That Bird Has My Wings by Jarvis Jay Masters

Justin’s Recommendation: The World of Silence by Max Picard

To learn more about Leigh Marz and Justin Zorn, visit the links below:

Justin’s website: justinzorn.com

Leigh’s website: leighmarz.com

Justin’s Twitter: @JustinZorn

Leigh’s Twitter: @LeighMarz

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The Elegant Warrior Episode 235 – Planning for the New Year … in October

I will share why I believe this is the best month to start planning for next year, and what that planning should involve.

~ WE’LL DISCUSS ~

  • Why planning before the holidays can be more productive than waiting till after
  • The benefit of creating 45-minute increments of ‘Thinking Time’
  • Five questions to ask yourself, and how to be deliberate when choosing the words in your answers

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Other books mentioned:

The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte

The Road Less Stupid by Keith J Cunningham

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The Elegant Warrior Episode 234 – Adrienne Bankert: The Power of Kindness, Identity and Community in Media

Adrienne Bankert talks about making kindness your superpower, and taking the term ‘People Business’ to heart.

~ WE’LL DISCUSS ~

  • Her conviction at 12 years old that one day she would be on the set of her own show
  • How her community shaped her identity
  • Her desire to have conversations with people and allow them the liberty to think how they want to think

About Adrienne Bankert

Adrienne Bankert is the host of Morning in America on NewsNation. An Emmy award-winning veteran journalist, Bankert joined NewsNation in April 2021, as an anchor/correspondent. She covered national affairs and delivered special reports across the network’s prime-time weeknight news broadcasts. 

Prior to that, Adrienne was a New York-based national correspondent for ABC News covering breaking news on both the East and West Coast. She covered some of the most significant stories of the last decade. In addition to her distinguished career in journalism, Ms. Bankert also is the author of “Your Hidden Superpower: The Kindness that Makes You Unbeatable at Work and Connects You with Anyone.” 

Adrienne’s Book Recommendation: The Way of the Shepherd by Kevin Leman

Buy Adrienne’s Book, Your Hidden Superpower: The Kindness That Makes You Unbeatable at Work and Connects You with Anyone, here

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The Elegant Warrior Episode 233 – How to Ask for Advocates (Referrals, Testimonials, Promoters, Mentors, Fans…)

Asking others, even friends, to advocate for us does not always come naturally. Recognizing that asking is the fastest way to a win could be the motivation to turn everyone around us, even adversaries, into our advocates.

~ WE’LL DISCUSS ~

–   How to be comfortable asking the people around us for advocacy

–   The difference between implying and directly asking

–   Getting over the feeling that you shouldn’t have to ask

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The Elegant Warrior Episode 232 – Joe Hirsch and The Feedback Fix: Dump the Past, Embrace the Future, and Lead the Way to Change

Joe Hirsch explains why giving and/or receiving feedback often induces panic and fear. He also shares how changing our approach can leave us feeling restored instead of depleted.

~ WE’LL DISCUSS ~

  • How we can use R.E.P.A.I.R. to provide ‘feedforward’
  • How “Yes, and…” can turn barriers into opportunities
  • How feedback can be used to give people the confidence to take control of their future

~ ABOUT JOE HIRSCH ~

Joe Hirsch helps organizations design and deliver feedback without fear. He is an internationally recognized expert on leadership and communication, and has earned accolades from Fortune 500 executives to NFL coaches for his forward-thinking approach to improving organizational culture and effectiveness. Joe makes research-based practices more accessible to improve the way people work, learn and lead.

Joe’s work and research has been featured in Harvard Business Review, CNBC, Forbes, Inc., The Wall Street Journal and other major outlets. He’s shared his strategies across three continents and has helped more than 10,000 people communicate with impact and experience the joy of feedback.

Joe’s Book Recommendations:

Crucial Conversations by Joseph Grenny

Team Genius by Rich Karlgaard

Buy Joe’s Book, The Feedback Fix: Dump the Past, Embrace the Future, and Lead the Way to Change here

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