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In this episode, Heather speaks directly with listeners about some changes happening with the podcast, her thoughts on the US Capitol violence, the status of her book and some key thoughts on relationships:
- We get to choose how we handle what is in front of us.
- Focus on relationships and all else will follow.
- Choose to be the bridge and not the divider.
Showing Up Differently
What happened in the Capitol has just increased the political climate and division. But my hope is for you to see that as an opportunity to, in your own skin, create more unifying presence and more bridges in your life rather than divide others. Look at this as an opportunity to be the light, the bridge to make connections, while not stooping down the level of those who decided to stoop low. You stay high. I know that it has been tough, and mentally, it has. Fortunately, it’s a new year, and we get to choose our attitude and how we show up this year.
I want to give you updates on a couple of things. First, next week, you will hear the podcast change. For those who have been listening weekly or for years now, you’re going to hear different things. I’ll add a couple of new elements. It’s going to be super fun. I just don’t want you to join and be like, “Am I in the right podcast?” Yes, you are. I am trying to shake things up a bit and add a little bit more layers to the show just to make it more interesting for you to listen. Caring leadership and leading with heart will never go away. This year, we need more caring. Just yesterday, I starting recording the audiobook for “The Art of Caring Leadership,” the next book based upon this podcast. I am excited for all of you to get hands on either the audiobook or the physical book. Interestingly enough, the publisher first wanted me to get someone else to read my audiobook. I was flabbergasted because the book is based upon the podcast where I am the host. How can I have someone else record my audiobook? Also, I felt that I would be betraying all of you listening for so long. I wanted to make sure you continue to hear my voice, and hear the messages that I will deliver and those that have been delivered through many of the leaders you have been listening to. I’m so excited more than I was the first time around with my first book. The book comes out in April 2021. I will start to have some of my own copies in March. I am just thrilled.
Relationships are the foundation of anything else we want to achieve in life—relationships with our children, our spouse, people at work, in the community. What we can focus on 2021 is building stronger relationships, particularly in the context of a leader. First is spending time with those that you lead by taking the time to be with them one on one. You cannot get to know people if you don’t spend that time. If your office is not allowing you to do in-person meetings even with your co-workers, you can do it via Zoom. Have that one-on-one time, sitting with them and finding out what they’re doing. Be vulnerable and tell them your goals. Carve it out. Put it on your calendar. Spend that time to build relationships because if you do, those people will be there for you later on.
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