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Coaching Real Leaders

We all want to get to the next level of our career, but so many of us get stuck. Longtime leadership coach Muriel Wilkins takes you inside real-life leadership coaching sessions with high performers working to overcome professional challenges and grow as leaders. Listen in on real conversations and leave with new insights and practical guidance for your own career.The views expressed on this podcast are those of its hosts, guests, and callers, and not those of Harvard Business Review.

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On the Brink of Burnout

She’s ambitious and has always leaned into opportunities to lead. But in her current leadership role, her responsibilities just keep growing, which makes her feel like she can’t keep up. If this is what leadership is all about, she questions whether she even wants to lead anymore. Host Muriel Wilkins coaches this leader through her burnout toward strategies she can take to focus her energy and scale up her leadership. Further Reading: “6 Causes of Burnout, and How to Avoid Them“ “If You’re Overworked, Learn Which Tasks to Hand Off“ “Stop Doing Low-Value Work“


1 Feb 2021

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Getting the Leadership Respect I Deserve

She’s demonstrated her leadership ability throughout her career, advancing to some of the most senior leadership roles. But her C-suite peers haven’t always valued what she brings to the table. Host Muriel Wilkins coaches this leader through how to demonstrate her value as an executive as she joins a new organization. For more on this topic: “Stepping into a Leadership Role? Be Ready to Tell Your Story.” “How to Get Yourself Invited to Important Meetings” “Seeing Ourselves As Leaders”


8 Feb 2021

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Building Influence Without Authority

She’s relatively new to the organization and more junior than most of her stakeholders. But her success hinges on her ability to lead initiatives cross-functionally. Host Muriel Wilkins coaches this emerging leader through how to cultivate strategic relationships and increase her influence without the formal power of a senior title or position. Further Reading:  “How to Increase Your Influence at Work“ “Learn to Love Networking” “How to Figure Out How Much Influence You Have at Work”


8 Mar 2021

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The Problem with Always Being the Problem Solver

He’s spent much of his career successfully solving complex problems. Now, as he works his way up, he’s realizing that always trying to fix everything won’t let him focus on leading – or help his team succeed. Host Muriel Wilkins coaches this leader through adapting his approach to lead more effectively. For more on this topic: “Leading by Letting Go” “How Leaders Can Let Go Without Losing Control” “Why Your Team Should Practice Collective Mindfulness”


1 Mar 2021

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How Does My Team Perceive Me?

As a leader, she has always tried to find a balance between being directive and collaborative. But she has also struggled to bridge the gap between how she sees herself – and how her team experienced her as a leader. Now she’s building her own start-up and wants to make sure she is seen as a strong, effective leader in that new venture. Host Muriel Wilkins coaches this leader through how to understand and manage perceptions so she can be seen as a leader. Further Reading: “Own the Room: Discover Your Signature Voice to Master Your Leadership Presence” “Listening Is an Overlooked Leadership Tool” “How to Change People’s Perception of You” “How to Ask for Feedback That Will Actually Help You”


22 Feb 2021

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