We are kicking off a series today that will run for the month, called Lockdown Leadership and the 5 Themes that Shine Through from the best of the best leaders. This series came about by us asking --- what are the best leaders doing right now? Because even in the midst of it all, the best leaders are still thriving. In this series, I got to collaborate with the internationally known coach and consultant, Murray Guest. The first theme today in Episode 121 is a huge one, that surprised me a bit. It's all about leadership grace and kindness in tough times. We define it, share some stories, pass on the best practices we've seen and even leave you with a couple ways to practice it in your own role as a leader.
Today, you are hearing the closing episode in this series about Strengths in Crisis. We are tracing four themes, like a ribbon of humanity that has risen to the surface of all twelve stories. Why share these themes? To help all of us sear in our memory the impact of this world shift and the good that can result from the struggle when we share our stories and listen to each other.
Here's what we're learning in this Strengths in Crisis series. This season, while it continues to challenge us daily, also has the potential to bring about a pivot point in humanity that leaves us stronger than ever before. Especially as we choose to fixate on strength, instead of focusing on weakness. Today on Episode 119 you get to hear from one of Isogo's very own, Annie Elliott. Annie was in the middle of her SECOND year as a kindergarten teacher when the coronavirus shut down southern California. You will enjoy this chat with Annie and my hope is that you'll also appreciate those teachers in your life just a little bit more.
Anna Runyan, CEO of a Forbes top 35 most influential career site shares what life in quarantine has meant for her family and her business. As a leader, she shares the huge goal-setting pivot she lead with her team when the second quarter of this year was clearly NOT going to be what they expected, yet continued to propel their business to grow, even in the midst of crisis. And as a mom, she shares what she discovered she needed in order to pull out of the negativity and into a thriving mode again. You will learn from her tips, tricks and strengths as we dive into Episode 118 with Anna and Classy Career Girl.
If you know anyone who is attending college or university right now, you know that their lives have been uprooted. What you might not see so visibly is that the college or university that supports them has been working around the clock --- to do everything it can to help them come out both educated and thriving on the other end of this semester. It is a crazy tough challenge -- a challenge that Kimberley Wiedefeld and the other members of the President's Cabinet at Roberts Wesleyan College are proving to be up for. Today, on Episode 117, she shares what those first few weeks were like under the immense pressure of uncertainty and navigating uncharted waters, all while working from a new home office whose french doors open to a family of young kids waiting for her to come out.
Our guest works day in and day out in an industry that is at the top of all of our minds right now. Healthcare. Dr. Patricia Beals serves kids and families in her work as the director of the Barrow Cleft and Craniofacial Center at Dignity Health in Phoenix, AZ. And as she shares today, life as a healthcare provider has been life-alteringly affected. Dr. Beals shares today about the strengths she typically calls upon and how those are not necessarily the ones she relied as heavily upon pre-crisis world -- yet they are exactly what her team and patients need to help make it through. Tune into Episode 116 to hear her story.
Melissa Jill is a beloved influencer and educator in the wedding photography world and just happens to be pivoting her career as the world flips upside down. She says that she doesn't consider herself thriving, but as you'll hear from her story in Episode 115 today, she is figuring out ways to leverage her strengths to overcome and make it through -- carrying a family and a business with her.
Murray's life as a consultant and facilitator has been turned upside down, but the truth is, you wouldn't really know that. In Episode 114, in this Strengths in Crisis series, Murray opens up his life to us to share stories of connection in ways that otherwise wouldn't have happened, of the ways he's using his strengths to recalibrate his approach to work, and of promise for leaders who may just feel like this crisis is getting the best of them. Murray's leveled insight and wisdom come at a perfect time and you will be encouraged.
She has always worked from home, but suddenly so do her high school teacher husband and her three little kids. In Episode 113, Amanda shares the reality of what what this global crisis looks like inside a young family with two working parents, who are stretching their strengths, and offering each other extra levels of kindness to make it through to the other end thriving.
In 2016, Rhonda Boyle made the decision to move her business into her house, a move which set her up to feel a sense of thriving, even in this stressful time. Today, in Episode 112, she shares with us through the lens of her CliftonStrengths, which she has relied on more and which she is allowing to take a back seat for now. Let's help each other cope in crisis. We all have the tools we need to thrive, through the power and intentionality of our unique strengths.