For this week’s Inspirational Leadership Podcast I spoke with Sarah Noll Wilson who’s on a mission to help leaders build and rebuild teams. Her goal is to empower leaders to understand and honor the beautiful complexity of the humans they serve. Through her work as an Executive Coach, in-demand Keynote Speaker, Researcher, and Author, Sarah helps leaders close the gap between what they intend to do and the actual impact they make. Sarah creates a safe, honest environment, preparing people to deal with real-world conflict, have more meaningful conversations, and create purposeful relationships. Working with CEOs, Human Resources leaders, and organizations that care deeply about their employees and understand the connection between employee development, employee satisfaction and organizational success, Sarah specializes in transforming relationships from good to great.
With 15+ years in leadership development, Sarah earned a Master of Science Degree from Drake University in Leadership Development and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Iowa in Theatre Performance and Theatre Education — no wonder clients love the energy she brings to their teams! She is certified in Co-Active Coaching, Conversational Intelligence, and is a frequent guest lecturer at universities. When she isn’t helping people build and rebuild relationships, she enjoys playing games with her husband Nick and cuddling with their two fur babies, Seymour and Sally.
Here are some of the topics we discussed:
- How to create more space for difficult and vulnerable conversations at work
- What it looks like to have a more adaptive company culture
- The difference between consciously avoiding and re-actively avoiding
- How to become more aware of the various elephants in your workplace
- What you may be doing as an organization to get in the way of psychological safety
- Why it can be triggering to receive feedback and how to work through it
- The ROI for workplaces that are deeply caring and empathetic
- Why having unrealistic expectations can lead to so much suffering
- How to get more comfortable with being uncomfortable and shifting your perspective
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Sarah’s new book: Don’t Feed the Elephants!: Overcoming the Art of Avoidance to Build Powerful Partnerships
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