Toothpaste Moments

Joanna tells the story of her toothpaste moment and the community that grew from sharing their foibles. We live in a world where the expectation is 100% perfection 100% of the time. Joanna suggests that sharing our mistakes with our team builds connections, trust, and eventually a comfortable arena to share ideas.

If you date a job, one day there will be a break up.

Joanna reminds us that you date a job, you don't marry it. But what do you do when the relationship ends? There will be an emotional reaction. Be ready for both and plan accordingly. Don’t forget that you’ve built a great relationship with your boss over the years and she actually cares about you as a person, very much. So give everyone a break because breakups are hard.

Sorry, It's fixed. Here's why it won't happen again.

Mistakes happen. It’s what you do next that matters. Joanna asked her network what kind of response they would want from an employee a "sorry" or an explanation why. Joanna and most agree that the best response to a mistake is: 1. Sorry, 2. It's fixed. 3. Here's why it won't happen again. 4. Context. Don't forget to share this method with your team too.

Using the Snowball Method of Create Big Things

Joanna takes Dave Ramsey's Snowball Method and turns it around. Instead of reducing debt, Joanna explains how to take a nerve-wracking project - the promotion of your awesomeness - and break it down into smaller, more manageable parts. Each step is banishing the judgment monster just a little bit more. Each step, you are braver, self-confident, able to continue and confront bigger challenges you never imagined possible.

Which Company Would You Want to Work For?

After reading several leadership articles, Joanna asks what kind of company is best to work for: A) The CEO who clearly believes his people come first but the product isn’t super sexy and maybe not “changing the world,” B) The company is cool as all get out but you might get kicked off the team if you’re not the “A” player they need anymore, or C) The company is enormous and complex, but in its size and complexity you might get the opportunity for a learning opportunity boost.

You're always making investments

Joanna shared her ideas about women's hesitation and lack of practice in asking with Elisa Camahort Page. Elisa's insights included the idea of investment. The investment of time, energy, and emotion to garner the courage to ask is at a higher level for a woman than it is for a man. What do you think?

How do you navigate?

What was expected to be a very low-key, traditional New Years ended up being a bit of a rescue mission to Ushuaia, Argentina. Ever one to turn a terrible situation into a good one, Joanna found herself hiking in the Tierra del Fuego National Park on New Year’s day. On one hike, she mused about leadership style coming up with hike-inspired titles: 1) Map Maker, 2) Blaze Guide, and 3) Trail Maker. Understanding these styles allows you to understand what kind of people I need to surround yourself with to traverse this enormous forest called life.