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Ep 030: How to Build Your Career Success Team

“I feel like I'm not doing a good job at my work, in my life. I feel lonely and overwhelmed.” I hear this a lot. My advice is that you shouldn’t be navigating the work world alone. There are resources and people to have on your own personal “team”. If you don’t have this support team already, it is your job to build it and sustain it. In this episode, I’ll tell you the roles you need to support you in your work life, internal and external, and explain what exactly to seek from these roles.

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Ep 029: Talking About Race and Other Taboo Topics At Work

In today’s episode, Anna interviews Alonzo Kelly, founder and CEO of Kelly Leadership.  As a sought after speaker and consultant, Alonzo leverages his corporate executive experience and 14 years as a coach and consultant to positively impact the world of work and leaders.

Alonzo shares advice on “Talking about Race and Other Taboo Topics At Work” and why it’s time we do it more and better.

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Ep 028: Stay Put

Do not quit your job! I can't tell you how many people reached out to me each week that are asking questions like: "Is this what I should be doing with my life?" and "Isn't there something better than this?" These questions are what motivated my TEDx talk. To talk to the change-maker, the INTRApreneur. That someone who is fully capable of doing so many good things AND chooses to work within an organization. Enjoy this solo episode where I share why it's important to stay put, maximize your impact, and get ready for your "best next!"

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Ep 027: Anti-Corporate or Pro-Humanity?

Just the other day, I got asked by a client to "tone down my anti-corporate messaging," yikes. And I was a little taken aback, and I realized that pro-humanity messages can often be interpreted as anti-corporate. This episode breaks down why that is a harmful mindset, and why pro-humanity work must be encouraged and supported. Let's dive in.

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Ep 026: What is an INTRApreneur?

I get asked a lot, "What is an INTRApreneur?" In this episode, I tell you why I am passionate about this concept, and how I support the work of INTRApreneurs--people who display entrepreneurial traits and choose to work within an organization. It could be for a for-profit, non-profit, hospital, church, school, startup, or any other organization. If you are someone who wants to own your time, talents, and voice within a system, and use that to create change to work against the status quo, then you should listen to this episode!

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  • Ep 003: Managing Up and Down - Your Success Depends On It with Phil Gerbyshak
  • Ep 004: What a Therapist Has to Say About Your Leadership with Stacey Johnson
  • Ep 009: Authentic Leadership: Evolving from Bossy to BOSS with Nikki Innocent
  • Ep 010: 3 Tips on Managing Down to Be a High Performing Leader
  • Ep 008: High Performers and Entrepreneurs: Your #1 Asset with Emma Hicks
  • Ep  016: Two Experts, One Podcast: Four Habits for High Performing Teams with Steph Clarke
  • Ep 021: A Royal Marine's Take on Building High Performing Teams with Roderic Yapp
  • Ep 030: How to Build Your Career Success Team


  • Ep 002: How Money Can Jack Up Your Leadership and Career with Selina Gray
  • Ep 005: Madonna Your Career and Marie Kondo Your Life with Lindsey Nadler
  • Ep 006: Creating Your Dream Career Through Experiences and Removing Excuses with Stephanie May Wilson
  • Ep 011: Lean OUT or Lean IN: Choose Your Own Career with Marissa Orr
  • Ep 017: HR: How to Be a Strategic Partner During Times of Change with Jay Salim
  • Ep 020: Innovation: How to Do It Your Way and Get Ahead with Lindsey Kunz
  • Ep 024: Leveraging Your Varied Experience for Career Success with Connie Steele
  • Ep 026: What is an INTRApreneur?
  • Ep 013: Manage Your Time and Maximize Your Impact by "Stacking Your Week"
  • Ep 018: Owning Your Cultural Strengths as a Company and Team with Jackie Hermes
  • Ep 019: Nurture: Your Team's Secret Weapon for Performance with Kelly Roach
  • Ep 023: What Empathy at Work Truly Looks Like with Alain Hunkins







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