In this episode of The Transformative Leader Podcast, I am excited to bring you a conversation with multidimensional leader and executive communication coach, Monique Russell. A fellow Atlanta-based leader, Monique is an authority on a wide range of leadership topics, with particular focus and expertise in effective communication strategies for leaders in the business and government sectors. Monique has taught and spoken at venues all over the globe, and places an emphasis on leadership from the inside out, emotional intelligence, and, of course, communication, all of which are invaluable aspects of being and showing up as a Transformative Leader.
Early in my career, I had a boss who was a micro-manager. Really, it might be better to call him a “nano-manager,” with the way he did things. I mean, this guy somehow kept up with every single little detail of everything that was going on in his operation, and no triviality was too small for him to intervene over and put everyone in their place. This was just a couple years after Bill Gates predicted that there would be “a computer on every desk and in every home,” but we weren’t there yet; I can only imagine the level of megalomania this boss would have felt with the internet at his fingertips.
In this episode of The Transformative Leader Podcast, I am happy to bring you a conversation with entrepreneur, founder of Transbeam, and CEO of Flewber, Marc Sellouk. Marc is a successful entrepreneur, having built up his previous venture, Transbeam, into a multi-million dollar business by applying the lessons of servant leadership and culture development that all Transformative Leaders practice. Although he has moved on to his next project, Flewber, he continues to bring this leadership philosophy to bear to build an agile, resilient culture that is sure to bring extraordinary value to both customers and employees alike. During the course of our conversation, we talk about the specific principles Marc has applied to bring his ventures to extraordinary success. An entertaining and lively discussion that no one will want to miss.
How would you describe the nicest vacation you have ever taken, if you could only use one word? How about how it felt the first time you got your feelings hurt? What word would you use to describe your earliest positive or negative memory? Chances are you cannot remember and describe every detail about these experiences, but the labels you have given them are probably firmly etched in your mind. When you think back about these or other memories, the first thing comes to your mind is the label, and your mind then uses that label to fill in the blanks around it. The fact is, this doesn’t apply only to memories, because we are constantly applying labels to every experience we have. The labels we choose—or let other choose for us—are what ultimately determine the context and meaning behind everything we experience, good or bad.
We live in a world in which the vast majority of people are simply tolerating their jobs and we think it’s normal for things to be that way. Very few people are excited about going to work, something that holds true regardless of industry or place on the organizational chart. Although there are some solid statistics that show this is the case, you don’t have to look further than the people around you or your friends—or even in the mirror—to know that most of us aren’t celebrating the opportunity to go to work and participate in making a meaningful contributions to our teams and clients while growing and feeling recognized and rewarded.