This past Tuesday, the Successful Firm Project welcomed Subject Matter Coach, Rachel Druckenmiller, CEO of Unmuted, as she lead the discussion on how successful firms focus on the development of their most important asset, their people.
What We Learned from Our Coach:
Discover the power of illuminating your strengths so you can be a more intentional leader and do your best work.
Get clear on what your strengths and shadows are. When we have the language to communicate the value we can bring, it gives us greater confidence.
Explore the power of curiosity to elevate influence and catalyze growth and trust.
Seek feedback to boost your confidence and competence. The key for asking for feedback is then acting upon it. When we come from a place of curiosity, we are considered more trustworthy and ultimately have more power.
Build confidence to advocate for yourself, your needs and your career development.
Reduce the anxiety that can often come from having difficult conversations by giving yourself a script. Reframe the "opponent" as a partner and remember that it's you against the challenge, not you against each other.
What our attendees shared:
"Unmuting" ourselves can be a difficult practice. Rachel asked the SFP network to think of a time they held back or silenced themselves at work and what the reason was. Fear and lack of confidence were the most common themes, but there were a wide variety of responses.
One thing our firm can begin with today:
Advocate for yourself at work and communicate your value effectively. If you’re not sure where to begin, the following are helpful tools in identifying your strengths:
Rachel’s Recommended Reading:
You can find Rachel’s complete reading list here.
Rachel is the CEO of Unmuted and is on a mission to humanize the workplace by igniting resilience, connection, engagement and hope in leaders and teams. She has delivered nearly 200 interactive virtual learning experiences as a keynote speaker, workshop facilitator and leadership trainer in the past year. Rachel has worked with dozens of organizations, including the Association of Legal Administrators, Citizens Bank, Deloitte, Sherwin-Williams, and the American Heart Association.
Recognized as the #1 Health Promotion Professional in the U.S. in 2015, a 40 Under 40 Game Changer in 2019, and one of The Daily Record’s Leading Women of 2020, Rachel is a national thought leader in the field of wellbeing and employee engagement. She has been featured as a guest on over 60 podcasts. She has a Master’s degree in Health Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
Rachel posts inspirational videos and other content on LinkedIn. Follow her there and on her website www.UnmutedLife.com.