Greetings Amazing Patty
We are in the winter months here in Virginia, with a few inches of snow on the ground and too many gray days. I venture less and less outside, missing my long walks of earlier days, finding myself rationalizing too many times why it's just too cold to get out. We are lucky to have our beagle dog, Bella whose job is to make sure we do get out! If you happen to have a family pet, I'm sure you have found how comforting it is, especially during this pandemic time, to care for a loved animal family member. If you do, send me a photo - I would love to meet your beloved companion! And, I'll post your photo in my next newsletter!
I think you will agree it's been an especially difficult few months. However, we can continue to be grateful for our many blessings, recognizing doing so makes the challenging times less arduous. To help me in this gratitude effort, I've been absorbing poems of blessings by Jan Richardson in her book, Circle of Grace lately. Her small book is filled with poems of blessings for all of the seasons of the year.
Richardson writes that, " Within the struggle, joy, pain, and delight that attend our life, there is an invisible circle of grace that enfolds and encompasses us in every moment. Blessings help us to perceive this circle of grace, to find our place of belonging within it, and to receive the strength the circle holds for us." And while her book of poems fuels my heart with strength during this wintry season, I hope you too are finding hope and joy in perhaps the books you are reading, in the music you are listening to, or in other activities that fuel your soul. I would love to hear from you what's giving you the sustenance you need during this pandemic time.
During the past few months, I've also been absorbed in coaching classes and challenges. Fingers crossed, I will become certified at the next level of coaching by the International Coaching Federation as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC). It takes 18 weeks from the date of application to hear any results, but it's getting close and I am excited about this next level of certification. I feel as though I am better equipped to continue with 1:1 coaching as well as to develop and facilitate group programs.
I'm also narrowing my coaching focus after recognizing how coaching can especially help first-time female supervisors and mid-level female managers lead with courage and confidence. Research continues to affirm that today's most successful enterprises are those that bring diverse perspectives and experiences to each new challenge. Diversity and inclusion offer a strategic advantage, especially at the leadership level. Yet women (and minority women) are still underrepresented at the highest level of industry and government. The path to female leadership starts much earlier than when a woman is named to a position of power. Confidence, the encouragement of positive role models, and the presence of a strong professional network shape a woman's success as a leader in the workplace. This is where leadership development programs for women, mentoring, and coaching can play important roles in changing the trajectory of women's career path in organizations.
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Books and Podcasts
I'm always looking for new books to read and podcasts to listen to. Here are a few suggestions!
An interesting book Hiding in the Bathroom: An Introvert's Roadmap to Getting Out There (When You'd Rather Stay Home) by Morra Aarons-Mele empowers professionals of all ages and levels to take control and build their own versions of success. Thoughtful and practical, it is a must-have handbook for building a fantastic, prosperous career and a balanced, happy life—on your own terms. Aarons-Mele challenges the notion that success is only accomplished through tireless networking, being on 24/7, and by taking on endless anxiety-provoking projects and assignments. We can live a balanced, joyful, successful life!
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And a new podcast series that I'm finding quite interesting: Coaching Real Leaders
Coaching Real leaders is part of Harvard Business Review's new network of business podcasts curated by HBR editors. Subscribe to this show on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.
This new podcast features real-life coaching sessions with leaders working to overcome professional challenges. In this episode, host Muriel Wilkins speaks with a woman who’s been walking a tightrope between addressing a superior’s microaggressions and making her team feel safe. Wilkins coaches this manager toward the actions she can take to improve the situation and build a healthier culture at her organization.
I continue to think of you and welcome your thoughts and insights on what's going well for you and what you're finding challenging. I pray this pandemic has not resulted in any family tragedies. If that is the case, please let me know so I can hold you and your family in my prayers. Until next time, may you and your family stay well. grateful. and enveloped with grace.
Your Transition Coach for Career & Life
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Patty Maples, ICF-ACC, M.A., is on a mission to help emerging, first-time and mid-level leaders exude confidence, hold courageous conversations, and lead in alignment with their values and beliefs. Patty has a passion for public service and business leaders, aspiring senior executives, and those who desire an authentic way to live. She can help you navigate government and industry mazes, hone your leadership skills, and deal constructively with personal or workplace challenges, uncertainties, and even discord, and, deal with challenging conflict. You can reach her at: www.pattymaples.com or 703/966.7215.