It was an honor to be interviewed by Melinda Wittstock! Melinda is a successful entrepreneur and leader dedicated to helping women achieve their best in business and in life. Her podcast, Wings of Inspired Business, has become my go to podcast for not only inspiration, but also practical tips I can apply in leadership and in life.
And, this woman is connected! She has interviewed women such as Christy Whitman. Christy is a transformation leader and New York Times bestselling author. And scientist entrepreneurs like Gitte Pedersen who is changing the future of healthcare by revolutionizing cancer treatments.
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One of my favorite things to do is work with leaders who are eager to shape the future. I especially enjoy working with leaders in the $3 trillion healthcare space. Why? Their world is being disrupted at an increasingly rapid pace, and many leaders in this important industry are doing what they can to innovate and shape the future. I also appreciate the fact that women comprise a large portion (approximately 75%!) of the healthcare industry. When I help hospitals and other other healthcare organizations reinvent their futures, I am helping female leaders, their families and their communities. Thanks Western Healthcare Alliance and all involved for taking on this important conversation about leading innovation to help build a better future for all the people and communities your serve.
After months of work, a lot of learning and some fun times, the Rural Futures podcast has officially launched!
Thanks to our guests, the RFI team (Katelyn Ideus, our podcast producer and champion, sounds amazing! T: The scheduling has totally paid off…and, Katy-you make us all sound incredible!!) and partners (thanks Ali Schwanke and the team at Simple Strat) for making this happen!
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I just read a brilliant article by Ada Calhoun, The New Midlife Crisis: Why (and How) It’s hitting Gen X Women.
Gen X, the generation often ignored by researchers, employers or even in basic conversations and presentations about generational differences, had a very different upbringing when compared to their parents or their children. We are an ambitious generation that created successful companies but also struggled in careers while figuring out how to “balance” work, family and gender dynamics. Many remained unmarried and childless by choice. Others married and had children much later in life than previous generations-yes, that’s me!
Midlife has changed, and there is little understanding of midlife challenges and opportunities in the modern era. I agree with Calhoun about many of the challenges (underemployment, regret about life decisions, etc). However, I also think our bold and courageous generation continues to shape the world in many positive ways. Gen X continues to shape organizations, businesses and communities with their independence, work ethic and drive to have a personal life.
The pressure many Gen Xers put on themselves can be a blessing but also a curse. One key to a more positive midlife is letting go of regret and so much self-censoring while making life more of an adventure. Generally speaking, many of us were bold and independent in our youth. We are the generation of big hair, shaved sides, multiple piercings, video games, loud music and mohawks. If there is any generation who can find ways to enjoy it all more-it is ours. Gen X has done more for this country than most people realize without receiving or even needing the credit for their accomplishments. We have been leading under the radar for most of our lives, and it is time to raise our hands and voices to audaciously shape the future, especially for women (more on this in a later post).
What does this more modern midlife look like to you? How are you dealing with the challenges, pressures and stress? What great adventures are you having in your midlife? What new opportunities are you pursing? Let us know by leaving a comment. We would enjoy hearing from you!
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Thanks to all who have served and are currently serving. Also, a BIG thanks to your families. It is a privilege to honor our Veterans.
I especially want to thank my Father-in-Law. He served in the Navy during the Korean War. Ken was a great man who was proud of his service. He also enjoyed being an active member of the Legion. I thought of him when I heard Taps earlier today. We miss you Kenny!
I would not be able to post to this blog or express my opinions without the freedom so many of us enjoy (and take for granted) in this great country. May we always value the sacrifice and service of those who make this country great.
Let freedom ring!
My new favorite book is, “The Freedom Journal: Accomplish Your #1 Goal in 100 Days,” by John Lee Dumas (aka JLD). John Lee Dumas hosts the EO Fire business podcast. I listen to EO Fire every week, and I really enjoy how JLD continuously points out the importance of focusing on specific goals and taking action. He wrote the Freedom Journal to help entrepreneurs achieve their goals. I had to get a Freedom Journal to experience the 100 day transformation for myself.
If you have been following my posts on AskDrConnie.com, you know that I prefer the word “Intention” instead of goal. Here’s why:
Intentions influence our actions and behaviors. If intentions are established with awareness, truth, and meaning, they help us experience a life filled with passion and personal fulfillment. Lack of understanding around our true intentions (what many people call goals) often causes frustration and confusion, which is one reason people do not achieve their goals. Many goals are written; however, they are not established with honest intent. It’s time to get brutally honest about your true intentions so you can achieve authentic goals.
Intentions have the power to strengthen your “Inner Leader” and help you move forward in a meaningful way as long as they represent what you truly want to accomplish and experience. Honest intentions, based on personal fulfillment and purpose, can also keep you motivated and focused while measuring progress and celebrating success.
Life in our 40’s can be a fascinating time of change. Oftentimes, it is important for women over the age of 40 to reassess their goals, dreams and true intentions. A few questions I encourage women to ask themselves:
- How do you define success?
- How are you using your intuition to guide your decisions? Has it kicked into overdrive because it is trying to lead you into a new direction?
- What do you want to experience?
Sometimes, it is time for a change. The great thing is that you have the freedom to decide to make the changes and adjustments that best suit you. You just need to make sure you are headed for the right change!
The Freedom Journal is my new favorite book. It is a tool I can use to clarify my intentions and help keep my busy life focused. I will keep you posted on my 100-day journey and a few other adventures (my trip to Wyoming, etc.) as well!
Go Wild with Your Freedom!
It’s almost time for me to take off and present, The Future of Leadership, at the Heartland Center for Leadership’s Annual Institute.
I will focus on the future of leadership in rural communities and plan to ask the audience a few questions about trends they see emerging now, in five years and in ten years. From my experience, women over 40 have great insights in the past, present and future. So, I would enjoy the opportunity to hear from this audience!
What do you see, think and feel on this topic?
What trends (changes in society, the economy and the environment) do you see currently? What trends to you see impacting society in 5 years? What about 10 years?
Next up, the Connecting Young Nebraskans (CYN) Summit in York, NE. While this summit is focused on young professionals, I am going to bring a future-focused approach to the theme of the summit: Creating Life Balance.
This is a topic I know a lot of you have a great deal of experience with because you have been “balancing life” and “doing it all” for quite some time.
As women who have experience and wisdom to share, what advice would you give to Millennials who are seeing more life balance? I would love to use your insights in my presentation later this month.
Please leave a comment and share your leadership wisdom!
Go Wild with Wisdom,
The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays! I love the fireworks, food and time with family. I am also grateful to be free!!
In the United States of America, we have the best gift of all: Freedom. Many men and women have sacrificed their lives and families to protect our freedom.
Cherish your freedom. Respect your freedom. Use it wisely.
Remember, we have the freedom to decide how to live our lives every single day. You have the power to live in the present while creating your desired future.
Enjoy all the fun that the fourth has to offer; however, make time to thank veterans, active military personnel, and their family members whenever possible. We all owe them all a deep debt of gratitude!
Go Wild with Fun on the 4th of July!