Welcome to innovation made easy podcast! I’m your host, Chiara Covone, with 20 years of professional experience on my back, successfully climbing the corporate ladder in large multinational corporations. I have then switched career to become an executive coaching. And I’m here today to unfold insights of leadership wisdom to help you achieve success both at work and in life. Are you ready to create your own success story? then let’s dive in!
Executive Presence is what you tell the world, what you signal to the world and is the result of three distinctive factors:
1. Your gravitas. In Latin gravis means ‘serious’. It is about your seriousness. Your dignity. Your gravitas is about how well you know your stuff. Cold. Do you know your stuff three questions deep? This is about your expertise.
2. Your Communication skills. Your style. Can you get your message across? Do you know how you be heard? No matter how profound your gravitas, if you can’t get your message across, it is going to be very difficult.
3. Your presence - how you dress how you stand. If that is not right it will stay in the way for your gravitas to shine.
I know for some of you the above list might feel daunting so I wanted to give you a very easy tip to increase your executive presence and convince you why this small detail can make such a huge difference.
Tune in to listen to the full episode and reflect with me on how you can increase your executive presence to have the highest chances of being heard and be the leader your world needs.
If you want to take a test to assess your executive presence, come over to my website and access the survey.
Decisions - should we take a lot of them and train the muscle ? Or should we limit the number of decision and avoiding decision fatigue ?
My question is why do we get fatigued in the first place ?
Decisions are the ultimate power we have in our lives and that is a blessing and a curse:
Afraid that things are not going to turn out how we thought can paralizes us and make us avoid taking the decision, procrastinating and lingering in doubt
We can create the lives we want by be intentional and deliberate about who we want to be and what live we want to live - we don't need to live out of the decisions we have made in the past.
Tune in to think through this important aspect of our human life with me, and let me help you equip you with questions that can lighten up the whole decision process!
ANNOUNCEMENT: Masterclass about stop procrastination coming up on May 12th. Reserve your spot here.
www.chiaracovone.com/48 for links and to leave a comment.
We used to write a lot of letters and we don’t do that anymore or at least not as often in this fast communicating world - where quick SMSs, calls and emails have replaced writing beautiful long thoughtful letters.
And I would like to give you an opportunity to actually take fountainpen and paper and start writing a letter to your future self, as well as writing a letter to your future you.
what would she say to yourself
what does older you do?
where does he/she live?
Tune into this week's episode as I unfold the importance of the relationship with ourselves across time and what a powerful yet simple tool it can be to take a different perspective on our NOW.
To stay on track with your goals, hop over here and grab my free resource with 5 steps for you to take to stay focused on your goal and enjoy the journey!
Full shownotes at www.chiaracovone.com/47
“Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.”
This episode is about taking care to deliberately create and manage time.
Full shownotes at www.chiaracovone.com/46
Last week I covered the 6 triggers of persistence and this week we are looking at all the symptoms that are signs of lack of persistence.
It is a long list, so get yourself a cup of coffee, take pen and paper and take the time to reflect upon your own behavior to see if you recognize any or many of these symptoms in your own life and realize now why you have not followed through on your dreams and wants.
Which one resonates with you the most?
Leave me a comment at www.chiaracovone.com/45
Persistence is a state of mind and can be nurtured fostered and maintained through six main causes.
Tune in as I unfold each cause one by one and give you guidance on how to foster your own persistence to stay focused and achieve your goals.
Full shownotes at www.chiaracovone.com/44
If you have not done so yet, get your free Finisher Formula that guides you - in 5 easy steps - to crash all your goals and never procrastinate again.
I listen to this every single day and I encourage you to do the same. Feel the words deep into yourself and listen to it as many times as you want. This is the self-confidence formula by Napoleon Hill to connect with our subconscious mind and it works wonders !
In this week’s episode I talk about 6 types of outcome that I believe are good reasons to have meetings.
Spoiler: A meeting should rarely be held simply to inform participants or stakeholders.
The exception to this practice is when the information is highly sensitive or complex, or stakeholder buy-in is needed.
Meetings primarily centered on information sharing should be replaced by an email or memo.
Join me in this conversation as I distill the 6 main outcomes you want to define ahead of time which will influence:
- the structure of the meeting
- the role of each participant
- who should attend.
Full show notes and links at www.chiaracovone.com/43
I have spoken about journaling before on this podcast and I a big supporter of this daily activity because that was the first activity I have introduced in my life when I started my journey to regain power and self-confidence in myself.
And I know that a lot of people are struggling or are quite dismissive with this activity.
So I am here today to talk about it in a different ways. I want to bring to the surface some of the obstacles that might have been the reason for you to not embrace this activity and I trust that by listening to this excuses you will become more aware of your choices and give it another go.
And of course, if I can help you finding a way that works specifically for you to start practicing this wonderful 'thought download' - mind cleaning activity book a complementary call with me here.
Leave me a comment at www.chiaracovone.com/42
SMOG = Should - Must - Ought to - Got to
Do you find yourself using those terms automatically and unconsciously a lot?
Do you hear yourself saying sentences like "I must talk to my boss", "I should exercise more"...
How do these sentences make you feel?
Do you feel inspired, engaged and excited to follow up on this wishes? or do they drain your energy and leave you depressed and anxious?
The power of words and the effect they can have and how we live our life is immense and I want to encourage you to start paying attention to the words you’re using as they have ultimate effect your results.
We don’t have to do anything! We always can choose to do the things we choose to - consciously or unconsciously.
It’s always a choice.
Tune in into this weeks' episode as I share with you how we can clear the SMOG.
Full show notes and links at www.chiaracovone.com/41
Do you listen to respond or do you listen to understand? This question inspired by the book of Steven Covey is something I ask myself often.
It takes time and commitment to become a better listener and, as you improve the skill, your efforts will be rewarded.
As you become a more effective listener you might be surprised to find people will seek you out more to share their thoughts and feelings!
You’ll also notice you’re involved in less conflicts and get recognised more often as a honest and trustworthy person.
Attentive listening is a unique skill that people respect and admire.
Tune in to listen to the full episode!
And you? where are you on your journey to active listening? leave me a comment at www.chiaracovone.com/40
A guided visualisation is a powerful tool that leverages the power of your imagination unobstructed by all the fears and the what if of your day-to day and allows you to imagine a life where you are fearless and unlimited.
With the guided visualisation you let your Chatter-voice (your gremlins) on a side, and allow for your strongest feelings to come up.
The metal pictures you start experiencing and the feelings derived by those pictures are so beautiful and strong that you will feel an immense joy and your believe in yourself and your possibilities will be significantly improved.
Use the guided visualisation for finding answers to questions you have, for getting clarity on a goal you want to set or even to find your higher purpose in life.
I am so glad I can be part of your journey to discover how powerful you are.
Some time ago I had this fantastic conversation with Leo for his podcast - the International Business Podcast. So I thought I would share it here on my podcast since you will hear about me from quite a different angle. Hope you enjoy it! And don't forget to check out Leo's podcast full of interesting interviews : https://internationalbusiness.buzzsprout.com/
Reactions are done on impulse, without putting much thought into it or considering what the end result may be. A reaction is a reverse movement or tendency, or an action in a reverse direction or manner.
Responding can be defined as saying something in reply. Response is more thoughtful and done with reasoning.
Many times, depending on the situation, we can go into ‘fight or flight’ mode. This is an acute stress response that can lead to over-reaction.
As leaders, knowing the difference between reacting and responding can be a great deal as it can have a huge impact on how you show up in your world.
Reacting is fuelled by our emotions. And I know it might seem that the circumstances are causing you to feel a certain way which leads to a reaction, but there is actually a thought between what you observe, and how you feel about your thought. Often that thought is so fast that we are not really aware of it: it is automatic and driven by memory of your brain related to similar experiences that you have already accumulated and so your subconscious thinks on your behalf and the result is an emotion that provokes you to react in a certain way.
But we can decide instead to respond, to be more intentional and focus more on the question 'who do I want to be?' and 'which result do I want to have?'
Tune in to explore how we can show up as our ideal us in this world by rehearsing our future.
Full show notes and links at www.chiaracovone.com/39
What is judgement?
It is evaluating something and deciding what to think about it. It is about deciding if what we see/hear/experience is good or bad, whether we like it or not.
Essentially, it is having an opinion about someone or something. And we all love have opinions, don't we?
Our brain loves to judge because it helps us quickly evaluate and categorize the world.
But when is judgement not serving us? What about those situations (and there are many of them) where we just judge ourselves or others automatically without paying attention?
Tune into this episode to reflect with me about the role of judgement as survival mechanism and how we can be more deliberate and intentional about how we use it in our everyday life.
Then come over to my website and leave me a comment!
In many cultures, we are tought to believe that rationality is what we should tap into when we are making decisions about anything that is of high importance: like business decision, but even when it comes to choose what to eat for lunch.
But what about that "inner voice," that gut feeling, that little something instinctual from within that tells us how we feel beneath those thick layers of logic?
When we make space for intuition, when we stop the chattering of the rational mind, this is when we get our intuition back.
The rational mind doesn’t nourish you. You assume that it gives you the truth just because the rational mind is the golden calf that our culture worships doesn’t make it true. Rationality squeezes out much that is rich and juicy and fascinating.
Access full show notes with links and other resources at chiaracovone.com/37
In this week's episode we’re talking about people pleasing and seeking other people‘s approval.
This is a very natural behavior and it comes from our instinct for survival: being part of a group increased our chances of survival back in the days. Today this behavior often goes at the expenses of us showing up with our own creativity, with our full potential, and letting our own self down for the fear of feeling rejected.
Tune in into today's episode where I talk about what is behind this natural behavior and how we can free ourselves from it with awareness and understanding.
Let me know your comments by coming over to my website at www.chiaracovone.com/36
There is no real way to multitask.
We can’t do two things at once, so multitasking really means we keep shifting from one activity to the other. And what this doesn’t take into account is how long it takes us every time to go back to the activity number one.
We are much better working on one thing at a time until completion and then, only then, start the new activity.
Join me in this weeks' episode where I debunk the myth of multitasking and explain you why I know that multitasking is inefficient and how and what to do instead.
Full show notes at www.Chiaracovone.com/35
Adrienne Duffy said it beautifully:
“Motivation requires some things from the outside to activate you.
Inspiration is an internal energy that keeps you continually fueled”.
Exploring the difference between those two terms really got me thinking.
Many times, people might mix them up and believe they mean the same thing.
And I am here to guide you through distinguishing between them: one comes from the inside and one from the outside.
Isn't it powerful?
In this episode, I am going through both motivational leadership and what it entails, as well as inspirational leadership. And how, in fact, we want both to be present.
I am also talking about movivation vs. inspiration at a personal level. Knowing where we stand when we set goals and activities for ourselves and tuning into our thoughts, beliefs and feelings and be clear if we are driven by inspiration or by motivation.
Motivation, meaning driven by an external force or reason is powerful but the risk is that it runs out of fuel.
Inspiration, coming from a place of abundance and passion, and joy have, in my world, a bigger impact vs. willpower...
I am curious to hear your take on these two terms.
Come and leave me a comment here.
We determine whether the day will be a good or a bad one.
We choose whether everything is good or bad.
Our attitude for success and optimism in all situations is what we carry around with us throughout the day.
By being aware of how we feel, we can create a reality in which every situation, no matter what it is, provides us with an opportunity we can act on, if I only we look for it.
In a world where so much is out of our control, committing to a practice where we do have control is a way of establishing and reminding ourselves of our own power.
It is about preparation. It was about creating peace.
Tune into this episode as I discuss
how I created a routine that works for me for mornings and evenings.
How it evolved over time and
how there is no magic formula that works for everyone and that you can find the activities that serve YOU.
Download my morning routine resource here.
As we start the new year with all the good intentions and new year's resolutions, I thought I would do an episode where I discuss what makes us follow through vs giving up on our intentions.
All our goals and dreams start with a desire, a want.
But that desire on its own is not enough for us to be prepared to stay focused on our goals.
The second element that we need to stay on track is the belief. The belief in ourselves. The belief that we can handle any emotions that will overwhelm us at the first difficulty.
And to create and nurture that belief what we need is to be committed to our goals and ourselves. Have our own back when things get difficult, when people and situations and other options try to distract us from our goal.
Commitment exists when we have a compelling reason, a deep why connected to the goal. So this is where we want to be honest with ourselves and spend time looking inside ourselves and find our reason to want what we want.
Because if that compelling reason is not strong, then there is good chances that we won't be staying focused on our goals.
You don't have a strong why? great, then don't set that goal.
I believe it is worse in the relationship with ourselves, to set a goal and give up, rather than being honest at the get-go and just say "actually, I don't want that so badly".
And that is ok.
Access the full show notes and links (and freebie!) at chiaracovone.com/32
As we are closing this year, what best time to reflect back and review your year to ask yourself what you have accomplishedand what you’ve learned; and help you decide what you want to do next year.
In this episode I share with you the exercise I do to revise my year review and how I use this information to celebrate my achievements and results, and set the goals for next year with momentum and engagement.
Full show notes at www.chiaracovone.com/31
Life is 50:50. We are happy half of the time and we are feeling negative emotions half of the time.
Believe me: it took me quite some time to accept it, and stop fighting my negative emotions. I grew up with the believe that I was always supposed to be happy and look for happiness.
And now I am finally at peace with the reality that of course we want to be happy, but that it is also ok to feel negative emotions and enjoy the full experience as humans.
In this episode I discuss the three types of emotions I identify:
1. The desired emotions - the ones we choose because we want to have balance as humans. What are the feelings you want to experience in the world? You’re coming in as a human— what emotions do you want to have in your repertoire to be able to have the full human experience?
2. The unwanted emotions - they are a fundamental part of the human experience; they don't feel good but we allow them and stop fighting them since we understand that they are caused by our thoughts and that they are part of the 50% of the life that does not feel great but these feelings are also often at the birth of great things we achieve in our lives. We allow them because we understand that they represent a way for our body to communicate with us.
3. The indulgent emotions - these emotions are the ones that don't serve us at all. And we want to replace them. We don’t want to resist them, but we want to stop indulging in them.
You get to choose how to feel all of the time by choosing which thought you want to entertain and give space to. The world doesn’t cause you to feel anything by itself; it is the way you think about circumstances that causes you to feel a certain emotion; and you are in control of your mind.
So when you feel negatively, and if you want to feel better, go to the root cause (thoughts) of your negative emotion and decide deliberately if that thought serves you or if, instead, you want to entertain an alternative thought about the same circumstance.
Becoming emotionally aware is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself.
This is my gift to you and I trust that you will give it some 'thought'.
Leave me a comment at www.chiaracovone.com/30
People that are successful in achieving their goals are the people that are willing to feel negative emotions, that are willing to walk into discouragement, into vulnerability, walk into fear.
They are the people that keep moving and that resist the temptation to quit.
Most people wish the obstacles to quickly go away and the greatest breakthrough people make in life actually comes when you are faced with an obstacle: then you have to become more creative and you leverage your courage to develop some higher capabilities.
Tune in as i discuss the importance of obstacles for our growth and how the tension between the goal and the obstacles is the fuel to bigger and more important achievements: who you get to become in the process of evolving.
links and full show notes at www.chiaracovone.com/29
In this episode I’m going to talk about the importance of setting goals in our lives and what it takes to turn those goals into reality. I believe that goal setting is the most deep practice we can undertake, and also the most compassionate thing we can do to ourselves.
Setting goals, believing in them and ultimately go get them allows us to remove the obstacles to understanding our greatness.
Full show notes at chiaracovone.com/28
This week let us talk about ambition.
Some people believe that ambition is a negative quality in a person and others think that is a positive quality that everyone should strive for.
So what does it really mean to be ambitious?
In this episode I discuss the meaning of the word ambition to help you figure out if you can be inspired by people described as ambitious or not.
Listen in to find out what you can do to cultivate ambition within you, and do it for the right reasons.
Full show notes at www.chiaracovone.com/27
This week I asked the amazing Karem Mieses to join my show this week.
Karem and I met in FB group and we agreed to collaborate since we feel aligned on so many dimensions and the work we do is so complementary!
Karem brings with her 20+ years of experience working with family-owned businesses to help them accelerate their profits and maximise their time. She is Business Strategist & Productivity Expert and calls BS on the lies keeping ambitious bosses stuck!
The questions I asked her are...
"What were the most pivotal moments in your life?"
“How can you do it all?” (b/c she doesn’t!).
and many more.
I also asked Karem to share with us her infallible method to get things done and you definitely don't want to miss her super-applicable tips.
Join this conversation with Karem where we discuss some of the above questions and much more!
And if you want to listen to my interview with Karem in her show, Life Boss: Becoming Unstoppable, click here.
For more information about Karem, you can go to karemmieses.com/
Can you have a conversation with a colleague / a friend / family member, and completely disagree with them without getting mad?
Do you feel like you need to make the other person agree with you or else you totally disconnect from them?
Most of us are not great at disagreeing with others and staying calm.
We look at some conversations as a competition you want to win.
One of the things I’ve learned from coaching people is that my ideas are not meant for other people, they are meant for me.
Disagreeing is an art, and I will share my suggestions for how to use disagreement as a way to connect instead of disconnecting, and to gain a better understanding of other people in the world in general.
Full show notes at chiaracovone.com/25
How often does it happen that you are in a conversation and all of a sudden you haven’t heard any of the last 10 words that were said? You were transported by your brain to a different place, in the future or in the past. And you missed out on what happened right there and then.
Tune in to listen to this weeks episode where I explain the difference between your observing mind and your thinking mind, and how to practice enjoying the current moment with an abundance mindset.
Full show notes at www.chiaracovone.com/24
This week I’m starting a series about emotional intelligence and in this episode I introduce the importance of understanding and allowing our emotions and feelings.
Emotional intelligence is not something I have been taught in school. And I understand how important it is and how little we are still talking about it.
Every single thing we do in our lives is because of how we think it will make us feel.
Every single thing we don't do in our lives is because of how we think it will make us feel.
Isn't it fascinating?
The emotions I am talking about here are the ones that are created by your thoughts:
They start in the brain and create a sensation in your body.
An uncomfortable feeling in your stomach, the loss of appetite, a sleepless night, ... this is the way your brain is communicating with you and when you are in touch with these feelings and listen to them, we can increase our agency over our actions.
Tune in to listen as I discuss why understanding and making space for our emotions matters and how to allow emotions and practice the skill of emotion.
Full show notes and downloadable emotions file at chiaracovone.com/23
Do you catch yourself saying ‘I would love to, but I don’t know how’ and wishing to get a step-by-step, guaranteed-success process from some gurus or expert out there, to solve your problems or make your business work?
Trying to look for the answers outside of us is a sneaky way of avoiding the need to take responsibility if it doesn’t work.
And it makes us feel like we can skip over all the negative emotions that are part of the journey:
and all the rest.
I have been there myself too, my friend. And I learned through coaching and consciousness how I was playing small and avoiding embracing discomfort and hard work to find my own how.
I love 'Steve Jobs' quote that says 'you can only connect the dots when looking backwards'.
In this episode, I’m diving deep into the concept of the importance of taking responsibility for your own success.
If you determine your own 'how' you are building a skill that will serve you in all aspects of your life.
If you want to be a real leader, you have to go through the trial and error path of trying out things, see if they work and scale them up; or go back pivot them and do something else instead. Until you find your unique how.
Sure you can get inspired by others and we don't need to reinvent the wheel every time. But if you are after something bigger and more meaningful, then there is a good chance that nobody else has done it before you yet.
The skill you will develop will serve you in every area of your life.
Tune in and listen to this episode as I cover:
How asking for concrete directions can transfer the responsibility for your success to someone else.
Why you should want the responsibility of figuring out how to do something.
Why you have to accept responsibility for finding your how and accept that failure is part of the process.
The four steps for discovering your own how.
What is micromanagement and what is under-management (or even called abdication management)?
Micromanagement is too much direction and feedback for a person about the task at a specific time.
Abdication managers know very little about what their direct reports are working on and defend their approach but proudly using words like trust, autonomy and empowerment.
Finding the right balance is not that obvious.
For every micromanager, data shows that organisations have dozens of under-management and the fear of being labelled as micro-manager has something to do with it.
Abdication management can result in lack of guidance, delays in recognising problems, stalled professional development of key people, and anxiety among employees.
What are the most effective managers doing differently and/or what did you do differently when you were most effective?
There is no need to make it complicated. In fact, it would be enough to go back to the basics of people management.
Simple does not mean that it is easy and discipline and consistency will be the key factors.
Because you can only find the right balance in the long term, where your people know what to expect from you and you are consistently providing feedback and rewarding success.
Full notes at:
Tune in to listen to my engaging conversation with Dr. Jonathan Tam.
Jon is a great communicator and a leading career coach and consultant, helping people transition from feeling stuck in their careers to finding work they’ll truly love.
Jon has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Oxford and a master’s degree in Education, Culture, and Society from the University of Pennsylvania. He started his career coaching and consulting practice in 2018 and has a YouTube channel focused on providing scientifically informed career advice.
Jon is passionate about leveraging social science to bring out the best in teams and help people feel fulfilled in their work. He has published in top social science journals and given dozens of presentations across North America, Europe, and Asia through leadership conferences, academic conferences, school assemblies, and other events.
He is currently a faculty member of Canadian Chinese School of Theology at Tyndale University.
While Jon loves teaching people the nuts and bolts of human social science, he loves his wife and three children more.
To learn more about Jon you can go to his LinkedIn Profile.
Fear is an emotion that is responsible for most of the things we DON'T do in our lives.
Back in the day, fear helped us stay safe and alive, and helped us evolve.
However, in today’s society, there are only few things we generally need to be afraid of, and fear often holds us back and prevents us from taking action and achieve our goals. And grow as human being.
Feeling fear is totally human but we don't need to accept the default response of our brain every time we do experience fear, which is escape, withdraw or running away.
I would like to offer for you to start listening to your emotions and understand. Be curious about what you are afraid of and ask yourself what thoughts are causing you to feel fear.
If you are not experiencing any fear in your life at the moment, it probably means that you are not challenging yourself enough. I would like to challenge you to find things that will make you uncomfortable and let fear come in, so you can train to be courageous to move towards fear and come out on the other side more courageous and more evolved than you were before.
Tune in and join me as I discuss this fascinating topic.
Full show notes and links to relevant sources at www.chiaracovone.com/19
Purpose can turn up in different parts of your life.
You will have a moment, an epiphany, something dramatic that happens and all of the energy inside you wells up.
It is when you want to make an impact, make a difference somewhere... that is the birth of purpose.
This week I wanted to share my thoughts around purpose - I know everybody is talking it and the reason why is that it is crucial.
No organisation gets a pass on 'purpose'. And there is an opportunity for you as an individual to also decide what you want your contribution to be in this world and how you can make live your full potential.
Look at your job: what is the bottom-line purpose of your job? What is the contribution of your work to meet the needs in your organisation?
The most important contribution you can make in your work is not the work you do, but the person you are becoming. Because when you become the right person of course you will be dedicated: of course you will make a contribution.
The more you evolve as a person, the better the quality of the fruit you will produce.
And to do your best job you not only need a purpose, but you also need to understand the balance between rest and work, so you can stay in the game for the long haul.
Links and full show notes at chiaracovone.com/18.
Come over and leave me a comment!
When asked to think about and discuss challenging relationships, we often think we are describing those relationships factually. However, as difficult as this may seem to grasp, it is only our perception and our thoughts about that relationship, not the facts.
This week, I am are going to discuss the different types of behaviours in challenging relationships, and how you can handle them for a win-win result.
Tune in for some powerful step-by-step techniques you can use to manage your challenging relationships and grow as a person in the process.
Don't miss this episode!
This week I want to talk to you about a concept, a tool that I use with myself on a regular basis, and that you can also use for yourself. It is about thinking about ourselves in a different way and start honouring your own plans.
I explain in this episode why having what is called a ‘minimum baseline’ is crucial to creating a meaningful and consistent change in your life, and how you can get started with it today.
You don’t want to miss the opportunity to completely transform your relationship with yourself to learn how to follow through with any commitment to yourself, no matter what.
Naturally, we have an inborn resistance to deliberately manage our time.
We believe that spontaneity, and being able to react and not have plans somehow creates a more free life.
This couldn’t be farther from the truth!
In fact, the opposite is true: The more you plan, the freer you will be.
In the previous episode, in my conversation with Allan Langen, I’ve talked about “time blocks and how to deal with your to-do list and outcomes. This week, I want to go into greater detail around the concept and tools I use, so you can test them and apply them to your own life too.
I’ve been using this approach now so regularly, to a point where they’ve become automatic for me and created a high level of productivity in my life.
Today, I decided to share with you this method to make sure that you know how to utilise those “Do Dates” to achieve your success.
“To-do actions" are not simply concepts that we have in our minds that we would like to accomplish. They are the actual tasks we need to complete in order to achieve our goals. In other words, they are the structured way of taking action until you achieve your results.
Listen in as I lay out the step-by-step process of listing your to-dos, decide your priority and get your reward at the end of the week!
On this episode, I explore a number of tools and techniques that will help you create more time in your daily life. From the importance of honouring our commitments to ourselves and saying “no” to multitasking, 'trying', and distractions, I cover everything you need to know to make time for the things that matter most.
I explain why saying "I don't know how long will it take" is the wrong way of looking at the problem. And what to do instead.
Click “play” to find out how you can use this simple process to STOP feeling overwhelmed and START being in control of your time again.
To access my planner you can go to: https://mailchi.mp/chiaracovone.com/planner
Other links at chiaracovone.com/15
Allan and I met virtually in a very active and vibrant LinkedIn Group and I reached out to him since I noticed he was a fellow podcaster as well as had a really interesting background in Sales Thought Leadership.
So we quickly decided we would get together and record a conversation that would inspire both mine and his audience.
The result is a great conversation around achieve more with less.
Allan has 27 years of experience in Sales and is the author of the best-selling book 📚 "The 7 Secrets to Selling More by Selling Less "
We talk about how we are actually selling all the time and yet we would not label all our activities as selling. If you go into any conversation worried about yourself, your outcome will always be mediocre. Instead if you are focusing on the person you are serving and focus on 'what's in it for them (WIIFT) then the result can really be surprising.
When you sell, make the clients / the customer evoke the feeling and the emotions they will have when owning the product and service that you are serving them with. Do the effort of visualising that emotion with your senses and make an effort to elicit that emotion with your language.
What you are choosing to think has a huge responsibility in the results you are getting and this is the power you have that often times we forget about. Paying attention to our thoughts and knowing that we can change our results if and when we purposely pay attention to our thinking is a very powerful awareness exercise that I would encourage you to practice.
Stop being trapped by your to-do list
When you don't have pressing deadlines with somebody holding us accountable for our deliverables, despite us writing to-do-lists, we often times tend to be pretty sloppy at keeping us focused and get things time within a specific amount of time. So my method (which I did not invent!) is to
Decide ahead of time how much time you want to dedicate for the specific activity,
Block that time in your calendar
When the time comes, be laser focused - stop any distraction like you were at an exam - and get it done
I talk about the push back I get from people that want to argue with me about the fact that they don't know how long it is going to take. I also highlight the fact that you don't want to aim for perfection : perfection is a way to procrastinate. Aim for a B- and not for an A+.
If you have extra time you can go back and refine. But for the first draft you got to aim at B-
Allan shares his store how he decided to write his book and he did so by taking time off his job.
In 4 months the book was completed AND he did sell more than he did the year before - amazing isn't it?
This is the power of commitment and determination, and how your mindset can really determine your outcome.
My take aways from his story are:
Trust your brain and let it work for you.
Value-driven go will win against any other goal 100 times!
If you work on your beliefs, the universe is going to help you get there...
... so powerful...
I leave you with these questions:
What legacy do you want to leave?
What dreams do you have for yourself?
What excuses are you finding to not believe you can make those ideas come true?
All right, thank you for tuning in this week.
Have a wonderful week!
Links at www.chiaracovone.com/14
Picture this scenario:
You’re going through a difficult time at work and you reach out to friends and loved ones for help and support.
The response is overwhelming!
You receive an insane number of tips and recommendations on what to do and how and when... you nod at the advisors and take mental notes.
And then, on your own, you try to translate them into actions and something goes wrong: it does not work!
Let's look at another scenario:
In this case, it is a friend or a colleague that you care about who is having hardships and you desperately want to help.
So, you offer what you feel is useful advice that will assist the person in getting through this difficult situation. You arm yourself with your best intention and go into huge amount of details to help the other person being able to implement your solution right away.
You leave the advice scene, you pat yourself on the shoulder for being such a good and caring friend or colleague.
But, eventually, you get annoyed or frustrated when you realise that the person hasn't taken your advice further.
Can't they see how simple it is to improve their situation? Why aren't they listening?!
Any of these scenarios familiar?
What is it that goes wrong when we try to give advice to people we care about, or we receive advice from people who care about us?
Here are 3 reasons why our brilliant advice does not work:
you are solving the wrong problem
your advice is incomplete
you are not displaying good leadership
Stay curious for longer and ask questions to understand and help the person get to the bottom of the issue.
Full show notes and links at chiaracovone.com/13
Are you 'allowed' to be seen laughing at your workplace?
Birds connect with each other through singing. And laughter has a similar role among humans. Isn't it fascinating?
And yet in so many corporate cultures, seeing people laughing will be immediately associated with poor work ethic, or not taking your job seriously. At best, laughter is accepted in very small amounts, and in very specific occasions.
So how do we foster a different type of environment? one that is laughter-ready?
Let's take a step back...
If leadership was a staircase, the first step would be to build rapport with your people. And rapport is best built when the stakes are low.
Laughter then becomes that magical thing that connects people and helps you in your efforts to let your people have a great day at work. Because, when people feel affinity, they will also strive to do a better job.
And when they strive to do a better job, they will advance in their project and feel like they are making progress. And that is one of the key factors that MAKES A GOOD DAY AT WORK!
You want to make something meaningful in your job. You want to feel your job matters to the company
You want to make progress, to feel you are advancing and evolving.
What are the barriers to progress then?
too big goals
And, in times of uncertainty and remote work, fear can really take over and fill the lack of communication that we experience when we are away from our peers and managers.
Studies prove in fact that working remotely increases productivity but significantly decreases interactions: these are down to 1/5 compared to when we sit in the same office with our teams. And not only this results in an overall sense of isolation, but it also reduces the amount of feedback from line manager, which can result in increased anxiety.
So much we can do as individuals, as managers and as peers to ensure we all have more good days at work, and being aware of the impact that additional call can have on us and on the receiver could be a good enough motivator to pick up the phone, shut down the voice in our brain that tries to talk us out of it and ring or ping that colleague.
The future of work is not about technology - AI will replace so many of our current jobs and activities.
The future of work is about humanity: human connection and creativity.
If you are finding yourself having a bad day at work, reconnect with your job's why and connect with your line manager and other colleagues.
There is no shame in being vulnerable. It is liberating instead.
In this week’s episode I talk with Francesco Pagano, VP Marketing at Fossil, about Brands - Brands of today, of yesterday and of tomorrow.
Francesco and I used to work together on Tassimo during my days at Mondelez in Zurich.
Francesco is a seasoned Marketing professional, passionate about innovation, brand management and international business. He is always up for irresistible product concepts, ultimate communication via integrated campaigns, and great Italian food & wine. He co-created a non profit organisation based in NYC called italytime, which gives space to new artists and promotes theatre for kids.
In this episode, we are covering different aspects on branding, in particular:
❲5:12❳ What is the role of people in the success of a brand?. ❲9:38❳ How do we balance local needs even down to the individual, with regional and global requirements? What are 3 trends you have identified.
❲15:33❳ Developing countries are leap-frogging their development path. Which markets & regions are a great source of inspiration and why
❲19:03❳ Are we moving away from democratisation?
❲23:40❳ What does it mean to be a luxury brand in the 21st century
❲26:53❳ Brands longevity - what are the scenarios? ❲31:01❳ We are seeing a lot of conversations around shifting from linear to circular. How realistic is it for the brands to really do the shift?
Full show notes and links at www.chiaracovone.com/11
This week I discuss the difference between being a manager and being a leader.
So often we mix the two. I found an inspiring article written by Abraham Zaleznik in an article from 1977.
He wrote how the difference between managers and leaders lies in the conceptions they hold of chaos and order.
Managers embrace process, seek stability and control, and instinctively try to resolve problems quickly—sometimes before they fully understand a problem’s significance.
Leaders, in contrast, tolerate chaos and lack of structure, and are willing to delay closure in order to understand the issues more fully.
So in fact, business leaders will then have much more in common with artists, scientists, and other creative thinkers, than they do with managers.
Organisations need both managers and leaders to succeed, but to develop both there needs to be space for both logic and strategic exercises on the one hand, and creativity and imagination on the other hand.
Leaders paint the picture of what is possible and inspire the manager to act upon that vision, break into actionable steps that can be monitored, executed and achieved. So Leaders are change agents vs. Managers are more about maintaining the status quo.
The two roles are so different, and I discuss and elaborate on what I think are the main indifferences between being a manager and a leader.
Once we have understood and are able to differentiate between the role of a manager and that of a leader, we can look and identify different leadership styles, And in most of the literature I found, you will see that within the leadership style there are also mixed up management style, which I find very confusing.
I don't think there is 7 or 9 different leadership styles.
Leadership for me is about:
Where you put a stronger emphasis between the three pillars can result in a different leadership style.
Here are the 3 that resonate with me:
Charismatic Leader style
Are you more a leader or a manager in your current role?
And if you are a leader, which style do you identify yourself mostly with?
Leave me a comment at chiaracovone.com/10
If you lead a team, a division, or an organisation, you know that one of the essential elements of your definition of success is knowing where you stand relative to your goals. What are the 'rules of the game' you are playing in?
And what does it it means to win in that game?
Is it the points scored?
Is it profit?
Is it the number of people you serve?
If a team is to accomplish its goals, it must know where it stands agains what the definition of success is. This is the only way your team members can strive to continuously improve themselves and their situation.
The scoreboard dictates how the game needs to be played and then the team will plan the way they want to play to win in the game.
As we discussed in episode #1, engagement increases when each person in the team understands their role and responsibility against the bigger team's goals, and how, fulfilling both, helps the team advance towards its ultimate aim.
In this episode I will discuss the main element of the scoreboard:
Define the rules of the game
Set SMART goals
Determine you KPIs
Decide which Metrics you want to track
Roles & responsibilities to individual team players
For full show notes visit www.chiaracovone.com/9
Today we are going to talk about measuring success.
And I want to talk about it at individual level, while next week we will cover measuring success for companies and corporations.
What does it mean to be successful? How do you know if you are successful? How do I measure success?
Some people confuse happiness with success and the relationship between happiness and success is actually quite complicated; and it is extremely important to understand the delicate relationship between them.
Full show notes at chiaracovone.com/8
In this episode I talk about values and setting value-driven goals. Values are our North Star. But how often we live most our lives without spending any time in identifying what our values actually are? Our values are the reason why we feel excited about certain things and frustrated of other things. We are used to see the values written down in large posters, hanging in large corporations Corridors and so we are used for companies to have official values but it is not as often that we do the same exercise for ourselves. And it’s not enough if you did it once, a long time ago. Because you changed - we all do and so you can relook at the values that you had written down before and reevaluate them and re-decide if those are the values you want to live by today and for the future or not. Setting value-driven goals for yourself will influence your chances of success and how much you will be determined and decisive in achieving your goals.
For more info go to chiaracovone.com/7
In today's episode, I will be talking to Eva Offermans, Founder & CEO Innovo Coaching & Placement with a long and established background in HR, about succeeding in your job search during times of crisis.
With the pandemic affecting our lives in one way or the other, so many people have lost their jobs in the past few months, or are reconsidering their career path, as the confinement situation gives us the opportunity to self-reflect and reprioritize.
We will be covering topics like...
- Get clarity on what YOU want and what are your values are, and how this needs to be driving your job search
- The power of networking and how to do it in a way that brings your long-term results
- Where to search for opportunities
- How to be visible and how to leverage different tools and platforms in a complementary way.
If you want to learn more about Eva and follow her, you can do so at http://www.innovocoaching.com.
Follow her also on LinkedIn:
For full show notes go to chiaracovone.com/6
Do you clean your kitchen counter every day? (that is if you use it of course :) ). Like we do a quick cleaning there, the same applies to our thoughts. Journaling is a bit like cleaning your kitchen counter: you download your thoughts every day - ideally in the morning - and you are ready to embrace your day without those thoughts lingering in your mind and fighting for attention like a bunch a small kids all speaking at the same time and wanting something from you! I really encourage you to start this practice and be consistent with it. The results will be mind-blowing! For the full show-notes go to chiaracovone.com/5
“I am not creative” doesn’t work: there’s not such a thing as creative or non-creative people. We are all born with a brain that allows us to find different solutions for problems and we just learned ourselves out of creativity as we grow - at least most of us do, as the statistics show. So join me in this conversation with Britta to rediscover your creativity and embrace it every day of your life! For my free worksheet on training your creativity go to chiaracovone.com/podcast/3
Do you know who your ideal customer avatar is and if that avatar is ready to buy your product? This and another facts around it are the subject of this week’s episode thing that I’m going to be discussing in this episode. I will be sharing with you the importance of defining and be specific about who your ideal customer avatar is, what questions to ask, how to listen, and how to ask them to buy your product before you’re ready. Head over on my website to ask me questions and download your free idea screening criteria tool Chiaracovone.com/innovation-screening-criteria
A lot of time I hear people say "I am not passionate" or "I lost my passion", as if it was something that happened outside them.
In this episode, I’m going to share with you my model on how to develop and train the skill of being passionate, so that you can get up and go to work every day with full excitement and motivation.
To download the guide and do the exercise as you listen to the show, go to chiaracovone.com/podcast/2
So often I hear people being unhappy at their job and I’ve been there before to. In this episode I’m going to share with you what I have learned about what your company can do to help you be more motivated; I will be talking about the 3 major psychological needs that are correlated with engagement and motivation. So you can pick these up with your HR department or with your line manager, and make sure that both you and your team will be excited to come to work from tomorrow and for all the days to come! To download your free guide for the best morning routine go to chiaracovone.com/join
Welcome to Innovation Made Easy Podcast!
I am your host, Chiara Covone, ex-corporate leader turned executive coach & speaker. And i am here today to unfold insights of leadership wisdom and personal development to inspire you achieve success both at work and in life. Are you ready to create your own success story?
Then let’s dive in!