Innovation Made Easy
By Chiara Covone
Welcome to The 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 coach & trainer. 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!
Stress? How To Overcome It.
Stress is a feeling and feelings are the language of our body. When you are feeling stressed you want to stop and pause; and understand what is causing you to feel this way, what thoughts are triggering this feeling. Tune in to listen to this episode as I unfold the causes of stress and how you can learn to manage it in a way that serves you.
December 08, 2021
Say Yes To Boredom
Boredom is a feeling and feelings are the language of the body. Feelings are the results of thoughts so if and when we are bored we don't want to rush and kill the boredom with any stimuli and instead we want to get curious and understand why what we are thinking that makes us feel bored. Boredom is the lack of stimulation, but is different from apathy where we are accepting the status quo, and instead we want to do something about it. Tune in as I unfold this interesting emotion that is often the door to our most creative mind.
December 01, 2021
5 Common Traits of Success
Why do certain people have more success than others? What are the common traits of success? In this week's episode I share 5 traits & characteristics of successful people when it comes to customer relationship. It has a lot to do with attitude of course. Tune in to liste to this episode.
November 24, 2021
Effort | Impact | Reward Equation
Quick episode this week to let you pause and think: how much effort am I putting into which activity. what is the impact and reward out of it? Allow yourself to make adjustments to get to max impact and reward with less effort. It is possible. You just need the time to think about it a bit.
November 17, 2021
Carbon pricing & fossil fuel
Given the meeting in Glasgow this week, I thought it would make sense for me to talk him little bit about environment and some principles that are common around climate crisis. So in this episode I cover watch cabin pricing is what Fossett she will is and subsidies.
November 10, 2021
Why only 5% of the world's population practices mindfulness
Mindfulness and meditation are practiced today by only 5 % of the world's population. 95% of people either cannot see the point or are not committed enough to stick to this ancient practice. Why? This was my question and now I have the answer. This week I am reframing this activity, breaking it down to its basic component and I am sharing with you why I finally got myself and my clients to adopt it. We have the compelling reason we want to get the new habit to stick. Spoiler: I am not asking you to sit for four hours on the top of the Himalaya - I promise you. Tune in with your curiosity hat on and find out more! If you have missed last week's episode, there is also a YouTube version here. It is connected to the topic today and it is packed with insights and things you can apply directly yourself. Thanks, Chiara
November 03, 2021
How To 10x Your Self-Confidence with Mental Fitness
If you are not physically fit, you will be physically stressed when climbing a steep mountain. When you are not mentally fit, you will be mentally stressed when facing challenging life and work circumstances. Mental Fitness is the X-Factor that allows you to achieve peak performance, wellness and self-confidence! Find out more and enrol in 6 weeks program at covone.se/MFCP Watch the video version on YouTube here.
October 27, 2021
Conversation with Dr. Margaret Barrow, Associate Professor and Founder of "It's Nola Snacks"
Margaret and I met at an event organised by Summer D. Watson on her show Kore Women and I was fascinated by her journey founding a snacking company. Dr. Margaret Barrow is the Founder and CEO of It's Nola, which is a black women-owned vegan snack company. She is an Associate Professor, Author, Keynote Speaker and a Graduate of Columbia University. Tune in to learn more about Margaret and her journey from making a delicious snack for herself to growing into a successful business.
October 20, 2021
4 Core Behaviours to Upgrade Your Conversations
4 core behaviours to upgrade your conversations. Conversations can tell a lot about the company culture and I like to think of them as your operating system over which you then run all the applications / company's functions. Getting better at communicating and putting some thoughts on how we go through our conversations can have incredible benefits in terms of growth, motivation, performance and happiness. Listen in!
October 13, 2021
Project Management Tools for Everyone
More and more organisations are seeing the value of Project Managements Skills, tools and practices beyond the professionals with that title. In this week's episodes, I share with you what I think are some key tools you can apply in any project / goal both professionally and privately. In particular, I will be discussing: - The Project Charter as a way to get everybody aligned and its key elements. - The Initiation phase of the project and the KEY question you want to ask before start diving into planning and resourcing. - The Debrief - key moment(s) to celebrate the successes and reflecting on all the lessons learned on the way to get (even) better the next time around. Warmest, Chiara
October 06, 2021
This week I am joined by Frank Pagano and Sanaa Voss to talk about Blockchain technology and Cryptocurrencies. Sanaa is a Certified Crypto Finance Expert, on a mission to make the Blockchain and Crypto accessible to all, to help individuals and companies discover where the opportunities lay ahead. Senior executive with a background in Analytics, cross roads of Big Data and Loyalty across several industries. Frank is Head of Sales at qiibee. With 20 years of Marketing experience in FMCG and Fashion. Started as a Finance Analyst, but when you are young, you always make mistakes. Loves Italian food, and got dragged into a group of crazy dreamers, who opened up a pro bono theatre org in NYC. What we cover in the episode: (2:40) Blockchain - overcoming its complexity (5:17) Blockchain - what is it? (6:40) The first blockchain network : bitcoin. (11:50) Ethereum as Operating System. (16:00) the evolution of value and means to transfer and allocation of value. (18:25) Blockchain applied to the world of marketing. The case of loyalty programs @ qiibee (30:00) An approach to getting closer to this technology (33:25) Cryptocurrency: Small steps to get into it (35:00) Democratising cryptocurrencies. (36:50) User cases of blockchain. (40:00) Proven increased consumer engagement in the world of luxury (40:55) What is tokenisation? (43:30) Digitalisation of our ID (45:45) Where are we in terms of the adoption of the technology globally (50:40) The resistance of the financial system (52:30) The volatility of Bitcoin (56:00) Starbucks Blockchain case (57:40) The Skepticism towards adoption & the road ahead. Full show notes (and graph of adoption curve) can be found at www.chiaracovone.com/podcast/ep70
September 29, 2021
Monday I don't Fear You
This week I am sharing with you my journey on how I learned to master my time and look forward to Monday Mornings as a key starting point in my weeks towards achieving my goals. It all starts with defining what you want to achieve and be clear about your individual ambition. Work by quarters: what are your top 3 priorities? Those three priorities become then your compass for keeping track where you are going and if you are staying committed towards your goals. What do you need to do for those three priorities to be completed in the given time? How can you increase your odds to succeed? How do you let math support you and don't allow the drama tot take over. Tune in and listen to this week's episode about time mastering! Link to the Kore Women event: https://youtu.be/6WbDXmEcTcA Access my free masterclass to achieve any goals here.
September 22, 2021
The Power of Visualization
Look around you: everything that you see was first just an idea. If you believe in the sentence seeing is believing, let me challenge you on inverting the sentence: BELIEVING IS SEEING. Yes because you first need to imagine something, a goal, a destination, an objective, before you can actually commit to reaching it. This week I talk about this amazing tool we all have in our arsenal which is visualisation of a goal. Tune in and find out how it works, the science behind it and how to apply it in practice. And then take action: apply it straight away so you can see this powerful tool in action for you. Warmest, Chiara Links at chiaracovone.com/podcast/ep68
September 15, 2021
Becoming An Executive
Are you ready for stepping up in your company and become an executive? Then this episode will help you get ready for it and start thinking as an executive right here and now.
September 08, 2021
Grow Your Influence: Hard & Soft Tactics
So many people strive to be more influential and wish their opinions was more heard and considered. But is there a myth about influence? Are we not overcomplicating it? In this week's episode I deconstruct influence in different tactics and I am sure you will be positively surprised of actually how much influence you are already exercising. Start where you are: understand what is already working and clearly define which areas (tactics) you feel you would like to try and practice more to become better at it. FREEBIE: Access my 3 parts free course to Stop Procrastinating here.
September 01, 2021
From intent to Impact
How often do we find ourself confused by how our actions have impacted others and the only thing we can say is... "I did not intend this to happen! " This week, I discuss how you can be more effective translating your actual intent into the impact you meant to start with, and avoid any misunderstanding or avoidable hurt feelings on the way. Full show notes and links at www.chiaracovone.com/podcast/ep65 Access the free three parts masterclass by clicking here.
August 25, 2021
Why Sleep Drives Performance
Why do we sleep? And do we need to sleep for 7-9 hours to be fully functional? When doing my research for last week's episode, I got so interested in sleep and I finally decided to answer my own question around why is sleep important and why it affects my mood and energy so much. I am adventuring myself into territories of neuroscience and talk about hormones and neurotransmitters as a non-scientist (OBS: I am a statistician by education) but some of these terms are so recurring that I think among non-scientist we can get a grip on them in a way that it is useful. Tune in and find out more about why we sleep what happens during our sleep how we regulate the day & time rhythm naturally how sleep affects business performance. For more links and to leave a comment click here.
August 18, 2021
Learning How We Learn
How many people do you know that I don’t make an effort to learn how to learn? Should it not that be a subject in schools ? Can you imagine a more high level of skill to pick up in life? This is what I’m going to discuss in this episode and talk about it in a way that is simple so I can understand and apply it. Episode webpage can be found here: come over and leave me a comment! - Chiara
August 11, 2021
Recognition & Appreciation
This week I discuss the difference between recognition and appreciation, and why we want to practice both. Everybody wants to feel they are appreciated for what they do, but even more for who they are. Access my free Masterclass to stop procrastinating here.
August 04, 2021
Your Brain Is Your Asset
The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about company assets is not usually people. And this week I would like to stress the importance of People as a company assets and then, for individuals highlight how our brain is our most important asset. If you agree with me on this point then you will naturally follow my train of thoughts around questioning how much we spend and invest in our brain power to maintain its capacity and maximise the output from this asset. Yes we do that very much in the first 20 years of our life, but what happens then? In this episode I also explain (in very simple terms!) the difference between two parts of our brain, to help you become more aware of your thinking patterns and provide you with insights and inspiration to leverage that amazing asset you have: your own brain! Access my free Masterclass to stop procrastinating here.
July 28, 2021
The KASH model of EI
For true, lasting change to take place, you sure will know that learning - reading a book or attending a two days' training - won't be enough. This week I discuss the KASH model of Emotional Intelligence - a power tool for any lasting change to take place. KASH stands for Knowledge Attitude Skills Habits. Tune in to learn the details of this model and think along on how to use it to help you reach your goals. NOTE: This tool was originally invented by Tim Sparrow and Amanda Knight in their book "Applied EI". Access my free Masterclass to stop procrastinating here.
July 21, 2021
Demystifying Coaching - In collaboration with WOW podcast
Special edition of the podcast! I am sharing with you the live event we have run with Paola Granati about demystifying coaching. It was an engaging and entertaining event and hopefully also stroke a chord with the audience. Tune in and let me know what you think!
July 14, 2021
The Performance Formula
How often do you hear people at work saying "This person is not good." "He/she is a poor performer." The trouble I have with sentences like these is that they don't leave much room to change and new possibilities. Already by changing the sentence to something like... "This person is not performing very well in the current circumstances." you will notice immediately how it gives hope to change and opens up to a lot of possibilities. In this episode, I introduce this formula Performance = Potential - Interference And I go through the three elements of the formula one by one. Because I know that the potential of all of us, in the different roles we have in our life, is enormous, but that there are thoughts, habits and attitudes, as well as skillset that affects and reduce the potential impact we could have in the world. So listen in as I unfold these concepts and inspire you to greater and deeper awareness. Links at www.chiaracovone.com/ep58 Access my free Masterclass to stop procrastinating here.
July 07, 2021
What makes your or my identity? What aspects are there that define our identity? As leaders, being explicit about how different aspects of our identities and lived experiences have informed who we are, what we value, helps us understand how we perceive situations and how we interact with other people. Spending time in understanding our own identity also means reflecting on our place in the world, in society, and in organisations. To truly get to a deep understanding of who we are, we want to examine those aspects of ourselves that are part of our "normal" as they might be the result of the dominant culture we live in or grew up in. Join me in this week's podcast where I discuss the importance and value of increasing curiosity towards our own identity as a way to live more intentionally and with greater mindfulness in all aspects of our life. To access the free masterclass and learn the 3 steps to achieving any goal go here.
June 30, 2021
Humbleness vs Bragging
Humbleness is noble but can damage your visibility and - in the long run - also your motivation. Bragging is also not recommended since people that brag are seen as inconsiderate and not believed to be better performers than their humble colleagues. How do we strike a balance between those two behaviors? I discuss what you can consider and reflect upon in this week’s episode. Access my FREE Masterclass to learn and practice the 3 steps you need to achieve any goal, by going to https://www.covone.se/Goal
June 23, 2021
Asking for what we 'need', asserting our desires can feel incredibly difficult, at times. To be direct about what you need or want can be misinterpreted and you might be coming across as selfish. However, knowing the difference between passive, aggressive, and assertive communication can help you to ensure that you communicate with confidence, clarity and care for others. Tune in to this weeks episode to get my steps on how to practice assertiveness. And access my instructions at www.chiaracovone.com/podcast/ep55.
June 16, 2021
I want you to ask yourselves, “why should I grow?" "Why should I go to the next step and do the next thing and pursue the next goal?" " Why should I even bother trying to become self-actualized, or fulfill my potential, or learn something new?" " Why should I even listen to my own desires when I can just settle in here, and be comfortable?” In this episode I discuss the reason and try to convince (if needed being) why growth matters. And if it resonates, I want to encourage you to not take a little step today toward self-growth, to take a huge step, to stop comforting yourself with false pleasures, and to put a line in the sand and make a decision to grow. It matters. I know it does. Access my free masterclass here. And for more resources and to leave a comment go to www.chiaracovone.com/podcast/ep54
June 09, 2021
Do you find yourself feeling out of place in a meeting or even in a relationship and doubting your skills you’re right to sit at the table? If you’re suffering of imposter syndrome you are letting self doubts and self criticism influence you. Despite external evidence of your achievements, those experiencing these thoughts remain convinced that they do not deserve everything that they have achieved and in fact it can go so far as they self-sabotage their success. But impostor syndrome has also its positive sides. Balance and self-awareness are step #1 for us to master our mind and use it to the best of our ability. Full show notes and links at www.chiaracovone.com/ep53 And get access to my free masterclass here.
June 02, 2021
Confidence in Self
Everybody seems to wanting to be self-confident. And yet, so many people are not actively working towards its attainment. Self-confidence is not something we are born with. When we try new things but we know how to handle our own mind and the emotions that our thoughts will provoke - that's when self-confidence supports our ambitions. Self-confidence is about knowing that things won't always go the way we thought, and being fine about it. Having our own back, not make it mean more than what it is: an attempt where we have an opportunity to learn. If you are somebody who is insecure and has low self-esteem and a low opinion of yourself, and also high demands from yourself, I want to tell you that the only thing you have to do to generate self-confidence is practice feeling your emotions. Leaning into those feelings of discomfort, fear, and desire to run away when the turn up, and be curious about them. Because they are just emotions. And you can handle any emotion. Access my free Masterclass "Stop Procrastinating. Achieve Massive Results" at https://www.covone.se/Goal.
May 26, 2021
Your Zone of Genius
What work do you do that doesn’t seem like work? In your work, what produces the highest ratio of abundance and satisfaction to the amount of time spent? What is your unique ability? Gay Hendricks' book 'The Big Leap' clearly made an impression on me. I love how he talks about the 4 zones and how committing to staying in our zone of Genius can be beneficial for our growth and for the world. Tune into this week's episode as I summarize the concept of our Upper Limit and distill the 4 zones of: Incompetence Competence Excellence Genius Ultimately, it’s about identifying what comes most naturally to you, and then capitalizing on that, rather than identifying what has come naturally to other people, and trying to teach yourself those skills in order to mimic and recreate their genius. You can absolutely be successful in the zone of excellence. But to take your life to the next level, you cannot keep playing by other people’s rules. Comments and links @ www.chiaracovone.com/51 Access my morning routine resource at www.chiaracovone.com.
May 19, 2021
Improve Your Company's Culture
The company culture is the collection of behaviors and attitudes within an organization. Why is it important to focus on company culture? Because it can jeopardize your company’s potential today and in the future. In this episode I discuss the signs of unhealthy company culture and a some areas to consider for you to actively contribute to improve the culture, no matter where you are: - shift it from toxic to healthy or - shift it from good to great.
May 12, 2021
Your Executive Presence
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. Slowing Down. 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. - Chiara
May 05, 2021
The Power of Decisions
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.
April 28, 2021
Gift To Future You
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
April 21, 2021
Time Is An Illusion
“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.” Eckhart Tolle This episode is about taking care to deliberately create and manage time. Full shownotes at www.chiaracovone.com/46
April 14, 2021
The Symptoms of Lack of Persistence
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
April 07, 2021
6 Triggers of Persistence
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/podcast/ep44 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.
March 31, 2021
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 !
March 27, 2021
The outcome of the meeting
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
March 24, 2021
Start your day with words of self-love and appreciation.
March 20, 2021
The Obstacles with Journaling
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
March 17, 2021
Clear the SMOG
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
March 10, 2021
The Skill of Listening
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
March 03, 2021
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. Enjoy!
February 28, 2021
BONUS: My Intervention at the International Business Podcast with Leonardo Marra
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/
February 27, 2021
Reacting vs. responding
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
February 24, 2021
When Judgement Holds Us Back
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!
February 17, 2021
The Power of Intuition
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
February 10, 2021
Other People’s Approval
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
February 03, 2021
Stop multitasking. 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
January 27, 2021
Motivation vs Inspiration
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.
January 20, 2021
The Power of Rituals
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.
January 13, 2021
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
January 06, 2021
Celebrate Your Year
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
December 30, 2020
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
December 23, 2020
From Obstacles to Strategies
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
December 16, 2020
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
December 09, 2020
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
December 02, 2020
Recognising Pivotal Moments
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/
November 25, 2020
How to disagree with someone
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
November 18, 2020
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
November 11, 2020
Awareness of Your Emotions
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
November 04, 2020
Find Your 'How'
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: Fear Embarrassment Confusion 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. chiaracovone.com/22
October 28, 2020
Micro-Management & Under-Management
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: www.chiaracovone.com/21
October 21, 2020
Conversation between Coaches
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. www.chiaracovone.com/20
October 14, 2020
Embracing Fear For Growth
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
October 07, 2020
Purpose Is Your Fuel
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!
September 30, 2020
A Challenging Relationship
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! www.chiaracovone.com/17
September 23, 2020
Appointment With The CEO Of Your Life
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. www.chiaracovone.com/16
September 16, 2020
Do dates and calendar blocks
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
September 09, 2020
Conversation with Allan Langer
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 " Selling 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! -Chiara Links at www.chiaracovone.com/14
September 02, 2020
Why Giving Advice Is Overrated
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
August 26, 2020
A Good Day At Work
Laughter... 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 fear 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. www.chiaracovone.com/12
August 19, 2020
The Future of Brands - with Francesco Pagano
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
August 12, 2020
Managers & Leaders
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: inspiration vision human passion 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 Servant Leader Transformational Leader 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
August 05, 2020
Succeeding as a Team
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
July 29, 2020
How do you measure Success
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
July 22, 2020
Live By Your Values
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
July 15, 2020
Find Your Dream Job - with Eva Offermans
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: https://www.linkedin.com/company/innovocoaching/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/eva-offermans-eva/ For full show notes go to chiaracovone.com/6
July 08, 2020
The Power Of Journaling
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
July 01, 2020
Embrace Your Creativity Because it Lives In You
“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
June 24, 2020
Validate your product
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
June 17, 2020
Shall you quit your job - Part 2
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
June 10, 2020
Shall you quit your job?
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
June 03, 2020
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!
June 01, 2020