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S2: Ep 12 – An Update on the State of DEI and the One Year Anniversary of the Pod!

In this solo episode, host LaTonya Wilkins celebrates the one year anniversary of The Leading Below the Surface Podcast and showcases the top three episodes from this last year. LaTonya then dives into the updates on the State of DEI and what has shifted. Find out what the new trends are and how to incorporate them into your day-to-day.


Resources from today’s episode:

Change Coaches Guide to Create Psychological Safe Conversations Across Differences


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S2: Ep 11 – How to Smoothly Transition into Your Executive Role with Navid Nazemian

Join host, LaTonya Wilkins, as she welcomes guest, Navid Nazemian, author of “Mastering Executive Transitions,”. In this insightful episode, Navid shares strategies for overcoming the 40% failure rate of executive appointments within 18 months due to people, culture, and political challenges. Explore the importance of soft skills, the impact of biases like affinity bias, and the crucial role of structured organizational support, including aligning expectations, facilitating stakeholder meetings, and cultural familiarization.


Tips from Today’s Episode:

– Prioritize soft skills and self-awareness to navigate people, culture, and politics challenges during transitions.

– Implement structured organizational support, including aligning expectations, facilitating stakeholder meetings, and cultural familiarization.

– Provide transition coaching and tie support to job levels to eliminate biases and ensure successful executive transitions.


Resources from today’s episode:

Change Coaches Guide to Create Psychological Safe Conversations Across Differences

Navid’s LinkedIn

Navid’s Book “Mastering Executive Transitions: The Definitive Guide”


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S2: Ep 10 – Healing to Lead: Why Healing is Critical for Leadership Effectiveness with Kelly L. Campbell

In this episode of the Leading Below the Surface podcast, host LaTanya Wilkins interviews Kelly Campbell on the topic of “Healing to Lead.” Kelly shares insights from her book, “Heal to Lead,” discussing trauma, consciousness, and regenerative leadership. The conversation delves into personal healing journeys, the importance of radical responsibility, and the power of generative leadership. Kelly also touches on the concept of “The Great Remembering” and the significance of giving and receiving in the healing process.

Join LaTanya and Kelly as they explore the transformative power of healing and its impact on leadership. Discover practical tips for those starting their healing journey and insights for those feeling stuck in their progress. Don’t miss this enlightening discussion on finding connection, curiosity, and growth in the midst of personal and societal challenges.


Tips from Today’s Episode:

– Start with self-awareness and seek out trauma integration modalities

– Embrace vulnerability and lead with compassion

– Foster curiosity and openness to new healing practices


Resources from today’s episode:

Change Coaches Guide to Create Psychological Safe Conversations Across Differences

– Book: https://klcampbell.com/heal-to-lead-book/

– Website: https://klcampbell.com/

– Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kelly.l.campbell

– LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kellylcampbell/

– Substack: https://kellylcampbell.substack.com/

– Leadership Quiz:https://klcampbell.com/leadership/

– Healing Resources: https://myhealingmenu.com


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S2: Ep 9 – An Exploration of Queer Superpowers and How to Support the LGBTQ+ Community During Pride Month with Tara Robertson

In this insightful discussion, host LaTonya Wilkins welcomes queer coach and speaker Tara Robertson as she shares her journey of embracing her identity as a mixed-race, queer woman. She highlights the power of intergenerational LGBTQ+ communities, the resilience born from adversity, and the importance of celebrating queer joy. Tara offers a fresh perspective on allyship, encouraging listeners to focus on “being” rather than checklists. The conversation provides actionable takeaways for living authentically and increasing joy in daily life.


Tips from Today’s Episode:

-Reflect on moments when you felt truly authentic and joyful, and identify the essence of those experiences as your “superpowers.”

-During Pride Month, focus on “being” an ally through curiosity, advocacy, and openness, rather than simply following a list of actions.

-Increase your authenticity and joy by 10% each day through small, intentional acts that align with your true self.


Resources from today’s episode:

Tara’s LinkedIn

Change Coaches Guide to Create Psychological Safe Conversations Across Differences


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S2: Ep 8 – The Future of Organizational Wellbeing with Rebecca Paradiso de Sayu

In this episode of The Leading Below the Surface Podcast, LaTonya Wilkins welcomes Rebecca Paradiso de Sayu. Rebecca is the founder of the Institute for Collective Well-Being, a non-profit organization based in Madison, Wisconsin, focused on activating a sense of well-being and collective mental health within and among people in organizational settings. In our conversation, we explore how organizations can foster collective well-being through relational practices.


Tips from Today’s Episode:

-Ask where people already see glimpses of well-being in your organization, and build on those moments

-When someone shuts down or becomes defensive, pause to reflect on what that might be telling you about inclusion and well-being

-Suspend the need to know exactly where you’re going, and open to the creative process of collective well-being unfolding


Resources from today’s episode:

Institute for Collective Wellbeing

Rebecca’s LinkedIn

Change Coaches Guide to Create Psychological Safe Conversations Across Differences


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S2: Ep 7 – My Mental Health Story and a Three Step Process to Create More Wellness in the Workplace

In this candid episode, LaTonya Wilkins, founder of Change Coaches and author of Leading Below the Surface, shares her personal mental health journey and a three-step process to increase mental health in the workplace. Through vulnerable storytelling, she explores significant traumas she has faced in life, and describes how she navigated these experiences through mental health awareness, healing, and expansion. She also discusses how people can reflect on her experiences, encourage storytelling, and apply the three-step process to create more mental health in the workplace.


Tips from Today’s Episode:

-Create Awareness: Create safe spaces for employees to share their personal stories and experiences related to mental health. This fosters empathy, awareness, and connectedness within the organization

-Establish Healing Circles: Implement structured or informal “healing circles” where employees can express their fears, concerns, or challenges. This can create a sense of community within your organization.

-Foster Acceptance and Expansion: Embrace the idea of “expansion” or exploring possibilities for growth and personal development.


Resources from today’s episode:

Change Coaches Guide to Create Psychological Safe Conversations Across Differences

How to Support Employees During Times of Distress


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S2: Ep 6 – How to have Psychologically Safe Conversations about Difficult Topics (Part 2)

In this episode of The Leading Below the Surface Podcast, we’re diving deep into the concept of psychological safety. Host, LaTonya Wilkins, is joined by an extraordinary guest, Elisa Glick. Dr. Elisa Glick is a DEIB practitioner and thought leader who is passionate about building cultures where everyone can thrive. An award-winning educator and author, Dr. Glick is the first openly gay faculty member specializing in queer studies to be tenured at the University of Missouri, where she is Associate Professor Emerita.

Join us as Elisa Glick shares her insights on leveraging vulnerability, active listening, and boundary-setting to champion psychological safety and inclusion in any setting. Discover how to lead courageously and create spaces where difficult conversations can lead to meaningful change.


Tips from Today’s Episode:

-Embrace vulnerability: Sharing personal stories and challenges can humanize leaders, making it easier for others to open up.

-Listen actively: Prioritize understanding over responding, and approach conversations with the intent to learn.

-Set clear boundaries: Establish and communicate the rules of engagement to ensure respectful and productive discussions.


Resources from today’s episode:

elisaglick.com

Elisa’s LinkedIn

Change Coaches Guide to Create Psychological Safe Conversations Across Differences


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S2: Ep 5 – How to have Psychologically Safe Conversations about Difficult Topics (Part 1)

LaTonya Wilkins, a renowned executive coach and the host of the Leading Below the Surface podcast, takes us on a deep-dive exploration of psychological safety in the workplace. Reflecting on her rich background in fostering inclusive environments and her expertise as an executive + team coach, LaTonya shares invaluable insights on creating spaces where everyone feels safe to express themselves. In this solo episode, she focuses on the foundational aspects of psychological safety, emphasizing its critical role in facilitating open, honest, and productive conversations across differences.


Tips from Today’s Episode:

-Understand what psychological safety and belonging truly mean and why they are critical for effective communication.

-Assess personal and collective levels of psychological safety before engaging in potentially challenging conversations and while navigating conflict.

-Learn and apply techniques to create a safe environment that encourages candid dialogue without fear of retribution or humiliation.

-Develop a concrete action plan to approach conversations with intentionality, ensuring that all parties feel valued, heard, and respected.


Resources from today’s episode:

Downloadable Guide to Create Psychological Safety in the Workplace


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S2: Ep 4 – Supporting the Trans Community

Host LaTonya Wilkins welcomes special guest, Rhodes Perry, a celebrated author and influential community builder to the podcast. Rhodes has made significant strides in fostering inclusive environments both in and out of the workplace. With a rich background that includes working in the White House and the Department of Justice, Rhodes has been featured in numerous publications for his groundbreaking work. His best-selling books, “Belonging at Work” and “Imagine Belonging,” alongside his creation of the Belonging Circle, showcase his commitment to building communities where everyone feels they belong. In this episode of The Leading Below the Surface Podcast, we sit down with Rhodes to discuss the importance of visibility and inclusion for transgender individuals in the workplace and beyond.


Tips from Today’s Episode:

-Encourage Exposure and Education: Increase your exposure to transgender communities and educate yourself and your team on transgender experiences and challenges. Utilize resources like the 2022 US Trans Survey to dispel myths and understand the realities of transgender lives.

-Challenge Misinformation: Actively challenge misinformation when you encounter it. Simple questions like “Where did you hear that?” can prompt reflection and encourage more accurate understanding and discussions.

-Reflect on Personal Gender Experiences: Encourage your team to reflect on their own experiences with gender and how societal expectations have impacted them. This can foster empathy and a deeper understanding of the need for gender inclusivity and expression freedom.


Resources from today’s episode:

Link 2022 US Trans Survey

Link to “Belonging at Work” the book

rhodesperry.com


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S2: Ep 3 – Exploring What’s Holding Women Back in the Workplace

Ellen Taaffe, a former Fortune 50 senior executive turned board director, professor, leadership coach, and author, joins host, LaTonya Wilkins, on The Leading Below the Surface Podcast. Beyond her corporate achievements, Ellen’s impactful work as an author, particularly with her book “The Mirrored Door: Break Through the Hidden Barrier that Locks Successful Women in Place,” is a vital resource for women navigating the complexities of the workplace. In this conversation, LaTonya and Ellen dissect the challenges and strategies for women’s advancement in the workplace. Specifically, they cover the concept of “The Mirrored Door”, how leaders can support women, as well as five tips to propel women forward.


Tips from Today’s Episode:

-How to encourage women to raise their hands for new opportunities before they feel completely “ready.”

-How to help women see the potential that they have.

-Effective ways to deliver feedback – especially to women.


Resources from today’s episode:

https://ellentaaffe.com/

Ellen LinkedIn

The Mirrored Door Workbook


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