EP 136: Stop Hoping & Gain Confidence That The Next Job Will Be Better with Guest Leigh Mitchell

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Sitting and hoping for change is a familiar story for so many women. In the rare moments you have to daydream on your morning commute, or between leaving the office for the day and picking the kids up from school, hope feels like the only thing you have time for. That hope, unfortunately, is part of the reason why only 14% of C-suite leaders in the United States are women. In order to see that number increase, we’ve got to do more than simply hope.

If you want to move from hoping to making things happen, gaining confidence in your abilities will activate the momentum you need to spark change.

Today, Blake welcomes Leigh Mitchell, a Diverse Talent Recruiter/Promoter and Brand Strategist. As founder of Bee Happy HR Co. Leigh manages the client experience and builds buzz for diversity-driven brands. Leigh is also the founder of Women in Biz Network where she coaches clients, speaks with influential guests on her Time to Thrive Podcast, curates mentorship initiatives, promotes Women in Biz Network’s vetted diversity-driven career board, and delivers skill-building events to a variety of audiences.

In this episode, you’ll hear Leigh share her first-hand perspective on managing the typical work/life balance before recognizing that she had more options than she realized. She talks about how change finally started to happen in her career, and the full scale of her transition into a successful business owner helping other women do the same. Leigh and Blake weigh in on the often overlooked value of the people around us, and they share how you can learn to leverage the skills of others to your advantage.

If you’re ready to stop hoping and start building the confidence you need to activate real change in your life and career, today’s episode will help you see things in a new and brighter light.

What You’ll Learn: • How Leigh recognized her unique skills and made a successful career transition (5:04) • Learning how to leverage the skills of the people around you (8:23) • How “she recovery” is impacting women and the workforce (11:12) • Advice for shifting your perspective when it comes to change (19:29) • One important question to ask yourself if you’re unhappy in your job (23:48)

Favorite Quotes: 1. Connect with people who can help you fill in the gaps of your knowledge and expertise and your strengths, and help you to play to your strengths. -Leigh Mitchell 2. We need to change the environment, to make the environment conducive for women to be at the top, and we need to actually ask for and know how to ask for what we want to create the type of change we want inside the organization. - Blake 3. Surround yourself with people who are doing things that you personally love and that gave you encouragement. If you surround yourself with cheerleaders, essentially that will help to encourage you to think bigger, and to not second guess yourself. - Leigh Mitchell 4. My needs weren't being met because I was so busy worrying about meeting everybody else's needs that I wasn't meeting my own. I wasn't living my own values. -Leigh Mitchell 5. When you understand the degree of what you need to be fulfilled and happy, and you understand how you work, you will not take the wrong type of job. -Blake

Additional Resources:

Access a handy checklist for job seekers to define their brand and stand out amongst the competition by going to http://beehappyhr.com/getjobseekersbrandingguide/ Connect with Leigh & Bee Happy HR by going to www.beehappyhr.com

To schedule a 15-minute discovery call to see if or how Blake can help you, go to: www.speakwithBlake.com

To get access to free resources, updates & future events, join Blake’s newsletter at: www.bridge2fulfillment.com

For more information about us & alternate ways to connect, visit: www.ConnectionsIlluminated.com

Have questions or topics you’d like to see covered on the podcast? Email us at hello@connectionsilluminated.com

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