Penney Leadership 2018 Annual Report

Penney Leadership 2018 Annual Report

Last week marked one year since Penney Leadership went live! Many of you have asked about my transition into entrepreneurship and what it's been like to own my own business. Today I'm pulling back the curtain to look behind-the-scenes.

The last year has completely exceeded my expectations—it's been so fun, meaningful, and exciting. I've gotten to build a life and a business around my personal mission, values, natural strengths, and the kind of success that I find most meaningful.

Someone asked me this morning about the most surprising thing about my experience thus far. This is it…

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The Essential Tool for Navigating a 21st Century Career Path

The Essential Tool for Navigating a 21st Century Career Path

After working with over 40 clients on developing the next steps of their careers, I've noticed that they often come to me focused on the tactical and logistical steps ahead of them: things like performance reviews, job descriptions, updating their resumé and LinkedIn profiles, writing cover letters, and searching and applying for new positions.

These are the tasks that we usually associate with career building. I think of them as a career roadmap—a landscape laid out in front of you with many different roads and stops along the way to your destination: the next step in your career and leadership journey.

But I've seen through clients and through my own experiences that navigating the career roadmap can be overwhelming and even paralyzing. There are so many roads are available, and the linear paths of the past have turned into winding, intersecting streets that we often need to pave for ourselves. 

Before you begin work on the roadmap, you need a navigation tool to guide you—a compass to steer you to not just the next stop on your journey, but the right next step for you…

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5 Questions to Assess Organizational Culture

5 Questions to Assess Organizational Culture

About three months ago, I sat down for lunch at a Thai restaurant in Connecticut with a woman named Anne.

She is the managing partner of Fio Partners, a nonprofit consulting firm that I've been following for about three years: I'd hired them to facilitate staff retreats for my former organization, connected with everyone I knew who knew them, and had informational interviews with nearly every member of the six-person team about their lives as consultants. 

This meeting was less of a job interview and more of a conversation. It just felt right. I would join the team. I would complement my individual coaching at Penney Leadership with organizational consulting through Fio Partners. I would bring together my coaching expertise with my nonprofit management experience and tools to serve a wide variety of organizations. And the coconut soup was delicious.

It's what I've wanted for years. 

In the car on the way home, I called my best friend to share the news. She flipped, squealing, "ARE YOU SO EXCITED RIGHT NOW?" But I wasn't jumping out of my seat with elation—instead, I felt a total calm and coherence. It was a kind of deep knowing that my whole life had led me to this moment.

How do I know that? Here’s how…

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