Influence & Impact for
Female Leaders 

A podcast from Carla Miller

Ep 48 - Mental Health First Aid

May 17, 2021

 

Everyone has mental health but not everyone feels comfortable talking about it, especially in the workplace. Danielle Bridge, founder and CEO of ABC Life Support CIC, is opening up the conversation on this week’s podcast.

We discussed:

  • What mental health first aid is and why it’s important
  • Practical ways leaders can recognise and support mental health in the workplace
  • How leaders can set boundaries when supporting their teams
  • The rise of burnout and its impact on mental health
  • How you can get help if you’re struggling mentally and emotionally

Although many workplaces have programmes in place to support the health of their employees, they aren’t being used by many and there’s still a stigma attached to mental health issues. In fact, 90% of people who are off of work for mental health challenges cite a different reason.

After listening to this episode, I encourage you to look at what support is available in your organisation and open up the...

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Ep 47 - Fertility and the workplace

May 09, 2021

 This week on the podcast I interview Cat Strawbridge, a fertility advocate and host of the Finally Pregnant Podcast, and Frankie Hockham, Fertility Network UK volunteer on infertility, pregnancy loss and childlessness.

Infertility is a disease that affects 1 in 6 couples, the majority of whom are in the workforce, however it is not an issue that is talked about or well supported in organisations in the UK.

We discussed:

  • Our personal experiences with fertility treatments, loss and pregnancy while working
  • How you can communicate your fertility situation to your manager or employer
  • What you can do to get the support you need from your organisation
  • Practical ways leaders can proactively support team members or colleagues having fertility treatments or dealing with infertility

I hope this episode shines a light on the effect infertility and fertility treatments have on individuals in the workplace, gives both those affected and those supporting helpful tips and encourages you to...

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Ep 46 - Being an inclusive leader

May 02, 2021

 

In this episode of the Influence and Impact for Female Leaders podcast, I speak to Haseena Farid, co-founder of The Women of Colour Global Network - a membership network connecting professional women of colour, supporting them with career progression and advancement.

We discuss:

  • How The Women of Colour Global Network was started, what they do and how you can be part of it
  • The double disadvantage for women of colour and the impact of that
  • How leaders can create a safe space and open dialogue around diversity and inclusion
  • Ways we can educate ourselves on inclusion and become change-makers in our organisations

I hope this week’s podcast provides you with some more insight on inclusion in the workplace and practical ways you can be a more inclusive leader.

I’m grateful to Haseena for being so open with her experiences and advice.  The Network is a supportive and inclusive space for all women and their future vision is to provide mentoring, run events, and...

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Ep 45 - Successful job-sharing with The Job Share Pair

Apr 25, 2021

In this episode, I interview Hannah and Rachel from The Job Share Pair. They’re on a mission to normalise job sharing as a way of life.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • Why job-sharing should be normalised and how we can do that
  • The benefits of job sharing for the both employees and their organisation
  • The practicalities of job-sharing and managing the role and relationship dynamics
  • Tips on how you can propose job sharing to your employer

I really enjoyed interviewing Hannah and Rachel and fully support their mission to create a way of working that’s conducive to a happy life. I hope this podcast inspires at least one person to consider job sharing and take action to create a career that actually works for them and their lifestyle.

About Hannah and Rachel…

They started The Job Share Pair to help others realise their full potential at work without compromising family life or free time. Hannah and Rachel focus on demystifying the methodology of job sharing to...

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Ep 44 - How we give away our power

Apr 18, 2021

We give our power away in so many ways without even realising it.  In this episode, I share 13 ways we often give our power away at work, ranging from boundaries and people pleasing to deferring authority and underestimating ourselves.

I also share 6 things you can do this week to take some of your power back.  By the end of this episode, you’ll have awareness of where you might be giving your power away and will feel ready to be 5% bolder.

A quick note that this episode is aimed at those working in the safety of a healthy environment with reasonable people. If you are working within a toxic workplace with aggression, bullying or systemic discrimination it may not be possible or feel safe for you to follow these suggestions and you are not responsible for the situation you find yourself in.

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Ep 43 - How to work from home successfully with Harriet Minter

Apr 11, 2021

In this episode of the Influence & Impact podcast I catch up with Harriet Minter, author of “Working From Home: How to build a career you love when you’re not in the office”. 

Harriet has been writing about women and work for the past 15 years so we explore lots of interesting topics including…

  • Managing your team remotely
  • The future of hybrid working
  • Strategies for building your brand and profile when working remotely
  • Exactly how to ask for a pay rise (and generally asking for what you want)
  • A simple framework for communicating your strengths

Harriet Minter is a journalist, author and flexible work specialist. She focuses on a variety of issues relating to women, the future of work, media and diversity. She has written for publications including The Guardian, The Times and The Pool. She has a monthly column in Psychologies magazine. She is a regular speaker on women’s rights, organisational change, workplace diversity and just getting stuff...

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Ep 42 - Are you running on autopilot?

Apr 05, 2021

I’ve been running on autopilot lately, head down constantly focusing on the next task.  So I’ve taken a few days out at the end of my financial year to stop and do some reflection and I found it really powerful.  So in this episode of the Influence & Impact podcast, I thought I’d share some of the powerful questions I use to reflect and course-correct when I’ve been running on autopilot.

We’ll be exploring what success actually means to us, uncovering what’s driving our behaviour and how we can wake up to and enjoy the moment more.

The Meaning of Success

"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier...

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Ep 41 - What I wish I'd known about managing

Mar 28, 2021

20 years ago I took on my first management role.  It was much more of a personal development journey than I ever imagined it would be because it triggered all of my doubts about myself, all my unhelpful stories and it highlighted how much I didn’t know.  I wished that management and my team members came with a manual I could read so I could do it right without risking making any mistakes.

In this episode I’m sharing the things I wish my 26 year old self had known about managing.  These are the things that would have made my life much easier and happier!  I hope they help you if you’re at the start of your management and leadership journey.

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Ep 40 - Thoughtful Leadership with Fiona Buckland

Mar 21, 2021

In today’s episode of the Influence & Impact podcast for female leaders I’m talking to Fiona Buckland, author of the book Thoughtful Leadership.  Fiona’s book beautifully describes what it means to lead consciously and authentically with self-awareness.  We chat about why we need thoughtful leadership more than ever, how to lead yourself effectively and what it means to be an authentic leader.

Fiona is a life and leadership coach and facilitator, who supports people to be better leaders of themselves, so they can be the leaders our world needs. A Fulbright scholar with a Ph.D. from New York University, her clients include The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones, Alexander McQueen, Viacom and Twitter.

In addition to her own private and corporate coaching practice, she also leads in-house leadership programmes, as well as public workshops and courses, Guardian Masterclasses on Inner Critics, Imposter Syndrome and Self-Direction, and has contributed to The...

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Ep 39 - Practical strategies to tackle perfectionism

Mar 14, 2021

This is part two of my series on perfectionism and overworking and in this episode of the Influence & Impact podcast I share with you 6 practical strategies you can start using today to help you become successful without breaking yourself in the process.

If you want to adopt a more sustainable and enjoyable way of working yet still get great results this episode is for you.

Find out more about my new Confidence to Lead programme for women in their first few years of management here.

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