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Future Female Leaders

Author: Nichole Harrop: Women's Leadership + Career Coach

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The Future Female Leaders Podcast helps create more female leaders in the workplace.

If you are working in an entry level role and are preparing for future growth opportunities, this podcast is for you.

Future Female Leaders topics consist of building confidence, improving communication skills, becoming more self aware, learning how to proactively network, and expanding your mindset to best prepare you for that future leadership role.

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Nichole Harrop is a Women's Leadership + Career Coach. She started at a call center in an entry level role and built her career from there without a college degree. Nichole was turned down for promotions many times before she was offered a leadership position and has led teams in different organizations from well established companies to new tech start ups for over 10 years.
243 Episodes
Join Nichole's free community here Check out Elizabeth Tidwell's website   1. The Power of Cycle-Aware Scheduling:Dashboard Nichole talks about her approach to scheduling tasks based on her menstrual cycle, emphasizing the importance of self-compassion and proactive planning. The conversation touches on the shift from a reactive to a proactive mindset, giving control back to women. 2. Understanding Your Menstrual Seasons: Elizabeth introduces the concept of the Inner Seasons framework, a recent development that correlates menstrual phases with the four natural seasons. The Winter Phase: Menstruation - A time of hibernation and low energy, perfect for rest and introspection. The Spring Phase: Rising Estrogen - A period of optimism and new beginnings, ideal for initiating projects. The Summer Phase: Ovulation - High energy, increased sociality, and peak attractiveness, often referred to as the "Beyonce hormone." The Autumn Phase: Luteal Phase - A time for coziness, introspection, and preparation, offering a keen eye for detail. 3. Embracing Cycle-Aware Empowerment: Nichole reflects on the empowering nature of cycle awareness, highlighting her personal experiences at events. She discusses communicating her energy levels to others, including male colleagues, without explicitly mentioning her menstrual cycle. The duo explores how this awareness can influence decision-making, particularly avoiding significant life choices during the fall phase. 4. Breaking the Consistency Myth: The conversation revolves around how societal expectations, especially in the workplace, have led women to believe they should perform consistently like the sun or a male hormonal pattern, despite natural cyclical changes. Elizabeth highlights the importance of awareness in building self-compassion and understanding that it's not an individual problem but a shared experience. 5. Navigating Your Inner Autumn: Elizabeth sheds light on the often overlooked and misunderstood inner autumn phase of the menstrual cycle, characterized by heightened critical thinking. She explains that while the inner autumn is excellent at identifying problems, it struggles to find solutions. This phase often leads to extreme and impractical solutions. The discussion encourages embracing the inner autumn's role as a superpower for evaluation, providing valuable insights even if the delivery might be less polished. 6. Utilizing Cycle-Aware Productivity: Nichole and Elizabeth discuss practical ways to work with your menstrual cycle, such as shifting tasks to align with your energy levels. Elizabeth highlights the efficiency gained when tasks match your cycle phases, even if full scheduling around the cycle isn't always possible. They emphasize the importance of recognizing the bare minimum expectations at work and having open conversations with leaders about energy fluctuations. 7. Overcoming Challenges: Both share personal experiences of navigating the challenges of work expectations during different cycle phases, highlighting the importance of self-awareness and communication. The conversation stresses the value of understanding your unique cycle patterns and learning to adapt to them effectively. In conclusion, this episode advocates for menstrual cycle awareness as a tool for self-compassion, improved productivity, and effective communication in personal and professional settings. By embracing the natural ebb and flow of their cycles, women can achieve a healthier work-life balance and contribute to more inclusive and empathetic workplaces.
Get Caitlin's book The Productivity Roadmap at  Join Nichole's free community for career growth here. Top Productivity Hacks for Busy Women: a. Knowing Your Why: Caitlin stresses the significance of having a purpose and a driving motivation (your "why") for being productive. Encourages asking questions to uncover what lights you up and keeps you motivated. b. Creating a Life Vision: Caitlin explains the concept of a life vision, which is a detailed and vivid description of how you want your life to be. Encourages dreaming big and incorporating specific details into your vision. c. Developing Systems: Caitlin emphasizes the importance of establishing systems, routines, and habits to manage tasks efficiently. Suggests delegating tasks and seeking help to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Caitlin shares examples of how she delegates tasks to others, including family members. d. Effective Planning: Caitlin discusses the power of planning in boosting productivity. Recommends using a planner to outline daily and weekly tasks, focusing on the most important actions. Highlights the flexibility required in planning and adjusting as needed.   Takeaways: The importance of having a strong "why" and a clear life vision to drive productivity. The value of creating effective systems, routines, and habits to manage tasks. The transformative impact of planning and time management on productivity and overall well-being.  
Download Sherralynn's book The Lines We Draw here. Join Nichole's free community here. In today's episode, Nichole talks with guest Sherralynn Arnold about why it's important to set boundaries at work. They each share perspective on these 4 questions: 1 What advice can you give women who feel called to lead others,  but don't know where to start? 2 Why is it important to learn how to set healthy boundaries? 3 What have you found as challenges that are unique to women as they are working to stand out as leaders or new into leadership positions? 4 After 30 years as an entrepreneur,  what is your biggest takeaway?   You'll hear personal and vulnerable stories about how each of them are working through setting boundaries and their experiences about setting boundaries in the past.    Again, check out Sherralynn's book The Lines We Draw here.    
Learn more about the Future Leaders Program Connect with Nichole on LinkedIn  The Future Female Leaders podcast aims to help create more female leaders in the workplace.  In this episode, host Nichole Harrop talks about the CTFAR framework that changed her life. She walks the audience through this self-coaching model that helped her take control of her thoughts, feelings, and actions, and improve her response to everyday situations. Nichole shares her personal experience of feeling out of control with her thoughts and feelings, especially during her three-year-long infertility journey. She came across the CTFAR model while listening to Jody Moore's podcast, and it made a significant impact on her life. Within a week of implementing this practice, Nichole noticed a positive change in herself, and people around her could also see the difference. The CTFAR framework stands for Circumstances, Thoughts, Feelings, Actions, and Results. Everything is a circumstance, and good or bad things are only good or bad because of the thought and feeling that happens after the circumstance.  Nichole believes that the model can help individuals have more control and show up in the best ways possible, even in challenging situations. Overall, this podcast episode is informative, relatable, and inspiring, and it encourages listeners to take charge of their thoughts and feelings and become more mindful in their daily lives.
This is a special episode because it's a follow up from Episode 99| Leaving a Toxic Workplace.    In this episode, Nichole and her guest talk about the yellow flags that pop up in our jobs and what her guest did to work through some of them and how to advocate for yourself and navigate these yellow flags throughout your career.    Floral Career Journal Polka Dot Career Workbook Join the free community with additional resources
234| Plan To Succeed

234| Plan To Succeed


Connect with Nichole on LinkedIn Check out the different career journals, helping you to grow and advance in your career: Gender Neutral Feminine Floral   Episode Overview: Today's episode focuses on planning for success and celebrating milestones. Nichole shares personal updates and experiences. She encourages listeners to shift their mindset and plan for success in various areas of their lives. Planning for Success Nichole emphasizes the importance of thinking about what could go right, rather than solely focusing on backup plans. Encourages listeners to envision their future roles, positions, and phases of life in a successful scenario. Celebrating Milestones Nichole recounts her experience of surpassing 100,000 podcast downloads. Talks about attending a retreat coinciding with the milestone and the joy of building new relationships. Highlights the fun activities at the retreat: e-bike riding through Zion's National Park, repelling, and a transformative sound bath. Updates and Challenges Nichole shares her absence in June due to illness and vocal strain. Assures listeners of her return with great content while taking care of her health. Encourages listeners to plan for success in their own endeavors, setting goals and rewards for themselves. Career Journals and Entrepreneurship Nichole discusses the challenges and successes of updating her career journals available on Amazon. Introduces a more gender-neutral version of the journal. Encourages listeners to check out the career journals in the show notes to support their career growth. Embracing Change and Overcoming Insecurities Nichole talks about the discomfort and insecurities that come with pursuing entrepreneurship. Shares her journey of transitioning from a comfortable role to making a bigger impact. Encourages listeners to embrace change, face discomfort, and open doors to greater opportunities. Closing Remarks: Nichole acknowledges the unstructured nature of the episode and thanks listeners for their support. Invites listeners to share the podcast with friends and check out the career journals. Encourages connection and offers support via LinkedIn.
Check out the Future Leaders Program Buy a copy of My Career Journal Introduction: In this episode of the Future Female Leaders Podcast, host Nichole Harrop discusses the common experience of feeling overwhelmed at work after a holiday weekend. She reassures listeners that this is a normal occurrence and provides practical tips for managing overwhelm and prioritizing tasks effectively. Nichole introduces a simple exercise called the "Red Light Green Light" technique, which helps categorize and visualize work-related tasks based on enjoyment and energy levels. Episode Highlights: The State of Overwhelm: Nichole acknowledges the feeling of overwhelm that often arises when returning to work after a long holiday weekend. She emphasizes that it is a shared experience among many individuals and addresses the inaction that can accompany overwhelm. The Red Light Green Light Exercise: Nichole introduces the Red Light Green Light exercise as a tool to navigate overwhelming tasks. She instructs listeners to envision three columns: Green Light (tasks they enjoy), Red Light (draining tasks), and Yellow Light (challenging tasks). Green Light Column: Listeners are encouraged to identify tasks they genuinely love doing and consider how they can incorporate more of these activities into their work. Nichole advises communicating these preferences to direct leaders to foster a more fulfilling work experience. Red Light Column: The focus shifts to tasks that drain energy and create feelings of dread or procrastination. Nichole prompts listeners to evaluate whether they have communicated their aversion to these tasks with their leaders, emphasizing the importance of sharing honest feedback while still committing to completing them effectively. Yellow Light Column: Nichole introduces the concept of yellow light tasks—tasks that don't bring immediate joy but involve curiosity, challenges, and the need for clarification. She highlights the significance of seeking clarity and direction from leaders to ensure successful execution. Effective Communication: Nichole emphasizes the importance of open dialogue and effective communication with leaders. She encourages listeners to discuss task preferences, seek clarity, and align expectations to enhance job satisfaction and reduce overwhelm. Delegation and Support: Nichole suggests considering delegation as a solution for tasks that others might enjoy more, allowing individuals to focus on their strengths and find more fulfillment in their work. She emphasizes the need to communicate the desire for support and collaboration rather than avoiding tasks altogether. Journaling Resource: Nichole recommends her career journal available on Amazon, designed to help individuals advance their careers. The journal contains over a hundred unique prompts for ongoing self-reflection and personal growth. Conclusion: Nichole wraps up the episode by encouraging listeners to try the Red Light Green Light exercise and engage in open conversations with their leaders about task preferences and challenges. By prioritizing tasks and aligning expectations, individuals can reduce overwhelm, improve job satisfaction, and create a more fulfilling work experience. Outro: Don't forget to check out Nichole's career journal available on Amazon—a valuable resource for tracking career progress and personal growth. Stay tuned for the next episode of the Future Female Leaders Podcast. Until then, keep thriving in your career journey. See you next time!
Book your complimentary Leadership Assessment Call. Learn more about the Future Leaders Program. Listen to Episode 125 about Office Housework In this episode, Nichole discusses the importance of setting boundaries in the workplace, offering advice on how to identify and enforce them. She encourages listeners to book a leadership assessment call to help them better understand their current situation and where they want to go. Nichole emphasizes that awareness is key to setting boundaries and that it is important to recognize what boundaries look like for you in the workplace. She also advises against feeling the need to say yes to everything and encourages listeners to understand what actually brings them joy in their role. She uses the example of delegation as a way to set boundaries, noting that just because you are good at something does not mean you enjoy doing it. Nichole also discusses "non-promotable tasks," such as note-taking and recognition efforts, that may not help listeners get promoted. To further illustrate the importance of setting boundaries, Nichole suggests thinking about how your leader sets boundaries and whether they respond to messages or emails late at night or on weekends. She notes that it is easier to enforce boundaries when you see your leader doing it. In conclusion, Nichole encourages listeners to recognize their own boundaries and to say no to certain things that are not a right fit for them, as well as to understand the importance of a healthy work-life harmony.
Book your complimentary Leadership Assessment Call. Schedule time to see if the Future Leaders Program is a right fit for you. Podcast Episode with Anna Dearmon Kornick  In this episode of the Future Female Leaders podcast, host Nichole Harrop discusses the importance of setting boundaries in the workplace to avoid burnout. She emphasizes the need for awareness of one's workload and calendar management and provides tips on how to efficiently manage time. Nichole recommends creating blocks of time for preparation before and after meetings, deciding which meetings to attend, and assigning a buddy to stay informed of meetings not attended. She also advises avoiding responding to emails and messages late at night and setting firm boundaries that can be communicated to colleagues. By setting boundaries, employees can be more productive and avoid overworking themselves. The host invites listeners to think about their boundaries and offers support throughout the week to help them set and maintain them.
Book your complimentary Leadership Assessment Call.  Schedule time to find out if the Future Leaders Program is a right fit for you. Welcome to the Future Female Leaders podcast, hosted by Nichole Harrop, who aims to create more female leaders in the workplace. In this episode, she focuses on a meditation that helps to overcome negative perceptions at work. Nichole starts by suggesting that listeners find a comfortable and distraction-free location and then guides them through a relaxation process to calm down their breathing and let go of any tension. She asks listeners to be mindful of their emotions and any tightness or stress within their bodies. She then guides them to reflect on how they react to people having negative perceptions of them and to think of how they want to react going forward. Listeners are encouraged to envision a scenario in which they work for a company they love and have a manager who cares about them, and to think about what efforts or changes need to happen in their current working relationship to make it a reality. Nichole encourages listeners to take deep breaths and repeat after her, saying they can work on their self-awareness to recognize negative perceptions and are capable of overcoming them. The episode ends with Nichole encouraging listeners to continue taking deep breaths and to know that overcoming perception issues takes time and daily practice.
Book your complimentary Leadership Assessment Call here. Learn more about the Future Leaders Program here. The Future Female Leaders Podcast is a show dedicated to creating more female leaders in the workplace, hosted by Nichole Harrop. In this episode, Nichole talks about how to work through negative perceptions at work. She offers a complimentary leadership assessment call to help women understand where they are currently in the workplace and where they want to go. Nichole describes how perceptions can lead to bigger issues and create negative self-doubt thoughts. She shares a personal experience of applying for team leader roles and being turned down multiple times. She explains that this was a sign that there might be a perception issue at work. She realized that there were office politics at play, and some leaders only hired people who they were friends with or who they saw as part of their inner circle. Nichole emphasizes that it's essential to work on self-awareness and to be aware of the perceptions others have of you. She suggests taking on additional responsibilities, showing up as your best self, and having open and honest conversations with your manager. Nichole shares how working through negative perceptions at work takes time and effort but is worth it to achieve your career goals. By doing pulse checks with other team members, you can gain insight into how to approach difficult situations with tact and strategy. Rather than placing blame, it's important to get curious and understand how to best move forward. Perception issues can lead to disengagement and poor performance, but by asking for guidance and clarity, you can overcome those struggles. Nichole shares personal experiences of having to set boundaries to avoid being seen as a social butterfly and not being taken seriously. The Future Leaders program is highlighted as a resource for live one-on-one training and real-time feedback to help individuals grow and work towards their first leadership position.
Book your complimentary Leadership Assessment Call. Schedule time to see if the Future Leaders Program is a right fit for you. In this episode of the Future Female Leaders podcast, host Nichole Harrop talks about how perception issues can hold back one's career growth in the organization. She defines perception as a quick judgment, mental impression, or way of regarding, understanding or interpreting something. Nichole explains that perception issues arise when people make quick judgments without having all the facts. To challenge these perceptions, she suggests getting curious and asking questions to get a better understanding of the situation. Additionally, Nichole emphasizes the importance of building a strong relationship with one's leader and being open to feedback. She suggests that one should ask their leader what kind of roles they see them in and why, to better understand how to grow in their career. Finally, Nichole advises listeners not to be too hard on themselves and to receive feedback with an open mind, even if it can be difficult to take in.
In this episode, the focus is on embracing change at work. Nichole starts with a brief meditation session, encouraging listeners to find a comfortable and quiet space, breathe deeply, and relax their bodies. After this, she invites listeners to reflect on how they respond to changes happening in their workplace, and encourages them to think about how they want to show up when changes happen. Listeners are asked to imagine themselves in a meeting where changes are announced, and to envision two different versions of themselves: the old version, which is filled with dread and fear, and the new version, which sees the opportunity for growth and feels at peace with the change. Listeners are encouraged to become the new version of themselves, to communicate clearly with their leadership team about any concerns, and to seek to understand if they are unsure of changes that are coming. Nichole leads listeners in repeating affirmations, such as "I can stand out as a leader exactly where I am" and "I will be open to concerns, but I don't participate in gossip around change." Ultimately, Nichole encourages listeners to approach changes at work with an open mind and a positive attitude, so they can be seen as leaders in their organizations.
Book your complimentary Leadership Assessment Call Connect with guest Lata Hamilton on LinkedIn Learn more about the Future Leaders Program Todays guest episode features Lata Hamilton, Lata is a pocket rocket burst of energy with a big heart... and big hair! She is the Founder & CEO of Passion Pioneers and the creator of the “Leading Successful Change” program. Lata has worked with some of Australia’s biggest companies, and tripled her salary in just 3 years to almost $200,000. She moved from Marketing to the world of Organizational Change Management and developed her own style of inspiring change leadership. She’s worked on changes that have impacted over 100,000 people, global cultural transformations, operating model changes, and digital transformation that is literally changing the way that we work. Nichole and Lata discuss how entry level team members can be seen as change leaders in the workplace, starting today.
Book your complimentary Leadership Assessment Call here. Book a call to see if the Future Leaders Program is a right fit for you. In this episode, Nichole talks about change in the workplace and how people react to it. She encourages listeners to assess their feelings about change and how they can improve their change leadership skills. Nichole also suggests ways to align feelings about change with desired feelings. She reminds listeners to take a moment to reflect on how they feel about change and how they want to feel about it. 
Book your complimentary Leadership Assessment Call Learn more about the Future Leaders Program Follow the Jealousy Junkie Podcast hosted by Shanenn Bryant Nichole and Shannon discuss ways to improve communication in the workplace. One way is to ask questions separately in bullet points instead of in long paragraphs within an email, allowing the other person to answer each question next to it. Another way is to present information and requests in a table format to allow for more detailed responses and easier communication.  These methods help make communication more concise and prevent misunderstandings. Additionally, Shanenn encourages people to ask for what they need in a clear and direct manner. Nichole and Shannon discuss how to approach a conversation with a supervisor who is not a good communicator. They recommend making a list of questions, including when the task is due, who needs to be involved, and if there are any specific instructions. It is also recommended to set up one-on-ones with the supervisor and discuss expectations and how to communicate better. Additionally, they suggest proactively communicating what type of learner you are and how the supervisor can accommodate that. In meetings, women get interrupted more often than men. To prevent interruptions, a woman can politely say a couple of phrases like "I have just another point to make and then I'd love to hear your feedback," or "As soon as I'm finished, I'm gonna open it up, and we'll be able to hear everyone's feedback." Women can practice these phrases to feel more comfortable in the moment. If interrupted, a woman can use visual cues like putting her finger up or reaching out physically to get the speaker's attention and say that she wasn't done speaking yet. People interrupt because they're thinking of their response and not because they're rude.
Book your complimentary Leadership Assessment Call Learn more about the Future Leaders Program Connect with Nichole on LinkedIn In this episode of the Future Female Leaders Podcast, Nichole discusses how communication skills are developed over time through interactions with different people in different organizations throughout one's career. She emphasizes the importance of considering whether the intended message is being received by the person or people being communicated with, and whether everyone is on the same page in terms of expectations and goals. Nichole suggests self-reflection as a key tool for improving communication skills, and encourages listeners to get curious about their own communication style and effectiveness. She recommends seeking feedback from trusted sources, such as bosses and team members, to gain insights into how others perceive their communication skills. Nichole also highlights the importance of providing context when seeking feedback, so that others can rate communication skills based on specific criteria. Overall, this episode encourages listeners to reflect on their communication skills and take proactive steps to improve their ability to communicate effectively in the workplace. Key Points: Communication skills are essential for success in any role. Communication skills are developed over time through interactions with different people in different organizations. It's important to consider whether the intended message is being received by others and whether everyone is on the same page in terms of expectations and goals. Self-reflection and seeking feedback from trusted sources can help improve communication skills. Providing context when seeking feedback allows others to rate communication skills based on specific criteria.
Book your complimentary Leadership Assessment Call Learn more about the Future Leaders Program Follow Amanda Morris with The Washington Post Follow Rosie Acosta with Headspace In this episode, Nichole speaks with Amanda Morris and Rosie Acosta about overcoming challenges and adversities to grow in their careers.  They talk about grit and resilience as a choice to make in overcoming the different challenges along the way to grow into their dream jobs.
Book your Leadership Assessment Call Nichole talks about her experiences with Grit and Resilience in the workplace. She gets vulnerable and encourages you to do the same.
In this episode, Nichole focuses on the power of meditation and deep breathing for gaining more male allies in the workplace. She encourages listeners to take a few minutes to calm their breathing and relax their bodies in order to create a space for reflection and self-awareness. Nichole guides listeners through a meditation session, prompting them to focus on their breath and release any tension or stress they may be holding onto. She asks listeners to reflect on their day and their emotions without judgment, and to become present in their bodies and the moment. She then asks listeners to envision a future version of themselves who has built strong relationships with male allies in the workplace. She encourages them to imagine how these male allies are supporting them, whether as mentors, sponsors, or advocates for their promotion or projects. Nichole emphasizes the importance of clear communication with male allies and the willingness to share vulnerabilities in order to build deeper connections. Nichole leads listeners in affirmations, encouraging them to believe in their worthiness, confidence, and ability to communicate their needs with male allies. She reminds them that building relationships takes time and practice, but it is a valuable skill that can lead to a better work environment. She encourages listeners to take moments for deep breathing and self-care when feeling stressed at work, and to remember that tomorrow is always a new day to do better. As the meditation comes to an end, Nichole prompts listeners to come back to their physical awareness by wiggling their toes and opening their eyes if they had closed them. She encourages them to recognize the benefits of meditation and deep breathing in building relationships with male allies and creating a more supportive workplace environment. Tune in to the next episode of the Future of Female Leaders podcast for more insights and tips on empowering women in the workplace. Don't forget to subscribe and leave a review to support the show!
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