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The Career Refresh provides solutions, not just soundbites, to everyday leadership and workplace challenges.  

Each episode of The Career Refresh, hosted by Jill Griffin discusses a diverse range of topics. From leadership and confidence to managing others, navigating your career, imposter syndrome, perfectionism, personalities, team dynamics, burnout,  job search, and creating an inclusive workplace, we've got you covered.  

Jill Griffin has been featured on Adam Grant's WorkLife Podcast from the TED Collective. She's written articles for HuffPost, Fast Company, and Metro UK. And she's been quoted by leading media outlets like Advertising Age, The New York Times, Departures, and The Wall Street Journal. Join the conversation on Instagram @JillGriffinOfficial and LinkedIn for daily inspiration. Visit JillGriffinCoaching.com for details on how to work with Jill Griffin.

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In this episode, Bill Lennan founder of 40 Percent Better, discusses effective leadership, creating connections with your team, building resilience, and how small steps lead to big changes. In this episode, we discuss:His definition of leadershipWhy you should get comfortable with the struggleHow leaders can support shy employees His process for achieving 40% better performance and overcoming limiting beliefsSteps to "get up the ladder"The role of power dynamics in performance mana...
When you feel stuck and find it hard to take action, sometimes you have to find an easier, softer way. This episode reviews actions you can take to get unstuck that don't require harsh and hard-core action. Also discussed: Targeting five essential areas to create changeHow small, incremental actions can lead to significant progressThe myth of instant changeStrategies for staying motivatedHow small steps can help you get unstuck and make a big difference in your career Support...
Kristian Schwartz spearheads The Montgomery Group, a boutique search firm he established, specializing in senior-level marketing and media placements. He is known throughout the industry for his thank-you notes. In this episode, we explored the power of thank-you notes and their impact on your professional brand. Whether digital or handwritten, thank-you notes create lasting impressions and show genuine appreciation. In this episode we discussThe benefits of sending thank you notes.What ...
In this episode, I welcome LinkedIn's Top Voice and Recruiter, Sue Gygax, founder of Spectacle Talent Partners, specializing in talent acquisition and career solutions. This episode discusses the evolving trends in job search and recruitment and examines the limitations of current practices. We explore a range of topics, including:The inefficiencies in the recruitment process and actionable tips that candidates can use to stand out.Why both recruiters and candidates need to master storytellin...
Navigating the job interview process requires preparation and strategic execution. In this episode, I discuss top tips to ensure you make a memorable impression. Also in this episode: What you need to do before, during, and after the interviewAn alternative approach to the STAR behavioral-based interview questions How to use your resume and the job description to prepare your professional accomplishments and success examplesWhy you need to evaluate your interview performance&n...
Co-dependency is having a moment. You’ve probably heard of co-dependency from social media, or perhaps you’ve heard of support groups that help people with co-dependency. People with codependency at work often form or maintain relationships that are one-sided and emotionally destructive. This behavior is not new. It’s been in the workplace probably as long as we’ve had workplaces and relationships. I’ve spent over 25 years working with people and these types of support groups and in this...
In this episode, I discuss why intentionality is crucial to boosting confidence and shaping your career. Through mindset exercises and introspective reflection, listeners are encouraged to define their professional brand and embrace intentionality. Also in this episode: How relying solely on external validation hinders personal growth.Why the concepts of clarity of purpose, consistent messaging, and cultivating relationships, are keys to your intentionality. Three steps to build int...
From childhood measurements to workplace dynamics, comparison infiltrates every aspect of our lives. But how can we stop the endless cycle of comparing ourselves to others? In this podcast, we explore: The psychological impact of comparisonThe difference between healthy competition and comparison4 practical strategies to break free from comparison Support the Show.Jill Griffin helps leaders and teams thrive in today's complex workplace. Leveraging her extensive experience to drive multi-...
When embarrassment strikes like a slap in the face, swift recovery is key. In this episode, I share a recent cringe-worthy moment and my foolproof plan for swift recovery. Join me as we explore:Strategies for navigating embarrassing moments in high-stakes situations.Practical tips for managing embarrassment in real-time, ensuring the focus remains on the task at hand.The importance of concentration and mindfulness in overcoming awkward situations.Insights on training the brain to respond...
This episode explores the detrimental impact of an overemphasis on goals and the neglect of essential skills in the workplace. If your company culture feels weak and your team isn't performing well, this episode is for you. I also discuss: The vital role of essential skills in driving organizational success.The adverse outcomes of ignoring essential skillsHow to cultivate a strengths-based culture boosting leadership and team performance.How to proactively manage cultural challenge...
Tom Powner, CEO of Career Thinker, an executive resume-writing and boutique recruiting firm, shares his insight on leadership, resume essentials, and navigating the recruiting landscape. In this episode, we discuss: Early leadership mistakes and lessons learnedKey players in the job search: job seeker, recruiter, companyViewing your resume as a Career Marketing campaignCommon resume mistakes to avoidEssential components for different resume sectionsCrafting your value story effectivelyTh...
When you need to lead the team through ambiguity, you need a strategy to navigate the 'hallway' of decision-making; in this episode, we discuss: How do you unlock the power of decisive action amidst uncertainty? Strategies for reframing uncertaintyTechniques to maintain motivation and support within your team How to navigate personal leadership challenges with purpose Support the Show.Jill Griffin helps leaders and teams thrive in today's complex workplace. Leveraging her exten...
Our brains are wired to keep us safe, and this can keep us confused and indecisive. In this episode, we discuss: Exploring the roots of confusion and indecision in your psycheRecognizing the ways in which indecision can hinder personal developmentDeveloping effective strategies to navigate the complexities of decision-makingImplementing a straightforward method to transition from confusion to decisive actionTools to help you make a decision Support the Show.Jill Griffin helps leaders and...
Amplifying and elevating your career requires a strategy. One of my favorite and most effective approaches is to build a personal board of directors. In this episode, I walk you through assembling a dynamic group of mentors, advisors, and industry peers, all committed to your growth. Learn how to choose individuals who will push boundaries and inject diverse perspectives into your decision-making process, going beyond what friends and family can offer. I'll also clarify the roles mentors...
The sudden loss of my brother cast a long shadow, one that followed me into meeting rooms and coffee breaks, reminding me that grief doesn't punch a time clock. Grief isn't an illness or mistake. It is a natural and sacred response to life’s inevitable losses, and in this episode, we peel back the layers of discomfort that shroud death and grief in the workplace. I offer up my story as a lesson in vulnerability and as a beacon for those who are adrift in the same stormy waters. Ther...
Eve McDavid is a successful executive who faced a health crisis of unthinkable proportions: cervical cancer. Surviving required Eve to disclose her diagnosis to her colleagues at Google and communicate her needs to Human Resources emphasizing the importance of empathy, support, and flexibility in the workplace. Now recognized as an expert in survivorship and innovation by the World Health Organization, Eve is on a mission to revolutionize cervical cancer care through the power of modern...
In our relentless pursuit of success, we often find ourselves caught in a web of control—striving to manage every aspect of our careers, performance, and even the perceptions of those around us. In this episode, we delve into the intricacies of control, exploring its underlying causes and providing valuable insights into navigating its complexities. Join us as we uncover:The fundamental reasons driving our need for controlA breakdown of control into two distinct categoriesPractical tips for t...
Esther "E.T." Franklin, the trailblazing Global Chief Strategy & Cultural Fluency Officer at Spark Foundry, a Publicis Media subsidiary of Publicis Groupe, is hailed as an "Advertising Woman of the Year." With over two decades of experience in Chicago's vibrant advertising world, Franklin brings a wealth of insights and innovation. Her journey is a testament to her prowess, earning her accolades like the Campaign US "Inspiring Women" award for her impactful contributions to media pla...
The idea of employee wellness is not new and it's currently $8 billion industry. But is it working? I believe workplace wellbeing and extends to career wellbeing because my wellbeing has to extend and carry me beyond my current workplace so I can show up and create value in the world. In this episode, we'll discuss:What is career wellbeing and why it’s more important than the trendy 'Workplace Wellbeing'How to create and maximize your career wellbeingHow career wellbeing is connected to...
Hillary Black is a highly regarded international executive coach and recruiter with over 25 years of experience across boutique and Fortune 500 companies. Hillary's experience as a Cancer Survivor adds a unique perspective, fostering a commitment to growth and flourishing in life's diverse stages. Embracing the unforeseen gift of being fired, she shares insights on resilience during layoffs, navigating uncertainties in job searches, and the importance of waiting and resting in one's process. ...
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