Say It Skillfully® – Campus Covid, Influence and Seeking Change

June 7, 2022
Hosted by Molly Tschang

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Say It Skillfully® is a show that helps you to benefit from Molly Tschang’s expert guidance on the best possible ways to speak your mind at work in a positive and productive manner. In Episode 134, Molly is joined first by Elizabeth, who gives us the inside scoop on being on campus during the height of Covid uncertainty, attempting to get through sophomore year with sanity! Living in a sorority with 60 others, she sometimes was forbidden to go outside. She shares the roller coaster, being upset with how rules were enforced, and at the same time realizing not much could be done. In hindsight, she reflects on interacting with those “in power”, what she learned about herself—particularly taking care of herself—and becoming more confident. Next, Stephanie, a 30-year veteran insurance broker, offers thoughts on being senior and female in a predominantly male industry. She talks about the fine line between being aggressive vs. the sugar and spice way to get things done, including the power of transparency to encourage folks in the right way to get the work done. Ultimately keeping focus on treating customers the right way and modeling accountability has been a recipe for long-term success. Stephanie also shares the fulfillment in her business—helping people and making a difference for them in what can be a frustrating maze (19:40). Then Michael—four years out of college in the U.S.—shares his inspiring recent few years in China and Taiwan, embracing the adventure and growth in landing with a couple suitcases in a new land, not speaking the language and developing his ability to teach English to 5-year olds! His enthusiasm and joie de vivre inspire us to go outside boundaries and to create and embrace possibilities! If you feel “stuck” in your current gig, soak in Michael’s bring-it-on enthusiasm. He’s made the transition back to the states and is devising what’s next (36:45). Don’t miss these conversations and learn how to navigate work while being invaluable and true to yourself. Molly’s thoughts for the week, courtesy of Henri Matisse—The Red Studio, MoMA Exhibition —Open reality to possibility —The whole of the artist is in their work. More ways to help you #sayitskillfully! * You can deliver bad news in a good way, like this * All Molly’s resources here:

Say It Skillfully®

Tuesday at 8 AM Pacific Time/11 AM Eastern Time on VoiceAmerica Business Channel

Molly Tschang's Say It Skillfully® is a show that helps you benefit from Molly's guidance on the best possible ways to speak your mind at work in a positive and productive manner. She helps everyone from CEOs to interns to recognize that we are all both part of the problem as well as the solution, and that the path to solving any problem is to say what needs to be said.

Molly is a rare breed: tough enough to advise CEOs and company boards, but empathetic enough to understand the human costs of not allowing talent to shine. She has helped dozens of management teams navigate the human after-effects of mergers and acquisitions, and her show brings her expert guidance to a wider audience.

Say It Skillfully® every Tuesday at 8 AM Pacific Time/11 AM Eastern Time on the VoiceAmerica Business Channel.

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Molly Tschang

Molly Tschang helps her clients' organizations gain the skills to Win As One, which most other companies never even try to do. She starts at the top, guiding management to commit to each other’s success and lead as one cohesive unit.

Molly is Founder and CEO of Abella Consulting, a New York-based leadership development and business advisory consultancy that helps senior leaders cultivate the collaborative capacity to elevate individual, team and organizational performance resulting in accelerated sustained, profitable growth. She created and hosts the “Say It Skillfully®” video series on LinkedIn, making it easier for all members of an organization to say what needs to be said in a constructive and productive manner.

Prior to launching Abella, Molly held executive leadership positions at Cisco Systems and U.S. Filter, where she led the integration of over 80 acquisitions. She holds a BS in chemical engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from UCLA. In 2017, Molly was selected from among 12,000 applicants to be a protégé of Marshall Goldsmith through his 100 Coaches initiative. In her downtime, she enjoys tennis, yoga and cooking with family and friends.

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