Say It Skillfully® – Vince Buggs—Power of Service, Your Best Self

June 21, 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 136, Molly is joined by 30 year high-ranking U.S. Army veteran Vince Buggs shares his journey to a career of service— building on decades of military experience to help people fulfill their aspirations and live meaningful lives. Vince admits he was never quite the academic scholar, but from a young age he excelled in situational awareness and always paid attention to the wisdom from his mother (who ended generations of being broke, and even got her PhD at age 73!). She made sure he understood things such as laws, rights, and what was happening in the world around him. This instilled within him a work ethic to always try to be the best at whatever his job was. Vince shares lessons learned from his parents and grandmother, who was a little girl during slavery, including the power and necessity of teaching others and serving the community. Vince was born in Louisiana in a time when remnants of segregation were still present. While he was young, his parents took a military assignment and moved to Germany to escape racism, civil rights issues and lack of good education in the south. He talks about how growing up outside of the U.S. allowed him to be a “normal kid” without biases. Vince shares his first experience with racism when moving back to the U.S. for college in 1985, and how he remained calm by embracing his grandfather's way of “hitting things with a pillow instead of a hammer”. Vince talks about military life: what it’s like to live on a military base, and how being “stuck” in the reserves for 5 years working civilian jobs helped him learn more about people and contributed greatly to his success in becoming a leader later in his career. He speaks about the challenges on his first active duty tour, and often being the only African-American in the room. Vince opens up about how being on a tour in the Army changed the way he looks at everything, and how it helped him focus on “the good”. Always staying busy, Vince talks about his post-military life including teaching history, starting his company—Embrace The Power—and being a father of 5 girls. Don’t miss Vince and Molly discuss what to do in situations in which you feel left out of the inner circle and your ideas are constantly shot down. Also, he talks about seeing things that don’t go your way in a positive light. Vince inspires us to help all be safe, seen and heard, and be our true and best selves. Molly’s thoughts for the week: “Care.” (Thank you Vince). Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. —Muhammad Ali. More ways to help you #sayitskillfully!

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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