Say It Skillfully® – Finesse with Stars, Egos, Feedback and More

August 9, 2022
Hosted by Molly Tschang

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Episode Description

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 143, Molly’s first caller, Natalie, shares a challenge that’s crept in thanks to higher turnover with Covid and lack of onboarding. In a culture typically “super nice and optimistic” she’s keen for ways to give needed feedback to new recruits in a way that inspires. Next Chris, a long-time TV network executive, shares a Hollywood “drama on the set” that required talking Jessica Simpson off a cliff. He shares how the easiest of solutions was what saved the day—just listen. Chris also shares what helped him deal with big egos over 2 decades in corporate settings (15:10). Then shifting from military service into business, Chris shares his current office struggle, skillfully asking a colleague (a great guy) to not “speaker phone” meetings that he has to listen in on. We can all relate to a “small thing” that we’ve just kept letting go. Chris and Molly have a lively chat on how he feels about this and on taking the steps to broach the topic in a way that feels right to him (31:00). Lastly, ever find yourself thinking, “if I can just get so and so to do such and such… “ (sigh—everything would be wonderful!). Molly closes by talking about tendencies at work, namely the bias for action “to get” someone to do something… She offers you an alternative to get to the root of the problem (psst…it has to do with awareness (47:30). Molly’s thought for the week: SAFE IDEAS ARE DEADLY—Thank you Ryan Berman, who notes it may take years to figure out they’re not going anywhere; he’ll take a bad idea over safe any day! Don’t miss these conversations and learn how to navigate work while being invaluable and true to yourself! Please be part of the solution—give upfront and encouraging feedback! Sign-up for Molly’s free mini-course and all her #sayitskillfully resources for you 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.

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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