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Staff Favorites from “The Confident Leader” (#105)

The Confident Leader

Over the past two years, my team has contributed their time, effort and ability to make this newsletter possible. For the next two weeks, we are going to highlight THE newsletters that have had the biggest impact on their leadership. 

Teamwork makes the Dream work
— John Maxwell

This Week’s Edition

This week you’ll hear from Ryan Felice and Abby Michael. Their favorite newsletters remind us that the leader’s journey is one of continuous growth, evolution and change. Enjoy! 

Stop Balancing. Start Prioritizing. (#59)

Ryan Felice | Chief of Staff | Robin Pou, Inc.

Work-life balance is a buzzword in today’s culture. I chose Stop Balancing. Start Prioritizing. because I realized that chasing balance is like chasing a carrot on a stick. You’ll never get there. And if you do, it’s by setting rigid boundaries that cause you to miss out on opportunities. 


Because my mindset was fixed on establishing boundaries and finding balance, I realized that I was missing the invitation for all parts of my life to coexist. I was trying to balance work, family, friends, and hobbies, instead of feeling the flexibility and freedom that come from setting priorities.


After reading this newsletter and acting on the takeaways, I have stopped chasing balance and started prioritizing what’s most important, both professionally and personally:

Professionally, I am much better at prioritizing the tasks I should do and which ones I should delegate, freeing up my time to focus solely on our top 3 company strategies. Personally, my wife and I started prioritizing which family we travel to see every year. We have family in many different states, making it is impossible to balance everyone. Prioritizing where we go has freed us from this burden and allowed us the flexibility to focus on what’s most important during a given season.


Can My Leadership Style Change (#65)

Abby Michael | Client Coordinator | Robin Pou, Inc.

I desire to grow as a leader. As someone who recently entered the workforce, I have seen the consequences of my leadership weaknesses and the impact it has had on my work and my team. After reading Can My Leadership Style Change?, I was immediately encouraged because I’m not stuck where I am today. Change is possible. 


This newsletter transformed my thinking. No longer did I carry around my “I’m stuck” mindset. Nor was I looking for the single recipe for good leadership, because there are many ways to effectively lead. This newsletter was the spark I needed to fuel the growth that I deeply desire. 


I immediately started to act on the takeaways by evaluating my leadership and soliciting feedback from my team and support network. As a result of this research, I am better at asking questions and more confident when communicating with my team. 

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Don’t let doubt count you out. Have a confident week!

Robin Pou, Chief Advisor and Strategist

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During the Covid-19 Pandemic, I began a video series called “Panic or Plan?” It was designed to equip leaders to navigate the doubt they experienced and to rise in the confidence they needed to lead during turbulent times. It took off. I then started this newsletter to equip leaders in the same fashion each week for the doubt that crashes across the bow of their leaderSHIP.

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