Ep. 64: Leadership Development Consultant Nancy Halpern Embraces The Increased Competence That Comes With Age
"I think many women fall into being reactive versus responsive. So they want so badly to be the person others can rely on that they say yes before they even think about it."
Nancy Halpern is a leadership development consultant and principal of KNH Associates. She's also a serial career switcher who never wants to get stuck in a rut. On this episode, Nancy shares wisdom learned through coaching top executives and emphasizes the importance not just of confidence but of competence. Hear why we should embrace aging and the increased competence that it brings. Get inspired by a woman who is not afraid to pivot and try new things, and who has thrown so much spaghetti on the wall that she has "marinara wallpaper."
"Focus on one thing. Do it deep. Do it well."
We discuss the importance of pivoting, playing in new areas with her skillset, how failure made her curious and changed her path, lessons learned from failure, her proudest career moments, what inspired her to go out on her own, growing competence over confidence, why we should be excited about the future, when to say yes and when to say no, why getting older is an advantage, finding balance between assertion and aggression, and the importance of asking for help.
"How can you ever be competent or confident if everything being sold to you is things that contribute to a better version of you? Aren't you pretty wonderful the way you are?"
What you'll learn:
"Fear is a great motivator. As is boredom, and curiosity."
"You have multiple missions and purposes, and they change over time. It's also okay to say yes as a form of experimentation."
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