Can Regular People Like You And Me Change The World?

Yes, We Can.

I want to change the world!

Some days, I can get really excited about that statement, and be filled with enthusiasm – but the reality is, on most days, I’m caught up in the day-to-day things that overrun my life, and I don’t even think about it.

I’m just a regular person, who used to work in human resources, and who now speaks on stages, writes online, and wants to help people to build careers that they love, and lives that matter.

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5 Ways To Accelerate Your Career And Advance To The Executive Ranks

Back in the day, when I was a college junior being pressed to choose a major, I didn’t have a clue about what type of job I wanted to do for the rest of my life. (Times were different back then kids. We thought we had to work at the same place until we died.)

After very little research, I pronounced to my friends, family and university advisor that I wanted to work in Human Resources.

Why? Because I thought that working in HR would provide me with an opportunity to work with all employees in the company, and I could be the boss of as many people as possible. See? I was a Millennial before being a Millennial was cool!

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Communicate Like An Executive To Get Your Ideas Heard

Do you want to be a leader who gets noticed by the C-suite, and is known as someone who can add value to any strategic conversation? Then you must learn to communicate like an executive – whether you hold an executive title, or not.

In order to be heard; in order to present effective business cases; in order to get approval to make the changes you want to make; you must be able to communicate in a way that executives can relate to, and understand.

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4 Steps to Build An Effective Business Case and Gain Executive Approval

As a business leader, you fill a critical role inside your company. You lead or initiate key projects that can positively – or negatively – impact business performance.


As a result, you must master the art of building (and selling) an effective business case in order to gain executive approval to implement key strategies necessary to achieve strategic business objectives.

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11 Podcasts To Fuel Personal Growth and Leadership Development

I’m a voracious consumer of content in the areas that are of interest to me – specifically leadership, entrepreneurship, speaking and personal development.

Interestingly, I’m not a good book reader (fixing that is a goal for 2016). But I do buy lots of books. I just rarely read them.

So a couple of years ago, I decided to try podcasts as a way to continue learning, and to fill time that was normally spent listening to the same songs in my playlists or on the radio over and over again. Now, I listen to podcasts while driving, traveling, exercising, cleaning the house, fixing dinner, etc. Suffice it to say, I’m hooked on learning.

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Recently, I was a guest on The Brand Journalism Advantage Podcast, hosted by Phoebe Chongchua discussing Building A Great Team For Your Company.

Phoebe and I had a great conversation, and covered several topics, including:

  1. Why leaders who can identify and select the right people for their teams – then motivate them to get the work done are critical to an organization’s success and growth.
  2. How leaders can help their team members understand how they can contribute towards the organization’s vision, and why the work that they do matters.
  3. My favorite success quote – which comes from a Disney fish.
  4. The importance of moving forward, and staying focused on the vision – even during difficult times – is an important success factor for leadership.
  5. Accepting that in order to grown, there will be discomfort – and how to deal with that. 3 key tips for building a great team. Why leaders must hire for mindset – not just skill set.
  6. The secret of employee engagement that every manager must know.

Listen to the podcast here!

Date: December 7, 2015
Appearance: Building A Great Team For Your Company [The Brand Journalism Advantage Podcast]
Outlet: The Brand Journalism Advantage Podcast
Format: Podcast

One of my posts  – Four Traits of Teachable Leaders – was recently featured in Realizing Leadership, an app-based magazine dedicated to developing leaders through quality, intelligent, thought-provoking articles by a wide variety of thinkers, teachers, coaches and real-life leaders.

For a free, 3-month subscription to Realizing Leadership magazine, visit this webpage and sign up!

Date: June 5, 2015
Appearance: Realizing Leadership Magazine
Outlet: Realizing Leadership Magazine
Format: Magazine

To read more of my thoughts on Leadership, visit unbridledtalent.com/category/leadership

20 Of The Best Quotes From Leadercast 2015 #thebraveones

Last week, I was honored to be the emcee at the Leadercast: Northern Kentucky host site for Leadercast Live, the largest one-day leadership event in the world, with over 100,000 attendees.

Each year, Leadercast brings together an All-Star lineup of business and political leaders, sports figures, social activists and world class communicators at a live event in Atlanta, Georgia, which is simulcast to hundreds of host sites across the world.

The theme for the 2015 Leadercast event was “The Brave Ones” and speakers included:

Andy Stanley – Leadership Author and Communicator
Peyton Manning – Super Bowl-winning Quarterback & 5-time NFL MVP
Malala Yousafzai – “Bravest Girl in the World”
Ed Catmull – President of Pixar & Disney Animation Studios
Seth Godin – Best-selling Author
Rudy Giuliani – 107th Mayor of New York City (1993-2001)
Aja Brown – Mayor, City of Compton
Bill McDermott – CEO of SAP AG
CMDR Rorke Denver – Navy SEAL Commander & Author

Throughout the day, I shared some of my greatest takeaways from the speaker’s talks on Twitter with those who follow me (@JenniferMcClure | Twitter) and also those following the hashtags #leadercast and #thebraveones – both of which were global trending topics throughout the day.

Below are my top 20 tweets based upon replies, favorites and retweets:

I’m already looking forward to Leadercast 2016 – The Architects of Tomorrow – May 6, 2016!