I’m coming in hot into 2021 with Episode number 53 of the Impact Makers podcast!
I’m ready to emerge from my 2020 coronavirus induced cocoon, and to make great things happen in my world, and for you in this shiny and promising new year. And I can think of no better way to kick off the year, than with my BFF, Laurie Ruettimann.
Laurie is back as a guest on the podcast to chat about her first traditionally published book – Betting On You – which will be released on January 12, 2021.
And that’s truly a big deal.
In Episode 002 of the Impact Makers podcast, I shared a little bit about how I originally found Laurie online through one of her early blogs – Teambuilding Is For Suckers. She wrote every day about work, life and cats – among other things – and even though I didn’t always agree with her, or share some of her views, her writing style was totally engaging, and she always had an informed point of view that made me think.
Over the last 15+ years, she’s evolved online from the anonymous voice behind the Teambuilding Is For Suckers blog, to being the pixie of the apocalypse who penned the wildly popular Punk Rock HR blog, and then the successful blogger who blew everything up to rebrand, and become The Cynical Girl for awhile.
A few years ago, she took all of her great writing and talents over to her own online domain – laurieruettiman.com – and resurrected Punk Rock HR as the name of her popular weekly podcast.
And while she’s become my best friend over the last 11 years, I’m also her biggest Fan. She’s simply one of the best writers out there, and can always be counted on to share frank, informed – and sometimes contrary to popular opinions – career and life advice, which is what is needed in a world where many of the so-called career experts sound very much the same.
It’s always been a personal dream of Laurie’s to write a book, and to have it published by a traditional publishing house, and she’s finally made that dream come true. Her book – Betting On You: How To Put Yourself First And (Finally) Take Control Of Your Career – will be published and released by Henry Holt & Co on January 12, 2021.
So, of course, we needed to talk about this moment in time, and what it took to accomplish this major life goal. It hasn’t always been easy, but I’m so glad that Laurie pushed through the challenges, did the hard work, and has reached the point where the book will go from a dream to reality next week.
In this episode, Laurie will share a couple of the career and life stories that are included in the book, and she’ll also unpack the framework she proposes for fixing work by fixing yourself – which includes focusing on self leadership, well-being, continuous learning, and risk taking.
I’m so proud of my friend. And I’m really proud of this book.
I’ve read an advance copy, have pre-ordered a hardback version, and will also purchase the audio book. I hope that you’ll buy at least one copy too, and will connect with Laurie to continue to follow her journey, as well as learn from her in the future.
Topics Discussed In This Episode:
- The steps Laurie took in the long process of selling her book proposal for Betting On You, and ultimately signing with a major publisher.
- The project plan that Laurie and her team created to ensure that the book was written, and delivered on time.
- The role that her husband, and a bottle of tequila, played in the receipt of the long awaited initially proposed book cover for Betting On You.
- The framework for fixing work by fixing yourself: self leadership, well-being, continuous learning, and risk taking.
- What the buyer of Betting On You is going to get – a fresh take on the world of work, and also life. Also, good stories, well told.
- The role that punk rock singer Courtney Love played in Laurie deciding to put herself first, and reclaim her life.
- Why everybody good gets fired at least once – and the lessons that can be learned in that process.
- How using the pre-mortem process can help you approach your life and career more effectively.
IMPACT MAKERS PODCAST – EPISODE 53
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Key Quotes From This Episode:
“You fix work by fixing yourself. People really get sick and tired of me saying that. I don’t care. I’m going to say it until I die. You fix work by fixing yourself. When you look at your employer for the answer, you’re never going to be satisfied. When you look for your HR lady to swoop in and solve a problem, even if she nails it, it’s never going to feel good. Because most of the problems we have at work reflect the problems we have in our own personal lives. I’ve never dealt with someone who was chronically late at work that didn’t have something going on in their personal life that was driving some of those attendance issues. For me to just sit there and blather on about an attendance policy was a failed way to solve that problem. We had to drive in deeper. And it’s not just attendance. It’s attention, it’s attitude, it’s engagement. All of this doesn’t start at work, it starts at home. That’s what I believe.” ~ Laurie Ruettimann
“Your worth is not your work.” ~ Laurie Ruettimann
“If you’ve been fired, know that you’re in really great company. But beyond that, know that it’s not the defining moment of your life – or it doesn’t have to be.” ~ Laurie Ruettimann
People & Resources Mentioned In This episode:
Order your copy of Betting on You: How to Put Yourself First and (Finally) Take Control of Your Career by Laurie Ruettimann
Impact Makers Podcast Episode 002 – The Thriving Contrarian with Laurie Ruettimann
Impact Makers Podcast Episode 036 – The Random Show — Conversations with My BFF Laurie Ruettimann
Laurie’s LinkedIn Learning courses on Self-Leadership & Managing Conflict
Punk Rock HR podcast with Laurie Ruettimann
Danny Ozment / Emerald City Productions
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t by Jim Collins
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