Feb 23, 2020
Main concept of the book:
Wendy Merrill’s book,
“Path to Impact”
epitomizes the mission of the
GenWhy Leaders Podcast. As millennials, we are focused not so much
on success itself, but significance. This means we want to spend
time with our families, give back to our communities, and have
autonomy in our everyday life. This book is great for any young
professional with high career aspirations and big dreams. It has
practical advice, business stories, and exercises to put you on the
path to impact.
Wendy Merrill is the Founder of StrategyHorse Consulting
provides customized group
workshops, individual coaching, strategic planning sessions and
retreat facilitation designed to develop growth-oriented
leadership. You can find her
book “A Path to Impact: The Rising Leader’s Guide to Growing Smart
on Amazon. Or you can learn more at strategyhorse.com.
Chapter 3: Value
transfer of value is at the base of almost any relational
able to appraise and convey different kinds of value, most
importantly, your own.
adjectives. True statements of experience that foreshadow future
you work at an organization that has very intelligent people, and
you begin doubting your own knowledge and talent. The underlying
fear being that you will get out-performed or replaced by someone
better than you.
- Instead: Be confident. Know, and own your
value. Confidence is not arrogance.
or price of your own services should not be based on market rate or
what anyone else is charging. This will challenge you to think
freely and decide for yourself.
- Effective Leadership is built on:
- Reducing stress (culture)
- Saving or making money (financial
Chapter 4: Self Advocacy
must know and be intentional about understanding, defining and
promoting a personal brand.
personal brand should focus on:
- Thought leadership: an expert on a specific
- Center of impact: more than just a “net-worker”
who slings business cards and LinkedIn Connections
- Or a
combination of both
- Create thoughtful and strategic introductions
between people whose values and missions are aligned
Chapter 7: Risk
a leader or championing a cause you believe in, opens the door to
be ridiculed and judged by others. You must get over the fear of
what others think about you. Even when you think you are making
moves and accomplishing things, doesn’t mean it’s always
interpreted that way. Keep your blinders on and keep
- Always Be Curious (ABC)
we lose the ability to learn, we begin to manipulate others,
instead of inspiring them.
must know and understand your relationship with risk. Most people
think they are being risky by avoiding certain actions. But most of
the time, we are risky in our business or personal life because of
something we are already doing, that we need to stop
of work-life balance. There is no such thing as work-life balance.
Only work life choices at any given moment. Work hard and stay
focused at work. But be intentional with your time at
of too much yes. If we are always spread thin, we will never have
maximum impact in the area we were hired to focus. Want to grow?
of not taking ownership.When managing multiple people, it’s easy to
point fingers when things go wrong. But empowering your employees
to be autonomous is equally important as taking responsibility for
all negative outcomes from any of your team members, or your team
as a whole. Ultimately, it all points back to you and whether or
not you are leading effectively.
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