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The Gaia Project for Women’s Leadership now has its own podcast!

The Women’s Leadership Podcast is hosted by Elizabeth, and features advice, information and interviews covering all aspects of women’s leadership.

The first three episodes are now available right here on iTunes.

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We hope you enjoy The Women’s Leadership Podcast!

Into the Cauldron

shutterstock_221833510Some of you may have been wondering where I’ve been.

It’s true, it’s been several months since I sent anything out to all of you via one of my usual blogs or newsletters.

Why? Well, the short answer is that 2015 has been an interesting year.

You may remember that back in June, my family decided to relocate our home base to Seattle as an experiment.

Sometimes, experiments don’t go off exactly as planned.

And more often than not, when you’re off the path you’re meant to take, the Universe will notify you of that– often with the force of a brick to the head.

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Announcing The Gaia Project for Women’s Leadership!

Stocksy_txpf24b4d3aJsZ000_Medium_718139I’m thrilled to announce the upcoming beta program, running for four weeks this October, of my new endeavor: The Gaia Project for Women’s Leadership.

The Next Generation of Women Leaders Will Change the Working World Forever.

Are You Ready to be One of Them?

For generations, a masculine model of leadership— one that values overwork, 24/7 engagement and Machiavellian models of domination and control— has led the corporate world.

As more and more women take control of corporations and small businesses, however, the need for a new model of leadership is emerging— one that mirrors our values and propels us to new level of success as individuals and as women.

As role models and game changers of women’s leadership, today’s generation of women executives know that a new skill set— one that mirrors our internal development as leaders and prepares us to shift the working world to the benefit of women everywhere— is absolutely required.

The Gaia Project for Women’s Leadership is a new endeavor helmed by Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin that will empower you, as a key member of the next generation of women leaders, to change your life and your work forever so that it permanently aligns with your values, and that will propel us all toward a new model of women’s leadership for years to come.

The Gaia Project for Women’s Leadership kicks off with a beta program running for four weeks in October 2015, of which you are invited to be a part.

Here’s what the Beta Program entails:

  • The Program kicks off with an opening group coaching call on Thursday October 1 at 3 p.m. ET.
  • Thereafter, every week for four weeks, we will focus on one critical area of Women’s Leadership.
  • Each Monday of the program, you’ll receive worksheets and inquiry points for that week’s topic.
  • Each Thursday of the program, we’ll convene for a ninety-minute group coaching call at 3 p.m. to cover that week’s material, answer questions, and share successes, with plenty of time for Q&A.
  • All coaching calls will be recorded in case you need to miss a week, or want to listen in later.
  • You’ll get access to a private Facebook group where we’ll discuss our progress, our goals and our plans for the future.
  • Along the way, we’ll have some special guests and surprise bonuses for you on today’s hottest topics in Women’s Leadership.
  • And as a bonus, you’ll also receive a free 45 minute private coaching call with Elizabeth to address any individual challenges you might be facing as a leader and/or in your career (a $500 value).

So why this program, and why now?

Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin is a storied Executive Coach and serial entrepreneur who has dedicated her life and career to uplifting women in the workplace. Elizabeth founded the Gaia Project for Women’s Leadership as a way to propel forward women executives who want to change their lives, their work and their world for the better as the next generation of women leaders.

Here’s what others have said about her:

“A celebrated career coach” and “fearless entrepreneur.” -Ivanka Trump

“Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin knows what it’s like to be a powerful woman in the workforce, [as well as] the financial and emotional challenges.” -HuffPost Live

“Elizabeth McLaughlin . . . is helping women from all walks of life . . . .” -Ali Brown

As an ex-Wall Street lawyer, the CEO of her own consulting firm and the executive Director of 40 Percent and Rising, an organization dedicated to primary breadwinner women, Elizabeth has faced down the masculine model of leadership for her entire career. She believes that empowered, enlightened women have an incredible opportunity at this critical juncture in history to effect change that benefits all of us, by lifting up other women, changing policies and workplace culture, and rising to new heights of success.

The Gaia Project for Women’s Leadership is designed to get you, and all of us, to that place.

Schedule and Topics for Beta Program

Here’s what the Beta Program entails:

Kickoff Call: Thursday October 1 at 3 p.m. ET

Week 1: You as a Leader: Tackling Your Skills, Strengths and Weaknesses

Monday 10/5: Weekly Email with Worksheets and Thought Points

Thursday 10/8: 3 p.m. EDT weekly group coaching call

Week 2: Creating Your Team: Allies, Alchemy and Assets

Monday 10/12: Weekly Email with Worksheets and Thought Points

Thursday 10/15: 3 p.m. EDT weekly group coaching call

Week 3: Productivity, Purpose and Communicating Your Goals

Monday 10/19: Weekly Email with Worksheets and Thought Points

Thursday 10/22: 3 p.m. EDT weekly group coaching call

Week 4: Leading Change in Your Workplace and the World

Monday 10/26: Weekly Email with Worksheets and Thought Points

Thursday 10/29: 3 p.m. EDT weekly group coaching call and final wind-up

What results can I expect?

By the end of the program:

  • You’ll have an integral understanding of how to excel as a leader, and what makes your leadership unique.
  • You’ll know how to communicate effectively to get the results you want from everyone you work with, and how to give constructive criticism when you don’t.
  • You’ll have developed your leadership style, and know how to project it with confidence.
  • You’ll have all the skills you need to build a great team that supports you and is loyal to your goals.
  • You’ll be more productive and on purpose in your work than ever before, and your work and world will be more easeful as a result.
  • You’ll know how to work for change in your workplace and in the world for the betterment of women everywhere.

The group coaching calls, materials and bonuses included in this program are valued at over $3000.

As the first program offered by the Gaia Project for Women’s Leadership, however, this Beta Project is available for just $99.

Are you ready to become the leader you are meant to be?

Registration is now closed.

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Got questions? Just contact us here.

How to Cure a Case of the “Shoulds”

shutterstock_218313466Over the past few weeks, I’ve been challenged to up my game on just about every level in just about every area of my life. I’m managing a series of personal and professional transitions that are unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before, and it’s been an unbelievably stressful time.

It’s brought to the fore a number of old resentments, fears, and anger that I thought I’d mastered, or at least of which I thought I was aware enough that I didn’t need to worry about them much any more.

It’s also brought forward a painful case of the shoulds.

Perhaps the shoulds are familiar to you. They sound like this:

“I should be at this point in my career by now, just like so-and-so.”

“I should be past this degree of family-of-origin drama by this age.”

“I should be able to handle this circumstance without medication/therapy/my coach/crying all the time.”

“I should have married someone more like x person, or with x qualities.”

“I should be more financially stable by now.”

“My team shouldn’t hate me so much. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong.”

I’ve heard all of these from clients, and some of them from myself, over the past few weeks.

The shoulds are closely related to the “supposed tos.” Those go something like this.

“I’m supposed to be x kind of leader.”

“I’m supposed to make x amount of money, or I won’t be good enough for my dad.”

“I’m supposed to not be in debt, but I made stupid mistakes when I was younger and now I feel bad about myself every damn day.”

Any and all of these may be familiar to you.

My up close and personal interactions with the shoulds, the supposed-tos, and their friends fear, resentment and anger over the past few weeks have led me to a place of considering a novel mindset in recent days– one that I’ve avoided for a long time, but that has proven to be a powerful cure.

What is it?

It’s something called radical acceptance.

I’ve never been particularly good at radical acceptance. I’m more the type of person who has acted to beat her head against a wall in every effort to change circumstances that have made me unhappy in every single way, for as long as I can remember.

Sometimes (well, rarely), that strategy has worked. More often than not, however, it has led me instead to being more miserable than before, and to wondering what’s wrong with me that I can’t change other people/a workplace/a familial relationship into exactly what I think it “should” be.

Which leads to this interesting observation: most of the time, fighting so hard to change other people or environments actually leads to you only being harder on yourself.

Radical acceptance of what is, however, leads to another path.

Radical acceptance says “I can’t change this person or circumstance. I can only take them for who or what they are, and make my decisions from there.”

Radical acceptance says “I accept that I am responsible for my own emotions, not anyone else. If I stop blaming the other party, maybe I can investigate how my reactions are contributing to this relationship drama.”

Radical acceptance says “I can’t change that I’m under mountains of debt thanks to past decisions. What I can change is how fast I get out of it.”

Radical acceptance says “I am where I am in my career, and these are the demands of it right now. How do I negotiate with those, instead of wishing it was different?”

Radical acceptance gets you on the path to tackling what’s in front of you, instead of beating yourself up for the past, offloading your part in your present circumstances, or wishing that the present was something other than what it is.

And an added side benefit? It’s awfully hard to be angry, fearful or resentful if you radically accept your present circumstances.

In other words, “this is how it is” forces you to confront reality, and ACT.

This week, I invite you to consider how radical acceptance might play out in your life.

If you radically accept that your current job isn’t working for you and never will, what will you do next?

If you radically accept your spouse for who they are, faults and all, what choices will you be led to?

If you radically accept that your family members will not change no matter how much you want them to, what will that mean for how you interact with them?

Will you choose “shoulds” and “supposed-tos”? Or will you choose to take responsibility for your own life, to own your values and your choices and the kind of person you want to be, and act from that place?

Wishing you a great week of experimenting with radically accepting what is.

Best,
Elizabeth