My name is Henna Inam. I founded Transformational Leadership Inc. after a 20-year corporate career to help organizations develop, engage and retain their female talent. My company helps women realize their potential to be transformational leaders who drive breakthroughs in innovation, engagement, and growth. Here are some ways we can work together:
1) Executive Coaching for women leaders,
2) Seminars and speaking for mixed audiences
3) Consulting for more diverse talent pipelines
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Here’s to you igniting your own fire & keeping it burning!
Are you wondering what’s next for your career? I always love it when I get e-mails from our blog community about the challenges they are facing. The e-mail I got recently inspired me to write a blog post on the topic. Jane (not her real name), is someone who wants to really grow her leadership. However, she is not getting development or coaching from her boss. She feels disengaged and stuck. Here is her e-mail and my coaching on five steps to create a great development plan. [continue reading]
I was recently talking with a C-level executive about what are challenges that she herself still faces in the workplace. The first topic that she raised was work life balance, and the persistent question about whether women can “have it all”. She told a story about speaking recently to a group of about 50 of their company’s women leaders in India. They were surprised that even in the U.S. this issue of whether “women can have it all” is an on-going challenge. She spoke about some “teary eyed” stories she heard from the group there, the added pressure from family and in-laws to be a good wife and mother. She also spoke about the guilt she feels when she travels, about being away from her child. She reflected about how her Dad traveled often for work, but perhaps didn’t feel the same guilt because he saw his role as “the provider” and how role definition for women in societies around the world as the primary family nurturer causes many of us to feel this guilt.
There is a great book on this topic called “Women Driven to Success: You can Have YOUR All” by Dr. Jane Goldner. In the book Dr. Goldner suggests, we’ve been having the wrong discussion. It is about “YOUR” all not “it” all. Over the last several years, there has been much discussion about “Can women have it all?”. It is as though there were some universal “it all” for all women, especially women leaders who are driven to success. Dr. Goldner wrote the book to start the real discussion on “What is YOUR All?” Here is a summary of her advice.
Love in corporate America. An oxymoron? A new steamy reality show? For those of us who are jaded it seems impossible. Yet Kouzes & Posner, best-selling authors of the classic book “The Leadership Challenge” in their final chapter conclude “Leadership is not an affair of the head. Leadership is an affair of the heart.”
The authors cite the example of a retired U.S. Army General, John Stanford talking about how he developed great leaders: “The secret to success is to stay in love. Staying in love gives you the fire to ignite other people, to see inside other people, to have a greater desire to get things done than other people…I don’t know any other fire, any other thing in life that is more exhilarating and is more positive a feeling than love is“.
A new book called “Love 2.0” by Dr. Barbara Fredrickson now adds the weight of science to these words. Dr. Fredrickson is a professor of psychology and Director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology (PEP) Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In my interview with her, we discussed surprising findings on how our body experiences love, why it is essential to leading organizations of today, and practices to bring more of these “micro-moments of connection” to our work lives. [continue reading]
Have you given up on a goal that’s important to you? I have a confession. It is early in the year and I’m already slipping on some of my new year goals. According to research, only 70% of new year resolutions survive the first two weeks of the year. Why? Because we don’t follow through on the actions we’ve committed to. I found myself slipping into the same “bad” habits after the initial enthusiasm wore off. So, I found a simple exercise that led to some pretty extraordinary insights about how I was getting in my own way. Here it is. [continue reading]
Do you have a difficult work colleague you’re dealing with? You’re not the only one. I was speaking at a leadership conference to a packed audience on the topic of how to manage workplace conflict. We discussed step-by-step leadership tools to have the “difficult conversations” that no one wants to have, but are critical to building trust, alignment, transparency, and moving things forward.
A participant came to speak to me afterwards. She is highly results driven and was frustrated that a work colleague was completely uncooperative and thwarting her efforts on a team project. Sound familiar? Our teams, projects, and results get stuck when there is lack of trust in a work relationship. Research shows two thirds of Americans believe most people can’t be trusted. Here are the three steps we discussed to rebuild broken trust: [continue reading]
We all live in a 24/7 world with more things to do than time to do them. In our culture we often confuse activity with productivity – leaving us stressed and frazzled. I will go out on a limb and say that 50% or more of our activity (certainly mine) is unproductive. What if there was a different way? It’s called a leadership journal, and I recommend it to all my executive coaching clients. Here is how to do it in 10 minutes or less. [continue reading]
Setting New Year resolutions? I am. I’m a pretty goal-oriented person. I love to set goals. I even track them on a weekly basis. So, then I wonder why I didn’t meet them. The fact is research has shown that 88% of New Year resolutions don’t get met. So this year I’ve decided to do something different.
As I sat to ponder the goals I didn’t meet (lose the 10 lbs I am perpetually trying to lose, make progress on the book I’m writing, be more present for the important people in my life), I felt a bit of shame. Here’s a leadership coach who helps others achieve their goals and can’t quite get there herself. So I decided to do the exercise of celebrating goals met, examining unmet goals, and capturing what I learned. Here’s what I discovered about why I didn’t achieve my goals. [continue reading]
Do you find yourself running at an even more frenzied pace during the holiday season? I do. So, as I looked at my bottomless to-do list and deadlines fast approaching, I wondered how I could better manage my time. I had an epiphany. I realized that our obsession with managing time has actually resulted in time managing us. I realized that my perspective that I am time-starved is actually stopping me from being effective as a leader at work and at home.
Many of us are stuck in a perspective that how we manage our time determines how effectively we lead or how effectively we live our lives. Here’s what we’re missing. [continue reading]
“Just be yourself, you’ll do fine”. Ever heard this well-meaning advice? I gave this advice recently in an e-mail to a mentee to get her pumped up for an interview for a job she really wanted. Just after I’d hit “send” I thought, well that could be disastrous advice. Here’s why.
This young woman is painfully shy. In practice interviews her body language says “why am I even here?” So, really I should have told her, “Don’t be yourself. Be the interview candidate that gets the job!” My current perspective on “just be yourself” is that it’s an over-used cliché that those of us who mentor others grandiosely repeat without understanding the unintended consequences.