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!
Most of us in the U.S. are celebrating Thanksgiving today. As I sat down to write what I’m grateful for, here are five things that came up that usually don’t belong on my list. And yet, as I thought about each of these they are absolutely essential to my growth as a leader and as a human being. Take a quick read. [continue reading]
At many of my leadership workshops I share my story of starting a company to pursue work that I am passionate about. People come up to me afterwards to ask: “how can I earn money pursuing my passion?” Some will whisper “I don’t really think this job is what I’m cut out to do”. Others worry if they leave the security of their jobs, pursuing their passion will not sustain them financially. Many are trying to hold on to their jobs while they pursue their “passion business” on the side. I believe all of us yearn to align work with passion. Here are five paradigm shifts to do so. [continue reading]
Is the work life juggle driving you insane? The reality of life is that we have a “new normal”. Five trends create this new normal:
- Technology enables us to be always connected
- There are fewer people needing to do more work
- The speed of information flow globally demands 24/7 responsiveness
- The speed of change is more than we can keep up with
- The need to be “on” as new competitors emerge from unlikely places
I am a big fan of Albert Einstein. One of my favorite quotes is “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” If the way we’re working doesn’t work, we need to shift our paradigms about work. Otherwise, we risk burning ourselves out. Organizations risk employees who are stressed out, run out of creative fuel, and disengage.
So, how do we find a way to not just survive, but thrive in this new normal? These trends demand an evolution in how we manage ourselves, and how organizations create cultures, rewards, and structures to help this evolution. Here are the new rules: [continue reading]
Does this sound familiar? You lack energy to go to work. Work feels like a paycheck and you focus your passions elsewhere. You want to make things better but you’re tired of your ideas not being heard, so why bother? If this is your state of mind, you may be suffering from symptoms of disengagement. By the way, this disease is highly contagious and is at epidemic levels (according to some Gallup surveys 71% of people are disengaged). This costs the economy $450 billion in lost productivity. The good news is that we can do something about it. And we must re-engage, for our own well-being.
I spoke with Karin Volo, co-author of the book “Engage!” which looks at 15 “amazing” companies who have created enormous levels of engagement. In the book, the authors identified five cultural keys common to these companies. According to Karin, these cultural keys are often driven by a more “female” style of leadership, and often (not always) the culture change is driven by the women in these organizations. Here’s what they are. [continue reading]
How many times have you stopped to reconsider what you wanted to say because you were concerned about how it would be received?
True story. I recently wrote a blog post about embracing my inner “dumb blonde“. The response was overwhelming. I was completely clueless about how many people I would offend in writing this post. People wrote in wanting to be unsubscribed. I felt this sinking feeling of not being “liked” in the pit of my stomach. It didn’t feel good. I wondered if I should have stayed safe and polite. As I reflected on my own discomfort at offending so many people, I realized that as women leaders, many of us walk a fine line between being nice and being powerful. We often hesitate to voice our convictions with confidence. How to walk this line?
Most of us have pretty 24/7 work and family lifestyles. Business and busy-ness engulfs our lives. If you believe the employee engagement survey results, 71% of us are disengaged. Recently I was having one of those disengaged “blah” days. It was a combination of anxiety over a speaking engagement I had later that day (yes, after doing tons of these I still get anxiety) and just a general dark cloud I couldn’t shake.
“Who wants to be in a room with Ms. Sulky?” my inner critic said, as I tried all kinds of techniques to get my mojo back – without much success. Getting to the speaking engagement, I couldn’t help but notice the young woman at the security desk. She greeted me with a big smile. “You have a beautiful smile”, I said to her. She lit up. “You made my day!” she said. I lit up. That’s all it took. No fancy techniques, just plain appreciation. How do we bring this type of appreciation to our workplace? [continue reading]
I was introduced recently to Bethany Connor, the author of a new book “Cherished”, and an Army Nurse Corps Officer. She was introduced by a friend and we set up some time to talk on the phone. Within the first couple of minutes of our phone conversation, I was struck by her authenticity. I resonated with her story of how she had tried to define herself through her job, being in control, and running on a hamster wheel of accomplishments.
A crisis of job and family is what it took to wake her up to finding out who she really was. Indeed for those of us who face crisis, it is truly a beckoning to discover who we really are. Here is her story. [continue reading]
This past Sunday I got to spend a few hours as a “dumb blonde”. It taught me some great lessons about authentic leadership.
As an executive coach, I often work with clients to expand their leadership behaviors. As leaders we often get stuck within a narrow range of leadership behaviors. This can derail us because different situations call for different leadership behaviors. You are naturally decisive and move fast but a business challenge you face requires you to slow down and build alignment. Or you are naturally good at collaborating with others but a business situation requires you to take a hard, unpopular stand. The most authentic leaders have access to a wide range of leadership behaviors because they have embraced all of who they are. Here’s what embracing my inner “dumb blonde” taught me about situational leadership and being more authentic as a leader.
True story about one of the biggest regrets I have in my corporate career. At one point, I was part of a C-level leadership team where the business was facing immense challenges. Our prior two CEO’s had been fired within 18-24 months of one another. We were behind our competition in innovation. We had major supply issues which made our customers unhappy. Employee morale was low. Many of us were new and there was lack of trust within the leadership team as each of the regions fought to get their customers the limited supply of product.
As I look back on my career, one of the bigger regrets I have is not stepping up to stop the dysfunction. I’m not sure I had the skills. I’m not sure that I thought it was my job. At one point, the trust was so low, I’m not sure that I cared enough. It was a career low. I was one of those insidious 30% “actively disengaged” team members that engagement surveys talk about. [continue reading]