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[EPISODE] Leadership & The Power of Failure
Nikki Henry wants leaders to communicate effectively, set clear expectations, break down barriers, embrace DEI, and more. She’s CEO of Ladies Leading Ladies and she spills it all.
The Power of Failure
Failures are as powerful as success stories to rally folks around your cause. Whitney Raver encourages you to embrace your bungles and botches–and share them with your communities. She’s chief development strategist at What’s The Word.
Today on the show we have interviews with NIkki Henry, CEO of Ladies Leading Ladies. She tells Appropriate and effective techniques for leadership. Nikki remarks how team based open communications is much more effective than “top-down” authoritative models.
Meetings and weekly one on one’s are more effective than not investing that time. This investment returns less disruption due to communications during the week. Adding in the human element helps to foster a valuable and powerful connection. Performance reviews should be given to the employee with enough time in advance for the employee to digest and improve their performance. Nikki explains it’s more important to do these quick 30 minute meetings as it solves more problems early on in a casual setting rather than in a more formal review meeting. Encouraging comradery and friendships at work will make the environment and better and lead to longer talent retention. Less phone usage is better as it allows easier personal connection between employees.
Tony introduces his second guest, Whitney Raver, the Chief Development Strategist of What’s The Word. Whitney lives in South Dakota and they talk about the geography of the state and some of it’s monuments. Whitney ran for the House of Representatives in South Dakota and lost, but she saw it as a way to turn failure into a positive. She was able to get closer to her community and is still called upon to be an active member and voice.
Whitney relates these lessons on failure to working with nonprofits. It’s crucial to share good and bad experiences with the people in and around your nonprofit in order to build a strong trust. In addition, you need to make your donors and sponsors feel central to your mission in order to keep everyone on board. This process won’t come right away, it will take time to build this background and trust with the people involved in your nonprofit. Whitney discusses on how to select which failures to share and which ones to keep private. She believes that this will be a trend going forward in the nonprofit world.