The cavnessHR podcast – A talk with Dr. Kathryn Bingham of LEADistics
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Dr. Bingham’s Book Recommendations!!!
“Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less “by Greg Mckeown - Link to purchase is below
“Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman - Link to purchase is below.
“Contextual Intelligence: How Thinking in 3D Can Help Resolve Complexity, Uncertainty and Ambiguity” By Matthew R. Kutz - Link to purchase the book is below
“The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business” by Charles Duhigg
Link to purchase is below
“Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts--Becoming the Person You Want to Be”
by Marshall Goldsmith Link to purchase this book is below.
Resources from Dr. Bingham
Your listeners are absolutely the first people to have access to the Leadership portal. When they go to the site, there is one of those little icons with little lines up in the top right corner. That will open the menu for them and there is an opportunity to click,
“ join explorers" they do that and they're going to get access to free content. A brand-new course totally free to them. That is leadership essentials and it helps them overcome three barriers to executing flawlessly in life and work. Then if they do that and complete that course I will send them a 25 percent off coupon to the next course that we're launching in September. There's all kinds of other content. In fact, there's a huge book list that's available for members who are explorers and it's free. I will constantly put additional unique content just for those folks.
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Jason: Hello, and welcome to the cavnessHR Podcast. I am your host Jason Cavness. Our guest today is Dr. Kathryn Bingham. Kathryn, are you ready to be great today?
Dr. Bingham: I am absolutely ready.
Jason: Dr. Kathryn Bingham partners with highly talented, highly motivated executives, entrepreneurs and professionals facing or seeking change to elevate leadership, increase impact and achieve desired results in organizations, startups, products and careers. Through her coaching courses and workshops. Kathryn's expertise spans multiple functions. Kathryn, thank you for being here today.
Dr. Bingham: Absolutely. Thank you for inviting me today. You know I love that we connected through Bunker Labs and if any of your audience members are also fellow Veterans, I would really encourage them. That is a tremendously valuable resource for them and it's free. It is a business accelerator. I don't know if you've talked about it with your audience before, but again Bunker Labs is a blessing for startups and small business.
Jason: What are you focusing on right now?
Dr. Bingham: I'm excited to be sharing with your audience my new learning platform. I have been working for years in large corporate environments and I would always observe that really good leadership development was reserved exclusively for a few. So there might be an executive program or there might be something for senior management of some kind. But not really for everyone to develop their leadership and become more effective and gain more influence and be able to sustain peak performance. You mentioned my research I really spend a lot of time looking into what enables individuals to develop their leadership in a way that allows them to be more successful in life and work. Part of that is what I see. You know it's not available and so building this learning platform, that we'll be talking about a little bit has been just an awesome experience for me. But also knowing that through this, anyone can come and take away information and get content that will enable them to develop their leadership for life and work.
Jason: Kathryn, you served in the Marines correct?
Dr. Bingham: I did. I was not in all that long. Back in the day women Marines were not necessarily encouraged to stay in the service when you started your family. It was a profound experience in fact when I was in High School, I actually lived in Malaysia. Our family was in the Peace Corps and so I got to know the Marines that were serving at the embassy and that really set the tone for I really wanted to do it myself. I tend to be a challenge junkie, so the Marines was the choice I made.
Jason: So how have the skills you learn the Marines how are they transfer to civilian life and having to be successful?
Dr. Bingham: I think one of the things that any service branch but in particular the Marines and some of even if you go into Special Ops. They look at how to put you through crucible experiences. They are very challenging and people are not sure at the beginning that they're actually going to be able to achieve or make it through whatever that process is. When you do it once you know you can replicate it again. So, I think that was a pivotal experience is to know that yes you can succeed at things that perhaps you feel are going to be too challenging.
Jason: Kathryn, when you work with others, how can you tell if they are going to be receptive or if they are just going to check the block and fight you all the way?
Dr. Bingham: Let me talk about a near failure this week and that is over the past several months I have had tech issues. I had a monitor fail. I had to get a new laptop, my SSL for my website went through iterations and then that put me a week and a half behind schedule on my development that I was doing for the learning platform. It all came up to my firm launches in September. But I wanted to have things ready for your audience today. I think anyone who is an entrepreneur or small business owner and those in other organizations. As well that have something that's really critical to get done and you are under pressure. You have to know when your issues are at that point of diminishing returns and be able to take a step away. That was me. That's the life of the entrepreneur. But I see this because in that moment of pressure you know about how people are ready for change in how they respond to pressure. For example, I could have looked at all the externals as to why things were not progressing as I expected. However, the real reality is I was working with a learning platform software that is brand new to me. Had I been more experienced, some of the challenges that I was going through. I would have just taken it in stride. It became problematic as I hunted for hours for what I thought was a missing code. The key is one of the main things that I look for in someone to grow their leadership is do they except their part in whatever challenges or issues that are faced by.
Jason: How do you find your customers?
Dr. Bingham: It's a mix of things. I do a lot of leadership keynotes and seminars. Last year I did two sessions at the Women and Defense leadership summit about a month and a half ago. So sometimes what happens is people see me in a public venue and then they connect with me through that. I also do workshops and seminars for professional associations. Then finally it's word of mouth. It's people who are on LinkedIn and looking for an Executive Coach or doing a Google search for Leadership Development or an Executive Coach. My website might pop up or my LinkedIn profile might pop up. It begins often with a simple conversation. I usually perform a free mini coaching session with potential clients. Because I want them to have an experience of what it's like to work with me and then they decide what’s going to work best for them.
Jason: Kathryn, you bring up a good point. How should someone find the perfect coach for them? What advice do you have on that subject?
Dr. Bingham: The first thing is they need to know what it is that they hope to accomplish. There are all kinds of Executive Coaches and there are all kinds of coaching methodologies. One of the things that I would add is what method do they bring to the table? If they only have one, then you may not find that that's going to work for you. Because perhaps your needs don't fit into that box. I have all kinds of programs and experiences and certifications because no one fits in a box. The second thing is that I would ask a potential coach who is your coach? It is helpful for you to have someone that you are also going through that experience of learning and development and continually finding ways to improve. So, if the person that you approach doesn't have continuous learning in their own experience then I would use a little bit of caution. Because as you know the world changes all the time. Now you don't have to have a perfect idea because a good coach will help you with shaping a plan that's going to help you reach your goals. Sometimes it includes assessments, it doesn't have to. Sometimes it takes the form of inquiry, appreciative inquiry is a wonderful way to go through and determine what it is help define what it is you know and craft a plan that's going to be workable. But there's many approaches and there's lots of coaches out there. Look for someone with a form of professional experience.
Jason: Kathryn, when you bring on a new client. How do you decide the time frame you will work with that client? Do you decide, the client, a combination or is it case by case?
Dr. Bingham: Sometimes it's case by case because it very much depends on what the goal is and what the gap is. You're not going to build a house in 24 hours. If you want to get to some particular goal somethings you can do fairly quickly. But other things are going to require an investment of time. I think it just depends on what the need is of the client and what the gap is being where they are today and where it is they'd like to be.
Jason: Kathryn, what makes you say no to a client?
Dr. Bingham: Well we should disqualify some part of it is intuitively you just know sometimes. We just immediately respond to a person we don't know somebody that they just rub us the wrong way. I don't necessarily discount that person as a client because sometimes there's something that both he or she and I will benefit by that skepticism or just a uniqueness of perspective. Are they open to learning? Are they someone who listens? They need to be able to do those things and not just blame externals.
Jason: Can you talk about a time you were successful in the past? What you learned from this and what we can learn from this?
Dr. Bingham: Let me talk about my second graduate degree. I went through Pepperdine's Executive MBA and University of San Diego's Leadership Doctoral program. While working for large corporate entities. Traveling one to three weeks out of every month and so you have to be able to be pretty productive. When it shows and have a family and live in two cities and and and and everybody has challenges. I decided at the last year of my Ph.D. I would exit corporate. So, I could focus because I felt that I was missing out on some of the mentoring and relationship building in the academic community. I got ready to defend my proposal for those of you who haven't been through a Ph.D. Ph.D. We call it piled high and deep.
Dr. Bingham: So, you defend twice you defend first your proposal for your research and then you perform research write up your dissertation and you defend again. I let the house go. Dust bunnies are not significant. Eventually, those get cleaned up. I had a freshman leadership course at the University of San Diego. My students were awesome throughout this process. I did delay but ultimately did do my dissertation research. Throughout the process of going through all that stuff and at the end just under a year later I defended successfully. The key there is this. Anyone can have a foundation that allows them to make those same kind of choices. So that when challenge hits and in everybody's life we have periods of challenge. That we are able to make choices that help us to be focused and resilient
Jason: Kathryn, follow up question. Talk about a time you failed in the past. What you learned from this and what we can learn from this.
Dr. Bingham: I think my great story about trying to get ready to be able to launch my course for your folks. I literally do have the site up and running. I have workarounds for your folks and I'll talk about that in a little bit. The issue is really understanding what will stress us if we go back to that story. When is it good what is it that causes us stress. Be able to recognize that there's a wonderful book. When I do the book recommendations that talks about developing both hindsight, insight and foresight. We need to have a certain amount of presence. But there's the past that it gives us some information and we also have to be focusing on the future. If we do that, that will really help us simultaneously to have good contextual awareness for what do you need right now in this moment.
Jason: Can you tell us something about yourself that most people don't know? Your close family and friends know this. But most people don't know this about you.
Dr. Bingham: My son and I are foodies. We brew beer, we make wine and we grow the best chilis on the planet. We came from a Mo Hotta, Mo better type of mindset. We love to do chilis. We make our fish tacos. We make them ourselves here and we grow chilis. We've made hot sauce. We dehydrate them and make the blends of powders and we pickled them.
Jason: That's amazing. I understand you have a book to recommend to our listeners.
Dr. Bingham: I actually have 5 books that are listed below:
“Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg Mckeown
“Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman
“Contextual Intelligence: How Thinking in 3D Can Help Resolve Complexity, Uncertainty and Ambiguity” By Matthew R. Kutz
“The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business” by Charles Duhigg
“Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts – Becoming the Person You Want to Be” by Marshall Goldsmith
Jason: Thank you for those book recommendations. I understand you have something for our listeners.
Dr. Bingham: Your listeners are absolutely the first people to have access to the Leadership portal. When they go to the site, I have to fix the menu. But there is one of those little icons with little lines up in the top right corner. That will open the menu for them and there is an opportunity to click, join explorers" they do that and they're going to get access to free content. A brand-new course totally free to them. That is leadership essentials and it helps them overcome three barriers to executing flawlessly in life and work. Then if they do that and complete that course I will send them a 25 percent off coupon to the next course that we're launching in September. There's all kinds of other content. In fact, there's a huge book list that's available for members who are explorers and it's free. I will constantly put additional unique content just for those folks.
Jason: Thank you for that. That is very valuable. Thank you very much.
Jason: For our listeners, we will have the links to her book recommendations, resources and social media on the show notes. You can find the cavnessHR Podcast show notes at www.cavnessHRblog.com Kathryn, we are coming to the end of our talk. Can you provide us any wisdom or knowledge on any subject you would like to talk about?
Dr. Bingham: Here is something that your audience can learn about and do. You know we hear about the idea of visualization. Let's say we want to learn how to be an effective public speaker and so we set ourselves out on the stage and going through the process. But mental rehearsal is very different from that and elite athletes use this concept. Michael Phelps, for example, has a script that he plays that starts with when he gets up in the morning He gets out of bed with this foot and then that food. He has a routine for how he prepares and how he gets down to a swim event. Then what music he listens to and when it gets time for the meet which ear he pulls the earbuds out of on the iPod. What he does when he plunges into the little mini pool and then gets out and does drying off and then steps up to the board and where he's going to push off to dive into the pool. Literally what foot he steps on first and what he does to prepare. That's a script that he literally played over and over and over and over. Yes, we can say Michael Phelps has a very unique physical abilities that also contributed to his success in the Olympics. But people do this, elite athletes do this, routinely golfers, and football players. We can do this as well. So mental rehearsal is imagining ourselves literally going through a process and you'd be amazed how powerful this is in enabling. It builds a very unique muscle memory and brain pattern memory. Because if you feel yourself doing something it's your actual muscles tense and release. It's very powerful.
Jason: Thank you, Kathryn. Kathryn, thank you for your time today. I know you're busy doing a lot of great things.
Dr. Bingham: Well thank you. This has been awesome and I look forward to hearing from your audience and again please sign up for that explores. There will be a link on the web page in the menu called join explorers. They will have access to content that's not visible until they are a member. I've created a blog post that gives them a link directed into that leadership essentials course. Another blog that gives them a link to the longer curated reading list. It's simply complimentary for them. Then if they continue all the way to enact course they will get even more benefits.
Jason: Thank you for that. To our listeners, thank you for your time as well and remember to be great every day!