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GirlBossGuide: Lessons for Ladies who Lead

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Being a GirlBoss is often a lonely road and we have to celebrate our own victories and celebrate each other, every step of the way. We all need a little motivation and a friend to tell us how it is and make sure we are keeping it real. Leadership and Culture Changemaker, coach, writer and speaker, D… read more

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WFH Tip 4: Productivity

March 31st, 2020


Working from home, you will likely find that you are either super productive or you are having trouble focusing and finding your ‘zone’. Deborah recommends a few productivity hacks, such as the Pomodoro timer technique, …

WFH Tip 3: Get Moving & Take Breaks

March 31st, 2020


Tip 3 of 5 top tips to master working from home (WFH) Deborah shares the importance of taking a 10 minute break once every hour and of ensuring that you move around and get your step count up. During this global …

WFH Power Tip 2: Routine is Important

March 22nd, 2020


If you’re working from home (WFH) and practicing social distancing during this coronavirus pandemic, you might be tempted to spend the day in your PJ’s and work on your bed. Deborah advises against slipping into this …

WFH Power Tip 1: Space is Sacred

March 22nd, 2020


Coronavirus lockdown and social distancing has many people working from home (WFH) and facing new challenges in creating a balance and distinction between ‘work’ and ‘life’. Deborah has been WFH for 12 years and shares …

Hope and Coronavirus Quarantine

March 22nd, 2020


Deborah has been social distancing for a week now and is already feeling the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic that is Covid-19. Amidst all the fear, confusion and anger, Deborah reminds listeners to focus on …

Cull the Herd & Curate your Tribe

December 1st, 2019


All the convenience of the last decade has fundamentally changed the way that humans interact. As we enter 2020, Deborah invites you to let go of some of the people and relationships that no longer serve you and to …

Making Lemonade

October 29th, 2019


As irritating as that old phrase is, most of the time, if we look back on our lives at the times we didn’t get what we really wanted, we find that …

Mindfully Grateful

October 29th, 2019


After recently participating in a global 10 day gratitude challenge, Deborah shares some of her learnings and the importance of being more mindful of …

3 Lessons in 3 Months

September 13th, 2019


After a rather long absence from the podcast, Deborah is back and explaining the 3 main reasons for her absence and the lessons she has learned in the process. Firstly, if you’re sick, you need to rest and recuperate …

If you don’t change it, you’re choosing it

July 3rd, 2019


Sometimes we forget that we have the power to make choices to change our situations and our lives. If you become aware of something that is causing you stress or making you unhappy, you can actively work towards …

Feel the Feeling. Don’t become the Emotion

July 3rd, 2019


It’s ok to be sad or heartbroken or disappointed or to feel fear in a moment. Recognize the emotion. Sit with it for a while. Feel it and let it go. …

Patience and delayed gratification

June 26th, 2019


In our world of ‘always on’ we have all become socially conditioned to expect instant gratification. We are losing our ability to have patience and to understand that some things take longer than others. Deborah invites …

Health, wealth and time

June 26th, 2019


After a 4 week absence due to illness, Deborah is back and sharing her very personal insights on the importance of looking after our own health and wellbeing and being selfish with our time. Money cannot buy us health …

Just ‘love’

May 29th, 2019


Instead of assuming that love is romantic or familial, Deborah encourages listeners to distinguish love-based actions and emotions from those that are fear-based and to act from a place of love, more often. For …

Belief in Self

May 28th, 2019


You need to believe in yourself and your abilities, fiercely and unequivocally. Don’t let the fears of others - or your win negative self talk - get in the way of achieving your goals or taking risks to change the …

The Myth of Closure

May 24th, 2019


Are you still stuck on an event from the past? Something ended and you don’t really know why? Deborah talks about what she calls the ‘myth of …

Stop Starting & Start Finishing

May 21st, 2019


How many projects have you started and not finished? How many of those projects still belong on your to-do list? Deborah invites you to follow this …

A Personal SWOT

May 20th, 2019


Your fear and self limiting beliefs are the only thing standing in the way of a world of opportunities for growth, Discovery, success and abundance. Deborah invites you to start a personal SWOT analysis to really start …

Not My Job

May 14th, 2019


The shadow side to being kind and empathetic and always willing to help others, is that we take on burdens that are not ours to carry. In this episode, Deborah reminds you that there are certain things in life which are …

A lesson in not taking things personally

May 13th, 2019


Deborah shares a very personal story about the importance of not internalizing the behaviors of others and not taking things personally. It’s important that we see people for who they are and meet them where they are on …

3 lessons on Taking Chances

May 8th, 2019


Deborah shares the top 3 Lessons she has learned over the past few years about taking chances in life and going after your dreams.

Changing your Habits will Change your Life

May 7th, 2019


Simply having knowledge about something doesn't actually lead to lasting change. If we truly want to change our lives, we need to change our …

The Best Compliment Ever

May 2nd, 2019


What is the best compliment you have ever received? A compliment about your character and your way of showing up in this world? What lasting impression are you leaving on the people you interact with? Even if the …

Be the Architect of your own Life

April 29th, 2019


In this retrospective, Deborah encourages you to be the Architect of your own life, instead of being a construction worker for someone else’s dreams. Gain some Perspective on work and life and start doing more of the …

Reason, season or lifetime

April 23rd, 2019


As with all things in nature, human relationships also go through cycles and we can be a lot happier and healthier if we all let go of our …

The People who Light you Up

April 23rd, 2019


Deborah recently got to spend time with one of her best friends who was visiting Johannesburg from Chicago. Being around someone who brings out the best in us, someone who encourages us to do better and be better, is …

Finding purpose in a cause

April 12th, 2019


In a world of suffering, violence, poverty and efforts to erode human rights, Deborah invites you to be aware of what is happening in your community …

Niko-Niko Mood Tracking

April 8th, 2019


Deborah shares some insights into how you can use mood tracking in your personal life and at work to create awareness and really improve relationships and overall wellbeing. Combining mood tracking with free apps or …

Tradition may be holding you back

April 4th, 2019


In the corporate world, there are few phrases worse for innovation and growth than “we’ve always done things this way”. We have many traditions in our families, our communities and our workplaces that may well be …

You are Enough

April 2nd, 2019


Deborah encourages you to realize that you are Enough, right now. You don’t need a better job or car or house. You don’t need to lose a few pounds, first. Your worth as a human being doesn’t depend on what you do for a …

Dealing with conflict

April 1st, 2019


Conflict is inevitable. Combat is optional. In this episode, Deborah discusses the importance of embracing disagreements and conflict as a learning …

Quit the Judgment

March 25th, 2019


Ever noticed how judgmental we are of others? What they’re wearing, their body type, their physical appearance in general? When we judge everyone else, we also tend to judge ourselves more harshly and we are dealing …

The Company we Keep

March 19th, 2019


There are really only 2 kinds of people in this world - those who energize and inspire us and those who drain and deplete us. Deborah invites you to …

Healing a Broken Heart

March 15th, 2019


If you’re dealing with some kind of heartbreak, be kind to yourself and allow your heart time to heal. Deborah shares 3 tips for recovering from heartbreak and making sure that you don’t compromise on who you are, …

Have to vs. Get To

March 13th, 2019


Deborah shares the transformative power of flipping the script on yourself and replacing every “I have to..” statement with a more positive grateful …

Be a Change Maker

March 12th, 2019


If you want to change your life, start by changing your mind - the thoughts and beliefs that are holding you back. If you want to change the world, …

Know your Motives

March 8th, 2019


How often do you question your own motives or gain clarity on your intentions before you speak up or take action in your life? Deborah shares a personal account about a friend who had to ask this very tough question of …

The Power of Active Listening

March 7th, 2019


Listen to ‘understand’ instead of just listening to ‘respond’. Active Listening is a powerful tool that will help you improve relationships and make …

Top 5 Traits of Toxic People

February 28th, 2019


Actions always speak louder than words and it is possible to identify toxic people and avoid them, if you look out for the top 5 traits that Deborah has found to be common in all toxic people she has encountered. Keep …

Actions Speak

February 27th, 2019


When meeting new people or assessing current relationships, Deborah reminds us that people can say all kinds of things, but the real test is found in how those people act and behave. Don’t just listen to words. Watch …

Overcoming Digital Isolation

February 26th, 2019


In Part 2 of the Lessons on Digital Isolation and resultant loneliness, Deborah shares 4 practical tips to get you out of your digital cocoon and …

Digital Isolation

February 25th, 2019


Are you perhaps allowing technology and your digital life to become a replacement for IRL connections? Deborah talks about how technology could be …

Evolve or Repeat

February 19th, 2019


Have you ever noticed a pattern repeating itself in your life? Perhaps in your relationships or your career? Deborah invites you to take stock of these experiences and ask ‘what is this trying to teach me?’. Listen to …

Schedule your Priorities

February 18th, 2019


Your daily and weekly schedule should reflect the priorities and things that are truly important to you. Deborah invites you to examine your schedule …

Real vs True

February 12th, 2019


Deborah invites you to learn to distinguish between real feelings in a specific moment and question whether the accompanying thoughts and beliefs, are really true. Chances are, the feelings are real but the thoughts are …

Be more selfish with your time

February 11th, 2019


Deborah invites you to take a look at all the things on your ‘to do’ list and to examine how many of those are actually YOUR responsibility and how many are other people’s problems and responsibilities that have now …

The 90/90/1 Principle

February 6th, 2019


If you have identified goals you want to focus on this year, Deborah invites you to use GROW coaching to become un-stuck and to use Robin Sharma’s 90/90/1 Principle for exceptional growth. GROW coaching was discussed in …

The ‘wheel of life’ Exercise

February 5th, 2019


In order to create more balance in our lives, or embark on a personal journey to create the life we dream of, completing a ‘wheel of life’ assessment …

Don’t take anything Personally

February 4th, 2019


How others behave and act towards us, is never about us and always about them. Yet we are so arrogant and self absorbed that we are quick to make things personal and to become defensive or hostile. Deborah invites you …

Is your Job Slowly Killing You?

January 29th, 2019


Stress and burnout don’t happen overnight and the signs are there if we just look for them. Headaches, digestive problems, changes to eating or sleeping habits or lack of interest in sex - all signs that you’re headed …

Lead by Example

January 28th, 2019


As leaders, we have to model the behaviour we want to see in our teams and we have to constantly ensure that our behaviours reflect the values we are trying to promote within the workplace and at home. People will do as …

The 10 Year Challenge

January 25th, 2019


Deborah encourages you to do a retrospective on the last 10 years of your life and, instead of focusing on the superficial changes to your face and body, focus instead on what you have learned and how you have grown …

The impact we make

January 24th, 2019


How often do you think about the fingerprints you leave behind on the souls of everyone you come into contact with? How often do you thank friends …

I AM - how we define ourselves

January 23rd, 2019


Have you ever noticed the power of the phrase “I am”? How do you define yourself? What characteristics are you focusing on? Are these negatively impacting your self esteem and the way other people treat you? Deborah …

It’s OK to ask for help

January 17th, 2019


After falling ill and being out of commission for a week, Deborah is back, sharing her learnings and the importance of listening to your body and asking for help or just saying ‘no’ so that you don’t run yourself down …

Love Yourself

January 8th, 2019


Do you truly behave in a way that shows that you love yourself? Are you taking care of your health and your diet and your negative self talk and …

Fear is an opportunity for Growth

January 6th, 2019


Welcome to 2019! Deborah is super excited for a year of new challenges and opportunities for growth and invites you to take the first small step outside your comfort zone and to do something you are afraid of. Smash one …

A calendar date won’t change your life

December 18th, 2018


In the last episode for 2018, Deborah takes her own advice to take time out to relax, recharge and re-group in order to be ready for a brand new year …

Make Better Decisions

December 13th, 2018


Deborah shares 5 simple tips to empower and enable you to make better decisions on life and love. You can read the article for Women on Topp, here:

It is what it is

December 12th, 2018


Deborah briefly explores our tendency to focus our energy on things we cannot control or change, instead of simply accepting these things for what …

Kindness, empathy & Compassion

December 11th, 2018


Kindness is not a weakness, especially not from a leadership perspective and especially not in our increasingly more disconnected world. Deborah invites you to lead by example and show more kindness, empathy and …

Retrospective 1

December 10th, 2018


Every 20 episodes or so, Deborah invites you to do a retrospective of what you have learned and to celebrate the changes you are making and the progress you have shown. During the past 20 episodes, we have covered some …

Share your Story

December 6th, 2018


Nobody is sharing their failures and challenges on social media and this creates a false sense of ‘perfection’. Sharing your story with authentic …

Personal Integrity

December 5th, 2018


Integrity is one of the most important qualities that we as leaders can possess. In this episode, Deborah speaks about the importance of knowing your values and then actively living those - even if it makes you …

GROW Coaching

December 4th, 2018


Deborah explains how you can use the GROW coaching method to coach peers, friends and colleagues. You can even use the methodology to ‘coach’ …

Trust your Intuition

December 3rd, 2018


Learn to trust your sixth sense and align with your higher purpose, by trusting your intuition - that gut feeling that you get that something or …

Root Cause Analysis

November 30th, 2018


If we want a different outcome in life, we need to start making different choices. In this episode, Deborah explains the importance of a ‘root cause analysis’ and asking ‘why’ when trying to understand how we landed up …

Survive the Holidays like a Pro

November 28th, 2018


Women have a lot of pressure on them, especially during the holidays. The parties, the entertaining, the travel, the gifts and the dealing with …

How we Measure Success

November 27th, 2018


Deborah invites you to take stock of how we measure our success and asks whether we are truly living in integrity with our most authentic self and …

It’s still a Man’s World - unless Women change it

November 26th, 2018


Deborah explores the top 4 beliefs and behaviours that we have to challenge and change because these are holding us back. You can also read the …

Commit to Lifelong Learning

November 23rd, 2018


Leaders are called upon to create more leaders. “Who dares to teach, must never cease to learn.” Deborah encourages you to focus on self awareness and to learn new skills and to share your learning with others. From …

What’s your Type?

November 22nd, 2018


Self-awareness is a critical skill for anyone in leadership. Do you know your personality type? Are you able to recognize the types in others and adjust your communication and expectations, accordingly? Deborah shares a …

What brings you JOY?

November 21st, 2018


You’re so many different versions of ‘you’ for so many different people. When do you feel happiest and most like your true, authentic self? What brings you joy and makes your heart sing? Do more of that!

The Sounds of LIFE

November 20th, 2018


Are you so engrossed in your work or your social media feed, that you’re drowning out the sights and sounds of life? Deborah caught herself being agitated by the sounds of life and quickly realized that she needs to …

Quit being Afraid

November 16th, 2018


Fear stops us from chasing our dreams and living our best lives. Deborah shares her thoughts on fear of failure, fear of what others may think and fear of success. Quit being afraid. Own your sparkle!

Patience and Grace

November 15th, 2018


We are all so busy chasing our goals that we sometimes become impatient when things don’t work out exactly as we wanted them to. Have patience and trust that there is a bigger plan. You might not get what you want in …

Progress over Perfection

November 14th, 2018


Sometimes you’re physically ill or emotionally drained and feel like you can’t go on. Just do your best under the circumstances and focus on ‘progress’ over ‘perfection’. Don’t beat yourself up. Be kind to yourself and …

Level Up!

November 12th, 2018


Each phase in your life, will require a different version of you. Never stop learning or doing the work to become the woman you need to be in order to thrive during the next stage in your journey. Not everyone will …

Respond, don’t React

November 12th, 2018


Learn to practice the pause and respond to challenges in a mindful, methodical way instead of having knee-jerk reactions and making rash decisions

Kindness & Boundaries: you can be a kind bad-ass!

November 9th, 2018


As a woman in leadership, your natural kindness and empathy is actually a superpower. It’s ok to lead with more ‘heart’ and to acknowledge your emotions and the feelings and needs that others have. But you need to …

Negative Self-Talk damages your soul

November 8th, 2018


You will never speak to anyone as often as you speak to yourself. Learn how to speak to yourself more kindly and in a loving and respectful way that …

Find the Balance

November 8th, 2018


What if we recharged ourselves as often as we recharge our phones? Yu are not a smartphone with ‘low power mode’. You have a finite amount of time in this life and you have to find balance between work and life. It’s ok …

Social Media: Watch out for the Dark Side

November 5th, 2018


As much as we love social media and technology and the fact that it makes the world seem so much smaller and allows us to connect with new friends …

ME Time

November 5th, 2018


As a woman in leadership, you spend a lot of time and energy helping others and dealing with other people’s problems. It’s mentally, emotionally and physically draining. Take some ME Time - even if it’s for 30 minutes a …

Welcome & Intro

November 5th, 2018


Welcome to the GirlBoss Guide Podcast, specifically for Ladies who Lead. Hosted by Deborah Hartung. Deborah is a Leadership & Culture Consultant, …

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