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Impact Makers

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The Impact Makers Podcast with Jennifer McClure is a weekly podcast for people who are interested in making a positive difference in the world not only through their work, but also through how they choose to live their lives.


053: Putting Yourself First and Finally Taking Control of Your Career With Laurie Ruettimann

I’m coming in hot into 2021 with Episode number 53 of the Impact Makers podcast!




I’m ready to emerge from my 2020 coronavirus induced cocoon, and to make great things happen in my world, and for you in this shiny and promising new year. And I can think of no better way to kick off the year, than with my BFF, Laurie Ruettimann


Laurie is back as a guest on the podcast to chat about her first traditionally published book - Betting On You - which will be released on January 12, 2021. 


And that’s truly a big deal. 


In Episode 2 of the Impact Makers podcast, I shared a little bit about how I originally found Laurie online through one of her early blogs - Teambuilding Is For Suckers. She wrote every day about work, life and cats - among other things - and even though I didn’t always agree with her, or share some of her views, her writing style was totally engaging, and she always had an informed point of view that made me think. 


Over the last 15+ years, she’s evolved online from the anonymous voice behind the Teambuilding Is For Suckers blog, to being the pixie of the apocalypse who penned the wildly popular Punk Rock HR blog, and then the successful blogger who blew everything up to rebrand, and become The Cynical Girl for awhile. 


A few years ago, she took all of her great writing and talents over to her own online domain - - and resurrected Punk Rock HR as the name of her popular weekly podcast. 


And while she’s become my best friend over the last 11 years, I’m also her biggest Fan. She’s simply one of the best writers out there, and can always be counted on to share frank, informed - and sometimes contrary to popular opinions - career and life advice, which is what is needed in a world where many of the so-called career experts sound very much the same. 


It’s always been a personal dream of Laurie’s to write a book and to have it published by a traditional publishing house, and she’s finally made that dream come true. Her book - Betting On You: How To Put Yourself First And (Finally) Take Control Of Your Career - will be published and released by Henry Holt & Co on January 12, 2021. 


So, of course, we needed to talk about this moment in time, and what it took to accomplish this major life goal. Of course, it hasn’t always been easy, but I’m so glad that Laurie pushed through the challenges, did the hard work, and has reached the point where the book will go from a dream to reality next week. 


In this episode, Laurie will share a couple of the career and life stories that are included in the book, and she’ll also unpack the framework she proposes for fixing work by fixing yourself - which includes focusing on self-leadership, well-being, continuous learning, and risk-taking.  


I’m so proud of my friend. And I’m really proud of this book.


I’ve read an advance copy, have pre-order a hardback version, and will also purchase the audiobook. I hope that you’ll buy at least one copy too, and will connect with Laurie to continue to follow her journey, as well as learn from her in the future. 


Topics Discussed In This Episode:​​

  • The steps Laurie took in the long process of selling her book proposal for Betting On You, and ultimately signing with a major publisher. 
  • The project plan that Laurie and her team created to ensure that the book was written, and delivered on time. 
  • The role that her husband, and a bottle of tequila, played in the receipt of the long awaited initially proposed book cover for Betting On You. 
  • The framework for fixing work by fixing yourself: self leadership, well-being, continuous learning, and risk taking. 
  • What the buyer of Betting On You is going to get - a fresh take on the world of work, and also life. Also, good stories, well told. 
  • The role that punk rock singer Courtney Love played in Laurie deciding to put herself first, and reclaim her life. 
  • Why everybody good gets fired at least once - and the lessons that can be learned in that process.
  • How using the pre-mortem process can help you approach your life and career more effectively.


People & Resources Mentioned In This episode:

Order your copy of Betting on You: How to Put Yourself First and (Finally) Take Control of Your Career by Laurie Ruettimann

Impact Makers Podcast Episode 002    - The Thriving Contrarian with Laurie Ruettimann

Impact Makers Podcast Episode 036    - The Random Show — Conversations with My BFF Laurie Ruettimann

Laurie Ruettimann Website

Laurie Ruettimann books

Betting On You Book

Laurie’s LinkedIn Learning courses on Self-Leadership & Managing Conflict

Punk Rock HR podcast with Laurie Ruettimann

Danny Ozment / Emerald City Productions

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't by Jim Collins

Blake Mycosckie / Madefor


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