Being Authentic About My Abilities

“Know it all, micro-manager, aloof, ineffective.”

That’s the feedback Carla’s boss got when she checked in with others on her progress in her new position. Her boss thought, “Wow. Old school leadership. That’s not what we need”.

But Carla had been exposed to the soft skills and behaviors necessary to motivate, empower, and inspire others so they become accountable, and work collaboratively toward the good of the whole.

Carla was struggling, and knowing her boss wasn’t happy only triggered her further. On the recommendation of a friend, Carla decided to sign up for Beth’s Navigating Challenging Dialogue Skills Training.

The 2-day training not only captivated Carla’s attention, but the connections of how the brain actually processes information were brand new and made so much sense. Carla soon forgot the initial stress she felt about being out of the office for two days.

Carla took a risk and volunteered for spot-coaching during the training. Her big aha came when she was able to see how being curious, instead of masking the fact that she didn’t have all the information, would actually would build trust and connection with her team.

A few weeks after the workshop, Carla wrote Beth saying, “Thank you so much. I’ve learned to be authentic with my skills and abilities. You helped me identify a few small steps I could take to start practicing the changes I wanted to experiment with. It didn’t take too long before I started applying these new behaviors across the board because I saw how applying them made my management job so much more easeful.”

If you (or someone on your staff) are stuck in an “old school leadership” style, register for the next Navigating Challenging Dialogue™ Skills Training. Or request to have the workshop held at own site, for your staff, at

Beth Wonson