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How to Use Your Love for Learning to Take Bigger Risks with Katie Anderson (Ep35)

Explore the connection between learning and having a learning mindset that drives exponential success with my guest, Katie Anderson.

Katie is a leadership consultant, entrepreneur, keynote speaker, and best-selling author.

As your virtual mentor – I encourage you to listen to the conversation with Katie from a couple of angles. First, she offers some tips on creating learning organizations and leaders who are learners. Second, if you're a consultant or coach who works with organizations, pay attention to how you can consider these best practices as part of your consulting and coaching.

Katie is a Fullbright Scholar who has lived all around the world and has built her career and business success on her learning superpower. She doesn't talk about learning as a business strategy or as part of her consulting. But, it's what she lives. It oozes out of her. It's the subject of her keynote and her book, which I initially thought would be the focus of our conversation.

But when we talked, it was all about the power of learning, having a learning mindset and lifestyle, and how transformative learning is to organizations and business owners.

In our conversation, Katie shares her unique experience of starting her consulting business, moving to Japan, and forging a deep connection with long-term Toyota executive Isao Yoshino. Isao gave her behind-the-scenes insight into the role of learning and the continuous improvement culture of Toyota.

We go deep into the power of having a learning mindset and how it creates the conditions for excellence, risk-taking, and so much more. We also talked about our shared experiences as internal consultants, leaping into business ownership, and how to stay resilient and focused when scaling to new heights.

In this episode, you'll hear:

  • Why entrepreneurs constantly need to step outside of their comfort zone to start or scale their business and how it creates fears and imposter syndrome
  • Katie's strategy for development professionals who love to learn 
  • How you can use your learning superpower to quell fears quickly when you are taking bigger risks with your business

Learning is Katie's superpower, and I bet it is one of yours as a consultant or coach! It may not be #1 like Katie, but it's in your mix. So listen in! 

Where to dive in:

[3:55] Hear how Katie started her consulting career
[10:18] How Katie's abilities leading from influence without a formal place on the org chart helped her begin her external consultancy
[13:30] Where Katie's learning superpower comes from
[19:56] Hear what Katie would say to anyone starting a business and falling into the "I should already know this" myth
[25:50] Katie shares the heart behind "Learning to Lead, Leading To Learn" and the attributes of a learning and excellence organizational culture
[32:10] Hear why unlearning is part of a learning culture and the reasons cultures stop learning
[34:02] What Katie has to say to people who find it challenging to apply a culture of learning to their entrepreneurship and what to do in the face of failure
[37:54] The difference between intentions and goals and why the difference matters
[39:57] Hear what's next for Katie and her intentions
[43:11] Why getting just 1% better is enough. Hear Betsy's personal story about working on her signature speech and the learning process
[45:50] What Katie would tell her younger self, who was deciding whether or not she should go out on her own 

Next steps:

  1. Create a learning cycle for yourself! Set an intention each day and reflect, learn, and adjust so you can achieve more in every area of life.
  2. Visit Katie at kbjanderson.com and check out her book, "Learning to Lead, Leading To Learn." 
  3. If you need more personalized support from someone like me, I'm only a zoom call away. Head on over to my website at www.betsyjordyn.com. Learn more about our end-to-end creative support services, which are the fun and vulnerable stuff essential for bringing high-pact, high-income consulting and coaching businesses to life.

About my guest: Katie Anderson is an internationally recognized leadership and learning coach, consultant, and professional speaker, best known for inspiring individuals and organizations to lead with intention and increase their personal and professional impact. Katie is passionate about helping people around the world learn to lead and lead to learn by connecting purpose, process, and practice to achieve higher levels of performance. Her book Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn: Lessons from Toyota Leader Isao Yoshino on a Lifetime of Continuous Learning is an international #1 Amazon bestseller.

About me: The Enough Already podcast is hosted by Betsy Jordyn. I'm a Brand Positioning Strategist that helps consulting and coaching business owners clarify their brand positioning and messaging, create a website presence that positions them as sought-after experts, land clients with ease and integrity, and take their place as thought leaders and influencers in their niche. My mission is to help consultants and coaches monetize their best-at strengths and authentic passions to make a bigger difference in the world. Check out my brand strategy, messaging, and design services at https://www.betsyjordyn.com 

Links:

Download my free guide on how to clarify and own your unique position in the crowded consulting and coaching market: https://www.betsyjordyn.com/opt-in

Learn more about my Brand Positioning and Messaging strategy services: https://www.betsyjordyn.com/services

Schedule a consult call to talk about what you need to do to get seen and paid as the expert you already are: https://betsyjordyn.as.me/schedule 

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