Archives for July 2021

Redefining Leadership

What did you think leadership was when you were growing up?

One of the scariest phases in a parent’s life is when they no longer are the primary influence on their kids. They choose a new “leader” to follow. But are they good ones?

What were you examples were you taught from childhood to emulate, and how did that transform as you asserted your independence? Did you follow the wrong people sometimes? How did that teach you to make better choices and about whom you wanted to be?

I find that few people I meet, work with, and get to know had really strong examples of leadership in their homes and beyond. I’m sure this varies from community to community and from demographic to demographic. I envy, yet fail to relate, to people who grew up in households where they had consistent financial and emotional support. In many ways, it is because I experienced gaps in these areas that I developed certain strengths, yet, I had a very warped idea of what true leadership actually is.

I am grateful to have started therapy young, as a fourth-grader, even though it came with stigma in an already un-empathetic community. It made me realize just how much outside help I needed, and set me on a path of self-discovery and self-help that eventually led to engaging coaches, attending conferences, and taking courses through Landmark Education. These led to breakthroughs in my life, and inspired the desire to help others have breakthroughs in their career that make their lives better.

Growing up, leadership seemed to me to be about power, getting others to follow, and manipulating people to get your way. I was wooed by charisma and confidence instead of character. I made a lot of mistakes in leadership as a result.

The further down the path of personal development I went, the more I realized that I needed to redefine leadership. In one particular course, the Self-Expression Leadership Course, I demonstrated to myself that the leader I wanted to be – the highest version of leader I could achieve – is someone who creates other leaders by inspiring and enabling them to be the best version of themselves.

Of course, idealism and reality do not always coincide, and learning is a bumpy road. So did I still make mistakes? Yes, yet I also increased over time the amount of time I am that highest version of leadership, and my career continued to give me new opportunities to learn, especially from my amazing clients, and to test myself – with professional networking organizations, with parent-teacher organizations, in my community, as a college professor and youth instructor, and with my kids.

Sidebar: the kids are the biggest challenge to date! I seek out more help in this area than any other and continue not getting the results I want, not knowing if I’m doing “right,” and feeling like I am completely out of my element. Anyone else?

I spent the past four years focused on taking everything I have learned and developing the Corporate Consciousness Ripple Blueprint, and though I engaged various coaches and mentors to help me, it still felt like a solo effort and an uphill climb to garner enough enrollment to make a difference, and yet the urgency of making a difference continued to grow as my kids got closer to their teenage years (they’re still tweens) and to impending adulthood.

Then, of course, as 2020 unleashed its fury.

I got the sense that I was not alone, in fact. Other people were also feeling their sense of urgency to make an impact grow, and it was high time we started collaborating and co-creating if we really wanted to get anywhere.

I put some LinkedIn feelers out, and one of the first leaders to respond became my co-creating partner. I’m talking about Lawrence Henderson, my co-manager for the C3 community.

Together we grew our C3 community to 140 co-creators and had 25 of them step up to the online “stage” to share their wisdom and success for the benefit of our community, most of whom joined us last month for our Year-In-Review event.

When creating our vision for the coming year, Lawrence and I knew that we had to keep our mission about leveling up leaders and giving them more and more opportunities to co-create and share the goods with others, so we put the invitation out to our panelists to speak at ConCon 2021 (click here to join the waitlist) and to host their own Answer the Call to Conscious Leadership events. We are so thankful that Phil Williams and TaJuanna Taylor have answered our call to action and now the number of monthly events we have is doubled. This is great news, as we have so many in-demand topics to cover in 2021 and beyond.

Sadly, due to circumstances, Phil cannot jump in just yet, so we are looking for another conscious leader to step into hosting with TaJuanna on Unconscious Bias in August.

If you would love to co-create a new stage to elevate conscious leaders and conscious leadership any time this year, get in the C3 Community and introduce yourself today! Let us know what you would like to co-create and with what conscious leadership practices you have had success.

The stage is yours!

Garrison Starr – Superhero

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Karen Huller is the creator of the Corporate Consciousness Ripple Blueprint and author of Laser-sharp Career Focus: Pinpoint your Purpose and Passion in 30 Days. She founded Epic Careering, a leadership and career development firm specializing in executive branding and conscious culture, in 2006. 

While the bulk of her 20 years of professional experience has been within the recruiting and employment industry, her publications, presentations, and coaching also draw from experience in personal development, performance, broadcasting, marketing, and sales. Her solutions incorporate breakthroughs in neuroscience, human performance optimization, bioenergetics, and psychology to help leaders accelerate rapport, expand influence, and elevate engagement and productivity while also looking out for the sustainability of the business and the planet.

Mrs. Huller was one of the first LinkedIn trainers and is known widely for her ability to identify and develop new trends. She is a Certified Professional Résumé Writer, Certified Career Transition Consultant, and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist with a Bachelor of Art in Communication Studies and Theater from Ursinus College and a minor in Creative Writing. Her blog was recognized as a top 100 career blog worldwide by Feedspot. 

She was an Adjunct Professor in Cabrini University’s Communications Department and an Adjunct Professor of Career Management and Professional Development at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. She is an Instructor for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA) where some of her students won the 2018 national YEA competition, were named Ernst & Young’s America’s Next Top Young Entrepreneurs, and won the 2019 People’s Choice Award. 

She is board secretary for the Upper Merion Community Center and just finished serving as Vice President of the Gulph Elementary PTC, for which she received recognition as a Public Education Partner and Promoter from the Upper Merion Area Education Association. She lives in King of Prussia with her husband, two daughters, and many pets, furry, feathered, and scaly.

Cancel Culture vs Conscious Capitalism

A few weeks ago, I shared a story about a School Board Chair who stepped down from his leadership role in the wake of backlash against his graduation speech.

Some comments reflected a wariness around people being ousted for saying something perceived as offensive, shifting the wrongdoing to the people so easily offended bullying people into resigning positions of power. His wife took to social media to make sure that the record accurately reflected that no one bullied him.

What we know is that there are too few leaders who would so responsively take accountability for harm done. Why? Ego. No one is immune from ego, however, conscious leaders are committed to being self-aware and recognizing when ego is interfering with the highest good. What is in the highest good can often conflict with personal, corporate, or government agendas, which is what makes it so hard to consistently be a conscious leader. As I said in my past article, even conscious leaders make mistakes.

So, when leaders (or individuals) do harm, and fail to hold themselves accountable, it is up to others to hold them accountable. In a company, one might think it is the job of even higher-up leaders to hold others accountable. In reality, performance and success are measured in dollars, which makes profit the priority over people and the planet. In many corporate cultures, people and the planet don’t even show up on the list of priorities, and harm to both is a byproduct. There is no authority delegated to ensure that decisions made by the most wealthy and powerful aren’t adversely impacting people and the planet.

Conscious capitalism arose as a movement because of the influence money has on these leaders and their decisions as a priority of their performance.

There are other ways to influence these leaders to better consider harm to people and the planet in their decisions, such as:

  • Petitions/Protests
  • Media/Social Media/Public Relations Awareness Campaigns
  • Litigation/Class Actions
  • Strikes
  • Government/Industry Regulations

Is the fact that more people are leveraging these methods an indication that there is a mass reckoning or is it getting out of hand?

Is the damage to people (and the planet) getting out of hand, or is the response over-sensationalized?

Are too many leaders’ livelihoods damaged, seemingly permanently, by public backlash? Is it deserved?

It depends on whom you ask.

An accusation, whether true or not, can be enough to jeopardize a livelihood.

Personal grievances can become the justification, then, for revenge. Accusations, therefore, should not be made lightly or without evidence. I am troubled by an increasing trend of people not being able to civilly confront one another and work out potential issues with good old effective interpersonal communication.

On the flip side, the danger of a lack of accountability for harm done leads to more harm done. To assume that unchecked leadership will automatically consider potential primary, secondary, and tertiary impacts in all decisions is in direct denial of history, data, and what we currently understand about human behavior. We are at such a critical point in our climate, both planetary and social, that if the oppression of our people and our planet continue, there will be another kind of reckoning. And it could make profit seem like a very foolish priority.

What about when the harm isn’t yet known to anyone, but a decision is recognized as harmful by the leader who made it? How can we incentivize leaders to admit to their mistakes if the admission itself can be damaging or fatal to a lucrative career? Accountability doesn’t have to be fatal, but sometimes it hurts. Can a leader come clean without carnage?

I’ve noticed that while we are quick to vilify, we also love a redemption story. Still, some will continue to vilify, but a public figure can restore livelihood and reputation by being a “bad guy turned good.”  Yes, this can burn bridges, especially if doing so brings other harm-doers down. It’s evident, though, that what isn’t working needs to be replaced with systems that work better.

At the ConCon event coming up in November 2021, I am compiling a panel of change-makers who have influenced corporate leaders to better prioritize people and the planet and plan on facilitating the co-creation of a list of protocols and best practices from the debate of the panel and input from attendees. We will be launching the registration site for ConCon soon. In the meantime, get on the waiting list. We look forward to all that will come from this epic event.

Wounding and Healing of Men

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Karen Huller is the creator of the Corporate Consciousness Ripple Blueprint and author of Laser-sharp Career Focus: Pinpoint your Purpose and Passion in 30 Days. She founded Epic Careering, a leadership and career development firm specializing in executive branding and conscious culture, in 2006. 

While the bulk of her 20 years of professional experience has been within the recruiting and employment industry, her publications, presentations, and coaching also draw from experience in personal development, performance, broadcasting, marketing, and sales. Her solutions incorporate breakthroughs in neuroscience, human performance optimization, bioenergetics, and psychology to help leaders accelerate rapport, expand influence, and elevate engagement and productivity while also looking out for the sustainability of the business and the planet.

Mrs. Huller was one of the first LinkedIn trainers and is known widely for her ability to identify and develop new trends. She is a Certified Professional Résumé Writer, Certified Career Transition Consultant, and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist with a Bachelor of Art in Communication Studies and Theater from Ursinus College and a minor in Creative Writing. Her blog was recognized as a top 100 career blog worldwide by Feedspot. 

She was an Adjunct Professor in Cabrini University’s Communications Department and an Adjunct Professor of Career Management and Professional Development at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. She is an Instructor for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA) where some of her students won the 2018 national YEA competition, were named Ernst & Young’s America’s Next Top Young Entrepreneurs, and won the 2019 People’s Choice Award. 

She is board secretary for the Upper Merion Community Center and just finished serving as Vice President of the Gulph Elementary PTC, for which she received recognition as a Public Education Partner and Promoter from the Upper Merion Area Education Association. She lives in King of Prussia with her husband, two daughters, and many pets, furry, feathered, and scaly.

Announcing ConCon 2021, A Virtual Conference for Conscious Leaders

Lawrence Henderson and I are proud to present to you our upcoming virtual summit, Conscious Conference (ConCon). This will be a virtual 2-day event taking place on Friday, November 5th and Saturday, November 6th.

ConCon will be a space to:

✷ Speed-network to meet fellow conscious co-creators and start planning how you’ll accelerate conscious momentum
✷ Gain mind-blowing insights on how you can level up your conscious influence
✷ Discover bleeding-edge breakthroughs in living and leading consciously
✷ Celebrate the trailblazers walking the walk…every….day!

If you’re interested in attending, save the date and click here to join the waitlist so we can share updates with you and our registration page when it goes live. If you are a speaker dedicated to conscious leadership, or would like to recommend a speaker, please fill out or share the speaker application form.

Sponsorship Application

We anticipate 800-1000 conscious leaders to attend this virtual conference on Friday, November 5th and Saturday, November 6th, 2021. Currently, we are seeking sponsors so we can secure great keynote speakers and provide the best possible experience to attendees.

If our goals feel in alignment with you and your company, please fill out this form to become a ConCon sponsor and we will be in touch with you. There are four sponsorship levels to choose from (shown below).

ConCon Awards

At ConCon, we will also be giving two awards, the Co-Creator Award, which goes to the panelist(s) of the Answer the Call to Conscious Leadership event with the most member votes, and the Conscious Leader Award. Nominate someone for the Conscious Leader Award that you feel walks the Conscious Leadership walk by exemplifying and offering:

  • Authenticity
  • Vulnerability
  • Psychological Safety
  • Awareness
  • Empathy
  • Accountability

The event’s agenda and speakers will be announced soon. We are very excited to continue providing you with the content needed to continually level up your conscious leadership. This will also be an amazing opportunity to gather virtually with other conscious leaders to network and share ideas!

If you aren’t already, please join our C3 community of conscious leaders on LinkedIn! As a member of C3, you will be able to watch the replays of our past events and cast your vote for the Co-Creator Award!

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Karen Huller is the creator of the Corporate Consciousness Ripple Blueprint and author of Laser-sharp Career Focus: Pinpoint your Purpose and Passion in 30 Days. She founded Epic Careering, a leadership and career development firm specializing in executive branding and conscious culture, in 2006. 

While the bulk of her 20 years of professional experience has been within the recruiting and employment industry, her publications, presentations, and coaching also draw from experience in personal development, performance, broadcasting, marketing, and sales. Her solutions incorporate breakthroughs in neuroscience, human performance optimization, bioenergetics, and psychology to help leaders accelerate rapport, expand influence, and elevate engagement and productivity while also looking out for the sustainability of the business and the planet.

Mrs. Huller was one of the first LinkedIn trainers and is known widely for her ability to identify and develop new trends. She is a Certified Professional Résumé Writer, Certified Career Transition Consultant, and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist with a Bachelor of Art in Communication Studies and Theater from Ursinus College and a minor in Creative Writing. Her blog was recognized as a top 100 career blog worldwide by Feedspot. 

She was an Adjunct Professor in Cabrini University’s Communications Department and an Adjunct Professor of Career Management and Professional Development at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. As an instructor for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, she has helped two of her students win the 2018 National Competition to be named America’s Next Top Young Entrepreneurs, to win the 2019 People’s Choice Award, and to land in the top 8 during the (virtual) 2020 National Competition.

She is board secretary for the Upper Merion Community Center and just finished serving as Vice President of the Gulph Elementary PTC, for which she received recognition as a Public Education Partner and Promoter from the Upper Merion Area Education Association. She lives in King of Prussia with her husband, two daughters, and many pets, furry, feathered, and scaly.

Year In Review – Answer The Call To Conscious Leadership

What a year. What a community!

Last Thursday, we welcomed back 18 C3 community members who stepped up in co-creation with us this past year to discuss various topics related to conscious leadership.

Our panelists filled us in on their year, what themes seemed most emergent, and what they see as areas of focus and growth for the future.

Join C3 and watch the replay to see what our panelists said about:

  • How the last year transformed how we build relationships, community, and corporate culture
  • What change are we keeping and what are we going back to
  • How the corporate landscape transformed, and how “the great resignation” threaten companies that try to go back to the way it was
  • What hasn’t changed, and what change is still left ahead to make
  • How can we leverage the momentum started, the waste we eliminated, and the space we created to tackle this change
  • What Nick Dillon meant when he said the focus that came out of the past year was “believing beyond what’s comfortable”?
  • What new opportunities, possibilities, gifts, blessings, and new purposes were created or emerged in the midst of the crises of 2020
  • How we can get more intersectional
  • How we take our shared experiences and share the responsibility of creating the world we want moving forward

Sharon Clinton said, “We have to continue to carry the torch that all are welcome at the table, and all voices have value.”

That’s what the C3 community was created to do! Make your voice count and join today.

A good group of new topics bubbled up for our future Answer the Call to Conscious Leadership events and ConCon 2021, which will be held virtually Friday, November 5th and Saturday, November 6th. Some of them include Unconscious Bias, Anti-fragility, Trauma Sensitivity, and Measuring Social Impact.

Join C3 and let us know what conscious leadership gaps you would like filled in the next year.

We invited our panelists to help us cover more of these topics and step further into co-creation by hosting additional monthly events. We have at least one new host. Please let us know if you, too, are willing to co-create additional monthly events, and, if you are interested in speaking at ConCon, fill out this application. Share it with speakers you know would add value to our community and invite them to C3.

At ConCon, we will be giving two awards, the Co-Creator Award, which goes to the panelist(s) of the Answer the Call to Conscious Leadership event with the most member votes, and the Conscious Leader Award. Nominate someone for the Conscious Leader Award that you feel walks the Conscious Leadership walk by exemplifying and offering:

  • Authenticity
  • Vulnerability
  • Psychological Safety
  • Awareness
  • Empathy
  • Accountability

Below was the final lineup of guests for our Year In Review. We are so thankful to have these amazing leaders come back to spend more time with us and to have these people in our community.

If you haven’t reached out to get to know these people and explore co-creating with them, I invite you to join the C3 community and do so, and maybe next year when we review, we will learn all about waves of conscious change you co-created.

1:00 – 1:15 p.m. ET:

Geralyn Smith, HR and Leadership Development Consultant, Organizational Leadership (Sept 2020)

Sharon R. Clinton, Deputy Executive Director and change-maker for the City of Philadelphia, Improving Access to Resources and Opportunity (April 2021)

Nicholas Dillon, Speaker and Bestselling Author, Leading With Vulnerability (March 2021)

Carl Shawn Watkins, CEO of Carl Shawn’s Daily Word, Faith-Based Life Coach, Poet, Inspirational Speaker, and Paralegal, Authentic Leadership (February 2021)

Al Sullivan, Founder and CEO of Inspirus Consulting, Assessments (November 2020)

1:15 – 1:30 p.m. ET:

Kelly Robinson, CEO of Talent Acquisition and Recruiting Consulting firm Panna Knows, Curtailing COVID Turnover (August 2020)

Lindsey Ackerman, Geotechnical Project Manager, Using Active Vs. Passive Voice (June 2021)

Christopher Waters, Social Impact Consultant, Professor, and Fellow, Conscious Leadership Tools (June 2020)

Jay Hurt, Persuasive Communications Expert and Sales Leader and COO at The Academy of Creative Coaching, Using Active Vs. Passive Voice (June 2021)

Julie Armet, Performance Coach for Mission-driven Individuals, Authentic Connection (July 2020)

1:30 – 1:45 p.m. ET:

David E. Guerreso, Leadership and Purpose Development Coach, June 2020

Amy Bradbury, Innovation Readiness Expert, currently helping Eugene, OR deal with oppressive heat, Authentic Connection (July)

Kimberlie Gridley, Multi-certified Coach, Consultant, and Environmental Advocate, Energy Leadership (May)

1:45 – 2:00 p.m. ET:

Isabelle Dominique “D” Ross, Talent Development Consultant, Authentic Leadership (Feb 2021) & Improving Access to Resources and Opportunity (April 2021)

TaJuanna M. Taylor, Corporate Compliance Project Consultant, Curtailing COVID Turnover (August 2020)

Gabriela Herrero, C-IQ Certified Conversational Alchemist, Conversational Intelligence (October 2020)

Curtis Smith Conscious Leadership Tools (June 2020)

Rebecca Morgan, Psychological Safety Expert, Bestselling Author, Global Speaker, and Management Consultant, Psychological Safety (August 2020)

I look forward to continuing co-creating more conscious change in the year ahead!

Reelin’ In The Years

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Karen Huller is the creator of the Corporate Consciousness Ripple Blueprint and author of Laser-sharp Career Focus: Pinpoint your Purpose and Passion in 30 Days. She founded Epic Careering, a leadership and career development firm specializing in executive branding and conscious culture, in 2006. 

While the bulk of her 20 years of professional experience has been within the recruiting and employment industry, her publications, presentations, and coaching also draw from experience in personal development, performance, broadcasting, marketing, and sales. Her solutions incorporate breakthroughs in neuroscience, human performance optimization, bioenergetics, and psychology to help leaders accelerate rapport, expand influence, and elevate engagement and productivity while also looking out for the sustainability of the business and the planet.

Mrs. Huller was one of the first LinkedIn trainers and is known widely for her ability to identify and develop new trends. She is a Certified Professional Résumé Writer, Certified Career Transition Consultant, and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist with a Bachelor of Art in Communication Studies and Theater from Ursinus College and a minor in Creative Writing. Her blog was recognized as a top 100 career blog worldwide by Feedspot. 

She was an Adjunct Professor in Cabrini University’s Communications Department and an Adjunct Professor of Career Management and Professional Development at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. As an instructor for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, she has helped two of her students win the 2018 National Competition to be named America’s Next Top Young Entrepreneurs, to win the 2019 People’s Choice Award, and to land in the top 8 during the (virtual) 2020 National Competition.

She is board secretary for the Upper Merion Community Center and just finished serving as Vice President of the Gulph Elementary PTC, for which she received recognition as a Public Education Partner and Promoter from the Upper Merion Area Education Association. She lives in King of Prussia with her husband, two daughters, and many pets, furry, feathered, and scaly.