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Reinventing Human Resources from Native American Wisdom

If you want to know how to make your company retreat transformative, I recommend you get some advice from Jennifer J. Riley, who invited me to join her team this week to teach them how to authentically brand themselves on LinkedIn so that they attract “their” people and help their people find them – clients, employees, vendors, partners, etc.

Branding helps you find “your” people, meaning the kinds of people you enjoy working with and for. It helps you engage with people who need what you offer, know people who need what you offer AND appreciate the approach you take. Successful branding results in building connections that are most likely to achieve tremendous outcomes from working together.

Jennifer’s business is family law, and she is a curator of people. I am one of those people.

Jennifer does not just provide legal services. She has a very inspiring vision of reinventing family law to provide the support that people need to rebuild after legal matters, such as divorce, devastate their lives and their shared resources.

The theme of the company retreat I presented at was New Horizons. All of the retreat’s programming was intentionally designed to stabilize her staff after tremendous growth during one of the most challenging times on the planet to be alive, so that the team can lay a strong foundation from which to build these programs and services.

Jennifer was very fortunate to have grown up around Native American elders who would frequent her parent’s store. She is in the process of setting up a third office location and home in Tucson, AZ, where she hosted her retreat at the ridiculously gorgeous Hilton El Conquistador Resort.

To honor the traditions of the land, the hotel welcomed Larry Redhouse, a Native American flutist, to perform a sunset fire ceremony. At the time Larry started, the evening’s banquet was just beginning and the photographer sent us down to get a group photo. So we all happened to be on the lawn in front of him. As he began, we all fell silent in full reverence of this ethereal sound while the sun blazed the mountains that loom behind the resort with brilliant colors – pink, bronze, and gold.

I am not ashamed to admit that tears fell out of my eyes from the sheer beauty of it all. I felt transported. As he ended a song he turned to us and asked if we were all together in a group, to which we proudly replied that we were the JJR Law Firm party. Then he turned to face us and imparted some Native American wisdom to us along with the rest of his captive audience, all of it deepening our connection as the colors of the mountains grew richer and richer.

A few of his words made the tears drop faster. For one, he advised us to “let it go.” Let go of the pain and anger of wrongdoings against us. Don’t let the pain distract you from the treasure all around. He also shared the philosophy of Mother Earth. Larry pointed to the mountain, which seemed to be shining from within down upon us rather than just reflecting the sun, and told us that to Native Americans, the earth is not a resource; it is a life source. Native Americans appreciate every gift the earth provides, and as we witnessed later that evening when the Yellow Bird Indian Dancers came to share even more about the Apache culture via dance, song, and storytelling, they pay tribute with dance and song for all of the gifts it provides.

Imagine for a moment if this was our normal way of being, not only at home, but at work – paying tribute with song and dance to the pen that signs the accord, or the software that computes the data, or internet that connects us all. Sometimes I do wish I could dance and sing and make technology work better, especially lately. However, the elder dancer of Yellow Bird said that the rain dance they performed was a song of gratitude after the rain, not to will the rain. These traditions are not of asking, but of gratitude. They gladly give back to Mother Earth and take care of Her needs.

I think you know by now where I am going with this.

So, now imagine if companies recognized people as their life source. It would probably look a lot like the retreat, for starters. Jennifer wasn’t just concerned with upskilling her people so that they would produce more. She recognized what they have already produced, especially under extraordinary circumstances. She provided them with training on tools that will enable them to make an impact on the planet that they find meaningful, as well as to protect their data.

She made sure I took the time to help one of her attorneys, Patrick (PJ) McGinnis, craft a LinkedIn invitation to those interested in learning how to protect equine therapy locations from compliance issues, a passion of his.

Another member of her tribe, Cara McClintock-Walsh, secured world-renowned author Colum McCann as a keynote speaker to engage their intellectual and emotional intelligence by being led through his Narrative 4 process.

Jennifer nourished not only her team’s minds, but also their bodies and spirits. She had a nurse teach them how to better care for their physical, emotional, and mental health through the pandemic and beyond.

And yes, they learned team building from a Trader Joe’s team developer.

All the while, she made sure we ate the best food and experienced the beauty of the area by immersing us in it with a fascinating guided hike at Catalina State Park followed by standing yoga.

The resort was not just gorgeous, but highly tuned in to the needs of the group. Someone merely overheard Jason Warburton, Jennifer’s husband and Facilities Manager, say that he forgot his sunglasses and dropped off three free pairs to his table!

Now imagine what this looks like every day. Imagine if company leaders really understood that their workforce is – more than a transactional exchange of output (production) to input (salary), but an ecosystem that needs balance to sustain itself. Furthermore, companies are a part of larger ecosystems, and need to consider the interconnection of their actions and decisions on the world around them.

What if the job of Human Resources or Human Capital was not to get the most out of their investment, but to put back what they harvest? What if doing no harm to their life source was a priority and a minimum standard?

Imagine if companies saw people, not money, as their life source. And what if the individuals of these companies also recognized the earth as a life source? How differently might decisions be made?

If a company really embodied these Native American philosophies, what would we call Human Resources?

Maybe if companies prioritized offering their talent something in the hiring process instead of focusing on what they can garner from candidates, the Talent Acquisition Department would instead be called the Opportunity Center.

Since many people seem interested in disrupting HR, it now makes perfect sense to me to not look to build a better model from scratch, but to borrow from the models gifted to us from wise civilizations around the world – an integrated model. It also makes sense to me to do the same for all the other models that need disruption.

Once these values are imbued into your corporate culture, please, don’t let what happened to indigenous cultures and traditions happen at your company! Find ways to make sure that the elders of your company pass on their wisdom and that the newer members keep the traditions alive!

Make sure your company is not only offering a living wage, health benefits beyond “sick care”, and ample time and conditions for rejuvenation of mind, body, and spirit, but also make sure your people are celebrated and appreciated.

Larry Redhouse – If You Only Knew

The Larry Redhouse Trio :Playing “If You Only Knew”, an original by Larry RedhouseLarry Redhouse – keyboardsKirk Kuykendall – acoustic bassGil Rodriguez – dr…

Karen Huller, CEO of Epic Careering, is the co-founder of The Consciousness Conference (ConCon) and the C3: Corporate Consciousness Co-op community on LinkedIn. She 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 conscious career and leadership development firm specializing in executive branding, talent-values alignment, and conscious culture, in 2006. 

While the bulk of Mrs. Huller’s 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. 

Mrs. Huller 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 serves on the board for the Upper Merion Community Center, which she helped establish, and is an advisor to Florida International University for their Women in Leadership program. For her service as Vice President of the Gulph Elementary PTC, she received recognition as a Public Education Partner and Promoter from the Upper Merion Area Education Association. Mrs. Huller has also been the lead singer for Harpers Ferry, a rock cover band, for 20 years. She lives in King of Prussia, PA with her husband, two daughters, and many pets, furry, feathered, and scaly.

LinkedIn Branding That Makes Work Better in So Many Ways

Let me clear something up about branding. It can have a negative connotation in an environment where images are manipulated to fool people. Branding is not “spin”. It is not just a catchy logo or tagline, though those are sometimes appropriate extensions of your brand.

When branding is authentic, it helps you surround yourself with people who get you. More doors of opportunity open up. When your LinkedIn network is filled with people who get you, whatever you want to accomplish is that much easier. When the people you interface with regularly are people with whom you feel a deeper connection, the work takes on a deeper meaning, too, and can even feel like fun a lot more often. These are byproducts of branding that I wish more people understood, especially now when so many people are considering a change, but feeling like they’ll only get more of the same. Branding is a game-changer for greater career fulfillment. It makes you bolder in your actions.

Essentially, your brand is everything that is conjured up and associated with you, your name, and your business, whether that’s a business you own or your profession. This includes images, memories, stories, words, and emotions. Yes, you want your brand to evoke emotions, and it will, whether you are intentional about it or not. Maya Angelou wisely said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

It can be very hard to be objective about what emotions are evoked in others by your brand. People, generally, will be evoked to very different degrees by very different stimuli. That is why effective branding requires you to understand and empathize with your audience. How do you acquire this level of understanding? Well, LinkedIn can really help you here, too. The empathy part, well, that can come from understanding, but ultimately depends on your emotional intelligence to fully stand in your audience’s experience.

Who is your audience? By audience I mean whomever you wish to attract. This could include customers/clients, investors, partners, experts, talent, employers, recruiters, media, etc. Narrowing down your audience is really the key to effective branding, and it’s what most people avoid due to fear of limiting opportunity. It’s really counter-intuitive, but effective branding isn’t about being as marketable to as many audiences as possible. I’m not just talking about using demographics to narrow down your audience. There are many more powerful audience qualities to consider, like what matters most to them? What entices them to act? What kind of people do they allow into their inner circle? What are they really up to in their career and life? What common interests could bond you?

Your brand, at its intentional best, is a bridge between what you offer the world and who will need, want, appreciate, and invest in it. Essentially, the action you seek from your audience is that they invest time, effort, money, relationship capital, or any combination thereof.

A branded LinkedIn profile starts with identifying your unique expression of your top qualities, skills, experiences, mindsets, approaches, and talents and the value that they tend to or can create for your target audience. This is where your understanding of your target audience becomes really important. Many people struggle to understand what to say. Let your audience’s needs drive this. If you still aren’t sure, it’s time to deepen your relationship with your audience, and LinkedIn is one of the best tools for this. You likely have members of your audience already in your network (if you’re not a beginner.) Invite them to talk for a couple of minutes, but not about you – about them. Get familiar with the words that they use to describe their experiences, emotions, and decisions. Ask them what issues they find meaningful, what outcomes they want most, and what makes them decide to take action or not.

Epic Careering has a proprietary process for developing branding points, which are the foundation upon which all of your content and copy is crafted. This process produces a powerful psychological effect on your ideal profile visitor.

  • It creates instant resonance, which serves as a strong relationship foundation and rapport accelerator.
  • It produces an incremental, sometimes subconscious build-up of excitement at the possible value you can offer.
  • It induces a sense of urgency to take action (inviting you to connect).
  • It inspires more of the right people to accept YOUR invitation

I have already written an article that goes over the areas of your profile that you need to optimize with branded content to produce these effects, and you can read it here.

As I alluded to earlier, another byproduct of branding is boldness. So many of us have been conditioned to yield attention, praise, accolades, and credit which results in us allowing opportunities to pass us by. Branding helps you embrace your strengths – to own them. In my experience, branding creates seismic shifts in what my clients see as possible. Their whole experience of careering changes from giving the power to employers to having choice and control in where they go from here. Their motivation to pursue opportunities then comes from a sense of duty to offer their massive value.

I’ve noticed that collectively, as we have emerged from solitary lives and integrated back into immersion, we have more of a tendency to be selective about with whom we spend time. In some ways, we have to be careful not to exclude diverse thinking from our networks by surrounding ourselves only with those with whom we agree and relate. Branding, at its best, is not meant to be used to this extreme. On the other hand, spending most of our time with people with whom we feel safe and can be ourselves doesn’t just enhance our experience of life, but creates a sense of safety, acceptance, and room for growth that will help us all step out of survival mode and move toward a life worth living.

Are you ready to be bold? Schedule your free consultation now!

Imagine Dragons – Natural

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Karen Huller, CEO of Epic Careering, is the co-founder of The Consciousness Conference (ConCon) and the C3: Corporate Consciousness Co-op community on LinkedIn. She 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 conscious career and leadership development firm specializing in executive branding, talent-values alignment, and conscious culture, in 2006. 

While the bulk of Mrs. Huller’s 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. 

Mrs. Huller 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 serves on the board for the Upper Merion Community Center, which she helped establish, and is an advisor to Florida International University for their Women in Leadership program. For her service as Vice President of the Gulph Elementary PTC, she received recognition as a Public Education Partner and Promoter from the Upper Merion Area Education Association. Mrs. Huller has also been the lead singer for Harpers Ferry, a rock cover band, for 20 years. She lives in King of Prussia, PA with her husband, two daughters, and many pets, furry, feathered, and scaly.

A Simple, But Hard Question You Must Ask Yourself Every Day As A Conscious Leader

Conscious Leadership operates on the presupposition that when something is in the highest good, the good will ultimately benefit the whole, even if there are isolated costs and losses.

The question always at the forefront of decisions, then, is: Is it in the highest good?

You may ask… whose highest good? That is a perfectly reasonable question, and it seems so simple, right? However, many people will justify a decision because it is in the highest good of the company, instead of choosing what is in the highest good generally.

The conscious challenge isn’t in the asking, however. It’s in the answering. A conscious leader will dig deeper than an unconscious leader to find out more about unintended consequences and real-life short and long-term impacts of a decision before it’s made.

We don’t need to look further than the pandemic to witness how challenging it is to make truly conscious decisions. There are more costs to COVID than just life. COVID has also impacted time, money, memories, mental health, long-term health, staff shortages, supply chain bottlenecks, and so on and so forth. Which impact means the most to you will determine what decisions you make naturally and automatically. That makes it unconscious, however.

To make the conscious choice, a leader, or a team of leaders, must evaluate the impacts using empathy for all of the stakeholders and objectively sum up the benefits and costs to each community and environment, yet still remain open, agile, and adaptable to consider real-time information.

It takes a high level of individual and communal self-awareness to notice (and dismiss) the justifications that lead people to favor a decision that benefits them most or costs them the least. These pivot points are where leaders must flip from conscious to unconscious. When you don’t have an attachment to what needs to change and when it doesn’t have that much of an impact on you directly, it is a lot less challenging to determine if something is in the highest good. When you do have something to lose or gain, conscious leaders must detach from the outcome and mentally prepare for the outcome that is a personal loss, but a community gain.

The intention, sometimes unconsciously, becomes preserving comforts, avoiding the difficulty and complexity of change, and defending the status quo.

Michael Taylor, Principal of SchellingPoint, says that the main sticking point of change is that, many times, people don’t agree that change is even needed; they don’t agree that there’s even a problem.

I can tell you from dozens to hundreds of conversations with professionals through the years that unenlightened decision-making drives many, many people to step their toes into the job market, if not jump in headfirst. However, just like a global pandemic has costs that go well beyond potential death, your workforce’s disenchantment with decisions made at the top also has costs well beyond turnover. These costs can include lost productivity, lost engagement, and lost enthusiasm from your sales force, which can lead to lost revenue and lost faith, making all change initiatives that much harder.

What about the question, is earning this compensation in the highest good? How does a C-level executive consciously, objectively answer this question?

Ah. Now, the ratio of CEO:frontline worker has exponentially gotten worse for the low rungs yet obscenely great for the higher rungs. This isn’t in the highest good, as it benefits very few. But who is willing to cut out luxuries from their lives for the greater good of others? I am willing to bet that even if you are not personally facing this decision, you have already started to justify this hypothetically for yourself.

Do you justify accepting more than your team gets because you earned it? Put in the work? Made enough sacrifices? Have the most responsibility and so, the most to lose? Who better to be trusted with all that wealth? Is this how it works when you climb the corporate ladder?

The divide between the haves and have nots is growing. You may think that as long as you can make the above justifications, there is balance and things will shake out even in the end. However, if you take what you aren’t willing to make possible for your team, you are making an assumption that may actually limit your legacy.

I loved my first boss in recruiting. She definitely communicated that building her firm required her “blood, sweat, and tears.” She planted the entrepreneurial seeds that became Epic Careering. Still, while I was earning $5-10K below my peers, paying back student loans that so far had no return, and driving a junker that kept breaking down, I harbored resentment for the high life she appeared to live. After my first year, when I believed I earned a promotion and healthy raise to correct my underpayment, she instead told me she had to cut benefits out, but she would do it gradually, out of mercy. Not long after, she enjoyed vacation #2 of the year in Hawaii, while I needed to borrow money from my brother so I could attend his wedding in Jamaica and skip altogether a west coast trip with my then-boyfriend. I was bitter and became gradually more disengaged in my work. I had my own justifications, then.

Be mindful of your justifications. They may be perfectly reasonable, yet will have consequences that don’t serve your higher purpose. Ultimately, it becomes your justifications vs. theirs, and everyone suffers by not realizing the best possible outcome.

Like the scene in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation when the boss says, “Sometimes things look good on paper, but lose their luster when you see how it affects real folks. I guess a healthy bottom line doesn’t mean much if to get it, you have to hurt the ones you depend on.” And the hurt it causes, well, it just ”SUCKS”, as Rusty puts it.

One of the reasons why I love the show Undercover Boss is the poignant moment when the struggles of employees become real. In the end, the boss winds up bestowing employees with fairly, sometimes extremely, significant gifts and opportunities. The beneficiaries, however, are just those lucky enough to have interacted with the undercover boss. The company is chock-full of people of the same ilk, now probably wondering why they couldn’t be as lucky. Maybe they feel a bit warmer toward the boss for his or her generosity, but it doesn’t change their daily struggles to afford what the boss easily affords.

Again, the real costs go way beyond those itemized on the P&L report.

Do you want to learn to become a more conscious leader? Are you dedicated to making decisions for the highest good?

We are looking for co-founders of the Conscious Leadership movement right now. Hit me up on LinkedIn or email me at karen@epiccareering.com. Be the change you want to see in the world.

Damn Yankees – High Enough (Official Music Video)

Watch the official music video for the Damn Yankees’ “High Enough.” Released on the album Damn Yankees in 1990, this soaring rock ballad rose to No. 3 on U.S…

 

Karen Huller, CEO of Epic Careering, is the co-founder of The Consciousness Conference (ConCon) and the C3: Corporate Consciousness Co-op community on LinkedIn. She 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 conscious career and leadership development firm specializing in executive branding, talent-values alignment, and conscious culture, in 2006. 

While the bulk of Mrs. Huller’s 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. 

Mrs. Huller 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 serves on the board for the Upper Merion Community Center, which she helped establish, and is an advisor to Florida International University for their Women in Leadership program. For her service as Vice President of the Gulph Elementary PTC, she received recognition as a Public Education Partner and Promoter from the Upper Merion Area Education Association. Mrs. Huller has also been the lead singer for Harpers Ferry, a rock cover band, for 20 years. She lives in King of Prussia, PA with her husband, two daughters, and many pets, furry, feathered, and scaly.

Different Ways to Approach Corporate Transformation

Though the ConCon session recordings are still to come, our panel on Different Ways to Approach Corporate Transformation went live on Saturday and is available to all.

Lawrence Henderson and I welcomed Michael Taylor of SchellingPoint and Dr. Pamela Larde of the Academy of Creative Coaching to talk about the studies, data, research, and practice that has gone into each of their approaches to helping clients successfully navigate change initiatives to bring about conscious transformation.

It was fascinating to learn where their approaches, one being very data-driven and one being humanity-driven, overlapped and contrasted, and how they can integrate to bring about even greater success for corporate transformation.

I highly recommend that you spend an hour watching this amazing exchange of wisdom, and then tune into the end for the presentation of our inaugural Conscious Leadership Award!

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.

Who Is the Most Conscious Leader You Know?

Who is the most conscious leader you know?

Has there been a leader in your life you wish you could duplicate? Perhaps there’s someone that you wish more people could learn from, be mentored by, be inspired by.

This is your chance to gift them the recognition they deserve while also shining a spotlight on their impact and example for many other leaders.

Does the word conscious throw you off? Let me clarify this a bit.

Conscious leaders are self-aware, empathetic, authentic, and make decisions for the highest good. They are courageous enough to stand alone in being willing to do the right thing, even if it doesn’t benefit them directly. In fact, sometimes the careers of these conscious leaders suffer when they find acting within their values conflicts with an organization’s culture or pursuit of profit.

Sometimes, not only is there little incentive to do the right thing, but there can often be a detriment. It’s critically important that we positively reinforce leaders when they choose to act with integrity for the highest good, and that we make their example more visible to more leaders. At ConCon (the Consciousness Conference), we want to make sure that when one door closes for these conscious leaders, there are plenty of windows for them to shine through so that they can continue to expand their conscious impact, visibility, and evolution.

Take a few minutes to tell us about the most conscious leader in your life, and nominate them for the prestigious first-ever Conscious Leader 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.

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.

My 2017 Plan of Attack

The Eye of the Tiger by Stuck With My Camera of Flickr

 

Attack may seem like a militaristic word, but after much consideration, it fits my current mindset. Like the eye of the tiger, I have my vision in sight and I am feeling poised and ready to take on 2017.

I have my calendar for the year broken down into micro-movements, better known as milestones, but unlike milestones, micro-movements have a bit more flexibility to shift around. I fully anticipate great opportunities arising that I cannot at this point predict, as I am expecting 2017 to be even better than I imagine.

This actually brings me to my first resources – books:

Code of the Extraordinary Mind: 10 Unconventional Laws to Redefine Your Life and Succeed On  Your Own Terms, Vishen Lakhiani

I am halfway through this book and have already evaluated 12 realms (shared earlier with you) and created inspiring visions for how I want these 12 realms to be. It was promising to find that I have already made significant progress in a couple of areas. The big thing that I just got from this book, however, is the state of mind I need to be in for exponential growth to occur. Goals are great, but not when they intimidate the JOY from the process. This reaffirms the mindset that I aim to adopt in an even more prominent way, that all of these roles that I assume in my life (mom, boss, CEO, coach, writer, adjunct professor, speaker, singer, etc.) are what I GET to do. I don’t LOVE all of the tasks associated with these roles, but if I maintain this mindset, then I can find the joy in these tasks and feel appreciative that I GET to do them. In turn, this will minimize my procrastination and increase my energy, enabling me to do more in less time.

 

The Originals: How Non-conformists Change the World, Adam Grant

I feel like I should have already read this book. It was brought to my attention by a client who helped the author with the launch. Considering he is local to me, and he seems to share a mission and a philosophy with me, I sense there is potential to join forces, but first, I want to delve deeper into his teachings. I realize that some of the things that I teach particular to interviewing and negotiation are contradictory to that which my peers promote. However, it is because of my experience and perspective as a “recovering” recruiter, my empathy for my clients, and the amazing outcomes these methods produced that I am driven to share them with as many people as possible, in spite of how some of them don’t conform to the traditional practices of my industry.

 

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers, Tim Ferriss

Tim Ferriss changed how I look at meetings, how I delegate, how I invest resources and inspired me to take my hands OFF the things that someone else can do better and faster. As a result, I finally launched my book. Even more important, however, is how I teach my clients to manage their time, making sure they are not spending their time writing their résumés over and over again, but putting their focus where they can make the greatest impact with decision-makers. I have transformed my six-month coaching programs into three-month programs, and I am currently developing a six-week program. I am excited to learn and teach what Tim shares in this book that will help me support shorter and shorter searches for optimal jobs.

 

Emergence: Seven Steps for Radical Life Change, Derek Rydall

Derek demonstrates how wisdom pours through him, as though he just opens himself up and the truth of what really needs attention and love shows up. I love listening to his podcast, “Best Year of Your Life.” I see this quality, too, in Tony Robbins. It is because of who they are and how they are, not what they say or do, that they can be such powerful agents of transformation. I want to learn more about Derek’s journey to discover what I can emulate that will make me more effortlessly, yet powerfully, illuminate my clients’ true brilliance, and teach them to shine even brighter.

 

YOU Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life, Jen Sincero

In my year as a Beachbody coach, this book was touted as the #1 go-to personal development resource. Most of the time, I do feel like a Badass, and I feel myself embodying this more and more. However, there are still those moments and thoughts that threaten to knock me off my path and out of pace. Again, I want to know if this is a resource I should be sharing with my clients, many of whom have self-limiting beliefs that tend to manifest as they form new habits, expand their comfort zones, and embody their brand.

 

The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science, by Norman Doidge

This book may change, since it was published in 2007, and so much more has been discovered about the brain since then, but it is highly acclaimed by the neuroscientists that I follow today. Why do I study the brain? What I was taught in school about the brain has been nullified by what they have discovered in the past 10 years. We are much more capable of changing our brains, a phenomenon they call neuroplasticity, and our brain is ultimately responsible for more of our reality than we knew before. When I started learning about the Law of Attraction in 2008, I needed to understand if there was any science to how our thoughts impact our reality. I found answers in neuroscience and quantum physics, and what I have learned since then has helped me be a better coach. I can help my clients override the neural patterns that keep them from attaining the change they so desire.  I will read one book on the brain, and I promise to share with you what it is and what I learned.

 

My 2017 company goals include:

  • Joining the National Speakers Association
  • (Re)starting a online community that will serve as a focus group for a 30-day Law of Attraction program
  • Building a back-end for Accelerfate, my job search mobile game, and put it in the hands of users
  • Engaging and training two like-minded professionals to use the Epic approach to help me support even more job seekers in 2017
  • Wining an industry award, submitting a résumé or two for a TORI (Toast of the Résumé Industry) award. BIG on my list > this is the last year I am eligible to win the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 40 under 40 list, or any other 40 under 40 list.
  • Landing a prestigious speaking gig

 

Events I plan on attending:

AwesomenessFest, better known as A-Fest

This happens twice a year in two exotic locations. This year’s first event is May 17-20 in Ibiza, Spain. I have never been to Europe before. I would certainly want to see more of it before coming back, but would also want my family to be with me.

 

Any Tony Robbins event

This is a bucket list item that I am feeling more and more compelled to check off. The more immersed I become in communities committed to personal and professional development, and the more I find myself quoting his videos, the more I realize that I do have a date with destiny.

 

An HR Tech conference, two of which I am examining:

HR Tech October 10-13 in Las Vegas, NV

Workhuman May 30-June 1 in Phoenix, AZ

 

A Career Development conference

National Career Development Association annual conference June 28-30 in Orlando, FL

 

I look forward to reviewing this list and what I accomplished at year’s end. In the meantime, 2017, here I come!