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165: How to Get Out of Your Own Way with Kerry Walls, Founder and CEO of Coaching Collaborative

Kerry Walls, Coaching Collaborative, Executive and Business Coaching, in Portland Oregon

As a business coach for almost 20 years, it’s no surprise that today’s guest, Kerry Walls, began to notice some behavioral patterns differing between male and female executives and entrepreneurs. In response to this, she began coaching women leaders on how they may be getting in their own way on their career paths.

Kerry has spent the majority of her career focused on building family businesses and partnerships. She began as a coach in leadership development, eventually moving up to CEO before stepping away and founding her own company, Coaching Collaborative.

Her unique background in education, small business and counseling psychology fuels her approach to coaching high performing and high potential leaders allowing them to create breakthrough results in their businesses and careers.

In this episode, Kerry highlights the specific ways she noticed female executives getting in their own way on their paths to success. She takes us on a closer look at a few of these obstacles – not owning your own value, second-guessing yourself, and taking things too personally – while also giving some advice on building skills to overcome them.

She discusses the importance of learning to make requests, sharing your successes, and speaking up. Finally, Kerry shares a few tangible tips.

Interview Highlights (with timestamps):
  • [8:10] Kerry’s corporate journey
  • [9:27] Patterns and differences between women and men in leadership positions
  • [12:32] Not owning your value
  • [17:53 ] Learning to make requests
  • [21:13] Sharing your successes without feeling like you’re bragging
  • [24:20] Second-guessing yourself and how to overcome it
  • [32:00] Taking things personally
  • [41:29] The first step to start getting out of your own way
  • [43:13] Kerry’s final tip for career success
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As a business coach in a Leadership Development consulting firm, Kerry moved up from individual consultant to CEO, leading the company when the founder stepped out of the business. She supported key executives of an anchor client to increase their revenues by 25%, to over 20 million.

Kerry’s unique background in education, small business and counseling psychology, combined with her experience as a successful CEO fuels her approach to coaching high performing and high potential leaders allowing them to create breakthrough results in their businesses and careers.

As a professional who has spent the majority of her career focused on building family businesses and partnerships, she understands the nuances and common challenges. Her experience has taught her the importance of people, relationships, communication, and coordinated action as the foundation for all business success.

Replicating the wisdom and values of the founder while allowing the next generation of leadership the latitude to bring their own approach to an established business creates fulfillment and ingenuity – this delicate balance is worth honoring to create loyalty and ownership.

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