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Michelle Harris: Key Strategies For Women Leaders 8 Pillars For Success

Episode 77

About Michelle Harris: With over 20 years of successful leadership in finance and accounting for privately held and publicly traded as well as PE backed companies with global revenues as high as $6B, Michelle is an expert in team development, change management, business process improvement, strategic thinking, and operational and financial reporting.

MIchelle has a proven track record of success leading organic growth and executing aggressive roll‐up strategies in M&A. She is well known as an international financial leader who leads transactions to successful conclusions seamlessly. Her experience in consumer products, packaging, import/export, health and vision care services, medical devices and healthcare products. Having started her career in Big 4 auditing, she is an expert at SEC annual and quarterly reporting, accounting and financial reporting direction and oversees all aspects of audit compliance, governance, regulatory reporting, and accounting operations in accordance with US GAAP and IFRS.


In this episode, Jordan and Michelle discuss:

  • The mindset and strategy for women in technology

  • Responding to someone else taking credit for your idea

  • Feedforward: Getting input on how I can be heard

  • The importance of building a network for leaders

  • Why building trust in your team matters

Key Takeaways

  • Many times we see women get “talked over” in the workplace.

  • If somebody else takes credit for your idea in a meeting, address it respectfully by saying something like “thank you for reconfirming what I was talking about earlier” and then move on without bitterness or defensiveness.

  • Relationship-building is essential. Successful leaders have a team they can reach out to and ask how they’d approach certain situations. They also have a circle of trusted friends outside of the company to whom they can vent..

  • Build trust with your team, create an emotionally safe environment and promote honesty, openness, and directness. As a leader, you need truthful and accurate information. People shouldn’t be afraid to speak up within your team.

“For any new leaders out there, people are going to try to tell you what they think you want to hear and that's not good for you, you need to hear the truth. How can you make good decisions and lead your team forward with bad information? ” — Michelle Harris

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Jordan Goldrich

Your host, Jordan Goldrich, grew up in a loud New York family and once lost an executive position because of his style. He is co-author of the Amazon Best Seller, Workplace Warrior®: People Skills For The No-Bulls**t Executive, Chief Operations Officer, Master Corporate Executive Coach, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. His guests are part of his international network of Workplace Warrior® executives, master corporate executive coaches, and thought leaders. Each guest will engage you in conversation about their successes, mistakes, and solutions. You will get strategies for being completely authentic, while you fulfill your commitment to your organization, build positive relationships, and take performance to an even higher level.

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