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May 14th, 2024

STI 208 – Jane Boulware – Author of "Worthy" and retired Microsoft Exec: Worthy

  1. STI 208 - Jane Boulware - Author of "Worthy" and retired Microsoft Exec: Worthy Dr. Laura Sicola 38:53

In this episode, Jane Boulware, author of Worthy: From Cornfields to Corner Office of Microsoft, shares her journey from rural Iowa to becoming a top executive at Microsoft. She emphasizes the importance of overcoming self-doubt and claiming one’s worth.

Boulware discusses the need to adapt communication styles to connect with different audiences while staying authentic. She also highlights the difference between managing and leading, emphasizing the importance of inspiring and motivating others.

Boulware shares her experiences of being dismissed and how she used the word ‘yet’ to fuel her determination. She encourages others to never give up and to keep pushing forward.

In this conversation, Jane Boulware discusses various challenges and strategies related to leadership and personal growth. She addresses the issue of dealing with toxic individuals in the workplace, emphasizing the importance of recognizing and removing toxic behavior.

Boulware also explores the difference between feeling afraid and being good enough, highlighting the need to embrace fear as a catalyst for growth.

Additionally, she shares insights from her experience at Microsoft, where she learned the value of leadership and collaboration.

Boulware concludes by discussing the relevance of the Gottman Institute’s four horsemen of the apocalypse in both personal and professional relationships.

In this episode you will learn:

  • Overcoming self-doubt and claiming one’s worth is essential for success.
  • Adapting communication styles to connect with different audiences while staying authentic is crucial.
  • Leadership involves inspiring and motivating others, while management focuses on tasks and deadlines.
  • Using the word ‘yet’ can fuel determination and help overcome obstacles.
  • Never giving up and pushing forward is key to achieving goals.
  • Recognize and remove toxic behavior in the workplace.
  • Embrace fear as a catalyst for growth.
  • Focus on collaboration and leveraging the strengths of team members.
  • Celebrate successes and recognize personal worth.
  • Apply relationship-building strategies to both personal and professional contexts.

About Jane:

Jane is an inspiring and dynamic catalyst for change whose stories, humor and honesty empowers all to rethink what’s possible. From the cornfields of rural Iowa, Jane Boulware defied expectations to build billion-dollar businesses, lead the US’s largest merger and rise to top Microsoft executive.

Jane’s unconventional career and approach blazed a trail for many. “My failures and success show worth isn’t defined by what you have or have not, but by what you make, claim, and give of what you got.” All proceeds from her book Worthy go to Boys & Girls Clubs scholarships.


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Laura Sicola Leadership Communication & Influence Expert, Speaker, Author, Podcaster

Dr. Laura Sicola is a leadership communication and influence expert, speaker, author of Speaking to Influence: Mastering Your Leadership Voice, and host of the podcast, Speaking to Influence: Communication Secrets of the C-Suite. Her mission is to transform executives into confident, inspiring leaders whether live or virtually in order to get the results they want and turn their vision into their legacy. As the founder of Vocal Impact Productions, she has trained and coached executives at Comcast, IBM, the US Department of Commerce and Women Against Abuse along with politicians, business owners and non-profit leaders from around the world.

Laura’s TEDx talk, “Want to Sound Like a Leader? Start by Saying Your Name Right,” has nearly 7 million views, and she has been featured on programs such as Fox & Friends First, NBC10 @Issue and PHL 17. She has also spoken to thousands at conferences such as the Professional BusinessWomen of California Conference and the PA Conference for Women.

Laura received her PhD in educational linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also taught from 2001-2013.

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