#80 How To Accelerate Your Career as a Female Leader While Living a More Balanced Life With Deborah Threadgold

The 360 Leadhership Podcast, Episode 80, 05 July 2023 by Lucy Gernon

Do you want to achieve more in your career but find it a struggle to balance it all?

Being a dedicated leader means navigating the delicate balancing act of handling multiple responsibilities at work AND at home.

It can feel overwhelming! Can you relate?

I’ve been there, my friend.

I know it can be really tough, but I invite you to shift our focus to the positive side of things for a minute.

Think about the incredible sense of fulfillment you experience when you achieve your goals and receive a well-deserved pat on the back. It’s those rewarding feelings that fuel your drive to succeed as an ambitious woman.

But of course, there’s a flip side you should also be mindful of. Sometimes, this drive to succeed can lead to overworking, less quality time with loved ones and less time to put yourself first.

And let’s be honest, this road can lead straight to burnout.

This is exactly why I’m excited to bring you something special on the Powerhouse Revolution Podcast with our amazing guest Deborah Threadgold.

Deborah is a true powerhouse—a mother of three and the General Manager at IBM Ireland. With an impressive 25 years at IBM under her belt, she brings a wealth of experience and insights from her diverse roles across the United Kingdom, Ireland, and EMEA regions.

Deborah’s reputation precedes her. She’s known for her dynamic leadership and unwavering commitment to promoting inclusion and diversity. She’s the driving force behind business operations, revenue growth, and employee engagement throughout Ireland.

Talk about an inspirational lady!

In this episode, we explore the obstacles she faced and the strategies she used to conquer them—both in her professional and personal life. Her unique perspective and valuable insights will not only inspire you but also give you practical guidance to excel in your own career.

Whether you’re aiming to climb the career ladder while keeping your sanity intact or searching for fulfillment in your multiple roles as a leader, friend, parent, or partner— you don’t want to miss this empowering conversation.

Tune in now to episode 80 of the Powerhouse Revolution Podcast.

To help you get started on your path, below are three valuable tips Deborah shared for climbing the corporate ladder without burning out. These tips will guide you towards success and enable you to maintain a healthy work-life balance:

1. Be Intentional:
It’s essential to have a sense of direction and purpose in your career. While you may not have every step mapped out, take the time to identify your strengths, interests, and goals.

Consider the areas where you want to grow and the skills you need to develop. By being intentional and periodically assessing if you’re heading in the right direction, you can ensure your actions and experiences bring value to your future roles.

2. Stay Current with Skills:
The world is rapidly evolving, and staying on top of the latest skills and trends is crucial. Embrace lifelong learning and continuously seek opportunities to enhance your knowledge and abilities. Keep yourself informed about the skills required in your industry and role, and make an effort to acquire and refine them. By staying current, you can differentiate yourself and adapt to the changing demands of the professional landscape. This will change your life.

Check out episode 47 on why it is so important to invest in yourself so you stay current..

3. Cultivate Your Network:
Building strong relationships and connections is vital for career advancement. Let key decision-makers and influential individuals know about your presence, ambitions, and capabilities. Be proactive in sharing your aspirations and seek support from sponsors, mentors, and colleagues.

Or join a mastermind group like my one! If you want to advance  your career without compromising your family, health or happiness, this is the community for you.

Here’s the episode at a glance:

[04:46] The Surprising Reason Why Exercise is Key to Success

[11:05] The #1 Strategy for Busy Woman Leaders to Achieve Better Balance

[21:14] Unveiling the Hidden Lessons from Gen Z Which True Leaders Must Know

[26:47] 3 Little-Known Secrets to Climb The Corporate Ladder (Without Sacrificing Your Sanity!)

[34:38] The Key to Making a Good Impression  When Starting a New Role

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