Beth Comstock, Author of ‘Imagine It Forward’ and Former Vice Chair of G.E. — Glambition Radio Episode 167 with Ali Brown
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Beth Comstock was one of the most powerful leaders in corporate America… and one of the few women at the top…until one day she was abruptly let go from G.E. Suddenly, everything shifted. About to publish her first book on the power of change, Beth had to walk her talk in a new way: open up to change, discover what was waiting, and give herself permission to take risks. And she’s sharing her very personal story this week on GlambitionRadio.com.
While I was familiar with Beth before this new chapter in her life, I have to tell you I was even more excited to interview her NOW, in the midst of her own personal reinvention. I have a feeling her best is yet to come, beginning with her new book ‘Imagine It Forward: Courage, Creativity and the Power of Change.’ The book is so good I couldn’t put it down. It’s full of practical advice, stories and situations from Beth’s actual experience (no untried theories or academia here).
You won’t believe some of Beth’s stories she shares on the show today: turning down a job offer from Steve Jobs twice (and whether she regrets it); getting called out by her own CEO for not being confident enough; and that time Jack Welch hung up on her just to make a point!
On today’s #GlambitionRadio, we also discuss:
*How efficiency is destroying creativity (and how our obsession with eliminating defects is blocking our imagination and creative sparks)
*Why management is dead — and it should be! (Because ‘managing’ is an outdated way to think about leadership)
*The mindset shift you must make to take action (courage and creativity don’t count without action)
*Why you must be an entrepreneur in this day and age — whether you work for yourself or in corporate America
*The importance of agitated inquiry (this is what sets the best leaders, coaches and mentors apart)
*Why Beth is taking a year to wander, discover, and take time to decide what’s next (plus, what it feels like to ‘fly off autopilot’)
Beth’s insights are universal: be ready to discover what’s new, open yourself up to experimentation and conflict, and pair imagination and creativity with actual action. I got so much out of my conversation with Beth, and I know you will, too.
Head to Apple Podcasts and listen to this episode of Glambition Radio now (or download it for later). And make sure to get a copy of Beth’s book, ‘Imagine It Forward: Courage, Creativity and the Power of Change’, wherever books are sold. (It’s also on Apple iBooks.)
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