Weekly Updates

What do you like?

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If I asked you what you liked about your personal and professional life, would you be able to tell me?

What do you like dislike

I would love to encourage you to take a second and reflect.

As the new month is starting, maybe reflect on what you enjoyed and disliked doing.

I recorded this video to talk through this exercise that can be found in my resources in my free Leadership Library:

Stay safe and sane (by reducing the things that are not serving you).

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What behavior do you repeat?

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Why do I ask?

Because the behavior you repeat will determine your results.

A quick definition -

Routine: a sequence of actions and behaviors that are regularly followed.

When was the last time you checked in on whether your behavior led to the results you want?

Why should you care?

As a leader, it's your job to show up as your best self (as often as you can), and your routine will help enable that.

So, are you achieving your goals the way you want?

If you answered no to either question, you mi…

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You are what you read

My Top 3 Books of 2020

I prefer - 'you are what you do' and that 'reading can help you improve, expand, shift, upgrade, change.'

Unless I am reading a book for pure entertainment, I am always thinking about applying what I'm reading to improve my mental, physical, or emotional well-being.

The long and short of it: Taking care of your needs and remembering you are a human being is the first step to being a better leader, and books can help you not forget that.

Akua Favorite 2020 Books

My top three books from 2020 are about:

  1. How a talen…

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We Made It to the End of 2020 (+ my freebie launch)

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This is the last installment of my 20/20 Vision series.  2020 is the year in which I'm focusing on Exponential Value and Visibility.  A huge part of being able to achieve this is reflecting on how far I have come and celebrating my progress. You can follow my journey to experience my vision here. 

I try to practice what I preach, and gratitude and self-promotion go hand and in hand for me.  

In terms of my business, I’m grateful for the amazing amount of visibility I was able to achieve this y…

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I Still Have a Fear of Public Speaking But...

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Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to talk about three things I've learned through having leadership positions at one of my favorite female-focused organizations, FemGems.

I mentioned that I am primarily an introvert, and someone asked how I became comfortable expressing myself out loud. I responded with three key thoughts:

  1. Taking the time to learn the stories I was telling myself around speaking: The main story I told myself was that I couldn't slow down and that slowing down my speaki…

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Do you ever find it challenging to be authentically you?

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Throughout my growth as a leader, I’ve noticed that negative thoughts tend to creep in. These thoughts are based on circumstances in the past, but they get in the way of my being productive in the present.

I’ve found that the best way to get past these thoughts is to have a conversation - to get out of my head and talk through them with someone who can provide a new perspective.

One of my favorite spaces to have that conversation is the Conspiring Women Peer Coaching Co-Op, run by Jen Walper R…

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Your Weaknesses Don't Matter


Ok, that is not entirely true, but what I want to suggest is that you focus on how best to leverage your strengths instead.

I love using assessments to learn more about myself and to share how others can use me more effectively.

This week I wanted to share an assessment I sometimes use with my clients:

How You Self Sabotage

I love this assessment because it gives you the vocabulary to talk about some of the things that hold us back.  

When I need to help a leader explain some of the negativ…

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Let’s Give Better Feedback


Feedback is a key component of being a better leader and human in general.  

Sometimes it seems like it is easier to give feedback than it is to receive.  

I have found both to be difficult.

If you are looking for a few questions to give feedback, even if it is to yourself check out the questions below.


  • What do you expect?
  • What is she/he/you doing well?
  • How is he/she/you not meeting expectations?
  • What you want him/her/yourself to do differently
  • What support does he/she/ nee…

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Is Money the Only Thing that Motivates You?


I would argue that it isn’t.

I’ve worked in places where they tried throwing money at the problem and it didn’t turn out well.

I’ve learned that each person (and employee) might need to be recognized and acknowledged in a different way

And we have to get comfortable with that fact.

Here are some thoughts around different rewards and approaches:



Do you have any other ideas of what could be a great reward or incentive?


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Try to Stay in the Present


Time is the most precious resource we have and we tend to waste it on regretting the past or being anxious about the future.  

Mindfulness is all about making the most of your present time.  

I used to think it was a super complicated concept that involved long meditations and chanting.

I have learned, and now teach, super simple techniques you can implement right away so you can take into account your past but make the most of your present to maximize your future results.



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