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072: Susan Fowler: This is a chance for me to live my values

//072: Susan Fowler: This is a chance for me to live my values

072: Susan Fowler: This is a chance for me to live my values

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Susan Fowler Show Notes

Susan Fowler has a career that requires a lot of travel. But travel had become a pain in the neck and getting through security raised Susan’s tension and stress. Then Susan realized she had an opportunity to live her values. Listen to her story of how she aligned with her values so it can help you to move onward and upward faster.

Susan was born and raised in Enid, Oklahoma and Raised in Denver, Colorado as the oldest of four children.

Susan discovered the power of teaching at an early age when her sister, Terri, was born with spina bifida, paralyzed from the waist down and retarded from water on the brain. Doctors explained that if Terri lived, she would never have the mentality beyond that of a 3 year old.

Terri did live and Susan couldn’t help but notice a spark in her sister’s bright blue eyes. Defying the doctors’ diagnoses, Susan used rather innovative techniques, to teach her sister to read and write. Terri became the first handicapped child integrated into the Colorado school system. Doctors asked her parents: How did Terri learn to read and write? Their answer: Our 12-year-old daughter, Susan.

Susan has never stopped teaching—or leaning. Her motto is “I teach what I most need to learn.” She is the lead developer of product lines taught globally to tens of thousands of people through the Ken Blanchard Companies, including Situational Self Leadership and Optimal Motivation.

Susan is the author of six books, including the bestselling Self Leadership and The One Minute Manager with Ken Blanchard and her newest bestseller Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work… And What Does.

Susan lives and works with her husband, Drea Zigarmi, in sunny San Diego where she is also an adjunct professor in the University of San Diego’s Masters of Science in Executive Leadership program and a rotating board member of Angel Faces, a nonprofit group dedicated to teaching adolescent girls how to cope with transfiguring burns and trauma.

Tweetable Quotes and Mentions

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“What’s the penny you want to leave the world?” -Susan Fowler Click to Tweet

“If people understood the nature of their own motivation, it would transform their lives.” -Susan Fowler Click to Tweet 

“It is our basic human nature to thrive.” -Susan Fowler Click to Tweet 

“Nobody wants to be bored and disengaged.” -Susan Fowler Click to Tweet 

“People want to make a meaningful contribution.” -Susan Fowler Click to Tweet 

“We all want to grow and learn every day.” -Susan Fowler Click to Tweet 

“We assume without incentives or rewards that people won’t do what there’re asked to do.” -Susan Fowler Click to Tweet 

“What is it that promotes thriving and what is it that erodes thriving?” -Susan Fowler Click to Tweet 

“Suboptimal motivation is what erodes people’s natural ability to thrive.” -Susan Fowler Click to Tweet 

“We know how to promote thriving through our psychological needs.” -Susan Fowler Click to Tweet 

“Things that people think they have been motivated by are eroding the things they need to thrive.” -Susan Fowler Click to Tweet 

“There’s an entire industry devoted to providing junk food motivation to workers.” -Susan Fowler Click to Tweet 

“It’s important to do the right things for the right reasons.” -Susan Fowler Click to Tweet 

“If you ask, is a person motivated? It’s the wrong question.” -Susan Fowler Click to Tweet 

“People are always motivated. The questions is, why are they?” -Susan Fowler Click to Tweet 

“Not all motivation is created equal.” -Susan Fowler Click to Tweet 

“When it comes to motivation, the reason is what matters most.” -Susan Fowler Click to Tweet 

“Whenever you feel tension you are in a suboptimal motivational outlook.” -Susan Fowler Click to Tweet

“We are never going to love everything we do.” -Susan Fowler Click to Tweet 

“We’re never going to have passion for everything we do.” -Susan Fowler Click to Tweet 

“Try to make a difference in someone’s life every day.” -Susan Fowler Click to Tweet 

“I got a wonderful opportunity to live my purpose every single day.” -Susan Fowler Click to Tweet 

“Leadership is from the inside out; it’s got to be about the people you lead.” -Susan Fowler Click to Tweet 

“Care more about how people are feeling as a result of your presence.” -Susan Fowler Click to Tweet 

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Hump to Get Over

Susan Fowler has a career that requires a lot of travel. But travel had become a pain in the neck and getting through security raised Susan’s tension and stress. Then Susan realized she had an opportunity to live her values. Listen to her story of how she aligned with her values so it can help you to move onward and upward faster.

Advice for others

When it comes to motivation, the reason is what matters most.”

Holding her back from being an even better leader

I judge too much. Myself and others.

Best Leadership Advice Received

Make sure you are prepared for leadership. Leadership is from the inside out. It can’t be about your needs, it’s got to be about the needs of the people you lead.

Secret to Success

Have a deeply felt sense of purpose.

Best tools that helps in business or Life

I can talk really fast.

Recommended Reading

Man’s Search for Meaning

Contacting Susan

Website: http://susanfowler.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/susan-fowler-955a174

Twitter: https://twitter.com/fowlersusann

Resources

Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work . . . and What Does: The New Science of Leading, Energizing, and Engaging

Creating an even better place to work

54 Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Competencies List: Emotional Intelligence has proven to be the right kind of intelligence to have if you want to move onward and upward faster. Get your free list today.


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Your Fast Leader Show host is Jim Rembach. Jim is a panel expert with the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA) and spent many years in contact center operations and leverages this to help others. He is a certified Emotional Intelligence (EQ) practitioner, Certified Employee Retention Specialist, Certified Better Place to Work Expert, and frequently quoted industry expert.