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UNFEAR: Facing Change in an Era of Uncertainty

Author Bio:

CEO Karlin Sloan has committed herself to finding out what makes great leaders tick, and to supporting leaders to be the change they wish to see in the world. As a corporate citizen she is an advocate for creating sustainable ways of working and living, and for creating positive organizational communities that work together for the greater good. She is the author of the acclaimed business book Smarter, Faster, Better; Strategies for Effective, Enduring, and Fulfilled Leadership, which has been translated into Thai and Russian, and also the author of UNFEAR, and the just-launching-in-January 2012 Lemonade: The Leaders Guide to Resilience at Work. She is the CEO and founder of Karlin Sloan & Company, a U.S. based leadership development consultancy devoted to helping leaders use everything they’ve got to make their organizations smarter, faster, and better. For more information on Karlin Sloan see www.karlinsloan.com or visit Karlin’s blog at http://karlinsloan.wordpress.com/

Book Synopsis

Is fear-based behavior holding you and your company back? Unfear: Facing Change in an Era of Uncertainty by Karlin Sloan shows you how to break through the fear to survive the long haul and create a fuller, richer, more sustainable working atmosphere. Packed with techniques an tools you can implement immediately, you’ll learn:

  • Why businesses must shift gears to social responsibility and collective right action.
  • How corporate giants like Yahoo! and Walmart bounced back from change and adversity.
  • How entrepreneurs have created new ways of working that inspire and motivate customers and employees.
  • How to reduce fear-based behaviors, inspire performance, and align your company around a larger purpose.

Why did you write this book?

I wrote this book because my clients are experiencing a level of change and uncertainty that I’ve never seen in my 16+ years doing leadership development work. I really felt impassioned to give people tools to cope with times that are unprecedented in complexity. We are experiencing so many new things – from complete global interconnectedness through technology to unprecedented economic upheaval on a global scale. We’re on a wild ride, and we need to be flexible, adaptive and resilient.

What are you working on right now?

UNFEAR: Facing Change in an Era of Uncertainty

Karlin Sloan

I’m gearing up for my three year old daughter’s birthday this weekend, which I’m pretty excited about! Other than that I’m promoting a new book, UNFEAR: Facing Change in an Era of Uncertainty. Our organizations are in trouble, and not just because of economic woes. The rapid fire pace of change is overwhelming us. When we get overwhelmed, when we operate from fear, our behavior gets more self-focused, less risk-taking, less oriented to the good of the organization or the customer or the world at large. I’m also working on something we call The Resilience Project. If you want to take our Resilience at Work Questionnaire (the RAW-Q) you can check it out online at www.theresilienceproject.net – it will give you a personal profile of how you deal with change and challenge in the workplace. It’s designed specifically for leaders.

What kind of organization do you run, and how did you start it?

I run a boutique leadership development consulting firm of a little over 100 consultants. Most of our clients are fortune 1000 companies and a few smaller tech companies. Our specialty is helping leaders achieve peak performance. We have particular expertise in how leaders and managers can be successful over the long term, and in helping leaders tap the strengths of others in their organization.

What is the hardest lesson you’ve had to learn as an entrepreneur?

I have had to learn the same lesson over and over, like a lot of entrepreneurs, and that message is to slow down, and that having a thriving business means you’re in a marathon not a sprint. I’ve burnt myself out, and I’ve had to learn to pace myself and pace the business. The best thing I’ve done in my company is to build our infrastructure first. Growth is fantastic but you need the right infrastructure to scale and ensure quality, which is the key to success in my industry.

What inspires you about entrepreneurship?

Entrepreneurs are the forerunners, the visionaries, the risk takers. I am inspired by people who practice UNFEAR – it’s a word I made up that means believing in our capacity to create a positive outcome, no matter what the circumstance, and that’s what a great entrepreneur needs to succeed. I am extra inspired by those people who see something the world needs and go and create it. When you look at great visionaries they are able to see how their organizations, their countries, their teams are part of something greater than themselves, something that can contribute to the world in a powerful and positive way. That inspires me!

What is one book our readers could benefit from?

Only one? That’s a hard question. I have a book sitting on my desk right now called Transformational Speaking by Gail Larsen – I do think being able to speak your ideas, to tell a great story is a very powerful thing. When we can articulate a vision in a way that gets people not just at the intellectual level, but at the heart level, we can inspire immediate action.

How do you promote your work?

I blog, I write books, I speak at conferences and industry events, but most importantly I have one-on-one conversations with people who evangelize our brand. I speak a lot on how leaders cope with change and challenge, and because we are all dealing with that, it’s a great, relevant topic that people can relate to. And I give our ideas away, because they’re useful and people keep coming back when you give them value.

What makes a great business leader?

There are so many answers to that because leadership is all about context, but my bias is that great business leaders in this era are great collaborators. They are not the old school command and control bosses of a simpler time. They have to deal with such complexity and ambiguity, and they have a magic combination of strategic/ visionary thinking, collaboration and influence skills, and self-awareness that enables them to know what they are good at and where they need help. The great news is that great business leadership is not necessarily innate – it can be taught! I’ve seen amazing transformations in my role as an executive coach and consultant.

What motto do you live by?

Be the change you wish to see in the world. (Gandhi) What would happen if we all focused on being the change? It all starts with us as individuals, how we choose to live our lives on a daily basis. Just spend one day practicing being kind to everyone you encounter. That one day will have a positive impact, and a ripple effect that you can’t imagine right now. Making the world a better place doesn’t have to be difficult.

How can our readers find out more?

Karlin Sloan on Twitter: @karlinsloan
Karlin Sloan & Company on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/edlfKy
Company Website: www.karlinsloan.com
Blog: http://karlinsloan.wordpress.com

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