Episode 58

Published on:

20th Dec 2020

How sensitive strivers lead with confidence with Melody Wilding

Today we bring you Melody Wilding, an executive and leadership coach for smart, sensitive high-achievers who are tired of getting in their own way. 

Through her private one-on-one coaching program, talks, small-group workshops, and articles, she helps you break free from self-doubt and overwhelm, master your emotions, and use your sensitivity as the superpower that it is. Recently named one of Business Insider’s “Most Innovative Coaches”, Melody coined the groundbreaking idea of “sensitive striving.” She has helped CEOs, leaders, and top-performers at the world’s most successful companies including Google, Facebook, JP Morgan, Verizon and more. Her work has been featured on The New York Times, The Oprah Magazine, NBC News, and dozens of other high-profile publications.

She currently teaches Human Behavior at Hunter College and is a columnist for magazines such as Inc. and Forbes.

Time Stamps:

2:50 Melody explains what it means to be a Sensitive Striver 

12:18 Melody shares the 1st of 6 key qualities that make up being a Sensitive Striver: Sensitivity 

17:02 Melody shares the 2nd key quality of a Sensitive Striver: Thoughtfulness 

17:57 Shelley relates the 2nd key quality of thoughtfulness to her Enneagram type 

20:00 We discuss the 3rd quality of a Sensitive Striver: Responsibility 

21:40 Inner Drive as the 4th quality of a Sensitive Striver 

24:19 Vigilance as the 5th quality of a Sensitive Striver 

27:13 Melody shares the 6th and final quality of a Sensitive Striver: Emotionality 

28:39 The number one challenge Melody sees in her client: Imposter Syndrome 

30:35 Melody discusses how she coaches someone to step into their power 

31:42 Melody shares her hack for dealing with negative self-talk 

33:51 The discussion dives deeper into Imposter Syndrome

37:25 Melody shares how her practices of theming her days, limiting decision fatigue and doing a weekly CEO report  help her flourish as a Sensitive Striver

41:05 Melody shares about her upcoming book: Trust Yourself: Stop Overthinking and Channel Your Emotions for Success at Work 

42:00 Where to find Melody

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The Big Self Podcast
Inner Growth. Outer impact.
Shelley and Chad kick off each week with a provocative thought leader who has something to say about the power of inner growth to drive outer impact. From building resilience to life design to life transitions to leadership to growing ourselves up, we touch on all things Big Self. At the back end of the week Chad and Shelley dish on their experiences and expertise.

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Chad Prevost

Dr. Chad has advanced degrees in creative writing, literature, and theology. Being married to a psychotherapist has been another education. A workshop leader and entrepreneur, he has started and participated in writing and literary arts communities in New York, Austin, Atlanta and Chattanooga. He also has experience writing as a journalist for startups in tech and logistics. He is the author of several books of poetry, as well as interactive-fiction for youth. Over the years, he has innovated writing processes to foster reflection and insight, narrative strength, and authentic voice.