Interview with Karan Rhodes Your Differentiating Value is Your North Star

August 17, 2022

Interview with Karan Rhodes – Your Differentiating Value is Your North Star

Karan Rhodes is the real deal. As a former HR executive at Microsoft, she saw first had the challenges and triumphs of great leaders. In a quest to understand the “secret”, she commissioned her own research study into the topic and from there was born the Leadership Tactics Diagnostic. With this custom tool and her vast experience, Karan has helped countless leaders Lead at the Top of Your Game – coincidentally, the name of her book.

About the Guest:

Karan is an organizational strategist who is obsessed with up-leveling leadership capability and optimizing workforces to do their best work. After years of witnessing the dark-side, chaos and trauma caused by bad leadership within organizations, she ditched her comfy job as a corporate HR exec at Microsoft, to commission a research study to uncover the critical success factors of over 10K high- performing leaders.

From her data, Karan was able to pinpoint the top tactics which accelerated their rise to the pinnacle of success that few others achieve. Listen in as Karan gives us an insider’s look into how to best sharpen your leadership acumen, so you can become a stronger leader who advances your career or makes a greater impact by doing big things in your profession or industry.

Karan is also the founder of Shockingly Different Leadership, a global human capital professional services firm that helps corporations execute business-critical People, Learning & Culture initiatives. She has worked with executive teams at companies such as Coca-Cola, Microsoft, British Petroleum, Meta, EY, Raymond James, Major League Baseball and the NFL. Karan is also the author of Lead at the Top of Your Game, created the Leadership Tactics Diagnostic assessment and is a frequent contributor on leadership strategies with Forbes.com.

When not traveling the globe, Karan resides in Atlanta, where she enjoys serving on numerous non-profit boards, planning intimate dinners with family & friends, watching professional sports, and dreaming of one day becoming a movie critic and sommelier

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About the Host:

Laurel Rutledge’s human-centered approach, empathy, and understanding of individual needs make her a top-notch personal advisor and women’s leadership coach.

Her care and compassion have made her an indispensable guide for countless women navigating the next phases of their lives and careers. Add to that her intimate knowledge of the HR landscape, and it becomes clear why her HR clients have had such transformative experiences. Just as Rutledge has helped countless others get out of their rut and off of the ledge, so too can she help you.

After receiving her MBA, Laurel moved from accounting and consulting to human resources, driven by a desire to do good in a business environment. It quickly became apparent that the switch had been a good choice — she flourished professionally and became happier, satisfied with the difference she could make through her work.

After a 30-year career, she left the corporate world, but her passion for HR and helping others has only grown. Now, she works one-on-one with clients, leveraging her experience in leadership and personal development to help them get the most of out their lives and careers.

From her beginnings as a consultant at Deloitte to her time as VP of HR at Covestro, Laurel has seen more sides of the business world than most. She’s achieved technical mastery of HR, with a deep knowledge of the rules and regulations that must be followed.

She’s also a people person, perceptive and outgoing, with a sixth sense for helping others to see the difference between what they want and what they need. The culmination of this is in her personal philosophy: “lead with your heart, act with your head.”

Find out more at: https://laurelrutledge.com

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