Debunking the Company Culture Myth – with Colleen Kelly

Debunking the Company Culture Myth - with Colleen Kelly | NextFem Podcast with Tara Padua

Colleen Kelly is a business transformation and fashion industry expert who shares why there’s no such thing as “good company culture” (and what we really mean when we say that), the core philosophy she uses to transform struggling businesses, and how she manages and overcomes her own fears and insecurities.

Colleen is the CEO at Alex Apparel, having formerly held senior executive roles at Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and Donna Karan. Based in New York City, she’s been married for 11 years and is stepmom to kids aged 23 and 27.

Episode Highlights: Company Culture and Turnaround

• 1:10 – The inspiring reason why Colleen majored in theatre in college
• 2:10 – What motivates Colleen to succeed in business and why she wanted to become a CEO
• 3:55 – Strategies for being in touch with all employees that drive success as a leader
• 4:50 – Why there’s no such thing as “good company culture” — only what’s good for you — and what to look for to ensure your success
• 7:30 – Learn the core philosophy Colleen uses to transform struggling businesses
• 12:07 – Why a one-size-fits-all solution isn’t the answer (and a major mistake that leaders often make when trying to transform a company)!
• 15:10 – How hiring the right team can fill in any “gaps” you have as a leader
• 17:45 – Is it possible to be lead others without dominating them? If so, how?
• 23:15 – Marriage wasn’t originally in her plans, but Colleen met her future husband when she set the intention
• 27:00 – Even successful people like Colleen have self-doubt and fears. Find out how she successfully fights her insecurities
• 32:00 – What tool has Colleen been using lately to “level up”?
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1. Favorite book for women?

2. Favorite self-care hack?

  • Meditation

3. Most valuable advice you’ve received and who gave it to you?

  • “Embrace the people in your life that give you the most angst as they are in your life to teach you a lesson” ~ Wayne Dyer, during a lecture I attended

4. Female CEO or thought leader you admire?

5. One thing you’d tell your 5 years younger self?

  • You have great things ahead of you !

Resources and People Mentioned

Colleen’s LinkedIn
Emily Fletcher
• Related: Get my free 22-page e-book: Natural Attraction: 9 Rules to Attract the Right Man by Being Yourself with No Games or Gimmicks

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