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Women’s History Month takeover series: a conversation with Patricia Shea

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, Platinum Rule Advisors is spotlighting women who inspire us. Our founder, Leonora Zilkha Williamson, is chatting with some of her most admired women and learning about the women who inspired them. Our second guest is Patricia Shea, partner of Shea Advisory Services, a consultancy that provides services to for-profit and nonprofit organizations in leadership, …

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Psychological Safety Will Shape Work in 2022 and Beyond

In December, I was a panelist in a webinar where, along with two other consultants, we predicted key trends for 2022. My crystal ball is no better than anyone else’s, but in this case, my #1 trend was clear: psychological safety will reign in 2022 – and beyond. Psychological safety is a concept pioneered by Harvard Business School professor and …

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In honor of National Mentoring Month: Reflections on the power of mentorship

I’ll never forget my first true professional mentor.  His name was Joe, and we met in the most improbable way. In the summer of 1994, I was a 20-year-old studying Russian at Middlebury’s famed summer language school. The first week, my peers and I noticed an older gentleman hanging around our dorm and dining hall, but he didn’t appear to …

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Get to know Nicole Provonchee, PRA Partner Coach and founder of Bright Blue Consulting

Nicole Provonchee has spent 20 years building a successful corporate career, specializing in marketing, communications and strategy. In her previous roles, she was offered executive coaching opportunities that led her to dive deeper into the work, impact and personal life she wanted to create. In 2017, she founded Bright Blue Consulting, an executive coaching and strategic planning business focused on …

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The power of a good apology

Saying sorry is one of the hardest things a person has to do in life – and one of the most important. A sincere apology is the only way I know to repair broken trust, and is the best possible investment we can make in our relationships. Most people understand this truth, but still struggle to apologize sincerely when they …

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How can you become a better negotiator? Consider these 3 principles

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love my “side hustle” teaching negotiation to undergraduate students at Vanderbilt University. Yesterday, as I picked up my daughter at school after a day in my Calhoun Hall office, she said, “Mom, you should work from Vandy more. You’re always really happy the days you work there.” She’s right – and it …

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3 harvest-inspired insights to help businesses manage growth

Reflections on PRA’s autumn harvest All the end-of-summer rituals are now memories – the first day of school for my daughters, the first day of classes at Vanderbilt, the official first day of fall. In decorating my front steps with pumpkins this week, I officially traded beach days in Maine for the harvest in Tennessee.  This analogy is about more …

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Three lessons from my walk with legendary executive coach Marshall Goldsmith

In May, I attended an International Coach Federation Tennessee webinar hosted by world-renowned executive coach – and now fellow Nashvillian – Marshall Goldsmith. At the end of his presentation, he invited anyone who lived in Nashville to email him to schedule a walk. I sent him a note not really expecting to hear back, telling myself a story that everyone …