Welcome to Episode 45 of Building My Legacy.

This podcast is the first in a 10-part series on resilience, a topic that has become vitally important with the COVID-19 pandemic. Even before the virus became a part of our business and social lives, studies showed that 85 percent of companies recognized that their employees felt overwhelmed. In fact, global leaders said their employees’ stress level was second on their list of business concerns – behind only their company’s leadership position in the world.

Today we’re even more overwhelmed and stressed. So how do we find resilience – to make a positive contribution at work and to deal with stress at home as our children bring us their concerns? This podcast is the first of 10 that will present strategies to help you become resilient. In terms of legacy building, we’ll also look at what comes next. How can you lead and leave something meaningful behind when faced with the current challenges?

My guest for this podcast series is Kate Fitzsimons, a highly sought after speaker for schools and organizations that influence and work with young people.  Kate’s story of reconciliation and resilience following her sister’s tragic death in a motor vehicle accident challenges all of us to look at how to overcome obstacles in our lives, to shape the lives of other people in a positive way.  In this initial podcast in the series, Kate introduces us to the first of the “three Rs” that she has used to successfully deal with life’s challenges – at work and at home.

So if you want to know:

  • What’s behind the first of the three Rs – to recognize
  • How millennials are teaching us to ask the hard questions
  • The importance of choosing your response to events you can’t control
  • How to separate facts from the story you’re telling yourself
  • How to get rid of ANTS – Automatic Negative Thoughts

About Kate Fitzsimons

Named one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence in 2016, Kate Fitzsimons is an international speaker, certified life coach & director of the Nicole Fitzsimons Foundation – a charity established in honor of her sister Nicole who died in an accident in Thailand in 2012.

Determined to save others from a similar tragic fate, Kate left her corporate career in 2013 to dedicate herself to educating young people about the importance of travel safety. Through her eye-opening presentation at high schools, Kate drives home to students the devastating consequences of risk-taking overseas – a message so powerful that she is now supported by the Australian government and major corporations.

Inspired to help others thrive through adversity, Kate’s presentations to students around the world and her popular podcast show, ”Okay. Now What?” help high school and college students develop “response-ability” – the ability to choose their response to any situation based on their perspective of it. Kate’s passion is to provide inspiration and practical advice to help you overcome even the most traumatic experiences. She knows if she can do it, anyone can.

About Lois Sonstegard, PhD

Working with business leaders for more than 30 years, Lois has learned that successful leaders have a passion to leave a meaningful legacy.  Leaders often ask: When does one begin to think about legacy?  Is there a “best” approach?  Is there a process or steps one should follow?

Lois is dedicated not only to developing leaders but to helping them build a meaningful legacy. Learn more about how Lois can help your organization with Leadership Consulting and Executive Coaching:

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Mike Saunders, MBA

Mike Saunders is theAuthority Positioning Coach at Marketing Huddle, the author of Amazon Bestselling book Authority Selling™, Adjunct Marketing Professor at several Universities, contributor to The Huffington Post, and member of the Forbes Coaches Council – an invitation-only community for the World’s Most Influential Business Coaches.

Lois Sonstegard, PhD

Working with business leaders for more than 30 years, Lois has learned the passion successful leaders have to leave a meaningful legacy. Lois is dedicated not only to developing leaders but to help them build a meaningful legacy.