Being Surprised by Losing Her Consulting Role: Kristie Tobias

Being Surprised by Losing Her Consulting Role: Kristie Tobias

My guest for Episode #42 of “the My Favorite Mistake” podcast is Kristie Tobias, author of the new book Fearlessly Made You: Surviving and Thriving in a Perfectly Imperfect Life. You can learn more about Kristie and the book via the book's website.

Kristie Tobias is a Consultant with Huron Consulting Group, Coach, National Speaker and she is now, as of this week, a published author with over 15 years of consulting and leadership experience. She has consulted over 30 organizations on topics focused on change management and leadership, employee engagement, leadership development, business optimization, and financial improvement.

Content warning: Kristie does briefly mention instances of being abused in her past. We do not discuss this in detail, but the subject matter might be alarming to some listeners.

In the episode, Kristie shares a story about her favorite mistake, earlier in her consulting career, when she was removed from her role working with healthcare C-suite executives. Kristie reflects and shares that she “wasn't honest with herself about the internal work that needed to be done to improve the client” and she “took for granted” that she needed to grow, learn, and move relationships deeper than the surface.

She says she can “now look back and laugh” because she has come a long way. We also talk about her book, what a “perfectly imperfect life” means (from the subtitle of her book) and what it means to be a better version of oneself.

Here is an article about Kristie using exercise as a way to overcome PTSD.

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Kristie now has a podcast, “Fearlessly Made You”:


"I took for granted the fact that I needed to internally grow and put in the work to understand the hard work that those [client executives] go through every single day."

"I laugh because I can now look back and laugh at [my favorite mistake]."

"I use the phrase fearless, not because I am not afraid, but because I don't allow the fear to define me."

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. He is also a Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Marketing with the healthcare advisory firm, Value Capture.