CEO Super Julie Braun Didn’t Have a Plan When She Quit a Job

CEO Super Julie Braun Didn’t Have a Plan When She Quit a Job


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My guest for Episode #123 of the My Favorite Mistake podcast is Super Julie Braun, founder and CEO of “Super Purposes” — a career coaching and advisement program built for the 21st century and today's job market. Her  company helps people (more than 16,000 people!) get the career and salary they deserve regardless of their challenges. They work with Veterans, stay-at-home parents, immigrants, folks from the LGBTQIA community, and people with addictions or alcoholism, formerly incarcerated, people with disabilities and more.

Earlier in her career, SJ quickly rose in corporate jobs leading creative teams for Victoria’s Secret, MTV, Nike, Estee Lauder, and Carters Childrenswear. She lists her passions as Animals, the environment, living the digital nomad lifestyle, minimalism, Sudoku, sobriety, and cupcakes — in no particular order?

In today's episode, SJ shares his “favorite mistake” story about quitting a job “in a huff' and not having a plan. Why was she burned out? Why did she think she would fail as a marketing consultant?

We talk about that story and other topics including:

  • Easier to find a job these days? Finding the right job?
  • In an era of employee shortages, why do companies need to expand the pool from which they recruit and hire? Incarcerated people…
  • Human Resources or Humane Resources?
  • People who are formerly incarcerated… my next two guests both served prison time for fraud and white collar crimes, so there’s a bit of a theme this month…
  • Tell us about particular challenges for Trans and Non Gender Conforming applicants and programs you have for them?
  • Programs for military spouses who are moving a lot?
  • In your coaching, what do you say to people about mistakes in their job search… in interviewing?
  • The stages of mistake grief??

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"Good for you. We got that over with now. You won't be making that mistake again and let's practice. And I just kind of get them right off of it and get back on the horse."
"People want to hire people that are genuine, heartfelt, unique, different, just being yourself."
"I call it the employee revolution because the power is now in the employee's hands and this will be the case for the next decade or two, if not forever."

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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.