Carrie Sechel on Making Partner and Leaving That “Comfortable Hell”

Carrie Sechel on Making Partner and Leaving That “Comfortable Hell”

Joining me for Episode #19 of the “My Favorite Mistake” podcast is Carrie Sechel, a former Deloitte partner who now works as a coach, speaker, and trainer. As Carrie explains:

“After years of building my career as a partner at Deloitte, I found my family broken by guilt, shame, resentment, and addiction. My husband, Todd, and I committed to creating our own family model that celebrates the best of each of us. Now, we have a relationship and life that I couldn’t even imagine a few years ago.”

She has over 20 years of coaching and consulting experience. Carrie is the author of the bestselling book, BASE Jump: Finding Yourself In An Unfulfilling Professional World and she is a co-author of the WarriHER Playbook.

In our conversation, Carrie shares a mistake from her time at Deloitte, where what might have been characterized as a “human error” and a “process error” was really, to her, a “management error” that she was responsible for. This situation and the “gap” she identified between “what I am and what I'm pressured to be” led to her departure and her increased focus on female breadwinners and the particular issues that can create in lives, families, and careers.

Here is an article by Carrie that she's allowing me to share:

10 SURPRISING Fixable Challenges that FEMALE Breadwinners Face

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"I knew that as the leader of the team, I was ultimately accountable. There might've been an individual who made an error, but I led the team and I created the structure that allowed this, this mistake to occur."

"In large organizations or as entrepreneurs... there's pressure to look infallible. We are taught to play politics. We're taught to blame and that's not at all who I wanted to be."

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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.