Val Ries, Learning From Leadership Mistakes as Sorority President

Val Ries, Learning From Leadership Mistakes as Sorority President

Joining me for Episode #25 of the “My Favorite Mistake” podcast is Val Ries, a leadership trainer, an executive coach and a “management muse.” She's a nurse with an MBA and her firm is called Executive Muse.

Val has a book due out in April 2021 called Chief Inspiration Officer, so I'm looking forward to that. You can get the first chapter now through her website.

Val Ries

Today, Val shares her “favorite mistake” about her first leadership role, as president of her sorority. Why does she reflect and say, “I didn't know what I was doing”? What did Val learn from this experience and how has it helped her in her career and in her work with others? She also talks about her “CRAVE” leadership model — Connection, Reliability, Appreciation, Valued, and Effective (communication).

Audio Podcast:

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Video Podcast:

Due to a mistake that Mark made, there is no video version available this week. What happened? He tried playing around with a virtual background in Zoom and didn't test this out. The recording was very choppy, it seems as the result of the virtual background. Sorry, Val! The audio is now available through YouTube


"That was my first time as a leader. And I just really messed it up."

"I was just holding myself back from just saying what I wanted to say and getting these stories out in an authentic way. And I think that was a mistake because it dragged out the [book writing] process longer."

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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.