Influence & Impact for
Female Leaders 

A podcast from Carla Miller

Ep 149 - Managing managers with confidence

Nov 27, 2023


Welcome to the latest episode of the Influence and Impact Podcast for female leaders! In this episode Managing Managers with Confidence, we dive into the unique challenges and strategies involved in leading leaders, whether you're new to a leadership role or have been leading managers for a while.

In this episode I cover…

  • How to recognise that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to managing and leading.
  • Encouraging open conversations about different management styles
  • How to build trust
  • Ways to advocate for your team
  • Creating and modelling psychological safety 

Managing managers requires a unique approach that acknowledges their level of responsibility and the complexity of their roles. By implementing these essential tips, you can build a strong and supportive relationship with your managers, enabling them to thrive and have a positive impact on their teams.


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Ep 148 - Breaking free from the yes trap

Nov 13, 2023


Welcome back to another episode of the Influence and Impact Podcast. Today we're diving into a topic that many of us struggle with: saying yes to things we don't really want to do. As female leaders, we often find ourselves taking on tasks that aren't our responsibility, and it's time to put a stop to it. I’ll be sharing strategies and practical tips to help you reclaim your time and energy by breaking free from the Yes trap.

We will explore the reasons behind our tendency to say yes when we want to say no. Spoiler alert: it often stems from our desire to be liked. We'll also dive into the societal pressure for women to be constantly agreeable and how it impacts our progress in the workplace.

I’ll be sharing strategies to help you break this pattern, including using holding phrases to manage expectations, creating a checklist to decide when to say yes or no, and communicating clearly when declining a request. We also discuss how to navigate non-promotable tasks...

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Ep 147 - How to handle energy vampires at work

Oct 30, 2023


Is the joy being sucked from your working day by energy drains? Tune into this episode to learn how to deal with energy vampires. I share how a strong mindset and powerful boundaries can overcome difficult interactions and situations at work.

As female leaders, we often find ourselves feeling exhausted and drained after certain meetings and conversations. But fear not, because in this episode, I’ll provide you with valuable insights and strategies to protect and preserve your energy.

Have you ever felt physically exhausted or even icky after a conversation with someone? Well, it turns out that if you are highly sensitive to other people's energy, their emotions can really affect you. I will explore protecting your energy and discuss practical tools, such as creating an energy bubble, to shield you from negative influences.

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Ep 146 - Being intentional about your career with Dr Hannah Roberts

Oct 15, 2023


If you are feeling stuck in your career you’ll be pleased to hear that there is now a framework you can use to identify the steps you can take to move towards career fulfilment.  This framework was created by my guest on this podcast, Dr Hannah Roberts, author of Intentional Careers for STEM Women.

In our conversation we cover…

  • What it means to have an intentional career rather than an unconscious career
  • The ‘proving’ cycle many of us get stuck in when we start a job
  • What can cause us to become unfulfilled in our career or overworked to the point where it is unsustainable
  • How to find alignment in your career through purpose, mission and vision
  • The 3 career pivots that will help you work out what you need to change to find career happiness

Hannah’s book is a fantastic resource for any woman wanting to take control of her career and also goes deep on many of the issues on the confidence issues many women struggle with.  I highly...

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Ep 145 - Building incredible collaborative relationships at work with Deb Mashek

Oct 02, 2023


Collaboration is an essential part of working life – we have to work alongside others to succeed in our role.  So I was fascinated to come across Deb Mashek’s book, “Collabor(h)ate: How to build incredible collaborative relationships at work (even if you’d rather work alone”

We’ve all experienced tension at work and felt the joy of being in a good team.  In this episode Deb and I discuss:

  • What collaboration is and why it matters
  • How and why it sometimes goes wrong
  • Strategies for building strong successful working relationships


About Deb Mashek:

Social psychologist Deb Mashek delivers high-stakes collaboration across silos, institutions, and stakeholders. An experienced business advisor, professor, and nonprofit executive, her writing appears in MIT-Sloan Management Review, Fortune, ReWorked, The Hechinger Report, and Psychology Today. Deb has been an invited speaker on collaboration and viewpoint diversity at leading...

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Ep 144 - Finding focus when you’re overwhelmed with Julia Wolfendale

Sep 18, 2023


Is Autumn already feeling a bit overwhelming as everything kicks into action after the summer?  If so then this is the episode you need right now.

My guest Julia Wolfendale and I discuss the strategies she shares in her book ‘Five Ways to Focus’.  We talk about:

  • How you can find focus when you need it most
  • How to handle distractions
  • Julia’s top ways to get organised
  • How to effectively prioritise and delegate


Julia has kindly shared her calming visualisation which you can access along with a Five Ways to Focus worksheetand a life audit here.


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Ep 143 - How to challenge upwards without damaging your career

Sep 04, 2023


There are these unspoken rules about the world of work that most of us buy into without questioning.  One of those rules is that we don’t say no to our line manager or disagree with senior stakeholders.  As a result, people end up frustrated, overworked and demotivated because they’ve never learnt how to challenge the thinking of senior stakeholders without challenging their authority.  They’ve never learnt how to speak truth to power.

In this episode of the Influence & Impact for Female Leaders podcast, I will be sharing 9 practical strategies to help you to disagree with someone in authority without negatively impacting your career or your relationship.  Whether you are dealing with your line manager, senior management team or your board you will find practical insights you can use to learn how to challenge in a constructive and career building way.



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Ep 142 - Increasing your gravitas

Aug 21, 2023


This week’s episode of the Influence & Impact podcast for female leaders is all about gravitas.  What is it?  What do we need it for?  And how do we have gravitas when we need it most?

Gravitas used to be a requirement for leadership, back in the days when leadership was about telling others what to do.  It is defined as dignity, seriousness or being solemn of manner. 

Leadership has evolved since then and women no longer need to act like old men in grey suits to be taken seriously as leaders.  However, there are times when we have to deliver serious news or address a room full of people who intimidate us and gravitas helps with that.  In this episode, I’m sharing some tools you can use in those situations.

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Ep 141 - 6 practical strategies to tackle perfectionism

Aug 07, 2023


This is part two of my series on perfectionism and overworking and in this episode I share with you 6 practical strategies you can start using today to help you become successful without breaking yourself in the process.

If you want to adopt a more sustainable and enjoyable way of working yet still get great results this episode is for you.

I share:

  • How you can be a high achiever without being a perfectionist
  • Why perfectionism is not actually the reason you are successful
  • Something surprising about your imperfections that could change how you feel about yourself

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Ep 140 - Is perfectionism holding you back?

Jul 24, 2023


For years I thought that I was doing well in my career because I worked so hard and held myself to such high standards.  Then I realised that those strategies were actually causing as much harm as they were good.  I coach a lot of high achieving women, at all levels and perfectionism in its various guises, crops up all the time.  Often it looks like overworking, trying to be in control of everything in your life, procrastinating and fear of failure. 

In this episode I’d like to help you to identify and reflect on any unhealthy thought or work patterns you may have around perfectionism so that you can stop holding yourself to such impossibly high standards.

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