Does fear hold you back? Is fear keeping you from your goals and dreams? Do you want to differently navigate your fears to achieve your dreams?

Our special guest Jacqueline Wales answers these and other questions about living and leading as a “fearless” leader and person.

Jacqueline is the founder, creator and curator of The Fearless Factor. An astute observer of behavior, she’s endlessly fascinated by the messiness of being human, and finds people who are vulnerable and honest about their struggles to be incredibly interesting and courageous. She believes that being fearless is not the absence of fear but the courage to take the next step.

As the author of When The Crow Sings, The Fearless Factor, The Fearless Factor @ Work,  and soon to be published Fearless Women Leading The Way, Jacqueline’s explored human behavior and asked tough questions to discover hard truths for more than 35 years.

While observing and talking with thousands of people over several decades, Jacqueline has come to understand that the challenges we all confront are not much different—no matter who you are or what you’re doing in life.

Jacqueline’s a writer, singer, and global nomad who’s lived and traveled on three continents, developed a passion for martial arts earning a black belt in karate, and now an avid CrossFit athlete.

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Show Notes

Episode highlights…

  • Being fearless is not the absence of fear but the courage to take the next step
  • Nothing changes if you’re not uncomfortable
  • Asking yourself and honestly answering self-questions are keys to moving past fears
  • Fear is an emotion driven by a thought
  • The importance of taking a deep and honest dive into your fears and the fear drivers
  • Gender differences around fear (women versus men)
  • Leadership challenges for women in the workplace
  • Importance of vulnerability in leadership and addressing your fears
  • Impacts of the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves
  • Value and impact to organizations of having more women and women in leadership
  • Reality that people leave managers and the underlying values of the organization that allow the manager to lead (or fail to lead) a certain way
  • Need for more compassion in the workplace
  • Importance of bringing more humanity to work
  • Value of assessment in building your people, culture and leadership
  • Challenges to being more human at work
  • Different ways to discuss and address feelings at work
  • Vulnerability in leadership is not just about emotions (the key role of modeling in bringing more vulnerability in your workplace)
  • What’s your fearless factor?


Special Guest

Jacqueline Wales

Founder, creator and curator of The Fearless Factor

Your Hosts

Jeff Nischwitz

Author, speaker, coach, consultant, and
Chief SHIFT Officer of Cardivera

Craig Mathews

Strategist, innovator, consultant, and
CEO of Cardivera