Episode 009

Why Fear & Pressure Does Not Bring Out the Best in Others

Interview with Melissa Palazzo

Melissa is a creative, high-energy, entrepreneurial Business and Marketing professional with over 20 years' experience in leading marketing, strategy, operations and talent for some of the most prestigious agencies and brands. For the past 13 years she has been the President of one of the most awarded creative agencies in Hollywood and is an Executive Member of Women in Film and YPO Hollywood.

In today’s episode Melissa openly shares how she didn’t always get it right especially in her leadership. She thought creating a culture of fear and pressure was how you motivated others. Once she began to see how the quality of her mind, her internal state, was affecting her ability to lead well, she was able to transform and ease up on herself and her team. From this new place, her team was stepping up in new ways. Melissa recently led the team and the organization through a major transition. As she says it, “There was no worse news. Doors were closing.” As you hear her share what this experience was like, you may be surprised to see that what could have been incredibly tough times, ended up being filled with resiliency and inspiration.


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Barbara Patterson is the owner of a global coaching and consulting company bringing the insights of performance and fulfillment to clients around the world. She helps organizations, leaders, entrepreneurs and coaches access more clarity, creativity, have greater impact and higher levels of performance in work and life. Barb is the Founder of Beyond Limits in Business, a global platform and community designed to point people to the source of human potential.

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