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7 Factors of Influence Women Leaders Should Master


There are several factors that can attribute to emerging as a leader. Here, we’ll detail out the seven factors highlighted in John Maxwell’s The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.

1. Character – Who They Are
“True leadership always begins with the inner person.”3

The character of a leader will filter into the entire organization and its employees. Great character will create potential for a great organization. But, it all begins with the leader’s heart.

2. Relationships – Who They Know
“Build the right kinds of relationships with the right people, and you can become the real leader in an organization.”4

In your sphere of influence, you must develop deep, meaningful relationships that go beyond seeing someone daily because you simply work in the same office. Relationships grow loyalty, influence and ultimately the business.

3. Knowledge – What They Know
“Whenever I was new to an organization, I always spent a lot of...

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4 Things To Do When Participating in Someone's Important Event


Promotions, Weddings, Funerals, Workshops, Book Festivals, high school and college graduation ceremonies,  and etc..,

When invited to participate in someone's important event you should consider four things;

(1) The host; the vision, intent, reputation and character;

(2) Time; what time does the program start, how much time is your portion of the event and how early should you arrive and depart;

(3) Understand why you were selected to participate and play that role expertly

(4) Professionalism; coordinate any presentation details ahead of time, rehearse, take care of transportation, lodging and meals and take care of anything that could serve as a distraction

Much Love and Much Respect,



Angela M. Odom is a life and leadership coach, founder of The Better U Project brand, podcast host, proud Army veteran and the author of BRONCO STRONG: A Memoir of the Last Deployed Personnel Services Battalion  and Golom's Magical Gamers as well...

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3 Things To Do When Employees Want To Leave


Do you have an off boarding process? On today's episode of the recording of The Better U Leadership podcast, Author Angela M. Odom, you host, will share three things to do when your employees want to leave the organization.

1. Let them go; don't block them

2. Give them a reason to stay or to return

3. Treat them so well that they provide great reviews of your organization


Let them go; Don't block them from leaving

If you've conducted a stellar onboarding, treated them fairly and treated them with dignity and respect. don't attempt to talk them into staying.  Let them go.


The Four C’s

The Four C’s are a framework created by Tayla Bauer, author of Onboarding New Employees: Maximizing Success.

The purpose of the 4 C’s is to help managers get new hires everything they need to get started. Not only so they feel welcomed, but to prepare them for the job so they can start contributing as fast as possible.


Compliance means getting them...

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New Book Announcement: Golom's Magical Gamers

2021 announcement books Jun 21, 2021

Ready to read an action and adventure children's book that focuses on teamwork and communication? Announcing the release of "Golom's Magical Gamers".  This book is written by Angela M. Odom and illustrated by Kavion Robinson. 


Ryan and his dearest cousins live in different states and don’t get to see one another often. There’s nothing he can do about it. One morning, his mother sends him to the basement to get some boring stuff adults need. She gives him a list so that he won’t forget what she needs. As Ryan is looking at this list, the weirdest thing happens. The words his mom wrote begin to rearrange themselves on the paper. It says, “Ryan, It’s Your Time to Know.”

“Uh, know what?” Ryan asks the paper but, it doesn’t respond. Ryan soon sees a map that takes him to the basement and beyond. Ryan follows that map and meets the God of Game, Golom. Since that conversation with Golom, Ryan’s...

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Are leaders still talking about COVID-19?


If you believe the news reports, COVID-19 is not as great threat to our way of life as it was in March 2020.  If you believe it. I don't!  

Leaders, this COVID-19 is still a big deal. Folks are still dying in the US and all over the world.  


COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Infected people have had a wide range of symptoms reported – from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
Trouble breathing
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
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4 points about validation leaders need to understand

2021 podcast Jun 08, 2021

When we are validated in a healthy way, we thrive in all areas of our life. However, when we are gaslighted or invalidated, our self concept is diminished greatly. In this episode of the Better U Leadership Podcast Angela shares 4 points about validation that leaders need to understand.


Validation means that we are acknowledging another person's emotions, thoughts, experiences, values, and beliefs. Validation isn't about agreeing, placating, “fixing” the other person, trying to get someone to change, or repeating back what the other person has said.

Emotional validation is the process of learning about, understanding, and expressing acceptance of another person's emotional experience. Emotional validation is distinguished from emotional invalidation, in which another person's emotional experiences are rejected, ignored, or judged.


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What's a Crucial Conversation?

2021 communication podcast May 25, 2021

Are you up for a summary of chapter 1 of the book, "Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When The Stakes are High"?  The title of the foundational chapter is "What's a Crucial Conversation?" 

First, its a easy read for a topic we can't avoid. Effective leaders really must develop the skill of engaging in crucial conversations. 

Relationships are the priority of life, and conversations help us care for our relationships with talking and listening. The quality of your life comes out of the quality of your dialogues and conversations. Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler — the founders of VitalSmarts — helps you think about what you really want to say.

What’s a Crucial Conversation?

A crucial conversation, as defined by the four authors, is a discussion between two or more people where stakes are high, opinions vary and emotions run strong.

The effects of conversations gone bad can be both...

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4 of the most powerful challenges from the book, "Can't Hurt Me" by David Goggins


 Do you want more and better? The book "Can't Hurt Me" by David Goggins contains inspirational challenges at the end of ten of its eleven chapters. 

This book is one of ten on my reading list. HERE I absolutely love it. 



 The book, Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds  represents everything you were taught about self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work written by the only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller.


Join us at our next book review and discussion on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 7 pm EST via Zoom

Join us on zoom on August 4, 2021


Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by authors Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler provides insights into how to handle crucial conversations well, influence others and get things done. 

At the heart of...

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Do You Know Your Go-To Conflict Handling Mode?

2021 conflict May 18, 2021

How do deal with differences in opinions, different approaches to decision making, work ethic, rewards, compensation, problem-solving and communication? What happens when your authority, approach or decisions are challenged? How do you respond to poor work performance, insubordination or disrespectful and demeaning behavior?   

Chances are you will encounter some form of conflict in your personal and professional life on a daily basis? 

Knowing your conflict management style could be beneficial to your personal and professional growth and development.

A critical competency for today’s working professionals is to understand that we each have our own way of dealing with conflict. According to the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI), used by human resource (HR) professionals around the world, there are five major styles of conflict management—collaborating, competing, avoiding, accommodating, and compromising.


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Happy Mother's Day 2021

Happy Mother's Day 

Listen to the latest episode of the Better U Leadership Podcast. 


This day hits different for so many people. Some folks are tickled and pleased to be surrounded by kids who respect and adore them. Yet, others are feeling less than, depressed, angry and embarrassed because of their current situation. 

Whatever your situation is, you can decide to lead a life over the next 364 days that will inspire your kids; grown or underage to demonstrate dignity and respect to you.

Mothers come in all flavors. I wish you more of everything good and great! 

 As mentioned in this episode, Click HERE to schedule a 20 minute session via Zoom with Angela to see if you are a good fit to work with her on her Become A Better Leader in 100 Days Program.  

Much Love and Much Respect,



Angela M. Odom is a life and leadership coach, founder of The Better U Project...

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