Shanna A. Hocking’s new book, One Bold Move A Day, is all about meaningful actions women can take to fulfill their leadership and career potential.
Specially, Hocking reveals the transformative mindsets needed to make one Bold Move a day. Those are:
- Gratitude Mindset
- And Mindset
- Happiness Mindset
- Progress Mindset
“Each of these four mindsets individually plays a special role in the process of continuously showing up for yourself and others,” explains Hocking. “Each mindset contributes in a different way to your success, but they all complement each other and together they will become the foundation to your Bold Move Mindset.”
Hocking explains in her book that a Bold Move is one that challenges you to grow. “Sometimes it’s about capitalizing on an opportunity, and sometimes it’s about creating that opportunity for yourself,” explains Hocking.
Keep in mind, too, that a Bold Move for you might not be the same as someone else’s.
Book chapters cover:
- Believe in Yourself
- Achieving Your Goals
- Advance Your Career
- The Power of Uplifting Others
- Invest In Yourself
- Lead from Where You Are
- Grow as a Leader
- Be the Boss Everyone Wants to Work For
- Your Bold Move Community
Some of my favorite takeaways from the book include:
Use collaborative language – Use “Yes, and,” where you build on whatever was said prior in the conversation. It’s a chance to both move something toward the positive and build on what is being shared.
Practice gratitude at work – To effectively show gratitude to someone, be clear about what you appreciate about them, what they did, how they positively impacted the organization or other people, and what can happen as a result of their efforts.
Giving effective feedback will be one of the most consequential parts of your job as a leader, because it’s how you can contribute to your team members’ growth.
Whether you manage people or not, you can be a leader. Leadership isn’t about title or authority. It’s the energy and purpose by which you lead yourself each day and how you serve others.
Instead of asking someone, “How are you?” ask them, “What has been the highlight of your week?” This question leads to both sharing joy and finding meaning.
Today, Hocking shares these additional insights with us:
Question: Which of the four mindsets do individuals find the most difficult to achieve?
Hocking: Progress Mindset seems to be the one that people find the most difficult to work on. People are so focused on their next project, win, or outcome that they forget to pause to acknowledge how far they’ve come and what they’ve learned along the way.
Celebrating progress is important because Bold Moves don’t always turn out the way you’ve planned or hoped. In recognizing what you have already accomplished, rather than what is still ahead, you can build your resilience to keep going.
Question: Must someone achieve the four mindsets in the order listed in the book? If so, why. If not, why not?
Hocking: There is no particular order for developing the four mindsets. They each contribute to your success in a different way, and they complement each other and together become the foundation for the Bold Move mindset.
I recommend people start with the Gratitude Mindset, because it gives you something tangible to work toward and research shows it can have a meaningful effect on your happiness and well-being in a short amount of time.
Question: What drove your decision to share so much of your personal story and journey within your book?
Hocking: I wish more people had talked openly about their experiences when I was navigating my career and leadership journey as a working woman and mother. I wrote this book to help give other women the actionable roadmap they need to thrive personally and professionally.
Question: What is the key takeaway you would like women to have after reading your book?
Hocking: One single Bold Move can change your life personally and professionally—as long as you get started.
Thank you to the book’s publisher for sending me an advance copy of the book.