Denise R. Russo – Finding the Center of Your Purpose


Denise R. Russo is Global VP, Head of Customer Enablement & Readiness at SAP for CE&X Success Centers; Executive Coach; Leadership Expert; and Forbes Contributor.

In this episode Lauren and Denise discuss:

Finding and understanding your deeper purpose as a leader and in the everyday moments

Leveraging HR and coaching skills to support customers and put your feet in the shoes of those you are serving

The Great Resignation and how you can determine what you really want in the next phase of your career

The concept of ikigai (生き甲斐), pronounced ee-kee-gah-ee, which means “reason for being.”

Key takeaways:

As a coach and leader, it’s important to be a good listener; ask good questions; both know and show others the way; and be able to relate to other’s thoughts/ideas even if they differ from your own.

It’s up to you to determine the things that matter most to you and you should evaluate the conditions around you to achieve growth.

You can always pursue a new path and take the steps forward with the option to turn back.

Drawing on ikigai can help you feel centered and define your purpose based on four elements in the work setting – things that you are good at; things that you love doing; things that change the world; and things you can get paid for.

Life is all about continuous learning.” – Denise Russo

Diversity is what makes us different, inclusion is what makes us the same… at the end, it should be around how do we belong and how do we belong on this Earth and in this world together.” – Denise Russo

There’s a difference between being the best in the world and being best for the world and I’m hoping that my legacy will be that I can be known as somebody who is for the world and for people” – Denise Russo

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You can find the books mentioned during this interview here:

Know What You’re FOR: A Growth Strategy for Work, An Even Better Strategy for Life by Jeff Henderson:

The 6 Stages of Cultural Mastery by Ricardo González:

Today Matters: 12 Daily Practices to Guarantee Tomorrow’s Success by John Maxwell:

Do What Matters Most: Lead with a Vision, Manage with a Plan, Prioritize Your Time by Rob and Steve Shallenberger:

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho:

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