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Lynn Yazbec

Lynn Yazbec

Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.

Hi. I'm an Organizational Development Consultant who helps leaders reach their potential. I'm currently focused on helping women be better leaders. I particularly enjoy working with millennials since they're the future leaders of our organizations.

Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?

I remember how nervous I was to attend Chris Johnson's first Ellevate Network coffee in Oakbrook, IL. Chris has been so helpful and supportive in encouraging me over the past year that I decided to join a Squad. I also attend a lot of webinars, but found the ones I attend with Ellevate have authentic women leaders participating.

How would you define your professional mission?

As a solopreneur, I realize the power of teaming. I grew up at Accenture and had the opportunity to work on several high-performance teams. I want to collaborate with other women who are interested in helping women become better leaders and build better organizational cultures.

What qualities does it take for someone to be successful in your line of work?

A lot of education and experience with coaching executives in multiple industries.

What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?

Winning the Malcolm Baldridge Award for Team Leader at Accenture. My direct reports are now all bosses at other companies and thank me for being a good role model as a leader.

What are some career challenges on your radar?

Do I need to go through the pain of social media to get clients? I prefer to use my referral network as I have in the past.

What project have you worked on that you’re most proud of? Why?

I enjoy helping people build their awareness on their strengths and helping them navigation a career change. Most of the time it's win:win for the organization as well as the individual I'm coaching.

We’d love to hear more about your career path. What led you to where you are today?

My Dad was an executive and I had the opportunity to travel with him and my mom to global conferences as a teenager. I enjoyed meeting people from other countries (who brought their teenagers along) and made friends easily. As the youngest of 4 (and the other 3 were boys), I was often trying to "keep up with" the boys. Dinner table conversations were always about the problem's my Dad solved that day and I was a "sponge". After the company he built for 35 years was sold off in pieces, I saw the impact it had on our family dynamics and he retired. I wanted to help others be part of something bigger than myself and found I loved working on high performance teams. Helping leaders and their organizations reach their potential using tools and techniques I learned along the way is where I am today.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

When someone remembers how I made them feel and reaches back out to me later to say thank you when they've landed in a better place or need my help again.

What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?

To help as many people as I can reach for their potential.

What is it about your job that makes you feel it’s the right fit for you?

I've probably taken over 100 assessments to make sure I'm in the right role.

What would you say your personal superpower is?

I'm a survivor but not a victim.

Is work-life balance a problem for you? What is one no-fail tactic you use to create balance?

I work for myself and choose my clients. My work has been my hobby for the past 18 years, since my third daughter was born. I learned about the 3 boxes of life as a kid - work, play, learn. My Dad was a workaholic and I saw what it did to our family.

What advice would you offer future leading ladies wishing to break into your industry?

Your diet is not only what you eat. It's what you watch, what you listen to, what you read, the people you hang around. Be mindful of the things you put into your body emotionally, spiritually, and physically. (My nutritionist shared this with me.) Also, surround yourself with people you want to aspire to be like, find a good mentor and treat that relationship like gold.

What is the best career advice you ever received?

Communicate, communicate, communicate.

What is one piece of advice you’d offer working moms?

Don't do everything. Ask for help. Whether with the kids, laundry, housework...only Americans think they need to do it all. My girlfriends who have lived in or are from other countries think we are crazy for doing it all. They have help.

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