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Episode #90 - HR Champions of Courage with Pat Bell

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Human Resources professionals truly are the champions of courage within an organization. They are tasked with the responsibility to have extremely difficult conversations, guide leaders in doing the same, and be a resource for some very important information for employees. Here to discuss ways in which leaders and HR professionals can balance their responsibilities with personal growth is Pat Bell.

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Overview of Episode #90 --- 

  • Human Resources and courage - finding your center.
  • Developing honest conversations and the importance of preparation for challenging conversations.
  • Creating psychological safety.
  • Self-awareness and nonverbal communication.
  • Celebrating HR and role awareness.

Unable to go into ministry as she first wanted, Pat found herself under the tutelage of an amazing manager who challenged her to always find ways to improve and get better. Her drive coupled with a beautiful mentorship is what has helped her get to where she is today. 

She facilitates training for leaders and employees to help maximize the work relationship and create true, lasting connections. She helps employees learn how to offer their best, or find the right role to allow them to do so, and she coaches leaders to help them do the same for their employees. 

But where does it all start? How do both of the parties on either side of this coin begin the process of becoming more introspective and understanding the needs and responsibilities of the other? 

For Pat it all starts with finding your internal compass and learning how to fill your own cup. 

Listen in as Pat shares more about her HR philosophy, how she’s shifting and growing with the changes we’re seeing in the workplace, and why she’s gladly moving into a new and exciting phase of life. Pat is a true gem. She’s passionate and lively and she knows how to share information in a compelling and engaging way. 

If you’re struggling with having difficult conversations, you won’t want to miss this one.

In this episode:

[00:04:37] Learn about Patricia Bell Burnett, her experience, and what she’s doing in the world. 

[00:06:50] Why is courage so crucial for leaders today? 

[00:08:05] How do you begin navigating the changes within the world today? 

[00:10:02] Ways to find your center while building courage. 

[00:14:13] You have to fill your own tank to properly perform at work and in life. 

[00:17:08] How does she help people build the skill of having honest conversations?

[00:19:03] Pat shares one example of a solution-based question. 

[00:22:49] Ways to prepare for difficult conversations. 

[00:25:00] What happens when you don’t have the hard conversations? 

[00:28:42] We all have emotional hot potatoes, learn what to do with them. 

[00:32:44] Sometimes leaders are not right, so be prepared to truly listen. 

[00:37:40] Pat shares some additional insights about creating psychological safety. 

[00:49:17] Learn about Pat’s human resources and growth journey. 

[00:58:26] How does Pat support her mind, body, and spirit? 

[01:01:25] What advice would she give her younger self? 

[01:04:19] Where would she put a billboard and what would it say? 

[01:08:47] Suzie shares her favorite moments from the episode.

Information Shared in the Podcast:

Multipliers, Revised and Updated: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter by Liz Weissman

Simon Sinek - How Leaders Inspire Action

Suzie’s Journal

Connect with Pat:


Contact information:

  1. LinkedIn: Suzie Price
  2. LinkedIn: Priceless Professional Development
  3. LinkedIn: Wake Up Eager Workforce Podcast

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