Name: Tricia Molloy
What is your current role? Corporate leadership speaker; mentor; and author of “Working with Wisdom”
Tricia Molloy is an expert on developing a positive mindset to reduce stress, improve work-life balance and achieve goals. She specializes in empowering emerging women leaders. She is also the author of Working with Wisdom: 10 Universal Principles for Enlightened Entrepreneurs and the CRAVE Your Goals! and DESIGN Your Ideal Life! ebooks.
Briefly, describe your career journey.
I got my degree in broadcast journalism from NYU and aspired to be a TV news anchor. I ended up working in radio in New York City and Phoenix, primarily producing call-in talk shows. In 1988, I started a PR firm and have been doing that for almost 30 years. In 2004, I began writing a book that would help other business owners capitalize on opportunities and deal with challenges. And, about half way through writing it, I realized I should start speaking about this. Today, most of my focus is on my speaking business, for clients like Home Depot, Marriott, and CDC.
What would you say is your greatest achievement?
My kids, Connor and Allyson. They are the kind of people that I would hope to be great friends with, even if they weren’t my kids. They both graduated with honors in three and a half years from the University of Georgia and are pursuing careers that they love.
On June 20th, you’re set to talk to our Birmingham WICT SE chapter. Can you tell the readers of this blog a little bit about what to expect at the event?
Most people who are good at achieving goals have one thing in common– and that is a positive mindset. The five CRAVE steps that I’m going to share at the event, like using affirmations and being grateful, will help them to develop that mindset so that they can achieve their goals faster and easier.
What big “Aha” moment will the attendees walk away remembering?
I think there are going to be a lot of “aha” moments. But the one that comes to mind is that it’s all about making conscious choices. When you start to be more aware and more intentional in your choices, it helps lead you to where you want to go.
In your workshops, you talk a lot about goal-setting, why do you feel this is so important to our professional and personal lives?
Life is busy and hectic. Without a list of goals to focus on and letting others know about your goals, it’s hard to move forward and enjoy success. Goals empower you.
What is the biggest mistake that holds people back from achieving their true success?
I think a lot of people doubt whether they deserve to be successful. That’s the key. You must recognize you deserve it to move forward. Otherwise, you become apathetic, and you tend to self-sabotage. If you don’t feel you deserve it, chances are you are never going to get there.
As a work-life balance expert, what should we focus on to find balance in a 24/7 world?
First, decide on the “why.” And what I mean by that is: what would you do, be or have if you had more time, energy and other resources? Once you know “why,” it’s easier to make better choices, learn new habits and develop new skills that will lead to better balance. It’s about having that goal.
Name a famous leader who you think has mastered the art of work-life balance. And tell us why.
I don’t have a famous person in mind; however, every time I speak, I am inspired by leaders who share their candid balance stories. A couple of years ago when I was doing a program at Marriott, a leader named Gary shared his story with me. Early in his career, he considered himself to be a hard-charging sales executive, but his supervisor warned him that he was in danger of burning out and that he needed to find a “trigger” to help shift him from work to home or personal mode. He thought about it and decided his ‘trigger’ would become his garage door opener. At the beginning of the day, when he pressed the opener he would shift into work-mode. And at the end of the day when he returned home, the door opener would signal he needed to be present with his wife and his children and to spend time recharging. He said it didn’t happen immediately, and it wasn’t easy; but eventually, he learned to make that shift, which he credits with saving his job, his marriage and most likely his life.
What is the best career advice for an emerging leader?
My advice is to decide your own definition for success, both professionally and personally. I find that too many people pursue goals that they think they should have or what their parents or others expect of them. That leads to failure and frustration. There’s no right or wrong, as long as it’s your definition of success.
WICT’s theme this year is “Be Fearless.” In what ways do you find that “being fearless” has helped you in your career or helped your clients?
My advice is to fight fear with gratitude. You can’t feel fear and gratitude at the same time. The quicker you shift into counting your blessings or writing in a gratitude journal, your fear will just naturally dissipate.