150: How to plan for the year ahead – with Maggie Craddock

By December 29, 2020The Simplifiers Podcast

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Are you ready to plan for the year ahead? We’re in that in-between time this week… the holidays are over and the new year is right around the corner. It’s nearly time to say ADIOS to the helluva year… 2020! So let’s kick things off with a bang. Lord knows, we need it.

My special guest today is Maggie Craddock and she’s simplifying how to plan your year ahead. We lead you through a simple process to reflect on all that happened in 2020, so you can start the new year on the right foot.  

Here’s how. 


My special guest today is Maggie Craddock and she’s simplifying how to plan for the year ahead.

We tackle and simplify all aspects of it, including:

  •  We talked about how to reflect on everything that may have happened to you this year, so you are better equipped for the year ahead
  • Why she recommends that you need to “look at your career track as a portfolio of assets” and how when you do this audit, it’ll guide you, moving forward
  • If a major career change is necessary, how to know when it’s the right move
  • Relationships are everything in the year ahead – how to invest in them and deepen existing relationships as well to build community 
  •  …and ultimately, how to use the lessons learned from 2020 to navigate 2021 without being risk-averse or freezing in place.

If you remember the last time Maggie was on our podcast, she shared her learnings from studying the Titanic and its survivors. For some, it might seem a bit extreme to compare the pandemic to the Titanic, but in many ways for many people, there certainly are parallels. 

Therefore, if you’re listening to this conversation now, I’m pleased to say you made it through 2020. I really hope you’re able to take time this week to rest, reflect and soak in this episode between two business coaches, so it’ll spin you in the right direction in 2021. You’ve got this! 

Q: Are you ready to plan for the year ahead? If yes, this one is for you.

It’s time to #DoTheThing!

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My challenge for you this week:

How are you going to take what you’ve learned in today’s episode and start to plan for the year ahead? What’s one thing you’ll do differently? Share it with me, privately or publicly. Snap a photo of you doing the thing, and tag @thesimplifiers on Instagram for added accountability and support!

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About Maggie Craddock

Maggie Craddock – She is the President and CEO of Workplace Relationships and is a veteran executive coach known for her work with Fortune 500 CEOs and senior management. Featured on CNBC, ABC News, NPR National Public Radio, as well as the Harvard Business Review and Oprah Magazine, She’s received her Masters in Economics from the London School of Economics, and her latest book is Lifeboat: Navigating Unexpected Career Change and Disruption.

Where Maggie hangs out online:

Website: workplacerelationships.com

LinkedIn: @maggie-craddock-31b3a96

Maggie’s vote for the perfect guest on The Simplifiers Podcast:

Shellye Archambeau – She is a Fortune 500 board member, Former CEO of MetricStream, Advisor and Author of Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers, and Create Success on Your Own Terms.

Ms. Archambeau is an experienced CEO and Board Director with a track record of accomplishments building brands, high performance teams, and organizations. She is also a strategic advisor to Forbes Ignite and to the President of Arizona State University, and serves on the boards of two national nonprofits, Catalyst and Braven.

She is the former CEO of MetricStream, a Silicon Valley-based, governance, risk, and compliance software company that enables corporations to improve their business operations through better risk management across the enterprise.

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