Episode Date July 26, 2022
Featured Guest Shellye Archambeau
Featured Book "All You Have to Do Is Ask" by Wayne Baker

Episode Summary

Shellye Archambeau reading from Wayne Baker’s All You Have to Do Is Ask and discussing the complexity of an ambitious mind.

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What’s your relationship with ambition? I feel I’m both ambitious, and not. On one hand, I want to grow into the best of who I am and have a life of contentment, but on the other, there are some status-based trophies that just don’t matter to me as they once did. I’ve come to realize that it’s only by having pursued and–in some cases–won some of those trophies, have I started to appreciate what my bigger, more internally-driven goals might be.

Shellye Archambeau, author of Unapologetically Ambitious, was ranked one of the 100 Most Influential Business Leaders in America, reflecting a 30 year career of leadership roles in various organizations. As such, she has a profound understanding of ambition at the highest echelons of organizational life, and is eager to share what she’s learnt along the way.

Shellye reads two pages from ‘All You Have to Do Is Ask’ by Wayne Baker. [reading begins at 16:20]

Hear us discuss:

  • Working through imposter syndrome: “I don’t know if I ever actually overcame impostor syndrome, I just learnt how to deal with it.” [3:54]
  • “It’s really important in life to have cheerleaders around you.” [5:13]
  • Finding the right people to ask. [21:12]
  • How to nurture your network: “A network is the people around you who will do something for you when it’s not convenient.” [24:27]
  • Being ‘Unapologetically Ambitious.’ [27:45]
  • The price you pay for being ambitious. [34:07]

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Shellye Archambeau | Website | Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers, and Create Success on Your Own Terms

Wayne Baker | All You Have to Do Is Ask: How to Master the Most Important Skill for Success

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Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier

I'm the author of five books that have collectively sold more than a million copies. I'm the founder of Box of Crayons, a learning and development company that helps organizations move from advice-driven to curiosity-led. I'm the host of the *2 Pages with MBS* podcast.

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