Thought-provoking, lively, engaging and hilarious. Those are just a few words to describe our San Diego Annual GROW Keynote Speaker, AmyK Hutchens. On Wednesday, April 11, AmyK ignited brilliance in our San Diego colleagues, clients and business partners at what continues to be a jam-packed event year after year. GROW, which stands for Growth in Relationships and Opportunities for Women, hosts the annual keynote to bring the community together for an hour filled with inspiration, development, and usually some laughs, and AmyK didn’t disappoint one bit!
AmyK is a former executive of a billion dollar global organization and was awarded the Vistage UK International Speaker of the Year. She has influenced thousands of executives across the globe with her keen insight and intuitive understanding of the issues leaders face. At the keynote, she spoke to real-world challenges and solutions in both personal and professional situations that the multi-generational room of participants could relate to. Audience members ranged from those just getting started in their career to C-suite players, and AmyK had something for everyone.
Through the course of her presentation, AmyK encouraged guests to think about our own challenges as she walked through a series of questions, takeaways and tools. She started out by really encouraging all of us to slow down and realize that leadership is happening “one… conversation… at… a…time”. As leaders, we are responsible for the critical thinking in each conversation and we may need to increase our critical thinking if we want to drive a better outcome. Further into the seminar, she discussed organizational values and the importance of defining the behaviors behind each value, and leading by modeling those behaviors.
She also shared insights about hot topics like generations in the workforce and teamwork. AmyK provided practical tips for leaders that need help keeping millennials engaged or need to get their team to work together to solve problems. She suggested that managers shouldn’t solve their direct reports’ problems for them; they should be guiding them to think on their own and help them come to their own conclusions.
Closing out the event, AmyK left us with three lasting secrets. In summary:
- Don’t fall into the trap of the imposter syndrome. Don’t underestimate your skills or ever tell yourself you’re not good enough.
- Your past doesn’t define you. “Let go of your hood!” as AmyK would say.
- There’s no point in comparing yourself to others. Focus and embrace YOU, and you’ll be further along.
Thank you, AmyK, for sharing your wisdom, incredibly funny stories, and hands-on tools with the MMA family. We look forward to implementing many of these secrets!
For more information about AmyK, visit www.amyk.com. And, to join AmyK in her brand new FREE Masterclass, 4 Cutting-Edge Techniques to Obliterate Soul-Sucking, Unproductive Meetings, click to sign up: www.amyk.com/masterclass.
To learn more about GROW, visit http://mma-west.com/grow.