Growing with Purpose Podcast: Learning Through the Ups and Downs with Valerie Webster
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On this episode of the Growing with Purpose podcast, host Paul Spiegelman talks with Valerie Webster, President of HealthWorks, a Cincinnati based health and well-being company.
When Valerie first stepped into the role of president in a new company, she took it upon herself to meet with every employee for a one-to-one conversation within the first 30 days. For her, trust is one of the most important aspects of being a good leader and building a successful team.
Even though Valerie is still fairly new to her current position, she’s had a long road of ups and downs that have led her to be a formidable and compassionate leader. From being one of the youngest of seven siblings, to deciding early on that she did not want to fit into the mold of working in the automotive industry like most in her Metro-Detroit community, Valerie knew since high school that she wanted to carve out a career that gave her purpose.
Fast forward to now, and she’s doing just that. Valerie talks to Paul about the eight dimensions of wellness that HealthWorks both embodies and promotes, as well as the challenges she faces, being the leader of a growing organization. But her biggest message of all is that nobody knows what lies ahead, and to keep turning every corner, because you never know what you’ll learn along the way.
Listen to Valerie’s story below:
- What it’s like running a company alongside a founder.
- “You have to learn both ways: those things that you want to be and aspire to, and those things you want to avoid.”
- “Things just don’t always turn out the way you imagined.”
- “If you can really hone into your why, that’s gonna be a big key for your success in life.”
Book that Inspired Valerie:
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell