Today’s guest urges leaders to stop using 2019 behavior to address 2022 workplace challenges.

She is an organizational psychologist, executive coach, speaker, and author of “Leading Inclusion: Drive Change Your Employees Can See and Feel.” It is a groundbreaking guidebook for corporate leaders who want to build inclusive organizations from the top down.

She has spent decades advising and coaching business leaders, including some in the Fortune 500, building healthy organizational cultures and measuring employee opinions. As a noted voice on human-centered leadership, she has written for Harvard Business Review and has been quoted in Forbes, Fast Company, BBC Worklife, and other national media.

Please join me in welcoming Gena Cox.

Would you leave an honest rating and review on Apple Podcast? Or Stitcher? They are extremely helpful and I read each and every one of them. Thanks for the inspiration!

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is about relationships and understanding how to help a group accomplish something.”
  • how a passing conversation with a former employee made Gena realize she was not a very good leader by not being accessible.
  • how anyone can see and value life experiences even if you have not personally experienced them.
  • the impact her maternal grandmother had on her and how she encouraged Gena to learn about new things.
  • the three careers she wanted growing up were psychology, journalist/reporter, meteorology, and the journey that led her to psychology.
  • her experience working for a newspaper in Barbados covering business stories and politics.
  • how growing up on a small island changed her perspective on the world.
  • why she decided to move to the US for college and her experience of taking a class taught by Arthur Ashe.
  • how she learned that she was Black only after coming to the US and a few experiences where she was called the n-word which was quite jarring. [CONTENT WARNING – racial language]
  • how she built her own practice in an effort to have more time with her daughter and only returned to work after her daughter went to college.
  • the big decision she made in 2020 after the murder of Breonna Taylor was to pivot and help organizations with DEI in organizations instead of only being focused on the human experience in the workplace.
  • why she believes that companies should stop asking for data and instead listen to the stories within their organizations.
  • how she nurtures the outer layers of her network.
  • what she is looking forward to in the year ahead.
  • why she says she “came out as Black” and the importance of those words for her.


Books mentioned in this episode:

Other Resources

Subscribing (or following) and leaving a rating and review wherever you are listening helps this podcast be discovered.

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating and review!
Listen on Google Play Music
Subscribe on Stitcher
Subscribe on Overcast
Subscribe on Castbox
Subscribe on BeyondPod



Business Growth Strategy Coach

Robbie helps inspiring entrepreneurial women (and a few awesome men) in their 50s and beyond, engage their network so they can grow their impact and income by adding new revenue streams.


You want to have a greater impact and increased income. The problem is that there are so many options for how to build your business that you can feel stuck, overwhelmed, and like you’re running out of time.

The reason options are overwhelming is that you’re looking at them as a series of disconnected steps when to make the most of your time, you need a strategy that connects only the most important and highest impact ones.

You know that if you try to do everything, you’ll accomplish nothing. This means, to achieve your goal, you have to invest in a strategy to put time on your side.


As a relationship-based business growth strategist, Robbie will work with you one-on-one to design a year-long plan that consists of three 12-week sprints, each followed by 4 weeks of reflection/assessment, rejuvenation, learning, and strategic planning. This will allow you to sequence your goals, create momentum, and leverage your limited time.

Have a project that you want feedback on or need assistance with a specific strategy? He offers half-day strategy sessions.

Already selling but feeling stuck around how to increase your revenue? Sign up for a one-day mastermind with fellow entrepreneurs to break through to the next level.

Ready to dig into your network to validate a solution you’ve been working on to see if you can build an audience for it before launching? Sign up for the 12 Week Idea to Offer Incubator.

Want accountability, support, and guidance as you implement your strategic plan? Learn more about his year-long Wake Up Your Network mastermind program.

These are not right for everyone; they're personalized offerings and are priced accordingly.


In his coaching work with entrepreneurs, his clients focus on the areas where they'd like to grow, which may include:

  • Creating a strong sales conversation framework
  • Building your referral network
  • Lead generation through a relationships
  • Growing your visibility in your industry
  • Increasing your ability to attract the right kind of clients
  • Identifying and launching a minimally viable offer
  • Breaking through whatever bottleneck is holding you back from getting the results you want and deserve
  • Becoming a published author and marketing your book successfully
  • Improving your virtual presentation skills


Robbie is excited to support you in reaching or exceeding your goals.

Keynote Speaker

Interested in booking Robbie to speak? At you’ll find video clips and a description of his talks.

Watch his TEDx talk “Hate networking? Stop bageling and be the croissant!” at

Stay Connected

SIGN UP for his free weekly #NoMoreBadZoom Virtual Happy Hours –

Affiliate Links: Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links above are “affiliate links”. This means that if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products and services I use personally and believe will add value to my listeners. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

This post was exported in one click from Google Docs into WordPress with Wordable.