In episode 94, Coffey talks with Dr Robyn Odegaard about overcoming the challenges leaders face in creating and executing new strategies.

They discuss the importance of clearly defining the desired change; conducting pre-mortems and back-casting to identify what might go wrong and what must go right; identifying necessary resources and creating tactical plans to achieve goals; relying on others’ expertise; overcoming the psychological and structural barriers that hinder leaders’ ability to achieve goals; organizational blindspots many leaders experience; and practical tools for “managing up.”

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Dr. Robyn Odegaard

Dr. Robyn Odegaard

Dr Robyn is a former competitive beach volleyball player turned high performance psychologist with continuing education in nutrition.

She has written three books and given a TEDx talk titled Creating Success out of Chaos. Her clients call her a “smoke jumper” because she “parachutes in and helps fight life’s fires from the inside.”

She adores the intellectual stimulation of a good conversation, which has led to 400 and counting episodes of her panel discussion video podcast called Quick Hits.

In her spare time, she reads astrophysics and quantum physics for fun, works out, tends to her garden and WAY too many houseplants and trains her dog Nebula to do circus tricks.



  1. Wilhelmina Keppel

    Love it

  2. Shelly Quatrine

    “It’s not my fault, but it is my problem. The cause is in the past, the solution is in the present, and the solution is in the future.” Let’s get to work!


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