The Edges of Lean — Ep 116 The Courage to Deliver Transformation


Have you ever realized that in order to grow you need to step out into the unknown and do things you have never done before? Beate Chelette says that those times in your life and your career are necessary for growth and transformation – and that there are ways to navigate through them as a leader and as a human. She joined me at the Edges of Lean to talk about the courage to deliver transformation. 


Beate Chelette  


Beate Chelette is the Growth Architect and founder of The Women’s Code. The company specializes in guiding organizations to an enhanced return on investment through Balanced Leadership. She is a highly accomplished entrepreneur, author, and expert at creating inclusive work environments. Beate has worked with notable clients such as Chevron and Merck, and her book “Happy Woman Happy World” has received international acclaim. Her journey from financial struggles to selling her photography business, has shaped her commitment to supporting women and helping them overcome professional challenges. Beate’s expertise and personal story inspire others to achieve success and fulfillment in their careers.


00:01:12 – Beata’s background and becoming the Growth Architect

00:03:06 – The transformational journey of professional careers

00:05:46 – The continuous process of self-improvement for leaders

00:10:24 – The importance of clarity and decision in growth

00:17:01 – Framing difficult conversations and uncovering real questions

00:18:05 – The importance of inquiry and understanding in leadership

00:20:14 – Making decisions with confidence and trust

00:22:16 – Clarifying decisions and understanding motivations

00:30:13 – Understanding the true intent behind questions

00:31:50 – The power of framing in leadership and communication
00:40:12 – The Misconception of the ‘Wait and See’ Approach
00:46:10 – Embracing Failure as Part of the Growth Process



  • Continuous improvement involves growth, transformation, and navigating through different stages in one’s career.
  • Transformational journeys require leaders to step out of their comfort zones and embrace change.
  • The process of architecting growth involves developing strategies, systems, and processes to achieve goals.
  • Difficult conversations require framing, understanding underlying motives, and asking the right questions.
  • Leaders must be open to continuous learning and self-improvement to lead effectively.
  • The journey of growth and transformation is ongoing and requires constant improvement.
  • Leaders must let go of old ways and embrace new skills and perspectives.
  • Purpose-driven individuals are often more fulfilled and successful than those focused on money.

Memorable Quotes From Beate Chelette  


“Success is driven by what we internally expect and what we allow ourselves to receive.”


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