Kristin Yoshida

Kristin Yoshida

Authentic Leadership for Everyday People is the podcast where we investigate the connection between effective leadership and authenticity. If you are looking for inspiration and tips on how to become a better leader by being your true self, you are in the right place.

Today’s guest is Kristin Yoshida. She is dedicated to supporting and elevating under-represented minorities and People of Color in their professional journeys define and find success for themselves, through her organization, Crescendum.

She has over 20 years of experience in global professional services, having been a partner at one of the big 4. We talk today about her family, roots, and how aspects helped influence some of her life decisions. We also touch on how her international experience has helped her broaden her perspective.
We dive in on being intentional in one’s career and how someone can manage their own career. I hope you enjoy this conversation.

[02:51] – Welcome Kristin, it’s great to have you on the podcast. Why don’t we start by introducing yourself to our listeners.
[03:57] – Why don’t we start by telling us how you chose the field and where your journey and career began?
[06:26] – You went to school in Europe, where did you go and what was the experience like?
[08:25] – You mention that a lot of your choices were guided by your ideas of culture, safety and then you fling yourself into a foregin country where you don’t even speak the language.
[09:26] – What did that do for your mindset, as you were taking more challenges in your career and making choices, in terms of having just gone through that, and what you learned there?
[11:17] – What was the next step in your journey that led you to becoming a tax strategy expert and ultimately landing you where you are today in Texas?
[13:57] – As you were progressing through your career and within your organization, what were some of the ways that you started broadening your skills from just being a technical expert and what were some of the building blocks in becoming a leader?
[17:20] – If you were talking to someone right now, who is starting to demonstrate that they are ready to be at the next level, within the service industries, what are some of the behaviors and choices that you would suggest they make to show that they are ready to be at the next level?
[20:18] – You made your way up to a pretty senior level of partnership in the last organization that you worked at, is that correct?
[22:33] – What were some of the steps that you took to break down the network and ultimately build a successful partnership practice?
[25:43] – If you would be willing to share how you thought about additional skills and then how to lead within that context?
[30:12} – What are some of the lessons for people who may end up in situations where they are countable for something but they don’t have the formal authority and some of the lessons they could gather from your experiences?
[32:58] – How did you form your leadership style? And then how would you define your leadership style when you are leading people directly?
[35:35] – What are the two or three most important things that they should do?
[38:19] – What makes a good mentor? And what makes a good sponsor?
[40:04] – Do you have passions outside of work? Is there one that has served you well and has impacted the way that you work?
[42:55] – What is a business expression that drives you crazy right now?
[44:42] – Final question, food for the soul or food for the body?
[46:23] – Thank you and closing remarks.

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