Beth Miller is a leadership development advisor, executive coach, author, and speaker. She is the founder of Executive Velocity and a board member at 1Source International. Miller is passionate about partnering with business owners and executives as they develop goals to optimize their workforce, their most important asset.

Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?

I grew up in Concord MA, outside of Boston. I have many fond memories of growing up in a small town playing outdoors and exploring nature. I think one of the experiences that helped shape my life was my first leadership position as Editor-in-Chief of my high school yearbook. It taught me how important it is to have a team you trust and can count on when things get difficult.

What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?

If I had recognized failures as a way to learn. Once I came to this realization, I learned not to fear failure but embrace it and take the lessons with you into the future.

What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?

As an executive coach, there are times I’m asked to coach a leader who is not coachable. Usually, the organization has tried other methods to change an employee’s behavior and it hasn’t worked, so they decide to bring a coach in as a last-ditch effort. These coaching engagements generally don’t last since the employee displays an unwillingness to embrace the process.

Tell me about one of the darker periods you’ve experienced in life. How you came out of it and what you learned from it?

Wow, this is a very timely question because I am currently going through a divorce after 31 years of marriage. It has to be one of the darkest times of my life, but I am focused on what life will look like after marriage. I am focusing on the positives and not the negatives. It’s a little early to share my lessons but I know there will be many. 

What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far?

My perseverance to work through the roadblocks put in my path to success. The other is to nurture my network of supporters and mentors. No one can go it alone.

What is your morning routine?

Lately, my morning starts with mediating using the app, Calm. I then have a cup of coffee before heading out to Pilates. The routine has really helped to center me during these challenging times.

What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?

Pilates is almost a daily routine that has really helped me physically and mentally.

What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?

Monitoring my cell phone use because without monitoring I can quickly lose time. The other is to block off time in my calendar when I’m working on large projects which can be overwhelming. I’m a big fan of chunking down projects and using my calendar to timeline the project.

What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?

As a coach to business owners and executives the books, I go back to often include: The Leadership Challenge by Janes Kouzes and Barry Posner, which is an iconic book on the power of leadership, and Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry. Emotional intelligence is critical to successful leaders and I use this book often in my coaching work.

Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill