Oct 5, 2022
In today’s episode of the “The Runway Decade
Podcast”, hosts Bill Bush and Pete Bush,
advisors at Horizon Financial Group talk with guest Gloria
McConnell about the new things she is embracing in her 50s.
- 02:28 – Bill introduces the guest.
- 04:30 – Gloria shares a story behind her nickname, and how her
nickname was born.
- 06:12 – Gloria tells a little bit about her upbringing.
- 08:35 – Baton Rouge was close to the family so when she moved
back to Baton Rouge, she got a job as the HR Director for Tony
seafood, says Gloria.
- 10:10 – Gloria always wanted to be a teacher and now she gets
to teach in a classroom and talk to people meet people and then do
one-on-one coaching as well on leadership.
- 12:30 – They discuss the shift from management to leadership
- 14:13 - Gloria talks about her mindset when she turns 50.
- 16:44 – Bill enquires from Gloria about how she became a
- 18:45 – Gloria wonders if she could do this and so, she looked
up, she Googled open mics, and she found one. She sent a note and
somebody said, yeah, just show up at this time.
- 20:35 - It's a skill that just like any other skill we
practice, and if everything we do works, then we need to try
harder. We must get better, says Gloria.
- 22:00 – Gloria says, the pandemic put the stuff on pause
because they were not doing open mics.
- 24:15 - If everything works, we are not trying hard
- 26:12 – Gloria in her 50s decides that she is going to be in a
play. So, she shares that.
- 28:10 – Gloria says, the best leaders find out what energizes
their people to the extent we can give them work that where they
use their strengths, where they're having fun, where they feel like
they're real, and really in their A game.
- 31:00 - Gloria loves what she does in her work and it's
flexible. So, retirement does not look that different, because she
does enjoy her work.
- 32:50 – Bill asks a rapid-fire question, what does she consider
to be the greatest invention in her lifetime?
- 34:23 – If someone were to play Gloria in a movie, who would
she want it to be, asks Bill.
Three Key Points
- Gloria highlights - when one starts thinking about who is next,
that drives all the rest of it, we have bodies to put in these
positions, but are they ready? So that is where they come in, and
it is like, are they taking a strategic approach to developing
their work, if their employees are they happy, do they want to be
there, or do they know what they are doing? They know what they're
doing technically, and they know how to do their jobs, but in terms
of the people’s skills, businesses do not tend to promote people
based on their people skills, they promote them based on their
technical skills, and then they wonder why they struggle to lead
teams. So that is where they come in, teach them and coach
- When Gloria takes leadership classes, or first-line supervisor
classes, her message to them is, that there are no perfect people,
therefore, there aren't any perfect leaders. You're going to make
mistakes, you're going to say the wrong thing, you are going to
make a wrong decision and if you are not, you need to try
- Gloria shares what she thinks when she hears the word
retirement, she is thinking just more time to do those things that
are fun. Whether it is spending time with her girls wherever they
happen to be, comedy, theater, etc. Those are the things that most
appeal to her, and spending time with friends in a
- “I got my foot in the door working for Intel Corporation, which
pretty much launched me professionally.” - Gloria McConnell
- “I teach a lot of first-line supervisor classes, that's kind of
my specialty and my favorite thing.” - Gloria McConnell
- “Whatever your business strategy is, we'll help you line up
your people strategy to match it and help you be successful.” -
- “I began to see there's going to be a life after my kids are
grown.” - Gloria McConnell
- “It’s exciting to think If I've lived a lifetime at 50, I have
a whole another lifetime I can live ahead.” - Gloria McConnell
- “I always liked to laugh. But I think I always, also would try
to amuse people against their will.” - Gloria McConnell
- “One comedian told me just because somebody doesn't laugh
doesn't mean it's not funny.” - Gloria McConnell
- “We want to stage with people, who buy a ticket to come and
laugh.” - Gloria McConnell
- “I enjoy what I'm doing in a lot of cases.” - Gloria