039: Finding Perspective While Fighting Breast Cancer with Anne Sugar

Anne Sugar is an executive coach and speaker who has advised top leaders at companies including TripAdvisor, Sanofi Genzyme, and Havas. Anne serves as an executive coach for Harvard Business School Executive Education and has guest lectured at MIT. She is also a contributor to Harvard Business Review and Inc. She managed media planning for Fortune 500 clients including General Motors, Federal Express, and Delta. She draws on her extensive management experience, as well as her in-depth training in coaching methodology to advise senior executives and high performers transitioning into leadership roles. Throughout this episode Anne walks us through her experience of finding out she had breast cancer after a routine mammogram, and how she navigated through that. Join us this week as we discuss:


  • I didn’t see as much creativity anymore
  • I wasn’t listening to my gut
  • Transitions are messy, leadership is messy
  • I don’t think those are my x-rays
  • You have to listen to the things that start to prepare you
  • Some people want privacy
  • Finding perspective
  • Neither one is good or bad
  • It’s Messy
  • We have a culture of empathy, but it’s still a business
  • Come On! Get Going!
  • Leadership can be very lonely

Contact Anne


Twitter @aasugar

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