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The Legendary Leaders Podcast

May 7, 2020


As leaders impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, how can women in leadership take action, make connections and communicate effectively?


According to Delta-V founder Jackie Freedman, we could learn a lesson or two from the birds— she’s taking a unique, aerodynamic approach to helping men and women in leadership transform themselves and their teams.


Listen in as she shares the path her career took. From her very first opportunity, leading a team of over 100 employees, to launching her own successful coaching business, Delta-V Strategies. She highlights the moments and the people who shaped her into the legendary leader she is today. Hear her formula for developing impactful leaders and get her advice on what needs to be communicated in times of uncertainty.


Key Takeaways:

  • How Jackie Freedman is helping leaders to communicate, engage and grow.
  • How she developed with the help of other strong women in leadership.
  • What leaders need to be doing in the wake of COVID-19.


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Episode Timeline:

  • [00:01] Intro
  • [00:41] Cathleen Markel coaching and training
  • [01:22] Meet Jackie Freedman
  • [04:07] COVID-19 and taking the opportunity to progress
  • [05:45] Jackie’s leadership experience
  • [08:50] Staying open to opportunities
  • [12:15] Imposter syndrome and having to prove herself
  • [14:58] Developing emotional management and learning to be flexible
  • [16:35] Feeling empowered by great leadership
  • [21:26] How she's helping clients to develop skills and presence
  • [23:35] Her simple approach
  • [28:16] The meaning behind Delta-v
  • [32:09] The key difference between mission and vision
  • [35:45] Top tips to avoid communication mistakes
  • [39:30] Virtual communication and taking a person approach
  • [46:35] The importance of communicating during COVID-19
  • [51:29] Finding Jackie Freedman
  • [52:02] Outro


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Standout Quotes:

  • “Have an idea of where you want to go, but really take those opportunities because you need them, and you don't know why yet.” -Jackie Freedman [10:40]
  • “Nice... being just nice doesn't get us far. You have to have candid conversations. You have to give feedback in the most respectful and supportive way but just being ‘nicey-nice’ doesn't do the trick to get the best out performance out of teams and to build relationships.” -Cathleen Markel [20:48]
  • “It's not so much need-to-know. People want to know. The more informed people are the better they believe their decision making can be... If I don't know why I'm doing something or why it fits into the bigger picture, it's much less interesting, motivating and inspiring.” -Jackie Freedman [37:20 ]




Find | Cathleen Merkel


On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel

On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching

On LinkedIn: @CathleenMerkel


Find | Jacquelyn Freedman

At &
On Instagram: @deltavstrategies

On Facebook: @JacquelynFreedman




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About Cathleen:  


As a Thought Leader in the Mindset & (Self-) Leadership space, Cathleen supports high achieving, but worn-out women create a more content & balanced life without sacrificing their hard-earned success. Following a simple 6 step framework, she helps you not only reconnect with your inner feminine side; Cathleen also supports you to rediscover your REAL YOU!
Cathleen focuses on women who lost their sense of purpose, who feel they are running in a hamster wheel, trying to please everyone but themselves. She helps you to turn your careers, your social connections and personal life around so that you will start feeling fulfilled and excited again about the days to come.  
At the end of the process, Cathleen's clients will feel healthier, happier, energised and clear about their future.  
With over 15 years of leadership experience in Retail, Media & Broadcasting, Engineering and Property Investment, Cathleen has not only experienced the challenges and opportunities of a female leader herself, she has also been leading and supporting various leadership development initiatives within large, complex, multinational matrix organisations.

Only by deeply experiencing her very personal life challenges – ‘hitting a wall experiences’ –Cathleen was able to redefine her own purpose, deciding to bring ease and content to as many women as possible on the planet!


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About Jackie Freedman


Jackie Freedman is a leadership expert who specializes in aligning and energizing leaders and their teams.

For over 20 years, as the founder of Delta-V Strategies, she has helped leaders get the results they want by showing them how to navigate the challenges that come with organizational growth and supercharge their people’s performance.