Breaking the corporate status quo


Breaking the corporate status quo. In this episode Judith Germain speaks to Kapil Kulshreshtha about finding your voice, increasing influence, and breaking the corporate status quo.

Key Takeaways

  • Finding your voice means knowing your core identity, values, and letting that drive your expression authentically
  • Increasing influence happens naturally when coming from a place of being, leveraging strategies/tactics like branding, networking
  • Breaking corporate status quo means defining your own success, not following others’ definitions – you can “have it all” on your own terms
  • Focus on one passion/career path fully rather than dividing efforts between multiple side hustles


Enjoying Life’s Activities

  • Spending time with kids, coaching clients on possibilities, reading/learning
  • Doing things that make him feel alive and energised

Kapil’s Background

  • Worked 22 years in corporate (Microsoft, Cognizant) before becoming a coach in 2017
  • Failed initially as a coach, but now runs a substantial coaching business
  • Helps individuals in corporate build powerful careers/lives aligned with identity

Finding Your Voice

  • Not just about expression, but knowing your core identity/values driving everything
  • Faking it or trying to be someone else is unsustainable – be authentic
  • Let your voice emerge from who you truly are, not superficial changes

Increasing Influence

  • Happens naturally when coming from your authentic place of being
  • Then leverage strategies like branding, networking, content creation
  • Having a coach can help amplify your influence

Breaking Corporate Status Quo

  • Most follow the same plan: get job > get promoted > make money > buy things
  • This follows others’ meaning of success, not your own definition
  • Redefine success for yourself – you can “have it all” on your terms, not balanced
  • Don’t divide efforts between multiple hustles – go all-in on one passion

In this conversation Kapil explains that finding your voice is not just about how you express yourself, but about knowing your core values and identity and letting that drive everything you do. He emphasises the importance of being authentic rather than trying to simulate a persona.

Judith and Kapil discuss strategies for increasing influence, including leveraging your authentic voice and identity, as well as using tactics like personal branding, content creation, and networking. They caution against manipulation and emphasise the importance of coming from a place of being rather than just doing.

Kapil Kulshreshtha is a career coach focused on helping corporate folks find their purpose and build powerful careers.

Maverick leadership is all about thinking outside the box and challenging the status quo. It’s about having the courage to take risks and the confidence to lead in a way that is authentic and genuine.

But amplifying your influence as a leader isn’t just about having a strong vision or a big personality. It’s also about having the right leadership capability and being able to execute on your ideas and plans.

The consequences of not having the right level of influence as a leader can be significant. Without the ability to inspire and motivate others, you may struggle to achieve your goals and make a real impact.

How Influential Are you? Take the scorecard at and see. 

Kapil Kulshreshtha can be found on LinkedIn here. Their website is here.

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