What Would Kalinda Do?

kalindaAs a coach, I will beg, borrow, or steal whatever strategy will help my clients make that needed shift. Most recently, when one of my fave coaching clients was facing a particularly challenging work situation, I called upon our mutual fascination with Kalinda, the femme fatale private investigator on “The Good Wife” (CBS). What, I asked, would Kalinda do? Ever since then, my client has been, as she says, “channeling her inner Kalinda.” And, I’m happy to report, she has successfully made her shift. Owning her power, she is focused now on what matters most to her, and not distracted by anybody else’s agenda.

There’s something about Kalinda, played by Emmy-Award winning actress Archie Panjabi, that has captured our female imaginations. The character is smart, sexy, intriguing, and oh-so-cunning. Powerful, and maybe even dangerous. Here’s what I’ve learned from Kalinda:

  1. Never let them see you sweat.
  2. Don’t just beat ’em, outsmart ’em.
  3. Master the art of the ask.
  4. Flinching is for sissies.
  5. Maintain a killer network.
  6. Keep them guessing.
  7. Write it down (love her notebook!).
  8. Leverage all your assets, even your charm.
  9. Choose a trademark accessory, preferably in leather.
  10. Speak softly and carry a big bat.

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