027: Prideful Connections - Learn the definition of this new term coined by Cortney Ihde

About Courtney Ihde

Cortney has created proven results through her experience over the past 16 years while working in the automotive, retail, IT, professional services and consulting industries in Southeastern Wisconsin. Her background includes working for a three-generation family business with over 400 employees, analyzing gaps and challenges, and actively developing new roles within organizations to grow and produce higher levels of profitability and balance for business owner clients.


Over her career, Cortney has applied her thirst for innovation and creativity to her clients to help them to diversify, expand, gain capacity, create new job growth, and improve efficiency. Combining a spirit for improvement and development with accountability and strategy, Cortney is passionate about providing high quality outcomes and having fun at the same time. Working "on" your business is vital to achieving life goals and the results business owner's desire when starting their business.


Cortney has a BS in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse, is a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Sales Leadership Program, is a Certified Business Coach, and has given numerous years of service to local, national and international non-profit and civic organizations. In her time outside of growing businesses, she enjoys spending quality time with family, reading, gardening, golfing and traveling. She also enjoys speaking engagements, group workshops and team development days with her clients.


Why do you do what you do as a business coach?

·         “I’m really just a partner with the people who run business. My role as a coach is about listening to where people want to go and helping them get there!”


Have you had any learning lessons on your journey that you can share with us?

·         “My journey has been an interesting one in the aspect of taking risks. I’ve learned a lot form networking and working that taught me exactly what I did not want to do!”


What is the one thing you see in your work that more people should make more time for?

·         “What I’ve seen with many of my clients I that it’s a two-fold learning. First and foremost, it’s okay to step into vulnerability and not always have the answers just cause you own your business. Second, owning a business takes a lot of time, energy, resources, and brain space but it also takes you away from people you love. Your priorities are things you should be working toward in your business.”


Share with us one of your best networking stories

·         “As a part of one of my organizations, I get to adopt a nonprofit organization and coach them. I had a long conversation with someone about whether I should adopt them or take on one of their board roles. At the end it became so obvious for me that I needed to be on the board for the Women’s Center in Waukesha.”


How do you stay in front of your network or community?

·         “I would say first and foremost that with social media it’s become a lot easier to let them know what’s going on in your world but it also lacks personality and personal connection. For my close knit network, I have a distribution list set up where I can tell people of influence or who are important to me and I send them an update every few months.”


What advice do you have for business professionals looking to grow their networks?

·         “First and foremost, you have to network! A lot of business owners work really really tightly in their business and they don’t get out.”


Digital networking or traditional networking?

·         “I’m a people person so to sit down and have a cup of coffee to connect is usually preference.”


If you could go back 20 years, what would you tell yourself to do more or less of regarding your career?

·         “When I was 20, I was studying abroad in Scotland and doing all sorts of things fearlessly. I don’t know that I would’ve changed that but I think I would’ve said to be more socially involved on my college campus.”


Who would you love to connect with and do you think you could do it within 6 degrees?

·         “Somebody that I would like to meet without being political is Ivanka Trump, we’re the same age, mothers, both grew up in a family business. We have come commonalities and are similar in some distinct ways.”


What book are you reading right now?

·         “I just read ‘You’re a Badass’ by Jen Sincero and she doesn’t let anyone get away with any excuses about their own awesomeness!”


Any final words of advice for our listeners??

·         “Your network is like a garden, you’ve got to pluck the weeds, plant the seeds, fertilize the plants, and at some point, you have to harvest the fruit. You should never be in a position where you feel like you can’t rely on your network.”


You can get in contact with Courtney at:

Give her a call at 262-901-4431


Email her at: CortneyIhde@actioncoach.com