Kim Powell Biography
Kim Powell is an Award-Winning Reporter, who joined Arizona’s Family in July 2018. Before joining Phoenix, she reported for WINK in Fort Myers, FL for the last three years.
Kim Powell Age
She has managed to keep her personal life off the cameras. There is very little information known about her age and her birth year or her place of birth.
Kim Powell Family
Kim graduated from Bemidji State University, a small school in northern Minnesota. She played for the Beaver softball team for two years before deciding to focus on her studies (and ice her injured shoulder.) By that time, she became the Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper.
Kim Powell Career
Powell joined Arizona’s Family in July 2018. She came to Phoenix after reporting for WINK in Fort Myers, FL for the last three years.
During those three years, Kim traveled to the east coast to cover Hurricane Matthew, which narrowly missed the hotel she was staying in. However, the following year, Kim reported live from her own boarded-up home during Hurricane Irma, which wreaked havoc across Southwest Florida. Once the storm passed, she trekked the streets in waders telling the many stories of survival, loss, and despair.
Also while in Fort Myers, Kim reported live from countless wildfires during the dry season and covered a mass shooting at a small club just a few miles from the station. During her time there, she saw the crime rate peak and reported on how law enforcement planned to resolve the many issues ahead of them. The Naples Press Club awarded Kim with the “2017 Outstanding Young Broadcast Journalist Award.”
Prior to that, Kim reported for KWES in Midland, TX for one year, covering the news across all of West Texas. Her most memorable moment from Midland is when she went viral for rapping before a live shot.
Kim got her start in the news industry behind the scenes. She worked as an assignment editor at KTNV in Las Vegas, NV. There, she listened to police and fire scanners and organized the reporter/photographer crews while working closely with the producers.
Kim is excited to be in Phoenix as her family has called Apache Junction home for the last six years.
When Kim isn’t in the field, she likes to hike, kayak, and enjoy the great outdoors. When she’s not outside, she’s probably hanging out with her two cats, Zipper and Buckle!
Kim Powell Net Worth
Kim is an Award-Winning Reporter, who currently works in Arizona’s Family. She also reported for WINK in Fort Myers, FL for three years. Looking at her career, She gets a good salary. Her estimated net worth is still under review but will be updated as soon as it’s clear.
Kim Powell The CEO Next Door with Kim Powell
Dolph Goldenburg: Welcome to the Successful Nonprofits™ Podcast. I’m your host Dolph Goldenburg with another great conversation that will help your nonprofit thrive in a competitive environment. We are bringing back one of our most popular guests for an encore performance, and I am truly excited to have another conversation with Kim Powell. I think it was episode 26.
We recorded a conversation about creating a 100-day launch plan for your new CEO. Now, this has been among our most downloaded episodes, and if you are one of the few who has not already listened to it, it is well worth the download.
Today, we will be speaking to Kim about her new book, The CEO Next Door. The book is a culmination of an in-depth analysis of over 2,600 leaders drawn from a database of more than 17,000 CEOs and C-suite executives. It has over 13,000 hours of interviews behind it and two decades of experience in advising CEOs and executive boards. With her co-author Elena Botello, Kim Powell overturns the myths about what it takes to get to the top and to succeed. So, join me as we have an incredible conversation with Kim Powell.
Hey, Kim. Welcome to the podcast.
Kim Powell: Thanks, Dolph. I’m happy to be back.
Dolph Goldenburg: You are among our most downloaded episodes on episode 27, so I am thrilled your back as well. Clearly, the listeners loved you, and you’re back by popular demand. In your new book The CEO Next Door, I know that you do some myth-busting about what it takes to get to the top seed. Talk to me about some of those myths.
Kim Powell: Yeah, definitely. First, in my day job, I interact with hundreds of current and aspiring CEOs and executive directors, and after all of those hours, countless hours, I started to really question the view of what does a CEO or executive director look and act like, at least in the U.S. The vast majority of our data is U.S.-based because frankly, the media presents aa view of what a good CEO looks like; it’s this larger than life care, as perfect pedigree, like golden career path view, and frankly, it just didn’t resonate from what I experienced having walked through the career histories of hundreds of current and aspiring CEOs, and so it was one of the triggers actually for the origination of the book was to say, “Wait a minute.
We have such a broad representation of leaders who are leading organizations in the U.S. Why don’t we mine that? Why don’t we unpack what those CEOs really look like and what it takes them to be successful?” We had a hunch it is different than the picture we all hold in our heads of what a CEO or a leader of an organization looks like. So, a couple of things actually came through in our research. For everyone out there who doesn’t have a perfect pedigree, I was super glad to see that frankly, we have more CEOs without a college degree in our data set than we had CEOs who had ivy league degrees.
Granted, we’re still talking, like, eight percent did not have a college degree in our Dataset. Only seven percent had an Ivy League degree. These are people who generate the economic engine of our country and provide roles and provide the support infrastructure and the safety net in some cases for our broad population. The reality is you don’t have to be perfect to be a successful leader. For all those folks out there who feel like you need to have a certain resume, that actually didn’t prove out in our data.
That was one big one for me. The second one is I had this impression that if you’re going to be a leader of an organization, you know it early on in your life. You’ve got a goal. You’re climbing the ladder. You’re taking charge, and clearly, you have this destination of being a CEO in mind.
Well, we did almost 100 interviews of CEOs and executive directors, and a little over 70 percent did not know they wanted to lead an organization and in some cases did not want to lead an organization until they were much later in their careers, the step or two prior to taking on an executive director or a CEO role. To me, this was also enlightening for those leaders out there who say, “not sure, that’s for me,” for whatever reason, that’s pretty common, and often people recognize later in their career that it is something they want to take on.
They do want to direct an organization and provide opportunities and help achieve goals, and it’s not something that you needed to know early in your life or necessarily be working on early in your life. I would say the third myth that struck me in our research is we all have this perception, at least I certainly did, that a CEO is a superhero figure, right?
Dolph Goldenburg: So, some people have career blowups. When we look at the nonprofit sector, a significant percentage of executive directors are either forced out or fired; it’s not 70 percent but it’s double digits, you know. So, part of what I think I hear you saying is people have that career blow up, they’re forced out there fired, there’s a big issue, but maybe they take a step back and they evaluate what their role and responsibility was in that.
This courageous-setting direction- I-am-going-to-swoop-in savior over this organization and in reality when we did our research, the weakest CEOs actually used a much higher ratio of the word “I” when they talk about their careers than they used the word “we.” The stronger CEOs were those that were higher performing use the term we.
We did this. We achieved that. It wasn’t this individualistic hero. The high performers were those that unleashed the power of a team and talked about it as a “we.” That I thought was very interesting and somewhat counterintuitive to this kind of mental picture of a CEO.
The fourth I would say is there’s a belief that you’ve got to be this larger than life extrovert, charismatic, kissing babies, shaking hands, connecting with everyone, working the community building those bridges; interestingly, introverts were slightly more likely to exceed expectations in our data.
If you find yourself someone who recharges alone, don’t have fear; it certainly doesn’t negatively impact performance, at least based on our data. The last one I would call out is… I had this vision to get to the CEO seat and to be a leader driving an organization forward, you really had to not make mistakes. You had to be pretty successful all along the way. In reality, when we looked at the research, almost half, about 45 percent, of CEOs in our study actually had a major career blow up.
This would be where they destroyed significant value or got fired, made a bad acquisition. 70 percent of the CEO candidates that we looked at went on to win the top job and become CEO or executive director somewhere. These career blowups didn’t negatively affect their career trajectory. Obviously, you probably can’t pull up every role you’ve ever held, but I took that as a great piece of knowledge that it is okay to have some zigs and zags in your career. And you can still reach the top role in the organization if you so choose.
Kim Powell: Yes, and you know, what was fascinating about our research is those who reflected on those blow-ups as a failure, like they actually talked about it using the word failure, were less likely to be successful as a CEO. Those that talked about career blowups as a lesson learned or a mistake that was made that they have now corrected and done differently were more likely to be successful.
There’s also a mindset aspect here. Where are you looking at a blowup as a personal failure, or are you looking at it as an opportunity to learn and do better next time? The single biggest underused asset in our career life are our mistakes and things that don’t work out. That came through in the research, which is great to see.
Get the whole interview from: successfulnonprofits.com