Emily Drake: Get out of the perfectionist box

Emily Drake on the Better Leaders Better Schools Podcast

Emily Drake is the CEO of Flank 5 Academy located in Chicago, IL.  Flank 5 is a personal incubator that helps you unlock your potential, change careers, or become self-employed. Graduates start consulting practices, open restaurants, change industries, and restructure their current employment situation.


Another reason I love Emily Drake is for her candor and courage. She walked away from her job to pursue her passion and to serve others. I often ask myself, “Do I have that type of courage?”

Thanks for listening to the show and enjoy the expertise and challenges Emily shares with you on this episode.

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Show Highlights:

  • Community building thinking
  • How to be a part of the solution
  • The power of possibility
  • Micro-movements and celebration
  • How to push through fear and take action
  • Ask yourself, “What could be?”
  • Get out of the perfectionist box
  • The power of failing fast
  • Learn some great interview questions AND how to facilitate a great interview
  • Why emotional intelligence matters


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