Dr. Nayla Bahri joins us to discuss friendships – at work, in our lives, and in midlife. We share personal stories and ideas on how to cultivate friendships, including the kinds of friends you need – like an “action” friend. The research referenced highlights the importance of friendships at work for productivity and your likelihood of staying in the job longer. It also underscores the importance of friendships on happiness and longevity. I believe midlife women desire meaningful friendships. Most of us want soulful connections with great women. We discuss the importance of sharing core values and where you might make a new friend, and much more.

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Gallup Study on the importance of friends at work

Article Referenced – “It’s Your Friends Who Break Your Heart”

Article by the Surgeon General on the Importance of Social Connection


Dr. Nayla Bahri is an executive coach, educator, facilitator, and co-host of The Inside Job Podcast. Her mission is to help everyone she collaborates with create their ideal relationship with work, one that lets them thrive, experience more satisfaction and flow, and deliver excellence. Her clients include individual leaders and teams across organizations and levels. She works with not-for-profits, startups, and well-established organizations including Apple, American Express,TheCity of New York, Appian, The Nature Conservancy, ColgateUniversity, Royal Bank of Canada, Stripe, and ABC/Disney.

Nayla served as the Dean of Students at Columbia Business School for fifteen years, where she coached and taught thousands of students and co-founded the Leadership Lab, the clearinghouse for leadership activities for MBA and EMBA students.She also led the learning and development team for a private equity-held global medical diagnostics organization, creating and leading initiatives including culture and employee engagement strategy, leadership development programs, performance management innovation, management curriculum, and coaching managers and the most senior leaders in the organization. Nayla is a graduate of Smith College, the University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University. Her certifications include PCC level coach (ICF), Korn Ferry 360 Voices and Learning Agility, DDILeadership Suite, Immunity to Change (Individuals and teams), and the Hogan Assessment System.

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