The Remarkable Leadership Podcast

The Remarkable Leadership Podcast is a weekly podcast with Kevin Eikenberry, a world expert on leadership development who speaks with leadership experts and leaders from a wide range of industries around the world. Kevin hand-picks his guests to help the audience see the world differently, lead more confidently and make a bigger difference for those they lead. Join us as Kevin and his guests talk about leadership, teamwork, organizational culture, facilitating change, organizational learning, and human potential. In short, this podcast will help you become the most remarkable YOU you can be.
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Feb 15, 2019

I’ve gone to a lot of “life events” and experiences and there’s one thing that I see people doing over and over again that not only makes me sad, but also  gets in the way of making memories.

I’ll give you several tips to help you lock in and make memories that last for years to come.

Feb 13, 2019

Have you ever hoped for a root canal appointment (insert another unpleasant task) to get you out of a meeting? Elise Keith is the founder and Meeting Maven for Lucid Meetings. In short, she is looking for the best ways to make it easy for people to enjoy meetings that get work done. She joins Kevin to discuss her book, Where the Action Is: The Meetings That Make or Break Your Organization. She believes that when you change the meeting, you change everything else. Elise emphasizes that the whole point of a meeting is to gather people for a purpose and shares different meeting types to help us get to the why.

In this episode, Elise touches on 1. Successful meetings. 2. Agendas and desired outcomes. 3. Meeting operating systems.

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink
Feb 8, 2019

We all make lots of mistakes in communication.  But there is one in particular that has the biggest negative impact on our communication success.

I’m sharing four simple questions that you can ask to help avoid this most common communication mistake in the episode today.

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Feb 6, 2019

Competence is a valued professional trait. But it's not enough to be competent, you must share your competence, so your words do make a difference. They can help you steer perception, as we form impressions with little actual knowledge. Dr. Jack Nasher is a business psychologist, negotiator and author of Convinced!: How to Prove Your Competence & Win People Over. As a side, he also performs as a mentalist at the world-renowned Magic Castle in Hollywood. He joins Kevin to discuss expectation management and competence framing, among other things to help shape how others see you.


In this episode, Jack talks about 1. Real and perceived competence. 2. The role of Status. 2. Likeability and leadership.


The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker
Feb 1, 2019

This episode is in response to your direct feedback when I asked viewers in a previous episode to send in requests for topics that they wanted me to discuss.

So today, I’m sharing how you can share meaningful and positive reinforcement, including WHY you should provide this to your team.

Jan 30, 2019

Fred Halstead is an executive coach and author of Leadership Skills that Inspire Incredible Results. He sits down with Kevin to talk about the little things, like listening and asking questions, you can do to be a more effective leader. Although he mentions these are little things, this does not mean they are easy, and you must be intentional. Fred discusses that interrupting, with a purpose, invites the other purpose to explore their thinking. The more you can listen and ask questions, the more they are going to trust and respect you.

In this episode, Fred shares

1. Inhibitors to thinking.

2. The power of questions.

3. The importance of acknowledgment.

Additional Resources:
Unshakable Hope: Building Our Lives on the Promises of God by Max Lucado -

Jan 25, 2019

Last week was our 250th episode of Remarkable TV and while I was filming that episode, I got to thinking about the power of small steps.

In today’s episode, I am going to share my observations in what I’ve learned about this very powerful idea.

Jan 23, 2019

The best organizations are not just employing players, they are building something bigger. Their leaders are intentionally creating a culture and continuing to drive and maintain that culture. Kevin sits down with Michael Lombardi, most recently on the coaching staff for Bill Belichick in the New England Patriots' front office, after thirty years working for the San Francisco 49ers, the Oakland Raiders, and the Cleveland Browns (where he was general manager for two years). He shares his thoughts about what makes football organizations tick at the championship level in his book, Gridiron Genius. Although the book focuses on the business of the NFL, Kevin and Michael discuss leadership principles, applicable everywhere. As a leader, you need to understand why you are in that position and help your people visualize success.

In this episode, Michael discusses 1. False duality. 2. Qualities of great coaches.

Robert A. Caro's The Years of Lyndon Johnson Set: The Path to Power; Means of Ascent; Master of the Senate; The Passage of Power

When Pride Still Mattered : A Life Of Vince Lombardi by David Maraniss

twitter: @mlombardiNFL

Jan 18, 2019

This is the 250th episode of Remarkable TV so it only seems appropriate that we use our journey in getting here to talk about the power of process improvement.

In this episode, I’ll share one of the biggest reasons for our success in launching this video series as well as three simple ideas you can use to help process improvement in your life and in your organization.

Jan 16, 2019

Asking questions does more for us than just getting an “answer”. Questions can help our decision-making, creativity and innovation and build relationships. Kevin sits down with Warren Berger, author of The Book of Beautiful Questions. Warren is a questionologist and encourages leaders to value the question and take ownership of our questions. Further, you cannot stop with just the “why” The cycle of questions moves you to the “what if” and “how”. They need to ambitious and actionable.

Jan 11, 2019

There are more than a few reasons for additional stress during the holiday season… Family, giving gifts, finances, over-commitment…the list goes on…

So today, I’m giving two simple stress relievers to help you de-stress and relax as we head into the busy holiday season.

Jan 9, 2019

Tom Murry spent 17 years as the CEO of Calvin Klein and facilitated the brand’s growth from 2.8 billion to $8 billion. Tom joins Kevin to talk about teamwork. Tom believes his success came from surrounding himself with talented folks. Further, he knows to be effective you need to enjoy your work and enjoy your team.

Jan 4, 2019

Today’s episode is the fourth in my series based on a talk that I gave to a group of sixth, seventh and eighth graders.

During the talk, we discussed several of the ideas in the new culture that they are creating at the school. They call it GRIT. And this week, I am focusing on the final letter, T, which stands for Trust.

Jan 2, 2019

As we kick off 2019, Kevin steps back and reflects on 2018. His guests included a billionaire, Super Bowl winner, NFL Cheerleader, multiple best-selling authors including Seth Godin, Jeffrey Gittomer and Tom Peters who measure in millions of book sales. He shares some general observations from the interviews, as well as those “nuggets” he has applied in both his personal and professional life.

Let us know what you have learned. What is your “Now What”?

Here is a list of the episodes Kevin mentioned.
The Power of Vulnerability with Jeff Manchester
Is it Marketing or Leadership? with Seth Godin
Building a Peak Performance Organization with Chris McGoff
It All Matters with Paul Cummings
How to Be Great at Work with Morten Hansen
What Leaders Must Know About Positioning with Andy Cunningham
Winning! With Gary Brackett
Leader Types in the White House with Cash Keahey
How to Be a Talen Magnet with Mark Miller
Managing Up with Mary Abbajay
Creating a Culture of Hospitality with Cameron Mitchell
Dec 28, 2018

Today’s episode is the third in my series based on a talk that I gave to a group of sixth, seventh and eighth graders.

During the talk, we discussed several of the ideas in the new culture that they are creating at the school. They call it GRIT. And this week, I am focusing on the third letter, I, which stands for Intellectual Curiosity.

Dec 26, 2018

Kevin sits down and recaps the 10 most downloaded podcasts of 2018 (as of 10 December). He not only provides background about the episode, he shares what you can expect to learn.

Dec 21, 2018

Today’s episode is the second in a series that is based on a recent talk that I gave to a group of sixth, seventh and eighth graders.

During the talk, we discussed several of the ideas in the new culture that they are creating at the school. They call it GRIT. And this week, I am focusing on the second letter, R, which stands for Resilient.

Dec 19, 2018

Dr. James Kelley believes there are defining events that cause a fundamental shift in the way leaders (and all of us) do things. This is a crucible moment. James is the author of Crucible's Gift: 5 Lessons from Authentic Leaders Who Thrive in Adversity. For the book, he interviewed over 140 executives from around the world to learn how leaders transform their leadership style after moments of difficulty. James and Kevin dig deeper into adversity, learning, and how these moments cause us to be a better version of ourselves.

Dec 14, 2018

I recently spoke to a group of sixth, seventh and eighth graders on their first day of school about the ideas in the new culture that they are creating at the school.

They call it GRIT. And this week, I am focusing on the first letter, G, which stands for Gratitude.

And in today’s episode, I’m sharing the benefits for gratitude and some easy tips to help you show more gratitude.

Dec 12, 2018

What difference does JOY make in the workplace and how can you find JOY in leading others? Richard Sheridan joins Kevin to discuss how a joyful culture can bring about business results. He is the CEO and co-founder of Menlo Innovations and author of Joy, Inc.: How We Built a Workplace People Love and his latest book, Chief Joy Officer: How Great Leaders Elevate Human Energy and Eliminate Fear. Richard recognizes that leadership occurs at every level within an organization and challenges us to become a better version each day. Further, the people we are leading need to know we are real and we support their growth through our vulnerability.

Richard also says that if you are in the Ann Arbor area and want a tour, just reach out.

Dec 7, 2018

I often find myself talking about decision-making in my conversations in training workshops and this question usually comes up:

What’s the best way to make decisions in a group, and specifically, what should my role as a leader be?

And to answer this question, I’m going to describe a decision making trade-off that must be considered and weighed before doing anything else.

Dec 5, 2018

Sixty-two percent of CEO’s are worried that their employees do not have the skills they need for the company to be successful moving forward. Learning is no a longer a nice to have, it builds a competitive advantage. So how do we have the conversations about skills needed and empower employees to build these skills? Kevin is joined by Kelly Palmer the Chief Learning and Talent Officer at Degreed and co-author of The Expertise Economy. They discuss the rapid changes within workplaces and the paradigm shift needed to make learning proactive to re-skill and upskill the workforce.

In this episode, Kelly:
1. Defines an expertise economy.
2. Shares case studies of organizations closing the learning gap.
3. Outlines the idea of skills quotient.


Nov 30, 2018

Have you ever had an experience where once you’ve shared an idea that was in your head with another person or group of people and as soon as this idea “out in the open”, there are way more questions than you ever anticipated and suddenly your once-very-clear idea is a bit fuzzier than before?

Yeah, me too.

That’s why in today’s episode, I’m going to talk about the power in WRITING IT DOWN. And yes, I mean with an actual pen or pencil and paper.

Nov 28, 2018

Leadership is all about the Golden Rule. Treat others as you would want to be treated. Cameron Mitchell started his career washing dishes for beer money. He had an epiphany one crazy night and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America when he was 22 years old and has developed 18 different restaurant concepts, including Mitchell’s Fish Market. Today Cameron Mitchell Restaurants remains independent and privately held recognizing over $300 million in combined annual revenue from its food service operations consisting of 60 restaurants. Cameron and Kevin discuss his new book, Yes the Answer! What is the Question?: How Faith In People and a Culture Of Hospitality Built A Modern American Restaurant Company. They delve into whether the customer is always right and how your culture and values are what hold folks accountable.

Nov 23, 2018

In this episode, I’m talking about a pervasive “B” word in our society that is getting in the way of our success and our results.

And I’m building a case against this word and giving you five reasons why we need to banish it from our vocabulary.

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