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Today’s episode is the fourth in a series where I connect weird or unusual items to leadership – all of these items are suggestions from our friends on our social media channels. You can catch up on previous episodes in your favorite podcast app, but in the meantime, check out this week’s episode and find out how leaders can learn from…a salad fork.
From this episode:
What are you sacrificing for your career? Does this lead to greater success? Janelle Bruland joins Kevin to discuss her book The Success Lie: 5 Simple Truths to Overcome Overwhelm and Achieve Peace of Mind. Janelle challenges leaders to become more aware. They need to determine if they are on automatic pilot, in both business and their personal life. All of us can recognize we are succeeding and where we need help. To be truly successful you need to be intentional about your values and priorities.
In this episode, Janelle discusses:
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Today we're talking about what an apple can teach us about leadership.
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A sponsor is different than a mentor. A sponsor believes in your value, advocates for you, and allows you to take risks and has your back if you fail. Kevin sits down with Sylvia Hewlett, author of THE SPONSOR EFFECT: How to be a Better Leader by Investing in Others. They talk about the differences between a sponsor and a mentor. Sylvia also shares real-life examples of the sponsor/protégé relationship. She stresses that this isn’t a one-way relationship. Data shows that leaders who become a sponsor are more likely to receive a promotion.
In this episode, Sylvia shares:
1. Her definition of a sponsor.
2. A 7 step process to becoming a sponsor.
3. Advice on how to identify your own sponsor.
Additional Leadership Resources
Today’s episode is the second in a series where I will connect weird or unusual items to leadership. And these items are coming from the challenge that I put out on our social media channels – asking our viewers to submit their suggestions for these items. So catch up on last week’s episode and then check out this week where I will talk about the leadership lessons that we can glean from… a pencil! And believe it or not, I’ve made four connections between the two!
Picture a conference or a large meet and greet situation. How do you feel? Some of us are excited about all the new people we will meet. Others of us, let’s just say a root canal sounds like a good alternative. Devora Zack is the author of Networking for People Who Hate to Network. She joins Kevin to look at real networking. It really is about building mutually beneficial connections and we all have a different way of getting there; whether we identify as an introvert or an extrovert. Devora suggests we find our primary temperament and let that work for us, rather than against us and customize the networking to our advantage.
Check out this week's episode where I will compare and contrast the leadership lessons from… a pogo stick!
Tom Ziglar joins Kevin to talk about his new book Choose to Win: Transform Your Life, One Simple Choice at a Time, and yes, the name sounds familiar. Tom is the son of Zig Ziglar and joined his dad’s company in the warehouse, to sales, to management, and then on to leadership. Tom is proud of his dad’s legacy and carries on the Ziglar philosophy, “You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” In his latest book, he builds upon those lessons and discusses how we can find our “why” make simple choices in our lives to build better habits, leading to greater success.
Dr. Jeffrey Hull believes there is a need for new leadership agility. Varying demographics, working across cultures and where folks are located have changed the way leaders need to approach their team to get the best out of them. Dr. Hull is the Director of Education & Business Development at the Institute of Coaching, a Harvard Medical School Affiliate and the author of FLEX: The Art and Science of Leadership in a Changing World". Based on his experiences and other research, Jeffrey shares with Kevin 6 elements leaders need to have success in their organizations.
If you’re like most, when you think of “mashup”, you think of music. And while this is one way to look at mashup, today we are looking at it as it relates to creativity and leadership. And we’ll start by using this definition of mashup:
Mashup: a mixture of disparate elements.
Although he has baseball roots, Pat Williams is a basketball Hall of Famer and currently serves as co-founder and senior vice president of the Orlando Magic (NBA). Pat is also the author of over 100 books and sits down with Kevin to discuss his most recent book highlighting the leadership secrets of the United States Military Academy at West Point in Character Carved in Stone: The 12 Core Virtues of West Point That Build Leaders and Produce Success. Pat talks about the inspiration for the book and focuses on character leaders and what it means. He tells stories about the virtues and links them to West Point graduates.
Studies show 70% of the workplace is disengaged, costing $500 billion of lost productivity? Do you find these results surprising? Drew Tarvin is a self-proclaimed “Humor Engineer” and believes we should move beyond how to do a job to ow to enjoy a job for better results (more impact on the bottom line). So, should work/can work be fun? Drew joins Kevin to discuss his book, Humor That Works: The Missing Skill for Success and Happiness at Work. Drew shares that it’s not about the jokes or wisecracks; it’s about looking at the job in a new and energizing way. He reverse-engineers the skill of humor in a way that you can use as a tool for better results.
Have you ever noticed that how closely you look at something determines what you see?
As leaders, it’s really important that we look closely so that we can really understand what’s going on in our team, in our organization and in our jobs. Check out this episode to learn more about what I mean.
The workplace is changing; it’s the technology, it’s the location, it’s the diversity of the people. So, if we know the workplace is changing, we need to be thinking about how we change our leadership. Ty Bennett is an author and founder of Leadership Inc. Today he sits down with Kevin to discuss his most recent book, Partnership Is the New Leadership. Ty believes that we can no longer rely on leading from a place of authority or title. By showing up as a partner with our team, they will show up for you. This means a direct result to the bottom line. Ty shares his thoughts about the balance between care and candor and looks at commitment.
Today’s mindset is different. Today everyone is good or the online reviews would drive them out of business. So, it’s not enough to have quality, care, or compassion. Your competitive advantage will be how you deliver your product better, faster, or more convenient. David Avrin is the author of Why Customers Leave (and how to win them back). David and Kevin discuss the book and how it illuminates some of the blind spots we have in how we work with customers. Leaders miss some things and there are unintentional consequences. They need to step back and ask some hard questions from the customers perspective.
When you take on a new leadership role, it is both exciting and a bit scary. There are new responsibilities and your relationships with colleagues’ changes, especially if you have been promoted within. Today Kevin is joined by Naphtali Hoff, President of Impactful Coaching & Consulting and author of Becoming the New Boss. They discuss everything related to that new leadership role. From those crucial first months to finding a mentor to building relationships. Naphtali shares mistakes and ways to make that transition.
We spend most of our lives trying to learn and know as much as we can. It’s ingrained in us that the more we know, the better off we are.
And while there’s no question that knowledge truly is power, sometimes…as leaders…there is danger in expertise.
I’ll explain three dangers that we all must be aware of in order to be more successful.
There are events in our lives that shape us. Events that make us think and re-think the way we do things. Mark Bertolini is no exception. Mark is the former chairman and CEO of Aetna and author of Mission-Driven Leadership: My Journey as a Radical Capitalist. He sits down with Kevin to share his stories; a child diagnosed with cancer, which made him a consumer of the health care industry and a ski accident, which forced him to ask for “help”. These events changed his perspective and he realized that maybe an iron-handed fist was not the best way to conduct business. Mark shares his lessons of empathy and talks about the progressive elimination of failure – not perfection. You need to continually get better and find not only ways but encourage, your folks to take care of each other and the mission of the company.
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Have you ever downplayed a compliment? Tried to pass it off or re-direct the conversation when you’ve been given one?
Today I am pointing out some very valuable leadership lessons from a compliment (and the response to this compliment) that I recently overheard. I’ll also give you a very simple 3-step process to help you receive compliments better in the future.
If we rely on algorithms and technology to make us more efficient, our own skills atrophy. Kevin sits down with Edward Tenner, author of Our Own Devices, Why Things Bite Back, and most recently The Efficiency Paradox: What Big Data Can’t Do. As a historian of sorts, Edward tries to understand where we are today and asks the questions we need to think about the future. In The Efficiency Paradox, Edward looks at our technology boom and the downside of a good thing. Although our access to information and big data leads us to perform at higher and faster levels, can we be sure we are going in the right direction? Edward believes we need to find balance or we might not find the benefits of technology or we lost the benefits of human nature.
Why gossip and worry start and how to deal with it as a leader. (You can learn more about this at https://kevineikenberry.com/way)
Communication is hard.
I know, it’s likely not a surprise to you. And it’s certainly no surprise to us – communication is consistently one of the biggest challenges that we hear about from leaders.
And in this episode, I am going to help you (and your team) be a better communicator by raising the communication bar with five simple tips.