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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Jun 20, 2018

Statistics show that we spend more time with the people we work with than we do with our family. Todd Palmer, CEO of Extraordinary Advisors and author of The Job Search Process: Find & Land a Great Job in 6 Weeks or Less, discusses servant leadership and taking care of those that take care of you. He tells Kevin that there are fewer people working than 40 years ago, yet not enough people for jobs. Leaders need to be thinking about their talent search and the opportunities their companies offer. Todd also offers a bonus to listeners of the Remarkable Leadership Podcast

Jun 15, 2018

In leadership, there are a couple of types of problems or challenges: there are skill problems and there are habit problems.

And in today’s episode, I am sharing some ideas with you that will help you to address the habit problem of how to listen more and listen better.

Jun 13, 2018

Early in his career, Carter Cast sat in a tough meeting with his supervisor and learned a hard truth about himself. He says it derailed him for a time and then led to the research to understand what impeded the career progress of talented people. Carter is very candid with Kevin about that meeting and shares his research and about his book, The Right (and Wrong) Stuff: How Brilliant Careers are Made. Carter believes we must understand our own vulnerabilities to work around or manage them, so we don’t sabotage our future.

Jun 8, 2018

It’s inevitable that there will be “silos” in organizations – groups that operate individually and separately from the rest of the organization. And unfortunately, this can often lead to the “Them vs. Us” syndrome.

And as leaders, we need to be breaking down barriers between project teams, groups and departments so that we can be more inclusive and therefore more successful.

In today’s episode, I am giving you five pieces of advice to help you and your organization be more inclusive.

Jun 6, 2018

You are not alone if you are feeling overwhelmed by the changing workplace. Not only do we have more generations working side by side, we also have colleagues working a time zone away. Wayne Turmel, Kevin’s co-author of The Long-Distance Leader, joins Kevin to dig deeper into the book and share his thoughts about remote leadership. Results from their research suggested that 60% of managers feel like they don’t know what they are doing when it comes to remote working. Yes, the work is getting done and at what cost? Because we can’t rely on real-time, face-to-face communication when people work from home or the other side of the world, leaders need to change how they think, act and communicate

Jun 1, 2018

When we do something with intention, it’s something that is on purpose, planned and conscious.

And intentional leaders are simply better leaders.

So today, I’m giving you four things that you can do right away to be more intentional starting today.

May 30, 2018

Leadership is about behaviors. Martin Lanik a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology and author of The Leader Habit had an a-ha moment years ago after he read a study that said more money was being spent on leadership development, yet there was less confidence in leading. As a scientist, he researched 800 leaders to come up with 22 core leadership skills and the micro-behaviors that leaders possess. In the Leader Habit, Martin shares 5-minute exercises that can turn anyone into an effective leader

May 25, 2018

While I mention Performance Reviews in the title of this podcast and throughout the audio many times, that is NOT my biggest focus today.

Today, I am talking about coaching and giving four specific pieces of advice to help you focus more on the coaching and less on the performance review.

May 23, 2018

Former CEO of Dollar General and now author, Cal Turner Jr., joins Kevin to talk about the family business. His father and grandfather founded Dollar General and his new book, My Father's Business: The Small-Town Values That Built Dollar General into a Billion-Dollar Company. chronicles how the small-town values with which he was raised helped him guide Dollar General from family enterprise to national powerhouse. A solid family relationship is vital to the success of a family company, especially during challenging times. However, Cal would also argue that relationships and serving others are the basis for any organization.

May 18, 2018

Trust is the foundation of some extremely important business issues. From retention to employee engagement to Customer satisfaction and productivity - you likely won't be satisfied with any of these unless there is trust.

And in order to have more trust in the workplace, we have to understand a few things about it. Check out today's episode to learn how you can foster more trust in your own workplace.

May 16, 2018

Kelly Roach believes you need to start from where you are. She is the host of the top-rated podcast Unstoppable Success Radio, CEO of Kelly Roach Coaching, and author of Unstoppable: 9 Principles For Unlimited Success In Business & Life. These principles are lessons learned from the trenches and from industry leaders and came about to help find the balance between financial success with freedom and flexibility.

May 11, 2018

Too many leaders get caught up in the power. I’m certain that you’ve met at least one or two, maybe even worked for one…

“It’s my way or the highway.”

Sound familiar?

And while it’s not always that strong, there are many subtle ways that we as leaders focus on the power of leadership.

Check out today’s episode for some easy-to-implement advice for focusing on the influence rather than the power.

May 9, 2018

Research has shown that the same receptors fire in our brain when people are introduced to changes in social systems (like organizational change) as when we are in pain. It’s no wonder that 65% of business fail at organizational change. Barbara Trautein, Ph.D. joins Kevin to discuss change intelligence. She recognized we have tools to manage change and tools to develop leaders. She also realized that we were missing the tools to develop change leadership. She is the author of the best-selling book Change Intelligence: Use the Power of CQ to Lead Change that Sticks and originator of the CQ System for Developing Change Intelligent Leaders and Organizations.

May 4, 2018

At the end of last year I wrote a blog post titled, Eight Ways to Be a Better Leader in 2018.

And in today’s video, I am focusing on just one of those ways, specifically: More Productivity Less Place.

From The Episode:

  • Read the blog post here.
  • Get free resources and order your copy of The Long-Distance Leader here.
May 2, 2018

Mark Miller is the Vice President of High Performance Leadership at Chick-fil-A Inc. or “The Chicken”, as he affectionately refers to it. He is also a best selling author, by accident according to Mark, and joins Kevin to discuss top talent. He recently released Talent Magnet: How To Attract And Keep The Best People. In discussions with organizational leaders, Mark found that finding and keeping good people had become the number one issue. Through not only qualitative data, but based on extensive research Mark conducted with Aon, he discovered that what keeps and attracts top talent is different than what attracts and keeps typical talent.

In this episode, Mark disusses 1. The difference between talent and top talent. 2. Three things top talent want. 3 Social media in leadership.

Apr 27, 2018

Don’t worry – today’s episode has nothing to do with running and really nothing to do with sports!

What I’m talking about today is helping leaders break barriers – their own and those of their team.

From This Episode:

  • Learn more about and listen to episodes from The Remarkable Leadership Podcast here.


Apr 25, 2018

Not all mistakes are created equal. Skip Prichard is the President & CEO of OCLC, a global nonprofit computer library service and research organization. He is also the author of The Book of Mistakes: 9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future. Through observation and research, Skip shares stories of mistakes we make that limit our potential. You have the choice to decide how you reach and where you want to go.

In this episode, Skip focuses on 1. Standing out vs. blending in. 2. Surrounding yourself with the right (or wrong) people.

Apr 20, 2018

If you have kids or if you were ever a kid (and I'm guessing you can answer at least one of these affirmatively??), you have asked or been asked this question before:

What did you learn today?

And while this is a very valid question, as you'll notice in the title of this blog post, it's not the question I am talking about in the video.

Instead of a REVIEW question, I am talking about a PREVIEW question.

From This Episode:

  • Learn more and sign up for the 13 Days to Remarkable Leadership video series here.
  • Sign up to receive emails about new Remarkable TV episodes here.


Apr 18, 2018

Gary Brackett went from an undrafted free agent to football captain and Superbowl champion. Post football, he is a community leader and entrepreneur. How did someone 5’10” and 230 pounds get to these positions? He played from the neck up and joins Kevin to talk about consistency and repetition. Lessons he learned on the playing field transfer to his role as the owner of Brackett Restaurant Group and founder of The Impact Foundation. He shares the importance of continuing to read, learn, train and invest in yourself to make your next “quarter” better.

Apr 13, 2018

The commercials during the Super Bowl have become just as popular as the actual sporting event itself, and this year, there was one that was even more popular and memorable for The Kevin Eikenberry Group. provided some valuable leadership lessons for me, my team and really all leaders.

From This Episode:

  • Watch the Pringles commercial here.
  • Learn more and listen to the Remarkable Leadership podcast here.
Apr 11, 2018

Leading and learning are hooked together; not surprising or new information. Kay Peterson, founder of the Institute for Experiential Learning and co-author of How You Learn is How You Live joins Kevin to discuss how we can increase our capability to learn from the experiences throughout our lives. Kay talks about learning styles and how they can be applied to not only be a more effective learner, but also a more effective leader.

In this episode, Kay:

1. Defines experiential learning.
2. Discusses the learning cycle and learning styles.
3. Shares her thoughts on learning flexibility.

Apr 6, 2018

Today I’m using a metaphor with boiling water that provides concrete and easy tips to help leaders remain calm and collected so that they can better communicate with and lead their team.

From The Episode:

  • Watch last week’s episode, Before the Benefit of the Doubt, here.
  • Subscribe to receive email notifications about new Remarkable TV episodes here.
Apr 4, 2018

Focus will get you to average. Top performers not only focus but obsess over a few things according to Morten Hansen. Morten is the author of Great at Work: How Top Performers Do Less, Work Better, and Achieve More and joins Kevin to discuss his research on the practices of top leaders. Based on data collected from surveys, case studies and a few years of statistical analysis, Morten defines practices of top performers (including a practice that was surprising). These can be applied by any leader looking to maximize their time and performance.

In this episode, Morten shares:

1. 7 Practices of top leaders.

2. Rules and sins of collaboration.

Additional Resources:

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Dan Pink


Mar 30, 2018

Despite our best intentions, it’s sometimes hard NOT to assume or misinterpret someone’s intentions or jump to the negative.

And while we all know that giving someone the benefit of the doubt or assuming the positive is the correct answer to the situation, it’s also hard to make this complete jump from negative to positive.

Today, I’m presenting an alternative – an alternative with four major bonuses that will help you be more successful as a leader and as a person. 

From This Episode:

  • Learn more and sign up for 13 Days to Remarkable Leadership here.
Mar 28, 2018

Organizational culture is almost becoming cliché. Yet, culture is vital to both employee and customer experiences. Brand expert Denise Lee Yohn and author of Fusion: How Integrating Brand and Culture Powers the World’s Greatest Companies shares insight to building a culture unique to you and aligning that culture with your brand. You need to connect the internal view (what it’s like to work here) with the external view (how people see you).

In this episode, Kevin and Denise discuss 1. Lessons to create fusion at any level. 2. Brand types. 3. Artifacts and rituals.

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