Today we're talking about complacency. Unfortunately, it's all too easy to become complacent in some area of our lives. And I've heard more than one leader say, "I've let myself slip and become complacent."
So today, I'm giving us solutions.
Check out this episode for five specific tips to help you combat complacency, to have more learning and be more productive and successful.
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Managing people is complex, amazing and messy. Carol Sanford challenges they way we think about leadership and best practices. She is the author of several books, including her latest, The Regenerative Business, which shifts our way of working so that we see innovation, financial gain, and customer loyalty while building human capacity. She tasks leaders to questions build educational infrastructure to focus on reflection.
In this episode, Carol discusses 1. Promise beyond ableness. 2. Toxic best practices (and the instead).
While the title of this post is about taking ownership, in truth, it's about accountability.
And accountability starts with ownership.
If we want to model the right behavior for our teams, it starts with us. In this episode, I'm asking a series of question to help us think about how we are behaving and how we can help to set the right example for our team.
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How can we leverage differences to achieve our business goals? The idea of diversity has been around for years and we need to move beyond that to succeed. Jane Hyun, author of Flex: The New Playbook for Managing Across Differences, discusses cultural fluency to navigate across groups. This is vital today as we have seen shifts in not only the demographics of our workforce (i.e. Millennials) but with our investors, vendors, suppliers…
In this episode, find out about 1. Cultural fluency. 2. Flexing. 3. Power distance.
We are all busy. Ask five people how they’ve been and I can almost guarantee that you will hear more than once, “I’ve been busy.” In fact, the idea of “busyness” has almost become a badge of honor.
But the whole idea behind busy is it’s all about activity. We’re doing a bunch of stuff, a bunch of tasks. But what are we really accomplishing?
We need to shift our focus from ACTIVITY to ACCOMPLISHMENTS.
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How do we use moments of stress to create something better? Ama Marston is co-author (with her mom) of Type R: Transformative Resilience for Thriving in a Turbulent World. She joins Kevin to discuss challenges; personal, professional, and global and skills you need to hone to bounce back. Type-R’s look to turn challenges into opportunities and find ways to grow from experiences.
In this episode, learn about 1. Resilience vs. transformative resilience. 2 Type-R skill sets. 3. How leaders can nurture Type-R skills. 4. Global implications.
Respect in the workplace (and unfortunately, lack thereof) is a hot topic in the media today. And it’s an extremely important one for leaders.
I’m focusing on the importance of not just being more respectful but also less judgmental – what this means to us as leaders and employees and how we can do it more successfully.
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Paul Cummings, the author of It All Matters: 125 Strategies to Achieve Maximum Confidence, Clarity, Certainty, and Creativity, joins Kevin to talk about the power of a single decision and shares insights into some of the strategies to achieve the 4 C’s. To keep your team from getting stuck in the rut of average, you should move along the continuum from teaching to coaching to mentoring.
In this episode, find out about
1. The importance of mindset for a leader.
2. How leaders can create a mindset for their teams.
3. Commitment to discipline.
No one will argue that they want to work for a selfish or ego-maniacal boss. That’s pretty basic. And…in order to ensure that we aren’t being selfish and that we are being selfless, we need to be more aware of our behavior and how it’s perceived.
So today, I’m giving you simple tips for how to be more aware, more others-focused and therefore more successful overall.
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Leading from a distance can seem difficult, yet it is still about leadership, and the principles of leadership haven’t changed—they are principles. In this episode, Kevin is in the visitor’s seat to talk about the opportunities and challenges with leading a remote team. He gives us a preview into The Long-Distance Leader, scheduled for a June 2018 release and shares some takeaways we can implement today.
In this episode, learn more about 1. Nuances of remote leadership. 2. The importance of trust and communication. 3. Challenges of remote working.
There is no question about the value that technology has brought to our lives - both personally and professionally. It allows us to do infinitely more than we have ever been able to before. AND...there are times when we need to step away and have personal, live, real communication.
Check out today's episode for easy tips on how leaving technology behind can improve your relationships and your results.
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Does your forecasted future provoke an insight that leads to action? Bob Johansen is a distinguished fellow with the Institute for the Future and author or co-author of ten books. Bob’s latest book, The New Leadership Literacies, moves beyond skills and looks at new leadership literacies that will be needed to survive in a VUCA world. He joins Kevin to discuss a futurist view of how companies should think about leadership.
This is the beginning of an 8-part series designed to help you be a better employee and therefore a better leader.
And today we’ll dig deeper into how to be more focused and less distracted.
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Andy Cunningham knows that positioning is more than just a marketing term, it is the formulation of a business strategy. Andy is the author of Get to Aha! Discover Your Positioning DNA and Dominate Your Competition and shares the framework she uses to transform markets and industries. Regardless of your title within the organization, you need to understand your company’s DNA to create alignment and clarity within your team.
Statistics show we are moving to more video interactions, both personal (social media) and professional (remote working). Vern Oakley, author of LEADERSHIP IN FOCUS: Bringing Out Your Best On Camera and veteran filmmaker, joins Kevin to discuss and provide advice to leaders so that they express their authenticity on camera. This is a skill any leader needs to embrace and learn so they can inspire and influence without the immediate feedback.
You don’t need to be a special person to be a high-stakes leader; we all have those qualities. Further, these qualities can be strengthened in those who want to reach their leadership potential. Constance Dierickx specializes in working with organizations in high-stakes transitions (such as mergers and acquisitions) and is the author of High-Stakes Leadership: Leading Through Crisis with Courage, Judgment, and Fortitude. She joins Kevin to talk about these core leadership qualities.
Patty McCord challenges the notion of “best practices” and believes they make teams complacent and can turn a workplace toxic. In this episode of The Remarkable Leadership Podcast, Patty shares with Kevin that these were her frustrations, which led to the book, Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility. Patty discusses what she learned as the COO of the Culture at Netflix and believes people come to work with a desire to make an impact. You don’t need to empower employees, they should already have power.
Karyn Schoenbart, author of Mom B.A. joins Kevin to share some practical advice from the trenches of the workplace. Whether you are just joining a team or whether you are leading a team, we all could use a bit of motherly advice to continue to build our careers. Karyn shares tips on questions people are afraid to ask or don’t even recognize they should ask.
Anyone with a new paradigm is initially seen as a heretic. They challenge our routine. Cort Dial, author of Heretics to Heroes: A Memoir on Modern Leadership, joins Kevin to discuss that new ideas are uncomfortable and often lead to progress. There are heretics in every organization and if you find yourself in that role you cannot bulldoze your way through. You need to nurture relationships, have conversations, and build enrollment
Engineers and space aficionados, as well as leaders, this episode is for you. Paul Hill spent 25 years in NASA’s Mission Control, learning and living the values he now evangelizes. He is the author of Leadership from the Mission Control Room to the Boardroom and joins Kevin to discuss rocket science, learning from the past, and management. He offers an insider’s perspective on the leadership values and culture that have been critical for NASA’s “impossible” wins.
In this episode of The Remarkable Leadership Podcast, we get the chance to boost our trivia knowledge with a history lesson. Dr. Howard Markel, the author of The Kelloggs The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek, joins Kevin to discuss the story of the Kellogg brothers; their relationship and the building of an empire. Dr. John Harvey Kellogg was the big brother and one of America’s most beloved physicians. In his time, he was a best-selling author, lecturer, health-magazine publisher; and founder of the famed Battle Creek Sanitarium. His youngest brother, Will, who worked with him became the founder of the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company, which revolutionized the mass production of food and what we eat for breakfast. Their dynamic and strained relationship help us identify different leadership strengths (and weaknesses) and dependence on each other for success.
As Nate Regier mentions, Google conflict and it will autofill with mediation and resolution. This puts conflict in a negative light and what would happen if we looked at it as the creation of something new? Nate, a clinical Psychologist, expert in social-emotional intelligence and leadership, and author joins Kevin to discuss how accountability, compassion and apologies play a role in conflict.
Talking points: compassionate accountability, the compassion cycle, the role of a leader in team conflict, and how to apologize.
Aaron Walker started his first business at 18 and selling to a Fortune 500 company nine short years later. Having a strong desire for personal development has kept Aaron in a weekly mastermind group for more than a decade with Dave Ramsey, Dan Miller, Ken Abraham and seven other notable Nashvillians. Aaron joins Kevin to discuss not only his new book, View From The Top, but to share examples of leading with a growth mindset. His philosophy is that an effective leader encourages others to get what they want.
What is the secret formula for success and happiness? Mike Whitaker, author of The Decision Makeover: An Intentional Approach to Living the Life You Want joins Kevin to discuss how our decisions, and we need to take ownership, can impact and shape our professional and personal lives. Mike offers insight into the types of decisions we make and the importance of connecting goal setting to our decision-making process.
Loyalist teams are 40 times more productive and less than 15% of all teams are true loyalist teams. Linda Adams and Rebecca Teasdale, co-authors of The Loyalist Team, join Kevin to discuss the research that led to their book and learn some of predictable, repeatable traits the best teams in the world share. Leaders need to create an environment where you can raise the “real” issues and move your mission forward.