In these Remarkable TV episodes, I answer questions; you ask questions; we consider questions; there are a lot of questions.
In this episode, I am proposing a question that all leaders need to ask themselves.
Long-term success is dependent on continuous learning, yet we often find that we get in our own way. Dr. Bradley Staats, author of Never Stop Learning: Stay Relevant, Reinvent Yourself, and Thrive, joins Kevin to discuss dynamic learning, both personally and organizationally. Brad describes not only a framework to help you become more effective as a lifelong learner, he discusses how you can help your team continue to learn. You must create the space for questions and thought-sharing. Further, he outlines an exercise you can do to continue to open yourself up and learn
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We’ve all been on projects or task forces or teams where scope creep completely derails our initial plans, our progress and our success.
And as leaders, scope creep WILL happen unless we are truly intentional in addressing it beforehand.
Check out this episode for tips on handling the inevitable scope creep in your organization
You have the choice to take your career seriously. Mary Abbajay is the author of Managing UP and joins Kevin to discuss how leaders, at any level, can develop strategies so you win and your boss can win. Managing Up is not about sucking up. Managing Up is about relationships, leadership, and followership. Mary shares information about different boss types and real-world examples to bridge the gap and collaborate.
In this episode, we dive further into lessons I mentioned in a previous video: setting clear and mutually understood expectations.
Tom Peters is known for many things, including being one of today’s greatest business minds. His first book, In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America’s Best-Run Companies (with Robert Waterman) was published in 1982 and may be considered the beginning of business books. Today he joins Kevin to share stories from his journey over the past 36 years and how we can use that information today. Further, he discusses his latest book, The Excellence Dividend: Meeting the Tech Tide with Work That Wows and Jobs That Last. AI is everywhere and Tom suggests that nothing will beat a dedicated workforce and a commitment to high-quality service or products.
Through research, assessments, interviews, and personal experience Elena Botelho and Kim Powell found that there are 4 behaviors successful CEO’s and leaders exhibit and share their work in a New York Times bestseller entitled The CEO Next Door: The 4 Behaviors That Transform Ordinary People into World-Class Leaders. Elena joins Kevin to discuss the behaviors and some of the myths about organizational leaders. For example, leaders are willing to make a decision and thereby willing to make mistakes. These are secrets of professional success that you can use at any stage of your career.
Chris McGoff states that darkness is not the opposite of light but is the absence of light and just waiting for the light. As such, any person can stand up a peak performance culture. He is the author of “Match in the Root Cellar: How You Can Spark a Peak Performance Culture”. This book is unique in that it is broken into two parts. The first is the story of a CEO and her team—all based on real people— and how together they achieved a peak performance culture at their company despite the odds. The second part is a straightforward guide to reference for quick answers when developing your company’s culture. Chris and Kevin discuss culture in organizations and what we will and won’t tolerate.
Reflection is an important part of moving forward. Host Kevin Eikenberry is in the guest seat today to ‘reflect’ on two years of podcasts. He shares information for want-to-be podcasters, technology challenges (we’ve all had them) and guests he would like to have. Further, he touches on the evolution of his questions and segments, and the action items he has taken from the past 100+ guests.
Kevin’s book recommendation for this episode is to go back to any previous guest and read what they are reading.
In June my newest book, The Long-Distance Leader: Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership, was released!
And to celebrate this occasion, in this episode, I am sharing some of my best ideas from the book for leaders (or future leaders) of remote teams.
Research shows us that creativity is not for a select few. 40% of the population has the same creative potential. So, who becomes the next big tech genius, author, producer…? Allen Gannett, author of The Creative Curve: How To Develop the Right Idea, At the Right Time, shares the truth about creative success. Allen explains the mechanics of what he calls the “the creative curve” – the point of optimal tension between what is familiar and what is new. Creative people don’t just consume content, they are deliberate.
As a bonus, Allen shares some tips if you find yourself on The Wheel of Fortune.
Cash Keahey works with new and emerging leaders and is often asked what personality types make the best leaders? It’s a difficult question at best and he didn’t have the data to provide a solid answer. So, he took his interest in politics and studied successful presidents based on the assessments of 120 presidential historian-experts and accompanying analyses and authored Eight Leader Types in the White House: Discover and Leverage Your Oval Office Leadership Style. Cash used the Myers-Briggs/Jungian personality theory to develop his leadership types. We all demonstrate these styles depending on our view of the world and we evolve. He suggests we find our leadership type and jump to that presidential chapter in the book to learn more about our strengths and blind spots.
I am starting this episode with a very important question for leaders.
Commitment or compliance: WHICH do you want?
And your answer to that question will make all the difference to which you will actually get. Check out the video to learn more.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.