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The Remarkable Leadership Podcast with Kevin Eikenberry is dedicated to all things leadership. Each week Kevin shares his thoughts about leadership development and ideas to help you see the world differently, lead more confidently and make a bigger difference for those you lead. He also has weekly conversations with leadership experts discussing a wide range of topics including teamwork, organizational culture, facilitating change, personal and organizational development, human potential and more.
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Jun 19, 2020

There are tons of tips out there for delivering feedback. The problem is that tips are only tactics until we start with the basics.

First, we must understand the goal of feedback which is that the other person will take action on that feedback.

And then, we have to ensure that the feedback is actually heard.

In today’s episode, I am giving you four invaluable tips to help you ensure that your feedback is heard so that it can be acted upon.

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Jun 17, 2020

How do you give feedback? Maybe the better question is, how do you receive feedback? Steve Herz believes we need to create the environment for the give and take. Once we can accept feedback and take action to improve ourselves, giving feedback is easier and more accepting. Steve is the author of DON’T TAKE YES FOR AN ANSWER: Using Authority, Warmth, and Energy to Get Exceptional Results. Steve and Kevin discuss the AWE model and the “soft skills” we don’t focus on or dedicate resources to building. Yet, these skills help us become more confidence-inspiring and more respected, leading to more trust in your team. Steve shares examples of the model in action and how this now plays out in our current work environment.

Key Points

In this episode, Steve discusses:

  • Feedback.
  • The AWE model - authority, warmth, and energy.

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Jun 12, 2020

Remember recess? Swinging happily on swings, monkeying around on the monkey bars, or zooming down slides...

As kids, this was an important part of the day. It gives children the chance to socialize, burn off some much needed energy and re-focus so they are better equipped to learn throughout the day.

Not surprisingly, these are all things that we need as adults as well. And it's why breaks are so powerful to our success.

When we make the time for breaks throughout the day, we will get more accomplished, have better ideas and generally less stress.

And when we're working remotely, we need these breaks even more. In today's episode, I'm laying out the case for breaks!

You can watch the video version of this episode at: https://blog.kevineikenberry.com/video/the-power-of-the-break/

Tweet it out: Taking a break isn’t for slackers – your productivity will soar and your stress will sink. Take a break already! @KevinEikenberry

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Jun 10, 2020

Timothy Lupfer wants us to get back to basics about leadership. It is a role we are usually given and involves followers (whether they be employees, students…). Leadership is narrower than most of us think. Leadership is the role of affecting followers to achieve organizational goals. Tim is a retired Army, former consultant, and the author of Leadership Tough Love: Examining Leaders Through the Lens of Reality. He shares with Kevin his thoughts about leadership and why it’s more than just a position. He discusses scalability, specifically as it relates to the number of true relationships we have. Leaders need to focus on their immediate group, and we need good leaders at every level (to keep close relationships).

This episode is brought to you by... From Manager to Remarkable Leader, Kevin's Flagship workshop based on his proven leadership model.

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Jun 5, 2020

You are leading…and others are watching.

This is true when things are going well and when they’re not going so well.

That’s right. That means as a leader, you are on display. And in the words of my friend, Tom Peters, it’s always showtime.

However, all of this does not mean that I am suggesting that as leaders we have to be “actors” or pretending at our job. Quite the opposite in fact.

Check out this episode below to see how leaders can harness the “spotlight”!

Tweet it out: As a leader your team is always watching. You ARE leading by example. Do you like the example you are setting right now? @KevinEikenberry

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  • Watch our Remarkable Leadership podcast episode with Tom Peters here.
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Jun 3, 2020

How are you using the power you have (for good or evil)? Yes, we all have power just through our relationships between colleagues, family, and friends. Thereby, it can be a bit tricky. According to Deborah Gruenfeld, we need to embrace and own our power, even if we are uncomfortable with it. Deb is a social psychologist and the author of Acting with Power. She shares with Kevin that there are levels of power and it is a responsibility that is yours. Often there are negative connotations with power, however, when you look at it in action, force is rarely used. People want to help you, so you will help them. When you have control over another’s outcomes you need to think about the interests you are serving; be the person other people hope you will be.

This episode is brought to you by...

From Manager to Remarkable Leader, Kevin's Flagship workshop based on his proven leadership model.

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May 27, 2020

Do you have a Day One or Day Two mentality and why does it matter? Alex Kantrowitz sits down with Kevin to talk about mindset and culture. Alex is a senior technology reporter at BuzzFeed News and author of Always Day One. Alex interviewed more than 130 tech insiders from hourly workers to executives to share how the “Tech Titans Plan to Stay on Top.” However, the lessons learned don’t just apply to Silicon Valley. To become stronger and more successful leaders must continue to look at their business. They recognize change is constant and a Day One mindset will get you to your future state.

This episode is brought to you by...

From Manager to Remarkable Leader, Kevin's Flagship workshop based on his proven leadership model.

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May 22, 2020

Focus is really important to leaders. What we study and think about, GROWS.

So during difficult times, it’s even more important to be sure that we aren’t focusing on the negative; that we avoid putting negativity under the microscope.

Here’s what I mean…

Tweet it out: Focus on what you want – don’t put negativity under your microscope. @KevinEikenberry

From This Episode:

  • Learn more about and listen to the Remarkable Podcast here.
May 20, 2020

We have the tools for accounting principles, and these have remained unchanged for years. Yet we have no real tool to measure customer loyalty, and every bit of cash flow starts with cash from the customer’s pocket. Kevin is joined by Rob Markey. He is the author of a new Harvard Business Review article on how to run a company to maximize customer value, “Are You Undervaluing Your Customers?" He is also the co-author of The Ultimate Question 2.0. Rob believes that customer loyalty and company success go hand in hand. Companies with high satisfaction rankings grow revenues roughly 2.5 times as fast as their industry peers. Leaders need to find ways to get the voice of the customer in front of the entire organization, not just sales or customer service (regardless of the size of the organization.) Rob also shares ways to destroy customer value (a lesson on what not to do).

In this episode, Rob discusses:

  1. Customer value.
  2. Leading for loyalty.
  3. Relationship recovery.

This episode is brought to you by...

13 Days to Remarkable Leadership, a free leadership video series based on Kevin's book, Remarkable Leadership. You can learn more at https://remarkablepodcast.com/13days 

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May 15, 2020

I could simply tell you that trust is powerful and as a leader, you would likely very quickly agree with that statement.

But to make my point even stronger, I am going to give three very specific reasons WHY trust is so powerful.

Tweet it out: Trust is an accelerant to success and a lubricant for results. @KevinEikenberry

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May 13, 2020

Have you had the opportunity to walk in an elementary school and witness the joy, the curiosity, the childlike wonder? Today, we are missing a piece of that of wonder. We can list the reasons why we’ve lost it and it‘s more important to recognize we can get that optimism back. John O’Leary believes in showing up with everything you have and investing in those right in front of you. John is the author of On Fire and his latest book, IN AWE: Rediscover Your CHILDLIKE WONDER to Unleash INSPIRATION, MEANING, and JOY. John and Kevin discuss a beginner’s mindset and how that can help us find new solutions and build relationships – not just finish a task. Further, we can use difficult challenges as an opportunity to grow in compassion and empathy and find your true direction.

In this episode, John shares:

  1. What kids know that we don't.
  2. First time living.
  3. Loneliness and leadership.

This episode is brought to you by...

Unleashing Your Remarkable Potential, Kevin's free weekly e-newsletter. It's full of articles and resources to help you become a more confident and successful leader. Learn more at https://kevineikenberry.com/UYRP 

Additional Leadership Resources

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May 11, 2020

The visual portion of any video is truly an important part of the message. And this is the case whether you are watching a YouTube Video or video conferencing with a colleague.

In this episode, I’m addressing five simple concerns that, once you address them, will help you make your webcam your friend – and thereby make your communication richer and more effective.

Tweet it out: Want better communication results and improved relationships when working remotely? Turn on your webcam. @KevinEikenberry

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May 8, 2020

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there’s a holiday for everything. Just do a quick Google search for “today’s holiday” and you’ll see what I mean… “If Pets Had Thumbs Day”…. Really?

But back to leadership here. In the video below, I am suggesting a “holiday” that will help you become a better leader and a better person.

I am suggesting that you make a National Commitment Day.

In the episode, I share some easy steps that you can take to celebrate this holiday. These steps will help you use this day as a way to re-focus your energy and actions to better reach your goals. Let’s get started!

Tweet it out: Declare today your Day of Commitment. Decide what you will commit to – and get started. @KevinEikenberry

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May 6, 2020

Are you innovative or do you leave that to other people? Tamara Ghandour discovered that innovation was something we all can do. Further, it’s not if we innovate, but how we innovate (we are all unique). Tamara created The Innovation Quotient Edge (IQE) (available on her website), which reveals your unique Everyday Innovator style and offers insight into how you bring your best self in everything you do. She is also the author of Innovation is Everybody’s Business: How to Ignite, Scale, & Sustain Innovation for Competitive Edge. Kevin and Tamara discuss different aspects of innovation, including human-centered vs. process centered innovation and whether you want to be better or different. They touch on why we struggle to see ourselves as innovators and how to build a team of innovators who make an impact.

In this episode, Tamara shares:

  1. Science and style to innovation.
  2. Triggers of innovation.
  3. How leaders create innovation.
  4. The importance of the open loop.

This episode is brought to you by...

Unleashing Your Remarkable Potential, Kevin's free weekly e-newsletter. It's full of articles and resources to help you become a more confident and successful leader.

Additional Leadership Resources

Website | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook

May 4, 2020

Focus can be a challenge for anyone working from home – whether you’ve been working remotely for years or are just finding yourself at home due to current events. It can be difficult to separate work and personal.

The good news is with just a few simple steps, you can maintain your focus, set boundaries, and be successful no matter where you’re working. Find out more in this episode!

Tweet it out: When you are working from home – be working – and then stop! Let everyone in the house know when you are doing each one. @KevinEikenberry

From This Episode:

  • Visit The Remote Leadership Institute website for tips and resources for remote leaders and remote teams. Learn more here.
  • Learn more about the Webaround
May 1, 2020

Last week, we talked about confidence from the perspective of our own experience. You can watch that episode here.

Today we are going to look at confidence from a very different perspective. We are looking at it from the perspective of others.

I’m sharing the impact of confidence as well as a really simple equation that helps to illustrate for leaders how truly powerful confidence is to our success and that of those around us.

Once you’ve listened to the episode, let us know how your’re building confidence in your team members, family or friends! Give us a comment at info@kevineikenberry.com

What Confidence Can Do – Remarkable TV

Last week, we talked about confidence from the perspective of our own experience. You can watch that episode here.

Today we are going to look at confidence from a very different perspective. We are looking at it from the perspective of others.

I’m sharing the impact of confidence as well as a really simple equation that helps to illustrate for leaders how truly powerful confidence is to our success and that of those around us.

Once you’ve watched the video, let us know how your’re building confidence in your team members, family or friends! Leave us a comment below.

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Apr 29, 2020

There has been much research focused on what leaders need to be effective. Ryan Gottfredson asked, how do we capture the being element of leadership? In other words, what is the mindset? Ryan is a consultant, professor, and author of Success Mindsets: The Key to Unlocking Greater Success in Your Life, Work, & Leadership. Kevin and Ryan both agree that our mindsets fuel our thinking, learning, and behavior. Further, if you don’t have the right mindset, it is more difficult to build your skillsets. Ryan recognizes that logically we know a command and control system does not work and yet studies show 65% of employees want a new boss compared to more pay. He found leaders still struggle, despite the logic, because for most people, our mindsets are something we are not aware of. Ryan is offering a free assessment on his website so you can see where you stand. At the end of the day, we all have room for improvement and Ryan offers suggestions to help us get there.

In this episode, Ryan:

  1. Defines Mindset.
  2. Provides an overview of the 4 primary mindsets.

Remarkable Dialogue

Ask yourself: What is your mindset?

This episode is brought to you by...

13 Days to Remarkable Leadership, a free leadership video series based on Kevin's book, Remarkable Leadership.

Additional Leadership Resources

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Apr 24, 2020

We all know that it’s important to have a balanced diet – because what you put in impacts your health.

But have you thought about your reading diet? Because similarly, what you put in impacts your thinking.

In today’s video, I’m asking a few questions to help you discern how your reading “diet” is going and what you can do to balance and improve it.

Tweet it out: How closely does what you are reading map to your reading goals? @KevinEikenberry

From This Episode:

 

  • Start your Monday out with leadership inspiration and tips from my weekly e-newsletter, Unleashing Your Remarkable Potential. Learn more and subscribe here.

 

Apr 22, 2020

Dr. Wayne Baker has found that most people are willing to help, and most people don’t ask for what they need. This may be because we believe that others can help us, or it will make us appear weak. Wayne is a professor at the University of Michigan and the author of All You Have To Do Is Ask. Kevin and Wayne discuss the importance of asking both personally and professionally. Research shows that when we can ask for help, we are less frustrated at work (or home). We can find opportunities and talent. Further, it can make our teams more successful. He shares a four-step process of asking, starting with what is your goal? Leaders should be a chief help seeker and by working to change behaviors you can change your culture. He also shares thoughts on asking in communicating in a remote world.

In this episode, Wayne discusses 1. The reciprocity ring. 2. The law of giving and receiving. 3. SMART criteria.

This episode is brought to you by...

Unleashing Your Remarkable Potential, Kevin's free weekly e-newsletter. It's full of articles and resources to help you become a more confident and successful leader. You can learn more at https://remarkablepodcast.com/UYRP 

Additional Leadership Resources

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Apr 17, 2020

If you're watching this episode when it originally airs, sports are front and center with the Super Bowl just around the corner.

So in this spirit, we are discussing a very popular sports phrase: playing to win.

And this week, we are turning the question around a bit and answering:

Can we take the idea of playing to win and apply it to work?

Tweet it out: Yes - you can have a sense of play and achieve serious results. In fact, I wonder if you can achieve at the highest levels without it. @KevinEikenberry

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Apr 15, 2020

As a leader of a team, you will most likely be asked to solve a problem. Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg found that we often move into solution mode before thinking about whether we are solving the right problem. He and Kevin sit down to talk about problem-solving and more specifically about reframing the problem. During research for his latest book, What’s Your Problem?, Thomas found that 85% of companies said they often struggle to solve the right problems. As a leader, you don’t have weeks or even days to resolve issues, and we need to be quicker solving the right problem first. Thomas shares examples and tips to help master the skill of reframing because to solve some of your toughest problems, you need to change the problem you solve.

In this episode, Thomas discusses 1. The importance of reframing. 2. Ways to reframe. 3. Role of team members in reframing.

This episode is brought to you by...

13 Days to Remarkable Leadership, a free leadership video series based on Kevin's book, Remarkable Leadership. Learn more at RemarkablePodcast.com/13days.

Additional Leadership Resources

Website | Book Site

Apr 13, 2020

There's an old song that I like by The Everly Brothers, When Will I Be Loved? Or perhaps you've heard the Linda Ronstadt version?

As a leader, this might be a question you've asked before - WHEN will I be loved? How do others feel about me as a leader? Am I making a difference? Am I having an impact of my team and organization?

And while these are valid questions that we will all likely have at one time or another, they are a bit misguided. Rather, we need to frame it and think about it another way.

Tweet it out: Our job as a leader isn't to be loved or even liked - but to be likable and work to build good working relationships. @KevinEikenberry

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Apr 8, 2020

Technology has given us access to information and people in the blink of an eye. We now have colleagues not only a time zone away, but an ocean away. As a leader, not only do you have to think about all usual leadership principles, you also must add another lens to work on the global level. This includes how you work with customers and vendors, and even things like what constitutes a contract. Melissa Lamson is CEO of Lamson Consulting and author of 6 books, including her latest, The New Global Manager: Learning to Manage Well in a Complex Business Environment. Melissa joins Kevin to discuss the global mindset and how it related to diversity and inclusion.

In this episode, Melissa

  1. Defines a global manager.
  2. Shares the OAR approach.
  3. Talks about the pros and cons of virtual communication.

This episode is brought to you by...

From Manager to Remarkable Leader, Kevin's Flagship workshop based on his proven leadership model. Learn more at https://remarkablepodcast.com/manager 

Additional Leadership Resources

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Apr 1, 2020

Congratulations! You just landed a new leadership position, now go lead. Does this sound familiar? Many people have found themselves in this position and the answer to training was to observe their boss. This may work and is probably how your boss learned. However, according to Peter Economy, this “leadership training” becomes a downward spiral and the result is poor managers. This isn't intentional, and nevertheless, we know most people leave their jobs because of a bad boss. Peter is a best-selling author of over 100 books and joins Kevin to discuss his latest, Wait, I’m the Boss?!? Kevin and Peter discuss the transition of being an expert to a leader and some of the mistakes and difficulties new leaders face. At the end of the day, Peter advises to take control of your learning and find the resources and mentors that align with your goals.

In this episode, Peter shares his thoughts on 1. The biggest mistakes new leaders make. 2. Where you can start on your development. 3. Tips for recruiting and hiring your team.

This episode is brought to you by...

Unleashing Your Remarkable Potential, Kevin's free weekly e-newsletter. It's full of articles and resources to help you become a more confident and successful leader. Learn more at https://remarkablepodcast.com/UYRP

Additional Leadership Resources

Website | LinkedIn | Twitter

Mar 27, 2020

“You need to report to jury duty.”

Have you ever gotten a card with this message on it?

I have, and quite recently in fact. And during my time there, I got to thinking about those words: JURY DUTY. While many will look at it as a DUTY, I don’t think that the word accurately describe what is intended. Instead, I think it should be JURY SERVICE.

Check out this episode for my thoughts on duty versus service and more importantly, what these words mean to us as leaders.

Tweet it out: Focus on how you can serve today, not on what your duty requires. @KevinEikenberry

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