Great Leadership With Jacob Morgan

Should you really be hiring for “culture fit?” It turns out that doing this could actually keep you from finding your best people! My guest on today’s show explains why that’s the case and what leaders should really be looking for. On this Leadership Spark, I sit down with former Navy SEAL Mike Sarraille to get his perspective on attracting top performers. We discuss why solely assessing culture fit can cause you to miss great candidates, the importance of regularly reviewing your talent pool, tactical advice on hiring for qualities that can’t be taught, and the nine key characteristics that special operations look for in high performers. We also cover the importance of vulnerability in leadership and why asking for help shows strength, not weakness.

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Is leadership like a game of chess? Imagine navigating the complex world of leadership with the precision and foresight of a chess grandmaster. In this episode, we’re joined by Michael Watkins, author of ‘The Six Disciplines of Strategic Thinking,’ who draws parallels between the two realms. Learn how to sharpen your pattern recognition skills, boost mental agility, and develop visionary thinking to guide your team effectively. Tune into today’s episode to better understand the 6 disciplines of strategic thinking, refine your decision-making skills and better prepare to lead future-ready teams.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:40am PDT

Is hybrid work here to stay or are we all going to be working back in offices? The whole concept of hybrid work means that you spend some time in the office and some time working out of the office. But what’s the ideal mix? Why does hybrid work help employees? And what are some strategies that companies can use to make hybrid work a reality? Mark Dixon is the founder of the International Workplace Group and he joins me today to explore all things hybrid work related.

Throughout our conversation, Mark talks about how work has changed, focusing on “hybrid work,” and he shares tips on how to make this work well in companies, based on his experience with businesses worldwide. He also mentions how hybrid work is reshaping how organizations operate, emphasizing flexibility and a balance between technology and human skills.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:01am PDT

Look around you right now. Every piece of technology is powered by a microchip, but what happens if we lost access to those chips? Chris Miller, an expert in international history and “Chip War” author, joins us to discuss the strategic significance of semiconductor technology in shaping your world. Miller reveals how this critical yet often underestimated technology influences global economics, power structures, and policy-making. For leaders eager to leverage technology for their success, Chris underscores the importance of understanding semiconductor technology for effective, forward-thinking leadership, while equipping yourself with the knowledge to lead confidently in a tech-centric world and shape future trends.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:16am PDT

Today, we seem to be living and working in a perpetual state of crisis which is a huge challenge for leaders. How should leaders lead during times of crisis and chaos? In today’s fast-changing world, the way leaders guide their teams is more important than ever. Lorenzo Simonelli is the CEO of Baker Hughes, a 55,000 person energy company with offices in 120 counties. In today’s spark Lorenzo shares his insights and strategies for making tough decisions during crises like the 2008 financial downturn and the pandemic, underscoring the need for transparency and decisiveness, and focusing on agility and adaptability. He highlights his approach to managing uncertainty and how his leadership style evolved from micromanagement to fostering team development and delegation, with an emphasis on listening and vulnerability.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:03am PDT

Why do so many people struggle to reach their full potential? Hal Elrod, the best-selling author of ‘The Miracle Morning,’ unveils the secrets to leading with a positive mindset in the face of adversity. Drawing from his own remarkable experiences of overcoming life-threatening challenges, Hal inspires you as a leader to stay committed to your goals while remaining empathetic and accountable. He provides you with essential strategies to effectively handle challenging scenarios and leaders, while emphasizing the importance of a morning routine in fostering growth and success as a leader.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 1:14am PDT

How are you cultivating resilience within yourself and your team, especially in times of uncertainty and change? In a world where life can throw unexpected challenges our way, being adaptable and making thoughtful life decisions are like essential tools in our toolkit. In my chat with Ania Smith, the CEO of TaskRabbit, she shows us how these tools can help us create a remarkable path in our personal and professional lives. Her story, growing up as an immigrant, valuing education, and finding her passion in platforms like TaskRabbit, teaches us the importance of being open to new opportunities and actively pursuing what we’re good at and what we love. This story highlights how adaptability and making smart choices can transform our lives and offers valuable lessons for anyone looking to navigate life’s twists and turns.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 1:10am PDT

What separates good leaders from great ones? Jim Barr is the CEO of Bowflex Inc. and in today’s podcast he shares the importance of choosing the right mentors and teams over brand names and salaries, offering a new perspective on career advancement. Jim also shares the importance of adapting to consumer expectations and business trends to focus on long-term growth. This includes investing in digital transformation and dealing with potential headwinds that might come your way. Don't miss out on learning about the importance of nurturing relationships, embracing learning opportunities, and the transformative power of effective teamwork in today's episode.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:45am PDT

People are turning down leadership roles, how come and are you one of them? In today’s Leadership Spark, I chat with Scott DeRue, the former Dean of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and current President of Equinox Fitness. We’re diving into Scott’s research, digging into the real-world challenges that CEOs are facing these days. It turns out that almost 40% to 50% of capable leaders are holding back because they’re wary of the risks that come with leadership. However, our discussion isn’t just about identifying these problems – we’re also exploring solutions. Scott and I tackle why capable individuals might be hesitating to step into leadership roles, share advice on talent retention for leaders, discuss how to spot leadership potential, and highlight key skills and mindsets crucial for emerging leaders. Plus, we’re shedding light on common leadership pitfalls. It’s a conversation you won’t want to miss!

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Do people still want to work hard? John Peyton is the CEO of Dine Brands, which is the parent company behind IHOP, Applebee’s, & Fuzzy’s Taco Shop which collectively has over 100,000 team members across a variety of generations. Each generation has their own way of working and their own expectations of what work should be like. How can we find common ground in the workplace and do different generations work more or harder than others? John shares his insights on how to lead a multi-generational workforce successfully.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:30am PDT

What kind of a leader are you? There are 8 types of leaders and each one makes decisions and impacts their organization in a different way. Understanding these archetypes helps us create more effective teams and make better decisions. Today’s discussion is with Manfred Kets de Vries, Distinguished Clinical Professor of Leadership Development and Organizational Change at INSEAD. In our conversation, Manfred, talks about how his early life during the Second World War in Holland led him to study leadership and how people behave in organizations. He uses ideas from both economics and psychiatry to explore different leadership styles and explain why it’s important for leaders to focus on their people.

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This EXCLUSIVE episode is only available to Great Leadership+ Subscribers. Dr. Andy McAfee is the best-selling author of “The Geek Way" and research scientist at MIT. Today, he explains how to implement the “geek way” inside of your organization which is based on: science, ownership, speed, and openness. But how do you make these things actually come to life and what’s an example of a company that has done this well?

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:03am PDT

Are you a geek? A curious person, one who's not afraid to tackle hard problems and embrace unconventional solutions? Geeks in business have created a new culture based around four norms: science, ownership, speed, and openness. Today I sit down with Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Andrew McAffee, who defines what it means to lead with a geek mindset and the unconventional approach it takes towards success. By following Andrew’s ‘Geek Way’ you will find yourself equipped with a willingness to be unconventional in order to push the boundaries towards success!

 

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:15am PDT

Do you ever struggle with shutting down and setting professional boundaries?

Greg McKeown is the New York Times Bestselling Author of Effortless and Essentialism. In today’s spark he challenges the culture of overwork and advocates for a balanced approach to achieving goals. Greg emphasizes the importance of transforming work and relaxation into enjoyable rituals, rather than chores, to prevent burnout.

He also discusses the necessity of setting boundaries, such as a "done for the day" list and a fixed end to the workday, to maintain a healthy work-life balance, especially in a remote working environment.

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Do you struggle with imposter syndrome? Understand why you belong where you are, simply because YOU are there. Today we hear from Shark Tank Judge & CEO, Matt Higgins, who shares how to overcome the effects of imposter syndrome & how to harness your anxiety as motivation. Follow Matt’s research-backed strategies to demonstrate growth in your leadership by dropping the victim mentality, changing the perspective on your anxiety, and ditching self-doubt in the workplace!

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:30am PDT

True corporate responsibility has always been about more than words. According to Horst Schulze, Former CEO of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, leadership is all about connection, purpose, and clarity. In our latest discussion with Horst, we delved into his journey in the hotel industry, from a 14-year-old busboy to a pivotal figure at Ritz Carlton. He reflects on the industry's evolution, transitioning from intuition-driven decisions to a structured approach. 

Hosrt critiques the modern overdependence on technology in hiring, suggesting it often overlooks the best candidates. Emphasizing leadership over mere management, he underscores the need for genuine human connection, purpose, and clear communication in businesses. He touches on corporate social responsibility, noting that while it's more vocalized today, its essence isn't new. Our conversation highlights the scarcity of true leaders in today's corporate landscape.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:30am PDT

Why is it so crucial for you to think like an OWNER if you want to see career success? It’s easy to point out problems but very few people are actually able to develop solutions and that’s what we need more of in the business world. In today’s discussion I sit down with Liz Etling, Forbes’ Richest Self-Made Woman to unpack what having an owner mindset is all about and how to develop it. We’ll explore how you as an employee can create the most impact, how to focus on innovation, the difference between skills and attitude, and how to disagree in the right way.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:04am PDT

Skills get you in the door, but 'unspoken rules' help you climb the ladder. I had an awesome chat with Gorick Ng, Author of "The Unspoken Rules,” about this concept. In our conversation, Gorick shared his story from helping his mom after she lost her job to going to Harvard. He emphasized the importance of understanding the "unspoken rules" in the corporate world, which aren't taught in school but are crucial for success. These rules revolve around three main pillars: competence, commitment, and compatibility.

These rules are about being good at your job, showing you're dedicated, and fitting in with your team. Gorick mentioned that it's not just about doing your job but also showing you can do more. While competence and skills are essential, understanding and navigating the unspoken rules of the corporate world can play a significant role in one's career trajectory.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 2:40am PDT

Most mentor and mentee relationships fail! Not because of bad intentions but because the wrong questions are being asked. Amy Salcido is the president of Kyndryl US, one of the world's leading IT infrastructure service providers with over 90,000 employees. During the course of her career she has mentored countered team members and has also experienced good and bad mentorship as she was ascending the ranks of her career. In today's episode Amy shares the most important questions that both mentees and mentors can ask in order to create an impactful relationship for both parties. 

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Category:Business -- posted at: 11:24am PDT

In today's episode, we have the privilege of speaking with Artie Starrs, the CEO of Topgolf, a global sports entertainment company with 22,000 employees, known for its innovative golf driving ranges. Topgolf made waves in 2022, achieving $4 billion in sales and consistent annual growth.

Artie's leadership style centers on authenticity, striking a balance between being genuine and considering your audience's boundaries. Tune in to learn how to avoid oversharing or self-indulgence when it comes to vulnerability in leadership. Artie also shares his approach to addressing mistakes, navigating discomfort and vulnerability when relating to others' experiences, and handling challenges arising from a lack of shared experiences in leadership. Don't miss out on this episode!

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:04am PDT

Ever wonder how self-aware leaders lead an organization to success? This might just be what you’re missing in your leadership journey. In my chat with Cameron Herald, Founder of the COO Alliance, we delved into the paramount importance of self-awareness and introspection in both our personal and professional lives. We tackled the role of innovative companies like Kindle in shaping the future of work and emphasized the value of tools like "mind maps" for planning and visualization. 

For individuals, allocating time for self-reflection is crucial, with even small changes, like watching less TV, making a significant difference. According to Cameron, effective leadership is characterized by a commitment to nurturing team skills and confidence, while avoiding pitfalls like silos and politics. The best leaders prioritize the broader organizational goals over departmental interests. They understand that true professional fulfillment and effective leadership arise from aligning personal values with the right work environment and emphasizing collective achievements over individual ambitions.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:19am PDT

In today's episode, I chat with Panera Bread's founder, Ron Shaich, about his 36-year leadership journey. From starting as a small cookie store in Boston to becoming a top fast-casual chain with over 120,000 employees, Shaich delves into how he approached those tough choices along the way. Prioritizing core values over just data, our discussion uncovers the importance of resilience and perseverance in leadership.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:15am PDT

In today's episode, I spoke with Jerry Norcia, Chairman and CEO of DTE Energy, a company with over 10,000 employees.

We had an in-depth discussion of times he felt vulnerable, how he approaches vulnerability with his team, and the impact vulnerability has had on his leadership journey. Norcia believes vulnerability involves authenticity, openness and building trust and respect. He aims to treat everyone equally and share more personal stories over time and he stressed the importance of accountability, integrity, empathy and confidence in leadership. Norcia also discussed the value of admitting when you don't have the answers and listening more as a leader.

Overall, Norcia shared thoughtful perspectives on utilizing vulnerability to create inclusive decision-making, energize teams and build loyalty.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:12am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, I chat with Colin Bryar, Co-founder of Working Backwards. We talked about the impact of focused leadership and team management, particularly in the realm of product development and problem-solving within a company. Colin highlights Amazon's "single-threaded leaders/teams" concept, which prioritizes undivided attention to a single project or problem by a leader or team, enhancing the quality and innovation of solutions developed. 

Colin also details the "bar raiser process" in hiring, ensuring candidates align with Amazon’s leadership principles through a thorough, unbiased review by a panel of interviewers. While high performers at Amazon are strategically placed on significant opportunities and may experience expedited promotions, the company maintains a balanced approach to traditional practices like annual reviews, willing to innovate while retaining effective, established methods.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:03am PDT

In today's episode, Michael Bungay Stanier, best-selling author of the Coaching Habit, reveals the 5 must-ask questions for having successful keystone conversations and building great relationships. This will allow you to unlock hidden potential in yourself and those around you.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:22am PDT

True leadership is not about showing strength, but embracing vulnerability.

George Oliver, Chairman and CEO of Johnson Controls, believes that being a good leader is all about being genuine and open.

It's important to treat everyone fairly and share personal stories to connect with the team. 

George recalls about the times he felt unsure, especially during COVID. But he feels that being honest and admitting when you don't know something is a strength, not a weakness. 

Real leadership is about being responsible, truthful, and understanding towards others. 

For George, a great leader is one who listens, is honest about their feelings, and always tries to do right by their team.

George Oliver leads a company with over 100,000 employees. 

He's one of the 100+ CEOs I interviewed for my new book, Leading With Vulnerability: https://www.amazon.com/Leading-Vulnerability-Superpower-Transform-Organization/dp/1119895243/ 

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Category:Business -- posted at: 4:03pm PDT

In today’s leadership spark, I chat with Kevin Murphy, CEO of Ferguson Enterprises. Kevin emphasizes a leadership style rooted in empathy, collective effort, and a commitment to developing others within the organization. He values transparent communication, sharing company data with all team members, and believes in earning loyalty daily while also addressing underperformance. 

Kevin also highlights the importance of challenging the status quo, even in successful organizations. He shares insights from his journey of transitioning from a family business to leading a major company, underscoring the significance of mentorship and continuous learning in leadership development.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:15am PDT

In today's episode, I sit down with the esteemed psychotherapist and writer, Amy Morin, to discuss the motivation behind her acclaimed book, "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do". As we explore these 13 points, Amy sheds light on a leader's role in accessing their mental strength and the symbiotic connection of emotional balance in the workplace. Together, we unpack pivotal insights from her work, underscoring that true mental strength stems from genuine self-awareness and growth, not merely toughness.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:01am PDT

Join us for an insightful episode featuring John Williams, the CEO and President of Domtar, a $3.8 billion pulp and paper giant with 6,500 employees. John shares his leadership journey and the transformative power of vulnerability at the workplace.

Discover how authenticity, self-awareness, empathy, and openness shape John's leadership style. He highlights the significance of trusted advisors, tailored communication, and professional boundaries. John also emphasizes the role of competence in building confidence and the need for a culture where every employee feels valued.

With over 40 years of leadership experience, John's stories and insights offer a unique perspective on leading with vulnerability. Tune in to gain valuable wisdom from a seasoned CEO who understands the importance of authenticity and openness in corporate leadership.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:02am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, I chat with Alan Murray, CEO of Fortune Media. Alan and I delve into the evolution of business and leadership. According to him, nowadays, businesses value ideas and people more than just physical stuff, like buildings and machines. He noticed that some people seem not to want to work as much, but he believes many are still hardworking and dedicated. 

Alan thinks being a good leader today means inspiring and motivating people and showing realness and understanding, pointing out how the late Arne Sorenson of Marriott led by example during tough times. Throughout our conversation, we’ve highlighted the significant generational shifts and the increasing importance of adaptability and a people-centric approach in leadership.

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Today I take you behind the scenes to share some of the key concepts and ideas from my brand new book, “Leading With Vulnerability,” which is out today! Vulnerability at work can hurt you far more than it can help you and in today’s podcast I’ll explain why that’s the case and what you can do about it. The key is not to use vulnerability on its own but to combine vulnerability with leadership, what I call, The Vulnerable Leader Equation. Tune in to learn more or head to LeadWithVulnerability.com to grab a copy of my brand new book.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:09am PDT

In today's episode, I spoke with Matt Abrahams, a lecturer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business and author of the new book Think Fast, Talk Smart: Communication Techniques. We discussed strategies and mindsets for improving spontaneous speaking and becoming a better communicator. Matt shared insights from his extensive research and experience coaching business leaders on critical skills like managing anxiety, listening intently, structuring responses, and focusing your message.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:06am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, I chat with Jacques van den Broek, the former CEO of Randstad, about fostering a work culture that encourages innovation and risk-taking. Jacques notes that employees often hold back due to unfounded fears. But he emphasizes the need for leaders to encourage employees to speak up and take initiative, even if it goes against the grain. 

Jacques believes that employer-earned loyalty is vital, especially with the rise of remote work. Jacques also advises employees to think about their long-term career goals, stating that if your employer is not supportive of your growth and openness, perhaps you're working for the wrong company. He urges employees to take responsibility for remaining attractive in the job market and not to stay stuck in unfulfilling roles.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:09am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, Jacques van den Broek, former CEO of Randstad, and I delve into the pillars of modern leadership: optimism, vulnerability, authenticity, and risk-taking. Jacques highlights the transformative power of optimistic thinking, especially during challenging times like the COVID-19 pandemic. He also emphasizes the significance of vulnerability in fostering open, honest work environments.

Jacques candidly discusses his mistakes, including a failed $150 million business venture, to underscore the importance of resilience and learning from setbacks. He advises leaders to embrace transparency in both their successes and failures and encourages a culture of courage where teams feel empowered to innovate without waiting for permission. This impactful conversation offers you the mindset and strategies needed to be an effective, relatable leader in today's rapidly evolving workforce.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:06am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, I chat with Jacques van den Broek, former CEO of Randstad, about the various facets of modern leadership and workforce trends. Jacques outlines his rise from trainee to CEO and shares his hands-on, data-focused leadership style. We also discussed the shift from a client-centered to talent-centered job market and Jacques introduced "tech and touch," a strategy for long-term talent engagement. 

Jacques highlights the importance of individual career responsibility, contrasting it with a survey revealing that only 25% feel responsible for their own career growth. Moreover, our conversation touched on the "great resignation," which Jacques had anticipated, and explored automation's impact, particularly on white-collar jobs. Jacques advises leaders to communicate openly about job security to benefit both employees and the company.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:02am PDT

In today's episode, I speak with David Rogier, the mastermind behind MasterClass. Drawing inspiration from his grandmother's resilient journey as a Jewish refugee in NYC, David embarked on a mission: democratizing access to world-class experts. From securing heavyweights like Serena Williams to James Patterson, he shares the nuanced strategy and the importance of selective mentorship. We also touch upon the meticulous approach to prototyping at MasterClass, ensuring each course resonates with learners. Beyond the mechanics, David emphasizes the role of empathy in shaping the platform, striving for genuine connections in a digital age.

Join us for an insightful exploration into the ethos and evolution of MasterClass.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:12am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, I spoke with bestselling author and Stanford Graduate School of Business professor, Chip Heath, about the power of numbers in instigating change. The conversation revolves around the importance of providing comparative context to data for clearer understanding, rather than presenting standalone figures. 

Chip emphasizes the pivotal role emotion plays in data interpretation. For immediate practical application, Chip suggests starting with the simplification and contextualization of a single data point in presentations. He illustrates this with the striking revenue comparison between the video game industry and Hollywood. The core takeaway is the ability of relatable and emotionally resonant numbers to drive change and inspire action.

Chip Heath is one of the 100+ CEOs I interviewed for my new book, Leading With Vulnerability which is coming out in October: https://www.amazon.com/Leading-Vulnerability-Superpower-Transform-Organization/dp/1119895243/ 

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In today’s leadership spark, I chat with bestselling author and Stanford Graduate School of Business professor, Chip Heath, about the challenges and nuances of communicating with numbers and data. Chip underscores the difficulty people often face with fractions and percentages, as seen with A&W's marketing misstep against McDonald's. 

Chip also mentions the "curse of knowledge", where expertise can cloud one's understanding of a novice's perspective. Throughout our conversation, we delved into the significance of making data relatable and meaningful. By converting abstract numbers into tangible concepts, like likening the number of preventable sepsis deaths to annual cancer diagnoses, data becomes not only more understandable but also emotionally resonant, effectively engaging and motivating audiences

Chip Heath is one of the 100+ CEOs I interviewed for my new book, Leading With Vulnerability which is coming out in October: https://www.amazon.com/Leading-Vulnerability-Superpower-Transform-Organization/dp/1119895243/ 

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In today’s leadership spark, I speak with Chip Heath, Professor at Stanford University and New York Times Best Selling Author. Chip discusses his motivations behind his latest book, "Making Numbers Count: The Art and Science of Communicating Numbers." 

He emphasizes the challenge most people face in understanding and communicating numbers effectively, as our brains naturally struggle with large numbers. By comparing unfamiliar figures to relatable concepts, people can better grasp and remember data. This skill of translating numbers into digestible information is crucial for both personal and professional decision-making and change initiatives.

Chip Heath is one of the 100+ CEOs I interviewed for my new book, Leading With Vulnerability which is coming out in October: https://www.amazon.com/Leading-Vulnerability-Superpower-Transform-Organization/dp/1119895243/ 

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In today's episode, Nick Goldberg, Founder and CEO of EZRAx, shares unconventional leadership wisdom for uncertain times. We discuss the critical skill of resilience, regulating emotions, and practicing self-awareness. Goldberg provides insights on adapting to constant change, learning from failures, and prioritizing a thriving culture.

Tune in to this episode to unlock the unconventional leadership insights that will empower you to lead effectively in uncertain times.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:28am PDT

In today's episode, I speak with Lara Abrash, Chair of the Board at Deloitte US. Lara, who's at the helm of this powerhouse, doesn't just focus on the nuts and bolts of the business; she's deeply involved in shaping its culture, innovation, and growth. She opens up about the unexpected strength she finds in vulnerability, suggesting that it's not just a personal trait but a game-changer in the world of leadership. For Lara, the trifecta of effective leadership boils down to vulnerability, empathy, and compassion. These aren't just buzzwords for her; they're values she lives by.

As we chat further, Lara gives us a peek into the trends that have her excited and the shifts she's noticing in the business landscape. The conversation takes a personal turn as she reflects on the rollercoaster that was the COVID-19 pandemic, sharing the lessons it taught her and how it reshaped her perspective as a leader. And if there's one topic that truly ignites Lara's passion, it's diversity and inclusion. For her, it's more than just a corporate buzz phrase; it's a deeply personal mission. She emphasizes its significance, not just in boardrooms but in everyday interactions, painting a picture of the kind of inclusive world she's striving to create.

Lara Abrash is one of the 100+ CEOs I interviewed for my new book, Leading With Vulnerability, which is coming out in October. ⁠⁠Check it out here and pre-order your copy now⁠: https://www.amazon.com/Leading-Vulnerability-Superpower-Transform-Organization/dp/1119895243/

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:05am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, Glenn Fogel, President and CEO of Booking Holdings, and I delve into topics ranging from personal and professional mistakes to the importance of gaining global perspectives. Recounting past errors like sending confidential emails to the wrong person and IT mishaps, Glenn emphasizes transparency, urging individuals to accept and rectify mistakes rather than hide them.

Glenn advocates for understanding global cultures, especially in leadership positions, and stresses that ensuring a broad perspective is crucial. Moreover, Glenn believes in the blend of hard work and luck for success and stresses being ready for opportunities. On personal fears, Glenn's major concerns center on health and family well-being. As our conversation concludes, we reflect on the need to maintain perspective, considering the challenges faced by previous generations.

Glenn Fogel is one of the 100+ CEOs I interviewed for my new book, Leading With Vulnerability which is coming out in October: https://www.amazon.com/Leading-Vulnerability-Superpower-Transform-Organization/dp/1119895243/

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:41am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, Glenn Fogel, President and CEO of Booking Holdings, reflects on the inevitability of facing challenges in life and the importance of maintaining discipline and hard work to overcome them. Drawing from personal experiences, including his early years at university, he emphasizes the value of time management, particularly reducing unnecessary social media use. 

Despite not considering himself as the smartest, he credits his success to his endurance and disciplined work ethic, which have been his pillars of strength throughout his career. Glenn illustrates his daily routine, highlighting a strict regimen that includes early morning workouts and a balanced time allocation for work and family.

Glenn Fogel is one of the 100+ CEOs I interviewed for my new book, Leading With Vulnerability which is coming out in October: https://www.amazon.com/Leading-Vulnerability-Superpower-Transform-Organization/dp/1119895243/ 

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:07am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, I chat with Glenn Fogel, President and CEO of Booking Holdings. He shares his journey from IT to leading a company that includes brands like Kayak and Priceline. Discussing the challenges posed by the pandemic, he also talks about the emotional toll of laying off a significant part of their workforce and how crucial it is to handle such decisions with empathy. 

Glenn further highlights the change in layoff processes over the years and stresses the importance of adaptable leadership, learning from both positive and negative experiences. He also dives into the challenges of risk management for companies, highlighting that while companies can anticipate many adverse scenarios, it's not always feasible to prepare for every possible negative outcome. Leadership involves making tough decisions by weighing risks against benefits.

Glenn Fogel is one of the 100+ CEOs I interviewed for my new book, Leading With Vulnerability which is coming out in October: https://www.amazon.com/Leading-Vulnerability-Superpower-Transform-Organization/dp/1119895243/ 

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:11am PDT

In today's episode, we speak with David Gelles, a business journalist and author of the new book "The Man Who Broke Capitalism." Gelles examines how former GE CEO Jack Welch fundamentally altered capitalism with his ruthless focus on short-term profits over people. We discuss the lasting influence Welch had on business education and management philosophies. Gelles shares examples of alternative leadership models that balance profit and purpose, caring for employees and communities. He advises listeners to question assumptions and lead with more empathy. Though brilliantly effective, Welch's "shareholders over stakeholders" approach set a destructive precedent that still permeates business. Gelles hopes to inspire more conscious capitalism that serves society.

This thought-provoking episode examines the complicated legacy of Jack Welch and the profit-first approach that has permeated leadership.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:30am PDT

Today's episode is with Mark Hoplamazian, the CEO of Hyatt Hotels Corporation. Today's conversation revolved around the impact of the pandemic on the hospitality industry, the strategies adopted by Hyatt to navigate through these challenging times, and the future of the industry. Mark emphasized the importance of adaptability and resilience, highlighting how Hyatt has leveraged technology to enhance customer experience and ensure safety. He also touched upon the company's commitment to diversity and inclusion, and how it has been instrumental in fostering a positive work culture.

We also discuss the role of sustainability in the hospitality sector. Mark shared his vision of a more sustainable and responsible industry, underlining Hyatt's initiatives towards reducing carbon footprint and promoting sustainable practices. Mark also touches on the importance of mental health and well-being, both for employees and guests. Today's conversation with Mark gives insight into the workings of the hospitality industry, the challenges it faces, and the opportunities that lie ahead. It's a must-listen for anyone interested in understanding the dynamics of the industry and learning from the experiences of a seasoned leader.

Mark Hoplamazian is one of the 100+ CEOs I interviewed for my new book, Leading With Vulnerability, which is coming out in October. ⁠⁠Check it out here and pre-order your copy now⁠.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:05am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, Professor Sydney Finkelstein of Tuck School at Dartmouth, delves deep into the intricacies of modern leadership. Sydney highlights the need for innovation in talent management, pointing out HR's slower evolution compared to other business functions. He describes 'Super Bosses' as leaders who actively engage with their teams, foster both collaboration and competition, and recognize the value of employee growth beyond just retention. 

The conversation pivots to actionable advice, suggesting questions potential hires might ask to identify super bosses, such as inquiring about their vision, delegation habits, and relationships with former employees. Finkelstein also discusses millennials' unique workplace needs, suggesting that the super boss approach can enhance engagement by making work more meaningful for all. The goal is a workplace where employees are more fulfilled and leaders inspire greater achievements.

Sydney Finkelstein is one of the 100+ CEOs I interviewed for my new book, Leading With Vulnerability, which is coming out in October. Check it out here and pre-order your copy now.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:15am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, I chat with Professor Sydney Finkelstein of Tuck School at Dartmouth. We discuss the "super bosses," leaders who deeply mentor their team and value direct communication. These leaders might be tough, but they genuinely care about the professional growth of their team.

Moreover, the concept of being a super boss isn't confined to large corporations but can be seen in small startups, freelancers, and even in educational settings. Sydney notes that anyone can be a super boss. Blending good management with real care for the team's growth are key. These leadership qualities are teachable and aren't tied to age or rank.

Sydney Finkelstein is one of the 100+ CEOs I interviewed for my new book, Leading With Vulnerability, which is coming out in October. Check it out here and pre-order your copy now.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:07am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, I chat with Professor Sydney Finkelstein of Tuck School at Dartmouth, and he delves into the characteristics and types of "super bosses" that he studied for his book. Sydney identifies 18 notable super bosses, and‌ not all super bosses are easy to work with. Some can be quite challenging.

Finkelstein categorizes the super bosses into three types: "glorious bastards" driven by winning, "nurturers" focused on mentoring, and "iconoclasts" who are inherently creative. While different in their motivations, they all have the same endgame: nurturing others to greatness. Sydney clarifies that not every successful executive is a super boss; his research focused on those who not only achieved success but also elevated those around them.

Sydney Finkelstein is one of the 100+ CEOs I interviewed for my new book, Leading With Vulnerability, which is coming out in October. Check it out here and pre-order your copy now.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:33am PDT

In today's episode, I spoke with Charles Conn, CEO of Monograph Capital and board chair of Patagonia, about his new book "The Imperfectionist: Strategic Mindsets for Uncertain Times." Conn discusses how the traditional approaches to long-term corporate strategy no longer work in today's rapidly changing world. He advocates for more dynamic, experimental problem-solving focused on learning and reversibility.

Charles outlines 6 key mindsets leaders need to embrace: curiosity, dragonfly perspective, seeking current behaviors vs just data, collective wisdom, imperfectionism, and “show and tell” storytelling.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:13am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, Navi Radjou, Best-Selling Author and Inspirational Keynote Speaker, talks about leadership principles from his book. We delve into the importance of acting authentically and the struggle leaders often face in balancing their work and personal personas. We also explore the integration of emotions, logic, and intuition in decision-making and the need for emotional connection alongside rationality. 

Moreover, we also tackle the principle of leading from any position, highlighting the shift from traditional hierarchical leadership models to more adaptable and inclusive approaches. Navi explains the concept of flexible fortitude, knowing when to persist and when to adapt, and the value of enlightened self-interest. These principles collectively shape the evolving role of effective leadership.

Navi Radjou is one of the 100+ CEOs I interviewed for my new book, Leading With Vulnerability, which is coming out in October. Check it out here and pre-order your copy now.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:07am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, Navi Radjou, Best-Selling Author and Inspirational Keynote Speaker, delves into the concept of flexible leadership and its relevance in today's dynamic world. Navi discusses the principles of innovation and how they can be applied to leadership. 

He emphasizes the importance of thinking and acting flexibly, particularly in the face of challenges. The conversation also covers the significance of simplicity in product design, the need to include marginalized communities in business strategies, and the role of intuition in decision-making.

Navi Radjou is one of the 100+ CEOs I interviewed for my new book, Leading With Vulnerability, which is coming out in October. Check it out here and pre-order your copy now.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 2:13am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, I chat with Navi Radjou, Best-Selling Author and Inspirational Keynote Speaker. We talk about the value of innovation, and being resourceful and creative in business. He points out that young folks are keen to work for companies that care about the planet and society.

Navi also introduces the idea of "Jugaad Innovation", which is all about making the most of what you have. But he says there's a balance: challenge your team, but don't overload them. Navi also explains how balanced constraints can drive innovation.

Navi Radjou is one of the 100+ CEOs I interviewed for my new book, Leading With Vulnerability, which is coming out in October. Check it out here and pre-order your copy now.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:20am PDT

Today’s episode is with Thibaut Meurisse. Known for his best-selling book "Master Your Emotions: A Practical Guide to Overcome Negativity and Better Manage Your Feelings," Meurisse has made a significant impact on many lives. With nearly 10,000 reviews on Amazon, his book has resonated with a vast audience, demonstrating the universal need for emotional intelligence and management.

In our discussion, we discuss the realm of emotions and their impact on our daily lives. We explore Thibaut's journey as a writer and entrepreneur, his struggles with managing emotions, and his strategies for maintaining positivity and optimism.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:33am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, John Bacon, bestselling author of "Let Them Lead," discusses leadership principles and insights from John's book "Let Them Lead." Recounting his experience as a coach for the River Rats, John emphasizes the importance of finding the right roles for team members based on their behaviors and strengths. He highlights how crucial setting meaningful goals collaboratively with the team is, allowing them to take ownership. 

John also emphasizes the importance of genuine human connection as a leader, stating that caring about team members is the key, rather than using fear or faking connection. He shares examples from his coaching experience and stresses that leaders should care enough to guide their team members toward achieving their goals while maintaining high standards.

John Bacon is one of the 100+ CEOs I interviewed for my new book, Leading With Vulnerability, which is coming out in October. Check it out here and pre-order your copy now.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:09am PDT

In this leadership spark, John Bacon, bestselling author of "Let Them Lead," shares his coaching experience with the struggling high school hockey team called the River Rats. He talks about the team's challenges like low morale and commitment issues due to constant losses and lack of training. John stresses the importance of maintaining high standards and the tough love approach to leadership, encouraging positive attitudes and strong work ethics among the players.

While acknowledging the diversity in individual performance levels, John believes that uniform behavioral expectations must be upheld for everyone. He also highlights building trust and fostering leadership within the team. He mentions how individuals can shine in different roles. The interview wraps up by noting that like coaches, leaders should be open, growing, and guiding their teams toward success.

John Bacon is one of the 100+ CEOs I interviewed for my new book, Leading With Vulnerability, which is coming out in October. Check it out here and pre-order your copy now.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:02am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, I chat with John Bacon, bestselling author of "Let Them Lead". John shares his experience coaching America's worst high school hockey team, the River Rats and how he turned around the team's fortunes through a tough love approach, emphasizing a strong mission and raising the bar for performance. 

John reflects on the significance of making the mission challenging to make it special, drawing comparisons to the Navy SEALs and Peace Corps, where challenging missions attract the right people. The conversation touches on the importance of not compromising the mission by lowering expectations and the surprising positive results he achieved with the team's transformation.

John Bacon is one of the 100+ CEOs I interviewed for my new book, Leading With Vulnerability, which is coming out in October. Check it out here and pre-order your copy now.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:18am PDT

Today's episode is with Scott Jeffrey Miller, an accomplished executive with Franklin Covey, a seven-time bestselling author, and the host of the 'On Leadership' podcast. We discuss the world of mentorship, and the 13 roles a mentor can play as outlined in Scott's recent book, "The Ultimate Guide to Great Mentorship."

Scott shares his insights on the differences between leadership and mentorship, emphasizing that not all great leaders make great mentors.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:08am PDT

Today's episode is with Paul Markovich, the president and CEO of Blue Shield of California. We explored the theme of vulnerability in leadership, discussing its importance and challenges. Paul shared his personal experiences, including the intense workload during the pandemic, which led to burnout and emotional stress. He opened up about the difficulty of maintaining a balance between personal life and professional responsibilities, and how that affected his interactions with his team.

We also discuss the loneliness of leadership, particularly when faced with the painful task of letting go of a friend within the organization. Paul emphasized the importance of vulnerability in building deep connections, making leaders more relatable, and fostering trust within the team. He also highlighted the balance that must be struck, as sharing too much or too little can have negative impacts.

Today's conversation underscored the human aspect of leadership and the complex dynamics that come with being at the helm of an organization.

Paul Markovich is one of the 100+ CEOs I interviewed for my new book, Leading With Vulnerability, which is coming out in October. ⁠Check it out here and pre-order your copy now.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 1:00am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, Liz Wiseman, Bestselling Author of "Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter”, and I explore the shifting landscape of leadership challenges over the past decade. We discuss about how the role of a leader has transformed from leading to a predetermined better place to leading through uncertainty.

We also delve into the crucial skills of thinking like a futurist and being open to various scenarios and possibilities. Liz emphasizes that anyone, not just those in positions of authority, can embrace the multiplier mindset. She offers practical insights for remote team leadership, such as providing clarity through the "three what's" – what good looks like, what done looks like, and what's in scope.

Liz Wiseman is one of the 100+ CEOs I interviewed for my new book, Leading With Vulnerability, which is coming out in October. Check it out here and pre-order your copy now.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:09am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, Liz Wiseman, Bestselling Author of "Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter”, and I dive deeper into a leadership discussion. Liz introduces her book on leadership and explores the characteristics and differences between "diminishers" and "multipliers" – two types of leaders. Diminishers unintentionally stifle creativity and productivity, while multipliers amplify the capabilities of their team members.

Moreover, Liz discusses how accidental diminisher tendencies can arise and she provides strategies to avoid them. Multipliers focus on leveraging others' talents, giving space for independent thinking, asking questions instead of telling, and involving junior team members in decision-making.

Liz Wiseman is one of the 100+ CEOs I interviewed for my new book, Leading With Vulnerability, which is coming out in October. Check it out here and pre-order your copy now.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:53am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, I chat with Liz Wiseman, Bestselling Author of "Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter”. Our conversation touches on the themes of leadership and optimism, and the two types of leaders, which are "diminishers" and "multipliers." 

Moreover, we explore the concept of the multiplier effect, where leaders unlock the full potential of their team's intelligence, resulting in a culture of growth and high performance. In order to identify whether an employee is under a diminishing leader or a multiplier, Liz also mentions the research methodology she used, where professionals were asked to describe situations where they thrived under a leader and situations where they held back.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:18am PDT

In today's episode, we dive into the fast-paced world of drag racing with none other than John Force, an American NHRA drag racer. He is a 16-time NHRA and 1 time AHRA Funny Car champion driver and a 22-time champion car owner, and owner of John Force Racing. From humble beginnings in logging camps and trailer parks, John's journey to the pinnacle of his sport is a testament to hard work, resilience, and an unwavering never-give-up attitude. We discuss the intricacies of drag racing, exploring everything from team dynamics to the technological aspects that go into making a car race-ready.

John's passion for racing is palpable as he shares the thrill of the sport, the camaraderie of his team, and his constant pursuit of innovation and improvement. Even at the age of 74, John's dedication to his sport remains unwavering, with no plans of retiring and a continued commitment to competing professionally.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:20am PDT

Today's episode is with Roel Vestjens, Former CEO of Belden. We explored a wide range of topics, focusing on leadership, vulnerability, and personal growth. Roel shared his experiences and insights into the company's global operations and his time in Asia, where he learned valuable lessons about cultural sensitivity. We discussed the importance of vulnerability in leadership, with Roel emphasizing humility, openness, and the balance between vulnerability and strength.

We also discuss Roel's personal journey, including his early aspirations to become a CEO and how he navigated his career to achieve this goal. Throughout our conversation, Roel's emphasis on being human, approachable, and willing to learn from others resonated with me. His insights into embracing vulnerability and the qualities that have shaped him as a leader provided a compelling perspective on leadership and success at Belden. It was an enlightening conversation that offered valuable lessons for leaders at all levels.

Roel Vestjens is one of the 100+ CEOs I interviewed for my new book, Leading With Vulnerability, which is coming out in October. Check it out here and pre-order your copy now.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:04am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, Lt. Colonel Dan Rooney discusses vulnerability and its role within high-functioning teams, such as fighter pilots and special operators. He emphasizes the importance of trust and openness, where vulnerability is embraced to improve performance and learn from mistakes. 

Dan shares personal experiences, including a near-fatal mistake during a flight and the financial struggles he faced while building a golf course. He highlights the significance of overcoming challenges and finding intentionality in daily actions, even during difficult times. The advice he gives to leaders is to create environments where failure is accepted and to focus on working hard and being nice as a simple yet effective leadership approach.

Dan Rooney is one of the 100+ CEOs I interviewed for my new book, Leading With Vulnerability, which is coming out in October. Check it out here and pre-order your copy now.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:02am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, Lt. Colonel Dan Rooney, a fighter pilot and Founder of Folds of Honor Foundation, discusses the dangers of complacency in leadership and life. He shares a personal story from a combat mission, highlighting the empowering feeling of being solely responsible for others' lives. 

Dan emphasizes the importance of discipline over motivation and outlines his daily code, "Kaboo," which helps him stay focused and intentional. While acknowledging that failure happens during missions, he stresses the significance of learning from mistakes to continually improve performance and achieve excellence.

Dan Rooney is one of the 100+ CEOs I interviewed for my new book, Leading With Vulnerability, which is coming out in October. Check it out here and pre-order your copy now.

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Direct download: How_Complacency_Endangers_Leadership_and_Life.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 12:15am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, I chat with Lt. Colonel Dan Rooney, Founder of Folds of Honor Foundation. Dan shares remarkable life lessons learned from being a fighter pilot and how he applies it to his leadership and personal growth. 

Dan shares three transformative lessons he learned during his training: starting every day with gratitude, staying ready so you don't have to get ready, and going before you're ready. Dan also shares a personal story about overcoming complacency and the dangers of tying identity solely to achievements. He highlights the power of vulnerability and humility in leadership, acknowledging that struggles and setbacks are part of the human experience.

Dan Rooney is one of the 100+ CEOs I interviewed for my new book, Leading With Vulnerability, which is coming out in October. Check it out here and pre-order your copy now.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:54am PDT

In this episode, I speak with Caryl Stern, a remarkable leader and philanthropist. Caryl's background includes serving as the Executive Director of the Walton Family Foundation, being on the Board of Directors at The Container Store, and leading UNICEF USA. She shares the importance of doing good, influenced by her immigrant mentality and the serendipity of life. Caryl emphasizes being open to new opportunities and embracing roles that scare us. We discuss her pivotal moment in choosing philanthropy and the profound experiences she's encountered. Caryl highlights how helping others releases feel-good chemicals and the significance of humility.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:36am PDT

In today's episode, I speak with Stephen Smith, CEO of Amsted Industries. Stephen shares his belief that vulnerability is about acknowledging that you can be wrong and being willing to expose yourself as a human being. He emphasized that showing vulnerability helps to level the playing field and eliminates defensiveness, which can hinder effective decision-making.

Stephen recounted instances where he openly admitted his ignorance during meetings, which he believes fosters a culture of learning and growth. He also highlighted the importance of sharing personal experiences, such as his joy of becoming a grandparent, to help others see him as a human being with similar joys and emotions.

We discussed the importance of balancing vulnerability with strength, especially during challenging times like the COVID-19 pandemic. Stephen believes that being vulnerable can convey strength and security, and it's crucial to communicate both effectively. He also shared that he's been vulnerable in his personal life, such as taking piano lessons at 65 and performing in a recital alongside a five-year-old prodigy.

Stephen believes that living a life where you're not always the powerful person but sometimes the vulnerable one is important, especially as a leader.

Stephen Smith is one of the 100+ CEOs I interviewed for my new book, Leading With Vulnerability, which is coming out in October. Check it out here and pre-order your copy now.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:21am PDT

In this leadership spark, Bill George, former Chairman and CEO of Medtronic, discusses the essence of authentic leadership. He stresses the importance of finding one's True North – understanding personal beliefs, passions, motivations, and sources of fulfillment – by reflecting on past experiences and crucibles. 

Bill emphasizes staying aligned with your True North and resisting compromising values for short-term gains or external validation. He advocates for emotional intelligence and vulnerability, encouraging leaders to seek feedback, learn from experiences, and make principled decisions. Ultimately, he inspires aspiring leaders to lead authentically, empowering others and making a positive difference.

Bill George is one of the 100+ CEOs I interviewed for my new book, Leading With Vulnerability, which is coming out in October. Check it out here and pre-order your copy now.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 1:10am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, Bill George, former Chairman and CEO of Medtronic, dives deep into the most critical aspect of any company: its people. He highlights the importance of frontline employees and their role in driving the success of the organization. 

Bill mentions the importance of creating an environment where innovation can thrive. He encourages leaders to have a high tolerance for failure and to learn from setbacks. Bill also finds personal development crucial as a leader and emphasizes the importance of self-awareness. He suggests regularly seeking 360-degree feedback for growth and reflecting and taking time to evaluate one's actions and impact on others.

Bill George is one of the 100+ CEOs I interviewed for my new book, Leading With Vulnerability, which is coming out in October. Check it out here and pre-order your copy now.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:14am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, I chat with Bill George, former CEO of Medtronic and Executive Fellow at Harvard Business School, about his leadership journey and experiences. Bill shares how his father's advice, to be the leader he never became, shaped his career. He also discusses his early struggles with leadership, and he emphasizes the importance of caring about people and building deep connections as a leader. 

Bill recalls his early leadership role at Litton Industries and how a crisis there taught him invaluable lessons in leading through tough times. He also talks about his time at Medtronic, the growth of the company, and the significance of innovation and developing inspired leaders. Overall, the discussion revolves around the evolution of leadership, the impact of relationships, and the changing expectations of leaders in modern times.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:08am PDT

Today, I have the pleasure of speaking with Scott Boatwright, the Chief Restaurant Officer at Chipotle. Known for his operational strategies and his ability to drive change, Boatwright has been instrumental in reshaping the food safety measures and employee management at Chipotle. He brings a wealth of experience from his role at Chipotle, and his insights are sure to inspire. In our conversation today, we delve into the heart of operational systems, food safety measures, and employee benefits.

From the importance of maintaining the quality and freshness of their ingredients, to the food safety measures and operational systems Scott implemented at Chipotle, we cover several important topics.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:17am PDT

Today's conversation is with Joel Quadracci, CEO of Quad Graphics. Quad is a commercial printing company which offers marketing strategy and management services, based in Sussex, Wisconsin and has approximately 16,000 employees'. Joel shares the importance of authenticity and "being real" in leadership, arguing that vulnerability should not be seen as a weakness but rather as a sign of genuine human connection. He also shares his journey of leading a company that grew from a printing business to a multifaceted agency, and the challenges he faced along the way, including the sudden passing of his father. Joel underscores the significance of inclusive decision-making and the emotional toll that comes with making tough decisions. He also discusses his personal approach to vulnerability, which involves being open to criticism and maintaining a sense of humor.

Today's episodes teaches us by embracing vulnerability, leaders can foster a culture of trust, openness, and inclusivity, which can ultimately lead to more resilient and successful organizations. Quadracci's journey shows the importance of being true to oneself, even in the face of adversity, and the power of a genuine human connection in the realm of leadership.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:23am PDT

In today’s Leadership Spark, Julia Boorstin, Senior Media & Technology Correspondent at CNBC, discusses the importance of adaptability, vulnerability, and contextual thinking in organizations. Julia emphasizes the significance of gathering data and listening to the people on the ground to make informed decisions when planning for worst-case scenarios. 

Julia also highlights the value of vulnerability in leadership, encouraging leaders to acknowledge their weaknesses and create psychological safety within their organizations. Moreover, she explains the concept of contextual thinking, which involves solving root problems and preventing issues rather than simply reacting to them. By taking a broader perspective and asking tangential questions, leaders can find more effective solutions.

Julia Boorstin is one of the 100+ CEOs I interviewed for my new book, Leading With Vulnerability, which is coming out in October. Check it out here and pre-order your copy now.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 1:04am PDT

In today’s Leadership Spark, Julia Boorstin, Senior Media & Technology Correspondent at CNBC, discusses various qualities and characteristics of effective leaders, focusing on vulnerability and adaptability. She emphasizes that no one is born a leader and that leadership skills are developed through practice. She also highlights that vulnerability is a superpower, allowing leaders to connect with others, inspire trust, and foster learning. 

Julia further discusses the importance of adaptability and the willingness to change one's mind in order to solve problems and embrace new opportunities. She also explores the differences in confidence between men and women and how confidence levels change over time. Finally, Julia highlights the significance of asking questions and seeking clarity in meetings, as it encourages open dialogue and collective learning.

Julia Boorstin is one of the 100+ CEOs I interviewed for my new book, Leading With Vulnerability, which is coming out in October. Check it out here and pre-order your copy now.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:35am PDT

In today’s Leadership Spark, I chat with Julia Boorstin, Senior Media & Technology Correspondent at CNBC. We delve into the challenges women face in leadership roles and accessing venture capital funding. She highlights the issue of pattern matching in the investment landscape, where investors tend to favor founders who fit established success patterns, leading to a lack of diversity in funding. 

Julia emphasizes the need to address unconscious bias and promote skill-based hiring and promotion processes to create equal opportunities for advancement. Our conversation also addresses resilience, self-perception as leaders, and the importance of moving beyond categorizing female CEOs separately.

Julia Boorstin is one of the 100+ CEOs I interviewed for my new book, Leading With Vulnerability, which is coming out in October.  Check it out here and pre-order your copy now.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:25am PDT

Today’s episode is with none other than Robert Irvine, a celebrity chef, entrepreneur, author, and host of Food Network's hit show "Restaurant Impossible". Known for his dynamic leadership style and his ability to transform failing restaurants, Irvine has been instrumental in reshaping the culinary landscape. He brings a wealth of experience from his time in the military and his insights are sure to inspire. In our conversation today, we discussed the heart of leadership and the role it plays in creating successful teams and businesses.

From the importance of self-belief and understanding what motivates others, as highlighted in his leadership philosophy, to the shift in mindset required for an individual to emerge as a leader, we cover several important topics. We also explore the role of middle management in organizations, drawing parallels with the military where non-commissioned officers are trained to control and utilize people to the best of their ability, and the importance of empathetic leadership in fostering a culture that enables growth and success.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:36am PDT

Today's episode is with Tina Freese Decker, the President and CEO of Corewell Health, with 60,000+ employees and based in New York. Corewell Health was formerly known as Beaumont Health. Today, Tina shares the importance of vulnerability in leadership. She believes that being authentic and vulnerable are not choices but necessities for effective leadership. Tina also emphasizes the significance of knowing oneself, one's values, and one's purpose to build confidence, which in turn enables vulnerability and authenticity.

Tina shares several instances from her career where she had to display vulnerability, such as reconsidering a board decision based on new information and openly discussing the possibility of making the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for her organization. She also highlights the importance of balancing sharing personal information with the purpose of the conversation and the need to maintain psychological safety, respect, trust, and dignity.

She also discusses the impact of vulnerability on her team. She believes that being authentic and vulnerable helps engage the team more effectively, fostering a sense of togetherness and grit that drives success. She asserts that vulnerability is a key aspect of creating real followership and connection to the organization's purpose.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:12am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, Eric Miles, CEO of Moss Adams, reflects on his biggest mistakes and failures in business. He acknowledges the pivotal role of a partner who made him realize the importance of influencing and engaging with others. Eric emphasizes the value of self-awareness, vulnerability, and self-compassion, which have allowed him to grow as a leader. 

Eric also highlights the freedom and confidence that comes with accepting imperfection and being comfortable in one's own skin. He acknowledges that vulnerability can be challenging, especially when making tough decisions that may hurt others. However, he finds it freeing and believes it protects him from criticism.

Eric Miles is one of the 100+ CEOs I interviewed for my new book, Leading With Vulnerability which is coming out in October. Check it out here and pre-order your copy now.

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In today’s leadership spark, Eric Miles, CEO of Moss Adams, discusses the growing importance of well-being at work and the need to balance work and life stress in the hybrid work environment. He emphasizes the value of creating an environment where people can thrive and highlights the significance of relationships and personal health.

Eric's agile mindset and future-focused thinking have played a role in his career progression. He believes in asking questions, staying curious, and utilizing frameworks like the "Five Whys" and Ishikawa diagrams for decision-making.

Eric Miles is one of the 100+ CEOs I interviewed for my new book, Leading With Vulnerability which is coming out in October. Check it out here and pre-order your copy now.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:20am PDT

In this leadership spark, I chat with Eric Miles, the CEO of Moss Adams, about his unique perspective on growth. Eric emphasizes the significance of coaching and creating a supportive environment for team satisfaction, development, and well-being. He believes that by focusing on the growth and development of people, revenue and profit naturally follow. 

Eric also shares his thoughts on hybrid work, viewing the office as a tool for connection and purpose rather than a mere physical space. He underscores the value of a strong culture and the importance of internal equity in attracting and retaining talent, emphasizing a value proposition that prioritizes connection, growth, and work-life balance.

Eric Miles is one of the 100+ CEOs I interviewed for my new book, Leading With Vulnerability which is coming out in October. Check it out here and pre-order your copy now.

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Direct download: How_to_Cultivate_Winning_Teams_by_Focusing_on_Growth.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 3:58am PDT

In today’s episode, I speak with Dan Helfrich, the Chairman and CEO of Deloitte Consulting. He has been with the company for over 20 years and he currently leads a team of over 85,000 people. We discussed the difference between leading with influence versus command and control. Dan likened these styles to a captain versus a coach.

Dan emphasized that command and control leadership is necessary in crisis situations, such as a pandemic. However, in times of uncertainty that aren't time-sensitive, leading with influence can be more effective, as it brings more voices into the conversation.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:03am PDT

Today's episode is with Lard Friese, both the CEO and Chairman of Aegon, a multinational life insurance, pensions, and asset management company headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands. It has businesses in over 20 countries in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

In today's episode, we discussed key topics such as leadership, vulnerability, and personal maturity in professional roles. Friese emphasized the importance of leaders being aware of their environment and showing their personality. He also shared a personal story about a significant failure early in his career, highlighting the importance of listening to his team and owning up to mistakes. Lard also discussed the power of authenticity in leadership roles and how it can build trust and improve team dynamics. Today's episode offers a valuable perspective on leadership and personal growth in professional success based on Lard's insights.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:09am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, Alexa von Tobel, CEO of LearnVest and Founder of Inspired Capital, shares insights on structured learning, self-awareness, and inclusive decision-making. She emphasizes the value of a learning mindset, setting goals, and seeking feedback. 

Alexa also highlights the importance of bringing people along, fostering transparency, and valuing input for effective decision-making. She emphasizes the importance of transparency, shared norms, and input from team members to create a sense of ownership and collaboration. Alexa's approach focuses on empowering individuals, valuing their perspectives, and making decisions that benefit the collective team.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:23am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, Alexa von Tobel, CEO of LearnVest and Founder of Inspired Capital, emphasizes the importance of work-life balance and shares her own experiences of overworking and its negative consequences. She also discusses the value of working with a coach to foster personal growth and highlights the role of vulnerability in leadership.

Moreover, Alexa also emphasizes the significance of hiring talent that aligns with the company's mission and values, as well as the importance of continuous learning and self-awareness. She highlights the value of assessments and tools that provide insights into strengths and weaknesses, enabling leaders to make informed decisions and build effective teams.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:06am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, I speak with Alexa von Tobel, CEO of LearnVest and Founder of Inspired Capital. Alexa shares her journey and insights on building successful businesses, emphasizing the importance of learning from failures and seeking guidance through coaching and mentorship. 

Alexa highlights the need for balance in leadership, including managing workloads, prioritizing sleep and exercise, and seeking perspective outside of work. She also emphasizes the value of surrounding oneself with trusted advisors who are willing to provide honest feedback. Through her experiences, Alexa demonstrates the growth and personal development that comes from embracing challenges and learning from others.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:46am PDT

Today, I have the pleasure of conversing with Kate Johnson, the CEO of Lumen Technologies. Known for her transformative leadership and her ability to drive change, Johnson has been instrumental in reshaping the corporate culture at Lumen. She brings a wealth of experience from her previous role as the president of Microsoft in the United States, and her insights are sure to inspire. In our conversation today, we delve into the heart of corporate culture transformation and the role of leadership in this process. While we have previously discussed her journey at Microsoft, today our focus is on extracting key insights from Johnson's profound understanding of the business landscape and her analysis of the latest happenings at Lumen.

From the importance of a clear mission and assembling the right leadership team, as highlighted in her transformation strategy at Lumen, to the shift in mindset required for a company to succeed, we cover several important topics.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:55am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, Loran Nordgren, Professor at Kellogg School of Management,  explores the concept of inertia as a barrier to innovation and change. Inertia refers to the human tendency to favor the familiar over the unfamiliar. Loran discusses how big transformations can face resistance due to the unfamiliarity of the idea. It would take reframing the change, taking incremental steps, and making the unfamiliar feel familiar to overcome this resistance. 

Further into our conversation, Loran emphasizes the importance of understanding the human element and finding ways to bring people along on the change journey by addressing their emotions, minimizing effort, and involving them in the process.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:31am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, Loran Nordgren, Professor at Kellogg School of Management, talks about the concept of frictions in innovation and change, and the meaning of inertia, effort, and reactance. Loran mentions the four specific frictions that stand in the way of embracing new ideas.

We also dived deep into the importance of addressing these frictions and involving the audience in the change process is emphasized, as their reactions and feelings greatly impact the success of innovation and transformation.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:30am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, I speak with Loran Nordgren, Professor at Kellogg School of Management. We dive deep into the concept of friction theory and the importance of focusing on barriers rather than just appeal in driving change and selling ideas. He emphasizes that while many people believe that elevating appeal and adding more value is the key to success, it is often the barriers or frictions that hold ideas back.

Drawing an analogy to a bullet's flight, Loran explains that simply adding more gunpowder (fuel) does not help if the bullet lacks aerodynamics to reduce resistance.  Similarly, in organizations, the key is to identify and address the frictions that hold ideas back. By making ideas more aerodynamic and removing barriers, real progress and growth can be achieved.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 7:03am PDT

Today we'll be diving into the world of author and entrepreneur Seth Godin. Seth has recently released a new book titled "The Song of Significance," which explores the concept of significance in the world and questions whether we are in a new era of leadership. In our conversation, we'll discuss the negative effects of automation, the balance of power shift within organizations, and the importance of leading with vulnerability. We'll also touch on the distinction between management and leadership, and the companies that Seth admires.

Throughout our discussion, we'll be focusing on the idea of significance and how to create it in your life and work. Seth will share his insights on where to start and how to crack the egg to make a real impact.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:10am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, Tiger Tyagarajan, CEO of Genpact, and I dive deeper into the importance of addressing issues such as diversity and inclusion in leadership roles, the potential impact of artificial intelligence on jobs, and personal experiences that have influenced Tiger’s approach to leadership. Tiger also highlights the need for continuous learning, humility, and embracing curiosity.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:43am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, Tiger Tyagarajan, CEO of Genpact, and I discussed the post-COVID work landscape and the nuanced shift in the way work is conducted. We also explore the potential benefits of distributed workforces, reduced commute times, and the ability to tap into new talent from diverse locations. 

Our discussion also touched on the accelerated digital transformation during the pandemic and the reasons why organizations often resist change. At the leadership level, increased virtual communication and empathy play key roles in motivating and engaging remote teams, as well as checking in on employees' well-being and safety.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 1:19am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, I speak with Tiger Tyagarajan, CEO of Genpact. We delved into his personal journey and the importance of making tough choices and the key factors in navigating them, such as data-driven decision-making, collaboration, and transparency. 

He also emphasized the significance of having clear objectives and aligning them with the company's purpose, values, and culture. It’s important to stick to the organization's North Star and making decisions that prioritize client satisfaction and long-term relationships. Our conversation also touched on Genpact's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, showcasing their ability to adapt quickly and redeploy employees to meet changing demands.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:55am PDT

My interview today is with Dr. James Downing, President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, a leading authority in solving the world's toughest problems. With his visionary leadership, Dr. Downing has spearheaded groundbreaking advancements and transformed the landscape of healthcare.

In our conversation, we delve into the essence of problem-solving and explore the methodologies that drive progress. We uncover Dr. Downing's unique approach to breaking down complex challenges and determining their worthiness. Join us as we unravel the secrets of "blue sky" thinking, from assembling brilliant minds to generating and testing innovative ideas. Discover the key metrics for measuring success and learn how failures can be invaluable teachers.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:44am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, Executive Coach Tom Henschel and I talk about how to make your executive presence unique and stand out, emphasizing the importance of confidence and self-awareness. We also explore the three components of executive presence: gravitas, communication, and appearance. 

Tom highlights the significance of negative automatic thoughts and how managing them is crucial for building confidence and gravitas. As we wrapped up the discussion, Tom leaves us with an action item for improving executive presence: recording a short video and seeking feedback from others to gain insights and make adjustments.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 1:16am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, Executive Coach Tom Henschel and I discuss the importance of communications and presence in leadership. Tom discusses the importance of concise communication, the art of answering questions effectively, and the tendency to drift off-topic in conversations. Tom also shares coaching insights and techniques to help leaders develop these skills and enhance their executive presence.

Tom and I dived deeper into how to determine if one has an executive presence, the importance of feedback and recognition over time, and the challenges and strategies for developing an executive presence in a virtual world. He also addressed the impact of technology on virtual executive presence, such as lighting, microphone quality, and camera positioning. Our conversation also covered whether executive presence is exclusive to extroverts or if introverts can also cultivate it with a game day attitude and conscious effort.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:41am PDT

In today’s leadership spark, Executive Coach Tom Henschel discusses the concept of executive presence and its crucial role in leadership and how it influences how others perceive and trust leaders. The nature of executive presence is diverse, as it varies across industries and organizational contexts.

According to Tom, executive presence encompasses both behavioral aspects and attitude, including confidence, the ability to command a room, and great speaking skills. Leaders often find it challenging to develop executive presence. While executive presence may not directly secure a promotion or job, its absence can hinder progress.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 2:32am PDT

My guest today us David MacLennan, the Executive Chair and former CEO of Cargill, a global food and agribusiness corporation that employs over 160,000 employees in 70 countries. David shares his journey, from his early days in the company to his rise to the top, and the challenges he faced along the way.

In this conversation, David discusses the importance of followership in leadership. He emphasizes that a title alone does not command respect or followership; it must be earned through credibility, sincerity, and reliability. He also shares his philosophy on leadership, which involves creating a personal connection with those he leads through authenticity and transparency. David believes that trust is the cornerstone of effective leadership, and he strives to earn this trust from his team and the wider organization. 

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Direct download: Audio_45min_-_David_MacLennan_-_WITH_ADS_-_updated.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 12:55am PDT