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074: First-Time Leader: How to Succeed and Inspire Your New Team | with George Bradt


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Did you know that 40% of new leaders fail in the first 18 months? How can you avoid failing as a new leader, and learn from other leaders’ mistakes rather than making so many of your own? To help our listeners who are new leaders or who would like to take their leadership to the […]

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193: Research Techniques for Identifying a Compelling EVP | with Matt O’Connor, PhD

July 14th, 2019


When you identify the reasons why high-performing employees choose your organization, it serves as a compass in guiding your ongoing development of the employee experience. Furthermore, if you use those insights to …

192: How to Discover Your Employee Value Proposition (EVP) | with Matt O’Connor, PhD

July 14th, 2019


What makes your company different from your competitors in the talent marketplace? Can you articulate the reasons in a message that is unique, …

191: 3 Hacks for Emotional Transparency That Cultivates Accountability | with Jonathan Raymond

June 5th, 2019


If it seems like you can’t trust your team to own projects and results, how can you improve accountability? This is the final episode in a four-part …

190: 4 Steps of Emotional Transparency That Cultivates Accountability | with Jonathan Raymond

May 7th, 2019


Many leaders feel frustrated by what seems like a low level of personal ownership among people in their organization. Things don’t get done on time, …

189: Dos and Don’ts of Emotional Transparency | with Jonathan Raymond

April 8th, 2019


A couple days ago, the CEO of a small business complained to me that one of his managers has been displaying some of the classic signs of a lack of accountability — brushing off the severity of a mistake, letting …

188: Emotional Transparency — The Secret to Accountability | with Jonathan Raymond

March 4th, 2019


Accountability. Many organizations name it one of their top corporate values. And yet no matter how much they talk about accountability, leaders often feel frustrated by what seems like a low level of personal ownership …

187: 3 Strategies for Achieving Your Goals

February 4th, 2019


Did you set any New Year resolutions for yourself this year … or goals for your team? If so, are you still on track, or have you given up? According …

186: 4 Tips from Brain Science for Communications That Boost Attention and Learning from Your Workforce | with Jamie Barnes

January 8th, 2019


With so many things competing for attention, leaders at many organizations struggle to get their people to pay enough attention to important communications — such as for change initiatives. And it’s an even bigger …

185: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation | with Dan Schawbel

December 20th, 2018


The relationships between your team members make a big difference — both in terms of business results and each person’s wellbeing. As tempting as it …

184: Using Storytelling to Lead a Transformation at Lowe’s (and Your Company) | with Kyle Nel

November 1st, 2018


The home improvement store chain Lowe’s was named #1 among Fast Company’s 2018 Most Innovative Companies, for augmented and virtual reality, as well as #1 for innovation among specialty retailers on Fortune’s 2018 …

183: Using the Fogg Behavior Model to Drive Change | with Jamie Barnes

September 11th, 2018


When developing a communication strategy to drive change within an organization, we use various models and frameworks to help ensure we create a …

182: The Power of an Authentic Employer Brand and EVP | with Laurie Barnes

August 29th, 2018


A strong, authentic employer brand is key to recruiting, retaining, and fully engaging top talent. The most effective companies build a …

181: The Art and Science of Workforce Communication | with Laurie Barnes

August 21st, 2018


You can’t achieve your potential as a leader or an organization without practicing effective communication. Organizations that communicate …

180: Performance Management Truth & Lies | with Michael Bungay Stanier

July 24th, 2018


Boom! That’s the sound of performance appraisal processes being blown up across the country. There’s been a collective lightning flash of realization …

179: Leading with Emotional Courage | with Peter Bregman

July 10th, 2018


You have the opportunity to lead: to show up with confidence, connected to others, and committed to a purpose in a way that inspires others to …

178: How to Succeed at Work/Life Balance (Without Going Crazy)

June 19th, 2018


Imagine life is a game where you are juggling five balls. Work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls — family, health, friends, integrity — are made of glass. ~ James Patterson The …

177: Meaningful Work: How to Do Great Business, Find Your Calling, and Feed Your (and Your Employees’) Soul | with Shawn Askinosie, CEO of Askinosie Chocolate

May 22nd, 2018


This episode is about a true story that is interesting and well told — a story that is important for all leaders and entrepreneurs … especially those …

176: Stop Networking — Start Applying Network Science to Transform Your Career and Leadership | with David Burkus

May 1st, 2018


This is a conversation about a book that’s not like any networking book you have read (or ignored) before. In fact, it’s not about networking; it’s about how networks actually work. Networking seems to many of us to be …

175: The Excellence Dividend | with Tom Peters

April 25th, 2018


In the next two decades, nearly 50% of white-collar jobs are at risk, either to automation or artificial intelligence (AI), according to analysis by …

174: Managing Willpower for What Matters Most

March 27th, 2018


Willpower is the ability to control yourself to determine your actions. It allows you (and your team) to accomplish what matters most to you — …

173: Clarity First ― Improve Performance by Eliminating Ambiguity | with Karen Martin

March 20th, 2018


Ambiguity — in the form of uncertainty or conflicting priorities — has become the default state for organizations of all types. It lurks in the …

172: Build One Powerful Habit at a Time

March 6th, 2018


Success is about doing the right thing, not about doing everything right. Achieving extraordinary results doesn’t require you to be a full-time …

171: Stop Trying to Multitask — It’s Making You Dumb and Ineffective

February 27th, 2018


Multitasking doesn’t save time — it wastes time. When you try to do two things at once, you either can’t or won’t do either well. If you think …

170: Transforming Resistance to Change | with Christine Comaford

February 20th, 2018


How do great leaders overcome resistance to change ― and the stress that accompanies it? Navigating change is hard, and people often get emotionally hijacked in the process. Leaders need potent, easy to learn, highly …

169: Use a Success List (Instead of a To-do List)

February 13th, 2018


Instead of a to-do list, you need a success list — a list that is purposefully created around extraordinary results. A to-do list becomes a success …

168: Singleness of Purpose

February 6th, 2018


Success demands singleness of purpose. ~ Vince Lombardi, arguably the greatest football coach of all time Extraordinarily successful people, …

167: How Top Performers Work Less and Achieve More | with Morten Hansen

January 30th, 2018


Why do some people perform better at work than others? This deceptively simple question continues to confound leaders, as well as all professionals who want to advance and succeed while maintaining balance and …

166: Herding Tigers — Leading a Creative Team | with Todd Henry

January 23rd, 2018


Leading talented people in creative fields requires a different skill set than what many management books teach. How do you ensure your team consistently delivers a brilliant work product from an inherently …

165: Using the Domino Effect for Extraordinary Results

January 16th, 2018


When one thing (the right ONE Thing) is set in motion, it can topple many things. Even more significant, a single domino can bring down another domino that is 50% larger. That provides that opportunity not only for …

164: The ONE Thing to Do This Week for Extraordinary Results

January 9th, 2018


What’s the ONE Thing you (or your team) can do this week such that by doing it, everything else would be easier or unnecessary? Behind every …

163: Elephant in the Room: A Leader’s Guide to Tough Conversations | with Mike Bechtle

November 15th, 2017


All of us have at least one person or group of people that we work with who has an issue that we really need to address — a performance problem, a behavioral issue, a piece of spinach stuck in their teeth — but for some …

162: Competitive Advantage — 4 Ways to Leverage Relationships at Work | with Todd Davis, FranklinCovey Chief People Officer

November 1st, 2017


How many times have you heard a leader say, “Our people are our greatest asset”? You’ve probably even uttered it a few times yourself. It’s a nice …

161: Becoming a Stress-Resilient Leader | with Andrew Shatté

October 15th, 2017


Chronic stress takes a toll on the quality of work and life, for both leaders and the people they lead. Stress muddies our thinking, impairs …

160: Building a High-Performing and Health-Driven Culture | with John Burke, CEO of Trek Bikes

September 15th, 2017


Trek Bikes grew out of one man’s belief that he could build a different kind of company. In a barn in southern Wisconsin, Dick Burke instilled the …

159: Leading a Startup | with Josh Kent, CEO of SunFrog Shirts

August 15th, 2017


What does it take to lead a team that builds a startup into a nationally recognized company in less than three years, with an annual growth rate of more than 1,000%? Josh Kent is the CEO and founder of over a dozen …

158: Multipliers — How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter | with Liz Wiseman

July 15th, 2017


Are you a genius or a genius-maker? We’ve all had experience with two dramatically different types of leaders. The first type drains intelligence, energy, and capability from the people around them and always needs to …

157: The Aspiring Leader — Successfully Step into a New Leadership Role | with John Lawler

June 15th, 2017


Is your sight set on a new leadership role? Perhaps you’re the Director of Finance, and you’ve just been tapped to become the new CFO. What do you …

156: The Leadership Gap — 7 Ways to Move Beyond It | with Lolly Daskal

May 15th, 2017


When successful people begin to feel uncertain or challenged at work, the one thing they want to know most is why things are going wrong after they …

155: How to Inspire Lifetime Loyalty | with Lee Caraher

April 15th, 2017


As millions of millennials and the even younger GenZers come into the workforce with very different expectations and definitions of loyalty, companies need to shift to make the most of those workers’ energy, skill sets, …

154: Is Your Personality Helping (or Hurting) Your Leadership? | with Ron Warren, PhD

April 1st, 2017


Your personality at work determines your success and impact as a leader. Is yours helping or hurting your effectiveness and your team’s engagement? Contrary to what most people think, you can change aspects of your …

153: How to Find Your Authentic Voice | with Joshua Spodek

March 17th, 2017


To lead and influence others, whether as a workplace leader or as a thought leader, you need to develop an authentic voice. For example, let’s say you are a CEO delivering a speech to your employees, or a functional VP …

152: Don’t Just Lead — 3 Ways to ENGAGE

March 1st, 2017


In the 21st century, those who are changing the world aren’t just leaders; they’re engagers. Managers and leaders try to get others to do what is …

151: Work Smarter, Not Harder – Productivity Hacks to Get More & Better Work Done in Less Time | with David Burkus

February 15th, 2017


David Burkus is the organizer of the upcoming Work Smarter Summit, an online video-based virtual conference where world-class experts share their proven tactics for getting more done, earning more money, and living a …

150: The Data-Driven Leader | with John Johnson

January 15th, 2017


Leaders need data for at least two reasons: 1) so they and their team can make better decisions, and 2) to influence their employees, customers, or others to take action. In this episode, we discuss how to achieve both …

149: The Power of Beliefs in Business | with Ari Weinzweig, Zingerman’s Co-Founding Partner

December 15th, 2016


In 1982, Ari Weinzweig, along with his partner Paul Saginaw, founded Zingerman’s Delicatessen with a $20,000 bank loan. They opened the doors with …

148: 9 Ways to Thank Your Employees

November 15th, 2016


“Employees who report receiving recognition and praise within the last seven days show increased productivity, get higher scores from customers, and have better safety records. They’re just more engaged at work.” – Tom …

147: 8 Tips for Communicating Bad News to Your Workforce

November 1st, 2016


Communicating bad news — we all hate to do it, wish we never have to do it again, and yet recognize that there will inevitably be times when we need to do it. Whether it is announcing a reduction in force, a negative …

146: 3 Ways to Optimize Your Energy and Culture in the Moment of Truth | with Anese Cavanaugh

October 15th, 2016


Culture eats strategy for breakfast. -Peter Drucker Many leaders and aspiring leaders think their skills and strategies are what create impact, and …

145: Rethinking Accountability — How to Use It to Help Your People Unlock Their Strengths | with Jonathan Raymond

October 1st, 2016


Leaders everywhere talk about accountability, but nobody is defining what it really means — and more importantly, breaking it down into a set of …

144: Best Communication Tools for Teamwork

September 15th, 2016


On Engaging Leader, we share a lot of principles about leadership communication, but what about collaboration communication? In other words, what’s …

143: Lessons from Starbucks on Leading with Values First | with Howard Behar

September 1st, 2016


“We’re in the people business serving coffee, not the coffee business serving people.” ~ Howard Behar As the president of Starbucks North America and Starbucks International, Howard Behar spent over 20 years helping …

142: That’s Not How We Do It Here! — How to Stay Agile and Innovative as a Mature Company | with John Kotter

August 15th, 2016


Increasingly, large organizations are finding their competitive landscape changing so quickly that they’re unable to respond fast enough to survive and thrive. Most mature organizations have a built-in tendency to kill …

141: Hire, Develop, and Keep Great Employees | with Paul Falcone

August 1st, 2016


People power your business — and success can hinge on your hiring, inspiring, and keeping the right ones. As a leader, are you cultivating this vital …

140: Cross-Generational Communications — How to Bridge the Gap to Engage Multiple Generations

July 15th, 2016


We are in the early years of a fundamental demographic shift. What worked in the past will no longer be enough. In order to attract and keep top talent — and to influence their actions — you will need to change how you …

139: How to Speak the Truth to Your Boss and Team (Even When It’s Hard) | with Mindy Mackenzie

July 1st, 2016


“Learn what is true to do what is right.” ~ Thomas Huxley The thing that companies and individuals need most they often get least. What is this thing? The truth. Why? Because people don’t have the courage to say what …

138: Nudgy — How to Influence People to Make an Optimal Choice in the ‘Moment of Truth’

June 15th, 2016


In episode 136, I shared how there are three secrets to effective content as part of a leadership or workforce communication strategy: visual, sticky, and “nudgy.” We discussed the first secret in episode 127, Let’s Get …

137: The Unplugged Leader — How to Take a Worry-Free Vacation | with Mindy Mackenzie

June 1st, 2016


With warm, summer weather arriving in the northern hemisphere, many of us have vacation plans. But what type of vacation will you take? Will it actually refresh you, helping you come back to work with new energy, fresh …

136: Sticky – 7 Keys to Making People Notice, Care, and Act

May 16th, 2016


In a typical communication strategy, part of the plan involves leadership actions, but also involves communication content — words, images, videos, …

135: How to Lead Meetings That Get Results (and That People Want to Attend) | with Karin Hurt

May 1st, 2016


Horrible meetings are a cliché of the business world, and with good reason. Most meetings are a waste of time and don’t accomplish much, if …

134: Under New Management: Upending Business As Usual | with David Burkus

April 15th, 2016


Great leaders don’t innovate products, they innovate the factory. Through most of the 20th century, great leaders focused on reinventing the factory. From Frederick Taylor to Henry Ford, the industrial age was made by …

133: No Joke: Using Humor for Effective Communications | with David Nihill

April 1st, 2016


In honor of April Fool’s Day, a funny guest joins Jesse to discuss a seriously important topic … how to use humor to drive engagement in all of your …

132: The Coaching Habit – Say Less, Ask More | with Michael Bungay Stanier

March 15th, 2016


What if coaching could become a regular, informal part of your day so you and your team could work less hard and have more impact? That’s the promise …

131: Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent | with Sydney Finkelstein

March 1st, 2016


Some leaders foster a disproportionate share of top talent … the kind of talent that goes on to transform their entire industry. Professor Sydney Finkelstein noticed this and then figured out a way to identify who these …

130: The Storyteller’s Secret: Why Some Ideas Catch on and Others Don’t | with Carmine Gallo

February 15th, 2016


Storytelling is the most underrated skill [among entrepreneurs]. ~ Ben Horowitze, famed venture capitalist Storytelling is the act of framing an idea as a narrative to inform, illuminate, and inspire. From Steve Jobs to …

129: Stand Out – How to Be a Thought Leader | with Dorie Clark

February 1st, 2016


Many people in the business world believe that working hard will be enough to move their career forward. But whether you’re trying to advance inside a large organization, or you’re an entrepreneur hoping to make a …

128: How to Shape Culture to Drive Performance | with Lindsay McGregor

January 15th, 2016


Most business leaders today realize that a strong organizational culture is critical to success. However, culture tends to feel like some magic force …

127: Let’s Get Visual: 6 Engaging Ways to Use Images

January 1st, 2016


Visual communication always gets more attention than written or verbal alone. And with the information and media-overload that everyone now experiences, visual communication is no longer an option when you are trying to …

126: Holacracy – An Agile Management System for a Rapidly Changing World | with Brian Robertson

December 15th, 2015


Holacracy is a fundamentally different “operating system” for organizations. Holacracy revolutionizes how a company is structured, how decisions are …

125: Engaging Hourly Workers

December 1st, 2015


Hourly workers make up nearly 60% of the United States workforce. They are often people who directly impact customers, such as through customer service or making the products. And improving the engagement of hourly …

124: THX! How Practicing Gratitude Makes You a More Effective Leader

November 15th, 2015


Thankfulness changes things: in yourself, in your team, and in your impact. As we approach Thanksgiving in the US, and the New Year goal-setting that …

123: How to Rebuild Leadership Credibility: Lessons from the Reforging of a Navy Seal | with Jason Redman

November 1st, 2015


A few years ago, my local gym posted a photo of a handwritten sign that had been posted outside the hospital room of a Navy Seal who had been severely wounded in battle. “The wounds I received,” wrote Lt. Jason Redman, …

122: How to Help People Change | with Art Markman

October 15th, 2015


To create lasting behavior change, it’s crucial to understand how the brain’s habit system works, and then develop specific techniques to leverage …

121: 5 Gears: Being a Present & Productive Leader When There’s Never Enough Time | with Jeremie Kubicek

October 1st, 2015


[powerpess] When you drive a car with a manual transmission, you quickly learn there is a right time and place for each gear. You start in 1st gear, then shift into 2nd gear, and so forth until you reach the highest …

120: How to Lead Through Failure: 11 Ways to Drive Results While Reducing Mistakes

September 15th, 2015


Does the way you lead communicate to your team that failure is not an option? If so, you are limiting innovation and development, encouraging cover-ups and lies, and breeding more-serious mistakes. This is true whether …

119: Goals Gone Wild: The New Performance Management | with Kris Duggan of BetterWorks

September 1st, 2015


Research shows no one is happy with annual performance reviews—not executives, not managers, and not individual contributors. Even HR teams responsible for performance management aren’t convinced annual reviews provide …

118: Engaging Employees in the “Mobile Moment” | with Joe Loya

August 15th, 2015


Most people today constantly reach for their smartphones for instant answers and services. What’s the weather? Will Monique be joining us tomorrow? What’s the name of that song? And even people who don’t know how to use …

117: Return on Character: Moral Habits & Reputation of CEOs Who Win | with Fred Kiel

August 1st, 2015


When you’re the CEO or senior leader, bottom-line results matter. Especially when the going gets tough, the conventional assumption is that the big …

116: Two Empathy Tools for Influencing People to Take Action

July 15th, 2015


What does yawning have to do with influencing people to take action? If you yawn, you trigger “mirror neurons” in most other people, which affect their brain activity and influence them to yawn too. And mirror neurons …

115: The 4 Lenses of Innovation: Powering Your Team’s Creative Thinking | with Rowan Gibson

July 1st, 2015


You and everyone on your team has an “inner innovator,” creative potential inside that can be unleashed and harnessed. With the right tools and a …

114: How Well-being Boosts Employee Engagement and Profitability | with Doug Stover from Gallup

June 15th, 2015


According to The Gallup Organization, when companies add a well-being focus to their engagement efforts, it has an accelerating effect. Focusing on employee engagement and employee well-being together helps companies …

113: Top 7 Email Hacks for Leaders – Don’t Let Email Kill Your Strategic Leadership

June 1st, 2015


Some people fall far short of their leadership potential because they let the best part of their time, energy, and focus get sucked up by non-strategic tasks like replying to emails. On the other end of the spectrum are …

112: Are You Fully Charged? 3 Keys to Energizing Your Work and Life | with Tom Rath

May 15th, 2015


Being an engaging leader starts with engaging your own work and life optimally. When you are fully charged, you get more done, your mind is sharp and …

111: Getting Things Done (GTD) for Leaders | with David Allen

May 1st, 2015


Being an engaging leader starts with engaging your own work and life optimally. Five years ago, Jesse had given up on the umpteenth system he’d tried for organization and productivity. As he went back to the drawing …

110: Turning Followers into Leaders | with David Marquet

April 15th, 2015


How do you move people from being passive followers doing what they were told, to becoming proactive, engaged leaders themselves? We’ll give you a …

109: Act Like a Leader. Think Like a Leader. | with Herminia Ibarra

April 1st, 2015


It’s sort of a chicken-or-the-egg question. To take your next step toward great leadership, do you start with introspection and learning to think like a leader? Or do you put yourself into positions where you are forced …

108: Leading with the 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity | with Kory Kogon from FranklinCovey

March 15th, 2015


Nearly half of your company’s payroll is being spent on things that don’t matter to your strategic goals. That’s based on results of a six-year …

107: Four Seconds: Quick & Counter-Intuitive Ways to Get the Results You Want | with Peter Bregman

March 2nd, 2015


The things you and your team want most—peace of mind, fulfilling relationships, success at work—are surprisingly straightforward to achieve. But …

106: 4 Storytelling Frameworks to Lead Change | with Amanda Marko

February 15th, 2015


Storytelling is a key tool for leading change. In episode 102, “Storytelling for Leaders,” Amanda Marko joined us to discuss why it’s such a powerful …

105: Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace | with Ron Friedman

February 1st, 2015


As a leader, how can you create a great place to work that not only attracts great people but also promotes smarter thinking, greater innovation, and …

104: Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing | with Liz Wiseman

January 15th, 2015


Is it possible to be at your best even when you are under-qualified or doing something for the first time? And after decades of experience, can you …

103: How to Use Bach Remedies to Become a Balanced Leader

January 6th, 2015


On Engaging Leader, we talk a lot about who you need to be and what you need to do to be an engaging leader. But what if you keep catching yourself …

102: Storytelling for Leaders: How to Influence, Engage & Inspire | with Amanda Marko

December 15th, 2014


Storytelling is an effective leadership tool for change management, engagement, and bringing the business strategy to life. We discussed this tool …

101: Built to Lead: Becoming a Top 10% Manager | with David Long

December 1st, 2014


Did you know that of every 100 employees hired, only 6 or 7 will ever be promoted to their first management position? If you’re a manager now, you’re one of the 7% who made it! That’s the good news. Now, here’s the bad …

100: Becoming the Boss: New Rules for Gen Y Leaders | with Lindsey Pollak

November 15th, 2014


We are in the midst of a leadership revolution, as power passes from Baby Boomers and Gen X-ers to Millennials. All grown up, the highly educated …

099: Business Intuition: 7 Ways Leaders Apply the Science of Intuition | with Simone Wright

November 1st, 2014


Intuition is the new buzz-word in business, and everyone from Branson to Buffet is touting its ability to guide and direct them to greater success and higher profits. However, the understanding of what intuition really …

098: Overworked and Overwhelmed: 4 tools for leaders to reclaim their lives and boost productivity | with Scott Eblin

October 15th, 2014


Many leaders today are chronically overworked and overwhelmed by the seemingly non-stop demands on their time and attention. If you feel like you’re …

097: Becoming a Leader People Want to Follow | with Mark Miller from Chick-fil-A

October 2nd, 2014


Are you a leader people want to follow? You can be—but first, you must understand what sets great leaders apart from all the rest. Certainly, leaders …

096: Bringing the Lean Startup into Your Organization: Leadership in the Age of Uncertainty | with Jeff Dyer

September 15th, 2014


Have you or your team ever come up with a big idea that you thought would be very cool, but didn’t take any action because you thought it would be …

095: 3 Things Leaders Should Learn from Rock-Orchestra Superstars

September 1st, 2014


“At first, we didn’t believe him, that this highly accomplished star in our field was interested in not just teaching us but in learning from us,” my wife Erin said. “But then we saw by his actions that he really meant …

094: Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation | with Greg Brandeau

August 15th, 2014


Are you a leader who builds teams that innovate again and again? Creating and sustaining an organization that is consistently innovative is extremely …

093: The Pure-Hearted Leader: The Surprising Relevance of an Ancient Concept

August 4th, 2014


Back in 2000, Jesse was helping an executive at one of the world’s largest companies develop a communication plan. As they were working through the key messages, the executive got tripped up on one of the words Jesse …

092: 7 Keys to Clarity and Conciseness

July 14th, 2014


Back in episode 89, about the Power of Brevity, we discussed why brevity works and provided four tips for being brief yet powerful. In these tips, …

091: Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change | with David Maxfield

July 3rd, 2014


All successful leaders have to be good at leading progress. And science has found that successful leaders, from CEOs to parents, have a common set of …

090: How to Bridge the Workplace Generation Gap | with David Maxfield

June 15th, 2014


Can people of different generations work together productively, or do their differences lead only to conflict? According to a new study from the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) and social …

089: The Power of Brevity | with Bill Holston

June 2nd, 2014


Some of the most memorable speeches and documents have been much shorter than the norm. Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address was only 2 or 3 minutes …

088: Happy @ Work: Top Habits That Keep People Engaged and Successful | with Jim Donovan

May 8th, 2014


A growing body of research in psychology and neuroscience is demonstrating that happiness is a secret ingredient to success at work. It turns out, …

087: Talk Like TED: 3 Secrets to Radically Improve Your Presentations | with Carmine Gallo

May 1st, 2014


Ideas are the currency of the 21st century. You can have brilliant ideas—truly revolutionary ideas—but if you cannot persuade others to act, those …

086: The 6 Principles (or C’s) of Workforce Health Engagement | with Terry Sherwood

April 24th, 2014


In episode 1, Jesse and his colleague Terry Sherwood defined workforce health engagement as improving the knowledge, decision-making, and behaviors …

085: A Leadership Course for the Rising Star | with Kevin Allen

April 17th, 2014


You can buy a leadership book today for about $25. Or you can get an MBA for about $30,000. But learning about leadership from a few decades of everyday experience and mentors? That’s priceless. Kevin Allen was the …

084: Scaling Up Excellence: Getting To More Without Settling For Less | with Bob Sutton

April 10th, 2014


If you’ve created a great little coffeeshop, how do you expand and put your coffeeshops in cities around the world without watering down what makes your coffeeshop great? That’s a question that Starbucks certainly …

083: How to Sleep Better for Improved Leadership, Productivity, and Innovation

April 3rd, 2014


It happened again. Jesse recently had a stretch of several weeks where sleep problems caused him to get insufficient sleep … and the effect on his creativity, productivity, and influence was obvious. It’s a common …

082: Everything Connects: How to Transform and Lead in the Age of Creativity, Innovation and Sustainability | with Faisal Hoque

March 27th, 2014


In the 21st century, the businesses and leaders that succeed are a difficult mix of creativity and flexibility on the one hand, and long-burning …

081: 18 More Ways to Engage Your Target Audience

March 20th, 2014


Last week, Jesse and Marty discussed that when we have an opportunity to influence or lead people, we can’t assume that sharing information is enough. That’s simply table stakes. Once you know what you want to …

080: 8 Ways to Engage Your Target Audience

March 13th, 2014


When we have an opportunity to influence or lead people, we can’t assume that sharing information is enough. That’s simply table stakes. Once you know what you want to communicate, you need to think about how to engage …

079: How to Engage Cynical Employees | with Bob Kelleher, author of Employee Engagement for Dummies

March 6th, 2014


How do you engage employees who are cynical or jaded? And what if your organization is trying to improve employee engagement, but employees and even managers are cynical about the engagement initiative itself? To help …

078: Leadership by Design: Rise of the DEO | with Maria Guidice & Christopher Ireland

February 27th, 2014


In the 20th century, in casting the ideal CEO, we took our cues from MBAs and the military. But many of the most recent superstars, such as Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, and Larry Page don’t seem to fit that model. So is it …

077: Nice Girls Still Don’t Get the Corner Office: How Women Leaders Can Succeed Today | with Dr. Lois Frankel

February 20th, 2014


On the game show Jeopardy, host Alex Trebek provided the clue, “This is the prime piece of business real estate that nice girls don’t get.” The correct response, of course, was “What is the corner office?” Within just …

076: 5 Ways to Win Lovers and Influence Co-workers | with JJ Lahey

February 13th, 2014


There are five basic ways that people feel revved up by the people they live and work with. Most of us need to receive all five to feel approved, affirmed, respected, and/or loved. But usually, one or two is most …

075: Conquer the Entrepreneur’s Kryptonite: Simple Strategic Planning | with James Woosley

February 6th, 2014


Today’s leaders — whether in business or nonprofit — are expected to be entrepreneurial. The kryptonite that threatens to kill the dreams of every entrepreneur is strategic planning. Many people have no plan and try …

073: 14 More Ways Leaders Re-charge Their Batteries: How to Increase Energy, Improve Mood, and Manage Stress

January 23rd, 2014


Following up on the previous episode, Jesse and his wife Erin discuss 14 additional tactics to increase energy, improve mood, and manage stress. …

072: 14 Ways Leaders Re-charge Their Batteries: How to Increase Energy, Improve Mood, and Manage Stress

January 16th, 2014


As leaders, we are wired for action, for serving others, for carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders. But we need to invest in …

071: Lead Like A Rock Star | with Ruth Blatt

January 9th, 2014


Ruth Blatt has a Ph.D. in Management and Organizations from the University of Michigan and taught Entrepreneurship to MBAs at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She has been writing about the social science behind …

070: Big Bang Disruption: Strategy in the Age of Devastating Innovation | with Larry Downes

January 2nd, 2014


Nearly two decades ago, Clayton Christiansen changed the way large companies thought about strategy and innovation with his book The Innovator’s …

069: 9 Telltale Signs of Influence 3.0

December 26th, 2013


What used to work for leaders in the past is no longer as effective today. Today’s workforce is more diverse, with more women and more ethnicities …

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