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Impact Makers

100 EpisodesProduced by Jennifer McClureWebsite

The Impact Makers Podcast with Jennifer McClure is a weekly podcast for people who are interested in making a positive difference in the world not only through their work, but also through how they choose to live their lives.


079: Dancing with Monsters and Embracing Fearless Leadership with Dr. Todd Dewett

Discover how to conquer your fears and unlock your true potential in our latest episode of the Impact Makers podcast, where we welcome back Dr. Todd Dewett to discuss his fifth book, "Dancing with Monsters: A Tale About Leadership, Success, and Overcoming Fears." Todd reveals how this captivating fable addresses the daily struggles we all face, especially millennials and Gen Z, in dealing with anxieties, fears, and a lack of confidence. Get ready to explore the book's memorable characters and how they work together to overcome obstacles, find their authentic selves, and ultimately, achieve success.

The conversation doesn't stop there. We also dive into the importance of authenticity in professional settings and how striving for greatness allows people to be more expressive and true to themselves. Dr. Dewett points out that there has been a shift in leadership due to the pandemic, with more focus on being human and empathetic. We also touch on the value that each generation brings to the workforce and how leaders should be open to learning from one another.

In addition, Dr. Dewett shares valuable insights on achieving career fit and overcoming risks when transitioning in your career. We discuss the importance of self-awareness, exploring new possibilities, and having a support system to stay motivated. Todd introduces his SSGW framework, which stands for "Take the Step, See the Goal, and Work the Plan," as a tool to visualize success and maximize performance. Don't miss this insightful episode with Dr. Todd Dewett as we discuss leadership, authenticity, and overcoming fears!

Topics Discussed In Today’s Episode:

  • Dr. Dewett's journey in writing his fifth book, "Dancing with Monsters," after previous attempts at writing a novel.
  • His inspiration for creating a fable that addresses common struggles such as anxieties, fears, and confidence issues faced by millennials and Gen Z.
  • The importance of authenticity in leadership, and how it aligns with the expectations of today's generations. 
  • Dr. Dewett’s 5 Rules of Leadership.
  • The dangers of treating employees like children and the importance of creating a balance between authority and open dialogue.
  • The role of candor in leadership, and the necessity of balancing candor with kindness to foster a productive and supportive work environment.
  • The importance of framing challenges in a positive and productive manner to help teams see the silver lining and find opportunities for growth.
  • The motto Dr. Dewett believes that every leader should embrace: SSGW – Take the step, Get the scare, Grow, and Win.

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