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The Remarkable Leadership Podcast

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The Remarkable Leadership Podcast with Kevin Eikenberry is dedicated to all things leadership. Each week Kevin shares his thoughts about leadership development and ideas to help you see the world differently, lead more confidently and make a bigger difference for those you lead. He also has weekly c… read more

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Helping Others Apply Your Feedback - Thoughts from Kevin

July 10th, 2020

7:20

When we give feedback, it is with the hope that the person on the receiving end will take action on that feedback. But giving feedback isn’t a one-and-done action. It’s a journey that has many steps along the way.

So …

Cracking the Leadership Code with Alain Hunkins

July 8th, 2020

30:02

The Industrial Age. Workers came into the factories and were told what jobs to do and how to do them. And for the time, this worked. However, we know …

Helping Your Feedback Be Accepted - Thoughts from Kevin

July 3rd, 2020

7:28

This is the third in a series of videos on feedback. You can watch the previous videos from the links below.

In this episode, we talk about how to get others to accept the feedback you are giving – leading them to …

Lead with Speed with Alan Willett

July 1st, 2020

27:33

How fast are you going? How fast should you be going? Do you even know where you are going? Kevin is joined by Alan Willett, author of Lead with …

Getting Your Feedback Understood - Thoughts from Kevin

June 26th, 2020

6:37

Last week I talked about the first step in giving effective feedback. You can watch that episode here.

In this episode, I am talking about the …

Saving Face with Maya Hu-Chan

June 24th, 2020

35:31

Your face is how you feel about yourself and how you project to the world. Maya Hu-Chan is the author of SAVING FACE: How to Preserve Dignity and …

Without This, Feedback Can't Help - Thoughts from Kevin

June 19th, 2020

6:55

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

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

Don't Take Yes For an Answer with Steve Herz

June 17th, 2020

33:35

How do you give feedback? Maybe the better question is, how do you receive feedback? Steve Herz believes we need to create the environment for the give and take. Once we can accept feedback and take action to improve …

The Power of the Break - Thoughts from Kevin

June 12th, 2020

5:59

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

As kids, this was an important part of the day. It gives children the chance to socialize, burn off some much …

Leadership Tough Love with Timothy Lupfer

June 10th, 2020

34:19

Timothy Lupfer wants us to get back to basics about leadership. It is a role we are usually given and involves followers (whether they be employees, …

It's Always Showtime - Thoughts from Kevin

June 5th, 2020

4:46

You are leading…and others are watching.

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

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

Understanding Power with Deborah Gruenfeld

June 3rd, 2020

36:52

How are you using the power you have (for good or evil)? Yes, we all have power just through our relationships between colleagues, family, and …

Leading By Learning From the Tech Titans with Alex Kantrowitz

May 27th, 2020

36:25

Do you have a Day One or Day Two mentality and why does it matter? Alex Kantrowitz sits down with Kevin to talk about mindset and culture. Alex is a

Don't Put Negatives Under a Microscope - Thoughts from Kevin

May 22nd, 2020

5:29

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

So during difficult times, it’s even more important to be sure that we …

Creating Customer Value with Rob Markey

May 20th, 2020

38:09

We have the tools for accounting principles, and these have remained unchanged for years. Yet we have no real tool to measure customer loyalty, and …

The Power of Trust - Thoughts from Kevin

May 15th, 2020

4:43

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

But to make my point even …

What it Takes to Be in Awe with John O'Leary

May 13th, 2020

39:52

Have you had the opportunity to walk in an elementary school and witness the joy, the curiosity, the childlike wonder? Today, we are missing a piece …

Remote Bonus - Make the Webcam Your Friend

May 11th, 2020

7:00

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

The Missing Holiday - Thoughts from Kevin

May 8th, 2020

4:49

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

Innovation is Everybody's Business with Tamara Ghandour

May 6th, 2020

37:06

Are you innovative or do you leave that to other people? Tamara Ghandour discovered that innovation was something we all can do. Further, it’s not if we innovate, but how we innovate (we are all unique). Tamara created …

Remote Bonus: Staying Focused When Working From Home

May 4th, 2020

7:09

Focus can be a challenge for anyone working from home – whether you’ve been working remotely for years or are just finding yourself at home due to …

What Confidence Can Do - Thoughts from Kevin

May 1st, 2020

5:28

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

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

Understanding the Success Mindsets with Ryan Gottfredson

April 29th, 2020

35:13

There has been much research focused on what leaders need to be effective. Ryan Gottfredson asked, how do we capture the being element of leadership? …

How Balanced is Your Reading Diet? - Thoughts from Kevin

April 24th, 2020

6:11

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

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

In today’s …

All You Have to Do is Ask with Dr. Wayne Baker

April 22nd, 2020

31:02

Dr. Wayne Baker has found that most people are willing to help, and most people don’t ask for what they need. This may be because we believe that others can help us, or it will make us appear weak. Wayne is a professor …

Playing to Win - Thoughts from Kevin

April 17th, 2020

5:07

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

So in this spirit, …

Reframing Problems with Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg

April 15th, 2020

33:31

As a leader of a team, you will most likely be asked to solve a problem. Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg found that we often move into solution mode before …

When Will I Be Loved? - Thoughts from Kevin

April 13th, 2020

4:44

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

As a leader, this …

The New Global Manager with Melissa Lamson

April 8th, 2020

32:49

Technology has given us access to information and people in the blink of an eye. We now have colleagues not only a time zone away, but an ocean away. …

Tips for New Managers with Peter Economy

April 1st, 2020

30:11

Congratulations! You just landed a new leadership position, now go lead. Does this sound familiar? Many people have found themselves in this position …

Duty or Service? - Thoughts from Kevin

March 27th, 2020

5:09

“You need to report to jury duty.”

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

I have, and quite recently in fact. And during my time there, I got to thinking about those words: JURY DUTY. While many will look …

Creating the We Mindset with Dr. Eric George

March 25th, 2020

30:00

Although we all try at times, we just can’t do it all nor can we do it alone. For our teams and organizations to become successful, we need to change …

BONUS: A Timely Conversation About Remote Work with Wayne Turmel

March 19th, 2020

12:23

The Coronavirus is changing everything in our world. In this timely special episode, Kevin invites Wayne Turmel, his co-author of the Long-Distance …

The Innovation Stack with Jim McKelvey

March 18th, 2020

42:51

If only. If only I had years of experience. If only I had the credentials. Jim McKelvey believes if we wait for the right moment to do things, the important things won’t get done. Jim is the co-founder of Square (which …

Leadership Mistake: Talking Too Much - Best of FB Live

March 16th, 2020

11:30

Leaders need to be good communicators. This doesn't mean that need to be constantly talking. Many leaders fall prey to this mistake - we'll talk about why it is a mistake, why it happens, and how to improve in this area.

Who Are You Hanging With? - Thoughts from Kevin

March 13th, 2020

5:21

The legendary speaker and author, Jim Rohn, famously said:

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

The idea of who we are spending time with is an important concept to think about both as …

Thinking Outside the Building with Rosabeth Moss Kanter

March 11th, 2020

35:15

The happiest people are tackling big problems, not just complaining about them. Rosabeth Moss Kanter’s goal is to give folks the skills to move to …

BONUS: How to Deal with Coronavirus Panic - Helping Leaders Communicate and Prepare

March 10th, 2020

16:18

Wondering what your organization can do to deal with the challenges of coronavirus (COVID19)? I'm talking about how to prepare for productivity, …

The Comparison Trap - Thoughts from Kevin

March 6th, 2020

6:39

Today I’m sharing a lesson about the dangers of comparisons. And to do that, I’m talking about my Dad’s mechanical aptitude and my “lack thereof”…

Leaders as Teachers with Dr. Thomas J. DeLong

March 4th, 2020

35:59

As a leader, you don’t just lead and/or manage, you are a teacher. At least you should be, according to Dr. Thomas DeLong. Tom is the Baker …

How Leaders Can Help with Team Member Burnout - Thoughts from Kevin

February 28th, 2020

6:27

How can we as leaders help our team members if they are feeling burned out?

As leaders, while we don’t like to admit it, we can sometimes be the cause of employee burnout.

The good news is that while we might be the …

Eat, Sleep, Work, Repeat with Bruce Daisley

February 26th, 2020

34:33

Burnout levels at work are on the rise. Bruce Daisley found that folks were quitting their jobs with no plan because the uncertainty was better than …

We Lead Individuals - Thoughts from Kevin

February 21st, 2020

6:00

In today’s episode, I’m finding a leadership lesson from a question that my wife asked me recently about one of my favorite things.

Her co-worker asked for recommendations on brands of tea to try and since I am a …

Business Experimentation and Innovation with Stefan Thomke

February 19th, 2020

39:29

Four-hundred years ago Francis Bacon presented the scientific method, where the workhorse is the experiment. Now is the time we move experimentation beyond an engineering process. We need to think about it as a …

The State of Leadership Development - Best of FB Live

February 17th, 2020

15:08

Not the State of the Union, but something I know much more about - The State of Leadership Development! Like the President does for our country, I will talk about where we are, but more important where we are headed in …

Some Encouragement for You - Thoughts from Kevin

February 14th, 2020

4:06

As a leader, there is a lot on our shoulders and much is asked of us. In my blog posts, emails, articles and even here in this series, I remind you …

Answering Life's Great Question with Tom Rath

February 12th, 2020

32:24

How can you build as much life into the time that you have? Tom Rath thought about this as he was writing his latest book, Life’s Great Question: Discover How You Best Contribute to the World. Tom is also the author of

Leadership Mistake: Avoiding Conflict - Best of FB Live

February 10th, 2020

11:00

Today I'm talking about avoiding conflict and why it's a mistake.

Bud to Boss: https://budtoboss.com/ 

Lessons that Drive Business Success with Kim Lorenz

February 5th, 2020

33:30

Every day we make about 35,000 decisions and we know not all of these are conscious. However, some of them are and some of them are about the opportunities around us. Kim Lorenz founded two companies starting at age 26 …

Leadership Mistake: Not Making Any Waves - Best of FB Live

February 3rd, 2020

8:36

There are lots of common leadership mistakes. In this episode of my ongoing series, I'm talking about leaders not wanting to make any waves - and answering your questions too.

Bud to Boss Workshop: https://budtoboss.com/

The Biggest Lever to Improved Organizational Communication - Thoughts from Kevin

January 31st, 2020

6:41

“We need better communication.” “We need more communication.” “We’re having communication issues.”

Better organizational communication is a universal need and a universal challenge and I have a really valuable lever …

The Power of Communities with Jono Bacon

January 29th, 2020

37:18

A community is a group of people who get together for a shared mission and are a network of experiences. Yet, it’s hard work to get build these communities. Jono Bacon is the author of People Powered: How Communities …

Leadership Mistake: Trying to Change Too Much Too Soon - Best of FB Live

January 27th, 2020

10:38

Today we are talking about a leadership mistake - why it happens, why it is a mistake and how to correct. Tune in, ask your questions - and tell me the mistakes you want me to address in the future.

Bud to Boss:

Batting .300 - Thoughts from Kevin

January 24th, 2020

6:12

This is the 300th episode of Remarkable TV and when we recorded the video, the World Series was just getting started in the United States. So, it seemed that talking a little baseball and averages was an appropriate …

Leader Farming with Zach Thomas

January 22nd, 2020

35:21

We use analogies all the time when we look at developing talent in our organizations. Zach Thomas is not only a farmer, but he grows people as well. Zach is a West Point grad., served as an Army Ranger instructor, and a …

The Connection Between Chicken Soup and Leadership - Best of FB Live

January 20th, 2020

10:53

Another challenge accepted as I will connect chicken soup with leadership - and have some fun doing it!

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Beware the Word 'Actually' - Thoughts from Kevin

January 17th, 2020

5:22

Words are powerful and when we use the right words in the right situations, they can have a huge impact in our ability to be effective as leaders.

Your Customer Service Playbook with Micah Solomon

January 15th, 2020

38:31

Customer Service…if we aren’t serving external folks, we are definitely serving internal people. Micah Solomon is the author of Ignore Your Customers …

The Value of Experience - Best of FB Live

January 13th, 2020

8:26

Consider this the gift of mindset! I'm giving you a new thought about the value of experience today - it is valuable for us as leaders and in all …

The Forgotten Communications Tool - Thoughts from Kevin

January 10th, 2020

5:32

These days, there is no shortage of communication tools at our fingertips - literally. And while this means that it is easier than ever to …

Leadership, Communication and Credibility with Jack Modzelewski

January 8th, 2020

30:20

Leadership and communication go hand in hand and most organizations are looking to improve communications with their teams. Jack Modzelewski is the author of Talk is Chief: Leadership, Communication and Credibility in a …

Connecting Leadership and Keys - Best of FB Live

January 6th, 2020

11:18

Leadership and... keys? Yes, challenged to make the connection, I am doing just that in this episode.

13 Days to Remarkable Leadership Video Series: https://kevineikenberry.com/13days

Remote Leadership Institute:

Are Things Really That Bad? - Thoughts from Kevin

January 3rd, 2020

6:29

It’s a wonderful world that we live in, don’t you think?

Yes, yes, I know that it’s not perfect. There is crime, there is conflict, there is disease, …

Agility with Leo Tilman and General Charles Jacoby

January 1st, 2020

44:26

Often, when organizations talk about agility, they are looking at their tactical agility. General Charles Jacoby and Leo Tilman are the authors of Agility: How to Navigate the Unknown and Seize Opportunity in a World of …

What Leaders Can Learn from Coffee Cups - Best from FB Live

December 30th, 2019

11:13

I get challenged to connect leadership to everyday items or ideas. Today I am accepting the challenge to connect leadership and coffee cups. We'll have some fun and I will share some important lessons for leaders. 

Why Are Some People So Negative? - Thoughts from Kevin

December 27th, 2019

6:18

The squeaky wheel gets the oil or so it goes. And while it seems like everyone is so negative these days, that’s not really the case. Unfortunately, the negative ones are often the loudest and have the biggest …

Key Lessons From the Top Episodes of 2019

December 25th, 2019

23:51

Kevin counts down the most downloaded episodes of 2019. As he recounts each episode, he shares his thoughts on why the conversation was valuable and who may find the most value in the discussion.

Additional Leadership …

Four Ways Leaders Can Share Gratitude - Best of FB Live

December 23rd, 2019

11:53

In this holiday season, we think a lot about gratitude. Here are four ways that you can show your gratitude as a leader.

13 Days to Remarkable …

Make Relatedness Your Goal - Thoughts from Kevin

December 20th, 2019

6:16

I often get this question from leaders – both new and seasoned alike: Should we be friends with our teammates or not?

And while it’s certainly a …

Leading Large-Scale Change with Bill Schaninger

December 18th, 2019

34:31

Leaders at all levels understand you achieve success when you manage for both performance and health. But, how to do you change your organization to achieve that success? Kevin is joined by Bill Schaninger, co-author of

The Habits of Remarkable Leaders - Best of FB Live

December 16th, 2019

10:12

What habits help people be a more effective leader? We will talk about some of those, and answer any questions you have.

Leadership and Mirrors - Thoughts from Kevin

December 13th, 2019

5:28

My series on leadership from unlikely sources continues today and it includes something we likely see every day – a mirror!

Here are four reasons why I love this metaphor of mirrors as it relates to leaders.

Leadership …

Becoming a Successful Manager with Lisa Haneberg

December 11th, 2019

36:06

Managers have the opportunity and the responsibility to lead. Lisa Haneberg joins Kevin to discuss the 2nd edition of 10 Steps to Be A Successful …

What's the Difference Between a Remote Team Member and a Great Teammate? - Best of Facebook Live

December 9th, 2019

8:03

You either work remotely, lead people who work remotely, or know someone who does one or the other. If that is you, join me. If not, share with the remote workers and leaders you know. I'm sharing important keys to …

How Being a Leader is Like a Pair of Shoes - Thoughts from Kevin

December 6th, 2019

5:35

Believe it or not, two viewers issued me the same challenge this week – asking me to compare leadership to SHOES!

Tweet it out: Strive to be a leader people love as much as their favorite pair of shoes. @KevinEikenberry

The Laws of Trust with Joel Peterson

December 4th, 2019

31:26

We currently live in a low trust culture. And we know trust is important for leaders, in good times and in times of stress, disruption, and …

Who Really Wants to Be Vulnerable? - Best of Facebook Live

December 2nd, 2019

9:01

I'm talking about vulnerability - it is an important leadership topic that no one likes to talk about. That seems like a good reason to talk about …

How Leadership and Napkins are Related - Thoughts from Kevin

November 29th, 2019

6:18

In this episode, I am taking on the challenge brought to me by a viewer answering the question:

How are leaders like napkins?

Seem impossible? Think again! 😉

Tweet it out: Hey leader – how can you protect your team …

Being the Leader You Want to Be with Amy Jen Su

November 27th, 2019

34:00

You know those good days. You wake up energized and confident. You cross stuff off your list, have productive meetings, make good decisions. In short, you are your best self. The question becomes how do you bring your …

Can 1 hour per month change my leadership future? - Encore Series

November 25th, 2019

7:44

I’m excited to announce The Encore Video Series – a special series that I will be releasing here that addresses these unanswered questions. These questions are some of the most common obstacles we face when it comes to …

How do I gain confidence in my leadership role? - Encore Series

November 22nd, 2019

6:25

I’m excited to announce The Encore Video Series – a special series that I will be releasing here that addresses these unanswered questions. These questions are some of the most common obstacles we face when it comes to …

Finding and Leading the Talent You Need with Micah Rowland

November 20th, 2019

33:32

According to Micah Rowland, success starts with your people. As COO of Fountain, a software company that sources, screens, and onboards workers, Micah is a builder of teams, processes, and people. He joins Kevin to …

How Do I Get Executive Buy-In for My Leadership Initiatives? - Encore Series

November 18th, 2019

8:44

I’m excited to announce The Encore Video Series – a special series that I will be releasing here that addresses these unanswered questions. These questions are some of the most common obstacles we face when it comes to …

How Do You Measure the Impact of Leadership Development Initiatives? - Encore Series

November 15th, 2019

6:06

I’m excited to announce The Encore Video Series – a special series that I will be releasing here on the podcast and that addresses these unanswered questions. These questions are some of the most common obstacles we …

Being More Intentionally Contagious with Anese Cavanaugh

November 13th, 2019

30:17

How do you show up for work? For home? Anese Cavanaugh believes we have the choice of how we show up, so we have the power. She is the creator of the IEP Method® (Intentional Energetic Presence®), and author of

How Do I Teach/Learn Mindset? - Encore Series

November 11th, 2019

7:23

I’m excited to announce The Encore Video Series – a special series that I will be releasing here on the podcast and that addresses these unanswered questions. These questions are some of the most common obstacles we …

What Do I Do if There Are Conflicting Mindsets on My Team? - Encore Series

November 8th, 2019

5:23

Last week, over 500 leaders in organizations all around the world joined me for my webinar titled, Why It Takes More Than Skills to Be a Remarkable Leader. And at the end of the webinar, we had a lot of great questions …

Learning to Lead with Ron Williams

November 6th, 2019

30:03

Sometimes, it’s all about reframing your perspective. Kevin is joined by Ron Williams, former Chairman and CEO of Aetna Inc. and author of Learning to Lead: The Journey to Leading Yourself, Leading Others, and Leading …

What Scares Leaders?

November 1st, 2019

5:06

As leaders, we are faced with many scary situations – having difficult conversations, firing someone, making a tough decision…the list goes on and on.

Connect First with Melanie Katzman

October 30th, 2019

29:38

Despite some opinions, you can find joy at work. After all, your team is working together to accomplish a common goal and when you succeed you should …

Are Leaders Made or Born? - Best of FB Live

October 28th, 2019

11:49

It is an age-old question that I have been asked hundreds of times. Are leaders made or born?

I'll give you my answer, my rationale, and why it …

What Leaders Can Learn from Airplanes - Thoughts from Kevin

October 25th, 2019

5:57

Today’s episode is the result of a challenge that I issued earlier this year – asking viewers to give me a word, any word, that I would then tie back …

The Gift of Struggle with Bobby Herrera

October 23rd, 2019

33:38

Whether you care to admit it, you have struggled. Whether it be school, in a relationship, or professionally. It is these challenges we face and how …

Power and Leadership - Best of Facebook Live

October 21st, 2019

12:07

In this episode I'm talking about the relationship between power and leadership - and no politics!

Additional Resources

  • Watch this and other …

Lessons from Family Reunions - Thoughts from Kevin

October 18th, 2019

6:11

We held our family reunion this year at my farm in Michigan, and like many of the events in my life this summer (and always), there are many leadership lessons that I took away. Learn more in this episode.

Tweet it out:

The Millennial Whisperer with Chris Tuff

October 16th, 2019

36:04

Data shows that by 2030, 75% of the workforce will be made up of individuals born between 1981-1996. We often refer to this generation as Millennials and they are often described as lazy and entitled. Chris Tuff is the …

What is Leadership Anyway? - Best of FB Live

October 14th, 2019

10:48

I've been writing about leadership, coaching leaders, and leading for a long time. Maybe it makes sense to step back to the fundamentals. What is leadership anyway? I'll answer that and any other questions you have. …

The Ice Cream Question - Thoughts from Kevin

October 11th, 2019

6:24

In a daily email that I send, I asked everyone to send me their favorite ice cream flavors. And I learned A LOT about ice cream – particularly that …

Helping People Change with Melvin Smith

October 9th, 2019

35:00

If you lead a department, a team, or a person (or family), you have probably had a coaching moment. Kevin is joined by Melvin Smith, co-author of Helping People Change: Coaching with Compassion for Lifelong Learning and …

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