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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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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 …

What Can Leaders Learn from Mowing the Lawn? - Best of FB Live

October 7th, 2019

9:37

Join me as we explore leadership lessons from my John Deere lawn tractor. I'll answer questions too. You can learn more about The Remarkable Way in my upcoming webinar which you can sign up for at: 

How Do You Feel About Fine? - Thoughts from Kevin

October 4th, 2019

6:12

Something I’ve noticed over the years is that the word “fine” has an interesting connotation in our lives. It’s often used as a “conversation stopper” – a way to indicate that it’s good enough. But the question really …

Getting - and Keeping - the Right People with Caroline Stokes

October 2nd, 2019

36:59

If you are looking to recruit the best talent for your organization, you need to address the big issues in your organization. Caroline Stokes is the …

What Leaders Can Learn from a Can of Coke - Best of FB Live

September 30th, 2019

12:22

A viewer from Brazil challenged me to connect leadership and a can of Coke - so that is what I am doing. Join me, learn something, be inspired, ask questions, and maybe even add to the Leadership/Coke connections!

What is a Bad Habit? - Thoughts from Kevin

September 27th, 2019

6:46

We all have habits in our lives. And while many habits are great and have valuable purposes, some habits are…not so great.

But first, before we define what is and what isn’t a bad habit in our lives, we need to start at …

The Connector Manager with Jaime Roca

September 25th, 2019

32:51

Less than 20% of employees believe their managers understand what they do day-to-day. Given this, how do managers become more impactful with their …

Is 'Manager' a Dirty Word? - Best of FB Live

September 23rd, 2019

8:06

I'm talking about the word manager - and all the baggage associated with it - and why that all matters to manager - and leaders. 

13 Days to Remarkable Leadership Video Series: http://KevinEikenberry.com/13days

What We Can Learn From a Garden Weed - Thoughts from Kevin

September 20th, 2019

7:20

As a “farm kid”, I’ve had a lot of experience with weeds – working hard to eliminate them so that we can grow the crops we needed on our farm. And …

The Disruption Mindset with Charlene Li

September 18th, 2019

34:38

Disruption, do you need it in your business? According to Charlene Li, what you do need is to acknowledge your customers are changing and you need to be thinking about your future. Charlene is the New York Times …

How People See Themselves Matters - Best of FB Live

September 16th, 2019

12:03

We'll explore what is called the Galatea Effect, why it is so powerful, and how it can help us all improve.

What Leaders Can Learn From a Fountain Pen - Thoughts from Kevin

September 13th, 2019

6:37

Several years ago, I went through a phase of using fountain pens. So when one of our viewers challenged me to find leadership lessons from a fountain pen, I was more than happy to oblige.

In this episode, I have five …

Turning Culture into Competitive Advantage with Jeff Grimshaw

September 11th, 2019

35:02

Leaders are always transmitting signals, whether they are intentional or not. Teams take cues from their leaders to create a culture and your culture …

The Expectation Gap and Why it Matters - Best of FB Live

September 9th, 2019

9:12

Are you a leader who gets frustrated when people don't reach their performance goals? Do you wish people would "just do their jobs?" Do you have …

A Leadership Swimming Lesson - Thoughts from Kevin

September 6th, 2019

4:49

This week, I am continuing to answer the challenges that our viewers have given me – asking me to derive leadership lessons from everyday, random objects. And today is especially appropriate given that it’s almost the …

Leading Clarity with Brad Deutser

September 4th, 2019

27:39

In this world of constant change, leaders are challenged with uncertainty. Brad Deutser recognized the struggle of leading through ambiguity and 

What I Learned on My Summer Vacation - Thoughts from Kevin

August 30th, 2019

4:49

As many of us are either wrapping up our summers or have already wrapped it, I thought it would be fun to share a few leadership lessons that I …

Management Mess to Leadership Success with Scott Jeffrey Miller

August 28th, 2019

35:26

Not only is it a messy world, but we also have blind spots to some of the chaos surrounding us. So how do we move past the mess to success? Scott …

What Do You Believe About Your People? The Power of Pygmalion - Best of FB Live

August 26th, 2019

10:21

Your answer to this question is critical to your success as a leader. Join me and I will explain why.  Sign up for my upcoming webinar titled The Power of Expectations.

A Lesson in Values - Thoughts from Kevin

August 23rd, 2019

6:12

When I think of Independence Day, I think about a lot more than just hot dogs and fireworks. Mostly, I think about values, and I think about the incredibly hard work that our forefathers did many years ago – work that …

Creating Culture - Lessons from Chick-fil-A with Steve Robinson

August 21st, 2019

35:25

Steve Robinson was integral to the Chick-fil-A marketing team for 34 years. He was there for the beginning of the brand we know today, including the Eat Mor Chikin campaign and the decision to stay closed on Sundays. …

Why Beliefs and Expectations are Critical for New Leaders - Best of FB Live

August 19th, 2019

11:31

If you want to lead most successfully you must know your answers to the questions I'm sharing on this Facebook Live. Come join me, consider the …

What You Can Learn From a Salad Fork - Thoughts from Kevin

August 16th, 2019

6:28

Today’s episode is the fourth in a series where I connect weird or unusual items to leadership – all of these items are suggestions from our friends on our social media channels. You can catch up on previous episodes in …

Leading Without the Overwhelm with Janelle Bruland

August 14th, 2019

29:37

What are you sacrificing for your career? Does this lead to greater success? Janelle Bruland joins Kevin to discuss her book The Success Lie: 5 …

Where All Leaders Need to Start - Best of Facebook Live

August 12th, 2019

9:09

Talking about the starting point for all leaders - regardless of how long or where you lead. https://KevinEikenberry.com/Way

What an Apple Can Teach Us About Leadership - Thoughts from Kevin

August 9th, 2019

6:32

Today we're talking about what an apple can teach us about leadership.

You'll learn:

  • Apples carry a legacy.
  • Apples are nutritious.
  • Apples are …

The Sponsor Effect with Sylvia Ann Hewlett

August 7th, 2019

33:16

A sponsor is different than a mentor. A sponsor believes in your value, advocates for you, and allows you to take risks and has your back if you fail. Kevin sits down with Sylvia Hewlett, author of THE SPONSOR EFFECT: …

Leadership Lessons from a Pencil - Thoughts from Kevin

August 2nd, 2019

6:39

Today’s episode is the second in a series where I will connect weird or unusual items to leadership. And these items are coming from the challenge that I put out on our social media channels – asking our viewers to …

Networking for People Who Hate Networking with Devora Zack

July 31st, 2019

33:48

Picture a conference or a large meet and greet situation. How do you feel? Some of us are excited about all the new people we will meet. Others of us, let’s just say a root canal sounds like a good alternative. Devora …

Leadership Lessons from a Pogo Stick - Thoughts from Kevin

July 26th, 2019

6:51

Check out this week's episode where I will compare and contrast the leadership lessons from… a pogo stick!

Choose to Win with Tom Ziglar

July 24th, 2019

37:23

Tom Ziglar joins Kevin to talk about his new book Choose to Win: Transform Your Life, One Simple Choice at a Time, and yes, the name sounds familiar. Tom is the son of Zig Ziglar and joined his dad’s company in the …

A Creativity Mashup - Thoughts from Kevin

July 19th, 2019

6:17

If you’re like most, when you think of “mashup”, you think of music. And while this is one way to look at mashup, today we are looking at it as it relates to creativity and leadership. And we’ll start by using this …

Leadership Character with Pat Williams

July 17th, 2019

31:50

Although he has baseball roots, Pat Williams is a basketball Hall of Famer and currently serves as co-founder and senior vice president of the Orlando Magic (NBA). Pat is also the author of over 100 books and sits down …

Humor that Works with (An)Drew Tarvin

July 15th, 2019

34:07

Studies show 70% of the workplace is disengaged, costing $500 billion of lost productivity? Do you find these results surprising? Drew Tarvin is a …

How Closely Are You Looking? - Thoughts From Kevin

July 12th, 2019

5:16

Have you ever noticed that how closely you look at something determines what you see?

As leaders, it’s really important that we look closely so that we can really understand what’s going on in our team, in our …

Partnership is the New Leadership with Ty Bennett

July 10th, 2019

34:22

The workplace is changing; it’s the technology, it’s the location, it’s the diversity of the people. So, if we know the workplace is changing, we …

Why Customers Leave with David Avrin

July 8th, 2019

33:38

Today’s mindset is different. Today everyone is good or the online reviews would drive them out of business. So, it’s not enough to have quality, …

Becoming the New Boss with Naphtali Hoff

July 3rd, 2019

38:30

When you take on a new leadership role, it is both exciting and a bit scary. There are new responsibilities and your relationships with colleagues’ …

The Dangers of Expertise - Thoughts from Kevin

June 28th, 2019

6:00

We spend most of our lives trying to learn and know as much as we can. It’s ingrained in us that the more we know, the better off we are.

And while …

Mission-Driven Leadership with Mark Bertolini

June 26th, 2019

33:41

There are events in our lives that shape us. Events that make us think and re-think the way we do things. Mark Bertolini is no exception. Mark is …

Are Your Inputs Supporting the Outputs You Want? - Best of Facebook Live

June 24th, 2019

8:27

Today I am challenging you to think about your inputs - are they feeding you what you most need? One great input? Sign up for our masterclass Video series - The Journey to Remarkable Leadership - 

How Do You Receive a Compliment? - Thoughts from Kevin

June 21st, 2019

6:14

Have you ever downplayed a compliment? Tried to pass it off or re-direct the conversation when you’ve been given one?

Today I am pointing out some very valuable leadership lessons from a compliment (and the response to …

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