Episode 71 – Kristen Cox – Stop Decorating The Fish

Problems arise every day, in business, government and non-profit organizations. Unfortunately, leaders often trade ‘looking busy’ and activity for real progress. Kristen Cox, former Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Management and budget for the state of Utah and recipient of Governing Magazine’s “Public Official of the Year” award joins us to talk about a book she co-authored with Yishai Ashlag – “Stop Decorating the Fish – Which solutions to ignore and which problems really matter.” Cox and Ashlag use a simple story about a dwindling fish population in the fictional town of Busyville to demonstrate the “Seductive 7” approaches that frequently keep leaders from truly solving big problems. In this episode we dive into how framing problems is half the battle, why we should walk away from some problems and how her blindness helped her think differently.

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Episode 70 – Hile Rutledge – Emotional Self-Awareness

Hile is back and he is REALLY self-aware!! Or, is he?? Hile and I talk about the importance of emotional self-awareness, how it is related to empathy and how we can learn it from others (even his 20-year old son!).

You will walk away from this episode with several, science-backed tools for improving your emotional self-awareness, so please let us know which one makes the most sense for you.

Finally, please don’t forget to head over to www.OKA-online.com and check out their new assessment, DRiV – learn what drives you and what drains you!

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Episode 69 – William B. Irvine – The Stoic Challenge

On average, about 4,000 self-improvement books are published each year. Often, they call upon years of extensive research and have wonderful, science-backed tips for improving our lives. In this week’s episode, we talk to William B. Irvine, PhD, Professor of Philosophy at Wright State University about his new book, The Stoic Challenge – A Philosopher’s Guide to Becoming Tougher, Calmer, and More Resilient. And, while the book is new, the teachings are not. We discuss how the Stoics got it right several thousand years ago. Their goal was to live a life of tranquility and Irvine has done a masterful job of bringing Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus (Bill’s favorite, right now) and Seneca back to life with practical, life-changing tips that still resonate, today.

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Episode 68 – Hile Rutledge – What important skill are leaders potentially missing?

In this episode Hile and Doug dig into some interesting topics like self-awareness, trust, delegation, conflict and curiosity. We argue that there are a handful of essential skills that most leaders will need to be successful and that acquiring these skills builds an upward spiral of improvement. What do you think is necessary to be a good leader in today’s world?

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Episode 67 – Timothy Dukes – Present Company

Have you ever met an incredibly peaceful, compassionate person who gives you their full attention? Feels good, right? Please welcome Timothy Dukes, co-author of Present Company – Cultivating Cultures of High Performance in Teams and Organizations to the podcast. Within seconds of hearing his voice, listening to his wisdom and contemplating his ideas, you will want to get a copy of the book and dive right in.

In this episode, we define “presence,” we talk about it’s effect on teams, what enables presence and one simple thing we can all do to be present with our colleagues, friends and families, right now.

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Episode 66 – Hile Rutledge – What is your favorite movie?

“What is your favorite movie?” Hile Rutledge and I pose this question to each other and do our best to find the lessons in our top ten movies. Hile’s list includes Tootsie, The Godfather and Field of Dreams. Doug talks about Rogue One, Talladega Nights and Miracle, to name a few. We found courage, transformation, humility, vision and emotional intelligence in our favorite characters. Please join us for a lively conversation, a few surprises and some tips for being a better leader.

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Episode 65 – Mark Brouker – Lessons From The Navy

What are the most critical aspects of being a great leader? While there are literally thousands of books on this subject, Capt. Mark Brouker takes a stab at this in his new book, “Lessons From the Navy: How to Earn Trust, Lead Teams, and Achieve Organizational Excellence.”

In this week’s episode of Looking for AND, we talk about the “six critical behaviors” that Brouker has identified and we dig into each one. This is probably one of the more practical shows we have had in a while. Please join us as we discuss respect, listening, Colin Powell, culture and (my favorite) humility.

Check out Mark’s book review in Forbes and this recent piece from Fast Company.

Episode 64 – Hile Rutledge – Who is your favorite non-fiction leader?

Hile Rutledge is back for another great conversation about leadership! This week, we ponder the question, “Who is your favorite non-fiction leader?” As expected, the answers we both give to this question take us down a couple of different paths. We talk about having a vision, the role of empathy, how execution is critical and the role of growth and learning. We also get into the downside of optimism and how humility just might be in short supply.

Please join us for another lively conversation as we explore the AND of leadership.

Be sure to check out www.OKA-online.com to check out a new assessment that helps explain what drives us and what drains us.

Please also check out www.DRHleadership.com for a wide variety of leadership courses and services.

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Episode 63 – Oleg Konovalov – The Vision Code

Dr. Oleg Konovalov wanted to be an explorer when he was a kid. His vision was to investigate this beautiful planet to solve it’s greatest mysteries. As Oleg matured and paid attention to his surroundings, he decided to explore something we know less about…people.

In his latest book, “The Vision Code – How To Create And Execute A Compelling Vision For Your Business,” Oleg writes about the need for a positive, compelling vision, how to develop this vision, what mistakes to avoid and why it will help you, your company and even your family navigate this complex, every-changing world.

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Episode 62 – Hile Rutledge – How do you define leadership?

Welcome back (and forward!) to Hile Rutledge, President and Principal Consultant of OKA! Hile joined us way back in lucky episode #13 to talk all things emotional intelligence. Since then, Hile and Doug have had a number of conversations that got Doug thinking, “What if we recorded more of these discussions?”

So, Hile and Doug put their heads together and decided to just talk and hit the Record button. (Unfortunately, that means Doug gets more time to talk…) Moving forward, Hile and Doug will discuss numerous topics, all related to “leadership.” Hile will join Doug every other episode and we are excited to have him!

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