Episode 42 – Kelly Lewis – Navigating Polarities

Have you ever had a decision or problem that just didn’t seem to go away? If you’re a leader, you have probably confronted the idea of putting more structure in place OR giving people more flexibility. You may have considered the benefits of centralizing a certain function a couple of years after de-centralizing…

Kelly Lewis joins us this week to talk about a new book that she authored with Brian Emerson – Navigating Polarities – Using Both/And Thinking to Lead Transformation. In this episode we learn how we can be better off actually “navigating” these issues may be a better approach for all involved. Kelly shares a very touching story from her childhood that may have been the spark for her interest in polarity thinking and how the “third way” can be transformational.

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Episode 41 – David Marquet – Leadership Is Language

What is leadership? Most dictionaries offer a definition that takes into account “causing or directing others” towards a goal or mission. David Marquet, former United States Navy submarine commander argues that great leadership is almost all about the language used to get the best long-term results possible.

On this week’s episode, David and I discuss his new book, Leadership Is Language – The Hidden Power of What You Say and What You Don’t. We talk about how important it is to avoid binary questions, why it is so important that employees have the ability to say “No,” and how psychological safety is critical for a team’s success.

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Episode 40 – Candace Bertotti – How to Handle Difficult Conversations Like a Pro

Candace is on faculty at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Georgetown Law School, teaching courses called Arts of Communication and Negotiation. She is also the President of Candid Communications which serves to change the world for good by changing behavior.

In this episode, you will learn the secrets to having great dialogue by talking at the right level, choosing a healthy goal and preparation. Oh, and a dose of curiosity and humility doesn’t hurt, either…

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Episode 39 – Giles Watkins – Positive Sleep

How much and how well do you sleep, on average? For the last couple of years, I have been on a crusade to improve my sleep. And, Giles Watkins new book (Positive Sleep – A holistic approach to resolve sleep issues and transform your life) has the answers I’ve been looking for all this time!

Giles and I discuss how much sleep is needed by most people, why sleep is so important and how it can be your “secret weapon” in a competitive business world. He shares his top three tips for getting a good night’s sleep and why business leaders might need to take this more seriously.

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Episode 38 – Bob Kulhan – Getting to Yes AND

Ok, so that’s a pretty cool title for a book! And… Bob Kulhan joins us for a fun discussion about how adopting a “yes AND” mindset can lead to greater productivity, improved communication and more creativity. In this episode, Bob and I discuss how mindfulness can make us better communicators, how “yes AND” promotes the sharing of ideas and why postponing judgment critical to cultivating ideas and exceptional problem solving.

Getting To “YES, AND” – The Art of Business Improv is a great book AND Bob is a great interview! After you buy the book, click here to get a free, practical tip sheet for incorporating “Yes, AND” into your life!

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Episode 37 – Olivier Blanchard – Human/Machine

How many jobs will be lost with the coming AI and automation revolution? What tasks will be replaced? Which careers will be obsolete in 10 years? Olivier Blanchard co-author of Human/Machine – The Future of our Partnership with Machines argues that these may not be the best questions to be asking. Instead, let’s ‘look for the AND’ in the partnerships that we can create to benefit employees, leaders and consumers. Blanchard does not want to paint an overly rosy picture. He and his co-author (Daniel Newman) suggest that we re-frame our goals, the direction we take and look at this through a more positive lens than simply the negative aspects.

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Episode 36 – Rae Ringel – How to Design Better Meetings

When was the last time that you finished a meeting that you attended and thought, “Wow! That was a great meeting…I wish it was longer!” It’s probably somewhere between a long time ago and never. Rae Ringel, executive coach and consultant, joins me to talk about how we can stop this epidemic of wasted time and design better meetings. She talks about how many should attend, who should attend and two things everyone must do BEFORE the meeting even starts. This is a can’t-miss episode for anyone who plans, facilitates or attends meetings!

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Episode 35 – Bob Rosen – Healthy Companies International

Bob Rosen, Chairman and CEO of Healthy Companies International, joins us to talk all things leadership. Bob is a psychologist with over 30 years of experience coaching CEOs at Fortune 500 companies and conducting research on what makes great leaders. He recommends that leaders consider being confident AND humble which allows them to empathize and listen more effectively. Leaders must learn to be comfortable in uncomfortable situations and that they need to take care of themselves, first. Come join us as we talk about the grounded, conscious leader of the future.

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Episode 34 – Jack Fairweather – The Volunteer

How do you define courage? After speaking with Jack Fairweather, author of “The Volunteer: One Man, An Underground Army & the Secret Mission to Destroy Auschwitz,” I am convinced that one of the ultimate examples is a 39 year-old Polish underground operative named Witold Pilecki.

Pilecki VOLUNTEERED to be a prisoner at the infamous Auschwitz death camp beginning in 1940. The goal was to help the Allies get first-hand information on the camp. It is a study in grace, sacrifice, empathy and courage, among other positives human qualities. It’s an episode you won’t want to miss and a book you will want to read.

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Episode 33 – Jen Brown – Think on Your Feet – Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Impromptu Communication Skills on the Job

Jen Brown, author of  Think on Your Feet – Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Impromptu Communication Skills on the Job, helps us understand how learning improv skills doesn’t just make you funny. It’s a life skill that can help you communicate more effectively. She has taught everyone from 3 year olds to CEOs these skills. Tune in for a couple of laughs and some practical tips!

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