Episode 56 – Omar Harris – The Servant Leader’s Manifesto

What can Star Wars teach us about modern day leadership? How is a 50+ year old concept (servant leadership) more important than ever? Why do some managers engage in toxic behaviors?

Please join Omar L. Harris and I as we try to answer these questions and discuss his new book, “The Servant Leader’s Manifesto.” We also discuss some of the top toxic behaviors, how to let go of micromanaging and the importance of humility. And, as a lifelong Pittsburgh Steelers fan, Omar shares why Head Coach Mike Tomlin is a great example for us all.

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Episode 55 – Josh Weiss – The Book of Real-World Negotiations

Josh Weiss is back! He’s got a new book (“The Book of Real-World Negotiations: Successful Strategies From Business, Government, and Daily Life“) that helps all of us create more “AND-like” situations when we negotiate. On this week’s episode we dive head first into the myths of negotiation, what is the best way to plan, why information is the “currency of negotiation” and how to help the other person form a collaborative mindset.

Josh and I also discuss the role of emotional intelligence, why it’s important to create a “possiblist” frame when negotiating and a question that opens the door to generating more options (one of the most important parts of a sticky negotiation).

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Episode 54 – Rob Hartnett – It’s All Possible

What do you think when you see the title of a book being “It’s All Possible – How to lead an epic life and unleash the high performance hero within you?” I’m a big believer in the positive role of optimism, hope and positive emotions AND I’m kind of a skeptic by nature. Well Rob Hartnett, set me straight…he’s no skeptic and he does not believe in being overly optimistic.

Rob has been studying successful people for decades and now he’s sharing his secrets. Join us when we talk about being realistically optimistic, when you are really in control and five questions Rob asks himself just about every day.

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Episode 53 – Terri Jacke – Is This A Lousy Job Or Is It Me?

When was the last time you thought of developing your own character? How would you feel if you knew there were multiple stages to character development that directly impacted your ability to be effective at work and find peace in your professional life?

Terri Jacke, executive coach and author of “Is This A Lousy Job Or Is It Me? A Real-Life Guide For Achieving Success At Work” takes us through these stages and helps us understand how to learn from each stage and move to the next. Some great advice that you will not want to miss!

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Episode 52 – Shannon Polly – Character Strengths Matter

Shannon Polly, MAPP, PCC, joins us this week to talk about one of my favorite topics…strengths! Shannon is super qualified to do this as a graduate of the Master’s in Applied Positive Psychology program at the University of Pennsylvania. And, she co-authored Character Strengths Matter – How To Live A Full Life – an excellent source of tips, research and tools for putting your strengths to work.

In this episode, we talk about applying our strengths in these difficult times, what they mean for parents and which strengths we may want to target, right now.

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Episode 51 – Alain Hunkins – Cracking The Leadership Code

Did you know that a recent survey revealed that only 23% of employees think their leaders are doing well? Alain Hunkins, author of Cracking The Leadership Code – Three Secrets to Building Strong Leaders, has made it his mission to increase that number.

On the podcast, we talk about how yesterday’s leaders have passed down some bad habits, why empathy is so important, why it’s critical to be present, how being authentic makes us more effective and what chimpanzees can teach us during a pandemic.

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Episode 50 – Roger Firestien – Creativity

In these difficult times, I thought it would be helpful and uplifting to bring Roger Firestien back to the podcast. The Godfather of creativity and I talk about how we can be more creative as we all manage through this crisis. We spend some time talking about how people are already being more creative. We talk about Nutella brownies and how creativity gives us hope!

Roger talks about his latest article regarding being creative while working from home and he shares 5 concrete tips:

1 – Find your creative space
2 – Identifying your creative time of day
3 – Why taking breaks & naps are so important
4 – How incubation can surface your best ideas
5 – How to ‘force’ connections to come up with new ideas

Roger’s most recent book, Create In A Flash – A Leader’s Recipe For Breakthrough Innovation, is practical, fun to look at and inspiring!.

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Episode 49 – Bob Kulhan – Business Improv

Bob Kulhan, CEO of Business Improv is back! This week’s episode is a second look at how using improv techniques can help us at home and work. We explore the roots of “Yes, AND…” while applying them to being resilient and adaptable. We also explore some of the misconceptions of “Yes, AND…” and when “Yes, but…” might be appropriate. Bob puts me on the spot to teach an improv activity we can all use at the dinner table and offers a host of resources to help you bring “Yes, AND…” into your life!

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Episode 48 – Ryan Niemiec – Using Your Strengths To Be Resilient

We liked Ryan Niemiec, PhD (author of “The Power of Character Strengths: Appreciate and Ignite Your Positive Personality“) so much that we decided to bring him back for another interview. This time, we’re focused on what the science tells us about being resilient and using our strengths. We talk about why it might be best to start with what’s going right before you jump into fixing a problem, how painful emotions are more powerful than the comfortable ones (like joy, hope, awe, gratitude, etc), how an over-use of our strengths can negatively affect our physical health and a 3-step process for applying our strengths to an adversity.

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Episode 47 – Ryan Carson – Treehouse

What happens when the CEO of a company embraces the power of AND? You get Treehouse – A company dedicated to teaching people how to design & code online. And, what’s so great about that? CEO and co-founder Ryan Carson was driven to build this company because he felt that a career in coding should not require an expensive college degree.

Ryan leads by a number of core values and a dream to making a lucrative career in coding accessible to the masses, not just the privileged. We talk about trust, accountability, living a balanced life, false dichotomies and the movie he watches a little too often…The Matrix!

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