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Be the thread

You rely on thread every day, whether you realize it or not. Yes, the obvious example is your clothing, but think about other subtle items that you count on like seatbelts, most books, and other items in your daily life.  Today we'll look at how we can...

Be a leader worth following w/ Tim Spiker

Zack Hudson: Well, welcome to the Passing the Baton leadership podcast. So glad to have you with us today Sir!  Tim Spiker: Zack, thanks a lot. Looking forward to talking with you and with your audience.  ZH: Yeah, I'm looking...

Empathy, sympathy & pity

Empathy, Sympathy, and Pity. Besides a catchy title to a podcast, it's three words and that have different meanings and that can get a leader tripped up and cost the leader personal credibility when they get these three confused.  Empathy The ability to...

The problem with seagull managers

Maybe you've worked for, or are currently working with, a seagull manager. You know the type; they fly in, make a mess all over everything, and then they are gone.  In this management style, the person typically only shows up when a problem has arisen. They...

Chasing success off a cliff

Everyone wants to be successful. Your definition of what that success looks likes varies from person to person, but we all want to be good at and succeed in the things that matter most to us. So if we define our own meaning of success, then why are so many people...

Emotional Intelligence in a remote world

There are absolutely advantages in working from home; accessibility, a higher level of engagements, and lower costs for you personally among other things.  Working in a remote environment can be a challenge too. While Emotional Intelligence is a major...

Addicted to being right (and the seven deadly sins of leadership) w/ Jennifer Thornton

I'm really excited to share today's episode featuring Jen Thornton! We dive into the addiction of being right; what it is and how it impacts the leader and the people that they interact with on a regular basis. Our talk today will provide you with a better...

How to deal with aggressive people

Someone recently asked the Reddit community why people are rude, loud and aggressive towards frontline employees in retail, food, and service industries. By far the most common answer was because they felt like it got results. You've likely run across this person...

Thrive in a virtual workplace

The year 2020 fundamentally changed how many go about doing their work!. In a matter of weeks, you may have found yourself going from visiting with the co-worker next to you to suddenly setting up a work station in your dining room. That sudden and...

Communicating the technical to non-technical people w/ Aman Agarwal

We are honored this week to have Aman Agarwal, the president of SANPRAM, to sit down to talk about how to communicate technical concepts and terms to non-technical people. Aman shares several actionable concepts to help any leader be a better communicator with those...

The habits that close the gap in remote work

One of the challenges of remote work is that there are fewer opportunities for everything. There may be little to no chances to just hang out with your co-works or team anymore. Certainly fewer opportunities exist to have an impromptu brainstorming or problem-solving...

The mentality that closes the gap in remote work

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 virus in the human population. We have lived through one of the most devastating events that have happened in the history of humanity, and one area that has fundamentally changed is how we go about doing our...

Why honor matters in leadership

Let there be no mistake. The journey that you take yourself and others on is just as important as arriving at the destination.  It's "The How" and "The Why" balance in what you do. Honor in leadership matters because it's all about "The How." It's defined...

Aspirations vs Ambitions

Aspirations and Ambitions. I've heard both referred to as positive and negative over the years. Some might say a younger employee is ambitious as they prove themselves in a new role at an organization. Ambition is also sometimes used to describe someone's...

Include others to gain commitment

I am a huge supporter of inclusive leadership. I believe that you should include others in as many of your daily duties as possible to grow their buy-in, experience and it ultimately lightens your load.  Here are several reasons why you should commit to including...

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