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Finding Leadership in Chess

Chess is a game that I can honestly say, that I'm ok at but would not do well against a seasoned player. I do love the concept of chess though. Utilizing the same starting resources with the winner being determined by strategic planning and ability to adapt to...

Finding Leadership in Michael Scott

“Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.”-Micheal Scott The Office continues to be a hit show years after the conclusion of the series. It's both absurd and totally relatable. You've probably seen a little...

Leadership lessons learned from the CIA with Marc Polymeropoulos

We are excited to have Marc join us on the show today! I think you'll enjoy his insight into how to lead in a crisis and other lessons that he learned while serving in senior roles in the CIA. - ZH Marc Polymeropoulos retired in June 2019 from the Senior Intelligence...

Be your own best boss

Sometimes, we push ourselves so hard to be a great leader of others that we forget about ourselves in the process. I've seen leaders burn themselves out, lose their passion, and have a drop in health among other things because they didn't lead themselves well. ...

Our 6th Anniversary Show!

Thank you so much for supporting us over the last six years! Today we have both Neha and Michael with me as we talk about lessons learned over the last year, a look back to the challenges we all have been through, a peek behind the scenes, and a look towards year 7....

Overcoming unconscious bias

Unconscious bias, or implicit association, plays a part in all of our lives and how we lead others. Last week we discussed what this kind of bias is and what the types of unconscious bias are. Today we are jumping into finding it in our own lives and then strategies...

Understanding Unconscious Bias

Unconscious bias is something that each of us deals with on a daily basis. If you had a flat tire would you ask a man or woman to help you? Who would you ask to help sew up a hole in your shirt?  Who is more likely to ask for directions if they are lost? These...

Early failure can lead to future success

You have more failure than success. Doesn't that feel great to be affirmed in today? Well, I am right there with you; in fact, we all are.  Your failures can often lead to a larger success when we handle them the right way and use them to help us focus our...

Communicating vision to others

Communicating the vision for your team or organization is one of the most important things that you can do as a leader. Without a focused vision, employees can become lost in the meaning of their work, become unproductive, and have a higher chance of leaving to work...

Act with diplomacy and tact

Sometimes we have incredible ideas or thoughts that would make a world of difference in the business and people or around us, but end up sabotaging ourselves in our communication and vision casting to others.  It's essential to show diplomacy and tact when working...

Tips to keep your best people engaged

We sometimes think of employee engagement as a one-way street. What do we have to do as leaders to make sure that our people are productive in their roles? Yes, engaged employees are typically very productive, but they see engagement as a two-way street and more of a...

How camping can improve your leadership

I camped out quite a bit growing up and reconnected to camping this last year. I loved it as a kid, but I think that I appreciate it even more as an adult. Camping is an activity that can truly add value to your leadership journey and can help you make a significant...

How to be miserable

What a year it has been! COVID-19 feels like it has been around forever at this point, but it was just a year ago when countries across the world began to lockdown.  Since then the job market has tanked, civil unrest and protests began to happen across the globe...

Profiles in Leadership: Sophie Scholl

Just because so many things are in conflict does not mean that we ourselves should be divided.-Sophie Scholl Scholl grew up in Nazi Germany where she began passively resisting the teaching and programs as early as 13-years-old and through a small group of friends...

Profiles in leadership: Robert Baden-Powell

The real way to gain happiness is to give it to others. -Lord Robert Baden-Powell  Robert Baden-Powell is the father of the scouting movement that eventually grew to be the largest and most significant youth movement of the 20th century. Millions of scouts...

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