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Protect your people from themselves

Have you ever known someone who leaves a great opportunity only to flounder and as a result never bounces back to a level that they were before? Perhaps they are the type to jump headfirst into the newest financial fad without thinking through the implications. Maybe...

Prepare Your Successor Today

Whether you have a business or you are looking to forward your personal career, it pays to have a plan in place. Finding your replacement before it's needed is essential in order to keep continuity in the business and work, but it also requires you to let go of some...

Can you Turn into a Bad Boss?

"Great people are hard to find." It's a statement you hear a lot with hiring managers and talent acquisition friends. We had a listener question that flipped the dynamic by talking about how hard it was to find a great boss while asking the question, "Is it possible...

4 Mistakes that Impact Your Likability

Everyone wants to be liked and validated by others in some form or fashion. From a young leader all the way to a tenured executive, our actions and behaviors can be driven by the desire to be liked.  In our quest for validation, we can sometimes make some common...

Help the team become problem solvers

If you've got a problem, yo, I'll solve it...Vanilla Ice No truer words can be said from one of the early 90s' most iconic rap stars. We all have to deal with problems on a regular basis both in our personal and professional lives. It's often said that a leader's main...

Tips to Support Your Teams Mental Well-Being

We've all felt the lasting impact of the last few years. A study confirmed it, we've gotten more stressed and feel a high level of anxiety these days.  In order to keep people engaged and have them stick around, it's important for you as a leader to be mindful of...

Alternatives to “How are you”

"How are you?" It's a worn-out question that is part of a transactional greeting in many cultures. It's even often said with no expectation for a real answer and when a real answer is given, it can often throw off the person that asked the question in the first place....

Tips to strengthen your critical thinking

No matter what you do, the ability to think critically will serve you well.  Good critical thinking skills push you to think about things objectively and without bias and consider different perspectives.  While critical thinking is an important skill, it's not one...

Self-Compassion in Leadership

Leaders may be one of the groups in the workplace that need the most self-compassion. Think about our servant leadership model; it's all about serving and putting others above yourself. (Ep 131, 132) By leading through your values and giving everything away to...

Lead fairly

We sometimes think of fairness and equality as the same thing, and even with the best intentions, we will lead ineffectively, if we get the two confused.  Equality is about being the same in quality, status, and value while being fair is your unbiased and...

The power of vulnerability

The strongest people in life are the ones that are comfortable saying ‘I don’t know.-Patrick Lencioni As a young boy growing up in the '80s and '90s there were plenty of heroes for kids to latch on to and look up to for leadership. While there were great leaders like...

7th Anniversary show!

Thank you so much for listening to the show, whether today's your first show or you have been with us from the beginning. Today, Zack, Neha, and Mike get together and discuss the past year, share some stories, preview some things coming in year 8 and answer listener...

4 Myths of leadership

Leadership is not some mythical art that you are either born with or not. There is no born leader. All great leaders are created through their willingness to continue learning, their behavior towards others, and their ability to think strategically to get the job...

Actions to Combat Burnout

Burnout can have a profound impact on your personal and professional life. When I begin to feel burnout, it shows in the things I love most. Projects and passions take a lot more effort and I find myself spinning my wheels instead of using my time to be fully...

Identify the Signs of Burnout

Burnout is real and can get the best of all of us. No leader is immune to burnout in either the professional or personal life. Years of collectively battling a pandemic have only made this important issue more prevalent and harder to combat. We've all spent a lot of...

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