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Episode Info: As a leader, how can you be immensely present in the moment with people, both at work and in your personal life and in any situation? In my insightful and humorous discussion with Shawn Hunter we discuss his book Out Think: How Innovative Leaders Drive Exceptional Outcomes and the wisdom gleaned from interviewing hundreds of thought leaders and executives from all walks of life. Shawn not only writes about this topic as an author, but has also had to live it as an entrepreneur who has built and sold a company which was acquired by Skillsoft. He has interviewed so many successful people that he can see patterns of success and achievement that might take us 100 – 200 books and years to learn. In this interview ideas come fast and you will surely want to capture them. Take notes. Shawn shares numerous anecdotes and stories throughout the interview and every one of them will present a teaching moment for you. Here are 10 of the highlights: One of the best questions to ask yourself this coming year “What am I capable of becoming in a year?” The impact of Energizers and De-energizers in a company and what to do about them. The importance of strategic storytelling for a business. Does happiness precede success, or do we have to be happy first to be successful? Lack vs Surplus mentality - Wanting what you have vs wanting what you don’t have. What is the difference between a person who is creative vs innovative vs inventive. The buzz word is that people have to be more creative. Well what does this mean vs innovative? Why as a leader you need to be Immensely present in the moment with people and in situations. Examples of how leaders do this. How to scale and grow leadership. An expectation of excellence - This is an honor, it’s a gift. When you believe that those around you have the capacity to do their best, automatically they start performing to match that expectation. As a Leader and Manager, how do you create the right conditions for people you lead to have a sense of “flow” and sense of “excellence” in performing their work? Shawn is an author and the Executive Producer & Vice President for Leadership Development Channel at Skillsoft. He has been interviewing and writing about amazing leaders from around the globe for over ten years. Skillsoft provides cloud-based solutions for customers worldwide, who range from global enterprises, government and education customers to mid-sized and small businesses. He originally co-founded Targeted Learning Corporation with his father Hal Hunter, Ph.D., which was acquired by Skillsoft in February 2007. He has a degree in Political Science and Government from St. Andrews Presbyterian College. As quoted from Shawn’s website eloquently , “We’ve entered a new era. Call it the age of imagination, ideation, conceptualization, creativity, innovation – take your pick. Creativity, mental flexibility, and collaboration have displaced one-dimensional intelligence and isolated determination a...
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