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Leadership Biz Cafe with Tanveer Naseer
11 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
Why Emotions Matter In Today’s Leadership | Leadership Espresso Shot 27
When it comes to leadership, there are certain topics that inevitably come up regardless of what industry you operate in. Over the past month, one of the topics I’ve been addressing with leaders is the importance of empathy in leadership, which is why it’s the focus of this edition of my Leadership Espresso Shot series. Specifically, something emotionally intelligent leaders recognize as being critical to building relationships with their employees in order to drive success and growth in their organization. A few weeks ago, I gave a two day workshop on the empathy in leadership and this was followed by several conversations with executives from a wide range of industries where the topic of empathy in leadership arose in conversations around how to effectively create a hybrid work environment in their organization. After conducting this workshop and speaking with these VPs, I realized I hadn’t addressed the greater role empathy needs to play in this evolution to how we’ll work going forward post-pandemic. But rather than address some of the ideas I discuss in my workshop or which came up in my conversations with these seasoned leaders, I wanted to instead share an important finding from the neuroscience studies as I think it’s not only important for helping us to understand how we can better connect and relate to those in our team, but how it can help us also understand why we’re seeing so much divisiveness and what role we as leaders can play to help create these spaces for people to listen so others can feel heard. I expect this will be the first of several episodes where I’ll delve into the importance of empathy in leadership. So I hope this first foray into this increasing important topic with regards to how we can succeed at leadership as our workplaces and the way we work continue to evolve and change. Noteworthy links: Learn more about my leadership workshop on the power of empathy in leadership.Read my piece: Empathy in Leadership – 10 Reasons Why It Matters.
47 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Jim Kouzes On The 5 Practices Of Exemplary Leadership
Next month marks the 10th year that I’ve been doing my podcast “Leadership Biz Cafe”, something that I started as an excuse to talk with some fascinating people about leadership and which has since become one of the most popular leadership podcasts out there. Although I didn’t make any plans to celebrate this milestone, I’m delighted that I’ve been able to welcome such incredible guests as Tom Peters and now with this episode, another one of my leadership heroes, Jim Kouzes. Jim is the Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. But what I’m sure many of you probably know him for is the 30-plus books he’s co-written on leadership, including the international bestseller “The Leadership Challenge”. For this episode, I’ve invited Jim to join me to talk about his latest book, “Everyday People, Extraordinary Leadership: How To Make A Difference Regardless of Your Title, Role, or Authority”. Over the course of this episode, some of the topics Jim and I discuss include: How leaders can avoid losing credibility by claiming they stand for one value, but then do something that goes against that stated value.What behaviours leaders need to tap into to get their employees to buy-in to their vision for their organization, and encourage them to take an active role in.How to take the lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic to encourage more experimentation and taking risks in order to evolve and grow.How leaders without any formal title can help empower their colleagues to bring their best efforts.Why it’s vital for leaders to instill a sense of community and belonging if they are to attract and retain employees. It’s truly an honour to be able to speak with such an esteemed thought leader in the leadership space about something we both care deeply about. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. Noteworthy links: Buy “Everyday People, Extraordinary Leadership” on Amazon.*Learn more about Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner’s work - www.leadershipchallenge.com *Sponsored link used to support podcast.
10 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
How To Know If It’s Time To Move On | Leadership Espresso Shot 26
As a leader, one of the things expected of you is to be able to make that critical decision of whether to continue to pursue an initiative, or whether to cut your losses and move on to something else. While this skill is key to your ability to succeed at leadership, many leaders nonetheless struggle with making this evaluation about themselves in their current role. Of whether they should continue in their current role, or whether it’s time to pursue other opportunities that would allow them to achieve and be that leader they want to be. It’s a challenge that I explore in this latest edition of “Leadership Espresso Shot” on my leadership podcast. More specifically, I share 4 questions that any leader at any stage of their career can use to evaluate whether they’re still able to accomplish what they set out to achieve when taking on this leadership role, what’s holding them back from meeting their goals, and whether these factors are a good indication that it might be best to move on to a new role and allow someone else the chance to see if they can move things forward. Even if you’re not contemplating whether you’ve done all you can do in your current role, these four questions can still help give you some perspective on how things are going and what things you should look out for going ahead to ensure you are in fact able to be the kind of leader your employees need to succeed. So I hope you’ll check this episode out, and maybe even bookmark it for a future listen when that time inevitably comes when you’ll be look outwards from your role for new opportunities to continue to learn and grow.
35 minutes | May 19, 2021
Karin Hurt & David Dye | Building Courageous Cultures To Bring Out Best In Employees
As we move to a hybrid work environment, the organizational culture we foster both internally and remotely becomes critical to what we’re able to achieve. So how can we ensure we’re creating an environment - both virtually and in-person - that inspires employees to share their ideas and insights on how we can improve what we collectively do? That’s what I’ll be discussing with my guests, Karin Hurt and David Dye, on this episode of my podcast, “Leadership Biz Cafe”. Karin and David are the CEO and President of Let’s Grow Leaders, a leadership training and consulting company. In addition, Karin hosts the popular LinkedIn show, Asking for a Friend, which I’ve actually had the pleasure to be a guest on. As for David, he’s no stranger to the podcast world as he hosts his own podcast, “Leadership Without Losing Your Soul”. On top of that, Karin and David have written two books together, including their latest “Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates”, which serves as the focus of our conversation. Over the course of this episode, Karin, David, and I discuss: What makes for a courageous culture and why it’s critical to your organization’s ability to innovate and adapt.Why it’s harder for employees to speak up about making smaller changes than promoting large scale change within the organization.What their research has shown as being the big reason why a majority of employees don’t want to share their ideas with their bosses.The ways leaders respond to their employees which actually leads them to shut down instead of bringing their best efforts to work. Noteworthy links: Buy Karin and David’s book “Courageous Culture” on Amazon*Learn more about Karin and David’s work - letsgrowleaders.com. *Sponsored link used to support podcast.
11 minutes | May 5, 2021
What Does Success Really Look Like? | Leadership Espresso Shot #25
In the previous edition of my podcast series “Leadership Espresso Shot”, I mentioned how to better appreciate the journey towards achieving success, we must learn to value failure as that necessary teacher that helps us reach our goals. Of course, if we’re going to delve deeper into understanding failure, I thought it would be a good idea in this installment to explore what success really looks like. On the surface, we all have a general idea of what it means to succeed. And yet, if you were to google “what is success”, what you’d end up with is almost 3 billion search results. What this reveals is that while we might all have an idea of what success looks like, that idea can vary greatly from person to person, from team to team, and from one one organization to another. As such, in this edition of my “Leadership Espresso Shot” series, I share 3 questions you should ask yourself and your team to help clarify and articulate what success would look like for your team. And if you’ve attended one of my leadership keynotes or workshops, you know these kinds of questions I share are not necessarily easy to answer right away, but require some thought and reflection. So I hope you’ll take a few minutes out of your day to give this episode a listen so you can ensure the path you’re currently on will lead you to that kind of success we all aspire to attain.
61 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Tom Peters On Leadership, Empathy, And Making A Difference
When I started my leadership podcast almost 10 years ago, I had a very simple goal - I wanted to create a platform where I could get the chance to talk with some very smart and really cool people. That’s why the first guest I had on the “Leadership Biz Cafe” podcast was Guy Kawasaki. But I have to admit all these years later, I never thought that the journey I started with this podcast would open the door for me to have a one-on-one conversation with Tom Peters. Without question, Tom is one of the world’s most pre-eminent leadership thinkers, if not also a leadership rebel in his decades-long pursuit to educate and persuade leaders everywhere that at its heart, leadership is all about people under your care and doing right by them. This is a must-listen episode if you want to better understand not only what it takes to lead right now, but in response to the inevitable changes that will completely transform the way we work going forward. And as an extra bonus, you’ll even hear Tom talk about something he hasn’t spoken of before my conversation with him for this podcast (I bet that’s piqued your curiosity!) And to give you a taste of what you’ll find in this episode, here’s some of my favourite Tom Peters gems he shared over the course of our conversation: “You don’t know more than two percent of the person you’re talking about to. And besides they are different on Tuesday than they were on Monday. And it’ll be different again on Wednesday.”“The goal during the pandemic is family and community first, productivity third. And of course, which is true of all the things we’re talking about, if that’s the way I treat you, I’m going to have more productivity coming from you than I would under any other circumstances.”“There are no tombstones with net worth on them. That is not the measure.”“Be kind. Be caring. Be patient. Be forgiving. Be positive. Be present. Walk in the other person’s shoes.”“They are a million strokes of luck along the way, and you do your best and try to be helpful.” When Tom’s assistant reached out to me saying that Tom was interested in appearing on my podcast, I couldn’t believe it. As you listen to this episode, you will no doubt clearly hear the excitement and joy I had of being able to talk about leadership with Tom. So I hope you’ll take the time to check out this episode and please do share me with me your favourite insights you learned from my conversation with Tom. Noteworthy links: Buy Tom Peters’ latest (and last) book “Excellence Now - Extreme Humanism” on Amazon*.Learn more about Tom and his work - tompeters.com.Read my piece I talked with Tom about - "What Will Your Leadership Legacy Be?" *Sponsored link used to support this podcast.
11 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
How Can We Learn To Value Failure? | Leadership Espresso Shot 24
During a recent conversation with a group of executives about the growing importance of empathy and leadership, a few leaders brought up the issue of addressing failure and the importance of not only “failing fast”, but making sure efforts are made to understand what can be learned from this setback. As we didn’t delve much further into this subject, it got me thinking that this would be a great topic to bring up in my Leadership Espresso Shot series. Many leaders and organizations openly speak of embracing the idea of “failing fast”, of accepting failure as part of the journey and using that understanding to help get past it and keep going. Unfortunately, as many of us know first hand, not all failures are created equal. So while some failures are easy for us to get over, others can have a palpable impact, not just in terms of our organization’s progress and momentum, but also on our emotional state. That’s why in this edition of my Leadership Espresso Shot series, I share a series of three questions that will help you learn to value failure, questions you should ask yourself not just when those moments of failure occur, but especially in those moments when things are going right. That way you’ll be adequately prepared to respond and deal with that inevitable failure we’ll all experience on that journey to achieving our goals.
38 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
Why Caring Is Key To Your Ability To Succeed At Leadership
Over the many years I’ve been doing this leadership podcast, one of the common themes that comes up in any given episode is the fact that leadership is not about you; it’s about the people you lead. That’s why I’m delighted to speak with my friend (and fellow Canadian) Dan Pontefract about why the most successful leaders are those who care on this episode of "Leadership Biz Cafe". Dan is the founder and CEO of The Pontefract Group, a firm that improves the state of leadership and organizational culture. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria Gustavson School of Business. Prior to this, Dan was the Chief Envisioner and Chief Learning Officer at TELUS—a Canadian telecommunications company. Dan is and the best selling author of four books, including this latest "LEAD. CARE. WIN." which is what Dan and I discuss in this episode. Over the course of our discussion, some of the topics Dan and I talk about include: Why leaders need to be relatable and how the way we view our mistakes is directly connected to it.How so many leaders are poor at managing their time and the critical activity they need to schedule in their work flow.How leaders can be more present in order to better connect with their employees.Why leaders need to make a commitment to balance if they are to both attract and retain the best talent to their teams and organization. Noteworthy links: Buy Dan Pontefract’s book “Lead. Care. Win.” on Amazon*Learn more about Dan’s work - danpontefract.com *Sponsored link.
12 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
Why Now Is The Time For Purpose-Led Work | Leadership Espresso Shot 23
These days there’s a lot of discussion around what work will look like in a post-pandemic world. Most of that conversation tends to focus on whether employees will return to the office, continue to work remotely, or opt for a hybrid mix of the two. But in this latest installment of my Leadership Espresso Shot series on my leadership podcast, “Leadership Biz Cafe”, I make the case that what this past year has revealed is not just the necessity of flexibility in how we approach work, but the critical need to connect what we do to what matters to your employees. As I mention in this episode, I was inspired to talk about this topic after serving as the moderator for a virtual roundtable discussion with VPs and senior executives from the FinTech, multimedia, construction, and retail sectors on how they’ve navigated the past year and where their focus will be this year and beyond. Among the many things these senior leaders agreed on was that the days of everyone working in the office during regular office hours are now over and going forward they need to get comfortable leading a workforce that works both in the office and remotely. And key to that new leadership reality was being more attuned to the needs of their employees and making sure they’re truly present to help them adjust to this new reality to how their organization will operate. And so, in this 23rd edition of my Leadership Espresso Shot series, I make the case for why purpose more than where and when employees work is what will be the critical factor to whether your organization succeeds this year and in the years to come.
40 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
Neil Sahota | Why Leaders Need To Embrace The A.I. Revolution
Over the past few years, there’s been a growing discussion around artificial intelligence (A.I.) and the potential risks that come with it. Just reading comments from Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates about the potential dangers of AI would certainly seem to be reason to give pause on the continued development of this new technology. And yet, early developments in this realm would seem to demonstrate some genuine game-changers that can actually improve both the way we work and live our lives. So given both the public unease and the positive gains from these early advancements, how should leaders be viewing this technological field and what might its impact be on the way they lead? That’s part of the focus of my conversation with A.I. expert Neil Sahota in this episode of my podcast "Leadership Biz Cafe". Neil serves as the United Nations Artificial Intelligence subject matter expert. He's an IBM Master Inventor, and the Chief Innovation Officer at the Irvine School of Law at the University of California. Neil is also the author of the book “Own The AI Revolution, Unlock Your Artificial Intelligence Strategy To Disrupt Your Competition”. Although a big sci-fi fan, I’m not too familiar with A.I., so I really appreciated this conversation with Neil over which we touched on the following topics: What’s behind our ambivalence and fear about A.I. and the role it might play in our workplaces and society at large.How do you program computers to learn so we can ensure we’re getting the outcomes we need, as opposed to some of the high-profile PR disasters we’ve seen with some A.I. initiatives.How A.I. can disrupt the way we work for the better and how can leaders prepare for this transformation.The early steps leaders can take to bring A.I. into their workplace to benefit both their employees and their organization. Whether A.I. is on your radar or not, what we learned in 2020 is that disruption is going to come whether you’re ready for it or not. And after talking with Neil, it’s become clear that A.I. will indeed be that next big wave of disruption that will soon hit your organization’s shores. Noteworthy links: Buy Neil’s book “Own The A.I. Revolution” on Amazon.*Learn more about Neil’s work in the A.I. field - neilsahota.com. *Affiliate link used to support this podcast.
12 minutes | Feb 10, 2021
#76 - How To Encourage A Learning Mindset In 3 Steps | Leadership Espresso Shot 22
The success in any change initiative is tied to how well employees are able to learn and adapt. But how can leaders encourage a learning mindset out of these pursuits? In this edition of my Leadership Espresso Shot series, I share three simple measures leaders can employ to promote a continuous learning mindset within their workforce. As I mentioned in this episode of my leadership podcast, the idea behind this episode was inspired by conversations I had with attendees after some of the virtual leadership keynotes I’ve given over the past few months to audiences across Europe and North America. Although these leaders had managed to help their employees adapt and pivot to various external challenges of the past 12 months, the concern was how to not only sustain this agile mindset, but build on their hard-won successes. In one of my talks I do share insights on how leaders can promote a continuous learning environment in their organization. And so, I wanted to explore one of the ideas I share in this keynote, specifically 3 simple measures any leader can take that will help to encourage a continuous learning mindset within their team and organization. As a reminder, these Leadership Espresso Shot episodes are designed to be these short, ‘bite-sized’ episodes which offer an insightful dose of leadership insight or inspiration to improve the way you lead. We’re now heading into our third year of producing these episodes and it’s been gratifying to see how in the last two years, some of these episodes not only end up making it into the top most listened episodes of my podcast in 2019 and 2020, but how it’s also been a favourite for many people who’ve attended some of my leadership keynotes over the past 12 months. So I hope you’ll check this out and as I point out at the end of the episode, if you’d like to contact me about speaking about this topic, fill out the contact form on my website and let’s talk.
30 minutes | Jan 27, 2021
#75 - Ryan Gottsfredson | Understanding The Power of Mindsets In Leadership
There’s no question that our mindset plays a critical role in how we relate to our world and those around us. But how can leaders make sure their mindset is helps bring out the best in others and not impede organizational growth and success? That’s the topic I’ll be exploring with my guest, Dr. Ryan Gottfredson, in this episode of the “Leadership Biz Cafe” podcast. Ryan is a mental success coach, leadership development consultant and researcher. Ryan is also a leadership professor at the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at California State University, Fullerton. He’s also the author of “Success Mindsets: The Key to Unlocking Greater Success in Your Life, Work, & Leadership”*. Over the course of this episode, Ryan and I cover a number of areas around mindset and leadership, including: How a simple shift in our mindset can lead to positive, tangible change.The four specific mindsets you need to develop to improve your ability to lead and succeed.How leaders can develop and strengthen a growth mindset that’s so critical to fostering innovation and agility.What causes some leaders to inadvertently develop a closed mindset and what they can do to become more open-minded in the way they lead. Now if you enjoyed this or any other episode of my leadership podcast, I’d appreciate it if you could rate and review it on your favourite platform to listen to podcasts. And if you’d like to share this or other episodes of my podcast with your colleagues or employees, just share a link to our podcast page where they can listen to episodes, find links to subscribe to our show on some of the top podcast platforms, as well as show notes like this one for past episodes. Noteworthy links: Buy Ryan’s book “Success Mindsets” on Amazon*.Take Ryan’s personal mindset assessment here. *Affiliate link that’s used to support this podcast.
12 minutes | Jan 13, 2021
#74 - Science-Based Strategy To Promote Employee Motivation | Leadership Espresso Shot 21
Have you ever thought about how how you’re communicating progress in your organization? In this latest edition of my Leadership Espresso Shot series for my leadership podcast, I share findings from a fascinating study that show this can have a powerful impact on sustaining motivation over the long term. With the start of a new year, there’s naturally a lot of focus on setting goals, developing plans, and executing strategies that will help your organization to succeed over the next 12 months. Now most of us are familiar with that reality of how when we take on learning something new, or making a change to our lifestyle like eating better or exercising more, at the start we tend to do very well at keeping up with this new effort. Unfortunately, there comes a moment where that early motivation we had to commit to this change or to learning this new skill starts to wane and we find ourselves reverting back to the old and familiar. Of course, this behavioural pendulum is not limited to changes we make in our personal lives as the same thing happens when the senior leadership proposes changes that we might at first be excited about and want to dedicate our best efforts to, but then over time, our interest deflates and progress slowly comes to a standstill. And if you encounter this pattern enough times in your workplace, it’s not surprising to find a lot of resistance to any change initiative surface as people have learned not to buy into it as it’ll inevitably end up in that pile of good intentions that amounted to little change. So how do we stop or even avoid this cycle? Well, there’s a fascinating study that looks at what the relationship between progress and motivation and to find out what it says and what we can learn from it in terms of how we lead, just hit the play button below and listen to this latest episode of my podcast, “Leadership Biz Cafe”, and I’ll share all the details.
33 minutes | Dec 23, 2020
#73 - My Favourite Guest Moments And Insights From 2020
One of the perks of hosting my leadership podcast is I get to speak with some fascinating and thought-provoking people whose insights help us to learn and grow. So for my last episode for 2020, I wanted to share some of my favourite moments from this past year where my guests shared insights that are both timely to what we’re dealing with right now, and timeless for how it will help us in 2021 and beyond. Now to be clear, this isn’t some kind of Top 10 list of mine, given that I’ll be publishing in mid-January 2021 a list of the most popular episodes from 2020 based on listening/download metrics. Instead, these are moments from conversations I’ve had with some of my guests that in some cases were prescient in addressing the challenges we’re now dealing with, even though at the time of our recording there was no COVID-19 pandemic. In other cases, my guests offered insights that can help us to not only get through what we’re facing today and for the next few months in 2021, but even beyond the COVID-19 pandemic when we finally beat this virus once and for all. What I especially like is how despite their focus being on different aspects of leadership, organizational culture, and business strategy, there is a common thread running through each of them that helps to paint a bigger picture of what leaders need to do to not simply get through the challenges of this pandemic, but what they’ll need to prepare for after this pandemic is over if they are to bring out the best in those they lead. It’s my first time putting such an episode together and I do hope to make it an annual tradition for my leadership podcast. So I hope you’ll enjoy this retrospective look at some of my favourite guest moments in 2020, and I look forward to sharing with you the fantastic line up of guests we have in place for 2021. Noteworthy links: How Will You Remember 2020?3 Lessons On How Promoting Sense Of Belonging Can Drive Change
10 minutes | Dec 9, 2020
#72 - Do You Have A Healthy Relationship With Opportunity? | Leadership Espresso Shot 20
Few words inspire optimism and hope for the future like "opportunity". But as I reveal in this latest installment of my Leadership Espresso Shot series, the truth is our relationship with opportunity is much more complicated and worthy of more reflection and review. Granted, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, pondering our relationship with opportunity might seem like something that should be examined at a later date, when the situation is calmer or at least more certain. But that’s why in this episode I share quotes from such innovative thinkers and doers as Thomas Edison and Sir Richard Branson to remind us that conditions are always ripe for finding opportunities and that the real challenge is how we understand and evaluate them. Now I don’t want to write anything more as I don’t want to give too much away. But given how my Leadership Espresso Shot series on my leadership podcast is designed to offer these condensed, but thought-provoking insights into how to improve your leadership craft, I can tell you it’s worth taking 10 minutes out of your day and give this episode a listen.
37 minutes | Nov 25, 2020
#71 - How Exceptional Leaders Attract And Grow Talent | Sydney Finkelstein
For most of us, the best leader we ever worked for not only led our team to succeed, but also helped us fulfill our career aspirations. So what is that ‘secret sauce’ that allowed these leaders to not only achieve their organization’s goals, but attract and grow employees under their care? That’s a question I’ll be putting to my guest, Professor Sydney Finkelstein, in this episode of the Leadership Biz Cafe podcast. Sydney is the Steven Roth Professor of Management at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He is also a Fellow of the Academy of Management and is on the global Thinkers 50 list of top management gurus. Sydney has published 25 books and 90 articles, including the bestsellers “Why Smart Executives Fail” and his latest, “Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent”, which Sydney and I discuss in this episode. Over the course of our conversation, Sydney shares: What traits leaders who are able to attract and build talent within employees share in common.Why superbosses love hiring people more talented and smarter than them, and what prevents other leaders from doing the same.The two things superbosses do to empower their employees to be “super engaged” in the work they do.How superbosses approach delegation differently from other leaders, where they’re a combination of both effective delegator and micromanager, and how this balance actually leads people to deliver their best efforts. If you enjoy the episode, I’d appreciate it if you could share it with your social media networks. The easiest way to do this is to share a link to our podcast page, where people can find links to subscribe to our show on iHeartRadio, Spotify, Apply Podcasts, Deezer, Pandora, Google Podcasts, and Stitcher Radio, listen via our media player to every episode of our show, and find links to the show notes for all our episodes. Noteworthy Links: Buy “Superbosses” on Amazon*.Learn more about Sydney’s work on his website.The Sydcast - Sydney’s podcast where he interviews people from all walks of life. *Affiliate link used to support this podcast.
12 minutes | Nov 11, 2020
#70 - How Leaders Can Cure A Toxic Workplace | Leadership Espresso Shot 18
One of the key responsibilities of leadership is to provide a workplace environment that encourages people to do their best work. In this edition of the Leadership Espresso Shot series for my leadership podcast, I share 4 steps that can help leaders cure a toxic workplace. In my previous piece, I asked the question as to whether your leadership inspires collaboration or conflict amongst your employees and shared strategies for how leaders can not only avoid organizational silos, but the more damaging mindset of seeing people as us vs. them. This piece certainly proved to be popular, with many people reaching out to share with me various measures their organization has had to put into place to ‘keep the peace’. But I also had a few leaders reach out to say how they’re struggling with how to overcome a toxic workplace environment that is not only impacting employee productivity and morale, but understandably leading to higher than normal turnover rates. So to follow up on that piece I mentioned above, I decided to use this Leadership Espresso Shot series in my “Leadership Biz Cafe” podcast to share a science-based strategy for how leaders can cure a toxic workplace, bearing in mind that no two workplaces are the same. Even if you don’t suffer from this problem, I’d like to encourage you to take the few minutes to listen to this episode as I do believe the strategies I share here can also help prevent the slow creep of workplace toxicity in your organization. Noteworthy links: 3 Steps To Create An Organizational Vision That Energizes EmployeesDoes Your Leadership Inspire Collaboration Or Conflict Inside Your Organization?
35 minutes | Oct 28, 2020
#69 - A Leadership Wake-Up Call Driven By COVID-19 | The Economist’s Adrian Wooldridge
If ever there was a singular event that brought to the forefront the influence - if not importance - of good governance, there’s little question COVID-19 fits that bill. Indeed, throughout the world, we’re seeing a critical examination of not only how effective governments at all levels are at not only protecting its citizenry from this global pandemic, but doing so in a way that doesn’t create long-term damage to their economies and societies at large. While in some countries this discussion has become highly politicized, the fact is leaders in both the private and public sectors have a vested interest in how well - or how badly - their governments manage this crisis. That’s why I wanted to sit down with Adrian Wooldridge, the political correspondent for The Economist who along with John Mickelthwait, editor in chief of Bloomberg News, have written their 7th book called “The Wake Up Call - Why The Pandemic Has Exposed The Weakness of the West, And How To Fix It”, to talk about what governments in Europe and North America need to be doing to not just beat this health crisis, but ensure we do so in a way that doesn’t permanently damage our economic and social infrastructure at the same time. Admittedly, this is a different conversation from what you usually hear on this podcast. But through my speaking work with leaders and their organizations, it’s become clear how critical this is for leaders in multinational, national, and regional organizations. In fact, I’ve created new keynotes around leading beyond COVID-19, as well as adapting previous leadership keynotes I’ve given to take into account the new realities leaders and their employees are grappling with and will continue to grapple with in the months and years ahead because of the fallout from this pandemic. As such, I invite you to check out this episode because whether your leadership is based in the private or public sectors, we all should be invested in learning what our governments should be focusing on to help overcome this current health crisis, and what role our organizations should play to assist in this fight. Noteworthy links: Buy Adrian Wooldridge’s book “The Wake Up Call” on Amazon*Is Your Leadership Lacking This Critical Element During The COVID-19 Crisis?3 Steps To Boost Your Critical Thinking Skills During The COVID-19 Pandemic3 Important Lessons On Crisis Management From The COVID-19 Pandemic *Sponsored link
10 minutes | Oct 14, 2020
#68 - The Importance of Expressing Gratitude During Challenging Times | Leadership Espresso Shot 18
During challenging times, it’s critical that leaders boost their communication time to provide clarity and assurance to their employees. In this edition of my Leadership Espresso Shot series, I make the case that it’s equally important for leaders to express more gratitude through their leadership when faced with uncertainty about the future. Now this past Monday was Thanksgiving Day here in Canada which commemorates the end of the harvest season. For my family, this long weekend holiday is our favourite time to visit with our extended family and share laughs, good times, and warm memories. Unfortunately, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadians have been advised to stay home to slow the spread of this virus. But while we weren’t able to visit with family, I still found myself thinking about all the things I’m grateful for, despite all the challenges and problems this global pandemic has given rise to. And this got me thinking about how important it is for leaders to express gratitude through their leadership, especially during challenging times. In fact, there are several studies that demonstrate the numerous benefits leaders can tap into by bringing more gratitude into the way they lead. So what are those benefits and how can leaders express gratitude through their leadership? Well, to learn the answers to those questions, you need to listen to this episode. In the meantime, if you’ve been enjoying my leadership podcast, I’d appreciate it if you could share my show with your colleagues and network. The easiest way to do this is to share a link to our podcast page, where you can listen to ever episode of my show, as well as find links to subscribe on iHeartRadio, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Stitcher Radio. Speaking of different platforms where you can listen to my leadership podcast, you may recall how I shared recently my “Leadership Biz Cafe” podcast is now on Deezer. Well, I’m happy to share the news that just last week, my podcast was added onto Pandora as well. Now given the topic of this episode, I do have a personal message I share with listeners of my leadership podcast. So I do hope you’ll check this episode out and hopefully gain both insight and inspiration for not only why you should express more gratitude through your leadership, but how to get started right now.
12 minutes | Sep 30, 2020
#67 - 3 Steps To Boost Critical Thinking Skills During COVID-19 Pandemic
With the COVID-19 pandemic expected to continue well into 2021, pandemic fatigue has become a real issue as prolonged stress has been shown to impact our critical thinking skills. In this special episode of my leadership podcast, I share 3 simple steps that will help you boost your critical thinking skills during this global pandemic.
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