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Engaging Leader Podcast

by Jesse Lahey

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Welcome to Engaging Leader, your source for principles to communicate, engage, and lead with greater impact. This weekly podcast will help you inspire trust, passion, and action.


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156: The Leadership Gap ó 7 Ways to Move Beyond It | with Lolly Daskal

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Apr 06, 2017


When successful people begin to feel uncertain or challenged at work, the one thing they want to know most is why things are going wrong after they have gone right for so long. Leaders tend to rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches […]

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155: How to Inspire Lifetime Loyalty | with Lee Caraher

Author: Jesse Lahey
Tue, Apr 04, 2017


As millions of millennials and the even younger GenZers come into the workforce with very different expectations and definitions of loyalty, companies need to shift to make the most of those workersí energy, skill sets, and incredible potential. Those companies that shift now for the long game of allegiance will have a strategic talent and […]

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154: Is Your Personality Helping (or Hurting) Your Leadership? | with Ron Warren, PhD

Author: Jesse Lahey
Sat, Apr 01, 2017


Your personality at work determines your success and impact as a leader. Is yours helping or hurting your effectiveness and your teamís engagement? Contrary to what most people think, you can change aspects of your personality and become a more engaging leader. A new book analyzing the behaviors of business leaders explains concrete ways that […]

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153: How to Find Your Authentic Voice | with Joshua Spodek

Author: Jesse Lahey
Fri, Mar 17, 2017


To lead and influence others, whether as a workplace leader or as a thought leader, you need to develop an authentic voice. For example, letís say you are a CEO delivering a speech to your employees, or a functional VP writing an email to your staff, or a department head presenting recommendations to the C-Suite. […]

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152: Donít Just Lead ó 3 Ways to ENGAGE

Author: Jesse Lahey
Wed, Mar 01, 2017


In the 21st century, those who are changing the world aren’t just leaders; they’re engagers. Managers and leaders try to get others to do what is needed. Engagers create conditions and cultivate a team that is fully energized to achieve the organizationís purpose. Managers and leaders see themselves as the magic. Engagers see the team […]

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151: Work Smarter, Not Harder Ė Productivity Hacks to Get More & Better Work Done in Less Time | with David Burkus

Author: Jesse Lahey
Wed, Feb 15, 2017


David Burkus is the organizer of the upcoming Work Smarter Summit, an online video-based virtual conference where world-class experts share their proven tactics for getting more done, earning more money, and living a life of purpose and productivity. Based on interviews with those experts, David has compiled a free ebook called Work Smarter, Not Harder, […]

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150: The Data-Driven Leader | with John Johnson

Author: Jesse Lahey
Sun, Jan 15, 2017


Leaders need data for at least two reasons: 1) so they and their team can make better decisions, and 2) to influence their employees, customers, or others to take action. In this episode, we discuss how to achieve both objectives better. We learn how to overcome some pitfalls in how we interpret data, so we […]

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149: The Power of Beliefs in Business | with Ari Weinzweig

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Dec 15, 2016


In 1982, Ari Weinzweig, along with his partner Paul Saginaw, founded Zingermanís Delicatessen with a $20,000 bank loan. They opened the doors with two employees and a small selection of specialty foods and exceptional sandwiches. Today, Zingermanís Delicatessen is a nationally renowned food icon, and the Zingermanís Community of Businesses has grown to 10 businesses […]

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148: 9 Ways to Thank Your Employees

Author: Jesse Lahey
Tue, Nov 15, 2016


ďEmployees who report receiving recognition and praise within the last seven days show increased productivity, get higher scores from customers, and have better safety records. Theyíre just more engaged at work.Ē Ė Tom Rath Recently, one of my team members communicated heartfelt gratitude to another team member named Jenny for her consistently outstanding performance. And […]

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147: 8 Tips for Communicating Bad News to Your Workforce

Author: Jesse Lahey
Tue, Nov 01, 2016


Communicating bad news ó we all hate to do it, wish we never have to do it again, and yet recognize that there will inevitably be times when we need to do it. Whether it is announcing a reduction in force, a negative change in employee benefits or compensation, a discontinued strategy or product line, […]

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146: 3 Ways to Optimize Your Energy and Culture in the Moment of Truth | with Anese Cavanaugh

Author: Jesse Lahey
Sat, Oct 15, 2016


Culture eats strategy for breakfast. -Peter Drucker Many leaders and aspiring leaders think their skills and strategies are what create impact, and that perks and parties are what create culture. But in reality a much larger part is created by the leaderís energy in every moment of truth. When you kick off a meeting or […]

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145: Rethinking Accountability ó How to Use It to Help Your People Unlock Their Strengths | with Jonathan Raymond

Author: Jesse Lahey
Sat, Oct 01, 2016


Leaders everywhere talk about accountability, but nobody is defining what it really means ó and more importantly, breaking it down into a set of skills that people could learn and apply. Accountability is about helping people unlock their strengths. In this podcast, Jonathan and Jesse discuss how you can have far more powerful conversations with […]

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144: Best Communication Tools for Teamwork

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Sep 15, 2016


On Engaging Leader, we share a lot of principles about leadership communication, but what about collaboration communication? In other words, whatís the most effective and efficient way to talk to the colleagues and clients you work with most closely in order to do great work together? Thatís a trick question, because there isnít (yet) a […]

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143: Lessons from Starbucks on Leading with Values First | with Howard Behar

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Sep 01, 2016


ďWeíre in the people business serving coffee, not the coffee business serving people.Ē ~ Howard Behar As the president of Starbucks North America and Starbucks International, Howard Behar spent over†20 years helping grow the company into a worldwide phenomenon. During those years, he was integral in establishing and nurturing the Starbucks culture. Since the beginning, […]

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142: Thatís Not How We Do It Here! ó How to Stay Agile and Innovative as a Mature Company | with John Kotter

Author: Jesse Lahey
Mon, Aug 15, 2016


Increasingly, large organizations are finding their competitive landscape changing so quickly that theyíre unable to respond fast enough to survive and thrive. Most mature organizations have a built-in tendency to kill off anything agile, innovative, and entrepreneurial ó which often is exactly whatís needed to stay ahead of todayís ever-increasing pace of change in the […]

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141: Hire, Develop, and Keep Great Employees | with Paul Falcone

Author: Jesse Lahey
Mon, Aug 01, 2016


People power your business ó and success can hinge on your hiring, inspiring, and keeping the right ones. As a leader, are you cultivating this vital resource? Is there more you could be doing? Are you just winging it? Every HR executive has a laundry list of things they wish managers knew: best practices that […]

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140: Cross-Generational Communications ó How to Bridge the Gap to Engage Multiple Generations

Author: Jesse Lahey
Fri, Jul 15, 2016


We are in the early years of a fundamental demographic shift. What worked in the past will no longer be enough. In order to attract and keep top talent ó and to influence their actions ó you will need to change how you engage people. Todayís workforce is made up primarily of three generations: Baby […]

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139: How to Speak the Truth to Your Boss and Team (Even When Itís Hard) | with Mindy Mackenzie

Author: Jesse Lahey
Fri, Jul 01, 2016


ďLearn what is true to do what is right.Ē ~ Thomas Huxley The thing that companies and individuals need most they often get least. What is this thing? The truth. Why? Because people don’t have the courage to say what theyíre really thinking. But no company or individual can survive, let alone thrive, without the […]

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138: Nudgy ó How to Influence People to Make an Optimal Choice in the ĎMoment of Truthí

Author: Jesse Lahey
Wed, Jun 15, 2016


In episode 136, I shared how there are three secrets to effective content as part of a leadership or workforce communication strategy: visual, sticky, and ďnudgy.Ē We discussed the first secret in episode 127, Let’s Get Visual: 6 Engaging Ways to Use Images. We discussed the second secret in episode 136, Sticky ó 7 Keys […]

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137: The Unplugged Leader ó How to Take a Worry-Free Vacation | with Mindy Mackenzie

Author: Jesse Lahey
Wed, Jun 01, 2016


With warm, summer weather arriving in the northern hemisphere, many of us have vacation plans. But what type of vacation will you take? Will it actually refresh you, helping you come back to work with new energy, fresh ideas, and a better perspective to help you deliver results that matter? If youíre like most business […]

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136: Sticky Ė 7 Keys to Making People Notice, Care, and Act

Author: Jesse Lahey
Mon, May 16, 2016


In a typical communication strategy, part of the plan involves leadership actions, but also involves communication content ó words, images, videos, and so forth. Youíve probably heard the phrase Content Is King. You can do a great job with other aspects of your strategy, but if the content isnít effective, youíll fail to meet your […]

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135: How to Lead Meetings That Get Results (and That People Want to Attend) | with Karin Hurt

Author: Jesse Lahey
Sun, May 01, 2016


Horrible meetings are a cliche? of the business world, and with good reason. Most meetings are a waste of time and donít accomplish much, if anything. Everyone leaves frustrated that they could be doing something more productive with their time ó and not only do your results suffer, so does your credibility as a leader. […]

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134: Under New Management: Upending Business As Usual | with David Burkus

Author: Jesse Lahey
Fri, Apr 15, 2016


Great leaders donít innovate products, they innovate the factory. Through most of the 20th century, great leaders focused on reinventing the factory. From Frederick Taylor to Henry Ford, the industrial age was made by people who could envision the best way to design the organization around the product. Today, much of the world has moved […]

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133: No Joke: Using Humor for Effective Communications | with David Nihill

Author: Jesse Lahey
Fri, Apr 01, 2016


In honor of April Foolís Day, a funny guest joins Jesse to discuss a seriously important topic Ö how to use humor to drive engagement in all of your communication opportunities. David Nihill went from being deathly afraid of public speaking to hosting a business conference, regularly performing stand-up comedy, and winning storytelling competitions in […]

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132: The Coaching Habit Ė Say Less, Ask More | with Michael Bungay Stanier

Author: Jesse Lahey
Tue, Mar 15, 2016


What if coaching could become a regular, informal part of your day so you and your team could work less hard and have more impact? Thatís the promise Michael Bungay Stanier makes in his latest book, The Coaching Habit. He has trained more than 10,000 busy managers from around the globe in practical, everyday coaching […]

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131: Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent

Author: Jesse Lahey
Tue, Mar 01, 2016


Some leaders foster a disproportionate share of top talent … the kind of talent that goes on to transform their entire industry. Professor Sydney Finkelstein noticed this and then figured out a way to identify who these “superbosses” are and how they do it. Most of what he discovered is counter-intuitive. In one of the […]

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130: The Storytellerís Secret: Why Some Ideas Catch on and Others Donít | with Carmine Gallo

Author: Jesse Lahey
Mon, Feb 15, 2016


Storytelling is the most underrated skill [among entrepreneurs]. ~ Ben Horowitze, famed venture capitalist Storytelling is the act of framing an idea as a narrative to inform, illuminate, and inspire. From Steve Jobs to Sheryl Sandberg to Richard Branson, successful leaders study and practice the art of storytelling in order to attract top talent, increase […]

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129: Stand Out Ė How to Be a Thought Leader | with Dorie Clark

Author: Jesse Lahey
Mon, Feb 01, 2016


Many people in the business world believe that working hard will be enough to move their career forward. But whether youíre trying to advance inside a large organization, or youíre an entrepreneur hoping to make a difference in your community or the global economy, you need to become recognized as an authority in your field. […]

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128: How to Shape Culture to Drive Performance | with Lindsay McGregor

Author: Jesse Lahey
Fri, Jan 15, 2016


Most business leaders today realize that a strong organizational culture is critical to success. However, culture tends to feel like some magic force that few leaders know how to control. So most leaders try to shape culture based on their intuition, leave it to chance, or try carrot-and-stick approaches to drive performance. To find a […]

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127: Letís Get Visual: 6 Engaging Ways to Use Images

Author: Jesse Lahey
Fri, Jan 01, 2016


Visual communication always gets more attention than written or verbal alone. And with the information and media-overload that everyone now experiences, visual communication is no longer an option when you are trying to influence, lead, or even simply inform people. You canít assume that sharing information is enough. Even Steve Jobs, when presenting to already-passionate […]

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126: Holacracy Ė An Agile Management System for a Rapidly Changing World | with Brian Robertson

Author: Jesse Lahey
Tue, Dec 15, 2015


Holacracy is a fundamentally different ďoperating systemĒ for organizations. Holacracy revolutionizes how a company is structured, how decisions are made, and how authority is distributed. Perhaps the best-known examples of companies who have adopted Holacracy are Zappos and David Allen Company. ďNo one reports to anyone anymore,Ē explains The Washington Post about Zappos. ďInstead, employees […]

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125: Engaging Hourly Workers

Author: Jesse Lahey
Tue, Dec 01, 2015


Hourly workers make up nearly 60% of the United States workforce. They are often people who directly impact customers, such as through customer service or making the products. And improving the engagement of hourly workers can decrease absenteeism and turnover costs, while improving productivity, customer satisfaction, and the overall culture of the organization. And yet […]

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124: THX! How Practicing Gratitude Makes You a More Effective Leader

Author: Jesse Lahey
Sun, Nov 15, 2015


Thankfulness changes things: in yourself, in your team, and in your impact. As we approach Thanksgiving in the US, and the New Year goal-setting that most of us will be undertaking over the coming weeks, let me encourage you to make it a priority to improve your gratitude over the coming year. In fact, if […]

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123: How to Rebuild Leadership Credibility: Lessons from the Reforging of a Navy Seal | with Jason Redman

Author: Jesse Lahey
Sun, Nov 01, 2015


A few years ago, my local gym posted a photo of a handwritten sign that had been posted outside the hospital room of a Navy Seal who had been severely wounded in battle. ďThe wounds I received,Ē wrote Lt. Jason Redman, ďI got in a job I love, doing it for people I love, supporting […]

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122: How to Help People Change | with Art Markman

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Oct 15, 2015


To create lasting behavior change, itís crucial to understand how the brainís habit system works, and then develop specific techniques to leverage the power of the brain rather than fighting against it. Psychologist Art Markman joins us to provide insight and practical advice to create sustainable behavior change in the people we lead. Heís the […]

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121: 5 Gears: Being a Present & Productive Leader When Thereís Never Enough Time | with Jeremie Kubicek

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Oct 01, 2015


[powerpess] When you drive a car with a manual transmission, you quickly learn there is a right time and place for each gear. You start in 1st gear, then shift into 2nd gear, and so forth until you reach the highest gear. If you try to shift into the wrong gear, the car will grind […]

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120: How to Lead Through Failure: 11 Ways to Drive Results While Reducing Mistakes

Author: Jesse Lahey
Tue, Sep 15, 2015


Does the way you lead communicate to your team that failure is not an option? If so, you are limiting innovation and development, encouraging cover-ups and lies, and breeding more-serious mistakes. This is true whether you lead a family, a small organization, or a huge business. “The best way to minimize failure is to embrace […]

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119: Goals Gone Wild: The New Performance Management | with Kris Duggan of BetterWorks

Author: Jesse Lahey
Tue, Sep 01, 2015


Research shows no one is happy with annual performance reviewsónot executives, not managers, and not individual contributors. Even HR teams responsible for performance management arenít convinced annual reviews provide value. According to Kris Duggan of BetterWorks, thatís because traditional performance management processes and systems no longer accurately reflect the way we work. (They never did, […]

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118: Engaging Employees in the ďMobile MomentĒ | with Joe Loya

Author: Jesse Lahey
Sat, Aug 15, 2015


Most people today constantly reach for their smartphones for instant answers and services. What’s the weather? Will Monique be joining us tomorrow? Whatís the name of that song? And even people who donít know how to use most smartphone features know how to send and receive texts. For many, itís their preferred method for timely […]

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117: Return on Character: Moral Habits & Reputation of CEOs Who Win | with Fred Kiel

Author: Jesse Lahey
Sat, Aug 01, 2015


When youíre the CEO or senior leader, bottom-line results matter. Especially when the going gets tough, the conventional assumption is that the big boss should push profits by any legal means necessary, even if it means twisting the truth, breaking promises, and being a jerk to other people. But for most of us, that intuitively […]

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116: Two Empathy Tools for Influencing People to Take Action

Author: Jesse Lahey
Wed, Jul 15, 2015


What does yawning have to do with influencing people to take action? If you yawn, you trigger ďmirror neuronsĒ in most other people, which affect their brain activity and influence them to yawn too. And mirror neurons don’t just involve actions like yawning. They affect thoughts and feelings as well. This is one of the […]

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115: The 4 Lenses of Innovation: Powering Your Teamís Creative Thinking | with Rowan Gibson

Author: Jesse Lahey
Wed, Jul 01, 2015


You and everyone on your team has an ďinner innovator,Ē creative potential inside that can be unleashed and harnessed. With the right tools and a little practice, you and your team can improve your creative thinking skills. Whatís more, you can build an embedded capability for innovation that engages everyone at your organization and leads […]

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114: How Well-being Boosts Employee Engagement and Profitability | with Doug Stover from Gallup

Author: Jesse Lahey
Mon, Jun 15, 2015


According to The Gallup Organization, when companies add a well-being focus to their engagement efforts, it has an accelerating effect. Focusing on employee engagement and employee well-being together helps companies maximize productivity. Today weíll discuss how your organization can improve your culture, employee engagement, and the bottom line by taking a whole-person approach that allows […]

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113: Top 7 Email Hacks for Leaders Ė Donít Let Email Kill Your Strategic Leadership

Author: Jesse Lahey
Mon, Jun 01, 2015


Some people fall far short of their leadership potential because they let the best part of their time, energy, and focus get sucked up by non-strategic tasks like replying to emails. On the other end of the spectrum are leaders who donít have the impact theyíd like because they donít consistently respond to important emails. […]

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112: Are You Fully Charged? 3 Keys to Energizing Your Work and Life | with Tom Rath

Author: Jesse Lahey
Fri, May 15, 2015


Being an engaging leader starts with engaging your own work and life optimally. When you are fully charged, you get more done, your mind is sharp and creative, you feel fully alive Ė and you are a better leader, parent, spouse, and friend. Does that happen by accident, or are there specific actions that create […]

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111: Getting Things Done (GTD) for Leaders | with David Allen

Author: Jesse Lahey
Fri, May 01, 2015


Being an engaging leader starts with engaging your own work and life optimally. Five years ago, Jesse had given up on the umpteenth system heíd tried for organization and productivity. As he went back to the drawing board, he discovered that a new approach had taken the world by storm. It was called Getting Things […]

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110: Turning Followers into Leaders | with David Marquet

Author: Jesse Lahey
Wed, Apr 15, 2015


How do you move people from being passive followers doing what they were told, to becoming proactive, engaged leaders themselves? Weíll give you a hint: Itís not about being visionary or giving the right orders. David Marquet is the author of Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders. David was […]

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109: Act Like a Leader. Think Like a Leader. | with Herminia Ibarra

Author: Jesse Lahey
Wed, Apr 01, 2015


Itís sort of a chicken-or-the-egg question. To take your next step toward great leadership, do you start with introspection and learning to think like a leader? Or do you put yourself into positions where you are forced to learn by doing? Most leadership books and courses give you one answer. But a contrarian and counter-intuitive […]

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108: Leading with the 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity | with Kory Kogon from FranklinCovey

Author: Jesse Lahey
Sun, Mar 15, 2015


Nearly half of your company’s payroll is being spent on things that don’t matter to your strategic goals. That’s based on results of a six-year global study of 350,000 people by the firm FranklinCovey. Here’s the good news: You can change your practices and the culture of your team to automatically self-orient around the important […]

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107: Four Seconds: Quick & Counter-Intuitive Ways to Get the Results You Want | with Peter Bregman

Author: Jesse Lahey
Mon, Mar 02, 2015


The things you and your team want mostópeace of mind, fulfilling relationships, success at workóare surprisingly straightforward to achieve. But habits and behaviors often trip up our best efforts. Let Peter Bregman help you learn quick, counter-intuitive actions that save time, boost energy, and increase productivity to get the results you want. To thrive in […]

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106: 4 Storytelling Frameworks to Lead Change | with Amanda Marko

Author: Jesse Lahey
Sun, Feb 15, 2015


Storytelling is a key tool for leading change. In episode 102, ďStorytelling for Leaders,Ē Amanda Marko joined us to discuss why itís such a powerful tool and provided tips for putting it to work. In this episode, Amanda returns to talk more specifically on the ďhowĒ of storytelling for leaders, and she explains four storytelling […]

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105: Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace | with Ron Friedman

Author: Jesse Lahey
Sun, Feb 01, 2015


As a leader, how can you create a great place to work that not only attracts great people but also promotes smarter thinking, greater innovation, and stronger performance? As you probably already know, thereís a popular annual survey about great places to work that boils everything down to trust. But is there more to it […]

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104: Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing | with Liz Wiseman

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Jan 15, 2015


Is it possible to be at your best even when you are under-qualified or doing something for the first time? And after decades of experience, can you keep your skills from becoming obsolete and irrelevant, and recapture the curiosity and fearlessness of youth to take on new challenges? With the right mindset, you can. For […]

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103: How to Use Bach Remedies to Become a Balanced Leader

Author: Jesse Lahey
Tue, Jan 06, 2015


On Engaging Leader, we talk a lot about who you need to be and what you need to do to be an engaging leader. But what if you keep catching yourself doing the wrong things? For example, you know you shouldnít practice command-and-control management or act like the smartest guy or gal in the room. […]

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102: Storytelling for Leaders: How to Influence, Engage & Inspire | with Amanda Marko

Author: Jesse Lahey
Mon, Dec 15, 2014


Storytelling is an effective leadership tool for change management, engagement, and bringing the business strategy to life. We discussed this tool back in episode 52, ďHow to Use Stories to Engage People.Ē Today weíll dig deeper, with the help of someone whose been teaching the art and science of storytelling to leaders from across the […]

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101: Built to Lead: Becoming a Top 10% Manager | with David Long

Author: Jesse Lahey
Mon, Dec 01, 2014


Did you know that of every 100 employees hired, only 6 or 7 will ever be promoted to their first management position? If you’re a manager now, you’re one of the 7% who made it! That’s the good news. Now, here’s the bad news. Statistically speaking, you won’t be promoted again. According to author and […]

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100: Becoming the Boss: New Rules for Gen Y Leaders | with Lindsey Pollak

Author: Jesse Lahey
Sat, Nov 15, 2014


We are in the midst of a leadership revolution, as power passes from Baby Boomers and Gen X-ers to Millennials. All grown up, the highly educated Generation Y is moving into executive positions in corporations and government, as well as running their own businesses, where they are beginning to have a profound impact that will […]

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099: Business Intuition: 7 Ways Leaders Apply the Science of Intuition | with Simone Wright

Author: Jesse Lahey
Sat, Nov 01, 2014


Intuition is the new buzz-word in business, and everyone from Branson to Buffet is touting its ability to guide and direct them to greater success and higher profits. However, the understanding of what intuition really is and how it can serve us in business and in life is deeply flawed. But according to a new […]

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098: Overworked and Overwhelmed: 4 tools for leaders to reclaim their lives and boost productivity | with Scott Eblin

Author: Jesse Lahey
Wed, Oct 15, 2014


Many leaders today are chronically overworked and overwhelmed by the seemingly non-stop demands on their time and attention. If you feel like you’re constantly outrunning burnout, resentment, and collapse, chances are you aren’t performing up to your potential as a leader. Hard work tends to go hand-in-hand with success, but over the long term, that […]

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097: Becoming a Leader People Want to Follow | with Mark Miller from Chick-fil-A

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Oct 02, 2014


Are you a leader people want to follow? You can beóbut first, you must understand what sets great leaders apart from all the rest. Certainly, leaders need people skills, execution skills, a deep knowledge of industry trends, the ability to articulate a vision, and more. They must be competentóbut thatís just the tip of the […]

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096: Bringing the Lean Startup into Your Organization: Leadership in the Age of Uncertainty | with Jeff Dyer

Author: Jesse Lahey
Mon, Sep 15, 2014


Have you or your team ever come up with a big idea that you thought would be very cool, but didn’t take any action because you thought it would be too risky? Perhaps it was an idea for a new product or service, or a process change to solve a complex problem. Maybe you tried […]

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095: 3 Things Leaders Should Learn from Rock-Orchestra Superstars

Author: Jesse Lahey
Mon, Sep 01, 2014


ďAt first, we didnít believe him, that this highly accomplished star in our field was interested in not just teaching us but in learning from us,Ē my wife Erin said. ďBut then we saw by his actions that he really meant it.Ē Erin had just returned from her first time attending the annual week-long Mark […]

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094: Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation | with Greg Brandeau

Author: Jesse Lahey
Fri, Aug 15, 2014


Are you a leader who builds teams that innovate again and again? Creating and sustaining an organization that is consistently innovative is extremely difficult (and rare). Conventional leaders see their role as conjuring up a vision and inspiring others to make it happen. The best leaders of innovation see their role quite differently. Former Pixar […]

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093: The Pure-Hearted Leader: The Surprising Relevance of an Ancient Concept

Author: Jesse Lahey
Mon, Aug 04, 2014


Back in 2000, Jesse was helping an executive at one of the world’s largest companies develop a communication plan. As they were working through the key messages, the executive got tripped up on one of the words Jesse was recommending. He thought the word and even the concept might be dated, old-fashioned. The word was […]

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092: 7 Keys to Clarity and Conciseness

Author: Jesse Lahey
Mon, Jul 14, 2014


Back in episode 89, about the Power of Brevity, we discussed why brevity works and provided four tips for being brief yet powerful. In these tips, clarity leads to brevity, and vice versa. Now, contrast that with most of the corporate-level communication that companies provide their employees. Whether itís a letter or email from the […]

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091: Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change | with David Maxfield

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Jul 03, 2014


All successful leaders have to be good at leading progress. And science has found that successful leaders, from CEOs to parents, have a common set of principles and skills that help create quick, profound, and lasting change in people and organizations. David Maxfield, New York Times†bestselling author, keynote speaker, and social scientist for organizational change, […]

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090: How to Bridge the Workplace Generation Gap | with David Maxfield

Author: Jesse Lahey
Sun, Jun 15, 2014


Can people of different generations work together productively, or do their differences lead only to conflict? According to a new study from the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) and social scientist for organizational change David Maxfield, unaddressed tension and resentment between Baby Boomers, Gen X, and Millennials is sapping productivity in corporate America. […]

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089: The Power of Brevity | with Bill Holston

Author: Jesse Lahey
Mon, Jun 02, 2014


Some of the most memorable speeches and documents have been much shorter than the norm. Abraham Lincolnís Gettysburg Address was only 2 or 3 minutes long, and we remember it much better than the other speaker that day, Edward Everett, who spoke for two hours. John F. Kennedyís famous inaugural address – “Ask not what […]

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088: Happy @ Work: Top Habits That Keep People Engaged and Successful | with Jim Donovan

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, May 08, 2014


A growing body of research in psychology and neuroscience is demonstrating that happiness is a secret ingredient to success at work. It turns out, our brains are more engaged, creative, productive, and resilient when in a positive state. What are the top habits for leaders and employees who are happy at work? How can we […]

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087: Talk Like TED: 3 Secrets to Radically Improve Your Presentations | with Carmine Gallo

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, May 01, 2014


Ideas are the currency of the 21st century. You can have brilliant ideasótruly revolutionary ideasóbut if you cannot persuade others to act, those ideas donít matter. In 2006, the famous TED conference began streaming 18-minute presentations from the worldís top minds for free. Today TED talks are viewed more than two million times a day […]

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086: The 6 Principles (or Cís) of Workforce Health Engagement | with Terry Sherwood

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Apr 24, 2014


In episode 1, Jesse and his colleague Terry Sherwood defined workforce health engagement as improving the knowledge, decision-making, and behaviors of employees, their families, and organizational leaders to optimize health outcomes, control medical costs, and enhance workplace productivity. In addition, they discussed five components of workforce health engagement: Population Health Management/Epidemiology Health Consumerism Benefit Plan […]

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085: A Leadership Course for the Rising Star | with Kevin Allen

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Apr 17, 2014


You can buy a leadership book today for about $25. Or you can get an MBA for about $30,000. But learning about leadership from a few decades of everyday experience and mentors? Thatís priceless. Kevin Allen was the pitchman for the ďPricelessĒ ad campaign for Mastercard, which launched in 1997 and continues influence people today. […]

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084: Scaling Up Excellence: Getting To More Without Settling For Less | with Bob Sutton

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Apr 10, 2014


If youíve created a great little coffeeshop, how do you expand and put your coffeeshops in cities around the world without watering down what makes your coffeeshop great? Thatís a question that Starbucks certainly struggled to answer. Or, if you have a key practice or mindset — for example, lean manufacturing — how do you […]

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083: How to Sleep Better for Improved Leadership, Productivity, and Innovation

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Apr 03, 2014


It happened again. Jesse recently had a stretch of several weeks where sleep problems caused him to get insufficient sleep Ö and the effect on his creativity, productivity, and influence was obvious. Itís a common problem that pops up from time to time for many leaders, and Jesse has successfully solved it in his own […]

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082: Everything Connects: How to Transform and Lead in the Age of Creativity, Innovation and Sustainability | with Faisal Hoque

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Mar 27, 2014


In the 21st century, the businesses and leaders that succeed are a difficult mix of creativity and flexibility on the one hand, and long-burning value on the other hand. In their new book, Faisal Hoque and co-author Drake Baer explain how these seeming opposites are actually connected Ö in fact, everything is connected. And they […]

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081: 18 More Ways to Engage Your Target Audience

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Mar 20, 2014


Last week, Jesse and Marty discussed that when we have an opportunity to influence or lead people, we canít assume that sharing information is enough. Thatís simply table stakes. Once you know what you want to communicate, you need to think about how to engage your audience and keep them engaged for the duration of […]

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080: 8 Ways to Engage Your Target Audience

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Mar 13, 2014


When we have an opportunity to influence or lead people, we canít assume that sharing information is enough. Thatís simply table stakes. Once you know what you want to communicate, you need to think about how to engage your audience and keep them engaged for the duration of the event. Many people believe their positional […]

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079: How to Engage Cynical Employees | with Bob Kelleher, author of Employee Engagement for Dummies

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Mar 06, 2014


How do you engage employees who are cynical or jaded? And what if your organization is trying to improve employee engagement, but employees and even managers are cynical about the engagement initiative itself? To help us address this issue, our guest is Bob Kelleher, author, speaker, and founder of The Employee Engagement Group. Bob Kelleher’s […]

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078: Leadership by Design: Rise of the DEO | with Maria Guidice & Christopher Ireland

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Feb 27, 2014


In the 20th century, in casting the ideal CEO, we took our cues from MBAs and the military. But many of the most recent superstars, such as Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, and Larry Page donít seem to fit that model. So is it the most effective model for the 21st century? Maria Giudice is Facebookís […]

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077: Nice Girls Still Donít Get the Corner Office: How Women Leaders Can Succeed Today | with Dr. Lois Frankel

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Feb 20, 2014


On the game show Jeopardy, host Alex Trebek provided the clue, ďThis is the prime piece of business real estate that nice girls donít get.Ē The correct response, of course, was ďWhat is the corner office?Ē Within just one year of completing college, women are earning 8% less than the men with whom they graduated. […]

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076: 5 Ways to Win Lovers and Influence Co-workers

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Feb 13, 2014


There are five basic ways that people feel revved up by the people they live and work with. Most of us need to receive all five to feel approved, affirmed, respected, and/or loved. But usually, one or two is most significant, and thatís different for everyone. In this episode, Jesse is joined in the studio […]

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075: Conquer the Entrepreneurís Kryptonite: Simple Strategic Planning | with James Woosley

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Feb 06, 2014


Today’s leaders — whether in business or nonprofit — are expected to be entrepreneurial. The kryptonite that threatens to kill the dreams of every entrepreneur is strategic planning. Many people have no plan and try shooting from the hip, so effort and resources are wasted or unfocused. Others get bogged down in an overly-detailed planning […]

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074: First-Time Leader: How to Succeed and Inspire Your New Team | with George Bradt

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Jan 30, 2014


Did you know that 40% of new leaders fail in the first 18 months? How can you avoid failing as a new leader, and learn from other leadersí mistakes rather than making so many of your own? To help our listeners who are new leaders or who would like to take their leadership to the […]

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073: 14 More Ways Leaders Re-charge Their Batteries: How to Increase Energy, Improve Mood, and Manage Stress

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Jan 23, 2014


Following up on the previous episode, Jesse and his wife Erin discuss 14 additional tactics to increase energy, improve mood, and manage stress. These re-charging tactics may not all work for you, based on your personal wiring and season of life. Pick 1-3 tactics to try this week or month. Keep what works, discard what […]

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072: 14 Ways Leaders Re-charge Their Batteries: How to Increase Energy, Improve Mood, and Manage Stress

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Jan 16, 2014


As leaders, we are wired for action, for serving others, for carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders. But we need to invest in re-energizing practices; otherwise we risk ďkilling the golden gooseĒ by sapping our health and/or losing our passion. Jesse and his wife Erin have noticed that it can be particularly […]

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071: Lead Like A Rock Star | with Ruth Blatt

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Jan 09, 2014


Ruth Blatt has a Ph.D. in Management and Organizations from the University of Michigan and taught Entrepreneurship to MBAs at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She has been writing about the social science behind rock ní roll music and interviewing dozens of bands, managers, and other industry professionals for a book about teamwork lessons […]

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070: Big Bang Disruption: Strategy in the Age of Devastating Innovation | with Larry Downes

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Jan 02, 2014


Nearly two decades ago, Clayton Christiansen changed the way large companies thought about strategy and innovation with his book The Innovatorís Dilemma. Now, Larry Downes and Paul Nunes say it has all changed again. Larry Downes is a research fellow†at the Accenture Institute for High Performance. †His brand-new book, co-authored with Paul Nunes, is Big […]

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069: 9 Telltale Signs of Influence 3.0

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Dec 26, 2013


What used to work for leaders in the past is no longer as effective today. Todayís workforce is more diverse, with more women and more ethnicities represented. New technologies make information accessible to everyone. And globalization means greater competition and opportunities. As a result, the leaders who are producing the best business results are now […]

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068: Is Leadership Dead? How Influence is Reviving It | with Jeremie Kubicek

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Dec 19, 2013


Command-and-control leadership doesnít work anymore — especially when it boils down to manipulating others for your own benefit. In the 21st century, great leaders strive to influence others for their good. True influence requires leaders to give themselves away. What is the major obstacle for effective leadership? Self-preservation. Jeremie Kubicek is a Founder of the […]

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067: 3 drivers of the new ďConnected EconomyĒ demanding the shift to Influence 3.0

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Dec 12, 2013


Since the 1980s, thereís been constant discussion about the difference between a manager and a leader. The basic distinction has been: Manager: Works through people to get things done. Leader: Sets direction and inspires people to get the RIGHT things done. Both are needed, but the consistent message has been that a great leader Ė […]

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066: GUTSY: How Women Leaders Make Change | with Sylvia Lafair, PhD

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Dec 05, 2013


Sylvia Lafair, PhD, is president of Creative Energy Options (CEO). With a doctorate in clinical psychology, Sylvia has taught at Hahnemann University and has more than 30 yearsí experience applying her expertise in human behavior and relationships to organizational environments. She is a highly regarded executive coach and leadership educator, having worked with all levels […]

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065: Influence 3.0: Upgrade from Leadership to Impact

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Nov 28, 2013


In the early 90s, the Iron Curtain fell. More people started using the Internet, and then the Web. The world was becoming smaller, more diverse, and more connected. Market conditions changed more quickly, and became more complex and harder to predict. Also, information was no longer the domain of the corporate brass; everyone in the […]

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064: 5 Principles of Ultimate Influence: Turning Adversaries into Allies | with Bob Burg

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Nov 21, 2013


Great influencers ó whether CEOs, entrepreneurs, sales professionals, clergy, parents, teachers, etc. ó seem to have a knack for getting the results they want from people, but in a way that everyone is happy. And, these leaders are persuasive in the most positive and benevolent sense of the word. Bob Burg, best-known as coauthor of […]

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063: How to Make an Impact on a Corporate Board of Directors | with Betsy Atkins

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Nov 07, 2013


If you are a CEO or if you been working in corporate America, you probably have had some involvement with the Board of Directors Ė either advising them or being advised by them. If you already serve on a Board of Directors, do you think you’re really making an impact? Is your involvement making a […]

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062: Flexible Thinking: 5 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Better Decisions

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Oct 31, 2013


In the past, leaders who made fast decisions inspired confidence and often produced excellent results. In todayís more complex, rapidly changing environment, great leaders use and encourage a different skill that Jesse calls ďflexible thinking.Ē Flexible thinking is a leadership secret uncovered by†David Burnham and other researchers at the firm Burnham Rosen, through studies involving […]

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061: The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Leaders Generate Great Ideas | with David Burkus

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Oct 24, 2013


Creativity is the starting point for all innovation, and most organizations rely on innovation to create a competitive advantage. Innovation is necessary for the successful development and implementation of new programs or better products. Because of this, leaders of organizations in all industries are asking more questions about creativity. Where does it come from? How […]

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060: Leading the Starbucks Way: 5 Principles for Connecting with Your Customers, Your Products and Your People | with Joseph Michelli

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Oct 17, 2013


Starbucks has become one of the best-loved and trusted brands in the world. Itís recognized as being one of the worldís most effectively led and admired companies. And yet, a few years ago, it seemed they had lost their way Ö the customer experience had become mediocre, and they had to close hundreds of stores. […]

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059: Rebel Leader: 8 Lessons from the Rebellious Leadership of Rosa Parks | with Cody Gascho

Author: Jesse Lahey
Sun, Oct 13, 2013


Some leaders have it tougher than others. Maybe you have it easier, where the vision is popular and its mostly a matter of keeping everyone focused on getting there. But what if to reach your vision, you have to paddle upstream Ö and not only that, you need to persuade an entire armada to paddle […]

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058: EAT MOVE SLEEP: Why Small Choices Make a Big Difference | with Tom Rath

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Oct 10, 2013


Jesseís guest today is Tom Rath, a name that will be familiar to most of our listeners. Tom is a senior scientist and adviser at Gallup, where he has been helping people and organizations reach their potential. His books have sold more than 5 million copies, led by the huge bestseller How Full Is Your […]

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057: Leading a For-Profit Business as a Vehicle for Change | with Barry Nalebuff

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Oct 03, 2013


One of Jesseís favorite topics is how business can be a force for good in our world. Thatís why this episode focuses on the amazing story of a startup business in what some would call an oversaturated market Ö bottled ice tea. This is the story of Honest Tea, the company that took on Snapple […]

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056: Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day | with Todd Henry

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Sep 26, 2013


Todd Henry is the founder and CEO of Accidental Creative, where he helps teams and creatives be prolific, brilliant and healthy. He regularly speaks at companies and conferences about how to build practices that lead to better ideas. †His first book was Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Momentís Notice, which examined the […]

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055: How Pattern-Aware Leadership Drives Change | with Sylvia Lafair, PhD

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Sep 19, 2013


Did you ever think ďI wish my direct reports or co-workers would stop with their sob stories?Ē ďI canít listen to one more complaint,Ē or ďWhy canít they just do their jobs and go home?Ē Sylvia Lafair, PhD, is the President of Creative Energy Options (CEO). With a doctorate in clinical psychology, Sylvia has taught […]

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054: Humility and Leadership: How to Teach Confident Humility | with Karin Hurt

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Sep 12, 2013


Confidence inspires, attracts, excites and ignites. †And yet, confidence without humility can significantly limit a leaderís effectiveness — and even can be dangerous. †Truly confident leaders are secure enough to embrace and share their humility. †In the long run, their humility makes them stronger. To discuss how leaders can be confident and humble, and how […]

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053: 5 Lessons in Adventurous Leadership from Lewis & Clark: Americaís Greatest Explorers

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Sep 05, 2013


As leaders, we’re often asking people to go into uncharted territory with us. Twenty years ago, Amazon didnít exist Ö today it is the most trusted company in the world. To accomplish that, Jeff Bezos is constantly leading his team into new adventures. What can we learn from the leadership of Americaís greatest explorers, Lewis […]

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052: How to Use Stories to Engage People | featuring Steve Kloyda from The Prospecting Expert

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Aug 29, 2013


Who would you say has had the most influence over people in the last several decades? Politicians? Teachers? CEOs? Perhaps Hollywood and the rest of the entertainment industry have had the most significant impact on a greater number of people. Consider this: After Jaws hit theaters in 1975, shark hunting increased dramatically, to the point […]

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051: The Impact Equation | with Julien Smith

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Aug 22, 2013


You and your team likely have ideas from time to time that you think would make a difference in the world. But how do you get your important ideas to spread, to engage a larger audience to see them, act on them, and even join a community around that experience? Perhaps more challenging, how do […]

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050: Keys to Personal Productivity | with Erik Fisher

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Aug 15, 2013


Most of us donít have the luxury of only being leaders Ö we need to get work done personally as well as through other people. And whether we are getting things done ourselves or through other people, we need to maximize productivity. Erik Fisher is the host of Beyond the To-Do List, a hugely popular […]

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049: OVERCOMING FAKE TALK: How to Hold REAL Conversations that Create Respect, Build Relationships, and Get Results | with John Stoker

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Aug 08, 2013


As the legendary Peter Drucker observed, nearly all leadership and management challenges come back to breakdowns in communication. Effective leaders think about what is important and about how to communicate that. They deliver a clear message that outlines their expectations and specifies the requirements for effective performance. Based on how people perform, the leader needs […]

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048: How to Build Deep Business Relationships | with David J. Soler

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Aug 01, 2013


Deep, long-term business relationships can be extremely valuable. Yet most people seem much more focused on getting a high quantity of customers or other relationships, even if they are low-quality, short-term relationships. David J. Soler is an expert on the topic of relationship marketing and sales. He is the host of the top-rated ďRelationship Marketing […]

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047: How the Serious Side of Games Can Engage People | with Elise Olding from Gartner

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Jul 25, 2013


Despite the hype, several experts insist that gamification — using game inspired-tactics to engage people — can be a powerful strategy for behavioral change and worker productivity. Elise Olding, a Research Director at the tech research firm Gartner, has predicted that by 2015, 40% of Global 1000 organizations will use gamification as the primary mechanism […]

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046: How to Build a Personal Brand | with Glenn Llopis

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Jul 18, 2013


Building a personal brand is essential to becoming a leader worth following. †It allows people to see style of your leadership and more importantly the quality of results they can expect from you. But how do you build a personal brand in a responsible way that isnít simply self-promotion? Our guest on this episode is […]

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045: How Conscious Leaders Build Value | with Fred Kofman

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Jul 11, 2013


In the landmark book Good to Great, Jim Collins studies what drives average companies to take a quantum leap and become extraordinary. He concludes that a crucial component of greatness is leaders with a paradoxical blend of personal humility and professional will. These leaders, whom Collins calls ďLevel 5,Ē channel their ego ambition away from […]

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044: The 3 Most Important Decisions in Life

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Jul 04, 2013


If you had one brief moment to tell the young people of today something important, what would you say? Of all the things you could say to a young leader, what could you say that might have life-long impact? Jesse recently gave a short commencement address at his oldest sonís high school graduation. He spoke […]

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043: How to Lead a Likeable Business | with Dave Kerpen

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Jun 27, 2013


“Advertising is the tax you pay for not being remarkable.” – Seth Godin But how do you make sure your business is remarkable — one worth talking about in a positive way? There are just too many examples of organizations that are mediocre, or worse: their people are doing things that cause customers to go […]

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042: 3 Ways to Become a Resonant Leader | with Richard Boyatzis

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Jun 20, 2013


Richard Boyatzis is a Professor in the Departments of Organizational Behavior, Psychology, and Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University. He is the author of more than 150 articles on leadership, competencies, emotional intelligence, competency development, coaching, and management education. He was ranked #9 Most Influential International Thinkers by an 11,000 HR Director Survey in […]

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041: Using People Analytics to Improve Productivity & Happiness | with Ben Waber

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Jun 13, 2013


Google recently moved into the No. 3 position among the worldís most valuable companies. Google has been said to have the worldís only truly data-driven HR function, and they call it ďpeople analytics.Ē One of the data-driven tools that Google uses is Social Sensing Technology, which is showing conclusive evidence that slight changes in behavior, […]

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040: 5 Keys to Leading Innovation | with Todd Henry

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Jun 06, 2013


How do you avoid mediocrity and apathy in the team you lead? At many companies today, innovation is the rallying cry, but bunting for singles is the everyday ethic. So how can you lead a team to be truly innovative? How can you inspire innovation, even from employees who arenít in R&D? And how can […]

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039: How Trusted Leaders Use Conversation to Power Their Organizations | with Michael Slind

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, May 30, 2013


Not so long ago, power within organizations emanated from the commands of top executives. But as weíve discussed in several episodes of Engaging Leader, more leaders today recognize that driving their team in a traditional command-and-control manner doesnít work anymore. So does that also mean that old models of top-down corporate communication donít work either? […]

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038: How Gamification Can Revolutionize Your Business | with Kevin Werbach

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, May 23, 2013


Gamification is the use of game-design techniques to engage people. For example, products like FitBit and Nike+ have turned physical fitness into a social video game. Over the last couple of years it has become one of todayís hottest trends in business, at companies of all sizes in pretty much all industries. But what is […]

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037: How to Engage Others In Creating the Future | with Terry Pearce

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, May 16, 2013


How do you inspire people to take action toward a shared goal? To answer that question, we welcome back Terry Pearce, author of Leading Out Loud: A Guide for Engaging Others in Creating the Future. This is the bestselling guide to authentic leadership communication, and the newest edition of this book hit bookstores earlier this […]

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036: 4 Ways to Improve Face-to-Face Impact | with Stacey Hanke

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, May 09, 2013


Are you consistently able to influence people to take action? Do people trust what you say and follow your recommendations? When you speak, do people pay attention or do they start to check their iPhones? If you donít have the impact youíd like, you probably need to improve your face-to-face communication skills, whether you are […]

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035: Infectious: How to Connect Deeply and Unleash the Energetic Leader Within | with Achim Nowak

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, May 02, 2013


Do you connect deeply with others? Do you inspire people? Do you leave a lasting impression? Beyond strategy, beyond business expertise – what people ultimately respond to is YOU. Your energy. Your vision. Your ability to move hearts and souls. To help us expand our leadership influence, our guest is Achim Nowak. He is the […]

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034: How to Communicate with Confidence in the C-Suite | with Dianna Booher

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Apr 25, 2013


Well, youíve made it to the C-Suite because of your expertise, but do you have the people skills to be successful with the CEO, CFO, and other executives? How can you create presence that influences others to perceive you as a strategic thinker, a heavy hitter, an adept leader? In short, how do you communicate […]

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033: Leading Out Loud: Why Communication is the Most Essential Leadership Skill | with Terry Pearce

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Apr 18, 2013


Is it true that communication is the most essential leadership skill? And if so, what are the biggest keys to leadership communication? To address that, our guest today is Terry Pearce, author of Leading Out Loud: A Guide for Engaging Others in Creating the Future. This is the bestselling guide to authentic leadership communication, and […]

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032: How to Be an Enduring Leader: ďGive Me Shackleton Every TimeĒ

Author: Jesse Lahey
Thu, Apr 11, 2013


Lessons from the South Pole, Part 2: Ernest Shackleton For a joint scientific and geographical piece of organisation, give me Scott; for a Winter Journey, Wilson; for a dash to the Pole and nothing else, Amundsen: and if I am in the devil of a hole and want to get out of it, give me […]

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