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The Life as Leadership podcast focuses on two things: 1. Learning from great leaders in all areas of life and 2. Developing a community of leaders committed to challenging and encouraging each other to new levels of influence.

This show will introduce you to the mindsets, lifestyles, and strategies of entrepreneurs, executives, coaches, and many other leaders in a way that will help any leader accelerate their growth in leadership.

Life as Leadership: Where Leaders Gather to Grow Together Josh Friedeman

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The Life as Leadership podcast focuses on two things: 1. Learning from great leaders in all areas of life and 2. Developing a community of leaders committed to challenging and encouraging each other to new levels of influence.

This show will introduce you to the mindsets, lifestyles, and strategies of entrepreneurs, executives, coaches, and many other leaders in a way that will help any leader accelerate their growth in leadership.

    LaL 091: Successfully Solving Unsolved Problems with Jim McKelvey

    LaL 091: Successfully Solving Unsolved Problems with Jim McKelvey

    Jim McKelvey is a serial entrepreneur, inventor, philanthropist, artist, and perhaps most notably the co-founder of the financial services juggernaut Square. He served as the chairman of its board until 2010 and still serves on the Board of Directors. In 2011, his iconic card reader design was inducted into the Museum of Modern Art. In 2016, McKelvey also founded Invisibly, an ambitious project to rewire the economics of online content. He is a Deputy Chair of the St. Louis Federal Reserve and is the author of the recently-released book entitled The Innovation Stack: Building an Unbeatable Business One Crazy Idea at a Time.



    LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS



    - People do very little of “inventing new”—we copy because it works.

    - If you are doing something that’s never been done before, it is impossible for you (or anyone else) to be qualified to do it.

    - Perfect problems are solvable problems which have not been solved yet.

    - Innovation is building a series of new things to solve an unsolved problem.

    - There are very few original things in our day-to-day lives, but originality is required for solving unsolved problems.

    - The companies that innovate tend to create their own market.

    - Invention doesn’t have a checklist.

    - The Innovation Stack looks like this: If you have to do one thing successfully, the chance of your competitor’s success may be 80% (0.8). If you do two things successfully, they likelihood of their success is 64% (0.8)2. This continues with each added item/area of success.

    - There are two reasons people give up: 1. They are absolutely exhausted 2. They quite in a rational way (e.g. they decide it will never work). But most innovation comes when people work through the second.

    - Most world-leading entrepreneurs and innovators were accidentally put on the path to entrepreneurship by a physical calamity.



    QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION



    - What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? Wait. Timing is extremely important.

    - Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Curious, humble, and accidental.

    - What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? Why not? If not me, then who?

    - What book would you recommend to leaders? The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

    - If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Do something that makes you slightly uncomfortable.

    - As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” It depends on your stage of life. Ask “why?” to learn how things work. This is the baseline. After that, ask “why not?”



    Website:

    https://www.jimmckelvey.com/



    Find Jim on social media:

    LinkedIn: in/mckelveyjim

    • 40 min
    LaL 090: Repositioning Yourself for Greater Success with Chala Dincoy

    LaL 090: Repositioning Yourself for Greater Success with Chala Dincoy

    Chala Dincoy is the CEO and Founder of The Repositioning Expert. She’s a Marketing Strategist who helps professional service companies change their messaging to attract more decision makers. In her former life, Chala was an award-winning marketer at companies such as Pepsi, Pizza Hut, Frito Lay, Playtex and BIC Inc for 20 years. Now she is a marketing consultant. She is the author of Gentle Marketing: A Gentle Way to Attract Loads of Clients, and How to Win Friends the Way Apple Wins Customers. Chala is also a regularly featured expert on major television networks such as ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox, as well as a popular speaker at International conferences.



    Check out Chala's special offer here.



    LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS



    - A business will not heal your own wounds.

    - The pain and the purse have very different outlooks. Be very aware of who you are messaging to.

    - Identify everyone you can serve, then consider them in light of access, funds, and fit.



    QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION



    - What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? You have to be different.

    - Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” A thought leader, differentiated, and someone who stands for something.

    - What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? What problem do I solve?

    - What book would you recommend to leaders? The Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything by Stephen M. R. Covey

    - If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Look at how you can differentiate based on the biggest problem you can solve with your target audience.

    - As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” “Why?” because it gets to the reason behind peoples’ behavior.



    Website:

    http://www.repositioner.com/



    Contact:

    chala@repositioner.com



    Find Chala on social media:

    Twitter: @Chala_Dincoy

    Instagram: @CDincoy

    Facebook: @TheRepositioningExpert

    Youtube: @ChalaDincoy

    LinkedIn: in/ChalaDincoy

    • 27 min
    LaL 089: Meaningful Stories from Daily Life with Kit Pang

    LaL 089: Meaningful Stories from Daily Life with Kit Pang

    Kit Pang is the founder of BostonSpeaks and a public speaking coach at Harvard Business School. He has worked with speakers ranging from NFL Players and Three Star Michelin Chefs to Fortune 500 CEOs and TEDx Speakers. He is on a mission to help individuals become exceptional speakers and communicators.



    LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS



    - Story telling is the greatest “state of the heart” technology that anyone can use.

    - To tell a good story, keep three things in mind: 1. The time and place, 2. The situation, and 3. The thinking, actions, and feelings.

    - When you are creating your Powerpoint, what are you feeling? If you’re feeling nothing, your audience will probably feel the same.

    - Your stories should always have a point so people are very clear why they are being told the story.

    - The PREP method of story development: Point, Reason, Example, Point.

    - Stories always have to attach themselves to a point – especially in the business world

    - Four reasons why you get scared in front of people: 1. You haven’t reached task mastery. Solution: Practice! And take more risk each time. 2. It’s high stakes in your mind. Solution: Realize it’s not high stakes in anyone else’s mind. Get out of your own head! 3. You don’t know how to control your adrenaline. Solution: Use your adrenaline to give yourself and your audience that energy. 4. It’s in your DNA. Some people have more of a predisposition to nervousness.



    QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION



    - What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? Learning how to rise to obstacles rather than fall to them.

    - Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Brave, conscious, and light-hearted.

    - What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? What’s in it for them?

    - What book would you recommend to leaders? Everybody Wins: The Story and Lessons Behind RE/MAX by Keith Hollihan and Phil Harkins

    - If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Sleep earlier.

    - As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” “Why?” Just like a kid, ask “why?”



    Website:

    https://www.bostonspeaks.com/



    Contact:

    kit@bostonspeaks.com



    Find Kit on social media:

    Twitter: @Boston_Speaks

    Instagram: @Boston_Speaks

    LinkedIn: in/kitpang

    • 32 min
    LaL 088: Rising to Today’s Challenges with John Futterknecht

    LaL 088: Rising to Today’s Challenges with John Futterknecht

    John Futterknecht is the president and co-founder of Optimum Associates, a global leadership development and training company focused on equipping leaders with essential skills to optimize performance. John specializes in helping orgnizations and their leaders excel in complex, highly integrated Matrix structures. He has recently released a new book, Leading in the Global Matrix: Proven Skills and Strategies to Succeed in a Collaborative World.



    Check out episode 81 with Thom Shea on leading during chaos here. 



    LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS



    - There has been a trend toward less siloed organizations and more toward a more integrated work environment and world.

    - Leading in an integrated world is different than leading in a siloed world. In other words, “what got you here won’t get you there.”

    - Leading in an integrated world during crisis is even more difficult and must maintain optimal functioning. The skills are as important as ever, but the opportunity is greater for those who have the skills.

    - The crisis has also created extraordinary opportunity to strengthen cohesion and build trust on teams.

    - Leaders must have the humility to understand they need to lead themselves effectively before leading others (including nervous system and mental and emotional well-being).

    - Be an inspirational leader by embodying the optimism and balance you want others to have, holding boundaries for others, showing empathy, probe one or two questions deeper, and give positive feedback—catch people doing good things and highlight them.



    QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION



    - What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? Change will never happen as slowly as it is today. Learning, agility, and reflection are vital for our future.

    - Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Compassionate, decisive, and collaborative.

    - What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? What does the group of people I’m working with know that I don’t know, and what are they better at than me?

    - What book would you recommend to leaders? Leading in the Global Matrix: Proven Skills and Strategies to Succeed in a Collaborative World by John Futterknecht and Marty Seldman

    - If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Ensure that you include movement in your day

    - As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” “Why not?” Be bold within reason. You may either be wrong or be slow. Lean in.



    Website:

    https://www.optimumassociates.com/



    Contact:

    john@optimumassociates.com



    Find John on social media:

    LinkedIn: in/johnfutterknecht

    • 36 min
    LaL 087: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People with Todd Davis

    LaL 087: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People with Todd Davis

    Todd Davis is FranklinCovey’s Chief People Officer, a 7 Habits expert, and co-author of The Wall Street Journal bestseller, Everyone Deserves a Great Manager.  Todd has more than 30 years of experience in human resources, talent development, executive recruiting, sales, and marketing. He has been with FranklinCovey for more than two decades, where he led the development of many of FranklinCovey’s core offerings and world-renowned content. Currently, he is responsible for global talent development of employees in over 40 offices reaching 160 countries.   



    Purchase The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People here. 



    LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS



    - Principles in general—and more specifically principles of effectiveness—are true, universal, and timeless.  

    - Habit 1: Be proactive. You are free to choose and responsible for your own choices. Some principles at play: choice, accountability, and resourcefulness.

    - Habit 2: Begin with the end in mind. What you want will make all the difference. Some principles at play: vision, commitment, and purpose.

    - Habit 3: Put first things first. Spend time on what is important. Some principles at play: focus, integrity, discipline, prioritization.

    - Habit 4: Think win-win. There is plenty for everyone—and more to spare! A principle at play: abundance.

    - Habit 5: Seek first to understand, then be understood. You have much greater influence with others if you have empathy. Some principles at play: respect, mutual understanding, and courage.

    - Habit 6: Synergize. Cooperate with people creatively so that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Some principles at play: creativity, cooperation, diversity, and humility.

    - Habit 7: Sharpen the saw. Take time for yourself every day so that you can keep everything else going. Some principles at play: renewal, continuous improvement, and balance.



    QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION



    - What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? “Be the change that you wish to see in the world” – Gandhi

    - Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Humble, empathetic, and credible (which includes character AND competence).

    - What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? Do you want to be a great leader, or do you want your team led by a great leader?

    - What book would you recommend to leaders? Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin

    - If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Meet your team where they are (i.e., understand what is on their mind before giving vision and direction).

    - As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” “Why not?” because it forces out-of-the-box thinking.



    Website:

    https://www.franklincovey.com/



    Find Todd on social media:

    Twitter: @ToddDavisFC

    Facebook: @ToddDavisFC

    LinkedIn: in/ToddDavisFC

    • 32 min
    LaL 086: A Guide to Fearless Authenticity with Danessa Knaupp

    LaL 086: A Guide to Fearless Authenticity with Danessa Knaupp

    Danessa Knaupp is an executive coach dedicated to shifting the global conversation on leadership. She has supported executives across every major industry and has developed a reputation as a candid, compassionate and courageous leadership partner.  She regularly addresses C-suite audiences on how to harness the power of real authenticity (not #authenticity) to drive measurable business results. She is the author of the recently released and already best-selling leadership manual, Naked at Work: A Leader’s Guide to Fearless Authenticity.



    Find Danessa's book here.



    Check out another episode on psychological safety here.



    LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS



    - Authenticity is a paradox: It can work for or against you.

    - If you show up as authentic outside the bounds of your organization, or if you are authentic in service to yourself (i.e., “I am who I am… take it or leave it”), there’s no good there.

    - When considering how to be authentic, ask yourself if it will distract from or reinforce your message; if it is appropriate for your environment or not.

    - Think about your authenticity in the context of your effectiveness.

    - We are a million versions of ourselves—and all of them can be authentic. We just bring forward different things depending on who we are with (grandma, friend, co-worker, etc.).

    - Authenticity is bringing your full self forward in service to your organization.

    - According to research, teams led by authentic leaders are more effective across two dimensions: 1. Day-to-day managerial effectiveness (productivity, fewer mistakes, absenteeism, etc.) 2. Strategic areas (solving problems without the leader, bouncing back from unexpected news, operating in ambiguity).

    - The psychological safety that an authentic leader brings to a team empowers the members to try things they might not otherwise try and to find alignment with the team.

    - To be an authentic leader, focus on three things: Compassion, candor, and courage.

    - Bring this version of you to work: Someone who recognizes that who you are—as you are—is enough; someone who embraces where you are and reframes it so that it will serve you; someone who looks at failure differently—as a way to move you forward.

    - Remember: Authenticity is not about you. It is hard, and it is in service to your team and organization.



    QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION



    - What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? Forgetting the lyrics to a song for a high school performance THREE nights in a row! This was a defining failure that made her fearless.

    - Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Compassionate, brave, and clear.

    - What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? What am I not seeing?

    - What book would you recommend to leaders? The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

    - If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Start doing something you’re really bad at to remind yourself what it’s like to be a beginner and to re-learn the lesson of grace.

    - As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” “Why not?” because “Why?” keeps you where you are; “Why not?” pushes you into new territory.



    Website:

    https://www.danessaknaupp.com



    Contact:

    danessa@avenue8advisors.com



    Find Danessa on social media:

    Twitter: @danessa_knaupp

    • 30 min

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