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On the Leadership Junkies Podcast, we explore leadership, business, and personal growth to help you grow your business and live a richer life. One thing we know about leadership - You can’t grow your business bigger than you. We believe that leaders have to put their people first. If you take care of your people, your people will take care of your business. Get ready for conversations that will challenge your thinking and help you transform your leadership and your business. Welcome to your bigger business, and bigger life.

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On the Leadership Junkies Podcast, we explore leadership, business, and personal growth to help you grow your business and live a richer life. One thing we know about leadership - You can’t grow your business bigger than you. We believe that leaders have to put their people first. If you take care of your people, your people will take care of your business. Get ready for conversations that will challenge your thinking and help you transform your leadership and your business. Welcome to your bigger business, and bigger life.

    147. Carl Gould | Blueprint for Business Growth: Strategies to Grow Yourself and Your Business

    147. Carl Gould | Blueprint for Business Growth: Strategies to Grow Yourself and Your Business

    Are you committed to personal and business growth? Are you ready to identify your blind spots and stop tripping over them? Do you want tools and strategies to grow yourself and your business?

    Our special guest Carl Gould answers these and other questions about leadership, entrepreneurship, coaching, business growth and peak performance.

    Carl Gould is a worldwide leading authority on business and entrepreneurship, a keynote speaker and best-selling author. His company, 7 Stage Advisors, helps organizations grow to the next level. He’s an entrepreneur who built three multi-million dollar businesses by age 40, and 7 Stage Advisors has mentored the launch of over five thousand businesses. Some of the companies Carl’s helped are Allstate, American Idol, USA Olympic Track, IBM, McGraw-Hill and the US Army.

    Carl created the farthest-reaching business mentoring organization in the world, and his methodologies are in practice in 35 countries. He’s trained, certified or accredited over 7,000 business coaches and mentors since 2002.

    Carl has written multiple books and articles on the subject of business strategy, leadership and sustainable growth. He co-authored Blueprint for Success with Stephen R. Covey and Ken Blanchard, and his best-selling book, The 7 Stages of Small Business Success, lays out the formula for HyperGrowth.

    Carl’s dynamic and energetic presentation style has made him a sought after keynote speaker internationally. He combines practical and impactful content with real-world experience…no theory here! Carl engages his audiences and keeps them on the edge of their seat. Gould’s content is original, profound and battle-tested.
     
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    Show Notes
    Episode highlights…

    Using assessments and peak performance science to accelerate and grow your leadership and business

    Skills for getting to your blind spots in two questions or less

    Strategies for growing the professional side of your life

    Understanding the ways your personality type impacts your leadership style

    Understanding the 7 Stages of Business Growth

    Strategic planning stage

    Specialty stage

    Synergy stage

    Systems stage

    Sustainability stage

    Saleability stage

    Legacy stage

    Understanding the difference between growing a business and scaling a business

    The difference between producer team members and manager team members

    Building great teams is about understanding the skills and mindsets for roles and finding the right fits for the roles (even if it’s not the typical fit)

    Focusing on core competencies versus prior experience with your people

    The four quandrants for business leaders – Direction / strategy, Income (sales / marketing), Systems; Controls

    Questions help people see things differently and help people find their blind spots

    Coach’s key role is to help clients understand the limit of their defined identity and expand that identity

    The importance of understanding the natural state of your comfort zone

    Leaders have a range of mismanagement, and the team knows it as well

    Behaviors follow incentives

    Resources:

    Carl Gould


    Carl Gould Website


    7 Stage Advisors Website (Free Business Analysis)

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    146. Kate Bradley Chernis | Bringing More Magic Into Your Business and Leadership

    146. Kate Bradley Chernis | Bringing More Magic Into Your Business and Leadership

    Are you confused about artificial intelligence and ways you can us AI to add value to your business? Would you like to more easily and consistently amplify your brand voice in sales, marketing and social media? Would you like to experience a 98% sales conversion in your business? Are you looking for ways to transform your fans into evangelists?
     
    Our special guest Kate Bradley Chernis answers these and other questions about leadership, artificial intelligence, social media, sales and marketing leadership, and embracing more magic in your business and life.
     
    Kate Bradley Chernis is the Founder & CEO of Lately, which uses AI to learn your brand voice and turn blogs, videos and podcasts into dozens of social posts. As a former marketing agency owner, Kate initially created the idea for Lately out of spreadsheets for then-client, Walmart, and got them a 130% ROI, year-over-year for three years.
     
    Prior to founding Lately, Kate served 20 million listeners as Music Director and on-air host at Sirius/XM. She’s also an award-winning radio producer, engineer and voice talent with 25 years of national broadcast communications, brand-building, sales and marketing expertise.
     
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    Show Notes
    Episode highlights…

    Understanding AI relative to your brand, brand message and social media

    The role of magic in your sales, marketing, business and life

    Ideas for transforming your fans into evangelists

    Living and leading with a child-like sense of wonder

    Embracing the impact of curiosity and synchronicity

    Claiming the power of your choices every day

    What you choose to believe changes your experiences of life

    The path to more magic is to believe in magic

    Even your superpowers have a corresponding weakness

    Leaders must be willing to call out the bullshit

    The importance of taking time to reflect on your moments and experiences every day

    The culture pressure for women leaders to always be on it, always be solving, always be fixing problems

    Navigating the daily pressures of the “mirror” (meeting self-expectations and expectations from others) for women in leadership

    The importance of being willing to move beyond your original idea and pivot in your business

    Beware losing your identity in your job, career or business

    Navigating your insecurities as a leader

    Wisdom for woman entrepreneur – listen to your gut!

    Resources:

    Kate Bradley Chernis


    Lately Website

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    145. David Baldwin | Business as a Force for Good: Building a Business Based Upon Values, Purpose and Why

    145. David Baldwin | Business as a Force for Good: Building a Business Based Upon Values, Purpose and Why

    Is your culture values based and are those values in action every day? Do you believe in the idea of business being a force for good? Are you looking for ways to build a truly people first organization and culture?
     
    Our special guest David Baldwin answers these and other questions about people first leadership, values based leadership and what it means to build a business to be used as a force for good.
     
    David Baldwin plays lead guitar for Baldwin&, the advertising agency he founded in Raleigh, NC. Baldwin& was named Small Agency of the Year twice in its first five years by Ad Age and the 4A’s, and David is one of the most awarded copywriters and creative directors working in the advertising business today.
     
    The former Chairman of the One Club in NYC, David was also an executive producer for the Emmy winning film, Art & Copy, and an associate producer for the Emmy and Peabody Award winning film “The Loving Story”.
     
    David also co-founded the Ponysaurus Brewing Co. in Durham, NC, and is the author of the Amazon Best Seller, The Belief Economy, How to Give a Damn, Stop Selling, and Create Buy-in.
     
    Last year, in the wake of the George Floyd tragedy, David co-founded Take Your Seat, a company dedicated to get more Black representation into boardrooms. 
     
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    Show Notes
    Episode highlights…

    When it comes to DEI, no one cares what you have to say – they want to see what you’re doing

    Creating board opportunities for black leaders (Take Your Seat)

    If you want to support change for people of difference, ask them how you can help and listen

    A power phrase for DEI conversations – “I might be helping wrong, and I would like you to help me figure out how to not help wrong”

    Leadership means meeting every moment with an open heart

    The critical importance of getting clear on the purpose and why for your business and then make decisions based upon that why

    What it means to use business as a force for good and why it matters

    Companies with a meaningful culture, values lead, and based on purpose outperform the market significantly

    Growing a business by focusing on your people, not growth

    A unique definition of work life balance (presence)

    Leaders listen with an open heart and seek to understand their impact

    Leaders let go of the need to be right

    If you build a strong culture, the culture will filter out the wrong people

    A different approach to performance improvement plans

    What’s the people first always solution? (putting your values in action)

    A value’s not a value until it costs you in the marketplace

    Leadership lessons from the movie Twelve Angry Men (ask questions and listen)

    Resources:

    David Baldwin (dbaldwin@baldwinand.com)

    David Baldwin Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/davidlbaldwin)


    Baldwin& Website


    Ponysaurus Brewery Website


    Take Your Seat Website


    Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life book by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    144. Jacqueline Wales | The Fearless Factor: Moving Past Your Fears to Amplify Your Leadership

    144. Jacqueline Wales | The Fearless Factor: Moving Past Your Fears to Amplify Your Leadership

    Does fear hold you back? Is fear keeping you from your goals and dreams? Do you want to differently navigate your fears to achieve your dreams?
    Our special guest Jacqueline Wales answers these and other questions about living and leading as a “fearless” leader and person.
    Jacqueline is the founder, creator and curator of The Fearless Factor. An astute observer of behavior, she’s endlessly fascinated by the messiness of being human, and finds people who are vulnerable and honest about their struggles to be incredibly interesting and courageous. She believes that being fearless is not the absence of fear but the courage to take the next step.
    As the author of When The Crow Sings, The Fearless Factor, The Fearless Factor @ Work, and soon to be published Fearless Women Leading The Way, Jacqueline’s explored human behavior and asked tough questions to discover hard truths for more than 35 years.
    While observing and talking with thousands of people over several decades, Jacqueline has come to understand that the challenges we all confront are not much different—no matter who you are or what you’re doing in life.
    Jacqueline’s a writer, singer, and global nomad who’s lived and traveled on three continents, developed a passion for martial arts earning a black belt in karate, and now an avid CrossFit athlete.
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    Show Notes
    Episode highlights…

    Being fearless is not the absence of fear but the courage to take the next step

    Nothing changes if you’re not uncomfortable

    Asking yourself and honestly answering self-questions are keys to moving past fears

    Fear is an emotion driven by a thought

    The importance of taking a deep and honest dive into your fears and the fear drivers

    Gender differences around fear (women versus men)

    Leadership challenges for women in the workplace

    Importance of vulnerability in leadership and addressing your fears

    Impacts of the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves

    Value and impact to organizations of having more women and women in leadership

    Reality that people leave managers and the underlying values of the organization that allow the manager to lead (or fail to lead) a certain way

    Need for more compassion in the workplace

    Importance of bringing more humanity to work

    Value of assessment in building your people, culture and leadership

    Challenges to being more human at work

    Different ways to discuss and address feelings at work

    Vulnerability in leadership is not just about emotions (the key role of modeling in bringing more vulnerability in your workplace)

    What’s your fearless factor?

    Resources:

    Jacqueline Wales (jacqueline@jacquelinewales.com)


    Jacqueline Wales Website


    Complimentary Courses (Code JW21)


    Insight: Why We're Not as Self-Aware as We Think, and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed at Work and in Life book by Tasha Eurich

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    143. Nora Herting | Embracing Visual Leadership: Visual Tools to Enhance Your Creativity, Innovation and Leadership

    143. Nora Herting | Embracing Visual Leadership: Visual Tools to Enhance Your Creativity, Innovation and Leadership

    Do you want to be more innovative and creative in your business and leadership? Do you doubt your own creativity? Do you want to expand your own creativity in thinking, designing and strategizing? Do you want to grow your creative confidence?
    Our special guest Nora Herting answers these and other questions about visual leadership, creativity and strategy.
    A pioneer of visual strategy, Nora Herting is passionate about expanding peoples’ definition of creativity and believes the best way to meet the demands of business today is to take a visual approach that blends strategic thinking and creative expression.
    Nora’s skill and impact with businesses, and her own entrepreneurial prowess founding ImageThink, has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fox Business, Entrepreneur and INC.
    She leads a compelling conversation around the power of visual thinking as a catalyst for personal and organizational change. As a sought-after speaker and thought leader, Nora has inspired global audiences with her creative keynotes at Cannes Lions, SXSW Interactive, WBENC.
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    Show Notes
    Episode highlights…

    The intersection of creativity, strategy and leadership

    Visualizing your ideas for greater innovation

    Role of visual tools in storytelling and brainstorming

    The importance of expanding people’s definitions of creativity

    Understanding the life cycle of an idea

    Using visual activation for creativity, innovation and strategy

    Our hard wiring to find meaning in pictures

    Overcoming obstacles to explore visual creativity experiences

    Tools for using visuals for your brainstorming, strategy sessions and problem solving

    The vulnerability in using visuals in your business leadership

    Visual tools as a strategy to surface and discuss difficult issues

    Integrating visual tools and humor to enhance business conversations and creativity

    Growing your creative confidence

    Visual tools enhance the experience, engagement, enjoyment and creativity

    Understanding visual tools for socialization within an organization

    Role of visual tools with mission, vision, purpose, values and strategic plan

    Understanding and implementing visual leadership

    Resources:

    Nora Herting


    ImageThink Website


    Draw Your Big Idea: The Ultimate Creativity Tool for Turning Thoughts Into Action and Dreams Into Reality Book by Nora Herting

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    142. Dr. Ian Brooks | Return on Heartbeats: Leading with Intention Towards Influence

    142. Dr. Ian Brooks | Return on Heartbeats: Leading with Intention Towards Influence

    Do you want to be an intentional leader? Do you want to have more influence as a leader? Are you committed to putting your people first and to leading with a focus on humanizing your people? Are you looking for tools to lead in the new workforce realities?
    Our special guest Dr. Ian Brooks answers these and other questions about leadership, intention and what he calls amplifying your return on heartbeats.
    Dr. Ian D. Brooks is the CEO and founder of Rhodes Smith Consulting, a personal and professional development firm specializing In behavioral transformations. He’s also the author of Intention: Building Capabilities to Transform Your Story.
    For over 24 years, Dr. Brooks' career has taken him from working in a clinical ward to working with organizations and people with the goal of helping individuals build skills toward achieving new heights. His clients include Netflix, Shondaland, Bank of America, Guitar Center, Nike Inc. Sony, and Warner Brothers.
    His passion for working with individuals seeking expansion and leaders within organizations to develop key skills and working with their teams is built on the mastery of intentions and consistency of capabilities.  
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    Show Notes
    Episode highlights…

    The difference between creating the plan versus trying to control the path

    The role of impact and influence in leadership

    Leadership is defined by actions and outputs (not by title and outcomes)

    When people feel heard and engaged, you have a true people impact

    Understanding the difference between engaging with your people versus getting engagement from your people

    Leaders must constantly assess what you’re willing to DO (and be clear in prioritizing your do’s)

    The value of making time for celebrating your people and successes

    Leadership is a verb – what are you prepared to DO in your leadership

    Beware the trap of over thinking as a leader

    The role of unconscious bias and unconscious decisions in your leadership

    Moving beyond thinking about your leadership to doing about your leadership

    Leaders respond rather than react

    Risk is a part of leadership (leaders are experts at assessing the risks)

    Assessing what’s the worst that can happen (and its likelihood)

    Leaders ask great questions and listen

    Role of vulnerability in leadership including the leader’s pause

    Leadership requires allowing the quiet and listen

    Leadership and new workplace realities (the Great Resignation)

    Replacing ROI thinking with Return on Heartbeats leadership

    Leadership with an empowered workforce

    Role of intentionality in leading and managing remote or hybrid workforces

    Leadership lessons from the movie To Sir With Love


    Resources:


    Ian Brooks (https://www.instagram.com/drb_intention; https://twitter.com/DrB_Intention)


    Rhodes Smith Consulting Website


    Intention: Building Capabilities to Transform Your StoryBook by Dr. Ian Brooks

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    • 1 hr 6 min

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