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Leaders aren't born, they're made. This Monday show helps you discover leadership wisdom through insightful conversations. Independently produced weekly since 2011, Dr. Dave Stachowiak brings perspective from a thriving, global leadership academy, plus more than 15 years of leadership at Dale Carnegie. Bestselling authors, expert researchers, deep conversation, and regular dialogue with listeners have attracted 20 million downloads and the #1 search result for management on Apple Podcasts. Activate your FREE membership to search the entire episode library by topic at CoachingforLeaders.com

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Leaders aren't born, they're made. This Monday show helps you discover leadership wisdom through insightful conversations. Independently produced weekly since 2011, Dr. Dave Stachowiak brings perspective from a thriving, global leadership academy, plus more than 15 years of leadership at Dale Carnegie. Bestselling authors, expert researchers, deep conversation, and regular dialogue with listeners have attracted 20 million downloads and the #1 search result for management on Apple Podcasts. Activate your FREE membership to search the entire episode library by topic at CoachingforLeaders.com

    How to Use Power Responsibly, with Vanessa Bohns

    How to Use Power Responsibly, with Vanessa Bohns

    Vanessa Bohns: You Have More Influence Than You Think

    Vanessa Bohns is a social psychologist, an award-winning researcher and teacher, and a professor of organizational behavior at Cornell University.



    Her writing and research has been published in top academic journals in psychology, management, and law and has also been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, and NPR's Hidden Brain. Her book is titled You Have More Influence Than You Think: How We Underestimate Our Power of Persuasion, and Why It Matters*.



    In this conversation, Vanessa and I explore the conclusions of research: we often don’t recognize our own power. We detail some of the common patterns that leaders should watch for in their work. Most importantly, we discuss the practical steps that almost anybody can take to use power more responsibly.

    Key Points



    Power can lead people to underestimate their words and actions. A powerful person's whisper can sound more like a shout to the person they have power over.

    Power tends to lead people to ignore the perspective of others and to feel freer to do whatever they want.

    The effects of power are not inevitable. You can do better for others by thinking about power as responsibility.

    Adopt the lens of a third party in order to see the impact of your actions on others.

    To feel your impact better, ask people what they aren thinking of feeling, rather than simply imagining or assuming.

    One way to experience your influence by taking action to give positive recognition and feedback.



    Resources Mentioned



    You Have More Influence Than You Think: How We Underestimate Our Power of Persuasion, and Why It Matters* by Vanessa Bohns



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    • 37 min
    How to Win the Long Game When the Short-Term Seems Bleak, with Dorie Clark

    How to Win the Long Game When the Short-Term Seems Bleak, with Dorie Clark

    Dorie Clark: The Long Game

    Dorie Clark has been named one of the Top 50 business thinkers in the world by Thinkers50, and was recognized as the #1 Communication Coach in the world by the Marshall Goldsmith Leading Global Coaches Awards. She is a consultant and keynote speaker and teaches executive education at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Columbia Business School.



    Dorie is the author of the bestselling books Entrepreneurial You, Reinventing You, and Stand Out which was named the #1 Leadership Book of the Year by Inc. Magazine. She has been described by the New York Times as an “expert at self-reinvention and helping others make changes in their lives.” She is a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review and is now the author of her latest book, The Long Game: How to Be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short-Term World*.



    In this conversation, Dorie and I discuss how to win the long game, even when things look bleak today. We examine the typical timelines that most professionals should expect in order to get traction on their work. Plus, we highlight three key questions to ask yourself during the toughest times.

    Key Points



    It’s often 2-3 years of sustained work before you see noticeable progress.

    To become a recognized expert, you should expect at least five years of consistent effort.

    People revisit strategy too often when instead they should often continue to follow their action plan.

    Even if you end up “losing,” strategize up front end how the time and effort you put in is still a win.

    When times are toughest, ask three questions:





    Why am I doing this?

    How has it worked for others?

    What do my trusted advisors say?



    Resources Mentioned



    The Long Game: How to Be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short-Term World* by Dorie Clark

    Long Game Strategic Thinking Self-Assessment



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    • 38 min
    How to Actually Get Traction From Leadership Books, with Nicol Verheem

    How to Actually Get Traction From Leadership Books, with Nicol Verheem

    Nicol Verheem: Teradek

    Nicol Verheem is a globally recognized leader and innovator, senior business executive, serial entrepreneur, and prolific angel investor. He has been recognized for his impact in the film industry with a lifetime achievement award from the Society of Camera Operators and an Academy Award for Sciences and Engineering, also known as a Technical Oscar. He was also recently recognized with the Innovator of the Year Award from the leading business journal in Orange County, California.



    Nicol currently serves on the Executive Management Board of The Vitec Group, as the Divisional CEO of Creative Solutions, and as the CEO of Teradek. As a technology leader, his is responsible for the strategy, roadmap, and execution of Teradek’s highly recognized high tech video products driving more than $100M annual revenue -- with dominant market share across the globe. He is also a member of the Coaching for Leaders Academy.



    In this conversation, Nicol and I discuss how to take the ideas you hear in books, presentations, and podcasts — and make them your own. Nicol shares many examples of how he has done this in his organization in order grow a team that was ultimately recognized with an Academy Award. Plus, we discuss some of his mindsets that have helped drive the success of Teradek over the years.

    Key Points



    Leadership models aren’t always molded to your organization or situation. Adapt the idea to make it a better fit for you.

    Well intended language by an expert might not match the culture of your organization. Don’t hesitate to change a word or phrase to make sense to your team.

    Build relationships today with the people who will grow with you throughout your career. That’s “networking for commoners.”

    When interviewing, ask people about their hobbies or interests in order to discover if you can lead them to live out their passions.



    Resources Mentioned



    We'd Like to Thank the Academy by Teradek

    Coaching for Leaders Academy



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    • 35 min
    The Power in Empowering Differences, with Ashley Brundage

    The Power in Empowering Differences, with Ashley Brundage

    Ashley Brundage: Empowering Differences

    Ashley Brundage is the Founder and President of Empowering Differences. She's overcame homelessness, harassment, and discrimination and then, while seeking employment at a major financial institution, she self-identified during the interview process as a male to female transgender woman and subsequently was hired. She was offered a position and started as a part time bank teller and worked in various lines of business before moving to VP of Diversity & Inclusion in less than 5 years.



    Since beginning transitioning in 2008, she has worked tirelessly to promote awareness and acceptance of gender identity and expression. She serves on the Corporate Advisory Council for the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. In 2019, she was voted on the National Board of Directors for GLAAD and has also been named one of Florida’s Most Powerful and Influential Women from the National Diversity Council. She is the author of Empowering Differences: Leveraging Differences to Impact Change*.



    In this conversation, Ashley and I discuss her experience in the working world as a transgender woman. We highlight key language that every leader should be aware of to support the differences of others. Plus, we discuss the initial steps that leaders can take in the workplace, especially related to gender identity.

    Key Points



    The harassment and discrimination that transgender people experience also finds its way into the workplace.

    Respect people’s pronouns — and leaders can highlight their own in order to create a safe space for others.

    Comfort and ability to use the restroom is something that organizations should address. A helpful starting point is dialogue and conversation.

    Beware of binary thinking in relation to gender — and many other ways we identify ourselves. Expand your horizon on the gender continuum.



    Resources Mentioned



    Empowering Differences: Leveraging Differences to Impact Change* by Ashley Brundage

    Empowering Differences Self Assessment



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    • 34 min
    How to Limit Time With the Wrong People, with Carey Nieuwhof

    How to Limit Time With the Wrong People, with Carey Nieuwhof

    Carey Nieuwhof: At Your Best

    Carey Nieuwhof is a former lawyer, a bestselling leadership author, a podcaster, and the CEO of Carey Nieuwhof Communications. He speaks to leaders around the world about leadership, change, and personal growth. He writes a widely read leadership blog at CareyNieuwhof.com and also hosts the top-rated Carey Nieuwhof Leadership podcast. He’s the author of At Your Best: How to Get Time, Energy, and Priorities Working in Your Favor*.



    In this conversation, Carey and I explore the reality that so many of us face in both our personal and professional lives: spending time with the wrong kind of people. We discuss how to notice we’re not helping, how to limit time, and what to do when a conversation needs to happen. Plus, we make the invitation to proactively do what often gets missed: spending time with the right people more consistently.

    Key Points



    The people who want your time are rarely the people who should have your time.

    Many leaders give too much time and attention away to people who aren’t helped by the interaction.

    Having a frank conversation with a person who you’re not helping is usually good for both of you.

    If you’re not able to limit interactions with the wrong kind of person, line up those interactions outside of your key energy times.

    A key way to do better at limiting time with the wrong people is to affirmatively decide to spend time with the right people.



    Resources Mentioned



    Burnout Quiz

    At Your Best Today

    At Your Best: How to Get Time, Energy, and Priorities Working in Your Favor* by Carey Nieuwhof



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    • 39 min
    How to Speak Up, with Connson Locke

    How to Speak Up, with Connson Locke

    Connson Locke: Making Your Voice Heard

    Connson Locke is Professorial Lecturer in Management at the London School of Economics, where she teaches Leadership, Organizational Behaviour, and Negotiation and Decision Making. She has over 30 years experience as an educator, coach, and consultant working all around the world.



    Her highly popular Guardian Masterclass Developing Your Presence, Power and Influence regularly sells out. Connson is the recipient of a number of teaching awards from the London School of Economics. She's also the author of Making Your Voice Heard: How to Own Your Space, Access Your Inner Power, and Become Influential*.



    In this conversation, Connson and I explore the challenging situation that many professionals experience: speaking up. We discuss several key tactics that she has surfaced in her research to do this more effectively. Plus, we highlight several of the lessons Connson has discovered in her own experience that will help us (and others) do this with more success.

    Key Points



    Managing your negative emotions can help create movement for you. Reflecting or journaling is a key starting point.

    Change your attitude about failure by framing a growth mindset.

    Move away from repetition and towards deliberate practice.

    Instead of focusing on power difference, zero in on the other person’s role in helping you achieve a greater good.

    Plan free time around learning a new skill or helping others instead of watching Netflix or sitting on the beach.



    Resources Mentioned



    Making Your Voice Heard: How to Own Your Space, Access Your Inner Power, and Become Influential* by Connson Locke



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    Jumping In (Dave’s Journal)



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    • 37 min

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