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

    211: Breaking Through Barriers | with Dave Shurna

    211: Breaking Through Barriers | with Dave Shurna

    What barriers do you face? Whether in our personal lives, at work, or in our communities, we all face challenges that can prevent us from reaching our full potential. And the same is true for those you lead.

    Dave Shurna joins me to discuss tips from his new book about breaking through barriers of all types, and how to be a servant leader helping break barriers for other people too. 

    Dave is Executive Director of the nonprofit organization No Barriers, which he co-founded in 2012 along with Julie Dubin and Erik Weihenmayer (who was the first blind person to summit Mt. Everest). Dave is co-author of the new book What’s Within You: Your Roadmap to Living Life with No Barriers.

    By the way, Dave is one of my favorite friends from my college days. I remember that in addition to being smart, fun, and trustworthy, Dave was authentic and purpose-driven … and so it was no surprise that his career has focused on nonprofit leadership and social entrepreneurship.

    No Barriers empowers people of all walks of life to overcome obstacles, live a life of purpose, and give back to the world.

     

    Resources Mentioned in This Episode:



    Website: nobarriersusa.org

    No Barriers Summit: nobarriers.live 

    Book: What’s Within You: Your Roadmap to Living Life with No Barriers

    Podcast: No Barriers Podcast

    LinkedIn: /in/davidshurna/

    Facebook: facebook.com/nobarriersusa

    Instagram: instagram.com/NoBarriersUSA

    YouTube: youtube.com/channel/



     

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    • 42 min
    210: Practicing Antiracist Leadership

    210: Practicing Antiracist Leadership

    Today I share some reflections about what I’ve been reading, learning, thinking, and practicing over the past few weeks. How can we as imperfect leaders and human beings contribute to helpful solutions, rather than to ongoing conditions of inequality, discrimination, and fear … including the fear of talking honestly about topics like racism?



    Resources Mentioned in This Episode:



    Book: How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

    * Episode 202 with Michelle King

    * Episode 204 with Michelle King



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    • 26 min
    209: Giving Feedback Without Hurting Psychological Safety | with Maya Hu-Chan

    209: Giving Feedback Without Hurting Psychological Safety | with Maya Hu-Chan

    Psychological safety is a team member’s sense of confidence that the leader and the rest of the team will not embarrass, reject, or punish them for speaking up. They feel safe to take risks, fully contribute, share ideas, and raise concerns – all of which are necessary for an organization to innovate, solve problems, survive, and thrive in today’s economy.

    In the absence of psychological safety, what you tend to get is people shutting down, playing it safe, and doing a lot of CYA.

    Obviously, psychological safety is critical for a team to be effective in the long run. But how can you build and nurture that kind of safety, while still holding people accountable … including giving negative feedback? 

    In this second conversation with Maya Hu-Chan, we talk about more of the principles from her new book about building trust.

    Maya Hu-Chan’s newest book is SAVING FACE: How to Preserve Dignity and Build Trust. Maya is the founder and president of Global Leadership Associates, is a globally recognized management consultant, executive coach, author, and speaker. She has trained and coached thousands of leaders from Fortune 500 corporations, nonprofits, and public sectors in North America, Asia, Europe, Australia, and Latin America. Previously, she was an anchor for the China Broadcasting Corporation in Taiwan and the CEO of a nonprofit organization in California. Her previous book was Global Leadership: The Next Generation.

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    Resources Mentioned in This Episode:



    Website: mayahuchan.com

    Book: Saving Face: How to Preserve Dignity and Build Trust

    LinkedIn: /in/mayahuchan/

    Twitter: @mayahuchan



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    • 28 min
    208: Saving Face: How to Preserve Dignity and Build Trust | with Maya Hu-Chan

    208: Saving Face: How to Preserve Dignity and Build Trust | with Maya Hu-Chan

    To be a leader who truly engages the hearts, minds, and behaviors of people, you have to authentically connect with them on a human level. You’ve heard the phrase, “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” 

    In today’s age of connection, in order for people to trust you, be open to your influence, and be fully engaged in the team’s mission, you must earn their trust by consistently proving that you respect them and care about their whole being, including their dignity, pride, and reputation.

    I’ve been reading a fascinating book that applies universal concepts learned from centuries-old wisdom from Asian cultures to the new environment we face today in our global, ever-changing world. Today I’m excited to introduce you to the author of that book, Maya Hu-Chan, who grew up in Taiwan and has spent the past couple decades living in the US and providing executive coaching for leaders all over the world.

    Maya Hu-Chan’s newest book is SAVING FACE: How to Preserve Dignity and Build Trust. Maya is the founder and president of Global Leadership Associates, is a globally recognized management consultant, executive coach, author, and speaker. She has trained and coached thousands of leaders from Fortune 500 corporations, nonprofits, and public sectors in North America, Asia, Europe, Australia, and Latin America. Previously, she was an anchor for the China Broadcasting Corporation in Taiwan and the CEO of a nonprofit organization in California. Her previous book was Global Leadership: The Next Generation.

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    Resources Mentioned in This Episode:



    Website: mayahuchan.com

    Book: Saving Face: How to Preserve Dignity and Build Trust

    LinkedIn: /in/mayahuchan/

    Twitter: @mayahuchan



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    • 30 min
    207: Helping Your Team Contribute More to the World | with Tom Rath

    207: Helping Your Team Contribute More to the World | with Tom Rath

    At most organizations today, the work people do tends to hurt their wellbeing, when it should be making them happier and healthier. A major key to turning this around is helping employees make their work more meaningful … which is all about discovering how they can best contribute.

    And of course, it’s simply smart business. Helping your team identify how they can best contribute will maximize how your organization influences the world and achieves long-term financial success.

    As a leader, how can you help employees connect their daily work to the way it contributes to specific people’s lives or making the world a better place? Tom Rath returns to the show to discuss his new book Life’s Great Question and how leaders can help their teams contribute more to the world.

    Tom Rath’s bestsellers include How Full Is Your Bucket?, StrengthsFinder 2.0, Strengths Based Leadership, Wellbeing, Eat Move Sleep, and Are You Fully Charged? During his 13 years at Gallup, Tom led the organization’s strengths, employee engagement, wellbeing, and leadership consulting worldwide. Tom has served for the past five years as an external advisor and Gallup Senior Scientist. His two newest books are Life’s Great Question: Discover How You Best Contribute to the World and It’s Not About You: A Brief Guide to a Meaningful Life

     

    Resources Mentioned in This Episode:



    Website: tomrath.org

    Online assessment: contribify.com

    Book: Life’s Great Question: Discover How You Best Contribute to the World

    Book: It’s Not About You: A Brief Guide to a Meaningful Life

    LinkedIn: /in/trath/

    Twitter: @TomCRath

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    • 21 min
    206: Coronavirus – Supporting Employee Mental Health During a Pandemic | with William Kassler from IBM

    206: Coronavirus – Supporting Employee Mental Health During a Pandemic | with William Kassler from IBM

    Join my conversation with the Deputy Chief Health Officer at IBM, with a 350,000-person global workforce, about measures that major companies are taking during the COVID-19 pandemic, including recommendations for employee mental health.

    The world’s population is facing considerable social and economic disruption. Millions of employees and employers are adjusting to circumstances not seen for over a century. For many of us the “new normal” is working from home, which may cause additional stress as we deal with our job, spouses, kids, parents, and pets — not to mention anxiety regarding the coronavirus infection itself.

    In a recent Axios-Ipsos poll surveying 1,000 people, 43% of respondents said their emotional well-being had gotten worse in the past week as more people deal with isolation.  

    As we try to keep ourselves and our families safe and cope with the stress of physical isolation and disrupted routines, we can succumb to feelings of isolation, anxiousness, and loneliness. For those with anxiety, depression, or other mental health challenges, coping with this stress can aggravate underlying conditions. Managing our mental health problems, for a host of reasons, can often include shame or stigma, and continues to take a backseat to promoting physical wellness.

    William J. Kassler, MD, MPH is the Deputy Chief Health Officer for IBM. Dr. Kassler has spent his career working at the intersection of clinical care and population health; as a practicing primary care internist, epidemiologist, health services researcher, public sector administrator, and health policy expert. You can read his latest work, Turning Barriers Into Benefits to Facilitate Public Health and Business Partnership, in the American Journal of Public Health.

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    Resources Mentioned in This Episode:



    App: GRIT app for veterans

    Online service: Tiatros Personal Growth and Psychological Resilience at Work and Home

    Online service: meQuilibrium stress-resilience and wellbeing platform

    Podcast WHE32: Boosting Stress Resilience for Employees | with Andrew Shatté from meQuilibrium

    App: IBM’s Weather Channel app now includes free tools for tracking COVID-19

    IBM action guide: Protecting mental health during a pandemic

    IBM report: How technology and data can improve access to mental health resources (includes curated list of apps and online services, on page 5)

    Twitter: @KasslerMD

    Linkedin: /william-kassler



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