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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 15 million downloads and the #1 search result for coaching 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 15 million downloads and the #1 search result for coaching on Apple Podcasts. Activate your FREE membership to search the entire episode library by topic at CoachingforLeaders.com

    How Leaders Build, with Guy Raz

    How Leaders Build, with Guy Raz

    Guy Raz: How I Built This

    Guy Raz is the creator and host of the popular podcasts How I Built This, Wisdom from the Top, and The Rewind on Spotify. He’s also the co-creator of the acclaimed podcasts TED Radio Hour and the children’s programs Wow in the World and Two Whats?! and a Wow!. He’s received the Edward R. Murrow Award, the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize, the National Headliner Award, and many others.



    In 2017, Guy became the first person in the history of podcasting to have three shows in the top 20 on the Apple Podcast charts. He’s the author of the new book, How I Built This: The Unexpected Path to Success From the World’s Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs*.



    In this conversation, Guy and I discuss what he’s discovered from interviewing the world’s most successful entrepreneurs on How I Built This. We profile a few of the insightful stories that he’s captured in his new book and dispel some of the common myths. Plus, we explore how happiness and kindness play such an important role in building something new.

    Key Points



    Successful entrepreneurs are able to make the distinction between what is actually dangerous and what is just scary.

    We often think about entrepreneurs as solo leaders, but almost always there is a critical partner who complements their strengths.

    It is common for entrepreneurs to have a day job or other fallback plan as they start something new.

    Money is important, but it’s almost never the driving factor motivating entrepreneurs who have success in the long-run.

    Kindness takes leaders a long way when starting a business.



    Resources Mentioned



    How I Built This: The Unexpected Path to Success From the World’s Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs* by Guy Raz

    How I Built This podcast



    Book Notes

    Download my highlights from How I Built This in PDF format (free membership required).

    Related Episodes



    How to Be a Non-Conformist, with Adam Grant (episode 238)

    Ideas Worth Stealing From Top Entrepreneurs, with Dorie Clark (episode 318)

    How to Be a Happier Person, with Neil Pasricha (episode 334)

    Serve Others Through Marketing, with Seth Godin (episode 381)



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    • 38 min
    Leadership Through Consistency, with Joseph Getuno

    Leadership Through Consistency, with Joseph Getuno

    Joseph Getuno

    Joseph is a finance director based in Mauritius. He’s a longtime listener from the show and a member of the Coaching for Leaders Academy.



    In this conversation, Joseph and I discuss how he captures ideas from audio podcasts and motivates himself to implement what he’s discovered. We also highlight the value in establishing team guidelines, zeroing in on self-awareness, and the power of consistency. Plus, he highlights the work of key experts that have sharped his own leadership development.

    Key Points



    Listen to an audio podcast one time through. Then, review a second time at higher speed to capture the key ideas from the conversation.

    Insights and ideas are a starting point, but of little value without action. Find a way to support daily action in your development.

    Establishing team guidelines can change the entire dynamic of culture in the organization.

    Consistency isn’t a flashy word, but it’s a key factor in how much movement you’re able to create as a leader.



    Related Episodes



    How to Create Team Guidelines, with Susan Gerke (episode 192)

    How to Build Psychological Safety, with Amy Edmondson (episode 404)

    The Way to Be More Self-Aware, with Tasha Eurich (episode 442)

    The Value of Being Uncomfortable, with Neil Pasricha (episode 448)

    How to Motivate Leaders, with John Maxwell (episode 452)



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    • 31 min
    Responding to an Acquisition, with Bonni Stachowiak

    Responding to an Acquisition, with Bonni Stachowiak

    Bonni Stachowiak: Teaching in Higher Ed

    Bonni Stachowiak is the host of the Teaching in Higher Ed podcast, a professor of business and management at Vanguard University, and my life partner. Prior to her academic career, Bonni was a human resources consultant and executive officer for a publicly traded company. She is the author of The Productive Online and Offline Professor: A Practical Guide*.

    Listener Questions



    Dustin asked us about how to handle going through a merger or acquisition.

    Melanie wondered what our biggest learning curve was when we were new managers.

    Taryn wanted to know the best ways to track goals and progress when doing internal coaching.



    Resources Mentioned



    Difficult Conversations by Seth Godin (Akimbo podcast)

    Productivity Tools by Bonni Stachowiak

    Monday.com

    OmniFocus



    Related Episodes



    The Path of Humble Leadership, with Edgar Schein and Peter Schein (episode 363)

    How to Build Psychological Safety, with Amy Edmondson (episode 404)

    Appeal to the Nobler Motive (Dave’s Journal)



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    • 38 min
    Leadership Means You Go First, with Keith Ferrazzi

    Leadership Means You Go First, with Keith Ferrazzi

    Keith Ferrazzi: Leading Without Authority

    Keith Ferrazzi is the founder and CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight, a management consulting and team coaching company that works with many of the world’s biggest corporations. A graduate of Harvard Business School, Keith rose to become the youngest CMO of a Fortune 500 company during his career at Deloitte, and later became CMO of Starwood Hotels.



    Keith is a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Fortune and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Who’s Got Your Back* and Never Eat Alone*. He’s the author of the new book, Leading Without Authority: How the New Power of Co-Elevation Can Break Down Silos, Transform Teams, and Reinvent Collaboration*.



    In this conversation, Keith and I discuss the importance of co-elevation in leadership. We also explore the six deadly sins that leaders should avoid — and discuss why it’s all on you, especially at the start.

    Key Points

    Six deadly excuses leaders should avoid:



    Ignorance: there’s no excuse to sit back and do nothing.

    Laziness: do not abdicate your responsibility to lead.

    Deference: beware hiding the truth just to defer to the organizational chart.

    Playing the victim: avoid running away or resigning to self-pity.

    Cowardice: if someone scares you, it’s probably an opportunity to grow.

    Indulgence: stop indulging resentments as they often hold back your career and limit personal and professional success.



    Resentment leaves us blind and powerless; it’s been compared to drinking poison and hoping the other person will die.

    Book Notes

    Download my highlights from Leading Without Authority in PDF format (free membership required).

    Related Episodes



    The Choice for Compassion, with Edith Eger (episode 336)

    How to Motivate Leaders, with John Maxwell (episode 452)

    How to Create Great Relationships, with Colleen Bordeaux (episode 455)



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    • 33 min
    Saying Yes to Big Challenges, with Elizabeth Cousens

    Saying Yes to Big Challenges, with Elizabeth Cousens

    Elizabeth Cousens: UN Foundation

    Elizabeth is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Nations Foundation, leading the Foundation’s next generation of work to support the United Nations. She is a diplomat and thought leader who has worked on the frontlines of peace processes, played an influential role in UN policy innovations from peacebuilding to the Sustainable Development Goals, and helped build public-private partnerships to solve global challenges at scale.



    Before joining the Foundation, Elizabeth served for several years at the U.S. Mission to the UN in New York. She was Principal Policy Advisor and Counselor to the Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations and later served as the U.S. Ambassador to the UN Economic and Social Council and Alternate Representative to the UN General Assembly.



    In this conversation, Elizabeth and I discuss the short and long term goals of the UN Foundation. In addition, we explore how Elizabeth’s team raised $200 million in the face of COVID-19, how she works with impatient optimists, and the importance of leading with kindness.

    Key Points



    The COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund has raised over $200 million for relief efforts.

    Leaders should work to lead with kindness in every sector.

    Many high-performing leaders are natural impatient optimists, always pushing for change.

    COVID-19 is front of mind for most of us, but we cannot let it override our organization’s strategic goals.



    Resources Mentioned



    COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO

    Elizabeth Cousens Has Raised Over $200 Million for the World Health Organization (Mostly) in Her Pajamas



    Related Episodes



    Leadership in the Midst of Chaos, with Jim Mattis (episode 440)

    How to be Diplomatic, with Susan Rice (episode 456)

    How Great Teams Find Purpose, with David Burkus (episode 481)



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    • 31 min
    Three Stories to Tell During Uncertainty, with David Hutchens

    Three Stories to Tell During Uncertainty, with David Hutchens

    David Hutchens: The Storytelling Leader

    David Hutchens help leaders find and tell their stories. Stephen M.R. Covey says, “David has the ability to convey key messages in a way that is both simple and profound.”



    He has taught the Storytelling Leader program all over the world at some of the most influential organizations — and he’s written many books, including most recently the Circle of the 9 Muses* and The Leadership Story Deck*. He is the co-creator with Susan Gerke of the GO Team program.



    In this conversation, David and I explore the importance of storytelling, especially during uncertain times. David teaches us the framework of the kinds of stories leaders can tell for continuity, novelty, and transition. Leaders can use one of all of these frameworks to help connect and inspire during difficult times.

    Key Points

    The continuity story highlights identity, values, and founding principles — things that will never change.



    Example:



    What’s a time we held our values, even though it came with a cost?



    The novelty story shows what is new and focuses attention on innovation and possibility.



    Example:



    What’s a time you saw something valuable that we don’t have here? But imagine if we did.



    The transition story dives in on change and learning — and illuminates a journey of shared progress.



    Examples:



    What’s a time you saw someone make a personally courageous decision to change?

    We tried something, it didn’t work, and we learned something valuable.

    Here’s a time we solved a tough problem.



    Resources Mentioned



    GO Team program

    Leadership Story Deck* by David Hutchens

    Circle of the 9 Muses: A Storytelling Field Guide for Innovators and Meaning Makers* by David Hutchens

    David’s email: David@DavidHutchens.com



    Related Episodes



    How Storytelling Helps You Lead, with Sandie Morgan (episode 51)

    The Four Critical Stories Leaders Need For Influence, with David Hutchens (episode 148)

    Practical Storytelling That Isn’t Awkward, with David Hutchens (episode 228)



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    • 39 min

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This podcast curates very usefully interviews and presentations about the ideas and mechanics of leading people. Content is fresh and on point. Dave most often asks a concise question and the guest is given appropriate room to have their say on and idea. The companion website has A TON of useful data for free. What I like most: Dave ends most episodes with callbacks to specific previous shows that link to a particular topic. This makes listening to the catalog of older episodes much more enjoyable.

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