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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

    Move Coaching from Theory to Practice, with Jason Weeman

    Move Coaching from Theory to Practice, with Jason Weeman

    Jason Weeman: Upwork

    Jason Weeman works to build meaningful relationships by creating experiences that are inspiring and transformational. He has worked for some of the top brands in the world, including Apple, LinkedIn, and Upwork. Today, he is the head of corporate learning and development at Upwork. One of the key areas of focus for his team and him is building a coaching culture.



    In this conversation, Jason and I discuss how his team was a catalyst for coaching culture at Upwork. We discuss what worked to influence culture in this way, what didn’t work, and the lessons they learned along the way.

    Key Points

    Be lazy, be curious, be often. -Michael Bungay Stanier



    Organizations are trying to create a culture for coaching, but not giving the feedback. The stronger that we develop a sense of common language on feedback, the better we get on quality.

    People sometimes don’t believe it should be so simple…so they try to make coaching development too complicated.

    Resist the urge to focus too much on data and tracking.

    Significant buy-in from executive leadership is critical for the success of a coaching program like this. Also, having a culture of “we” being in this together makes all the difference.



    Resources Mentioned



    Life at Upwork

    The Coaching Habit workshop

    The Last Feedback Workshop You’ll Ever Need



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    These Coaching Questions Get Results, with Michael Bungay Stanier (episode 237)

    How to Get the Ideal Team Player, with Patrick Lencioni (episode 301)

    How to Create an Unstoppable Culture, with Ginger Hardage (episode 350)



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    • 39 min
    Make Your Dream Real, with Mikaila Ulmer

    Make Your Dream Real, with Mikaila Ulmer

    Mikaila Ulmer: Bee Fearless

    Mikaila Ulmer is a 15-year-old social entrepreneur, bee ambassador, educator and student. She founded her Me & the Bees Lemonade business when she was just four years old, and over the past decade has sold over 1 million bottles across 1,500 stores in the United States. Her appearance on Shark Tank at age nine scored a $60,000 investment from Daymond John.



    Mikaila has established herself as a voice of guidance for others, appearing on Good Morning America, The Today Show, 20/20, ABC World News Tonight, and many other venues. She was selected as one of Time magazine’s 30 Most Influential Teens and for Ebony Magazine’s Ebony Power100 #Black Excellence. She is the author of the new book, Bee Fearless: Dream Like a Kid*.



    In this conversation, Mikaila discuss what inspired her to start her business and the importance of a larger mission behind work. She talks about the importance of passion, balancing her work with her schooling, and how to support kids in doing great things. Plus, she shares what she’s learned along the way on turning a dream into reality.

    Key Points



    Turn adversity into advantage.

    It’s more enjoyable to build a business when you not only have hands-on experience and know-how, but passion.

    Big news needs to be approached with careful consideration.

    Aim to be good and kind in running a business.



    Resources Mentioned



    Bee Fearless: Dream Like a Kid* by Mikaila Ulmer



    Related Episodes



    How to Transform Your Limitations Into Advantages, with Mark Barden (episode 207)

    How Leaders Build, with Guy Raz (episode 491)

    If You Build It, They Will Come (Dave’s Journal)



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    • 30 min
    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).

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    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)

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    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).

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    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

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A very organized and well-presented podcast.

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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I was looking to move into a leadership position for the first time and knew that if I was going to be who my team needed me to be I would need to grow. After searching many podcasts, this is one of the few I came back to time again. I’m now a year and a half into leading. Because of this podcast, I have discovered many authors and books. Dave draws out so much from each guest.

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