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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 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 professional experience: speaking up. We discuss several key tactics that Connson 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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    Use Power for Good and Not Evil, with Dacher Keltner (episode 254)

    Get Noticed Without Selling Out, with Laura Huang (episode 480)

    The Way to Make Sense to Others, with Tom Henschel (episode 518)

    Jumping In (Dave’s Journal)



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    • 36 min
    How to Prioritize, with Christy Wright

    How to Prioritize, with Christy Wright

    Christy Wright: Take Back Your Time

    Christy Wright is a #1 bestselling author, personal growth expert, and host of The Christy Wright Show. She’s also the founder of Business Boutique, which equips women to make money doing what they love. She loves helping women chase their version of success. She's the author of Take Back Your Time: The Guilt-Free Guide to Life Balance*.



    In this conversation, Christy and I explore how to get practical about what’s important, each day. We discuss effectives ways to use timeframes to establish priorities for ourselves — and how those same timeframes can help us turn off work.

    Key Points



    Establishing priorities moves you from a place of feeling like a failure to a place of feeling real success.

    Most of us are clear on our fixed priorities, but we’re less intentional about the flexible priorities that tend to be more practical in daily life.

    Consider establishing priorities through the timeframes of seasons, weeks, and days.

    Having clear priorities helps you not only be productive — but makes it easier to turn it off when it’s time to stop.



    Resources Mentioned



    Take Back Your Time: The Guilt-Free Guide to Life Balance* by Christy Wright



    Related Episodes



    The Way to Stop Spinning Your Wheels on Planning (episode 319)

    Align Your Calendar to What Matters, with Nir Eyal (episode 431)

    How to Be Present, with Dave Crenshaw (episode 511)



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    • 39 min
    Start Finding Overlooked Talent, with Johnny Taylor, Jr. of SHRM

    Start Finding Overlooked Talent, with Johnny Taylor, Jr. of SHRM

    Johnny Taylor, Jr.: Reset

    Johnny Taylor, Jr. is President and CEO of SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management. Johnny is frequently asked to testify before Congress on critical workforce issues and authors a weekly column, "Ask HR," in USA Today.



    Johnny was chairman of the President's Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and served as a member of the White House American Workforce Policy Advisory Board during the Trump Administration. He is the author of the new book Reset: A Leader’s Guide to Work in an Age of Upheaval*.



    In this conversation, Johnny and I highlight the current challenges in discovering talent and the populations that have been historically overlooked. We discuss what SHRM’s research and experience are showing to help leaders make better decisions on finding talent. Plus, we explore how to best handle incentives, so that we create the kind of culture that we will value inside our organizations.

    Key Points



    Both line managers in organizations and human resource professionals agree: finding a deep enough talent pool is a big problem.

    Historically, attracting overlooked talent felt right, but may not have been essential to be competitive. Those times are ending for most organizations.

    Studies show that organizations who discover talent in older workers, differently abled workers, veterans, the formerly incarcerated, people of color, and LGBTQ populations see positive, long-term results.

    The incentives for finding overlooked talent often are transactional. To ensure sustainability, leaders must establish this as a value in their organizations.



    Resources Mentioned



    Reset: A Leader’s Guide to Work in an Age of Upheaval* by Johnny Taylor, Jr.



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

    Hire the Formerly Incarcerated, with Shelley Winner (episode 447)

    How to Support Women of Color, with Minda Harts (episode 506)



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    • 39 min
    Leadership Lessons from NASA, with Dave Williams

    Leadership Lessons from NASA, with Dave Williams

    Dave Williams: Leadership Moments from NASA

    Dave is an astronaut, aquanaut, jet pilot, emergency physician, scientist, CEO, and bestselling author. He is the former Director of Space & Life Sciences at NASA’s Johnson Space Center and has flown in space twice on Space Shuttles Columbia and Endeavour.



    Dave holds the Canadian spacewalking record and was the first Canadian to live on the world’s only undersea research habitat. He is the recipient of six honorary degrees, the Order of Canada, and the Order of Ontario. Along with Elizabeth Howell, he is the author of Leadership Moments from NASA: Achieving the Impossible*.



    In this conversation, Dave and I discuss some of the key events from NASA’s history since its inception. We highlight three principles that Dave has uncovered in his research of interviews with NASA leaders over the years. Plus, a few practical tips that can help all of us lead teams more effectively.

    Key Points



    Introspection is a key and necessary practice for all leaders to hold — and often pays off in unexpected ways.

    Speaking up and listening up are critical values that helped support many of the NASA successes over the years.

    Cultural norms, such as senior leaders showing up regularly at all levels of the organization, can help ensure that communication is actually happening.

    NASA is an example of the movement away from a single, heroic leader and towards leadership, followership, and teamwork.



    Resources Mentioned



    Leadership Moments from NASA: Achieving the Impossible* by Dave Williams and Elizabeth Howell



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    Related Episodes



    An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth, with Chris Hadfield (episode 149)

    Leadership Lessons from Space Shuttle Challenger, with Allan McDonald (episode 229)

    The Path Towards Trusting Relationships, with Edgar Schein and Peter Schein (episode 539)



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    • 35 min
    Align Your Work With Your Why, with Kwame Marfo

    Align Your Work With Your Why, with Kwame Marfo

    Kwame Marfo

    Kwame Marfo is a director at Genentech in the San Francisco area. He is a graduate of the Coaching for Leaders Academy. He joins me in this episode to share how personal values can align intentionally with career choices.

    Key Points



    Kwame’s dad inspires the work he does today for others.

    An effective way to connect with others is to ask what books and podcasts they are listening to. This value of curiosity also came from Kwame’s dad.

    Getting diversity of leadership experience is useful to expand beyond an industry perspective.

    Establishing a vision gives clarity to what’s most important.

    Journaling has helped Kwame reflect on his life and illuminate gaps that lead to action.

    Don’t trust the summary.



    Resources Mentioned



    Kwame Marfo featured by Genentech

    UnCommon Law



    Related Episodes



    Start With Why, with Simon Sinek (episode 223)

    Craft a Career to Fit Your Strengths, with Scott Anthony Barlow (episode 424)

    How to Create Your Personal Vision (free membership required)



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    • 36 min
    Ten Years of Leadership, with Dave Stachowiak

    Ten Years of Leadership, with Dave Stachowiak

    Dave Stachowiak: Coaching for Leaders

    In August of 2011, I started Coaching for Leaders as a small, side project. Ten years later, the show — and the community around it — have grown beyond my wildest expectations.



    In this conversation, my friend Scott Anthony Barlow of Happen to Your Career celebrates the 10-year anniversary of Coaching for Leaders by interviewing me about my journey.

    Key Points



    I originally started the podcast as a side project to support a future transition into academia.

    Three things that I focused on at the start that are still central today: useful conversations, audio quality, and consistency.

    Focusing on quality and depth of conversations is more valuable than trying to hit everything.

    I realized at some point that I needed to make an affirmative choice to grow the side project into a business.

    Although I had considered a transition away from Dale Carnegie for years, my actual departure was (ironically) a non-event.

    Behavior change is a painful but necessary step in the learning process.

    There are two ways to bring light into the world. One is to be the light — the other is to reflect it.



    Bonus Audio



    What I've Learned About Learning



    Resources Mentioned



    Happen to Your Career



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

    Tom Henschel Interviews Dave (episode 300)

    What High Performers Aren’t Telling You, with Scott Anthony Barlow (episode 466)



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Podcast of Leadership

Without question this is one of the best podcasts I have ever invested myself in listening to daily. I truly believe you can become a better leader, and overall person, by applying the principles discussed. I was referred to this podcast over a year ago after not being successful in interviewing for a new job. Dave’s stories and examples have been very helpful in getting my skillset where it needs to be in preparation for my next career opportunity. At the end of the day only the listener can improve themself through daily application. I highly recommend this podcast to anyone who wants to develop their leadership skills. You will not regret it!

Stan the Bible Man ,

Best Go To Podcast for Leadership Hints

I've been listening to "Dave" since about episode 30 something and before he had kids. Every morning as I drive to work he and his guest speak into my ear about various elements of leadership. When Bonnie joins him once a month to answer questions it is a double pleasure. Her voice radiates sunshine (most of the time). Last fall my car radio wouldn't broadcast the podcast and I sensed the drought in my own approach to my ability to help shape future leaders.
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Must Listen Leadership Resource!

Dave's weekly interviews are deep, insightful and impactful. If you're looking to grow as a leader, this is a must-listen podcast. Thank you for your dedication! While leaders aren't born, you help them development one episode at a time!

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