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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

    525: How to Strengthen Your Network, with Marissa King

    525: How to Strengthen Your Network, with Marissa King

    Marissa King: Social Chemistry

    Marissa King is professor of Organizational Behavior at the Yale School of Management, where she developed and teaches a popular course entitled Managing Strategic Networks. Over the past fifteen years, she has studied how people's social networks evolve, what they look like, and why that's significant.



    Her most recent line of research analyzes the individual and group-level behaviors that are necessary for large-scale organizational change. She is the author of Social Chemistry: Decoding the Patterns of Human Connection*.



    In this conversation, Marissa and I explore the three major categories of personal networks — along with the strengths and challenges of each one. We make the invitation to strengthen your existing network instead of trying to further expand it. Plus, Marissa highlights several practical tips to more fully leverage the power of your own network.

    Key Points

    There are three types of networks:



    Expansionists have extraordinarily large networks and tend to be well known. They tend to be inspiring in both social and professional settings.

    Brokers generate value by bringing together from different social spaces. Their networks have large information benefits and are innovative. They are adaptive and have better work-life balance.

    Conveners build dense networks where all theirs friends are also friends. They enjoy deep trust and reputation benefits. Conveners tend to be great listeners.





    Maintaining great relationships with your existing network is often more productive than attempting to grow entirely new relationships.

    Those with very close relationships have been able to weather the storm of the pandemic with little impact on loneliness.

    We tend to underestimate both the strength of our networks and the willingness of others to help us.

    A starting point to improve the strength of your exiting network is either to be generous to someone by helping them in some way or to ask for support with something that might be helpful to us.



    Resources Mentioned



    Social Chemistry: Decoding the Patterns of Human Connection* by Marissa King

    Assess Your Network



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    524: How to Respond to Burnout, with Bonni Stachowiak

    524: How to Respond to Burnout, 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



    Linda asks advice on how to respond to burnout in her organization.

    Taylor wonders about the best time to create team expectations.

    Robert asks how to move forward when his manager doesn’t provide any meaningful feedback.



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    • 39 min
    523: The Invitation to Stop Trying So Hard, with Greg McKeown

    523: The Invitation to Stop Trying So Hard, with Greg McKeown

    Greg McKeown: Effortless

    Greg McKeown is a speaker, bestselling author, and the host of the popular podcast What’s Essential. He has been covered by The New York Times, Fast Company, Fortune, Politico, and Inc. and has been interviewed on NPR, NBC, Fox, and many others.



    He is among the most popular bloggers for LinkedIn and also a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum. His New York Times bestselling book Essentialism* has sold more than a million copies worldwide. He's the author of the new book, Effortless: Make It Easier to Do What Matters Most*.



    In this conversation, Greg and I explore how to simplify by asking key questions of ourselves and others. We discuss the tendency many of us have to work hard, but not necessarily clearly define what we’re trying to achieve. Plus, Greg invites us to look at the minimum steps required to complete what’s most essential.

    Key Points



    Take one minute to stop and define what done looks like.

    Crafting a “done for the day” list can provide clarity and boundaries to help us zero in on what’s most important.

    Ask yourself: what are the minimum steps required for completion?

    There’s a key distinction between a minimum number of steps and “phoning it in.”

    Decide in advance on what kind of work requires A+ effort, and where B effort is sufficient — and perhaps even better.



    Resources Mentioned



    Effortless: Make It Easier to Do What Matters Most* by Greg McKeown

    Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less* by Greg McKeown

    What’s Essential podcast by Greg McKeown



    Interview Notes

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

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    • 36 min
    522: How High Achievers Begin to Find Balance, with Michael Hyatt

    522: How High Achievers Begin to Find Balance, with Michael Hyatt

    Michael Hyatt: Win at Work and Succeed at Life

    Michael is the founder and chairman of Michael Hyatt & Company, which helps leaders get the focus they need to win at work and succeed at life. Formerly chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, Michael is also the creator of the Full Focus Planner*.



    Michael is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of several books, including Free to Focus*, Your Best Year Ever*, Living Forward*, and Platform*. His work has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Inc., Fast Company, Businessweek, Entrepreneur, and other publications. He is the author with his daughter Meghan Hyatt Miller of Win at Work and Succeed at Life: 5 Principles to Free Yourself from the Cult of Overwork*.



    In this conversation, Michael and I discuss the challenge that many leaders face in finding balance. While many of us are motivated by achievement, Michael invites us to consider the value of nonachievment. We explore where to start and the benefits of being a beginner again through hobbies and other activities, unrelated to our careers.

    Key Points



    There’s incredible power in nonachievement.

    Many high-achieving people tend to have two leisure modes: feeling weird, unsettled, and distracted when taking time off — or vegging out on screens after exhaustion.

    Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi advises doing something that’s not related to work at all to get you into a different mindset.

    Beware the belief that your hobby is your work. Spending more time on a hobby that has nothing to do with work can boost confidence in your ability to perform your job well.

    The challenge for high achievers in starting a hobby is that they must be a beginner again. Getting coaching to help get through these early stages can help.



    Resources Mentioned



    Bonus Resources: Win at Work and Succeed at Life

    Win at Work and Succeed at Life: 5 Principles to Free Yourself from the Cult of Overwork* by Michael Hyatt and Megan Hyatt Miller



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    • 39 min
    521: Move From Advertising to Engagement, with Raja Rajamannar

    521: Move From Advertising to Engagement, with Raja Rajamannar

    Raja Rajamannar: Quantum Marketing

    Raja Rajamannar is Chief Marketing & Communications Officer for Mastercard, and president of the company’s healthcare business. He also serves as president of the World Federation of Advertisers. Raja has held C-level roles at firms ranging from Anthem to Humana, and has overseen the successful evolution of Mastercard’s identity for the digital age, from its Priceless experiential platforms to marketing-led business models.



    Raja’s work has been featured in Harvard Business School and Yale School of management case studies, and been taught at more than 40 top management schools around the world. He is the author of Quantum Marketing: Mastering the New Marketing Mindset for Tomorrow's Consumers*.



    In this conversation, Raja and I discuss the reality that traditional advertising as we know it is ending. He also invites us to rethink how we’ve traditionally thought about customer loyalty. Instead of telling stories about our brands, we should be doing the work to create stories along with our customers.

    Key Points



    Organizations need to engage in permission-based marketing to be credible to consumers.

    It’s helpful to think about relationships with consumers as affinity instead of loyalty.

    Most of what we call advertising today is interruptive to consumers and a poor experience. It’s not entirely dead, but certainly heading that way.

    Invite consumers into unique experiences by making the transition from storytelling to story making.

    Create experiences that are scalable and economically viable and sustainable.

    Smaller firms can seek out opportunities to create partnership that will help them make stories that are purposeful.



    Resources Mentioned



    Quantum Marketing: Mastering the New Marketing Mindset for Tomorrow's Consumers* by Raja Rajamannar



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    • 38 min
    520: How to Inspire More Curiosity, with Shannon Minifie

    520: How to Inspire More Curiosity, with Shannon Minifie

    Shannon Minifie: Box of Crayons

    Shannon is the CEO of Box of Crayons, the firm behind the best-selling books The Coaching Habit* and The Advice Trap*. Box of Crayons is a learning and development company that helps unleash the power of curiosity to create connected and engaged company cultures.



    Shannon followed an unusual path to becoming CEO of Box of Crayons. Her career began in academia, a pursuit driven by her desire to be a part of conversations she thinks are important. In 2016, she embarked on a new path, starting a career in corporate learning and development. She brings to her role more than a decade of experience in education and in practicing incisive investigation.



    In this conversation, Shannon and I talk about the word curiosity and the reality that not everybody thinks about that word the same way we do. We explore the distinction between troublemakers and changemakers and provide practical suggestions to inspire more curiosity inside your organization. Plus, we highlight many of the common barriers to utilizing curiosity well.

    Key Points



    Curiosity is a state, not a trait.

    Nobody says they are against curiosity. But the truth is that they’re suspicious of it.

    Four things tend to hold firms back from the benefits of changemaker curiosity:





    Complacency: being used to the status quo.

    Delusion: the belief that they are already good at it.

    Environment: espoused values vs. what’s being done in practice because of real barriers.

    The Advice Monster: too much a cultural reliance on advice-giving.



    Resources Mentioned



    Box of Crayons

    The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever* by Michael Bungay Stanier

    The Advice Trap: Be Humble, Stay Curious & Change the Way You Lead Forever* by Michael Bungay Stanier



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