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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 25 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 25 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 Genuinely Show Up for Others, with Marshall Goldsmith

    How to Genuinely Show Up for Others, with Marshall Goldsmith

    Marshall Goldsmith: The Earned Life

    Marshall Goldsmith is one of the world’s leading executive coaches and the New York Times bestselling author of many books, including What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, Mojo, and Triggers. In his coaching practice, he has advised more than 150 major CEOs and their management teams, including clients like Alan Mulally, Frances Hesselbein, and Hubert Joly. His newest book is The Earned Life: Lose Regret, Choose Fulfillment*.



    We’ve all heard about the benefits of empathy and most of us assume that more empathy for the people we lead is always better. In this conversation, Marshall and I look at the different types of empathy and explore the downsides of leaning into empathy too much. Plus, we discuss how singular empathy can help busy leaders stay present in the midst of their busy schedules.

    Key Points



    There are multiple types of empathy — and each of them bring challenges along with their positive attributes.

    We often hit the reset button successfully at work, but then neglect it in our personal relationships.

    Singular empathy helps us to stay present with people and to move between the multiple spaces and situations that most leaders find themselves in daily.

    A key question for us all to ask ourselves: am I being the person I want to be right now?



    Resources Mentioned



    The Earned Life: Lose Regret, Choose Fulfillment* by Marshall Goldsmith



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    The Way to Stop Rescuing People From Their Problems, with Michael Bungay Stanier (episode 284)

    Getting Better at Empathy, with Daniel Goleman (episode 391)

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



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    • 35 min
    How to Create Inclusive Hiring Practices, with Ruchika Tulshyan

    How to Create Inclusive Hiring Practices, with Ruchika Tulshyan

    Ruchika Tulshyan: Inclusion on Purpose

    Ruchika Tulshyan is the founder of Candour, a global inclusion strategy firm. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times and Harvard Business Review. As a keynote speaker, Ruchika has addressed organizations like NASA, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the United States Congress.



    Ruchika is the author of The Diversity Advantage: Fixing Gender Inequality in the Workplace, and most recently, Inclusion on Purpose: An Intersectional Approach to Creating a Culture of Belonging at Work*. She is on the Thinkers50 Radar list and named as one of Hive Learning's Most Influential D&I Professionals for the past two years.



    In this conversation, Ruchika and I discuss how leaders can adapt their hiring practices to attract more diverse candidates — and ultimately support inclusion inside their organizations. We discuss the importance of what to both include and avoid in job postings. Plus, we examine how well-intended interview practices can sometimes have unintended results on supporting diversity and inclusion.

    Key Points



    Make the hiring process transparent from start to finish.

    Include an authentic equal opportunity statement.

    Refrain from using certain words in job listings. Examples include: rockstar, ninja, hacker, guru, manage, build, aggressive, fearless, independent, analytic, and assertive.

    Emphasize skills and experience over professional degrees.

    Avoid panel interviews and refrain from asking questions or having conversations about culture fit.



    Resources Mentioned



    Inclusion on Purpose: An Intersectional Approach to Creating a Culture of Belonging at Work* by Ruchika Tulshyan



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

    How to Be More Inclusive, with Stefanie Johnson (episode 508)

    Start Finding Overlooked Talent, with Johnny Taylor, Jr. (episode 544)



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    • 36 min
    How to Help Your Manager Shine, with David Gergen

    How to Help Your Manager Shine, with David Gergen

    David Gergen: Hearts Touched With Fire

    David Gergen has served as a White House adviser to four US presidents of both political parties: Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton. He then served as the editor of US News & World Report. For the past two decades, he has served as a professor of public service and founding director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School.



    David is also a senior political analyst for CNN, where he is a respected voice in national and international affairs. He is the author of Hearts Touched with Fire: How Great Leaders Are Made*.



    In this conversation, David and I discuss his years working in the White House for four different presidents. We explore what worked for David to be able to support a powerful person in being the best version of themselves. Plus, we discuss how to speak truth to power, the strategy of playing to strengths, and the critical importance of staying aligned with the big picture.

    Key Points



    Speaking up means you ensure that your manager has considered alternate perspectives.

    Be aware of your own shortcomings so you do not bias your own advice.

    You made need to help a manager overcome their own challenges. Help them play to their strengths.

    Beware of managing up with arrogance. Instead, create zones and pathways that can help a manager make tough calls.

    Making a suggestion in a short note can be one way to open up a tough conversation.

    Keep the bigger, nobler motive in mind at all times. Advocate for that larger vision.



    Resources Mentioned



    Hearts Touched with Fire: How Great Leaders Are Made* by David Gergen

    The Bin Laden Raid: Inside the Situation Room Photo



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    How to Start Managing Up, with Tom Henschel (episode 433)

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

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

    Your Leadership Motive, with Patrick Lencioni (episode 505)



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    • 28 min
    Enhancing Team Communication, with Bonni Stachowiak

    Enhancing Team Communication, with Bonni Stachowiak

    Bonni Stachowiak: Teaching in Higher Ed

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

    Listener Questions



    Margaret is wondering what resources we’d recommend for her team to identify different communication styles.

    Jeff asked us what steps we might take to help someone increase their confidence.

    Christopher mentioned a prior episode and is seeking our advice on what to do when challenging authority is ignored.



    Resources Mentioned



    GO Team Resources by Susan Gerke and David Hutchens

    Creative Acts for Curious People* by Sarah Stein Greenberg

    Emergent Strategy* by adrienne maree brown

    StrengthsFinder

    Dignity: Its Essential Role in Resolving Conflict* by Donna Hicks



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    How Teams Use StrengthsFinder Results, with Lisa Cummings (episode 293)

    How to Lead an Offsite, with Tom Henschel (episode 377)

    End Imposter Syndrome in Your Organization, with Jodi-Ann Burey (episode 556)

    The Way to Make Struggles More Productive, with Sarah Stein Greenberg (episode 569)

    Make It Easier to Challenge Authority, with Richard Rierson (episode 575)



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    • 39 min
    How to Involve Stakeholders in Decisions, with Eric Pliner

    How to Involve Stakeholders in Decisions, with Eric Pliner

    Eric Pliner: Difficult Decisions

    Eric Pliner is chief executive officer of YSC Consulting. He has designed and implemented leadership strategy in partnership with some of the world’s best-known CEOs and organizations. Eric’s writing has been featured in Harvard Business Review, Fortune, Forbes, and Fast Company.



    A member of the Dramatists’ Guild of America, Eric is co-author of the U.S. National Standards for Health Education and Spooky Dog & the Teen-Age Gang Mysteries (with Amy Rhodes), an Off-Broadway theatrical parody of television cartoons for adults. He is a board director with Hip Hop Public Health. He is also the author of Difficult Decisions: How Leaders Make the Right Call with Insight, Integrity, and Empathy*.



    In this conversation, Eric and I discuss the difficult and sometimes awkward moments when we engage other stakeholders in our decisions. We explore the language to use when discussing a stakeholder’s role in a decision. Plus, Eric details how to establish clear expectations about involvement in decisions to avoid sending messages that we otherwise don’t intend.

    Key Points



    Clarify who you will engage and how you intend to do so.

    Before discussing a decision with a stakeholder, explain how the decision is going to be made. Make it clear if you’re offering them a views, a voice, a vote, or a veto.

    Standardize your individual and team processes for decision-making.

    Ask the stakeholder for input — and go deeper with a second or third question to appreciate what’s behind what they’ve said.

    Remind stakeholders how the decision will be made when you conclude. Don’t underestimated the importance of this step.



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    Related Episodes



    How to Influence Many Stakeholders, with Andy Kaufman (episode 240)

    How to Deal with Opponents and Adversaries, with Peter Block (episode 328)

    The Way to Make Better Decisions, with Annie Duke (episode 499)

    Handling a Difficult Stakeholder, with Nick Timiraos (episode 581)



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    • 33 min
    How Top Leaders Influence Great Teamwork, with Scott Keller

    How Top Leaders Influence Great Teamwork, with Scott Keller

    Scott Keller: CEO Excellence

    Scott is a senior partner in McKinsey’s Southern California office. He co-leads the firm’s global CEO Excellence service line and is the author of six books, including the bestseller Beyond Performance. Scott spent his early consulting years working on business strategy and operational topics until his life was turned upside down when his second child was born with profound special needs.



    After taking time off to attend to his family, Scott returned to McKinsey with the desire to bring the best of psychology, social science, and the study of human potential into the workplace. He is a cofounder of Digital Divide Data and one of a few hundred people in history known to have traveled to every country in the world. His most recent book written with Carolyn Dewar and Vikram Malhotra is titled CEO Excellence: The Six Mindsets That Distinguish the Best Leaders from the Rest*.



    In this conversation, Scott and I examine McKinsey’s research on what the top CEOs do (and avoid) when building great teams. We look at a few of the key mindsets that the best CEOs bring to their organizations — and how teamwork plays into this. Plus, we explore some of the key questions top leaders should ask when determining if it’s time to exit someone from the team.

    Key Points



    Top leaders staff for both aptitude and attitude. The have an eye to both the short and long term.

    The most successful CEOs have a mindset of “first team” and expect leaders in the organization to prioritize serving the whole team/organization over any functional area.

    New CEOs are often known for acting quickly on staffing, but the most successful leaders also temper this with fairness. They use the four questions below to act with both fairness and speed.

    Top leaders stay connected with people throughout the organization, but also keep some distance. There’s a key distinction between being friendly and making friends.



    The best CEO’s ensure that they have positively addressed all four questions below before removing somebody:



    Does the team member know exactly what’s expected of them: i.e., what the agenda is and what jobs need to be done to drive that agenda?

    Have they been given the needed tools and resources, and a chance to build the necessary skills and confidence to use them effectively?

    Are they surrounded by others (including the CEO) who are aligned on a common direction and who display the desired mindsets and behaviors?

    Is it clear what the consequences are if they don’t get on board and deliver?



    Resources Mentioned



    CEO Excellence: The Six Mindsets That Distinguish the Best Leaders from the Rest* by Carolyn Dewar, Scott Keller, and Vikram Malhotra

    The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate - Discoveries from a Secret World* by Peter Wohlleben



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

    How to Sell Your Vision, with Michael Hyatt (episode 482)

    Your Leadership Motive, with Patrick Lencioni (episode 505)



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    • 39 min

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