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Welcome to Engaging Leader, your source for principles to communicate, engage, and lead with greater impact. This podcast will help you inspire trust, passion, and action.

Engaging Leader: Leadership communication principles with Jesse Lahe‪y‬ Jesse Lahey

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Welcome to Engaging Leader, your source for principles to communicate, engage, and lead with greater impact. This podcast will help you inspire trust, passion, and action.

    218: Overcoming the Challenges Faced By Women Entrepreneurs and Leaders | with Charlene Walters, MBA, PhD

    218: Overcoming the Challenges Faced By Women Entrepreneurs and Leaders | with Charlene Walters, MBA, PhD

     

    Many people say that entrepreneurship is often still a man’s world ― despite the fact that 42 percent of all small business or franchise owners are women, and there are 13 million female-owned businesses contributing to $1.9 trillion in revenue in the US. According to author Charlene Walters, a multitude of research has shown that many women entrepreneurs and leaders struggle more than men with certain issues that may thwart their success.

    In this interview with Charlene, we discuss tips from her new book LAUNCH YOUR INNER ENTREPRENEUR: 10 Mindset Shifts for Women to Take Action, Unleash Creativity, and Achieve Financial Success. Our conversation includes:



    The challenges female leaders and “fempreneurs” face in the world of work and business … and how to reframe them as opportunities

    How to overcome imposter syndrome

    How to deal with haters

    How to fight self-sabotage



    Charlene Walters, MBA, Ph.D. is an entrepreneurship coach, business and branding mentor, author, and trainer. She developed a digital entrepreneurship MBA program, has taught hundreds of business and marketing courses at a number of universities, and has led workshops for Entrepreneur Magazine’s Insider Platform and other corporations.

     

    Resources Mentioned in This Episode:



    Book: Launch Your Inner Entrepreneur

    Twitter: /CWaltersPhD

     Instagram: /charlenewaltersphd

     LinkedIn: /in/charlenewaltersphd

    Website:  OwnYourOther.com



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    • 28 min
    217: The Business of WE – Closing the Gap Between Us vs Them part 2 | with Laura Kriska

    217: The Business of WE – Closing the Gap Between Us vs Them part 2 | with Laura Kriska

     

    Us versus Them gaps have always affected the American workplace – Sales versus Marketing, Manufacturing versus Engineering, Human Resources versus Legal. But today there is an urgent need to address a wide range of culture gaps, especially due to the impact of the pandemic, racism and protests in support of Black Lives Matter, and an intensely divisive U.S. presidential election.

    No matter what your politics, one thing is clear — the old tools just don’t work; a new approach to diversity, cultural difference, and inclusion is urgently needed. What can business leaders do to create true synergy among the diverse and often fiercely divided members of their workforce?

    In this interview with Laura Kriska, author of the new book The Business of WE, we discuss a practical roadmap for building cohesive, high-performing teams, regardless of personal differences. Drawing on her decades of international experience as a cross-cultural consultant, Kriska shares her proven three-step method for closing the gap between Us and Them in your workplace.

    Our conversation includes:



    Simple examples of “We-Building” behaviors or gestures

    Overview of the 3-step process for closing Us versus Them gaps in your workplace

    Actions that will contribute toward building a WE culture

    Tips for we-building while working from home, especially during this pandemic?

    How can people use the WE-building tools in their daily lives,  both the workplace and beyond



    Laura Kriska is an internationally recognized expert and leading consultant on cross-cultural relations with more than 30 years of experience bridging gaps in diverse workplaces. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies on four continents, helping thousands of business leaders and professionals build trust across Us versus Them differences based on nationality, ethnicity, race, religion, age, or any factor of identity. Her first book, The Accidental Office Lady, was based on her experience as the first American woman to work in Honda Motor Company’s Tokyo headquarters.

     

















     

     





     

     

     

     

     



    Resources Mentioned in This Episode:



    Websites: laurakriska.com

    Book:  The Business of WE: The Proven Three-Step Process for Closing the Gap Between Us and Them in Your Workplace

    Instagram: /laurakriska_author/

    Facebook: /LauraKriskaauthor

    Twitter: /LauraKriska

    LinkedIn: /in/laura-kriska

    * mentimeter.com

    * hcleadershipessentials.com



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    • 23 min
    216: The Business of WE – Closing the Gap Between Us vs Them part 1 | with Laura Kriska

    216: The Business of WE – Closing the Gap Between Us vs Them part 1 | with Laura Kriska

     

    Us versus Them gaps have always affected the American workplace – Sales versus Marketing, Manufacturing versus Engineering, Human Resources versus Legal. But today there is an urgent need to address a wide range of culture gaps, especially due to the impact of the pandemic, racism and protests in support of Black Lives Matter, and an intensely divisive U.S. presidential election.

    No matter what your politics, one thing is clear — the old tools just don’t work; a new approach to diversity, cultural difference, and inclusion is urgently needed. What can business leaders do to create true synergy among the diverse and often fiercely divided members of their workforce?

    In this interview with Laura Kriska, author of the new book The Business of WE, we discuss a practical roadmap for building cohesive, high-performing teams, regardless of personal differences. Drawing on her decades of international experience as a cross-cultural consultant, Kriska shares her proven three-step method for closing the gap between Us and Them in your workplace.

    Our conversation includes:



    Simple examples of “We-Building” behaviors or gestures

    Overview of the 3-step process for closing Us versus Them gaps in your workplace

    Actions that will contribute toward building a WE culture

    Tips for we-building while working from home, especially during this pandemic?

    How can people use the WE-building tools in their daily lives,  both the workplace and beyond



    Laura Kriska is an internationally recognized expert and leading consultant on cross-cultural relations with more than 30 years of experience bridging gaps in diverse workplaces. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies on four continents, helping thousands of business leaders and professionals build trust across Us versus Them differences based on nationality, ethnicity, race, religion, age, or any factor of identity. Her first book, The Accidental Office Lady, was based on her experience as the first American woman to work in Honda Motor Company’s Tokyo headquarters.

     

















     

     





     

     

     

     

     



    Resources Mentioned in This Episode:



    Websites: laurakriska.com

    Book:  The Business of WE: The Proven Three-Step Process for Closing the Gap Between Us and Them in Your Workplace

    Instagram: /laurakriska_author/

    Facebook: /LauraKriskaauthor

    Twitter: /LauraKriska

    LinkedIn: /in/laura-kriska

    * mentimeter.com

    * hcleadershipessentials.com



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    • 24 min
    215: The Long-Distance Teammate | with Kevin Eikenberry and Wayne Turmel

    215: The Long-Distance Teammate | with Kevin Eikenberry and Wayne Turmel

     

    Working remotely isn’t just a new normal that we must learn to live with. It’s an opportunity to work and lead in ways that provide great operational and productivity results for the organization, as well as to be a part of a great team while finding individual meaning and purpose too. 

    But there is a big difference between working from home … and feeling like and being an effective member of a remote team. How can you be a great teammate and leader while working at a distance from the people you collaborate with?

    In this interview with the authors of the new book The Long-Distance Teammate, we discuss tips for being an effective member of a remote team, leading well as a remote leader, and how to combat the very real potential of isolation and loneliness when working from home.

    Kevin Eikenberry and Wayne Turmel are cofounders of the Remote Leadership Institute. Kevin has twice been named one of Inc.’s Top 100 Leadership and Management Experts in the World. They have written dozens of books separately and together, including their previous book The Long-Distance Leader.

     

    Resources Mentioned in This Episode:



    * Website: longdistanceteammate.com

    * Book: The Long-Distance Teammate – Stay Engaged and Connected While Working Anywhere

    * Book: The Long-Distance Leader: Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership

    * Book: Remarkable Leadership, From Bud to Boss—Secrets to a Successful Transition to Remarkable Leadership

    * LinkedIn: /in/kevineikenberry and /in/wayneturmel 

    * Twitter: /KevinEikenberry and /greatwebmeeting 



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    • 35 min
    214: 4 Great Interview Questions to Ask Before You Hire | with Paul Falcone

    214: 4 Great Interview Questions to Ask Before You Hire | with Paul Falcone

     

    Interviewing job candidates can feel like wading through a foggy swamp. You’re attempting to discern whether candidates would be successful on your team, while struggling to prevent the massive headache and wasted resources of a poor decision. 

     

    Asking the right questions during interviews can bring clarity to the process by giving you a more accurate, complete picture of the person sitting across from you. In this episode, employment expert Paul Falcone shares four interview questions that can help cut through the uncertainty by drawing out honest, helpful answers from job candidates.

     

    A bestselling author and top-rated presenter, Paul is currently the Chief Human Resources Officer for The Motion Picture and Television Fund, primarily serving retirees from the entertainment industry. Previously, Paul served as head of HR for Nickelodeon, head of international HR for Paramount Pictures, and head of HR for the TV production unit of NBCUniversal, where he oversaw HR operations for NBC’s late night and prime time programming lineup, including The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live, and The Office.

     

    Resources Mentioned in This Episode:



    Podcast Episode 199: How to Tackle the 3 Toughest Conversations with Employees

    Podcast Episode 141: Hire, Develop, and Keep Great Employees

    Book: 96 Great Interview Questions to Ask Before You Hire

    Book: 101 Tough Conversations to Have with Employees: A Manager’s Guide to Addressing Performance, Conduct, and Discipline Challenges

    Book: 75 Ways for Managers to Hire, Develop, and Keep Great Employees

    Website: PaulFalconeHR.com

    Twitter: @PaulFalconeHR

    LinkedIN: /paulfalcone1



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    • 15 min
    213: Dealing with Challenging Employees when Building Courageous Culture | with Karin Hurt

    213: Dealing with Challenging Employees when Building Courageous Culture | with Karin Hurt

    Some leaders look at their people, shake their heads, and say, “They can’t get there from here.” Sometimes that’s true. But often the solution is creating a stronger culture, where employees are encouraged and coached to contribute their best thinking.

    People are different, and these differences can add value. As a leader, you need to figure out the best ways to leverage the strengths of the human beings on your team.

    In part 2 of this conversation with Karin Hurt about her newest book, Courageous Cultures, we talk about dealing with five additional types of people who present a specific challenge:



    Just-Tell-Me-What-to-Do-ers: They consistently just want to be told what to do. 

    Just-Do-What-I-Sayers: They are often successful and just want people to line up behind them and do what they’re told.

    Let-Me-Do-My-Thing-ers: They are certain of their direction and methods.

    Silent Wounded: They don’t trust you—and with good reason. They’ve been burned by previous leaders.

    * Silent Ponderous: They may be quiet introverts, but they have insights you desperately need.



    Karin Hurt is the award-winning author of several books and an Inc. Top 100 leadership speaker. She provides leadership development programs for organizations around the world. A former Verizon Wireless executive, she has over two decades of experience in customer service, sales, and human resources.

     

    Resources Mentioned in This Episode:



    Book: Courageous Cultures 

    Idea Inspiration Summit July 23

    Free executive strategy guide to creating a courageous culture

    Idea incubator guide (with pre-ordering)

    Book: Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results–Without Losing Your Soul

    Book: Overcoming An Imperfect Boss: A Practical Guide to Building a Better Relationship With Your Boss

    Online course: Results That Last: 7 Roles Every Manager Must Master

    Website: letsgrowleaders.com

    Twitter: @letsgrowleaders

    Facebook: /letsgrowleaders

    Engaging Leader 135: How to Lead Meetings That Get Results (and That People Want to Attend)

    Engaging Leader 054: Humility and Leadership: How to Teach Confident Humility



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    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
116 Ratings

116 Ratings

Mark Colgan ,

Fantastic podcast!

Jesse is fantastic at interviewing key guests and teasing out the valuable knowledge they have to share. I really enjoyed the interview with Paul Falcone on the questions you should ask during the hiring process, great episode! Thanks Jesse!

NewVeganite ,

One mind blowing aha moment after another

I have been listening to this podcast series and a few others with the same theme for about a month. Overall, I feel I get the most value out of this Engaging Leadership podcast, as evidenced by how many of the episodes I have listened to more than once and how many I have either saved or shared with others. The mix of topics is terrific and expertise brought to the table to talk about those topics are first rate.

jds global ,

Delving into the value of engagement - not just the buzzword

I really resonate with the message that today's leaders need to be more than the 'commander of the ship' - they need to be engagers if they are to motivate their people to pursue the organisation’s purpose. The quality and diversity of Jesse's guests as well as perspectives from which he approaches the leadership conversation makes for consistently good listening.

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