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The Talent Magnet Institute is committed to developing leaders to succeed in relationships, work, community, and life: we’ll reframe what success means, and you’ll hear the personal stories of successful leaders from around the globe. From the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, every guest has a unique story to tell and insights to bring. Discover how to achieve a new type of success that goes much deeper than profits: culture, talent, and holistic leadership.

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The Talent Magnet Institute is committed to developing leaders to succeed in relationships, work, community, and life: we’ll reframe what success means, and you’ll hear the personal stories of successful leaders from around the globe. From the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, every guest has a unique story to tell and insights to bring. Discover how to achieve a new type of success that goes much deeper than profits: culture, talent, and holistic leadership.

    Extraordinary Leader Series with Guest Host Don Frericks Part 6

    Extraordinary Leader Series with Guest Host Don Frericks Part 6

    This week, Don Frericks brings us the wisdom of another extraordinary leader, interviewing Matt Shank.  Matt is the President of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges. He and Don discuss foundational leadership development traits, and what emerging and seasoned leaders need to do to stay relevant throughout their careers. 

    Matt has a career that is focused in the academic arena.  Hear how he shares his insights about staying relevant in a rapidly changing environment.  (4:13)

    Matt shares his experiences that have shaped his leadership journey, such as: 


    His three-pronged approach to leading well. (11:10)

    Tips on how to build a community with trust, faith, and commitment. (11:35)

    The three critical skills that every leader needs to consider before starting a development program. (13:25) 

    What is “servant leadership” really? (19:26)


    He says, “If you treat people with dignity irrespective of what they can do for you, ultimately they’re going to do great things for either you or your organization.”  (11:10)

    Don and Matt provide great tips on how to help others level up in practical ways.  (21:54) 

    Listen NOW to learn what tactical skills you should be focusing on and which to sideline. 

    Don and Matt close their insightful conversation discussing the one thing everyone should do to be a better leader and why. (35:30)

    Have a question related to this episode?  Click here to ask or leave a comment. 

    Check out Don’s new book, Best Boss Ever: The 5 steps to rapidly develop yourself into the leader everyone wants to follow

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    #talentmagnet
    #leadership
    #servantleadership
    #bestbossever

    • 41 min
    The Power of Connection: Know Your Neighbor with Shakila Ahmad

    The Power of Connection: Know Your Neighbor with Shakila Ahmad

    This week’s episode is another archive that has incredible relevance to today’s business climate.  In the studio with Mike is Shakila Ahmad, President and Chair of the Board of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati.  They discuss many ideas and opportunities available to unite people through similarities, rather than categorize people through differences. 

    Listen to Shakila share about: 

    Why she left corporate life to engage as a leader in her community (5:31)

    How to identify leaders for your community and the importance of engagement (8:04)


    Mike and Shakila discuss: 

    Cultural competency and leveraging talent with cultural engagement (12:33)

    Including community engagement in your business plan (16:45)

    Understanding the true meaning of “Team Chemistry” (19:28)


    Shakila shares her passion about educating people with the Islamic Center’s program called “Know Your Neighbor” and how leaders can use this model to create a better culture. (20:15) 

    Listen NOW! 

    Mike and Shakila ask: What message about diversity are you sending intentionally or unconsciously to your children, your organization, and your community?  How does this reflect the level of trust you convey, and open-mindedness in all those areas of your life? (27:26) 

    Shakila shares examples of how she worked with the City of Mason to engage the entire community (businesses, schools, and civic leadership) to change their conversations about cultural diversity. (27:45) 

    Mike and Shakila challenge leaders:

    Ditch preconceived notions about others and get first-hand knowledge (31:09)

    Bridge understanding and cultural sensitivity by organizing difficult conversations, especially in light of national events, such as race riots and 9/11. (32:32, 36:16)

    Don’t assume you know what people are all about.  Don't give into stereotypes from the media.  Take a bold step to make a personal connection (39:59)


    Interfaith dialogue refers to cooperative, constructive, and positive interaction between people of different religious traditions (i.e., “faiths”) and/or spiritual or humanistic beliefs, at both the individual and institutional levels.” ~Wikipedia
    Learn about interfaith dialogue
    Have a question or comment?  Simply click here to record it now! 
    #talentmagnet
    #leadership
    #leadingwell
    #DE&I
    #culturaldiversity
    #interfaithdialogue
    #interfaith

    • 46 min
    Strategically Creating Innovation in Inclusion with Dr. Janet Reid

    Strategically Creating Innovation in Inclusion with Dr. Janet Reid

    This week we are reviving a previous episode (Episode #19) that is relevant in today’s climate.  Hear Mike’s incredible, tactical conversation with Dr. Janet Reid, on diversity, equity and inclusion.  Dr. Janet Reid is a faculty member of the Talent Magnet Institute, and the founder of BRBS World, a private global management consulting consortium located in Cincinnati, that works with companies to develop and keep world-class leaders who value diversity and inclusion. 

    Listen now for a fresh perspective from a veteran of DE&I. Dr. Reid shares insights on:  

    Defining diversity as differences and similarities, and broadening our view to include thinking and problem solving styles. (5:06)

    The difference between diversity and inclusion-they are two different things. (5:49)

    How to optimize talent and how it has changed. (6:24)


    Mike approaches the elephant in the room and asks, “Why should leaders care about this?” Listen now for Dr. Reid’s candid answer. (7:51)

    Mike and Dr. Reid discuss the hard core relevance of diversity as part of an organization’s business plan.   Dr. Reid cites one of many studies, Diversity Matters to prove her point. Listen to find out what this study showed, how inclusion is key,  and how it can improve your bottom line. (9:43)

    Mike and Dr. Reid also discuss: 

    How DE&I today is different from Affirmative Action, and how the conversation has evolved. (12:04)

    What the difference is between outright prejudice and the subtleties of bias. (15:03)

    What leaders can and must do to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. (16:15)


    Listen to Dr. Reid’s stories about some of her clients who found great success in product innovation and new market penetration due to having a diverse team. (17:57) Hear how these “aha” moments are innovating businesses in every sector. 

    Dr. Reid goes into detail about how accepting diversity is a neurological function. (13:25)  She shares a process to take a specific inventory, as well as tips on how to  rewire your thought process to be comfortable with differences. (19:48) As with most things, acknowledgment is the first step.  Take the Harvard assessment to see what your unconscious biases are now.

    Dr. Reid gives tips on how to move forward as a leader into a higher level of awareness, how to have conversations about inclusion in decision-making, and changing culture in the workplace. (24:15)

    Mike and Dr. Reid share tips about 

    Being a bridge for diverse perspectives, and being a leader for uniting people. (26:45) 

    Being strategic about diversifying your workplace (28:21)

    Speaking to the power of diversity and inclusion when you notice too much homogeneity in the room. (29:59)


    Mike and Dr. Reid challenge listeners to be intentional about your strategies and diversifying your circle of influence. 

    BRBS World, LLC
    McKinsey - Why Diversity Matters
    McKinsey - Delivering Through Diversity 
    McKinsey Delivering Through Diversity Whitepaper
    The Phoenix Principles - Leveraging Inclusion to Transform Your Company - Co-authored by Janet B. Reid, Ph.D., CEO of BRBS World Consulting, LLC and Vincent R. Brown is President and CEO of V. Randolph Brown Consulting
    Implicit Bias Test through Harvard University

    • 35 min
    Crucial Conversations & Bringing Your Whole Self to Work with Tysonn Betts

    Crucial Conversations & Bringing Your Whole Self to Work with Tysonn Betts

    This week Mike talks with fellow Leadership Cincinnati alumnus Tysonn Betts, Vice President of Design for Global Family Care at Procter & Gamble. Listen in as they discuss tips on effective listening and how to develop respect and trust. 

    They discuss: 

    The value of courageous conversations; (2:55)

    Tips on how to hear what is NOT being said; (3:36)

    The difference between defining and delivering on obvious needs versus delivering on the void that has not yet been filled. (7:18)


    Tysonn shares his perspective on diversity issues and “being the only one in the room.”  He shares how he leverages his unique perspective, and encourages listeners to embrace theirs. (11:24) He also shares HOW to communicate it in a way that is helpful and goal-focused, versus criticizing and confrontational. (13:07)

    He also shares examples about how to be sensitive to those who may not want to share their stories. (16:05)  Tysonnn and Mike discuss what P&G did to help their organization stay focused during a very distracting time.  Hear how P&G empowered the workforce by sharing untold collective stories of their employees and the impact it has made. (21:23)

    Tysonn says, As a leader it is your responsibility to set business AND culture goals.  Listen to Tysonn share key points about setting up your culture to go beyond your four walls to make a positive impact on the lives of your employees as well as your community. 

    Regarding crucial conversations, Tysonn says, “The toughest conversations are the most important ones to have.” (33:35)  Listen to learn tips on how to navigate them productively.  

    Thank you for listening to the Talent Magnet Institute Podcast!  If you have a question or a comment, please go to our Facebook Community and join the conversation! 

    #becomingatalentmagnet
    #leadwell
    #leadership
    #crucialconversations
    #effectivelistening

    • 37 min
    Extraordinary Leader Series with Guest Host Don Frericks Part 5

    Extraordinary Leader Series with Guest Host Don Frericks Part 5

    This week, guest host Don Frericks takes the mic again to bring you extraordinary leaders from around the world. In this episode, he and Georg Schmundt-Thomas have an insightful conversation about intentional leadership, and provide many touchpoints for aspiring leaders.

    Listen now to get inspired and learn: 

    The organic elements of being a leader (9:51) 

    How rock climbing relates to leadership (10:08)

    How to be results-oriented without being “competitive” (16:09). 


    Hear how Georg got “body slammed” with some feedback, what he took away from it, and the 70-20-10 Rule. (25:10)  

    For aspiring leaders, learn from Georg as he describes:  

    The keys to what accelerated his success (27:54) 

    How to get ahead in a fast-paced world (41:32)

    How working for a bad boss can help you become an extraordinary leader (35:17).


    Don and Georg close their tactical and inspiring conversation with Georg’s three keys to the mindset of a leader, and why they are crucial to your success. (48:31) 

    Ask a question or share a comment here, and check out Don’s book, Best Boss Ever!

    #bestbossever
    #talentmagnet
    #leadership
    #leadingwell
    #leadwell

    • 52 min
    Lessons in Effective Parenting and Leadership with Jim Mason

    Lessons in Effective Parenting and Leadership with Jim Mason

    Mike revisits an old friend this week, Jim Mason, CEO of Beech Acres Parenting Center to discuss work, parenting success, and being a better leader. Parenting tips and leadership tips abound in this episode.  If you are committed to serving your internal and external customers well (and raising great kids), this is a conversation you should listen to and take notes. 

    Jim shares the story of Beech Acres, their mission, and how they help families raise great kids on a deeper level than most programs. Then, Jim provides key tips on how to go from being a reactive parent to being an empowering parent, with the Natural Strength Parenting method.  (1:49)

    Hear how Beech Acres has worked to support schools, kids, and families by using technology and effective listening. (11:45) 

    Jim shares how he worked with his leadership team to  set up a decision-making system during COVID-19 for his organization so that they stayed true to their mission, their commitment to their staff and clients, as well as keep their sight on long term goals. Hear what they implemented to make their business successful. (14:49)

    Hear how going virtual actually improved communication with staff, and how going virtual provided opportunities to serve their clients more effectively. (17:27)

    What can you do to develop a “safe place” for staff when a crisis occurs?  Listen to what Beech Acres implemented. (26:23) And, then hear Jim’s reaction to the initial employee surveys. (34:47)

    “We have to have integrity with how we are with each other.” 
    Jim Mason (36:05)


    Go to thecharactereffect.org to get more information about Beech Acres’ virtual curriculum for teachers and parents. 

    #leadingwell
    #workrelationshipscommunitylife
    #becomingatalentmagnet
    #parentingthrucovid19
    #leadership
    #leadwell

    • 49 min

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Great content!

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