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If you look at the major successes and the massive setbacks you’ve had in your career, they can all be traced back to conversations you either had or didn’t have. In fact, your future and that of your company is determined by the quality of conversations you have with your team, your customers and yourself. This podcast will teach you how to be a better leader through better conversations.

Key Conversations for Leaders John Ryan

    • Business
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If you look at the major successes and the massive setbacks you’ve had in your career, they can all be traced back to conversations you either had or didn’t have. In fact, your future and that of your company is determined by the quality of conversations you have with your team, your customers and yourself. This podcast will teach you how to be a better leader through better conversations.

    Leading Diverse Generations with Dr. Megan Gerhardt

    Leading Diverse Generations with Dr. Megan Gerhardt

    Megan Gerhardt, PhD is a Professor of Management, Director of Leadership Development, and the Robert C. Johnson Co-Director of the Isaac and Oxley Center for Business Leadership at the Farmer School of Business at Miami University. She is also the creator of Gentelligence and the founder of The Gerhardt Group, LLC, a leadership consulting practice.

    Megan has published widely on individual differences, motivation, leadership, and generational differences in the workplace and her work on Gentelligence has been featured on Forbes.com, NBCNews.com, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Inc. Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, MarketWatch, Business Insider and The Houston Chronicle among others. In 2017, her TEDx talk “Why I Love Millennials...and You Should, Too” was released, kicking off the Gentelligence movement. As the creator of the Gentelligence movement, Megan’s work focuses on leveraging individual differences to achieve leadership impact and extraordinary levels of performance.


    Inside This Episode

    Where Does The Conflict Between Generations Come From? 

    What Are Some Of The Unique Challenges When Leading A Generationally Diverse Workforce?

    What Do Leaders Tend To Get Wrong When Managing A Generationally Diverse Workforce?

    A Framework For Understanding Different Generations

    Giving Feedback To Different Generations

    How To Use The Right Lens To Avoid Misunderstandings

    Encouraging Respectful Communication Between Generationally Diverse Employees

    Best Practices For Leading Teams With Older And Younger Generations


    Website: https://profgerhardt.com/

    Website: https://www.poweroftheages.com/

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/megangerhardt/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/profgerhardt

    Books: https://www.amazon.com/Gentelligence-Revolutionary-Approach-Intergenerational-Workforce/dp/1538142147

    • 48 min
    Exceptional Leadership, Exceptional Relationships with Dr. David Bradford

    Exceptional Leadership, Exceptional Relationships with Dr. David Bradford

    Dr. David Bradford is Eugene O’Kelly II Senior Lecturer Emeritus in Leadership at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Along with Carole Robin, he's taught interpersonal skills to MBA candidates for a combined seventy-five years in their legendary course Interpersonal Dynamics (affectionately known to generations of students as “Touchy-Feely”) and they have coached and consulted hundreds of executives for decades.

    In their book, "Connect: Building Exceptional Relationships with Family, Friends, and Colleagues," they show readers how to take their relationships from shallow to exceptional by cultivating authenticity, vulnerability, and honesty, while being willing to ask for and offer help, share a commitment to growth, and deal productively with conflict. He has written several other books including, “Influencing Up” and "Reinventing Organization Development: New Approaches to Change in Organizations."


    Inside This Episode

    Building Exceptional Relationships

    Why We Often Struggle To Build Solid Connections With Other People

    How To Say Anything To Almost Anybody

    Getting Back to Choice in Responsibility

    The Danger of Attribution

    The Sliding Scale Of Authenticity and Vulnerability

    Preventing Major Conflicts Before They Occur

    How To Handle Disagreement

    Strengthening Relationships Through Disagreements

    Delivering Effective Feedback To Colleagues And Employees

    Testing The Waters Before Managing Up

    Role-Modeling Excellence As a Leader





    • 34 min
    Trust Yourself with Melody Wilding

    Trust Yourself with Melody Wilding

    Melody Wilding, LMSW is an executive coach for smart, sensitive high-achievers and author of "Trust Yourself: Stop Overthinking and Channel Your Emotions for Success at Work." Recently named one of Business Insider's Most Innovative Coaches for her groundbreaking work on "Sensitive Strivers," her clients include CEOs, C-level executives, and managers at top Fortune 500 companies such as Google, HP, Facebook, Netflix, Twitter, IBM, Citibank, JP Morgan, and others. 

    Melody has been featured in the New York Times, O Magazine, NBC News, and spoken at Stanford University, Walmart, Adweek, Burberry and more. She's here to help you break free from self-doubt and imposter syndrome so you can use your sensitivity as the superpower that it is. 

    Melody is a licensed social worker with a Masters degree from Columbia University, and a former researcher at Rutgers University. She is a professor of Human Behavior at Hunter College and is a contributor to Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Forbes, and Business Insider.


    Inside This Episode

    What are Sensitive Strivers?

    How Social Awareness is Changing Corporate Culture

    The Neuro Science of Higher Sensitivity

    The Nature of Being an Empathic Leader

    Developing Your Internal Compass

    The #1 Thing that Holds Back Sensitive Strivers

    Dealing with Imposter Syndrome

    How We Hold Ourselves Back from Success

    The Danger of Over-Apologizing

    Leading a Team as a Sensitive Striver

    The Dynamic of Over-Functioning

    Creating Interdependent Teams


    Website: www.melodywilding.com

    LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/melodywilding/

    Twitter: www.twitter.com/MelodyWilding

    Trust Yourself Book: www.melodywilding.com/book

    • 20 min
    Becoming a Thought Leader with Dorie Clark

    Becoming a Thought Leader with Dorie Clark

    Dorie Clark helps individuals and companies get their best ideas heard in a crowded, noisy world. She has been named one of the Top 50 business thinkers in the world by Thinkers50, and was honored as the #1 Communication Coach in the world at the Marshall Goldsmith Coaching Awards. She is a keynote speaker and teaches for Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Columbia Business School. She is the author of Entrepreneurial You, which was named one of Forbes’ Top 5 Business Books of the Year, as well as Reinventing You and Stand Out, which was named the #1 Leadership Book of the Year by Inc. magazine. 

    A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, Clark has been described by the New York Times as an “expert at self-reinvention and helping others make changes in their lives.” She is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, and consults and speaks for clients such as Google, Yale University, and the World Bank. She is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, a producer of a multiple Grammy-winning jazz album, and a Broadway investor. You can download her free Entrepreneurial You self-assessment workbook at dorieclark.com/entrepreneur


    Inside This Episode:

    The Two Triggers of Personal Reinvention

    How to Take Control of Your Own Narrative

    Building Your Personal Brand

    Tailoring Your Brand to Your Audience

    Why Everyone Needs to Manage Their Identity

    The Three Main Levers to Becoming a Thought Leader

    Balancing Being an Expert and Being Approachable

    How to Get Started Even if You Don’t Know Your Passion

    The Power of Bottom-Up Conversations vs. Top-Down

    Playing the Long Game With Strategic Thinking


    Website: https://dorieclark.com/

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/doriec/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/dorieclark

    Books: https://dorieclark.com/books/

    • 29 min
    The Power of Pivoting with Monica Ortega

    The Power of Pivoting with Monica Ortega

    Monica Ortega is a professional on-camera host, speaker and author. She created the online travel show Monica Goes in 2014 to inspire others to break out of their comfort zones and go on adventures. As someone who's afraid of everything, she'll put herself through almost anything to show that if an average everyday person like her can do these things, anyone can.

    Monica has spoken openly about how her personal setbacks have helped her pivot into creating a life that she loves. She speaks at events around the country helping others to embrace change and create their own dream life. She is a co-host on the podcast Stumblin' Forward which is all about the missteps of entrepreneurship and life.

    She is also the author of The Power of Pivoting : How to Embrace Change and Create a Life You Love where she uses humor and wisdom to show you how you can lean into your own pivots and create opportunities from any situation, even the unexpected ones.


    Inside This Episode

    How to Know When It’s Time to Pivot

    Signs That You’re Resisting Change

    Why People Resist Change

    How to Get Started in Making a Big Change

    The Importance of Listing to Your Gut and Considering Timing

    The Unique Factors to Consider When Thinking About Changing Careers

    How Leaders Can Retain Employees and Have Important Values-Aligning Conversations

    How to Use the Outside World to Let You Know When It’s Time to Make a Change







    • 17 min
    Supporting Women at Work with Kate Eberle Walker

    Supporting Women at Work with Kate Eberle Walker

    Kate Eberle Walker is the CEO of PresenceLearning, the leading provider of online special education services for K-12 schools. In this role, she leads a majority female employee population, whose mission is not only to provide students with learning needs, but to provide a flexible career path for nearly 1,000 special education clinicians, many of whom are working mothers. Kate became the CEO of The Princeton Review at age 39. Prior to that, she navigated the male-dominated investment world at Goldman Sachs working her way up through management roles. She shares tell-it-like-it is advice with her fellow managers and in her book The Good Boss: 9 Ways Every Manager Can Support Women at Work.

    Inside this Episode:

    Should Women Adapt to the Culture Or Should the Culture Adapt to Women?

    Hidden Realities of Being a Woman in the Corporate World

    Identifying Inclusive and Exclusive Behaviors on Teams

    Unconscious Micro-Aggressions And What To Do About Them

    What an Organization Filled with “Good Bosses” Looks Like

    How To Get Started on Becoming a Good Boss

    What It's Really Like For New Moms Returning to Work

    How to Immediately Engage Parents as They Return to Work

    Being Proactive and Asking For What You Want





    The Good Boss

    • 36 min

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Leadership starts on the inside

Success leaves clues and John is helping shorten the learning curve of leadership excellence with this podcast.

Prof_D ,

Deep dive...

Glad this podcast is out there. There are very few high-quality podcasts specific to leadership. Key Convos does a deep dive to go beyond the typical high- level stuff. Plus John Ryan is a great interviewer.

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Leaders Need Conversation

It was an honor to be a part of this show considering the other people that have dropped shiny gems of wisdom for leaders at all levels. Listen to this show and subscribe to it. You won't regret it.

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