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Are you the strongest leader you can possibly be? And if not, ever wonder what other elite leaders know and do that you aren’t, which may be stopping you from bringing your A+ game?

The Lead at the Top of Your Game Podcast celebrates the ingenuity, resilience and execution excellence of firebrand leaders who are doing big things in their profession or industry by boldly dancing on the edge and playing by their own rules.

Organizational psychologist & leadership tactics strategist, Karan Ferrell-Rhodes, interviews the persons at the forefront of leading the transformative ideas, tactical maneuvers and gut-wrenching pivots behind the People, Business & Leadership strategies which are helping individuals do their best work and organizations to become future-ready, today.

Listen in, as she cracks open their playbooks and compares them with her research on the top seven leadership tactics of the world’s most successful leaders. Join us to take advantage of gaining an insider’s look into the ups, downs and lessons learned from these thriving A+ leaders, so that you too can become a stronger leader who masters any “game of expertise” in which you choose to play.

The Lead at the Top of Your Game podcast is brought to you by Shockingly Different Leadership, the leader in on-demand People, Talent Development & Organizational Effectiveness professional services, all designed to up-level leader capability and optimize workforces to do their best work.

Learn more at http://LeadYourGamePodcast.com or https://shockinglydifferent.com/podcast. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to the show on your favorite podcast app and leave a 5-star review.

Lead at the Top of Your Game Karan Ferrell-Rhodes and Shockingly Different Leadership

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    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

Are you the strongest leader you can possibly be? And if not, ever wonder what other elite leaders know and do that you aren’t, which may be stopping you from bringing your A+ game?

The Lead at the Top of Your Game Podcast celebrates the ingenuity, resilience and execution excellence of firebrand leaders who are doing big things in their profession or industry by boldly dancing on the edge and playing by their own rules.

Organizational psychologist & leadership tactics strategist, Karan Ferrell-Rhodes, interviews the persons at the forefront of leading the transformative ideas, tactical maneuvers and gut-wrenching pivots behind the People, Business & Leadership strategies which are helping individuals do their best work and organizations to become future-ready, today.

Listen in, as she cracks open their playbooks and compares them with her research on the top seven leadership tactics of the world’s most successful leaders. Join us to take advantage of gaining an insider’s look into the ups, downs and lessons learned from these thriving A+ leaders, so that you too can become a stronger leader who masters any “game of expertise” in which you choose to play.

The Lead at the Top of Your Game podcast is brought to you by Shockingly Different Leadership, the leader in on-demand People, Talent Development & Organizational Effectiveness professional services, all designed to up-level leader capability and optimize workforces to do their best work.

Learn more at http://LeadYourGamePodcast.com or https://shockinglydifferent.com/podcast. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to the show on your favorite podcast app and leave a 5-star review.

    LeaderSmarts | Case Studies of the CHIP Act and Freshii

    LeaderSmarts | Case Studies of the CHIP Act and Freshii

    Love real world case-studies in leadership execution? Then you'll love our bonus episode series, called LeaderSmarts, where Karan Ferrell-Rhodes curates examples of smart tactics exhibited by individuals and companies who trying to make a difference in our world as we know it. Learn from leadership-in-action, at it's best!
    In today's episode, Karan features two brief case studies in the news - The CHIP Act of 2022 and innovation by Freshii, a health and wellness brand that makes healthy eating and overall wellness convenient and affordable.
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    Full show notes, links to resources mentioned and other compelling episodes can be found at http://leadyourgamepodcast.com./ (http://LeadYourGamePodcast.com.) (Click magnifying icon at top right and type “LeaderSmarts”)
    Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review and share!
    JUST FOR YOU: Increase your leadership acumen by identifying your personal Leadership Trigger. https://shockinglydifferent.com/trigger (Take my free my free quiz) and instantly receive your 5-page report .
    Need to up-level your workforce or execute strategic People initiatives? https://shockinglydifferent.com/contact (https://shockinglydifferent.com/contact) or tweet https://twitter.com/KaranRhodes (@KaranRhodes).
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    ABOUT KARAN FERRELL-RHODES:
    Karan is an organizational strategist who is obsessed with up-leveling leadership capability and optimizing workforces to do their best work. After years of witnessing the dark-side, chaos and trauma caused by bad leadership within organizations, she ditched her comfy job as a corporate HR exec at Microsoft, to commission a research study to uncover the critical success factors of over 10K high-performing leaders.
    From her data, Karan was able to pinpoint the top tactics which accelerated their rise to the pinnacle of success that few others achieve. Listen in as Karan gives us an insider’s look into how to best sharpen your leadership acumen, so you can become a stronger leader who advances your career or makes a greater impact by doing big things in your profession or industry.
    Karan is also the founder of https://shockinglydifferent.com (Shockingly Different Leadership), a global human capital professional services firm that helps corporations execute business-critical People, Learning and Culture initiatives. She has worked with executive teams at companies such as Coca-Cola, Microsoft, British Petroleum, Meta, EY, Raymond James, Major League Baseball and the NFL.
    Karan is also the author of https://amzn.to/3zH6tXl (Lead at the Top of Your Game), created thehttps://www.shockinglydifferent.com/project/the-leadership-tactics-diagnostic-assessment/ ( Leadership Tactics Diagnostic) assessment and is a frequent contributor on leadership strategies with Forbes.com.
    WHAT TO LISTEN FOR:An example of Leading with Intellectual Horsepower via the passing of the CHIPS ACT legislation.
    An example of Leading with Intrapreneurship by https://www.freshii.com/us/en-us/home (Freshii).

    FEATURED TIMESTAMPS:[00:57] The CHIPs Act
    [03:24] Freshii
    [06:58] Info on SDL's signature leadership development program
    LINKS TO OTHER RESOURCES:https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/7178 https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/arms-ceo-doesnt-expect-global-chip-production-ramp-up-any-time-/ (Review the details) of the actual CHIPs Act
    The Star's https://www.thestar.com/business/2022/07/08/percy-the-virtual-cashier-founders-shrug-off-critics-and-plan-to-grow-start-up-into-a-multinational-company.html (article on Freshii's virtual cashiers) (author Jacob Lorine - @jacoblorinc on Twitter)

    • 9 min
    The Power of Leadership Advocacy and Allyship in the Technology Industry w/ Vicki Wright Hamilton

    The Power of Leadership Advocacy and Allyship in the Technology Industry w/ Vicki Wright Hamilton

    It can be challenging being a woman of color in a largely male dominated industry. According to research by the Washington Post, only 8 percent of “C-suite” executives are people of color and according to Korn Ferry, women make up only 25% of C-suite executives, with most of them being in HR.
    Vicki Wright Hamilton has walked in both those shoes and says she has the battle scars to show for it. However, she was successful in carving out a pathway of hope and shares with us how she survived the challenges of making it to the C-suite, as a woman of color in Tech, and why it is critical for all leaders to not forget to be allies for the next generation.
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    Full show notes, links to resources mentioned and other compelling episodes can be found at http://leadyourgamepodcast.com./ (http://LeadYourGamePodcast.com.) (Click magnifying icon at top right and type “Vicki”)
    Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review and share!
    JUST FOR YOU: Increase your leadership acumen by identifying your personal Leadership Trigger. https://shockinglydifferent.com/trigger (Take my free my free quiz) and instantly receive your 5-page report .
    Need to up-level your workforce or execute strategic People initiatives? Contact us at https://shockinglydifferent.com/contact (https://shockinglydifferent.com/contact) or tweet https://twitter.com/KaranRhodes (@KaranRhodes).
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    ABOUT VICKI WRIGHT HAMILTON:
    As the Founder and CEO of VWH Consulting, Vicki wears several hats. She serves as a senior technology strategist, change management advisor, and executive leadership coach. She has over 30 years experience and prides herself with having the gift and expertise of advancing technology organizations and people that lead them.
    WHAT TO LISTEN FOR:How Vicki set the stage for being promoted every few years during her career.
    A great way to handle push-back from your boss when they don't agree with you.
    Vicki's addition to the LATTOYG Playbook

    FEATURED TIMESTAMPS:[00:54] Vicki shares her background and the unique nickname her grandkids call her
    [03:26] How Vicki struggled to get to the C-Suite
    [07:00] Vicki's entry into the LATTOYG leadership playbook: The power of the advocacy of having professional sponsors
    [09:47] Story of Vicki pushing back against her boss which caused her to lose her job (and why she was happy about it
    [15:26] Which of the leadership tactics Vicki used and loved
    [17:43] One of Vicki’s favorite books: "https://amzn.to/3PQZOAD (Play like a man; win like a woman)" by Gail Evans
    [23:07] The story of how Vicki started her multi-faceted technology consulting firm.
    [28:20] Signature Segment: Full Disclosure
    [37:10] Signature Segment: Karan’s Take
    LINKS FOR VICKI WRIGHT HAMILTON:
    – https://www.linkedin.com/company/vwh-consulting (LinkedIn)
    – https://facebook.com/vickiwhamilton1 (Facebook)
    – https://instagram.com/vickiwhamilton/ (Instagram)
    – https://twitter.com/vickiwhamilton (Twitter)
    – https://youtube.com/channel/UC2fw677Ob4kWgB2zCLW5AcQ/playlists (Vicki’s Youtube Shows): “Hidden Stories, Healed Now” and Strategic Minds: Making Money Moves”


    PEOPLE and RESOURCES MENTIONED:
    – Overview: http://bit.ly/DevelopYourGame (The Lead at the Top of Your Game Leadership Development Experience)
    – Vicki’s Book: https://amzn.to/3cAd51Q (Game Face: Corporate Success Strategies of a Trail-Blazing Tech Warrior)
    – Book: https://amzn.to/3zpktGm (Brene Brown)
    – Book: https://amzn.to/3PQZOAD (Play like a man; win like a woman by Gail Evans )


    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR YOU:
    – Article: https://www.kornferry.com/insights/this-week-in-leadership/women-in-leadership-2019-statistics#:~:text=Women%20now%20hold%2025%25%20of,largest%20corporations%20across%20eight%20industries (Women C-Suite Ranks Nudge Up—a Tad)...

    • 40 min
    Leading a Project Management Office With Human Ingenuity w/ Trevor Kacedon

    Leading a Project Management Office With Human Ingenuity w/ Trevor Kacedon

    Did you know that thirty years ago 80% of the resources in an organization were dedicated to operations, and 20% to projects? Today, that ratio has flipped. Despite this fact, most organizations still don’t have a senior leader overseeing all project activities.
    Trevor Kacedon, Director of Project Management at Radienz, takes us behind the curtain to better understand the dynamics of project management within an organization
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    Full show notes, links to resources mentioned and other compelling episodes can be found at http://leadyourgamepodcast.com./ (http://LeadYourGamePodcast.com.) (Click magnifying icon at top right and type “Trevor”)
    Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review and share!
    JUST FOR YOU: Increase your leadership acumen by identifying your personal Leadership Trigger. https://shockinglydifferent.com/trigger (Take my free my free quiz) and instantly receive your 5-page report .
    Need to up-level your workforce or execute strategic People initiatives? https://shockinglydifferent.com/contact (https://shockinglydifferent.com/contact) or tweet https://twitter.com/KaranRhodes (@KaranRhodes).
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    ABOUT TREVOR KACEDON : https://www.linkedin.com/in/trevorkacedon/ (Trevor Kacedon) has 15 years of experience in Project Management in everything from biologic oncology therapeutics, to chocolate, essential oils and now home care products you use every day of your life. He’s lead the development of global teams, worked for companies large and small and is a relentless fighter for the fair treatment of employees. Exasperated with the dearth of leadership in corporate America today Trevor focuses on what prevents hard working, dedicated teams from unleashing their full potential and fills that gap - unleashing the powerful potential of the team you already have.
    WHAT TO LISTEN FOR:How to best leverage a Project Management Office.
    Why it may be corporate quicksand if the company does not have a Chief Projects Officer at the table within the C-suite.
    How Trevor successfully grew his career while being on the autism spectrum.
    Trevor's addition to the LATTOYG Playbook:

    FEATURED TIMESTAMPS:[0:53] Listen to what spectacular personal event happened to Trevor during the pandemic .
    [2:27] What project management professionals absolutely cannot do if they want to succeed.
    [4:30] What hinders orgs from delivering initiatives efficiently and with high quality.
    [8:08] How to launch a new Project Management Office at a company.
    [12:45] Hear Trevor clarify what a project manager is as is not.
    [15:33] Why developing a C-suite-level role for project management can truly optimize an organization.
    [21:32] Listen to Trevor discuss how he effectively leads while being on the autism spectrum.
    [24:17] Signature Segment- FULL DISCLOSURE: Insights about Trevor include chewing, cars and vinyl
    [33:55] Signature Segment- KARAN'S TAKE

    • 36 min
    Corporate Sustainability: How a Buzzword Became a Secret Weapon of Industry Leaders w/ Bridgette McAdoo

    Corporate Sustainability: How a Buzzword Became a Secret Weapon of Industry Leaders w/ Bridgette McAdoo

    Bridgette McAdoo, VP and Global Sustainability Officer at the http://genesys.com (Genesys )corporation discusses what corporate sustainability really is, why CEOs have prioritized sustainability efforts in recent years and why we should care.
    Full show notes, links to resources mentioned and other compelling episodes can be found at http://leadyourgamepodcast.com./ (http://LeadYourGamePodcast.com.) (Click magnifying icon at top right and type “Bridgette McAdoo”)
    Love the show? The greatest gift you can give is to subscribe, rate, review and share!
    SPONSOR: Need to up-level your workforce or execute strategic People initiatives? Shockingly Different Leadership should be your first call! https://shockinglydifferent.com/contact (https://shockinglydifferent.com/contact) or tweet https://twitter.com/KaranRhodes (@KaranRhodes).
    FREE GIFT FOR YOU: Take my free quiz to discover your personal "Leadership Trigger" and increase your leadership acumen: https://shockinglydifferent.com/trigger.
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    ABOUT BRIDGETTE MCADOO:
    Bridgette McAdoo leads the Global Sustainability practice at Genesys. She is responsible for sustainability as a management approach that holistically optimizes our economic, social, and environmental impact. In her role leading sustainability at Genesys, Bridgette drives stakeholder engagement, education, and the evolution of the sustainable strategy and programs across Genesys. She also leverages sustainability metrics to track our non-financial performance and deliver integrated reports to our stakeholders.
    Bridgette has over 20 years of experience in sustainability leadership roles across multiple sectors, including the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), where she most recently led corporate strategy and engagement for WWF’s Freshwater and Food goals, Global Director of Sustainability for KFC, where she headed all sustainability issues for the brand, internally within Yum! Brands and externally with various sustainability stakeholders, and operations roles that were part of NASA’s Space Shuttle and Mars Rover programs.
    She holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and an MBA in Strategy from the Drucker School of Management.
    WHAT TO LISTEN FOR:How to know if a company really cares about Corporate Sustainability.
    Bridgette's perspective on how a lack of focus on Corporate Sustainability disproportionately affects the underserved individuals in our communities.
    The 3 things one of bosses told her that was working against her in her career ascension.
    Bridgette's addition to the LATTOYG Playbook: Bridgette shared that she loves the quote that references, "Adversity introduces man unto himself." Conflict may be your test, but don't let it break you. Let it be your testimony and give yourself space and grace to regroup, if needed.


    FEATURED TIMESTAMPS:[3:53] Hear Bridgette explain what the term "corporate sustainability" really means.
    [6:30] Understand how Corporate Sustainability contributes to companies becoming an employer of choice.
    [7:51] Bridgette shares the link between Corporate Sustainability and Diversity/Equity/Inclusion initiatives
    [9:50] Understand why people of color and the underserved don't want to be "saved". Learn what they really want.
    [12:51] Listen to Bridgette's addition to our LATTOYG leadership playbook
    [19:44] Learn about career options in Corporate Sustainability (P.S. Very lucrative!!!!)
    [25:39] Hear Bridgette's choice on one of the most important leadership tactics involved in lead corporate sustainability efforts.
    [27:45] Signature Segment- FULL DISCLOSURE: Learn how Bridgette and her husband rejuvenated themselves during the pandemic.
    [35:35] Signature Segment- KARAN'S TAKE

    • 38 min
    How To Transform Personal Tragedy Into Leadership Resiliency with Karen Allen

    How To Transform Personal Tragedy Into Leadership Resiliency with Karen Allen

    Imagine the excitement you would feel if you knew you were close to invincible?
    Karen Allen, mindfulness expert and CEO of 100% Human, discusses how she took the lessons learned from surviving an unimaginable personal tragedy, to teach leaders how to build their leadership resiliency muscles. Resiliency is an essential skill of “Leading with Courageous Agility.”
    Full show notes, links to resources mentioned and other compelling episodes can be found at http://LeadYourGamePodcast.com. (http://LeadYourGamePodcast.com.) (Click magnifying icon at top right and type “Karen Allen”)
    Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review and share!
    Need to up-level your workforce or execute strategic People initiatives? https://shockinglydifferent.com/contact (https://shockinglydifferent.com/contact) or tweet https://twitter.com/KaranRhodes (@KaranRhodes).
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    ABOUT KAREN ALLEN:
    Karen M. Allen is a Mindset Expert and TEDx Speaker who is passionate about empowering highly motivated individuals and business leaders to harness the power of their mindset and develop the self-awareness necessary to overcome challenges and achieve their full potential.
    After the unexpected loss of her husband, Karen reclaimed control of her fate by rediscovering and healing herself from the inside out. Since 2014, Karen has been studying the human mind, positive psychology, and post traumatic growth.
    WHAT TO LISTEN FOR:Why being resilient is not about suppressing emotions or bad habits. It is about dealing with them to affect positive change and outcomes.
    Why living on auto-pilot is a recipe for mediocre accomplishments and a success inhibitor for high achievement of goals.
    Karen’s addition to the LATTOYG Playbook: The “STOP and SHIFT” mindfulness exercise. Give yourself permission to dedicate 2-5 minutes each day to pause all activity and visualize specifically what you want to do or achieve. Do it before a meeting or presentation or before you go to sleep. Even though this exercise is extremely simple, it is based in neuroscience and can make you much more productive. Visual affirmations have proven to boost confidence and resiliency.

    FEATURED TIMESTAMPS:[03:48] What made Karen up-end her career path to do what she does today.
    [08:14] How Karen used her learnings from her personal tragedy to help leaders in the workplace.
    [09:51] The moment Karen discovered the most powerful mindset exercise that she teaches today.
    [12:25] What gets in people’s way of successfully using the mindset exercise.
    [18:15] Why Karen loves Dr. Carol Dweck’s work.
    [19:22] Learn the difference between mental strength, mental health and mental wellness.
    [23:23] Karen’s entry into the LATTOYG leadership playbook.
    [27:35] Signature Segment: Karen’s LATTOYG Tactic of Choice
    [30:48] Signature Segment: Full Disclosure
    [34:20] Signature Segment: Karan’s Take

    • 36 min
    Trailer: Welcome to the Lead at the Top of Your Game podcast!

    Trailer: Welcome to the Lead at the Top of Your Game podcast!

    In this trailer, we introduce the Lead at the Top of Your Game podcast, hosted by leadership tactics and organizational strategist, Karan Ferrell-Rhodes. Each Tuesday, we bring you the stories behind the ingenuity of firebrand leaders who are doing big things in their profession or industry, so that you can further sharpen your leadership acumen on what it truly takes to succeed in today’s hyper-competitive world.

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