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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 • 26 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.

    Using Customer-centric Leadership to Accelerate Brand Loyalty with Chris Hood

    Using Customer-centric Leadership to Accelerate Brand Loyalty with Chris Hood

    IN THIS EPISODE...
    In customer-centric leadership, every decision reverberates with the echo of customer desires, and every strategic move is a testament to their satisfaction. Here, brand loyalty isn't merely a target; it naturally blossoms as a result.
    In this episode, we delve into how this transformative approach not only fosters loyalty but also propels brands to unprecedented heights of success, featuring insights from industry expert Chris Hood. With over 35 years of experience, Chris is a prominent figure in fostering customer-centric environments by seamlessly merging customer success with digital strategy. His expertise is underscored by his acclaimed book 'Customer Transformation,' earning him a place among the Top 30 Customer Experience Gurus in 2024.
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    ABOUT CHRIS HOOD:Chris Hood, an esteemed keynote speaker and strategist, has emerged as a key figure in integrating customer success with digital strategy. With over thirty years of experience fostering business growth, Chris's innovative approach has cemented his status as a leader in cultivating customer-centric environments. As the author of 'Customer Transformation' and an upcoming book on Customer Aspirations, he provides invaluable insights into aligning businesses with the changing demands of their clientele. Recognized as one of the Top 30 Customer Experience Gurus by Global Gurus in 2024, Chris's expertise spans his tenure at Google, where he spearheaded digital strategy initiatives within the Customer Success division and his groundbreaking work in narrative technologies at Fox & Disney.
    In 2024, Chris continues pushing boundaries with his Fractional Chief Customer Officer practice, which is dedicated to reshaping organizations into customer-focused entities. His contributions to 'The Chris Hood Digital Show' and advisory roles for innovative companies in the Gaming and AI sectors further highlight his impact on driving digital innovation and customer alignment across diverse industries. Additionally, Chris shares his wealth of knowledge with Southern New Hampshire University students, emphasizing the pivotal intersection of business strategies and technology for achieving customer-centric success.
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    WHAT TO LISTEN FOR:1.    What factors contribute to the evolution of customer expectations?
    2.    How can a culture of customer-centricity be promoted across every organizational level?
    3.    What is the impact of employee ideas on organizational success?
    4.    What are the seven stages involved in aligning business value with customer needs?
    5.    How does...

    • 44 min
    Using Hybrid Book Publishing to Catapult Your Leadership Brand with Tanya Hall

    Using Hybrid Book Publishing to Catapult Your Leadership Brand with Tanya Hall

    IN THIS EPISODE...
    As leaders in our respective fields, many of us nurture aspirations of authorship or have already embarked upon the journey of literary creation. This episode offers a captivating glimpse into the intricacies of the publishing process, providing invaluable guidance on refining existing works and realizing the full potential of forthcoming literary endeavors.
    Meet Tanya Hall, CEO of Greenleaf Book Group, a pioneering force in the literary landscape. Greenleaf Book Group is a distinguished hybrid book publishing entity specializing in comprehensive author support and strategic publishing endeavors. Leveraging their extensive industry expertise, Greenleaf cultivates collaborative partnerships with authors, guiding them towards optimal pathways for their literary works.
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    ABOUT TANYA HALL:Tanya Hall is a dynamic leader known for her innovative approach to the publishing industry. As the CEO of Greenleaf Book Group, a pioneering hybrid book publisher, she spearheads growth efforts while nurturing a culture centered on author service and thought leadership. With a wealth of experience, Tanya has played a pivotal role in shaping Greenleaf's success story.
    Before assuming the CEO position, Tanya held vital roles within Greenleaf, working closely with authors to craft effective publishing strategies. Her expertise has contributed to developing multiple New York Times bestsellers, showcasing her ability to navigate the competitive landscape of the publishing world.
    Tanya's visionary leadership extends beyond traditional publishing avenues. She has been instrumental in driving growth strategies, such as pioneering Greenleaf's ebook program and launching the River Grove digital-first imprint. Under her guidance, Greenleaf's distribution organization has flourished, earning a reputation as one of the fastest-growing distribution businesses in the industry. Tanya's strategic insight and hands-on approach have been instrumental in establishing Greenleaf as a trailblazer in the publishing realm.
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    WHAT TO LISTEN FOR:1.    What is hybrid book publishing and distribution?
    2.    How does hybrid publishing differ from traditional and self-publishing?
    3.    How has the rise of mobile readers and various reading apps affected the hybrid publishing industry?
    4.    Besides royalties from book sales, what other revenue opportunities exist for authors?
    5.    If someone desires to publish a book or seeks enhanced distribution, what steps should they take to prepare?
    6.    What are some common misconceptions among the public about book publishing, including hybrid...

    • 35 min
    How Powerful People Master Powerful Partnerships with Dr. Stephen Barden

    How Powerful People Master Powerful Partnerships with Dr. Stephen Barden

    IN THIS EPISODE...
    This episode is a testament to the power of leadership, the resilience of the human spirit, and the boundless potential of organizational change. You’ll be inspired, enlightened, and perhaps even transformed.
    Today's episode features a distinguished guest joining us from Germany, Dr. Stephen Barden. Stephen is the founder and CEO of Stephen Barden Coaching Limited and the author of the book "How Successful Leaders Do Business with Their World." With over a decade of experience working closely with CEOs and boards across various industries, including media, technology, and communication, Stephen is renowned for his leadership coaching and mediation expertise.
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    ABOUT DR. STEPHEN BARDEN:Dr. Stephen Barden is a seasoned professional with a background as a former CEO, now specializing in organizational leadership at both strategic and managerial levels. Holding a Doctorate in Professional Studies (DProf), he has conducted extensive research on how highly successful leaders wield power and authority, a subject he delves into further in his acclaimed book, "How Successful Leaders Do Business with Their World." Also, Stephen hosts two podcasts and is a certified executive coach and mediator.
    Drawing from his wealth of experience and scholarly pursuits, Stephen is a passionate advocate for "Partnering Leadership," emphasizing the importance of leaders and organizations collaborating closely with all stakeholders, leveraging their resources, ideas, and talents while considering their interests. He collaborates with organizations to ensure their culture aligns seamlessly with their strategic objectives, recognizing the detrimental effects of misalignment on both strategy and culture.
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    WHAT TO LISTEN FOR:1.    What is the alignment between organizational culture and strategy?
    2.    What are the challenges of remote work during the pandemic?
    3.    What are the principles of leadership, and how do they contribute to effective decision-making?
    4.    How do leadership, resilience, and values evolve after a difficult transition?
    5.    What is the relationship between leadership and intrapreneurship?
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    FEATURED TIMESTAMPS:[05:00] Journey of a Strategic Nomad
    [07:45] The Vital Link Between Organizational Culture and Strategy
    [10:57] Navigating Remote Work Realities: Trends and Challenges Post-Pandemic
    [17:55] Partnership Leadership: The Foundation of Success in Business and Beyond
    [30:00] Signature Segment: Stephen's entry into the LATTOYG Playbook: Resilience at the

    • 41 min
    The Power of Using Narratives to Lead Teams with Jevon Wooden

    The Power of Using Narratives to Lead Teams with Jevon Wooden

    IN THIS EPISODE...
    In the tapestry of leadership, one of the most crucial threads is the ability to construct a compelling narrative that resonates with others, elucidating what one aims to achieve and why it matters. Today, we are privileged to gain invaluable insights from a true maestro in this craft.
    Jevon Wooden, founder of BrightMind Consulting Group, is a visionary achiever with impressive academic credentials and 12 years of military service. He integrates his diverse experiences to excel in leadership and peak performance, overcoming challenges with unwavering commitment. Throughout today's conversation, Jevon shares his wealth of knowledge, illuminating the path toward effective leadership and narrative craftsmanship.
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    ABOUT JEVON WOODEN:Jevon Wooden is a dynamic leader known for his unwavering dedication to excellence and ability to drive organizations toward unprecedented success. With a cybersecurity and business administration background, Jevon combines his expertise in data-driven strategies with a keen understanding of human dynamics to navigate the complexities of the modern marketplace.
    Having pursued his education at esteemed institutions such as Fordham University and the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, Jevon's strategic insights are deeply rooted in academic rigor and practical experience. However, it is his distinguished 12-year military career that truly sets him apart. Decorated with a Bronze Star for valor, Jevon's time in the military instilled in him invaluable resilience, adaptability, and decisive leadership qualities, which he brings to every endeavor he undertakes.
    As the driving force behind BrightMind Consulting Group, Jevon and his team are more than just consultants—they are architects of potential. Committed to transforming visions into actionable strategies that yield tangible results, Jevon's approach has garnered recognition from top publications such as Entrepreneur, Inc. Magazine, and Forbes.
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    WHAT TO LISTEN FOR:1.    What is the purpose of using narratives to connect with audiences and achieve goals?
    2.    How does storytelling aid effective leadership and communication?
    3.    What are some tactics for leadership execution and developing executive presence?
    4.    How does leading with humility contribute to sustainable success in consulting?
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    FEATURED TIMESTAMPS:[04:50] Journey of a Lifelong Learner: From Cybersecurity Specialist to Leadership Advocate
    [10:04] Crafting Compelling Narratives: A Framework for Leadership Influence
    [24:00] Signature Segment: Jevon's LATTOYG Tactics of Choice: Leading with Executive Presence
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    • 36 min
    Vibrant Leadership That Fosters Vibrant Workplace Cultures with Nicole Greer

    Vibrant Leadership That Fosters Vibrant Workplace Cultures with Nicole Greer

    IN THIS EPISODE...
    Today, we're diving into a world where leadership is not just about guiding from the top down—it is about infusing energy, passion, and vibrancy into every corner of the workplace.
    Nicole Greer is a seasoned professional with over two decades of experience empowering individuals, corporations, and non-profits to realize their full potential. With a passionate commitment to fostering effective teamwork, fulfilling missions, and cultivating exemplary leadership, Nicole has established herself as a beacon of inspiration in the realms of life and business coaching.
    Whether you're a seasoned executive or a rising star, buckle up as we uncover the secrets of vibrant leadership that foster equally vibrant workplace cultures. Get ready to be inspired, motivated, and empowered!
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    ABOUT NICOLE GREER:Throughout her diverse career journey, Nicole Greer has worn multiple hats, including that of a marketing director, master of first impressions, and sales trainer, honing her expertise in various facets of business. Drawing from her rich experiences and deep understanding of human dynamics, she founded Vibrant Coaching, a platform to catalyze personal and organizational transformation.
    Nicole approaches her clients with profound respect, challenging them to confront difficult questions and embark on a journey of self-discovery that inevitably leads to growth. Also central to Nicole's coaching philosophy is her belief in the power of dialogue and collaboration. With her clients' consent, she offers unwavering support, wisdom, and structure, guiding them through a process that encompasses deep introspection, strategic planning, and actionable steps. Moreover, her unique ability to blend empathy with assertiveness enables her to provide a holistic support system that empowers individuals to embrace their fullest potential.
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    WHAT TO LISTEN FOR:1.    How can employee engagement be improved through leadership techniques?
    2.    How does company culture contribute to leadership development?
    3.    What is the importance of leadership presence, emotional intelligence, and a positive attitude?
    4.    What is the key to mastering spiritual and emotional energy for success?
    5.    What steps are involved in crafting a vibrant employee lifecycle?
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    FEATURED TIMESTAMPS:[04:32] Hustling in Restaurants to Shaping Futures
    [08:51] Secrets of Leadership Excellence
    [13:25] Mastering Spiritual and Emotional Energy for Success
    [15:13] Energizing Engagement: Power

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    The Antidote to Doom Scrolling and Negative Newsfeeds with Wendy Bounds

    The Antidote to Doom Scrolling and Negative Newsfeeds with Wendy Bounds

    IN THIS EPISODE . . . . 
    Here is another episode of our special series featuring perspectives from journalists and editors in the media. Today, we're excited to present an expert who leads news curation, focusing on reducing readers' information anxiety. We proudly feature Wendy Bounds, Vice President of Content and US Media Partnerships at SmartNews. SmartNews is an award-winning news discovery app downloaded by over 50 million readers in over 150 countries.
    In this episode, you'll hear about Wendy's journey into journalism, how she was captivated by the storytelling bug from an early age, and how inspiration from family members in journalism paved the way for her career. Wendy shares her fortunate break right out of school, landing a job at the prestigious Wall Street Journal, which served as a launchpad for her career at other high-profile media outlets. Alongside her leadership story and valuable advice, Wendy discusses how her passion for obstacle course racing influenced her work-life integration perspectives.
    Don't miss this fantastic episode, where Wendy provides insights into the evolving landscape of journalism, the importance of storytelling, and the integration of passion into professional life.
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    ABOUT WENDY BOUNDS:Wendy Bounds is a prominent figure in media, journalism, and content strategy. As Vice President of Content & US Media Partnerships at SmartNews, she plays a pivotal role in shaping the direction of one of the world's leading news and information curation platforms. With a blend of machine learning and human insight, SmartNews stands at the forefront of delivering quality content to its vast audience.
    Before joining SmartNews in 2022, Wendy was Vice President & Chief Content Officer at Consumer Reports. During her tenure from January 2014 to August 2022, she spearheaded editorial strategies. She oversaw content creation and operations across various platforms, including magazines, websites, social media, podcasts, and video/TV endeavors. Also, her leadership was crucial in maintaining Consumer Reports' reputation as a trusted source of consumer information and advocacy.
    Beyond her professional endeavors, Wendy leads an active and engaged life. As an avid Obstacle Course Racer, she has competed in prestigious events such as the Spartan Race World Championships in Lake Tahoe and Abu Dhabi in 2019 and 2021, respectively. Additionally, she dedicates her time and expertise to several nonprofit organizations. She serves as a board member for American Public Radio's Marketplace franchise, UNC Chapel Hill's Hussman School of Journalism & Media, the Highlands Current nonprofit community news organization, and the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center.
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