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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 • 7 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.

    When Workplace Fraud or Ethics Violations Knocks Your Socks Off with Terry Rich

    When Workplace Fraud or Ethics Violations Knocks Your Socks Off with Terry Rich

    Did you know 46% of organizations reported that they have experienced some type of fraud in the past 24 months? Violations of workplace ethics and workplace fraud can show up in many forms, such as theft, embezzlement, corruption, and data theft. Employee fraud is much more common than organizations might think, and it’s important to stay alert and take the necessary action against these forms of business risk.
    Terry Rich, founder of Rich Keynote LLC, talks about his experience handling US’s biggest lottery fraud and the lessons companies can learn from him. Terry is also an international speaker on the topics of ethics, fraud, and innovation. He’s a fantastic storyteller, as you will see, but has tons of nuggets you will want to be sure to add to your leadership playbook. Be sure to listen for the 2-step process to brainstorming ideas for leaders to become innovative.
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    Full show notes, links to resources mentioned and other compelling episodes can be found at http://LeadYourGamePodcast.com. (Click magnifying icon at top right and type “Terry”)
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    ABOUT TERRY RICH:
    During his appointment by three Governors, Terry’s leadership increased lottery sales and profits by 50%. He also led the Blank Park Zoo to profitability from a $600,000 deficit while positioning it as the second largest attended attraction in the state. Oh, and he’s also given away over $1 billion.
    Terry headed the team that cracked the largest lottery fraud in US history and has given away over a billion dollars to lottery winners. He started four successful entrepreneurial businesses, and has numerous national media appearances including all three major networks, HBO, CNN, CNBC, USA Today and The New York Times; he was a movie host on Starz!; and appeared as a panel guest on the "Tonight Show".
    He’s a disruptive innovator and entrepreneur with a drive for integrity and honesty. He’s worked in the trenches, survived the new business trends, and had success with generational changes.
    WHAT TO LISTEN FOR:The three things that will increase risk of internal fraud; financial need, opportunity, and rationale.The best strategy to brainstorm and communicate ideas with your team.How to acknowledge and respect both successful people and those who don’t get recognition within your organization. How Terry’s career success was fueled by failure.
    FEATURED TIMESTAMPS:[3:48] Terry’s career journey in cable TV, entrepreneurship, marketing, and now keynoting about fraud.
    [8:37] How Terry's team handled the biggest lottery fraud in the US, plus how to avoid internal company fraud.
    [15:57] The importance of prosecuting fraudsters and having an anonymous tip line within an organization.
    [20:29] How to create an innovative workspace where everyone communicates their best ideas.
    [23:27] Terry's entry into the LATTOYG Playbook: C.O.T. - Way to agree to act (or not act) on ideas or communications very quickly.
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    • 40 min
    Design Thinking Magic and Giving Up to Get Ahead with Coonoor Behal

    Design Thinking Magic and Giving Up to Get Ahead with Coonoor Behal

    Have you thought of incorporating design thinking in your organizational leadership? Design thinking is a methodology for creative problem-solving and solutions development, and it is led by insights you gain from real customers. Design thinking is logical, and doing it well forces you to change your mindset and eventually your culture.
    Coonoor Behal, the founder, and CEO of Mindhatch talks about the magic of design thinking and the power of quitting unproductive activities by pivoting to new ones. She explains how design thinking allows for connection and courage building in teams, plus what inspired her to write her book, I Quit.
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    Full show notes, links to resources mentioned and other compelling episodes can be found at http://LeadYourGamePodcast.com. (Click magnifying icon at top right and type “Coonoor”)
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    JUST FOR YOU: Increase your leadership acumen by identifying your personal Leadership 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 or tweet @KaranRhodes.
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    ABOUT COONOOR BEHAL:Coonoor Behal is the Founder & CEO of Mindhatch, a consultancy that helps organizations create the conditions for innovation and creativity to thrive. Through Mindhatch, Coonoor delivers her unique mix of expertise in Design Thinking, Organizational Improv™, Innovation Facilitation, and Diversity & Inclusion.
    Coonoor is also the author of I Quit! The Life-Affirming Joy of Giving Up, which will be published by New Degree Press in April 2021. The book seeks to help readers rethink and reframe quitting by sharing stories from everyday people who summoned the courage to quit things in their lives.
    WHAT TO LISTEN FOR:How organizational improv is applied to develop skills that lead to team connection.Design thinking – the creative problem-solving methodology and how it can be successfully implemented.How to align your choices with your values, whether you choose to quit or not to quit.Coonoor’s fun facts – pet peeves and self-care practices.
    FEATURED TIMESTAMPS:[3:59] Coonoor’s career journey, pivots, and the inspiration to start her business.
    [7:17] How she navigated her multidisciplinary career approach.
    [11:55] How Mindhatch applies methodologies such as organizational improv and facilitation work.
    [16:12] The design thinking methodology and the leadership changes it requires.
    [23:45] Coonoor's entry into the LATTOYG Playbook: How she was inspired by real everyday people who quit to write her book, I Quit.
    [28:38] Signature Segment: Coonoor's LATTOYG Tactic of Choice
    [30:06] Coonoor on her leadership style and obstacles as a female founder.
    [33:32] Signature Segment: Full Disclosure
    [40:38] Signature Segment: Karan’s Take
    LINKS FOR COONOOR BEHAL:
    Website URL: http://mindhatchllc.comLinkedIn Bio Link: a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/coonoorbehal/"...

    • 44 min
    Helping International Businesses Establish Operations in the U.S. with Danila Palmieri

    Helping International Businesses Establish Operations in the U.S. with Danila Palmieri

    Scaling and expanding your company operations internationally can be very lucrative when done right and challenging when planning is not conducted strategically. Establishing a global brand is all about understanding the market environments, local cultures and business laws. Thinking that you already know what to do without understanding the market is setting yourself up for failure. The roadblocks you face and the revenue potential in a foreign market will not be the same as in your current market. As a leader, you have to be willing to change your mindset and be flexible with your strategy to enhance the effectiveness of your foreign-based operations.
    Danila Palmieri, the Founder and CEO of Connect Solutions, gives us insight into the dynamics of scaling companies into foreign markets. While it can be rewarding to scale your company internationally, there are pros and cons to consider while planning your international operations playbook, to have a shot at increasing your probability for long-term success.
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    Full show notes, links to resources mentioned and other compelling episodes can be found at http://LeadYourGamePodcast.com. (Click magnifying icon at top right and type “Danila”)
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    JUST FOR YOU: Increase your leadership acumen by identifying your personal Leadership 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 or tweet @KaranRhodes.
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    ABOUT DANILA PALMIERI: Danila is the Founder & CEO of Connect Solutions, a rapid business growth company that aims to help clients achieve their international business goals on an expedited timeline using a variety of tactics in HR Strategy and Operations. With 21+ years of experience managing corporate projects at the highest levels, Danila is an expert in strategy, project management, HR, and business acceleration.
    With a strong background orchestrating large-scale projects locally and internationally, Danila specializes in cross-border soft-landings in the U.S., post-merger integration, and helping companies establish back-office operations. She believes in becoming a long-term partner with her clients to help them achieve business goals that they couldn’t achieve alone.
    Danila holds a degree in Engineering from Faculdade de Engenharia Industrial, a Postgrad in Business Administration from Fundação Getulio Vargas, and an MBA in HR Management and Personnel Administration from Fundação Getulio Vargas. She is also a WTC Atlanta Board Member, Former Chairman of the Board at Brazilian American Chamber of Commerce (BACC-SE), and an SHRM Atlanta Leadership Development Volunteer.
    WHAT TO LISTEN FOR:The importance of work-life prioritization vs. work-life balanceSome of the biggest success inhibitors of businesses trying to expand operations internationallyDanila's addition to the LATTOYG PlaybookDanila's Fun Facts - Saturdays, rice with beans, and surprises
    FEATURED TIMESTAMPS:[04:02] Hear about what led Danila to move Brazil to the United States
    [12:30] The different areas that Connect Solutions helps businesses establish operations outside their home country
    [17:51] Danila's entry into the LATTOYG

    • 41 min
    Adding Self-Care to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Allyship Efforts with Alicia Newton

    Adding Self-Care to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Allyship Efforts with Alicia Newton

    As a leader, how willing are you to be different than the norm, by intentionally supporting those individuals who’ve historically been under-supported and overlooked in your organization? Although it might be a struggle to change your habits and build a true diverse workplace, you must be willing to have hard conversations to develop a deep culture of belonging.
    Alicia Newton, the founder of Learning Path LLC, puts diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in true context and shares why mental and emotional self-care is an important part of any DEIB initiatives. She also explains how to exercise vulnerability as a leader in order to allow different voices at the table to cultivate inclusive workforces and workplaces.
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    Full show notes, links to resources mentioned and other compelling episodes can be found at http://LeadYourGamePodcast.com. (Click magnifying icon at top right and type “Alicia”)
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    JUST FOR YOU: Increase your leadership acumen by identifying your personal Leadership 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 or tweet @KaranRhodes.
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    ABOUT ALICIA NEWTON: Alicia Newton is a wife, mother, author, grandmother and the Founder and Chief Encourager at Learning Path, LLC, a learning and development company focused on Inclusive Leadership development. She holds a MA in Information and Learning Technologies with a Concentration in eLearning Design and Implementation, from the, University of Colorado, Denver. She is an experienced learning professional with a track record of developing new, experienced and executive inclusive leaders.
    Helping leaders grow and helping leaders build their inclusive leadership skills is Alicia’s talent and passion.  She has been an inclusion, diversity, and equity, builder practitioner and professional 10+ years and a professional within the leadership development space for over 15 years.
    WHAT TO LISTEN FOR:How organizations can intentionally manage and progress diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging efforts.The importance of leaning into vulnerability as a leader and encouraging your team to also take the chance.Alicia's addition to the LATTOYG PlaybookAlicia's Fun Facts - massages, transparency, and her perfect birthday
    FEATURED TIMESTAMPS:[4:01] Alicia shares her personal and career background.
    [6:35] How she supports organizations with their diversity, equity, and inclusion journey.
    [10:33] How to intentionally manage and progress diversity and inclusion.
    [18:14] Alicia's entry into the LATTOYG playbook: Learn to lean into vulnerability and "not knowing" as a leader.
    [28:54] Alicia’s Creating Cultures of Belonging program and how it helps leaders.
    [32:15] Signature Segment: Alicia's LATTOYG Tactic of Choice
    [31:36] Signature Segment: Full Disclosure
    [38:57] Signature Segment: Karan’s Take

    LINKS FOR ALICIA NEWTON:Website: a href="https://www.alicianewton.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer"...

    • 43 min
    Master the Alphabet Soup of Work Visas To Help Win Your War For Talent with Tahmina Watson

    Master the Alphabet Soup of Work Visas To Help Win Your War For Talent with Tahmina Watson

    The search for talent is at an all-time high for organizations. While this frenzy opens the hiring pool to a more diverse range of individuals, it also creates new challenges for employers that want to hire foreign nationals. Navigating the work authorization and visa processes can be complicated due to regulations and paperwork, but not all hope is lost. Organizations can still take advantage of this valuable talent pool by working closely with a knowledgeable Immigration attorney.
    In this episode, Tahmina Watson, Chief Immigration Attorney at Watson Immigration Law, outlines the various types of work visas available, when to use them and how employers can avoid the common mistakes which could trigger an authorization denial.
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    Full show notes, links to resources mentioned and other compelling episodes can be found at http://LeadYourGamePodcast.com. (Click magnifying icon at top right and type “Tahmina”)
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    JUST FOR YOU: Increase your leadership acumen by identifying your personal Leadership 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 or tweet @KaranRhodes.
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    ABOUT TAHMINA WATSON: Tahmina Watson, founder of Watson Immigration Law in 2009, has excelled as a U.S. immigration law specialist. She has worked with hundreds of businesses and families to help them achieve their goals of working and living in the United States.
    Tahmina is a well-known lawyer in this complicated field of law, having immigrated to the United States from her birthplace in London, UK, where she received her education and initial training in law.
    As a result, she possesses an understanding and empathy that makes her work as much a calling as a career. Tahmina represents the U.S. and multinational companies that need high-skilled workers from other countries, non-US businesses opening offices in this country, startups with founders from other countries, and investors expanding their businesses in the U.S.
    WHAT TO LISTEN FOR:The importance of partnering with an experienced Immigration Attorney when hiring foreign nationalsWhy job descriptions that capture the complexity of the role are a crucial part of the Visa application processTahmina's addition to the LATTOYG Playbook
    FEATURED TIMESTAMPS:[00:03:51] Learn about Tahmina’s childhood experiences and how her move to the United States fueled her compassion for helping others navigate U.S. immigration law.   
    [00:05:59] Ever wished that you could get a bird's eye view of the Visa application process? Tahmina gives us an overview of the different work Visas and tips for understanding which one to apply for.      
    [00:15:45] In 2022, almost 500K Visa applications were received, but the government selected only 85K through a lottery system. Learn how to increase your chances of being selected.
    [00:23:12] Tahmina’s entry into the LATTOYG playbook:  Where employers should start the visa process, the costs associated and typical timelines for government approval.
    [32:15] Signature Segment: Karen’s LATTOYG Tactic of...

    • 43 min
    Transferring Your Skills To Better Lead New Opportunities with Che Watkins

    Transferring Your Skills To Better Lead New Opportunities with Che Watkins

    Transferable skills, those that can be used for many jobs in a variety of industries… we all have them. Maybe you cataloged digital assets for a tech company or interfaced with customers for an apparel brand. These are both skills that can transfer into a social media manager position. Your organization, attention to detail, and time management skills could also make you an excellent project manager. The question is, do you know how to leverage these skills in any new career path you choose to take?
    Che Watkins, Executive Director of the Atlanta division of Braven, is an expert on just that. She was able to leverage the skills she developed during her time as a banker into a career in the nonprofit world, where she eventually found her way to Braven, a nonprofit organization focused on the educational and economic development of underserved youth of color in the community.
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    Full show notes, links to resources mentioned and other compelling episodes can be found at http://LeadYourGamePodcast.com. (Click magnifying icon at top right and type “Che”)
    Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review and share!
    JUST FOR YOU: Increase your leadership acumen by identifying your personal Leadership 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 or tweet @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
    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 

    • 42 min

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