Welcome to the No More Leadership BS Podcast
Where we expose the gap between what leaders think they SHOULD do and what actually works...no BS
Join us each week as we irritate some, inform others, and challenge all leaders to discover a better path to leadership excellence with unvarnished insights and dry-eyed suggestions.
The "It Factor" Can't Replace Leadership, Even if You're Tall
"Yeah, but they don't look like an executive."
What does an executive look like? Do they resemble the paintings of people who ran the company since it was built and kept in the family tree? Do they look like the namesake for O magazine?
Why do we think that the tallest, oldest, or (subjectively) best-dressed person in the room is the leader? What happens when we're wrong about that.
Leaders come in all packages; different heights, body sizes, skin tones, and hair types. Wrapped up in what we consider to be professional lie assumptions we have about the quality of a leader and how they physically present to us. The best part is that it's all backed by research and we can also push against it.
The No More Leadership BS team tackles the mythological leader extracted from the Big and Tall section to discuss how leadership develops, and can be recognized, in any person. One thing to look for is fighting one's own cognitive bias to find the great qualities in a leader especially when they don't match the pop culture version of what a leader looks like.
Can We Please Cut the BS and Focus on Good Work?!
omigosh I'm so busy!!
Seems to be a VERY common expectation that everyone is very busy all the time. If we're not busy, then it seems we must be slacking. That includes taking intentional time off - nope, not busy!
What's This Foolishness??
If we're all as busy as we say we are and the new strategic plan has a whole load of NEW goals, when, precisely, will we work on the new goals? How do we just keep adding stuff to our to do lists and expectations for achievement? We don't. Something's got to go. What do people cut out first? Sleep. Family time. Meals (not food, meals).
What if when work gets piled on, we cut OUT what might now be unnecessary work? If you want to evaluate whether something gets cut, is that thing Imperative, Important, or Optional? How do you know?
The No More Leadership BS group provides perspectives, insights, and an opportunity for you to reflect on what you're going to quit doing to make room for the more important things in your personal and professional life.
Your Journey from Ideas to Goals is Only a Dream without a Balanced Scorecard
Hard working employees are committed and engaged. When people start to move away from commitment and engagement, it is very likely because they don't see how their work matters. Then, they become less hard-working.
If you're a leader responsible for strategic planning, it's up to you to figure out how to make the plan come to life. If that's your goal. If the plan is to put together a strategic plan that could be mistaken for an annual report and is laminated and put in a binder; you can do that... anyone can do that.
If you're a leader who wants to bring meaning to that strategic plan, a balanced scorecard will get you there. The scorecard will help each person have better ways to understand how they contribute to the overall mission in a meaningful way. This is not "thank you for all you do" but really having intentional metrics for each function to strive for in order to meet the goals of the strategic plan under budget and on time.
Plan All You Want, But Outcomes are Built on Action
Get in your car and drive. Sometimes it's fun to just go for a drive. But if you have a destination in mind, it's helpful to know that when you start moving the car down the road.
As you're a leader or owner in your organization, the idea of running your operation should feel foreign without a plan. That doesn't mean that the highly-polished shareholder-friendly plan is THE plan, but how you enact it makes it move from plan to action.
Our team starts the strategic planning discussion with the step after a fancy laminated plan. Strategic planning isn't a thing corporate says we must do; UNLESS, people don't actually act upon the plan. In that cased, planning is performative. But we're No More Leadership BS and we don't believe in busy work to placate others; we believe in leadership and intentionality. This journey goes from big fat idea toward making it happen.
Leave Resolutions Behind and Unlock Your True Potential with Intention
According to a 2016 study, of the 41% of Americans who make New Years resolutions, only 9% feel they are successful! So today we are going to talk to you about something different for the New Year.
Resolutions let us set direction, but intentions let us take action which turns our goals into realities.
So why not set your own positive intentions for 2023? It's time to embrace a life that's based on meaningful goals and actionable steps. With intention setting, you can make sure you're focusing your efforts on the things that truly matter to you. You'll be able to prioritize what's important and enjoy a happier, more fulfilled life.
So what are you waiting for? Set your intentions today and make this New Year the best one yet!
Discover Your Unique Path to Life Changing Impact: The Journey from Job to Calling With Jeff Conroy
As a leader, you probably have had moments in your leadership life where you felt like you were on a lonely journey with no one following. Jeff Conroy of Conroy Leadership Consulting shares his own story of how he realized that the key to making an impact and changing lives lies in understanding the difference between having a job, a career and a calling. His path to this realization was marked by emotional highs and lows, struggles and joys - but it ultimately led me to a place of self-understanding and growth. He shares this journey with you today and explains how it can help all of us find our true passion and purpose for life.
Thoughtful and Fun
What a great podcast for leaders and followers. The ideas discussed apply across both work and home life. Keep up the great job bearded one.