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Reality-Based Leadership, hosted by NY Times best-selling author Cy Wakeman and her VP of People Evolution Alex Dorr, will give you the tools you need as a leader to ditch the drama, end entitlement, and drive big results in your workplace and worldplace. It is time to modernize your leadership approach. In each episode, you will learn practical ways to evolve yourself, lead your teams with love AND call them up to greatness each and every day.

Reality-Based Leadership Cy Wakeman and Alex Dorr

    • Business
    • 4.7 • 342 Ratings

Reality-Based Leadership, hosted by NY Times best-selling author Cy Wakeman and her VP of People Evolution Alex Dorr, will give you the tools you need as a leader to ditch the drama, end entitlement, and drive big results in your workplace and worldplace. It is time to modernize your leadership approach. In each episode, you will learn practical ways to evolve yourself, lead your teams with love AND call them up to greatness each and every day.

    Over-functioning or Helping Too Much with Reality-Based Leadership?

    Over-functioning or Helping Too Much with Reality-Based Leadership?

    One of the core philosophies of living Reality-Based Leadership at work is to stop judging, start helping. People love this as a way to get started and dive right in, but sometimes their helping becomes doing everyone else's work, or jumping in to fix a lot of things. This creates the risk of becoming an over-functioner or an enabler in your workplace. So many people that just start reality-based leadership say that I started to say how can I help and next thing you know I was busier than ever and couldn't get my work done. This is another step in the evolution of being a reality-based leader is how to jump in to help without taking on everyone else's work.
    In this episode, Cy and Alex talk about this pattern and how to watch for it and how to see when you're helping is actually hurting and how to begin saying yes and separating out how the work gets done to be able to keep momentum going and agree to goals but also keep your boundaries. With these boundaries, you're able to then take on the short term issues that need to be taken care of where you do jump in and fix, but then you can leave some space to have others help you with midterm issues and then long-term issues in the workplace.
    Truly a powerful episode to make sure that one of the best tools of reality-based leadership doesn't get weaponized and used for evil. Enjoy, share with your colleagues and make sure you subscribe to the podcast and have discussions on this topic. We can't wait to hear from you.

    • 22 min
    Keeping the humanness at work when using Reality-Based Leadership

    Keeping the humanness at work when using Reality-Based Leadership

    Ever thought that doing Reality-Based Leadership might take the humanness out of work? What Alex and Cy cover in this session is that RBL actually brings the true humanness back to work. We don't try to bring our whole self to work but instead, we invite you to bring your most evolved self to work. This means that we're not trying to take the humanness out of work we're trying to limit the effect of the human condition on us doing our best work, or at least the lack of the human condition that leads to drama. So in this episode, Alex and Cy dive deep into how to bring your most evolved self to work. We discuss a great story about what happens when the judgments are reduced, and how humans create things in the world with less judgment. Also, we give you practical tips to ensure that people are finally able to bring their most authentic, evolved self to the workplace to do their best work in a highly engaged way. We can't wait to hear your feedback from this episode and make sure to subscribe and share with others to have a conversation about bringing the humanness back to work through Reality-Based Leadership.
     

    • 23 min
    What's IN and what's OUT in leadership this year?

    What's IN and what's OUT in leadership this year?

    Join Cy and Alex on this episode as they're diving into the latest trends for 2024, inspired by the fun ideas they've seen on TikTok and social media. Listen along as they explore leadership and work trends that are in and out for the year. With minimal preparation, they're taking a fresh look at what's shaping the future of work.

    First, they're talking about the importance of clarity in leadership. Forget the fancy tools and strategies—what's in is getting back to basics. They're discussing re-clarifying goals, roles, and procedures with your team. It may not sound glamorous, but it's essential for ensuring everyone is aligned and working towards the right objectives.

    On the flip side, what's out is leaders over-managing people and imposing their opinions. Instead, it's all about shared accountability. Leaders and teams alike need to take ownership of their actions and decisions, especially as we navigate new ways of working, whether in the office or remotely.
    Join them as they discuss these trends and more, sharing insights and practical tips for thriving in the ever-evolving workplace in 2024. 
    To get the top 5 practical tools to lead your teams in the 2024 workplace grab Cy's Reality-Based Cheat Sheet PDF at the link below: https://info.realitybasedleadership.com/cheatsheet

    • 25 min
    Toxic geniuses and high-performers that are high-drama

    Toxic geniuses and high-performers that are high-drama

    Join Cy and Alex in this thought-provoking episode where they answer the challenging question of what to do with a 'toxic genius' or a high-perfomer that happens to be high-drama? 
    Inspired by an episode that Alex heard in which Brene Brown, Simon Sinek and Adam Grant brought up the concept and the challenge in handling these scenarios, Cy and Alex discuss the impact of this type of employee on the workplace and how leaders can navigate the situation. Cy and Alex dive deep into research from Reality-Based Leadership's 2nd book (Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace) and the Employee Value Equation that was able to get scientific and specific of the cost of drama. This equation gives you a self-assessment that can be used to start the conversation on reducing drama and doing better math on the value a high-performer that is costing a lot in emotional expensiveness to a team and organization.
    This is one of the hardest leadership situations to approach and the tips and tools in this episode give you tons of direction in doing better math around the value each person on your team is adding to the work at hand.
    Cy and Alex also touch on how this equation changes the conversation around quietly quitting and discuss the importance of not simply measuring performance, but also change readiness and emotional expensiveness of each person on a team.
    Truly a fascinating conversation. We can't wait to hear your biggest takeaways!
    Ready to take the Employee Value Equation self-assessment and calculate your drama-level? Don't be scared! This is the starting point to bringing your most evolved self to work.
    info.realitybasedleadership.com/equation

    • 30 min
    Loud drama or silent drama at work? Here's the difference.

    Loud drama or silent drama at work? Here's the difference.

    Join Cy and Alex on this episode as they chat through the times someones shares, "But, we don't really have drama here." This is often where the loud drama (venting, complaining, gossip around the water cooler) isn't a big issue, but silent drama is out to play. Curious about the difference? You're not going to want to miss this episode.
    Just a hint, silent drama often shows up as subtle lack of alignment to the strategies your organization is laying out or chronic resistance to change. These tougher to recognize workplace drama culprits really slow a team down and cause work to be more challenging than ever.
    Download the Thinking Inside-The-Box tool: https://info.realitybasedleadership.com/box
    To learn more or to book Cy or Alex to speak at your next event or training be sure to visit Reality-Based Leadership or fill out this form to connect with the team!

    • 20 min
    Speak Up Culture?...Tell me more!

    Speak Up Culture?...Tell me more!

    Join Cy and Alex as they have a fascinating conversation with Stephen Shedletzky (Shed) on how to Create a Speak Up Culture. Listen along as they dive into this topic and what it looks like when leaders in the workplace manage and nurture a safe space to empower others to speak up. You can find more on Shed by visiting his website here
     
     

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
342 Ratings

342 Ratings

LizabethHall ,

Love the new format!

Long time follower of Cy and love her perspective and Alex is also so insightful! So relevant to our current workforce challenges! So many takeaways. Well done!!

Pennyfront ,

Thought Leaders

Cy and Alex are thought leaders. Practitioners and knowledge spreaders. They succinctly explain topic in a way that encapsulates what you know but haven’t necessarily been able to verbalize. I learn something from every podcast!

medcyn ,

Ego is not your Amigo

When I heard Cy on a TikTok I wrote the phrase “Your Ego is not your amigo” on my whiteboard. My boss read it and other colleagues and ask where I got it from because they liked it. I told them about Cy and immediately we all went on our phones and downloaded the podcast. Cyn

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