A podcast guaranteed to trigger your next ah-ha moment. Changing how leaders lead and smashing the status quo with each story we unfold. Through her leadership, Allison Minutillo, host of the Rebel Leadership® Podcast, and President & Owner of Rebel Interactive Group has built a culture of authenticity, courage, curiosity, creativity, and innovation. Experience the rebellion at https://rebelinteractivegroup.com.
Episode 53: Daymond John and Brian Lamb Get Real On Racial Equity and Courageous Leadership
On this episode, host Allison Minutillo had the privilege of talking with Daymond John and Brian Lamb about some of the most important topics of our time. You'll hear their raw reflection on success, failure, and the impact diversity and inclusion has on leadership today. Daymond John is an entrepreneur in every sense of the word. He is the founder and CEO of FUBU, a pioneer in the fashion industry, a Shark on the 4-time Emmy Award-winning Shark Tank, a New York Times bestselling author, branding guru and highly sought-after motivational speaker. Brian Lamb is a Managing Director and Segment Head for Middle Market Banking & Specialized Industries (MMBSI) covering the Northeast for JPMorgan Chase Commercial Banking. Previously serving for two years as the firm’s global head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Brian has been instrumental in driving forward the firm’s $30 billion commitment to racial equity.
Episode 52: Own Your Strengths
Being a leader is about discovering and owning your strengths and having the ability to lean into them in any work situation. For example, a leader hones the intellectual and rational strength to recognize patterns and can de-escalate potentially problematic situations before they erupt. They’ve learned that what may seem normal to someone else might throw up red flags for an experienced leader. As a leader, you are constantly in the driver’s seat—you need to have the strength to control the speed, the direction, and the destination of your team. On today's episode of the Rebel Leadership Podcast, Allison Minutillo talks to Owner of Emphasis Consulting, LLC Ryann Leonard about teaching aspiring leaders to find and lean into their strengths, and about her role in creating culture and developing talent. So, buckle in as we drive right into the heart of what it takes to lean into your strengths as a leader.
Episode 51: An Emerging Leader's Path to Resilience
Resilience isn’t necessarily an inherent trait. For most of us, it’s learned. As we face challenges and problems, we often assume the worst. But if we can stop and take the time to assess the importance of an issue—is it small, medium or big?—and respond from a pragmatic place, as opposed to emotional, we can create better outcomes for our teams and our clients. Each time we practice this, we take our learnings into the next challenge. It’s not easy, but if you’re willing to learn, the more you go through the reps that build resilience, the more you reveal yourself and work to create the version of yourself that you, and everyone else, deserves. On today's episode of the Rebel Leadership Podcast, Allison Minutillo talks to Account Director Stephanie Sales about building resilience. In her experience as a leader, she’s found that learning resilience is a continuous process requiring giving yourself grace, rising above negativity, understanding that your actions constantly model leadership and that choosing resilience is an hourly, daily intentional choice. Get ready to immerse yourself in what it takes to become resilient.
Episode 50: Turning Workplace Negativity on Its Head
Workplace negativity can have a snowball effect: Once it starts, it can grow until it gets past your ability to handle it. So, how can leaders effectively mitigate negativity? On today's episode of the Rebel Leadership Podcast, Allison Minutillo talks to Dr. Benjamin Finlayson (he/him), PhD, MFTC, Regis University Assistant Professor in the Division of Counseling and Family Therapy and expert on LGBTQIA identity, solution focused therapy, suicide and medical family therapy (MedFT), and Account Supervisor Sam Manz about countering negativity in the workplace. As leaders, like almost anything else, workplace negativity challenges us to build new skills. Whether it’s about showing up as honestly as possible, listening more effectively, actively seeking feedback or creating space for people to air grievances and responding effectively, the fact is that negativity should be treated as an opportunity. When we create a space where we challenge each other, listen to and act on disagreement (and be willing to live with disagreement), we create a better, more validating workplace environment. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. So, get ready to immerse yourself in the issues surrounding—and solutions to—negativity in the workplace.
Episode 49: Mental Athletes with No Off-Season
Leaders are essentially mental athletes with no off-season. You're expected to perform on such a high level, in every interaction. Always on display. Always in the game. As leaders, our audience expects us to evolve and upgrade ourselves every day. We're mental athletes, competing, adapting — in Ron & Chris' case, they have someone they're actively playing against (cybersecurity threats). Chris Cochran is the CEO, Executive Producer and Ronald Eddings is the CPO, Executive Producer, both of Hacker Valley Media. In many ways, threat intelligence and many other life experiences have taught them how to challenge yourself and your mental toughness to compete in the big game of life and leadership day in, and day out.
Episode 48: The Power of Providing Feedback (and Overcoming the Anxiety It Causes)
Overcoming the initial anxiety that providing and receiving feedback brings takes courage, trust, and accountability. In receiving feedback in particular, once you get past the potential defensiveness or taking it personally, and understand how to execute on it, you’ll find you have the opportunity to grow exponentially in your career and personal life. Being able to provide and receive feedback goes hand-in-hand with leadership. You shouldn’t be afraid to provide feedback in order to level up those around you. On today’s episode of the Rebel Leadership Podcast, Allison Minutillo talks to VP of Client Services Lora Olivieri and Chief Strategy Officer BJ Kito about the importance of providing and receiving feedback—and overcoming the anxiety that can come with it. When it comes to aspiring leaders giving difficult feedback, you don’t have to be emotionless: try to make it as human as possible and don’t be afraid to be vulnerable, and always deliver it in a kind and strong manner. We’ll explore the process of recognizing when someone is ready to—or needs to—receive feedback and understand that it shouldn’t be taken personally, but that it’s coming from a place of care. Listen to it, learn from it, and act on it in order to grow stronger in your career. Receiving feedback from someone who has experienced both wins and losses—and learned from both—can be a critical part of your growth. Remember, you’re not a leader until you’ve built that foundation of trust and respect for others to learn from you. Ready to get inspired?
The ah-ha moments you’ve been looking for
It’s like this podcast can read my mind! I may be biased working for an agency myself but this is the inspiration you need to make a change or do something differently. You know - REBEL. Can’t recommend this enough!
Hands down the best podcast I’ve come across. Leadership perspective that is so relatable and so extremely motivating. Can’t get enough! Bravo Rebel!
I’ve learned so much about the talented people I work with. I’m thrilled to share this with others to get a glimpse into the reality we all face.