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Simplifying the complexities of your leadership journey.

Rising Tide Leadership Podcast Dr. MO

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Simplifying the complexities of your leadership journey.

    Leaders are Resilient (Ep. 78)

    Leaders are Resilient (Ep. 78)

    Leaders are Resilient (Ep. 78)
    Summary
    In this episode of the Rising Tide Leadership Podcast, Scott and Mo discuss the importance of accountability in leadership. They use the movie 'Civil War' from the Marvel franchise as an analogy to highlight the conflicts that arise when there is a lack of accountability. The conversation is divided into three key actions: leading by example, taking responsibility, and holding others accountable. They emphasize the importance of leaders setting the tone of accountability and creating a culture of trust and collaboration. They also discuss the role of feedback and continuous communication in maintaining accountability.
     
    Keywords
     
    accountability, leadership, leading by example, taking responsibility, holding others accountable, trust, collaboration, feedback, communication
     
    Takeaway
    Leading by example is the foundation of accountability. When leaders model the behavior they expect from their team, it sets a powerful standard and creates a culture of trust.
    Taking responsibility for one's actions and outcomes reinforces the need to be reliable and dependable. It enhances a leader's credibility and strengthens overall leadership.
    Holding others accountable ensures that everyone is contributing to the team's success and maintains a high level of performance. It should be done from a place of support and encouragement, rather than punishment.
    Regular feedback and open communication are essential in holding others accountable. Leaders should create a safe space for open communication and provide constructive feedback to motivate individuals to take ownership of their performance.
    Leaders should set clear goals and expectations, regularly check in with their team members, and foster a culture of responsibility and continuous improvement.
    Accountability starts with the leader. By embodying accountability in their leadership, leaders create a ripple effect that influences the entire team and builds a culture of trust and integrity.

    • 28 min
    Special Guest: CW4 (Ret.) Dave Morphis (Ep. 77)

    Special Guest: CW4 (Ret.) Dave Morphis (Ep. 77)

    Summary
     
    In this episode of the Rising Tide Leadership Podcast, host Mo interviews his friend Dave, a retired Chief Warrant Officer from the United States Army. They reminisce about their time in the Army and discuss the role of a Chief Warrant Officer. Dave shares his journey from enlisting in the Army Reserves to becoming a Warrant Officer specializing in food service. He explains the unique position of Warrant Officers as specialists in their chosen fields, advising commanders and keeping them out of trouble. Dave also shares a funny story about a deployment where soldiers were fed nothing but chili dogs for several meals. 
     
    Overall, the conversation provides insights into the life and responsibilities of a Chief Warrant Officer in the Army. David Morphis shares his experiences working as a logistics officer in Northern Iraq and the challenges of being away from his family during his wife's labor. He emphasizes the importance of finding value in everyone and learning from their experiences. He also discusses the influence of his father and wife in shaping him as a person of influence. 
     
    David recommends the books '12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos' by Jordan Peterson and 'David Copperfield' by Charles Dickens. He encourages listeners to strive to be better and uplift those around them.
     
    Takeaways
     
    A Chief Warrant Officer in the Army is to be a specialist in a chosen field and advise commanders.
    Warrant Officers manage specific areas, such as food service, and ensure the commander's decisions align with regulations and best practices.
    Army deployments can last for extended periods, with soldiers spending months in a foreign country before returning to the United States.
    The Army Reserves have a different mobilization process than the active duty Army, with reservists going to a mobilization site before deployment.
    Deployments can involve challenging and dangerous situations, but soldiers find ways to cope and maintain communication with their families.
    Humor and camaraderie play a significant role in soldiers' experiences, even in difficult situations like being fed only chili dogs for multiple meals. Find value in everyone and learn from their experiences.
    The influence of family members, such as fathers and spouses, can shape a person's character.
    Read books like '12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos' and 'David Copperfield' to gain wisdom and inspiration.
    Strive to be better and uplift those around you.
     
    Sound Bites
     
    "An entire training organization of 2,000-3,000 soldiers was fed only chili dogs for about four meals."
    "It was the best deployment I ever had, mainly because of those four months working with the special forces."
    "We all have those staples of influence and shifting influences."
    "You can overcome just about all obstacles. You just have to stick with something."
    "There's a lot of wisdom in organizing yourself before you try to organize others."
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    Books Mentioned in the Show
    12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, by Jordan Peterson
    David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens
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    • 50 min
    Leaders are Resilient (Ep. 76)

    Leaders are Resilient (Ep. 76)

    Summary
     
    In this episode of the Rising Tide Leadership Podcast, Scott and Dr. Michael David Morales discuss the topic of resilience. They start by sharing the story of Ari Dickey, a former knuckleball pitcher in Major League Baseball, who faced numerous roadblocks and challenges throughout his career. The conversation then delves into the importance of understanding resilience and how it can fundamentally change the way leaders approach challenges. They explore strategies and practices for building resilience, such as reflection, mindfulness, and continuous learning. The episode concludes with a discussion on applying resilience and the role of vulnerability in inspiring others.

    Main Takeaways
     
    Resilience is not just about bouncing back, but about growing through challenges.
     Leaders need to understand resilience and its importance in navigating uncertainties and inspiring their teams.
    Building resilience requires reflection, mindfulness, and continuous learning.
    Leaders can apply resilience by fostering an environment of support and encouragement, and by sharing their own stories of facing and overcoming challenges.
     Resilience is a catalyst for transformation and growth, both personally and within organizations.
    It starts with vulnerability 

    Top Quotes From MO
     
    "Resilience isn't just about bouncing back. It's about growing through what you actually go through."
    "Building resilience is like strengthening a muscle. It requires consistent effort, the right exercises, and sometimes a little bit of guidance."
    "Resilience is not just a theoretical concept. It's something that we deal with every day. It's about lived experience."
     
    Books Mentioned in the Show
    A Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
    I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai
    Whenever I Wind Up by R.A Dickey

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    • 25 min
    Change Management (Ep. 75)

    Change Management (Ep. 75)

    Episode 75 - Change Management Summary
     
    In this episode, Scott and Mo discuss change management and its importance in the workplace. They highlight the need for leaders to encounter challenges, build resilience, and foster open communication. They emphasize the importance of recognizing opportunities and engaging employees in the change process. The hosts also encourage leaders to be proactive and continuously evaluate and refine their approach to change management. They conclude by emphasizing the need for leaders to be open to change and drive positive change within their organizations.
    3 Ways to Deal with Change Management
     
    Focus on encountering challenges. 
    Change can disrupt the status quo 
    Change can create resistance among employees. If you're not encountering challenges, then you're not leading. 

    Look for the unexpected
    Get out in front of challenges and be ready to work them out
    ResilienceWhat is going on in your company?
    How can you work amidst those challenges? 
    How can you build that resilience within your team that is going to be vital for navigating change effectively? 

    Be adaptable.Are you ready to adapt quickly to change? 
    Are you ready to bounce back from the setbacks? 

     
    BOOK: The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organization, by Kouzes and Posner. 
     
    “The only way you're going to get good is to get good”. 
    Don't baby your people. 
    Build resiliency in your team. 
    Leaders think challenges are opportunities.
    Foster open communication. Open up - Be honest
    Allow team members to express within the team and to one another their concerns. 
    Be part of expressing those concerns 

    Change presents opportunities for innovation and for growth. 
     
    How do you recognize opportunities? 
    Focused on the things that can be used as a learning moment or a teaching moment. 
    Focus on Engaging Employees.
    The “Buy-in” - John Maxwell's The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
    To be an effective leader, you need to create a buy-in of ownership for your people. Empower team members To contribute ideas
    Give those solutions 
    Foster a sense of ownership
    Create commitment


     
    BOOK: Made in America, by Sam Walton
     
    Encourage Pro-activists 
    Your people are only going to be proactive if you allow them to be proactive. 
    Continuous evaluation and refinement of our approach to change is going to ensure ongoing success. 
     
    QUESTIONS: 
    What are the things that are worth evaluating in your business? 
    What are your feedback mechanisms? 
    Are you giving your people a way to tell you the things that are going good and bad?
    Do you have an open door policy? 
    Are you making it better in your workplace? 
     
    MO’s Final Thoughts:
    You need to be the most open person in the room when it comes to change management. It is so easy for us as leaders to tell other people that they need to be open to change. When in reality, leaders, it's really us that's not open to change. Don't get upset with your people. Help them and redirect them to where they're supposed to be. Change is what you need to be about. Leaders are all about change. 
     
    As we talk about encountering challenges, engaging employees, encouraging proactiveness, you know, who's in charge of all that? You are in charge of that as the leader. You're the person who is responsible both for the productivity of your company and specifically for your team. So leaders, remember, it's about embracing opportunity because that's going to bring you to growth and innovation and your people are going to jump onto that process. And when it comes to leadership, you are the one that drives those processes.Give your people the best opportunity to succeed. The way you do that  is to get in front and be ready to deal with that change management.
    Amazon Book Link:
    The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organization, Kouzes and Posner - https://a.co/d/aO2WW5M 
     
    21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John Maxwel

    • 27 min
    Leaders Create a Clear Vision (Ep. 74)

    Leaders Create a Clear Vision (Ep. 74)

    Episode 74 - Leaders Create a Clear Vision 
     
    A clear vision does more than just set a destination. It inspires, motivates, and provides a sense of purpose essential for any team's success. 
    Point 1: Articulate the Vision Clearly and Passionately
     
    Not just about what the goals are but why they matter. 
    Use inspiring and relatable language, ensuring that every team member can see how their work contributes to the bigger picture.
    Make the vision feel tangible, so every individual understands their role.
     
    Making it Make Sense:

    Embrace Simplicity. 

    Articulate ideas in the simplest terms possible. 
    Boil down complex concepts into their essence. 
    Engage in Active Listening.
    Communication is a two-way street. 
    Listen to the team's feedback. 

    Adapt to your audience. 

    Every team member has a unique background, learning style, and perspective. 
    Point 2: Align the Vision with Team Values and Goals
     
    The vision should be in harmony with the team's values and goals. 
    Engage the team in discussions about the vision, incorporating feedback and making adjustments.
    When people feel they have a stake in the vision, their commitment and motivation skyrockets.
     
    Key Strategies of Motivation
    1. Be Transparent: 
    Share the vision with your team, including potential roadblocks. This will build trust and prepare them mentally for the challenges ahead.
    2. Celebrate Small Wins: 
    Acknowledging and celebrating the progress made can boost morale and keep everyone motivated.
    3. Keep the Mission Front and Center: 
    Regularly remind your team of the bigger picture. Why are you doing what you're doing? What impact will it have on the world? This can help to reignite passion and commitment, even when the going gets tough.
     
    Point 3: Keep the Vision at the Forefront
    Consistently remind your team of the vision, celebrating progress towards it and recalibrating when necessary. 
    Helps to maintain momentum, even when challenges arise. 
    Provides the resilience teams need to push through obstacles. 
     
    BOOK: "Making Vision Stick" by Andy Stanley's
     
    vision needs to be reiterated across various platforms and mediums—team meetings, emails, company newsletters, and one-on-one conversations. 
    Weave the vision into the fabric of the organization's communication so that it remains top of mind.
    Demonstrate its relevance to each team member's daily work, connecting the dots between the work individuals do and the broader vision of the organization. 
     
    Practical Ways to Keep Vision at the Forefront: 

    Understand the vision yourself. 


    Before you can convince anyone of anything, you need to be a believer.


    Dive deep into the why behind your company's goals. 


     Communicate effectively and often. 


    Communication is key in any relationship.


    Find opportunities to remind your superiors of the original vision in your regular reports, meetings, or casual conversations. 


    Use real-life examples to highlight how current projects or decisions align with that vision.


    Be a bridge. 

    Use your unique position to bridge this gap. 
    Share feedback from your team and customers that reinforce the vision.
    Show how the day-to-day work contributes to the grand goal.
    Lead by example. 
    Actions speak louder than words. 
    Show your commitment to the vision 

    Mo’s Final Thoughts:
     
    Mo: Leaders create and sustain a clear vision. Make sure that you have a clear vision. If it’s a mist in the pulpit, it is a fog in the pew. Align your vision with the values and goals and help your team understand them. You always have to keep the vision at the forefront. Every day, get up and do something that will get you closer to the goal.   
     
    Amazon Book Link:
    21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John Maxwell - https://a.co/d/72MPij0 
    Making Vision Stick, Andy Stanley - https://a.co/d/cuevuOo 
     
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    • 24 min
    Special Guest - Dr. Lem Usita (Ep. 73)

    Special Guest - Dr. Lem Usita (Ep. 73)

    Episode 73: Special Guest - Dr. Lem Usita
     
    Summary:
    In this episode of the Rising Tide Leadership Podcast, host Mo interviews Dr. Lem Usita, an entrepreneur and leadership expert. They discuss Dr. Lem's leadership experience and how he defines leadership. They also explore the obstacles he has faced in his leadership roles and how he overcame them. Dr. Lem shares his early influences and the catalyst for his intentional leadership development. He emphasizes the importance of mentorship and surrounding oneself with a supportive team. The episode concludes with Dr. Lem's recommended reading list and his final thoughts on leadership.
     
    Takeaways:
    Leadership is not easy and comes with challenges and obstacles that must be faced and overcome.
    Surrounding oneself with a supportive team and mentors is crucial for personal and professional growth.
    Leadership development requires self-reflection and a willingness to address weaknesses and areas for improvement.
    Reading books on leadership and learning from other leaders can provide valuable insights and strategies for effective leadership.

    Facing Obstacles:
    Every leadership role has its dark side.
    Organizational culture. Sometimes you jump into a role and there were other people in that role before you
    Others tell you how to do things
    Lack of resources
    Inherit problems

    It’s a cop out to blame the organization for the obstacles. As the leader, it's my responsibility to lead the organization no matter what situation they're in. 
    I need to know what my weaknesses are and I need to shore up my weaknesses in order to lead this organization. 
    The responsibility is on the leader.
     
    “If I am not leading well or if I don't lead these folks well, it impacts their family, it impacts their kids. And it might even impact the generation.”

    When you start thinking and reading and researching and studying leadership, then you're able to:Change your behavior
    Change your practices
    Change your habits 


    Every leader can teach you those two things:Things that you want to do
    Things you don't want to do


    Surround yourself with people:Mentors
    Those who walk alongside you 
    Business resourcesCPA, Attorney, etc 


     
    Lem’s Final Thoughts: 
    Lead out of who you are. You lead out of your personality, you lead out of your history, you lead out of your family sculpture, family of origin stuff, you lead out of your trauma and pain, you lead out of your weaknesses, and you lead out of your strengths. And if you're not doing the work of getting to know yourself, you're not growing your effectiveness as a leader, you just aren't. And so it takes courage and humility to do this work—to become better because it's facing yourself and making some huge changes and that takes courage and humility to lead yourself so that you can lead and be effective as a leader. 
     
    Amazon Book Link:
    Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior, Daivd Hawkins. - https://a.co/d/03N27ma 
     
    Unreasonable Hospitality: The Remarkable Power of Giving People More than They Expect, Will Guidara - https://a.co/d/eyo9HqM 
     
    Blue Ocean Strategy, Expanded Edition: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Mak e the Competition Irrelevant, Roger Wayne, W. Chan Kim, Renee Mauborgne - https://a.co/d/hYOjpmg

    48 Laws of Power, Robert Greene - https://a.co/d/eP3VELJ 
     
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    • 27 min

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