A show dedicated to teaching middle managers everywhere how much power they have to create positive change in themselves, their teams and in the world.
What is heroic middle management? It's the kind of leadership that drives individual and collective impact by creating the conditions for human potential to emerge!
Episode 9 - Military Leadership Lessons
On this episode Major Scott McCarthy joins us to talk about how the lessons of military leadership apply to leaders everywhere.
Scott is a soldier, a scholar and a deep thinker as well as an experienced leadership practitioner
We talk about a wide range of subjects including:
why leaders MUST develop themselves as human beings
how military leadership is changing
the difference between being a boss and being a leader
how to develop your people
how to hold people accountable and when consequences are necessary
the importance of new experiences in developing you as a person and leader
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Episode 8 - Two Simple Questions to Get Powerful, Positive Feedback
The power of the frame is critical to our success as leaders.
Do we focus on what's wrong, broken or missing?
Do we ask the kinds of questions that move us towards what we want?
In this quick episode I show you two simple questions to ask to move quickly towards the future you most want...
For yourself and your team.
Episode 7 - You MUST Know How You Add Value!
People struggle to articulate how they add value.
They've either never taken the time to think about it.
Or, they have some idea but feel like talking about it is arrogant or self-promoting.
Here's a different way to think about it:
If you're committed to the mission of your organization, you have an obligation to use your strengths to further that mission.
To help others see what those strengths are you must demonstrate them AND you must talk about them.
To talk about them, you must know them.
Also, when you know them, you'll understand just how many ways you can make a contribution.
You'll see so many more opportunities to serve them.
Treating every interaction as a sacred opportunity to leave the other person a little better off is the best way I know to create positive change and to do it more quickly than you can imagine!
Here's the worksheet for you to document your personal inventory: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-EXDTANNs2DNkHjTgsGkUTEwVhWldNyZ/view?usp=sharing (Personal Value Inventory)
Here's the simple framework you can use to synthesize how you help people down into a single sentence:
So they can
Here's mine so you can get the idea:
I help leaders and teams who want to make a positive difference
Unlock collective wisdom and rapidly innovate
So they can successfully and skillfully execute on the goals that matter most
And not struggle with mediocrity and untapped potential
Episode 6 - Emotional Excellence!
Did you know that 80-90% of the competencies that differentiate high performers fall in the realm of emotional intelligence?
Do you find yourself pushing aside "bad" emotions?
Do you get stuck wallowing in your emotions or reacting to them in ways that are clearly unproductive?
Do you find yourself reacting to your emotional triggers rather than effectively navigating challenging situations?
If any of that sounds like you, you're certainly not alone!
In this episode I give you an overview of emotional excellence and why it's a critical skill for every leader.
Here are some great resources for you to learn even more:
At the Heart of Leadership
The Gift and Power of Emotional Courage
Adelson's Checkerboard Illusion
Man's Search for Meaning
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Episode 5 - Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks
What a thrill for this was!
I had the chance to have a wonderful conversation with August Turak, author of the Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks.
We chatted about so many things including:
how he came to the decision to write this book
how it's in our self-interest to forget our self-interest and what that means for capitalism
what a middle manager can do to be unfailingly effective and create massive positive change
what it means to aim past the target
the importance of selflessness, self-knowledge and authenticity
August Turak is an award-winning author, speaker, consultant and contributor for Forbes.com and the BBC. He is also the founder of the spiritual and educational nonprofit the Self Knowledge Symposium Foundation (SKSF). A super successful entrepreneur and corporate executive, Turak attributes much of his success to living and working alongside the Trappist monks of Mepkin Abbey since 1996. As a frequent monastic guest, he learned firsthand from the monks as they grew an incredibly successful portfolio of businesses. When he is not praying and working alongside the Trappist monks of Mepkin Abbey, he works with his nonprofit and lives on a seventy-five-acre farm near Raleigh, North Carolina.
Here's an overview of August's amazing book - https://www.amazon.com/Business-Secrets-Trappist-Monks-Authenticity/dp/0231160631 (Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks)!
Service and selflessness are at the heart of the 1,500-year-old monastic tradition's remarkable business success. It is an ancient though immensely relevant economic model that preserves what is positive and productive about capitalism while transcending its ethical limitations and internal contradictions. Combining vivid case studies from his thirty-year business career with intimate portraits of the monks at work, Turak shows how Trappist principles can be successfully applied to a variety of secular business settings and to our personal lives as well. He demonstrates that monks and people like Warren Buffett are wildly successful not despite their high principles but because of them. Turak also introduces other "transformational organizations" that share the crucial monastic business strategies so critical for success.
Episode 4 - It Starts with YOU
We all find ourselves in situations we don't like or that are unfolding differently than we hoped.
Many turn their view outwards and look for people to blame.
Heroic Middle Managers do the opposite.
They turn the mirror on themselves.
They know they are the only ones they have control over.
They ask themselves powerful questions to learn more.
They reframe discomfort as growth.
They ask themselves and others how they can be more effective.
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The old model of Command & Control leadership is dead. There is truly a better way and it all starts by looking through the lens of appreciation. This is the future of leadership!