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Do you have the desire to lead big? The Always Forward Leadership Podcast is designed to encourage and inspire emerging and existing leaders to greatness. Listen in as Ron Kitchens and Carla Sones explore topics like innovation, talent and engagement in these weekly conversations. Ron and Carla also bring in a variety of thought leaders to give you new perspectives on the world of business, leadership and life.

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Do you have the desire to lead big? The Always Forward Leadership Podcast is designed to encourage and inspire emerging and existing leaders to greatness. Listen in as Ron Kitchens and Carla Sones explore topics like innovation, talent and engagement in these weekly conversations. Ron and Carla also bring in a variety of thought leaders to give you new perspectives on the world of business, leadership and life.

    259: How to Learn Control in Uncontrollable Situations

    259: How to Learn Control in Uncontrollable Situations

    Too many organizations get stuck in the “how” when it’s the “why” that matters. —Ron Kitchens



    On Today’s Episode:

    * I talk with Carla about learning to control what can not really be controlled

    * The role of the activist investor

    * Building around the strengths of your team

    * Allowing yourself to be surprised by the new directions you and your organization can go

    * How to start looking for opportunities everywhere

    As the year keeps rolling on, it is clear that 2020 is not done throwing curve balls yet. So, we need to learn to control the uncontrollable circumstances. I cannot overstate the importance of taking initiative at this point in time! But how? First, try to let your curiosity drive you (and do not let fear take the wheel). Then, embody the steadiness and adaptability that is desperately needed in business right now. Tune in to hear more!

    Do you have questions, comments or ideas? Feel free to reach out to me. You can email me directly via ron@ronkitchens.com or tweet me @ronkitchens.

    Always Forward.

    —Ron

    Question: Who has stepped up to take initiative and identify new opportunities in your organization? How can you adopt those behaviors?

    • 27 min
    258: Now Is the Time to Step Up in Your Career

    258: Now Is the Time to Step Up in Your Career

    Excellence is a decision. —Ron Kitchens



    On Today’s Episode:

    * Carla and I talk about using this time to grow your career

    * How to take anxiety and turn it into urgency

    * Knowing how to channel and harvest the motivation to execute excellence

    * Keeping a growth mindset when asked to lead new areas

    * The profile of the person who will always be asked to work on new opportunities

    This year has brought so much instability and change. Rather than letting it discourage and demotivate you, use this time to build your career. Now is the time to step up and lead. Now is the time to show up. Now is the time to be seen as the person who will roll up their sleeves and get the work done. Carla and I dive into a deep conversation about the various ways in which you can take your performance to the next level, tune in now to learn more!

    Do you have questions, comments, ideas or needs? Feel free to reach out to me. You can email me directly via ron@ronkitchens.com or tweet me @ronkitchens.

    Always Forward.

    —Ron

    Question: Who are you seeing as an example of using these uncertain times to build their leadership capabilities? How can you let that inspire your own leadership?

    • 16 min
    257: 4 Negative Behaviors Which Will Halt Your Growth

    257: 4 Negative Behaviors Which Will Halt Your Growth

    The only thing limiting you is yourself. —Ken Poirot



    On Today’s Episode:

    * Carla Sones and Sarah Mansberger discuss career-limiting behaviors

    * Four examples of negative habits that will create your own ceiling

    * The underlying problems which lead to these behaviors

    * How leaders can self-correct and grow

    Sarah and Carla have a fascinating discussion around several key behaviors that will get people into trouble at work. They dive into the various ways these behaviors can manifest in a person and help leaders to understand that these behaviors are often symptoms of deeper rooted problems. Listen in to hear more!

    Do you have questions, comments, ideas or needs? Feel free to reach out to me. You can email me directly via ron@ronkitchens.com or tweet me @ronkitchens.

    Always Forward.

    —Ron

    Question: How have you seen these career-limiting behaviors crop up in your professional life? How did you handle it?

    • 16 min
    256: Why Should You Master the Art of Energy Management?

    256: Why Should You Master the Art of Energy Management?

    The energy of the mind is the essence of life. —Aristotle



    On Today’s Episode:

    * Carla and I talk about the importance of managing energy

    * Productivity hinges on the management of your energy levels

    * Thinking of energy not only on a daily basis but also weekly, monthly and seasonally

    * Why you should consider an energy audit

    One of my most important habits that keep me productive is managing my energy. It is important to recognize that you are not a robot and that some things just do not give you energy. I keep a spreadsheet with my leadership partner Rachael that tracks how I budget my time and helps us schedule things in a rhythm that makes sense for not just my daily energy but also honors the seasonal rhythms. Listen in to hear more!

    Do you have questions, comments, ideas or needs? Feel free to reach out to me. You can email me directly via ron@ronkitchens.com or tweet me @ronkitchens.

    Always Forward.

    —Ron

    Question: What gives you energy? What drains you? How can you rearrange your rhythm to balance?

    • 17 min
    255: How to Be the CEO of Your Own Responsibilities

    255: How to Be the CEO of Your Own Responsibilities

    Leaders goal: Don’t try to hold people too tightly. Give them room and trust them to make wise choices. No one is your property. —Brian Houston



    On Today’s Episode:

    * I have a conversation with Carla about accountability

    * Southwest Michigan First’s take on accountability is being the CEO of our own responsibilities

    * Accountability cannot be delegated and applies to all members of a team

    * Why our culture thrives off of accountability

    * The systems we use to ensure everyone is on the same page

    Accountability. To some, it is a buzzword. But it should not be. Accountability is not a one-time thing, it is an always-thing. In order for your company culture to truly embrace it, everyone must be held accountable, no exceptions. If anyone on your team only acts accountable as they see fit, it will sow discord. Tolerance of the proverbial “bad eggs” will cause disengagement of the ones that are bought-in to a full-on accountable culture. Tune in now to hear how we build a culture of accountability at Southwest Michigan First!

    Do you have questions, comments, ideas or needs? Feel free to reach out to me. You can email me directly via ron@ronkitchens.com or tweet me @ronkitchens.

    Always Forward.

    —Ron

    Question: If someone was replacing you in your position today, what would they do differently? Why are you waiting to change?

    • 17 min
    254: The Challenge to Change Your Best Every Day

    254: The Challenge to Change Your Best Every Day

    You have to look inward and challenge yourself to change your best — to truly go beyond the limits of what you think you’re capable of — every day. —P.J. Fleck



    On Today’s Episode:

    * Carla and I talk about the need to challenge and change your best

    * Your best today represents the minimum expectation tomorrow

    * Why Southwest Michigan First annually goes through a “start-stop-continue” with the team

    * The one question you can continually ask yourself to mine for greatness

    The simple truth is that if we do not challenge and change our best every single day, we become irrelevant. Think of the modern tale of two giants: Netflix, which started as a mail-order DVD service and has evolved to be a streaming powerhouse, and Kodak, which underestimated the rising tide of technology. Netflix continues to challenge and change itself every day. Kodak, despite inventing the very first digital camera, was content with the status quo and eventually had to file for bankruptcy protection in 2012. And this translates to business reality; businesses that continue to seek new opportunities in the ever-changing landscape will fare better than those staying stagnant. Who do you want to be?

    Do you have questions, comments, ideas or needs? Feel free to reach out to me. You can email me directly via ron@ronkitchens.com or tweet me @ronkitchens.

    Always Forward.

    —Ron

    Question: If someone was replacing you in your position today, what would they do differently? Why are you waiting to change?

    • 22 min

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