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The Talent Magnet Institute is committed to developing leaders to succeed in relationships, work, community, and life: we’ll reframe what success means, and you’ll hear the personal stories of successful leaders from around the globe. From the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, every guest has a unique story to tell and insights to bring. Discover how to achieve a new type of success that goes much deeper than profits: culture, talent, and holistic leadership.

Unconventional Leadership Podcast Talent Magnet Institute

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The Talent Magnet Institute is committed to developing leaders to succeed in relationships, work, community, and life: we’ll reframe what success means, and you’ll hear the personal stories of successful leaders from around the globe. From the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, every guest has a unique story to tell and insights to bring. Discover how to achieve a new type of success that goes much deeper than profits: culture, talent, and holistic leadership.

    Taking on Leadership Challenges with Deb Coviello

    Taking on Leadership Challenges with Deb Coviello

    Tune in to today's episode of the Unconventional Leadership Podcast as host, Mike Sipple Jr., visits with Deb Coviello, a trusted partner to C-Suite leaders with 30 years of experience in helping clients identify, assess and solve issues preventing their businesses from growth. Their discussion weaves between the biggest issues facing CEOs in today's culture to helping teams deal with conflict. If you are a leader in today's culture their conversation will cover a topic that is relevant to you. 

    Main Points from the Episode:

    Main struggles facing CEOs today

    Feedback is freeing not fearful

    Viewing conflict as an opportunity

    The impact of failing to develop people


    Quotes from the episode:

    The ultimate goal is peace of mind not only for them as business owners, or C-suite leaders, but for their customers as well, and focus a little bit less on the results.

    If you're not in a culture where people are freely giving you feedback, we as an individual need to know how to solicit feedback in a way that is positive and actionable.

    When giving feedback, the framework is what should one continue? What should start? And what should they change?

    A little bit of the framework is to find common ground to slow things down, seek to understand the gap from a place of curiosity, and agree what the gap is, and then each take action moving forward.


    Resources:
    Mike Sipple Jr. "People Fusion: Best Practices to Build and Retain a Strong Team" (with contributions from various other authors)
    Deb Coviello "The CEO's Compass: Your Guide to Get Back on Track"

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    Deb Coviello | LinkedIn | Twitter

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    • 40 min
    Learning to Listen with Heather Younger

    Learning to Listen with Heather Younger

    How often do you stop to truly listen to the people around you? Everyone wants to be heard. Too often frustration and resentment build within a company because no one feels like they are being listened to. Join Mike Sipple Jr. and Heather Younger as they dive into a conversation about what true listening looks like and how it can impact the culture of your workplace.  

    Main Points From the Episode:

    Create a culture of listening.

    The end result of listening is that people are heard, valued, and understood.

    Listening is for everyone, leaders and employees alike.


    Quotes from the Episode:

    The activation part is the thing that happens after you seek, or after you lean in, or after you do the thing that was fully encapsulating and listening.

    You build trust via listening, but you have to have trust to get to the truth of your listening.

    Are people comfortable enough to openly tell us their whole truth?

    It's super important to set expectations right up front. You may not be able to act on any or all of the things, but you do have an intent to do the work.

    The act of listening is a tennis match where one person is kind of delivering back and forth, and you're always interacting. It's a two-way street.


    Resources:
    Mike Sipple Jr. "People Fusion: Best Practices to Build and Retain a Strong Team" (with contributions from various other authors)
    Heather Younger "The Art of Caring Leadership"
    Heather Younger "The Art of Active Listening"
    Heather Younger "The Seven Intuitive Laws of Employee Loyalty"
    Stephen Covey "The Speed of Trust"
    Stephen Covey "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People"

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    Heather Younger | LinkedIn | Twitter

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    • 33 min
    Philosophy for the Modern Leader with Paul LaLonde

    Philosophy for the Modern Leader with Paul LaLonde

    Philosophy isn't just meant for old guys with white beards living in ivory towers. Philosophy has a place in today's world and in today's company culture. Paul LaLonde, VP of People and Culture of CETA of Cook County, joins Mike Sipple Jr. for a conversation about what philosophy is and how to integrate it into the workplace. Philosophy has you look at yourself and helps you determine how to live better. Who wouldn't benefit from implementing that practice in their life both personally and professionally? Tune in as they take a closer look at philosophy, conflict resolution, and more!

    Main Points From the Episode:

    The place philosophy has in the modern workplace

    The cyclical nature of life

    The importance of conflict as an opportunity


    Quotes from the Episode:

    True philosophy to me, and to a lot of the philosophers that I study, is meant for the real world. It's meant for the real individual. To be a philosopher means to look at yourself every day and try and live a better life, and live by values that you espouse to make the world a better place.

    You're not going to become a great leader overnight. It's something you need to work on daily. It's something you need to work on minute by minute, hour by hour, opportunity by opportunity.

    Communication is key. So all problems and I thoroughly believe this in personal life, but also business, I would say almost all, if not all, problems arise from miscommunication, poor communication, or lack thereof.

    We can't be afraid of failure because it's the greatest teacher that anybody is ever going to have.


    Resources:
    Mike Sipple Jr. "People Fusion: Best Practices to Build and Retain a Strong Team" (with contributions from various other authors)
    Matthew Desmond "Poverty by America"

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    Paul LaLonde | LinkedIn | Twitter

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    • 41 min
    Maintaining a Growth Mindset with Danielle McCombs

    Maintaining a Growth Mindset with Danielle McCombs

    When do we stop growing? Sure we stop growing physically at some point, but maintaining a growth mindset is vital to our success both professionally and personally. You have to believe that you are able to learn new things, tackle new tasks, and take on new responsibilities. No one knows the importance of maintaining a growth mindset more than Danielle McCombs, our guest on this week's episode of The Unconventional Leadership Podcast. Tune in to learn more about growth mindset and how to apply it to all areas of your life!

    Main Points from the Episode:

    Growth happens best when you understand your learning style

    Growth leads to opportunities

    Growth mindset is for everyone

    Be curious and ask questions 


    Quotes from the Episode:

    The best way to define growth mindset is your belief in your ability to learn, not your ability in playing the saxophone, or your ability in algebra, but your ability to learn those things.

    There are also places where you can have a fixed mindset in some things and a growth mindset in others. It's not an either-or.

    We want to build up individuals who think intentionally about themselves and those around them, both professionally and personally.

    So much of what you do is helping give people the confidence and the voice to own who they are. Building that confidence and being willing to be bold in whatever your past says, this might be part of your past, but it doesn't define your future.


    Resources from the Episode:
    Mike Sipple Jr. "People Fusion: Best Practices to Build and Retain a Strong Team" (with contributions from various other authors)
    Click here for our Leadership Foundations course

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    Danielle McCombs | LinkedIn

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    Continue listening to The Unconventional Leadership Podcast to continue in your growth as a leader!

    • 39 min
    Building a Thriving Company Culture with Melanie Booher

    Building a Thriving Company Culture with Melanie Booher

    The culture of a company or business is vital to an employee's experience. But many organizations spend little or no time developing a healthy culture. Join Melanie Booher, president of Influence Network Media, and Mike Sipple Jr. as they talk through how to build a culture within a company, and how enhancing an employee's day-to-day can affect the bottom line. Culture is about all the little experiences people have within a business, so no element is too small to discuss! If you are a leader within an organization, this is a must-listen episode!

    Main Points from the Episode:

    Culture drives the bottom line of a company

    Culture is about hundreds of micro experiences within a company

    People stay with a company based on the level of care they are given


    Quotes from the Episode:

    They either are repelled by your culture or they're attracted by it.

    The way you show up for them is what they're going to remember most.

    They may come for your values and mission, but they're going to stay based on how you treat them and how you make them feel.


    Resources from the Episode:
    Mike Sipple Jr. "People Fusion: Best Practices to Build and Retain a Strong Team" (with contributions from various other authors)
    Melanie Booher "Conscious Culture"
    Catherine Ryan Hyde "Pay It Forward"

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    Melanie Booher | LinkedIn | Twitter

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    • 37 min
    Caring for the Entirety of Your Employees with Cory Carlson

    Caring for the Entirety of Your Employees with Cory Carlson

    Being a great leader includes caring for your employee's home life. As much as we try to separate home and work life, they bleed together. One affects the other and vice versa. Join Cory Carlson on The Unconventional Leadership Podcast as we talk about the importance of caring for the entirety of your employees. Cory shares from his personal experience in corporate America, his own burnout, and from the coaching and speaking business he has built. Tune in to learn how you as a leader can invest in your employee's personal life as well as their professional one!

    Find Cory Carlson Online at: https://www.corymcarlson.com/

    Quotes from the Episode:

    My encouragement is no matter where you're at, you don't have to stay there.

    All leaders get knocked down. Great leaders get back up quicker.

    We know that being intentional takes work. It also takes inspiration.

    My vision statement is to connect people to greater performance and even more significant purpose.

    We all know we have to hit those numbers, but what I also know is we need to hit those numbers and cross that finish line- look back and not see shrapnel, not see broken marriages, not see parents that don't know their kids. Instead, we want to go across that finish line together where as a company we hit our goals, we're still married, we're doing well physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.

    Imposter syndrome is real, and sometimes it's so helpful to have a coach to help encourage you, and hold you accountable to stay focused on what really matters and not shiny object syndrome.

    With technology, our whole days are blended together, and it can get messy.

    People leave jobs because they don't feel seen, known, and heard there.

    You may find someone bigger and better, but if you don't fix your purpose, your culture, and how you're treating the whole self of people, that next bigger, better person will leave.


    Join the conversation and share your ideas with us!

    Mike Sipple Jr. "People Fusion: Best Practices to Build and Retain a Strong Team" (with contributions from various other authors)
    Cory Carlson "Rise and Go"
    Cory Carlson "Win At Home First"

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    Cory Carlson | LinkedIn | Twitter

    • 39 min

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72 Ratings

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Insightful and Inspirational

Casual and thoughtful conversation lures the listener into a comfortable teaching environment amidsts well placed questions and storytelling. Time is critical today to get the most value in a short amount of time and the Unconvential Leadership Podcast is your one stop shop for all your resource needs.

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Do you lead or influence people? Do you want to improve and grow in your career?

I know the mission of Talent Magnet Institute® and this podcast remains focused the mission of unlocking human potential and helping leaders lead better - but never alone. Subscribe to this podcast if you have influence on others or have any people management and leadership responsibility. The Talent Magnet podcast will walk with you to be the leader you aspire to be in your career and life.

As the host states, “leadership is a journey and you don’t have to walk it alone.”

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Great lessons

Mike is an awesome host and a great conversationalist! There are so many interesting guests and so much to learn! Definitely give this podcast a listen if you want to learn about all the facets of leadership!

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