PODCAST

Life as Leadership: Where Leaders Gather to Grow Together

Josh Friedeman

The Life as Leadership podcast focuses on two things: 1. Learning from great leaders in all areas of life and 2. Developing a community of leaders committed to challenging and encouraging each other to new levels of influence. This show will introduce you to the mindsets, lifestyles, and strategies of entrepreneurs, executives, coaches, and many other leaders in a way that will help any leader accelerate their growth in leadership.
Engage Your Team for Innovation with Jeffrey Magee
Download a year’s worth of https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (weekly action steps to improve your leadership) for FREE! Jeffrey Magee is the “Thought Leader’s Leader.” He is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Professional Performance Magazine, editor of the LEADERSHIP MASTERY and SALES MASTERY blogs, a former nationally syndicated Radio Talk Show Host, as well as a published author of 31 books, including 4-Best Sellers and 4 graduate management textbooks. He is a leadership columnist and highly sought global professional speaker on performance psychology.   LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS Three steps to create engagement: 1. Awareness (what/why), 2. Engagement (how), 3. Commitment (when) Unleash innovation by inviting critical thought. Make it safe for someone to challenge. Provide financial incentives for quantitative benefit to the business that come through innovation.   QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? Do not accept anything people say or do unless you can validate it. Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Bold, brilliant, and has foresight. What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? What are the implications of your decisions and ideas over the horizon? What book would you recommend to leaders? Jeff’s reading formula: Always be reading 1) a technical book/textbook on your profession, 2) the pop book that people are talking about, 3) an autobiography of someone within your industry, 4) a how-to book within your space. If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Think legacy. Stop and recognize what it is you are doing that people will remember – your actions, behaviors, comments. As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” “Why not?” because it is contrarian. It challenges people to a deeper thought.   CONNECT WITH JEFF Email: http://drjeffspeaks@aol.com (drjeffspeaks@aol.com) LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drjeffspeaks/ (@drjeffspeaks) Website: http://www.jeffreymagee.com/ (www.JeffreyMagee.com)   CONNECT WITH JOSH LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Instagram: https://instagram.com/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Email: josh@friedemanleadership.com   Want a FREE list of weekly action steps to improve your leadership? Download the https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (Leadership Action List) TODAY!
Oct 8 2021
27 mins
Breaking Through Business BarriersIncrease Your Cultural Agility with Paula Caligiuri
Download a year’s worth of https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (weekly action steps to improve your leadership) for FREE!   Paula Caligiuri is a Distinguished Professor of International Business and Strategy at Northeastern University. Paula has authored award-winning articles and books – including her most recent book Build Your Cultural Agility: The Nine Competencies of Successful Global Professionals. She has been a frequent expert guest on CNN and is an instructor for a LinkedIn Learning course entitled Managing Globally. Paula co-founded a public benefit corporation, Skiilify, to help foster cultural understanding, and she holds a Ph.D. from Penn State University in Organizational Psychology.   LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS A multicultural environment is any environment that is demographically different (not just ethnic/national). Getting in an extreme cultural situation does more harm than good for cultural agility. Americans tend to smile a lot. This can look a little strange or un-credible. Be aware of the level of formality if you are working with people from another culture/demographic. In some cultures, silence means you are engaged. Sometimes it means you are disengaged. Push against the desire to seek the familiar and find someone who is demographically diverse.    QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? Having to get a job to make it during a study-abroad experience in Europe. Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Courageous, authentic, transparent. What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? How much time am I really spending understanding the environment I’m in and the people I’m with? What book would you recommend to leaders? Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Ask two more questions in any situation you’re in (no matter your natural level of curiosity). As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” “Why not?” because we can offer vision and hope and make a change whatever corner of the world we’re in.   CONNECT WITH PAULA LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulacaligiuri/ (@paulacaligiuri) Website: https://mygiide.com/ (https://mygiide.com/)   CONNECT WITH JOSH LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Instagram: https://instagram.com/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Email: josh@friedemanleadership.com   Want a FREE list of weekly action steps to improve your leadership? Download the https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (Leadership Action List) TODAY!
Oct 1 2021
22 mins
Be a “Value-Added” Leader with Diana Holland
Download a year’s worth of https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (weekly action steps to improve your leadership) for FREE!   Maj. Gen. Diana Holland commands the Mississippi Valley Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and serves as president of the Mississippi River Commission. She is responsible for water resources engineering solutions in a 370,000-square-mile area, extending from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico and encompassing portions of 12 states. Her division serves the Mississippi Valley region, strengthens our nation’s security, energizes the economy, and reduces risks from disasters. Full bio: https://www.mvd.usace.army.mil/About/Leadership/Bio-Article-View/Article/2240852/major-general-diana-m-holland/ (https://www.mvd.usace.army.mil/About/Leadership/Bio-Article-View/Article/2240852/major-general-diana-m-holland/)    LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS You won’t always bring to your team what your predecessor brought. So, while you do need to fill the role, it might look different. You need to be the leader the organization needs, not the leader you may have been in the past. The higher you go in an organization, the less it is about you. Be yourself but be self-aware.   QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? Thinking about the word/term that describes you or how you want to be remembered. Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Visionary, communicator, and present. What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? What is it that I do for the organization that only I can do? What book would you recommend to leaders? Leading with Heart by Mike Krzyzewski If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Find a mentor or be a mentor. As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” “Why?” is the best thing to ask in any conversation. It helps break you away from your assumptions.   CONNECT WITH DIANA LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/diana-holland-48b162133/ (@diana-holland)   CONNECT WITH JOSH LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Instagram: https://instagram.com/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Email: josh@friedemanleadership.com   Interview with David Pittman: https://www.lifeasleadership.com/episode/formal-authority-vs-moral-authority-with-david-pittman/ (https://www.lifeasleadership.com/episode/formal-authority-vs-moral-authority-with-david-pittman/)   Want a FREE list of weekly action steps to improve your leadership? Download the https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (Leadership Action List) TODAY!
Sep 28 2021
30 mins
AI: Leading When the Unknown Visits You with Peter Scott
Download a year’s worth of https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (weekly action steps to improve your leadership) for FREE!   Peter Scott is a futurist, author, and technology expert. He spent thirty years working on enterprise computing for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory while running a parallel career in business coaching and human development. This combination led to a uniquely valuable perspective on the implications of artificial intelligence development. He teaches individuals and consults for businesses on how to thrive through the coming era of technological disruption. He’s appeared before highly diverse audiences in several countries, including testifying before a British Parliamentary group on the impact of AI and giving two TEDx talks.   LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS We are in an era where we will be defined more by questions than answers because answers are the province of machines. People tend to be too scared about the wrong things and not scared enough about the right things. If you wait for the future to come to you, it will be painful. Rather than us visiting the unknown, the unknown will be visiting us. Artificial intelligence will amplify biases in data since today’s AI relies on data rather than expertise. You will want about 10,000 data points (preferably 100,000 or more) you can begin making predictions with AI. The more proprietary your data sets are, the more strategic value you can derive from them (even if the data has not been core to your primary offer until this point). To thrive in an AI world, understand and double down on your purpose. Why are you here? Take your leadership role out of business intelligence and analytics decisions because that is perfect fodder for future AI developments.   QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? The meaning of a communication is a response that it elicits. Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Future-focused, purpose-focused, and people-focused. What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? What would you keep doing even if a machine could do it faster, better, and cheaper? What book would you recommend to leaders? The Man Who Sold the Moon by Robert Heinlein If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Look at what you care about in your business life and personal life and ask how well-prepared you are to deal with the technological disruption to how that thing works. As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” They’re both essential tools to questioning accepted wisdom.   CONNECT WITH PETER Twitter: https://twitter.com/peterjscott (@peterjscott) Email: http://peter@humancusp.com (peter@humancusp.com) Website: https://humancusp.com/ (https://humancusp.com) Website: https://aiandyou.net (https://aiandyou.net)   CONNECT WITH JOSH LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Instagram: https://instagram.com/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Email: josh@friedemanleadership.com   Want a FREE list of weekly action steps to improve your leadership? Download the https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (Leadership Action List) TODAY!
Sep 10 2021
26 mins
From Celebrity Dentist to Leadership Mentor with Bill Dorfman
Download a year’s worth of https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (weekly action steps to improve your leadership) for FREE!   Dr. Bill Dorfman has had a career unparalleled to any other dentist in history. He is the founder of Discus Dental – one of the world's leading dental companies, which he helped lead from its inception to more than $1.3 billion in sales. He has transformed the smiles of celebrities such Anthony Hopkins, Hugh Jackman, Michael Strahan, and Mark Wahlberg. He was the only dentist featured on ABC's hit show Extreme Makeover and is currently a recurring guest co-host on the CBS Emmy Awarded daytime talk show, The Doctors. He is also the founder of the non-profit LEAP Foundation, which is a week-long motivational and leadership program taught at UCLA every summer to more than 400 students.   LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS Successful people do what other unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wait for opportunities in life. Make them. When you get an opportunity, don’t take it. Master it. A lot of leaders forget to share their mental image of the final product. Effective leaders need to share the end result.   QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? Copy genius. See what people are doing and do it better. Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Someone who shares, someone who cares, and someone who pairs up with others. What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? What kind of value am I adding? What book would you recommend to leaders? Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Learn so you can earn and then return. As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” Both. “Why not?” is more important to conquer. “Why?”   CONNECT WITH BILL LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drbilldorfman (@drbilldorfman) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drbilldorfman/ (@drbilldorfman) Website: https://www.leapfoundation.com/ (https://www.leapfoundation.com/)   CONNECT WITH JOSH LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Instagram: https://instagram.com/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Email: josh@friedemanleadership.com   Want a FREE list of weekly action steps to improve your leadership? Download the https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (Leadership Action List) TODAY!
Sep 3 2021
27 mins
Lessons from the First Cancer Survivor to Climb Everest with Sean Swarner
Download a year’s worth of https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (weekly action steps to improve your leadership) for FREE!   Sean Swarner used to have the goal of crawling eight feet from the hospital bed to the bathroom. Today, he’s the only person to summit Mt. Everest, the highest peaks on the other six continents, and complete the Hawaii Ironman—all after surviving two deadly cancers. In addition to all that, he has only one lung. He has been voted One of The Top Eight Most Inspirational People Of All Time and is the first cancer survivor to stand on the top of the world.   LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS You have to feel worthy before you have something of value. Don’t look for external reinforcement. Be aware of your GRAILs: Gremlins, Interpretations, Assumptions, and Limiting Beliefs There is fun in difficult things if you look hard enough, even if you have to manufacture it! If you go to bed with an attitude of gratitude, you’re not going to be going to bed worried about everything you didn’t accomplish.     QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? Even during incredibly difficult and stressful times, realize that you are in a passing moment. Have a determined attitude to reach your goal. Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Humble yet confident, focused on bringing out the best quality in others, and a growth/open mindset. What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? Would I want to work with myself/be associated with the person (type of person) that I am? What book would you recommend to leaders? Conquering Your Everest by Sean Swarner (not released as of publish date). If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Fully understand and grasp your personal core values and how to utilize them. As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” “Why not?” because “why?” never changes the situation. “Why not?” potentially opens your mind to possibilities and opportunities as opposed to searching for answers you may never find.   CONNECT WITH SEAN Twitter: https://twitter.com/seanswarner (@seanswarner) LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/seanswarner/ (@seanswarner) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seanswarner/ (@seanswarner) Website: https://www.seanswarner.com/ (https://www.seanswarner.com/) The Big Hill Challenge: https://www.thebighillchallenge.com/ (https://www.thebighillchallenge.com/)   CONNECT WITH JOSH LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Instagram: https://instagram.com/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Email: josh@friedemanleadership.com   Want a FREE list of weekly action steps to improve your leadership? Download the https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (Leadership Action List) TODAY!
Aug 27 2021
23 mins
The Art of Organizational Alignment with Art Johnson
Download a year’s worth of https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (weekly action steps to improve your leadership) for FREE!   Art Johnson is CEO of Infinity Systems, Inc., a management consulting firm where that helps leaders identify and rectify organizational misalignment. Previously, he implemented a strategic plan to improve alignment at Medtronic, the world’s largest medical technology company, enabling it to grow top-line revenue by 13 percent year-over-year in a flat market. His new book is The Art of Alignment: A Data-Driven Approach to Lead Aligned Organizations.   LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS Keep your mission and vision in front of your organization – make it visible, hearable, etc. Be humble enough to look outside your organization to find better ways to do your work. Push decisions down in the org chart so that people who are closest to the problem—those who have the energy and insight to solve the problem—are the ones who also have the power to solve it.   QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? Leaders need to ask more questions than they answer. Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Conscientious, consistent, committed. What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? Where are the rocks in the road? What book would you recommend to leaders? Zapp! The Lightning of Empowerment: How to Improve Quality, Productivity, and Employee Satisfaction by William Byham and Jeff Cox If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Active listening. We often think we As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” Both. “Why not?” helps people challenge axioms. “Why?” is helpful to define why we’ve to particular conclusions.   CONNECT WITH ART Twitter: https://twitter.com/orgametrics (@orgametrics) LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/infinity-systems-inc (@infinity-systems-inc) Website: https://orgametrics.net/ (https://orgametrics.net) Email: http://info@orgametrics.net (info@orgametrics.net)   CONNECT WITH JOSH LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Instagram: https://instagram.com/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Email: josh@friedemanleadership.com   Want a FREE list of weekly action steps to improve your leadership? Download the https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (Leadership Action List) TODAY!
Aug 23 2021
23 mins
How to Write Job Descriptions That Attract Ideal Employees with Angela Lauria
Download a year’s worth of https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (weekly action steps to improve your leadership) for FREE!   Dr. Angela Lauria is the founder of The Author Incubator™ and creator of the Difference Process™ for writing a book that matters. She has been helping people free their inner author since 1994, helping over 1,000 authors-in-transformation write, publish, and promote their books. Angela is a Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best-selling author of 5 books. She has a B.A. and an M.A. in Journalism and Media Affairs from The George Washington University and a PhD in Communications from The European Graduate School and lives in Washington DC.   LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS Your job description should be a love letter to one person. You will attract fewer people but will attract people who are more willing to invest in you. In a job description, describe the candidate: Who the perfect person is for the role, and what the job would do for the person beyond a paycheck. Your business must stand for something in order to attract employees who will be committed. Match a job description that underscores what is important to your ideal employee at that stage in their life.    QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? Be willing to suck! Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Flexible, confident, and courageous. What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? If I were committed to being the best in the world at what I do, what would I be doing now? What book would you recommend to leaders? The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level by Gay Hendricks If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Pick on thing. As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” “Why not?” To be out of the box, you need to ask forgiveness rather than permission.   CONNECT WITH ANGELA Twitter: https://twitter.com/authorincubator (@authorincubator) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorincubator/ (@authorincubator) Website: http://www.TheAuthorIncubator.com (http://www.TheAuthorIncubator.com)   CONNECT WITH JOSH LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Instagram: https://instagram.com/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Email: josh@friedemanleadership.com   Want a FREE list of weekly action steps to improve your leadership? Download the https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (Leadership Action List) TODAY!
Aug 20 2021
26 mins
From College Dropout to Marketing CEO with Mehak Vohra
Download a year’s worth of https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (weekly action steps to improve your leadership) for FREE! Mehak Vohra started her career as a Computer Science student at Purdue University. She dropped out of college at 19 years old and moved to San Francisco. Her goal was to build the most scalable marketing agency in world. She ran Jamocha Media for 4 years, and in her peak she was generating 1-2M views per month on LinkedIn for herself and her clients. In 2019, Mehak decided to start SkillBank, a marketing bootcamp that's completely free upfront. If someone is motivated to land a job in marketing, SkillBank is there to help.   LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS Align your business incentives with your stakeholders’ success. Brainstorm the marketing levers you have access to and test them immediately. Identify where your competitors are having success in their marketing. In addition to marketing, constantly test and iterate in your own life. Work through the GAILs that hold you back – Gremlins, Assumptions, Interpretations, and Limiting beliefs You are your biggest project—constantly test and iterate on yourself.   QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? You have to look at yourself as your greatest project. Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Empathetic, regimented, and healthy. What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? What am I doing this for? What book would you recommend to leaders? Trust Me, I'm Lying by Ryan Holiday If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Start doing. The best way to learn is to put yourself out there and try new things. As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” “Why not?” because you’re finding reasons to say no.   CONNECT WITH MEHAK Twitter: https://twitter.com/themehakvohra (@themehakvohra) Twitter: https://twitter.com/joinskillbank (@joinskillbank) LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mehakvohra/ (@mehakvohra) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/themehakvohra (@themehakvohra) Website: https://www.joinskillbank.com/ (https://www.joinskillbank.com/) Email: http://mehak@joinskillbank.com (mehak@joinskillbank.com)   CONNECT WITH JOSH LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Instagram: https://instagram.com/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Email: josh@friedemanleadership.com   Want a FREE list of weekly action steps to improve your leadership? Download the https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (Leadership Action List) TODAY!
Aug 11 2021
23 mins
How to Engage Employees using Caring Leadership with Heather Younger
Download a year’s worth of https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (weekly action steps to improve your leadership) for FREE!   Heather Younger is a best-selling author, international speaker, consultant, and facilitator who has earned her reputation as “The Employee Whisperer.” She is the CEO and Founder of Employee Fanatix, a leading employee engagement, leadership development, and DEI consulting firm. She firmly believes that employees aren’t just numbers on the payroll but human beings with ideas that matter. She is the host of Leadership with Heart podcast and has been featured in Forbes and Huffpost. Her newest book is called The Art of Caring Leadership: How Leading with Heart Uplifts Teams and Organizations.   LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS Employees should be at the center of what we do in our businesses. You are a byproduct of your past, but you are not defined by it. Evaluate your current success rate in business. Where there is a lack of success, it likely is because of a person. You will likely also identify where there are holes in your development of people. The least expensive path to “get ahead” with employee engagement is to hire people with high emotional intelligence. Get feedback from your employees through 1:1 dedicated time to tell and show people they are important.    QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? Childhood—growing up in a way that created a desire to feel included and important. Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Empathetic, compassionate, and a great communicator. What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? Are there any barriers I can remove for you? What book would you recommend to leaders? Anything by John Maxwell. If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Care more. As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” “Why?” because it is absolutely crucial to feel motivated to take the next step.   CONNECT WITH HEATHER Twitter: https://twitter.com/HeatherRYounger (@HeatherRYounger) LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/heatheryounger (@HeatherYounger) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/heatherryoungerofficial/ (@HeatherRYoungerOfficial) Website: https://theartofcaringleadership.com/ (https://theartofcaringleadership.com/)   CONNECT WITH JOSH LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Instagram: https://instagram.com/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Email: josh@friedemanleadership.com   Want a FREE list of weekly action steps to improve your leadership? Download the https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (Leadership Action List) TODAY!
Aug 9 2021
22 mins
9 Steps to Your Extraordinary Life with Peter Ruppert
Download a year’s worth of https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (weekly action steps to improve your leadership) for FREE!   Peter Ruppert is founder and CEO of i-Education Group, which operates over 75 Fusion and Futures Academies for grades 6-12 in one-student, one-teacher classroom environments. Over the past 20 years, he has opened over 120 schools and acquired more than 25 others. His experience in education spans president and CEO roles of organizations in the private school, charter school, and early education industries. He also served as a public school board member in his local community. His new book is called Limitless: Nine Steps to Launch Your One Extraordinary Life.   LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS Nine Traits of a Champion: 1.Win the battle in your head 2. Find and follow a passion 3. Dream big… then make it bigger! 4. Find a champion in your life 5. Take the first step 6. Fail often 7. Be courageous 8. Never, ever give up 9. Live As we get older, the negative voice inside our head tends to have more influence than the positive voice. Unleash the positive voice in your head more often. List out your positive traits to make yourself be more aware of the positive. Write down three victories from every day to train your mind toward positivity. Our vision and limit us or make us limitless. Many people fail to start. If you have a dream, commit it to paper and take the first step.   QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? “As above, so below.” An organization is often the mirror image of a leader. Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Visionary, confidence, and supportive of his team. What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? Do I have people around me who are better than I am at what they do. You do not want to be the smartest person in the room. What book would you recommend to leaders? 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Think bigger. Organizations are limited by the vision of their leaders. As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” “Why not?” It talks about possibilities – the opportunities are endless.   CONNECT WITH PETE Website: http://www.peteruppert.com/ (http://www.peteruppert.com) Email: http://pruppert@fusionacademy.com (pruppert@fusionacademy.com)   CONNECT WITH JOSH LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Instagram: https://instagram.com/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Email: josh@friedemanleadership.com   Want a FREE list of weekly action steps to improve your leadership? Download the https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (Leadership Action List) TODAY!
Jul 30 2021
24 mins
Develop Your Sphere of Silence with Vijay Eswaran
Download a year’s worth of https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (weekly action steps to improve your leadership) for FREE!   Vijay Eswaran is a successful entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and philanthropist as well as the author of the best-selling book In the Sphere of Silence. He is the founder of a multimillion-dollar global business and is a well-known thought leader in Asia who has been listed in Forbes as one of Asia’s Top 50 philanthropists. He is also on the advisory board of the World Economic Forum’s Global Growth Companies and a regular speaker at WEF’s annual meeting in Davos.   LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS Think, observe, listen, and breathe twice as much as you speak. A beggar lives from meal to meal. A farm worker lives from week to week. A landlord lives from month to month. A nobleman lives from year to year. A king lives at least a decade at a time. An emperor lives a hundred years at a time – planning for three generations. Silence helps you differentiate between the important and the urgent. If what you are doing today has an impact in five years, it is important. If what you are doing today has an impact in ten years, you have begun your life’s journey. During your time of silence, there are three segments: 1. Do a post-mortem on what you could have done better yesterday, look at the day ahead, then plan for the week and year. 2. Do 10-20 minutes of reading from material that will change your thinking and make a difference in your life. 3. Spend 5-10 minutes of prayer or meditation. Have a group in your organization (Plan B) that essentially competes against your main business (Plan A). The role of a contrarian is very important. Find the contrarians around you and hear what they have to say.   QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? Be the change you want to see in the world. Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Someone who is always there, someone who leads from the front, and someone who stands for the principles he believes in. What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? Am I better than who I was yesterday? What book would you recommend to leaders? The Story of My Experiments with Truth by Mahatma Gandhi If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Take an hour to yourself every day in the morning. As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” “Why not?” There are no limitations to what you can achieve.   CONNECT WITH VIJAY ESWARAN Twitter: https://twitter.com/vjayeswaran (@vjayeswaran) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vijayeswaran/ (@vijayeswaran) YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/VijayEswaran (@vijayeswaran)   CONNECT WITH JOSH LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Instagram: https://instagram.com/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Email: josh@friedemanleadership.com   Want a FREE list of weekly action steps to improve your leadership? Download the https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (Leadership Action List) TODAY!
Jul 28 2021
26 mins
7 Principles for Navigating a Changing World with Paul Napper.
Download a year’s worth of https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (weekly action steps to improve your leadership) for FREE!   Paul Napper helps business leaders increase their effectiveness through focusing and strengthening their agency as leaders. His client list includes Fortune 500 companies, financial firms, non-profit organizations, universities, and start-ups. He is the co-author of The Power of Agency: The 7 Principles to Conquer Obstacles, Make Effective Decisions, and Create a Life on Your Own Terms.   LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS Agency is the thing that allows us to make the right kinds of choices in our lives and live life on our own terms. Two primary “buckets” for agency: Our behaviors and our thinking/processing of emotions. 3 Behavioral principles: 1. Control stimuli. To have agency, you must control the amount of stimuli you expose yourself to. 2. Associate selectively. Surround yourself with people who will make you better. 3. Manage yourself through movement. Move, eat, sleep well. 4 Cognitive principles: 4. Position yourself as a learner. Ask questions about the world, other people, yourself. 5. Manage your emotions and beliefs. Update your story as you need to. If you see yourself as a victim, etc., you will build a life around that belief. NOTE: Values don’t change much in life, but beliefs do. 6. Check your intuition. This is a learned skill and the primary mode by which we make day-to-day decisions. 7. Deliberate then act. Slow down and think through important decisions before making them… but don’t just deliberate! Agency allows us to adapt. There’s no such thing as bad weather… just bad gear! We have the capacity to develop more agency. Instead of doing this, many look for external hacks (medication, etc.). We are all struggling to adapt, so do the work of developing agency in your life.   QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? We tell ourselves stories in order to live. Humans live in the stories they construct for their lives, and we’re in a constant act of creating and re-creating those stories. Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Creative, thoughtful, and measured. What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? How did you arrive at that point of view? What book would you recommend to leaders? The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth by Amy Edmondson If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Slow down, reflect more, and make sure you’re giving adequate time to the most important decisions you need to make. As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” “Why?” is always a critical question, and “why not?” is just the other side of the coin. They are both important.   CONNECT WITH PAUL LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drpaulnapper/ (@drpaulnapper) Website: https://powerofagency.com (https://powerofagency.com)   CONNECT WITH JOSH LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Instagram: https://instagram.com/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Email: josh@friedemanleadership.com   Want a FREE list of weekly action steps to improve your leadership? Download the https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (Leadership Action List) TODAY!
Jun 4 2021
30 mins
The Superpower of Leader Humility with Marilyn Gist
Download a year’s worth of https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (weekly action steps to improve your leadership) for FREE!   Dr. Marilyn Gist is an expert on leader development. Her academic career spans the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Washington, and Seattle University. She speaks and consults with organizations worldwide, including Boeing, AT&T, and NASA. Her new book is The Extraordinary Power of Leader Humility: Thriving Organizations—Great Results.   LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS Three questions people ask you as a leader: Who are you? Where are we going? Do you see me? Great leaders often have steel spines paired with a clear sense of other people’s dignity. Even humble leaders may have an idea of humility that suggests weakness rather than supporting others’ dignity.   QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? Learning from mistakes by watching other leaders. Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Visionary, emotionally mature, and inclusive. What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? Do I have a good handle on how I am seen by others? What book would you recommend to leaders? Leadership and Self Deception by Arbinger Institute If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Focus on relationship. Leading means relationship. Have a relationship with every stakeholder group. As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” “Why not?” This is about the vision piece—looking beyond “what is.”   CONNECT WITH MARILYN Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarilynGistPhD (@MarilynGistPHD) LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marilyngistphd/ (@MarilynGistPHD) Website: https://www.marilyngist.com/ (https://www.marilyngist.com/)   CONNECT WITH JOSH LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Instagram: https://instagram.com/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Email: josh@friedemanleadership.com   Want a FREE list of weekly action steps to improve your leadership? Download the https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (Leadership Action List) TODAY!
May 28 2021
26 mins
Take Your Lean Systems to the Next Level with Sean Fields and Michael Sanders
Download a year’s worth of https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (weekly action steps to improve your leadership) for FREE!   Sean Fields and Michael Sanders are the authors of Quantum Lean: Taking Lean Systems to the Next Level.   Sean has over 30 years of experience in a variety of industries, working in many different phases of business. He is a network member of the nonprofit organization BeehiveFund, which assists companies with production scheduling, inventory control, and developing quality-management systems.   Michael has worked in every phase of the supply chain, including as CEO and president of food, energy, distribution, and high-tech firms. He is also the cofounder of BeehiveFund. He is sought for his expertise in negotiation, organizational psychology, Six Sigma, quality systems, and regulatory compliance.   LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS Most people use Lean as LAME (Lean as Mainly Experienced). Quantum Lean Lean is system of continual improvement primarily focused on efficiency and effectiveness. Lean allows businesses to have the best in quality, speed, and cost. Everything comes down to product. If you focus on product, profit will follow. Focusing on product for the customer does not have to hurt organizational culture or employee satisfaction.   QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? Sean: Your leadership can be derived from three sources: Your persuasion, your knowledge, and your formal authority. Formal authority is the least powerful, and you shouldn’t need to rely on it. Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Michael: Understanding of people, and understanding of circumstances imposed on followers, and an identifier of the core objective. What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? Sean: Is what I’m doing ultimately beneficial to the product or service my organization is providing? What book would you recommend to leaders? Michael: The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New by Michael D. Watkins If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Sean: Make sure you feed the troops – do your people have the tools, information, and materials they need to do their jobs? Michael: Commit, don’t just support change. As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” Michael: “Why?” immediately followed by “how?” This is critically important to help build, think, and perform. Sean: Personality determines which is better. Those who do stuff without questioning should as “why?” but those who always find a reason not to do things should as “why not?”   CONNECT WITH SEAN Email: s.fields@beehivefund.org LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sean-fields-21290b45/ (@SeanFields) Website: https://www.beehivefund.org (https://www.beehivefund.org) Book: https://www.beehivefund.org/home/book-quantum-lean/ (https://www.beehivefund.org/home/book-quantum-Lean/)   CONNECT WITH MICHAEL Email: michael@beehivefund.org LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-michael-sanders-8049a290/ (@MichaelSanders)   CONNECT WITH JOSH LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Instagram: https://instagram.com/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Email: josh@friedemanleadership.com   Want a FREE list of weekly action steps to improve your leadership? Download the https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (Leadership Action List) TODAY!2
May 19 2021
33 mins
A CEO Does Only Three Things with Trey Taylor
Download a year’s worth of https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (weekly action steps to improve your leadership) for FREE!   Trey is the Managing Director of Trinity-Blue, a consultancy whose clients seek to achieve greater clarity, focus, and results from within the C-Suite. A lawyer by training, a Venture Capitalist by career, and a family man by choice, Trey has a large following in C-Suites around the country. He is the author of A CEO Does Only Three Things: Finding Your Focus in the C-Suite.   LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS Our only moral imperative is to be the person we needed when we were younger. Life provides you teachers when you’re ready to learn. The difference between good leaders and great leaders is that a GREAT leader can see the gifts in others before they see them in themselves. When you can see something on someone else before they set it, it is your responsibility to then call out that gift. A CEO only does three things: Culture, People, and Numbers. You are probably doing things other people could be doing better. For all three of these things, set the agenda and be the guiding light. In all three of these areas, overcommunicate progress or lack thereof so that everyone knows what needs to be done. Before you even look at your email, take one action in each of the areas of culture, people, and numbers. Do an absolute brain dump – an inventory of every open loop in your life. Work on-purpose, not off-purpose. Look at how much work you’re doing that is more properly delegated.   QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? Being an active observer and self-referencer of successful leaders. Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” People-focused, culture-focused, and numbers-focused. What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? What would you do in my situation? What book would you recommend to leaders? Mastery by Robert Greene If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Create a list of the three major things you want to accomplish for each day. As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” “Why?” In asking “why,” you can find out how people are orienting daily tasks with an internal sense of purpose.   CONNECT WITH TREY LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/treytaylor/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/treytaylor/) Website: https://www.trinity-blue.com (https://www.trinity-blue.com) Email: trey@trinity-blue.com   CONNECT WITH JOSH LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Instagram: https://instagram.com/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Email: josh@friedemanleadership.com   Want a FREE list of weekly action steps to improve your leadership? Download the https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (Leadership Action List) TODAY!
May 14 2021
27 mins
Five Lessons to Lead Like John Wooden with Jason Lavin
Download a year’s worth of https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (weekly action steps to improve your leadership) for FREE!   Jason Lavin is a coach, speaker, and CEO with more than 25 years of experience enhancing the performance of individuals, teams, and organizations. As president of The John R. Wooden Course and CEO of Golden Communications, Lavin helps organizations—from youth sports teams to Fortune 100 companies—refine their values, mission, and vision. Jason is co-author of Coach 'Em Way Up: 5 Lessons for Leading the John Wooden Way.   LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS Most high-performing people can point to that coach or mentor in their life (besides their parents) who showed them they could do something they didn’t think they could do. The five lessons for leading the John Wooden way: 1. The quality of your thinking 2. The example you set 3. How you teach 4. How you lead 5. How you mentor. The quality of your thinking is defined by your values—what are you thinking about when you get up every morning? When identifying your own values, use the cornerstones of the Pyramid of Success: Industriousness and enthusiasm. Winning is a result of your values rather than a value itself. According to coach Wooden, true success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do your best to become the best you are capable of becoming. If you want a daily masterpiece, it starts by living your values on a daily basis. Give immediate feedback when you see a need for improvement. But do it in a way that shows interest in the other person’s development. John Wooden’s definition of leadership: The ability to get individuals to work together for the common good and for the best possible results while at the same time letting them know they did it themselves.     QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? Make each day your masterpiece. Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Empathetic, confident/courageous, and fair. What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? Can you teach character? (Yes.) What book would you recommend to leaders? Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Take the Pyramid of Success Personal Assessment. As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” “Why not?” Failing is a good thing.   CONNECT WITH JASON Twitter: https://twitter.com/woodencourse (@woodencourse) LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonlavin (@jasonlavin) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/woodencourse/ (@woodencourse) Website: https://coachemwayup.com (https://coachemwayup.com)   CONNECT WITH JOSH LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Instagram: https://instagram.com/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Email: josh@friedemanleadership.com   Want a FREE list of weekly action steps to improve your leadership? Download the https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (Leadership Action List) TODAY!
May 5 2021
28 mins
Finding Intrapreneurs for Your Organization with Molly McGrath
Download a year’s worth of https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (weekly action steps to improve your leadership) for FREE!   Molly McGrath is a podcaster, decade-long blogger, and two-time Amazon #1 Best Selling Author. Since the late nineties, Molly has coached, consulted and directed presidents and founders of national organizations and over 4,000 small business owners in executive-level leadership, continuous improvement, and team empowerment initiatives to infiltrate new markets, leveraging partner ecosystems and producing profitability.   LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS An intrapreneur is someone who comes with proposed solutions rather than constant problems. They have ownership in their bones, even if they don’t have an actual stake in the business. People often have a “sleeping giant” in their business. If you have an open culture where people have the permission and platform to speak up, be sure to search for high-potential people you may have overlooked. When looking for intrapreneurs, ask powerful questions then pause and listen. If someone begins to pour forth ideas, you have found that right person. Develop an employee growth plan rather than performance reviews. This includes a self-evaluation combined with impact goals that align with both their professional growth and the company’s goals.   QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? A confused mind says “no.” Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Upfront, out front, and wholly responsible for their communication and the energy they leave in every interaction and room. What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? How am I doing? What book would you recommend to leaders? Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Joseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson, and Ron McMillan If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Do a weekly self-management meeting every Sunday before starting the work week. As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” “Why not?” this overcomes the response/attitude of “I (or we) can’t.”   CONNECT WITH MOLLY LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/molly-hall/ (@molly-hall) Website: https://hiringandempowering.com/ (https://hiringandempowering.com/) Email: molly@hiringandempowering.com   CONNECT WITH JOSH LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Instagram: https://instagram.com/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Email: josh@friedemanleadership.com   Want a FREE list of weekly action steps to improve your leadership? Download the https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (Leadership Action List) TODAY!
Apr 16 2021
26 mins
Leading Start-Up Organizations with Joseph Fung
Download a year’s worth of https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (weekly action steps to improve your leadership) for FREE!   Joseph Fung is the CEO of Uvaro, a tech sales career accelerator and Kiite, a sales enablement platform purpose-built to provide sales teams with the information they need when they need it. Joseph is a repeat founder and CEO and speaks frequently on the topics of sales leadership, diversity, and corporate social responsibility. He is an active early-stage investor who ensures that the majority of his investments are into women-led companies. Joseph also sits on the boards of Communitech, the Golden Triangle Angel Network, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.   LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS Ask questions to help people reframe their assumptions about what is possible. Think about what’s important early on because it will have an impact on your future. Early on, it’s tempting to piecemeal. Do things right from the beginning, and you won’t have to worry about negative long-term effects of haphazard operations. Processes and systems are extremely valuable. Pay attention to what people are doing at levels above you and learn from them. Leaders often start with confidence, mature into a position of fear, then return to a position of confidence. Be rigorous in the way you define your cultural values – including the second- and third-order processes that are influenced by those values. Throw away the term “culture fit” and instead look for “culture add.” Your values are as aspirational as your vision.   QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? Feedback is a gift. Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Open to new information, self-aware, and led by their own convictions. What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? What should/will I do when X happens? What book would you recommend to leaders? Leaders Under Fire: The CEO's Survival Guide to Navigating Corporate Crisis by Jeff Chatterton and Conway Fraser If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Ask your team for anonymous feedback regularly (build that muscle before you get to a crisis situation!) As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” Both. “Why?” keeps you in focus and on-point, but “why not?” will help you remove barriers and uncover paths of growth.   CONNECT WITH JOSEPH Twitter: https://twitter.com/uvarolife (@uvarolife) LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/school/uvaro (@uvaro) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uvaro.life/ (@uvaro.life) YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/uvaro (@uvaro) Website: https://uvaro.com (https://uvaro.com) Email: joseph@uvaro.com   CONNECT WITH JOSH LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Instagram: https://instagram.com/joshuafriedeman (@joshuafriedeman) Email: josh@friedemanleadership.com   Want a FREE list of weekly action steps to improve your leadership? Download the https://www.leadershipactionlist.com/ (Leadership Action List) TODAY!
Apr 7 2021
28 mins

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