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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.

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In this episode, Jules Breslin, new Leadership Engagement Director for the Talent Magnet Institute, interview’s TMI’s CEO and Co-Founder, Mike Sipple Jr., and they discuss an exciting membership opportunity for leaders who are ready to transform their impact as a leader.  Mike and Jules discuss: Why the Talent Magnet Institute incorporates a holistic approach to professional development (5:32) What makes the Talent Magnet Institute different than other leadership consultant firms (6:22) Why it’s even more important that leaders invest now,  during a pandemic, when budgets for support are being cut. (10:17)  “Time is your scarcest resource...What if you had a platform that catered to your time...your efficiency... your productivity, and your leadership?”   Mike Sipple, Jr. (11:39) Mike and Jules discuss how the TMI approach to leadership development allows leaders to make the impact they desire now.  Mike says the Talent Magnet Institute membership is for, “Leaders who are ‘woke.’” (15:59) Listen Now!  Make the investment that will transform the trajectory of your leadership journey. The cart will only be open for a short time.  Get more details about becoming a Talent Magnet Institute Founding Member here or ask Mike a question on Speakpipe now!  #leadership #leadingwell #talentmagnet #makeanimpact
This week, Mike invites his dad, Mike Sipple Sr. into the studio to give you perspective of the Talent Magnet Institute’s mission in helping leaders lead well in relationships, work, community and life.  Where did this come from?  Listen now to hear the story.   Mike Sr. shares how the catastrophic event of 9/11 shaped Centennial’s vision for serving their search clients better, and how that has transformed 20 years later into what we now know as the Talent Magnet Institute, with Mike Jr. as Chief Executive. (1:40) “Our R&D comes from an organization that serves organizations, that listens to organizations and serves people, most importantly.” Mike Sipple Jr. (13:16)  Mike Sr. shares his pivotal experiences and lessons learned with leaders through the years who have had an impact on his own leadership style. (10:09, 19:37) “We all influence others in our lives.” Mike Sipple Sr. (21:55)  Mike Jr. shares what he has learned over the years in this work and why he is so passionate about helping leaders lead well. (23:03)  Listen now for key insights!  “This isn’t about your identity tied into work.  This is about your identity as a human.” Mike Sipple, Jr. (13:50) To find out more about how to get involved in the Talent Magnet Institute Leadership Community, go to www.TalentMagnetCommunity.com #talentmagnet #leadership #leadwell
This week Mike discusses leadership strategy with Talent Magnet Institute Board Member and investor Daniel Wachter.  Daniel shares his unique perspectives on leadership from the viewpoint of leading during a merger.  Mergers can be sticky territory for leaders.  Daniel’s conversation with Mike sheds light on the challenges and solutions that can be applied during times of change. They also discuss how these lessons are relevant to many situations leaders face today.  Daniel tells us his best practices for maneuvering through transition that mergers naturally possess, such as:  Navigating international regulations (1:56) How to stay focused on growth during a merger (4:10) Communicating change and merging two competing cultures into one (8:30) Daniel tells Mike what he feels are a leader’s core responsibilities, especially during change. (10:44)  LISTEN NOW for key strategies that lead to success in times of change. Mike and Daniel discuss the value that the Talent Magnet Institute has provided for him and why he is so passionate about supporting its endeavors. (14:13) “Business is people...With people comes the possibility, opportunity and necessity of leadership.”  Daniel Wachter (12:58)  Daniel also has invested in the start up Innovation Girls.  Hear why he feels this is an important step to increase the amount of female leaders, and how Innovation Girls is creating that pipeline. (20:12) Mike and Daniel share a sneak peek into Mike’s next conversation with Daniel coming in a few weeks.  Daniel’s passion for music inspired him to serve on the Board of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.  In his next episode, they discuss the power of the orchestra conductor and Daniel’s analogy for great leadership. (29:30) Share your feedback, questions and comments! Click here to record your message!  Join the Podcast Community on Facebook and continue the conversation here.  Listen to Daniel’s earlier episode: Episode #9: Making Leadership Scalable with Daniel Wachter #leadership #talentmagnet #innovationgirls #leadingwell #leadwell
This week, guest host Don Frericks kicks off his Extraordinary Leader series.  Don is a Faculty Member of the Talent Magnet Institute and author of Best Boss Ever.  In this episode he interviews Keith Hawk, an accomplished sales executive, public speaker and co-author with Michael Boland of the book Get Real Selling. This conversation is a must for anyone who aspires to lead well and really cares about people-centered business practices.  Don and Keith review how Keith rose through the ranks of a large data management organization and what he feels contributed to his success at each level. (5:57) “I think it’s important to constantly develop ourselves, our strengths, our skill, work on our weaknesses, understand what we’re good at...and then when opportunity arises be the kind of person that people want to work with.” Keith Hawk (8:13) Keith shares his success tips about clarity and how that motivates people to do their best work. (10:21) Keith also shares the one element of communication that will earn you more respect than anything else you do. (12:12)  LISTEN NOW to find out what that is!  Don and Keith discuss myths about being a leader (15:41) and how to navigate (and learn from) bad leaders. (17:29) They also share a list of common denominators great leaders possess and how those aspects move business to greater heights.  He discusses details about these issues leaders face everyday:  The power of being optimistic as a leader. Hear how to be optimistic without being unrealistic. (18:39) His tried and true best practices for helping middle managers lead well. (27:45) What to communicate and how to do it effectively. (28:48) “It’s the duty of the leader to be in a good mood...I am in the optimism business.  It really is important for us always to see that there is another way to succeed.”  Keith Hawk (24:59) Keith shares his insight about leadership development and changing priorities in organizations in the new era of COVID-19, (36:02) as well as tips for leaders who want to continue their leadership journey even when budget cuts occur.  (42:54) You can follow Keith on Twitter @DKHawk30.  Stay tuned for the next Extraordinary Leaders Episode with Don Frericks!  #bestbossever #getrealselling #leadership #leadwell #talentmagnet
This week Mike talks with Alandes Powell, Vice President of Business Controls at Fifth Third Bank.  They discuss the key skills leaders need to manage people, and how to use these skills to transform business in the future.  Alandes is passionate about helping leaders understand that people from different parts of the business will have different perspectives.  She shares key ideas about:  How to ask the right questions to get the information you need to lead well (5:45) How to be okay with not having all the answers (8:10) Making mistakes and course-correcting as fast as possible (11:18) Alandes says that leaders must create an environment that encourages people to raise their hand when they see something that doesn’t fit the company’s core values.  This is true courage in leadership. “Leaders have to learn how to tell people what to do without telling them what to do, because we are all adults.  One way to do that is to be honest with people...about the decisions [you] are making and why [you] are making it.  Course correct when [you] do something wrong, but have the courage to do something.”  Alandes Powell (11:18) Alandes shares her mindset shifts every leader needs to consider to lead well in the future. (20:23) She calls leaders to action to build policies now that will guide their workforce to make sound, safe decisions about coming to work again. (26:29) LISTEN NOW to hear her suggestions on how to make it happen and what to consider.  In regards to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I), Alandes and Mike discuss how leaders can set a new precedence in their organizations while so much change is taking place.  For example, instead of cutting DE&I, think about how it can serve your organization on a broader scale.  In addition, leaders need to consider how their policies and structure line up with their core values.  Alandes give leaders permission to make mistakes, and course-correct if they realize they made some decisions that don’t line up with their values. (41:18) “We’re going to get some things wrong.  We’re not perfect.  Even in a boardroom we are not perfect.” (41:28)  When asked for any closing tips, Alandes says leaders need to acknowledge that  mid-level managers are the key to people-centered business. Educating them on how to be honest, transparent, uplifting, compassionate, and flexible will help everyone stay accountable to your organization’s overarching goals.  (43:26) Claim your free resource COVID-19 Return To Work Compass HERE!  #leadingwell #talentmagnet #progressnotperfection #wfh
This week Mike talks with Executive Coach Elaine Suess.  She is the President of Beyond Being, an Executive and Leadership Coaching practice.  Elaine shares her coaching tips regarding how to move forward after a crisis.   Elaine shares a tactical model she uses, DSRO, and how it gives leaders a process to work through complicated challenges and goals.  (2:50) Everyone is dealing with challenges right now.  Elaine shares her 2 biggest steps leaders can make towards Reset as well as pivots leaders need to make right now. (5:34) Speaking into courageous leadership, Elaine shares how to build confidence and trust in your teams. (9:55)  “The more vulnerable we are, the more vulnerable our people will be.  It gives them tacit permission to mirror our own behaviors.” (10:44) Elaine Suess What strengths do you need to tap into now?  Elaine shares her insights from working with top leaders who were ready to upskill.  Listen now for these tips:  What strengths do you need to tap into (11:24) How to create momentum with small wins (14:07) Tools for resetting, decision making, and upskilling (15:23) How to reframe uncomfortable conversations to create a healthier organization (21:04) Elaine shares her “virtuous cycle of learning” process, overcoming limiting beliefs, and how they have positively changed the performance of her clients. (17:03) “It doesn’t matter whether you’re the CEO or leading from the middle, it doesn’t matter if you’re male or female, everybody has limiting beliefs that keep them from being the best possible leader and human being that they want to be and can be.” (22:42) Elaine Suess Other practical advice Elaine shares with listeners:  What does it mean to lead as a coach? (25:21) How to create a higher degree of accountability across your organization (30:35) What is really holding people back from their best selves (42:51) Qualities of leaders who create team success (45:39) Mike and Elaine close this episode with a challenge to all leaders to ask themselves: “What is your focus toward the future regarding goals, mindset, and resiliency.  (50:50)   Listen NOW to this tactical and inspiring conversation!  #courageousleadership #talentmagnet #leadership #successinleadership
This week Mike kicks off an upcoming series with long-time mentor and Talent Magnet Institute Faculty member Don Frericks. Don recently published his book, Best Boss Ever: The 5 Steps To Rapidly Develop Yourself Into The Leader Everyone Wants To Follow.  Mike and Don begin this discussion with resources for leaders who’s organizations are wondering whether they should revise their leadership development initiatives.  (1:15) Don shares his insights about:  What qualities make some leaders irresistible to follow?  How are leaders most effectively developed?  What defines an extraordinary leader? (4:42) Listen NOW and SUBSCRIBE to get notifications about future episodes featuring Don’s interviews with top notch leaders from around the world. In this series with Don,  Hear leaders’ stories and the qualities that consistently show up to make them stand out as extraordinary What it takes to accelerate development What the future of leadership development looks like, especially in times of crisis and challenge. (7:31) Don also shares some practical tips from his book. (12:59)  See below for links to other episodes featuring Don, and SUBSCRIBE NOW so you don’t miss an episode!  Episode #22: What Makes Leaders Extraordinary with Don Frericks Episode 104: Character Traits of Enduring Leaders with Don Frericks #bestbossever #talentmagnet #leadership #extraordinaryleadership
This week’s episode is very timely to the national conversation at large, even though it was recorded on May 5, 2020, three weeks before the unrest surrounding the death of George Floyd.   Mike has an insightful conversation about diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) with Talent Magnet Institute Faculty member Priya Klocek and Eugene Partridge, Director of Procurement Operations for Paycor.  They discuss:  Acknowledgment of  privilege without guilt Definitions of Inclusion and Equity Using the advantage of a quickly changing environment to uplevel DE&I priorities This is another MUST episode for anyone who wants to lead well in relationships, work, community and life.  Listen NOW!  Mike, Eugene and Priya start the conversation by calling on organizational leaders to have conversations with their workforce so everyone can perform at their highest ability and feel supported. (6:39) Eugene shares his insights about the challenges that people face while working from home, for example, something as simple as a space to work like a home office. (8:43)  Priya reinforces his points by calling out the things many people have taken for granted. (11:07) She shares a story about a recent trip to the grocery store that had a profound effect on her awareness of privilege. (12:19) Listen to her story NOW! Mike asks Eugene and Priya how leaders can take the lessons from the current pandemic crisis, to create change and advance the betterment of all people. Priya says, “Stereotypes are being rewritten” (16:12) and urges leaders to be more aware about the assumptions that they make. (46:26)  Listen to her insights NOW!   “We are changing the narrative as we are moving forward...we’ve changed under stress, but as the stress starts to pull back, are we going to go back to the old things? Or, or are we going to truly stick with the new behavior, policies, procedures, to see the value they are bringing to the table.”  Priya Klocek (18:25) Eugene challenges leaders to become “change agents,” to commit to pulling the best out of their talent. He calls on them to consider their unconscious biases while recruiting, and take time to plan for more effective DE&I on all levels of business. (27:01, 42:18) “Thirty-three percent of hiring managers know if they are going to hire you within the first 90 seconds of the conversation.” Eugene Partridge (49:58) Eugene asks leaders to address how bias and the idea of “culture fit” is inadvertently homogenizing their workforce. He shares insight about the value diversity of thought brings to an organization. (51:04) Mike, Eugene and Priya ask, “How are you going to pivot” when DE&I becomes essential to all dimensions of the future of work?  Listen NOW! If you’d like to talk to Mike about how you can address DE&I thoughtfully, send him a message via Speakpipe!  Click here.  #talentmagnet #diversity #inclusion #equity #leadership #privilege
This week Mike and Julie Bauke, Talent Magnet Institute Faculty member and Chief Career Advisor of The Bauke Group, have an honest conversation about managing layoffs and furloughs.  They discuss  The do’s and dont’s of communication,  Best practices for long-term culture preservation, and  4 keys every leader needs to address when reducing their workforce.   This tactical discussion is a must for everyone who aspires to lead successfully in relationships, work, community, and life.   Mike and Julie begin with what NOT to do and voice concerns about how so many organizations are reacting to the pandemic crisis. They share their best practices on the healthy way to make quick, difficult decisions. (2:25)  Julie and Mike emphasize that leaders need to be aware of the long-term impact uncompassionate layoffs have on an organization, and how to look at workforce reduction strategically. (7:22) “What you do today will affect your brand as an employer for years to come. Period. End of story.”  Julie Bauke (7:41) Julie and Mike share their 4 keys to preserving your organization’s values and culture:  Communication planning and what NEVER to do when laying people off (9:23) “Everybody can handle handing out bonus checks, but where leadership really, really is impactful and long lasting is...in times of crisis.” Julie Bauke (15:47) Transparency and how to communicate after a less-than-ideal scenario (13:32) Listen NOW, then reach out to Mike via Speakpipe and get honest feedback before making your next move. Using your human resources: What is appropriate when asking for input from your workforce in the decision-making process (16:03) “Every time we can help our people know they are part of the solution and their voice is meaningful, and their opinion and thoughts matter, it makes [them] further gravitate to that organization.” Mike Sipple, Jr. (19:02) Mike and Julie share unique, low-cost ways to effectively communicate with furloughed employees, leverage PR and already existing resources. (19:58) Utilizing external advisors to develop unique solutions to reduce your workforce compassionately. (26:35) Julie says, “We have to be willing to reach out for help.  There’s nothing to be gained at this point by being stoic and ‘I can handle it,’ because all pieces of our world are shaking right now.” (28:22) Mike and Julie answer questions from the live broadcast and address subjects such as:  How do you prepare your workforce for bad news? (32:55) Maintaining morale before and after workforce reduction (39:55) Benefits of taking this time to reallocate people and energy to “parking lot” projects (42:51) Little things organizations are doing to express appreciation, help their people have fun and even laugh during meetings.  Listen NOW!  Click here to get your copy of the Talent Magnet Institute  COVID-19: Return To Work Compass  #leadership #talentmagnet #becomeatalentmagnet #culture #workforcereduction #layoffs #covid19
This is a special extra edition of the Talent Magnet Institute with a personal message from Mike Sipple Jr. about the importance of working towards anti-racism in our organizations, and some suggestions for how to do that work.
This week Mike discusses real life communication issues of leaders all over the world and their impact on business with Becky Scheeler, Executive Vice President at Centennial, Inc. Becky imparts a lot of wisdom in this episode, so be sure to listen NOW!  Early on, Becky says: “leaders really need to communicate in a very clear, concise way,” always keeping the end goal in mind.  (3:03)  She implores leaders to ask, “What do I want my audience to walk away from this [conversation] with?” (4:07) She shares the DO’s of communication (3:27), and the DON’Ts, too. (6:53) Mike and Becky both understand the pressures and mindset of leaders well, and know that they have to be working many months and years in the future, beyond where their managers may be.  Becky offers highly effective communication tactics leaders can do to take to keep the vision and help everyone in the organization moving in the same direction. (15:39) Other nuggets of wisdom include:  Why questions are a leader’s most powerful tool (21:31) Tactics to stay in “growth mindset” while responding to constant change (24:21)  What leaders can do at any level of an organization when your culture doesn’t embrace transparency and authenticity (26:42, 44:09) 3 relationship processes that have proven successful through the years (28:09) Mike and Becky agree that what, how and when leaders communicate is key to a successful talent cycle and overall engaged culture.   “So many organizations see turnover, and if they would just ask questions to understand why...they would change workflows...and they may offer benefits differently to actually help their people be successful, not just in work, but in life, too.” (35:56) Mike Sipple, Jr.  Mike shares reflections from a recent company-wide meeting where his dad, Mike Sr., imparted his lessons about economic downturns.  Based on past experience, he says this is what we should expect in the next 3 years. (36:54) Mike and Becky have had the privilege of talking to leaders around the world.  Mike shares the common denominators in these conversations from a wide array of industries.  (41:45) Finally, Becky shares her key tips for leaders. (53:38) LISTEN NOW!  Learn more about membership opportunities at https://www.talentmagnetinstitute.com/join #talentmagnet #leadership #leadwell #leadingincrisis
This week Mike invites two local leaders to discuss the importance of early childhood education and childcare in talent retention and the talent lifecycle.  This conversation includes tactical concepts for leaders.  Shannon Starkey-Taylor is the CEO of Learning Grove (formerly Children, Inc., which recently merged with Cincinnati Early Learning Centers, Inc.) and Jordan Huizenga is the Vice President of Development.  Learn about what your organization can do to help non-profits in innovative ways. It’s not always about writing a check. (9:00)  Mike explains how the ripple effect of the ever-changing manufacturing landscape affects talent needs, and its direct association with childcare accessibility.  (17:39) “Now is when your core values and culture shows up.”  Mike Sipple, Jr. (19:03) In their discussion about what kids need right now, Shannon offers 5 tips for parents working from home, the value of teachers right now, as well as how and why to incorporate that connection in a virtual world. (19:58) The discussion switches gears to focus on what leaders can do to lead well, support their talent in general, and support those who have children.  They discuss: Ways to communicate proactively and encouraging the use of Employee Assistance Programs (27:25) Suggestions for retention in high-turnover industries, especially for talent that might earn more money on “turbo-charged” unemployment (36:59) The importance of organizations supporting early childhood education (45:54) What employers need to know about childcare Policy that they probably don’t know (46:25) LISTEN NOW!  Resource: COVID-19: Back to Work #talentmagnet #earlychildhooded #learninggrove #leadership #leadingwell
This week Mike discusses mindset strategies with Executive Coach and author Paul Heagen.  They discuss:  How to find middle ground between optimism and pessimism (2:09)  Taking advantage of unique opportunities for self-reflection (10:04) Re-defining your leadership legacy (23:33) Listen NOW for inspiration about how the pandemic can reshape your perspective as a leader! Paul shares his insight about embracing the downshift in work.  He says, “Embrace silence and quiet...when you are comfortable in the quiet you are comfortable with yourself.” (9:29)  He admits many of his clients have a difficult time being still, but he shares the unique benefits this simple practice offers, especially to leaders.   Paul and Mike discuss the key, heart-centered aspects every leader should embrace independent of what is going on around them. (13:59) “The best way for somebody to be a great leader is first to be a better person.”  Paul Heagen (15:11) Paul also shares a very effective technique he uses to help leaders sort stressors to ease intense feelings of pressure. (19:04) Mike and Paul wrap up with tips on how to maximize the unique opportunities leaders are currently presented to change how they work, and work better moving forward. (27:20) Hear their tips and insight NOW!  #talentmagnet #leadingwell #leadership #leadingincrisis #mindset #healthymindset #balance @paulheagen
This week, Mike talks to Mike Glen, Vice President of Business Development for The Lindner Center For Hope, about what leaders can do to transform the conversation regarding mental health.  Hear how and why Mike G. left the construction industry to pursue mental health education and advocacy. (2:57) Mike G. shares specific key points leaders can do to eliminate the stigma of mental health and why it makes good business sense, such as:  What a long-term communication plan looks like (6:23) The importance of being proactive (13:02) Examples of how “Start The Conversation” initiative has changed organizations (14:45) Mike G. helps listeners understand the complicated role mental health plays in insurance claims on the employer end, as well as culture barriers on the employee side. (24:08)  For example:  Mike G. shows how proactive investments in programs that bring mental health out of the shadows pay in the long run. (25:46) An example of a hospitalization due to a broken leg versus a manic episode has economic ramifications on multiple fronts. (28:28) “Leaders don’t even know that this is going on.” (29:12) Mike Glen Mike and Mike G. discuss ways to reach out in a compassionate way to people (33:33) and offer key tips for self care during the pandemic.  (39:24) Hear the 3 recommendations Mike G. offers for staying upbeat during the pandemic crisis (43:25) and the 1 practice you should incorporate into your daily routine. (46:10) Listen NOW! #talentmagnet #mentalhealth #leadership #leadincrisis
This week Mike discusses risk management with Jonathan Theders, CEO of RiskSOURCE Clark-Theders, an independent insurance agency specializing in helping businesses.   Mike and Jonathan discuss the myriad of issues so many businesses and leaders are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Some key touch points they discuss in detail are: Keeping employees safe and compliant as states reopen, or as essential businesses (7:01) Employee privacy policies and procedures regarding employees who get sick and controlling spread (13:15) Developing a crisis plan (16:59) Maintaining culture in a virtual world (19:10) “Culture is still made up of the thousands of interactions you have each day.” (23:05) Mike and Jonathan share their best practices for:  Controlling overwhelm (28:30) Minimizing risk related to worker’s comp (29:55) Inspiring creative, outside-the-box thought and staying optimistic “Remain informed but don’t obsess.” (39:19) Find out which XM station keeps Jonathan upbeat (39:32), and how he and Mike incorporate gratitude into their virtual connections. (40:10) Finally, Jonathan shares his best guess about how the pandemic will affect the insurance industry. (42:22) More resources:  RiskSOURCE COVID-19 Resource Page Talent Magnet Institute Courageous Leadership Webinar #talentmagnet #leadership #COVID-19 #pandmic #crisis #leadingthroughcrisis #talent #leadingcompassionately
This week Mike discusses how we view and react to change with Talent Magnet Institute Faculty member and the “Master of Organizational Development” Michael Glenn.  This short but jam-packed episode inspires any leader to change the way they think about change.  They jump right in with a deep discussion about change and transition with an experiment. (1:58) Mike G. shares how we can move through change physically and emotionally. He emphasizes two factors to remember to get through transitions successfully. (3:15) A key in today’s business landscape is how effectively leaders communicate change. Mike G. shares:  His insights as a consultant and expert in helping organizations through effective change, A story that transformed the way he views organizational change, and A format for communicating a compelling case for change. (9:06) Mike G. shows us how the process can fall apart or come together with one simple question. (13:12) LISTEN NOW to find out what that is!  They close by sharing another nugget of wisdom for success in all transitions that occur in life and business: The key to success as a leader is the awareness that everyone has different perspectives about, and responds at different rates to change and transition. (16:17)  This podcast has a companion slideshow that can be viewed by clicking here.  #talentmagnet #leadership #becomingatalentmagnet #leadwell #changeisgood #leaders
This week Mike continues his discussions with Talent Magnet Institute faculty members, drawing on their areas of expertise to answer pressing concerns of leaders around the globe.  Erin Bledsoe defines her “sweet spot” as “the intersection where strategy and talent meet.”  Their conversation is tactical and insightful.  Be sure to take notes while you listen!  Erin shares many insights and practical suggestions about communicating with teams and  prioritizing business initiatives, including:  2 essential elements an organization has to have to drive their business forward (1:50) 3 things businesses need to do right now in order to thrive (3:42) Tips for leaders on communicating priorities (10:44)  Erin also shares Key factors for success when reacting in crisis-mode (13:55) Unique and effective resources for team engagement and culture preservation The nuances of communicating with remote workers and front-line workers differently to create empowerment for everyone (20:46) Communication tips for leaders to “soften the blow” when delivering bad news (23:31) One overarching theme in this podcast episode is:  Communicate, don’t assume. Erin shares ideas on how to be compassionate toward your workforce, and how to assess the unique needs and constraints your talent is dealing with right now. (23:29) #talentmagnet #leadership #leadingincrisis #covid19 #leadingwell
This week Mike discusses leadership with one of his long-time mentors and advisors, Don Frericks, founder of Don Frericks Leadership Coaching.  In this inspiring discussion they share key take-aways for every leader at every level of an organization.   They share insights about  Key character elements of people who rise to the surface during difficult times  The importance of a communication plan  How to convey empathy and sustain trust, especially during a crisis. Don says that every leader should be asking themselves one key question--find out what it is by listening to this inspiring conversation! (4:05) LISTEN NOW Mike imparts practical tips for business leaders who are making tough decisions about their talent.  He and Don discuss:  What factors to consider when making tough talent decisions (6:03) How to show empathy when you are struggling with your own uncertainty (6:03) Valuable leadership communication tactics that will convey confidence even if you don’t know what the future will bring. (6:50, 9:33) Mike and Don agree that every leader needs to acknowledge that how they communicate right now is how they will be remembered in the short-term and the long-term.  (12:13) How do you want to be remembered through this crisis?  Many organizations need to cut back on coaching and professional development. Mike and Don offer effective techniques to  Continue development even if you don’t have cash flow right now (15:41) Communicate your long-term vision for development, even if that involves short-term discontinuation (17:29)  Convey your messaging so that it will be heard accurately. (20:30) Mike and Don call to action all people to lead, regardless of their title.  “Leadership is not a title; it is an opportunity.” (27:20) You won’t want to miss this tactical discussion!  LISTEN NOW! Please share your thoughts, questions, comments at https://www.speakpipe.com/talentmagnet Register for upcoming webinars to help you work through critical times and lead well here: https://www.talentmagnetinstitute.com/webinar #talentmagnet #leadership #leadingwell #communication www.talentmagnetinstitute.com
This week Mike discusses more leadership issues in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic with Leadership Strategist Andy Foerster.  Andy is President of Leadership Energy Engagement, LLC and a Talent Magnet Institute Faculty Member.   Andy and Mike share unique and truly inspiring lessons for leaders that Andy gained from his tenure in the Navy, as well as corporate life. Find out who is Andy Foerster and what makes him uniquely qualified to excel during high stress and change. (1:17) Mike asks Andy to share the lessons he learned in the Navy as a submarine engineer, such as:  6 features every leader needs to display right now (3:20, 13:56) How to treat people with integrity when tough decisions need to be made (5:45) Lessons Andy learned on a submarine about how to get along with people you work and live with 24/7 (7:34) “Assume good intent (on the part of others) and be kind.”  Andy Foerster (28:37) Andy emphasizes that leaders need to take advantage of the “pause” in business, and see it as a huge opportunity to “reboot and refresh.”  (18:21) Mike and Andy discuss the big question many leaders have:  Should they continue to invest in coaching and professional support of their management teams.  Their discussion gives leaders logical insight to make the right decision. (19:11) Andy notes that when things “turn back on” the winners will be the ones with well-engaged employees.  He gives 3 tips for what leaders can continue to do to foster engagement in the current business climate. (21:02) Mike wraps up their conversation asking Andy to share a powerful story that illustrates the true principles of a leader and what defines the “Platinum Rule.” (22:40) #talentmagnet #becomingatalentmagnet #leadership #covid19
This week Mike breaks down the key components to being a great leader in the times of great change that we are facing today.  He shares:  The 3 things you as a leader need to consider in order to relate to your people and inspire them (5:09) How to stay centered and find the courage to step forward when you are uncertain of the future (7:10) Creating workplaces and households that are collaborative problem-solving machines (12:22) Mike is so passionate about helping you, the listeners and clients he serves. He has created a place where you can ask questions, reach out for suggestions, and just connect:  https://speakpipe.com/talentmagnet Mike also shares with you 2 simple steps to do this week to take advantage of changing times and keep your organization strong. (16:51) Join Mike for 2 Deeper Dive Webinars this week! Wednesday March 25th and Friday March 27th at 10 am  Register NOW: TalentMagnetInstitute.com/Webinar #talentmagnet #becomingatalentmagnet #leadership #courageousleadershp #servantleadership
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