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The Remarkable Leadership Podcast with Kevin Eikenberry is dedicated to all things leadership. Each week Kevin shares his thoughts about leadership development and ideas to help you see the world differently, lead more confidently and make a bigger difference for those you lead. He also has weekly conversations with leadership experts discussing a wide range of topics including teamwork, organizational culture, facilitating change, personal and organizational development, human potential and more.
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You might know that I grew up on a farm. And on a farm, you work late into the evening when needed. You see, my Dad was a night person. So it was not uncommon for me to work very late into the evening. Because of this, I grew up thinking I was a night person. That is until I wasn’t around my Dad and wasn’t needed to work those nighttime shifts anymore. And it was then that I quickly realized I am at my best in the morning and not in the evening. It took me awhile to figure this out, but when you know your “power time”, you know when you’re at your best. In this episode, I’ll help you determine your “power time” so that you can capitalize on these hours when you are at your best.
What makes Amazon different? What are the secrets to their success? Bill Carr would say they aren’t really secrets, but it does take innovative management. Bill is a former Amazon executive and the co-author with Colin Bryer of Working Backwards: Insights, Stories and Secrets from Inside Amazon. Bill and Kevin dig deep into the idea of working backwards. It starts with leaders being customer-obsessed, finding out what they want/need and work backward. This isn’t as easy as it sounds. We meet with lots of folks each day, many of whom are not our customers. So, we need to go out of our way to think about the customer. Bill also shares the four characteristics that help define the company culture and how this applies to leaders at any level. This episode is brought to you by… From Manager to Remarkable Leader, Kevin’s Flagship workshop based on his proven leadership model. Additional Leadership Resources Book Recommendations: Working Backwards: Isights, Stories, and Serets from Inside Amazon by Colin Bryar and Bill Carr Capitalism in America: A History by Alan Greenspan and Adrian Wooldridge Connect with Bill Carr: Website Related Podcast Episodes: How to Think Like Amazon with John Rossman. Leading By Learning From the Tech Titans with Alex Kantrowitz. Follow the Podcast Don’t miss an episode! Follow this podcast through the options below. iTunes Stitcher TuneIn Soundcloud RSS Or your favorite podcast app. Join Our Facebook Group Join our Facebook community to network with like-minded leaders, ask us questions, suggest guests and more. We welcome your wealth of experience and hope you will join us in sharing it with others on their leadership journey. You can join the group here: facebook.com/groups/RemarkableLeadershipPodcast/  
Benchmarks are great. They help give us a way to measure our progress and/or success as compared to others and they also give us something for which to aim. And while there are all kinds of benchmarks that we use in life – personally and professionally – today I am giving you a new benchmark that when used can literally change your life. Tweet it out: Make joy your benchmark and strive to meet it. When you do, every part of your life will be more satisfying and successful. @KevinEikenberry From This Episode: Learn more about and listen to the Remarkable Leadership Podcast here.
Do you have to? or Do you want to? We all have a choice. Larry Olsen is the author of Get a Vision and Live It. He joins Kevin to discuss how people can learn to change their attitudes to align with their visions. Our brain makes decisions based on the past, not what the future holds; our growth is limited. We can’t change the past, but we can envision what we want our reality to be. You get what you think about. Prosperity is the here and now. It is the version that is ready for the moment about to happen. It is not based on the past, which can lead to disengagement or cynicism. Larry believes you are where you need to be to make great things happen. This episode is brought to you by… Unleashing Your Remarkable Potential, Kevin’s free weekly e-newsletter. It’s full of articles and resources to help you become a more confident and successful leader. Additional Leadership Resources Book Recommendations: Get a Vision and Live it by Larry Olsen The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino Connect with Larry Olsen: Website | Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram | YouTube Related Podcast Episodes: Choose to Win with Tom Ziglar. Rethinking Success with Douglas Holladay. Follow the Podcast Don’t miss an episode! Follow this podcast through the options below. iTunes Stitcher TuneIn Soundcloud RSS Or your favorite podcast app. Join Our Facebook Group Join our Facebook community to network with like-minded leaders, ask us questions, suggest guests and more. We welcome your wealth of experience and hope you will join us in sharing it with others on their leadership journey. You can join the group here: facebook.com/groups/RemarkableLeadershipPodcast/
The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say no to almost everything. You’ve gotta keep control of your time, and you can’t unless you say no. You can’t let people set your agenda in life. – Warren Buffett Now who am I to argue with Warren Buffett? I completely agree that we must be protective of our time and that how we spend our time is directly correlated to our success. And yet…I am not advocating that we immediately say NO to everything. It’s important to use judgement always in our decisions. And that when we do say no, we say it with love. Tweet it out: To achieve our goals sometimes we must say no – but we can say no in a way that preserves relationships and future opportunities – that’s saying no with love. @KevinEikenberry From This Episode: Get a short, inspirational email tip every Monday – Friday by signing up for Kevin’s Daily Email here.
Ernest Hemingway said, “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” Ximena Vengoechea thinks Ernest may be on to something. She is the author of Listen Like You Mean It: Reclaiming the Lost Art of True Connection. As a user researcher, she understands the importance of listening for understanding. This is true for product research and organizational success. Often, we find ourselves default listening. We are sort of paying attention, yet we don’t get the true experience or the emotions of the talker. Ximena tells Kevin we need to move to empathetic listening, which starts with the intention to listen. A listening mindset begins with humility, curiosity, and empathy. When we bring this to the table, not only are we better people, but we are also better leaders. This episode is brought to you by… From Manager to Remarkable Leader, Kevin’s Flagship workshop based on his proven leadership model. Additional Leadership Resources Book Recommendations: Listen Like You Mean It: Reclaiming the Lost Art of True Connection by Ximena Vengoechea We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence by Becky Cooper Connect with Ximena Vengoechea: Website | Twitter Related Podcast Episodes: Beautiful Questions with Warren Berger. The Laws of Trust with Joel Peterson. Leadership, Communication and Credibility with Jack Modzelewski. Follow the Podcast Don’t miss an episode! Follow this podcast through the options below. iTunes Stitcher TuneIn Soundcloud RSS Or your favorite podcast app.
This title might have you wondering why as the coach, you are asking questions versus providing answers. And the reason is, I believe that the best coaches have good questions. In this episode, you’ll learn five coaching questions that are valuable in almost any coaching situation – formal or informal coaching, virtual or face-to-face…any time you’re coaching! From This Episode: Check out the Remarkable Leadership podcast to hear Kevin’s conversations with leadership experts, practitioners and many more fascinating people here.
Leadership and change go hand in hand. However, we need to make sure it’s a positive change. Not only is today’s workforce demanding it, but organizations are also finding it profitable. Bill Novelli has spent time in the private and not-for-profit world. Today he is a professor in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and founded and oversees the Georgetown Business for Impact initiative. He joins Kevin to discuss his book, Good Business – the Talk, Fight, Win Way to Change the World. Bill shares examples of organizations making changes to create both social and monetary value. Wherever you are in the organization, you can make a positive social difference. Leadership is not about titles but having the courage in your convictions and the information to influence. This episode is brought to you by… 13 Days to Remarkable Leadership, a free leadership video series based on Kevin’s book, Remarkable Leadership. Additional Leadership Resources Book Recommendations: Good Business: The Talk, Fight, Win Way to Change the World by Bill Novelli The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt Connect with Bill Novelli: Website | Twitter | LinkedIn Related Podcast Episodes: Leadership Moxie (and More) with John Baldoni. Lessons for Marketing (and Change) Leaders with Thomas Barta. Doing Work That Counts with Richard Lee. The Mindsets and Habitsets of Leadership with Darrin Gray. Follow the Podcast Don’t miss an episode! Follow this podcast through the options below. iTunes Stitcher TuneIn Soundcloud RSS Or your favorite podcast app. Join Our Facebook Group Join our Facebook community to network with like-minded leaders, ask us questions, suggest guests and more. We welcome your wealth of experience and hope you will join us in sharing it with others on their leadership journey. You can join the group here: facebook.com/groups/RemarkableLeadershipPodcast/
When I was growing up, most households only had one phone and it was usually in the kitchen. And teens spent alllll the time on that phone. Today’s teens also spend a lot of time on the phone, as do most of us. These tiny devices consume so much of our time and attention, although we rarely use them anymore for what they were originally designed for – to TALK on them. And today, I’m reminding you of all of the reasons and benefits why the next time you pick up your phone, it should be to talk into it. From This Episode: Watch the previous episode, Transaction or Interaction (The Differences and Why it Matters), here. Order a copy and learn more about The Long-Distance Teammate, here.
Relationships. They are critical for our mental health and they are how organizations succeed. Yet, many of us struggle to build solid connections. David Bradford and Carole Robin are the authors of CONNECT: Building Exceptional Relationships with Family, Friends and Colleagues. They join Kevin to discuss the importance of building exceptional relationships or at least moving along the continuum. There is a risk of being vulnerable. Yet, when we show up as ourselves (in an appropriate way), we have more impact. As a leader, we need to recognize feedback is a gift. We need to be willing to ask for, as well as offer help, so we can all behave in our best interest. This episode is brought to you by… Unleashing Your Remarkable Potential, Kevin’s free weekly e-newsletter. It’s full of articles and resources to help you become a more confident and successful leader. Additional Leadership Resources Book Recommendations: Connect: Building Exceptional Relationships with Family, Friends, and Colleagues by David Bradford and Carole Robin Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World by Vivek H. Murthy American Dirt: A Novel by Jeanine Cummins Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb Connect with David Bradford and Carole Robin: Connect and Relate | Leaders in Tech Related Podcast Episodes: Connect First with Melanie Katzman. The Laws of Trust with Joel Peterson. The Power of Communities with Jono Bacon. The Business of Friendship with Shasta Nelson. Follow the Podcast Don’t miss an episode! Follow this podcast through the options below. iTunes Stitcher TuneIn Soundcloud RSS Or your favorite podcast app. Join Our Facebook Group Join our Facebook community to network with like-minded leaders, ask us questions, suggest guests and more. We welcome your wealth of experience and hope you will join us in sharing it with others on their leadership journey. You can join the group here: facebook.com/groups/RemarkableLeadershipPodcast/
I recently received an email from the Principal of the High School that I attended, asking if I would help with a project. As the students are getting ready to celebrate a COVID-style homecoming, the staff is asking alum to share messages of encouragement and support. I was happy and honored to do this and today, I am sharing that message with you. From This Episode: Get a short, inspirational email tip every Monday – Friday by signing up for Kevin’s Daily Email here.
Defining your team’s purpose is not only important; it is pragmatic. Once you have the purpose, it is easier to decide when to collaborate and when individuals should act. Carlos Valdes-Dapena is a coach and the author of Lessons from Mars: How One Global Company Cracked the Code on High Performance Collaboration and Teamwork and Virtual Teams: Holding the Center When You Can’t Meet Face-to-Face. He joins Kevin to discuss why conventional approaches to making teams better don’t necessarily work. Through extensive research working directly with brands like M&M’s and Snickers, he found that you need to be intentional about collaboration. Leaders need to clarify why it matters and how individuals benefit from working together. This is especially true for achievement-driven people who are innately motivated to get stuff done. This episode is brought to you by… From Manager to Remarkable Leader, Kevin’s Flagship workshop based on his proven leadership model. Additional Leadership Resources Book Recommendations: Lessons from Mars: How One Global Company Cracked the Code on High Performance Collaboration and Teamwork by Carlos Valdes-Dapena Virtual Teams: Holding the Center When You Can’t Meet Face-to-Face by Carlos Valdes-Dapena The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett Effortless: The Counter-Intuitive Business Growth Formula for Coaches, Consultants, Authors, Speakers, and Experts by Danny Iny The Grief Recovery Handbook: The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses including Health, Career, and Faith by John W. James and Russell Friedman Connect with Carlos Valdes-Dapena: Website | Facebook | LinkedIn | YouTube | Fast Company Article | CEO World Article Related Podcast Episodes: Leveraged Learning with Danny Iny. The Future of Collaborative Leadership with Dr. Edward Marshall. Follow the Podcast Don’t miss an episode! Follow this podcast through the options below. iTunes Stitcher TuneIn Soundcloud RSS Or your favorite podcast app. Join Our Facebook Group Join our Facebook community to network with like-minded leaders, ask us questions, suggest guests and more. We welcome your wealth of experience and hope you will join us in sharing it with others on their leadership journey. You can join the group here: facebook.com/groups/RemarkableLeadershipPodcast/  
In a fast-paced (and often remote working) world, we seem to run our days on “transactions” – short-term, project-driven tasks. And while transactions get things done in the short term, relationships are built and nourished on interactions. And in a remote working world, relationships are even harder to maintain. That’s why it’s important that we balance transactions with interactions. Learn the difference and therefore how to recognize this balance in your life from this episode. From This Episode: Our new book, The Long-Distance Teammate, addresses strategies and techniques for improving the relationships (from interactions) in your virtual team. Learn more and order your copy here.
Do you ask for the help you need? As a leader, we are often self-reliant. The success of our teams and organizations rests on our shoulders, we better be the ones making the decisions. Todd Palmer hit rock bottom and needed to redefine success. Todd is CEO/Entrepreneur of Diversified Industrial Staffing and the author of From Suck to Success: A Guide for Extraordinary Entrepreneurship. He joins Kevin to talk about his journey of self-awareness and shifting mindsets. He needed to ask for help and to become accountable for his decisions. Once he got over the fear of failure and recognized it as a learning opportunity, he was able to shift the culture of his company. Todd also shares hiring advice and how things have changed (or not) since the pandemic. This episode is brought to you by… Unleashing Your Remarkable Potential, Kevin’s free weekly e-newsletter. It’s full of articles and resources to help you become a more confident and successful leader. Additional Leadership Resources Book Recommendations: From Suck to Success: A Guide for Extraordinary Entrepreneurship by Todd Palmer Leading Well from Within: A Neuroscience and Mindfulness-Based Framework for Conscious Leadership by Dr. Daniel Friedland Connect with Todd Palmer: Extraordinary Advisors | LinkedIn | YouTube | Twitter | Facebook Related Podcast Episodes: Leading in a Full Employment World with Todd Palmer. Crucible Leadership with Warwick Fairfax. Love Your Imposter with Rita Clifton. Follow the Podcast Don’t miss an episode! Follow this podcast through the options below. iTunes Stitcher TuneIn Soundcloud RSS Or your favorite podcast app. Join Our Facebook Group Join our Facebook community to network with like-minded leaders, ask us questions, suggest guests and more. We welcome your wealth of experience and hope you will join us in sharing it with others on their leadership journey. You can join the group here: facebook.com/groups/RemarkableLeadershipPodcast/
In this episode, I’m telling an old story about a farmer and his stallion. And while I like stories just as much as anyone, this is more than just a story. This is a lesson on the power of perspective. Tweet it out Before deciding a situation is bad, stop and think a bit longer – perhaps there is good to be found, even in a challenging situation. @KevinEikenberry From This Episode: Get a short, inspirational email tip every Monday – Friday by signing up for Kevin’s Daily Email here.
Often, we see grit as something hard-nosed. However, Darrin Gray believes our grit should be fueled by joy. Darrin serves as Chief Marketing Officer at Athletes in Action and leads AIA’s NFL Advisory Council. He started in the newspaper business, where he felt he was creating a community. He has carried this idea of community and building a team throughout his career. A winning team isn’t about themselves but is a coalition of the willing. These are individuals who not only want to become better (players, leaders, parents) but are willing to help each other build the best version of themselves. Leaders not only need self-awareness, but a mindset and heartset to meet people where they are. This episode is brought to you by… 13 Days to Remarkable Leadership, a free leadership video series based on Kevin’s book, Remarkable Leadership. Additional Leadership Resources Book Recommendations: Jersey Effect: Beyond the World Championship by Hunter sith and Darrin Gray Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company That Changed the World by Chris Lowney The Power of 3: Beat Adversity, Find Authentic Purpose, Live a Better Life by Robb Hiller Connect with Darrin Gray: Website | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Lions Lead | Athletes in Action Related Podcast Episodes: What Makes Teams Great with Sam Walker. Living a Life of Significance with Aaron Walker. Winning! with Gary Brackett. Follow the Podcast Don’t miss an episode! Follow this podcast through the options below. iTunes Stitcher TuneIn Soundcloud RSS Or your favorite podcast app. Join Our Facebook Group Join our Facebook community to network with like-minded leaders, ask us questions, suggest guests and more. We welcome your wealth of experience and hope you will join us in sharing it with others on their leadership journey. You can join the group here: facebook.com/groups/RemarkableLeadershipPodcast/
In the world today, people are running hard and fast, many so focused on taking care of others – be that their children, spouse, clients, teammates, students or their patients – that they aren’t taking the time to take care of themselves. It’s gotten so bad, that I recently read about a nursing school that added a program to their nursing curriculum on the importance of and how to take better care of ourselves. Self care is vital to our health and our success and our ability to have an outward focus and to take care of others. In this episode, I’m sharing some quick tips to help you make it easier for you to take care of yourself. Tweet it out: Self-care isn’t selfish. You can’t give your best to others when you aren’t at your best. @KevinEikenberry From This Episode: Learn more about The Long-Distance Teammate here.
We are gifted the power to change the way we think and feel anytime. We just need to want to do it. Todd Stottlemyre is a two-time World Series baseball champion and the author of The Observer: A Modern Fable on Mastering Your Thoughts & Emotions. He joins Kevin to discuss coaching and the lessons he has learned throughout his career on and off the field. Todd talks about the fundamentals and the importance of following your heart. Todd’s book is a fable allowing him to become vulnerable and connect through storytelling. He had to learn to let go and change his mindset. By sharing his story, he hopes to help others grow and develop. This episode is brought to you by… Unleashing Your Remarkable Potential, Kevin’s free weekly e-newsletter. It’s full of articles and resources to help you become a more confident and successful leader. Additional Leadership Resources Book Recommendations: The Observer: A Modern Fable on Mastering Your Thoughts & Emotions by Todd Stottlemyer Becoming Supernatural: How Common People Are Doing the Uncommon by Dr. Joe Dispenza Connect with Todd Stottlemyre: Website | Instagram | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Related Podcast Episodes: The Leader Habit with Martin Lanik. The Gift of Struggle with Bobby Herrera. What it Takes to Be in Awe with John O’Leary. Follow the Podcast Don’t miss an episode! Follow this podcast through the options below. iTunes Stitcher TuneIn Soundcloud RSS Or your favorite podcast app. Join Our Facebook Group Join our Facebook community to network with like-minded leaders, ask us questions, suggest guests and more. We welcome your wealth of experience and hope you will join us in sharing it with others on their leadership journey. You can join the group here: facebook.com/groups/RemarkableLeadershipPodcast/
As of today, I cannot predict the future of work – for you or for your business. But I do know one thing. Whatever that future holds, work is going to be different…again. I do not believe we will ever return to work as we knew it in 2019. I predict that we will have an amalgamation of different forms of flexible work. – Some companies will send all of their employees back all at once. – Some will send half now and half later. – Some will allow their employees to choose where they want to work. There will be many options and each organization’s choice will very likely look a little different. So, what can you do now to prepare for the future world of work today? In this episode, I’m providing a few steps that leaders and teammates can take to prepare for flexible work. Tweet it out: Prepare for the future today – even if you don’t know exactly what it will look like (and you don’t). @KevinEikenberry From This Episode: Whether you are a teammate or you are the leader of the team, The Long-Distance Teammate, can help you to prepare for this new future of flexible work. Learn more here.
There have been many discussions about the future of work. Will robots be able to do everything? For most of us, 2020 accelerated that future and creating a need for new mindsets and strategies. Jeff Schwartz believes we aren’t going back to the way things were and we have the opportunity to set a new direction. Jeff is the co-author of Work Disrupted: Opportunity, Resilience, and Growth in the Accelerated Future of Work. Jeff shares with Kevin that to understand 21st-century careers, we need to be working with new maps. We have choices in what our future looks like, so how do we work with everything we have available (includes physical space and technology). This episode is brought to you by… From Manager to Remarkable Leader, Kevin’s Flagship workshop based on his proven leadership model. Additional Leadership Resources Book Recommendations: Work Disrupted: Opportunity, Resilience, and Growth in the Accelerated Future of Work by Jeff Schwartz Post Corona: From Crisis to Opportunity by Scott Galloway Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Issacson Connect with Jeff Schwartz: Website | Twitter | LinkedIn Related Podcast Episodes: Leading Large-Scale Change with Bill Schaninger. Humanocracy with Gary Hamel. How to Navigate the Future with Margaret Heffernan. Subscribe to the Podcast Don’t miss an episode! Subscribe to this podcast through the options below. iTunes Stitcher TuneIn Soundcloud RSS Or your favorite podcast app. Join Our Facebook Group Join our Facebook community to network with like-minded leaders, ask us questions, suggest guests and more. We welcome your wealth of experience and hope you will join us in sharing it with others on their leadership journey. You can join the group here: facebook.com/groups/RemarkableLeadershipPodcast/
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Takalani Ndou

love this podcast, highly resonated with me...🙏🏿

Jul 30th
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Takalani Ndou

best podcast for leadership development 👌🏿

Jul 25th
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