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Hey there and welcome to the Dumb Leaders Podcast. This podcast is an important part of the Dumb Leaders Handbooks now open at dumbleaders.com
The handbook is dedicated to helping make you a better leader by dissecting the mistakes of the dumb, its our version of your leadership MBA, its our acknowledgement that every leader has at one stage been a dumb leader, every leader has made dumb mistakes… good leaders learn from them and its your chance to learn from them.
Our leaders and experts that will feature on the podcast readily admit their dumb mistakes and indeed many of the stories that will appear at dumbleaders.com will be personal stories, stories with a lesson and a lesson we are willing to share.
Our podcast will feature our resident experts and leaders involved, we will share some of the stories, we will have a focus on latest news and dumb leaders in the media and general and generally provide you some insights into the concerns and strategies to help you be a better leader. It’s a journey ey we are on, and it’s a journey we would love you to share with us.
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Welcome to 114 of the Dumb Leaders Podcast. Jumped onto Twitter yesterday and was so surprised to see Guy Sebastian trending. I thought it had to be something with the Voice where Sebastian is a judge, but no.Two things happened to Guy yesterday. One was a TikTok campaign that presumed that he was the person that brought Covid 19 into Australia brought about from some social media posts that placed him in Wuhan in November 2019 and his admission that he came back with flu-like systems.But that wasn't why he was trending.There is a campaign called #vaxthenation here in Australia, where musical and other celebrities have joined together to support the vaccination rollout. With the Vax the nation and getting the live music industry back and operating.Check out the #podcast at dumbleaders.com.au
One of the pervasuive thing that has occuured in the world is the de-evolution of leadership during this prolonger COVID crisis, especially in Australia. That may seem a harsh judgement for the political leaders who proudly proclaim they have kept use safe during this extended crisis. But the reality is that regardless of the strategy that has been used, the end is no closer. NO Closer. The states get locked down on a whisper of covid cases, WA has fundamentally become the new Hutt River Province and seceded from Australia.
As a leader, it is your job to lead by example. You set the tone for the team, and you provide your team with the motivation and encouragement they need to work their very best. Your job is to nurture and protect that team, so that they can do their very best work.This is something that is understood by very few managers and bosses. Instead, too many people believe that being a leader or a manager makes them infallible – and gives them a kind of supreme authority over their team.This is why they think it’s okay to utilize a “do as I say, not as I do approach.”Join us at dumbleaders.com for more lessons from lousy leaders.
Have you ever been caught between two leaders assigning different tasks in a political power play? Being caught as the meat in the sandwich. Pecking order and political power play.It's a challenging situation for any leader to find themselves in. And also its grossly unfair.How do you prioritise and focus on the main thing in this situation?This episode explores a real situation and the outcomes that was reached.Tune in to hear a simple strategy to empower you in this situation.Check out dumbleaders.com for all the episodes and posts from the Dumb Leaders Handbook.
Welcome to 110 of The Dumb Leaders Podcast. Recently on the ABC here in Australia, i listened to an academic speak to recent research on how trust is low when it comes to government authorities. The decline of trust has largely been accelerated through the pandemic and the confused and ambiguous messaging around it. The narratives being portrayed in the media, the hard-to-find statistics, the agendas of the political parties and the human collateral that is hurting in so many areas.And here is the mindblown news flash. We have always been distrusting of the government. Its now more visible than ever.Join us at dumbleaders.com for more lessons from lousy leaders.
The world is deeply hurt. Covid has created a much greater impact socially than anyone could ever have imagined. The larger companies have been remarkedly unaffected, in fact increasing profits and market share have been the norm rather than the exception, governments and beurocrats have been untouched, while small and medium enterprises have been hardest hit, industries have battled through unscathed. while Tourism and hospitality have been decimatedAnd during these times, the social justice messages have amplified and the celebration of the oppressed has magnified. The narrative is open in som many ways telling human beings they are inferior due to privilege and the system.Be critical in your thinking, ask questions and find your truth
Welcome to 109 of the Dumb Leaders Podcast, Your library of lessons to better your leadership, and today I am heading into a touchy area. Mental Health.This week in Australia, the story of Brent Draper, a contestant on MasterChef Australia, pulled out of the show citing mental health reasons.I don't necessarily want to go into the specifics, except to say that his decision has been lauded as being courageous. In fact one respected commentator said the following:"My first reaction to his decision was - Bravo Brother. He was courageous enough to admit to the judge that the peer pressure was affecting his sleep, cooking, and pretty much everything.For more lessons from Lousy Leaders get on over The Dumb Leaders Handbook at dumbleaders.com. Provide feedback, ask questions, and contact us via our contact page. Thanks for listening.
Much of the feedback we get on the Dumb Leaders Podcast is in relation to dealing with poor leadership behaviours, including dealing with poorly executed performance reviews. This episode aims to provide tips on how to survive a poor performance review, take charge and own the situation and process.You can survive a poor performance review and we share the secret.Check out The Dumb Leaders Handbook at dumbleaders.com for the library of lessons from dumb leaders.
Welcome to the TDL 106. Today I want to share a recent experience that occurred in my network, and I have labeled it the collision between Victimhood, Ego, and Delusion. I can't tell you, it doesn't end well.Let's start by providing some personal definitions.Victimhood, when you are telling yourself the story, life is unfair, it's always some else fault that you aren't getting ahead, that the world is fundamentally unfair and you blame the world for your predicament. You are the victim of your own storyEgo - can be healthy or it can be destructive, in this case, the ego and self-centredness is strong, but it's not founded on reality, it's founded on a delusional sense of importance, a delusional look at the value being brought to the world.Mixed with the ego, is the sense of status. Creation of a job title that sounds important, but in reality isn't as. Calling yourself a senior manager doesn't make you one. Importantly the perception that perks come with title and self-importance, creates entitlement and an expectation.Thanks for tuning in Check out dumbleaders.com for your library of lessons from lousy leaders.
Becoming un regulated with emotion can lead you to experience massive highs, and deep, deep lows. Un regulated Negative emotions can lead us to believe or percieve things that may not be true, and when this happens it will often lead us down the path of simmering discontent, and more often than not the path of simmering discontent leads to a blow-up, a crisis or a changed path or direction (like leaving/looking for a new job)Learn the lessons from lousy leadership processes and build better leadership for you. dumbleaders.com
Welcome to the Dumb Leaders Podcast. Today we are discussing Confirmation Bias. And I will share a real-world example occurring right now.Presently there is an post-election audit being completed "The  Arizona state senate used its subpoena power to take possession of all 2.1m ballots in Maricopa county and the machines that counted them, along with computer hard drives full of data. The audit is being conducted by a Florida company called Cyber Ninja"That's the news. The simple facts around the process. Depending on what news source you tune into you would have heard some of the following:- This will indicate fraud of a massive scale- This unprecedented audit is undermining the democratic process- This audit will lead to more audits in more states- The man who owns the company unfounded conspiracy theories around election results- The Democrats attempted to legally stop it through- Why would the democrats stop it if you didn't have anything to hideFor more lessons from Lousy Leaders get on over to The Dumb Leaders Handbook at dumbleaders.com. Provide feedback, ask questions, and contact us via our contact page. Thanks for listening.
The world is seemingly a mess, and everyone seems on contradictory paths on how to resolve it. COVID has certainly created the perfect storm in relation to our differences and our approach to lifeAnd now more than ever, our approach seems to be not of one for the greater benefit of the world, but one where we look for our echo chambers of like-minded people. Our thinking is swayed by the messages received, the stories we are listening to, our subsequent beliefs forged from them.For more lessons from Lousy Leaders get on over to The Dumb Leaders Handbook at dumbleaders.com. Provide feedback, ask questions, and contact us via our contact page. Thanks for listening.
I've started noticing a trend amongst my clients and within my network at the moment. A trend that has been largely delivered by the uncertainty that has surrounded us all in relation to the pandemic.Of course, we have seen the rise of work from home and what is now being called hybrid workspaces, and in the early stages, I saw a lot of intention from leaders in maintaining a connection with their staff and team.The Dumb Leaders Handbook shares the train-wrecks, the mistakes, and the errors of judgment that inhibit many leaders in their quest for success. The Dumb Leaders Handbook dissects these dumb leaders' mistakes and provides you the benefit. The structure behind each post reveals the learning through STORY, SCENARIO and STRATEGY. We share a story, provide the scenario that happened (or may happen) and detail a three-step strategy to help you not make the same mistakes.Head on over to dumbleaders.com
Hi and welcome to leadership lessons on the Dumb Leaders PodcastToday let's look at the difference between a manager and a leader.I'll look at this in two aspects - Firstly a manager is about process- A leader is about people.Seems simpleAnother chain of thought is that a manager controls, while a leader leads.I'm thinking somewhere in there is the answerThe Dumb Leaders Handbook shares the train-wrecks, the mistakes, and the errors of judgement that inhibit many leaders in their quest for success. The Dumb Leaders Handbook dissects these dumb leaders mistakes and provides you the benefit. The structure behind each post reveals the learning through STORY, SCENARIO and STRATEGY. We share a story, provide the scenario that happened (or may happen) and detail a three-step strategy to help you not make the same mistakes.https://todaysleader.com.au/dumb-leaders/
Celebrating our 100th episodes with some incredible helpful hacks to help you be the best leaders that you can be.Helping you be a better leader through the Dumb Leaders Podcast. It's our 100th episode and it's one that we have taken a positive stance on to provide these hacks to be the best leader.From the stable of the Today's Leader Podcast https://todaysleader.com.au/https://todaysleader.com.au/dumb-leaders/
Welcome to the Leadership Lessons and the Dumb Leaders PodcastToday I am sharing with you a very simple message and one that leaders need to hear.Leaders can often see themselves as built proof. They see themselves as the ones that lead the way, channeling their energy to keep the team on top of things and to get the best possible outcomes for the organizationWe may have a belief of being stoic, of being the martyr, invincible and bulletproof.It is great to see a changing of the guard in this respect. Seeing yourself as invincible is the short way to create burnout, health issues and ultimately make poor decisions from leader fatigue.Check out all the episodes and articles from The Dumb Leaders Handbook at https://dumbleaders.com where you can learn the lessons from lousy leaders.
You may have heard that Facebook has been in the news here in Australia for taking the news off their platform. It has been a funny situation driven by a policy from the Australian government that forces digital platforms like Google, Facebook, and others to pay News publishing companies for the content that is shared on the platforms, so today I want to share my thoughts on the situation.For more lessons from Lousy Leaders get on over the TheDumb Leaders Handbook at dumbleaders.com. Provide feedback, ask questions, and contact us via our contact page. Thanks for listening.
The world is a troubled space. A military coup in Burma, we have the never-ending drama from the USAWe have COVD dominating discussions around the world. It's not enough to have covid running rampant, but now we focus on how the vaccine is being rolled outIt seems like every step forward to the world takes a step back. And in an environment like this, it's easy to believe that not a lot matters, as you may feel helpless and lost control. And I would say YES- there is so much out of your controlAnd that's why you need to listen to this episodeThe Dumb Leaders Podcast - dumbleaders.comBrought to you by The Today's Leader Podcast
Welcome to Leadership Lessons. Today I want to share some learnings from a leader I coach who recently seconded onto a more senior role to cover for a vacancy. The secondment was for a set time period, in this case three months with the potential to be interviewed for the more senior role.Ultimately he was accepted into the new role, and during our coaching conversation we were working through the skillset and mindset needed to continue to be successful in hos new role, he volunteered his four key learnings from his time in the senior role. As a aside, the leader's name was also Tony and So today is all about the four key things leaders should focus on when in a seconded into a senior role. Key Learnings:1- The importance of Communication2- Effective Feedback and the Power of Positive Reinforcement3- Write Things Down4- The need for self-beliefJoin one of our mastermind groups at https://todaysleader.com.au/masterminds-2/For more lessons from Lousy Leaders get on over the TheDumb Leaders Handbook at dumbleaders.com. Provide feedback, ask questions, and contact us via our contact page. Thanks for listening.
Our final installment of this three-part series of the lesson from a downfall of a presidentToday is the final piece of the puzzle - the uprising at the capital and the inaugurationBefore I get started I may just re-iterate, I am not a Trump fan, and what happened at the capitol was disgraceful.  There are still far too many questions in relation to the uprising. This gathering wasn't a secret,  yet for all intents and purposes, the police and security were woefully unprepared. Videos of barriers being moved aside by the police, protesters being let in through doors. A lot of this donet make sense
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