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The Tech Leader's Toolbox is for the those in technical-oriented organizations that face the daily challenge of leading others. This is the right place for you If you want to know the secret to teams that perform with excellence and go the extra mile. If you know that it starts with you then you are welcome here. If you seek to keep yourself open to being teachable and learning to make changes to get the results you want, then this is DEFINITELY the place for you. On the other hand, this is NOT the place for you if you aren’t ready to make your team members a priority. If you aren’t ready to change the way you do things to get better results then you may not get a lot out of this.
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Social media can have amazing benefits and disastrous consequences for an organization or a team. It's a huge challenge for leaders that aside from a few brief paragraphs of policy most have never addressed. How do you handle the individual team member that commits grievous offenses on social media, even if on their own time? In this episode (#56) of The Tech Leader's Toolbox podcast, Paul Simkins talks about some of the questions you need to asking when you are faced with handling the employee who wanted their 15 minutes of social media fame.Plus, a great recipe for Bacon Explosion. This recipe was brought to our attention by Ed Gatzke on the Smoke and Ash Facebook Group and derived from one at BBQAddicts.com. If you have a favorite outdoor cooking recipe you would like to share, send it to paul@BoldlyLead.com. If we put it in an episode we'll let you know and give you credit for it on the show.You can get a copy of Paul's eBook 15 Innovative Ways to Show Employees You Care and Not Break the Bank by emailing him at paul@BoldlyLead.com.Join the discussions at our Podcast Facebook group here.Learn more about Paul Simkins on his website.We happily work with Buzzsprout for our podcast. See how they can help you and get a $20 Amazon Gift Card after you pay your second invoice!https://vurbl.com/station/95YvXaxkEIl/Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/paulsimkins)
The toughest thing for the entrepreneurial tech leader is when the business grows to where they can't be involved in everything. It's a transition many struggles to make.Take heart! In this episode of the podcast, Paul Simkins talks about a simple to apply rule that helps you delegate more effectively and let go to get growth.Plus, a great recipe for Cowboy Soup. And if you have a favorite outdoor cooking recipe you would like to share, send it to paul@BoldlyLead.com. If we put it in an episode we'll let you know and give you credit for it on the show.You can get a copy of Paul's eBook 15 Innovative Ways to Show Employees You Care and Not Break the Bank by emailing him at paul@BoldlyLead.com.Join the discussions at our Podcast Facebook group here.Learn more about Paul Simkins on his website.We happily work with Buzzsprout for our podcast. See how they can help you and get a $20 Amazon Gift Card after you pay your second invoice!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/paulsimkins)
Like driving a car through a heavy fog, the road ahead can elude us. In this episode (#54) of The Tech Leader's Toolbox podcast, Paul Simkins talks about four things you can do to attain and maintain greater clarity. Plus, a great recipe for Grilled Brisket and Cheese Sandwich. And if you have a favorite outdoor cooking recipe you would like to share, send it to paul@BoldlyLead.com. If we put it in an episode we'll let you know and give you credit for it on the show.You can get a copy of Paul's eBook 15 Innovative Ways to Show Employees You Care and Not Break the Bank by emailing him at paul@BoldlyLead.com.Join the discussions at our Podcast Facebook group here.Learn more about Paul Simkins on his website.We happily work with Buzzsprout for our podcast. See how they can help you and get a $20 Amazon Gift Card after you pay your second invoice!https://vurbl.com/station/95YvXaxkEIl/Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/paulsimkins)
Leadership from your butt just doesn’t work! The most effective leaders do more than just fill a seat in an office. If you want people to be following you, you need to be going somewhere. You need to be walking. Yet your walk also has to be productive and effective; there is an art to it. In this episode, Paul Simkins talks about the keys to making the most of your leadership walk. Plus, a great recipe for Ozark Winter Chili from The Geezer’s Cookbook. And if you have a favorite outdoor cooking recipe you would like to share, send it to paul@BoldlyLead.com. If we put it in an episode we'll let you know and give you credit for it on the show.You can get a copy of Paul's eBook 15 Innovative Ways to Show Employees You Care and Not Break the Bank by emailing him at paul@BoldlyLead.com.Join the discussions at our Podcast Facebook group here.Learn more about Paul Simkins on his website.We happily work with Buzzsprout for our podcast. See how they can help you and get a $20 Amazon Gift Card after you pay your second invoice!https://vurbl.com/station/95YvXaxkEIl/Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/paulsimkins)
Sometimes it is tricky to navigate the landscape of being an employer. Yet many times it is the obvious things that trip us up the most. Ohio Employment Lawyer Jon Hyman joins the Toolbox today to talk about why he is known as the "Master of Workplace Schadenfreude". He also shares some ways to avoid making his Worst Employer list on his blog!Plus, Jon shares his recipe for Smoked Sausage and Peppers! He also brags on his pellet smoker from Grilla Grills! You can find the recipes, and many more besides, on the Smoke and Ash Facebook group or by emailing paul@BoldlyLead.com.You can get a copy of Paul's eBook 15 Innovative Ways to Show Employees You Care and Not Break the Bank by emailing him at paul@BoldlyLead.com.Join the discussions at our Podcast Facebook group here.Learn more about Paul Simkins on his website.We happily work with Buzzsprout for our podcast. See how they can help you and get a $20 Amazon Gift Card after you pay your second invoice!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/paulsimkins)
When things go south, the values-driven organization finds a new direction. Pangolin Laser Systems was faced with taking a bit hit during the shutdown caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Shows and product orders were being canceled. In this episode, Pangolin CEO William Benner and Chief Operating Officer Justin Perry talk with Paul Simkins about how they found ways to be resilient and productive while preparing themselves for the post-COVID economy.Plus, Justin shares his recipe for a North Carolina-style BBQ Brisket on his Kamado Grill! You can find the recipes, and many more besides, on the Smoke and Ash Facebook group or by emailing paul@BoldlyLead.com.You can get a copy of Paul's eBook 15 Innovative Ways to Show Employees You Care and Not Break the Bank by emailing him at paul@BoldlyLead.com.Join the discussions at our Podcast Facebook group here.Learn more about Paul Simkins on his website.We happily work with Buzzsprout for our podcast. See how they can help you and get a $20 Amazon Gift Card after you pay your second invoice!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/paulsimkins)
Crisis can bring out the worst in many. We talked about that on a previous episode. Yet it can also bring out the best in people and organizations. In this milestone episode, Paul Simkins, The Values Coach, shares with you stories about four companies that have defined core values and how they stuck to them during the COVID-19 pandemic and THRIVED! Plus, a healthy recipe for the new year making Grilled Apple Coleslaw! You can find the recipes, and many more besides, on the Smoke and Ash Facebook group or by emailing paul@BoldlyLead.com.You can get a copy of Paul's eBook 15 Innovative Ways to Show Employees You Care and Not Break the Bank by emailing him at paul@BoldlyLead.com.Join the discussions at our Podcast Facebook group here.Learn more about Paul Simkins on his website.We happily work with Buzzsprout for our podcast. See how they can help you and get a $20 Amazon Gift Card after you pay your second invoice!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/paulsimkins)
New Year's Resolutions don't work! It's proven time and time again. Occassionally you might get lucky but overall resolutions are simply a trail of disappointments. Paul Simkins, The Values Coach, talks about tools that leaders like you can use to become much more effective at achieving the things you want in the new year!Plus, some great ideas for New Year's Eve party appetizers you can make on your smoker or grill! You can find all the recipes, and many more besides, on the Smoke and Ash Facebook group or by emailing paul@BoldlyLead.com.You can get a copy of Paul's eBook 15 Innovative Ways to Show Employees You Care and Not Break the Bank by emailing him at paul@BoldlyLead.com.Join the discussions at our Podcast Facebook group here.Learn more about Paul Simkins on his website.We happily work with Buzzsprout for our podcast. See how they can help you and get a $20 Amazon Gift Card after you pay your second invoice!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/paulsimkins)
Several months into a world health crisis and many leaders still don't seem to have it right! What about you? Paul Simkins, The Values Coach, talks about leaders who have gotten it really wrong, some who have gotten it right, and how you can employ four skills to become that irreplaceable leader in any crisis.Plus, a recipe for Smoked Prime Rib this holiday! You can find the recipe, and many more, on the Smoke and Ash Facebook group or by emailing paul@BoldlyLead.com.You can get a copy of Paul's eBook 15 Innovative Ways to Show Employees You Care and Not Break the Bank by emailing him at paul@BoldlyLead.com.Join the discussions at our Podcast Facebook group here.Learn more about Paul Simkins on his website.We happily work with Buzzsprout for our podcast. See how they can help you and get a $20 Amazon Gift Card after you pay your second invoice!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/paulsimkins)
Take all those annual performance reviews and throw them away and never look at them again! Paul Simkins, The Values Coach, gets on his soapbox and talks about one of the worst things we do to our employees (and ourselves). The dreaded annual performance review. We'll talk about why it is so terrible, ineffective, and a complete waste of time. And we'll talk about what to do instead.Plus, a recipe for a special Dutch Oven dish called Java Coffee Cake with Espresso Glaze! This would be absolutely PERFECT for a cold-weather campout breakfast item or simply a Christmas morning treat! The recipe is from The Geezer's Cookbook  You can find the recipe, and many more, on the Smoke and Ash Facebook group or by emailing paul@BoldlyLead.com.You can get a copy of Paul's eBook 15 Innovative Ways to Show Employees You Care and Not Break the Bank by emailing him at paul@BoldlyLead.com.Join the discussions at our Podcast Facebook group here.Learn more about Paul Simkins on his website.We happily work with Buzzsprout for our podcast. See how they can help you and get a $20 Amazon Gift Card after you pay your second invoice!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/paulsimkins)
In an electronic world, we depend on it greatly to help us communicate. We text more, we talk less. We email more, we talk less. We video conference more and still talk less. In this episode, Paul Simkins, The Values Coach, shares how we can make real connections with people better when we do the opposite and talk more instead of talking less.Plus, a recipe for a special Dutch Oven dish called Baked Native American Pudding! The recipe is from The Geezer's Cookbook  You can find the recipe, and many more, on the Smoke and Ash Facebook group or by emailing paul@BoldlyLead.com.You can get a copy of Paul's eBook 15 Innovative Ways to Show Employees You Care and Not Break the Bank by emailing him at paul@BoldlyLead.com.Join the discussions at our Podcast Facebook group here.Learn more about Paul Simkins on his website.We happily work with Buzzsprout for our podcast. See how they can help you and get a $20 Amazon Gift Card after you pay your second invoice!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/paulsimkins)
Author and online business build Ann Sieg talks with Paul Simkins about how she went from a failing business to building an online empire; and how she needed a powerful team around her to make it happen.Plus, Paul shares a recipe for PBJ French Toast that you can make outdoors on a grill or in a skillet. It's sure to be a hit with the kids! You can find the recipe, and many more, on the Smoke and Ash Facebook group or by emailing TLToolbox@BoldlyLead.com.The Ecommerce Business School is at https://ecommercebusinessschool.com/.Their latest course offering can be found at https://www.joinebs.com/tech-leaders . You can join the discussions at our Podcast Facebook group here.You can learn more about Paul Simkins on his website.We happily work with Buzzsprout for our podcast. See how they can help you and get a $20 Amazon Gift Card after you pay your second invoice!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/paulsimkins)
Here we are at Thanksgiving in the U.S. and we just finished a big election and we are in the second wave of the pandemic! How leaders choose to focus on and how they react sets the example for the team. In this episode, Paul Simkins, The Values Coach, talks about gratitude does that nothing else can do.Plus, Worth the Wait Turkey! A recipe for smoked turkey that will have a nice, crispy skin and tender, juicy, and flavorful meat! The recipe is from the book Smoke and Spice by Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison. You can find the recipe, and many more, on the Smoke and Ash Facebook group or by emailing paul@BoldlyLead.com.You can find the latest edition of Cheryl's book here.You can read more about Cheryl and see more recipes at excitedaboutfood.com.You can get a copy of Paul's eBook 15 Innovative Ways to Show Employees You Care and Not Break the Bank by emailing him at paul@BoldlyLead.com.Join the discussions at our Podcast Facebook group here.Learn more about Paul Simkins on his website.We happily work with Buzzsprout for our podcast. See how they can help you and get a $20 Amazon Gift Card after you pay your second invoice!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/paulsimkins)
After several months of pandemic shutdowns, #WFH, kids taking school from home, bad Wifi, election-year political turmoil, dealing with loved-ones with COVID-19, it's no wonder that stress is at an all-time high. Continued employment and workplace stability seem so unsure. In this episode, Paul Simkins, The Values Coach, talks about what your employees need from leaders like you now to get through this time.Plus, because November 14 was National Pickle Day Paul shares an excellent recipe for Grilled Pickles on the grill. You can find the recipe, and many more, on the Smoke and Ash Facebook group or by emailing paul@BoldlyLead.com.You can get a copy of Paul's eBook 15 Innovative Ways to Show Employees You Care and Not Break the Bank by emailing him at paul@BoldlyLead.com.Join the discussions at our Podcast Facebook group here.Learn more about Paul Simkins on his website.We happily work with Buzzsprout for our podcast. See how they can help you and get a $20 Amazon Gift Card after you pay your second invoice!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/paulsimkins)
Great leaders are always working to get the most out of their team. Productivity matters. Effectiveness matters. And people matter most of all. You often hear people talk about motivating someone or motivating the team. What is that all about? Is it really possible? What are the best ways to do that? In this episode, Paul Simkins, The Values Coach, talks about what to do INSTEAD of motivating your team and the best way to do it.Plus, because November 6 was National Nachos Day (really, it was) Paul shares an excellent recipe for BBQ Chicken Nachos on the grill or box oven. You can also do it in your kitchen oven. You can find the recipe, and many more, on the Smoke and Ash Facebook group or by emailing paul@BoldlyLead.com.You can get a copy of Paul's eBook 15 Innovative Ways to Show Employees You Care and Not Break the Bank by emailing him at paul@BoldlyLead.com.Join the discussions at our Podcast Facebook group here.Learn more about Paul Simkins on his website.We happily work with Buzzsprout for our podcast. See how they can help you and get a $20 Amazon Gift Card after you pay your second invoice!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/paulsimkins)
CEO Chad Burmeister of Scalex.ai talks with Paul Simkins about how he uses cutting edge technology to empower sales teams and how it's true power comes through the values leaders place in front.  Chad professes to be a Believer, Husband, Father of two teenagers, and life-long rebel and rule-breaker.Plus, Chad shares a recipe for a special Salmon Sauce he learned from a historic restaurant in Denver. You can find the recipe, and many more, on the Smoke and Ash Facebook group or by emailing TLToolbox@BoldlyLead.com.You can reach Chad at chad@scalex.ai. Be sure to listen near the end of the episode for a special offer from Chad you can take advantage of.You can join the discussions at our Podcast Facebook group here.You can learn more about Paul Simkins on his website.We happily work with Buzzsprout for our podcast. See how they can help you and get a $20 Amazon Gift Card after you pay your second invoice!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/paulsimkins)
Guest Dawn Sipley of Sipley the Best talks with Paul Simkins about what employers and candidates need to do during the hiring process, plus how to use social media effectively, and the challenges facing employers today.Plus, Dawn shares a recipe for Camp Grilled Wings. You can find the recipe, and many more, on the Smoke and Ash Facebook group or by emailing TLToolbox@BoldlyLead.com.You can reach Dawn at dawnsipley@gmail.com.You can join the discussions at our Podcast Facebook group here.You can learn more about Paul Simkins on his website.We happily work with Buzzsprout for our podcast. See how they can help you and get a $20 Amazon Gift Card after you pay your second invoice!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/paulsimkins)
Everyone (including us) talks about being a good leader and some of the facets of that. What often gets looked are some basic, learnable skills that set you up. In this episode, Paul Simkins, The Values Coach, talks three rare skills that allow you to develop and grow as a leader. Learn these skills and you will have increased influence with your team and your organization.Plus, Paul shares an excellent recipe for Dinner in a Pumpkin. Cooks this over coals or in your kitchen oven. You can find the recipe, and many more, on the Smoke and Ash Facebook group or by emailing paul@BoldlyLead.com.You can get a copy of Paul's eBook 15 Innovative Ways to Show Employees You Care and Not Break the Bank by emailing him at paul@BoldlyLead.com.Join the discussions at our Podcast Facebook group here.Learn more about Paul Simkins on his website.We happily work with Buzzsprout for our podcast. See how they can help you and get a $20 Amazon Gift Card after you pay your second invoice!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/paulsimkins)
When times are critical, that's when leaders MUST be equipped with the skills to help their teams succeed! In a follow-up to Episode 37, Paul Simkins, The Values Coach, shares five MORE reasons why NOW IS THE BEST TIME to invest in developing your leadership.Plus, Paul shares an excellent recipe for Sausage and Cornbread Bake. This is the easy to make in a Dutch Oven over coals or in your kitchen oven. You can find the recipe, and many more, on the Smoke and Ash Facebook group or by emailing TLToolbox@BoldlyLead.com.You can get a copy of Paul's eBook 15 Innovative Ways to Show Employees You Care and Not Break the Bank by emailing him at paul@BoldlyLead.com.Join the discussions at our Podcast Facebook group here.Learn more about Paul Simkins on his website.We happily work with Buzzsprout for our podcast. See how they can help you and get a $20 Amazon Gift Card after you pay your second invoice!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/paulsimkins)
Now is not the time to pull back! It's time to surge forward! To navigate your team through the dysfunction and disruption, you and your leaders need to be fully equipped with the right skills. Leadership Skills!  Paul Simkins, The Values Coach, shares five reasons why NOW IS THE BEST TIME to invest in developing your leadership.Plus, Paul shares another installment of You Can Grill That?. This is the Veggie Edition. You can find the recipe, and many more, on the Smoke and Ash Facebook group or by emailing TLToolbox@BoldlyLead.com.You can get a copy of Paul's eBook 15 Innovative Ways to Show Employees You Care and Not Break the Bank by emailing him at paul@BoldlyLead.com.You can join the discussions at our Podcast Facebook group here.You can learn more about Paul Simkins on his website.We happily work with Buzzsprout for our podcast. See how they can help you and get a $20 Amazon Gift Card after you pay your second invoice!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/paulsimkins)
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