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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 need to report to jury duty.” Have you ever gotten a card with this message on it? I have, and quite recently in fact. And during my time there, I got to thinking about those words: JURY DUTY. While many will look at it as a DUTY, I don’t think that the word accurately describe what is intended. Instead, I think it should be JURY SERVICE. Check out this episode for my thoughts on duty versus service and more importantly, what these words mean to us as leaders. Tweet it out: Focus on how you can serve today, not on what your duty requires. @KevinEikenberry From This Episode: If you’d like to receive my daily email and be a part of a fun and interesting community, you can learn more and sign up here.
Although we all try at times, we just can’t do it all nor can we do it alone. For our teams and organizations to become successful, we need to change this mindset. Kevin sits down with Dr. Eric George; hand surgeon, investor, philanthropist and author of We: Ditch the Me Mindset and Change the World. George recognized the importance of connection when he started treating patients from every background, ethnicity, age, and gender. He also realized in healthcare; you want the best outcome for your patient. This requires that I depend on you and you depend on me. It’s about WE. This translates to business. People want their leaders to care for them. Kevin and Dr. George talk about what he’s learned from medicine and how he expanded his reach. In this episode, Dr. George discusses 1. The We mindset. 2. Perseverance through connectedness. 3. Work-Life balance. Additional Leadership Resources Book Recommendations: We: Ditch the Me Mindset and Change the World by Dr. Eric George No Man's Land: Where Growing Companies Fail by Doug Tatum Connected to Goodness: Manifest Everything You Desire in Business and Life by David Meltzer and Harrison Lebowitz Connect with Dr. Eric George: Website | LinkedIn | Instagram Related Podcast Episodes: Community Building for Leaders with Raha Agrawal. Creating Connection in the Age of Isolation with Dan Schawbel. Partnership is the New Leadership with Ty Bennett.
The Coronavirus is changing everything in our world. In this timely special episode, Kevin invites Wayne Turmel, his co-author of the Long-Distance Leader: Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership for an off-the-cuff real and relevant conversation about the challenges with our current climate. This is a wide-ranging conversation filled with practical advice about how remote leaders and remote workers can succeed. They talk about how leaders (remote or otherwise) can communicate with individuals and teams during this time of uncertainty and share ideas to help now remote team members be more successful – and even more calm during the current situation. This episode is brought to you by... https://kevineikenberry.com/covid-19/ Additional Leadership Resources Let Us Move Forward Together
If only. If only I had years of experience. If only I had the credentials. Jim McKelvey believes if we wait for the right moment to do things, the important things won’t get done. Jim is the co-founder of Square (which was inducted into the Museum of Modern Art in 2011) and author of The Innovation Stack: Building an Unbeatable Business One Crazy Idea at a Time. He shares the inspiration for his book and why he thinks the important stuff that we do are things that have not been done before. Jim recognizes most of the work done is a replicate of previous work. We take knowledge and go. This works (sometimes even great), it just doesn’t create anything new. However, when we work through solving a problem and keep solving the problems, wonderful things can happen, and the innovation evolves. In this episode, Jim talks about 1. Moving through ideas, even with restrictions. 2. Components of the Innovation Stack. 3. The importance of a checklist. 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 Innovation Stack: Building an Unbeatable Business One Crazy Idea at a Time by Jim McKelvey Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman Frenemies: The Epic Disruption of the Ad Business (and Everything Else) by Ken Auletta Connect with Jim McKelvey: LinkedIn | Twitter Related Podcast Episodes: Leadership Resilience with Ama Marston. The Excellence Dividend with Tom Peters. Brave New Work with Aaron Dignan. How to Think Like Amazon with John Rossman.
Leaders need to be good communicators. This doesn't mean that need to be constantly talking. Many leaders fall prey to this mistake - we'll talk about why it is a mistake, why it happens, and how to improve in this area. Remarkable Way: https://kevineikenberry.com/way 
The legendary speaker and author, Jim Rohn, famously said: “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” The idea of who we are spending time with is an important concept to think about both as leaders and as humans. Do you know your answer or the answer of that for your team? In this episode, I’ll dive into this concept much further and give you even more think about. Tweet it out: Jim Rohn said we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. He is right. Who are you hanging’ with? @KevinEikenberry From This Episode: If you’d like to receive my daily email and be a part of a fun and interesting community, you can learn more and sign up at https://kevineikenberry.com/daily.
The happiest people are tackling big problems, not just complaining about them. Rosabeth Moss Kanter’s goal is to give folks the skills to move to action, whether personally or professionally. Rosabeth is the author or co-author of 20 books, including her most recent Think Outside the Building: How Advanced Leaders Can Change the World One Smart Innovation at a Time. Rosabeth and Kevin discuss change and innovation and she shares examples of folks moving ideas forward. The size of your idea does not need to be tied to the size of your bank account. Some big ideas grow with many small asks. She cautions that moving ideas are messy and those small asks help build your community. Not only does this community keep you going, but they can also offer perspective. Don’t be afraid to propose a new solution. Sometimes nothing happens. Sometimes that idea can grow and if you don’t act you will never know. In this episode, Rosabeth discusses 1. What is “Outside the Building”. 2. Small asks. 3. Kanter’s Law (Roadblocks in the middle). This episode is brought to you by... From Manager to Remarkable Leader, Kevin's flagship workshop based on his proven leadership model. Learn more: https://remarkablepodcast.com/manager  Additional Leadership Resources Book Recommendations: Think Outside the Building: How Advanced Leaders Can Change the World One Smart Innovation at a Time by Rosabeth Moss Kanter Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts by Jill Abramson Connect with Rosabeth Moss Kanter: Website | Twitter | Facebook Related Podcast Episodes: The Excellence Dividend with Tom Peters. Leading Through Disruption with Tony Hunter. Leading in a Changing World with Dr. Jeffrey Hull.
Wondering what your organization can do to deal with the challenges of coronavirus (COVID19)? I'm talking about how to prepare for productivity, rather than living in panic. Additional Leadership Resources Have more questions? Send them to us. Schedule time with Wayne Turmel. Planning Overcomes Panic: How to Prepare for More People Working from Home Due to the Coronavirus
Today I’m sharing a lesson about the dangers of comparisons. And to do that, I’m talking about my Dad’s mechanical aptitude and my “lack thereof”… There are many dangers when we find ourselves in the comparison trap, and in the episode below, I’m sharing these dangers as well as what we need to be doing INSTEAD of comparing. Tweet it out: Comparing your weaknesses to the great strengths of others is a losing endeavor. Strive to learn from, not try to emulate, others. @KevinEikenberry From This Episode: Sign up to receive an email notification each time we release a new episode of Remarkable TV here.
As a leader, you don’t just lead and/or manage, you are a teacher. At least you should be, according to Dr. Thomas DeLong. Tom is the Baker Foundation Professor of Management Practice in the Organizational Behavior unit at Harvard Business School and author of Teaching By Heart – One Professor’s Journey to Inspire. He joins Kevin and reflects on his experiences in both academia and managing. In his opinion, the best teachers are aware of the needs of their students/their employees. If you define your success on your list and the tasks accomplished, others will always come second. Leaders need to be authentic and empathetic, as well as modeling the behavior they want to see. For example, don’t just talk about your culture. Listen and connect with your team to build the culture and create moments of transformation. In this episode, Tom shares his thoughts about 1. Leading and teaching. 2. Perspective on future leaders. 3. The idea of connecting and re-connecting. This episode is brought to you by... 13 Days to Remarkable Leadership, a free leadership video series based on Kevin's book, Remarkable Leadership. Sign up by going to RemarkablePodcast.com/13days. Additional Leadership Resources Book Recommendations: Teaching by Heart: One Professor's Journey to Inspire by Dr. Thomas J. DeLong Praying for Sheetrock: A Work of Nonfiction by Melissa Faye Greene Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson Connect with Thomas DeLong: Website | Email Related Podcast Episodes: Lessons from a Fortune Top 50 Leader with Mitch Daniels. The Power of Vulnerability with Jeff Manchester. Never Stop Learning with Bradley Staats.
How can we as leaders help our team members if they are feeling burned out? As leaders, while we don’t like to admit it, we can sometimes be the cause of employee burnout. The good news is that while we might be the cause (or at least a small part of it), we can ALSO BE the solution. Because as a leader, it’s our responsibility to understand its existence and help reduce it. And in today’s episode, I am giving you specific tips to help you do just that. Tweet it out: Employee burnout is real. As a leader you have a responsibility to understand its existence and help reduce it if you want higher productivity and commitment. @KevinEikenberry From This Episode: Start your Monday positively with my weekly e-newsletter, Unleashing Your Remarkable Potential. Learn more and subscribe at https://kevineikenberry.com/uyrp 
Burnout levels at work are on the rise. Bruce Daisley found that folks were quitting their jobs with no plan because the uncertainty was better than their current situation. Bruce is the author of Eat, Sleep, Work, Repeat: 30 Hacks for Bringing Joy to Your Job. He shares with Kevin that seeing unhappiness at work firsthand led him to want to figure out how people could connect with their jobs again. At the end of the day, regardless of where you work and your title, satisfaction from doing a good job is the same. Leaders need to get real about burnout. Bruce’s hacks are a result of science, research, data, and psychology. He shares what he discovered and offers examples to help give our work more meaning and find that joy. In this episode, Bruce shares ideas about 1. The digital sabbath ad norms of engagement. 2. Social meetings. 3. Depersonalizing criticism and feedback. 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: Eat Sleep Work Repeat: 30 Hacks for Bringing Joy to Your Job by Bruce Daisley Lost Connections: Why You’re Depressed and How to Find Hope by Johann Hari Connect with Bruce Daisley: Website | Twitter Johann Hari: Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong | Ted Talk Johann Hari: This Could Be Why You're Depressed or Anxious | Ted Talk Related Podcast Episodes: Doing Great Work with Michael Bungay Stanier. How to be Great at Work with Morten Hansen. Never Stop Learning with Bradley Staats. Leading with Joy with Richard Sheridan.
In today’s episode, I’m finding a leadership lesson from a question that my wife asked me recently about one of my favorite things. Her co-worker asked for recommendations on brands of tea to try and since I am a serious tea lover, Lori knew that I would have an answer. What does tea have to do with leadership? Find out in this episode! Tweet it out: The best leaders remember they are leading individuals, not just people. @KevinEikenberry From This Episode: Start your Monday positively with my weekly e-newsletter, Unleashing Your Remarkable Potential. Learn more and subscribe at https://KevinEikenberry.com/UYRP  
Four-hundred years ago Francis Bacon presented the scientific method, where the workhorse is the experiment. Now is the time we move experimentation beyond an engineering process. We need to think about it as a corporate discipline. Kevin is joined by Stefan Thomke to discuss his latest book, Experimentation Works: The Surprising Power of Business Experiments. Leaders face uncertainty throughout their organizations. This includes the rollout of new products to customer satisfaction to marketing. They need to move past their prejudice, bias, and observations and test against reality for greater success. Stefan shares examples of large-scale experiments and why he thinks this should be mainstream in all businesses. In this episode, Stefan discusses 1. Business experimentation and examples. 2. Myths of experimentation. 3. Cause and effect. 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. You can sign up at https://remarkablepodcast.com/UYRP Additional Leadership Resources Book Recommendations: Experimentation Works: The Surprising Power of Business Experiments by Stefan H. Thomke Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman Connect with Stefan Thomke: Website | LinkedIn Related Podcast Episodes: Cracking Complexity with David Benjamin. The Disruption Mindset with Charlene Li. Leading Large-Scale Change with Bill Schaninger.
Not the State of the Union, but something I know much more about - The State of Leadership Development! Like the President does for our country, I will talk about where we are, but more important where we are headed in developing leaders. Remarkable Way: https://kevineikenberry.com/way 
As a leader, there is a lot on our shoulders and much is asked of us. In my blog posts, emails, articles and even here in this series, I remind you regularly of the responsibilities that we have as leaders. But today, I’m not talking about any of that. I am talking about encouragement and I’m giving it to…YOU. Tweet it out: Everyone needs encouragement, even you. Hold your head up knowing you are encouraged by someone (and if you don’t know who, assume it is me), today. @KevinEikenberry From This Episode: If you’d like to receive my daily email and be a part of a fun and interesting community, you can learn more and sign up here.
How can you build as much life into the time that you have? Tom Rath thought about this as he was writing his latest book, Life’s Great Question: Discover How You Best Contribute to the World. Tom is also the author of How Full is Your Bucket StrengthFinders 2.0 and recently co-founded a publishing company. He told Kevin looking at your strengths is a good starting point for personal reflection. The challenge becomes how you put your strengths into the world. Tom asks us to think about how we contribute to our teams because that may be far more effective than talent. He discusses the Contribify model and explains that when we work with our teams and set expectations of how each of us will contribute, we will have greater success. In this episode, Tom shares 1. Contribify Model. 2. Level setting contributions and remote teams. 3. Advice to leaders about questions and listening. 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: Life's Great Question: Discover How You Contribute to the World by Tom Rath No Time for Spectators: The Lessons That MatteredMost From West Point to the West Wing by David Epstein Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein Connect with Tom Rath: Website | Twitter | Contribify | Silicon Guild Related Podcast Episodes: The Go-Giver Leader with Bob Burg. The Outward Mindset with Jim Farrel. Being the Leader You Want to Be with Amy Jen Su.
Today I'm talking about avoiding conflict and why it's a mistake. Bud to Boss: https://budtoboss.com/ 
Every day we make about 35,000 decisions and we know not all of these are conscious. However, some of them are and some of them are about the opportunities around us. Kim Lorenz founded two companies starting at age 26 with no backing or funding, built and ran them successfully, and sold them to Fortune 500 companies before he was 47. Further, he is the author of Tireless: Key Principles that Drive Success Beyond Business School. Kim discusses his journey of seeing things that were in plain view. He shares his personal stories and examples and offers advice about establishing and leading any type of company. In this episode, Kim and Kevin discuss 1. 20/20 business vision. 2. Unsolved problems. 3. Naysayers and persistence. This episode is brought to you by... 13 Days to Remarkable Leadership, a free leadership video series based on Kevin's book, Remarkable Leadership. Learn More at remarkablepodcast.com/13days Additional Leadership Resources Book Recommendations: Tireless: Key Principles that Drive Success Beyond Business School by Kim Lorenz The Unlikely Governor: An American Immigrant’s Journey from Wartime Germany to the Federal Reserve Board by Robert Heller Connect with Kim Lorenz: Website | Facebook | LinkedIn Related Podcast Episodes: Leadership and a Cup of Coffee with Howard Behar. Leading the Dollar General Way with Cal Turner, Jr. Creating a Culture of Hospitality with Cameron Mitchell. Leading with Joy with Richard Sheridan. If you liked this conversation, we'd be thrilled if you'd let others know by leaving a review.
There are lots of common leadership mistakes. In this episode of my ongoing series, I'm talking about leaders not wanting to make any waves - and answering your questions too. Bud to Boss Workshop: https://budtoboss.com/  Unleashing Your Remarkable Potential Newsletter: https://kevineikenberry.com/UYRP  Workshop Preview: https://kevineikenberry.com/preview 
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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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