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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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Here’s a fact: Kids LOVE Halloween. Why? Because of the rewards, of course. The candy! And while they are thinking about the sweet treats, they are also thinking about being scared. Now when you think about it, preparing to be a leader is eerily similar. You think about it, you plan for it, you expect some benefits to come from it and….you’ll probably be scared at some point of the unexpected. But when you realize the fact that there will be unexpected and unpredictable circumstances, you will actually be able to better deal with them. Tweet it out: Leadership can be scary because there are so many things you can’t predict. When you recognize that you will be better prepared to deal with the unexpected. @KevinEikenberry From This Episode: Learn more and sign up for our Remote Work Newsletter.
Can you have friends at work? Should you have friends at work? Shasta Nelson is a friendship expert and author. Her most recent book is The Business of Friendship: Making the Most of the Relationships Where We Spend Most of Our Time. She sits down with Kevin to let us know that work is the #1 place we make friends. Leaders that build relationships and find ways for connection help their team feel supported and seen, which builds loyalty. The outcome is higher levels of workplace productivity, employee retention, creativity, collaboration, and profitability. Shasta also addresses loneliness and remote workers may feel this more. Again, leaders need to make the connections and value the importance of relationships. 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: The Business of Friendship: Making the Most of Our Relationships Where We Spend the Most of Our Time by Shasta Nelson Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive by Marc Brackett Connect with Shasta Nelson: Business of Friendship | Website | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | YouTube Related Podcast Episodes: Creating Connection in the Age of Isolation with Dan Schawbel. The Connectors Advantage with Michelle Tillis Lederman. The Connector Manager with Jaime Roca. 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.
A man in his 90’s recently surveyed his garage which was filled with the remnants from an old business, activities and hobbies and memories. LOTS of memories. And at the request of his children, he brought in a dumpster. And after just a few hours of work, it was filled to the brim. This man is my father-in-law. And this is the dumpster. during the course of the day, he was asked many times: Keep or Toss? And clearly that answer was often TOSS. As leaders, we must ask this question of ourselves as well: Should we keep it or toss it? Like the garage, you have to pull things out and ask that question, otherwise things pile up – things that might not be serving you. Check out this week’s Remarkable TV episode to see what I mean about the clean-up you need in your leadership life. Tweet it out: You can’t keep it all on your list or plate. If you want better results don’t just prioritize, take some things off that list. @KevinEikenberry From This Episode: If you’d like to receive my daily email and get a short, inspiring message each day, you can learn more and sign up here.
How do you define success? Is it the toys you own? Is it the relationships you have? Doug Holladay believes success is finding joy, meaning, and satisfaction on a profound level. Doug is founder and CEO of PathNorth, Georgetown University professor, former White House advisor, and the author of Rethinking Success: Eight Essential Practices for Finding Meaning in Work and Life. Kevin talks about the 3 O’s of leadership: Outcomes, Others, and Ourselves. Today he and Doug focus on the latter – ourselves. You can find your story when you reflect and acknowledge not only your strengths but where your blind spots and bias lie. Further, you can look to understand someone else’s story. Leaders can humanize the workplace and create a community where their team thrives. 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: Rethinking Success: Eight Essential Practices for Finding Meaning in Work and Life by Douglas Holladay Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl Passages: Predictable Crises of Adult Life by Gail Sheehy The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America by Arthur C. Brooks Connect with Douglas Holladay: Website | Path North | Twitter | LinkedIn Related Podcast Episodes: The Leader Habit with Martin Lanik. Leadership Character with Pat Williams. Answering Life’s Great Question with Tom Rath. 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/
Engagement is a popular topic and something that most organizations are constantly striving for. And it’s a worthy goal but the problem is that most organizations are thinking about it all wrong. To help us understand this, it might help if we take a look at the actual definition of the word. Engagement (noun) Emotional involvement or commitment. Listen to this episode to hear how this definition can help you to get better engagement (and commitment) from your team. Tweet it out: Engagement is a choice. As a team member what do you choose? As a leader, how can you help people make the choice to engage? @KevinEikenberry From This Episode: If you’d like to receive my daily email and get a short, inspiring message each day, you can learn more and sign up here.
Sometimes we need to think differently. Kevin sits down with Roger L. Martin, author of When More is Not Better – Overcoming America’s Obsession with Economic Efficiency. In his latest book, Roger explains how more is better for a while until we become obsessed. Roger and Kevin tackle leadership as it relates to models and working in silos. The job of a good leader is to not only encourage but make sure communication is happening across departments. Systems aren’t complicated, just complex. We need to consider how things work together and have real discussions about the pieces of the puzzle for more robust decisions. Roger also shares the big picture of economic efficiency and how we as leaders and individuals play a role in the system. 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: When More Is Not Better: Overcoming America’s Obsession with Economic Efficiency by Roger L. Martin Social Limits to Growth by Fred Hirsch Connect with Roger L. Martin: Book Website | Twitter Related Podcast Episodes: The Efficiency Paradox with Edward Tenner. Thinking Outside the Building with Rosabeth Moss Kanter. Reframing Problems with Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg. 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/
In this episode, I am talking about the power of empathy. But in order to understand the power, we need to know the definition. EMPATHY: The action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another. Empathy is so important to our role as leaders. And here are five reasons that empathy matters. Tweet it out: The best leaders are empathetic – they understand and care about how their team members are doing and what they are feeling. @KevinEikenberry From This Episode: Learn more and sign up for our Remote Work Newsletter.
Everyone is talent. Your team, your bosses, and you. Today Kevin sits down with Rishon Blumberg, co-author of GAME CHANGER: How to Be 10x in the Talent Economy and co-founder of 10x Management. Rishon discusses 10x talent and 10x companies. The talent not only knows their stuff, but they can also share information at the human level. 10x companies create an environment hospitable to exceptional talent. Finding the right people is not an issue. Attracting, retaining, and managing your talent help your organization become more innovative and more responsive to experience growth. You need to know your talent and show commitment by playing to their strengths. 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: Game Changer: How to Be 10x in the Talent Economy by Michael Solomon and Rishon Blumberg The Predators’ Ball: The Inside Story of Drexel Burnham and the Rise of the Junk Bond Raiders by Connie Bruck Connect with Rishon Blumberg: Book Website | Website | LinkedIn Related Podcast Episodes: The Power of Corporate Culture with Chris Dyer. The Expertise Economy with Kelly Palmer. The Hospitable Leader with Terry Smith. Turning Culture into Competitive Advantage with Jeff Grimshaw. 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.
If you’ve watched many of our previous episodes, you know that I often ask our viewers to challenge me to find leadership lessons in bizarre and random places. And today, I am finding the lessons that we as leaders can take from our grill. And no, you don’t have to be a grilling expert to learn something here. Tweet it out: Remarkable Leaders deliver what their teams need – remembering that the team is one of their Customers. @KevinEikenberry From This Episode: Sign up to receive an email notification each time we release a new episode of Remarkable TV.
We all have the potential; the potential to be remarkable or to use our powers for evil. Research shows that we are influenced by those around us. So, it’s up to leaders to create the environment to build integrity. Kevin sits down with Rob Chesnut, former federal prosecutor, former General Counsel and most recently the Chief Ethics Officer of Airbnb, Inc. He is also the author of Intentional Integrity: How Smart Companies Can Lead an Ethical Revolution. Data shows that trust is at an all-time low. This is huge because we have a lot of problems to solve and we need to do it together. Rob believes if your actions are consistent with your values, you will have a competitive advantage. Integrity not only resonates with your team; it resonates with consumers. 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: Intentional Integrity: How Smart Companies Can Lead an Ethical Revolution by Rob Chesnut Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Rob Chesnut Connect with Rob Chesnut: Website | LinkedIn Related Podcast Episodes: How to be Great at Work with Morten Hansen. Leveraged Learning with Danny Iny. Key Lessons from Top Episodes of 2019. Leaders as Teachers with Dr. Thomas J. DeLong. 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.
I meet with a lot of leaders who are frustrated with people on their team who are not doing something at all or who aren’t doing something in a certain way. And in order to address this concern, there is one question that they can ask to determine WHY this is: Is it will or skill? In today’s episode, we are going to talk about the very important distinction between these two and why it matters to your results. Tweet it out: If someone isn’t doing what you need or expect – ask yourself – is it a lack of will or skill? @KevinEikenberry From This Episode: Listen to and subscribe to our Remarkable Leadership Podcast.
It’s all about your journey, your journey of growth and development. When you find your passion and purpose, you will bring other people to the table for a shared vision. This will lead to success. Carter Phipps is coauthor of Conscious Leadership: Elevating Humanity Through Business with Steve McIntosh, and Whole Foods Market CEO John Mackey. Carter and Kevin discuss principles and mindsets for value-based leadership. He shares examples of what purpose first means and the importance of looking beyond a transaction to how it impacts the other stakeholders. Carter also shares thoughts on the need for both competition and collaboration to get the best answer. 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: Conscious Leadership: Elevating Humanity Through Business by John Mackey, Steve Mcintosh, Carter Phipps Stakeholder Theory: Concepts and Strategies (Elements in Organization Theory) by R. Edward Freeman The Price of Tomorrow: Why Deflation is the Key to an Abundant Future by Jeff Booth Connect with Carter Phipps: Website | Cultural Evolution | Conscious Capitalism Related Podcast Episodes: Leadership From the Inside Out with Kevin Cashman. Being the Leader You Want to Be with Amy Jen Su. Humanocracy with Gary Hamel. 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/
The topic of today’s episode would have been nearly unthinkable six months ago…and yet, here we are, talking about masks and how contentious they have become. I have a problem with masks, and it’s not what you think. It’s not political and it’s not scientific. Check out this episode and tell me if you agree in the comments below. Tweet it out: Remember that when you are wearing your mask people can’t see you smile. Make sure you DO smile, and smile with your eyes! @KevinEikenberry From This Episode: If you’d like to receive my daily email and get a short, inspiring message each day, you can learn more and sign up here.
What are the traits of a go-to person? You know, the person who gets the job done. Most likely, we all want to be a person who is reliable and great to work with. Bruce Tulgan cautions us though not to confuse go-to with a yes man. Bruce’s latest book is THE ART OF BEING INDISPENSABLE WORK: Win Influence, Beat Overcommitment, and Get the Right Things Done. Kevin and Bruce discuss the importance of showing up and being valuable. When we play the long game and show others how we can help, they will want to reciprocate and help us. However, don’t get caught always saying yes. There are other options to serve needs and provide value. You don’t want to be remembered for the “yes” you didn’t deliver. 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 Art of Being Indispensable at Work: Win Influence, Beat Overcommitment, and Get the Right Things Done by Bruce Tulgan About Face: The Odyssey of an American Warrior by Colonel David H. Hackworth, and Julie Sherman The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson Connect with Bruce Tulgan: Website | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook Related Podcast Episodes: Leading with (Real) Vision with Jesse Lyn Stoner. How to be Great at Work with Morten Hansen. Leading Without Authority with Keith Ferrazzi. 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/
If you’re like me, you went to school for a long time. And 13 or more years will teach you that knowledge is what “wins” the game of school. So if knowledge is a good thing (and it is!), where’s the danger? Tweet it out: Make your goal to know more, not to know it all – because you can’t anyway. @KevinEikenberry From This Episode: Sign up to receive an email notification each time we release a new episode of Remarkable TV here.
Most of us would agree that a component of leadership is making other people better. Frances Frei believes that to have progress, we need to have trust. Frances is the co-author, with Anne Morris, of Unleashed: The Unapologetic Leader’s Guide to Empowering Everyone Around You. She explains to Kevin that you need to be unapologetic because you can’t wait for permission when action needs to happen. It’s all about trust and empowerment. Their research shows that to bring out the best in one other person, you need to set high standards AND be committed to their success. Frances shares stories about companies where the most effective leaders use a combination of trust, love, and belonging to create success in their teams. This episode is brought to you by… Virtual LeaderCon, a virtual leadership conference coming September 14th-18th. You can sign up at https://virtualleadercon.com/  Additional Leadership Resources Book Recommendations: Unleashed: The Unapologetic Leader’s Guide to Empowering Everyone Around You by Frances Frei and Anne Morriss Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay Connect with Frances Frei: Website | LinkedIn Related Podcast Episodes: Leading with (Real) Vision with Jesse Lyn Stoner. Leading with Compassionate Accountability with Nate Regier. Answering the Culture Question with Eric Stutzman. Being the Leader You Want to Be with Amy Jen Su. 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/
As the title suggests, today I am sharing lessons we can learn from rivers. Now when I say “rivers”, it’s likely that we all have a different river in mind. And regardless of which river you think of – whether it’s the Mississippi River, the Hudson River, the Pere Marquette River (near my childhood home) or any other – there are lessons that we can get from rivers. Tweet it out: Remember the lessons of the river and you will use your persistence for the benefit of others and yourself. @KevinEikenberry From This Episode: If you’d like to receive my daily email and get a short, inspiring message each day, you can learn more and sign up at https://kevineikenberry.com/daily 
Do you take the time to downshift, or contemplate, or reflect? Most of us probably want to do that, and where can we find the time? Kevin chats with Joseph Badaracco, John Shad Professor of Business Ethics at Harvard Business School and author. Today, they focus on his latest book, Step Back: How to Bring the Art of Reflection into your Busy Life. Joseph conducted interviews with executives and professionals about reflection – What is it? How do you do it? Where do you find the time? He also studied some classic works to develop principles about the practice. He found that people do find the time to reflect, on their terms. There was little repetition in the method. He suggests that it’s OK to pause and find those moments because, in the long run, they are a powerful tool to look at problems differently, help you sort out feelings, prioritize and help both you and your team. This episode is brought to you by… Virtual LeaderCon, a virtual leadership conference coming September 14th-18th. Additional Leadership Resources Book Recommendations: Step Back: Bringing the Art of Reflection into Your Busy Life by Joseph Badaracco The Plague Paperback by Albert Camus Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid Connect with Joseph Badaracco: LinkedIn Related Podcast Episodes: How to be Great at Work with Morten Hansen. Leveraged Learning with Danny Iny. Key Lessons from Top Episodes of 2019. Leaders as Teachers with Dr. Thomas J. DeLong. 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. Leave a Review If you liked this conversation, we’d be thrilled if you’d let others know by leaving a review on iTunes. Here’s a quick guide for posting a review. 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/
Today I’m talking about Leadership and Toilet Paper – yes, I really am. In the past I’ve done mash-ups of leadership with random topics, and challenged people to send me suggestions. You can see a channel of these past mashups here. Jose Luis sent this one in. Now I don’t know if he was serious, or just doesn’t like me, 😉 but…challenge accepted. Tweet it out: The best leaders are like toilet paper – they are available to do the dirty work. @KevinEikenberry From This Episode: Checkout our channel of previous leadership mashups here. Listen to and subscribe to our Remarkable Leadership Podcast.
What does it take to become passionate about your work? How do you transfer that passion to your team? Jacqueline Throop-Robinson has spent years researching this topic to get to the heart of employee engagement. What she found is that it’s not enough to have meaning in your work. People also need to have a sense of progress. Jacqueline is the founder of Spark Engagement Inc., a global analytics company in Human Resources focusing on employee engagement and best-selling author of Fire Up Your Team: 50 Ways for Leaders to Connect, Collaborate and Create with their Teams (2013). She has found there are 21 drivers of employee engagement. She suggests that it’s not the leaders’ job to make their teams passionate. However, they need to challenge them to find that passion. This episode is brought to you by… Virtual LeaderCon, a virtual leadership conference coming September 14th-18th. Learn more at https://virtualleadercon.com/  Additional Leadership Resources Book Recommendations: The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership: A New Paradigm for Sustainable Success by Jim Dethmer, Diana Chapman, Kaley Klemp Fire Up Your Team: 50 Ways for Leaders to Connect, Collaborate and Create with Their Teams by Jacqueline Throop-Robinson Connect with Jacqueline Throop-Robinson: Website | LinkedIn Related Podcast Episodes: The Leader’s Role in Employee Engagement with Michael Lee Stallard. Creating Culture – Lessons from Chick-fil-a with Steve Robinson. Eat, Sleep, Work, Repeat with Bruce Daisley. 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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