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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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I f you are watching or listening to me now, you have achieved some level of success. And if you are leading others, it is logical and obvious that you are doing some things right. Yet many leaders feel they have arrived not because of experience, skill and wisdom, but by luck or the ability to “fool” others. If you ever feel this, welcome to the imposter syndrome. According to The International Journal of Behavioral Science, researchers estimate that 70% of people have experienced the imposter syndrome. If you underestimate your knowledge, experience and competence… When you feel like you are faking it, you live in fear. And it isn’t helpful or factual. In this episode, I’ll share five simple steps to help combat imposter syndrome. Tweet it out: The imposter syndrome is real, and it doesn’t serve you. Recognize when you feel it and take positive steps to overcome it. @KevinEikenberry From This Episode: Start your Monday off positively with my weekly e-newsletter, Unleashing Your Remarkable Potential. Learn more and subscribe here.
We speak 16,000-20,000 words a day, yet 74% of us have anxiety about speaking in front of people. As a leader, you’ve probably shared information with your organization. Most likely, you have had to stand in front of a room full of people and deliver said information. So, how do you feel? Do you embrace the opportunity or put your head down and get the job done? John Bowe believes public speaking is a skill we can all learn if we have the right mindset. John is a speech trainer and the author of I Have Something to Say: Mastering the Art of Public Speaking in an Age of Disconnection. He sits down with Kevin to discuss how we can represent our ideas in a way that best serves our audience. The last thing we want to do and waste someone’s time when we are sharing information. We need to think about the audience and their needs when we prepare our presentation. 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: Francis of Assisi: A New Biography by Augustine Thompson I Have Something to Say: Mastering the Art of Public Speaking in an Age of Disconnection by John Bowe Connect with John Bowe: Website | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook Related Podcast Episodes: Practical Storytelling for Leaders with Sandy Coletta. Bringing Out Your Best on Camera with Vern Oakley. Understanding the Style of Others with Guy Harris. Leadership, Communication and Credibility with Jack Modzelewski. 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/
I won’t go into the brain science, but it is a fact of neurology that the brain cannot be in a state of appreciation and a state of fear at the same time. The two states may alternate, but are mutually exclusive. So when people say they are too blessed to be stressed, they are actually right. But let’s step back a moment. We have plenty of reasons to be stressed. I don’t need to list them all for you here – but I am certain you have a list. And maybe now, our lists seem longer than ever – work, family, external forces and more. We know that stress and anxiety negatively impact our productivity and relationships – and when we need those things most, we might not be able to access them. Enter gratitude. I’ve written and talked about gratitude a lot over the years. Below you will find a link to my collection of articles. Now I’m urging you to consider gratitude for three simple reasons – now more than ever. Tweet it out: Being grateful is good for more than your soul – when you are grateful you lower your stress and blood-pressure. You will feel better and be better equipped to succeed for the day. @KevinEikenberry From This Episode: Listen to our Remarkable Leadership Podcast here. Read previous posts about gratitude here.
Do you have a crystal ball to show you the future? I’m going to guess the answer is no. Yet, according to Margaret Heffernan, we think the future is hiding just behind the curtain, like in the Wizard of Oz. However, if you peek, there is nothing behind the curtain. The future is unknowable. Margaret is the author of Uncharted – How to Navigate the Future. Given that we can’t know what is going to happen, she and Kevin discuss how we can be open to the fact we cannot predict the future. Data can only take us so far, and that is not who we are. Goals can be good, and we need to be careful not to turn them into a step by step process, which can narrow our focus. We can use goals to make us more observant and look for the opportunities to give us the future we want. 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: Uncharted: How to Navigate the Future by Margaret Heffernan Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil by Susan Neiman Connect with Margaret Heffernan: Website | Twitter Related Podcast Episodes: Creating Radical Outcomes with Juliana Stancampiano. Cracking Complexity with David Benjamin. LAgility with Leo Tilman and General Charles Jacoby. The Innovation Stack with Jim McKelvey. 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/
No engagement. No participation. Can’t get people to speak up. These are just a few of the many issues that we have with virtual meetings. And in this episode, I am demonstrating 4 ways that a simple cup can help improve your virtual meetings. Tweet it out: If you want people to participate in your virtual meeting, ask your question, then take a sip of your coffee while you wait for them to respond. @KevinEikenberry From This Episode: Sign up to receive our weekly email with articles and resources specifically written for remote workers and leaders. Visit The Remote Leadership Institute website for tips and resources for remote leaders and remote teams. Learn more here.
Urgent – – read, listen, or do NOW! Can you relate? Kevin chats with Brandon Smith, author of the Hot Sauce Principle: How to Live and Lead in a World Where Everything Is Urgent All of the Time. Brandon compares urgency to hot sauce. A little bit gives you some flavor and enhances the meal. Too much and your mouth is on fire. Time is our most precious resource and because of things like technology or the markets, everything is urgent all the time. Brandon believes urgency can help us create focus and lead us to action. However, when it becomes too much, we are overwhelmed and not productive. He has also found that, just like hot sauce, different people, teams, and organizations need different amounts to feel the impact. To lead change, we need some urgency to disrupt positively. 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: Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown The Hot Sauce Principle: How to Live and Lead in a World Where Everything is Urgent All of the Time by Brandon Smith Connect with Brandon Smith: Website | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook Related Podcast Episodes: Lead with Speed with Alan Willett. Bringing the Art of Reflection into Your Busy Life with Joseph Badaracco. 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 am asking you a question: Are you seeking progress or perfection? I am asking you this both personally and as a coach. And in this episode, I am making a case for each and then also a case for both. Tweet it out: Ask yourself what you want today – progress or perfection? – or you can work for both – high standards and meaningful progress? @KevinEikenberry From This Episode: Learn more about and listen to The Remarkable Leadership podcast here.  
Do you set aside the time and energy for innovation? Do you set aside the same time and energy for maintaining? Kevin sits down with Lee Vinsel and Andy Russell, authors of The Innovation Delusion: How our Obsession With the New Has Disrupted the Work that Matters Most. Vinsel and Russell are not opposed to creating and new things; however, they believe we have put too much faith in innovation to cure our problems. Therefore, we tend to neglect what is already there and create a society out of balance. A moment of innovation is just that, a moment in time. We need cognitive space to think about maintenance. Maintenance makes up a large part of human activity, yet we ignore it or even look down on the people who do that work (right now, we are calling those folks “essential workers). Leaders need to recognize that maintenance sustains success, maintenance depends on the culture, and maintenance requires constant care. For these things to happen, we may need creativity and innovation. 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: The Innovation Delusion: How Our Obsession with the New Has Disrupted the Work That Matters Most by Lee Vinsel and Andrew Russell Several Short Sentences About Writing by Verlyn Klinkenborg Connect with Lee and Andrew: Website | Lee’s Website | Andrew’s Website | Andrew’s LinkedIn | Facebook page Related Podcast Episodes: The Creative Curve with Allen Gannett. Business Experimentation and Innovation with Stefan Thomke. The Innovation Stack with Jim McKelvey. 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/  
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/
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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 👌🏿

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