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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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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/
Last week, I talked about the power that routines can have in our lives. If you missed that, you can watch it here. The thing about routines is that when they change, we are often left feeling a little lost, confused or even discombobulated. And if you’re like most of us, our routines over the last four months have changed significantly. Are you feeling lost working from home? If you are, the answer might be in adjusting your routine to better fit your current situation. In this episode, I’m giving you six easy steps to help you evaluate existing and create new routines that you will help you be more successful. Tweet it out: You have routines. But are they serving you? Think about your routines decide which ones are helping you reach your goals – and change the rest! @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.
How does your team show up for work? How do you show up? Gary Hamel believes people leave their gifts of creativity and daring at home because it is not encouraged. He joins Kevin to discuss why he thinks organizations have been incapacitated by their lack of humanity. Gary is the author of The Future of Management (2007) and his latest book, with Michele Zanini, Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People Inside Them. He shares data about the increase in bureaucracy in organizations and the decline of productivity growth. In short, the old model is not working and organizations need to think about the human element. Further, people at all levels can make change where they are and building community is a good place to start. This episode is brought to you by… Virtual LeaderCon, a virtual leadership conference coming September 14th-18th. Learn more at https://remarkablepodcast.com/VLC  Additional Leadership Resources Book Recommendations: The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Eric Lawson Mind & Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False by Thomas Nagel The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss by David Bentley Hart Connect with Gary Hamel: Website | Book Website | Twitter | LinkedIn Related Podcast Episodes: The Excellence Dividend with Tom Peters. Brave New Work with Aaron Dignan. Leading Large-Scale Change with Bill Schaninger. The Future Leader with Jacob Morgan. 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.
Our subconscious minds are extremely powerful and when we build routines and habits, it allows us to capitalize on this part of our brain. In this episode, I will show you six incredible benefits we get when we flex our subconscious with routines and habits. Tweet it out: Recognize the value and power of your routines – the right ones can change your life for the better. @KevinEikenberry From This Episode: Sign up to receive an email notification each time we release a new episode of Remarkable TV here.
Thirty years ago, we were introduced to The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. And my guess is most of us have read the book, or at least been exposed to one (or more) of the habits; Think Win/Win. Kevin sits down with Sean Covey, son of Stephen, to discuss the anniversary edition and what makes it unique. Sean is a New York Times bestselling author (The 4 Disciplines of Execution, The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make, The 7 Habits of Happy Kids, The Leader in Me, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens) and president of FranklinCovey Education. Sean builds upon the principle-centered approach for solving problems, whether they are personal or professional. He shares anecdotes and takeaways on how the habits have remained unchanged and how we can use them today. 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: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: 30th Anniversary Edition by Stephen R. Covey, Sean Covey Contributor The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company by Robert Iger Connect with Sean Covey: Book Website Related Podcast Episodes: The Leader Habit with Martin Lanik. Truthful Living and Timeless Principles with Jeffrey Gitomer. Choose to Win with Tom Ziglar. 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. 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/
When you work on your own personal development does it just benefit you? Not at all. In fact, everybody wins when you take the time to work on your development. The organization. The team. Your boss. And of course, you. So, the next question is, who is responsible for your development? Tweet it out: Hopefully you work for an organization that invest in you. Whether they do or don’t your development still belongs to you. @KevinEikenberry From This Episode: Start your Monday off positively with my weekly e-newsletter, Unleashing Your Remarkable Potential. Learn more and subscribe here.
Are you waiting for development opportunities, or are you being intentional in creating opportunities? Dave McKeown suggests that leaders with the most impact push for growth. Dave is a leadership consultant and the author of The Self-Evolved Leader: Elevate Your Focus and Develop Your People in a World That Refuses to Slow Down. He joins Kevin to discuss what it means to be a self-evolved leader. It’s not about saving the day and getting it all done. Leaders understand their strengths and weaknesses (and use both). Further, they look to elevate focus, share stories and provide context for alignment, and develop people. In this episode, Dave discusses: Characteristics of a self-evolved leader. The cycle of mediocrity. Micro disciplines. 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 Self-Evolved Leader: Elevate Your Focus and Develop Your People in a World That Refuses to Slow Down by Dave McKeown The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker Connect with Dave McKeown: Website | Book Website | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Related Podcast Episodes: The Leader Habit with Martin Lanik. Day One Leadership with Drew Dudley. The Making of a Manager with Julie Zhuo. 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/
Do you remember the TV show “Password”? If you don’t know it, you can check it out here. In the game, two teams attempted to win by conveying mystery words to each other using only single-word clues. The word to be conveyed (the “password”) was given to one player on each team and was whispered softly to the audience. So today, I am whispering a word that I want you to be careful with. The word is: Safe Now let me be clear: I want you, your families, your teams, your customers, and everyone to be physically healthy. I am not making a political statement, a comment about mask wearing, social/physical distancing, or anything like that. But I also want you, your families, your teams, your customers, and everyone to be mentally and psychologically healthy too. And that’s where I think we have to be a bit careful with the word safe. Listen to the Remarkable TV episode to find out more about what I mean when I ask you to be careful with this word. Tweet it out: When we tell people to be safe – we want them to be healthy and protected, but we might be encouraging them to be overly careful or wary. How about encouraging people to be well instead? @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.
Where is your growth coming from? Keith Ferrazzi suggests you don’t need a title, an office, or even a physical workspace to make a difference. However, you need to have a vision and get people behind that vision. Keith is the co-author, with Noel Weyrich, of Leading Without Authority: How the New Power of Co-Elevation Can Break Down Silos, Transform Teams, and Reinvent Collaboration. Keith and Kevin discuss control, authority, and empowerment. Your organizations and teams suffer when we are fighting for resources. To be successful, you need to create an environment where the team lifts each other; co-elevation. And yes, this does take work. However, results come when you stay committed to the mission and committed to the people. 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: Leading Without Authority: How the New Power of Co-Elevation Can Break Down Silos, Transform Teams, and Reinvent Collaboration by Keith Ferrazzi and Noel Weyrich The Future Is Faster Than You Think: How Converging Technologies Are Transforming Business, Industries, and Our Lives (Exponential Technology Series) by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler Elevate: Push Beyond Your Limits and Unlock Success in Yourself and Others by Robert Glazer Limitless: Upgrade Your Brain, Learn Anything Faster, and Unlock Your Exceptional Life by Jim Kwik Connect with Keith Ferrazzi: Website | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook Related Podcast Episodes: Learning Leadership with Jim Kouzes. The Outward Mindset with Jim Ferrell. Cracking the Leadership Code with Alain Hunkins. 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/
When you look into your crystal ball, what does the future of work look like? On a good day, that is a difficult question. How we think about work, leadership, and our organizations have changed more in the past six months than in decades. Jacob Morgan is joining Kevin for a second time to discuss trends impacting the future of leadership and the mindsets and skills future leaders will need to have. Jacob is a trained futurist and wants to help leaders succeed. Through interviews and surveys, he wanted to know how and why leadership is changing, how ready are leaders today for these changes, and what leaders need to do now. He shares the results and take-aways in his latest book, The Future Leader: 9 Skills and Mindsets to Succeed in the Next Decade. 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 Future Leader: 9 Skills and Mindsets to Succeed in the Next Decade by Jacob Morgan The Long Way to a Small Angry Planent by Becky Chambers Connect with Jacob Morgan: Book Website | Future of Work University Survey | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube Related Podcast Episodes: Understanding the Employee Experience with Jacob Morgan. A Future Lens on Leadership with Bob Johansen. The Disruption Mindset with Charlene Li. The New Global Manager with Melissa Lamson. 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/
You’ve likely heard of the Law of Attraction. In short, the basic idea is that our thoughts turn into things eventually. The idea is that we are like human magnets – always attracting something. Not everyone agrees with this principle and the principle often leaves out an important part – the fact that thinking alone, while an important part of the attraction process, leaves out the harder part – action and work. This short episode isn’t meant to leave out the action part, but rather to illuminate the first part – either to remind or influence or encourage you. Tweet it out: The law of attraction is real – get your thoughts right, and couple it with action – and you will change your circumstances and results. @KevinEikenberry From This Episode: Sign up to receive emails when we release a new Remarkable TV episode here.
Do you ask for ideas? Not just give permission to share ideas, but really invite new ideas. When Karin Hurt and David Dye worked with organizations, they noticed a pattern. Management thought their teams were not speaking up, and employees felt their ideas were not heard. This is all about culture. Karin and David join Kevin to discuss this pattern and their research leading to their latest book, Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates. They found that across industries and countries, people hold on to negative experiences. So, leaders not only need to create a culture of trust, but they need to be clear of what ideas they want and how those ideas lead to organizational success. 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: Courageous Cultures by Karin Hurt and David Dye Tartine Bread (Artisan Bread Cookbook, Best Bread Recipes, Sourdough Book) by Chad Robertson and Eric Wolfinger The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth by Amy C. Edmondson Connect with Karin Hurt and David Dye: Book Website | Karin Hurt’s LinkedIn | David Dye’s LinkedIn | Let’s Grow Leader’s Twitter | David Dye’s Twitter | Let’s Grow Leaders’ Facebook Page Related Podcast Episodes: Answering the Culture Question with Eric Stutzman. Creating Culture – Lessons from Chick-fil-a with Steve Robinson. Turning Culture into Competitive Advantage with Jeff Grimshaw. Innovation is Everybody’s Business with Tamara Ghandour. 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/
When we give feedback, it is with the hope that the person on the receiving end will take action on that feedback. But giving feedback isn’t a one-and-done action. It’s a journey that has many steps along the way. So before we (or should I say ‘they’) get to action, we must realize the emotions they will go through after hearing the feedback. Once you understand the emotions, there are four steps you can take to help others apply your feedback. Tweet it out: Effective feedback isn’t a hit and run – it is a journey. If you want to get to the destination you have to travel with the other person. @KevinEikenberry From This Episode: You can view all of the videos in this series here on our YouTube channel. 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.
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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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