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Can Nerds Be Leaders?

Can Nerds Be Leaders?

2022-05-1251:31

We often think of nerds as “others.” Those whom Judge Smails in Caddyshack said “don’t belong.” But we all have quirks and ultimately we all find people with whom share our passions, interests, and ideas; from there, leadership can take root. Curtis Armstrong is the perfect example of that. In his memoir Revenge of the Nerd, he takes us on a touching and hilarious journey from the Beatles to Sherlock Holmes and from acting to producing, with insights on leadership along the way. Full show notes are available at:  https://www.timelesstimely.com/p/nerds Please subscribe to the Timeless & Timely newsletter.
The world runs on stories. From cave paintings 30,000 years ago to the epic poems of Homer to the next installment of Ozark, humans love stories that make them feel something. And John Livesay knows about moving people to make a sale. A former sales executive with Condé Nast, he had to make his company stand out from other publishers, and he knew he needed more than numbers. Now known as “The Pitch Whisperer,” John has written a story (yes, it’s actually a story) in the form of a book to help anyone who wants to be more effective in presenting. The Sale Is In the Tale is a guide that will help anyone hone their elevator story, fully develop their story of origin, case stories, playlists of stories, and more. And be sure to check the links for a special free offer regarding John’s book. Full show notes are available at: https://www.timelesstimely.com/p/sale-tale Please subscribe to the Timeless & Timely newsletter.  
Leadership is anything but simple. For centuries, we have struggled to dissect it, understand its complexities, and capture its essence. Effective leadership is an influence process where leaders implement everyday, commonsense approaches that help people and organizations thrive. When Ken Blanchard and Randy Conley teamed up to combine the concepts of servant leadership and trust, their output was the book Simple Truths of Leadership: 52 Ways to Be a Servant Leader and Build Trust. In this conversation, we explore some of those truths, explore the interconnection of servant leadership and trust, and review some commonsense approaches that could use common practice.   Full show notes are available at: https://www.timelesstimely.com/p/simple-truths-of-leadership Please subscribe to the Timeless & Timely newsletter.
Take Charge of You

Take Charge of You

2022-03-3158:06

When you spend time coaching and managing other people, there’s often one thing that gets left out: coaching yourself. It sounds like an oxymoron, as we’re all supposed to have mentors and managers who look out for us. But the reality is, there are plenty of ways to take the reins yourself—something with which remote workers have come to grips during the pandemic. David Novak, retired chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands, is the founder of How Leaders Lead, a digital leadership development platform he created to help people become better leaders. And his latest book, Take Charge of You, is designed to help people get the best from themselves with self-coaching. Full show notes are available at: https://www.timelesstimely.com/p/take-charge-of-you Please subscribe to the Timeless & Timely newsletter. For inquiries about Scott's availability to speak or coach, please email us at timeless@scottmonty.com.
“If I were asked, now that I am drawing to the close of this work, in which I have spoken of so many important things done by the Americans, to what the singular prosperity and growing strength of that people ought mainly to be attributed, I should reply—to the superiority of their women.” — Alexis de Tocqueville, 1840 Imagine being a woman in 1822 in rural America — a mother of four, with your next child due in a month — and your husband suddenly and unexpectedly dying. What would you do? For most women, there was no choice; but for Sarah Josepha Hale, this tragic life event is what set her in a direction that influenced much of 19th century America. Melanie Kirkpatrick has written the definitive biography about her impact: Lady Editor: Sarah Josepha Hale and the Making of the Modern American Woman. In it, we learn of a woman driven by principle and passion, who disrupted norms but was civil about it. It’s the story of influence, transformation, and some surprising elements.   Full show notes are available at: https://www.timelesstimely.com/p/influential-woman Please subscribe to the Timeless & Timely newsletter and tell others about us.
A Bias Toward Action

A Bias Toward Action

2022-03-0353:38

When you're stuck in the grind or are just burned out by the endless cycles of... [gestures wildly], the easy solution is to just go with the flow. But there are times when the world requires more of us. And the bottom line is, no one is going to make decisions about our best interest except us. Adam Singer, a tech marketing leader, has changed jobs and even famously relocated from the Bay Area to Texas to achieve more balance and to make the system work for him. In this conversation, he shares his secrets of success, his advice for anyone trying to find their way out or up, and the secret hack code for life.   Full show notes are available at: https://www.timelesstimely.com/p/bias-toward-action Please subscribe to the Timeless & Timely newsletter.  
Well-Being

Well-Being

2022-02-1758:59

We’ve long heard about “work-life balance.” But has it been a reality for most people? In the last couple of years, burnout has become more widespread and employees are making lifestyle choices part of their job requirements. Jen Fisher, who serves as Deloitte’s Chief Well Being Officer, has done the research that links companies’ financial performances to the health and well-being of their employees. And she’s written about it in her book Work Better Together: How to Cultivate Strong Relationships to Maximize Well-Being and Boost Bottom Lines. Why is it that relationships form the core of what we need at businesses? And how can leaders look out for their own well-being while making it clear that it matters for their teams as well?   Full show notes are available at: https://www.timelesstimely.com/p/well-being Please subscribe to the Timeless & Timely newsletter.
Leader by Accident

Leader by Accident

2022-02-0346:26

In Twelfth Night, Shakespeare wrote of greatness: “be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ‘em. Thy Fates open their hands.” And so it is with leadership. Sometimes, fate has a way of getting us to step up. That’s exactly what happened with Jim Rafferty. A tragic crime robbed his son’s scout troop of their Scoutmaster, and Jim was selected to step up. He thought they must be mistaken, but he accepted the responsibility and found more in himself than he knew there was. His growth as a leader served not only the Troop 328, but became essential a few years later when his role was eliminated at a company where he spent two decades of his career. Jim’s story of accidental leadership holds lessons for us all.   Full show notes are available at: https://www.timelesstimely.com/p/leader-by-accident Please subscribe to the Timeless & Timely newsletter.
Life isn’t always easy. Sometimes it isn’t fair. And leaders know that in those instances, what you’re made of will show your true character. David Morales is an executive, entrepreneur, and author who has found his way from poverty to success, but his true success is more than monetary. He has found it in the values he has learned and carries on: those of perseverance, grit, and faith. He talks about what drove him to write a leadership book in the style of a memoir, his new non-for-profit that is aimed to help give people control over their financial future, and the powerful and deeply rooted family stories that make him say “¡Empuja!”   Full show notes are available at: https://www.timelesstimely.com/p/grit-values Please subscribe to the Timeless & Timely newsletter.
Models of Leadership

Models of Leadership

2022-01-1255:11

Our first episode of Timeless Leadership in 2022 goes in the direction of philosophy and business. Plato divulged many lessons to his students, and in doing so, enumerated a handful of leadership models that are still relevant today. These models define a number of modern leaders and are fluid enough that we can find ourselves espousing the principles of more than one of them at a time. R. Edward Freeman, University Professor and Elis and Signe Olsson Professor of Business Administration at the Darden Graduate School of Business joins us to discuss the intersection of philosophy and business, particularly around Plato’s teachings.   Full show notes are available at https://www.timelesstimely.com/p/models-of-leadership Please subscribe to the Timeless & Timely newsletter.  
The Art of Reassembly

The Art of Reassembly

2021-12-2353:56

This episode of Timeless Leadership takes a different turn. Grief is a process that we’re likely all enduring right now, in one form or another. A good leader will understand that their employees are more than who they are at work—and will know the right questions to ask when they observe something. Peg Conway observed something in herself years after her mother died with Peg was just seven years old. Something that made her realize that she never properly grieved. In The Art of Reassembly: A Memoir of Early Mother Loss and Aftergrief, Peg takes us on a deeply personal journey that is filled with lessons for anyone dealing with grief. Join Scott as he has a deep and moving conversation with Peg about grief, and what leaders can learn from her.   Links “Grief Fatigue” (Timeless & Timely) Peg’s book: The Art of Reassembly: A Memoir of Early Mother Loss and Aftergrief Peg’s website Rebecca's Story Find Timeless Leadership everywhere you listen to podcasts. And please tell others about us.
We were without a guest this week on Timeless Leadership, so we grabbed an item from the #GratitudeFriday Twitter Spaces we hosted. Each Friday, we swap stories with other participants about things for which we were grateful or that brought joy into our lives, in order to share that joy with others. This week, it was (surprisingly) an obituary for Renay Mandel Corren.   Find Timeless Leadership everywhere you listen to podcasts. And please tell others about us.
History, Disrupted

History, Disrupted

2021-12-0957:30

The latest episode of Timeless Leadership is History, Disrupted. Knowing history is essential to charting a course for the future. But history misinformation and disinformation spreads so quickly on the web that we risk losing critical data about our past that can erode the present. Jason Steinauer, author of History, Disrupted: How Social Media and the World Wide Web Have Changed the Past, and a history communicator, joins us to talk about historical literacy, media literacy, and what we can do to prepare ourselves for a more robust future.   Links “Cultural (Il)literacy” (Timeless & Timely) History, Disrupted: How Social Media and the World Wide Web Have Changed the Past The History Club (Substack) Check out “The Case for Historical Literacy” Jason Steinahauer’s site Great Books by David Denby Eastern historians Toyin Falola, Yu Ying-shih, Romila Thapar Other resources: #WomenToFollow list National Women’s History Museum Women Also Know History Find Timeless Leadership everywhere you listen to podcasts. And please tell others about us.  
Growth

Growth

2021-12-0101:04:27

This week on Timeless Leadership (available everywhere you get podcasts), the topic is Growth. Every business, every sales executive, every leader is interested in growth. But we largely look at growth simply as a numbers game. What if you took a more holistic approach? Our guest is Jon Ferrara, founder of Nimble CRM, who is dedicated to helping people grow — not just as professionals, but personally as well. While his company is a software company, their focus is primarily on the ‘R’ in CRM: relationships. And Jon’s leadership philosophy is centered around that; he achieves his own dreams by helping others to achieve theirs. Tune in to hear more about how Jon views growth, his early days as a software entrepreneur, what inspired him to choose the path he did, and more. Links “Growing Pains” (Timeless & Timely) Nimble CRM Jon Ferrara on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook Find Timeless Leadership everywhere you listen to podcasts. And please tell others about us.
Long-Term Thinking

Long-Term Thinking

2021-11-1853:51

This week on Timeless Leadership (available everywhere you get podcasts), the topic is Long-Term Thinking. It seems like the 21st century is conspiring against us, giving us the opportunity to multitask like never before, flashing never-ending notifications on our phones, and giving us everything on demand. But we're being short-changed, as our ability to focus on the long term is knee-capped. Dorie Clark has the answer in her latest book The Long Game: How to be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short-Term World. And she joins us to talk about how we can focus and keep the faith as we embrace bigger goals in our lives.   Links “The Common Denominator of Success” (Timeless & Timely) Dorie's book: The Long Game: How to be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short-Term World Dorie’s site: dorieclark.com Connect with Dorie on Twitter and LinkedIn Other resources mentioned: The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin Laura Vanderkam's time-tracking challenge The Progress Principle by Teresa Amabile   Find Timeless Leadership everywhere you listen to podcasts. And please tell others about us.
Influence

Influence

2021-11-1152:391

This week on Timeless Leadership (available everywhere you get podcasts), the topic is Influence. “Influencers” get a lot of press, and not all of it is good. But rather than focusing on influencers and influencer marketing, Jason Falls focuses on influence: where does it come from? What are the principles behind it? And how can you prepare yourself to influence others, whether you’re a fashionista on Instagram or the CEO of your company? As you would guess, the concepts are universal. We cover topics like: Robert Cialdini’s Six Principles of Persuasion The Five Key ‘Tudes of Audiences The difference between popularity and influence The intersection of technology and humanity in driving influence Links “Manufacturing Fame” (Timeless & Timely) Jason’s book: Winfluence: Reframing Influencer Marketing to Ignite Your Brand (Amazon) Winfluence Podcast Jason’s site: JasonFalls.com Connect with Jason on Twitter and LinkedIn Find Timeless Leadership everywhere you listen to podcasts. And please tell others about us.  
Inspiration

Inspiration

2021-11-0457:57

This week on Timeless Leadership, the topic is Inspiration. Thomas Edison said “Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration,” but that’s giving too much credit to the hard work. Without the inspiration to set someone in the right direction, the work would never begin. Chris Voss, of The Chris Voss Show Podcast and author of Beacons of Leadership: Inspiring Lessons of Success in Business and Innovation, knows a few things about finding the right direction and being inspired to pursue a passion. He talks with us about what he has learned in his three-decade journey of entrepreneurship and from hundreds of interviews with guests on his show. From a movie-inspired submarine maneuver to essential office supplies, and Ted Lasso’s coaching hero to ancient mythology, Chris shares with us his top five leadership traits, a leadership toolbox, and how self-awareness is at the root of inspiring leaders. Listen on the podcast player of your choice.   Links Chris’s book: Beacons of Leadership: Inspiring Lessons of Success in Business and Innovation Beacons of Leadership The Chris Voss Show @ChrisVossShow1 on Twitter Chris Voss on LinkedIn Be-Know-Do (U.S. Army) John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success Subscribe to Timeless & Timely at https://www.timelesstimely.com  
Realism

Realism

2021-10-2850:03

This week on Timeless Leadership, the topic is Realism. As we blast into the future together on Spaceship Earth, what awaits us? Everywhere we turn, there are examples of future states that are alternatively cheery or hopeless. But Kate O’Neill argues that the future is not binary. In fact, there are many futures that await us; it depends on how we look at it. That’s the premise of her book A Future So Bright: How Strategic Optimism and Meaningful Innovation Can Restore Humanity and Change the World. We can’t assume that the future is a given, nor that we don’t have the power to change it. When we operate in the realm of reality, we can choose the world we leave to the next generation. Links Kate’s book: A Future So Bright: How Strategic Optimism and Meaningful Innovation Can Restore Humanity and Change the World Kate’s site: KO Insights How conspiracy theories bypass people’s rationality (Psyche) Edelman Trust Barometer Previous episodes mentioned: Optimism with Harry Cohen Humanity with Tom Peters Trust with Margot Bloomstein   Find Timeless Leadership wherever you listen to podcasts. And please, tell others about us.
Trust

Trust

2021-10-2153:34

This week on Timeless Leadership, the topic is Trust. What’s the shortest distance between cynicism and hope? If you said trust, then you’re aligned with Margot Bloomstein, author of Trustworthy: How the Smartest Brands Beat Cynicism and Bridge the Trust Gap. Trust also happens to be, in our opinion, the basis of any kind of relationship — and certainly of leadership. Without trust, you’re a boss, not a leader. Margo Bloomstein joins us to talk about the trust gap, how building trust is about consistency and context, and how voice, volume, and vulnerability come into play.   Links The Basis of the Best Relationships Margot’s website: Appropriate, Inc. Margot’s book: Trustworthy: How the Smartest Brands Beat Cynicism and Bridge the Trust Gap Please leave us a rating or review so other people can benefit from Timeless Leadership. Find Timeless Leadership wherever you listen to podcasts.  
Attentiveness

Attentiveness

2021-10-1449:12

This week on Timeless Leadership, the topic is Attentiveness. When we’re leading — particularly in moments of success — it’s common to let our guard down. To take our eyes off the ball for a moment. It’s at that very moment that we need to be more attentive, more vigilant, than ever. And that’s what Len Herstein writes about in his new book Be Vigilant! Strategies to Stop Complacency, Improve Performance, and Safeguard Success. Len talks with us about the connection between his volunteer police job and business, and has these takeaways: Steps you can take to avoid crises through threat awareness and management, scenario planning, and strategic communication. Assessment tips to help focus efforts on what went wrong, and what went right, after every project—and how to learn from both. The strategy of simple, sensory-based reminders to enforce positive behaviors at the workplace and at home. Better management accountability and protection against harmful organizational complacency through a more engaged team. Not to mention some dynamite quotes like this: “Success is not the goal. Keeping it is.” — Len Herstein   Links Leadership Can Be Like the Dog in the Night-Time (Timeless & Timely) Len’s book: Be Vigilant! Strategies to Stop Complacency, Improve Performance, and Safeguard Success Len’s website: LenHertsein.com Connect with Len on LinkedIn Please leave us a rating or review so other people can benefit from Timeless Leadership. Find Timeless Leadership wherever you listen to podcasts.
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