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Author: Rich Baron and Maikel Bailey

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Steam Locomotives were some of the most powerful machines ever built. They represent vision, ingenuity, collaboration, and extraordinary human achievement. However, to get to the next destination, they had to be directed to the mainline. This required someone directing the train through a series of switches to reach the right destination. Just like these amazing machines, leaders and organizations alike need the right direction to reach their destinations. Intelligent Leadership is the key to success and cultural transformation. With over 50 years of combined success in executive leadership, cultural transformation, and executive and emerging leader development, Rich Baron and Maikel Bailey bring to light some of the most pressing issues facing leaders and organizations today. Hand picked and trained by the world’s top leadership development authority, John Mattone, we will partner with you to improve your leadership ability and cultural transformation in ways you never thought possible. Email: or Website: Leave us a comment and if we like what we hear, we will play it live for our listeners:
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So you are a successful manager, and you feel you are a good leader. But if asked, what would the people who you work with say about your leadership capability. Do they follow you becuase you say they have to, or do they do it out of respect? Or perhaps it is somewhere in between. How to you truly rank as a leader, and how do you recognize your strengths and talents to get to that next level.Marshall Townsend has over 30 years of experience in and has a true gift for developing leaders and helping people succeed. He is passionate about coaching world-class organizations and leaders and is an Executive Director in the John Maxwwell Team. Marshall joins Rich and Maikel on this episode of Mainline Executive Coaching ACT.
It is ironic that in a day when technology is growing daily, people power and the strength of teams is reaching new heights. In a recent global survey of CEO's, STEM and digital skills are seen as important; however, it is the soft skills such as adaptability, problem-solving, creativity and leadership that are in the highest demand. Bottom line is software cannot imitate passion, character or collaborative spirit. Join Rich and Maikel on this episode of Mainline Executive Coaching ACT.
It is important as a leader to realize that those people we lead are human. There will be times that emotions run high, tempers flare, and things do get said as a result. This is especially true working with large groups of people. As a leader, it is important to always remember that as human beings, we are all flawed. We all have feelings, emotions, times of uncertainty, and we will all inevetibly make mistakes. Rich and Maikel will discuss the importance of forgiveness as an important attribute as a leader on this episode of Mainline Executive Coaching ACT.
So you say that you have great communication skills and ability to effectively convey information to all aspects of your organizational team. But is there room for improvement in this critical leadership skill? If your team was asked, how would they rate your ability to communicate? What are some of the leading indicators that your communication skills are not as good as you may think?Ronny Shumaker is a Master Certified Executive Coach and an expert in effective communication. Ronny is an experienced executive leader with more than 30 years of leading high functioning teams. He joins Rich and Maikel on the importance of effective communication in organizations.
The C-Suite is a bundle of nerves right now. Recent surveys show that 72% of all CEOs are worried about losing their jobs in 2022. In the same survey, 94% of all CEOs state that their companies need a major overhaul in the next three years; however, 57% say their companies can not move fast enough to initiate change. So what are the reasons behind the fear?Dennis Pierce is a Master Certified Executive Coach with over 30 years of leading successful international teams in high level corporate positions. Dennis is an expert on change leadership and joins Rich and Maikel to discuss the concerns in the C-Suite on this episode of Mainline Executive Coaching ACT.
Organizational Desperation, plain and simple. Apple announced today that they are paying key engineers up to $180K in bonuses and stock options to stay with the company. This was in response to Meta attempting to poach Apple's employees. Other organizations are doing the same while promoting employees into management roles they are not ready for. Senior leadership in 38% of fortune 1000 companies cite a thin leadership pipeline as a top human capital risk. All this taken into account, there has never been a more pressing time to invest in executive coaching to position yourself, or your organization, for the future.
The business world around us is evolving. Over 4 Million employees walked off the job this past year which is cause for concern in and of itself. The thought of losing great employees can be stressful for leaders in any organization. So how can you set yourself up for a successful 2022 with all the changes going on around us? Rich and Maikel will discuss the importance of ongoing leadership and cultural development and offer some tips and advice to help you start the new year right.
We have all seen them before. The employees wandering from his or her work stations to breakroom and back again. Staring mindlessly at computer screens while consuming energy drinks in an effort to make it to quiting time. The endless cycle of going through the motions with no motivation, counting down the days until they get enough PTO to escape the mad house. All while those in positions of power are maneuvering for the next title grab creating siloed empires of yes people. Ugh! Sounds like a really bad business movie from the 80's, right?The sad part of this is how many of us can relate to this in our own workplaces. Not feeling appreciated, no real motivation to succeed, numbers only please and don't tell me how you feel becuase we really don't care. If you are marking off the calendar for the next PTO day and have developed that thousand-yard stare, you may be working for Corporation Z.Join us on this episode of Mainline Executive Coaching ACT as we discuss how Leaders can help fight the zombie employee epidemic.
Women are a force to be reckoned with in the workplace. They are strong, determined, and highly focused. Research has also shown that Fortune 500 companies with a high representation of women on their boards regularly outperform those that do not. In fact, The number of women holding the position of CEO in 2021 at Fortune 500 companies is at an all-time high. Current statistics 29% of all senior management roles, globally, are fulfilled by women, and 87% of global businesses have at least one woman in a senior management position. So what are some of the unique lessons from the challenges women face in these executive positions?Danielle Lavallee Wasson is a Performance and Accountability Leader who has several years in executive and leadership positions. Danielle has a very unique insight into the challenges that women face in executive roles. Danielle joins Rich and Maikel on this episode of Mainline Executive Coaching ACT to discuss the lessons we can learn from women in leadership
Self confidence, emotional control, disciplined, independent, mental strength. These are all attributes that we associate with leaders who are tough-minded and have a focus on successful organizations. But does being tough-minded mean that there is no room for compassion? On the contrary. Succesful, tough-minded leaders realize the importance of being an advocate for tenderhearted skills. Or in other words, tough-minded on focus and tenderhearted in flexibility and agile in all circumstances.David Burnell has presented to audiences worldwide from young too old. He has an unconventional background and has operated around the globe for over 30 years in every climate and terrain. He is a military veteran, humanitarian, search and rescue instructor, defensive tactics instructor and certified bodyguard for high risk areas. He has an in depth background in Special Operations. David is veteran entrepreneur and has created successful multi-million dollar enterprises from the ground up. David joins Maikel and Rich on this episode of Mainline Executive Coaching ACT to discuss in depth the importance of these skills in leadership.
It has been said recently that it is difficult to find good employees that will stay with the organization. We would argue this point and state that it is not a lack of good employees, but a lack of effective leadership. So this opens up another question, Where do leaders start to resolve the problem of finding, hiring and retaining good employees?Adam Ruplinger is a highly successful Master Business Coach who has shown leaders, entrepeneurs, and businesses how to effectively recruit and retain employees. Adam brings his expertise to Mainline Executive Coaching ACT to discuss these important skills all leaders must have.Connect with Adam at:
John Mattone's 50 Laws of Intelligent Leadership in several instances refer to the importance of leaders recognizing and appreciating those people in his or her organization. The sacrifice that each person makes to the overall success of what it is that the organization aspires to be. So often we get wound up in the day to day that the importance of a simple thank you or acknowledgement of a job well done gets away from us. Rich and Maikel are going to discuss the importance of appreciating and being thankful for those people around us that make our job so much easier.
In the professional business world, it is estimated that as much as 11.4% of global executives have a dependency issue. In the corporate world, this problem is often ignored or poorly managed. Recognizing and dealing with the dependency of a leader is extremely difficult as most of these individuals may have little or no direct supervision, and often have dedicated employees in their circles that will do anything to protect his or her image. However, the erratic behaviors associated with addiction will inevitably become painfully evident both for the leader and the organization. Decision making suffers, judgment is compromised and behavior tends to fluctuate. The corporation itself will begin to reflect these same issues. This problem hits home for many of us who may know someone, or have experienced this issue in our our personal world.Professional addiction is one of the most untreated treatable problems. Executive Recovery Coaches, Kylie Butler and Sophie Aghdami, are co-founders of From Here On, a coaching practice that offers ‘at home’ rehab programs specifically designed for executives. With extensive experience in the corporate world, they both have a deep understanding of the pitfalls and pain points that come with that lifestyle, and are on a mission to help others.Kylie currently lives in Bali, and is an Executive Recovery Coach and has been working in the recovery space for several years. She is in recovery from alcoholism with a personal recovery journey spanning the last ten years. During her 15+ year Human Resources career she held a number of senior leadership roles including Head of People & Culture and Talent Director. Her experience spans Training and Development to Generalist HR and her expertise is understanding how to inspire and engage people.Kylie has always had a deep interest in understanding people’s psychological drivers and has spent many years studying and attending workshops to better understand the human mind. Kylie is a trained coach and has paired continual academic study with the study of Buddhist philosophy and meditation. Most recently she’s studied Complex Psychological Trauma under Dr Reshie Joseph and gained accreditation as a certified Recovery Coach. Kylie started her first Business Consulting and Career Coaching business 7 years ago. She also dedicates a significant portion of her week to recovery service and Aid work, recently co-founding an Aid project in Bali.Sophie is from Australia, ans is passionate about helping others strengthen and maintain long-term recovery, after overcoming her own challenges with ‘highly functioning’ addiction,. During her prior 12+ year marketing career with world-class brands like the Royal Albert Hall in London, and Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant group in the UK, she held a number of senior leadership roles and an executive board position.Sophie uses her personal transformative experiences to help others encounter long term, rewarding personal growth and life satisfaction 'on the other side’ of addiction. Her coaching method includes evidence-based psychological and behaviour change methods, and neuroscience. She does not ascribe to one particular pathway – her approach honours individuality and tailors sessions using a range of strategies for the best outcomes. Sophie is an ICR accredited coach and bolsters her continued academic learning of addiction with the study of yoga philosophy.Kylie and Sophie join Rich and Maikel on this very important episode of Mainline Executive Coaching ACT.You can reach Sophie and Kylie on their website:
The Chief Executive Officer seat is not for everyone. It is tough place to be on a good day and a difficult position for organizations to fill. Over the past 10 years, more than 25% of the CEO positions that were vacated was involuntary. So what skills does it take to become a successful CEO? Jim Collings has served as as CEO for almost 30 years in large corporations and now for his own organization. He has the insight, knowledge, skill, and successful track record that others can learn from if they want to become a successful CEO. Jim joins Rich and Maikel on Mainline Executive Coaching ACT.
Success can be defined is as many ways as the people that you ask. This can also be true for businesses; how do they define success. The same can be said for a culture of success. So what then are the differences?Al Fragnoli is a Master Certified Executive Coach and a succesful business owner. In addition, Al has been a MLB Scout and can speak to the differences of business success and cultural success. Al joins Rich and Maikel on this episode of Mainline Executive Coaching ACT.
The dog and pony show followed by the hoorah speach. We have all seen it at one time or another. The failed attempt at winning over the organization in order to sell culture. However, nothing is more contagious that true enthusiasm, passion and commitment in building a true winning culture. But is takes a commited, dedicated effort with true employee engagement lead by example to build that culture.Ronny Shumaker is an expert in building winning cultures. With over 30 years of executive leadership as well as being a Master Certified Executive Coach, he truly understands how enthusiasm and passion translate to high functioning cultures. Ronny joins Rich and Maikel on Mainline Exectutive Coaching ACT.
Being in leadership positions can at times be difficult at best. It is a guarantee that there will be times when fear of failure, burnout, self-motivation, stress, and simply being overworked will happen to the best of leaders. So how does keeping yourself both physically and mentally in shape help leaders navigate these rough patches in his or her career?Presley Okobia is the CEO of Champion Athletics and former Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Real Salt Lake. Presley competed in the All Natural Body Building competitions for several years. He won Mr. Utah in 2009 and was 5th in the nation in 2010. He placed first in his division four times during his career. Presley’s passion is making people a better version of themselves through hard work, consistency, and proven principles. Join us on this episode of Mainline Executive Coaching ACT as Presley discusses with Rich and Maikel the importance of physical and mental well being in leadership.Contact Prestley at:
So you are an entrepreneur and have developed your own business. The product offering is great, marketing is spot on, the location is perfect. However, turnover is high and you can't seem to attract the right people. Perhaps the one aspect you are missing is leadership and cultural development.  Join Rich and Maikel on this episode as they discuss the importance of leadership development for entrepreneurs.
All too often issues at work can trigger derailing charecteristics which can create issues for leaders outside of the workplace. However, what about those issues that we deal with in our personal lives? How does this impact our ability to lead at work? What if those issues include a partner or spouse that has narcissistic tendencies or BPD?Roman Garcia is a former FBI Special Agent with the Behavioral Analysis Unit. Roman has also served our country as a combat medic and is now a certified life coach. Roman provides important insight on how to mentally prepare yourself for the daily battles we all face, including those issues that can negatively impact leadership. Rich and Maikel will discuss these critical issues tonight on Mainline Executive Coaching ACT.Contact Roman at:
Executive Coaching is not about teaching someone how to do their job. Quite frankly, it is assumed that you already know how to do that. It is about taking a leaders strengths and making them stronger. Finding the gaps that are holding you back and helping you develop a plan to improve on those areas. Helping you discover the leader inside that you do not know exists. These days it is an increasing expectation that organizational leaders at all levels utilize executive coaching. So how do coaches bring out the hidden talent in you? Rich and Maikel will discuss how we can help you find those hidden strengths.
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