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Episode 59 - Chris Lewis - The Infinite Leader

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Release Date: 12/02/2020

Episode 79 - Peter Oliver - Making the Climb show art Episode 79 - Peter Oliver - Making the Climb

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You are a successful sales rep and you've exceeded your quota every month that you've been with your company. In fact, you're the highest ranked rep in the country. What's next for you? Sales management? Not so fast...Peter Oliver author of "Making the Climb - From Salesperson to Salesmanager" joins us this week to talk about the book, his biggest mistake as a new manager, the key question to ask yourself when considering a management position and (my favorite topic recently) the role of humility when leading others. Click here to connect with Peter on LinkedIn to see if he can help your sales...

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Episode 78 - Hile Rutledge - The Post show art Episode 78 - Hile Rutledge - The Post

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This week, Hile and I talk about one of the best CEOs of the last 40 years, Katharine Graham. We use the 2017 movie "The Post" as a backdrop where Graham (played by Meryl Streep) wrestles with the complexities of taking a company public, testing the first amendment and proving she can lead with a Board that initially sees her as incapable. We talk about her growth as a leader, her courage, how her values came into play and how she processed an agonizing decision.

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Episode 77 - Leslie Ehm - Swagger show art Episode 77 - Leslie Ehm - Swagger

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It is probably fair to say that at one point in time or another, we have all contemplated some of the following questions: Who am I? What is my purpose? What do I want to be when I grow up? After years of working with professionals across the globe, Leslie Ehm, stumbled on a number of principles that she believes can help answer these questions. In this week's show, we talk about her new book, "Swagger - Unleash Everything You Are and Become Everything You Want." We talk about how her book is different from most self-help writing, why people feel the need to hide their true selves, why finding...

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Episode 76 - Hile Rutledge and Hoosiers show art Episode 76 - Hile Rutledge and Hoosiers

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In 1986, the film Hoosiers was released and told the story of a small high school in Indiana where the boys basketball team defies the odds with a new coach to make a run at the state title. It's the classic David & Goliath story and it's loosely based on a real high school in the mid-1950s. Hile and I use the movie to talk about how the coach led this small team (it only had 7 players) against state powerhouses, a town that wanted the coach to be fired and a star player who wasn't on the team. We talk about admitting mistakes, resilience, compassion and listening to the team.

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Episode 75 - Julie Fast - Getting it Done When You’re Depressed show art Episode 75 - Julie Fast - Getting it Done When You’re Depressed

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Many people suffer from depression on a daily basis. The hard part is learning to live with it. Getting up and getting moving can seem like an insurmountable chore. You know you need to be productive but your brain just won’t cooperate. Getting It Done When You’re Depressed, offers 50 strategies to break the cycle of inactivity that so often accompanies depression. These strategies are practical and easily applicable for anyone trying to lead a lifetime of productivity, regardless of your mood. Author, speaker and expert, Julie Fast, joins me to talk about her book and why it is so...

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Episode 74 - I want to be Ted Lasso (Part 2) show art Episode 74 - I want to be Ted Lasso (Part 2)

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Hile and I are still interested in being a little more like Ted Lasso - one episode was not enough! In this episode we chat about courage, self-awareness, purpose and psychological safety. We also dig into a couple of our favorite Lasso quotes and the "big idea." (Hint: We both agree on what it is and why it's so important for leaders!) If you haven't watched Ted Lasso on Apple TV+, get to it!

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Do you have Zoom fatigue? Are you just tired of meeting, altogether? In this week's episode one of the best facilitators I have ever witnessed joins us to share his secrets to getting rid of the "meeting monsters." Brian Tarallo, Managing Director Lizard Brain Solutions, talks about how online meetings can actually be BETTER than those that are in-person (and I agree!) with just a little bit of effort. Please join us for some useful tips and tools to make your meetings great as we discuss his new book, "Surviving the Horror of Online Meetings - How to facilitate & manage meeting monsters."...

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Episode 72 - I want to be Ted Lasso (Part 1) show art Episode 72 - I want to be Ted Lasso (Part 1)

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Have you watched the Apple TV+ show about an American football coach who is hired to manage a Premier League soccer club in the UK? Hile and I liked it because it was funny, emotional and entertaining. And, we realized that it was chock-full of leadership lessons. So, we decided to dedicate an episode (ok, 2 episodes!!!) to discussing what lessons we think Ted Lasso can teach you. In this episode, we talk about receiving feedback, soliciting ideas, being vulnerable and the importance of engaging at all levels of the organization. What's your favorite Ted Lasso lesson? Spoiler alert: We talk...

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Episode 71 - Kristen Cox - Stop Decorating The Fish show art Episode 71 - Kristen Cox - Stop Decorating The Fish

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Problems arise every day, in business, government and non-profit organizations. Unfortunately, leaders often trade 'looking busy' and activity for real progress. Kristen Cox, former Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Management and budget for the state of Utah and recipient of Governing Magazine's "Public Official of the Year" award joins us to talk about a book she co-authored with Yishai Ashlag - "Stop Decorating the Fish - Which solutions to ignore and which problems really matter." Cox and Ashlag use a simple story about a dwindling fish population in the fictional town of...

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Episode 70 - Hile Rutledge - Emotional Self-Awareness show art Episode 70 - Hile Rutledge - Emotional Self-Awareness

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Hile is back and he is REALLY self-aware!! Or, is he?? Hile and I talk about the importance of emotional self-awareness, how it is related to empathy and how we can learn it from others (even our 20-year old sons!). You will walk away from this episode with several simple, science-backed tools for improving your emotional self-awareness, so please let us know which one makes the most sense for you. Finally, please don't forget to head over to www.OKA-online.com and check out their new assessment, DRiV - learn what drives you and what drains you!

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What do Volkswagen, Wells Fargo and NASA have in common? At one point, each of these organizations with storied histories experienced a major, public failure that was a result of "catastrophic leadership." My guest, Chris Lewis, and I talk about how it's time to put an entirely new lens on leadership. His new book, "The Infinite Leader - Balancing the Demands of Modern Business Leadership" encourages us to consider both long and short term ways of thinking. In addition, he tells us to embrace imagination, empathy, humility, humor and (above all else) courage. We talk about the usefulness of the "Zero Model" and how DaVinci's Vitruvian Man sketch can be used to help leaders at all levels strive for balance.