The Thoughtful Leader Podcast
Short, sharp leadership advice for leaders and managers who care about the performance and job satisfaction of their teams.
info_outline Why Your Team Won't Speak Up (and Why You Need Them to) 07/16/2019
Why Your Team Won't Speak Up (and Why You Need Them to) Ever walked away from a meeting you thought was going to be controversial, where there was actually no conflict at all? You could have a problem, because your team isn't speaking up.
info_outline How Better Time Management Will Help Your Team 07/07/2019
How Better Time Management Will Help Your Team Leaders can be one of the greatest sources of wasted time in the workplace. This is unfortunate, but true! In this episode, Ben talks about how leaders who manage their time better can have a positive effect on their teams and improve their productivity.
info_outline Micromanagement...and How You Can Stop It 06/04/2019
Micromanagement...and How You Can Stop It Ever micromanaged someone? I certainly have, and it's not a great thing for a leader to do. What I have noticed over my career is that micromanagement isn't something that people want to do... but they feel like they have to.
info_outline The Power of Pushing Back 04/22/2019
The Power of Pushing Back I find pushing back to be an underrated skill. Pushing back means sometimes, you need to say "No" to people who try to burden you with too much work, or tasks that are not even yours to do. This might be your boss, or other colleagues.
info_outline Struggling at Work? Improve Your Working Relationship With Your Boss 02/25/2019
Struggling at Work? Improve Your Working Relationship With Your Boss When you first get your leadership role, it seems like you'll have a lot of power to make changes and really get things done. But in reality, there is one thing that might stop you - the relationship you have with your boss.
info_outline A Leader's Greatest Tool - The Confidence to Challenge 02/25/2019
A Leader's Greatest Tool - The Confidence to Challenge The most effective leaders are those who aren't afraid to say "No" and to push back against unreasonable demands. The least effective are those that cave in to pressure and let people walk all over them!
info_outline Staying Motivated, Even When You Don't Feel Like It 02/12/2019
Staying Motivated, Even When You Don't Feel Like It Sometimes, I'll wake up not feeling so great about going to work. The problem is, leaders are sometimes expected to be the shining figurehead who motivate their teams every day.
info_outline Conflict Avoidance 02/10/2019
Conflict Avoidance Leaders who avoid conflict set themselves up for failure. In this episode, I discuss the problems with conflict avoidance and how you can start to reframe conflict in different ways to help yourself push forward, even if you don't enjoy confrontation!