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What does it take to lead a team that builds a startup into a nationally recognized company in less than three years, with an annual growth rate of more than 1,000%? [click to continue…]

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“Stress is the new fat. It makes us sick, depletes us emotionally, and diminishes our quality of life.”
~ Jan Bruce, co-author of meQuilibrium

Just like managing weight, managing stress is about becoming aware of personal choices and making better ones, and rewiring thought patterns so that an individual’s habits sustain well-being rather than sabotage it. Learning resilience gets to the root cause of stress and unhealthy behaviors by helping people challenge and adapt their thinking. [click to continue…]

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158: Multipliers — How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter | with Liz Wiseman

July 15, 2017

Are you a genius or a genius-maker? We’ve all had experience with two dramatically different types of leaders. The first type drains intelligence, energy, and capability from the people around them and always needs to be the smartest person in the room. These are the idea killers, the energy sappers, the diminishers of talent and […]

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157: The Aspiring Leader — Successfully Step into a New Leadership Role | with John Lawler

June 15, 2017

Is your sight set on a new leadership role? Perhaps you’re the Director of Finance, and you’ve just been tapped to become the new CFO. What do you need to change now that your former peers will be reporting to you?

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WHE31: Building a High-Performance and Health-Driven Culture at Trek Bikes | with John Burke, CEO

June 5, 2017

The organizations that are most successful in building a culture of health begin at the top, with key leaders championing a vision that includes the wellbeing of every employee. In this episode, Jesse interviews John Burke, CEO of Trek Bikes, who took a stand 13 years ago that launched a culture that has produced improvements […]

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156: The Leadership Gap — 7 Ways to Move Beyond It | with Lolly Daskal

May 15, 2017

When successful people begin to feel uncertain or challenged at work, the one thing they want to know most is why things are going wrong after they have gone right for so long. Leaders tend to rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches […]

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155: How to Inspire Lifetime Loyalty | with Lee Caraher

April 15, 2017

As millions of millennials and the even younger GenZers come into the workforce with very different expectations and definitions of loyalty, companies need to shift to make the most of those workers’ energy, skill sets, and incredible potential. Those companies that shift now for the long game of allegiance will have a strategic talent and […]

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154: Is Your Personality Helping (or Hurting) Your Leadership? | with Ron Warren, PhD

April 1, 2017

Your personality at work determines your success and impact as a leader. Is yours helping or hurting your effectiveness and your team’s engagement? Contrary to what most people think, you can change aspects of your personality and become a more engaging leader. A new book analyzing the behaviors of business leaders explains concrete ways that […]

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153: How to Find Your Authentic Voice | with Joshua Spodek

March 17, 2017

To lead and influence others, whether as a workplace leader or as a thought leader, you need to develop an authentic voice. For example, let’s say you are a CEO delivering a speech to your employees, or a functional VP writing an email to your staff, or a department head presenting recommendations to the C-Suite. […]

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152: Don’t Just Lead — 3 Ways to ENGAGE

March 1, 2017

In the 21st century, those who are changing the world aren’t just leaders; they’re engagers. Managers and leaders try to get others to do what is needed. Engagers create conditions and cultivate a team that is fully energized to achieve the organization’s purpose. Managers and leaders see themselves as the magic. Engagers see the team […]

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The Power of Everyday Sabbatical

March 1, 2017

Several years ago, I called to reconnect with one of my mentors from my college days at Xavier University. Early in my conversation with Gene, I mentioned that I thought I recalled reading in Xavier’s alumni magazine that he’d recently completed a one-year sabbatical. (As at most colleges and 15% of US companies, Xavier periodically […]

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Why I Added a Habit Tracker to My Productivity System

February 22, 2017

The Productive habit tracker is an app that reminds you of things you’d like to do on a regular basis. I look at it a few times each day to see if there is anything I forgot to do. Its interface makes it fun and easy. Previously, I tried putting these types of activities in […]

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