Podcast

The Engaging Leader podcast is an audio program where Jesse and his guests share communication and leadership principles, and tell stories that illustrate putting those principles into practice. The podcast typically lasts about a half-hour and is published on the 1st and 15th of each month, but you can listen whenever it’s convenient for you. It’s a great way to keep your mind productive while you are driving, exercising, or otherwise occupied. You can subscribe to the podcast on your computer or mobile device with iTunes or Stitcher using the links below. Or you can subscribe with an app such as Downcast or Instacast, by searching the app’s directory for “Engaging Leader” or by entering the RSS address below into the app. Enjoy the show!

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All of us have at least one person or group of people that we work with who has an issue that we really need to address — a performance problem, a behavioral issue, a piece of spinach stuck in their teeth — but for some reason, we avoid bringing up the topic with them. We’ve all been there.

Perhaps we’re afraid of hurting their feelings, getting a negative reaction, having our helpful intentions misunderstood, or otherwise causing an unintended consequence. So we don’t bring it up, and the ignored topic becomes the proverbial elephant in the room that gets bigger over time … continuing to hold back that person’s true success and also negatively affecting us and others on the team. We aren’t doing anyone a favor by pretending it doesn’t exist. So how can we address the elephant in a way that we can be confident is likely to bring about a healthy result? [click to continue…]

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How many times have you heard a leader say, “Our people are our greatest asset”? You’ve probably even uttered it a few times yourself. It’s a nice sentiment, but really doesn’t tell the full story. Simply having an organization full of stellar individuals is ultimately less important than how they function together.

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161: Becoming a Stress-Resilient Leader | with Andrew Shatté

October 15, 2017

Chronic stress takes a toll on the quality of work and life, for both leaders and the people they lead. Stress muddies our thinking, impairs judgment, damages health and relationships, and causes people to burn out and quit their job. The solution, according to Dr. Andrew Shatté, is for leaders to become stress-relient and to […]

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160: Building a High-Performing and Health-Driven Culture | with John Burke, CEO of Trek Bikes

September 15, 2017

Trek Bikes grew out of one man’s belief that he could build a different kind of company. In a barn in southern Wisconsin, Dick Burke instilled the simple principles that continue to guide the company as it has grown into a worldwide brand: build things that last and leave a legacy of positive change.

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159: Leading a Startup | with Josh Kent, CEO of SunFrog Shirts

August 15, 2017

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%?

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WHE32: Boosting Stress Resilience for Employees | with Andrew Shatté

July 18, 2017

“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 […]

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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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