Engaging Leader™

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 twice 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!

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 commitment. [click to continue…]

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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? [click to continue…]

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

April 6, 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 4, 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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151: Work Smarter, Not Harder – Productivity Hacks to Get More & Better Work Done in Less Time | with David Burkus

February 15, 2017

David Burkus is the organizer of the upcoming Work Smarter Summit, an online video-based virtual conference where world-class experts share their proven tactics for getting more done, earning more money, and living a life of purpose and productivity.

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150: The Data-Driven Leader | with John Johnson

January 15, 2017

Leaders need data for at least two reasons: 1) so they and their team can make better decisions, and 2) to influence their employees, customers, or others to take action.

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149: The Power of Beliefs in Business | with Ari Weinzweig

December 15, 2016

In 1982, Ari Weinzweig, along with his partner Paul Saginaw, founded Zingerman’s Delicatessen with a $20,000 bank loan. They opened the doors with two employees and a small selection of specialty foods and exceptional sandwiches. Today, Zingerman’s Delicatessen is a nationally renowned food icon, and the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses has grown to 10 businesses […]

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148: 9 Ways to Thank Your Employees

November 15, 2016

“Employees who report receiving recognition and praise within the last seven days show increased productivity, get higher scores from customers, and have better safety records. They’re just more engaged at work.” – Tom Rath Recently, one of my team members communicated heartfelt gratitude to another team member named Jenny for her consistently outstanding performance. And […]

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147: 8 Tips for Communicating Bad News to Your Workforce

November 1, 2016

Communicating bad news — we all hate to do it, wish we never have to do it again, and yet recognize that there will inevitably be times when we need to do it. Whether it is announcing a reduction in force, a negative change in employee benefits or compensation, a discontinued strategy or product line, […]

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