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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Accountability. Many organizations name it one of their top corporate values. And yet no matter how much they talk about accountability, leaders often feel frustrated by what seems like a low level of personal ownership among their employees.

Things don’t get done on time, problems don’t get solved, and issues get ignored rather than proactively addressed before they become problems. Sound familiar?

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187: 3 Strategies for Achieving Your Goals

by Cecily Lahey on January 31, 2019

Did you set any New Year resolutions for yourself this year … or goals for your team? If so, are you still on track, or have you given up?

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186: 4 Tips from Brain Science for Communications That Boost Attention and Learning from Your Workforce | with Jamie Barnes

January 7, 2019

With so many things competing for attention, leaders at many organizations struggle to get their people to pay enough attention to important communications — such as for change initiatives. And it’s an even bigger struggle to get them to take the messages/information to heart, remember them, and put them into action. Fortunately, neuroscience has provided […]

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185: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation | with Dan Schawbel

December 20, 2018

The relationships between your team members make a big difference — both in terms of business results and each person’s wellbeing. As tempting as it is to rely on virtual communication and collaboration, technology too often contributes to workplace isolation and even loneliness. In today’s technology-driven workplace, particularly if some team members are working remotely, how can you cultivate a sense of community?

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184: Using Storytelling to Lead a Transformation at Lowe’s (and Your Company) | with Kyle Nel

November 1, 2018

The home improvement store chain Lowe’s was named #1 among Fast Company’s 2018 Most Innovative Companies, for augmented and virtual reality, as well as #1 for innovation among specialty retailers on Fortune’s 2018 World’s Most Admired Companies. How did a company in a dusty, old-hat industry (hardware stores) suddenly become known as an innovator? As […]

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183: Using the Fogg Behavior Model to Drive Change | with Jamie Barnes

September 11, 2018

When developing a communication strategy to drive change within an organization, we use various models and frameworks to help ensure we create a strategy that actually works. The Fogg Behavioral Model is a powerful framework for driving change.

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182: The Power of an Authentic Employer Brand and EVP | with Laurie Barnes

August 29, 2018

A strong, authentic employer brand is key to recruiting, retaining, and fully engaging top talent. The most effective companies build a differentiated employee value proposition (EVP).

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181: The Art and Science of Workforce Communication | with Laurie Barnes

August 21, 2018

You can’t achieve your potential as a leader or an organization without practicing effective communication. Organizations that communicate effectively with their workforce deliver better results. According to a study by Willis Towers Watson, companies with high effectiveness in communication and change management are 3.5 times more likely to significantly outperform their less effective peers. They: […]

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180: Performance Management Truth & Lies | with Michael Bungay Stanier

July 24, 2018

Boom! That’s the sound of performance appraisal processes being blown up across the country. There’s been a collective lightning flash of realization that the old way of doing it just isn’t doing it. But what’s really happening?

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179: Leading with Emotional Courage | with Peter Bregman

July 10, 2018

You have the opportunity to lead: to show up with confidence, connected to others, and committed to a purpose in a way that inspires others to follow. But great leadership — leadership that aligns teams, inspires action, and achieves results — is hard. And what makes it hard isn’t theoretical, it’s practical.

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178: How to Succeed at Work/Life Balance (Without Going Crazy)

June 19, 2018

Imagine life is a game where you are juggling five balls. Work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls — family, health, friends, integrity — are made of glass. ~ James Patterson The first secret to work/life balance is recognizing that it’s not about balance. It […]

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177: Meaningful Work: How to Do Great Business, Find Your Calling, and Feed Your (and Your Employees’) Soul | with Shawn Askinosie, CEO of Askinosie Chocolate

May 22, 2018

This episode is about a true story that is interesting and well told — a story that is important for all leaders and entrepreneurs … especially those of us who aspire to use business not only to make a living for ourselves but to help make the world a better place.

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